1. We Pick Pop Culture’s 5 Best Time Travelers We’ve all wished we had the power to time travel. Whether it was to correct a mistake (“Why did I say that?!”) or simply to experience another era (“Poodle skirts are so fetch!”), the mystical ability has eluded us. Luckily, we’ve been able to live vicariously through some of our favorite fictional characters. As we gear up for our advanced screening of Starz’ new series Outlander and talk with the series cast and author on July 28, we got to thinking of some of pop culture’s greatest time travelers. Read on to see who we picked, and if you disagree with us, beam yourself back to before you read this post. [[MORE]] Marty McFly, Back to the FutureSure, it’s a little creepy to become the object of your teenage mom’s affection. But when he’s transported back to 1955, Marty gets to introduce Hill Valley High School to the rock ‘n’ roll licks of “Johnny B. Goode,” as well as ensure that his parents meet and fall in love. That’s a pretty awesome gig for a teenager. The Doctor, Doctor WhoThe intergalactic hero has been righting wrongs and saving innocent people since 1963. True, there have been a few gaps in between, but doesn’t that indicate more time travel? Smartphones may have knocked phone booths off the map, but when it comes to the Doctor and his TARDIS, we’ll always answer the call.  Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanSo you’re given the power to time travel and you use it to take more classes? Hermione, what are we going to do with you! Luckily, the beloved Gryffindor uses the time-turner when it really counts and retraces her steps with Harry to save Sirius Black from the Dementors in the third book of J. K. Rowling’s magical series. Claire Randall, OutlanderIt’s 1945, the war is over and you’re on your second honeymoon with your husband in Scotland. What a buzz kill that you touch some mysterious rocks and get transported back to the 18th century! At least there’s a hunky Scotsman there ready to sweep you off your feet. Such is the story of Claire Randall in Diana Gabaldon’s romantic adventure series, which has been adapted by Starz into a TV series, debuting August 9. Claire, we’re sorry that your honeymoon got ruined, but we can’t wait to see how your love triangle between Jamie and Frank plays out! Phil Connors, Groundhog DayArrogant meteorologist Phil Connors is forced to relive the same day over and over until he starts becoming a better man. As a result, witnessing someone’s personal growth has never been more entertaining. Repeatedly watching a cranky Bill Murray fail miserably, only to eventually befriend all the townspeople and woo the ravishing Andie MacDowell? We got you babe. Our Outlander panel with author Diana Gabaldon and stars Caitroina Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies is sold out, but you can watch the Livecast of the event on July 28 at 8PM EDT here.  Who do you think is pop culture’s greatest time traveler?

    We Pick Pop Culture’s 5 Best Time Travelers

    We’ve all wished we had the power to time travel. Whether it was to correct a mistake (“Why did I say that?!”) or simply to experience another era (“Poodle skirts are so fetch!”), the mystical ability has eluded us. Luckily, we’ve been able to live vicariously through some of our favorite fictional characters. As we gear up for our advanced screening of Starz’ new series Outlander and talk with the series cast and author on July 28, we got to thinking of some of pop culture’s greatest time travelers. Read on to see who we picked, and if you disagree with us, beam yourself back to before you read this post.

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  2. #TuesdayTip 5 Amazing Facts About Pearlsby 92Y Jewelry Center staff
The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild and are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.
Cultured or farmed pearls come from pearl oysters, and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.
Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor. Artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls.
Almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (formally referred to as “calcareous concretions” by some sources) of lesser shine or less spherical shape.
Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as is the interior of the shell that produces them—and that’s what makes them so darn popular!
Want to work with your own pearls to create something special? Join us for a stone setting class this fall!

    #TuesdayTip 5 Amazing Facts About Pearls
    by 92Y Jewelry Center staff

    1. The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild and are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.
    2. Cultured or farmed pearls come from pearl oysters, and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.
    3. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor. Artificial pearls are easily distinguished from genuine pearls.
    4. Almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (formally referred to as “calcareous concretions” by some sources) of lesser shine or less spherical shape.
    5. Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as is the interior of the shell that produces them—and that’s what makes them so darn popular!

    Want to work with your own pearls to create something special? Join us for a stone setting class this fall!

  3. We announced our new fall season yesterday, and tickets to Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers SOLD OUT pretty quickly. But not all hope is lost! We’ll be giving away two tickets in an upcoming sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to get the updates!

    We announced our new fall season yesterday, and tickets to Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers SOLD OUT pretty quickly. But not all hope is lost! We’ll be giving away two tickets in an upcoming sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to get the updates!

  4. In addition to our readings, we also announced our fall Talks today. Perhaps you’re interested in Amy Poehler being interviewed by Seth Meyers about her new book, Yes Please, on its release date in October?
If you remember the last time she was at 92Y in 2012, she answered questions from Tumblr. Tickets will go fast!

    In addition to our readings, we also announced our fall Talks today. Perhaps you’re interested in Amy Poehler being interviewed by Seth Meyers about her new book, Yes Please, on its release date in October?

    If you remember the last time she was at 92Y in 2012, she answered questions from Tumblr. Tickets will go fast!

  5. lucybiederman:

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That April 3 event, “Poetry Center Introductions” featured a 24-year-old John Ashbery and you can listen to the recording here.
On the heels of the 92Y Poetry Center’s 75th Anniversary year-long celebration, we’re ready for the 2014-15 season, just announced today by the New York Times.

    lucybiederman:

    1951

    That April 3 event, “Poetry Center Introductions” featured a 24-year-old John Ashbery and you can listen to the recording here.

    On the heels of the 92Y Poetry Center’s 75th Anniversary year-long celebration, we’re ready for the 2014-15 season, just announced today by the New York Times.

  6. Jazz in July’s first group of artists outside 92Y in 1985. Photo by Steve J. Sherman4 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Maestros of Jazz in July
Our six-concert Jazz in July music festival kicks off on July 22, featuring the music of Hoagy Charmichael, Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis and the songs that kept Fred Astaire dancing. While the concert series readies to debut its 30th season, the New York Times profiled Jazz in July’s original artistic director Dick Hyman (who created it in 1985) and his successor Bill Charlap. Below are four facts you may not have known about these jazz lovers.
Prior to his creation of Jazz in July, Hyman worked with filmmaker Woody Allen and choreographer Twyla Tharp.
Hyman and Charlap are distant cousins.
Charlap’s father, Mark “Moose” Charlap, is the composer of the Broadway musical Peter Pan.
Charlap is an accomplished artist on Blue Note Records.
Learn more about Jazz in July in the Times. Then get your secure your seats and experience the “hot jazz” for yourself!

    Jazz in July’s first group of artists outside 92Y in 1985. Photo by Steve J. Sherman

    4 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Maestros of Jazz in July

    Our six-concert Jazz in July music festival kicks off on July 22, featuring the music of Hoagy Charmichael, Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis and the songs that kept Fred Astaire dancing. While the concert series readies to debut its 30th season, the New York Times profiled Jazz in July’s original artistic director Dick Hyman (who created it in 1985) and his successor Bill Charlap. Below are four facts you may not have known about these jazz lovers.

    • Prior to his creation of Jazz in July, Hyman worked with filmmaker Woody Allen and choreographer Twyla Tharp.
    • Hyman and Charlap are distant cousins.
    • Charlap’s father, Mark “Moose” Charlap, is the composer of the Broadway musical Peter Pan.
    • Charlap is an accomplished artist on Blue Note Records.

    Learn more about Jazz in July in the Times. Then get your secure your seats and experience the “hot jazz” for yourself!

  7. We just learned how to make better GIFs (thanks Tyler!) and this is how happy we are about it.

  8. What an honor to have the great Elaine Stritch on our stage this past February. We love you and will miss you. Here’s to you.

    What an honor to have the great Elaine Stritch on our stage this past February. We love you and will miss you. Here’s to you.

  9. This quote from Sarah Jessica Parker about friendship is making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

    This quote from Sarah Jessica Parker about friendship is making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  10. We have our first major Oscar contender of the year! Boyhood is getting rave reviews. Before the film hit theaters, director Richard Linklater came to 92Y to discuss his latest project with Indiewire's Eric Kohn and the film’s young star Ellar Coltrane. In this clip from the event, Linklater describes the challenges of making the movie, which was filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast.

    Have you seen Boyhood yet? What did you think?