This Week in the City: Animals, Harlem Music, Love Letters and Emily Dickinson

Attention all Kingsians! The season of hearts, flowers and cupids is upon us, so whether you silently loathe it or enthusiastically await its arrival every year, have a fabulous Valentine’s Day by checking out the following events happening This Week in the City.

City of Science Series: The Secrets of Animal Communication

Whether the only affection you will be getting this week is from your pet, or you simply want to know what your dog could be telling you when it whines in the middle of the night, researchers from the Graduate Center at Hunter College will be holding a Valentine’s Day discussion on the complexity of animal communication. Learn how animals communicate with each other and us, and what on earth they could possibly be saying!

Hours: Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Travel Time (from TKC): ~25 mins via the R/W, 2/3, or 4/5

Cost: FREE, Reservation Required


Harlem is Music – Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month along with the beauty of a universal language by attending this music event hosted by New Heritage Theatre. The evening will include a display featuring a spectacular sheet music exhibit, an extravagant musical performance featuring Oscar and Grammy nominated Impact Repertory Theatre troupe, jazz vocalist and recording artist Lainie Cooke, and a dialogue with Columbia University scholar John T. Reddick.

Time: Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Travel Time (from TKC): ~40 mins via the 1 or 4/5

Cost: FREE, register through link


For the Public: Love Letters

Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration with this performance, organized by the New York Public Library and performed by an all-women cast. Performers Amy Leon, Crystal Valentine and Bianca Arielle will transport you into a world with poetry and commentary about current world issues. Forget relationships and politics, and simply come to an enjoy an artistic show that highlights the splendor of a day rooted in love.

Time: Feb. 16, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Travel Time (from TKC): ~25 mins via the 1

Cost: FREE, register through link


“I’m Nobody! Who are You?” The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

The Morgan Library and Museum is hosting a special temporary tribute to one of America’s finest poets, Emily Dickinson. The exhibition examines 24 of Dickinson’s poems and an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations and other items pertaining to that time in history. It is a display that no MCA major will want to miss!

Time: Through May 21, tours at 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Travel Time: ~20 mins via the 4/5

Cost: Museum admission is $13 for students with a valid ID, FREE on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.