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GNYM Member Event Calendar
September 2015
Change Month

Mphasis Calendar events are held in all boroughs or counties of our region (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam) and beyond (New Jersey, Connecticut). Some events are marked ? when location is To Be Announced. All Mensa members and accompanied guests are welcome at all calendar events unless otherwise indicated in the listing. Young Mensan events are for Mensans age 18 and under only. Children are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all Mensa events, including Young Mensan events. Proof of Mensa membership is required for all GNYM-sponsored events.

Please call the CalendarPhone before attending an event to check for schedule changes. Late updates are often posted on the GNYM website,

“The following information is provided exclusively as a service to our members and represents material provided to us by individuals in their independent capacities as organizers. Members are encouraged to be aware of their common-sense responsibility to (1) verify information regarding meeting place, time, cost, access, smoking policy, and appropriateness for children, and (2) conduct themselves in such a way as to make their repeated presence welcome.”

SIGs are voluntary associations of members of Mensa, which operate independently of Greater New York Mensa. Their financial activities and liabilities are entirely their own, and not those of Greater New York Mensa. Furthermore, no SIG leader may obligate GNYM in any way.

This is the "munged" edition. Most events have details but no particulars.
For complete details, see Mphasis in print, or see the
members-only section which has complete calendar pages and complete Mphasis online.

Green indicates additions or changes. Red indicates deletions or cancellations.

September 2015

Fridays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2015

Friendly Friday Dinner
Manhattan 5:45-8:30pm
Dinner every Friday evening with other Mensans at ____, ____. ____. They will give separate checks. IF you need more information, contact ____ at ____ or ____ by the Thursday before. [every Friday]

Sunday, September __, 2015 [exact date(s) TBD]

Strategy Gaming SIG
Location to be determined 1:00pm
Play with fellow Mensans in games that require skill, planning, and negotiation. Location rotates anywhere in GNYM (including NJ). Call for location(s) and date(s). Please contact ____ at ____ or ____ .

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Buzztime Trivia
Suffolk 7:00pm
Test your trivia knowledge in Buzztime (formerly NTN). We are playing at ____, on ____ in ____. Call the restaurant at ____ for directions. For other information call ____ at ____ or e-mail ____ . [2nd Tuesday every month]

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Intertel Dinner Social
Manhattan 6:45pm
Intertel invites Mensans and their guests to a dinner social at ____, ____. RSVP required: contact ____ at ____ or ____ and leave a contact number in case of any changes. [2nd Wednesday odd months, 2nd Tuesday even months]

Friday, September 11, 2015

Staten Island Merrymakers
Staten Island 8pm
Join the Staten Island Merrymakers at the King's Arms Diner, 500 Forest Avenue, Staten Island. Ask for the Mensa group. For info call Staten Island Coordinator, Deborah Peterson, before 7pm at 718-447-0238. [2nd Friday every month]

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crank and Spin: The SIG for Bicyclists
Bicyclists! Once a month we gather for a safe and fun 14mph approximately 50-mile ride. Meeting time and place to be determined. Phone or email with "Crank & Spin" in the subject line. ____: ____. Email ____ . [2nd Saturday every month]

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Queens Second-Sunday Brunch
Queens 11:30am
We meet at the ____ on ____. (Look for the Mensa table.) Any questions call ____ at ____ or ____ . We hope to see many of our Mensa friends there. [2nd Sunday most months]

Manhattan 2:00pm
Genial, fun-loving group meets monthly to play word games, board games, and charades. Crossword puzzles and new movies are often a point of discussion. Wicked sense of humor helps. Manhattan, in the East 70s. Please reserve by the Wednesday before. $2 for refreshments. Contact ____ at ____ or ____ . [2nd Sunday most months]

Monday, September 14, 2015

Science Fiction & Fantasy SIG Meeting
Nassau 8:00pm
Ever try talking to friends, co-workers, or relatives about SF? Don't be alone any more! Join us at ____, to talk about favorite books, movies, TV, etc. Questions contact ____ ____. [2nd Monday every month]

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Smart Company: The SIG for Mensa Business Owners and Executives
[Skipping this month.]
[3rd Tuesday every month]

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mensa Trivia Night
Manhattan, 7pm
•Leon Feingold, Sara London, and Maria Miller host a free Trivia Night on the third Wednesday of every month. Mensa members and smart guests are welcome, especially if they know entertainment and music trivia.
•Location: Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
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[3rd Wednesday every month] #6

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:0pm - 11:00pm   [Note: New time and new location.]
An evening with Natalie Mosco
•In 1988, en route from Australia (where she had been living) to New York to perform "Hair: For the Next Generation" at the United Nations in a benefit for children born with AIDS, "Hair" original-Broadway-cast member Natalie Mosco stopped in Chicago. There, The Art Institute of Chicago was presenting the first posthumous exhibition of the work of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Ms. Mosco attended the exhibition and became intrigued.
•The result was her play "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe", which was produced off-Broadway in 2008 and at the Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with another O'Keeffe exhibition in 2009. In creating the play, she explored sundry methodology for unearthing and dramatizing such an occult-yet-celebrated life.
 •The lecture on Thursday, September 17th will discuss that initial spark and the points of access she explored to create the biographical word picture that is "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe".
•The Q & A will not only explore the play and its creation, but can include her experiences performing "Hair" on Broadway in 1968-1969, in Paris in 1970, and in Australia in 1970-1971.
 •As a child prodigy who attended Hunter College Elementary School from nursery school through 5th grade (when her parents moved too far from the school), she will also welcome discussions concerning similar experiences of audience members.
•Natalie Mosco has been a performer, writer, choreographer, director, and teacher on three continents. She played leading roles on Broadway ("The Magic Show"), London's West End ("Grand Hotel"), Paris' Boulevard ("Hair"), throughout Australia and New Zealand (originating roles too numerous to mention). On Australian TV, she became a household name for her regular appearances in prime-time series, mini-series, and variety shows. A member of the Original Broadway Company of "Hair". (recording), she toured the world re-choreographing productions of the piece in Toronto, Boston, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland. Other noteworthy choreography includes a 1968-1988 juxtaposition called "Haircut" for Baz Luhrman (director of "Moulin Rouge!") at the Sydney Theatre Company and being series choreographer for the Australian Broadcasting Company's satirical current affairs hit "The Money or the Gun". Recent performing work of which she is most proud includes originating the role of Sophie in "The Housewives of Mannheim" for NJ RepTheaters, and in Santa Barbara; ., 59E59 partnering the late Donald Saddler in Paper Mill Playhouse(recording); 's much-acclaimed revival of Follies and portraying the title role in her original play, "A Brush with Georgia O'Keeffe" off-Broadway and at the Smithsonian Institution in D.C.
•Other writing includes two separate productions each of her Harold Arlen tribute "Get Happy!" and "Gershwin", both in Australia. A founding member of Shakespeare Globe, Australia (where she performed Cleopatra in "Antony & Cleopatra"), she made her performing debut at The Metropolitan Opera House in operas and with The Royal Ballet. As a director, she has tackled subjects as varied as the original musical "Bobby, the Middle-aged Celebrity" by "Hair"-alumnus Robert I. Rubinsky, the "Asperger-focused Mixed Messages" by Mensa member Anton Spivak, and "The Death of Peter Pan", about James M. Barrie's “son” and model for the character of Peter Pan, by Barry Lowe. She has piloted an airplane, had her art work featured in special exhibitions at MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has received her Doctorate from the University of Western Sydney.
•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free.
•Note new location:
Joria Productions Mainstage Theater [on Facebook]
410 W 47th St, 2nd floor, New York NY 10036
(212) 563-6781. [Google map with multi-modal directions]
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[3rd Thursday every month] #9

Sunday, September 20, 2015

GNYM Performing Arts Festival - Mensa Talent Show
Manhattan 2:00pm - 4:00pm
•Who has more talent than you? Come on, show us what you've got.
•Maybe you like to watch. We've got something for you, too.
•It's time once again for the Annual GNYM Talent Show! As talent lies in many different areas, each year GNYM's Talent Show revolves around a different theme. This year's theme is Performance! We're calling on all of our members to show us your skill - whatever you can do, no matter how mainstream or off-the-wall, we want to see it! In years past we've run the gamut from magicians to singers to speed-eaters to comediennes, and we can't wait to see what we'll get this year.
•Admission is free for all. Refreshments will be served.
•(A board meeting precedes at 1 pm. Talent show 2 pm.)
•To perform in the Mensa Talent Show, or for any other questions related to the event, please RSVP to GNYM President Leon Feingold at or (516) 850-4533. We'll see your talented selves there!
•Location: Roy Arias Studios & Theatres, 300 W 43rd Street, New York NY 10036 (at 8th Avenue).
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•Travel alert: Manhattan is more car-unfriendly than ever. Cross-town traffic is horrible. The location is in the Theater District, near 42nd Street, Times Square, and Port Authority Bus Terminal, so local car and pedestrian traffic are high, and parking is scarce. On post-summer weekends, car traffic and demand for parking are higher than usual. Actual travel time from Queens Midtown Tunnel to the door can be 2 hours. From Long Island, the subway or LIRR + subway (or walk 10.5 blocks) reduces travel time by 1.5 to 2 hours.

LIMENSIG Third-Sunday Brunch
Nassau 12:30pm
Our venue is ____, at ____ ____, in ____. Info: ____ at ____ or ____ . [3rd Sunday every month]

Nyack Dining Group
Rockland 6:00pm
This meeting is hosted by M ____ at ____, ____ at ____ in Nyack that offers above-average food at reasonable prices. RSVP to ____ at ____ or email him at ____ by the previous Saturday. [3rd Sunday every month]

Business Solutions Hub [unconfirmed]
Manhattan 3:00pm-5:00pm
Business Solutions Hub presents various business cases and allows the SIG to integrate ideas (from all different professions) and methods (we apply mathematical methods for business and economics problems). More info? Call ____ at ____. [3rd Sunday every month]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LIMENSIG Midweek Munchie
Nassau 7:30 pm
Join us for dinner and conversation in ____ at ____, ____. Call ____ for information at ____, or e-mail ____ . [4th Wednesday every month]

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Turkey Shoot (bad movie party)
Queens 1pm
No turkeys will be harmed today! I promise! Turkey Shoot is a film festival of a different sort. Host M ____ welcomes devotees of laughter to his home in ____ to poke fun at the screen (and at ourselves). These films will never be seen on any conventional "Top Million" list. Call ____ at ____ or via email ____ by the Friday before to confirm. [4th Sunday of every ODD month.]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Whedonverse SIG Meeting
Nassau 8:00pm
Join us at ____, to talk about all the creations of writer-director Joss Whedon! Any questions, please contact ____ at ____. [4th Monday every month]

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Karaoke in Freeport
Nassau 7:00pm

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