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GNYM Member Event Calendar
October 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.

October 2015

Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 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, October __, 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 ____ .

Friday, October 9, 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, October 10 - Sunday, October 11, 2015

Southern Connecticut Mensa Harvest Weekend and Games Night
Bethel, CT
"An Autumn Weekend with Southern Connecticut Mensa"
Tours by day, games Saturday night.

Saturday, October 10, 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, October 11, 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, October 12, 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, October 13, 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]

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]

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Third-Thursday Speaker Series
Manhattan, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Subject: Composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh will discuss his memoir: Sleep. Write. Now. Emerging from a dark year of insomnia, anxiety and depression from loss. In 2012, Seth Bisen-Hersh had a dark year. By the end of 2011, a myriad of his best friends had abandoned New York City, and the girl he thought he was going to marry decided they had irreconcilable incompatibilities. The breakup triggered an intense adverse reaction: insomnia, anxiety and depression ensued. As he was battling these, he lost two grandparents in the span of two weeks during the summer of 2012. Then that fall, his younger sister got married and moved away. Seth tried everything to get through the tough times of compounded loss, and this memoir is a testament to his dedication to recover. Filled with non-euphemized truth and self-aware hindsight, and infused with a wry sense of humor, this book includes unabridged journal entries, real emails to friends, therapy recollections, medication analyses, and heart wrenching poems and song lyrics written during the dark year as it charts his journey from Cloud Nine to rock bottom and finally back to the surface. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, sometimes in the same sentence, Sleep. Write. Now. is dedicated to anyone who is going through a dark year.

SETH BISEN-HERSH is a prolific, versatile and award-winning composer/lyricist and performer. His musicals include Love Quirks (successful limited run in NYC, September 2014,, Stanley's Party (Manhattan Children's Theatre, 2010), More to Love (2014 Winner: Best Lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival), The Spickner Spin (2004 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award), and Meaningless Sex (2003 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award). He has also written and starred in 9 cabaret song cycles of his work: And Then She Dumped Me, The Gayest Straight Man Alive, Meaningful Sex, Neurotic Tendencies, Why Am I Not Famous Yet?, Writer's Block: a cabaret that was hard to write, I'll Relax When I'm Dead: a reluctantly prolific cabaret, If Adele Can Do It, So Can I: an evening of mostly sorrow and Not Your Grandma's Cabaret (unless she's really naughty). He produces two annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers (Broadway Meows and Broadway Can!), writes/ stars in the web series Every Day a Little Seth (Season 5 concluded August 2015), and as of October 2015, he has emceed, produced and accompanied over 370 talent showcases at Don't Tell Mama. He has two Bachelors from MIT (Computer Science & Engineering and Music Composition) and a Masters in Music Technology from NYU.

•The GNYM Third-Thursday Speaker Series is always free. All are welcome.
•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]
[3rd Thursday every month] #10

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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

Westchester Area Meeting of GNYMensa
Westchester 2pm
Schmoozing and discussion; one presentation; some trivia; new friends. Bring cash.
•Location: Ben's of Scarsdale [Kosher Deli & Restaurant], 718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale NY 10804. (A new location for Ben's; opened January 2015.)

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]

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Smart Company: The SIG for Mensa Business Owners and Executives
Manhattan 6:30pm
Topic: Business Fundamentals: From Bartering to Web 2.0, Has it Changed that Much?
SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations are required and are subject to availability. Enjoy stimulating conversation on business-related issues and a great meal. All attendees are encouraged to participate in lively group discussions. Non-M guests are always warmly welcomed. According to attendees, Smart Company is “more fun than it sounds,” “stimulating,” and the food is “good.” We share knowledge, discuss business issues, trade solutions to business problems, and have a good time doing it. This SIG is organized by lawyer ____ and creative director ____. Call or email ____ for reservations or additional information: ____, ____ . RSVP deadline is 5pm, the Friday before the meeting. [3rd Tuesday every month]

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Westchester Area Meeting of GNYMensa
Westchester 6pm
Schmoozing and discussion; one presentation; some trivia; new friends. Bring cash.
•Location: Ben's of Scarsdale [Kosher Deli & Restaurant], 718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale NY 10804. (A new location for Ben's; opened January 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.
Upstairs at The Storehouse, 69 W 23rd St (between 5th Ave and 6th Ave), 212-243-8898. [on Facebook]
[3rd Wednesday every month] #6
Sunday, October 25, 2015

GNYM Halloween Party 2015
Manhattan 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a family-friendly Halloween party. Many people come in costume, and you can, too, if you'd like. As always, there will be refreshments and the chance to meet with your fellow Mensans.

•Price: included in your membership.
•Location: Union Square Loft, 873 Broadway, Suite 408 (buzzer 050), New York, NY [map]
(enter on Broadway between 18th & 19th Streets [map])

Monday, October 26, 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]

Wednesday, October 28, 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]

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Sunday, November 1, 2015

HalloweeM 40 - Time Travel WeeM
Wheeling, IL
Chicago Area Mensa's annual 4-day RG

Friday, October 30, 2015 - Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wicked Good! Birthday Party (RG)
Fitchburg, MA
Boston Mensa's 50th anniversary RG. At Great Wolf Lodge New England

(For more details and more gatherings around the country, see Mensa Bulletin and American Mensa web site.)

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