New season of free lectures to get obsessive compulsive over

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Chaim Lazaros, AKA, the Superhero Life, at the last OCD series. Photo by Sarah Bibi.

Fall has always been the herald of fresh television programming after a dismal summer of re-runs, but let’s not count real-life out. Pete’s Candy Store‘s own free lecture series has announced the lineup for its seventh season. OCD (aka Open City Dialogue), brings interesting and compelling personalities from all perspectives of the cityscape. Past lecturers have included a real-life superhero helping New York’s homeless and an urban activist working to reform Chicago’s tougher neighborhoods. This season promises great guests, including a beekeeper, a JFK conspiracy expert and a famous street artist who reconfigures subway ads. So just in case 2 Broke Girls doesn’t pan out, you can still expect some top-quality programming coming out of Williamsburg. View the entire schedule after the jump.

OCT. 11:
QUEEN BEE: Big Apple Apiculture
w/Megan Paska
Brooklyn is a beekeeperʼs paradise. Come learn about apiculture with a honeyed lecture by the boroughʼs own Queen Bee.

OCT. 24
LAST WORDS: The Mysterious Death and Buried Treasure of Dutch Schultz
w/John Conway
When Dutch Schultz was shot in 1935, it opened up a mystery that remains unsolved. In a stream-of-consciousness rant, Schultz may have offered tips as to where his $7 million dollar treasure lays buried upstate. Certainly, the faithful who search each year believe so. Join in on the 76th anniversary of his death for an in-depth look at this amazing and ongoing tale.

Nov 7
REALLY? Impossible Urban Illustration
w/James Gulliver Hanccok
The NYC department of finance estimates there are more than 900,000 buildings in New York. James Gulliver Hancock, an illustrator from Sydney, Australia, plans to draw them all. That may sound like idle boasting, but, with more than 600 under his belt so far, Mr. Hancock is demonstrating a fighting spirit. Come join him for a brief taste of his work so far, and a discussion of why someone might wish to take on the most intimidating built environment on Earth, with just a pen and some paper!

Nov 14
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT: the JFK Conspiracy Unveiled
w/ Jack Gordon
JFK assassination expert Jack Gordon explains why JFK is missed and why the truth regarding his murder still matters 50 years later.

Nov 28
SENSUAL CIPHER: The Work of Carlo Mollino, Architect and Designer
w/Daniel Sherer
Yale professor Daniel Sherer discusses the life and work of the influential, though unsung, Italian architect, furniture designer, photographer, pilot and race-car driver.

DEC. 12
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND: Re-purposing NYCʼs adscape
w/ Posterboy
Street artist Posterboy covertly reconfigures NYC subway ads into eye-popping collages that poke fun at Big Brother and consumptive celebrity culture. Posterboy will be on hand to discuss his work, process and how making subversive art can land you in Rikers.

Dec 26
Guests TBA
Come share Boxing Day with OCD as we explore the alternate cultural and temporal dimensions of Christmas (i.e. Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Solstice, Falstus) in a yule-filled, eggnog soaked deconstruction of our most divisive holiday.

Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St., Williamsburg. Lectures start at 7:30 and last 30-45 minutes.

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