BRAIN TRAUMA & ONE MAN’S MUSIC

May 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

In 1982, Texas troubador Vince Bell, who has been compared to Bruce Cockburn, Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, was broadsided by a drunk driver after leaving the studio where he and Stevie Ray Vaughan had just recorded. He received a traumatic brain injury and spent a month in a coma. Vince will perform “One Man’s Music” on how he relearned to walk, talk, and play the guitar.

Dr. John Krakauer, Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is a clinician / scientist expert on recovery from stroke and brain injury. He’ll illustrate the changes within the brains of such patients, the wide range of outcomes, and results from his research on the treatment following these injuries.

Entertaining Science has since 2002 paired public lectures by prominent scientists with performances by artists who address the lecture’s theme, as a monthly series at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village. The series runs at 6 pm on the second Sunday of each month, and is coordinated by founder, poet, and chemist Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University with composer and neuroscientist Dave Soldier of Columbia University. Past Shows include scientists from a broad range of fields, including Oliver Sacks, Benoit Mandelbrot, Joseph Le Doux, Carl Djerassi, Paul Greengard, Roger Payne and Mark Moffet, paired with the likes of downtown musicians, actors, filmmakers, playwrights, choreographers and flamenco dancers, bluegrass bands, and photographers including Vitaly Komar, Elliott Sharp, Phoebe Legere, Mark Mitton and Nelida Tirado.

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