The Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference kicks off Friday at Judson Memorial Church in the Village, but what about Brooklynites who don’t want to take the, er, trip into Manhattan to hear about the role of psychedelics in science, healing, culture and just plain feeling groovy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, man: tomorrow evening at the B+B Newsroom, East Village comedian Greg Barris interviews scientist and psychedelic journeyman Dennis McKenna.
In addition to hosting a variety show that bills itself as “the world’s most important event,” Barris is poised to become the Art Bell of downtown: his new Mind Warriors podcast plumbs the scientific and spiritual minds of folks like last month’s guest, East Village psychedelic/New Age thinker Daniel Pinchbeck (who’s now a talk show host himself). Tomorrow, Barris will go deep with Dennis McKenna, who co-wrote The Invisible Landscape with his brother, the late philosopher Terence McKenna, and later penned a memoir, Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, about their psychedelic explorations.
While the older McKenna can safely be considered the Timothy Leary of his day, Dennis remained on the sidelines, building a successful career in ethnopharmacology and neuroscience. Join us tomorrow at 8 p.m. as Barris coaxes McKenna out of his brother’s shadow and into what’s sure to be an entertaining and elucidating hour of conversation. The event is free, at the B+B Newsroom at 155 Grand Street, off of Bedford Ave., in Williamsburg.