Free; reservations required. Whether you have perfect pitch or can't carry a tune, music is a force for happiness in everyday life. But many people who love listening to music would never dare try to create it. Do you have to be born musical or practice 10,000 hours before a certain age to develop real talent? How good do you have to get to make playing music fun? What does music in all its forms and varieties do to our brains? Psychologist Gary Marcus, director of New York University’s Center for Language And Music and author of Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning, visits Zócalo to discuss music’s mysterious allure, our acquisition of new skills, the science of pleasure—and his experience with learning to play guitar at age 40. Parking $9 w/MOCA validation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage, enter from Lower Grand Ave. Books will be available through Skylight Books. (kiracle)
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