"Come on down and try on a new head." So goes the tagline for the "Improvising Consciousness Medicine Show," a four-day series of events and workshops designed to explore "diverse and radical theories of mind." The interactive symposium, launched earlier this year by University at Buffalo media study professor Josephine Anstey, features games, lectures and offbeat activities meant to help participants think differently about the way their minds work.

"Now aided by a real alien intelligence and autonomous robots, Anstey challenges the audience to uncover the secret future of their own minds," a tantalizing release about the event says.

The whole heady affair takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.) and from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sunday and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Burning Books (420 Connecticut St.). For more information, visit

-- Colin Dabkowski