Iceland

FRONT AND CENTER
Kaleo

 

All the way from Iceland, indie rock band Kaleo comes to New York City to perform songs from their debut album A/B. Highlights include a performance of “Vor i Vaglaskogi,” a traditional Icelandic Love song sung in the band’s native language, as well as their top 10 singles “All the Pretty Girls” and “Way Down We Go.”

 

NATURE
Animal Homes: Animal Cities

 

For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own. For others, communal living provides multi-generational care-giving options or the opportunity to build enormous cities like the acre-wide multi-million-citizen colonies built by leaf cutter ants in Costa Rica, or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, built entirely by tiny corals.