NEW YORK CITY (CBSNewYork) — You may think of science as the class you couldn’t wait to ditch in high school – but this week, all the cool kids are into it.

The World Science Festival returned to New York City Wednesday night, and will be in town until Sunday, June 5th. A high-profile combination of beauty and brains will unite for the decentralized festival, set to take place across venues in the five boroughs with about 50 events.

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The opening night gala, held at Lincoln Center, featured a special reading in which Maggie Gyllenhaal stepped into the role of Marie Curie for a play written by Emmy-award winner Alan Alda.

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Other celebrities like Amy Adams, Allison Janney, Liev Schreiber and Julie Taymor were also in attendance.

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Tickets and event guides are available on the World Science Festival Web site.