Things to Do in New York in February: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

2018 is in full swing, and while New Yorkers may have more cold weather to endure, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore. Spend your February learning about everything from the biopolitics of feeling to the fate of Einstein’s brain with these upcoming events.

Thursday, February 1. Question whether “it couldn’t happen here” with Harvard professor Daniel Ziblatt as her speaks about the new book he co-authored, the warning signs everywhere in Trump America, and what we can do to preserve the American experiment. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Friday, February 2. Learn about a different kind of “fake news” at this event centered on the time the Louvre supposedly caught on fire in 1871 – possibly the first case of a false report, which made headlines around the world. Columbia University.

Saturday, February 3. Save your appetite for some Tibetan specialties at this Gourmet Food Circle event at Punda Tibetan Restaurant. China Institute.

Sunday, February 4. Stand united at The State of America: Divisions, Decline or Renewal?, Ralph Buultjens’s examination of how the country is coping a year into Trump’s presidency. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, February 5. Be honest at Who Needs Truth: An Evening of Politics and Performance, a debate on the concept of truth in our society, complete with poetry and performances. The Cooper Union.

Tuesday, February 6. Get primed for Valentine’s Day as the dating industrial complex meets commentators to debate the notion “Dating Apps Have Killed Romance.” Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Wednesday, February 7. Sprint to this panel discussion on the past, present, and future of women’s running to commemorate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. NYRR RUNCENTER.

Thursday, February 8. Go high-tech at this talk with author Emily Chang about the sexism and “bro culture” of Silicon Valley and how women are starting to fight back. Grand Central Tech.

Friday, February 9. Take in some old-school psychic entertainment as mentalist Kent Axell takes over the Greek Revival double parlor for a night of mystery and mind reading. Merchant’s House Museum.

Saturday, February 10. See New York City’s past for yourself at this screening of Lost Landscapes of New York, a collection of rare videos documenting the city throughout the 20th century. Museum of the Moving Image.

Sunday, February 11. Get a scoop at this inside look at the Pentagon Papers and the balances that must be struck between national security and First Amendment freedoms. Watson Hotel.

Monday, February 12. Have the luck of the Irish at Muldoon’s Picnic, a “feast” of music, storytelling and more featuring actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. Irish Arts Center.

Tuesday, February 13. Invest in this walking tour of the Financial District focused on the history of financial panics and crashes. Museum of American Finance.

Wednesday, February 14. Take a romantic stroll through the New-York Historical Society with their Loved and Lost Tour of romantic tales throughout history. New-York Historical Society.

Thursday, February 15. Celebrate the work of two prominent gay artists at the Morgan’s LGBTQ & Friends: A Night OUT at the Morgan, which will spotlight the museum’s current exhibitions on Tennessee Williams and Peter Hujar with tours, drinks, and live music. Morgan Library & Museum.

Friday, February 16. Reel yourself in to Moviemakers’ Master Class: Private Lessons from Three Acclaimed Directors, which will break down and analyze the work of consummate storytellers Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Steven Spielberg. SUNY Global Center.

Saturday, February 17. Feel sentimental at The Biopolitics of Feeling, an event centered on Kyla Schuller’s new book exploring how sentimentalism established our modern hierarchies of race and sex. Bluestockings.

Sunday, February 18. Party like it’s 1830 at Washington’s Birthday Ball, a party celebrating the first president’s birthday in the same way as our 19th century ancestors. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Monday, February 19. Learn about the trailblazing women born into China’s one-child policy and their current struggles with Leftover in China author Roseann Lake. The Strand.

Tuesday, February 20. Mark this year’s Black History Month with Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and author of the recently published When They Call You a Terrorist, and legendary activist Angela Davis, together on stage discussing survival and justice. Merkin Concert Hall.

Wednesday, February 21. Fuel your brain by learning about one of science’s greatest minds – literally – at this panel discussion on Albert Einstein’s brain and its sad destiny following the physicist’s death. Temple Emanu-El.

Thursday, February 22. Question what you know about one of history’s most iconic women at this talk on the “real” Cleopatra. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Friday, February 23. Time will fly at this conversation with space pilot Tony Antonelli on how going beyond Earth’s atmosphere warps astronauts’ conception of time. Rubin Museum of Art.

Saturday, February 24. Spend a mindful day with a meditation master as he leads a day of retreat designed to “glimpse our open-hearted embodied awake nature.” Tibet House US.

Sunday, February 25. Attend “the world’s first global summit on influencer culture” as VW Sunday Sessions hosts a tongue-in-cheek look at a modern malady. MoMA PS1.

Monday, February 26. Ponder plunder as the prerequisite underlying modern art with “potential history” expert Ariella Azoulay. The Cooper Union.

Tuesday, February 27. Gain a different perspective on Trump’s America at this talk with Univision journalist Jorge Ramos on his new book, Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era. Barnes & Noble – Union Square.

Wednesday, February 28. Search for clues at this event on Michelle McNamara’s true crime account of the Golden State Killer, which will be presented by the late journalist’s husband, comedian Patton Oswalt. St. Ann’s Church.

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