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

By Alison Durkee

We’re now one month into 2017, and while we may be past the throes of January, the brightness of spring is still weeks away. Combat the winter blues with these upcoming talks and events, which feature everything from consciousness hacking to partying 19th century-style.

Wednesday, February 1. Philosopher Rick Repetti joins the Gotham Philosophical Society to speak on Buddhist Meditation, Mental Freedom, and Free Will, expanding on the seeming contradiction of seeking “free will for selves that do not exist.” Cornelia Street Cafe.

Thursday, February 2. Get relationships down to a science at the book launch event for From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Friday, February 3. Can technology facilitate mindfulness? That’s the question raised at a Think Olio night dedicated to “consciousness hacking” and Seeking Enlightenment Through Technology, Psychedelics, and Meditation. The session will be led by a scholar of Buddhism, a consciousness hacker himself. The Strand.

Saturday, February 4. Ring in the Year of the Rooster at the China Institute’s family-friendly Chinese New Year celebration, complete with workshops, activities, and an evening party. China Institute

Sunday, February 5. Get an insight into the future of US/Israeli relations under President Trump at this panel discussion with such participants as Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon and former CIA head James Woolsey. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, February 6. Shine a ghostlight on Broadway’s past at this discussion on its lost theaters with theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Tuesday, February 7. Be more than an object at Our Bodies, Online, a discussion interrogating how women wield their bodies on the Internet and the rules of feminism in the digital age. The New School.

Wednesday, February 8. Step away from the keyboard for this event on how the Internet is being used to promote xenophobic and anti-Semitic views, and how concerned citizens can challenge this disturbing hate speech. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Thursday, February 9. By the hammer of Thor! See star author Neil Gaiman take on Norse mythology at this discussion with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. The Town Hall.

Friday, February 10. Take a romantic look at tenement life at this event exploring the love lives of former tenants. Tenement Museum.

Saturday, February 11. Explore Chelsea’s galleries from an LGBT perspective on this special art tour. New York Gallery Tours.

Sunday, February 12. Join an ethnomusicologist for a talk on the historical rise of Yiddish pop in vaudeville dives and tenement parlors. Stick around as live performances bring the music to life. Museum at Eldridge Street.

Monday, February 13. Fight “The Good Fight” at this discussion on the new CBS show with its executive producers and star Christine Baranski. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, February 14. Tap into your animal instincts at this scientific exploration on how the animal kingdom converses with each other—and with us. Graduate Center, CUNY.

Wednesday, February 15. Make your ignorance about magic disappear at this talk with a neuroscientist on how we process illusions. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, February 16. Go inside the anti-Semitic mind with this study of language in contemporary Germany. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Friday, February 17. Don’t keep it to yourself that you’ll be at Privacy and the Profit Motive, an event exploring digital privacy and the history of large-scale data collection in America. The Strand.

Saturday, February 18. Confront the ongoing refugee crisis at this talk with PEN America writers on their insight and experience with the current humanitarian disaster. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Sunday, February 19. 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 20. Explore the legacy of one of America’s greatest playwrights at the August Wilson Effect, which centers on the playwright’s work and impact on black storytelling. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Tuesday, February 21. Long for the past at this panel discussion on the intersection of technology, culture, and nostalgia. WORD.

Wednesday, February 22. Try not to heat things up at this event on the future of climate change with one of the environment’s fiercest advocates: Vice President Al Gore. Temple Emanu-El.

Thursday, February 23. Ride the subway to this history of New York City’s vast public transportation. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Friday, February 24. Don’t cheat yourself by missing out on this exploration of fraud in America, from PT Barnum to Bernie Madoff. 92nd Street Y.

Saturday, February 25. Take a trolley tour through Brooklyn’s African-American past at this event offered by Green-Wood Cemetery and the Weeksville Heritage Center.

Sunday, February 26. Go off the air at this event with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer as he discusses his own Jewish heritage. Temple Emanu-El.

Monday, February 27. Long before a World Series telecast brought the phrase “ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning” into the popular imagination (it was never said on air), the South Bronx was a vibrant neighborhood. Hear the story in An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s. Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, February 28. Go wild at NYC: Where the Wild Things Are, an illustrated talk on the flora and fauna of our concrete jungle. Prospect Heights Brainery.

For a printable PDF of this calendar, click here.

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