Things to Do in New York in January: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
A new month. A new year. A new crop of offerings to complement your calendar. Practice mindfulness, analyze a favorite show, or be exposed to an unknown spiritual tradition at these upcoming events in NYC.
Monday, January 1. Hear from the likes of Penny Arcade, Steve Earle, Eileen Myles, Jonas Mekas, and LaTasha Diggs among the dozens of poets, artists, and performers who will be on hand for The 44th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.
Wednesday, January 3. Get an introduction to Estonia’s film scene at this screening of November, a film focusing on a young girl in a village where the residents will go to great lengths to survive the dark winter. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America.
Thursday, January 4. Find your “lobster” at The Psychology of Relationships: How “Friends” Can Teach Us About Love, an event deciphering attraction and love through the lens of the long-running sitcom. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Saturday, January 6. Lend your ears to Amir Vahab as he leads his ensemble in Sufi-inspired Persian poetry and music at a Rumi Night concert-talk to celebrate the Feast of the Magi. Church of St. Edward the Martyr.
Sunday, January 7. Learn about the man who created some of the greatest art works of all time at Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman, a lecture discussing the ideas and inspirations behind some of the artist’s iconic works. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Monday, January 8. Speak in iambic pentameter at Shakespeare Stripped: From Mobile Theater to Joe Papp’s Naked Hamlet, an event exploring the Public Theater’s exciting vision for Shakespearean performance in the 1950s and 60s. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Wedneday, January 10. Warm up at Drunk Science Presents Climate Change, in which three intoxicated comedians join theoretical physicist Dr. Kate Marvel of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies to discuss what exactly is burning while our president fiddles. Littlefield.
Thursday, January 11. Exercise your constitutional freedoms by attending Presidential Powers and the Constitution, a lecture discussing how the role of Commander-in-Chief has been expanded and constrained throughout history. New-York Historical Society.
Monday, January 15. Keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s tribute to the civil rights leader, which will bring activists, intellectuals, civic leaders, and performers together to honor and preserve King’s memory and message.
Wednesday, January 17. Plant some seeds of knowledge at The Farm to Garden Movement, a lecture exploring the ongoing relationship between flower growers and designers. New York School of Interior Design.
Thursday, January 18. Draw up a way to attend Four (More) Modern Women: O’Keeffe’s Contemporaries, an introduction to four lesser-known female artists in New York City working between 1900 and 1940. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Saturday, January 20. Dig through the mothballs for your pussy hat and take to the streets for the 2018 Women’s March on NYC.
Sunday, January 21. Open up unknown worlds as Barbara Paca, the Cultural Envoy to Antigua and Barbuda, leads off talks and a demonstration dedicated to the Self-Taught Art of the Caribbean. American Folk Art Museum.
Tuesday, January 23. Believe what you hear at this lecture with author Kevin Young on the history of hoaxes as an American phenomenon, from P.T. Barnum to “fake news.” New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Thursday, January 25. Delve into one of Asia’s most complex relationships at this event on “bitter allies” China and North Korea and what role China could play in the ongoing North Korean conflict. Asia Society and Museum.
Friday, January 26. Jeté your way to Lincoln Center for a one-day symposium on iconic choreographer Jerome Robbins, whose work spanned the worlds of ballet and Broadway. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Tuesday, January 30. Leave Earth’s atmosphere – while staying on the Upper West Side – at this look at the cosmos using information and images gathered on recent NASA missions. American Museum of Natural History.
Wednesday, January 31. Max out the potential auspiciousness of the year ahead with a session on Tibetan astrology led by Dr. Tenzin Dakpa, a senior doctor of Tibetan medicine, and Tashi Chodron, the Rubin Museum of Art’s Assistant Manager of Himalayan Cultural Programs & Partnerships.
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