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

By Alison Durkee

It’s been a long year, but it’s finally time to say goodbye to 2018 and move on to 2019. Luckily, the New Year already has plenty of interesting things in store for New Yorkers. Get the year started off right by learning about everything from robots to Russia at these upcoming talks and events.

Tuesday, January 1. Become well “versed” at the 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading, a poetry marathon featuring more than 140 poets. St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.

Wednesday, January 2. Get some help at this event on “teaming up” with robots and how humans and artificial intelligence can collaborate in the workplace. American Museum of Natural History.

Thursday, January 3. Time hop back to January 3rds of the past at On This Day…, a show diving into the in-depth history of the show’s date. Caveat.

Friday, January 4. Take this as a “sign” you should attend this panel discussion with astrologers on how 2019 is set to shape up. New York Open Center.

Saturday, January 5. Spend your first Saturday of the year at the Brooklyn Museum, where their monthly Target First Saturday will imagine new ways of transforming the world in 2019 through music, film, dance, workshops, and more. Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, January 6. “Tap” into this world premiere performance by tap-centric dance company Caleb Teicher & Co. with composer Conrad Tao, which will explore American vernacular dance traditions on a stage covered by a thin layer of sand. Guggenheim Museum.

Monday, January 7. Don’t be a victim at this book launch and discussion on Silvia Federici’s feminist call to arms Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women and Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons. Bluestockings.

Tuesday, January 8. Make your own decisions at this author talk with Gianpaolo Baiocchi on his book We, the Sovereign, which calls for our current political system to be overhauled into a radical utopia of popular self-rule.

Wednesday, January 9. Immerse yourself in sightseeing in the cultural capital of black America as author Karen Faye Taborn presents a new book of literate walking tours. Mid-Manhattan Library.

Thursday, January 10. Treat yourself like royalty by attending this lecture on ancient Egypt’s female rulers. 92nd Street Y.

Friday, January 11. It’ll all be Greek to you at this talk on ancient Greece and whether its stories of war and bravery are still relevant today. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Saturday, January 12. Find your zen at this yoga workshop with the legendary 79-year- old Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. Dharma Yoga Center.

Sunday, January 13. Drop in on New York-based choreographers and performers Laurel Atwell and Jessica Cook during their residency at MoMA PS1 during this open studio event. MoMA PS1.

Monday, January 14. Trick yourself into attending this talk with Abby Ellin on the phenomenon of people leading double lives. The Half King.

Tuesday, January 15. Channel your anger at this talk on fury and feminism with Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Wednesday, January 16. Resolve to take better care of yourself with Buddhist teacher Haemin Sunim, who leads a talk and book signing for his publication Love for Imperfect Things: The Power of Self-Care. Rubin Museum of Art.

Thursday, January 17. Reflect on a critical moment for both America and the Jewish community with two Washington insiders, Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew. Temple Emanu-El.

Friday, January 18. Draw up a way to attend the Park Avenue Armory’s annual Winter Show, a renowned art, design, and antiques fair benefiting the East Side House Settlement.

Saturday, January 19. Discover a new genre of music at this performance by Riyaaz Qawwali, an ensemble performing the South Asian genre of qawwali music. Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Sunday, January 20. The Sunday Platform at the New York Society for Ethical Culture presents the provoking question: Would Offering a Price Tag on Bodily Organs Help to Alleviate the Organ Shortage Crisis? Andrew M. Flescher, Ph.D., Professor of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine and Professor of English SUNY Stony Brook, leads the conversation.

Monday, January 21. Don’t be afraid to dream at this annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a full day of events that brings together activists, public leaders, and performers. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Tuesday, January 22. Exercise your freedoms at this conversation between New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick and Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist who was jailed for 544 days as a spy in Iran. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Wednesday, January 23. Battle it out at this discussion on our relationship with Russia and whether we’re in a “second Cold War,” with historian Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation journalist Katrina Vanden Heuvel, and iconic journalist Dan Rather. 92nd Street Y.

Thursday, January 24. Fold some art making into your day at this session on origami and how it can be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Japan Society.

Friday, January 25. Dance over to Lincoln Center for this day-long symposium on the iconic modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Saturday, January 26.Travel to the Upper East Side from 66th Street at Thomas Pryor’s City Boy: Yorkville, My Hometown, a presentation recounting the neighborhood’s history through his family’s experiences there.

Sunday, January 27. Get in step at this symposium on the Judson Dance Theatre, a groundbreaking 60s-era collective of dancers and artists that revolutionized modern dance. MoMA PS1.

Monday, January 28. Don’t be petty at this look at the country’s broken misdemeanor system. Brooklyn Historical Society.

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a Times Square sex worker, in “The Deuce” (courtesy of HBO); Photograph of Times Square by Jane Dickson.

Tuesday, January 29. Look back on New York’s gritty past at this glimpse of Times Square in the 1970s and 80s and how it was reflected in the HBO show The Deuce. Museum of the City of New York.

Wednesday, January 30. Hear from author and activist Jodie Patterson as she tells the story of her family’s history and transformation, including growing up as an African-American on the Upper West Side in the 1970s and her transgender son. The Strand.

Thursday, January 31. Bring the outdoors indoors at this talk on Japanese architecture and the role of weather in the conception of architectural space. Japan Society.

For a printable PDF of this calendar, click here.


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