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.

Tuesday, January 2. Start your 2018 quest at A Hero’s Journey, a live presentation of the hero’s journey first laid out by Joseph Campbell, which lies at the heart of most beloved narratives. Caveat.

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.

Friday, January 5. Begin 2018 with “clarity, intention and inspiration” with this session on establishing rituals for the New Year. New York Open Center.

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.

Tuesday, January 9. Dig into the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict at this event marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

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.

Friday, January 12. Figure out how to attend Moriah Evans’s Figuring, a dance piece focusing on the world of bodies and space. SculptureCenter.

Saturday, January 13. Stay on pitch at this performance by a cappella ensemble Estonian Voices. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America.

Sunday, January 14. Find your zen at Yoga and Poetry, a yoga class combining the practice with live poetry readings. Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library.

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.

Tuesday, January 16. Dedicate your time to a live podcast taping of Dedicate It, which zeroes in on the dedication page, with playwright David Henry Hwang. Caveat.

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.

Friday, January 19. Hail the King at The Art of Nat King Cole, featuring rare footage of the famed musician. 92nd Street Y.

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.

Monday, January 22. Bridge the worlds between literature and dance in this conversation between choreographer Bill T. Jones and author Salman Rushdie. New York Live Arts.

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.

Wednesday, January 24. It’s extremely important to attend this lecture on how the rise of Islamist extremism complements the similar rise of American far-right extremists. 92nd Street Y.

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.

Jerome Robbins/Fancy Free

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.

Saturday, January 27. Stay up all night with philosophical debate, screenings, readings, and music as A Night of Philosophy and Ideas returns to the Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library.

Sunday, January 28. Go beyond the page at this discussion of novelist and Holocaust survivor H.G. Adler’s life and work. 92nd Street Y.

Monday, January 29. Find the “sense” to attend this screening of Going Blind, a documentary examining all aspects of vision loss. The New York Academy of Medicine.

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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