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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
For a printable PDF of this calendar, click here.
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