Start your new year off right by discovering a new art form, or recreating yourself. All of which could include watching people ride the subway pants less.
Improv everywhere is causing a bigger scene than usual on the NYC subways this weekend with the No Pants Subway Ride. If you’re into freezing your ninnies off to join the masses, or if you’d just rather gawk at everyone’s underwear choices, this event is for you. Freedom comes in many forms.
If you haven’t seen La La Land yet, you should to get into the mood for the Winter Jazzfest. This year, they will be celebrating social justice Thelonious Monk with an array of shows featuring the finest jazz musicians. Tickets range from $45-$100 plus, but it could be worth it to start the New Year crooning right.
Since 2011, the genre defying #harpist Brandee Younger has produced an impressive body of work, her most recent 2016 critically-acclaimed record #WaxnWane. With her success, she says that she is on a quest to "make the harp a more relevant force in today’s music.” She fuses various styles in her music such as #hiphop and #RnB. The @VillageVoice says, "there's no room for coyness in her music, although her eyes betray a glimmer of mischief when she plays." Brandee will be playing with #bassist Rashaan Carter and #drummer E.J. Strickland at #NYCWJF at @revivemusic stage at @nublunyc on Sat. Jan. 7th at 12:20AM.
Start the New Year by learning an art form you can do anywhere, at anytime. Origami artist and 3-D printing pro Alicia Lo will be at QED Astoria to show you how to construct animals, buildings and other tiny creations out of paper for free. All the materials are provided, and food drink will be available while you get your craft on.
Once again, the Bell House is throwing down an epic, free bash this Saturday to celebrate the reign of the Spice Girls. Dress up in your favorite Spice Girl attire, which obviously involves platform boots, and dance the night away pretending you’re 11. Girl Power forever.
For events to keep the blues away throughout January, check out the below:
Luckily, New York allows us all to fend off the winter blues by staying in the holiday spirit until mid-January. Check out the New York Botanical Garden’s “Holiday Train Show” until January 17. Witness enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials.
It wouldn’t be the holidays in NYC without a visit to the @nybg to see the city recreated in their annual Holiday Train Show– on view through January 16!! Of course, among our favorite landmarks is the Frick (see here)…. what’s yours? #frickcollection #NYBG #holidaytrainshow #holidaysinthecity #frickmas
The Jack Shaiman Gallery in Chelsea is hosting this special Titus Kaphur second solo Art Installation until January 28. “Shifting Skies” is an investigation into the highest and lowest forms of recording history. From monuments to mug shots, this body of work seeks to collapse the line of American history to inhabit a fixed point in the present. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.