The Happy MLK Day Edition
Happy MLK Day weekend and hello crazy weather. For those of you headed out of town for the holiday, I hope it snows for some good powder and lovely scenery. For those of us in the city with either rain or 60 degrees or 10 degrees or whatever Mother Nature wants to throw at us, still plenty to do!
Kick off the weekend with Zlatne Uste Golden Festival and enjoy great music and lively dancing in true Balkan tradition. Or check out the Flying Trapeze Class @ Circus Warehouse and fulfill your dreams as a circus flyer. Obviously, lots of Martin Luther King Jr. stuff on Monday. Death of a King with Tavis Smiley is a multi-media stage presentation of Smiley’s best-selling book, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year or meet the founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors presents When They Call You a Terriorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir. On Tuesday Strand presents, It Occurs to Me That I Am America, in which dozens of the most acclaimed modern writers explore what it means to strive for a truly free democracy.
Off Broadway, Balls debuts, the high-intensity theatrical retelling of the unforgettable Battle of the Sexes tennis match and the cultural debates it ignited around sexism. Or, check out X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, which retells the assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared. Also, the Prototype Festival brings visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works to New York. In it, is Fellow Travelers, an opera about a personal journey through the often-overlooked “Lavender Scare.
Finally, on the art scene, gallery hopping in Chelsea offers Mediation Inc, an exhibition of fifteen paintings by Michael Stamm depicting moments of the everyday in an era of extreme political and cultural volatility; The Immigrants surveying the work of more than 40 photographers from the 1860s through 2015, exploring discrimination, assimilation, and a sense of belonging; and Paul Gardère, Goudou Goudou, a selection of Gardère’s final series before his death, produced in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti,
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Zlatne Uste Golden Festival: Enjoy great music, food crafts and lively dancing in true Balkan tradition. The Grand Prospect Hall, 12-13 January.
Trevor Noah: Comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah at Radio City Music Hall. Radio City, 12-13 January.
Behind-the-Scenes @ The National Arts Club & 1844 Gilded Age Tilden Mansion: Step inside one of New York's most prestigious private clubs founded in 1898 to promote interest in the arts. The National Arts Club, 13 January.
Flying Trapeze Class @ Circus Warehouse: Get off the #7 train in Long Island City and become a circus flyer. Circus Warehouse, 14 January.
Death of a King with Tavis Smiley: Smiley narrates this tribute that tells the story of King's final year. King’s Theatre, Brooklyn, 15 January.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors presents When They Call You a Terriorist – A Black Lives Matter Memoir: This poetic memoir and reflection on humanity recounts the birth of Black Lives Matter BAM Fishman, 15 January.
Exploring the Edith Fabbri House, 5th Avenue Gilded Age Mansion: See how the rich once lived through the great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. House of the Redeemer, 15 January.
Strand presents, It Occurs to Me That I Am America: Dozens of the most acclaimed modern writers explore what it means to strive for a truly free democracy. Strand Bookstore, 16 January.
92Y presents HBO’s Mosaic, Preview Screening & Cast Conversation: Set against the backdrop of a mountain resort town, Mosaic, follows popular children’s book author/illustrator Olivia Lake 92Y Buttenweiser Hall, 16 January.
Books Are Magic presents, Stefan Merrill Block, Oliver Loving: The story of the eponymous Oliver Loving, a shy boy who becomes paralyzed after a fateful night at a school dance. Books are Magic, 16 January.
Exploring The Graffiti Hotel: An exclusive tour of the Carlton Arms Hotel, a vibrant exhibition of colorful works of artists from around the world. Carlton Arms Hotel, 16 January.
The Sporkful presents Ask Mimi: Legendary 91-year-old food critic Mimi Sheraton offers advice on food with Mo Rocca and Chef Angela Dimayuga. Union Hall, 16 January.
Live from Housing Works, Buffalo Tom: In advance of the launch of their new album Quiet and Peace, Buffalo Tom will play an exclusive acoustic set. HousingWorks Bookstore, 17 January.
Benefit for Brooklyn New School 3rd Grade Africa Curriculum: Help raise the necessary funds so that the 3rd Graders at BNS can study of Africa. Features David Cross + Janeane Garofalo. Littlefield, 17 January.
Carl Bernstein and All the President’s Men: Join Bernstein and The Daily Beast Editor John Avlon for a conversation and screening of All the President's Men. Symphony Space, 17 January.
Susan Jacoby presents The Age of American Unreason: A cultural history of the last 40 years that focuses on the convergence of social forces in a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. Books Are Magic, 18 January.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Achilles Heel): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 18 January.
NEVER ENDING CHRISTMAS
Origami Holiday Tree: An annual tradition, the tree is decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the permanent halls and current exhibitions. Museum of Natural History, through 7 January.
Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show: Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks. New York Botanic Garden, through 15 January.
Grand Central Holiday Train Show: Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole, this year’s exhibition showcases vintage subway train sets. Transit Museum Grand Central Gallery Annex, through 4 February.
Neko Case: 17 January, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester
Bonobo: 18 January, Output, Brooklyn
Glen Hansard: 19, 21, 22 January, Town Hall, Brooklyn Steel, Rough Trade
The Ally Coalition’s 4th Annual Talent Show, featuring Matt Berninger & Aaron Dessner of The National, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon: 24 January, Town Hall
New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden):
v. New York Islanders, 13 January, 1pm
v. Philadelphia Flyers, 16 January, 7pm
v. Buffalo Sabres, 18 January, 7:30pm
Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center):
v. NY Knicks, 15 January, 3pm
v. San Antonio Spurs, 17 January, 7:30pm
v. Miami Heat, 19 January, 7:30pm
v. Philadelphia 76ers, 31 January, 7:30pm
Balls: Balls is a high-intensity theatrical retelling of the unforgettable Battle of the Sexes tennis match. 59E59, 1though 25 February.
X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation: The assassination of Malcolm X is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. The Theatre at St. Clement's, through 18 February.
Hangmen: In Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Atlantic Theatre Company, through 4 March.
Cute Activist: In a mythical Connecticut town where inequality reigns, a shadowy ring of activists battle a tyrannical Landlord. The Bushwick Starr, through 27 January.
The Homecoming Queen: A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father. Atlantic Stage 2, through 11 February.
Party Face: In Isobel Mahon’s comedy, Hayley Mills plays a mother who tries to force the “right” friend on her daughter at a party. City Center Stage II, through 8 April.
Under the Radar Festival: Over the last 14 years, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival has grown into a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance. The Public Theater, 4-16 January,
Miles for Mary: It’s 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Playwrights Horizons, though 4 February.
The Undertaking: A playful and idiosyncratic take on the classical trip to the land of the dead. 59E59, 59 East 59th Street, through 4 February.
Prototype Festival: An annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works 7-20 January.
Fellow Travelers: A personal journey through the intriguing, gut-wrenching world of the 1950s American “Lavender Scare.” 12-14 January;
Acquanetta: A haunting meditation on the meaning of identity in the heyday of Hollywood gloss. 9-13 January.
The Echo Drift: Convicted murderer Walker Loats must choose between serving her time in solitary and taking a shortcut to rig the game in her favor. 10-20 January, from $30.
Bronx Opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio: The 51-year-old operation opens its season with an English translation of Mozart’s comedy, set in a Turkish harem. Lovinger Theatre, Lehman College,12-15 January.
La Bohème: The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Metropolitan Opera, through 10 March.
Mediation Inc.: Paintings by Michael Stamm depicting moments of the everyday in an era of extreme political and cultural volatility. DC Moore Gallery, through 1 February.
The Immigrants: Surveys the work of more than 40 photographers from the 1860s through 2015, exploring issues of discrimination, assimilation, and a sense of belonging. Harold Greenberg, through 27 January.
Paul Gardère, Goudou Goudou: A selection of Gardère’s final series before his death, produced in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Skoto Gallery, through 20 January.
Joseph Geagan, Unique New York: Geagan’s pastels and ghoulish assemblages of life-size party-going dummies teem with images urban decadence. Fuentes, through 14 January.
Stephen Shore: Shore has often been considered alongside other artists who rose to prominence in the 1970s by capturing the mundane aspects of American popular culture. MoMA, through 28 May.
Joseph Albers in Mexico: The German modernist faces off with the craftspeople of Teotihuacán. Guggenheim, through 28 March.
The Insult: In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side, $15.
1945: On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side, $15.
Vazante: Forced to marry a slave trader, young Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years in this lyrical and nuanced historical mood piece. IFC Cinema, West Village, $15.
In the Fade (Aus Dem Nichts): Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. The trial against a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene pushes Katja to the edge and wants justice. IFC Cinema, West Village, $15.
Lover for a Day (L’amant d’un Jour): After a devastating breakup, the only place 23-year-old Jeanne has to stay in Paris is the small flat belonging to her father, Gilles. But she finds her father living with a new girlfriend her own age: Arianne. Film Society Lincoln Center, Upper West, $17.
Saturday Church: The story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who, living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
Humor Me: A once-acclaimed New York playwright, Nate is struggling to finish his new play when his wife leaves him. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
Happy End: A well-off French family lives in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around Calais. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side, $15.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Aactress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side, $15.
In-Between: Three Palestinian women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Landmark Sunshine, SoHo, $15.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: After months have passed in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) paints three signs with a message directed at the the town's revered chief of police. Landmark Sunshine, SoHo, $15.
I, Tonya: Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.