Monday, January 31

Metromix Hot Plates Live

One-stop entertainment gurus Metromix are serving up another tasty installment of Hot Plates Live. The seasonal event features endless samplings from a dozen of New York’s top new restaurants and chefs--for just $15! Handpicked by the Metromix editors, this three-hour culinary delight showcases not-to-miss bites from Sunburnt Calf, Hill Country Chicken and Joe Coffee, to name a few.

Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-7500

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Sunday, January 30

NY Chili Fest

Things are heating up in here! The annual NY Chili Fest simmers and satisfies at Chelsea Market with a 500-foot long concourse of chili, plus Amy's Bread corn bread, Brooklyn Brewery taps and live music. Find out if the competitors at the 2011 NY Chili Fest have got the spicy recipes to melt the record-setting 36" of snow NYC has dug out from this month. (That's more than Anchorage, AK!) $35 admission includes all-you-can-eat chili from 24 of the city's top chefs and restaurants, including Blue Ribbon, Char No. 4, and Beer Table. And for just $10 more, you can sip unlimited Brooklyn Brewery beer. Plus, all ticket proceeds go to support Food Systems NYC.

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-2630

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Saturday, January 29

Edith Wharton’s New York Tour

Join up with other admirers of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer, Edith Wharton. Wharton was born at 14 West 23rd St. on January 24, 1862 and while the building is now home to a Starbucks, this Municipal Art Society of New York tour explores the neighborhoods—Madison Square and Gramercy Park—where Wharton spent her formative years and where she set The Age of Innocence, New Year’s Day and The Old Maid.

Meet at 200 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 935-3960

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Friday, January 28

The Found Footage Festival

The Found Footage Festival is back in town! A celebration of odd and hilarious videos found at garage sales, thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country, FFF debuts Volume 5 of found VHS treasures. The 90-minute time warp is hosted by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher and includes but is not limited to: rediscovered celebrity blunders, a medley of gingers, leprechauns, and Hare Krishnas...and lots of precocious animals. Bonus: a rare screening of the cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, plus free Brooklyn Brewery beer (while supplies last)!

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-5181
8, 10pm (thru Saturday)

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Thursday, January 27

The Songs of Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the group My Brightest Diamond, Shara Worden, graces Lincoln Center as a part of their American Songbook series. Blending elements of rock, cabaret and opera, Worden has released two full-length albums, Bring Me the Workhorse and A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, and has worked with artists like The Decemeberists, Sufjan Stevens and David Byrne.

Time Warner Center
The Allen Room, 5th Floor
Broadway and 60th St.
New York, NY 10023
(212) 258-9877

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Wednesday, January 26

Liz Phair at The Music Hall of Williamsburg

It’s been 15 years since the release of her groundbreaking “Exile in Guyville,” and Liz Phair is still rocking out and taking names. After dropping her label last year, Phair is now on tour promoting “Funstyle,” which boasts more experimental tunes and bonus disc "Girlysound Tapes"--remastered versions of her earliest-known cassette recordings.

Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-5400

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Tuesday, January 25

The Social Network Screening with Producer Scott Rudin

Producer Scott Rudin is recognized by his Hollywood and Broadway peers and movie-goers alike. While his work in the theatre is notable (The History Boys and Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections), his involvement with Wes Anderson and the Coen brothers (including the Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men and True Grit--now in theaters) has earned him the most acclaim. Catch a screening of his most recent--and four Golden Globe-winning film, The Social Network, and stay for an in-person Q&A session with Rudin himself.

The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10103
(212) 621-6600

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Monday, January 24

2-for-1 Broadway and $20 Off-Broadway Tickets

It’s Broadway Week and to celebrate the theatre, dozens of Broadway shows are offering deep discounts on tickets from now until February 10. Want to see Billy Elliot or Chicago? How about The Lion King or The Importance of Being Earnest? During Broadway Week, you (plus 1!) get 2-for-1 admission and can choose from these Broadway performances and fourteen others.

Off-Broadway productions aren't just waiting in the wings to offer deals, either. Thru February 6, $20 tickets for more than thirty shows are available 20 minutes before the curtain rises... when you mention the code “20at20”. Bonus: See 7 shows and dinner for 2 is on 20at20!

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Sunday, January 23

Make Your Restaurant Week Reservations

Our stomachs are already rumbling, so it must be that time of year again! New York Restaurant Week is back serving up delicious spreads at unbeatable prices, Monday-Friday, 1/24 through 2/6. Make your reservations now to enjoy a three-course lunch ($24.07 per person) or dinner ($35 per person) at over a hundred of NYC’s finest dining establishments.


Saturday, January 22

Back to the Eighties Show with 80s icons Debbie Gibson and Tiffany

Slip into those parachute pants and grab your Aqua Net as cover band Rubix Kube takes you back with the sweet sounds of the 1980s. The Back to the Eighties show reminds us exactly how video killed the radio star. And because any retro night just wouldn't be radical without special guests: 80s icons Debbie Gibson AND Tiffany will perform together for the very first time. Totally awesome!

Canal Room
285 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-8100
Two shows: 8, 10 pm

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Friday, January 21

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Squash Event

One of the most coveted titles in the world of men’s professional squash, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions returns for its 14th year to the four-walled glass court under the chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Don’t miss a chance to be a part of the largest squash spectator event in the world and watch top-ranked Ramy Ashour and Nick Matthew and 22 others compete for the title of champion.

Grand Central Terminal
Vanderbilt Hall
87 East 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
(718) 569-0594
First match at 12pm
$5 and up

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Thursday, January 20

The 10th Annual American Antiques Show

It’s New York’s own Antique Roadshow at the Metropolitan Pavilion. In its 10th year, The American Antiques Show features 300 years of great American design: period furniture, folk, fine and decorative arts, household ceramics and silver, jewelry, arts and crafts, and American Indian art. The exhibit aims to foster the public’s knowledge and appreciation of American folk art and Americana with proceeds supporting the American Folk Art Museum. As a bonus, single-day admission ($20) to the show includes a show catalog and 2-for-1 admission to the museum; and two-day ($35) and three-day ($50) passes are also available.

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 463-0071
Thursday, 11am–8pm
Friday, 11am–8pm
Saturday, 11am–7pm
Sunday, 12pm–5pm

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Wednesday, January 19

This is Your Brain on Ping Pong at the American Museum of Natural History

A part of The American Museum of Natural History’s ongoing exhibit Brain: The Inside Story, “This is Your Brain on Ping Pong,” is an interactive exposé on how the human brain benefits from the seemingly fun and simple game of table tennis, as it combines agility and split-second decisions. Participants can sign up to practice and get pointers from SPiN social table tennis pros, Susan Sarandon (yes, the Susan Sarandon) and puzzle master, Will Shortz.

American Museum of Natural History
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, First Floor
Central Park West at 77th St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100 ‎

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Tuesday, January 18

Three Sisters at the Classic Stage Company

The award-winning Off Broadway theatre, the Classic Stage Company presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard. Don’t miss this short run of the centuries-old tale about the decay of a privileged middle class and the search for meaning in a modernizing world.

Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-4210

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Monday, January 17

Museum of the Moving Image Reopening and Free Family Day

After extensive renovations and remodeling, the Museum of the Moving Image has reopened with a brand new 267-seat theater, 68-seat screening room, galleries, shop, cafe and courtyard. Architect Thomas Leeser redesigned the space to accommodate more production workshops and audio visual exhibits for students and visitors. The museum’s premier Behind the Screen exhibit features upgraded technology and memorabilia that bring to life the process of making moving images. Demonstrations and tours add to the interactive experience.

3601 35th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 784-0077
Free admission today (regularly $10 adults, $7.50 seniors and students, $5 children ages five to eighteen)

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Sunday, January 16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute w/ Questlove & MC Yameen Allworld

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., GiantStep presents a evening of music featuring ?estlove with MC Yameen Allworld. This year, the annual showcase will be lead by the multi-talented drummer of The Roots (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's house band), ?estlove, as he spins a special DJ set celebrating freedom and the life of MLK.

Cielo Club
18 Little West 12th St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-5700

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Saturday, January 15

The Beatles Complete on Ukulele

Experience the entire Beatles discography like never before as Roger Greenawalt and special guests Nellie McKay, Leah Siegel, and The Ramblers attempt the feat of covering every single Beatles song on ukulele!

Wanna play? Bring your uke to the show at 5pm (and on Sunday at 1pm) for free admission and to perform on stage in Uke Mob’s play- and sing-a-long.

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3369
Sat 6pm-midnight, Sun 2-8pm

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Friday, January 14

Air Sex World Championships

Hosted by comedian Chris Trew, the 2nd Annual Air Sex World Championships are ready to do it again (and again....) This time around, competitors from the East Coast will spice things up with their best, worst, and ideal versions of how to get it on. The climax: the winners of the East Coast Regionals will fly out to Austin for a final go at it. Be prepared for some (kinda) sexy times.

Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 260-4700

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Thursday, January 13

A Royal Rendezvous and Fireworks Display

There’s a Royal Rendezvous on the horizon, and it’s happening on this side of the pond. The newest addition to the trio of Cunard Royal cruise ships, the Queen Elizabeth, will arrive at Pier 88 on her maiden journey to NYC and meet up with the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary II at the Statue of Liberty. Catch a “world class” Grucci fireworks display from Battery Park, the Esplanade of Battery Park City, Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park and Hudson River Park... or board early on a New York Water Taxi ($65) for an intimate show.

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Wednesday, January 12

Wine and Aging

Does the fountain of youth flow with red wine? Join Dr. Joseph Maroon, author of The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Genes for a Longer and Healthier Life, as he discusses resveratrol, an enzyme found in red wine that has been shown to slow down the effects of aging and postpone some diseases of old age. Maroon will be joined by wine distributor Evan Spingarn to discuss red wine and its impact on the aging brain. Wine tasting included.

American Museum of Natural History
Linder Theater, First Floor
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

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Tuesday, January 11

Free Admission Weekdays at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden

While the ground may still be frozen and street corners as slushy as ever, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Steinhardt Conservatory and the Warm Temperate Pavilion provide day-long tropical getaways. Every weekday through March, enjoy free admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens including their natural history walking tours, rotating art installations and more.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 623-7200
Free weekdays (regularly $8/adults, $4/students & seniors)

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Monday, January 10

Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band

Beat the Monday blues at Café Carlyle with Woody Allen (yes, the Woody Allen) and the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. The band and Allen, a clarinet-player since the 1960s, have a residency at The Carlyle and charm audiences with classical New Orleans jazz from the 20th century.

Café Carlyle at The Carlyle Hotel
35 East 76th St.
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-1600
8:45pm, Mondays thru June 7

Sunday, January 9

No Pants Subway Ride

What do you get someone for their 10th anniversary? Not pants, that’s for sure! Join hundreds of New Yorkers for the 10th anniversary of the No Pants Subway Ride, brought to you by Improv Everywhere. Bare-legged-ly ride the rails from one of six meeting points throughout the boroughs, and converge in Union Square.

Astoria: Meet at Hoyt Playground – map
Brooklyn: Meet by the Old Stone House – map
Downtown Manhattan: Meet at Foley Square – map
Queens: Meet at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park – map
Uptown Manhattan: Meet at the Great Hill in Central Park – map
Williamsburg / Bushwick: Meet at Bushwick Park (AKA Maria Hernandez Park) – map

$2.50 (for subway ride)

Saturday, January 8

Park Here: an Indoor Pop-Up Park

Feeling SAD? Escape the slushy sidewalks and biting cold in Openhouse Gallery's pop-up indoor green space, Park Here. The 4,500-square foot space boasts sky lights, park benches, and a fake lawn for visitors to take advantage of through the end of the month. Relax and enjoy the garden, bocce courts, and snacks from favorite summertime vendors Robecelli's Cupcakes, Luke's Lobster and Mexicue.

201 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-0288
11am-6pm, thru 1/30

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Friday, January 7

Lee Fields & The Expressions at Bowery Ballroom

Reminiscent of Al Green and Sam Cooke, Lee Fields and The Expressions grace the stage at Bowery Ballroom tonight for an evening of funk and soul music. Though only having been collaborating together at Truth & Soul Records for a few years, Lee Fields and The Expressions seamlessly blend classic funk and soul with elements of modern, creating a sound that is as “tough as nails and sweet as honey.”

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 533-2111

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Thursday, January 6

Friends of Dorothy at Galapagos Arts Space

Transport yourself (hopefully not by tornado) to Galapagos Art Space for a modern twist on Dorothy's trip to Oz in "Friends of Dorothy: An Oz Cabaret." A mix of vaudeville, burlesque and circus, "Friends of Dorothy" returns to the stage following Dorothy from Kansas to the land of Bras. Can Dorothy evade the Wicked Bitch of the West and guard her Ruby Red Pasties from evil? Find out on a journey over the rainbow...

Galapagos Art Space
16 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-8500
9pm (running thru 1/9)
$20 adv/$25 dos

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Wednesday, January 5

50 First Jokes

Life is a gas and 2011 will be no exception. Join hosts Claudia Cogan and John F. O’Donnell, and 50 very funny comedians at the fifth annual ECNY-nominated 50 First Jokes showcase. Comedic rivalry will ensue between Kurt Braunholer, Sean Patton, Sara Schaefer, Adira Amram, and 46 more as they perform the first new joke they’ve written since the ball dropped (a mere 155.5 hours ago!).

200 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 601-1000

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Tuesday, January 4

Darren Aronofsky’s Dreams and Nightmares

Grab a seat at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and catch up with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic work. Aronofsky's “Dreams and Nightmares” showcase screenings are $12 each, or the Three Film Pass ($24) includes a viewing of Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain on 1/4 and his debut feature, Pi on 1/5. Plus, for the die-hard fan: a separate viewing on 1/5 of The Wrestler followed by an in-depth conversation with Darren Aronofsky himself.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5600
1/4 6:30, 9pm
1/5 6:15, 9:15pm

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Monday, January 3

Rock & Roll Circus with Japanther and Guests

Come one, come all to the Rock and Roll Circus! The two-day multisensory spectacular features world-famous circus acts, famous New York food vendors and a Sixpoint pop-up beer bar. Musical guests include Voxhaul Broadcast, The Pharmacy, the So So Glos and Brooklyn-based punk rock mainstays, Japanther.

Under the Big Apple Circus Tent
Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 721-6500
Free, with RSVP

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Sunday, January 2

Free Admission Day at The Brooklyn Museum

World-renowned for its long-term collections and permanent installations of art from around the globe--ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary masterpieces--the Brooklyn Museum boasts a number of captivating exhibits from famous painters and artists of all media. What better way to enjoy the final days of Fred Tomaselli’s collage paintings than with free admission today from 11am-6pm? Be sure to see the Normal Rockwell: Behind the Camera exhibit as well.

The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238
(718) 638-5000

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Saturday, January 1

37th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading

Talk IS cheap at The Poetry Project’s 37th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading. Featuring poems and performances by Patti Smith, Phillip Glass, Suzanne Vega, Eric Bogosian and more, this year’s event kicks off at 2pm and continues well through the midnight hour. Enjoy stories and musical performances, and snack on freshly made crêpes, soup and other bites and refreshments just outside the St. Mark’s Sanctuary.

St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
Tickets available at the door

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