Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017! Ring in the new year with a bunch of exciting events around the city. With new exhibitions popping up at the MoMA, Winter Jazzfest and many new plays around the area, the first weekend of 2017 has a lot to offer. Read below to find out the top 10 things to do in New York City this weekend!
January 5 - 7, 8 p.m.
Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street
The talented Vicky Shick and her dance team is reprising Another Spell, Shick’s sixth commission from the Danspace Project. The group of women are set inside a hidden village of women who appear to the audience as “unpredictable heroines.” Dancers include Jodi Bender, Donna Costello, Lily Gold, Laurel Jenkins, Marilyn Maywald, Heather Olson and Shick. For more information visit here.
January 5 - 10
Various venues including Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street
Get ready for five days of pure Jazz music with concerts, marathon lineups and a series of talks. This year’s festival highlights the importance of both social and racial justice and will include Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union representatives. For more information and the event schedule visit here.
50 First Jokes NYC
January 6, 8 p.m.
The Bell House, 149 7th Street
Get ready to laugh, 50 First Jokes NYC returns for its 11th consecutive year! Stacked with an incredible lineup of NYC comedians, the show is fast paced, fun and a favorite amongst many. The lineup this year features Andy Sandford, Anna Drezen, Ashley Brooke Roberts and Doug Smith. For more information visit here.
Three Kings Day
January 6, 11 a.m.
106th Street and Park Avenue
Don’t miss this year’s 40th annual Three Kings Day Parade! After the parade enjoy Puerto Rican music and food at La Marqueta. The event continues at El Museo del Barrio with live music and free admission to the galleries. For more information visit here.
January 7, 7 p.m.
Drom, 85 Avenue A
Enjoy an evening of diverse live music! Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records present a Manhattan showcase for the seventh year in a row. Music ranges from exotic places like Morocco, Sierra Leone and Cuba. The lineup includes Ladama, Alash, Underground System and more. For more information visit here.
January 8 - 15
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street
The accomplished Harold Prince directs the much adored opera that Leonard Bernstein led at the New York City Opera in 1982. Both Linda Lavin and Gregg Edelman are part of the talented cast. Tickets are $20-$160. For more information visit here.
Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
Through January 19
MoMA, 11 53rd Street
Explore one of the most versatile artist in history. French artist, Francis Picabia immersed himself in Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism and photo-based realism. The exhitibtion starts in the early 1900s and follows Picabia’s multiple phases in his work. For more information visit here.
Modern Matinees: Le Grandi Donne
Through January 27
MoMA, Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters 11 West 53rd Street
Experience an exceptional line up of Italian film actresses drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection. The talented actresses arose at the beginning of Fascism and portrayed women’s strength and determination. These classic films feature Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Monica Vitti. For more information visit here.
Through February 18
The Beckett Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street
The Mint Theater presents Miles Malleson’s insightful and comedic play on the exploration of modern marriage. The cast includes Todd Cerveris, Elisabeth Gray and John Hutton. For tickets and more information visit here.
Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers
Through March 5
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens
A truly eye opening exhibition at the MoMA PS1 is a must see this week. Artist Mark Leckey’s multimedia installations highlight the ways technology conveys ideas, values, ideologies and appetites that blind us as a society. For more information visit here.