We're all subject to the post-long weekend blues. Unless, of course, you're still on vacation time. Regardless, check out the below events in New York City to keep the good times rolling:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Ninth Annual "Tournament of Champions Pong"
Tuesday, January 17
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, New York
Volley for a good cause! The ninth-annual ToC Pong event hosts 32 teams from within the financial community, featuring a double-elimination tournament play and a cocktail reception following the pong match finals.
For additional information, visit bigsnyc.org.
"The Lost City of the Monkey God" at the Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 p.m.
The American Museum of Natural History, Kaufmann Theater. Enter at 77th Street
What's better than a night at the museum? A night at the museum with a best-selling author. Visit the American Museum of Natural History after hours to hear Douglas Preston talk about his new book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, which chronicles his time in the Honduran jungle. The non-fiction narrative details the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, weaving in a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery.
For additional information, visit amnh.org.
Adrian Ghenie: Recent Paintings
Thursday, January 19
Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York
Infuse some art into your week! Adrian Ghenie: Recent Paintings features 12 new paintings and five collages, open though February 18.
For additional information, visit pacegallery.com.
Y Tu Mama, También
Thursday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.
Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Cruising the Mediterranean this summer? Brush up on your Italiano now with a screening of the international film, Y Tu Mama, Tambien. While you're at it, you can also brush up on your Brooklyn-ease.
For tickets and additional information, visit videologybarandcinema.com.
Bottling the Zeitgeist: Classic Perfumes that Defined Their Eras
Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.
Chandelier Creative, 611 Broadway, Suite 321, New York
Can a perfume encapsulate the postwar prosperity of the 1950s or the sexual revolution of the 1960s? Can a fragrance evoke the personality of a 1980s diva or a 1990s Generation X-er? You've probably heard that perfume should be applied to the pulse points, but can a scent also capture the figurative pulse of a decade? We’ll ponder these questions as we sample classic perfumes from 1950 to 2000 and learn what inspired them and how they "bottled" their cultural moments. Just like works of visual art, fashion, or architecture, perfumes sometimes have stories and styles that endure; breathe deeply and open your mind to their possibilities.
For tickets and additional information, visit thinkolio.org.
Celebrating The New York Botanical Garden: 125 Years
Through February 19
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
A garden, in the winter? Oh course! As long as the wind chill doesn’t make being outside painful, take a walk through the wonderfully quiet New York Botanical Gardens. Then, warm up indoors with an exhibit by renowned photographer Larry Laderman, who has been observing and photographing the Garden during all seasons and at all times of day.
For tickets and additional information, visit nybg.org.
The New York Earth Room
141 Wooster Street, New York
Philosopher Albert Camus once said, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” Most agree that key to finding that “invincible summer,” is to soak in nature. When the weather is too chilly to go outside, pay a visit to the New York Earth Room, a permanent sculpture by Walter De Maria, on view in SoHo.
For additional information, visit diaart.org.
Brooklyn Brewery Small Batch Tours
Weekdays, 5 p.m.
79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn
What AVENUE reader would travel to the epicenter of hipster culture? The kind of reader who fully supports the localvore movement. Which, to be honest, who doesn't? Fun fact: Brooklyn Brewery is 28 years old, inhabited Brooklyn even before the artists, and its logo was designed by the famous Milton Glaser—yes, the genius behind the iconic I <3 NY graphic. Want to learn more about New York's hometown brew? Avoid the normies and the weekend crowds and reserve a spot on the weekday small batch tours, leaving at 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. You're welcome.
For tickets and additional information, visit brooklynbrewery.com.