CONCERTS AT WATERSIDE PLAZA—Waterside Plaza presents a concert series on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis Davis Pavilion at 25 Waterside Plaza through March in partnership with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York. All programs are subject to change.
Jan. 23: Caribbean Nights with Vince McCoy Band
The breezy steel pan sounds of music from the Caribbean will warm up this wintry season, with legendary drummer and percussionist, Vince McCoy.
Jan. 30: Mike Fahie/John McNeil Jazz Quartet
Gramercy Brass Orchestra’s Principal Trombonist, Mike Fahie, teams up with jazz trumpeter extraordinaire John McNeil, to headline a knockout jazz quartet.
Feb. 6: Rockin’ Out Acoustic with Max and Friends
Max Morden, Principal Cornetist of Gramercy Brass Orchestra, will perform pop-rock songs
Feb. 13: Valentine Vibes with the Empire State Percussion Trio
Adrielnne Ostrander, long time Gramercy Brass Orchestra percussionist, leads a percussion trio playing “Everything but the Kitchen Sink!” Music from JS Bach to John Williams.
Feb. 20: Metamorphic Winds
Metamorphic Winds was formed in 2004 in order to perform all genres of woodwind Chamber music in styles ranging from classical to jazz to light pop. Metamorphic Winds is a quartet headed up by UNIS Faculty Member, Christine MacDonnell.
Feb. 27: Jeff Davis Trio
Drummer, composer and percussionist Jeff Davis heads a jazz trio of extraordinary and acclaimed jazz artists.
VALENTINE’S CONCERT—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St., and The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society present “Love in the Parlors – A Valentine in Concert” on Fri., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Enjoy lush, romantic vocal music performed in the Museum’s elegant and intact Greek Revival double parlor. Singers perform rare gems by the world’s greatest 19th-century composers: Schumann, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others. Tickets are $55 ($65 for VIP seating in the first and second row). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit merchantshouse.org or call (212) 777-1089. Proceeds benefit the legal fund to protect the Merchant’s House from proposed development next door.
THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School from fall to spring. Concerts take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Kellen Auditorium at 235 E. 11th St. between Second and Third Aves. Third Street and its auditorium are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit thirdstreetmusicschool.org.
DANCE PERFORMANCE—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., will present its 45th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event, emceed by Bessie-winner Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago), has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. $15 general admission. Matinees are Kids’ Days: At all matinee performances, children ages five to twelve who are accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult are admitted for $1 (adults $15). Not recommended for babies and children under five. Tickets available at thunderbirdamericandancers.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
SEMI-AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PLAY—The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., presents “Scenes from Childhood,” running through Sat., Jan. 25. Set amidst the AIDS crisis in NYC, this semi-autobiographical play reveals a family of performers wrestling with ambition, tragedy, and the stories we tell about who we are. Alongside an ensemble cast, Ari Brand plays two characters based on himself and his late father, the concert pianist Natan Brand. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 14streety.org/nowplaying/2019-2020-season. Tickets for students/seniors are $22 in advance only.
VARIETY SHOW—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter has announced a show on Fri., Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. Scheduled guest artists for the show include Kevin Berrey, Anne Born, Menuhin Hart, Nancy Parker and Camille Theobald. Music will be provided by No Name house band The Summer Replacements including Carl “November, No Problem” Fortunato, Alex “The Assassin” De Suze, Fernando “Dr. Sandman” Morales González and “King Of The Hill” Courtney Hill. No cover, no minimum, performers subject to change. For more info, call (212) 228-2240 or visit ottosshrunkenhead.com.
POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe at 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam every week at 10 p.m. Host Phil Kaye curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. $12 regular admission, $25 for a limited number of reserved seats. To order tickets, visit nuyorican.org. The next poetry slam will be held on Jan. 24. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
COMEDY SHOW—Cathie Boruch presents “10 Penny Comedy Show” on Sun., Jan. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. (between Avenues A and B). Cathie Boruch (Conan, USA Up All Night, Solo Show “Downtown Mermaid,” One Festival) hosts this show, which will feature the talents of Jane Condon (Last Comic Standing, The View, The Today Show), Mary Dimino (Comedian, Author Scared Skinny, Late Show), Eyal Elkeslasi, Paul Hallasy (Comedian and star of Confessions of a stand up doorman), Rhonda Hansome (SNL, SiriusXM John Fugelsang’s Tell Me Everything, NY Comedy Festival), Susan Jeremy (Comedian, Solo Artist Just for Laughs Festiva), Jean Kim (Comedian, Law and Order, Power, Mr. Robot), Nancy Lombardo (SNL, Colin Quinn Show, FOX, HBO, The Late Show, Toyota Comedy), Joan Reinmuth (East Village Comedian), Linda San Lucas (Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Bagels & Baklava Show & Funny Over 40) and surprise guests. This event is free.
COMEDY—The 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., presents #NastyWomen: A Night of Female Resistance Comedy on Mon., Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The 14th Street Y is partnering with Future Now Fund for this 2020 inaugural show. General admission tickets are $30. For more information, show times or to purchase tickets, visit 14streety.org.
OPEN MIC—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Open Mic Under St. Mark’s” every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Sign-ups get seven minutes to try anything in one of the most supportive rooms in New York City. Whether it’s a performance art piece, comedy, music, storytelling, dance or something entirely off the top of your head, you’ll find a home in the attentive welcoming community at Under St. Mark’s. The next open mic will be on Jan. 28. For more information or to purchase tickets ($4) in advance, visit horsetrade.info.
OPEN POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe at 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Crystal Valentine hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. The next open poetry slam will be on Jan. 29. To order tickets, visit nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
PUPPET SHOW—The 14th Street Y, 344 East 14th St., presents WonderSpark Puppets running on weekends, Feb. 1-23. From fire-breathing dragons to mysteries to a hilarious retelling of the story of Purim, these dolls can put on a show. WonderSpark Puppets was founded in 2009 by husband and wife duo Z. Briggs and Chad Williams, WonderSpark Puppets performs for New York City Audiences of all ages. Together with Jenny Hann and Christina Stone, they perform over 300 shows a year and have toured internationally. Family packs, which include four seats, are $30 and general admission is $12. For more information, show times or to purchase tickets, visit 14streety.org/theater-for-families.
EVENTS AT EPIPHANY LIBRARY FOR KIDS—New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. between Second and Third Aves., presents the following programs for children:
“Color Time.” Crayons and coloring pages will be available in the children’s room on Tuesdays and Thurs. from 3-5 p.m.
EVENTS AT TOMPKINS SQUARE LIBRARY FOR KIDS—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. between Aves. A and B, presents the following programs for children:
“Arts and Crafts” on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Children will enjoy exploring and using their imagination with our activities. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years of age.
TODDLER PLAYTIME—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Toddler Time” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Bring your toddlers to share fun and interesting stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Recommended for children 18 months to three years of age. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.
STORYTIME—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Baby & Me storytime on Sundays at 11 a.m. Baby & Me Storytime continues for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. For information, visit bn.com or call (212) 253-0810.
ART WORKSHOP—The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Family Sundays,” free activities from 1-4 p.m. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, and there will be a 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org or call (212) 620-5000.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Join the Cub Scouts of Pack 422 for a bake sale on Sun., Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany at Msgr. Farricker Parish Hall. Enter through red doors and downstairs on 373 Second Ave., between East 21st and 22nd Sts. Enjoy a selection of breakfast items and treats, including bagels, muffins, doughnuts, cookies, brownies and hot beverages. Kids can also participate in the Pack 422 Bear Den Carnival, starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $1 to play for prizes. Regular meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit troop414nyc.org.
3D DOODLING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “3Doodler!” every other Mon. at 4 p.m. 3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Participants will create physical structures from 3Doodler pens. Ages 8-12 and teens only.
STUDY PREP—Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents Specialized High Schools Admissions Test study prep on Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Are you going to be an 8th grader in the fall? Come to one of our SHSAT study prep sessions. SAT questions or homework questions also welcome. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.
GAMING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Game On for Tweens/Teens!” on Wednesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Gamers ages 8-18 play PS4, Wii, and Retro games in the basement. No registration needed. Ages: 8 and up. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.
ANIME/MANGA CLUB—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents an Anime and Manga Club on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Read Manga. Watch Anime. Earn and win prizes. No registration necessary. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.
CLASSIC FILM—Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Ave. between E. 30th and 31st. St., presents a Throwback Thurs. film for teens.
For more information, call (212) 683-2520 or visit nypl.org.
WHISTLEBLOWER BOOK DISCUSSION—Cooper Union presents a discussion with New York Times technology op-ed editor Susan Fowler on Wed., Feb. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. Fowler will share her story of facing down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley history and what came after. The event is co-sponsored by The Strand bookstore and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Following the discussion, Susan will sign copies of her memoir “Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber.” This event will be held at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square. The event is free and open to the public. General public should register at bit.ly/cuwhistleblower. Note that seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING— Waterside Plaza presents a documentary screening at the Lewis Davis Pavilion at 25 Waterside Plaza on Mon., Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman on a presidential cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight-hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. “Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare” features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell and others while telling Perkin’s heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government. Without this context our current dialogue is ill-informed and diminished. This event is presented by Mick Caouette and South Hill Films, Mr. Caouette will take questions after the screening. Free registration is available at eventbrite.com/e/82857014561.
NYC IN THE CIVIL WAR—Historian Joyce Gold will give a talk about the role of New York City during the Civil War on Tues., Jan. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lewis Davis Pavilion at 25 Waterside Plaza. Gold will review the places in New York which were sites of action and significance. Joyce Gold has been giving walking tours in New York for 30 years. She is one of Manhattan’s longest serving independent full-time tour guides. Joyce received a B.A. in English literature from Queens College and an M.A. in Metropolitan Studies at New York University. Free registration is available at eventbrite.com/e/87068324703.
FINANCIAL GUIDANCE SERIES—The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St., presents the following series of financial help discussions. Seating is limited and on a first come, first-seated basis at the lower level conference Room 018. For information on the following programs, call (917) ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) Mon. to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
“Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” on Tues., Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Licet Valois, LMSW, MPS discusses the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and the Alzheimer’s Association resources. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Interpreting Financial Statements” on Tues., Feb. 4 at 1:15 p.m. Learn where and how to find financial statements for any public company and about the ratios used to interpret financial statements. Presented by SIBL Staff.
“ETFs: Removing the Mystery Investor use of ETFs” on Tues., Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Exchange Traded Funds have exploded over the last decade. Should you be using them for your investment portfolio and retirement plan? David Flores Wilson, CFP®, CFA, CDFA® discusses the pros and cons of ETFs, the tax implications of ETFs, and how to choose from the myriad ETF options. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.
“Investing in Stocks: The Basics” on Thurs., Feb. 6 at 1:15 p.m. Learn basic investment terms and concepts such as risk and reward, IPOs, P/E ratios, and relative P/E ratios. The discussion includes how to approach an investment decision and alternative stock investments, such as mutual funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds). Presented by SIBL Staff.
“Bond Basics” Fri., Feb. 7 at 1:15 p.m. Get an introduction to bonds and the best of SIBL’s print and electronic resources, as well as public websites, for researching bonds and bond mutual funds. Presented by SIBL Staff.
“Deciphering Financial Statements for Small Business Owners” on Thurs., Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. In order to enhance decision-making, small business owners should fully understand the meaning, significance, and connection of the major financial statements. Sallie Mullins Thompson CPA/PFS, CFP® identifies important business number, what they indicate and how they relate to one another. Also, she reviews the value and need for accurate information. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.
ART TALK—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “David Dunlop: Painting Techniques” on Thurs., Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. David Dunlop, Emmy-winning host of PBS’s “Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop,” is a modern-day old master painter, whose landscapes draw from Renaissance techniques and contemporary science. His paintings have been shown internationally and are held in private and corporate collections. Dunlop demonstrates his painting techniques by painting in person, while he speaks on the topic of how art has evolved in the past 500 years, from the Renaissance up to the present day. This program is presented in collaboration with the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.
ACTOR JIM DALE—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “An Evening with Acclaimed Actor Jim Dale” on Fri., Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. A multi-talented performer who garnered an Oscar nomination as composer of the theme song for Georgy Girl, an actor who earned acclaim with Sir Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company and later won a Tony Award for his title role in Barnum, and a narrator who holds multiple Grammy Awards for his recordings of Harry Potter, Jim Dale is one of the most engaging personalities in show business. He visits the Club to delight guests with highlights from his extraordinary career and respond to audience questions during what promises to be an engaging conversation. All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.
OIL PAINTINGS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Evening in America” by Edie Nadelhaft through Jan. 25. “Evening in America” is Edie Nadelhaft’s second solo show with the gallery. This new group of road-trip paintings picks up where her last series, “Big Country” (2017) left off. “Evening in America” focuses on the visual nuances and psychological ambiguity of twilight. An avid motorcyclist, Nadelhaft takes annual weeks-long tours of the country’s lesser-known and less spectacular outposts collecting sketches, photos and memories that form the basis for her paintings of settings that hover between the built world and the natural landscape. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at lyonswiergallery.com or call (212) 242-6220.
PORTRAITS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Hell Yes!” a new series of portrait paintings by Tara Lewis opening on Thurs., Jan. 30. “Hell Yes!” portrays real-life subjects adorned with incongruous props, artist-made t-shirts and satin pageant sashes boasting pop culture text idioms. Her portrait process happens organically as models go through her wardrobe, accessories and props to discover a ‘persona.’ These ‘play-dates’ serve as a pivotal ingredient for her practice as they are the underpinning of the subsequent photoshoot that serves as the source material for her paintings. Referencing this initial imagery, Lewis explores celebrated cultural forces such as the Lone Ranger, high school cheering squads, home-court basketball, yearbook superlatives, track shorts, tube socks and tennis headbands which feature in the work. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at lyonswiergallery.com or call (212) 242-6220.
ABSTRACT PAINTINGS—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents three new exhibitions: “Reconfigured” in the East Gallery featuring Marilyn Church and Basia Goldsmith, “Small Disturbances” in the West gallery featuring Andrea Lilienthal and “On the Wall” featuring Robert Petrick. The exhibition runs through Feb. 5, 2020. The gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Carter Burden targets artists over the age of 60. For more information, visit carterburdengallery.org.
PAINTING—Gallatin Galleries, 1 Washington Pl., will feature Alexander Callender, “Difficult Love,” from Feb. 6-28, 2020. The works in “Difficult Love” explore a fictional Atlantic history, performed in scenes by women channeled from colonial paintings and archives. The exhibition considers how identities are formed in love and in resistance to the brutality of colonial world making. In this body of work, Callender reimagines the lives of women who haunt the speculative landscapes of colonial Caribbean images, women who are often viewed as some extension of an exotic landscape, and formed through the European imagination of race, gender, and buying power. Uncovering written and material histories of the Black Atlantic, the artist tries to reimagine these women’s relationship to self, collective identities, power, and the (in)visible Black labor, embodied in colonial imagery, and how it relates to our present. Remixing the landscapes and subjectivities of colonial archives, she asks viewers to consider how economic narratives are masked to present hegemonic myths about who belongs and who does not in Western canonical imagery. The exhibition, presented by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is free and open to the public. The Galleries are open Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
VETERAN ART EXHIBIT—The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, presents “From There to Here: Military Veterans’ Experiences,” opening on Mon., Feb. 10 in its Patrons’ Gallery. Partnering with Omar Columbus, a U.S. Air Force veteran and NYC-based photographer, the exhibition intends to foster a better understanding and dialogue within and between the military and civilian communities. As an advocate and participant in veterans’ arts initiatives, Columbus has brought together veteran art and experiences from the NYC-area and nationwide covering all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces across eras ranging from World War II through the present conflicts. To highlight and augment the exhibit, Salmagundi will host a reception on Wed., Feb. 12, 6:30-8:15 p.m., featuring selected poetry readings from NYC-area veterans as well as a dance performance by Exit12, an NYC-based veteran dance company. Viewing hours are Mon.-Fri, 1-6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. through Feb. 21. For more information, visit salmagundi.org or call (212) 255-7740.
PLAY READING GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.
ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.
RUBIN MUSEUM PROGRAMS—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Senior Mon.s. On the first Mon. of the month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., seniors (65 and older) receive free admission to the galleries. The day includes a range of free programs including a docent talk. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org.
FREE TAX ASSISTANCE— The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St. is offering free tax assistance in February. Starting on Jan. 27, assistance will be available on Mon. and Wed., 1-6 p.m., and Fri. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. File your taxes electronically with some help from a tax assistant. Bring all necessary documents and have a valid email address. Free tax preparation will also be available by volunteers from the AARP Foundation starting on Feb. 6 on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring a government issued Photo ID, original Social Security cards/statements for you and all dependents, all income and deduction related items and Form 1095A. For details, see nypl.org/taxhelp.
AWARD SHOW—Women of Color on Broadway, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women of African, Latin, and Asian descent pursuing careers in musical theater, presents its Purple Crystal Honorary Awards in The Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Mon., Feb. 10. This year’s honorees are Tony-award winners LaChanze and Melba Moore. The award celebrates the heroines of African, Latin and Asian descent who paved the way for the next generation of women of color in theater. The evening will include special performances by Amber Gray (“Hadestown”), Celia Gooding (“Jagged Little Pill”), Kayla Davion (“The Tina Turner Musical”), Aléna Watters (“The CHER Show”), Darlesia Cearcy (“Once On This Island”), Linah Sta. Ana (“Miss Saigon”), Kuhoo Verma (“Medusa the Musical”), Genesis Collado (“Over Here!”), Barbara Douglas, and Vanisha Gould. The event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space online at http://bit.ly/wocobcu. Note that seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. The house will open at 6 p.m.; at 6:45pm, those on standby will be allowed to claim any remaining seats.
CROCHET AND KNITTING GROUP—The New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., has a crochet and knitting group that meets bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a volunteer-led group. All are invited to participate and socialize with others and even pick up some extra tips and tricks as you work your own creations. Please bring your own supplies. Pattern books will be provided to peruse and borrow. For more information, call (212) 679-2645.
FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thurs. at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645.
TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.
UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit unionsquarenyc.org.
FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the tip of the Flatiron Building (new location). No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit www.flatirondistrict.nyc.
POETRY WORKSHOP—The Epiphany Poets group meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 W. 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. every third Fri. of the month from 2-4 p.m. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.