THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School from October to March. 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.
Jan. 11, Mark Ponthus, piano.
Jan. 18, Amy Niemann, violin.
ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
Visit irvingplaza.com for tickets.
Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., a Night for NYCHA featuring Michael Che and special guests, $65.
Jan. 20 at 8 p.m., Two Friends, $20 and up.
Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., Gnash, $20-$40.
FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $20; $12 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit peoplesvoicecafe.org.
Jan. 12, Carlos Rosello and Fred Arcoleo &Friends.
Jan. 19, 6G Night: 3 Guys + 3 Guitars in the Round (Tom Smith, Gary Allard, Joshua Garcia).
ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts: Visit thegramercytheatre.com for tickets.
Sat., Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., Grunge-a-Palooza: Plugged in New York, $15-$35.
Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., Dylan Nash, $75 and up.
Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., Almost Queen (Queen tribute) with Bonjourney NY (Bon Jovi and Journey tribute), $39-$65.
WORKS FOR STRINGS—New York Composers Circle presents The Klang Quartet in a “Concert of Works for Strings” on Tues., Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th St. The concert will feature seven new pieces of chamber music for strings and hand percussion, including works by five NYCC members. Members of the Klang Quartet: Gregor Kitzis (violin), Katie Thomas (violin), Arthur Dibble (viola) and Dave Eggar (cello) will perform the following members’ works: Bunny Beck, Roger Blanc, Peter Kelsh, David Picton, Thomas Parente. Additionally, one of the winning string quartets of the John Eaton Memorial Composition Competition: Gilad Cohen’s “Three Goat Blues,” will be given its world premiere. Tickets, $20, are available for purchase at the door. Students (with ID card) are admitted gratis. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event. For more information, visit newyorkcomposerscircle.org or call or text (646) 202-3422.
STRINGS—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents The Verona Quartet on Thurs., Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in a free performance. The Verona Quartet is winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition and has earned a reputation as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music today. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, call (212) 475-3424 or visit nationalartsclub.org.
WORLD MUSIC—On Fri., Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., the Folk Music Society of New York presents Tim Eriksen at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St. Tim Eriksen’s musical journeys have included everything from punk rock, shape note gospel, South Indian classical and Bosnian pop, to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music. Yet all his explorations are linked by qualities of intensity, directness, and authority. Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American traditional music with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto (a twelve-string Mexican acoustic bass), creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound. Tickets ($25) are available at the door or online. For more information, call (646) 628-4604 or visit folkmusicny.org.
DARK COMEDY—Theater for The New City, 155 First Ave., presents the initial run of “Beltsville/Rockville, Part 1: Rise of the Goatman,” an original play by Matt Okin, running through Jan. 13. In this pseudo-Southern Gothic dark comedy, a vibrant group of teens from two very different suburban neighborhoods clash over class differences, drugs, and sex – and the existence of the legendary “Goatman” in 1986. Cut to 2013, and the adolescent kids of those very same teens are struggling to make sense of their family histories – and the same “mythological” creature – that could be holding them back in life. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. For tickets, $18, or more information, visit theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109.
DRAMA—Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St., and Next Stage Studio present Linda Kuriloff’s solo-performance “Linda Means to Wait,” an immigrant’s journey from South Africa to the South Side int he 1980s, running Jan. 10-13. Linda Sithole, a South African-American high school leadership skills trainer working in the Bronx, attempts one morning to conduct a conflict resolution activity with her NYC public school students, only to find her Special Ed high schoolers intent on hearing her own story of conflict and transcendence. Taking the chance that sharing personal experience might teach more than a planned exercise, she portrays 20 different childhood characters to reveal her family’s cultural traditions, Chicago’s racial divide, and the intersections they all share as urban dwellers. Through song, dance, laughter, and tears, teacher and students discover one another, their neighbors, and a new vision of community responsibility. Performances are Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 10-12 at 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or visit metropolitanplayhouse.org.
DRAMA—The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves.), presents the world premiere of “Real,” written by Rodrigo Nogueira and directed by Erin Ortman through Jan. 20. New York, 2019. Dominique, a 40-year-old married white woman, is a successful working mother. After reading a play, she decides to take up an instrument she used to play when she was young. And realizes she never wanted to live her life. New York, 1934. Dominic, a 20-year-old gay immigrant, is a promising composer. After having a dream, he starts writing a fugue, and feels like he is supposed to live someone else’s life. Just like in a fugue, a counterpoint compositional technic where an original theme is presented followed by a variation until they merge into one, the two stories told in “Real” become intertwined to a point where the viewer can’t discern which one is which. Neither can Dominic and Dominique. With this play, Nogueira wishes to discuss race and gender related issues through the point of view of two characters who, albeit their difference in age, race, sexual orientation and even the time they live in, both suffer living in a biased society. Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush are artistic directors. Performances are Thurs. at 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. Tickets, $25, are available at thetanknyc.org.
DRAMA—Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. at First Ave., presents a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” (Vartn Af Godot), translated by Shane Baker. Directed by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture, Ronit Muszkatblit. “Waiting for Godot” will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles through Sun., Jan. 27. Waiting for Godot depicts the other, the refugee, the stranger looking for a safe haven. Estragon and Vladimir aren’t waiting for god, they’re waiting for humanity to evolve, to break down the walls that separate us and embrace them. In order to endure the absurdity and confusion they must occasionally laugh in the darkness and embrace each other. At its core, Yiddish, the language of tears and laughter, is particularly suited to this tragi-comedy. Performances are every night at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sun. matinee. There will be no performances Jan. 10-11; Wed., Jan. 16 through Fri., Jan. 18; Wed., Jan. 23 through Fri., Jan. 25. Tickets are $35 and are currently available to purchase by calling (646) 395-4310 or by visiting newyiddishrep.org.
BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Sat., Jan. 12 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features comedy, music, burlesque, vaudeville and more hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas. Created and produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine. The Fishnet Follies perform at each show. Visit tenfootrat.com for the latest show information. 21 and up to drink, 17 and up or accompanied by guardian to enter. Admission is $15, $10 in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting horsetrade.info.
CABARET SHOWDOWN AND WINNERS SHOWCASE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Cabaret Showdown” on Sun., Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features host Mark McDaniels, co-host Diana Byrne as DiVanna, resident judge Donald Garverick. Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come to compete or be in the audience. Cover is $12, which includes a drink ($10 without a drink). Before the show, at 5:30 p.m. is the Cabaret Showdown Winners Showcase. Last month’s winner will star in their own show. Admission is $10. For more information visit horsetrade.info.
STORYTELLING—“WORD,” the storytelling show, presents its next event on Wed., Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at The Sidewalk Bar and Restaurant, 94 Ave. A. (Doors open 7:30 p.m.) Lineup: Jackie Gordon, David Hu, Sara Mintz, Laura Pruden, Matthew Homenick and Deepa Ambekar with live music by Christina Cataldo. $5 suggested donation, one-drink minimum. For more information, visit wordthestorytellingshow.com.
COMEDY/VARIETY—Cathy Boruch presents the “10 Penny Comedy Show” on Sun., Jan. 20 from 3-5 p.m. at Coney Island Baby, 169 Ave. A between E. 10th and 11th Sts. Admission is free and show takes place during happy hour. Actress and comedian Boruch hosts a lineup that includes comedian Nancy Lombardo, musician Debra Devi, comedian Joe Fulton, spoken word performer Philip Giambri, performer Bob Greenberg, comedian Paul Hallasy, comedian Rhonda Hansom, comedian Susan Jeremy, comedian Linda San Lucas, performer Kelly Camille Patterson and comedian Debbie Shea. For more information, visit cathieboruch.com.
COLD READINGS OF NEW WORKS—Theatre 80’s William Barnacle Tavern, 80 St. Marks Pl., presents “Tuesdays@9,” a free weekly cold reading series hosted by Off-Broadway theater company Naked Angels. The venue is open at 6 p.m., the house is open at 8:30 p.m. Each week excerpts from very new work (novels, solo pieces, plays, screenplays, musicals, songs, etc.) are cold-cast and presented within a communal and social environment. Writers and actors may participate through our open submissions policy. One need only attend to be eligible–submissions will not be accepted via email. Or simply drop by to hear some great new work in process. For more information, visit nakedangels.com or email email@example.com. No tickets needed.
COMEDY—The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. presents “#NastyWomen,” a series of comedy and storytelling by women performers with its next performance on Mon., Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Lineup includes Amanda Duarte, Dolce Sloan, Marcia Belsky, Iris Bahr and Mira Jahr. For tickets, $30 in advance, $35 at the door, visit 14streety.org or call (646) 395-4310.
FAMILY MATH GAME—The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), 11 E. 26th St., presents “Math for the Win!” with Paul Zeitz, part of the “Family Fridays” a free series of presentations on Fri., Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. In this friendly, competitive game, the kids will get a small amount of math training, and then will challenge the grownups to a few seemingly simple games of skill or tests of super powers such as clairvoyance or telepathy. Who will win? A well-educated, sophisticated adult New Yorker, or a kid in elementary school who knows a little math? You decide. “Family Fridays” is designed to bring families together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike. The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing. Register online at momath.org. For more information, call (212) 542-0566.
BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time
on most Saturdays at 11 a.m. with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
Jan. 12, Love, Z by Jesse Sima.
Jan. 19, Duchess and Guy: A Rescue to Royalty love story by Nancy Furstinger.
Jan. 26, Pig the Pug by Aaaron Blabey.
EVENTS AT LIBRARY FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND OLDER CHILDREN—New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., presents the following programs:
“Playtime Party” on Thurs., Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. Open playtime for babies and toddlers ages 0-3.
“Baby & Toddler Story Time: Bitty Book Buddies” followed by open play on Fri., Jan. 11 and 18 at 10:30 a.m., Mon., Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m., Wed., Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m., This is an interactive program for babies and toddlers ages 0-36 months. Hear stories, sing songs, play with puppets and make new friends. Limited to 30 children. First come, first served, no latecomers. Music and toys will be provided before and after the program.
“Family Game Day” on Sat., Jan. 12 and 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out the collection of board games for children ages three and up. Games available include Jenga, Connect 4, Candy Land, Battleship, HedBanz, Sorry, Clue Jr., Uno and more. This program will take place in the children’s room on select Saturdays.
“Family Flick Night: Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2” on Mon., Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 (2018, Rated PG, 120 min.) Note: This program is for children and their guardians. Adults may not attend unless accompanied by a child.
“Book Craft Buddies,” on Wed., Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. Come and hear a 25-minute read aloud of the best Winter picture books followed by a simple craft. Recommended for children ages three and up. Program takes place in the Community Room. No pre-registration necessary.
“Pixelcraft” on Tues., Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Use Perler Beads on pegboards to make any Pixelcraft image you want and take it home. Choose from an incredible variety of bead templates. If you have your own ideas, let your creativity flow with regular or glow-in-the-dark beads! Note: Ironing of completed images is done by library staff only. Recommended for children ages five and up. Program takes place in the Community Room. No pre-registration necessary.
For more information, call (212) 679-2645 or visit nypl.org/locations/epiphany.
SOLO SHOW—Horse Trade presents “Chalk” on Sat., Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). “Chalk” is a playful one-man show that invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon. $15; $5 for kids under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at horsetrade.info.
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. Throughout the month of January the theme is “Sprouting Sculptures.” What kinds of growth and change do you want to spark in 2019? Participants will create dynamic sculptures with floral foam, which can be used to nurture plant life and hold together intricate arrangements. 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. 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 DOODLER—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “3D Doodler!” on Mon., Jan. 14 and 28 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.
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.
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) Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. “Managing Student Loan Debt.” Does debt from your college days seem overwhelming? Developing a plan to manage your student loans is critical to your long-term financial health. William Wu, CFP, discusses how to get this debt under control. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.
Sat., Jan. 12 at noon. “Budgeting.” No matter where you are in your financial life, everyone needs a budget. Martisha Patterson, CFP, offers tips on how to manage your money to create the life you want. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.
Wed., Jan. 16 at 1:15 p.m. “Investing in Stocks: The Basics.” Learn how to focus on your investment goals, how to recognize the potential risks and rewards of different investments, and how to match individual goals to investment choices. Get basic information on different asset types. Presented by SIBL staff.
Wed., Jan. 16 at 3:15 p.m. “Investment Resources @ SIBL.” Discover SIBL’s extensive and unique collection of financial information. This class features the best print and electronic tools for researching individual public companies and mutual funds. Find ratios for evaluating and comparing stocks, and ratings for individual bonds. Presented by SIBL staff.
Fri., Jan. 18 at 1:15 p.m. “Planning a Successful Retirement.” Where will the money come from? Learn about the variety of tax advantaged accounts that you can setup to help you acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement. Presented by SIBL staff.
Tues., Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. “What the Financial Industry Does and How It Works: Terminology, Concepts, and Key Issues.” The world of Wall Street is often misunderstood. Bonnie Bowes, Director, Fixed Income Regulation at FINRA, explains the importance of capital formation, the roles of broker/dealers, investment bankers, portfolio managers and other investment professionals. Learn about the concept of derivative securities. Presented by the SIFMA Foundation.
Wed., Jan. 23 at 1:15 p.m. “Bond Basics.” 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.
PAINTINGS & PHOTOGRAPHY—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents three new exhibitions “Remnants”in the East Gallery featuring Ted Thirlby and Eve Eisenstadt curated by Charles Ramsburg; “Color In Space”in the West Gallery featuring Robin Rule and Susan Tunick; and “On the Wall”featuring a collaborative installation by Roz Dimon and Sara Petitt. The reception will be held Jan. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition runs from Jan. 10-Feb. 6.
In her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery, Eisenstadt presents abstract works on un-stretched linen and handmade paper. Inspired by architecture and structure her works incorporate subtle layers of color, texture, and translucency.
Thirlby introduces minimalistic and ethereally painted works on found plywood in his first exhibition with Carter Burden. Lustrous gold crescents and globes are orbited by bands of delicate color, all speaking to and floating within the organic shapes of the plywood surface.
Rule exhibits rich, abstracted landscape oil paintings on canvas in her first exhibition with Carter Burden. Often Rule has a particular place in mind, or at least has a minimal reference to a place, when creating the works and many are influenced by water and sky.
Tunick presents ceramic tiles and free-standing works that reflect her strong interest in color, texture, and form. The playfully patterned and brilliant clay pieces utilize negative space along with layers of complimentary and striking colors.
Dimon and Petitt present a six-tiered installation entitled “Unity Mash” for “On the Wall,” which features large prints representing Judaism, Christianity, Islam Buddhism, Hinduism, and Atheism. Petitt is a textile designer, visual researcher, multimedia and photography artist and Dimon is a multi-media artist, digital maverick, and interfaith minister.
The gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit carterburdengallery.org.
GROUP SHOW—Wendigo Productions/Art on A Gallery, 24 Ave. A, presents the sixth annual Wendigo Holiday Group Art Show, running through Jan. 17. Featuring the work of dozens of local artists with prices on art capped at $150. Refreshments and giveaways. Featured Artists: Carrie Beene, Bob Bunny, Robert Butcher, Cavier Coleman, Rafael Colon, Linus Coraggio, Mike Diana, Dom Dirtee, Emma-Louise Dollhaus, Steve Ellis, Fly-O, Ron Goblyn, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Mario Grillo, Fred Harper, Sean Harris, Ville Juurikkala, Ariella Kadosh, Sue Karnet, Wayne Kral, Elizabeth Kresch, Reiko Lauper, Lucky Lawler, Eli Livingston, Marina Marchand, Anjanette McGrath, Steven Pennella, Gea Philes, Alan Rand, Frank Reynoso, Rik Rocket, Angela Rogers, Pamala Rogers, Melanie Scholtz, David Schwartz, Cathy Traynor, Li Trincere, Johnny Velardi, Gina Volpe and Jon Zeh. Gallery hours are 1-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-7 p.m. on Sun. Closed on holidays. For more information, call (212) 300-4418 or visit artonagallery.com.
PORTRAITS AND STILL LIFE—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “My Kitchen Table,” a show by Chelsea Gibson through Jan. 26. Gibson paints very tangible portraits of people and objects in their homes. From this stems a deeper, reflexive awareness of the performance of living that defines “home” as a state of harmony-as the alignment of person, place, object, and time. Whether in her own home or someone else’s, Gibson’s portraits and still lives express feelings of loss and love, empathy, and acceptance of the human condition. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. From 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit lyonswiergallery.com.
HISTORY OF FABRIC—The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Fashion & Textile History Gallery, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Fabric in Fashion,” running through May 4. This exhibition explores the vital role played by textiles in creating Euro-American women’s fashion over the last 250 years. The examination of textiles is often separated from that of the fashionable silhouette, yet historically, textiles were as important as the cut of clothing in keeping up with current fashion. This exhibition will delve into the mechanics of textiles, looking at how fibers and weaves build the materiality of fashion. It will also explore the cultural influence of fabric. The Western world’s demand for fashionable textiles of silk, cotton, wool, and synthetics has had enormous repercussions across the globe. It will highlight both clothing and flat textiles from the museum’s permanent collection, examining how the physical properties of specific fabrics determine the way a piece of clothing interacts with the body, as well as how the design and cultural associations of textiles reveal the social motivations that drive fashion forward. The exhibition is organized by Elizabeth Way, assistant curator of costume. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.
RUBIN MUSEUM PROGRAMS—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Senior Mondays. On the first Monday 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 or visit rubinmuseum.org.
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.
NORDIC DIRECTOR FILM SERIES—Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at E. 38th St., presents “Nordic Oscar Contenders,” films to be screened in January. For more information or for tickets, $14 (Series pass $75), visit scandinaviahouse.org or call (212) 779-3587.
Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. “Border.” Director is Ali Abassi. Swedish customs official Tina is highly respected for her ability to track down and apprehend customs violators. But her colleagues don’t know the secret behind her abilities — Tina has an extraordinary sense of smell, capable of detecting all human emotions as well as the darkest secrets of those who are trying to get through customs. In Swedish with English subtitles.
Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. “What Will People Say?” Director is Iram Haq. Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. With her friends, she’s a regular Norwegian teenager who likes wearing makeup, dancing to techno, and sneaking out at night. But at home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, studying and working hard to one day become a doctor. But when her father catches her alone with a boyfriend, Nisha’s parents send her to live with extended family in a small town in Pakistan.
COLORING—The New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., presents a coloring club for adults on Tues., Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. Participants get creative and enjoy music in a no-pressure atmosphere. All supplies provided but feel free to bring your own. For more information, call (212) 679-2645.
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.
IRISH DANCE LESSON & LIVE MUSIC—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., and William Barnacle Tavern present a weekly celebration of Celtic culture. The evening will be a participatory experience for the audience, including dance lessons and an all welcome seisuin. It is a night when people can do much more than sit and take in the excellent performances. Every Monday evening at 8 p.m., Ceile (Irish Dance) lessons with Megan Downes. $10. At 9 p.m. – Seisiun (Irish music session) with Deirdre Corrigan, Dan Gurney & Friends. For more information, call (212) 388-0388 or visit theatre80.wordpress.com.
FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday 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 Friday 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.
DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit nycgangstertours.com.