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Arts Watch: What To Do in January (and the End of December)

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Improve Everywhere's "International No Pants Subway Ride" takes place on January 10th this year.
Improve Everywhere’s “International No Pants Subway Ride” takes place on January 10th this year.

Here are the highlighted events happening in January (and the end of December) from our current print magazine issue.


Fri. 25 – Family Concert – Klez for Kids at The Museum at Eldridge Street: Sing, dance and learn Yiddish at the museum’s annual family concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band, Klezmerfest, lead the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture ending with a joyful audience-enacted shtetl wedding.

12 Eldridge St., $12 adults; $8 students/seniors; children under 3 free, 11 a.m.

Sat. 26 – Sandra Bernhard – Feel the Bernhard at Joe’s Pub: Toast to the New Year with the sharp witted and raucous comedian (and former Roseanne star) Sandra Bernhard. Her latest show, titled in tribute to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, promises to be a night of outrageous hilarity and insight served up especially for the 99%.

Nightly through New Year’s Eve, 25 Lafayette St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on NYE), $65 – $200.

Tues. 29 – John Zorn’s End of the Year Improv Week at The Stone: Stop by the annual end-of-the- year benefit at The Stone featuring some of the top improvisers in New York. This year the lineup features John Zorn’s acclaimed Bagatelles Series, which premiers some of the 250 new tunes written by Zorn this past spring. He appears each night with a different lineup of creative musicians.  All proceeds go to help pay the rent.

Through Jan. 3, Ave. C at Second Street, 8 p.m., $20.


Weds. 6 – The Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival at Dixon Place: Catch New York’s longest-running short comedy film festival. Stars like Stephen Colbert, Dan Harmon, Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham and Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer showed their films (pre-fame) at past Iron Mule screenings. The festival is hosted by filmmaker Jay Stern and filmmaker/comedian Victor Varnado.

7:30 p.m., $12 adv./$15 door, 161A Chrystie St.

Thurs. 7 – American Realness at Abrons Arts Center: The cutting edge dance and theater festival returns for it’s 7th season. This year’s lineup includes off-site engagements at MoMA PS1 and Gibney Dance Center and features two world premieres, six U.S. premieres, three New York premieres, and six engagements of sixty-two performances of seventeen productions over eleven days.

Through Jan. 17, 466 Grand St., showtimes, ticket prices and locations vary, visit abronsartscenter.org for more info.

Sun. 10 – The International No Pants Subway Ride: Join thousands of New Yorkers in continuing the funny tradition on subway cars all across Gotham. Donning winter clothes, minus their pants, the straphangers share the same goal: to confuse bystanders and bring a smile to everyone’s face. The event had only 150 participants in its first year, but now the prank is an international sensation with (as of last year) over 25 countries involved.

Visit www.improveverywhere.com for details.

Tues. 12 – The Hundred Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey at Tenement Talks: Investigative journalist Dawn Anahid MacKeen spent over a decade writing the story of her grandfather’s escape from the deadly mass deportation of Armenians during World War I and traveled to Turkey and Syria, using her grandfather’s newly discovered journals as a guide, to reconstruct his journey to the far reaches of the Ottoman Empire. Part reportage, part memoir, the book alternates between Stepan’s tale of resilience and Dawn’s own journey, giving us a rare eyewitness account of the twentieth century’s first large-scale genocide. New Yorker staff writer Raffi Khatchadourian joins MacKeen in conversation.

103 Orchard St., 6:30 p.m., free.

Thurs. 14 – Punk Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition Opening at Howl! Happening: Check out this tribute to John Holmstrom and some of his brilliant collaborators at an exhibition that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the publication of Punk magazine. On view are classic artworks, early issues documenting the NYC punk scene and new work by contributing artists.

Through Jan. 30th, 6 E. 1st. St., Opening on Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., gallery hours Weds. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., free.

Sat. 16 – Michael Kliën, Excavation Site – Martha Graham U.S.A. at the New Museum: As part of the COIL 2016 festival, a multigenerational group of performers from the Martha Graham Dance Company’s past, present, and future explore their relationships to Graham and the underlying “movement forces” that bind them to one another, to Graham, and to the Company. Developed in collaboration with dramaturge Steve Valk, who adds a complementary discursive component to the piece, that will unfold alongside the performance in an adjacent studio. Audiences will be invited to explore the work for any length of time and will be encouraged to move freely between the two spaces.

This one-time-only dance event takes place off-site at the Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune St, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., $20.


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