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What To Do in New York City This Weekend | Jan 18-21, 2019

What To Do in New York City This Weekend | Jan 18-21, 2019

This weekend, we aren’t much in the way of offering suggestions for trekking outside of your apartment. Given the fractured polar vortex heading our way - the one that is going to send NYC spiraling into a series of snowstorms and temperatures leading to a windchill factor of -17 degrees on Monday - you will likely find us curled up on the couch under the electric blanket bingeing on Netflix.

That being said, for those of you brave enough to head out into the storm, I salute you. And I also offer you a few suggestions for things to check out in NYC this weekend.

Friday, January 18

To kick off your long holiday weekend, be a part of history and head to the Bowery Ballroom to experience the Big Ups last show ever. That’s right, you heard me - after over 9 years and 450 live shows, this punk/post-punk/metal/indie band is calling it quits with one last show in the city where it all started. Purchase tickets here.

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If post-punk metal indie music isn’t really your jam, Brownstone Jazz is hosting a Jazz + Fish Fry concert series in historical Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Housed in a restored 1800s Victorian style brownstone, the evening’s entertainment is played on an original upright grand piano - similar to the ones used to create the great Jazz music of decades past. For more information, click here.

Photo Credit: @jensth

Photo Credit: @jensth

Saturday, January 19

Feeling frozen out of your New York City apartment, where the “heat included in the rent” only seems to encompass the heat pouring in through your air-conditioner-free windows in late August? No better way to warm up this weekend than with a dance party at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. Summon your inner diva because Baby’s All Right will be spinning tunes by the Queens of Pop, Rihanna and Beyoncé, just in time for the 3rd Annual Women’s March on New York City. Click here to get your tickets.

If dancing’s not your thing, QED in Astoria has you covered with their live comedy show QED Presents. Known as the formative playground for some of the biggest names in comedy today, don’t be surprised to see some of your favorite SNL stars and comedians stop in for a surprise set. Click here to grab your tickets. We highly recommend you pair it with arguably the best Mexican food in New York (and margaritas that are simply out of this world) at nearby El Mero Mero in Astoria.

El Mero Mero | Photo Credit: @lolosphotosnyc

El Mero Mero | Photo Credit: @lolosphotosnyc

And speaking of the Women’s March, this weekend we recognize one of America’s greatest civil rights activists, Martin Luther King, Jr. It therefore seems only fitting that we celebrate the holiday by supporting the political activists of today by joining them in solidarity at the 3rd Annual Women’s March on NYC. Bundle up in scarves and hats and head to 72nd Street and Columbus - details can be found here.

Photo Credit: @monicomelty

Photo Credit: @monicomelty

Sunday, January 20

Considering that the heaviest of the snowfall is supposed to arrive Saturday night and into Sunday, we don’t entirely blame you if you opt for indoor activities. Did we mention that QED is also offering several classes this weekend, including a Satire Writing Workshop and a Personal Essay Writing Workshop? Yeah, we think QED is pretty awesome, too.

Monday, January 21

If the pop diva dance party and Women’s March have you inspired, keep the momentum going and make the trek up to 88th and 5th to see the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Hilma af Klint was an early 20th-century abstract painter working alongside Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian and largely ignored by the history books (despite the fact that she was often ages ahead of her male counterparts). Influenced by abstraction and spirituality, and the interconnectedness of the universe, the Guggenheim Museum is presenting the first ever solo exhibition of af Klint’s work in the U.S. Click here to learn more about Hilma and how to buy tickets.

Interior of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | Photo Credit: @pergratiamdei

Interior of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | Photo Credit: @pergratiamdei

We can think of no more fitting way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday than heading to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 33rd Annual Tribute to Dr. King. An all day affair, expect musical performances by Oddissee, The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, art exhibits, film screenings, and a speech by Bronx-born black civil rights activist and #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke. Click here for more info.

Photo Credit: @jerobernot1991

Photo Credit: @jerobernot1991

We hope that you will consider our list of events when making your weekend plans, but if you opt to not leave your apartment (except to get your bacon egg and cheese), may we suggest a TV binge of the Netflix series You (if you haven’t seen it all already)? Or, like us, whip up a batch of this delicious vegan curried coconut kale and sweet potato and watch the two controversial, competing Fyre Festival documentaries back to back. if you do, let us know which one you prefer - drop us a line in the comments!

Photo Credit: @freestocks

Photo Credit: @freestocks

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