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Here are our top picks for events in NYC this week!

Tuesday, January 21: “Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Preservation Progress in the Village, East Village, and NoHo 2003-2013, and the Road Ahead” is a presentation at the Church of the Village by Executive Director Andrew Berman of The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Presentation. In the presentation, Berman will take a look at development and historical preservation the GVSHP has been involved with during the past ten years. The presentation will also delve into “the newest threats looming on the horizon.”

Wednesday, January 22: The New Museum’s newest exhibition, “Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module” guest curated by the Eastern European contemporary art initiative tranzit, will open to the public. The key work in the exhibition will be the replicated interior of the fifth floor of the museum into that of a spaceship. In addition, 117 works by artists primarily from Eastern Europe will be on display. On January 25th and 26th talks entitled “Futures of Eastern Europe” will take place at the museum “exploring the ideological role that outer space played in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, accompanied by a day-long science-fiction movie marathon.”

This is the last day of the Guggenheim’s exhibition of the works of Christopher Wool. The exhibition presents a spectrum of the artist’s work.

Thursday, January 23: Quintessential NYCB, the first collaboration of the French artist JR and the New York City Ballet in a three part series, will take place at the David H. Kotch theater. The performance is part of the large New York City Ballet imitative of commissions with contemporary artists, NYCB Art Series. At $29 per ticket, the performance is in line with JR’s mission of both attracting “the attention not typical museum visitors” and to change the world though art.

In conjunction with the NFL and The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Bloomingdale’s has placed 48 haute couture football helmets on display. Entitled “Fashion Touchdown,” it is in honor of approaching Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2.

Friday, January 24: The photography exhibition “Shoot, Move, Communicate: The Battle of El Viejo Barrio” at La Caza Ansul Bookstore will open. On display will be a selection of artist Dato Mio’s photos of El Barrio (East or Spanish Harlem) from his project “Manufacturing a New Value System for Harlem.” The multimedia project—including photography, text, and video, “is about the gentrification of Harlem and an exploration of American values.”

The East River Reading Series: NGUYEN, ROSS, DODDS, & LOPATE will take place at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With four readers–2 poets and 2 essayists–it is the next event in a series of events as part of The East River Reading Series.
The exhibition “Sol LeWitt: Horizontal Progressions” will open at 508 West 25th Street location of the Pace Gallery. On view until February 22, the exhibition showcases seven works completed in 1991 by the influential 20th century artist Sol LeWitt.
Saturday, January 25: Last day to see the inaugural exhibitions at RH Contemporary Art Gallery in Chelsea (part of the arts division by Restoration Hardware). 5 solo shows from emerging artists each distinctly explore overlapping artistic concerns including texture, surface, the balanced contrast of organic and industrial materials, and the performative act of creation.

Sunday, January 26: The Poetry Brothel, modeled on a brothel except with private poetry readings instead of physical intimacy as the offerings, is hosting its first event of the year this upcoming Sunday. Entitled “The Poetry Brothel: Chez Christiane,” the event will allow use

Meat Week, a week of visiting the cities best Bar-B-Que joints, will commence Each night during the week participants visit a different barbecue restaurant in the city selected by a city captain. Starting with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on January 26 and ending with Hometown Bar-B-Que on February 2, eight of the cities best BBQ restaurants—such as Fette Sau BBQ in Williamsburg and Mighty Quinn Barbecue in the East Village—are visited by meat lovers.

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