Your Week Untapped: Top Ten NYC Events from January 11th-16th, 2016

Hunts-Point-South-Waterfront-Wild-Abandoned-Park-Long-Island-City-Queens-NYC-021Hunter’s Point landscape, which Chance Ecologies is hosting events about 

This week features a variety of events for people with all interests, including events from a Modern Circus, two acclaimed jazz performances, panels and discussions, and even a Balkan market and festival. In addition, be sure to check out this week’s events from Chance Ecologies on the state of the natural landscapes at Hunter’s Point, whose exhibit we recently wrote about.

Monday, January 11

Start the week off by going to the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, which showcases new theater from all over 194 companies and 40 countries to support artists dedicated to “redefining theater” from varied backgrounds. The Public has been producing this festival for 12 years. It only runs from January 6-17, so don’t miss this chance to experience global theater and support burgeoning, contemporary artists from around the world.

Tuesday, January 12

Today, the highly praised Gotham Jazzmen, who have played at Lincoln Center, will be performing traditional jazz at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The event starts at noon and doors open at 11:45.

Wednesday, January 13

Urban Omnibus, a publication dedicated to enriching city making, is hosting a free special event to celebrate the launch of a booklet featuring the three winners of the Urban Omnibus Writing Competition, As Seen on [ ]. These entries demonstrated interesting perspective on the “place and state of performance and audience in our urban spaces today,” incorporating personal experience, history and observation to set them apart. Thus, today at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore, Urban Omnibus will host a public reading of these winners with professional actors and as well as a reception.

Thursday, January 14

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation hosts the program Say It Ain’t Snow!
How New York Battles Winter in the Village and Beyond with Dr. Robin Nagle, author of the book Picking Up.

Today, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting Politics, Money, and Anarchy: Historic House Museums at 6:30pm. This event will feature a panel of experts speaking about the state of historic sites. Learn about the uncertain future of historic sites, as well as solutions and critiques to their long-term survival. Also check out our previous article on NYC’s historic house museums.

For something more upbeat, try Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2016 by the NYU Skirball Center, which invites audiences to “reimagine their perceptions of a timeless art” through a contemporary circus. This event only runs for three days (from January 14-16), and include performances from international companies like Company Oktobre, England’s Barely Methodical Troupe, and Sweden’s Company Water on Mars.

Friday, January 15

The Merchant’s House Museum is hosting its Dark Days of Winter Candlelight Ghost TourDoors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them

Many artists think of drawing as a “practice run,” or a medium of experimentation, with tentative lines sketched in pencil, and always capable of being altered or erased. The Ballpoint Drawing Show opening Friday at Sugarlift in Bushwick, Brooklyn challenges this notion, as the ten artists whose work is included all believe their best drawings are made with the indelible mark of a ballpoint pen.

Saturday, January 16

We’ve written a lot about the Chance Ecologies art exhibit at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City. So today, attend its “Endangered Surfaces Walk to Hunter’s Point South” to trek over and see the disappearing natural landscape of Hunter’s Point. This will be followed by a reading and talk called “A Reading for the Birds” at 5:30 and an archaeology panel called “Art, Archaeology and Curious Activity of Digging Up Nothing” at 7 pm.

Sunday, January 17

Today, spend another day with Chance Ecologies at its event, “Site and Field: Listening to Hunter’s Point South” at 2:30 . This walking tour will be followed by an “Experimental Sunset Viewing” precisely at 4:54pm and a “ “Curators’ Talk and Walk-through the Exhibition” at 6:30 PM.

Don’t forget that today is also the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Attend the free Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas, at the Apollo Theater for the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. At this event, which is in partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival, WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of WNYC’s All Things Considered, will moderate an open discussion on racial gaps in America and how to end them. There will also be interviews, media presentations, and panels from relevant activists and leaders on how to incite change.

Join us for an upcoming Untapped Cities tour, including the Remnants of Penn Station, the Secrets of Grand Central and a Woolworth Building tour with the architect’s great grand daughter.

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