101 things to do in the winter in New York City 2009

Seasonal classics and must-do events.

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11. Il Mondo della Luna
The always-inventive Gotham Chamber Opera takes its act uptown for a new production of Haydn’s spacey comedy (The World on the Moon) held, appropriately, at the Hayden Planetarium. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org). Tue 19--Jan 28, $30--$125.

12. Old-school dancing
Dress up and Lindy Hop your way to Swing 46 for dinner and dancing. Free lessons get you moving four days a week. 349 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-262-9554, swing46.com). Mon--Thu, Sun $12; Fri, Sat $15.

13. The Swell Season
Czech pianist-singer Markta Irglov and the Frames’ Glen Hansard perform songs from their latest album, Strict Joy. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St (212-247-4777, radiocity.com). Tue 19, $37.50--$47.50.

14. Join a dinner party
The stove-top-impaired can find solace in the dinner party--cooking class hybrid Sunday Suppers (sunday-suppers.blogspot.com).

15. Lady Gaga
Though rapper Kid Cudi has since left the tour (and sorry, his Jan 22 show at the Fillmore is sold out), Gaga’s ridiculous getups will surely compensate. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St (212-247-4777, radiocity.com). Wed 20, Jan 21, 23, 24; $49.50--$69.50.

16. Caravanserai: A Perfumed Tasting Menu
New York food celebs Audrey Saunders, Johnny Iuzzini and Sam Mason team up with perfumer Mandy Aftel to provide a mean tasting menu, meant to take you back to the good ol’ days in ancient Persia. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org). Jan 21 at 7pm, $150.

17. Sam Shepard and Patti Smith
The godmother of punk joins her actor-playwright friend for a reading from their new books: Shepard’s short-story collection Day Out of Days and Smith’s memoir Just Kids. The gig is sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available an hour before start time. 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Jan 21 at 8pm, $27.

18. Cielo’s Seventh Anniversary
Dubtribe Sound System plays in NYC for the first time in ages. 18 Little W 12th St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-645-5700, cieloclub.com). Jan 22 10pm--4am; $30, advance $20.

19. Legion
The trailer to this end-times thriller—especially the demonic, gravity-defying old lady—promises some spine-tingling scares. Plus, Paul Bettany in fallen-angel wings. Opens Jan 22.

20. Volunteering
Start your search at New York Cares (newyorkcares.com) and NYC Service (nycservice.org), where you can click through dozens of ways to share your multitudinous talents.

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101 things to do this winter
Seasonal classics and must-do events.

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