New Yorkers are busy people. Starting tomorrow, however, you’ll at least be able to combine your trip to the gym with a cultural outing. A new work commissioned by MetLiveArts, “The Museum Workout,” is a fast-paced trip through the Metropolitan Museum of Art before the institution opens to the public. It takes place Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30am. Created by the Monica Bill Barnes dance company and writer/illustrator Maira Kalman, the workout consists of a physical, interactive journey through The Met with constant movement, exercises and light stretching. The soundtrack participants listen to along with the workout combines Disco and Motown hits with Kalman’s voice. Tickets for a workout are available here if you’re interested in the idea of art quite literally taking your breath away.
Put your concert-going dollars to good use: These gigs happening inauguration week (and the week after) raise money for a variety of good causes. A Music Benefit for Planned Parenthood and The ACLUCatch hot bands and support an important issue at the two-night Music Benefit for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. (All ticket-sale proceeds go to both organizations.) Indie and folk-rock acts Beirut, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and Kevin Morby perform both evenings, while folk songstress Sharon Van Etten heads up the first installment at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and electronic pop musician Helado Negro performs at Rough Trade on the second.Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St, Brooklyn (musichallofwilliamsburg.com). Wednesday, January 18 at 8pm; $40. • Rough Trade, 64 North 9th St, Brooklyn (roughtradenyc.com). Thursday, January 19 at 8pm; $30. The Anti-Inaugural BallNYC’s avant-jazz and classical scenes convene for this concert-party-potluck. Admission is free, though attendees are encouraged to donate to organizations such as the ACLU, Lambda Legal and Southern Poverty Law Center at provided stations. Performers include innovative music makers such as So Percussion, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, pianist Phyllis Chen and saxist Darius Jones.The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th St, suite 502 (dimennacenter.org). Friday, January 20 at 7pm; free. Alex Cameron + RIPS + Katie von Schleicher + ConesMusic newsletter A Song A Day hosts
Sometimes we all need a good laugh in the face of adversity. With The What a Joke Comedy Fest, comedians around the country are taking back the national dialogue in a way that won’t negatively affect our healthcare system. The festival takes place in more than 30 cities over the inaugural weekend, with a local lineup of 20 comedians performing sets to benefit the ACLU. To prepare, we asked a few of the funny people participating in the series to get serious about the current State of the Union. For more activism activities, check out our inaugural weekend protest round-up. What a Joke Fest producers Emily Winter and Jenn Welch Photograph: Phil Provencio Emily Winter (TV Land): Which civil liberty needs protection most under the Trump administration? I think ranking civil liberties is dangerous. They all need to be protected because they're all actively in jeopardy. Look at our list of civil liberties. It reads like a checklist of things Trump doesn't give a shit about. What is the biggest joke in the country right now? Donald Trump is a joke. Unfortunately, the joke's on us. Jenn Welch (New York Comedy Festival): Which civil liberty needs protection most under the Trump administration? ALL OF THEM. The incoming administration has made it clear that civil liberties are now a luxury good only available to the rich, straight, white men who can afford them. What is the biggest joke in the country right now? ALL OF IT. It’s like Trump is Gallagher, t
If the very thought of Donald Trump’s inaugural balls has you gagging, here are seven huuuge ways to act up in his very own backyard. Hit the streetsWhile thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington, local activist organizations, including the Center for the Women of New York, holds a sister protest, Women’s March on New York City. It starts at the United Nations headquarters with speakers and music. 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (thehuman firstsociety.org). Sat 21 at 11am; free. Laugh about itComedians in 33 cities are ushering in the Trump era with a weekend of roasts and comedy shows benefiting the ACLU at What a Joke Comedy Fest. The New York lineup spans three days and three venues with acts including Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill, Jenn Welch and many more. Various locations (whatajokefest.com). Thu 19–Sat 21 at various times; $15–$40. Grab a micLaunch four years of political action at Day One: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic, marking one day down and 1,459 to go. There’s a lineup schedule online, but get there early to add your name to the list. Poets House, 10 River Terr (212-431-7920, poetshouse.org). Fri 20 5–7pm; free. Rise upAs some in D.C. celebrate the Trump transition with a series of black-tie parties, register your discontent at Sanctuary’s Inaugural Ball. The kickoff of a month of protest via theater takes cues from such alternative movements as riot grrrl and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. HERE, 145 Sixth Ave (212-352-3
Yes, we’re already looking forward to summer at Governors Island. And this year, for the very first time, the island will open on May 1. That’s a month earlier than usual, so get ready. And there’s more! A new restaurant, Island Oyster, will also be open for business there this summer. It will serve craft beer and seafood—and oysters, duh—at its new waterfront location. It comes from the folks behind Grand Banks, one of our favorite floating restaurants, so you know it will be good. One note: You should probably check out the giant slides also found on Governors Island before you stuff your face with seafood. Just a thought.
[Link to entire map in profile] #NewYork #subway stations named after their most popular #Instagram #hashtag. #tagsandthecity #underground #metro #tube #map #travel #usa #unitedstates #data #datajournalism #dataanalysis A photo posted by Tags and the City (@tagsandthecity) on Nov 29, 2016 at 3:41am PST Next stop, #ghostbusters. The "Tags and the City" transit map, created by Tin Fischer, Jug Cerovic and David Goldwich, uses geotagged Instagram data from 2014 to show what images people felt most-compelled to share off of every stop. As a result, #cronut happens to be just two stops away from #freedomtower. The mappers explained their methodology on Reddit: "We chose the hundred most popular stations (popular on Instagram). The stations got their name mainly automatically, but with a bit of editorial choice. We calculate the most significant hashtag which is used around each station (largest deviation from average frequency of respective hashtag across all stations), usually within 300 meters. But if this hashtag is just the station’s or the neighborhood’s name we went for the next one. When a hashtag referred to an event which is not repeated each year at the same place, we skipped it too. We only counted one photograph from each account and a hashtag had to have a minimum frequency of 100." Take a look at the full map of NYC social media obsessions here. [Curbed]
They make quite the glamorous pair: Augustine and Fowler & Wells, glowing and genteel on opposite ends of the grand atrium at the Financial District’s new Beekman hotel, a ritzy restoration of the late-19th-century landmark building known as Temple Court. Augustine, a swoon of a French restaurant from Balthazar bistro baron Keith McNally, is the more femme of the two, dazzling and dreamy with flower-bud sconces, wrought-iron chandeliers and enough warm light bouncing off the room’s hand-painted tile walls and romantically distressed mirrors to melt the frostiest of hearts. Fowler & Wells—Tom Colicchio’s first new Manhattan restaurant since opening Colicchio & Sons six years ago—is less fanciful and luminous than Augustine but visually impressive nonetheless: The handsome brick-walled room is fitted with mohair-velvet banquettes, stained-glass wall panels and its own set of large custom chandeliers, which successfully distract from the industrial piping that also hangs from the restaurant’s lofty ceilings. Fowler & WellsPaul Wagtouicz With such classically good looks, it’s not a surprise that neither Augustine nor Fowler & Wells employ any highfalutin kitchen theatrics, and you won’t find any of the ingredients du jour—no black walnuts, Calabrian chilies or beer whey—on either menu. This may be the new Financial District, but it’s FiDi all the same, and hotel dining in FiDi at that. In place of gastro nerdiness, Colicchio and executive chef Bryan Hunt offer polished
Your favorite New York foursome is back—Will, Grace, Karen and Jack are making a much-welcome return to NBC with a 10-episode revival of Will & Grace, as announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour today. Rumors of a revival of the Emmy-winning series—which aired from 1998 to 2006—have been swirling for months, bolstered by the surprise, online-only reunion that Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally took part in last September to support Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Along with the principal cast, the show welcomes back O.G. behind-the-scenes staffers, including original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who will act as showrunners and executive producers on the revival, as well as prolific director James Burrows, who was honored with a two-hour NBC special last year featuring the W&G cast as well as actors from Friends and Cheers. The revival is set to air during the 2017-2018 TV season, so keep a look out. But in the meantime, what other old shows can we will back into existence? We've already got Will & Grace, Gilmore Girls, Twin Peaks—Seinfeld reunion, anyone?
Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they're totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test. Afterward, we find out what went well on their date, and what went horribly, horribly wrong. Why they're single: Emily: She works from home and is in grad school and took a break from dating. Vadim: His long-term relationship ended three months ago. Ideal date: Emily: Drinks that turn into dinner Vadim: Probably just going to a bar THE DATE First impression Emily: “I got there first and he arrived on time. There was nothing memorable about when we first met. We dove right into ordering before really talking.” Vadim: “I got there a bit early and saw her walk in and get seated alone. The host was the most interesting part of the night; he introduced himself and shook my hand.” Chemistry Emily: “We covered the basics. It felt a lot more like a business meeting than a date. He was negative about his family right off the bat, which seemed like oversharing.” Vadim: “I think we established, How bad could it really be if Time Out paid for dinner? So it’s all kind of cynical. I was like, This seems like a normal human being.” Awkward Moment Emily: “He griped a lot about having to travel for work like it was a negative thing. He complained about having to go to Sundance [Film Festival], and I was like, ‘Okay!’ ” Vadim: “I do a lot of interviews for a living, so if I’m stalled in conversation, I just start asking a lot of questions. We still