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10 super-cool things to do this weekend

By Jaz Joyner
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Jan 9

First Look Festival; Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens, 7pm. $12 per screening.
Get ready to have your mind boggled by unconventional movies at this experimental film festival.

Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show; The New York Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden Camps, 10pm. $35. 
It's cold. We know. Embrace it at this wintry, after-dark party with live jazz performances and ice-sculpture demonstrations.

Taken 3 opens in theaters
Because who doesn't love Liam Neeson flexing his "particular set of skills"? His family continues to get in trouble. Time for a new alarm system. (Posters read, "It ends here," but we seriously doubt that.)

John Waters, "Beverly Hills John"; Marianne Boesky Gallery, Chelsea, 10am. Free.
Waters hasn't made a movie in 10 years, but the transgressive sensibility of his films has found a home in the king-of-bad-taste's work as a visual artist. His latest show features photos characterized by his usual outré sense of irony, including self-portraits that showed what he'd look like if he ever subjected himself to Joan Rivers–levels of plastic surgery.

Neneh Cherry + Sinkane + Kaki King; Highline Ballroom, Chelsea, 7pm. $35–$40.
Catch singer-rapper Cherry's first new solo work in almost two decades at this show, which also happens to be her first performance in New York City!

Jan 10

Realness: A Night of Dance ArtAbrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, 11pm. Price TBD. 
Rave it up Swiss style at this soiree hosted by professional partier Susanne Bartsch.

Nrityagram; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, 5pm and 7pm. Suggested museum admission $25, seniors $17, students $12, children under 12 free.
Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, the principal dancers of the masterful Indian Bharata Natyam troupe Nrityagram, offer site-specific performances at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing at the Met.​

Jan 11

No Pants Subway Ride; Location TBA, 3pm. Free.
Drop trou for the biggest joke of the year at this annual pantless hoax

Mind Warriors; Union Hall, Park Slope, 10pm. $12, advance $10.  
Who needs brawn when you've got the mind of a warrior? That's right scrawny genius, we're talkin' to you. Witness this science interview show hosted by comedian Greg Barris for insight to some of the most bizarre spiritual and scientific questions of our universe.

Seventh Annual Cassoulet Cookoff; Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, 1–4pm. $30.
Sample more than 10 dishes at this walk-around tasting where chefs vie for the best cassoulet crown.

The Improvised Shakespeare Company; Threatre 80, East Village, 7pm and 9:30pm. $33.
The actors speak in faux British accents, employ Elizabethan-era speech and play up any number of Shakespearean tropes, yet this hugely popular Chicago show is anything but gimmicky. Good improv rises above.

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