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Inflatable Frankenstein! at the 2013 Coil Festival
Photograph: Paula CourtInflatable Frankenstein! at the 2013 Coil Festival

20 awesome things happening in New York this week

By Jaz Joyner

Jan 5

The Dork Knight; Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Greenwich Village, 7pm. $14. 
Jason O'Connell is not just a fan of Batman—he's kind of obsessed. This is a show about how much the Dark Knight consumes O'Connell's life.

Mobile Mondays! 45s; The Bowery Electric, East Village, 9pm. $5.
Long-running party RecordNition, now at Kinfolk, is the all-vinyl brainchild of DJ Emskee and legendary hip-hop producer Easy Mo Bee, whose list of top NYC tunes you can find here.

Juan MuñozMarian Goodman Gallery, Midtown West, 10am. Free.
The installations in this show include a large set piece of identical, desaturated gray figures in matching baggy uniforms, standing and conversing with each other even though they're missing their feet.

Coil Festival; Various locations, times and prices vary.
P.S. 122, in temporary exile from its home base on First Avenue, schools us all in this sampler of avant-garde subjects, including performance works by the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Mike Iveson, Faye Driscoll, Ride on Theatre and dance duo Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith.

Jan 6

New York Philharmonic; Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center), Upper West Side, 7:30pm. $33–$275.
Conducted by Bramwell Tovey and featuring guest vocalist Dianne Reeves, the Dec 31 set list will include arrangements of favorites like "Embraceable You" and "'S Wonderful."

Three Kings Day Parade; El Museo del Barrio, East Harlem, 11am. Free.
Colorful floats, camels and 12-foot-tall puppets descend on Spanish Harlem for this holiday procession honoring the magis' visit to that famous manger.

Five Boroughs Food Talk: Brooklyn as a Brand; Symphony Space, Upper West Side, 7:30pm. $15. 
Brooklyn has a rep for being achingly cool and that goes for its food, too. Listen as Every Day with Rachael Ray food features editor Gabriella Gershenson discusses the many reasons why Brooklyn dishes are in a hip category of their own.

Nellie Hermann: The Season of Migration; BookCourt, Cobble Hill, 7pm. Free. 
A fascinating new fictional biography, Hermann’s novel sheds light on the time in 1878 when Vincent Van Gogh cut off family ties and worked in Belgium as an ersatz preacher.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour; Blue Note, Greenwich Village, 8pm and 10:30pm. at tables $35, at bar $20, plus $5 minimum.
Nearly 60 years old, the Monterey Jazz Festival claims to be the longest-running jazz fest on the entire planet—seems like plenty of cause to celebrate with a week at the Blue Note.

"The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself"Andrea Rosen Gallery, Chelsea, 10am. Free.
Curated by art historian Robert Hobbs, this show presents a group of key 20th-century artworks  from artists including Yoko Ono, Marcel Duchamp and others that each in their own way challenged the viewer's perception of what constitutes art—or even perception itself. 

Jan 7

Under the Radar festival; The Public Theater, East Village, 8:30pm. $25.
The Under the Radar festival turns the Public Theater into a buzzing avant-garde hive. Shows fly in from every corner of the globe: Iran, England, Argentina and our own backyard. Running times range crazily from five minutes to two hours.

Megan Mayhew Bergman: Almost Famous Women; BookCourt, Cobble Hill, 7pm. Free.
One of our favorite short-story authors presents a new collection of tales about historical women who tiptoed along the edge of notoriety.

"A (Radically Condensed and Expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again"; Public Theater, East Village, 8pm. $25.
It's quite fun to throw tennis balls at one another while recreating scenes based on audio recordings from writer David Foster Wallace. Supposedly fun, anyway. We're betting this will be enjoyable for at least one entity: the audience.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree; Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown West, 5:30am. Free.
The trees change, but the annual sense of wonder remains the same. A chance to gawk at this year’s 76-foot-tall behemoth, decorated with 45,000 LED bulbs, is well worth the fighting the crowds.

The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft: LIVE; Dixon Place, Lower East Side, 7:30pm. $12.
New media artist Angela Washko discusses feminism through the lens of World of Warcraft. Before the chat, enjoy a live show by performance artist Nathaniel Sullivan.

Jan 8

Silver Sound's 4th Annual Music Video Film Festival and Band Battle; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 7:30pm. $5–$8.
The winning act and director will be paired to create a music video using the company's resources.

Helmut Lang; Sperone Westwater, 10am–6pm. 
According to artist Helmut Lang, it's all about exploring materials "with a certain history, elements with irreplaceable presence and with scars and memories of a former purpose."

Ivo Dimchev; Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, 10pm. $20.
Ivo Dimchev presents Fest, as part of American Realness 2015. Set at an imaginary festival in Copenhagen, with the characters the performer, the curator, the technician and the critic, the piece explores the interplay of sex and desire in professional relationships.

Future Islands; Terminal 5, House of Vans, Greenpoint, 7pm. Sold Out.
Future Islands ascended from best-kept-secret status to near-viral ubiquitousness with a stunning Letterman performance of its single "Seasons." Fortunately, the eccentric Baltimore synth-pop crew was well prepared for its close-up: Singles, its latest LP and 4AD debut, is a front-to-back delight.

Michael Che; Carolines on Broadway, Midtown West, 7:30pm. $33 plus two-drink minimum.
The Saturday Night Live"Weekend Update" co-anchor headlines three nights at Carolines. Expect awesomeness.


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