1. Go see thousands of balloons at Lincoln Center this week. The art installation is open to the public through February 25. 2. Go walk through Washington Square Park this spring. Don’t miss the 1895 Washington Arch, modeled after Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. 3. One of your New York bucket list items should be seeing a show at Madison Square Garden. This month, it’s hosting Billy Joel and Knicks games. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Mon 19 Not Dead Yet C’mon Everybody; 8pm; $5–$7Anything goes at this satanic variety show, at which demented characters, strange songs and nonsensical stand-up sets abound. Grandmistress of gibberish Lorelei Ramirez reigns over the dark tidings, with comedy from Nathan Min, Fareeha Khan, Bianca Perez, Daniel Simonsen and Morgan Bassichis; music from Showtime Goma; and videos by Colin Burgess, Tynan DeLong, Simple Town, Teresa Lu, Libbie ponce and Mitch Mitchell. Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz gives a tarot reading. Morrison Motel Cornelia Street Cafe; 8:30pm; $25Stop by for a night at John Morrison's stand-up show, where you'll find killer drink specials and a game assembly of comedians ready to bring the house down. February packs a stellar lineup:Janeane Garofalo, Phoebe Robinson, Mike Drucker, Angry Bob, Margot Dodge and Troy Alan. Yaz Hunni! Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 8pm; $7 At this sweet solo show, glowing improv paragon Mike Kelton shares cringe-inducing (and ultimately life-affirming) tales of growing up, coming out and becoming his own star. Tue 20 The Fuck You Revue Bizarre; 9:30pm; suggested donation $10 Zoe Ziegfeld and Fancy Feast have performed in NYC's most legendary burlesque shows...and now they join forces to throw their own wickedly fun monthly bash. For the February "Beastmode" edition, they summon gorgons, minotaurs and other mythical monsters to strip, pose and let it all out on the stage. They're joined by Darlinda Just Darlinda, Deity Delgado, Q
The next few months on Broadway will be loaded with new shows, but few are arriving with as much heat as Frozen. Adapted from the 2013 Disney film—the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the source of the inescapable song “Let It Go”—this family-friendly musical traces the epic adventures of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. (It starts previews on February 22; you can buy tickets here.) A key figure in bringing the show’s Nordic world to life on stage is British designer Christopher Oram, the two-time Tony Award winner who is creating Frozen’s sets and costumes. We spoke with him recently about the ideas undergirding his Norwegian-style costumes for the show, with ten photographs to help illustrate what he’s talking about—including four character portraits that have not previously been released. Photograph: Andrew Eccles “The costumes from the film are iconic, and so I approached the reimagining of them with trepidation and respect. I was also very aware that this would likely be the first time that a generation of young fans of the film would set foot in a theater, so it was important to me that they had an experience that was both familiar and at the same time new and exciting. Certain looks translated very easily into real fabric and onto real bodies; others took more revision before they found their balance.” Photograph: Andrew Eccles “The dress that Anna (Patti Murin) wears at the coronation, made by Eric Wi
A big, brand-spanking new performing arts center is coming to lower Manhattan. As Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, part of the original World Trade Center master plan, will feature three theaters, rehearsal space and other amenities such as a restaurant and gift shop. What should you expect at the 200,000-square-foot space? Well, as the press release boasts, “The center will serve as a global hub for the creation and exchange of art, ideas and culture that will present outstanding theater, dance, music and film from the United States and around the world. The center, which will also have the ability to host educational, community and fundraising events, will produce and premier works by emerging and renowned artists, companies and institutions.” Bill Rauch, who heads the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has been named its artistic director. So there you have it! Look for the new center, located between Vesey, Greenwich and Fulton streets, to open around 2020–21. You may have also heard about another public-private cultural space opening soon. The Shed, which is part of the Hudson Yards redevelopment, will also host concerts, dance performances and exhibitions when it opens in 2019. Plus it boasts an extremely cool modular design which you can preview here. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
It seems like the weather is getting just warm enough for some trippy public art. Today through March 31, you'll have the chance to interact with LOOP, a giant-sized flip book installation that lets you create moving, musical light shows inspired by old-school zoetropes. Using levers, you'll decide the cadence of giant-size light shows in retro-futuristic cylinders. The installation is a part of the Garment District’s Art on the Plazas series, a year-round program that's brought some compelling art to the area, including the transformation of two blocks of Broadway into an urban garden. LOOP broke out as a public art piece in Montreal in 2016, and starts its residency in the states in NYC. You can check out the free exhibition on Broadway between W 37th and 38th Streets, and get a better look at the experience above, from its term in Canada. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Monday is Presidents’ Day, the federal holiday honoring George Washington’s birthday. Public schools will be closed. The Postal Service takes the day off. The New York Stock Exchange even observes the holiday. And, much to the chagrin of millions of New York City straphangers, the subway will be operating with reduced service. The MTA announced this week that New York City buses and subways will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday. The 2 and 3 lines will not be running between Brooklyn and Manhattan due to ongoing tunnel repairs. There will be no express service on 6 and 7 trains, and B and Z trains will not be running. The Metro-North will also be operating on a Saturday schedule, and the Long Island Rail Road will be running on a holiday schedule. These service changes are par for the course on weekends, but implementing them on one of the year’s most forgettable holidays is sure to trip up some commuters. If you do have to head into work on Monday, plan accordingly. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Fri 16 Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival Sara D. Roosevelt Park; 11am; free Unfriendly ghosts should steer clear of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on February 16 when the Better Chinatown Society lights 600,000 firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Dog and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there will be lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead. Grand St at Forsyth St. Little Cinema: Romeo + Juliet House of Yes; 6:30pm; $30 Two households, both alike in dignity, come to tear the roof off at House of Yes for a bananas immersive viewing of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 pop spectacle, starring the angelic youths Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. Witness live ballet and aerial performances synced to the film, and get down at an after-party inspired by the legendary soundtrack. Everybody, Everybody: An ’80s and ’90s Party C’mon Everybody; 11am; $5 For the best monthly dose of Prince, Mariah Carey, Nirvana and TLC, look no further than to Bed-Stuy's C'Mon Everybody. DJs Sean McMahill and Mike Magnus throw down with a killer mix of crowd-pleasers and iconic gems at this beloved neighborhood bash. Let Me Break You Up: An Anti-Dating Gameshow UCBEast; midnight; $9 At this long-running exhibit of single persons’ vengeance at UCB, the unbeatable, unpredicta
1. Escape to Margaritaville, the musical featuring Jimmy Buffett’s best hits, begins previews on Broadway today. 2. Indie musicians Wye Oak are performing at Symphony Space tonight. They’re teaming up with William Brittelle for an orchestral reimagining of their works. 3. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival. Held at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the festivities are free to attend. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Not only can you drink beer at Brookfield Place next week, you can drink beer that’s made in every single NYC borough. Brookfield Place, the shopping mall with indoor palm trees down in Battery Park City, is hosting a Winter Biergarten starting next week. The 5 Borough Challenge: Best Brews of NYC event begins on February 22 and runs from 4pm to 9pm every Thursday through March 15. Guests ages 21 and over can stop by to sample brews at picnic tables beneath twinkling lights and play bar games in between glasses. A brewery from each of the five boroughs will be featured each Thursday, including Gun Hill Brewing Co. in the Bronx, Alphabet City Beer Co. in Manhattan, Brooklyn Brewery in (duh) Brooklyn, Rockaway Brewing Company in Queens and The Flagship Brewing Co. on Staten Island. You can find the full list of offerings here. Vote for your favorite drinks until the beer garden’s last occurrence (the winner will be announced afterward). It’s free to visit, with drinks sold separately. Also, 100 percent of proceeds from beer will be donated to New Yorkers for Parks, which builds and develops NYC’s green spaces. While you're there, make sure to check out the cozy igloos—another prime drinking spot at Brookfield Place. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Cash is king in New York, but that doesn’t stop some residents from getting miffed when a business imposes a minimum for purchases made with credit cards. On Thursday, a pair of City Council members introduced a bill that aims to address that very issue. Proposed by Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Andrew Cohen, the measure would prohibit businesses in the city from setting a minimum greater than $10 for credit card purchases. It’s not uncommon for NYC's bars and bodegas to impose these kinds of minimums on plastic transactions—they eat a fee for every debit or credit card purchase. But when those fees reach $20 or $30, it’s often seen as a ploy to coerce customers into spending more money than they otherwise would. If it's passed in its current form, the proposal would levy hefty fines for businesses in violation and force shops to post proper signage when they do have a credit card minimum. Despite the proposed restrictions on credit card minimums, the law would not affect cash-only businesses, a spokesperson from Torres’ office said. But in the bill’s current language, there is no specific protection for cash-only businesses—that may change as it moves through the City Council. In any case, New Yorkers ought to be paying cash at small businesses regardless. Doing so helps the business owner and can sometimes come with the added benefit of a tax-free purchase. It also helps us prevent a dystopia in which all of our bodegas are replaced by glorified vending machines. Sign