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Culture Orgy: Winter Edition

True, Hollywood doesn’t release its finest work, But in New York, January and February can be entertainment oases. A two-month to-do list.

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Willie Nelson hits the stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

JANUARY

1.Sleep. Brunch. Sleep.


2. Charlie Chaplin walks the walk as the Little Tramp in a screening of six of his best shorts at Symphony Space.

3. The Slipper Room features a once-a-month freakfest that’s part rock opera, part burlesque, hosted by “mutant supervillain” Mr. Donut.


Woody Allen and Mary Steenburgen in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.  

4. On a dark, wintry night, catch a two-for-one showing of Woody Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and Another Woman (perhaps his most Bergman-like offering) at Film Forum. Come back the next evening for Manhattan.

5.A play that only a young, desperate serial renter could truly appreciate, The Sublet Experiment is a romantic comedy that takes place in a new apartment every weekend. Tonight it’s Williamsburg. Next week, the Upper East Side.

6. Sleeping Beauty kicks off a centennial salute to New York City Ballet co- founder Lincoln Kirstein.

7. Say good-bye to Christmas. The Rockefeller Center tree gets gently felled.

8. Musical celebration of the late, great Rosemary Clooney (yes, George’s aunt) at the 92nd Street Y.

9. Taye Diggs makes his behind-the-scenes debut as choreographer at the Joyce (see Offstage Talent).

10. My Mexican Shivah, a comedy featuring a dead Jewish patriarch, his Catholic ex-lover, and an ex-con grandson, premieres at the New York Jewish Film Festival.

11. Lite-FM lovers, rejoice! Bryan Adams comes to the Beacon Theater …

12. … While Willie Nelson sings the blues at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

13. Explore the psychology of hot pink at F.I.T.’s She’s Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion.

14. What’s Chinese prison after having to smack down terrorists and topple the president—all on no shut-eye? A new crisis unspools during the season premiere of 24.

15. Hollywood celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting the Golden Globes. Earlier on, the Great Day Chorale honors him at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

16.Counterterrorism veteran turned writer Richard Clarke tries his hand at techno-thriller fiction with Breakpoint, out today.

17. Some call Andrew Bird a cross between Beck and Itzhak Perlman. He and John Southworth (who calls his own music “Appalachian cabaret”) play the Bowery Ballroom.

18. Doug Aitken’s first large-scale public artwork in New York lights up MoMA’s exterior walls with continuous film sequences featuring Donald Sutherland and Tilda Swinton. In other movie news: the first day of Sundance.

19. Goodness gracious! Jerry Lee Lewis is live at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

20. Terence Koh is known for his “queer, punk, and pornographic sensibilities,” so what does he have in store for his first American solo museum show—in the Whitney’s lobby?

21. Sayonara! Four of Japan’s top modern dance companies end their weeklong run at the Joyce.

22. Jamie Foxx plays the Garden. But is Jamie Foxx the musician really as good as Jamie Foxx the Ray Charles impersonator?

23. Cross your fingers for Marty—it’s the Academy Awards nominations.


Henri Cartier-Bresson's Marseille, France (1931).  

24.Two stellar International Center of Photography shows: The personal scrapbooks of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martin Munkacsi, who revolutionized fashion photography.

25. Legendary journalist Pete Hamill takes a turn as interviewee at BAMCafé’s “Eat, Drink & Be Literary” series.

26. The Afro-Brazilian ensemble Ologunde does capoeira and a warrior dance at Symphony Space.

27. Behold the power of maps at the New York Hall of Science’s cartography show.

28. Respect the power of bears at Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man at the Museum of the Moving Image.

29. Martin Amis reads from his most recent work, House of Meetings, while Norman Rush reads from his as-yet-unreleased novel Subtle Bodies at the 92nd Street Y.

30. Can she go platinum again? Norah Jones releases Not Too Late.


Cynthia Hopkins as a pop star performing her last hurrah in Must Don't Whip 'Um.  

31. Must Don’t Whip ’Um, about the last concert of a very obscure (i.e., made-up) seventies pop singer, is at (where else?) St. Ann’s Warehouse.


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