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Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, January 5-8, 2017.

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Performance artist Neal Medlyn as Champagne Jerry.   

1. Kick off the new year with laughter at the annual 50 First Jokes NYC extravaganza at the Bell House on Friday, where comedians gather to tell the first new joke they've written in 2017. Wonder how many will be political?

2. Or swing by Littlefield where Hari and Ashok Kondabolu revive their show The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers. One’s known for his socially aware comedy, the other was a hypeman in Das Racist. Together they make magic.

3. Comedian Chris Gethard’s brilliant one-man show Career Suicide concludes its run on Sunday.

4. And at Joe's Pub catch Champagne Jerry, the irreverent rap alter ego of performance artist Neal Medlyn. Part of the Under the Radar festival spotlighting new theater.

5. Also part of the Under the Radar festival: queer punk duo PWR BTTM. Come for the stage banter but BYOG—Bring Your Own Glitter.

6. It's that time again for the Professional Bull Riders, when the bulls and the top 35 people that ride them come to town. Marvel at the kickoff pyrotechnics and how much dirt they bring into Madison Square Garden.

7. On the art front, head to the Park Avenue Armory for German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto, which features a familiar face: Cate Blanchett, as 13 characters on 12 giant movie screens.

8. This weekend's annual Winter Jazzfest announced a social justice theme this year which includes trombonist and Sun Ra alum Craig Harris performing a set inspired by Black Lives Matter on Friday.

9. While on Sunday, the all-inclusive globalFEST brings 12 artists to three stages at Webster Hall. See everything from digital folk Estonian soundscapes to the Gullah sounds of South Carolina.

10. And last but not least, it's awards season again, and Sunday is the Golden Globes. Check out a watch party at big-screen spot Videology, or with some above-average movie grub at Syndicated. Or just watch at home, no pants required. Either way, happy weekend!


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