Your Ideal Week
January 19 - 25
Hiya folks, and welcome to this mid-January installment of Ideal Week, in which we share our best tips on how to make the most of your precious free time over the next several days. It looks like this weekend is going to be the first one in a while that isn’t utterly frigid, so you you might actually be able to log some time outside, whether you’re game for a day hiking trip upstate or just taking a stroll through your nearest park. Personally, I’m off for the weekend to Durham, North Carolina, which somehow has more wintry weather than we do at the moment, but what the experience lacks in terms of warmth and sunshine I’m sure will be made up for in copious amounts of BBQ and pimiento cheese.
I read the NYT review of Cute Activist, a new play running through February 3 at the Bushwick Starr, with interest, not just because it is staged in Brooklyn and about privileged hipsters in Brooklyn, but also because it sounds like it has a creative, fresh voice that is generating some buzz. If I were around this weekend, I’d see if I could score a ticket to that, but instead I bought tickets to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s US premiere of its production of King Lear, which is happening at BAM this April. Anthony Sher’s turn as the titular monarch earned rave reviews from the London press, and tickets start at a very reasonable (for this town anyway) $35 each.
As for movies, I’m eager to see The Insult, a Lebanese Oscar contender about a mundane dispute between two men in Beirut that snowballs into a nationwide feud pitting Christians against Muslims. It sounds great, but at least for now, the only places you can catch it in the city are at Quad Cinema and Lincoln Plaza, so another MTA crapshoot can't be avoided. Finally, if you find yourself missing the profusion of outdoor movie screenings that summer has to offer, check out Brookfield Place’s latest movie series, which takes place among the palm trees of the (indoor) Winter Garden. On Tuesday, you can see Wonder Woman for free, complete with popcorn and maybe even a comfy seat if you arrive in advance of the 7pm start time.
Otherwise, take a gander at some of our other ideas for what to do with yourself in the week ahead, and if you’re planning to march tomorrow, know that we here at BB salute your tireless commitment to the resistance and to equality and justice for everyone lucky enough to call this country home.
Thursday, January 18, KINFOLK 94,Williamsburg, The Broad Room, 7pm, $20 + SPACE NINETY 8, Williamsburg, Tarot Class, 7pm, $30 + NEW LAB, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Wylie Dufresne and James Syhabout in conversation with Anthony Bourdain, 7:30 pm, $100
Friday, January 19 UNION HALL, Park Slope, Live Band Karaoke Benefit, 8:45pm, $12
Saturday, January 20 NYC, Women's March, 11am
Sunday, January 21 BROOKLYN BANYA, Kensington, or CITYWELL BROOKLYN, Gowanus, A Sunday Shvitz, $40
Monday, January 22 ELSEWHERE, Bushwick, Dream Wife, Doors 7pm, $12
Tuesday, January 13 BROOKLYN BREAD LAB, Bushwick, Bread for Beginners class, 7pm, $90
Wednesday, January 24 HOUSE of YES, Bushwick, The Wondershow, 8pm, $24.50
Thursday, January 25, MOFAD, Williamsburg, Great Scot Party, 6:30pm, $30
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Through February 25, 2018
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