Hello, we have decided to give our readers GothamList events for the entire week. You can check them out below (picks include a screening of The Landlord at 92YTribeca, My So Called Prom at The Bell House, Lunar New York festivities) but you can also get listings a day earlier by signing up for the Gothamist Daily newsletter—sign up here.
BOOK READING/SIGNING: On Tuesday night, Hue-Man Bookstore will hold a reading and book signing for Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. Head to Hue-Man's website for more details on the book that NYT reviewer Dwight Garner says, "makes a startling, alive sound, one you cock your head at an angle to hear...Ms. Rhodes-Pitts drops us inside her wide-scanning cranium as she searches for her own version of Harlem..."
Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. // Hue-Man Bookstore [2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd] // Free
COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION: Here's another chance to combine the perks of the American Museum of Natural history with booze and celebration. Join Jane McGonigal as she leads a discussion entitled Why Games Make Us Better and How They Change the World. Held in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth on the first Wednesday of every month, SciCafe is an ongoing series that "brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field." We recommend you RSVP, though it will not guarantee admission. This is a 21+ event.
Wednesday, Doors at 7 p.m. // American Museum of Natural History [Enter at 81st Street and Central Park West] // Free with cash bar
PARK SLOPE THROWBACK: Wondered what Park Slope looked like before the gentrification? The 92YTribeca is screening director Hal Ashby's 1970 film, The Landlord, which has Beau Bridges playing Elgar, a man who wants to buy in the neighborhood. Elgar's mother calls it "the ghetto" and the black residents aren't very interested in him living there either.
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. // 92YTribeca [200 Hudson Street] // $12
FIRECRACKERS: Celebrate the Lunar New Year--it's the Year of the Golden Rabbit--at Roosevelt Park with the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Fair. There will be music, food and, of course, plenty of firecrackers!
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. // Roosevelt Park [between Grand and Hester Streets] // Free
MIXOLOGY FOR GALS: Run, don't walk to Because Cocktails are Sexy: Mixology Lesson at Polar Lounge this Thursday. Tailored specifically to women looking to discover the creative possibilities of making the perfect cocktail, this event only had five spots left as of a week prior to the date. Mixologists from Polar Lounge at the Marcel at Gramercy Hotel will answer all your questions and tell you what basics you'll need at home to create the perfect cocktails. Hopefully you'll be inspired to make up your own drink names after learning about Polar's Arctic Tea, Tundra, Operation Highjump and the Prime Meridian. The class will include two drinks of your choice from Polar's drink menu.
Thursday 8 to 9:30 p.m. // Polar Lounge [The Marcel at Gramercy Hotel, 201 E 24th St] // $32 Tickets
ONE STEP BEYOND WITH THE SCISSOR SISTERS: Experience a night dancing under the stars at the American Museum of Natural History's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe. One Step Beyond is a series of parties held at the Rose Center for Earth and Space with performances by some of the biggest names in techno, electronica, hip-hop, and indie rock. In addition to a headliner DJ set by The Scissor Sisters and sets by supporting acts Lauren Flax, and Activaire DJs, guest can experience a complimentary screening of one of the Hayden Planetarium Space Shows, Cosmic Collisions, narrated by Robert Redford. A cash wine and beer bar is offered (21+ event) and each ticket included a pass to the Museum for future use.
Friday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. // American Museum of Natural History [Enter at Columbus Ave at 79th St] // $25 Tickets
BUNNIES: What better way to ring in the Year of the Rabbit than visiting the Queens Zoo's Flemish giant rabbits? There's rabbit-themed story time (1, 2:15, 3 p.m.) followed by face-to-face time with these long-eared lagomorphs in the Discovery Center, along with hot chocolate and tea. Besides learning more about rabbits and other animals from the Chinese zodiac, the first 100 kids will receive a traditional red envelope surprise from the zoo!
Saturday & Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. // Queens Zoo [53-51 111th Street] // $8 adults; $5 children
ART AND COLLAGE IN TIBETAN: Master Artist Tenzing Rigdol, whose work has been exhibited everywhere from San Francisco to Shanghai, will be conducting a free workshop about classical and contemporary Tibetan Art on Saturday afternoon. You'll learn a little Tibetan Art theory, partake in some practical instruction, and the works you gradually create may even end up on display at the Queens Museum of Art.
Saturday 2 to 4 p.m. // Queens Jackson Heights Library [35-51 81st St, Jackson Heights] // Free
MY SO CALLED PROM: Help fight homelessness in NYC by dressing like you're homeless this Saturday and attending the grunge-spin on prom at the Bell House. Trade the corsage for converse and watch The Bayside Tigers cover grunge greats like the Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam. DJ irockiroll will keep people dancing between sets, while DJ Mr. F will regale the front lounge with 90s hip-hop and pop. Each admission comes with one free drink and $3 of each ticket will be donated to the Coalition for the Homeless.
Saturday, 9 p.m. // The Bell House [149 7th St, Brooklyn] // $12
LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE:Head to Chinatown for a festive parade of lion dancers, floats, musicians, dragon puppets and much more for the Year of the Rabbit.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. // Mott, Canal, and Bayard Streets, and along East Broadway // Free
BOOKISH SUPER BOWL PARTY: Here's one we're really excited about. Some of us just aren't sports fanatics, yet we appreciate the "culture" of athletic event parties. Housing Works has the answer for you this Super Bowl Sunday with It’s Not A Sportsbar: A Very Bookstore Super Bowl Party. Here's an opportunity for you and your highly intellectual friends to indulge your sportier side without completely giving into the animalistic rituals of punching things and spilling beer all over the girl standing next to you. The event will boast big-screen viewings, cheap drinks, snacks, and raffle prizes. Did we mention it's being held in a bookstore? If you get bored, you can always catch up on that Nabokov.
Sunday, 6 p.m. // Housing Works Bookstore Cafe [126 Crosby St] // Free entry
CHEESEHEADS V. STEELER NATION: If you're not watching Super Bowl XLV at home, you could try the bar crowd experience. Steeler Addicts and SteelerBars make suggestions for where Steelers fans should root. Packers-Bars also has picks, but the big Packers bar might be Greenwich Village's Kettle of Fish, once featured on NPR. Kettle of Fish serves Usinger brats and tells patrons "to come early because we often sell out."
Sunday, game starts at 6:30 p.m. // Airs on Fox
MOVIE WITH LIVE SOUNDTRACK: With both New York teams out, who cares about Super Bowl Sunday? While the rest of America follows the football, be erudite and enjoy three early 20th century silent films inspired by Edgar Allen Poe stories, including "The Tell-Tale Heart." The movies will be screened at the Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg with a live soundtrack performed by avant-garde improvisor C. Spencer Yeh.
Sunday 9 p.m. // Spectacle [124 South 3rd St, Williamsburg] // $5
BLUE MONDAY: Super Bowl wasn't quite your thing? Perhaps a night of listening to Joy Division and New Order is more your speed. This Monday (and every 1st Monday of the month) Trophy Bar has just the thing for you. The event features songs by the aforementioned bands, as well as their labelmates from Factory Records.
Monday, 10 p.m. // Trophy Bar [351 Broadway, Williamsburg] // Free
Newsletter contributions by Jen Carlson, Jen Chung, Sarah Gainer and Surekha Ratnatunga // Firecrackers photo by Harris Graber; Flemish rabbit photo ©WCS