Spare Rib @ Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Fête the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (and don’t let it be the last) with three benefit readings of Winter Miller’s Spare Rib in support of abortion providers in North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The play, which tracks a secret cabal of women who demand reproductive freedom, will be read by a rotating cast, including Purva Bedi, Cindy Cheung, Paige Gilbert, Lily Santiago-Hudson, and many more. The readings will be anchored by Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant and will be hosted by a different activist each night, including Samantha Bee on the 22nd.
Opens Wednesday, January 15th, 7:30 p.m. // Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Pl., Manhattan // Tickets: $73
Gentrification: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry @ Brooklyn Historical Society
Listen to a nuanced conversation on one of the biggest bogeymen of the modern city at Gentrification: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry. The discussion features three writers: Matthew Schuerman, WNYC editor and author of Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents; Kay Hymowitz, Manhattan Institute fellow and author of The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back; and James Rodriguez, Guttman history professor and contributor to Racial Inequality in New York City Since 1965. It’s all moderated by City Limits executive editor Jarrett Murphy.
Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30 p.m. // Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $15
From Seed to Supper: Rice Tasting @ Staten Island Museum
Sample some Southern cuisine at From Seed to Supper, which focuses on the Gullah, a group of Black Americans from coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Chef BJ Dennis and horticulturist Wambui Ippolito will delve into the region’s culinary traditions, its connection with West Africa, and the historical importance of rice; the conversation will be matched by a series of tastings. All the rice varieties on offer were grown by enslaved people in the South Carolina region before the Civil War.
Thursday, January 16th, 7 p.m. // Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., Staten Island // Tickets: $35
Black Comic Book Festival @ Schomburg Center
Don your best cosplay gear and zoom over to Schomburg for the eighth-annual Black Comic Book Festival, two days of panel discussions, film screenings, costume contests, and Black comic creators from across the country. There will be talks on Black anime, female leads, self-published comics, and graphic memoirs; audiences will hear from Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, scholar Eve Ewing, author Dhonielle Clayton, award-winning creators Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and Ron Wimberly, and many more.
Friday, January 17th, and Saturday, January 18th // Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem // Free
Grand Swan Lake @ Lincoln Center
Float into the weekend with the Shanghai Ballet’s critically acclaimed Grand Swan Lake, which has been performed all over the world, from Melbourne to Berlin to Vienna. The lavish ballet features 80 performers, including principal dancers Wu Husheng and Qi Bingxue as well as international guest stars, plus live musical accompaniment by the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Directed and staged by Derek Deane, formerly the Artistic Director of English National Ballet, the production is renowned for its choreographic crispness, as well as its sweeping and lush visuals.
Opens Friday, January 17th, 7:30 p.m. // David Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan // Tickets: $36 and up
Zlatne Uste Golden Festival @ Grand Prospect Hall
Bask in Balkan beats at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, which has been going strong for a whopping 35 years. Dance yourself silly to more than 60 bands on five stages over two days, like polyphonic Ukrainian folk singers Murmurosi, Macedonian group Gogofski, Armenian trio Zulal, Bulgarian a cappella group Yasna Voices, klezmer band Tsibele, traditional Anatolian singers Ta Aïdhonia, Greek brass band Kavala, Turkish pop musicians Wind of Anatolia, and many more. There will also be a Charshiya Balkan market filled with craftspeople and artisans, as well as all-you-can-eat Balkan meze and drinks all night long to fuel you up for more dancing.
Friday, January 17th, and Saturday, January 18th // Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn // Tickets: $35 and up
Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival @ Brooklyn Expo Center
After nearly a decade in Manhattan, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival is coming to Brooklyn. With 16 breweries, nine bourbon makers, and 10 pork purveyors, it’s hard to imagine anyone could leave hungry or thirsty. There will also be diversions and dares, like bacon-eating contests, Bourbon Bingo games, a “Beast Cage” serving up exotic meats like alligator and bison, and seminars with distillers, brewers, and pit masters from the deep South. When you need a break from stuffing your face, browse a marketplace of “brewerania” like sauces and BBQ accessories.
Saturday, January 18th, 12 p.m. // Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $59–$99
Lunar New Year Celebration @ Abrons Art Center
Ring in the Year of the Metal Rat at the second-annual Lower East Side Lunar New Year Celebration. Collaboratively produced by Abrons Art Center and Wing on Wo & Co.—the oldest family business in Manhattan’s Chinatown—the festival presents performances by MazuDogs, Vincent Chong, Wo Chan, and the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute Dragon and Lion Dance Team. There will also be karaoke and DJ sets, plus food from Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Kopitiam.
Saturday, January 18th, 4 p.m. // Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand St., Manhattan // Free
Soul to Soul @ Museum of Jewish Heritage
Get a jump-start on MLK Day at Soul to Soul, a theatrical concert exploring the parallels between African-American and Jewish communities, experiences, and history. Produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the performance features Yiddish theater songs, classic spirituals, an interwoven narrative, and multimedia imagery and video celebrating diversity and strength in unity. Performers include singer and actress Lisa Fishman, cantor Magda Fishman, Broadway veteran Elmore James, Yiddish folk authority Zalmen Mlotek, and actor Tony Perry.
Sunday, January 19th, 2 p.m. // Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Manhattan // Tickets: $35