Sunday, 7 p.m. Webster Hall 125 E. 11th St. $40, 212-353-1600 www.globalfest-ny.com
For one night, globalFest packs some of the world’s greatest musical talents into one venue for a huge party. Throughout the evening you’ll hear sogs all the way from Jamaica’s Brushy One String to the punk-folk of the Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha, to Morocco’s Hassan Hakmoun and more. Sorry Beliebers, the ever-so-worldly Biebs will not be performing. He’s retired! Right?
New York Brass and Heritage Festival
Thursday-Sunday Various venues and ticket prices www.nybrassheritage.com
The best of New Orleans will perform at Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, The Highline Ballroom and more. Musicians include The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Rebirth Brass Band, The Stooges Brass Band and many others. Here’s hoping they bring us some of those delicious Cafe Du Monde beignets — yum!
George Saunders in conversation with Ben Stiller
Friday, 7 p.m. McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince St. Free, 212-274-1160 www.mcnallyjackson.com
Author George Saunders (Tenth of December) chats with Ben Stiller about comedy, satire and other themes found in their works. Film clips, readings and an audience Q&A will follow, and if no one mentions "Zoolander," blue steel, or the Fockers, well then, we’ll be highly disappointed in all of you.
Artists have been selling out long before Rancid went on MTV and Andy Warhol did the whole Andy Warhol thing. #SELLOUT takes it to another level, teaming artists and brands together to embrace “selling out.” You’ve probably been to an art opening with free beverages before, but have you ever been to an opening sponsored by the beverages? That’s what #SELLOUT does. Go see the future of artist/brand collaboration, or just enjoy the free booze. Artists include Paz, Re-Baroque, Julie Van Such and more, with drinks provided by Tito’s Voda, Perrier and other sponsors.
Pepe Romero - Free Concert for Opening Night of the New York Guitar Festival
Kicking off the 2014 New York Guitar Festival, legendary classical guitarist Pepe Romero will perform his first and only all-Bach recital (we’re guessing only, probably because it’s got to be really hard to play Bach on guitar and no one wants to do that twice) for free! The festival will continue through Jan. 30th and feature performances by Nels Cline, Kaki King, Marc Ribot and more.
Women's self-defense class
Saturday, 5 p.m. Traditional Okinawan Karate of Brooklyn 248 McKibbin St., Bushwick Free, 718-418-9892 www.tokarate.com
Stand up and fight like a woman! No, seriously. Traditional Okinawan Karate of Brooklyn presents this free class for women (trans-inclusive!) to learn the basics of self-defense. Classes are taught by women and include a discussion about avoiding violent situations, be it at home or with strangers. Refreshments will be available after class. Call to RSVP.
No Pants Subway Ride 2014
Sunday, 3 p.m. Various meting points Free www.improveverywhere.com
There’s really only one acceptable reason to ever drop your pants in public. That reason? Improv Everywhere’s No Pants Subway Ride. Ride around the subway system reading a book, listening to the latest NPR podcast, or maybe just staring into space, but keep a straight face and do it with your pants off.
Ninth Annual Freeze Tag on Wall Street
Sunday, 1 p.m. Corner of Wall St. and Broad St. Free, 877-692-5869 www.levysuniqueny.com
If there’s ever been a Wall Street occupation we can all get behind, this has gotta be it. Whether you’re a stockbroker with tons of cash, a Zuccotti Park camper representing the 99 percent, or simply a guy who likes games, Freeze Tag on Wall Street has got your number. Join in for the game in addition to other childhood faves like Blob-Tag, Wolf Sheep Rock, Red Rover and more.
The Beerded Ladies present a night of beer trivia with a very special theme: “No Beer Til Brooklyn.” Test your Brooklyn and beer knowledge in four rounds of ten-question trivia, while enjoying $4 pints of Brooklyn Brewery’s Fire & Ice, Pennant, Winter Ale and Sorachi Ace. Put your hops and malted barley knowledge where your mouth is.
FOOD + DRINK
6th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off
Sunday, 1 p.m. Jimmy’s No. 43 43 East Seventh St. $30, 212-982-3006 www.jimmysno43.com
Who knew casserole had its own contest? Amateur and pro cooks go head-to-head in a battle to settle it all: Whose cassoulet is truly the best?! Sample over ten different ones and wash them down with refreshing beer, wine or cider – the first drink is on the house. A portion of the proceeds will go to Grow NYC Greenmarket programs.
Celebrity Autobiography With Matthew Broderick, Debbie Harry and More
Jan. 13, 9 p.m. The Triad Theater 158 W. 72nd St. $35-$60, 212-362-2590 www.celebrityautobiography.com
Can you think of anything better than laughing at celebrity autobiographies from the profound pens of Tori Spelling, The Situation and The Jonas Brothers? What if real celebrities acted out the scenes that these literary geniuses put to paper? That’s exactly what Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Ferris Bueller — ahem — Matthew Broderick will be doing. There’s got to be at least one scene from "Coreyography," we’re begging for it!
The Incredible Game Show Showcase
Jan. 14, 8 p.m. UCB Theater 153 E. Third St. $5, 212-366-9231 East.ucbtheatre.com
If you’re a fan of TV game shows and have a few unconventional, weird or expensive ideas, then you have just found your calling. The Incredible Game Show Showcase pits three submitted ideas against each other and, with the help of audience participation, tries them out. At the end the audience will vote on which one goes straight to TV. Anyone up for a game of caviar baseball? (That’s my winning idea).