NYU Skirball, 60 Washington Square South
Contemporary circus is nothing like you remember, and nothing like you imagine. Come see nine international artists and troupes reimagine the big top acts at NYU Skirball for three days. The event coordinates with the Legendary Costume Designers exhibit of famous circus ensembles through Jan. 18, plus a free panel on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Zltane Uste Golden Festival
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn
Over 60 bands (heavy on the fiddles and bagpipes) will play on four stages over two nights to bring a little bit of the Balkan spirit to Brooklyn. Come prepared to get swept up in the festive folk dancing, sample regional food and drinks (complementary and for sale), plus a market for crafts and textiles.
Vogue Knitting LIVE
New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway
Calling all grandmas and hipsters! Vogue Knitting LIVE is returning to NYC for three days dedicated to the timeless tradition, with runway shows, workshops and a sprawling marketplace spanning everything from cozy winter scarves to large-scale art installations.
East Ville des Folies
Jan. 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St.
Drink like it's the last legal drink you may have and dance like you're chasing away the Great Depression at East Ville des Folies, a Prohibition-themed festival with beer and whiskey tastings spanning four floors at the historic Webster Hall. There's also live music and dance performances, and while 1920s-era attire is optional, being 21 is not. Tickets are $50, though an additional $10 will get you VIP entry at 1:30 p.m.
A Journey Thru Black History
Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
Upright Citizens Brigade, 307 W. 26th St.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a quick brush-up on black history milestones with Reverend Professor Ray Cordova and the Astronomy Club. Learn the answers to burning questions like "Who wore it best along the Underground Railroad?" and "Really, that racist nonsense is still happening?" Six artists join Cordova in walking us through the sins of our past — but this time, it’s OK to laugh.
Winter Restaurant Week
Jan. 18-Feb. 5
Beginning Monday get to over 370 restaurants, many of which you can’t ordinarily afford, for three-course lunches for $25 or dinners for $38. However, you do need to reserve a spot, so don't miss out. Review menus, check for blackout dates (usually Saturdays) and plan your week at NYCGo.com. Remember to tip your server generously!
Housing a Growing City
Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
If you’re wondering how you’ll continue to live in NYC with rent skyrocketing, you’re not alone. Everyone wanting to live here, aging infrastructure, a stagnant economy and rising homelessness all adds up to a lot of friction. City planners are gathering to brainstorm these issues, and you can hear what they’re coming up with at this talk hosted by the Museum of the City of New York, whose current exhibit is “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.”
Jan. 19-Feb. 5
How about pairing your Restaurant Week dinner with a Broadway Week show? You could have the best date night for less than half the usual price, because tickets to some of the hottest plays are two-for-one during this deal. While no, sorry, "Hamilton" is not included, new musicals like "Allegiance" (with George Takei) and the revival of "Misery" starring Bruce Willis are, and tickets do sell out.