J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42 nd St.
If you’re passing through Grand Central Terminal right now (and many Metro readers are—hi!) then you already know that the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the ultimate squash showdown, is taking place amid the commuter crowds from today through next Thursday. Catch a glimpse of the actour through the transparent pop-up court as players from 29 countries contend for the title for the 19 th year.
First Look Festival
Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 th Ave., Queens
See it first at the Museum of Moving Image’s First Look Festival, which highlights exceptional and unconventional new films at the top of each year. More than 50 international films will screen over 17 days, including several national premieres and three retrospectives. Tickets are $12, or an all-access pass runs $40.
Jan. 8 & 16, Feb. 11
B.B. King Blues Club and Grille, 237 W. 42 nd St.
After decades of singing with the world’s top artists, Darlene Love finally had her moment to shine in the acclaimed documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.” On the heels of the film’s success, pop music’s leading lyricists (Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello) paid tribute to her by writing original songs for Love’s first solo CD, released last year.
The New York Times Travel Show
Javits Center, 655 W. 34 th St.
Get moving on that resolution to see the world right here in NYC as over 500 destinations tempt you with their sandy beaches and new attractions. In addition to speakers and vendors, there are also over 100 cultural presentations throughout the expo.
Lovesick Wedding Expo
Jan. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Red Hook Labs, 133 Imlay St., Brooklyn
Whether you’re planning a wedding to plan or just getting a head start on your fantasy, the Lovesick Wedding Expo is the place to immerse yourself in every detail, from the flowers to the floor plan. Dresses will, of course, be aplenty, including a runway fashion show. Expect to sip a few glasses of wine (for the sake of choosing your dinner pairings, of course).
No Pants Subway Ride
Improv Everywhere began staging the No Pants Subway Ride with just a handful of participants back in 2002. Today it’s begrudgingly cherished tradition taking place near the start of each year with thousands of enthusiasts. Whether you like it or not, you’re likely to take part in this pants-free tradition, since unsuspecting straphangers pay witness to the creative feats of nudity. It’s all legal, so keep your judgment at bay — or, better yet, screw up your courage and get in on the bottomless fun.
Hear jazz music from classics to modern takes at over 100 performances from more than 500 artists across 10 venues in Greenwich Village. This year features two all-night jazz marathons on Jan. 15 and 16.
Jewish Film Festival
Walter Reade Theater, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Partnering with the Jewish Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents the 25 th anniversary of the Jewish Film Festival. The fest is dedicated to Jewish artists and films from around the world that showcase the diversity of the Jewish experience. The lineup includes over a dozen new works (like the New York premiere of “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” with Natalie Portman), a collection of shorts, Q-and-As with influential filmmakers and a retrospective reaching all the way back to the fest’s origins.
Under the Radar Festival
Through Jan. 17
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.
Ante up your exploration of the arts with the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. The fest brings together some of the world’s most inventive works, from experimental theater to puppetry, offering perspectives (and languages) that New Yorkers won’t uncover around 42 nd Street. This year’s lineup includes “Germinal” (in which artists build their world from the ground up, “Minecraft”-style) and a concert from Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq.