sun (various times): new year’s day hikes: begin the new year with some fresh air on park walks led by the urban park rangers in each borough. free. >>

sun 11am: coney island polar bear club’s annual new year’s day plunge: dive into the new year at the coney island polar bear club’s 120th annual community dip in the chilly atlantic. free to watch or participate (donations will benefit local organizations). >>

sun 1-5pm: coney island circus sideshow: after drying off from the plunge, catch a performance of the world famous coney island circus sideshow at sideshows by the seashore. $15. >>

sun 2pm: taproom silent disco: sweat it all out at a 60-minute cardio dance party held at taproom talea beer co. (williamsburg), and reward yourself with a draft, which is included in the $20 ticket. >>

sun 2pm-1am: the poetry project’s 49th annual new year’s day marathon: the word is out: 150+ poets and performers will read at the poetry project’s annual benefit, taking place over two five-hour blocks in person at st. mark’s church-in-the-bowery ($25-30) and online ($1-15 suggested donation). >>

sun 6pm-2am: 718 sessions new year’s day bash: kick off the new year with disco, soul, funk, and house at danny krivit’s annual new year’s day dance party. good room (greenpoint), $5 for the first 100 folks before 7pm, $15-25 otherwise. >>

sun 7pm: 19th annual new year’s hank-o-rama: the lonesome prairie dogs, tammy faye starlite, alex battles, sean kershaw, and many more pay musical tribute to influential country singer hank williams on the 70th anniversary of his passing. the bowery electric (east village), $12 adv, $15 door. >>


tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: stand-up meets after-party at this weekly comedy show and dance party, hosted by kelly bachman. tonight’s show features dayton bissett, andrea allen, jared waters, jess feeney, zahid dewji, and cansu. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): just come! comedy show: pamela ross, ashley hamilton, and nolawee mengist bring the laughs back to east williamsburg with standup by kenice mobley (fallon), billy prinsell (comedy central’s comics to watch), charles mcbee (mtv), jilberto soto, and adam gilbert. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($10 suggested donation). >>


weds thru 2/1 (wednesdays): cinépolis handpicked: cinépolis chelsea screens defending your life, the wizard of oz, the matrix, the matrix reloaded, and the matrix revolutions for just $5 each. >>

weds thru 1/31: janartsnyc: more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for janartsnyc, a series of festivals presenting new work in theater, dance, opera, music, and performance scheduled around the annual association of performing arts presenters (apap) conference. various locations and prices. >>

weds thru 1/29: guillermo del toro: tales of mourning and imagination: in conjunction with the exhibition guillermo del toro: crafting pinocchio, the museum of modern art presents a retrospective of 25 theatrical releases and television series directed by the filmmaker, along with others he wrote and produced. museum of modern art (midtown), $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students. >>

weds 7pm (monthly thru june): scicafe: sewer surveillance to track viruses in nyc: at tonight’s edition of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening conversation series, new york city department of environmental protection’s director of regulatory compliance jonathan hoffman will share how wastewater can be used to identify infection hotspots, why surveying sewers is important, and what public health officials can do with this information. cullman hall of the universe at the american museum of natural history (uws), free (rsvp). >>

weds 7pm: speakeasy: ‘the definitive speechwriting comedy show’: former presidential speechwriters and comedians who like speeches talk about the techniques they love, the clichés they hate, and the written remarks that rocked their world. hosted by chandler dean and sarah gruen. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘speakcheaply’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): we have fun: a stand-up show: hosts zach sims and dan wilbur bring the fun-ny to young ethel’s (park slope), with stand-up by comedians ariel elias (kimmel), wilfred padua (npr), christian mangual, and whitney allen. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by moss perricone (patriot act), django gold (colbert), zilla vodnas (the new york times), sam morrison (drew barrymore show), chloé cunha (the onion), and brittany cardwell. bonus: free beer giveaways from victory brewing. logan’s run (park slope), free admission. >>


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– the skint