Published on : Monday, January 6, 2014
Lose the post-holiday blues by attending some entertaining January events in NYC. The New York Boat Show comes back for its annual residency at the Jacob Javits Center, the New York City Ballet opens its winter repertory season, the New York Jewish Film Festival returns for its 23rd year and Amateur Night kicks off at the world-famous Apollo in Harlem. Special events include Neil Young at Carnegie Hall, an exhibition of Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jay Z performing at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
· New York Boat Show
Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the New York Boat Show. At the Javits Center, you’ll find yachts and cruisers, bass and pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks, fishing boats and personal watercraft, electronics and engines and fishing gear, and even financing and insurance to travel destinations.
· Three Kings Day Parade
For more than three decades El Museo del Barrio has celebrated and promoted the Three Kings Day tradition with an annual parade. This year’s installment begins at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue, travels over to and up Third Avenue and finishes at 115th Street and Park Avenue. The procession features camels, puppets, floats, and thousands of students and community members as participants.
· 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest
A convergence of summer festivals used to mark the high point of the NYC jazz calendar, but with many of those showcases defunct or on the ropes, the annual Winter Jazzfest has become arguably the genre’s top local draw. Celebrating its 10th year, the festival features a dazzling array of talent and is both a bustling forum of discovery and a guaranteed blast. (Spring for the full-festival pass—a definite steal.)
· King Lear
January 7–February 9
Tony winner Frank Langella stars as the title character in Shakespeare’s tragedy, portraying the king who descends into madness following his daughters’ betrayal and a realization of his own mortality.
· New York Jewish Film Festival
Presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this global survey of innovative and provocative movies focusing on the Jewish experience is back in 2014 for its 23rd installment. A number of films presented in years past have gone on to be distributed nationally in theaters and on TV (in fact, Ajami, a tense crime thriller that unfolds on the streets of Jaffa in Israel and was featured in the 2010 festival, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film).
· Jay Z
He may no longer be a part owner of the Nets or their arena, but we get the feeling Brooklyn’s own Jay Z is going to feel right at home on the Barclays Center stage all the same.
· New York City Ballet Winter 2014 Season
January 21–March 2
The season at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater features two world premieres—Liam Scarlett’s New Combinations and ballet master in chief Peter Martins’ A La Française. The winter season also features two Balanchine full-lengths, Jewels and Coppéllia, along with 20 other ballets, including a program of 20th-century violin concertos and a piece by Jerome Robbins.
· Winter Antiques Show
January 24–February 2
Each winter the most prestigious antiques show in America comes to the Park Avenue Armory, featuring everything from ancient Egyptian relics to midcentury-modern pieces. Expect to see plenty of Americana, plus English, European and Asian fine wares and decorative arts. The show also serves as a benefit for the East Side House Settlement, a community resource in the South Bronx that provides social services and educational programs to give people the tools to improve their economic status and their lives.
· Amateur Night 2014 Opening Night
The Apollo Theater’s weekly Amateur Night has quite a historical pedigree, having featured the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Lauryn Hill and Billie Holiday over the years. Music lovers, gawkers and aspiring superstars have two options: sink or swim by showing off their talents (or lack thereof) for the audience, or sit in on the acts and judge the performances. We’re assuming you’ll pick the latter and do your best Simon Cowell.