Weekend Fun

Weekend Plans in NYC: January 10–12, 2020

Maxwell! Medea! Marathons!

Photo by Kenny Rodriguez/Courtesy of House of Yes

Have a ball, get jazzy, and seek revenge—all in one weekend.

Theater

A wife with magical powers learns that her seafaring husband has been unfaithful…and things go downhill from there. Euripides’s Greek tragedy, Medea, gets a chic modern makeover by adapter-director Simon Stone in a production that stars real-life partners Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne. If you know the story already, you know to leave the kids at home. Opens Sunday, January 12; BAM Strong Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene

Photo by Caitlin Cronenberg/Courtesy of BAM
Nightlife

Brooklyn’s House of Yes invites revelers to hobnob with hot knights, cool kings, and icy queens—not to mention a “drag dragon”—at its sparkling winter bash, Snow Ball. Attendees can partake in a costume contest; pose on a throne photo booth; and ask an oracle what’s in the cards while being entertained by jousters and jesters at the decadent affair. Friday, January 10; 10 p.m.–4 a.m.; 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick

Live Music

The annual New York Winter Jazzfest has become one of the world’s biggest and best showcases of what modern jazz has to offer. The artists performing in the two-night, multivenue marathon include Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, Bowie collaborator Donny McCaslin, street buskers Hypnotic Brass Band, hot jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson, and hundreds more. Definitely try to catch at least one performance!  Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11; various Manhattan venues

Photo by Elaine Groedestein/Courtesy of Cindy Byram PR
Film

Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho turned a lot of heads late last year with the release of his award-winning thriller, Parasite, and is kicking off 2020 with a bang after receiving three Golden Globe nominations (and picking up a win for best foreign language film). See what all the fuss is about at Lincoln Center’s 10-day marathon of Bong films, as well as a few of his cinematic favorites. Through Thursday, January 16; various venues

Performance

Written and directed by cutting-edge playwright Richard Maxwell, Queens Row—which made its world debut in 2018 at ICA London—is set in the near future, when America is in the midst of civil war. It explores the rippling effects of a man’s absence from his mother, lover, and daughter. Through Saturday, January 25; The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), Chelsea

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