Critical 5 things to do in NYC: enjoy the beautiful indoors, Jan. 25- 27
What with this ridiculous cold front sweeping New York, it might be hard to think of reasons to leave your comfy, climate-controlled apartment. Even so, we’ve got a few indoor events that should keep you both warm and entertained.
Back for a second year, the Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant will transform Manhattan’s Parkside Lounge into the Pink Lounge, where women will compete for what organizer “Francine” deems “the most coveted honor in this little town.” Get a peek at Twin Peaks on the TV while Lynchian ladies Audrey Horne, Nadine Hurley, and even the Log Lady put on a burlesque performance. Although there’s no promise of damn fine cups of coffee, there will be plenty of donuts and theme cocktails for the consuming.
New York’s biggest EDM party, Girls and Boys, is hosting the ultimate Tron-themed Daft Punk tribute complete with neon jackets, day-glo paint, black leather suits, and way-too-danceable tunes. This Friday, Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom will provide four floors of sound, ranging from top 40, hip hop and mash-ups to electro-indie with accompanying burlesque and Go Go dancers for maximal entertainment. Learn why this weekly dance party gets 2000+ attendees and let the music get you feeling so free for only fifteen bucks.
Head to Chelsea Market for the ultimate marriage of chili, beer, and everything spicy at the NYChili Fest. Each ticket gets you access to a 500-foot concourse of chili dished out by dozens of New York’s best restaurants and innovative chefs, all competing for the treasured Golden Chili Mug 2013 title. Samuel Adams will set up taps throughout the market, with four different brews meant for chili-eating. Eat unlimited food, drink beer, and jam to local band, the Dixons, as you await the celebrity judges’ vote.
Directed by Kelly Anderson, My Brooklyn follows her quest, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the complex forces reshaping her neighborhood. Focusing on the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, the bustling Afro-Caribbean commercial district, the film looks at why certain areas such as this are neglected for their inability to appeal to affluent newcomers despite their often prominent, or at least profitable cultural status. Head to the reRun Theater this Friday for a screening followed by Q&A with the director and Former State Committeeman Lincoln Restler, who will discuss city politics in a post-Bloomberg era.
Now in its ninth year, the Brooklyn Israeli Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue provides three nights of award-winning, emotion-stirring films plus follow-up discussions with the minds behind the footage. This year’s films explore diverse voices and perspectives that share the task of revealing lesser-known stories about Jewish immigrants from Europe and their tenuous relationship with Israel. On Saturday, catch a screening of My Australia, which follows a family trying to protect their children from the truth of the horrors of the Holocaust as they struggle to build a life in Israel. On Sunday, head to the 7pm screening of Orchestra of Exiles, which tells the story of a Polish violinist who saved almost 1,000 musicians and their loved ones from the Nazis in a very real, if brutal, display of culture preservation. Following the screening, director Josh Aronson will host a Q&A.