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My New Year's Resolution is to visit all the great new concert and event spaces that have recently opened up in and around the city to find out what they're all about. If you'd like to join me exploring, you'll find me sampling the "intelligent nightlife" produced at Caveat in the Lower East Side; getting hip to avant-jazz at the new home of John Zorn's venue The Stone at The New School; listening to whatever's new and popping at the ultra-hip art space and warehouse concert hall Elsewhere in Bushwick; working my way through a two drink minimum wherever The Metropolitan Room's relocated cabaret programming finally lands; sampling something queer and funky at downtown's Club Cumming; and having a go at a grab bag of programming at the recently resurrected White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. Here's hoping that the city's apparent interest in preserving night life culture will lead to a dozen more new venues openings in the months ahead!
secret culinary insider
My 2018 dining resolutions are threefold:
“Songs for Sabotage,” the Fourth New Museum Triennial at the New Museum.
I'm not usually one for resolution-making—except, say, try to be a better person than I was the year prior. That being said, I think a feasible culinary goal for 2018 is to get more in touch with my heritage. I'm a bit of a mutt (part Irish / German / Italian / Puerto Rican) and was never exposed to where I came from growing up, so I figured I'd be better off teaching myself at this point.
I'm looking forward to relaxing harder. [Explanation: The fitness world is at last recognizing the importance of "active rest" days, stretching and other activities that are crucial to overall wellness but don't require you to train like a beast. Adding some relaxation to a tough fitness routine makes you more fit, stronger and more flexible, and can even contribute to weight loss.]
Theater Expert David Cote: My New Year's resolution is to have more adventures at the Off-Off joints that make the theater diverse and dangerous. That means the avant-cozy installations at the Bushwick Starr; wildly ambitious dance-theater hybrids at Abrons Arts Center; scrappy irreverence at The Brick; new plays in the Flea’s three-venue complex; and local and global weirdness at La MaMa on East 4th. I’m also feeling very nostalgic for two great institutions that keep changing and reinventing themselves: PS 122 and Soho Rep. Both companies were homeless recently, but now they’re returning to their refurbished homes. Both are ready to gloriously trash our assumptions about what a play is, what a musical is, what acting is. This month, P.S. 122 reopens its doors at 150 First Avenue with the boundary-pushing Coil Festival; and in February, Soho Rep is back in business at 46 Walker Street with Aleshea Harris’s Is God Is, an Afropunk fable for today’s nightmarish times.
Paddy New Year's resolutions are a great excuse to give yourself a little extra motivation to do the things you've always wanted, but never had the time. This year, I'm making it my New Year's resolution to see more performance art. Why? Because over the last three years, I've seen more extraordinary work in this medium than nearly any other. This year, I'm making a point of having more of it in my life. That means I'll be spending more time at the Abrons Art Center (American Realness here I come), Caveat, a new bar/comedy club/performance space for nerds on the Lower West Side, and of course, the New York City Opera. I can't wait.
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