This weekend, January 11-13, is the perfect time to get out for an evening on the town and while away the dark winter hours having fun in New York City. This weekend, you can take your pick from comedy shows to film festivals to events with free drinks.
Friday, January 11
You can pass those guys selling comedy show tickets on the street in Times Square and head straight to Open Mike Night at the Broadway Comedy Club (6 p.m., 318 W. 53rd St., 212-757-2323, free). There's no telling what kind of acts will take the stage, but the venue is known for debuting new talent in the "stand-up comedy capital of the world."
For an alternative laugh spot, the Comedy Cellar (7 p.m., 117 MacDougal St. below West Third Street and Minetta Lane, 212-254-3480, $20, two-item minimum of food or drink) features edgier acts and is known for being one of the best comedy clubs in town. There are regular surprise appearances by stars, too.
Le Poisson Rouge's quirky-swank atmosphere is the location for some of the 2013 NYC Winter Jazzfest performances (6 p.m., 158 Bleecker St., $35-$45). More than 70 jazz groups will be playing at several different venues throughout the Village for two days.
The powerHouse Arena is hosting a launch party for a new book about Punk Magazine (6 p.m., 37 Main St, DUMBO, RSVP 718-666-3049, free) called "The Best of Punk Magazine." The book is edited by John Holmstrom, Ramones album cover designer and Punk Magazine co-founder. Holmstrom will host the evening, which is being billed as a "raucous, star-studded, anarchic look at a magazine that defined an era." There will also be live music, special guests, and drinks.
The New York Jewish Film Festival is back again for the 22nd year ( Film Society Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater at 165 W. 65th St., $13 for the general public, $9 for students and seniors). The two-week festival is showcasing films from around the globe that deal with the theme of the Jewish experience, including drama, documentaries, comedy, film shorts in various genres, and more. Some films are making their U.S., world, or New York premieres.
Saturday, January 12
You don't have to leave Brooklyn to get a tour of a winery. The Brooklyn Winery (2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m., 213 N. Eighth St., 347-763-1506, free) has tours of their winemaking facility that culminate in a 25-percent discount coupon for a bottle or growler of their product. You can also stay after the tour and hang out in the wine bar and have a bite to eat. Tours are also offered on Sundays.
Sunday, January 13
Paddy Reilly's Music Bar (5 p.m., 519 Second Ave., 212-686-1210, free) is hosting an evening of bluegrass with Tony and Friends on Sunday. The evening will include bluegrass and old-time music.
Come out for the Young Playwrights Conference Readings (7 p.m., Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., free) to hear staged readings of eight playwrights who were chosen after a year's worth of reading, evaluating, selecting, and developing the best plays from the National Playwriting Competition.
Free DrinksThe old adage that you don't need an excuse to party surely applies to Yelp's Holiday Hangover Extravaganza (6 p.m.-9 p.m., 353 W St., RSVP online), which will include free food, drinks, and music while cruising around the Hudson on a yacht. 21 and up.
Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist with more than five years of experience reporting on and photographing news and events in New York City and beyond.
- Arts & Entertainment