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Who: David Garrett, world’s fastest violinist
What: Celebration of the U.S. theatrical release of The Devil’s Violinist (Bernard Rose, 2013) and the accompanying soundtrack album, Garrett vs. Paganini (Decca/Universal), matinee screening followed by a Q&A and live performance by David Garrett
Where: Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th St., 212-255-2243
When: Sunday, February 1, free ticket giveaway below, 3:25
Why: German-born crossover musician David Garrett has been playing violin since the age of four; he makes his film debut in The Devil’s Violinist, starring as nineteenth-century Italian violin virtuoso, composer, and womanizer Niccolò Paganini, with Jared Harris as Urbani, Joely Richardson as Ethel Langham, and Christian McKay as John Watson, written and directed by Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortal Beloved, The Kreutzer Sonata), opening at the Quad and on VOD January 30; the album, which also features Andrea Bocelli and Nicole Scherzinger, releases January 27.

TICKET GIVEAWAY: International superstar David Garrett will be at the Quad on Sunday, February 1, for a special Q&A and live performance following the 3:25 screening of The Devil’s Violinist, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free, along with CDs of the Garrett vs. Paganini album. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and the name of your favorite classical composer to by Thursday, January 29, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.


Who: Billy Idol, with special guest Broncho
What: Kings & Queens of the Underground Live World Tour
Where: Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway between 74th & 75th Sts., 212-465-6500
When: Wednesday, January 28, $44.50-$105, 8:00
Why: William Michael Albert Broad, better known as Billy Idol, comes to the Beacon on the heels of the release of his autobiography, Dancing with Myself (Touchstone, October 2014), and new album, Kings & Queens of the Underground (Kobalt, October 2014), featuring such songs as “Bitter Pill,” “Save Me Now,” and “Postcards from the Past”


Yvonne Rainer’s CARRIAGE DISCRETENESS kicks off marathon opening of Sundays on Broadway winter season

Yvonne Rainer’s CARRIAGE DISCRETENESS kicks off marathon opening of Sundays on Broadway winter season

Who: Cathy Weis Projects
What: Rare screening of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, documenting collaboration between experimental artists and Bell Labs in 1966 at the 69th Regiment Armory
Where: WeisAcres, 537 Broadway between Prince & Spring Sts., buzzer #3
When: Sunday, January 25, free, 2:00 (all future events at 8:00)
Why: The 2014 winter season of Sundays on Broadway begins on January 25 with a ten-hour marathon of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, consisting of films by David Tudor, John Cage, Deborah Hay, Övynid Fahlström, Robert Rauschenberg, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Robert Whitman, Alex Hay, and Lucinda Childs; the salon-style series continues Sunday nights at 8:00 through March 29 with live performances, readings, film screenings, discussions, and more, including a selection of Trisha Brown’s early works on February 1 with Wendy Perron, a screening of Léonide Massine’s Choreartium on February 8 with Tatiana Massine Weinbaum, and a reading of Fortunato Depero’s unpublished Dramma plastico futurista by puppeteer Dan Hurlin on February 15 (advance reservations are required for the immersive installations taking place the last four Sundays in March with Jon Kinzel, Jennifer Miller, Vicky Shick, and others)



Tickets to see innovative Brooklyn-based Icelandic musician Björk at Carnegie Hall and City Center go on sale this week

Who: Björk
What: Vulnicura tour; tickets on sale January 19 (presale to fan club) and January 23 (general public)
Where: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, City Center, Randall’s Island Park
When: March 7 & 14, Carnegie Hall; March 25 & 28, April 1 & 4, City Center; June 5-7, Governors Ball (tickets on sale now for Governors Ball)
Why: Icelandic superstar Björk Guðmundsdóttir follows up her mega-successful Biophilia album, app, tour, and film with Vulnicura, a new record due in March featuring the tracks “Stone Milker,” “Lion Song,” “History of Touches,” “Black Lake,” “Family,” “Not Get,” “Atom Dance,” “Mouth Mantra,” and “Quicksand”; her concerts are always something special, and this should be no different — tickets go on sale for the New York shows to Björk fan club members on January 19 at 11:00 and to the general public January 23 at 11:00 and are sure to go very quickly (note: a multimedia retrospective of Björk’s career will open at MoMA on March 8)

MLK DAY 2015

New York City celebration of MLK Day includes a screening of KING: A FILMED RECORD...MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS at Film Forum

New York City celebration of MLK Day includes a screening of KING: A FILMED RECORD...MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS at Film Forum

Multiple venues
Monday, January 19

In 1983, the third Monday in January was officially recognized as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the birthday of the civil rights leader who was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Dr. King would have turned eighty-six this month, and you can celebrate his legacy on Monday by participating in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service project or attending one of numerous special events taking place around the city. BAM’s twenty-ninth annual free Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. includes a keynote speech by Dr. Cornel West, live performances by Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, the theatrical presentation State of Emergence, the NYCHA Saratoga Village Community Center student exhibit “Picture the Dream,” and a screening of Ken Burns, Sara Burns, and David McMahon’s 2012 documentary The Central Park Five. The JCC in Manhattan will host an Engage MLK Day of Service in Brooklyn: Feeding Our Neighbors community initiative, a screening of Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak’s 2014 documentary Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, and “Thank You, Dr. King,” in which Dance Theater of Harlem cofounder Arthur Mitchell shares his life story, joined by dancers Ashley Murphy and Da’Von Doane.

The Harlem Gospel Choir will play a special matinee at B.B. Kings on MLK Day

The Harlem Gospel Choir will play a special matinee at B.B. King’s on MLK Day

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan will teach kids about King’s legacy with the “Martin’s Mosaic” and Mugi Pottery workshops, the “Heroic Heroines: Coretta Scott King” book talk, and Movement & Circle Time participatory programs, while the Brooklyn Children’s Museum hosts the special hands-on crafts workshops “Let’s March!” and “Let’s Join Hands,” screenings of Rob Smiley and Vincenzo Trippetti’s 1999 animated film Our Friend, Martin, and a Cultural Connections performance by the Berean Community Drumline. The Museum at Eldridge Street will be hosting a free reading of Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom’s picture book What Do You Do with an Idea? along with a collage workshop. Also, Film Forum will show the 1970 three-hour epic documentary King: A Filmed Record . . . Montgomery to Memphis at 7:00, and the Harlem Gospel Choir will give a special MLK Day matinee at 12:30 at B.B. King’s in Times Square.


tibet house benefit concert 25

Who: Artistic director Philip Glass, the Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Ashley MacIsaac, and more performers to be announced, with honorary chairpersons Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, and Arden Wohl
What: Twenty-fifth annual concert raising funds for the nonprofit Tibet House US, celebrating the Year of the Wood Sheep and Tibetan New Year
Where: Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St., 212-247-7800
When: Thursday, March 5, $35-$200 (special packages with meet-and-greets and dinner reception start at $500), 7:30
Why: Tibet House US was founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama, “dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil”; the annual benefit concert is always one of the cultural highlights of the year in New York City (for a look back at past concerts, including full setlists, go here)


Who: Dr. Dog
What: The Dr. Dog 4x4
Where: Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth St., 718-486-5400, and Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., 212-533-2111
When: January 9-12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, January 14-17 at Bowery Ballroom, $25-$35
Why: Philly six-piece celebrates next week’s release of its first concert album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel (the Anti- two-LP set can currently be streamed here), featuring live versions of songs from such albums as 2002’s Toothbrush, 2007’s We All Belong, 2008’s Fate, 2010’s Shame, Shame, 2012’s Be the Void, and 2013’s B-Room, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg with Twain (1/9), the Districts (1/10), Elvis Perkins in Dearland (1/11), and mewithoutyou (1/12) and Bowery Ballroom with Roadkill Ghost Choir (1/14), mewithoutyou (1/15), Yellerkin (1/16), and Field Mouse (1/17)