Occasional readers of this site are a practical bunch, visiting WOTBA for recommendations for affordable hotels, museums to visit on Mondays (and soon to be posted, museums to visit on Tuesdays, just as perplexing), places to walk in parks, or where to score upscale chocolate. Regular readers, on the other hand, are inquisitive and deep, willing to slosh through posts on the recession and dead Presidents.
Speaking of perplexing - it's daunting to scan the event pages in newspapers, magazines or websites for stuff to do in New York. Too many good choices, one finds, and it's so overwhelming that it's painfully easy to make the decision to stay home. Let's have none of this. Staying home in New York breeds guilt, so who not try to find at least a handful of cultural events to enjoy in New York each month? Otherwise, I don't really understand the point of living in a crowded city with talented people. I might as well live in the wilderness with foxes, coyotes, and bears. Charming as that sounds, there's a dearth of wild animals capable of playing Brahms.
10 Selected Events in New York for January 11 through 18:
• MUSIC. Fabulous Thunderbirds, January 16-18. Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway @ 51st St. www.iridiumjazzclub.com.
• THEATER. Under the Radar Festival, a festival for new theater. Through January 18, at the Public Theater and other partner locations. All tix $15. undertheradarfestival
• THEATER. Anton Checkov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by Sam Mendes, with a cast including Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Richard Easton, and Ethan Hawke. In preview, opening January 14. BAM, 301 Lafayette Avenue.
• FILM. Craig Baldwin's Mock Up on Mu, NY Theatrical Premiere Run, January 14-20 at 7:00 and (;15 p.m. nightly. Anthology Film Archives. www.anthologyfilmarchives.org.
• MUSIC. Steve Winwood, January 15 at 8 p.m. United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway @175th Street. bowerypresents.com.
• MUSIC. Al Di Meola and World Sinfonia, January 17 at 8.p. New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, 212-277-7179. $45.
• MUSIC. Bargemusic, Brahms's two String Sextets. With all four members of Shanghai string Quartet, cellist Clive Greensmith, and violinist Mark Peskanov. January 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Fulton Ferry Landing. bargemusic.org. $40; $25 for students.
• LITERATURE: Louise Erdrich talks about her new book of stories, The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008, with Amy Goodman. Symphony Space. Wed, Jan 14 at 7:30 pm $22; Members $18
• ART. Frankenthaler at Eighty: Six Decades. Nine large works from Helen Frankenthaler's personal collection. Knoedler & Company, 19 East 70th St. knoedlergallery.com
• ART. Opening January 16: Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923–1937. International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, icp.org. Through May 3, 2009.
Image: Flatiron Building by Walking Off the Big Apple.
Bundle up! It's going to get colder this week.
This list is somewhat whimsical and totally subjective, based on my own cultural tastes. Even so, I may try to post a weekly list each Sunday, because others may find such an event calendar somewhat useful.