The Chinese New Year — The Lunar Year — starts tomorrow, Friday, January 31. 500,000 firecrackers will be lit in the Lower East Side’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park on January 31, 11pm. If you can’t make the firework show, there’s always the Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade Festival on Sunday, February 2, 1pm.
On February 2, 2014, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, will host Super Bowl XLVIII. To celebrate, New York City, the Super Bowl Host Committee assembled “Super Bowl Boulevard,” a series of football-themed experiences that will take over Times Square. Stop by a live concert, snap a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy or race down a specially made toboggan. Admission is freeand open to the public. January 29 – February 1. 34th Street to 47th Street – Broadway.
New York City Ballet Art Series 2014 presents JR, creator of the Inside Out street art series and recipient of the TED prize. NYCB will be exhibiting JR’s work during performances on January 23, February 7 and February 13. Tickets: $29.
Galerie Protégé presents Beyond Literacy, an examination of emerging street art with works by Joseph Meloy, Oyama Enrico Isamu Letter, Chris RWK and Herb Smith. The exhibit will run from January 8 – February 1. Opening is tonight at 6pm. Location: 197 9th Avenue (22nd Street). Free.
The Life and Death of Marina Ambramovic, starring Marina Ambramovic, is currently showing at the Park Avenue Armory. At the intersection of theater, opera and visual art, director Robert Wilson’s reimagining of performance artist Marina Abramovic’s extraordinary life and work begins with her difficult childhood in former Yugoslavia, and chronicles her journey to the present day. The show runs through Saturday, December 21st.
If you enjoy the sounds of upbeat Afro-Cuban music and bowling, The Pedrito Martinez Group at Brooklyn Bowl is a good way to spend Monday, December 16. Mr. Martínez was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 cover.
Brooklyn-based rapper, Talib Kweli — famously known as a lyrically-gifted, socially aware rapper and as a member of Black Star — will be performing at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, December 17. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 9pm. Cover: $15. Gravitas in stores now.