All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Also see the Ongoing or Seasonal tab at the top.
Saturday, Jan. 7: First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum, free art and entertainment every month 5-11 p.m. Happy Hour is 4–6 pm. Bargemusic, 4 pm, Fulton Ferry Landing and Brooklyn Bridge. Greenlight Bookstore Grand Opening, in Prospect Lefferts Garden, 7:30 pm with music, wine, and appearances by local literary celebrities at Greenlight Bookstore PLG, 632 Flatbush Ave. between Fenimore and Hawthorne Streets. Tinder Live with Lane Moore, 8 pm, $15. An anything-can-happen interactive comedy showstopper with helpful and oftentimes ridiculous tips, tricks, and real-time swiping and messaging at the Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue.
Several days: Fourth Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder…Exhibition, 9 am–5 pm. This event repeats every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 1/28/2017. This show claims to delight and awaken the child within, especially during this most joyous season of the year. Local and national artists were selected for their interpretation of the theme “A Whimsical Winter Wonder…”. The works include photography, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and mixed media art. Exhibiting artists are: B. Beck, N. Beck, N. Benignus, C. Corrigan, M. Freiberghaus, N. Gopinathan, R. Henao, A. Levy, M. Mandel, J. Musillo, O. Newton, N. Nishanth, G. Sabiti, R. Sahu, J. Velazquez, C. Xochitl at the Poe Park Visitor Center in Poe Park, 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx. some days may be cancelled so contact (718) 365-5516 or Lucy.Aponte@parks.nyc.gov.
Saturday and Sunday: American Dance Platform, tickets start at $10. Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm. This year’s festival, curated by Alicia B. Adams, VP of International Programming and Dance at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, features an eclectic roster of artists, including Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, RAWdance, Ragamala Dance Company, Company | E, Lucky Plush Productions, Davalois Fearon Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and CONTRA-TIEMPO, with each of the eight companies performing twice throughout a week of double bills. Dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of the Harkness Foundation for Dance at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, Manhattan.
Sunday, Jan. 8: No Pants Subway Ride, 3 pm. In 2002 7 people did it as a prank and posted it on YouTube. Now the prank is an international sensation with over 25 countries involved. Consult the list of bars with fireplaces for warming up afterward.
First Sundays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am to 2 pm, is a series of pop-up programs inspired by water, in honor of the opening of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. Children have fun with arts and crafts, listening to a story and taking a nature walk at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. at Eastern Parkway. Free with Garden admission. Thelonious Monk 100th Birthday Improv Show, (jazz) 8 pm, $25 ($20 in advance). A combination of solo, duo, trio, and other performances of the complete 1965 album, “Solo Monk.” Littlefield, (bar?) 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.
Globalfest, 7 pm, $45, Globalfest presents its annual mini-U.N.’s worth of international sounds, with twelve acts performing overlapping sets on three stages. The late Tabu Ley Rochereau’s Congo-based Orchestre Afrisa International rumbas once again with the excellent singer M’bilia Bel. Maarja Nuut samples and loops her voice and fiddle into a folkie Estonian futurism. The Rascasuelos orchestra delivers a dramatic singing-and-dancing take on Argentinean tango. Hyper-bopping alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa leads his Indo-Pak Coalition with guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss. Styling Ghanaian singer Jojo Abot took a futuristic look at slavery-era interracial love on her electronics-dappled Fyfya Woto. Washington Go-Go stars Rare Essence make a rare appearance up north. And Korea’s SsingSsing blends rock and the shamanic pansori vocal style. Gullah jazz group Ranky Tank (South Carolina), Moroccan rollers Hoba Hoba Spirit, Venezuelan folk diva Betsayda Machado, Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida, and Sudan-born Alsarah and her band of Nubatones are also on hand.
Monday, Jan. 9: Ask Me Another Radio Show 7:30 pm, $25 ($20 in advance) is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg. Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue.