Around NYC Today (1/4) First Fridays, Insomniac Sound Salon


First Fridays, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, 6pm – 10pm

This month’s First Fridays at the Schomburg is themed “For the Love of House Music,” in honor of Frankie Knuckles. Known as the “Godfather,” Knuckles helped build House–a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Dance the night away with DJ Frankie Paradise. Free. RSVP.

January Evening Yoga Series, Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave at Brielle Ave – Staten Island, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Begin the new year with an evening of yoga. Five Boro Power Yoga will provide a series of four classes for people of all experience levels. Come to all or some. Stretch, breathe and relax your way into 2019. Email to register.

Insomniacs’ Sound Salon, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts – Cafe at LPA, Amsterdam Ave. and West 65th St – UWS, 7pm – 8:30pm

Legend claims that Johann Sebastian Bach composed his “Aria with diverse variations” for the humble harpsichordist Johann Goldberg, who played them to sooth and enliven the sleepless nights of an insomniac patron.

Join an in-depth examination of every brilliant symmetry, virtuoso challenge, and humanity affirming harmony found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. Expert will compare a wide variety of historic Goldberg recordings and arrangements, including rarely heard archival audio from the New York Public Library’s vast sound archives. Donation.

Daft Disko, Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave – Brooklyn, 11:30pm – 4am

A night of French touch, French house, disco house and more, inspired by the music of Daft Punk, Stardust * Cassius, Todd Terje, Disclosure, Breakbot, Flight Facilities, Neon Indian and Giorgio Moroder. Featuring DJs Flying Horse and Alex English. Free. RSVP.



A Place Both Wonderful & Strange, HNRY FLWR, Gesserit, Cindy Cane, 153 Morgan Ave – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $10.



Speak American w/ Nimesh Patel (Seth Meyers), Jourdain Fisher (Jimmy Fallon), Nonye Brown-West (New York Comedy Festival), Xazmin Garza, Erik Angel, Hosted by Noa Osheroff and Emily Winter, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, Free, RSVP.

Big Weird Comedy Show w/ Liza Treyger (Netflix, Comedy Central), Tim Dillon (Netflix, Comedy Central), Abby Rosenquist (Just for Laughs), Raanan Hershberg (New York Comedy Festival), Nick Naney (Brooklyn Comedy Festival), Hosted by Casey James Salengo (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central Half Hour), Ryan Beck (Comedy Central Every Damn Day), Will Winner (The Good, The Dad, and The Ugly Podcast, Huffington Post), Secret Loft, 14th St and 6th Ave -Greenwich Village, 8:30pm, $5 – $12.


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