Our picks for the best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events this weekend swing from the serious (editing Wikipedia to reflect reality) to the silly (running around half-naked for charity) to the hilarious (a night of women in comedy) to the brilliant (watching dancers dance). Read on for details. By Jessica Allen.
More than 10 tribes from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northeast, Great Plains, and Southwest regions will participate in the 40th annual Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow, featuring stories, dancing, traditional foods, costumery, and music. Certain programs also include a participatory component, wherein the audience will be invited to join in. Friday, January 30, through Sunday, February 8, see schedule for details, tickets required.
The best way to beat the winter blues is with a chuckle or two. Headlined by performer/writer Calise Hawkins (pictured), Black Women in Comedy features Pat Brown, Leighann Lord, and Nicky Sunshine, three of the funniest, best comics on today’s scene. Hawkins generally closes sets with the line “Thank you . . . and enjoy the rest of your life.” And how better to enjoy life than to laugh it up? Friday, February 6, 8 pm, $15, tickets required.
Calling all history buffs and truth tellers. At the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, you can review, edit, and revise Wikipedia entries related to black history, in honor of Black History Month. Trainers will be on hand to teach you how to work in Wikipedia, and librarians will be on hand to verify facts and offer instruction in research. Bring your own laptop, if possible. A reception follows the afternoon edit-a-thon at 5 pm. Saturday, February 7, 12 to 5 pm, free, reservation required.
Cupid’s Undie Run seeks to “put the hilarity in charity.” Across the US this weekend, half-naked runners will take off to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. (Last year, more than $2.8 million was raised.) After the “fun run,” you can hang out and socialize with your fellow clothes-less crazies. Expect thongs, push-ups, cleavage, jockstraps, boxer briefs, and NSFW images. Saturday, February 7, 12 pm, $60, no spectators allowed, must be 21+.
Visit a “gargantuan vineyard” in Times Square this weekend. A ticket to the NYC Winter Wine Festival gets you three hours of access to more than 250 wines from around the world, along with a selection of light nibblets and antipasti plus a souvenir wine glass. You can also sway to live music or take a VIP wine class, led by an expert and offering even more to eat and drink. Saturday, February 7, from 3 to 6 pm or from 8 to 11 pm, $79, tickets required, must be 21+.