10 Things to Do This Weekend in NYC (to Distract You from Impending Doom)

So how f*cking excited are y'all about the inauguration tomorrow?! 

Turn down for Trump, what WHAATT!!

Aight, that's our good ole college try, so you can't say we didn't. Well, it's been real guys.

JK. Seriously, not to get all kumbaya, but New York City, if we are anything, it's strong AF. 

It's time to lace up your Timbs and hit the streets. And if you need to take some time, it's okay, we got you covered too.

No matter what, stay safe this weekend!


Friday, January 20th

1. Go Cry in a Museum– For Free!

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You may have heard of the J20 Art Strike, which asserted that "business should not proceed as usual in any realm" on Inauguration day, and urged many galleries and museums to stay closed for the day. 

Nearly dozens of the NYC's museums, however, have completely waived their admission fees for Friday, to remind the public that art should not be exclusive, and should be available to all.

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The museums participating include the Museum of Chinese in America, the New Museum, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Queens Museum, and more. Many of them will be hosting workshops, screenings, and other counter-programming as well.


2. The Anti-Inaugural Ball


At 7 p.m., musicians from across the NYC experimental and jazz community will come together "to counter cynicism with sound." A few of the featured performers are Phyllis Chen & Friends, Jordan Dodson, ETHEL, Flor de Toloache, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

They'll be playing their tunes at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street), and although admission is free, they'll be accepting donations for the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

There will also be free drinks, and dancing provided by DJ Robert Maril. If you can, they also invite attendees to participate in a snacks potluck.


3. Nasty Women and Bad Hombres

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Raise a glass for those in need. Freddy's Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn will have bands, performances, raffles and drink specials– with proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood, who needs to protected, like at all costs. The first performer goes on at 8 p.m., and the last starts at 12 a.m.


Saturday, January 21st

4. Women's March on NYC

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ICYMI, the Women’s March in D.C. is going down this Saturday, the day after the inauguration. Not already hopping on one of the buses to the capitol? Other cities across the country, including L.A., Chicago, and of course, NYC are stepping up too.

These ladies (and men, can’t forget all five of you), will be raising their voices at 1 Dag Hammarskoljd Plaza and marching to rally at Trump Tower.

Heads up: the worst thing you can do is show up uninformed, and uneducated about what’s going on. Not sure what staggered times are? Yeah, check those out. Not sure what you’re marching for? Read their mission statement. Don’t be one of the reasons Taffy Lahren can cite as to why protests are ineffective. Stay nasty, snowflakes.  


5. 90's Bar Crawl 

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Not looking to dwell on current events? That's an easy problem to solve (we'll try to keep you updated on whether or not you get to keep your healthcare): get sh*tfaced.

We knew it was wishful thinking to hope that the nostalgia train stopped in 2016. But is there an outfit more comfortable for a night of drinking than a graphic tee and an old flannel? The crawl starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

This will be the nation's largest 90's event, so if there's ever a time to give into the nostalgia, it's now. With your ticket, you'll get a signature bar crawl cup and drink specials, the bars will also be playing the best '90's hits.

Participating bars include The Red Lion (registration), Iggys, Spotted Owl Tavern, MacDougal Street Ale House, The Lantern, and Bar none. Registration time starts at 2 p.m. and you have until 6 p.m. to get the specials and signature cup.


6. Whiskey Me Away: Sex Tips and Whiskey Tasting 


If you're going to be hibernating with bae this winter, you might as well pick up some tips to keep things interesting. This is def also the perfect weekend for whiskey, we must say.

The Babeland at 94 Rivington will be serving whiskey from local distilleries, to replace any sex talk awkwardness you might have with a nice, warm buzz. The first 10 visitors will get some freebies to bring home, so get there early! Register here.


7. WHAT A JOKE! A National Comedy Festival Supporting the ACLU

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Don't miss this national tour of amazing comics raising money for the American Civil Liberties Union at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn. Get your tickets here!  

They'll be hosted by Chris Calogero (Fusion TV, Mourning Coffee Podcast), and the comedians performing are Laurie Kilmartin (Last Comic Standing, Conan), Dave Hill (Inside Amy Schumer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jordan Temple (MTV's Decoded, Brooklyn Magazine's 50 Funniest), Rae Sanni (Comedy Central), Jenn Welch (New York Comedy Festival), Emily Winter (Writer for TV Land, Fusion TV.


8. Our House Yoga


If there was ever a time that you needed to find some inner zen, that would be like right now, isn't it? Head to House of Yes in Brooklyn for a 60 minute Vinyasa flow yoga class that's open to all levels.

The immersive experience will be created using wireless Sound Off headphones, so you'll basically be in your own inner auditorium, since you'll only be able to hear the music, and the instructor, Gina Benenati. All you have to bring is a mat, water, and a towel.


Sunday, January 22nd

9. SoulCycle Ride to Benefit the ACLU

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This is like what, the fourth plug for the ACLU we've thrown at you this weekend? Sorry, but not sorry, really. The ACLU has been defending and preserving individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S. for almost 100 years, and they need more help than ever. 

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Do your part, and join SoulCycle NoMad to give them the support they need. The class, shoe rental, water, and entry for door prizes are included in their sign-up fee.


10. Planned Parenthood Benefit: Noble Kids/ Snack Cat


If you haven't already, discover how dope Noble Kids and Snack Cat are at Mercury Lounge; the proceeds will also be going towards Planned Parenthood. Tickets are only $10, and you can get them here.

Noble Kids is a Brooklyn-based folk rock quartet who draw influences from a variety of artists and genres, but maintain their own honest and unique sound. Check out their debut full-length record from "Fawn."

Snack Cat is a band with a sound that's like a cross between soul/rock/jazz/blues and funk. Since forming in the Fall of 2014, they've already played in some of NYC's top venues, including The Bowery Electric, and Radegast Beer Hall in Williamsburg, where they also have a residency.

[Feature Image Courtesy inhabitat.com] 

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