“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
Kate Douglas Wiggin
After three weeks of eating the world’s cheese reserves, drinking sufficient mulled wine to sink the Royal Yacht Brittannia, and consuming enough marzipan to hospitalize any normal human, I have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a waistline in my widening torso.

I intend to step back from the leftover canapés and work to reacquaint myself with salads and vegetables. 

It is with your encouragement that I feel prepared to make this adjustment. I now plan to return to New York after spending the holidays in Scotland. I will continue to support anyone else’s dietary choices and look forward to being able to fasten the button on my size 8 pants in due course.

Until then, please accept my deepest thanks for your continued support. See you on Monday. Hell’s Kitchen, I’m coming for you!
Friends, I have vouchers for the show Harry Townsend’s Last Stand (valid for two people, for the performance of your choice) to give away to you special people. It’s a new comedy about fathers and sons and the ups and downs of family, starring Tony winner Len Cariou and Tony nominee Craig Bierko (yes, those names are familiar – Len won a Tony for Sweeney  Todd, and they've both been in Blue Bloods). To get your hands on them, just email before Monday at noon and I’ll choose the winners at random. 
Before I get to your best life calendar, I have this. If you live in Hell’s Kitchen, or have shot a movie that is set/shot in the neighborhood, this is your time to shine. The Hell’s Kitchen Films festival is happening next month, and it’s looking for submissions. Films can cover any genre, and must be 20 minutes or less. The deadline is January 18. There’ll be a red carpet and everything! Find out more. (And if you have an even shorter film, check this out.)

Kathleen Turner
Hang on. What?! THE Kathleen Turner?! Romancing The Stone Kathleen Turner?! The legend is performing at the Green Room 42 tonight, peppering stories about her career with numbers from the Great American Songbook. Bummer – it’s sold out. But contact the box office for cancellations. Find out more.

Spiritual Sounds And The Jazz Age
The 1920s come to 2020, as Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis revisits two of its most acclaimed originals – Untamed Elegance and God’s Trombones. There is a free pre-concert discussion both tonight and tomorrow night, and $10 Hot Seats are available. Find out more.

Free day at The Shed
Haven’t been yet? Wondering what all the fuss is about? The Shed is hosting a day of free exhibitions and performances. The food? You’ll have to pay for that. Find out more.

Under the Radar
The Public Theater’s season of cutting-edge performances includes To The Moon, a VR-guided trip to space by Laurie Anderson. Tickets start at $25. Find out more.

Judith Jamison
I can’t lie. This is pretty big. One of the most influential dance figures of the late 20th century, and artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is leading a workshop celebrating its founder’s birthday. Find out more.

The Tuxedo Redefined
Through film, stage, and the runway, this exhibition examines how the classic men’s evening jacket became a subversive, sexy staple in the woman’s wardrobe. The opening reception is tonight. And it’s free. Find out more.

Bigmouth Strikes Again
It sold out at Joe’s Pub last year, and now Salty Brine is back with this Morrissey-inspired show that centers around Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and  The Smiths’ indie classic The Queen is Dead. Find out more.

Act like a big kid

Go play on the giant see-saws in the Garment District. Do it for the ‘gram. Find out more.

No Pants Subway Ride
Fear not, this is not a naked version of Santa Con. Rather, it’s a fun, flash mob event aimed at making people laugh in one of the, frankly, most rubbish months of the year. Find out more.

You  know the one! Join Manhattan Plaza Health Club this month for just $20, a saving of $175. Plus, if you mention W42ST, you'll get the rest of January free (which, if you do it today, could mean a further saving of $65). As well as the junior Olympic size pool, they have classes, weight training, tennis courts, spa, and a sun deck. The time is now, people. Make that change. 

Swap and schmooze
Let’s face it, we all have too much crap. So let’s address our abundance, clean out our crowded apartments, and meet up with our neighbors. It’s free, and open to everyone. Bring things. Take someone else’s things. Or just come for the vibe. Find out more.

Mentorship mixer
StateraArts helps advance women in the arts. Find out exactly what that means – and meet other like-minded people – at this neighborhood mixer. It’s free! RSVP (and find out more) here.

Rumpleteaser: Musical Improv
Watch a brand new musical – from the choreography to the music – created on the spot. Anything could happen. That’s the Upright Citizens Brigade rolls. Find out more.

Ellen West

This brand new opera tells the heartbreaking tale of a woman struggling with an eating disorder in the late 17th century, and the psychiatrist caring for her. Inspired by a true story. Find out more.

New York Jewish Film Festival

Documentaries, shorts, restored classics, and world premieres come to Film at Lincoln Center’s 29th annual celebration of movies that explore the Jewish experience. Find out more.

Phil does Singo
Yes, our esteemed publisher will don the sequin jacket once more to host Singo at Scruffy Duffy’s. If you don’t already know, it’s like bingo, but with music. You’d be mad to miss it. Find out more.

From Gershwin to Gaga
Chris Mann leads an homage to the music of Tony Bennett at 54 Below. Find out more. 

Ribbon dancing

Learn the colorful Chinese folk art. It’s free. It’s run. Ribbons are provided. Find out more

C4 Trio
The World 2019 Latin Grammy winners play a free concert of their vibrant Venezuelan sounds at the David Rubenstein Atrium. Find out more. 

An untamed variety show meets all-out party at Ars Nova. Hosted by “girl next door” Meg Stalter guest hosts an evening of the weird and the wonderful — from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between. Find out more.

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