"The art of being single truly depends on how you take advantage of the fruitful autonomy that comes with it, whether it’s kissing a stranger, or taking a book to lunch.”
Jamie Valentino
You think it's tough dating in New York? You're missing the whole point, people. It's just that it's so damn easy to be single here. Read Jamie Valentino's brilliant essay on the joy of city singledom for a generation that no longer needs to compromise in the February issue of W42ST. We have the confessions of a dominatrix (you'll be surprised, I promise), lessons we can all learn about communication and consent from the kink community, and a fascinating interview with the only man in the US who is both a fight master and a certified conflict coach. Go figure. (We analyzed my own conflict style - it made very interesting reading!) You can read it online, of course, but let me lovingly suggest you stop scrolling, put your damn phone down, pick up a copy at any of these handy dandy places and read the whole thing in beautiful, tangible, IRL print.

Towards No Earthly Pole
Julian Charriere combines scientific enquiry, geology, and physics with art. And this new video installation, which opened at Sean Kelly Gallery yesterday, explores the ghostly Antarctic landscape, filmed at night, while dramatically lit by a drone. Find out more. 

Voices by NYC Ballet
This sounds powerful – Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet, Voices, is a series of solos for five women, paired with music that features speeches by six influential women – from Nina Simone to abstract painter Agnes Martin. Find out more.

Eoin Colfer
The author of Artemis Fowl reads from his latest book, Highfire, a genre-bending fantasy set in the bayou. Find out more.

Swap and Skate
Get rid of your old stuff, pick up some new stuff, and get discounted skate hire into the bargain. Hello, Bryant Park, you’re winning at winter. This is also the big day of the Tartan Kilt Skate. There will be bagpipes. Hoots mon! Find out more.

Lunar New Year at the Met
No coronavirus can stop the Met museum. Oh no! Their Year of the Rat celebrations continue with an all-day event that includes lion dancing, lantern lighting, and the Sesame Street Muppeteers. Find out more.

Joe Iconis
The creator of Be More Chill (and generally just awesome human) takes to the Lincoln Center stage as part of its American Songbook series, with special guests Betty Buckley and Annie Golden. Find out more.

The Hot Sardines
Evan Palazzo and Elizabeth Bougerol met when they both answered a Craigslist ad about a jazz jam session above a Manhattan noodle shop. Together they make up the Hot Sardines, whose 2014 self-titled debut was named by iTunes as one of the best jazz albums of the year (alongside Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – tough competition). They have two shows at Birdland tonight. Find out more.

Bitch Sesh
The podcast goes live, deep diving into all things Real Housewives,  pop culture, and hopefully comeing to accept Julia Roberts wig in Mother’s Day. Find out more.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday (and Groundhog Day)

First, some numbers. 
$5.6m: The average cost for a 30-second commercial. 
1.4 billion: The number of chicken wings that will be consumed this weekend
$325m: The amount of money that’s likely to be wagered on the Super Bowl. Say whaaaat?
You can spend a lot less if you hang at a local bar and just enjoy that JLo/Shakira half-time show with your neighbors. Just saying. Ardesia is even bringing in a special big screen for the occasion. Find out more.

Bad Romance brunch
It’s almost Valentine’s month, surely the most hated of all holidays. Join Ensemble Studio Theatre as they celebrate the dark side of love, with new short plays and brunch. Now, brunch will never sleep with your best friend or forget to flush the toilet, amiright? Find out more.

A gym isn't just a place you go to sweat. It's a community. Ideally one with cool group exercise studios, sauna/steam/jacuzzi, cycling studio, the latest exercise machines, ping pong, basketball, and an amazing rooftop pool that will make you the envy of all your friends this summer. Get a trial pass to Mercedes Club this month (just mention W42ST Magazine) and start thinking about that tan.

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Inspired By True Events

This is a new play by Ryan Spahn, directed by Michael Urie, that is based on an actual incident at a community theater, and reminds us that the show must go on – no matter what terrifying and harrowing event has occurred. Tickets are free, but you must apply. Find out more.

Do It All

And by "all" they mean a total body workout, including high and low-impact cardio and strength training. It’s free, and changing rooms are available. Find out more.

Free film talk
"For Your Consideration – Actors of Color" discusses and celebrate the careers of some of Film At Lincoln Center’s favorite performers of color from both current cinema and movie history. Find out more.

Midge Ure
The Scottish singer – probably still best know for 'Ooooooh Viennaaaaaaaa' and for being the less vocal element of Band Aid and Live Aid, Midge Ure plays the Iridium Thursday and Friday. Find out more.


Is your pup feeling a tad – emasculated? Is there something missing from between his hind legs. He may or may not be missing his old meat clackers, but it seems a ton of dog owners do, because they’ve made Gregg Miller a millionaire. He invented Neuticles, a kind of pair of silicone implants that replace a male dog’s nuts after neutering. They cost around $310 a pop (though Miller did custom-make a set the size of watermelons for an elephant once). And that’s your Friday fun fact. Have a ball this weekend, friends.

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