TUESDAY, JANUARY 6
Event: 38th Annual Three Kings Day Parade at El Museo del Barrio
The Christian feast day known as Epiphany is traditionally celebrated every year on January 6, and if you’re at El Barrio that means it’s parade time. The event—now in its 38th year—was founded by former museum director Jack Agüeros, who passed away last year. Join community members and museum staff on Tuesday for the parade, which promises “live camels, colorful puppets, parrandas, music, and dancing.” — A.M.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue, New York, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., see museum website for parade route details
Screening and Artist Talk: “Sun Xun: The Time Vivarium” at Sean Kelly Gallery
“The Time Vivarium” is a two-part exhibition by Chinese artist Sun Xun. During the month of December, the artist and his assistants created murals at the gallery, and set-up shop to create new works on-site. The process of making the new works was filmed, and on Tuesday that footage, as well as images made prior to the show, will be cut together and screened in a brand new animation made to coincide with a new “immersive theater” installation in the gallery. Plus, don’t miss the artist’s talk. Phase two will be on view through January. — A.M.
Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 10th Avenue, New York, 6:30-8 p.m.
Opening: “Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe: What’s the Alternative” at the Ace Hotel
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe are back from Basel, and they’re about to unleash “What’s the Alternative”—which is billed as an “alternate-reality environment installation”—upon the Ace Hotel. It’s inspired somehow by Inherent Vice, the latest loony masterpiece by director Paul Thomas Anderson, and so hopefully this alternate reality environment installation closely resembles the film’s setting of Gordita Beach—which is all sand and sun and sun tans and stellar grass—because it’s going to be like zero degrees in New York, and any alternative reality to that would be more than welcome. — N.F.
The Ace Hotel New York, 20 W. 29th Street, New York, 7-10 p.m., invitation only. It’s also open to the public every day until Sunday, January 11, from 12-8 p.m.
Opening: “Rascal House” at Half Gallery
All the guys at Ferus Gallery in the ’60s used to hang out at Barney’s Beanery on Santa Monica Boulevard, a legendary L.A. joint and one of the many places that used to kick a drunk Jim Morrison to the curb. Ed Kienholz liked the spot so much he recreated it for his installation The Beanery, and all this piqued the interest of Blair Thurman, who decided to make a pilgrimage to it last year. Upon arriving, he, too, was inspired, and so he set out asking a few fellow artists—Blair Thurman, John Armleder, Justin Adian, and Stéphane Kropf—to contribute works to the show that’s evocative of an old Tinseltown diner. And it seems to really be a trend to put on L.A.-inspired shows this time of year. — N.F.
Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7
Opening and Screening: “The Adventures of Jamel: A New Web Series by Jayson Musson” at Salon 94 Bowery
In this one-night only premiere event, artist and Internet philosopher Jayson Musson will debut his new web series titled “The Adventures of Jamel.” There’s no official press release for the series of the event, but Mr. Musson sent us this: “‘The Adventures of Jamel’ is a new sci-fi comedy series from artist and writer Jayson Musson. Fans of Pootie Tang, Hip-Hop, and time travel will be much rewarded in viewing this.” That’s pretty much all we needed to know. — A.M.
Salon 94 Bowery, 243 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8
Opening: “Science, Fiction: Diana Thater” at David Zwirner
Did you know that the dung beetle can only orient itself using the Milky Way? Video artist Diana Thater will take visitors to David Zwirner on a journey from the perspective of the tiny insect in a new immersive video installation using footage of the night sky captured at Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory. The film will be projected onto a screen on the gallery’s ceiling, set-up to mimic the environment used to test the dung beetles’ navigational aptitude. The walls will be lit from below, it supposedly it will create “ the illusion of levitation.” — A.M.
David Zwirner Gallery, 533 West 19th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Helmut Lang at Sperone Westwater
Perhaps you know the tale: Fashion designer Helmut Lang quits the biz, spends a year in a house in the Hamptons actually doing nothing (“The first half of the year was kind of easy. The second half, I had to force myself,” he told The Times) and then decided, hey, “I’m going to be an artist.” He showed all over Europe and in a townhouse in New York before getting snapped up by Sperone Westwater. This is his first New York gallery solo show. — N.F.
Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Ethan Greenbaum: Leave” at 55 Gansevoort
Ethan Greenbaum was last seen taking over the KANSAS Gallery booth at UNTITLED. in Miami. And while 55 Gansevoort isn’t even the size of, um, a fair booth, it’s a lovely place to see work like Mr. Greenbaum’s. — N.F.
55 Gansevoort, 55 Gansevoort Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
Performance/Event: “Drawing With Scissors: A Cut-Out Contest” at MoMA
As a special closing event for MoMA Studio: Beyond the Cut-Out (a series of special programming done in conjunction with the museum’s Matisse exhibition currently on view) visitors will have the chance to show off their own scissor skills. Guest judges Jodi Hauptman, MoMA senior curator, John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus, and artist Paco Cao will oversee a gouache-painted paper cut-out competition. Artwork created by participants will be displayed at the MoMA studio. — A.M.
MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, 5:30-7 p.m.
Opening: “John Waters: Beverly Hills John” at Marianne Boesky
John Waters—Baltimore native, American treasure—has a new show at Marianne Boesky, and while I’m sure it’s all wonderful, the highlight will most definitely be Kiddie Flamingos, a remake of the just downright filthy Pink Flamingos, but with kids. Pink Flamingos as a kids movie! John Waters, never change. — N.F.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
Opening: “John Miller: Here in the Real World” at Metro Pictures
For the artist’s 14th exhibition since joining the gallery in 1984, he will show three different, but related, series: his game show paintings begun in 1998, relief portrait paintings started in 2009, and recently created pedestrian paintings done in 2013. Also look for a mural and animation done with collaborator Takuji Kogo. The show is split into two parts, and organized in collaboration with Mary Boone Gallery. — A.M.
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street and Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.