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8 Things to Do This Weekend in New York City

By Daniel Jumpertz | January 9, 2015 7:40am | Updated on January 9, 2015 6:09pm
 Catch the Big Apple Circus, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie "Inherent Vice," and celebrate the local podcasting scene.
8 Things to Do This Weekend in New York City
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Friday, January 9
The Jewish Museum’s “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power” was recently described by Artnet as “…a visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibition centered on the life and treasured art works of a proto-feminist pioneer.” The first exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein collects 200 objects that reveal how Rubinstein’s unique style and pioneering approaches to business challenged conservative taste and heralded a modern notion of beauty. 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St., Upper East Side. 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. $15.

Opening Friday night is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ("Boogie Nights," "The Master") film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice." Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Benicio del Toro, "Inherent Vice" has been described by New York Review of Books as “both uproarious and elegiac, filled with expressive cameos and remarkably true to Pynchon’s sensibility.” In cinemas across the city.

Saturday, January 10
Since 2013, NYC PodFest has been celebrating the New York podcasting scene. The PodFest’s official selections for 2015 feature some of the local podcast scene's biggest names in comedy, Broadway, film and television in live performances over three nights at The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn and Fontana's Bar at 105 Eldridge Street. Twenty podcasts are being recorded live, including “The Daily Show Podcast Without Jon Stewart” and “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” PodFest kicks off this evening at The Bell House with “RISK!” an uncensored podcast performance where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare share in public. Tickets $10. Click here for the full PodFest schedule.

The world famous non-profit Big Apple Circus is celebrating its final weekend at the Lincoln Center site with performances of its latest show, “Metamorphosis.” Damrosch Park, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Lincoln Center, Upper West Side. The final day is Sunday. Tickets from $25.

Sunday, January 11
Everyone is invited to participate in the 14th Annual No Pants Subway Ride. Organized by New York City-based prank collective Improv Everywhere, all that is required of participants is that they are willing to take their pants off on the subway and that they're able to keep a straight face about it. From 3 p.m. at seven meeting points spread out all over New York City, which is expected to have temperatures hitting the mid-30s that day. All the details can be found on the Improv Everywhere website.

Classic Album Sundays NYC at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg gives LP lovers the opportunity to (re)discover classic albums through a super hi-fidelity sound system. Each month the knowledgeable Classic Album Sundays crew selects an influential and often awesome album — recent presentations have included Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and The Clash's "London Calling" — and complete the picture with expert listening notes presented by music nerds like Mark Richardson from Pitchfork, who is on hand to discuss this month’s feature album, Neutral Milk Hotel’s groundbreaking 1998 album "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg. $10 on the door. From 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.