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12 Things to Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | January 21, 2016 5:08pm | Updated on January 22, 2016 7:25pm

 Celebrate the reopening of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with a concert on Jan. 23, 2016.
Celebrate the reopening of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with a concert on Jan. 23, 2016.
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All Weekend

Harlem School of the Arts Winter Music Festival

Where: HSA at 645 Saint Nicholas Ave., Sugar Hill
When: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

This series of free live performances showcases the school's rising stars including students, faculty and special guests. Hear from a mix of soloists and ensembles will play jazz, classical, and contemporary music.

Pierre-Jean Mariette and the Art of Collecting Drawings

Where: Morgan Museum & Library, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street in Midtown South
When: The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

This exhibition of the drawing collection of Pierre-Jean Mariette, which opens on Friday, gives a glimpse into an early innovator in the art of collection.

Weekend Wine School

Where: Chelsea Wine Vault inside Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Ave., Chelsea
When: Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A “Weekend Wine School” inside Chelsea Market is mixing alcohol with academia. Wine enthusiasts can pay $25 per class to taste four different wines and learn more about them from the school’s expert wine instructors. Classes this Friday and over the weekend focus on California wines.

Friday, January 22

“Power of Pictures” Film Screenings

Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
When: 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Watch a series of films by Soviet filmmakers, including “Battleship Potemkin,” “Man with a Movie Camera” and lesser known films by Grigory Kozintsev and Yakov Protazanov. For a schedule, visit the museum’s website.

Cocktails in the Catacombs

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue and West 10th St., Greenwich Village
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The iconic Jefferson Market Library building used to be a courthouse, and the subterranean catacombs that now hold the library’s reference room were once home to the holding cells where the accused and convicted waited either to see a judge or be taken to jail. On Friday, visitors can purchase tickets at the door for $25 (cash or credit card accepted), and enjoy wine, champagne, refreshments and jazz music in the historic space, along with a talk by resident historian about the building’s architecture. Proceeds from the tickets will go to purchasing new books for the library, and new flowers for the library’s adjacent garden, and ticket-holders will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win prizes. For more information, visit the library's website or call 212-777-7662.

Third Eye Electric Band plays Miles Davis

Where: South Street Seaport, 192 Front St., Financial District
When: 8 p.m.

The funky electronic band is taking on the music of  jazz legend Miles Davis during this free concert.

Saturday, January 23

Watercolors Workshop

Where: St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th Street, Upper West Side
When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Children ages 4 to 8 are invited to a workshop centered on the relationship between people, water and food. Kids will also learn to use watercolors to make water cycle books and create hanging mobiles. The cost is $10 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

"Run for Your Life" film screening

Where: City Museum of New York, 1220 5th Ave. at E. 104th St., Upper East Side
When: 3 p.m.

Check out this movie about Fred Lebow, a Romanian immigrant who fled to New York during the aftermath of World War II and went on to lead the New York Road Runners and organize the first New York City marathon. A talk with director Judd Ehrlich and chairman of NYRR George Hirsch will follow the screening. Event is free for members $16 for adults and $12 for seniors.

Harlem Stride Celebration

Where: National Jazz Museum, 58 West 129th St., Harlem
When: 7 p.m.

Celebrate the reopening of the National Jazz Museum with a landmark series on Harlem Stride Piano. After Ragtime, Harlem Stride brought a new level of improvisation to living rooms, nightclubs, and dance halls in Harlem. The evening will be hosted by pianist Ethan Iverson who will discuss the history of stride, play recordings and perform.


Where: Scribble Art Workshop, 5000 Broadway, Apt. A, Inwood
When: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

First-timers, artists and locals are all welcomed to enjoy a night of drawing with a live model. Wine, snacks and art materials will be provided. It’s $30 per person, $25 for a group of 2 and $20 for a group of 3.

Sunday, January 24

Stop ‘N’ Swap Community Reuse Event

Where: Westbeth Community Room, 155 Bank St. between West and Washington Streets, West Village
When: 11 am to 2 p.m.

Bring clean, reusable items to swap at this event hosted by local non-profit GrowNYC. Books, toys, fashionable clothing, housewares and electronics are recommended, but no one is required to bring anything — you’re welcome to show up with a bag and see what’s free. Anything left at the end of the day is recycled or donated. Furniture and other large, non-portable items are not welcome.

Family Education Day

Where: The Lowline Lab, 140 Essex St., Lower East Side
When: Noon to 2 p.m.

The team behind the Lowline, a proposed Lower East Side subterranean park, and CityScience are teaming up for a scavenger hunt and other family-friendly activities inside the former Essex Street Market, where the Lowline is testing out technology designed to bring sunlight and encourage plant growth underground.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Emily Frost, Gustavo Solis, Maya Rajamani, Noah Hurowitz, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos, Carolina Pichardo and Shaye Weaver.