What to do this week: A book talk, Lunar New Year celebrations and a film festival

The Daybook is WSN’s weekly column listing in-person and online events at NYU and across New York City. This week: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4.


Max Van Hosen

(Illustration by Max Van Hosen)


A ‘performance lecture’ on body casts

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (on campus)

7:30 p.m.

Spend your Monday night watching visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra’s performance, “Bodycast,” starring Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony nominee Ruth Negga. Bocanegra’s “Artist Performance Lecture” tackles the pressures of femininity through the story of two teenage years spent in a body cast due to scoliosis with pieces of Bocanegra’s own life. Written by Bocanegra and directed by Paul Lazar, this is a moving piece of performance art you don’t want to miss. Tickets start at $18.

Enjoy the first-ever Steinhardt Alumni Cabaret

Black Box Theatre, Pless Hall (on campus)

8 p.m.

Join the West Fourth Stage Company for the first Steinhardt Alumni Cabaret, a fundraiser featuring 10 former NYU Steinhardt Vocal Performance students. The performers include transgender activist James Rose, and singer-dancer Kelsey Tate McDaniel. General admission tickets are $20.


Check out clubs at NYU Tandon

6 MetroTech Center, Makerspace Event Space, Brooklyn


Calling all Tandon School of Engineering students! Start the spring semester off strong and learn more about how to get involved on campus at Tandon Spring Club Fest. Discover and join around 40 student clubs and organizations in the perfect opportunity to explore your interests. Current clubs at Tandon include Girls Who Code, a group that strives to inspire more girls to pursue computer science and engineering careers, as well as the New York Machine Learning Club, which teaches students about data science and machine learning technology.

See a book presentation on Wall Street and democracies

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (on campus)

6 p.m.

Listen to author Marcos Buscaglia present his recently released book, “Beyond the ESG Portfolio: How Wall Street Can Help Democracies Survive” at a book presentation hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Buscaglia founded Alberdi Partners, a team that provides economic and political consultancy on Latin America to corporations and financial investors. In his book, Buscaglia argues that Environmental, Sustainability and Governance investing regulations need to be redefined. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended.


Head to the Museum of Modern Art for a screening of eight short films by Narcisa Hirsch, the self-proclaimed “famosa cineasta desconocida,” or “famous unknown filmmaker.” Hirsch used anonymity to stage and capture politically subversive events in New York and Buenos Aires in the 1960s and ’70s. She has since portrayed her travels across South America and the United States through documentary filmmaking. NYU students can access this exhibition and other MoMA exhibitions for free with their NYU ID.

A book talk on the fight for women’s safety

20 Cooper Square, 7th floor (on campus)

6 p.m.

Listen to author and Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute alum Elizabeth Flock discuss her new book “The Furies: Women, Vengeance, and Justice” with journalist Jen Percy. Flock’s recently released book tells the stories of three women in the United States, India and Syria who used violence to fight back and gain power in the face of systemic misogyny. The event is free and open to the public, but all non-NYU guests must register in advance. 


Find your people at Spring Club Fest

Paulson Center (on campus)

1 p.m.

Peruse over 300 active student clubs at NYU’s Spring 2024 Club Fest. From volunteer groups to athletics organizations, you’ll encounter every niche interest at a table in the Paulson Center gym. Speak with current organization members, ask questions about their involvement in university life and make the most of this opportunity to shape your college experience. The event is free and open to the NYU community, but advance registration is required to attend.

A vintage photography gallery opening

Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 529 W. 20th St.

6 p.m.

Visit the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in Chelsea and see the new exhibition “Waiting to be Seen: Illuminating the Photographs of Ray Francis.” This showcase will be the first to ever display the work of James Ray Francis, a former editor of “The Black Photographer’s Annual.” The exhibit will unveil over 30 never-before-seen vintage photographs that played a role in a new era of Black visual culture amid the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition will run through March 22.


Explore vintage clothing, jewelry, textiles and more from over 90 dealers at the Manhattan Vintage Show, one of New York City’s largest events celebrating the future of fashion. Recognized by leading publications such as Vogue, The New York Times and Elle, this event stands out for its emphasis on inclusivity and diversity, both among attendees and in the showcased merchandise. One-day tickets are $17.19 for students and $22.48 for general admission. Can’t make it on Friday? No worries! The event continues on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. both days.

Attend NYU’s NewsDoc Film Festival

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center (on campus)

6 p.m.

See 12 documentaries created by graduate students in NYU’s journalism department. The documentary shorts, each around 30 minutes long, will explore themes of resilience, reconnection and the impact of media bias on society. Screenings will also take place on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. The event is free for students but registration is required to attend.


Start the weekend off with morning meditation from the comfort of your own home. The online practice, guided over Zoom by the “We Meditate Group,” will offer techniques from “Sahaja Yoga” meditation, which is a practice that has been used in over 100 countries across the globe since 1970. The event is free and open to the public, though advance registration is required.

Celebrate Lunar New Year at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

11 a.m.

Ring in the Year of the Dragon at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, featuring multicultural performances such as a traditional Chinese puppet show, a poetry reading inspired by ancient Chinese traditions and an Asian American Pacific Islander jazz collective. You will also have the chance to meet artists and create paper dragons, lanterns and paper blossoms at workshops offered throughout the day. This event is free with museum admission. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.


Test your pickleball skills at a free session

Upper East Side (RSVP for specific location)

1:15 p.m.

Join the Shaka Club for a free winter pickleball session. This event is organized in partnership with Tennis Innovators, a company that offers tennis programming, to connect young adults across different skill levels for fun weekend entertainment. All equipment will be included, but attendees must bring their own water. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to attend.

6:30 p.m.

Experience a night of laughter as Comic Sans, a dynamic sketch comedy group, takes the stage at the Peoples Improv Theater. This group, comprised of NYU students, has seen alumni go on to work for shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Tickets start at $9.99 per person, and attendees must be at least 18 years old to attend.