WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
Special Event: Midnight With Matisse at MoMA
Seriously cannot imagine a more delightful way to experience MoMA’s Matisse show, or New Year’s Eve: a Champagne reception, a 90-minute tour of the exhibition, and “hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, festive music, and a jubilant toast” at The Modern restaurant. Should be a ball. Tickets here.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 8:30 p.m.—1 a.m., $450/$400
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
Screening: Citizen Kane at Film Forum
Film Forum is giving Orson Welles the full survey treatment to mark his 100th birthday. The series begins with his best film.
Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, various times, $13
Benefit: 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading at St. Mark’s Church
For those who aren’t hungover, The Poetry Project’s annual marathon reading is a must. Philip Glass and Jonas Mekas, as well as over 140 more, are slated to read this year. Tickets are available through this link.
St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, New York, 2 p.m., $20
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
Screenings: “Curators’ Choice” at the Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of Moving Image curators David Schwartz and Aliza Ma have picked some of their favorite films of 2014, and the museum will screen them over the course of three days. The films range from Hayao Miyazaki’s most recent film, The Wind Rises, to the most critically acclaimed film of the year, Boyhood.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens, free with museum admission
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
Screening: Vincent and Theo at MoMA
The museum’s Robert Altman retrospective continues with the director’s 1990 film about Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, who was an art dealer.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd, New York, 7 p.m., $12/$10/$8