NYC Events This Weekend (1/21-1/23)

Escape the arctic chill this weekend with a sip of absinthe at a history class on Friday or by enjoying the warmth of Carnegie Hall on Saturday at the Aziz Ansari comedy show.

If you haven't had your Pee Wee fill, check out the midnight screenings of Pee Wee's Big Adventure at the IFC Center. Or opt for something more political an attend Sunday's "Women, Power and Politics" at the 92Y.

Check out all of our weekend picks here:

Oprah's Legends Ball Live!
When: Friday, January 21 (10:30pm)
Where: Union Hall, 702 Union Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenus, Brooklyn; (718) 638-4400
Tickets: Free
Comedian Eliot Glazer is screening his documentary about Oprah's Legend Ball "Featuring Every Famous Black Lady Ever (Except Whoopi Goldberg)." Or as Oprah would say "look under your seats....YOU ARE ALL WATCHING A SCREENING!" (insert crowd cheer).

Absinthe: The History and Mystery of The Green Fairy
When: Friday, January 21 (6:30pm)
Where: Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St., New York, NY; (212) 674-7501; event website
Tickets: $85
Spirits expert Elayne Duke discusses the history and evolution of the mysterious green drink at the Astor Center.

Gabi on the Roof in July Premiere
When: Friday, January 21 (7:00pm)
Where: reRun, 147 Front Street, Mezzanine Rear, Brooklyn
Tickets: $5
Winner of the Brooklyn Film Festival, this new hip film is a funny and sincere "portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway."

"The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield"
When: Friday, January 21 (7:00pm)
Where: (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York
Tickets: $15
Enjoy serious jazz on Friday with composer/bassist William Parker who is performing a rare live show dedicated to R&B soul legend Curtis Mayfield.

Midnight Screening of Pee Wee's Big Adventure
When: Friday, January 21 (12:05am) Saturday, January 22 (12:05am)
Where: IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street; (212) 924-7771 |
Tim Burton's Pee Wee's Big Adventure and all it's eccentricities (the Large Marge scene is the best) is enjoyed even more after a night out.

Release Party for Electric Literature no. 5

When: Friday, January 21 (7:00pm-9:30pm)
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York
Tickets: FREE
Electric Literature is an edgy publisher celebrating their 5th issue with an evening of readings, film screenings and music.

Aziz Ansari
When: Saturday, January 22 (7:30pm)
Where: Carnegie Hall , 154 W. 57th St., New York
Tickets: $45.50-$55.50
Parks & Rec is back and Tom Haverford is up to his sarcastic ways again reminding viewers that Aziz Ansari is totally brilliant. Check him out on Saturday night at a big show at Carnegie Hall.

New York Boat Show
When: Friday, January 21 - Sunday, January 23 (10:00am)
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th Street at Eleventh Avenue, New York; (212) 216-2000
Tickets: $12, children 15 and under free with an adult
Fantasize about the boat you will most likely never own this weekend at the boat show!

The Ecstatic Music Festival

When: Saturday, January 22 (7:30pm)
Where: Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street, New York; (212) 501-3303
Tickets: $25
Check out some of the most original music being produced today at this music festival that combines classical, electronic and popular music.

Women, Power and Politics
When: Sunday, January 23 (7:30pm)
Where: 92Y
Tickets: $29
The shocking fact about women in politics is that although they've had the vote for 90 years, they still only make up 17% of congress. Listen to intriguing writers and commentators Katha Pollitt, Nita Lowey and Rebecca Traister with Gloria Feldt talk about the issue at the 92Y.