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What to Do in January 2020: Happenings in New York, Los Angeles, Aspen, and More

From concerts to art festivals and everything in between, exciting things are happening in cities all around the country.
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The new year brings resolutions, inspirations, and a newfound desire to get out there after the cozy holiday season. However, as we all know from tasks as deceptively simple as trying to pick a restaurant, it can be hard to actually decide what to do, in January 2020 or any time. On the one hand, we’re spoiled for choice with the pluralistic, fast-paced nature of today’s world, but on the other, it can feel like nothing is going on if you don’t know where to look, especially if you’re caught in a gloomy January chill. If you aren’t sure what to do over the long weekend or any time this month, the good news is we’ve done some of the work for you, keeping track of the best happenings in fashion, music, the arts, and more in cities around the country. Whether you check out one of our ideas or they simply steer you in an inspiring direction, we hope the below list will help you to avoid cabin fever and finally decide what to do in January 2020.

Fashion/Beauty

Tiffany & Co. Flagship Next Door (New York, NY)

Tiffany & Co. has started its two-year journey to transform its iconic New York flagship store for its next era, and while renovations are underway, the luxury jewelry brand has opened The Tiffany Flagship Next Door. Located at the adjacent 6 East 57th Street address, this location will serve as Tiffany’s New York City flagship until the original store transformation of 727 Fifth Avenue is complete in late 2021. 

Ganni’s New Store in Downtown Los Angeles (10th anniversary)

Copenhagen-based Ganni has gained a cult following in its first ten years, and the brand is expanding its US presence. After establishing locations in Melrose and SoHo this past October, as well as in the Miami Design District in December, Ganni is opening its second Los Angeles store (and fourth in the US) in Downtown LA at 860 S. Broadway, just across from the Ace downtown. Timed with the opening on January 24, Ganni will have a limited edition exclusive capsule in-store, making a visit the perfect thing to do in January 2020.

Jimena Garcia Brow Residency at Atelier Beauté Chanel (New York, NY)

Chanel has named its first-ever brow artist for the U.S. market. Touted by many as “the brow whisperer” with a “yogi-like calm” and magnetic personality, Jimena Garcia has attracted a devoted circle of top editors, celebrities, and influencers. With an art school background studying facial structures, the brow expert came to appreciate the fundamental importance brows play in the creation of a person’s visage. 


Garcia will commence her brow residency at the Atelier Beauté Chanel, located at 120.5 Wooster Street in New York City. During a treatment, visitors can expect Garcia to use some of her favorite Chanel products, including Huile de Jasmin, Le Lift Flash Eye Revitalizer, La Solution 10 de Chanel, and anything you can imagine from the brand’s full range of brow offerings. Making an appearance for three consecutive days each month, Garcia will offer eyebrow shaping services, which you can book at Atelier Beauté Chanel’s website.

Giuseppe Zanotti for Swae Lee Launch (Miami, FL)

On January 31, a limited-edition new footwear collection by Giuseppe Zanotti and Swae Lee will launch worldwide. To celebrate the launch, Zanotti and Lee will host a cocktail party at the Saks Fifth Avenue at Miami’s Brickell City Center during Super Bowl weekend. Following successful past collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Zayn Malik, and Rita Ora, the “Giuseppe for Swae Lee” collection will feature some of Lee’s trademarks on Zanotti’s signature styles.

Hugo Loves Bowie Capsule Collection (online and in select stores worldwide)

On January 15, Hugo Boss’ Hugo label launched a new capsule collection, Hugo Loves Bowie. Paying tribute to iconic rock musician David Bowie shortly after the anniversaries of his birth and death, the launch features a campaign with models styled to resemble the star, and pieces include essentials as well as statement pieces, many of which highlight album art or memorable quotes. The collection is now available online, in Hugo stores, and in select partner retailers worldwide.

LAST CHANCE: Chanel Aspen Pop Up (Aspen, CO)

Last month, Chanel opened a chic winter pop-up store in Aspen. Situated at the base of the Elk Mountains, the boutique covers 2,000 square feet and takes inspiration from Mademoiselle Chanel’s 31 Rue Cambon apartment in Paris. Closing on January 21, the pop-up has a wide selection of ready-to-wear, accessories, fragrance, and beauty products, including the house’s snow-themed Fall 2019 collection (Karl Lagerfeld’s last) and a selection of ski-specific products featured for the Colorado winter, including skis, earmuffs, hats, scarves, and gloves.

Music

2020 Grammy Awards (Los Angeles, CA and broadcast nationwide)

On Sunday, January 26 at 8 pm EST, awards season continues with music’s biggest night, the 2020 Grammy Awards. Alicia Keys is hosting, and nominees including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Ariana Grande are set to perform. It all goes down in Los Angeles, but if you’re not one of the industry insiders attending, you can watch it anywhere. In addition to CBS, there are several ways to watch and stream the Grammys, so you can be sure not to miss your favorite artists on screen.

Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince (Los Angeles, CA)

Just two days after the Grammy Awards, John Legend, Alicia Keys, H.E.R, and many more artists will pay tribute to the late Prince with a concert at the LA Convention Center. The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate the iconic musician’s unparalleled career by presenting Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince on January 28 in Los Angeles. The event will be taped for broadcast later in the year, so there’s no need to worry if you can’t attend in person.

 

Yams Day Concert 2020 (New York, NY)

The A$AP Mob and friends will headline the 2020 Yams Day concert, which will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on January 17. The 2019 event drew appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Meek Mill, and Soulja Boy, among others. Yams Day was established in 2016 following the death of A$AP Yams. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation, a charity established by Yams' mom to aid young people struggling with substance abuse.

Celine Dion Courage World Tour (Miami, FL, Charlotte, NC, and San Antonio, TX)

Two months after releasing her latest album, Celine Dion is busy touring so the world can hear her new project (and, let’s be honest, sing along to some classics like "My Heart Will Go On"). For the first time since 2009, Dion is bringing her Courage World Tour to Miami’s American Airlines Arena this Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18. After that, she’s headed to Charlotte on January 21 and San Antonio on January 30, spreading the love across the South before continuing to travel around the country throughout the first few months of 2020.

Caroline Polachek Live Shows (New York, NY and San Francisco, CA)

If you don’t yet know about Caroline Polachek, you should definitely give her a listen. Her single “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” is an objective bop, and she’s quickly become one of fashion’s favorite musicians, DJing Dior’s Guggenheim International Gala Pre-Party in November 2019. If you’re looking for a good live show to attend this month, Polachek is coming to both coasts, so be sure to catch her at New York’s Warsaw on January 18 or San Francisco’s The Independent on January 31. Tickets are available now.

Bonnaroo Music Festival Tickets on sale (Manchester, TN)

First originating in 2002, Bonnaroo is a four-day festival featuring a diverse lineup of 150+ musicians, from Lizzo (who is the first woman to headline the Bonnaroo mainstage!) to Megan Thee Stallion, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, and more. With over ten performance stages, four campground party barns, and entertainment that goes all night long, Bonnaroo never fails to be one of the best weekends of festival season. Tickets went on sale on January 9 at noon EST, so be sure to grab yours before they inevitably sell out.

Billie Eilish: Where Do We Go Tour Tickets on sale (Everywhere)

Billie Eilish has had a big year, releasing her debut album to significant acclaim while picking up a slew of awards (including Billboard’s Woman of the Year)—and the Grammys haven’t even happened yet. Whether you’re a longtime stan excited to see Eilish succeed or want to hear her live for the first time, her tour kicks off this March. Tickets are on sale now, so it’s the perfect time to coordinate with a couple of friends and plan a fun night for this spring.

Arts

Sundance Film Festival (Salt Lake City, Utah)

It’s almost time to see some of the first independent feature films of the decade, as the Sundance Film Festival is fast approaching. Sundance hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020. The festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 accredited press, and powered by more than 2,000 volunteers last year.

Costume Designers Guild Awards (Los Angeles, CA)

Hosted by Mindy Kaling, the 22nd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) will celebrate the sartorial side of this year’s achievements in film, honoring the likes of Charlize Theron, Adam McKay, and Mary Ellen Fields. Iconic Italian aperitif Campari has partnered with the Costume Designers Guild, which promotes and protects the art of costume design, as a sponsor for the awards show to further embrace film as an expression of its brand. Happening at the Beverly Hilton on January 28 with tickets available now, this is definitely an awards show to keep your eye on if you’re a fashion fan.

 

Tschabalala Self: Out of Body at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA)

Interest in 30-year-old artist Tschabalala Self has reached a fever pitch, with skyrocketing prices at auction and a solid footing within the institutional landscape. For her largest exhibition to date, and her first in Boston, Self has interpreted her life in Harlem through the lens of social issues and everyday bodies. Her work is rooted in figuration, but she adds whimsical colors and formally impressive strokes that give life to her portraits and sculptures. The show opens at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art on January 20.

 

Andy Warhol Photography: 1967 - 1987 at the Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, NY)

Earlier this month, Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea opened an insightful exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographs, which span 20 years of the artist’s creative process. The show helps viewers to discover Warhol’s lesser-known talent, and the featured subjects and techniques shed new light on the pop art icon’s process and personal life.

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is the New-York-based artist's first museum survey exhibition in the United States. The exhibition reintroduces Hsu’s work to a modern audience, showing how his key ideas clearly resonate in the works of today’s up-and-coming artists. Opening on January 26 at the Hammer Museum, the presentation will get you thinking about the ways art interacts with the happenings of its time.

Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse at the Grammy Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

Opening on January 20, the Grammy Museum is kicking off the week leading up to its namesake awards show with a new exhibit celebrating late pop icon Amy Winehouse. Beyond Black – The Style of Amy Winehouse looks at the British musician’s signature style, featuring some of her most memorable looks, including the halter dress she wore at her final stage performance in Belgrade in 2011, as well as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, prolific journal entries, and home videos. The exhibition opens with a free launch party, giving a fun reason to be among the first to check it out.

 

Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week 2020 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Running from January 18-26, Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week (#FTLADW) unites all of Fort Lauderdale’s arts & cultural institutions for an annual self-guided tour and celebration of everything the city’s creative fields have to offer. With the 4th Annual Art Fort Lauderdale – “The Art Fair On The Water” as its centerpiece, FTLADW will feature the city’s most prestigious institutions in select aligned programming, including museum exhibitions, artist studio tours, gallery openings, get-togethers, vents, architectural walks, roundtables, professional encounters, and more.

 

2020 Print Austin Invitational Exhibition: Soul: Melanated Life in Print (Austin, TX)

From now through February 9, head to Austin’s Link and Pin Gallery to view the 2020 Print Austin Invitational Exhibit.  Guest Curator and Printmaker, Jamal Barber of Studio Noize Podcast, visits from Atlanta, Georgia to share his perspective on "melanated," a term which describes an illuminated source of energy integrated within the ebony/brown pigment. In the exhibit, featured African American artists use the medium of print to talk about the black experience, highlighting the beauty and struggle of black life. The show features the work of Jennifer Mack Watkins, Latoya Hobbs, Rashaun Rucker, Ann Johnson, Rabea Ballin, Jerushia Graham, Maurice Evans, Grace Kisa, Jasmine Williams, and Jamaal Barber. The gallery will hold a reception and curatorial discussion on January 30 from 5-7 pm.

LAST CHANCE: Mean Girls Tour (Chicago, IL)

Mean Girls, Tina Fey’s acclaimed musical based on the iconic movie of the same name, has come to Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre as part of its national tour. So if you’ve been wanting to hear your favorite quotes weave their way into catchy new songs but haven’t made it out to the original Broadway production, you can see it in the Windy City from now through January 26.

LAST CHANCE: Slave Play on Broadway (New York, NY)

Jeremy O. Harris' acclaimed drama Slave Play transferred to Broadway in fall 2019, following a celebrated run at New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by Robert O’Hara, the production has been playing a limited 17-week engagement at the Golden Theatre. Divided into three acts, the play is both provocative and transgressive as it explores attraction, relationships, and race through the lens of four couples. Already showered with awards, including the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award, Slave Play is as expertly written as it is hard-hitting. It’s headed into its final weekend (closing January 19), so catch it now so you can say you experienced it. 

LAST CHANCE: Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet at Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet presents pivotal moments in the artist's career as a painter and printmaker. Painted portraits, luminous landscapes, and interior narratives pulsing with psychological tension join the exhibition from more than two dozen lenders. Swiss-born and Paris-educated, Vallotton (1865–1925) created lasting imagery of fin-de-siècle Paris through his own singular voice. Today, we recognize him as a distinctive artist of his generation thanks to his lampooning wit, subversive satire, and wry humor. Vallotton's trenchant woodcuts of the 1890s solidified his reputation as a printmaker of the first rank while boldly messaging his left-wing politics.

For the first time ever, this exhibition displays Picasso's legendary portrait of Gertrude Stein, from The Met collection, alongside Vallotton's rendering of this formidable collector, which he painted a year later. Vallotton finished his portrait in a matter of weeks and gave it to Gertrude Stein. The exhibition closes on January 26.

Wellness

Après Equinox at Equinox Hudson Yards (New York, NY)

Inspired by luxurious Nordic spas, Après Equinox is an exciting new way to recharge and escape from the winter cold without leaving New York. Après Equinox features heated barrel saunas (up to 184°F) with guided meditation classes, an outdoor heated pool (heated to 90°F), and cold water rain showers to complete the Contrast Therapy Experience, which all overlook The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Après Equinox is complementary to Equinox Destination Members and Equinox Hotel Guests. Equinox Select and All-Access members can purchase a day pass for $35. Equinox Hudson Yards members can bring a non-Equinox guest for $50. Equinox will have towels, bath robes and slippers from Parachute available, and if you plan on using the pool, bring sandals and a bathing suit, as well. You can also purchase a Solid + Striped bathing suit at The Shop. The experience will be active through February.

X Games 2020 (Aspen, CO)

See more than 200 of the world's best skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobile athletes throw-down over four action-packed days of competition for the most coveted medals in action sports. For the 19th consecutive year, Aspen will host the world-renowned X Games, and it all goes down from January 23-26 at Buttermilk. 

AARMY Pop-Up Studio (Los Angeles, CA)

If you’re still looking for the perfect gym to help you fulfill your New Year’s resolutions, AARMY just may be it. Founded by Trey Laird, Akin Akman, and Angela Davis (the latter two are formerly of SoulCycle), the new fitness concept focuses on self-improvement and is fitness tailor-made for the fashion crowd. Already attracting a VIP crowd, the studio counts the likes of Beyoncé, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Karlie Kloss among its fans. Following the November opening of a temporary location in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, AARMY is opening a second pop-up in West Hollywood on January 17.

Experiences

Museum of Ice Cream (New York, NY)

After immediately selling out from their first pop up in 2016, the Museum of Ice Cream just keeps coming back to New York. The super Instagrammable museum transforms concepts and dreams into spaces that provoke imagination and creativity. The museum is designed to be a culturally inclusive environment, inspiring connection through the universal power of ice cream. Open since December 14, MOIC’s first New York flagship features its largest sprinkle pool yet and is the perfect place to capture some delectable moments.

 

Museum of Selfies (Los Angeles, CA)

The Instagram factor is center stage at the Museum of Selfies in Hollywood, which is full of mind-blowing fully interactive exhibits. Take a deep dive into the fascinating cultural phenomenon of the selfie — and, of course, snag a few awesome pics along the way. Featuring a replica of one of the tallest buildings in Los Angeles, a simulation of being a vampire (AKA having no reflection at all), and opportunities to pretend you’re accepting an award, the exhibition will keep you busy without letting you lose yourself. The Museum of Selfies also explores social media-inspired art and how the selfie trend developed, as well as the psychology behind self-portraiture, both ancient and modern. Perfect for families and influencers alike, the Museum of Selfies will ensure you never see selfies the same way again.

 

Arlo Grey 2020 Guest Chef Dinner Series at The Line (Austin, TX)

Kristen Kish, the Korean-born chef best known for winning Season 10 of Top Chef, is partnering with Brooke Williamson of Playa Provisions for the first event of her restaurant’s 2020 dinner series. The event will take place at The Line Hotel in Austin on January 20, and tickets are on sale now. If you miss this one, there will be two other guest chef nights in February and March. 

LAST CHANCE: Color Factory: Interactive Creativity (New York, NY)

Whether it be a stroke or a splash, we could all use a bit of color to brighten up our lives. That’s where Color Factory comes in. In this participatory art exhibit, an exciting blend of local and international artists, designers, and creatives team up to share unique and poignant color stories. Within a 20,000 square foot site in Hudson Square, discover interactive installations that invite you to discover the vibrant colors of the city. This month is your last chance to pay a visit to the highly popular exhibit, which closes on January 31.

Celebrations

Chinese New Year Parade (Washington, D.C. and other locations)

Lunar New Year celebrations begin next weekend as Southeast Asian cultures as well as others around the world ring in the year of the rat. Many cities around the country are holding Chinese New Year parades to mark the event, giving you an opportunity to wear your festive garb and enjoy the fun holiday. DC’s parade is happening on January 26, but other locales are also celebrating across the next few weeks, so you can find something in a city near you.

 

W Aspen x The Abbey Après Ski Pop-Up (Aspen, CO)

Closing out Aspen’s Winter Gay Ski Week, “The Best Gay Bar in the World” is coming to W Aspen for an exclusive pop-up on January 18 at the hotel’s rooftop WET Deck. The high-energy events will feature the best of both worlds including W’s unbeatable ski-in/ski-out location, 360-degree views, heated hot pool and hot tub as well as The Abbey’s most popular dancers, bartenders and signature cocktails.

 

Ty Sunderland Australia Fundraiser Party (New York, NY)

New York-based DJ Ty Sunderland, who has become a nightlife fixture thanks to his monthly parties and fashion circuit events, is hosting an event benefiting the Australian bushfire relief efforts. Sponsored by SKYY Vodka and Espolon Tequila, the party is on January 23 at ACME and will have a three-hour open bar. All proceeds will be donated to the cause.

 

An Artist at the Table celebration at Sundance (Salt Lake City, UT)

On opening night of the Sundance Film Festival, enjoy reserved seats at the world premiere of Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht's documentary, Crip Camp, to be released under Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions. Afterward, gather for an intimate dinner conversation with a celebrated artist at your table (yes, the title is beautifully literal) and the presentation of the inaugural Vanguard Award for Philanthropy. The event happens on January 23, and tickets are available now.

 

43rd Annual Art Deco Weekend (Miami, FL)

Art Deco Weekend is one of the longest-running cultural festivals in Miami. Kicking off on Friday, January 17 and running through the evening of January 19, this festival offers everything you could imagine, including guided historical tours, jazz performances, classic car shows, dance sessions, and more. 

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