Festivals in NYC: From music to beer, there's a festival for you
Jan. 09--No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.
Several events are on the horizon. Those who need something lighter in a confusing world can look forward to the return of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and jazz fanatics will have much to do as the Winter JazzFest sets off in January.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city -- and remember that New Yorkers buy up tickets quickly.
New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan. 10-23)
This year's festival includes 37 wide-ranging films and shorts, 25 of which are making world, U.S. and New York premieres. Among them are "Tracking Edith," about a woman who led a double life as a spy for the KGB (pictured), and "El Hara," a "vivid, mesmerizing portrait of the old Jewish ghetto in Tunis." There will also be screenings of older movies, including "The Dybbuk," a 1937 film about Hasidic shtetls of the late 19th century in which two women vow to marry their firstborn children to each other, but things go wrong. ($15, times vary, Film Society Lincoln Center, 144 and 165 W. 65th St., filmlinc.org)
Winter JazzFest (Jan. 10-17)
Ravi Coltrane, pictured, will join other jazz legends and local musicians in this week-long festival that takes place across numerous venues. See Gilles Peterson host a showcase, Jose James with Bill Withers, My Brightest Diamond and Knower, Nicole Mitchell with Tyshawn Sorey, and Deerhoof with Wadada Leo Smith and Nicole Mitchell. (ticket prices and start times vary; winterjazzfest.com)
Best of Brooklyn Food Beer Festival (Jan. 27)
Enjoy unlimited tastings of Brooklyn-based craft brews, including Brooklyn Brewery, Braven Brewing Company and KelSO Beer Co., and food from top chefs from the borough. Participating restaurants include Black Swan, Brooklyn Jerk Joint, Dino BBQ, Mable's Smokehouse and Paesano on 13th. More than 45,000 people voted across 128 categories for the best businesses, and those who go to the festival can cast their ballot for their favorites, too. ($19 to $139, noon to 8:30 p.m., Industry City, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)
Animation First Festival (Feb. 2-4)
As the first-ever French animation festival in the U.S., Animation First will feature innovative and award-winning features and shorts, video games, virtual reality and more coming out of France's studios and art schools. There will be special screenings and events for all ages, including 12 U.S. and New York premieres, like "En sortant de l'ecole: Poems by Robert Desnos,"a collection of 13 playful animated shorts bringing Desnos' poems to life. Don't miss "Pioneers of French Animation," which features live piano set to silent-era animations using cutouts, puppets and stop-motion. You'll also want to catch Terry Gilliam's and Tim Ollive's latest, "1884: Yesterday's Future," and a screening of Oscar-nominated "The Red Turtle" paired with a Q with its director Michael Dudok de Wit. ($10 to $120, times vary, the French Institute Alliance FranÃ§aise, 55 E. 59th St., fiaf.org)
New York Fashion Week (Feb. 8-16)
Get a first look at designers' newest ideas for fall 2018. While the shows are packed with buyers, designers celebrities and the fashion press, you'll find a few open to the public through giveaways and other opportunities from retailers and emerging designers. (fashionweekonline.com)
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Feb. 10-13)
See the Best in Show -- and the many rounds before -- at the annual event. Get up close and personal with the pooches and their handlers during the Best in Breed daytime events at the piers, then root for your favorite in the evenings during the Best in Group competitions at MSG. Some 3,000 canines are expected to go nose-to-nose. (Starting at $32, check schedule for times, Madison Square Garden and Pier 92/94, westminsterkennelclub.org)
Athena Film Festival (Feb. 22-25)
Female powerhouses from real life and fiction are the focus of the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. Directors Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig (pictured), who were both snubbed at this year's Golden Globe Awards, will be included with their critically acclaimed films "Wonder Woman" and "Lady Bird." The festival also includes shorts, panels and virtual reality experiences. In addition, Academy Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple is set to be honored with the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award and director J.J. Abrams will get the Athena Leading Man Award. ($20 to $150, 3009 Broadway, athenafilmfestival.com)
NYC Beer Week (Feb. 24-March 4)
This nine-day event features beer tastings, special dinners, beer deals and prizes at bars across the city. It kicks off with an opening party at the Brooklyn Expo Center, with more than 60 breweries from across the country and 30 from the city, a craft beer food court, music, games and brewery merchandise. ($40 to $110, 6 to 9:30 p.m., 72 Noble St., eventbrite.com)