Martin Luther King Day 2015: A Weekend of Song, Squash, Sci-Fi + Santina

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We love New York City for the range of its attractions, and this Martin Luther King Day 2015 weekend is no exception. Get the kids in the spirit of the holiday with an educational visit to the New-York Historical Society, which is hosting scavenger hunts on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday the 18th. Little ones can match names and faces of civil rights pioneers while they learn about the courage it took to make the march to Montgomery. (Adults can mark MLK Day on Monday the 19th at BAM, with music, film, and a keynote address by Dr. Cornel West.) Keep the family day going by showing your kids the novelty of a sporting match inside Grand Central Terminal. It’s the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, pitting the best male and female squash players in the world within a 10-ton glass cube in Vanderbilt Hall. For even more furious competition, head to Madison Square Garden, which hosts the greatest bull riders in the world this weekend. If your offspring haven’t seen any animals besides squirrels and dogs for months, let them thrill to some fire-snorting bulls, bucking their way through the “Toughest 8 Seconds in Sports.”

En Pointe Tip

Should you have your fill of bulls and squash, maybe it’s time to breathe more rarified cultural air. Tuesday, January 20 marks the beginning of the New York City Ballet winter season at Lincoln Center. Classic all-Balanchine evenings will be interspersed with Russian, Italian, and German inspirations, finishing up with Romeo + Juliet, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Futures

If you’ve binge watched your way through Black Mirror and are hankering for more sci-fi entertainment, check out this weekend’s Third Annual Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science Fiction, Fantastic Film, Science and the Supernatural. You’ll find a mix of provoking short films and features, mostly centered around Tribeca Cinemas. The future is now.

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In a glass box to rival the squash court in GCT comes Santina, the latest from the Parm and Carbone crew. Santina holds down a prime spot beneath the High Line in the Meat Packing and serves up modern takes on coastal Italian cuisine. Plates of spaghetti blue crab and bass Agrigento are just the sustenance your next date night needs.

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