Culture Calendar: January 2015

What to do, watch and see this month.

Twenty-one events to add to your agenda this month, from gallery openings, dance performances, film and TV premieres and more.

On-Going: Musee des Confluences Opens
The highly anticipated Musee des Confluences in Lyon, an anthropology, natural sciences and arts museum, finally opened its doors on December 20, 2014 after four years of construction and years of delays before that. The glass-and-steel structure, designed by Viennese architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, houses more than 2 million objects curated into exhibitions like “The Room of Wonders,” and resembles a post-modern, sci-fi spacecraft—or a melted version of Frank Gehry’s recently unveiled Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation in Paris. 86 Quai Perrache; 33-4/28-38-11-90; museedesconfluences.fr.

January 1–December 31, 2015: A Year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam showcases the first ever survey of works by British-German artist Tino Sehgal, who is known for his interactive pieces in which scripted, choreographed “players” engage with spectators—what the artist calls “constructed situations.” Each month, the exhibition will present a different work from Sehgal’s oeuvre in a new gallery space. Museumplein 10; 31-20/573-2911; stedelijk.nl/en.

January 6–10: Bodytraffic at The Joyce
The much buzzed-about Los Angeles-based dance company Bodytraffic takes the stage at New York City’s The Joyce Theater, premiering two new works—Dust by Hofesh Shechter and Once again Before You Go by Victor Quijada—as well as a duet by Richard Siegal and an excerpt from And at Midnight, the Green Bride Floated Through the Village Square by Barak Marshall. From $10; Tuesday 7:30 P.M., Thursday 8 P.M., Saturday 2 P.M. & 8 P.M.; 175 Eighth Ave.; 212-691-9740; joyce.org.

January 8–17: Prototype Festival
Alternative opera’s premiere ten-day event series launches its third edition with seven contemporary works, including two world premiere productions, works in progress and a series of conversations, panels and talkbacks. The performances will take place at venues across New York—from the Park Avenue Armory to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. From $20; Various locations; prototypefestival.org.

January 9–Feburary 14: John Waters: Beverly Hills John
Chelsea’s Marianne Boesky gallery showcases new work by director, photographer and visual artist John Waters. Here, the artist turns his perverse, provocative eye on his own person and career, as demonstrated by the much-talked about Kiddie Flamingos, a 74-minute sequel to Pink Flamingos (1972) recast with children, and Waters’s first film in a decade. 509 W. 24th St.; 212-680-9889; marianneboeskygallery.com.

January 10: Harmony Korine at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills
A new collection of paintings by cult indie-film icon Harmony Korine—director and writer behind Kids (1995) and Spring Breakers (2012)—goes on display for a month at Gagosian Beverly Hills. Reminiscent of his cinematic style, these works explore (in the words of the artist) “loops, mistakes, trance-y repetition,” and employ everyday items like squeegees, brooms, housepaints and masking tape to create them. 456 N. Camden Dr.; 310-271-9400; gagosian.com.

January 10–February 28: Jesús Rafael Soto: “Chronochrome”
A decade after his death, Paris’s Galerie Perrotin mounts an exhibition of Venezuelan artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s powerful kinetic sculptures. Simultaneously, an exhibition will be held at the gallery’s New York location from January 15 to February 21 displaying over 60 works between the two spaces. 76 Rue de Turenne; 33-01/42-16-79-79; 909 Madison Ave.; 212-812-2902; perrotin.com.

January 14: Philharmonie de Paris Opens
Paris will receive its first dedicated symphony hall when the Jean Nouvel–designed Philharmonie de Paris opens mid-month. Set in the Parc de la Villette, on the border of the banlieues, the Grande Salle is a 2400-seat, adjustable symphonic hall devised to inspire an intimate acoustic experience. The inaugural season kicks off with performances by Florence Bolton, Lang Lang and Les Arts Florissants with William Christie. 211 Ave. Jean Jaurès 75019; 33-1/44-84-44-84; philharmoniedeparis.fr.

January 13: Release of Uptown Special
Producer, DJ and guitarist Mark Ronson releases his fourth solo album featuring a slew of boldfaced names, including the rapper Mystikal, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Michael Chabon (of 2000’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and Grammy Award–winning musician Bruno Mars among them.

January 11: HBO Premieres
Set aside January 11 for a television marathon, with back-to-back episodes of HBO premieres, including the first episode in the fourth season of Lena Dunham’s Girls (9 P.M. ET); the series premiere of highly-anticipated dramedy Togetherness by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (9:30 P.M. ET); and the start of Season 2 of Looking (10 P.M. ET).

January 13: Nick Payne’s Constellations on Broadway
The much-acclaimed production by English playwright Nick Payne makes it stateside premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater for 13 weeks starting mid-month. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson star in the award-winning play—a contemporary love story set in multiple parallel universes. Tickets from $125; 261 W. 47th St.; 212-239-6200; newyorkcitytheatre.com.

January 14–25: The Mariinsky Ballet at BAM
St. Petersburg’s world-famous Mariinsky Theater group makes a two-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music to perform productions of Swan Lake, Cinderella and Chopin: Dances for Piano, as well as a rarely-performed opera, The Enchanted Wanderer by Rodion Shchedrin. Peter Jay Sharp Building; 30 Lafayette Ave.; 718-636-4100; bam.org.

January 16: Blackhat Opens in Theaters
Director Michael Mann’s (The Insider (1999), Public Enemies (2009)) very timely hacking cyber-thriller with Liam Hemsworth and Viola Davis opens in theaters across America. Though not written to comment on the recent Sony Pictures hack attack (the film was conceived two years ago), it’s eerily prescient.

January 19: MLK Tribute at BAM
New York hosts its largest public celebration of MLK with the 29th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House; Dr. Cornel West provides the keynote with music by Dallas-based artist Sandra St. Victor & Olay’s Daughter. Starts 10:30 A.M.; Peter Jay Sharp Building; 30 Lafayette Ave.; 718-636-4100; bam.org.

January 20: World premiere Hamilton at the Public Theater
Award-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (who composed and starred in 2008’s critically-acclaimed musical In the Heights) debuts his newest off Broadway production, Hamilton—a musical about the Founding Fathers, featuring a multiracial cast. The production runs until mid-March at the Public Theater. From $95; 425 Lafayette St.; 212-539-8500; publictheater.com.

January 21–25: London Art Fair 2015
The UK’s largest British modern-and contemporary art-focused art fair returns to London’s Business Design Centre for its 27th edition. Spectators can expect to see works (including photography, sculpture, painting and ceramics) by famed native artists like Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, Lucian Freud, William Coldstream and Frank Auerbach. 52 Upper St.; londonartfair.co.uk.

January 23–27: Maison & Objet Paris
Maison & Objet, the multi-city interior design and decoration trade show, returns to Paris for the show’s 20th anniversary, featuring items from top textile, furniture, lighting, tableware and cookware brands. Paris Nord Villepinte; Allée des Érables; maison-objet.com. 

Just in time for the event, French-based homewares store Bernardaud hosts a film screening and conversation with Marina Abramovic at David Lynch's artists club Silencio. Friday, January 23 at 7 P.M.;142 Rue Montmartre; silencio-club.com.

January 26–February 2: Les Fêtes Vénitiennes
Famed conductor William Christie leads the Orchestra and Choir of Les Arts Florissants in a production of André Campra’s dazzling 18th-century opera-ballet, Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, at Paris’s Opéra Comique. From $55; 1 Place Boieldieu; 33-142-44-45-40; opera-comique.com.

January 28–April 12: Christian Marclay at White Cube
London’s White Cube gallery presents a solo exhibition by Christian Marclay. The showcase includes a collection of video installations, pieces on canvas and paper, new works and weekly performances in collaboration with London Sinfonietta and various celebrated composers. 144-152 Bermondsey St.; 44-20/7930-5373; whitecube.com.

January 29: “Body and Matter: the Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino”
New York’s Dominique Lévy Gallery hosts the first American exhibition devoted to Japanese artist Kazo Shiraga. Here, the showcase places more than 15 abstract paintings in juxtaposition with a collection of works by avant-garde postwar Japanese ceramicist Satoru Hoshino. 909 Madison Ave.; 212-772-2004; dominique-levy.com.

January 29–31: Duke, Dizzy, ‘Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans at Lincoln Center
Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra explore Latin American and African influences on jazz vis-a-vis the performance of several key works by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. From $45; 3 Columbus Cir.; 212-721-6500; jazz.org.