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The Weekend It List: Jan. 4-6

Your time off is precious.

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Want in on $59 tickets to the best
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Want in on $59 tickets to the best Broadway shows like "Frozen," "Mean Girls," "The Cher Show" and, yes, "Hamilton"?

Put your weekend plans in the hands of Broadway Roulette, an online ticket platform designed to take away "decision fatigue" by making the choice for you.

Sure, it's a gamble, but one that's probably worth taking if you're up for a little spontaneity. The site asks you a few questions about your interests, "spins the wheel" and locks in seats at one of more than a dozen popular shows. You find out which production you've "won" seats to the day of the show.

"We provide a discount, but more than that, we provide the chance to discover something new -- both on stage and potentially about the world or even yourself," says CEO Elizabeth Durand Streisand. "You can play again and again because we never send you to the same show twice."

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New year, new food goals. And if you
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New year, new food goals. And if you haven't been to Stapleton, now's a good time for a dining tour.

The neighborhood, on Staten Island's North Shore, has seen a number of restaurants open in recent months. Non-SIers can have an adventure getting there: The ferry touches down at St. George, and from there it's a quick walk to the SIR subway line, which you'll take two stops.

"There's a food vibe coming back here, which is cool, like a rebirth. I feel like Christopher Columbus," Vic Rallo tells us. He has two restaurants in Stapleton: year-old Surf, offering comfort foods (including homemade pastas) and draft beers sourced from locals, and the seafood-minded Barca, which opened a year ago and is a joint with Dave Pasternack of Manhattan's Esca. Nab a spot by the window for a water view.

"No one came here because there was nothing. Now this shore is becoming a destination," Rallo says.

It's true. Another new spot, upscale bistro The Richmond, serves Kobe beef and a mussels entrée. On the casual end, Seppe Pizza Bar entered the world of Stapleton in November, serving specialty pies alongside custom cocktails. The gin-based Verrazzano, of course, has the appropriate number of Zs.

"This is kind of an area in New York where there hasn't been much attention on or much development," Seppe's Joe Iovino says. "All along the waterfront, it's beautiful. It's a beautiful setting that's been ignored for a number of years."

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Even if you're glad 2018 is over, it
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Even if you're glad 2018 is over, it did give us movies like "BlacKKKlansman" and "Vice," and series including "Sharp Objects" and "Pose."

On Sunday, fans will gather to see who takes home Golden Globe awards and what kind of chemistry co-hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have.

You may not have TV service, but that's OK -- plenty of bars and restaurants in the city are holding their own viewing parties -- including prediction ballots, Bingo and themed drinks.

Some even offer performances: At Caveat, catch drag queen Ms. Golden Delicious, comedians Larry Owens and John Trowbridge, entertainer Amanda Schechtman and celebrity impressions during commercial breaks. Bonuses: a drinking game and a chance to win by casting a prediction ballot.

Madame Tussauds New York (yes, the famous wax museum) is even hosting a party.

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Billie Jean King is a boss. With her
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Billie Jean King is a boss. With her own museum exhibit.

The New-York Historical Society is celebrating the tennis pioneer's 75th birthday with a photography exhibit that highlights her remarkable life and equal rights advocacy.

The 75-piece installation has a photo for each one of her years, including images of King's memorable entrance into the Houston Astrodome for the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs, her testimony before the U.S. Senate, and her as grand marshal of the NYC Pride March in 2018.

This and other exhibits are plentiful over the next few months. Plan accordingly and you can catch collections centered around conspiracy theories, Mickey Mouse, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and J.R.R. Tolkien. All muggles will want to take special note of the soon-to-shutter "Harry Potter" display.

As New Yorkers begin to settle into hibernation mode, it's a good time to check out the warmth of art.

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Your 2019 resolution was to get cultured, wasn't
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Your 2019 resolution was to get cultured, wasn't it? The Public Theater's 15th annual Under the Radar festival is here, bringing together budding productions from nine different countries.

There's "Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True," telling the true stories of women who have "challenged the status quo" in Nigeria, "Frankenstein" told through Mary Shelly's eyes, and "Minefield" from the UK, all with dates on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Under the Radar is all about "finding these stories that are told in unusual ways, but they are real, honest, low-to-the-ground stories, the stories we don't hear on television or even on the internet sometimes," says Mark Russell, the program's artistic director. "It's about finding those disadvantaged, ignored voices and finding a platform for them."


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