Get Up and Get Off the Couch On New Year's Day

Forget New Year's Eve, the real fun is on the 1st.

By Courtney Humiston
|  Friday, Jan 1, 2010  |  Updated 9:40 AM EDT
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Get Up and Get Off the Couch On New Year's Day

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Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur will perform at the City Winery in Tribeca on Jan. 1.

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New Year's Day is on a Friday this year, so pop some Advil and get back on that horse, because there are at least a few events worth getting off the couch for.

What better way to start the year and recover from the previous night's debacle than with margaritas, fried pickles, buffalo burgers and classic country crooning? Spill a tear in your beer at the The Rodeo Bar for their annual Hank Williams tribute concert, Hank-O-Rama. Beginning at 5 p.m., the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, American String Conspiracy and Tammy Faye Starlite among others will be covering Hank's classics in a style all their own.

Too much action for a mind-numbing hangover? Instead, hunker down for a double feature at the Film Forum where their month-long Madcap Manhattan series wraps up with two '60s classics: Breakfast at Tiffany's and Billy Wilder's five-time Oscar-winning The Apartment. Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon put a little laughter and romance in cramped apartment living.

Down in Tribeca, Charlie Mars and Joseph Arthur take the stage at the City Winery for a kind of tall, thin, scruffy-looking, sexy-sounding showdown. The wine, as always, will be flowing, but don't let it get to your head. Mr. Arthur, as he made clear at his last Winery residency, does not appreciate chatty drunks.

Of course, this is New York, the city that never sleeps no matter what day it is, so there are plenty of things to do. Enjoy!

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