pencil it in: your week(end) in review

January 19- 22: The Buzz

Join the world’s best baristas for Coffee Common’s first public North American event at A Startup Store in Chelsea. The event will feature demo stations, high-end gear and coffee tastings; local and international experts will be on hand to answer all your caffeine questions. A Startup Store, 114 10th Ave, $5, click here to reserve

January 20: Dirty Projectors and some Natural History

The ongoing monthly at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space continues with the DJ talents of indie rock group Dirty Projectors and opener Skinny Friedman. Guests can also enjoy complimentary admission to the Hayden Planetarium, where the feature this month is Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks. Each $25 ticket also includes one pass to the museum for future use. For more info and tickets visit American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street (guests should enter via the Weston Pavilion located on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street), 9 PM- 1 AM, 21+

January 20-26: Central Squash

The J.P Morgan annual squash tourny in Grand Central Station is back. The games are free to watch (with premium seats available for purchase) and the blistering action on the courts is a fine way to wrap up your day. For those who don’t already know the rules of the game NYC Go’s page from last years explains it all. Tickets and a schedule of events can be found here for those who want to plan ahead. Everyone else just show up and watch through the glass. Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbuilt Ave (42nd Street and Park Ave), various times

January 21: Educated Eating

Make your way to the Times Center this Saturday for the day long event “Changing the Way We Eat“. Hosted by TEDxManhattan, the event will feature speakers from the works of food, politics and science. Times Center, 242 West 41st Street. 10 AM- 5:15 PM

January 21: An Evening with the Blondes

PopRally kicks off 2012 with an evening of electronic dance with the MoMa as the stage. Music, light and sound mingle with a live performance by the Blondes and a deep DJ set by Juan MacLean. General admission tickets are $18 and can be purchased here. Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street. 8:30- 11:30 PM, 21+

January 22: A Pig Eat Pig Competition

Cochon 555 brings its annual challenge to NYC. Five chefs and winemakers will prepare menus featuring heritage pig breeds. To judge the eats for yourself head over to Chelsea Piers at 5 PM. Tickets are $125 for general admission and can be purchased on Chochon’s website. The Lighthouse Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street at the Hudson River, 5 PM

January 27: Artisanal Eataly

Head over to the Flatiron’s Batali owned Eataly on Friday to taste your share of local artisanal products. The event dubbed Eat New York will run from noon to 6 PM and will offer visitors 16 bites including A. Bauer’s mustard, Early Bird granola, Wild Hive Farm polenta and McClure’s pickles. Eataly, 200 5th Ave @ 23rd Street, 12- 6PM

January 27- 29: An Excuse to Venture Upstate

Mohonk Mountain House is holding a locavore weekend, with a special dinner featuring dishes inspired by local chefs John Novi, Ric Orlando, Derek Corsino, and Mohonk’s executive chef, Jim Palmeri. Also: Tuthilltown Spirits tastings, wine tastings, and a cake-decorating workshop. For more information, reservations and to view the brochure click here. Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY, 845 255 1000,

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