Thursday, January 23, 9:30 p.m.
RISK! Live at the PIT, NYC presents “Fascinated”

The PIT (The People’s Improv Theater), 123 East 24th Street (Manhattan)

It’s not often that we would tell a room full of complete strangers a story normally reserved for our closest of friends and the right amount of liquid courage, but RISK! dares us to do just that. Kevin Allison from “The State” hosts this live show and podcast along with guests Jen Kwok, Adam Wade, Lori Baird, Brad Lawrence and Ryan Britt. Each will “tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public.” Previous performances have included riotous tales from Margaret Cho, Kevin Nealon, Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Sarah Silverman and Rachel Dratch. Tickets are $10 per person.

Deal nearby: Bait & Hook



Friday, January 24, 8 p.m.
Cinesthesia Soundpainting Orchestra

LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue (Brooklyn)

What does red sound like? What does purple taste like? And what color is a Tuesday? Synesthesia has the answers. The neurological phenomenon connects one sense to another in synesthetes, and it’s inspired artists for centuries. The Cinesthesia Soundpainting Orchestra explores the interaction with improvised “live-composing” and video projections to go along with the sounds. The audience gets a taste of it all for $5 per person.

Deal nearby: Janelle’s Restaurant



Saturday, January 25, 12 p.m.
The 10th Annual Idiotarod NYC

Location TBA (announced the night before)

The Iditarod is no laughing matter. Since it began in 1973, it’s had a reputation as one of the toughest races on the planet: six sled dogs across frozen tundra with blasting winds and frigid temperatures (we’re talking -100’s, folks). Then, in 2004, its brother race was born: the Idiotarod. Who needs dog sleds when we’ve got shopping carts? Each group builds their own “vehicle,” keeping all parts of the original cart somewhere in the final design. Good-natured sabotage and bribery are encouraged (as is all-out madness). Teams can register to compete in New York’s 10th annual Idiotarod until January 23 at 11:59 p.m. for $5. They’ll get the starting location the night before the day of the race, when spectators are free to watch the whole thing.

Deal nearby: East Village Social



Sunday, January 26, 4 p.m.
Cochon 555 - 2014

The Ritz-Carlton New York, 2 West Street (Manhattan)

Ah, there’s many a time we’ve gotten lost in the delicate wonders of a juicy slab of pork belly. So at Cochon 555, we’re prepared to be in a permanent dream state. Now in its sixth year, this culinary tour makes its stop in New York City to showcase the wonders of heritage pork, raised on family farms around the country. Five local chefs will compete to cook six dishes each using their whole hogs. The audience reaps the benefits of this 1000-pound competition, with plenty o’ pig to go around for their eatin’ pleasure. Tickets are $125.

Deal nearby: The Pines