THIS MONTH [AND YEAR]: JANUARY 2022
A look at some of the most exciting events in the year ahead according to the Platform team.
The new year is upon us (no, we can't believe it either), and with it comes a host of new events in art and culture to experience. While our THIS MONTH series usually focuses on the best happenings in a single month, January's version takes a broader – and more personal – view of things. Rather than look at January in isolation, we're taking stock of all of 2022 with submissions from the Platform team of their most anticipated books, music, films, art, food and more. Whatever your interests, we're confident there's more than one entry that you'll feel compelled to add to your calendar. 2022 is going to be a good one.
FOODLILEY HUO, ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER
Café China reopening
From restauranteurs Yiming Wang and Xian Zhang
Since opening in 2011, Café China has earned a soft spot from many New Yorkers who came to crave its take on traditional Sichuan cuisine. The Michelin Star it earned in its first year certainly didn't hurt its reputation either. But the eatery – modeled after a 1930s Shanghai cafe – temporarily closed its doors over the summer of 2021 to relocate just one block over on West 37th Street. After months of Covid-induced delays, Café China is finally preparing to begin serving up its homemade dim sum, Sichuan-style braised pork and sizzling fish stew once again.
LITERATURERICHARD THAYER, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Moon Witch, Spider King
Written by Marlon James
Who couldn't use a little escapism? The second installment of Marlon James' Dark Star trilogy could offer just the thing. James – who won the Man Booker Prize for his 2015 novel A Brief History of Seven Killings – continues his fantasy saga in Moon Witch, Spider King, which tells the story of a centuries-long feud set in a mythical African landscape. The switch to a new narrator in the series allows readers to consider the story from the perspective of the first installment's prime adversary while also examining the complex facets of 'legacy'.
MUSICCOLIN POMPHREY, MARKETING MANAGER
Run, Rose, Run
Written and performed by Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton – national treasure, music legend, giver of 100 million books, developer of vaccines – will release Run, Rose, Run, her first new album in five years, along with her debut novel (co-authored with James Patterson) of the same name. According to the announcement released on Parton's website, all of the tracks on the album will be related to or inspired by the characters and scenarios plotted out in the accompanying book. Of the collaboration, Patterson said, “It’s been an honor – and a hell of a lot of fun – to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I’ve long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity."
THEATERRICHARD THAYER, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
for colored girls Broadway revival
Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown
When it debuted on Broadway in 1976, Ntozake Shange's play for colored girls startled audiences and critics. Its raw depiction of seven Black women and their stories of survival – as told through poetry, song and movement – earned it two Tony Awards, including Best Play. The revival production, conducted by first-time Broadway director Camille A. Brown, is set to perform at the Booth Theater starring a cast that's yet to be determined.
ARTTAYLOR LANGONE, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF GALLERIES AND MERCHANDISING
The small Texas town of Marfa is pretty synonymous with its art scene at this point. But that doesn't mean there isn't more to discover beyond what gets regularly posted on Instagram. A kind of off-the-beaten-path art fair, the Marfa Invitational includes a selection of international contemporary art galleries to showcase their best work. Being so geographically isolated helps the fair be incredibly immersive flor the collectors, curators and patrons who attend.
FILMMARTIN LERMA, CONTENT LEAD
Decision to Leave
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook considerably broadened his auteur credibility with his 2016 sensual thriller The Handmaiden. Now, the director is finally bringing a new work to the silver screen with Decision to Leave. Chan-wook is keeping plot specifics to himself at this point, but we do know that the film revolves around a detective investigating a man's untimely death in the mountains when he meets the late man's mysterious widow.