Two long-standing annual fundraisers make for a constellation of downtown superstars; this year’s lineups are impressive as ever.

822164-250New Year’s Day Marathon at The Poetry Project
January 1, 3pm to January 2, 2am, at The Poetry Project, 131 E 10th St, tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The venerable Poetry Project is celebrating 50 years at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. As recounted in a history of the intellectual incubator in this week’s Village Voice, the Project has hosted the likes of William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Spalding Gray, Jim Carroll, Robert Lowell, Patti Smith, and countless others. The 43rd installment of its annual marathon will feature living legends Penny Arcade, Justin Vivian Bond, Grace Dunham (yes, Lena’s sis), Jonas Mekas, Thurston Moore and his Sonic Youth bandmate Lee Ranaldo, Eileen Myles, Elliott Sharp, Lynne Tillman, Anne Waldman, and some 140 others. This is the only reason to work off that New Year’s hangover in a church.

15590950_1201499056584866_6267111811751050068_oTibet House Benefit Concert
March 16 at 7:30pm, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.; tickets $35-$200.
Last year at this annual fundraiser for Tibet House, Iggy Pop blew everyone away by reading poems and covering Bowie. This year he’s back along with fellow fixtures Laurie Anderson and Patti Smith (you’ll remember them sharing the stage with Miley Cyrus and Debbie Harry in 2015). This should be a big one, since it’ll mark the 30th anniversary of the benefit concert as well as the 80th birthday of host Philip Glass. New Order members Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman are also on the bill, so don’t be surprised if Glass is serenaded with some “Age of Consent.”