OK, listening to hours of poetry may not sound like the cure to your New Year’s Eve hangover, but, trust us, nothing else you can do today will make you feel more ecstatic about another year in New York City the way the Poetry Project’s 35th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit will. Every January 1, an incredible cavalcade of all the downtown celebrities, poets, artists, musicians, drag queens, and radicals that give the city its flavor come together for an 11-hour extravaganza. Today’s program features 140 performers including Patti Smith, Cecil Taylor, Steve Earle, Jonas Mekas, Anne Waldman, Lee Ranaldo, Yoshiko Chuma, Taylor Mead, Lisa Jarnot, and, yes, Justin Bond. (Low on cash? The Bowery Poetry Club at 308 Bowery hosts its free poetry marathon, Ex Tenebris Rising, from 2 p.m. to midnight.)

Thu., Jan. 1, 2 p.m., 2009

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