One of my favorite foods in Vancouver is opening up shop in NYC! Japadog (questionable name, delicious food) is opening at 30 St. Marks between 2nd Ave. and 3rd Ave. They’ll be selling the Terimayo, the Croquette (fried potato patty in a hot dog!), the Tonkatsu, and … an ice cream option?!? Japadog Menu

IFC Center and GKIDS present a Studio Ghibli retrospective. Spirited Away, My Neighbors The Yamadas, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and many other Ghibli films making their US premieres… all in 35mm. Yes, please. The films are being shown in both subtitled and dubbed format, so double-check which is screening when you get your tix.

CASTLES IN THE SKY: MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA & THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI

The American Museum of the Moving Image will by screening David Cronenberg’s films from January 21–February 12, 2012. See Crash, The Fly, Videodrome, A History of ViolenceEastern Promises and many others on a big screen!

David Cronenberg

The museum will also be hosting a talk with Cronenberg on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and go on sale on January 6.

And while you’re at the AMMI, check out the Jim Henson exhibit, extended through March 4 and 50+ collages by Jan Svankmajer from his most recent film, Surviving Life.