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Free Things to Do in NYC This Week - December 9-December 16

December 9, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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You can never run out of things to do in New York City, and that includes things that are free of charge! Pinch some pennies with City Guide's list of free things to do in NYC this week. You may just be surprised at how little it'll cost you to have a great time in the world's greatest city, with music, museums, and other free events awaiting.

Accordion Festival: Sounds of the Lower East Side - Museum at Eldridge Street
December 09, 2018 - China Town

In the 19th century, the accordion became a popular instrument not only in Eastern Europe, but throughout the continent. And as migrants made the trip overseas to America, many brought their accordions along with them. As a result, the instrument played a prominent role in the musical life of the Lower East Side. In those days, the sounds of the accordion evoked the old country. But today, musicians from around the globe are breathing new life and traditions into this old-time instrument. Join us as we celebrate the accordion's longstanding legacy! In our historic sanctuary, accordionists James Keane, Ismail Butera and Angel "Arison" Gutierrez, along with host Bob Godfried, will present the instrument's global reach. Enjoy accordion tunes from Klezmer, Irish, Dominican, Balkan & Mediterranean cultures!

Annual Fulton Sheen Lecture - Sheen Center
December 09, 2018 - New York

Come celebrate the life and legacy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen! This year's speakers are Msgr. Hilary Franco a former assistant to Archbishop Sheen and author of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: Mentor and Friend, and and Emmy Award-winning journalist Alexis Walkenstein author of the new book, Fulton Sheen, which introduces readers to the thought and spirituality of this towering figure of the American Catholic Church.

Girls on the Run NYC Fall 5k - Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island
December 09, 2018 - New York

Join us on December 9 at Icahn Stadium for the Girls on the Run NYC Fall 5k! At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to be confident, healthy and joyful through a 10-week running based curriculum that ends in our celebratory 5k. Registration is now open to run/walk or volunteer at the event! Pre-5k Activities and day-of registration open at 9 am and the 5k begins at 10:30 am. RUNNERS/WALKERS: Participate in this fun run/walk 5k that starts and finishes at Icahn Stadium. You can sign up as a "Sparkle Runner" (females age 18+) to be paired with a GOTR team for the 5k! VOLUNTEERS: Help support our girls with pre-5k fun activities, at the Start/Finish, and along the course! Pre-5k activity stations include our photo booth, "happy hair" hairspray station and "bling your bib frame" decorating station!

West Village Chorale Annual Holiday Concert: "Holidays Around the World" - Judson Memorial Church
December 09, 2018 - New York

Seasonal music from around the world--Haiti, Ireland, England, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and the United States. Program includes Whalum's Betelehemu, Levine's Lo V'chayil, Desamours's Noel Ayisyen and Rachmaninoff's "Slava" from the All-Night Vigil, plus favorite carols for singing along

45th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
December 09, 2018 - Manhattan

Join hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players for a holiday sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, located between 49th and 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, on Sunday, December 9th, from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and fill the plaza with holiday classics. The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be led by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, and conducted by Paul LaValle of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition takes place in over 200 cities around the world.

Choir Rehearsal - Judson Memorial Church
December 09, 2018 - New York

MEETING ROOM (Enter by way of 55 Washington Square South)

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Tour - New Museum
December 09, 2018 - New York

oin a New Museum docent and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for a tour of our current exhibitions. Following the tour, participants are invited to join us for light refreshments in the Sky Room, which features panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. The tour is free with preregistration and includes museum admission. Due to limited capacity, please preregister here. Priority will be given to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. A limited number of spaces are available for ASL students.

Grand Holiday Bazaar - Grand Bazaar NYC
December 09, 2018 - New York

This is the Holiday market to shop for unique gifts that you can't find elsewhere! Open every Sunday from November 25 - December 30!, indoors and outdoors! Come shop from 150+ hand-picked independent, local artisans and dealers. Find one-of-a-kind handmade holiday decoration and fashion, vintage accessories and collectibles, handmade jewelry and furniture, rare antique silverware, and delicious artisanal foods. Our Grand Holiday Bazaar is the only market with both an indoor and outdoor market area, and with rotating merchants. Holiday shopping never felt so good as you'll be supporting local artisans and independent dealers, and 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits are donated to four local public schools benefiting over 4,000 children.

Theater Resources Unlimited is accepting writer submissions for How to Write a Musical That Works Part 1: The World and the Want Submissions due November 26, 2018 - Tada Rehearsal Studio
December 09, 2018 - New York

Theater Resources Unlimited is accepting writer submissions for How to Write a Musical That Works Part 1: The World and the Want  Submissions due November 26, 2018 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works, part 1: The World and The Want, the first workshop in a 3-part series. One of the programs in TRU Beginnings: Opportunities for Early Development of New Work, it will take place on Sunday, December 9, 2018. For more information, please visit https://truonline.org/events/2018-the-world-and-the-want/. Submission fee is $10 for TRU members, $20 for non-members. Submission deadline is Monday, November 26, 2018.    This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators.   The professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers will include: Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer),... (read more)

Bill Anderson in New York - Beacon Theater
December 09, 2018 - New York

James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin' Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1961. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: "Mama Sang a Song" (1962), "Still" (1963), "I Get the Fever" (1966), "For Loving You" (with Jan Howard, 1967), "My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)" (1969), "World of Make Believe" (1973), and "Sometimes" (with Mary Lou Turner, 1976). Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten.

Candlelight: A Service of Lessons & Carols - St. George's Church
December 09, 2018 - New York

A New York City Tradition: “Candlelight: A Service of Lessons & Carols” As one of New York’s oldest Episcopal churches, The Parish of Calvary-St. George’s is delighted to present the annual “Candlelight: A Service of Lessons & Carols” on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00 P.M., with a prelude at 3:40 P.M. A quintessential Christmas tradition for over one hundred years, this celebration holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of New Yorkers. • Snap into the holiday spirit with hundreds of fellow New Yorkers lighting candles and basking in their breathtaking glow within the sanctuary of the historic St. George’s Church on Stuyvesant Square (7 Rutherford Pl., New York, NY 10003). • Belt out your favorite carols, hear incredible sounds of brass and our new carillon chimes, and enjoy glorious serenades led by our longstanding parish choir and orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Kamel Boutros, music director of Calvary-St. George’s. • Experience world-premiere music commissioned just for Candlelight, featuring CALSTG Academy Singers performing a new arrangement of “One Small Child.” • Hear powerful readings that reveal the true meaning of Christmas. “Candlelight is o... (read more)

The #metoo Plays - The Alternative Theater
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

THE #metoo PLAYS ARE HITTING MANHATTAN NEW YORK, NEW YORK (October 31, 2018), Celine Havard and The Alternative Theater Company present The #metoo Plays: RESIST and PERSIST two programs in alternating rep of powerful short plays, tackling different perspectives of the complex #metoo movement that has gripped the collective emotions of our nation. The First set of plays entitled RESIST will open, followed by a reception, NOVEMBER 29th, 2018 at 7:00pm and runs through December 9th at 2pm at The Alternative Theater, 500 West 52nd Street, 2nd floor, New York New York 10019. Plays include Washington Monument by W.A Walters in which a DC cover up of an brutal assault, years earlier gets revisited when a young man is being groomed for office. Will power politics win, or will justice prevail? And, Can You Hear Me Now? by Indiana playwright, Nicole Amsler, in which grandma’s beeping phone is hiding a deeper secret than her hate for tech, while three generations of women relate to each other around their understanding, and comic misunderstanding of the #metoo movement. THE #metoo PLAYS:PERSIST opens NOVEMBER 30th, 2018 at 8pm and runs through December 8th at 2pm featuring such plays as... (read more)

Helen Levi Pop-Up at Kotn - Kotn
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

Helen Levi is a photographer and potter born and bred in NYC. Her colourful and creative handmade ceramics have become cult-favourties in the US, making every piece herself in her NYC studio. Helen Levi will be popping up at Kotn December 1 - 9.

The Dessoff Choirs Performs a Trio of Holiday Concerts 12/7-9 - St Paul's Church
Through December 09, 2018 - Columbus Circle

Holidays with Dessoff: Welcome Yule! Friday, December 7, 2018, at Saint Peter’s Church, Manhattan Holidays with Dessoff: Messiah Sing Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Union Theological Seminary, Manhattan Holidays with Dessoff: Welcome Yule! Sunday, December 9, 2018, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs today announced its annual holiday concert series. Now in its 94th year, The Dessoff Choirs continues to wow audiences with its seasonal repertoire performed in some of New York City’s most beautiful churches. This season’s offerings include a sing-in of Handel’s Messiah, contemporary arrangement of carols, and a rare performance of the nine-movement Christmas cantata The Ballad of the Brown King with music by African-American composer Margaret Bonds and text by writer Langston Hughes.

10th Annual St. Nicholas Cookie Walk - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

Over 75 varieties and 50,000 fresh baked Christmas cookies await you at a Cookie Wonderland in the NY Landmark St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 10th St & Ave. A, in the East Village. Purchase an empty bakery box ($15 & $35) and then “take a walk” through the delectable array of holiday confections. You fill your box with as many of your favorites as it can hold and take home your treats, all wrapped up in a bow. And don’t miss the Little Elves Bakery and Workshop where kids 12 and under can create their own sweet masterpiece to take home (no charge except to have fun!). Santa and a cast of other characters will be available for pictures in our photo booth. A cup of “the best…hot chocolate…ever” rounds out the fun adventure. Great for all ages. Come early Saturday for best selection! www.stnicholascookiewalk.com

New York Knicks Players Holiday Sneaker Drive - SneakersnStuff NYC Flagship Location
December 10, 2018 - New York

Want to meet New York Knicks Lance Thomas, Damyean Dotson, and special guest teammates? Make your way down to SNS NYC flagship location on Dec 10th with a pair of lightly-used or brand new sneakers. Your donation includes a meet & greet with the players and an autographed 8x10 photo or any other item of choice. The Holiday Sneaker Drive will benefit the New York City Department of Homeless Services. The first 20 people in line to donate will also receive a t-shirt from Lance Thomas fishing gear and apparel brand, SlangMagic. Additionally, beginning Nov 26th-Dec 9th, purchase any item from SlangMagic online shop at www.slangmagic.com for a chance to attend the private VIP reception from 8-9pm with Lance Thomas and guest teammates. The winners will be announced on @SlangMagicFishing Instagram on December 7, 2018. Tis' the season to give back to some deserving NYC homeless children and families. Please RSVP and arrive early as space is limited.

Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel - The Ailey Studios Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
December 10, 2018 - Manhattan

Moderated by Sylvia Waters, featuring Sarita Allen, Liz Roxas-Dobrish, and Desmond Richardson In an intimate setting, these distinguished former Ailey dancers will share their personal stories, individual experiences, and life lessons that Mr. Ailey rooted in his dancers. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Ailey changed the perception of modern dance with his ability to reveal emotions in a way that touch us and teach us something about ourselves. The Growing up with Alvin Ailey Legacy Panel is intended to give people a chance to look into the rich history and creative heritage of Mr. Ailey as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Beat Girl! Featuring Bettina May! - Sid Gold's Request Room
December 11, 2018 - New York

Glittery Gals! Sparkling Drinks! And One Glamorous Songbird!

Private Wealth Management Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
December 11, 2018 - New York

he Private Wealth Management Thought Leadership Group seeks to enrich and enable finance professionals to meet the modern needs of private clients, and to remain at the forefront of professionalism and knowledge in serving private clients. The Group welcomes CFANY members who manage assets for individuals and for themselves. Our group members are creative, well-read, and forward-thinking in our private discussions and in our presentations to the general membership of CFANY. Their professional practices encompass portfolio management, investment research, investment advisory, financial planning, and firm leadership. We focus discussions and meetings on investment strategy, implementation, and communications with the goal of enriching our professional experience and practice. The Group pursues collaboration with other CFANY groups in programming, especially with the Value Investing and Market Integrity Interest Groups. The group encourages its members to participate in other activities at CFANY, such as volunteering to grade reports, mentoring a university team, or judging the Final Four in the Investment Challenge.

Brett Eldredge's Glow Live: A Night of Holiday Hits in New York - Beacon Theater
December 11, 2018 - New York

Brett Ryan Eldredge[5][6] (born March 23, 1986) is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer, signed to Warner Music Group Nashville. The cousin of Terry Eldredge of The Grascals,[4] Eldredge has had three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart from his debut studio album, Bring You Back: "Don't Ya", "Beat of the Music", and "Mean to Me".

Mumford & Sons - Madison Square Garden
Through December 11, 2018 - New York

Mumford and Sons embark on their Delta Tour 2018, performing at The Garden with special guest Maggie Rogers

Judson Arts Wednesdays Presents: Dead Darlings - Judson Memorial Church
December 12, 2018 - New York

MEETING ROOM (ENTER by way of 55 Washington Square South) Judson Arts Wednesdays artist - in - residence Amanda Duarte thrills again with her delightful Dead Darlings. Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7:15pm. Free Drinks and eats until the show at 8:00pm. JAW FOOD. ART. COMMUNITY. SPACE. FREE.

New York Produce Show and Conference - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
December 12, 2018 - New York

The three-day event includes networking opportunities, a trade show of over 400 companies, retail "thought-leader" breakfast panel hosted by Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor, educational micro-sessions and tours of the region's vibrant industry, including the local retailers, wholesalers, foodservice distributors and urban farms and unique eateries.

Happy Hour Karaoke with Matt Hartman - Sid Gold's Request Room
December 13, 2018 - New York

Matt grew up listening to Ben Folds, Elton John, and Billy Joel. When he's not playing at Sid Gold's, you can find him playing on the Internet.

No Excuses: Maggie Nelson on Sarah Lucas - New Museum
December 13, 2018 - New York,

Join renowned writer and scholar Maggie Nelson as she responds to Sarah Lucas's work and to the exhibition "Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel," the first American survey of the pioneering artist. Known for her genre-defying writing that often weaves together personal narrative and critical theory, Nelson brings a unique voice to art criticism. Her talk will plumb the provocations, humor, and critical shape-shifting in Lucas's practice and will reflect on the stakes of the artist's embrace of pleasure and perversion. Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts (2015), The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011), Bluets (2009), The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial (2007), and Jane: A Murder (2005). She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, an Innovative Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2016, she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.

NEW 102.7's Holiday in NEW York featuring Charlie Puth in New York - Beacon Theater
December 13, 2018 - New York

Charles Otto Puth Jr. (/pu??/; born December 2, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube. "See You Again" was released as Puth's debut single in 2015, which he co-wrote, co-produced, and performed with Wiz Khalifa for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Paul Walker. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. After the success of "See You Again", he gained worldwide recognition for multiple subsequent releases, including his debut single "Marvin Gaye", which featured Meghan Trainor. The song topped charts in New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Midtown Concerts | Gotham early Music Scene (Chapel) - St Bartholomew's Church
December 13, 2018 - New York

Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) in conjunction with The Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation (MMPAF) presents Midtown Concerts, a weekly series of 40-minute early music concerts in midtown Manhattan featuring soloists and ensembles from the U.S. and abroad.

Cross-Stitch Circle - New York Historical Society
December 13, 2018 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs – make a handcrafted gift for someone! Younger kids may also enjoy coming along and contributing to our community weaving using recycled fabrics and ribbons.

Salesforce World Tour - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
December 13, 2018 - New York

Salesforce World Tour

Sleeping Beauty Dreams in New York - Beacon Theater
December 14, 2018 - New York

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Hot Rabbit LGBTQ Dance Party - DROM
December 14, 2018 - New York

HOT RABBIT is a queer dance party started in 2011 that features LGBTQ performers and DJs from NYC and around the world. Winner of many NYC Nightlife awards, Hot Rabbit has been named "Best in Gay Nightlife" by the New York Times, Gothamist, HuffPo, NY Magazine, TimeOut, NBC Out, and more! With new DJs and performers at every event, and a variety of high-energy, positive, dance, music and performance styles, you'll never find the same lineup twice! Working to make sure everyone can walk in and feel like they belong, Hot Rabbit represents all parts of the LGBTQ community. Hot Rabbit Fridays will take place two Fridays a month at DROM!

RR: Mistress Velvetina's Variety Show - KGB Bar
December 14, 2018 - New York

2 drink minimum.

Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs Of Worship in New York - Beacon Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Christopher Dwayne Tomlin (born May 4, 1972)[1] is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter from Grand Saline, Texas, United States who has sold over 7 million records.[2] He is a former staff member at Austin Stone Community Church and is signed to EMI's sixstepsrecords. Tomlin leads worship at many Passion events. Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Good Good Father", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", "Our God", which he co-wrote with Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, and Jonas Myrin, and "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)".

Lobby Nights: Dj Prestige - Ace Hotel
December 15, 2018 - New York

DJ Prestige is a fine purveyor of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and other assorted funky treats. When not preserving and promoting quality vinyl records, he is working like a mad scientist to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. He brings his version of the live mix tape to the lobby of Ace Hotel, where funky jazz, deep funk, raw soul, classic hip hop, real reggae, disco tracks, and drum breaks of all kinds make you move and groove like the park jams back in the day. It's all about the vibe. As DJs spin, the photobooth flashes and mixers mix, enjoy delicious selections from the Lobby Bar and high fives from our friendly staff. General RSVP is not required, but does get you on our A-List mailer for the latest in bookings and event info.

Watson Adventures’ Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! An eminent scholar’s husband has been shot dead, a week after receiving strange messages and images of “dancing stick figures” on her computer. The messages are somehow linked to nude artwork in the museum. Who is the murderer? What is the secret of the dancing nude figures? See if your team of sleuths can figure out whodunit on this unusual murder mystery scavenger hunt based on a Sherlock Holmes story. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Santa at Brookfield Place - Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Nov 23 - Dec 24 (closed Mondays other than Dec 24) 230 Vesey St., Level 2 Tuesday - Friday: 12 - 8pm Saturdays: 10am - 8pm Sundays: 10am - 6pm Dec 24: 10am - 4pm Create lasting photo memories with the jolly man in red! Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Brookfield Place features a special children’s activity center to enjoy before your session. Plan a magical holiday experience at BFPL with ice skating, shopping, dining and more! CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TO MEET SANTA IN ADVANCE Walk-ons are always welcome. Sensory-Friendly Santa with Autism Speaks Dec 9, 8:30am - 10am Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities! This compassionate, sensory-friendly event allows families with children with all spectrums of special needs to experience the time-honored tradition of a Santa visit, in a comforting environment prior to public hours. Accommodations are made to support the sensory, physical, and developmental needs of this special audience. Sensory-Friendly Santa is held in partnership with Autism Speaks. Click to reserve your spot (reservations are required for this session only). Santa Paws! Nov 25 & Dec 2, 6:30-7:30pm Bring your four-legged family memb... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. For ages 10 and up. Advance purchase is required.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

You'll find your heart growing a few sizes when you watch Dr. Seuss' whimsical holiday classic come to life on stage! Inspired by the original children's book and featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," the Grinch, his sidekick Max and Cindy Lou Who help remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. See Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, December 13-30. Two-time Tony Award®-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee (Squidward Tentacles in SpongeBob SquarePants and Bert in Mary Poppins) will steal Christmas this season in the title role of the Grinch. "I am thrilled to step in to the furry, stinky green shoes of the world's most beloved Christmas bad boy this holiday season," Lee said. "As a dad myself, I know first-hand the magic of introducing kids to live theater and I look forward to hearts growing three sizes as they experience this beloved story in a whole new way…live on stage!"

Twas the night before Christmas: A Reading - The Church of the Intercession and Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum
December 16, 2018 - New York

Al Taylor, Assembly member of the 71st assembly District of Upper Manhattan, reads the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore, son of Bishop Benjamin Moore (also a former Trinity rector). Reception at Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum. Information: intercessionnyc.org.

Compline by Candlelight: Ceremony of Carols - St. Paul's Chapel
December 16, 2018 - New York

The Trinity Youth Chorus presents Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s marvelous setting of ancient Christmas texts that sparkles with the wonder of the season. This annual tradition is a favorite of Trinity audiences.

The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year - Hilton Garden Inn New York
December 16, 2018 - New York

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in New York City and surrounding areas throughout New York. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in this comedic thriller!

New York's Oldest Christmas Tradition - Church of the Intercession
December 16, 2018 - New York

Young People's Chorus at Washington Heights (YPCWH) conducted by YPC Assistant Conductor Maria Peña opens the church’s century-old holiday tradition with a performance of holiday music, followed by a candlelight reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a lantern procession and wreath-lay ceremony at Clement Moore’s mausoleum at Trinity Church, across from Intercession Church.

The Baby Monitor - The Theater at the 14th Street Y
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Written by David Stallings and directed by Antonio Miniño. When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old nephew are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principals and ability to parent. A crucial new play exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today’s America. With Leo Goodman, Mel House*, Amanda Jones*, Héctor Matías, Greta Quispe* and David Stallings. Lighting Design by Dan Gallagher. Sound Design by Jacob Subotnick. Stage Managed by Rachel Denise April. Tickets $25 (Students & Seniors $22) available by calling 646-395-4310 or www.differenttranslation.com Neighborhood Rush: $5.00 tickets will be available 15 minutes before showtime at the box office to residents of zip codes 10003 and 10009 with valid local ID (Neighbor Rush tickets are cash-only and subject to availability).

New York Theatre Ballet's Once Upon a Ballet Series presents Keith Michael's The Nutcracker - Florence Gould Hall
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

New York Theatre Ballet Announces Keith Michael's The Nutcracker as part of the 2018-19 Once Upon a Ballet Performances New York Theatre Ballet announces the company's 2018-19 performances of their critically acclaimed Once Upon a Ballet series geared to audiences ages 3 and up and running time of one hour for young attention spans. This season's offerings include: Keith Michael's The Nutcracker from December 14-16, 2018 and Cinderella February 9 & 10, 2019 at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022. Single tickets: $27 adults $15 children, for both Nutcracker and Cinderella: $20 adults $12 children, http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets. 2018-2019 Season Family Shows: Nutcracker at Florence Gould Hall  December 14 - 16, 2018 Friday, December 14 at 6:00 PM Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa... (read more)

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 - Sheen Center
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

"A heartbreaking tribute to the men, who, in defiance of their commanders had the courage to affirm their common humanity." ?– The New Yorker "All is Calm puts a human face on WWI." – San Francisco Globe "One of the top live events for Christmas in North America." – BBC Music Magazine Christmas of 1914. Out of the violence- a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into "No Man's Land" singing Stille Nacht. This begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace.

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories - Theatre Row
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Emperor’s New Clothes and More Magical Stories by Hans Christian Andersen Playing at Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts NY, Inc. 410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036 (212) 239-6200 November 24th - December 22nd, 2018 | Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm *Sensory Friendly Performances: December 9th at 11am Adapted for the Stage by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Interstellar Cinderella, Wanda’s Monster) Devised and Directed by Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Wanda’s Monster) Original Music by Charles Greenberg (Young Charles Dickens) A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. The company that brought you Interstellar Cinderella invites you to discover why some fairy tales never get old. 50 minutes duration. Best for ages 5-8 | Tickets starting at $29.25 | Tickets on sale now at: https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/ #MoreMagicalStories Story Time at Strand Books featuring Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Saturday, November 17th at 11am

Epic New York Beer Tour - Bars, Taprooms, Breweries - Empire State Building
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Beer Adventures app offers 150+ highly curated tours in 75 cities around the globe. Currently in 25 US cities, we take you to all of the best bars, taprooms and breweries in town giving you a day out to remember on your own terms. For this 'Epic New York Beer Tour' we invite you to join us in NYC as we hit up to 10 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn in one day. This is one of our favourite Beer Adventures and it's done best by a combination of walking, subway and whatever else mode of transport is for you! Starting by the Empire State Building you'll pass loads of famous landmarks, go over and under the East River, hit both villages (Greenwich and East) and of course visit all the very best beer bars NYC has to offer. Come thirsty, hungry and ready to make a day of it! HOW IT WORKS: Search for 'Beer Adventures' in the Apple appstore or Google Play and download for free. You can then select the city and tours you want in-app. The Beer Adventures app acts as a magical mystery tour directing beer fans around a city at the touch of a few buttons. Available on iOS and Android, we offer highly curated, built in itineraries in most major cities. STARTING O... (read more)

Deck the Stalls Holiday Market - Seaport District NYC
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

NYCEDC Public Markets presents Deck the Stalls, a multi-cultural market event, celebrating the best of the New York City’s public markets in partnership with Fulton Stall Market’s farmers and producers. In the Seaport District NYC on Water Street between Fulton & Beekman Streets. SUNDAYS December 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd! FREE for all ages! 11:00am - 5:00pm. Market-goers can enjoy holiday gifts, locally made food, multi-cultural performances, Seaport tours, live music, wine and craft beverages. Co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan, Sullivan Catskills, RubyFrost Apples, SnapDragon Apples, and The Howard Hughes Corporation. Musical performances by The Good Morning Nags, Michael Feinberg Music, Lauren Lee, and more.

Domino + Amazon Holiday Pop-up Shop - Domino x Amazon
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Amazon’s holiday gift guide is brought to life through an editorially-curated selection of products, bringing the best of #SOdomino into one space and available all on Amazon. In addition to a Domino curated selection, you will find influencer-curated product displays by Alison Roman, Justina Blakeney, Jonathan Adler and more in the vein of the magazine’s “10 Things That Make Me Happy” series. Selection is also available to view online within Amazon Home’s Holiday Gift Guide at www.amazon.com/domino.

Domino + Amazon Holiday Pop-up Shop - Domino x Amazon
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Amazon’s holiday gift guide is brought to life through an editorially-curated selection of products, bringing the best of #SOdomino into one space and available all on Amazon. In addition to a Domino curated selection, you will find influencer-curated product displays by Alison Roman, Justina Blakeney, Jonathan Adler and more in the vein of the magazine’s “10 Things That Make Me Happy” series. Selection is also available to view online within Amazon Home’s Holiday Gift Guide at www.amazon.com/domino.

Public Tours at Dia:Beacon - 9/11 Memorial
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Dia:Beacon provides guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 2 pm. Tours are free with admission. Reservations are not necessary but can be made in person at the admissions desk.

Grand Central Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2018 - New York

The 2018 Grand Central Holiday Fair will open on Monday, November 12, 2018. Please check back for vendor information and Fair hours closer to the date. In the meantime, watch our video of the 2016 Fair build out in historic Vanderbilt Hall!

New York Makers Showcases Statewide Artisans - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2018 - New York

New York Makers, the first-of-its-kind digital marketplace + magazine celebrating the makers, movers, and shakers of the Empire State, will have its inaugural shop in Grand Central Terminal this holiday season. As part of the beloved Grand Central Holiday Fair, New York Makers has specially curated a collection of high-quality, distinctive New York products created by more than 20 talented artisans from Buffalo to Westchester and everywhere in between. Holiday shoppers will have six weeks to see and shop at the Holiday Fair, beginning November 12 through December 24, 2018.

Models and Bottles Fridays ... Free on the A.C. Pass Guest List - Show
Through December 29, 2018 - New York City

Models and Bottles Fridays Text keyword SHOWNYC to 83361 for Instant RSVP and chance to win a VIP Party (FREE Admission, Bottle & More!) SHOW. NYC Nightclubs. 135 West 41st Street. Times Square. 10 pm-???(Broadway and 6th Ave) A.C. Pass List invites you to "The Original" Models and Bottles Fridays at NYCs newest premier hotspot, Show NYC! This will be the biggest Friday Night party NYC has ever seen. Top DJs, aerialists, dancers, expert mixologists, bottle service served by our #Showgirls, a true VIP experience, a sexy crowd, all in a spectacular new venue. Ask about our specials, VIP packages and Group/ Birthday specials.. World reknown DJs play open format, house music, old skool, top 40, mash-ups and more. Everyone receives complimentary admission on the “A.C. Pass List” (ladies til 12am, Gents til 12am). Ask me about special birthday (& group) packages. Call me direct @ 917.653.0768 for Table Service and more details. 21+ID. To expedite entry, get on the "A.C. Pass Guest List" please e-mail me directly, crisac@mac.com. Doors and list opens at 10 pm & all list closes at 2 am. All admission is at the discretion of the doorman. Dress fashionable please. Dress code: Ladie... (read more)

NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you’ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information: https://www.scavengerhunt.com/locations/central_park_nyc_scavenger_hunt.html

SEE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre and then continue your royal experience at The Plaza! - The Paris Theatre
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Starting December 7, those who purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre will be invited to The Plaza to continue their royal experience. With the purchase of any cocktail or evening fare at The Rose Club at The Plaza, the moviegoer will receive a uniquely regal dessert inspired by Queen Mary. How does the promotion work? Here’s what is required to receive the complimentary item at The Plaza: - Guest must purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre in New York City, NY. The theatre is located at 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. - Guest must exchange their ticket for a promotional invite at The Paris’ box office. - From December 7-December 31, 2018 -- guest must purchase a cocktail or food at The Rose Club AND present the promotional invite to their server. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.MQOSxThePlazaxTheParis.com ABOUT Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth... (read more)

SEE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre and then continue your royal experience at The Plaza! - The Paris Theatre
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Starting December 7, those who purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre will be invited to The Plaza to continue their royal experience. With the purchase of any cocktail or evening fare at The Rose Club at The Plaza, the moviegoer will receive a uniquely regal dessert inspired by Queen Mary. How does the promotion work? Here’s what is required to receive the complimentary item at The Plaza: - Guest must purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre in New York City, NY. The theatre is located at 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. - Guest must exchange their ticket for a promotional invite at The Paris’ box office. - From December 7-December 31, 2018 -- guest must purchase a cocktail or food at The Rose Club AND present the promotional invite to their server. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.MQOSxThePlazaxTheParis.com ABOUT Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth... (read more)

Owners Pop Up - Refinery Hotel
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Come and shop Owners at the Refinery Hotel this December. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am - 7pm, we are showcasing elevated fashion, beauty, and accessories all designed by female-owned brands in NYC. Owners is a highly curated multi-brand pop-up focusing on women-owners in the realm of sustainable and ethical fashion. Our brands are hand selected based on aesthetic, values, quality, and thoughtful production. We bring together a group of brands who share your values so that together we can have a larger impact. Owners offers you an approachable venue for discovering independently owned brands so that you can feel good about your dollars going directly to a small business owner.

Believe In The Wonder Of Giving - Macy's Herald Square
Through January 01, 2019 - New York

Macy's Herald Square will unveil its legendary Christmas windows on Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 pm, signaling the start of the holiday season with a ceremony filled with music, fun, sweet treats and Santaland's elves. This year's theme is "Believe In The Wonder Of Giving." The six enchanted windows will share a tale of friendship, family, adventure, and teamwork as Sunny the Snowpal works to save Christmas with the help of her friends. The windows are sure to delight generations of spectators who have grown up with the annual tradition of visiting the windows, as well as those experiencing the enchantment of a New York City Christmas for the first time.

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Liliana Porter: Other Situations - El Museo del Barrio
Through January 27, 2019 - New York

Born in Argentina in 1941, Liliana Porter, originally educated in printmaking — a discipline that deeply influenced her practice — moved to New York in 1964, where she cofounded the New York Graphic Workshop with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo. Since then, Porter has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, assemblages, video, installation and, more recently, theater. Porter's art has been exhibited in more than 35 countries in over 450 group shows, and is a part of public and private collections including El Museo del Barrio. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and Sculpture Magazine, among other publications. In 2013, the Fundación Patricia Phelps de Cisneros published the book Liliana Porter in Conversation with Inés Katzenstein as part of the Conversaciones/Conversations series. Galleries in Europe, Latin America and the United States represent the artist.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Schaulager, Basel, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over 20 years. Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to New York in October of that year, the exhibition expands upon the rich holdings of the organizing institutions. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

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