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Things to Do in Gramercy This Month - December 2018



Things to Do in Gramercy This Month Photo: Andy Rusch/Flickr 


Gramercy is one of Manhattan's smallest neighborhoods, but it's also one of the most beautiful. You'll find a nice selection of tasty eateries and independent shops in the area, as well as quite a few class New York City photo ops. City Guide will prepare you for your exploration of the area with this list of things to do in Gramercy this month.

Saturday Late Night - New York Comedy Club
December 15, 2018 - New York

Whether you?re a local or just visiting the greatest city in the world, New York City stand up comedy is a must-do activity. New York Comedy Club offers the most authentic NYC comedy experience in the city. Every show is packed with comics you know? or should! Your favorite podcast stars (Guys We Fucked, Legion of Skanks, Tuesdays With Stories), SiriusXM personalities (Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Andy Fiori, Shuli Egar), TV stars (Judah Friedlander, Rell Battle, Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino), Late Night personalities (Rory Albanese, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman), plus hot young talent about to burst onto the scene. Tonight?s show features: Lineup TBA

Smokestack Brunch: Marcos Varela Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 15, 2018 - New York

An alumnus of the Houston's High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (see: Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Beyoncé Knowles), Marcos Varela came to New York on a scholarship from New School University/Mannes School of Music. The young bassist soon found himself collaborating with a host of world?class musicians, among them Billy Harper, Helen Sung, Aaron Goldberg, and Junior Mance. He began composing for such independent films as Roots in Water, directed by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese; and Greenwich and 11th, directed by John Carlino. This performance marks Marcos Varela's Jazz Standard debut as a leader, with a top?shelf band including saxophonist Dayna Stephens and drum­mer Rudy Royston. Marcos Varela ? bass Dayna Stephens ? saxophones Glenn Zaleski ? piano Rudy Royston ? drums

Saturday Night Headliners - New York Comedy Club
December 15, 2018 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Our regulars include Judah Friedlander, Todd Barry, Andrew Schulz, Christian Finnegan, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherrod Small, Ari Shaffir, Ricky Velez, Yamaneika Saunders, Jay Oakerson, Matt Richards, Carly Aquilino, Carmen Lynch, Lenny Marcus, Mike Britt, Sarah Tollemache, Adrienne Iapalucci, Emma Willmann, James Mattern, Anthony Devito, Greg Stone, Aaron Berg, Mike Cannon, Jon Laster, Josh Gondelman, Matt Pavich, Nore Davis, Neko White, Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Wendi Starling, Nathan Macintosh, Gary Vider, Sam Morril, Joe List, Mark Normand, Subhah Agarwal, Dante Nero, Chuck Nice and more!

Saturday Night Comedy - New York Comedy Club
December 15, 2018 - New York

Whether you?re a local or just visiting the greatest city in the world, New York City stand up comedy is a must-do activity. New York Comedy Club offers the most authentic NYC comedy experience in the city. Every show is packed with comics you know? or should! Your favorite podcast stars (Guys We Fucked, Legion of Skanks, Tuesdays With Stories), SiriusXM personalities (Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Andy Fiori, Shuli Egar), TV stars (Judah Friedlander, Rell Battle, Andrew Schulz, Carly Aquilino), Late Night personalities (Rory Albanese, Mike Yard, Ricky Velez, Jena Friedman, Josh Gondelman), plus hot young talent about to burst onto the scene. Tonight?s show features: Lineup TBA

The Early Show - New York Comedy Club
December 15, 2018 - New York

It?s never too early for Comedy! Join us for the quintessential New York City Comedy experience. Our happy hour show presents a mix of citywide stars, club favorites, and fresh faces so you can kick off your evening with a lot of laughs!

Dom We Now Our Gay Apparel 2018 - Cutting Room
December 15, 2018 - New York

Dominick Pupa returns to The Cutting Room for his 4th annual holiday extravaganza, "Dom We Now Our Gay Apparel." It's the all-new 2018 edition of Dominick's hilarious take on the best and worst of the year in pop culture, along with holidays song parodies that guarantee you will never hear the Christmas classics quite the same again.

Private Yoonmi Choi Event. - Club Bonafide
December 15, 2018 - New York

Private Yoonmi Choi Event.

French Jazz & Tango Celebrating Piaf, Brel, Aznavour & Piazzolla - Club Bonafide
December 15, 2018 - New York

Celebrating Piaf, Brel, Aznavour & Piazzolla Few things are more distinctly French that the music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Charles Aznavour. These and other Gallic icons are the focus of From Paris With Love, a musical homage to the City of Lights from the duo Yael & Gabriel. Yael Dray-Barel is a French/Israeli singer/songwriter influenced by rock and gypsy jazz, and her songs often incorporate the five languages she speaks. Argentinian guitarist Gabriel Hermida infuses his compositions with the essence of classical tango, flamenco and contemporary jazz. Together, the pair will salute such timeless French songs as "La Vie en Rose," "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" and "Hymne a L'Amour, along with work from Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, at Club Bonafide in New York City

Pirai Vaca - Club Bonafide
December 15, 2018 - New York

Piraí Vaca is one of the most well known Bolivian artists, having played on stages across four continents. Due to the intensity of his playing, his technique and his carisma, he is considered by the international press to be one of the most admired Latin American guitarists. In the Washington Post, the following comment appeared: "? he made an impact on the audience with his musicality and control?" The German newspaper, Rhein Zeitung, wrote: "? and without any fear of exaggeration, we can say that with Piraí Vaca at the Mosel Music Festival one of the most outstanding guitarists in the world ?"; and, recently, the Rheinische Post, another German newspaper, had this to say: "? technically brilliant, but how does one define the guitarist? Difficult, because this man demonstrates concentrated emotion, he combines musicality with spirituality, spirituality with virtuosity and profoundness with superficiality?modest and simple but full of self-confidence ?".

Latin,Flamenco & Rumba: Musical Salute To THE GIPSY KINGS Feat. LOS CINTRON - Club Bonafide
December 15, 2018 - New York

Just as good as importing the Gipsy Kings themselves, Los Cintron is the real deal. Popular around the world, the Cintron brothers play a mix of world, Latin, and flamenco music. They have performed with a host of notable artists, including Gazpacho Andalu, Duende Camaron, and Barbara Martinez. They've also played in front of just about every type of audience imaginable, including the Metroplitan Opera in Carmen at Lincoln Center. The guitars, vocals, and melodies of Los Cintron will transport you directly to Spain. Both Christobal and Rafael Cintron showed musical promise at an early age and were encouraged to sing by their mother Maria Teresa Lugana Santos. Natives of Spain, they arrived in the U.S. at an early age and have been living both here and abroad for the last 30 years. Their music is expansive, they sing with the souls of gypsies, and they will enchant you with their rhythms. Whatever the occasion, these brothers will enchant, charm, and seduce their audiences to no end.

24 Hour Musical with Tuff Boys - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

One day. One story. One killer musical. Tuff Boys write, stage, and perform an entire musical in just 24 hours based on the life of someone in the audience. Which means this musical could be about you.

Watson Adventures? Escape From Grand Central Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 15, 2018 - New York

Congratulations: You?ve been poisoned! That?s the bad news at the start of this scavenger hunt for adults in Grand Central Station. The good news is that the evil genius who did this is giving you two hours to come up with the combination to a box that contains the antidote. To find it, you?ll have to follow a trail of clues to answer tricky questions, tackle sneaky puzzles and ultimately crack the secret code that will unlock the box. Does your team have what it takes to unlock the box and escape Grand Central? Your life may depend on it. A smartphone is required for each team to participate on this hunt. Advance ticket purchase required.

Level 1 Grad Show |Shulman - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Tonight our brilliant students will share their talent and dedication to showcase what they have learned in class.

Utterly Average - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Utterly Average, the average comedy about two average girls is coming to you live! Please rate our show as "fine."

The Foolhardy Manor - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

The Foolhardy Manor returns to the Peoples Improv Theater on December 15 for their 10th Anniversary show! Join Chris Aurilio, Phil Casale, Gary DeNoia, Anik Sood, and Manoli Vozos for this special performance of original sketches and videos in the Striker Theater. Tickets on sale now.

The Foolhardy Grad Show | Improv Master Class | Griggsmanor - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Graduates of the PIT Improv Masterclass take the stage!

Laugh Actually - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Fifteen years ago, Richard Curtis blessed the world with the greatest romantic comedy of all time. Laugh Actually takes a look back on the movie Love Actually, answering the question "is love actually still all around" in the year 2018? Written and Directed by Kristin Nalivaika.

Group Kid - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Group Kid Presents: Hot Date at the Soda Fountain "Group Kid" resorbs comedy people like the adorable, tentacled fetus monster that it is. Our collective is constantly ingesting writers and actors to spew out themed sketch shows that are dark, silly, and heart pumping. We're like that Goosebumps book The Blob That Ate Everyone. We're gross, we're on a fifth grade reading level, and we're constantly absorbing fresh humans and churning out wild shit. Group Kid. Grim as hell. Silly as fuck. Group Kid, in coordination with Hackman's Cigarettes, invites you to skip on down to The PIT for their newest show "Hot Date at the Soda Fountain." That's right, we're servin' up some hot new sketch comedy 50's-style, Jack! And it's sure to be a razzlin' dazzlin', twistin' and pukin' good time. Think 'Leave it to Beaver' on mushrooms. Think 'Grease' if everyone had a concussion. Think 'I Love Lucy' if Lucy had drugged Ricky so she could run off with Ethel to become lesbian bank robbers. You get the idea. Bring your best guy or gal and hop on over! Head Writer: Jon Comulada Director: Matt Prigge Producers: Matt Kenny & Marc Hecht Video Producer: Mike Mitchell Written & Perfor... (read more)

90's Night - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Your favorite decade just got it's own show! Take a trip back to the 90's with fully costumed, improvised episodes of Saved by the Bell AND Power Rangers! Whether it's Morphin' TIme or Time Out we got you covered!

Forever: Improv Inspired by Nyt Wedding Announcements - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

FOREVER is an improv comedy show inspired by New York Times wedding announcements. You pick a wedding announcement, we make up a funny show.

Wed Heads - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

Stand Up Comedians will comepete for stage time in a gameshow with immigration marriage interview questions pertaining to Non and Harrison's marriage.

The Moth (Balls): Stand-Up in the Attic - The Peoples Improv Theater
December 15, 2018 - New York

More stand-up, less storytelling, and a fair amount of dick jokes.

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!

The Winner - Japan Society
Through December 16, 2018 - Midtown East

Eikichi, a nightclub owner and former boxer with unrealized dreams of being a prizefighter, picks up a talented but wildly undisciplined amateur fighter (Yujiro Ishihara) and decides to mold him into a champion. When a beautiful, destitute ballerina also comes under Eikichi's tutelage, however, romantic entanglements and jealousies threaten to undo his vicarious triumph in the ring. A box office success upon release, The Winner proved to Inoue's satisfaction that Ishihara could carry a film (though his studio bosses needed more convincing). It also established the action-with-musical-interludes template for dozens of Nikkatsu films to come. 1957, 98 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Umetsugu Inoue. With Yujiro Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Yoko Minamida, Tatsuya Mihashi.

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)

Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing Featuring Chico Pinheiro and Scott Colley - Jazz Standard
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

The GRAMMY?nominated singer and songwriter Luciana Souza returns to Jazz Standard to celebrate The Book Of Longing, a new album exploring the Brazilian musical mood known as saudade. The title is taken from Leonard Cohen's 2006 book of poetry, and Souza has adapted four Cohen poems for her album, including "Nightingale" for the track "Night Song." "The supporting instrumentation here has ele­gant simplicity. It's Souza's own light percussion with Scott Colley's bass and Chico Pinheiro's guitar, musicians who understand how to cushion a lyric's starkness or structure a song's flow. But the key to this album is Souza's impressionistic composing for emotional effect?The Book Of Longing's closing mes­sage is that longing doesn't have to overwhelm us. And with Souza's delicate touch, it doesn't. This is the most graceful album yet from a songwriter who knows how to make rare and common sentiments into music of deep feeling." (Michelle Mercer, NPR, 8.29.2018) Luciana Souza ? voice, percussion Scott Colley ? bass Chico Pinheiro ? guitar

The Practice of Change - Japan Society
December 19, 2018 - New York

From climate change to diseases to societal inequity, the challenges facing humanity today can only be solved by a paradigm shift. While considerable progress has been made solving these pressing problems through the current tools and methods, we have put little regard into the long-term negative effects and thus created a set of new, interconnected, and complex problems. Joi Ito argues that solving these problems will require bringing about a fundamental change in practice or thinking by using the Internet and advances in science and technology. In this program, Joi shares his insights into the new theories and methods to tackle these problems, and explores real-world examples of implementing change. Speaker: Joi Ito - Director, MIT Media Lab. Agenda: 12-12:30 PM Registration & Reception 12:30-1 PM Luncheon 1-2 PM Lecture and Q&A Admission: Non-Corporate members: $65 lunch & lecture/$20 lecture only Japan Society Corporate Members: Free, up to designated number of tickets; additional tickets $45 lunch & lecture/$15 lecture only Japan Society Individual Members at Patron Circle level and above: $45 lunch & lecture/$15 lecture only Academic and government: $35 lun... (read more)

A City Singing at Christmas - St. Patrick's Cathedral
December 20, 2018 - New York

The Young People?s Chorus of New York City returns to St. Patrick?s Cathedral, where they will join the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale directed by Edward Norris, the Cathedral Choir under the direction of St. Patrick?s Director of Music Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this cherished and much-anticipated celebration of Christmas. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and entire congregation raising their voices together to sing Silent Night by candlelight. Come early for best seats!

39th Annual A City Singing At Christmas - St. Patrick's Cathedral
December 20, 2018 - New York

The Young People's Chorus of New York City returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where they will join the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale directed by Edward Norris, the Cathedral Choir under the direction of St. Patrick's Director of Music Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this cherished and much-anticipated celebration of Christmas. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and entire congregation raising their voices together to sing Silent Night by candle light. Young People's Chorus of New York St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director Glen Cove High School Select Chorale Edward Norris, Director The Cathedral Organs New York Symphonic Brass

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.

A Concert to Usher in the New Year - St Bartholomew's Church
December 31, 2018 - New York

Hear St. Bartholomew's grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with 168 stops and over 12,000 pipes, plus its recently restored Celestial division in St. Bart's celebrated dome, one of New York's greatest musical treasures. Festive works from the thrilling corpus of organ literature will be heard, all to magnify the evening's celebration. A free champagne reception will follow the concert.

New Year's Eve with Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
December 31, 2018 - New York

There will be no better way to ring in and swing in the New Year than with the Grammy Award Winning Mingus Big Band at Jazz Standard ? make your reservations now! "The most distant supernova in the sky was named 'Mingus' in 2013. Intimates of Charles Mingus, the late American composer, probably agreed that an exploding star fitted this unpredictable and passionate musical visionary's character pretty well. Since his death in 1979, Mingus alumni and younger recruits have continued to play his vast rep­ertoire, a body of work comparable in scope and invention to Duke Ellington's." (John Fordham, The Guardian, 1.26.2016) Monday 12/31 @ 7:30pm $150 (includes three course meal from special NYE menu) Monday 12/31 @ 10:30pm $225 (includes three course meal from special NYE menu and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight) *Please note that for New Year's Eve shows guests must purchase a ticket in advance through Jazz Standard website / Ticketweb only. Walk ups are not accepted.* Alex Sipiagin, Alex Norris, Jack Walrath ? trumpet Alex Foster, Brandon Wright, Wayne Escoffery, Abraham Burton, Lauren Sevian ? saxophone Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Earl McIntyre ? trombone D... (read more)

New Year's Eve Party with The Barnstorm - Hill Country Barbecue
December 31, 2018 - New York

THE BARNSTORM: We are no heroes, people. We're a party band...America's Party Band. We play music that, with a little help of the good stuff, people love to dance to. If you need brain surgery, go to a brain surgeon. If you need to let loose and have a good time, come to us. For nearly a decade, The Barnstorm has been performing its own brand of "good time party rock music" at weddings, corporate events, outdoor festivals - you name it... From southern honky-tonks to swanky cocktail lounges - we've rocked them all. Based in New York City, The Barnstorm plays 100+ shows all over the world each year, with one mission - to BRING THE PARTY!