The Santacon Warning Edition
There is not a universal warning buzzer or bell for Santacon - perhaps there should be. Signs that the annual Santacon is here: people dressed in red, or ugly Christmas sweaters, staggering through Midtown, arguing with bouncers, hats askew. Santacon is for a good cause - the Food Bank for New York City - but beware. No urban dweller would set foot in the middle of the Merry mayhem. Here are some alternatives:
St. Nicholas Cookie Walk: Take a walk” around tables laden with cookies and hand-pick your favorites to fill an empty box. St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church, 9 December.
2017 Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Extravaganza: Feed your annual holiday spirit addiction with a guided trip to Dyker Heights. Brooklyn, 10 & 16 December.
The Brooklyn Nutcracker: A reimagined holiday classic, combines ballet, hip-hop and world dance genres that reflect Brooklyn's cultural diversity. Irondale Center, through 16 December.
Origami Holiday Tree: An annual tradition, the tree is decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the permanent halls and current exhibitions. Museum of Natural History, through 7 January.
Charlie Brown Christmas Live: Pig Brooch Inc. will perform the Charlie Brown Christmas Special accompanied by a jazz trio. Littlefield, 16-17 December.
Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show: Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks. New York Botanic Garden, through 15 January.
Grand Central Holiday Train Show: Departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole, this exhibition showcases vintage subway train sets. Transit Museum Grand Central Gallery Annex, through 4 February.
Secret Holiday Subway Line: The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from 1932 to 1977, features ceiling fans and padded seats. Second Avenue to Queens Plaza, Sundays through 24 December.
The Nutcracker: All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students from the School of American Ballet join forces for this classic. David H. Koch Theater, through 31 December.
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Launch of Brunch Is Hell: Public radio hosts Brandan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano of NPR’s Dinner Party Download share their secret to a social revolution: dinner parties. Books Are Magic, 7 December.
A literary evening – Eileen Myles, Masha Gessen, Anna Halberstadt: Featuring Myles reading poetry in English with the Russian translation by the poet and translator Anna Halberstadt. Masha Gessen, will facilitate. Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, 8 December.
Nerd Nite: The three funny-yet-clever presentations will discuss the loves and life of Jim Henson, becoming Batman, and music videos from the 1980s. Littlefield, 8 December.
Underground Manhattan, The History of the Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City with transit expert and guide Gary Dennis, Municipal Building (Right Side of Colonnade, Top of Stairs to Subway), 9 December.
Behind-the-Scenes @ Lyndhurst Mansion, Jay Gould Estate: Explore one of the most lavish Gothic Revival mansions of the Hudson River Valley in a way no others have before. Lyndhurst Welcome Center, Tarrytown, 10 December.
PEN Out Loud – Reclaiming Our Time: Join PEN America for a feminist retrospective of the year featuring Min Jin Lee, whose historical novel Pachinko is also a 2017 National Book Award finalist. Strand Bookstore, 11 December.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Rules): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 12 December.
Atlas Obscura Live – The Holidays: The live variety show based around the festive shows of celebration and jubilation. Union Hall, Brooklyn, 14 December.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Silver Linings): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 21 December.
New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden):
v. New Jersey Devils, 9 December, 7pm
v. Dallas Stars, 11 December, 7pm
v. Los Angeles Kings, 15 December, 7pm
v. Anaheim Ducks, 19 December, 7pm
v. Toronto Maple Leafs, 23 December, 7pm
v. Washington Capitals, 27 December, 7pm
Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center):
v. Washington Wizards, 12 December, 7:30pm
v. New York Knicks, 14 December, 7:30pm
v. Indiana Pacers, 17 December, 6pm
v. Sacramento Kings, 20 December, 7:30pm
v. Washington Wizards, 22 December, 7:30pm
A Regular Little Houdini: A tenacious young dockworker's son, smitten by Harry Houdini’s amazements, dreams of a life of magic to “escape” a suffocating, impoverished future 59E59 Theater, 12-31 December.
Farmhouse/Whorehouse: Inspired by grandparents who lived on a small farm across the road from the Chicken Ranch (the “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”), a play about the American myth of rural utopia. BAM Fisher, 12-16 December.
The Children: In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life, until an old friend turns up at their door. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, through 4 February.
Cross that River: The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, one of America's first Black Cowboys. 59E59 Theater, through 31 December.
A Room in India (Une chambre et Inde): A performance of Terukkuttu – a traditional form of theater practiced in South India - touching on global pressing issues. Park Avenue Armory, through 20 December.
Cross that River: The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, 59E59 Theater, through 31 December.
Farinelli and the King: Based on the true story of Philippe V, a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness. Belasco Theatre, 5 December through 25 March.
Pride and Prejudice: Acclaimed writer Kate Hamill will debut her version of Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice. Why are you looking at us like that? Cherry Lane Theatre, through 16 December.
Describe the Night: Over 90 years, this play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories. Atlantic Theatre Company, through 24 December.
La Bohème: The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Metropolitan Opera, through 10 March.
Dorrance Dance: MacArthur Award-winning tap dancer Michelle Dorrance leads a company performing Until The Real Thing Comes Along (a letter to ourselves) set to the music of Fat Wallers. The Joyce, 19-31 December.
Debi Cornwall, Welcome to Camp America: A vivid and disorienting probe into the U.S. Naval Station on Cuba known as “Gitmo,” the exhibition presents 29 large–scale color photographs. Steven Kasher Gallery, through 22 December.
Dawn Mellor, Sirens: A new body of paintings, each depicting a British actress portraying a police officer. Team Gallery, through 23 December.
Opening Weekend, Whiteout: Erwin Redl’s modern art installation Whiteout takes over a section of Madison Square Park with hundreds of transparent white spheres embedded with LED lights. Madison Square Park, through 25 March.
The Long Run: The Long Run provides a view that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation and countless hours in the studio. Featuring the work of Jasper Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richter and Frank Stella. MoMA, through 2018.
Stephen Shore Retrospective: By capturing the mundane aspects of American popular culture in straightforward images, has worked with many forms of photography, switching from cheap automatic cameras to of digital photography and social media. MoMA, through May 2018, $25.
Rene Magritte, the Photographs: The photographs and films of René Magritte reveal how he used these tools to experiment with his ideas Bruce Silverstein, through 27 January.
Laura Owens: Owens' early canvases upended the traditions of painterly abstraction by incorporating goofy personal allusions, doodling and common craft materials. Whitney, through 4 February.
Yayoi Kusama: Two new exhibitions will feature 66 paintings from Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series. David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and 34 East 69th Street, through 16 December.
David Hockney: For nearly 60 years, David Hockney (British, born 1937) has pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. The Met, though 25 February.
Call Me by Your Name: It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Oliver, a charming American scholar, discovers Elio and the heady beauty of awakening desire. City Cinema, Paris Theatre, Midtown.
I, Tonya: Based on the unbelievable, but true events, the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Angelika, West Village.
Foxtrot: Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials announce the death of their son Jonathan and Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger that rivals the military experiences of his son. Quad Cinema, West Village.
And the Winner Isn’t: Geoffrey Moore, the son of Sir Roger Moore, has written and recorded a song to raise money for UNICEF. A documentary about getting celebrities to take part in a video and what it takes to win an award. Cinema Village, East Village.
Quest: Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, parents Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a “Ma Quest” Rainey raise a family while navigating the poverty and strife that grips their neighborhood. Quad Cinema, West Village.
Bombshell – The Hedy Lamarr Story: Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. IFC Center, West Village.
The Other Side of Hope: Displaced Syrian Khaled lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged salesman Wikström has seafood restaurant when the paths of the two men cross. Film Society of Lincoln Center, Upper West Side.
Shadowman: In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a specter who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan. Quad Cinema, West Village.
Darkest Hour: The latest Chruchill movie shows Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman confronting the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler or rally the nation. Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side.
Wonder Wheel: The latest from Woody Allen is the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, Upper West Side.
The Shape of Water: In the high-security government laboratory where she works, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Her is changed forever when she discovers a classified experiment. Angelika, West Village.
Naples ’44: Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, one of the first on-scene in post-World War II Naples. Film Fourm, West Village.
The Square: Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum; his next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism. IFC Center, West Village.