Battery Park City Neighbors and Parents Association
free for senior citizens Free shopping trips to Pathmark for Senior Citizens every Thurs. There are two van pick-up spots at 8:45am on River Terrace across from Pan Latin and at 9am on South End Ave. & Rector Place. The van leaves Pathmark at 11am for the return trip to BPC. Sponsored by BPCNPA and the Downtown Alliance. For reservations, please contact Ella Reape at 212-945-2197.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor 212-619-4785
Chinatown Walking Tour Discover the history and experience the energy of one of New York Citys oldest neighborhoods. Get an inside look at what life was like and is currently like in the area as Museum docents with personal or family roots guide you around the neighborhoods historic streets. Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1-2:30pm. $12 adults, $8 members, $6 students & seniors, Kids 5 and under are free. Reservations required.
Chinatown Eateries The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered to the needs of Chinatowns turn-of-the-century bachelor society. Over time, however, the restaurants changed to reflect the neighborhoods immigrant populations and needs. This walking tour will trace the ways in which these eateries have both reflected and shaped the community. Sat., Dec. 10 from 1-2:30pm. $12; $8 members; $6 students/seniors; Free for kids 5 and under. Reservations required.
Church Street School of Music and Art
74 Warren St. 212-571-7290
Drama Workshop Free workshops will be lead by a group of experienced drama therapists and professional artists. Groups available for ages 7-11, 12-15, as well as adults. Continues thru May. Free.
Deutsche Bank Building
60 Wall Street, Atrium
HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR New York Creates, a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, is hosting its second annual Holiday Crafts Fair featuring 24 local craft and folk artists and artisans. The fair will be held from 12-6pm weekdays, Tues., Dec. 12 -Thurs., Dec. 22. For more information, visit www.nyfa.org/newyorkcreates.
121 Fulton Street 212-791-5014 www.elevationyoga.com
Hip Hop/Street Jazz Lesson with Kordelia every Wednesday from 7:30-8:45pm. $15.
Tone, Stretch & Relax Lesson with Kordelia every Tuesday & Thursday from 1:15-2pm. Bring a towel. $10.
The Hallmark of Battery Park City Retirement Community
455 North End Avenue 917-522-1318
caregiver support group Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 6:30 - 8:15pm. Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.
League for the Hard of Hearing
50 Broadway, 6th Floor 917-305-7766
Free Hearing Screenings Every Tues. from 12-2pm and every Thursday from 4-6pm. Call to make an appointment.
South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets www.southstseaport.org
New York Packet South Street Seaport Museum's official maritime music group sings the songs that made the tall ships sail on time. Sun., Dec. 4 at 3pm. $5 adults, $2 kids. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. 212-748-8735.
Book Talk Come for the monthly New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series event, curated and produced by Jim Freund. Tues., Dec. 6 at 7 pm. $5 suggested donation. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet. Fulton & Beekman. 212-748-8735.
Breakers & Boneyards: Scrapping the Liners Documentary "On the Road to Alang." Wed., Dec. 7 at 6-8pm. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street.. Call 212-748-8766 for reservations.
Free Fridays Tis The Season: Fri., Dec. 16. from 6-9pm: Come for a cup of warm cider and a candle-making workshop. At 6 & 7pm, enjoy the Seaports world famous singing Christmas tree. Step outside and enjoy a 45-minute a capella performance by the Big Apple Chorus, presented by the South Street Seaport Marketplace. At 7pm, A rum tasting and book talk with Ian William discussing Rum: A Social and Sociable History of 1776. Donations of canned goods are welcome to be given to a local food bank.
Synagogue for the Arts Gallery Space
49 White Street 212-966-7141
Gestural abstraction Exhibition highlights the works of 6 artists from a variety of backgrounds. Large vibrant paintings reveal a strong sense of compositional integrity within the picture plane and incorporate the energy of spontaneous gesture and process, aesthetic values that are deeply rooted in the history of Western and Eastern painting. Continues thru Dec. 11.
Tuesday Evening Hour
49 Fulton St. 212-385-3650
A Tale of Two Cities Join New York City photographer and world traveler Tim Sutherland for a slide show lecture on New York and Sidney. Tues., Nov. 29 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
In the Wake of the bounty Join Laurie Campbell who has traveled to 136 nations for a slide show lecture on Robinson Crusoe, Easter Island, Pitcairn and Tahiti. Tues., Dec. 6 at 6:30pm. $2 donation.
132 Perry Street www. yamunastudio.com 212-633-2143
Free Dancers Workshop Yamuna Body Rolling helps heal and prevent injuries. With small balls specially designed by Yamuna Zake, you can roll out every muscle group and free your bodys restrictions. You will elongate your individual muscles, increase your flexibility and help keep your body properly aligned. Workshop is offered the third Saturday of the month to professional dancers from 4-6pm. Please RSVP the Friday before and present proper identification.
Wall Street Rising
Downtown Information Center, 25 Broad St.
Toys for Tots It's time for Wall Street Rising's third annual holiday toy drive at the Downtown Information Center. They are collecting new, unwrapped toys for The United States Marine Corps, who will distribute them to needy children in the New York City community.
291 Church Street 212-431-5270
It Could be Disinformation Exploring the complex relationship between mass media and global corporate culture, artists use the strategies of grassroots activism to demand freedom of information rights and bring forward what is being omitted. Thru Nov. 26.
Where is Cezary Street Exhibition examines mechanical reproduction and seemingly analogue approaches to art-making in our contemporary digital world. Nov. 30 - Jan. 7.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
70 Mulberry St., 2nd floor
Archivist of the Yellow Peril A seminal collection of Americana that both demonizes and humanizes the Asian American community. Thru Dec. 31.
176 Franklin St., bet. Greenwich & Hudson Sts., 212-965-0263
10th Anniversary Show Featuring recent work from the artists who have combined to make DFN one of the most respected contemporary art galleries featuring representational painting and drawing. Thru Dec. 10.
Gallery Viet Nam
345 Greenwich St. 212-431-8889
Walls & Conversations Paintings reflect the people of Viet Nam - their past, present and visions into the future.
59 Franklin Street 212-226-6762
Drift A collaboration between Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and visual artist Leah Singer. This exhibition features a one-hour installation version of Drift, an immersive sonic/visual environment consisting of music, sounds and texts by Ranaldo in response to Singers dual projection 16mm analytical film system. The exhibition also includes collaborative and individual works on paper, film and sound works. Continues thru Jan. 14.
Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green 212-514-3700 www.americanindian.si.edu
Native American Ceramics The exhibition, Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian, features 300 ancient, historical and contemporary ceramic figures, vessels and pipes, as well as voices from contemporary Native potters commenting on the cultural and artistic relationship they each have with their medium.
gallery discussion Every Mon. - Fri. come for an informal gallery discussion with one of the museums cultural interpreters. Rotunda, 2nd floor. 2pm.
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
Jewish Life Photography In Bukharan Odyssey, photographer Zion Ozeri presents his body of work depicting Jewish life around the world. Thru March 12.
275 Church Street, 3rd Floor (between Franklin & White Sts.) 212-925-8270
Dream House: Seven + Eight Years Of Sound And Light Composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela produce a collaborative sound and light environment utilizing concepts of structural symmetry. Thursdays and Saturdays from 2pm until midnight. $4 contribution.
New York Downtown Hospital
170 William St., Main Lobby
WINDOW COLLECTION II Recent work created for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency Program by Pamela Lawton. Continues thru Jan. 12.
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place 212-945-6324 www.skyscraper.org
Favorites 100 experts pick their top 10 New York Towers. Number 1 is the Chrysler Building. Admission $5, $2.50 students & seniors.
Synagogue for the Arts
49 White Street 212-966-7141
Gestural Abstraction Large vibrant paintings, created by 6 distinctive individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds, reveal a strong sense of compositional integrity within the picture plane and incorporate the energy of spontaneous gesture and process, aesthetic values that are deeply rooted in the history of Western and Eastern painting. Continues thru Dec. 11.
5 Harrison St. 212-566-7030
Japanese Basket Art Exhibition features contemporary Japanese basket art from the collection of Robert and Mary Coffland. Continues thru Dec. 3.
Tribeca Gallery Association
Second wednesday nights The galleries of the Tribeca Gallery Association will offer an open gallery night on Wed., Dec. 14 from 6-8pm. Participating galleries include: Art in General, 79 Walker St; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts,13 Jay St; DFN Gallery, 176 Franklin St; Franklin 54 Gallery, 54-56 Franklin St; Gigantic Art Space, 59 Franklin St; Latin Collector, 153 Hudson St; MELA Foundation, 275 Church St; and Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 86 Walker St.
The World Financial Center
Homeland Security Garden A public art installation by Korean-born conceptual artist Chang-Jin Lee investigating the complex issues of safety, security and personal freedom in the post 9/11 world. For most of the year, the artist has worked with 200 participants who have donated mundane items relating to their personal notion of safety. Artworks have been created from the objects and will be displayed on pedestals arranged like a 19th-century garden maze. Winter Garden.
134 Reade Street 212-941-9401
jazz brunch Join The Tony DiGregorio Trio as they perform original compositions and the music of Duke, Django, Monk, Mulligan and more. No Cover. No Minimum. Every Sunday from 1- 4pm.
live jazz The jazz group Rifftide, with Bryant DuPre and Roman Ivanoff, performs each Monday from 7 -10 pm. No cover.
20 Greene Street bet. Canal & Grand Sts. 212-219-8242 www.roulette.org
Roulette An evening of avant-cabaret featuring new works, rarely heard works and works in progress by Amy X Neuburg for voice, electronics and percussion. Sat., Dec. 10 at 8:30pm. $12.
74 leonard st www.knittingfactory.com 212-219-3006
Upcoming Shows Nov. 26: Malkin Music Presents Braddigan & The Scott Harris Project. Nov. 27: Cave-In. Nov. 28: It Dies Today, Sinai Beach, Still Remains, Bullet for My Valentine, & Jacknife. Nov. 30: Lady Sovereign & Ghislain Poirier. Dec. 1: Mark Gardener.
St. Pauls Chapel
Broadway & Fulton St. 212-602-0747
Concerts at One Pianist Karine Poghosyan will perform Schuberts Sonata in A minor, Debussys Estampes and Igor Stravinskys Trois movements de Petrouchka. Mon., Nov. 28 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
Tribeca Spiritual Center
The Hallmark Residence, North End Avenue and Chambers Street
Season of Lights Tiny Modise, cast member of the off-Broadway musical hit Drumstruck, will perform and speak about how she celebrates Christmas in South Africa. An Israeli Interfaith minister will lead an observance of Hanukkah. Sun., Dec. 18 at 11am.
Broadway & Wall Street
Concerts at One Downtown Music Productions and the Downtown Chamber and Opera Players will present highlights from the Benson AIDS Series. Thurs., Dec. 1 at 1pm. $2 suggested donation.
World Financial Center
Winter Garden, West Street bet. Vesey & Liberty Sts 212-945-0505 For information, call 212-904-1330
Festival of Light and Sound A free, 6-week long annual celebration of the holiday season running Nov. 29 - Jan. 7. Opens with a lighting ceremony and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing a program of holiday music for all faiths on Tues., Nov. 29 at 6:30pm. On Wed., Dec. 7 at 12:30pm, David Parker and The Bang Group will perform a vaudevillian take on the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker, with American swing, jazz and vernacular arrangements of the original score. Santa will visit Dec. 17-20.
2006 New York Guitar Festival Non-professional guitar players will compete playing any song from Bruce Springsteens 1982 Nebraska. First round of the contest is Thurs., Dec. 1 at The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St., 7pm. Back-up musicians permitted. Five finalists will perform at the Winter Garden on Fri., Jan. 13 at 12:30pm. The following night is the opening of the 2006 New York Guitar Festival dedicated to Springsteens Nebraska featuring many nationally-known singer-songwriters, bands and instrumentalists. $500 first prize.
the accidentals, The award-winning a cappella group will perform favorite holiday carols while strolling through the Winter Garden. Dec. 5, 8, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 23 at midday.
New Orleans: Christmas The Big Easy hits the Big Apple with performances celebrating the unwavering spirit and rich culture of New Orleans. Fri., Dec. 9 at 12:30pm and Sat., Dec. 10 at 7pm. Donations will be collected for the Southern Arts Federation to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Metropolitan Klezmer Performing vibrant versions of Hanukkah songs, folk, swing, tango and songs from vintage Yiddish films, Metropolitan Klezmer brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from around the world. Sun., Dec. 11 & Wed., Dec. 28 at 12:30pm. Winter Garden.
The Culture Project
45 Bleecker www.theatermania.com 212-352-3101
The Revengers Tragedy Written just a few years after Hamlet, this is a pastiche of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Set in a corrupt and mythical Venice, Vindice vows revenge on the salacious Duke who murdered his fiancee. This sets off a chain reaction of vengeance exposing the courts outrageous indulgences and government hypocrisy. Previews begin Sat., Nov. 26. Opens Mon., Nov. 28 and continues thru Dec. 18. $15.
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts 3 Spruce Street 212-202-0657
Teahouse Chinas most prestigious theater company, Beijing Peoples Art Theatre, will perform in its New York debut with a pioneer social drama that traces progressively chaotic historical events, from the end of the Qing dynasty to post-Liberation times through a Beijing teahouse and its patrons. Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles and translation available. Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 1 at 8pm. $40-100.
The Red Room
85 E. 4th Street 212-868-4444
The Eight Reindeer Monologues A Christmas comedy for consenting adults only. Santa himself is at the top of the naughty list this year and you wont believe what his 8 most trusted reindeer have to say. Fri. & Sat., 25, 26 & Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 10:30pm. $15, $10 students & seniors.
Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. 212-254-1109
Bread and Puppet Theater Two shows, one for kids of all ages and one for adults. National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment will show for adults Dec. 8-11, 14-18, 21-23 at 8pm. Cardboard Celebration Circus will show for kids Dec. 10-11, 17-18 at 3pm. A passion play for adults, a circus for kids and the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. $12.
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