25 Ways to End the Year
|Thank you for helping us reach our MUG 25 goal. That means when you hear from us next, on January 3, we'll be kicking off our 25th year! In the meantime, 25 Ways to End the Year. Happy Holidays.
1) Time travel at the Museum of the City of New York's New York At Its Core: 400 Years of NYC History.
2) Surrender to the daffy pleasures of the The Trocks at the Joyce. [Photo: Zoran Jelenic]
3) Brace yourself for the dramatic fireworks between Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in The Present, an adaptation of Chekhov's Platonov.
3) Celebrate the new year with actual fireworks over Prospect Park, which marks its 150 birthday in 2017.
4) Binge watch The Crown and marvel at the performances—especially Claire Foy's sympathetic, layered portrayal of QE2 and John Lithgow's uncanny inhabitation of Churchill.
5) Get at least two food groups (sugar and alcohol) in the festive eggnog bonbon from Stick With Me Sweets.
6) Enjoy the new tradition of Dar Williams playing The Bell House just after Christmas.
7) Marvel at the artist's eye, in this case belonging to Edward Burtynsky, to recognize the beauty of the salt pans in Gujarat's salt marsh. At Howard Greenberg.
8) Join the electric conversations that are enrobed in Kerry James Marshall's remarkable paintings, at The Met Breuer retrospective.
9) Laugh at a comedy from Germany? Stranger things have happened, but not many. Toni Erdmann, a film that surprises in many ways, opens Christmas day.
10) Walk with The Big Onion's 26th Annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side Tour.
11) Stroll through the Pixel Forest of Pipilotti Rist at the New Museum.
12) Read the phenomenal reporting and writing of Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
14) Settle in for the five-hour Japanese comedy Happy Hour at the Museum of the Moving Image, which the New Yorker described as "extraordinary both in its artistry and in its dimensions."
15) Introduce a youngster to The Nutcracker.
16) Eat at Olmsted, which cast a spell on just about everyone this year.
17) Warm up with one of Keens' stash of 200 or so Single Malts.
18) Pay a visit to The Band's Visit at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show has been extended through January 8.
19) Feel the love, the Darlene Love, at B.B. King
20) Tune into WFMU on Thursday, December 22 at noon for The Imaginary Radio Christmas Show.
22) Wonder at the NY Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show.
23) Hoist a glass of Avec les bons Voeux de la brasserie Dupont.
24) Alternatively, start the year with a healthy run.
25) Listen to two band members of Flyte sing after dinner, a perfectly harmonized, sweetly melancholic version of River by Joni Mitchell, especially poignant after this year of woe.
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri 8pm-midnight: holiday night at the museum: moma ps1 (lic) opens its doors for after-hours viewing of its exhibitions, an immersive snow globe, and spiked hot chocolate. food and drinks will be available for purchase. $15.
sat 12pm: sing thru the streets at the west village chorale's 42nd annual caroling walk, beginning and ending at judson memorial church. free (donations accepted).
sun 10:05am-4:44pm (ends today): catch a ride back in time on vintage subway cars that ran from the 1930s to the 1970s. while prices of this mta annual holiday tradition aren't rolled back as well, they will still only cost you the price of a regular train ride.
sun 12-2pm: roll in the (baked) dough of more than 25 amatuer bakers at the annual brooklyn cookie takedown and vote for your favorites. royal palms shuffleboard club (gowanus), $20.
sun 3pm music, 4pm show: listen to the 105th annual reading of 'a visit from saint nicholas' ('twas the night before christmas) followed by a lantern procession and wreath laying at the tomb of author clement c. moore and a reception. the church of the intercession (harlem), free.
sun 5:45pm: enjoy the ambience of unsilent night, the 25th annual 45-minute walking sonic soundscape through the village. bring a boombox, smartphone with portable speakers, or homemade sound rig and meet at the washington square park arch. free.
thru sun: pet super adoption: find a furry friend in time for the holidays when over 25 shelters and rescue groups bring hundreds of dogs and cats seeking loving homes to the metropolitan pavilion (chelsea). free admission, adoption fees start at $25.