25 Ways to End the Year
Walking Off the Big Apple
|1) See Pina, about the late choreographer Pina Bausch, in 3D at BAM.
2) Warm up with one of Keens' stash of 200 or so Single Malt Scotches.
3) Meditation and music at Tibet House, 12/22.
4) Tune into WFMU this Thursday, 9pm, for Music to Spazz By Xmas Fiasco. The promise: "hall-wreckin', eggnog-soakin', chimney-slidin', rock & roll Xmas songs that don't suck!"
5) Can you hum a fugue of which you've heard the music's din afore, and whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore? The Pirates of Penzance is at Symphony Space from 12/28-1/1.
6) The Big Onion gives its 21st annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side Tours.
7) Experience the LuTinkin alchemy of Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, thru 1/13 on Broadway.
8) Making resolutions? Consider reading Wheat Belly, by cardiologist William Davis. You'll never look at a bagel the same way again.
9) Catch up on Downton Abbey before the arrival of the second season on PBS, 1/8.
10) Learn the secrets of the Great NY Steakhouse so you can try it at home. 12/23 or 12/30 at the Institute of Culinary Education.
11) We're in the minority, no doubt about it, but we love Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor. The two-part finale is tonight and tomorrow. Melanie or Josh? Josh by a whisker.
12) Listen to, and watch, the Seaport Chorus Tree, with performances by the Big Apple Chorus on 12/23 and 12/24.
13) The singer/song-as-short-story-writer Dar Williams plays The Bell House on 12/26.
14) Moose Charlap's Porgy and Bess. Kidding. The Gershwins'. And DuBose Heyward.
15) Asghar Farhadi's A Separation is an extraordinary family drama/thriller from Iran (making it Lowes Hardware boycott-worthy), opening 12/30 at Film Forum.
16) Andrea Marcovicci celebrates her 25th anniversary at the Algonquin's Oak Room thru 12/30.
17) Hoist a glass of Avec les bons Vœux de la brasserie Dupont.
18) The New Year's Eve Midnight Run.
19) Well, yeah, technically you're starting the new year with this one, but anyway: The Poetry Project hosts the 38th annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading.
21) Enjoy the Brandenburg Concertos on New Year's Eve at Bargemusic and doff your hat to the company's founder, Olga Bloom, who passed away last month.
22) For horror fans: British author Christopher Fowler conjures up Hell Train, a supernatural thriller that Hammer Films could have, but never made. Out 12/27.
23) Or, hit up the altogether nicer Holiday Train at the NY Botanical Garden.
24) Settle into another world with Robert K. Massie's biography of Catherine the Great.
25) Sustain the Holiday Spirit.
We're taking some time off, back in the saddle on January 3rd.
-The MUG Team
Cultural and literary notes, plus self-guided walks, courtesy of Walking Off the Big Apple, a strolling guide to New York City.
From the Arch and Back Again: A Nighttime Stroll to See the Holiday Lights
Running around to complete holiday preparations is often so frantic that the idea of taking an extra leisurely walk for pleasure seems somewhat ridiculous, if not inefficient. Yet, taking this additional stroll, especially in a city known to produce stress, provides the means to walk off some of the excessive pressures of the holiday season. In addition to the benefits of unwinding an overly tight psyche, a restorative walk around the neighborhood can include the pleasures of the city draped in bright holiday colors. It's a nice change from our city uniform of browns, grays and blacks.