THE MORNING LINE ‣
One winter afternoon
( at the magical hour
when is becomes if )
a bespangled clown
standing on eighth street
handed me a flower.
— E. E. Cummings
exhibit ‣ Why Remember GTMO?, an exhibit at NYU's Kimmel Center Windows Gallery, LaGuardia Pl./W. 3rd, opens today. A collaboration of 100 students from 12 universities, the project looks at the naval station's history through photos, videos, and oral histories, accessible by using your smartphone to scan the QR code. It's part of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, launching online today.
movie ‣ George Bailey, Mary, Zuzu, Clarence (yay!) and Mr. Potter (boo!) in the essential It's a Wonderful Life, which screens (35mm) at IFC tomorrow through December 20. Some say Capra-corn—but it's a lot darker and finer than that implies. Should those climactic processional baskets of money turn on the waterworks, as they inevitably do? Well, it's the thought that counts.
art ‣ Following Freestyle, Frequency, and Flow, Fore is the fourth in a decade-long series at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibit showcases paintings, photographs, collages, sculpture, and site-specific installations by 29 emerging artists of African descent, including Toyin Odutola's You can have her, if you can find her (No. 2), 2011, pictured.
music ‣ A Love Letter to NYC, a benefit for Sandy victims through Tunnel To Towers, takes place at City Winery on Tuesday, December 18, 7pm. OK, no Springsteen, no Stones. But: closer proximity to some really good performers, including Joan Osborne, Ari Hest, and Nicole Atkins. Tickets are $35-$65.
holiday ‣ Since 1992, composer Phil Kline has been leading Unsilent Night, a walk in which boomboxes, electronica, and caroling produce an improbably joyous event. "It's like draping the city in several yards of sound," Kline says. It takes place this year on Saturday, December 15, 7pm, starting off at the arch in Washington Square Park.
‣Rebel Designs has a holiday sale of women's vintage-inspired jewelry, men's carryalls, and more at up to 75% off, 303 5th [31st] Suite 901, 12/14-15 and 12/17-12/21, 10-5.
‣ At City Reliquary, an exhibit about The Santa Claus Association, started in 1913, formed to answers kids' letters to the big guy.
‣ How to Pitch Your Startup to NYC Venture Firms, 6pm tonight at General Assembly West, 10 E. 21st [5th/Bway] $40. Hello 1999!
‣ Is That a Word?—David Bukszpan covers The Weird and Wonderful Language of Scrabble From AA To ZZZ tonight at powerHouse Arena, 7pm.
‣ Last chance to see the exhibition of works by illustrator James McMullan at SVA. Closes Saturday. [Photo: Adam Reich]