25 Ways to End The Year
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See Roma by all means, on Netflix if you must, but better on the big screen.
Thrill to Jacob Collier's new album Djesse, which captures the preternatural talent of Jesse Collier, the ingeniously inventive 24-year-old Brit who manages to turns pastiche into a multitude of original pleasures. Collier plays Irving Plaza on March 2.
Last chance to catch Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism at the Museum of the City of New York through January 6, around the time, IRL, that Rebel Women: Disrupting Congress begins.
Give yourself over to The Overstory by Richard Powers, which is, yes, about trees, but only in the sense that King Lear is about estate planning. Magnificent writing, writ large and small, a novel that makes you see the world differently.
Feel the love, the Darlene Love, at Sony Hall, December 21 and 22.
Succumb to Mary Poppins Returns, a spoonful of welcome sugar in a year of bitter medicine.
Celebrate the new year with fireworks over Prospect Park.
Introduce a youngster to The Nutcracker.
Spin this disc…Peace by Rotary Connection, released 50 years ago, that mixes Christmas, psych-rock, soul, wall of sound, and Minnie Riperton. Not for everyone, perhaps, but a sui generis classic.
Walk with The Big Onion's 27th Annual Christmas Day Jewish Lower East Side Tour.
Surrender to the daffy pleasures of the The Trocks at the Joyce
Enjoy Dar Williams playing The Bell House, December 29, by now a season tradition.
Wonder at the NYBG's Holiday Train Show.
Counterprogam: Binge watch Babylon Berlin on Netflix, the television equivalent of a transfixing, gritty, unputdownable novel of prewar Germany.
Stuff a stocking with chocolate by Marco Colzani, available through Gustiamo.
Contemplate the coming year or simply be where you are with a guided meditation on New Year's eve at the Kadampa Meditation Center.
Savor a tasting menu of new Korean cooking at Atomix.
End the year/start the year with a healthy run.
Warm up with one of Keens' stash of 200 or so single malts.
Dance at Good Room.
Ascend to selfie heaven on Monday, December 17, 4-8pm, when the National Museum of Mathematics sponsors a giant kaleidoscope, at 23rd between Bway and 5th, into which you put your head which is then reflected into the four mirrors of its giant eye.
Spend Christmas with Nat King Cole.
Well, yeah, technically you're starting the new year with this one, but anyway: The Poetry Project hosts the 45th Annual New Year's Day Marathon Reading.
Listen to two band members of Flyte sing after dinner, a perfectly harmonized, sweetly melancholic version of River by Joni Mitchell, especially poignant after another 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 9pm-midnight: signal to noise, a new after-hours party at museum of the moving image (astoria), features musical performances, interactive digital artist installations, and participatory experiences throughout the building's exhibitions. bonus: complimentary beer and snacks. free admission (rsvp required).
sat 12-3pm: buy cookies for a good cause at the lower eastside girls club angel alliance junior board's cookie bake-off and sale. $20+ gets you a tin to fill with cookies and access to the official judging by amy sedaris (at home with amy sedaris), valerie galindo (director of girls club culinary programs), and others.
sat 12-4:30pm: what the dickens is this? if it's the holidays, it must be time for housing works bookstore cafe's annual marathon reading of charles dickens's 'a christmas carol.' housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free.
sat 6:30pm: taste award-winning coquitos (a traditional puerto rican coconut-based alcoholic tipple, similar to eggnog) from district winners across the state and help pick the next nys coquito master. the bronx museum of the arts, $10.
sun 5:45pm: composer phil kline will lead a walking ambient chorus of boomboxes from the west village to the east village in the 27th annual holiday presentation of unsilent night. meets at the washington square park arch. free.
thru 12/20: avoid the nye crowds and take a selfie with the seven-foot-tall times square new year's ball-drop '19' numbers, on display at times square plaza bet. 46th + 47th streets. free.
thru 1/2: in the year of the grifter: the metrograph hosts a series of 16 classic and contemporary films on the art of the grift, including dirty rotten scoundrels, house of games, the color of money, the lady eve, the wolf of wall street, and more. the metrograph (les), $15.