leisure 11.22.06

Calendar of Holiday Events

Wednesday, November 22
Macy's balloons get inflated on West 77th and 81st

The annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met through 1/8

Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair through 12/29

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park through 12/31

Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights through 1/7

Thursday, November 23
Macy's Parade from W. 77th and CPW to Herald Square from 9am-noon

Friday, November 24
Holiday Market at Union Square through 12/24

The Nutcracker at the NYC Ballet through 12/30

Saturday, November 25
Light x Eight: The Hanukkah Project opens at The Jewish Museum

Monday, November 27
Tree Lighting at Lincoln Center, 5:30-6pm

Wednesday, November 29
Rock Center Tree Lighting, 7-9pm

Friday, December 8
The Christmas Revels: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice at Symphony Space through 12/10

Saturday, December 9
In the Fiddler's Shul, a benefit concert by Itzhak Perlman at Temple Ansche Chesed

Thursday, December 14
27th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at St. John the Divine through 12/16

Friday, December 15
Menorah lighting at 59th and 5th

The New York Pops Holiday Celebration at Carnegie Hall through 12/16

Tuesday, December 19
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo at the Joyce through 1/7

Monday, December 25
16th Annual Big Onion Christmas Day Jewish East Side Tour

Thursday, December 28
Kwanzaa Crafts in Central Park

Sunday, December 31
Times Square

New York Road Runners Midnight Run

Live From Lincoln Center, with Ted Sperling conducting the Philharmonic and vocalist Audra McDonald, broadcast live on PBS.

Friday, January 5
Three Kings' Day Parade at El Museo del Barrio, starts 10am.
In addition to the city's holiday traditions listed above and others such as the Rockettes at Radio City and ice skating at Wollman Rink, there's the annual Salvation Army gig at '21.' But we don't recommend it, and here's why:

There is no question that the Salvation Army provides many worthy services here in New York and around the country. But the SA has an institutionally anti-gay policy, though they say they do not. Decide for yourself: they have publicly stated their desire not to comply with laws prohibiting job discrimination and will not hire openly gay or lesbian people, nor will they provide domestic partner benefits for workers in their secular social services division. The organization receives $70 million dollars a year from the city, money the SA is prepared to forego if required to abide by the city's Equal Benefits Bill. Whether or not you toss some coins into their buckets or into their tambourine at '21' or on the street, is your call. But to our way of thinking, once you tolerate discrimination, it's hard to unring that bell.

MUG will be back on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving.

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