leisure 12.10.10

Holiday Quiz
the skint

Our occasional quiz, today with a holiday theme. Answers will be posted on the MUG website after 1pm.

Q: What was the original name of the Rockettes?
a) Missouri Rockets b) The Hi-Kicks c) The June Taylor Dancers d) The California Chorines
A: Missouri Rockets

Q: Who's the man behind the annual winter solstice celebration at St. John the Divine?
a) Johnny Holliday b) Peter Summer c) Sumner Redstone d) Paul Winter
A: Paul Winter

Q: Which American composer created the arrangement for the annual Tuba Christmas concert (taking place this Sunday at Rock Center)?
a) Leonard Bernstein b) Alec Wilder c) John Philip Sousa
A: Alec Wilder

Q: When was the first Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade?
a) 1904 b) 1924 c) 1944
A: 1924

Q: Match the songwriter to the song:
a) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
b) White Christmas
c) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
1. Irving Berlin
2. Mel Torme and Bob Wells
3. Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
A: a-2, b-1, c-3

Q: Who started the Rockefeller Christmas tree tradition? a) John D. Rockefeller, Jr. b) Rockefeller Center construction workers c) Fiorello LaGuardia d) Bess Truman
A: Rockefeller Center construction workers

Q: Kwanzaa was first celebrated in what decade?
A: 1960s

Q: "Yeah, there's a lot of bad 'isms' floatin' around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism. Make a buck, make a buck. Even in Brooklyn it's the same—don't care what Christmas stands for, just make a buck, make a buck." What movie is that from?
A: Miracle on 34th Street

Today on Wish You Were Here:
Thierry Blouet Cocina del Autor

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-sun 8pm: sybarite5 quintet ("not your grandparents' chamber music") put their own spin on the likes of radiohead, led zeppelin, more. the cell, $20.

sat-sun 12pm-4pm: authors julie powell, emily st. john mandel, rachel shukert, julia wertz, many more take over bookseller duties at brooklyn's word book store, dishing out recommendations, wrapping, bagging and signing books. word, free.

sat 5-7pm: launch party for the open daybook, a perpetual calendar/planner featuring drawings from 365 artists (one for each day). free drinks, plus several artists will be on hand to sign/doodle in your book. printed matter, free.

sun 10am-8pm: the bust magazine holiday craftacular features 300 crafters, plus demonstrations, food truck grub and amy sedaris. bonus: the first 500 people get a free goodie bag. metropolitan pavilion, $2.

sun 3:30pm: hundreds of tuba players deliver festive tunes at the 36th annual tuba christmas concert. want to perform? registration is at 11:30am. the rink at rockefeller center, free.

NYC Xmas Tree Sellers - Arturo (Mexico)

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