|The return of Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Noël Nights at Town Hall, December 17-18; great guests!
NYC-based Laura Handler has designed stylish Cielo pill holders… stocking stuffer!
At The Bell House on December 16, in a show called Haunting Renditions, Eliot Gazer takes some of pop music's worst songs and gives them the earnest overkill they deserve.
From January 5-18, eight performances of song cycle Ghost Quartet by Dave Malloy at The McKittrick Hotel.
A first-rate group of performers sing Sondheim's work from his shows with Harold Prince, January 10-12 at 92Y, part of the Lyrics & Lyricists series.
For holiday gifts made by local artists, check out the City Lore store, 56 E. 1st [1st/2nd Aves.]
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides brings an old Arctic adventure to urgent life; read it with a warm blanket handy.
If no blanket, then one of Van Brunt Stillhouse whiskeys, made in Red Hook.
Made us laugh: Intelevator Intelligent Voice Activated Elevator from Norwegian comedy duo, brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker.
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 8pm: the chelsea symphony's annual holiday concert features seasonal classics and bd wong (law + order: svu, oz, m. butterfly) as guest narrator on 'the night before christmas.' a wine reception + silent auction follows the concert. st. paul's church (315 w. 22nd st, bet. 8th + 9th aves), free ($20 suggested donation).
fri-sun: holiday markets are in full swing this weekend! our friend karen seiger of markets of new york has compiled a great roundup for your shopping and browsing pleasure.
sat 11am-6pm, sun 11am-3pm: choose from over 50 varieties of homemade confections (including gluten free) to fill a box at the sixth annual christmas cookie walk sale at st. nicholas of myra orthodox church (10th st. + ave. a). $15 + $25 per box.
sat 6:45pm: bring a boombox and join hundreds of others on a 45-minute walking sonic soundscape during the 22nd annual unsilent night. meet at the washington square park arch. free.
sun 11am-8:30pm: 12 jazz and swing bands perform aboard the holiday nostalgia train for some olde-tyme revelry. $2.50 subway fare.
sun 2pm: emma sulkowicz, artist and undergraduate at columbia university, discusses 'mattress performance (carry that weight)', her public response to the university's handling of her sexual assault claim. brooklyn museum, free with suggested admission ($16 general, $10 students and seniors).
sun 3:30pm: hundreds of tuba players of all ages play holiday favorites at the the 41st annual tuba christmas performance at the rockefeller center skating rink. $10 to perform (register at 11:30am), free to enjoy.
sun 5pm: the brooklyn jazz orchestra performs duke ellington + billy strayhorn's arrangement of 'the nutcracker suite' at lafayette avenue presbyterian church. $18 adv, $25 door.