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All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of top free things to do in NYC today, December 3, 2016, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. Audiences are invited to come early before each show to take photos with their favorite characters. Please note, seating is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.Audience members have a chance to take photos with their favorite characters two hours prior to the performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 3
1:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, New York Theatre Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Performance |
Gotham Radio Theatre returns after their SRO performance of Ellery Queen with another classic character, Auntie Mame. The year is 1925, orphaned young Patrick Dennis is brought to New York to be raised by his eccentric Aunt, Mame. This “irreverent escapade” written by Patrick Dennis set records on the New York Times bestseller list. Adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, it starred Rosalind Russell. Gotham’s production will include a live orchestra using music from the period. As Mame says, “Life is a banquet” so please join us for what is sure to be a feast.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 3
1:30 pm

Free

Performances, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Mame! Presented by Gotham Radio Theatre
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 3
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. Audiences are invited to come early before each show to take photos with their favorite characters. Please note, seating is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.Audience members have a chance to take photos with their favorite characters two hours prior to the performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 3
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, New York Theatre Ballet performs The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Book Reading |
What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home. With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime.     New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 4
11:00 am

Free

Book Readings, December 04, 2016, 12/04/2016, Medea Benjamin discusses her book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 4
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 04, 2016, 12/04/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 5, 2016

Discussion |
With the nation in financial crisis, U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) was a leading co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the biggest overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression. What have the reforms accomplished, and what remains to be done to prevent future economic collapse? He speaks with Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Is Financial Reform Working? NY Times' Paul Krugman in Conversation with Ex-Congressman Barney Frank
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 5
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Discussion |
The election is over. Now the future awaits, and the lives of women – of us all – will be transformed. What shifts of policy and culture can we expect for women under President Donald J. Trump? How should we respond as citizens to advance the cause of justice and equal opportunity for women from today forward? To meet that challenge, how will we ourselves change?Join a forum with six esteemed thinkers on how women’s lives could dramatically change during the 45th U.S. presidency.PANELISTS: Rana Abdelhamid · organizer/Founding President, WISE Susana Cook · performance artist/writer/director Margo Jefferson · memoirist/Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD · public historian/arts activist Adrienne Truscott · choreographer/circus acrobat/dancer/writer/comedianMODERATOR: Catharine R. Stimpson · feminist scholar    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 5
7:00 pm

$5

Discussions, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, What Will Be Different? A Discussion on Women’s Lives After the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
Film |
This is a story of two men appointed sheriffs in a village in the south of Ukraine. The mundane task of keeping local law and order suddenly takes on national significance in the face of Russia’s grab of Crimea—it has a real prospect of becoming the next target of aggression. In the film, which is laced with deliciously dark humor, real life events often seem stranger than fiction and the audience is left guessing where the line between the two lies. 85 min.In Ukrainian with English subtitles    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 5
7:30 pm

Free

Films, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Roman Bondarchuk's Ukrainian Sheriffs (2015): Documentary

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Workshop |
Magnetic Sound Baths is an immersive listening experience, where participants are invited to lay back amidst a wash of meditative sounds. A sound bath creates a temporary break from the sensory stimuli of an active life, allowing people space with their thoughts, and time to inspect their own internal mental narrative. The installation is comprised of several sound-generating sculptures, electroacoustic works of art that use magnetic fields to induce vibration and soundwaves in metal and wood. Space is limited to 20 visitors per session. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Participants are encouraged to bring mats, blankets, pillows; anything for comfort while listening. Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 3 - December 15 (except Nov. 24)    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 6
5:00 pm

Free

Workshops, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Magnetic Sound Baths: An Immersive Listening Experience
Talk |
Nate Silver has established himself as today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FiveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. His 2016 forecasts, though, have come under some scrutiny. FiveThirtyEight has made Silver the public face of statistical analysis and political forecasting.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 6
5:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Nate Silver, Editor-in-Chief of FiveThirtyEight
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Discussion |
ISIS has threatened global security by capturing territory, enslaving minorities, and killing civilians. It has targeted ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, prompting the US government to declare that the terrorist group is committing genocide. These atrocities have spurred the current tide of refugees that is overwhelming Europe and has left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.Non-state actors such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram have changed our understanding of who perpetrates mass atrocities. The international community has a range of traditional military, diplomatic, and economic tools at its disposal to respond to these killings. But how do these options differ in responding to terror groups and preventing further atrocities? Cameron Hudson, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, will join expert panelists for a discussion moderated by Clifford Chanin.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Genocide in an Age of Terror: The Challenge of Protecting Civilians and Preventing Atrocities

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Park Walk |
Join an enjoyable walking tour of the park, and discover how they successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. The guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.Every Wednesday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 7
11:00 am

Free

Park Walks, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Public Park Tour
Slide Lecture |
This presentation of Dr. Marcel Sternberger's work includes previously unknown portrait photographs and interviews with notable historical figure such as: Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, George Bernard Shaw, and Indian Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Dr. Sternberger developed his own unique brand of psychological portraiture. Stressing interpersonal dynamics, he interviewed his subjects while photographing them: maneuvering the sessions to produce ephemeral, emotional visages that he captured forever. Dr. Sternberger’s photographs, featured in publications worldwide, were also used as the basis for the U.S. Roosevelt dime and for covers of Freud’s Moses and Monotheism and Nehru’s Glimpses of World History.The talk will include a short biography of Dr. Sternberger, a presentation of his portrait photographs of both famous and everyday people, a description of his psychological technique, and a reading from the recently published The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography.Speaker Jacob Loewentheil is an author, traveler, antiquarian bookseller, and rare photography dealer. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in psychology. His first book, The Psychological Portrait: Marcel Sternberger’s Revelations in Photography, explores the work of portraitist Marcel Sternberger through previously unpublished photographs, documents, and interviews.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, The Psychological Portrait: Unknown Portraits of Einstein, Roosevelt, Freud, Frida Kahlo, and Others
Other |
The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and children and grown-ups alike will sing holiday songs. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand, and lead the children in the illumination countdown. Songbooks provided.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

Free

Others, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Tree Lighting and Holiday Song
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Classical Music |
Acclaimed chamber music ensemble The Raphael Trio is nown for its creative approach to programming. The group recently celebrated 40 years of performing together. Members Daniel Epstein, piano, Naoko Tanaka, violin and Susan Salm, cello, will present an all Beethoven program.      New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 8
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, The Raphael Trio presents an all-Beethoven program
Workshop |
Magnetic Sound Baths is an immersive listening experience, where participants are invited to lay back amidst a wash of meditative sounds. A sound bath creates a temporary break from the sensory stimuli of an active life, allowing people space with their thoughts, and time to inspect their own internal mental narrative. The installation is comprised of several sound-generating sculptures, electroacoustic works of art that use magnetic fields to induce vibration and soundwaves in metal and wood. Space is limited to 20 visitors per session. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Participants are encouraged to bring mats, blankets, pillows; anything for comfort while listening. Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 3 - December 15 (except Nov. 24)    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 8
5:00 pm

Free

Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Magnetic Sound Baths: An Immersive Listening Experience
Dance Performance |
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Flamenco Vivo highlights the diversity of national traditions of music, carols, and dance, while also reflecting the broad influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Navidad Flamenca: A Holiday Celebration with Flamenco Vivo
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 8
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dance Lesson |
Winter weather got you down? Join the hui! By day, Dara Faust is the shoe supervisor of the New York City Ballet. By Night, Faust has the kuleana (responsibility and privilege) of teaching for Nā Lehua Melemele, a New York City Hui (group, club, alliance) that is comprised of individuals who are joined or united by a common love of the hula. Faust comes to the Library to lead an interactive evening exploring the native art of Hawaiian dance, expressing all that we see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and feel.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Holiday Hula Party
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Reading |
This first anthology of his dramatic work made available in English, this book collects seven of his most impressive and outspoken plays: How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients, Decomposed Theater, or The Human Trashcan, The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War, and Richard III Will Not Take Place, or Scenes from the Life of Meyerhold. The resulting collection is a bold and unflinching critique of politics and society.Today’s special launch features a performance of excerpts of Visniec’s work, by acclaimed actors Vasile Flutur and Aaron Novak. Entitled, Pockets Full of Bread, the presentation is the perfect sampler of the playwright’s works, and is co-produced by Piper Theatre Productions and the Romanian Cultural Institute.After the performance, there’ll be remarks from Dr. Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at City University, New York and from the playwright himself.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
1:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Matei Visniec discusses his book How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays
Film |
Stars: Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, Chris Pine.A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's ranch in West Texas. 102 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water (2016): Family Fights to Save Ranch
Other |
Join a full day of holiday activities which includes a showing of the play "Scrooge" and a photo op with Santa all leading up to the Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
4:00 pm

Free

Others, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Ice Theatre of New York's Annual Winter Holiday Skating Celebration and Tree Lighting
Reading |
Celebrate the close of the 13th New Literature from Europe Festival with a reading to end all readings.The finale features special remarks on the importance of literature in translation by award-winning writer, founder and former chair of PEN World Voices Festival Salman Rushdie. Then travel across Europe as each of the guests read a short piece of their work in their own language as the English translation is projected on screen for the audience to read along. This very special reading features Colin Barrett, Cristian Crusat, Susana Moreira Marques, Immanuel Mifsud, Mihkel Mutt, Asle Skredderberget, Yoko Tawada, and Szczepan Twardoch. MC for the evening is NLE President and translator Sean Bye.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
6:00 pm

Free

Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, In The Mother Tongue: A European Reading - Featuring Salman Rushdie
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Book Reading |
Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Bestselling author Zadie Smith discusses her book Swing Time

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Talk |
French activist and attorney Serge Klarsfeld in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nagorski.Perhaps most famous for unmasking Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, Klarsfeld discusses how he and his wife Beate continue to seek justice for the victims and survivors of SS war crimes and the French Vichy collaborators.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 11
2:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, The Nazi Hunters
Concert |
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites.The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented  in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 11
3:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, 43rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Film |
Built exclusively around James Baldwin's words, I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks.95 min.Shown December 9th - December 15th at 5:00pm and 7:30pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 11
5:00 pm

$10 suggested donation

Films, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Special Advance Screening: Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 11
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 12, 2016

Other |
Take a frozen trip to soaring sand dunes and savannas where you might spot lions, elephants, and more! NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio returns to transform ordinary blocks of ice into safari creatures. Okamoto Studio is a New York-based collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. From the most delicate ice wares to life-like sculptures to live performance carvings, Okamoto Studio delivers the perfect ice experience. Father-son Takeo and Shintaro Okamoto make up the founding core of the group, which was formed in 2003 with a mission of showcasing in the full beauty and potential of handcrafted ice.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 12
5:00 pm

Free

Others, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Live Ice Carvings by Okamoto Studio
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Other |
Take a frozen trip to soaring sand dunes and savannas where you might spot lions, elephants, and more! NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio returns to transform ordinary blocks of ice into safari creatures. Okamoto Studio is a New York-based collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. From the most delicate ice wares to life-like sculptures to live performance carvings, Okamoto Studio delivers the perfect ice experience. Father-son Takeo and Shintaro Okamoto make up the founding core of the group, which was formed in 2003 with a mission of showcasing in the full beauty and potential of handcrafted ice.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 13
12:00 pm

Free

Others, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Live Ice Carvings by Okamoto Studio
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Talk |
George Herriman’s biographer Michael Tisserand revisits the years when boxing, funny animals, and the one cartoonist’s genius produced comics’ most enigmatic character.Michael Tisserand’s biography of George Herriman, Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White will be published by HarperCollins in December 2016. His previous books include The Kingdom of Zydeco and the Hurricane Katrina memoir Sugarcane Academy. He lives in New Orleans.     New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Gone Krazy: The Early Days of George Herriman and Krazy Kat
Book Reading |
In this poignant memoir, told through the eyes of the author as a four-year-old child, Rwandan genocide survivor Umunyana recounts how she barely survived the Rwandan Genocide after being separated from her family and how she coped in the aftermath of the massacre. Umunyana discovers that “I have learned that we cannot do for others what we cannot do for ourselves. By nourishing the light within ourselves, we find strength we never knew was there.”    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Dydine Umunyana discusses her book Embracing Survival
Concert |
Program:DUTILLEUX Trois préludes pour piano PETROSSIAN La lutte ardente du vert et de l’orSCRIABIN Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 23 (1898)GERSHWIN From the Gershwin SongbookRAVEL Miroirs (1904)Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Juilliard alumnus Andrew Tyson performs a solo recital.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 13
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Andrew Tyson, 'Poet of the Piano,' performs works by Gershwin, Ravel, Scriabin

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 14
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Talk |
Famous for his work on Chicago, Cabaret, and other musical theater masterworks, composer John Kander transformed American musical theater, along with his songwriting partner Fred Ebb.  Celebrating his many successes in London and New York, the Library welcomes Kander for a Curtain Up Conversation. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about Kander’s writing process, hear his memories from Broadway and the West End, while observing rarely seen artifacts from the Library’s collections.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, John Kander, Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-Winning Composer of Cabaret and Chicago
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Concert |
Featuring Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre; Michael Wustrow, Director Young People’s Chorus of New York City; Francisco Núñez, Director St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir; D. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music With:Cathedral Organs New York Symphonic Brass    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, A City Singing at Christmas
Book Signing |
Cassandra Peterson is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, hostess and queen of Halloween! Celebrating 35 years of a cultural icon, this large format photo retrospective contains 240 pages filled with hundreds of photos of Elvira from the very beginning of her career through present day - some never before seen. This is the ultimate collector's book for fans of the Mistress.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Cassandra Peterson signs copies of her book Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 16
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 16, 2016, 12/16/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Saturday, December 17, 2016

City Walk |
About 4 miles. Walk to see Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Eat dinner at a diner after the walk. Call leader to confirm that walk is on. Please use bathrooms at home as this is a residential area. Dress for the weather.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 17
6:30 pm

$3

City Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Evening Walk in Dyker Heights
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 18
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 18, 2016, 12/18/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 19, 2016

Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features the most important and influential obits from the newspaper's archives. 
   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 19
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, December 19, 2016, 12/19/2016, William McDonald discusses his book The New York Times Book of the Dead: 300 Print and 10,000 Digital Obituaries of Extraordinary People
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 19
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 19, 2016, 12/19/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 20
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 21
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 22
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 22, 2016, 12/22/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 23
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 23, 2016, 12/23/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Concert |
Christmas Eve  is the traditional time to celebrate the holiday with carols at the Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out the familiar tunes. The words are in the songbooks distributed, but many will know them by heart. “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out and is especially meaningful this season.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 24
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 24, 2016, 12/24/2016, Tree Lighting and Holiday Song
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 24
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 24, 2016, 12/24/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 26
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 26, 2016, 12/26/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 27
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 27, 2016, 12/27/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Park Walk |
Join an enjoyable walking tour of the park, and discover how they successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. The guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.Every Wednesday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 28
11:00 am

Free

Park Walks, December 28, 2016, 12/28/2016, Public Park Tour
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 28
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 28, 2016, 12/28/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 29
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 29, 2016, 12/29/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Friday, December 30, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 30
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 30, 2016, 12/30/2016, Holiday Lights Tour

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 31
7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Concert |
PROGRAMJoseph Haydn Symphony No. 6 in D major, "Le Matin"Johann Sebastian Bach From the Mass in B Minor:Adolphus Hailstork Motherless ChildWilliam Dawson Balm in GileadMoses Hogan Walk together, ChildrenPaul Moravec and Mark Campbell Light Shall Lift UsTraditional Spiritual This little light of mineFounded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. SOLOIST: Jamet Pittman, soprano    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 31
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, New Year's Eve Concert for Peace 2016
Classical Music |
Ring in the New Year with Organist and Director of Music William K. Trafka, and hear works of Bach, Mendelssohn, and more on the magnificent Aeolian Skinner organ. At the stroke of midnight, Trafka will play his own transcription of Aaron Copland’s joyous Fanfare for the Common Man. Followed by a champagne reception.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 31
11:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 31, 2016, 12/31/2016, A Concert for the New Year: Bach, Mendelssohn, Copland
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