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Things to Do in Midtown This Week - December 16-December 23



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You haven't really experienced New York City until you've explored midtown, from its many museums and galleries to restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Searching for things to do in midtown this week? You needn't look any further, because this City Guide list will fill you in on all of midtown's best happenings.

Noel Nights: Rufus & Martha Wainwright and Family and Friends - The Town Hall,
December 16, 2018 - New York

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Martha Plimpton, Lucy Wainwright Roche & more The legendary Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright's Christmas show, "Noel Nights," is back in New York City! Featuring three generations of the Wainwright and McGarrigle families along with many special guests, the show has previously been presented in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville. This year, after a 4 year hiatus, the show is returning to New York City on Dec. 16 at Town Hall. The show features not only Martha and Rufus but also Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche and more special guests to be announced. Described by The New York Times as "typical Christmas-time family gathering motley, convivial, multi-generational, jokey, affectionate and tinged with both skepticism and faith," the Christmas show has been a family tradition since 2005 when Kate and Anna McGarrigle released their classic album, "The McGarrigle Christmas Hour." Part concert and part family reunion the show was inspired by Kate McGarrigle, Ru... (read more)

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
December 16, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda Call to Arms Pop Up - Bryant Park Winter Village
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Stop by the ?Call to Arms? pop-up by ARM & HAMMER? Baking Soda in Bryant Park for photo opportunities, unique experiences, exciting gifts and a chance to be featured in future brand advertisements.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief?and potentially that happy ending?by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Jay Pharoah - Carolines on Broadway
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Jay Pharoah is an actor and stand-up comedian. The six-season SNL alum is well known for his stellar impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel Washington, Kanye West, and many others. Pharoah also made a splash with his memorable character, Principal Daniel Frye, based on Pharoah's actual high school principal. Audiences got a taste of Jay's dramatic side in Showtime's WHITE FAMOUS and Steven Soderberg's UNSANE, but he returns the funny in the upcoming 2 MINUTES OF FAME with Katt Williams. Previously, JAY dazzled with fun supporting roles in the Lionsgate/CBS Films comedy GET A JOB, opposite Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick, Chris Rock's TOP FIVE, and Universal's RIDE ALONG opposite Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Jay's voiced various roles on the animated series FAMILY GUY, BOJACK HORSEMAN, LEGENDS OF CHAMBERLAIN HEIGHTS, ROBOT CHICKEN, and the upcoming SUPERMANSION. He's currently working on his second stand up special and headlines clubs and colleges throughout the countr

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

That PHYSICS or CHEMISTRY SHOW - Playroom Theater
Through December 16, 2018 - NY

THAT PHYSICS SHOW is now in it's third year. THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW is in its second year. Long time Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo and Chemistry Demonstrator Borislau Bilash weave some 30 science demonstrations into a funny and entertaining theatrical production. PHYSICS won the 2016 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience of the year. Performances are at noon and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Many school and camp performances are scheduled as requested. In September, a third science show will be added...THAT INVENTIONS SHOW. www.sciencetheatercompany.com

Alaska - The Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through December 17, 2018 - New York

This year Alaska and Jeremy are going to be spending the holidays... in space. Join international siren of stage and screen, Alaska, and her psychic sidekick Handsome Jeremy, as they take a musical journey through space and time. What perils await them beyond the galaxy we call home? Will they meet certain danger, or will they find a civilization even more beautiful and wondrous than our own? And what is the best way to hang tinsel in space?

Scott Joplin - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through December 17, 2018 - New York

Scott Joplin was taken from us far too early, but his later works and his ambitious opera Treemonisha show an incredibly forward-thinking composer taking ever-new risks. We'll look at these works, and explore his lasting legacy.

Sheba Mason Show - Broadway Comedy Club
December 18, 2018 - New York

The child of playwright Ginger Reiter and comedian Jackie Mason, Sheba Mason has been performing since appearing in her mother's plays at the age of 2. Honing her own skills onstage for years, Mason has become a fixture of the Manhattan comedy scene, spouting witticisms about everything from politics to grandmothers. Now, she's taking her show on the road, and she's bringing along some of her talented friends. Join Mason for a hilarious night of comedy alongside Comedy Central's Tom McCaffrey, Raj Mahal and more of New York's brightest up-and-coming comics.

Dick Hyman: Standards & Strides - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 18, 2018 - New York

With solo pianist Dick Hyman.

Once on This Island - 235 West 50th Street
Through December 19, 2018 - New York

This is the sweeping theatrical power of Once On This Island?the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). Gather around for Once On This Island, the musical NY1 hails as "exhilarating theater! It's impossible to resist!" And where the timeless power of theatre brings us together, moves our hearts, and helps us weather the storm.

Sustainable Investing Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
December 21, 2018 - New York

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The New York Pops: Under the Mistletoe - Carnegie Hall
December 21, 2018 - New York

Ring in the holiday season with Ashley Brown (Broadway?s original Mary Poppins), who returns to the New York stage with this festive program of classic and contemporary carols.

The New York Pops: Under The Misletoe - Carnegie Hall
December 22, 2018 - New York

Ring in the holiday season with Ashley Brown (Broadway?s original Mary Poppins), who returns to the New York stage with this festive program of classic and contemporary carols.

The Emperor?s New Clothes and More Magical Stories - Theatre Row
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

The Emperor?s New Clothes and More Magical Stories by Hans Christian Andersen Playing at Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts NY, Inc. 410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036 (212) 239-6200 November 24th - December 22nd, 2018 | Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm *Sensory Friendly Performances: December 9th at 11am Adapted for the Stage by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Interstellar Cinderella, Wanda?s Monster) Devised and Directed by Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Wanda?s Monster) Original Music by Charles Greenberg (Young Charles Dickens) A normal day at the park becomes so much more when a young girl gets swept away into four of Hans Christian Andersen?s famous fairy tales: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor?s New Clothes, The Nightingale and The Ugly Duckling. The company that brought you Interstellar Cinderella invites you to discover why some fairy tales never get old. 50 minutes duration. Best for ages 5-8 | Tickets starting at $29.25 | Tickets on sale now at: https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/ #MoreMagicalStories Story Time at Strand Books featuring Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Saturday, November 17th at 11am

The Funniest Show On Broadway - Carolines on Broadway
December 23, 2018 - New York

THE FUNNIEST SHOW ON BROADWAY Hosted by: Sydnee Washington Featuring: Dina Hashem, Ryan Donahue, Khalid Rahmaan, Usama Siddiquee, Pedro Gonzalez, Zach Zimmerman A showcase of New York City's best comics handpicked by Carolines on Broadway staff. The Funniest Show On Broadway comedians have been featured on ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, E!, Funny or Die, HBO, Hulu, MTV, NBC, Netflix, TBS, truTV, Vice & More! Line-ups subject to change day-of-show

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Big Band Holidays - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Every December, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award?winning holiday extravaganza to Rose Theater for a series of sold-out shows. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to some swinging JLCO instrumentals, special guest vocalists join the band each season for imaginative new versions of classics like "White Christmas" and "Merry Christmas, Baby." Recent Big Band Holidays programs have featured such acclaimed vocalists as CÚcile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, RenÚ Marie, and Catherine Russell, and this year the JLCO welcomes two standout rising stars to join this tradition: Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift. These distinctive young talents have both been major hits in Jazz at Lincoln Center's smaller venues as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai, and Big Band Holidays will be their first chance to perform together in Rose Theater. Join them in the House of Swing for some yuletide cheer sure to brighten up your season.

Barry Harris Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

With pianist Barry Harris.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

The 35th Annual Music Box Christmas Double Feature & Sing-A-Long - Music Box Theatre
Through December 24, 2018 - New York

Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that over 30 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become a 9-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year? People from all around Chicagoland have made this terrific, old-fashioned event part of their family's holiday tradition. Friday, December 7th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 9:45pm Saturday, December 8th WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Sunday, December 9th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 12:00pm, 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 3:15pm Friday, December 14th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 9:45pm Saturday, December 15th IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 12:00pm, 6:30pm WHITE CHRISTMAS - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Sunday, December 16th WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm Friday, December 21st WHITE CHRISTMAS - 12:00pm, 6:30pm IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - 3:15pm, 9:45pm Saturday, December 22nd IT'S A WONDERFUL L... (read more)

Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch In 'A Swingin' Birdland Christmas' - Birdland Jazz Club
Through December 25, 2018 - New York

For the 9th Smash Year Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch In "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" Birdland is proud to announce the ninth year of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch. This will be a limited engagement of 4 performances, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, December 22, 23, 24 and 25. All shows are at 5:30pm.

Models and Bottles Fridays ... Free on the A.C. Pass Guest List - Show
Through December 29, 2018 - New York City

Models and Bottles Fridays Text keyword SHOWNYC to 83361 for Instant RSVP and chance to win a VIP Party (FREE Admission, Bottle & More!) SHOW. NYC Nightclubs. 135 West 41st Street. Times Square. 10 pm-???(Broadway and 6th Ave) A.C. Pass List invites you to "The Original" Models and Bottles Fridays at NYCs newest premier hotspot, Show NYC! This will be the biggest Friday Night party NYC has ever seen. Top DJs, aerialists, dancers, expert mixologists, bottle service served by our #Showgirls, a true VIP experience, a sexy crowd, all in a spectacular new venue. Ask about our specials, VIP packages and Group/ Birthday specials.. World reknown DJs play open format, house music, old skool, top 40, mash-ups and more. Everyone receives complimentary admission on the ?A.C. Pass List? (ladies til 12am, Gents til 12am). Ask me about special birthday (& group) packages. Call me direct @ 917.653.0768 for Table Service and more details. 21+ID. To expedite entry, get on the "A.C. Pass Guest List" please e-mail me directly, crisac@mac.com. Doors and list opens at 10 pm & all list closes at 2 am. All admission is at the discretion of the doorman. Dress fashionable please. Dress code: Ladie... (read more)

All Star Stand Up Comedy - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Broadway Comedy Club presents a lineup full of our Top Headliners. These are the best comedians from New York City with special guests from all across the country. You've seen them on MTV, HBO, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, The Daily Show, Last Comic Standing and more!

SEE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre and then continue your royal experience at The Plaza! - The Paris Theatre
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Starting December 7, those who purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre will be invited to The Plaza to continue their royal experience. With the purchase of any cocktail or evening fare at The Rose Club at The Plaza, the moviegoer will receive a uniquely regal dessert inspired by Queen Mary. How does the promotion work? Here?s what is required to receive the complimentary item at The Plaza: - Guest must purchase a ticket to see MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS at The Paris Theatre in New York City, NY. The theatre is located at 4 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019. - Guest must exchange their ticket for a promotional invite at The Paris? box office. - From December 7-December 31, 2018 -- guest must purchase a cocktail or food at The Rose Club AND present the promotional invite to their server. To purchase tickets, please visit: www.MQOSxThePlazaxTheParis.com ABOUT Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth... (read more)

Owners Pop Up - Refinery Hotel
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Come and shop Owners at the Refinery Hotel this December. Open Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am - 7pm, we are showcasing elevated fashion, beauty, and accessories all designed by female-owned brands in NYC. Owners is a highly curated multi-brand pop-up focusing on women-owners in the realm of sustainable and ethical fashion. Our brands are hand selected based on aesthetic, values, quality, and thoughtful production. We bring together a group of brands who share your values so that together we can have a larger impact. Owners offers you an approachable venue for discovering independently owned brands so that you can feel good about your dollars going directly to a small business owner.

Winter Pit Stop Pop Up - Trademark Taste + Grind
Through January 01, 2019 - New York

Trademark Taste + Grind will be transformed into the whitest, brightest wonderland with their Winter Pit Stop pop up! Retreat from the busy streets and the usual holiday hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, as you walk through an arch of twinkling lights leading you to the cozy coffee bar brimming with festive decorations and libations.

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948?1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged?from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"?is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948?1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants?Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others?would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements?ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant?a long beard, work shirt, and sandals?while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements?wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones?becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Schaulager, Basel, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over 20 years. Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to New York in October of that year, the exhibition expands upon the rich holdings of the organizing institutions. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.