Things to Do Around NYC: November 18–24

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
November 17, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2016



Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 24 at 9 a.m.
77th Street along Central Park to Macy’s Herald Square
This year will be its 90th anniversary.


3-D Auteurs Film Festival
Nov. 11–29
Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.
A 19-day, 34-film festival spotlighting stereoscopic movies by some of history’s most distinguished directors spans 3-D’s earliest days (including some turn-of-the-century films by pioneer Georges Méliès) to the present, and represents virtually every genre, including westerns, film noir, and science fiction. $14.

Campaigning for the Presidency, 1960–1972: Selections from the Museum of Democracy
Through Nov. 27
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Coinciding with the 2016 presidential election, the New-York Historical Society will showcase more than 120 objects from The Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection, considered one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of historical and political campaign memorabilia.

New York & The Nation
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History
170 Central Park West
Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. $20 for adults, $12 for students, $15 for seniors.


Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Nov. 16–Dec. 21, Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.
Borough Park Library, 1265 43rd St., Brooklyn
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.

American Fine Craft Show
Nov. 19 & 20
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy.
Our masterful artists will present the finest jewelry, wearable & decorative fiber art, hand-stitched leather, stunning ceramics, world class hand blown glass, wonderful wood, and studio furniture. Meet top artists from the prestigious Smithsonian and Philadelphia Museum Craft Shows. $16.


Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy.
See all that the Brooklyn Museum has to offer—compliments of Squarespace. Get access to world-class permanent collections and tours of special exhibitions and events like films and salsa dancing. Free.

Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary at the Cinema Eye Honors
Nov. 4–Jan. 8
Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens
Highlights from the Cinema Eye Honors’ first decade with a series featuring more than twenty films that have won or been nominated, along with a few key films released in the year before that inaugural Cinema Eye Honors award ceremony.



Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting
Nov. 4–March 12
The Met Fifth Avenue
Velázquez’s portraits of a young girl (circa 1640) and of Cardinal Camillo Astalli-Pamphili (circa 1650), both from the collection of The Hispanic Society of America in New York City, were recently examined and treated at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The removal of extremely discolored varnish layers that had masked these paintings revealed Velázquez’s remarkable technique and subtle sense of color in ways that had not been seen in more than a century. $12–$25 suggested.

The Poetics of Place
Dec. 12–May 28
The Met Fifth Avenue
The 60 works in The Poetics of Place will survey the diverse ways in which contemporary artists have photographed landscape and the built world over the last half century. $12–$25 suggested.

Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court
Nov. 16–Feb. 19
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
The Frick Collection is organizing the first exhibition to focus on Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the great French bronze chaser and gilder who worked for Louis XV and Louis XVI. The exhibition will shed new light on the artist’s production, life, and workshop through the presentation of twenty-one objects from public and private collections.


Through Nov. 20
The Museum at FIT
Uniformity explores the dynamic history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and their influence on high fashion. The exhibition is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports.

Fabergé From the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
Through Nov. 27
The Met Fifth Avenue
Louisiana heiress and philanthropist Matilda Geddings Gray (1885–1971) acquired her first object by Fabergé in 1933. An artist herself, with a refined aesthetic sensibility, she was a sophisticated collector, while the name of the Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920) was almost unknown in the United States. Over the following years, Matilda Geddings Gray amassed one of the finest Fabergé collections in the world, and Fabergé’s art has become widely known and internationally sought after. $12–$25 suggested.



Manon Lescaut
Nov. 14–Dec. 10
Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko stars in the title role, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Alvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated,1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium. From $32.

Dec. 5–28
Metropolitan Opera
Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. Catherine Naglestad makes her Met debut in the tour-de-force role of Salome, part innocent and part sexual predator. Zeljko Lucic is her prophetic nemesis Jochanaan, John the Baptist. Gerhard Siegel is Herod, and Johannes Debus conducts. From $25.

Dec. 12–Jan. 7
Metropolitan Opera
The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people. From $27.

L’Amour de Loin
Dec. 1–29
Metropolitan Opera
Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Malkki makes her Met debut. From $25.

The Magic Flute
Dec. 20–Jan. 5
Metropolitan Opera
The Met’s English-language family adaptation of Mozart’s sublime and mystical journey, a new holiday tradition in the city, returns in Julie Taymor’s fanciful production. Young stars Layla Claire and Ben Bliss are the fairy-tale princess and prince, and Christopher Maltman reprises his acclaimed interpretation of the bird-catcher Papageno. Special holiday pricing and weekday matinees are available for this abridged version, conducted by Antony Walker. From $25.

Don Pasquale
Dec. 2 & 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave.
$30 adults, $15 students and seniors.

La Clemenza di Tito
Dec. 8–10 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave.
$30 adults, $15 students and seniors.


Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City, 1260 Sixth Ave.
It begins when you walk through the doors of the storied Radio City Music Hall. You pause for a moment and stand to admire the Art Deco lobby then make your way to your seat. With a hush, slowly the curtain rises, the music swells and Rockettes appear. $38–$370.



Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
National Chorale, New York’s premier professional choral company, performs Beethoven’s monumental choral symphony—the he most powerful celebration of Man’s faith and freedom. The production features Angela Brown, Teresa Buchholz, John Pickle, and Erik Kroncke. The evening will include the World Premiere of a musical adaptation of the children’s story Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, composed by Glen Roven. $30–$100.

Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, ¡Viva España!
Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
St. Ignatius of Antioch, 552 West End Ave.
Works exploring Spain’s musical influence on Latin America, including pieces by Victoria, Guerrero, and Morales; Sumaya’s extraordinary Lamentations of Jeremiah; and lively arrangements of Brazilian folk and popular music. With special guests Kaufman Center’s SMS High School Advanced Women’s Choir, Emily John, Director. $20.

New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St.
Up close and personal, an Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event. $36.

New York Symphony Orchestra 2016 Fall Concert
Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St.
Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor Op. 54. $30.

Vassilis Varvaresos in Concert
Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th St.
Vassilis Varvaresos, a critically acclaimed international concert pianist, will play pieces by Mozart, Lizst, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel. A holder of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, Mr. Varvaresos has played at leading concert halls all over the world including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and for President Barack Obama at the White House. Free.

Christmas With The King’s Singers
Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
WQXR’s The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St.
It’s an a cappella Christmas from England when The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, come to The Greene Space. In an exclusive New York appearance, this male sextet—consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit—perform selections from their new album, “Christmas Songbook,” featuring a mix of traditional carols and modern-day classics with a hint of swing. $45.

Vespers of 1610
Dec. 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 East 76th St.
TENET’s Green Mountain Project returns to offer their beloved performance of this monumental work: Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under conductor and music director Scott Metcalfe and with Dark Horse Consort in a historically informed approach and appropriate chants. $60–$100.

Mozart for the Holidays
Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.
Grace Church, 802 Broadway
The Choral Society of Grace Church: presents Mozart “Missa longa” (K 262), with works by Palestrina, Tavener, Rutter, Handel, and audience carol sing. $30.

Amor Artis
Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry St.
Carols and motets from the medieval period and Renaissance up through the 21st century, including works by Victoria, Sweelinck, Britten, and Howells, along with beautiful arrangements for choir, harp, and oboe of favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Artistic Director Ryan James Brandau. $35 or $25 for students.

Great Music in a Great Space
Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
The annual Christmas Concert at St. John the Divine celebrates France! Poulenc’s stunning organ concerto gives the Great Organ a star turn, while his Four Motets evoke the mystery of the Christmas miracle. Charpentier’s charming In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum tells the Christmas story through a baroque lense, angels and shepherds abiding. $50–$75.

Renaissance Christmas
Dec. 10 at First Church of Christ, Scientist
Dec. 11, 18, & 25 at Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
To celebrate the holidays, Early Music New York’s Director Frederick Renz has selected carols, noels, and motets emanating from European sacred and secular rituals. Special holiday repertoire performed for voices and instruments. $20–$50.

New York Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 13–17
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
Messiah’s dazzling solos, instrumental fireworks, and glorious choral writing have made it the quintessential New York Philharmonic holiday tradition. $31–$145.

Cantori NY Holiday
Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. & Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St.
Annual celebration of the holidays with carols and Hanukkah songs classic and new. $15.

Pipes of Christmas
Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 922 Madison Ave.
The festive concerts, produced by the Clan Currie Society, offer a traditional Celtic interpretation of the holiday season with holiday favorites such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World,” and “Amazing Grace,” all performed live on pipes, drums, harp, fiddle, organ, and brass, accompanied by readings taken from Scottish, Irish, and Welsh literature. $60.

American Boychoir
Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
They’ve performed for every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy. America’s favorite boy singers provide a delightful program of holiday hymns and carols. These matchless choristers embody the pure spirit of Christmas music. This concert is guaranteed to warm your heart! $12–$25 suggested.

Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal
Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.
What better way to spend a holiday than with Storm Large (of Pink Martini fame)? Storm will love you, leave you, delight you and abuse you with wicked charm and stunning vocals that will have you begging for more. “Holiday Ordeal” is a night of music, gags, gifts, and some very special guests, with songs ranging from “2000 Miles,” “Hallelujah,” “Sock it to Me Santa,” and the greatest holiday song never written for the holidays, “Somebody to Love.” $30–$60.

Handel’s Messiah Sing-In
Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
You are the audience-chorus of almost 3,000 voices under the batons of 17 eminent conductors. Celebrate choral singing and sing in New York’s most joyous and popular Holiday Season music event. Featuring Jessica Sandidge, Eric Brenner, Roderick George, and Kevin Maynor. $30–$100.

Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall
Kent Tritle conducts Musica Sacra. Featuring Kathryn Lewek, Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Colin Balzer, and Scott Dispensa. $15–$95.

The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.
Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall
Since 1961, The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra have returned to the Perelman Stage every year to perform their signature work, Handel’s Messiah. $13.50–$92.

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace
Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Founded 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. This year we begin with the optimism of Haydn through his “Morning” Symphony and continue with the exuberance of Bach’s Gloria/et in terra pax, “And on earth peace,” from the monumental Mass in B Minor. $40–$150.


Park Armory Recital Series
Through Nov. 20
634 Park Ave.
Since its reopening, the Belle Epoque splendor of the Board of Officers Room has shown through in magical recitals that invoke the salon culture of the Gilded Age. Featuring recitals by Lisette Oropesa, Roderick Williams with Jenny Agutter and Susie Allan; Kristof Barati amd Klara Wurtz; and Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin; as well as two Lindemann Young Artist Concerts; and Roomful of Teeth.

Spiral Music
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Free.


Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, ¡Viva España!
Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.
St. Paul’s Church, 199 Carroll St., Brooklyn
Works exploring Spain’s musical influence on Latin America, including pieces by Victoria, Guerrero, and Morales; Sumaya’s extraordinary Lamentations of Jeremiah; and lively arrangements of Brazilian folk and popular music. With special guests Kaufman Center’s SMS High School Advanced Women’s Choir, Emily John, Director. $20.

Queens College Choral Society: 76th Winter Concert
Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.
Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony concludes with a glorious setting of Schiller’s famous ‘Ode to Joy,’ highlighting themes of freedom, unity and fellowship, which are particularly poignant at this time throughout the world. Brahms’s ethereal setting of Schiller’s poem Nänie is an extraordinary ‘requiem in miniature,’ providing comfort to those who have experienced loss. Paired together, these works highlight Schiller’s genius, and create an evening that is deeply meaningful and uplifting. $20.