The holidays are quickly approaching and as always, there are so many things going on around the city! Here are my top picks of the best trending parties, events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for December 2 – 8.
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT LUIS’ FOOD TOUR. OFFERED THURSDAYS FROM 6:00PM – 8:30PM. JOIN FOR A FOODIE FEAST AROUND THE CITY AND TRY 5-DISHES FROM AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANTS!
DAYBREAKER: 6-YEAR BIRTHDAY SPA-RTY
Sony Hall, 235 W 46th St, NY, NY 10036
December 4 | 6-9am | $25+
“To celebrate six magical years of mischief and dance, you’re invited to our birthday spa-rty inside legendary Sony Hall. Together, we’ll break the day with a cathartic sesh’ of The Class by Taryn Toomey—the one-and-only transcendental, heart-opening calisthenic workout that will tap into all the feels (we’re not crying, you’re crying). Then, once our heart rates sync up, DJ Ean Golden (one of the OG inventors of the turntable #nbd) will guide us to the dance floor with his signature ecstatic sound. And all this magic bundled up inside historic Sony Hall… Fun fact: Gene Kelly’s career started within these very walls. #woah So don your best robe (bonus points for 6-year-anniversary colors—purple, turquoise or white), pack a face mask and let’s start lucky year 7 with a bang. See you on the dancefloor.” – DayBreaker
SHANGHAI EXPRESS: HARLEM
The Alley Cat (Beekman Hotel) 10 Theatre Alley, NY, NY 10038
December 4 | 8:30pm-12:30am | $29+
“Join us as we step into the legendary time that was Harlem in the jazz age. From 1919 to the mid 1930s, there was an explosion of culture called the Harlem Renaissance, which brought both social and cultural change from an, as of yet, unheard voice. Initially a literary movement, the Harlem Renaissance laid the groundwork for a new perspective in visual art, politics, fashion, and, of course, music. After the civil war, many African Americans migrated to the north from both the south and rural areas and created a home in Harlem. It was an exciting and historic time, and Harlem became the heart of New York’s hopping jazz scene. You are invited to a party on the eve of the repeal of prohibition. It is a most decadent soirée with live music, dancing, cocktails, and intriguingly glamorous fellow guests. Music will be hot jazz and blues by Queen Esther & The Hot Five, and there will be burlesque performances by Delysia Lachatte. Your fellow guests might include Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Ethyl Waters, or Marcus Garvey.” – Shanghai Mermaid
Note: Casual attire not admitted. No jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, or baseball caps. You’ll have more fun if you dress up!
LIGHT UP LUMINARIES
December 3 | 5-8pm | Free
(December 4 – January 3, 2020 | 8am-10pm)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NY, NY 10281
“Light Up Luminaries signals the start of the holiday season with an evening full of fun and holiday cheer as Brookfield Place celebrates the spectacular light installation and holiday tradition. Enjoy free ice-skating on the waterfront, sweet treats, and live performances from Joe McGinty & The Losers Lounge and more! Special light shows will be presented at the top of every hour, set to popular holiday songs by Michael Bublé, The Bird and The Bee, Tony Bennett, and featuring a new show featuring “Let it Snow” by Pentatonix! And the holiday wishes interactive exhibit includes three Wishing Stations located on the ground that will allow visitors to send a touch-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, activating a magical display of lights and colors. Brookfield Place will donate $1, up to $25,000, for every wish made during the holiday season to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit that is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved and less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. The wishing experience follows the light show for approximately 55 minutes between 10am and 8pm.” – Brookfield Place
BROOKLYN WHISKEY FESTIVAL
December 7 | 2-5pm, 6:30-9:30pm | $65+ | Age 21+
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
“Brooklyn Whiskey Fest features over 100 styles of whiskey and spirits. Ticket holders are able to try their favorite as well as new spirits. All while getting to know more about the whiskies from experts that will take them on the ultimate tour of whiskey. Taste an outstanding selection of whiskies and even a variety of craft spirits ranging from the all American Kentucky Bourbons to Irish Whisky’s and more. Not sure Whiskey is your drink of choice? We also feature a variety of spirits including Vodka, Gin, Tequila and many more. Check out some of our local brews as well.” – Brooklyn Whiskey Fest
BIG APPLE CIRCUS
Now – February 2, 2020 | $45+
Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY 10023
A fun experience for all ages, get tickets to the Big Apple Circus! “Big Apple Circus returns to New York City’s iconic Lincoln Center! The 42nd Anniversary of the Big Apple Circus is a brand-new experience, featuring acts never seen before under our Big Top – including winners of America’s Got Talent, death-defying performances and dazzling immersive entertainment! Join the circus and be the first to experience this incredible and thrilling show.” – Big Apple Circus
Now – January 5, 2020 | $25
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, NY, NY 10014
“The boundary-bursting artist Jason Moran (b. 1975) grounds his practice in the composition of jazz, bridging the visual and performing arts through spellbinding stagecraft. Heralded as one of the country’s leading jazz innovators, Moran transmutes his personal experience of the world into dynamic musical compositions that challenge the formal conventions of the medium. His experimental approach to art-making embraces the intersection of objects and sound, pushing beyond the traditional in ways that are inherently theatrical. This exhibition—the artist’s first solo museum show—presents the range of work Moran has explored, from his own sculptures and drawings to collaborations with visual artists to performances.” – Whitney Museum of American Art
Now – December 30 | $33
718 Broadway, NY, NY 10003 (Broadway between 5th and 6th St)
“Arcadia Earth is a large-scale multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, you, the explorer, will learn how small lifestyle changes will have a massive impact on the future of our planet.” – Arcadia Earth
DERREN BROWN: SECRET
Now – January 4, 2020 | $49+
Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street, NY, NY 10036
“Derren Brown: Secret transports audiences into the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion. This theatrical experience challenges audiences to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide their lives.” – Broadway.com
JAGGED LITTLE PILL
In Previews, Official Opening December 5 | $59+
Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W 44th St., NY, NY 10036
“From Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno) comes an “urgent, wildly entertaining, and wickedly funny” (The Boston Globe) original story of suburban subversion inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-Award winning album.
Mary Jane Healy is a high-achieving homemaker who will do anything for her family, including their adopted African-American daughter Frankie, who is struggling to find her place in their lily-white community. But when the Healys’ lives begin to unravel, Mary Jane’s drive to keep her family together threatens to break them apart.” – Jagged Little Pill
Note: This show contains strong language, adult themes, drug use, and moments of sexual violence that some might find upsetting. This production also contains haze and strobe.