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The Best of New York
by GP's Community of Partner Venues

New York's culture centers offer dozens of events to fill your winter calendar with festive events for friends, family, and out of town guests! 


MUSIC: SCIENZE Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway 5PM. MC and producer SCIENZE, born and bred in Crown Heights, promises organic hip-hop to satisfy any mood to dance!

DANCE: BROOKLYN BALLET Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway 6PM. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar characters and scenes to represent the borough’s diverse traditions and vibrant cultures, from old Dutch Brooklyn to today’s Flatbush Avenue. 310 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

CURATOR TOUR: MARILYN MINTER Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway 6PM. Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, shares insights into the exhibition Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty.

HANDS-ON ART Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway 630PM to 830PM Zoom in on fingers, heads, mouths, and toes as we draw from live clothed models during this high-energy sketching session.

Feeling like it's more of a movie night? Visit BAM down the street for a comfy viewing of THE MET LIVE IN HDJulie Taymor’s shortened English-language production brings whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale, under the baton of maestro James Levine. This encore presentation reprises the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s heralded Live in HD series, featuring Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape.


Visit the always beautiful Wave Hill on Sunday for their seasonal foliage and events

FAMILY ART PROJECT: SEASON’S GREETINGS! Wave Hill House, 10AM‒1PM Get into the spirit of drawing winter in the garden by drafting flip-open frames and pop-out nature images reflecting early signs of winter. At 1130AM, join us for special live-action drawing/storytelling by guest artist Jeff Hopkins, and participate in his interactive story-mural about the season! Free with admission to the grounds. 

PRE-CONCERT TEA Wave Hill House, 12PM Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Mark Twain Room prior to today’s concert in Armor Hall. The Café at Wave Hill pairs a classic menu with an assortment of green, black and herbal teas. This traditional tea service includes the four classic elements of savory, scones, sweets and tea. The menu, presented by Great Performances, includes an array of tea sandwiches, scones and bite-sized desserts. Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of sparkling wine and strawberries. 

CONCERT: SWINGTIME BIG BAND Wave Hill House, 2PM For its second annual concert at Wave Hill, Swingtime Big Band, the authentic 20-piece swing band led by Steven Shaiman, offers a joyous collection of Swing Era classics. Hailed by The New York Times as “musicians who make the sounds of the pre-rock era rock”, the program features timeless music from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and Les Brown, with holiday favorites, including highlights from The Nutcracker Suite, in the mix. Special ticket pricing: $45/$35 Wave Hill Member for this full length concert with intermission. Order tickets online or onsite at the Perkins Visitors Center. 

GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS WALK Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet at Perkins Visitor's Center, 2PM.


BROOKYLN BALLET: THE BROOKLYN NUTCRACKER  Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor 8PM

 Treat yourself to an updated take on a holiday classic. Brooklyn Ballet presentsThe Brooklyn Nutcracker, transforming traditional characters and scenes to represent the diverse cultures of Brooklyn—from the Dutch colony to today's Flatbush Avenue. With special guest hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Join us for the premiere! Tickets are $25–$90 and available at

BAM MOVIE NIGHT: GOODBYE MR. CHIPS Peter Jay Sharp BuildingBAM Rose Cinemas 430PM, 745PM

Peter O’Toole received one of his seven Academy Award nominations for his portrayal of the mild-mannered British schoolteacher who carries on an improbable, decades-long romance with a music hall showgirl (pop star Clark). Unabashedly sweet and romantic, Goodbye, Mr. Chips is one of the last of the deluxe-budget, supremely entertaining musicals at which MGM so excelled.


SALSA PARTY 6PM to 10PM Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor. Warm up Thursday night with Balmir salsa dancing lessons and performances. These are extremely fun with the best local dance groups to get the dance party started. 


BAM PERFORMANCE: THE HARD NUT Peter Jay Sharp Building 730PM. Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker comes back to BAM for the holidays. A cascade of wit and wintry beauty, this lavish, gender-bent love letter to the classic transplants E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and featuring Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by the 53-piece MMDG Music Ensemble, Morris’ lyrical, modern retelling playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.

THE FIRST NOEL AT THE APOLLO 253 W 125th St, 730PM. The Classical Theatre of Harlem returns after a successful run last holiday season with The First Noel, in collaboration with the Apollo. This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres—from pop to jazz to gospel — to tell a universal story of love and belonging. This presentation follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP WEEKEND: NATURAL WREATHS AND SWAGS Wave Hill House, 11AM‒3PM. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill’s gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath or swag accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day demonstrates simple floral techniques and provides plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. $55/$45 Wave Hill Member per project. 

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP WEEKEND: AMARYLLIS GIFT KITS Wave Hill House, 11AM‒3PM. Amaryllis are easy to grow and produce dramatic blooms for the winter windowsill. Pot up an amaryllis bulb in a terracotta pot, cover it with a saucer and decorate the “kit” for a beautiful and environmentally-friendly gift, with Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. $35/$25 Wave Hill Member per project. Holiday Workshop Weekend event.


BAM PERFORMANCE: CITIZEN Choreographer Reggie Wilson’s (Moses(es), 2013 Next Wave; The Good Dance - dakar/brooklyn, 2009 Next Wave) deeply expressive postmodern work draws from the languages of the African diaspora, weaving elements of blues, slave, and spiritual cultures into contemporary and pedestrian movement vocabularies. Returning to BAM with Fist & Heel Performance Group, Wilson—who tours to the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Haiti next year as part of DanceMotion USASM, an exchange initiative led by the US Department of State and produced by BAM—presents a brand new work inspired by African-American figures throughout history who were conflicted and chose not to leave their home country in spite of pervasive racism. Five dancers engage with video projections in a series of provocative solos that overlap and intersect, asking: What does it mean to belong, and to not want to belong?


The Shop at Wave Hill welcomes special in-store vendors RubyLu Confections and Elena Rosenberg Knitware this weekend. Wrap up your holiday shopping and take advantage of the last days of 20% discounts for Wave Hill Members. Purchases over $100 receive a surprise stocking-stuffer gift. RubyLu handcrafts delicious caramels with seasonal flavors, including a special, limited batch of gift boxed caramels crafted using Wave Hill’s own honey! Elena Rosenberg’s collection of hand-knitted scarves and hats, hand-felted accessories and small decor objects and naturally dyed fabrics are luxurious, beautifully made gifts. 10AM to 4PM.


Christmas Eve at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

An accomplished bandleader and a saxophonist with the sweetest tone, Sherman Irby is a longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO). This season, he’ll be spreading the Christmas spirit far and wide, serving as music director for the JLCO’s  performances in Rose Theater before bringing this exclusive series to Dizzy’s Club . These intimate sets will be the debut of , a family-friendly program that also promises to engage adults looking for sophisticated and uplifting holiday entertainment. Irby’s top-notch band features fellow JLCO member Vincent Gardner, Willie Jones III, Gerald Cannon, Larry Willis, and vocalist Sofija Knezevic


THE DEAD, 1904 Celebrate New Year's Eve 2017 in 1904 Dublin! We'll have two performances of THE DEAD, 1904 - an immersive dinner theater production of James Joyce's novella - on New Year's Eve, at 5:00 and 8:30 (the 8:30 show will be followed by Irish music and midnight champagne). The dinner, conceptualized and catered by us for each performance, imitates the feasts of the time with beef tenderloin with fig sauce, honey-glazed ham, potatoes, bread pudding and drinks. Tickets Here.

Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant with pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers.

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a breathtaking young vocalist who has taken the jazz world by storm. Through original compositions, timeless hits, and forgotten gems, Salvant assimilates a vast lineage of jazz vocalists into her own powerful and distinct expression. The 26-year-old recently won the 2016 Grammy Award® for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and she continues to lead critics’ polls and sing at top venues around the world. Our concert halls are always packed when Salvant performs, and these special New Year's Eve shows in our most intimate performance space are sure to sell out quickly.

Ticket price at 11pm includes a three course menu plus a midnight champagne toast. The set price covers the performance, menu, and tax; does not include gratuity or additional drinks. Seats will be sold general admission, table and high table seating. Depending on house availability, customers may be seated with another party. High tables accommodate two seats each. Maximum of eight seats per order. 

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