Selected Events (12/14) + Holiday Windows in NYCity 2014

Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014.
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

MERRY TUBA CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER –
SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music

The Everything Old Is New Again Holiday Concert  – Cabaret

Israel Horovitz’s Scrooge and Marley: Dickens Adaptation  –
SmartStuff/ Literary Reading

Justin Timberlake – Pop/Rock

Nostalgia Trains & Buses Return for the Holidays   – SpecialEvent/ Subways

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Dec.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

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MERRY TUBA CHRISTMAS AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 49th and 50th streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, at 3:30 p.m. 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 at Rockefeller Center 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.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening // free.

The Everything Old Is New Again Holiday Concert
WBAI fundraiser
“Join host David Kenney and a cast performers from the Broadway, Jazz & Cabaret world for an afternoon of music, fun and lots of prizes!!! The cast includes Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway; Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano; Gabrielle Stravelli and Pat O’leary; James Gavin and Carol Fredette; Karen Mason and Paul Rolnick; Karen Oberlin and Steve Ross ; KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar ; with Alex Rybeck at the piano.” (cabarethotline)
THE METROPOLITAN ROOM, 34 West 22nd St.
212-206-0440
3pm / $30-$250 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

Israel Horovitz’s Scrooge and Marley: Dickens Adaptation
Theatre at Trinity presents Scrooge & Marley, a staged reading of Israel Horovitz’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed by Handan Ozbilgin, this is a multi-generational, highly participatory fun parish event performed each year during Advent. Come and enjoy. Light reception to follow. All are welcome!
St. Paul’s Chapel
2PM / Suggested free will donation to Trinity Church: $5

Nostalgia Trains & Buses Return for the Holidays (Sundays thru 12/28)
Once again this holiday season, the MTA will offer nostalgia lovers the opportunity to the ride back into the past with rides on vintage buses and subway trains. There’s no better way to get around while doing your holiday shopping! Dating back to the early part of last century, the Nostalgia Train is made up of subway cars in service along the lettered lines between the early1930s to the mid-1970s. Equipped with ceiling fans, padded seats and incandescent light bulbs, the R/1 through R/9 cars served the IND and later some BMT lines. Customers will have the opportunity to hop on board as it operates along the Sixth Avenue M Subway Line.

Many New Yorkers bear fond memories of the trains. However, with the cars having been out of service for nearly 40 years, many more New Yorkers have never experienced the charm of wicker seats and ceiling fans.

The holiday “Nostalgia Train” will operate on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 14, 21, and 28.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Justin Timberlake
“The renaissance of Justin Timberlake’s solo career has been something of a transition for the former boyband star. With Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake established that he could continue on as a pop star in his own right — but The 20/20 Experience aims for adulthood and maturity, both sonically and in subject matter. “Mirrors” and “Suit & Tie” both sought a more contemporary, jazz-infused sound, and the rest of the record played with experimental instrumental breakdowns, gospel, and doo-wop. For the most part, it worked, and Justin was able to ascend into a new, more grown-up phase of his career.

The follow-up second volume of the record wasn’t as critically lauded as its predecessor, but revealed that Timberlake and his constant collaborator Timbaland aren’t afraid to take chances. But turning *NSync fame into a full-fledged solo career wouldn’t be possible for just anyone — JT still performs with the same verve and charisma that makes an arena feel like a living room.” (Caitlin White-VillageVoice)
Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue, at Flatbush Ave.
subway: #2/3 to barclays center (25-30 min from times square)
800-745-3000 / barclayscenter.com
9pm / $54.50 to $200.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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Holiday Windows in New York City 2014

Do me a favor, arrange your day so that you check out these windows after dark. They are so much more impressive at night.

Barneys holiday windows
This year, the Madison Avenue shop incorporates video, light installations and more forward-thinking concepts into its holiday displays. The theme is “A New York Holiday,” and elements include an interactive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a “floating city” created with 3-D mapping and light projections.
Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows
Bergdorf Goodman was inspired by ice this year: The shop’s holiday windows all present variations on the theme “Holidays on Ice,” with displays devoted to Halloween (with a masquerade party), Valentine’s Day and even Arbor Day. (Ice-skating trees? One can hope.)
Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St.
Until Wed Jan 7

Bloomingdale’s holiday windows
This year’s holiday windows at Bloomie’s puts the famous brown shopping bags into different shopping scenes around the world—everywhere from China and France to Great Britain and Italy (and, of course, Bloomingdale’s right here in New York City).
Bloomingdale’s 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St,
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Henri Bendel holiday windows
Henri Bendel has partnered with the estate of Al Hirschfeld to create window displays inspired by the celebrated cartoonist’s work. In one window, you’ll see 3-D depictions of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli and Woody Allen; in the store itself, Bendel’s giant tree becomes a playhouse for a model of Charlie Chaplin.
Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St.
Wed Dec 3 – Wed Dec 31

Lord & Taylor holiday windows
Children from NYC schools and Women in Need shelters were asked to create drawings based on the theme “What Is Christmas Made Of?” Those works, 125 of which are featured here, inspired the scenes in this year’s display.
Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Thu Jan 1

Macy’s holiday windows
Boasting a “Dream…and Believe” theme, Macy’s 2013 holiday windows depict a young boy’s journey through a magical dreamland. The six windows on the Broadway side of the store—Dream, Giving & Sharing, Joy, Beauty, Magic and Believe—use technology and LED lights to tell the story. Visiting families can also view the classic “Yes, Virginia…” windows on the 34th street side of the store.
Macy’s Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves.
Wed Dec 10 – Wed Dec 31

Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows
This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store’s exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop’s holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive window where visitors can display their own Yeti name (visit saks.com/snow for more details).
Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Tiffany & Co. holiday windows
Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany’s conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn beneath the trees.
Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, between 56th and 57th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

This comprehensive description and much more useful holiday info, including a holiday windows slide show, can be found at TONY magazine’s Christmas in NewYork Guide.

For more holiday windows photos, try the slideshows at the NYT and Refinery 29.

For “The Definitive Guide to New York City’s 2014 Holiday Window Displays” try the NewYorkObserver

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