Selected NYC Events (12/31)

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace 2016
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine / 7PM, a limited number of general admission seats are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5:30PM. Ticketed seating is also available.

“This year’s Concert for Peace features special guests Judy Collins, soprano Jamet Pittman, and Jason Robert Brown, with Brown performing his “To Build A Home,” the opening number, portraying an immigrant’s arrival to the heartland of the USA, from the musical The Bridges of Madison County. Brown will be joined by Elizabeth Stanley, who starred in the musical’s national tour. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a choral piece, “Come, Lord, And Tarry Not,” from a new oratorio by composer Georgia Stitt.

The optimism of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gloria/Et in terra pax from the monumental Mass in B Minor, and the beloved gospel song “This Little Light of Mine,” led by soloist Jamet Pittman, herald the coming of the new year. The celebration culminates with the light of thousands of candles held aloft by audience members.”


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

I have listed a few events below, but if you want the absolutely most comprehensive listing of  “Where to Catch Music and Comedy on New Year’s Eve”, then you have to go to the NYT Music section, always the best source for your music reviews and listings, where they have put all of their music reviewers on the case.

“Set the tone for 2017 by ringing in the new year with laughter. Hosted by Tom Dillon (pictured), this comedy spectacular includes performances by comedians such as Aaron Berg, Noah Gardenswartz, Jordan Rock, Doug Smith and Mike Vecchione. At the 10 p.m. show, audience members can watch the ball drop outside or on a big screen in the warmth of the comedy club, then dance to the stylings of DJ Wiz after midnight. ”
WHEN | WHERE 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway
INFO $38.25; 212-757-4100, (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

Janis Siegel
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St./ 9PM-12AM, $40-$100
“A mainstay of the popular vocal-jazz unit the Manhattan Transfer, Siegel has also maintained a solo career that places her own finely shaded singing in the spotlight. Her specialty is a repertoire that roams far and wide through jazz, pop, and Broadway ranges.” (NewYorker)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 2PM, +7PM,$25+
Blues Suite / Night Creature / Cry / Revelations
7:00PM Special Season Finale:
Including Revelations

“You don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. This December, engage your emotions as the world’s most popular dance company returns with five weeks of premieres, new productions, and returning favorites. Highlights include: Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream., which draws inspiration from the speeches and sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America, an unflinching look at the impact of the prison system on African-American families, a work created with the support of commissioning funds from City Center; Mauro Bigonzetti’s Deep, which soulfully melds international influences; and Johan Inger’s Walking Mad, a daring contemporary take on Ravel’s Bolero. And, of course, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations returns as an enduring masterpiece that unites us in hope.”

NOCHE FLAMENCA (Dec. 26-Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam Ave & 86th St./ 5PM, +8PM, $27.50+
“In the early 20th century, Arthur Schnitzler’s play “La Ronde” scandalized audiences with its vignettes of sexual encounters that breached class borders. The inventive and indispensable dance company Noche Flamenca interprets that work through a series of duets that explore the dynamics of loneliness and desire, feelings that flamenco captures well. Accompanying “La Ronde” in a 75-minute program, which will performed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 7, is “Creación,” inspired by the lives of Noche Flamenca’s incomparable star Soledad Barrio and the accomplished hip-hop dancer TweetBoogie (in a role also performed by Nubian Néné). The two will share the stage with younger women dancing both styles.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Holiday Windows and Tree Lightings

THE NYT “New York Today” column has a nice summary of the city’s department store holiday windows (BTW, I always start my day by reading this wonderful, quirky column):

Most beautiful: Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, at 58th St.
The store’s decadent, travel-themed windows, titled “Destination Extraordinary,” are like a high-fashion fairy tale transporting you out West with cactuses, to a jungle with gorillas, or atop the rolling hills of a medieval castle. Go at night, and you’ll see the entire block glowing green.

Most child-friendly: Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue, at 39th Street; and Macy’s Herald Square, at 34th Street and Seventh Avenue
At Lord & Taylor, look out for ice-skating bunnies, dancing raccoons and mice on skis. A big, snugly bear, too. The display, “Enchanted Forest,” feels ethereal and dreamlike. The sparkling blue, night-sky backdrop and soft lullaby bells might make you want to crawl into the window and drift into a deep winter’s sleep, no matter your age.

Macy’s is the best spot to see Santa Claus. Close in tow are Santa’s helpers, his reindeer and the lovely Mrs. Claus. Watch as Santa and his elves assemble gifts at the North Pole and use a special machine to determine who is nice, merry, jolly, ho-hum or naughty.

Best music: Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, at 49th St.
So loud you can hear it from over a block away — even above the honking traffic. The windows, the “Land of 1,000 Delights,” mix eye candy with real candy: over-the-top outfits alongside lollipops twice the size of the mannequins.

Best lights: Tiffany’s, 727 Fifth Avenue, at 57th St.
The building’s facade is covered with jewel-like lights that are probably larger than anything you’ll find in the store. Do they look like diamond brooches? Diamond insects? Diamond eyes with fluffy lashes and bushy brows? Depends where you stand.

Most creative: Barney’s, 660 Madison Avenue, at East 61st St.
In 2015, the store had real people carving ice sculptures in the windows. And this year, the display doesn’t disappoint.

Another must see over the holidays:

It’s that time of year when the twinkling glow of the Winter Village takes over Bryant Park. Allow yourself to be beckoned by a smooth expanse of ice on the skating rink; the holiday shops full of clothes, jewelry and other gifts; and the warm beverages and treats that come with the coldest season.
WHEN | WHERE at Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. skating rink through March 5.
INFO Free; 917-438-5166, (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

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