December NYC Events + Only the Best NYC weekend corona culture (12/19)


Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes. For December we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sat). NEW STUFF!

Art & Museums – A Future Fair
Pop & Rock – Streaming the Holiday Spirit
Classical Music – John Zorn’s Pandemic Projects
KIDS – Extra Helpings of Fun
Dance – Art From a Bubble

“Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.”  (NYT)


In a tough year, NYC’s holiday windows are a glittering homage to hopeNY Post

“Joy to the world: The holiday windows have come! The COVID-19 pandemic has upended virtually every holiday traditionsitting on Santa’s lap, caroling, gathering at Grandma’s. But it actually is beginning to look a lot like Christmas outside Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf’s, Saks and Macy’s.”


60 Magical Things To Do In New York City This

“It’s officially December and that means holiday mania!

As 2020 comes to a close, New York City is bustling with activities — and even with various safety measures in place due to the pandemic, there’s simply no better place to get in the spirit of the season.

From bar transformations, dazzling light displays, and all the icy fun and shopping in between—here are 55 magically festive things to do in NYC this month.”


NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: December 18 – 24

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Make Music Winter 2020, Gimme 50, Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience!, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

Gimme 50

Gimme 50

Maysles Documentary Center

Manhattan / Sat, Dec 12, 2020 – Thu, Dec 31, 2020

In 1969 filmmaker brothers Albert and David Maysles set out to shoot a series of concerts by The Rolling Stones that culminated in their capturing one of the era’s most defining and consequential moments- the killing of a young Black man named Meredith Hunter by a Hells Angel during a free show at the Altamont Speedway in Tracy, California. GIMME SHELTER, the resulting film co-directed with Charlotte Zwerin, was released on December 6, 1970, and …

Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every December since 1980, seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter and his colleagues have celebrated the Winter Solstice at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine with a feast of music and dancing from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world. This December, with their beloved cathedral forum closed for events, their “41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration” will be a unique video presentation that will be available to a worldwide audience. With a theme of …

Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience!

Louis Armstrong Holiday Experience!

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Queens / Fri, Dec 18, 2020, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LAHM would love for you to join them tonight, December 18th at 7pm! as they celebrate the season with their favorite memories of Louis and Lucille at the holidays and performances by special guests: Champian Fulton, Ethan Iverson and Catherine Russell. LAHM’s Staff Member, Hyland Harris, will also provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of Louis’s den and will share numerous Holiday-themed treasures from our Archives, including a very special tape of Louis reading “The Night Before …

Make Music Winter 2020

Make Music Winter 2020

Make Music New York

Manhattan / Sat, Dec 19, 2020 – Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Celebrate the 10th annual Make Music Winter virtually this winter solstice. Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Make Music New York’s mission continues to drive them, and they hope that it inspires you: to provide New Yorkers with the opportunity to enjoy free, rejuvenating music and to support music makers in the process. Event Schedule: For Love and Only For Love: Letters to New York (In Person) Sat, Dec 19, 202012:00 PM  Sun, Jan 10, …



Merchant’s House Museum

Manhattan / Fri, Dec 18, 2020 – Thu, Dec 24, 2020

This December, one like no other, Summoners Ensemble Theatre’s “A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the MERCHANT’S HOUSE” returns for its 8th holiday season, virtually. Be transported back 150 years from the comfort of your home for this captivating one-hour performance filmed in the landmark Merchant’s House dressed for the joyous season with a table-top tree, boughs of holly, and flickering candles. In the spirit of Mr. Dickens’ message of compassion, generosity, and goodwill, we want performances to …


4 NYC Art Gallery Shows to See Right NowThe New York Times

“Julie Mehretu’s vibrant colors; Minjung Kim’s gray and black ink paintings; Jean Katambayi Mukendi’s “Quarantaine” drawings; and Bosco Sodi’s clay spheres.”


” Existential, fantastical, searching, and silly, these feeds help transport our critic while she’s stuck at home.”

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