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Looking Ahead: December 2015

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The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails – Now through January 2, 2016 A play with a capella accompaniment, The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails is a cheeky twist on the Dickens holiday classic. In this playful retelling, three spirits (of the fantastical and alcoholic variety) visit a bewildered Scrooge whose Christmas bash is a certain failure unless he can mix and muddle holiday cocktails from the past, present and future. After the show, audience members are free to enjoy the play’s boozy refreshments. Talk about being filled with the holiday spirit(s)!

 

 

The Met’s Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque CrècheNovember 24, 2015 through January 6, 2016 In true holiday tradition, a lush, 20-foot blue spruce tree has been erected before the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s famed choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid. The staggering display features ornate and beautifully crafted figurines: 22 cherubs and 55 suspended angels, some of which date back to the 18th century. At the tree’s base is a stunning Nativity scene made up of an additional 69 figurines.

 

 

Unsilent Night December 12 This is Christmas caroling as you’ve never experienced. Unsilent Night is a “mobile sound sculpture” composed and directed by Phil Kline, now in its 24th year! Kline recorded four musical arrangements which, when played together, create a complete symphony. Participants will meet, boombox in hand, in Washington Square Park and, on cue, simultaneously press play. The performance art group will then parade from the West Village to the East Village.

 

 

Jazz Age Tea DanceDecember 13 Throughout the 19th century, afternoon tea dances were a popular form of at-home entertainment. Forgoing a formal (and costly) sit-down dinner, hosts invited guests to waltz and tango in their drawing rooms. Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra set out to revive this dormant tradition with the Jazz Age Tea Dance where today’s New Yorkers step onto Webster Hall’s dance floor with a partner to learn the foxtrot. When you need to get off your feet, sip on tea and nibble on scones and sandwiches in the adjacent bar area.

 

 

Good Riddance Day December 28 New Year’s Eve often stirs reflection as we take inventory of the year’s events, the good and bad. To clear your mind for a hopeful 2016, you can literally shred an unwanted memory a few days earlier on Good Riddance Day in Times Square. This practice borrows from a similar Latin American tradition in which dolls stuffed with objects and artifacts representing the past were burned. To participate, submit your objectionable memory here and on December 28th, submissions will be cut into ribbons.