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The Fotografiska Holiday Edition

Hello New Yorkers and Friends:

We are back from Uzbekistan. While the Silk Road was amazing and in ways, too good to be true, so is this other fabled city on the East Coast of the States. But glad to be back, as in addition to several new shows turning up, the photo museum for which we have waited for two years or more is finally opened! Fotografiska NYC is the American version of the Stockholm-based destination for the world’s best photography. Founded in 2010, brothers Jan and Per Broman built the concept of Fotografiska on the foundation of photography as a haven for innovation, inclusivity and free expression.

Located in 1894 “The Church Mission Building”, the space has been renovated and opens with four — count ‘em — four exhibits:

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Fan’s of Schitt’s Creek, the Toronto TV Dark Horse, will have a chance for their own townie experience at the pop-up 13-15 Dec.


The Bell House presents Michael Ian Black: Multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, prolific author and commentator.The Bell House, 149 7th Street, 12 December, 8pm, $20.

Powerhouse presents, Journal Launch: All-American XIX: No Small Thing:Bruce Weber shares photography duties in this issue with Consuelo Kanaga, a lesser-known contemporary of Stieglitz — and with John Dugdale, who employs 19th century photography techniques in a practice informed by the AIDS crisis. Powerhouse, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 13 Dec., 6pm Free, RSVP.

Powerhouse presents Nathan Robinson, Why You Should Be A Socialist: Today, more young people support socialism since the labor movement of the 1920s. Powerhouse, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn, 13 Dec., 7pm, Free, RSVP.

Schitt’s Creek Pop-Up: An immersive to-do that will give fans the chance to experience parts of the series’ most iconic sets this holiday season, along with interactive photo moments, access to limited merchandise and more. The Gallery at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St., 13-15 Dec., Free.

FotoGrafiska Opening: The FotoGrafiska Museum is the NYC location of the renowned Stockholm-based center of the world’s best photography. See Canvas for Exhibits. 281 Park Avenue South at 22nd Street, 14 Dec., 9am, $28.

What the Dickens?: Ring in the holidays with HousingWorks’ tenth annual reading of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol." With Leslie Jamison, Lisa Ko, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Parul Sehgal, Rob Spillman and others. HousingWorks Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., 14 Dec., 12-4pm, Free.

Parkour & Ninja Warrior Intro Workshop: An introductory workshop to the training discipline of parkour. Includes fundamentals of parkour moves, parkour exercises and training drills on a soft floor. Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 14 Dec., 5:15pm, $35.

See Brooklyn Glass, NYC's Premier Glassblowing and Neon Art Facility:  With a 2,100-degree furnace burning 1,300 pounds of molten glass, one facility in Brooklyn pumps out some of the finest glass blowing, neon art, and lampworking in New York City.  Brooklyn Glass, 142 13th Street, Brooklyn, 14 Dec., 4:15, $32.

Kombucha 101 & Workshop @ Farm.One: Step inside a hidden urban farm in Manhattan to learn the magic behind this health-packed elixir, and how to brew your own delicious version of this "boozy tea" from the comfort of your own home. Farm.One (Floor 1), 77 Worth St., 15 Dec., 2pm, $65.

Exploring the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Feed your annual holiday spirit addiction with a trip to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, which has become internationally renowned for its over-the-top Christmas lights. Walgreens (Outside), 7009 13th Ave., 15 Dec., Brooklyn, 7pm, $32.

The Art of Wax Model Making @ Madame Tussauds:  Learn the art of wax model making from Hollywood A-Listers to famous world leaders — led by one of Madame Tussauds’ most experienced staff members. Madame Tussauds, 234 West 42nd Street, 18 Dec., 6pm $39.

After-Hours Tour @ New York Historical Society & Conservation Lab: Step inside NYC’s oldest museum after dark to see its most historic rooms without the crowds, and discover firsthand what it’s like to be a conservator for a renowned museum and library. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 18 Dec., 6pm, $65.

Gourmet Eggnog Demo & Tasting: Learn the art of gourmet eggnog making with the legendary Jon Lovitch, a celebrated chef in New York who has gained international recognition for his annual GingerBread Lane holiday exhibition. 110 West 26th St., 19 Dec., 7pm, $39.

Inside the Secret "Treasures in the Trash" Museum: A behind-the-scenes look inside a curated 50,000 piece collection of New Yorkers' trash dating back to the 1980s. NYC Department of Sanitation Garage, 1st Avenue and 99th St, 19 Dec., 3:15pm, Free.

Gingerbread House Workshop with Creator of GingerBread Lane: Take your graham cracker game to the next level with the chef who holds the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village in the world. Church of Sweden, 5 East 48th St., 20 Dec., 7pm, $55.

Moth StorySLAM (Names): Prepare a five-minute story involving a name. Name dropping, name calling and making a name for yourself. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., 19 Dec., 7pm, $10 themoth.org. *Tickets become available 1 week before the show, at 3pm ET.

Moth StorySLAM (Regrets): Prepare a five-minute story about failed decisions. The one that got away. Or the many that got away. The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 20 Dec., 7pm, $10, themoth.org. *Tickets will become available 1 week before the show, at 3pm ET.

The Bell House presents Dollylujah!: A Celebration of Dolly Parton: Join Brooklyn's Premier Dolly Parton cover band, Doll Parts for a Holiday celebration of our Lord and savior Dolly Parton. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, 20 December, 8pm, $16.

Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Includes the art, architecture, and secrets hiding in plain sight. Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 21 Dec., 2pm, $29.

Exclusive Tour @ Claus Porto, Historic Luxury Soap Maker: An exclusive tour at the international flagship store of luxury soap maker Claus Porto — since their founding in 1887 in Porto, Portugal, Claus Porto has built their name on hand-crafted and artisanal soaps. Claus Porto, 230 Elizabeth St., 21 Dec., 11am, $20.

Exploring the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights: Feed your annual holiday spirit addiction with a trip to Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, which has become internationally renowned for its over-the-top Christmas lights. Walgreens (Outside), 7009 13th Ave., 21 Dec., Brooklyn, 7pm, $32.

Behind-the-Scenes @ The Chimneys, 1920s Mansion and Speakeasy: Step inside one of Long Island’s best-preserved 20th-century mansions to see how a 1920s socialite balanced traditional life above ground, with an underground party center below. The Community Synagogue, 160 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY, 22 Dec., 2pm, $45.

Behind-the-Scenes @ Eclectic Props, Largest Film & TV Prop Company in NY: An exclusive tour of Eclectic/Encore Props, New York City’s largest collections of antiques, furniture, and accessories for movies and TV on the East Coast. Eclectic/Encore Properties (2nd Floor), 47-51 33rd Street, 27 Dec., 12pm, $25.

Inside the Museum of the American Gangster & 1920s Speakeasy: A late night tour of one of NYC’s most notorious Prohibition-era speakeasies, Scheib’s Place, where participants see how crime has shaped the politics, culture, myth and lore of New York City. Museum of the American Gangster, 80 Saint Marks Place, 3 Jan., 6pm, $25.

Art of Billiards Workshop with Tony Robles, Professional Pool Player: Learn the art of billiards from local Tony Robles, one of the country’s most celebrated pool sharks, at the Manhattan showroom of Blatt Billiards, a family owned business that has made some of the world's finest billiard tables since 1923. Blatt Billiards, 330 West 38th St., 8 Jan., 6:30pm, $35.

Campbell Scott replaces his dad, George C., as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, on Broadway.


A Christmas Carol: Starring Campbell Scott (“House of Cards”) and Tony Award winners Andrea Martin (Pippin) and LaChanze (The Color Purple), this production is an immersive experience brimming with Christmas spirit. Lyceum, 149 West 45th St., thru 5 Jan., from $40.

Greater Clements: Greater Clements, Idaho, is a mining community where properties are being purchased by wealthy out-of-state people, forcing out lifelong residents, including Maggie, who is on the verge of shutting down her family’s Mine Tour and Museum business. But an old friend brings a tempting offer. Lincoln Center Theater, 150 West 65th St., thru 19 Jan., from $92.

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: World premiere play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City. Atlantic Theater Company, 336 West 20th St., thru 5 Jan., from $60.

The Thin Place: Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one. Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42 St., thru 5 Jan., from $59.

Keep: British storyteller and comedian Daniel Kitson returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse with his latest solo work, Keep: A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. St. Ann’s Warehouse,45 Water Street, Dumbo, thru 19 Dec., $25.

Judgment Day: Ödön von Horváth’s seldom-performed, penultimate play from 1937. A well-liked, dutiful train station master is momentarily distracted by a young woman and seconds later eighteen people are dead. Standing in the wreckage, he struggles with the overwhelming power of conscience. Park Ave. Armory, 643 Park Ave., thru 11 Jan., from $35.

West Side Story: One of the most daring theater-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove — offers a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Broadway Theater, 1681 Broadway, thru 8 Sept. 2020, from $39.


Wozzeck: A dark story of madness and murder in war, Wozzeck is an adaptation of Büchner’s groundbreaking and highly influential work, which was in progress at the author’s death in 1837 and was not performed until 1913. The Met, Lincoln Center, 27 Dec. thru 22 Jan., from $30.


The Nutcracker Suite: Some new “nuts” in town:

  • Dorrance Dance: interpretation of Duke Ellington conceived into 30 minutes by Michelle Dorrance with scenes set to “Sugar Rum Cherry,” “Toot Toot Tootie Toot,” and “Peanut Brittle Brigade.” Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., 17 Dec. thru 5 Jan., from $91.

  • George Balanchine’s Classictake for New York City Ballet, with thrilling second-act choreography for both Dewdrop and the Sugarplum Fairy. Lincoln Center, Koch Theatre, thru 5 Jan., from $237.

  • The Yorkville Nutcrackertakes place in and around Gracie Mansion. Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, East 68th St., 13-15 Dec., from $60.

  • The “Brooklyn Nutcracker” merges ballet with flexin’, Native American hoop dancing, and Chinese fan dancing. Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., 4 Dec., 2pm, 7pm, from $30.

  • “Nut/Cracked”, a variety show full of tongue-in-cheek gags, such as a dancer tapping in point shoes while eating takeout Chinese. Flea Theatre, 20 Thomas St., 20-22 Dec., from $35.

The artist formerly known as Mos Def comes to Sony Hall at the end of the month. Don’t miss this crafty performer.


Songkick, Ticketfly or Bowery Presents

Lizzo: 13 Dec., Madison Square Garden

Emel Mathlouthi: 14 Dec., Pioneer Works @ Brooklyn, NY

Live from Here with Chris Thiele: 14 Dec., Town Hall, with Sara Bareilles

The Fixx: 14 Dec., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St.

Yesiin Bey (Mos Def): 29 Dec., Sony Hall, 235 W. 46th St.

Agnes Obel: 16-17 Jan., National Sawdust, Brooklyn

Cold War Kids: 4-5 Feb., Webster Hall

Iron & Wine + Calexico: 6 Feb., Webster Hall

The Lumineers: 14 Feb., Barclay’s Center

Bat For Lashes: 19 Feb., Town Hall

Kamasi Washington: 20 Feb., Kings Theatre

Brooklyn Nets (Barclay’s Center)

v. Philadelphia 76ers, 15 Dec., 6pm

v. Atlanta Hawks, 21 Dec., 6pm

v. New York Knicks, 26 Dec., 8pm

v. Toronto Raptors, 4 Jan., 6pm

v. Oklahoma City Thunder, 7 Jan., 7:30pm

v. Miami Heat, 10 Jan., 7:30pm

New York Rangers (Madison Square Garden)

v. Nashville Predators, 16 Dec., 7pm

v. Toronto Maple Leaves, 20 Dec., 7pm

v. Anaheim Ducks, 22 Dec., 12:30pm

v. Carolina Hurricanes, 27 Dec., 7pm

v. Colorado Avalanche, 7 Jan., 7pm

v. New Jersey Devils, 9 Jan., 7pm

Roger Brown belonged to the Chicago Imagists, who pulled from idiosyncratic sources to produce deeply personal work, shirking the cool, stylistic orthodoxies.


Origami Holiday Tree: The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is T-rex and Friends: History in the making, with models inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, thru 12 Jan., Free w/paid admission.

Olive Ayhens, Urbanites and Ur-Beasts: Imagining a world that used to be as she struggles to understand what our world will be, the artist has painted fantastical scenes that include extinct mammals and beasts juxtaposed against modern – even post-apocalyptic – cityscapes. Bookstein Projects, 60 East 66th Street, 3rd Floor, thru 20 Dec., Free.

Roger Brown: Brown began exhibiting his work in the late 1960s, alongside a group of artists often referred to as the Chicago Imagists, who pulled from idiosyncratic sources to produce deeply personal and visually diverse work, shirking the cool, stylistic orthodoxies that dominated on the coasts. Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Ave., 3rd Floor, through 11 Jan., Free.

Kent Mockman, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): A Cree artist widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, Mockman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience. The Met has commissioned two paintings for its Great Hall. The Met, 1000 Fifth Ave., 19 Dec. thru 12 April, Free.

The Shape of Shape: An Artist’s Choice exhibition, explores works in MoMA’s collection in which shape does prevail over considerations. These works start with physical perception rather than abstract logic. Often eccentric, poetic, or intimate, these works are like bodies that speak. MoMA, 11 West 53rd, thru 12 Apr., $28.

Making, Knowing, the Craft of Art: New perspectives on subjects that have been central to artists, including abstraction, popular culture, and feminist and queer aesthetics with craft-informed techniques of making. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., thru 31 Jan., $28.

A look at the true nature of poaching and the motivations behind it in Africa in When Lambs Become Lions.


A Hidden Life: The story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Angelika, West Village.

Cunningham: Traces Merce's artistic evolution over three decades of risk, from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world's most visionary choreographers. In 3D. Film Forum, SoHo.

Hell on the Border: Western that tells the incredible true story of Bass Reeves, the first black marshal in the Wild West. Having escaped from slavery after the Civil War, he arrives in Arkansas seeking a job with the law. To prove himself, he must hunt down a deadly outlaw. Cinema Village, East Village.

Richard Jewell: The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect. Cinema Village, East Village.

When Lambs Become Lions: In the Kenyan bush, a small-time ivory dealer fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn't been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.Cinema Village, East Village.

The Disappearance of My Mother: As iconic fashion model in the 1960's, Benedetta became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970's, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she became fed up with all the roles to disappear to an unknown place as far as possible from this world. Quad Cinema, West Village.

The Two Popes: Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict. Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome. IFC Center, West Village.

Tremors: Pablo is a 40-year-old married father, a role model and a practicing evangelical Christian, but his perfect traditional life begins to crack when he falls in love with a man. And his life becomes a hell of repressive intolerance when his family and his church decide to do whatever it takes to "cure him". Quad Cinema, West Village.

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