Friday, December 13
Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, btwn 68th and 69th streets
7:30 p.m., $13; $5 children, students, seniors
The Hunter College Choir, under the direction of Paul F. Mueller and Matthew Rupcich, will present Handel's stirring Foundling Hospital Anthem and Finzi's evocative In Terra Pax, as well as Vivaldi's energetic Dixit Dominums. To conclude, the concert will include short works by Benjamin Britten to honor the 100th anniversary of his birth.
E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker
Talent Unlimited High School of the Performing Arts, 317 East 67th Street
3:30/7 p.m., $8 advance; $10 at door
Talent Unlimited High School of the Performing Arts is presenting its 19th Annual Performing Arts Celebration of the Holidays featuring performances from the vocal, instrumental, dance, drama and musical theatre studios.
Sounds of the Season
The Unforgettables Chorus
The Atrium, 601 Lexington Avenue, btwn East 53rd Street and East 54th Street
1 p.m., Free
The first chorus of its kind for people with dementia and their family members and friends Conductors and Directors: Tania Papayannopoulou and Dale Lamb.
Saturday, December 14
Winter Bash / Ages 40-5
92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
7:30 p.m., $35
Start the new year right by sticking to an important resolution?meeting new people. Refreshments are included.
Saturday Night Swing Dance
Join for a fun-filled night of swing dancing to live music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, hosted by Myrna Caceres. No experience or partner necessary. Wine and sangria cash bar available.
7 p.m. Class / 8 p.m.-1 a.m. open dancing
Sunday, December 15
Salzburg Marionette Theatre: The Ring Cycle and Alice in Wonderland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
12 and 3 p.m.
$60 adults/$30 children
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland comes to life with a production featuring the March Hare, the Mock Turtle, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and, the Queen and King of Hearts, all brought to life through a creative set design and newly recorded score, taken from period dance music.
Christmas Caroling with Boomers and Beyond and Ignatian 40s
Lott Assisted Living Residence, 5th Avenue, btwn 107th and 108th streets
1:30 p.m., Free
Calling all Boomers and Beyonders and Ignatian 40s. You don't have to be a super soprano or terrific tenor, just someone who wants to join with us in sharing some Christmas joy through song, and perhaps stop at a local spot for a snack and drink afterward.
Monday, December 16
Colum McCann and Norman Rush
92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
8 p.m., $27
Colum McCann's new novel is Transatlantic. "This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle," wrote Emma Donaghue. Norman Rush's new novel is Subtle Bodies. He thrills "literary readers with his extraordinary prose, which could only be American, and which, like Bellow's language, combines high and low registers in greatly unstable compounds," wrote James Wood.
Dan Lauria in Conversation with Peter Filichia
Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, btwn Park and Lexington avenues.
5:30 p.m., Free
Actor Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years," Lombardi, A Christmas Story, the musical) will discuss his career and his new children's book, "The Blue Hair Club". Peter Filichia, theater critic emeritus for the Star-Ledger, will be the moderator. Dan will discuss the anti-bullying themes in the book and in A Christmas Story and will share his plans for getting kids motivated about creating their own stories. Book sales benefit a charity that assists single moms and families in crisis. RSVP required.
Tuesday, December 17
Community Board 8 Housing Committee Meeting
Celebrity Center, 65 East 82nd Street, btwn Madion and Park avenues
6:30 p.m., Free
What's inside that PC? A Computer Buying Guide
96th Street Library 112, East 96th Street, btwn Park and Lexington avenues
2-3 p.m., Free
Learn about computer technology, and what you should know before you make that big purchase. In this class we will dissect a desktop and a laptop computer to learn about the hardware inside. RSVP required
212- 289-0908; nypl.org
Wednesday, December 18
Sound of the Seaon: Lighthouse Vocal Ensemble
Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School, 150 East 58th Street, btwn Lexington and Third avenues
The nation's only music school dedicated to helping people pursue their interest in music while overcoming the challenges of vision loss. Students include children and young people enrolled in public and private schools, colleges and universities; professional musicians - and anyone interested in enrichment through lifelong musical learning.
Community Board 8 Full Board
New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, Auditorium
Thursday, December 19
Community Board 8 Public Safety Committee Meeting
Brick Presbyterian Church,62 East 92nd Street, Watson Hall
Safety Presentation by representatives of the FDNY's Fire Safety Education Division. Q and A to follow.
'Tis The Season - Films with Holiday Scenes
2-4 p.m., Free
"Holiday," Starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan. Directed by George Cukor, 1938, b and w, 95 minutes. A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long suffering brother.