Friday, November 29
Holiday Tree Lighting
South Street Seaport, Pier 17
The Seaport's 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place again this year providing holiday fun for the entire family. Enjoy live music, and at 6pm, hit the ice as the opening of the See/Change ice rink opens to skaters.
Ice Skating at Brookfield Place
North Cove Marina Brookfield Place
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
$15; $5 rentals
Located at the foot of the Winter Garden in Battery Park City, this new ice skating rink offers winter fun for all ages. Skate rentals, events, classes and other activities are available. Through mid-March.
Arlene's World Famous Live Rock 'n' Roll Karaoke
95 Stanton Street, btwn Orchard and Ludlow
Take the best elements of a theatrical live rock concert, marry that to a super-charged karaoke/talent show night where only positive reinforcement and onstage rock stardom are its prizes and delightful voyeurism reigns supreme, and you'd be somewhere in the ballpark of the live R and R karaoke show at Arlene's Grocery.
Saturday, November 30
Alphabet City Squats and Gardens Tour
155 Ave C, btwn 9th and 10th streets
The Lower East Side has the highest concentration of community gardens and squats of any neighborhood in the country. Come explore these cutting-edge, sustainable buildings and spaces on this one-of-a-kind, full-access walking tour.
Polanski's Scottish Play
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, at 2nd street
With Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Terrence Bayler, and Martin Shaw. Polanski's blood-soaked, Hugh Hefner-produced version of Macbeth was the first film he made following the murder, at the hands of Manson and his cult, of his wife Sharon Tate. Perhaps unsurprisingly it's a nightmarish, despairing, and graphic adaptation of what is already Shakespeare's most brutal and unrelenting play. Working in collaboration with writer Kenneth Tynan, Polanski stays true to Shakespeare even as he creates a deeply personal film.
Sunday, December 1
Real Deal Comics: Human Sexuality with Ivan Velez
Seward Park Library, 192 East Broadway
3:30- 4:30 p.m.
Real Deal Comics create manga characters, telling stories of diversity, empowerment and tolerance. Creativity-based workshops in NYPL branches across Manhattan and the Bronx will include a presentation from the artist about their work, a discussion about the role art plays within the AIDS movement, and an opportunity for teens to make art.
Radical Alphabet City Tour
Come visit legendary historic sites where the community faced off with gentrification and corporate power. Peek inside vibrant community gardens and legendary tenement buildings, Tompkins Square Park, the first community-based recycling center and the symbol of gentrification, The Christodora House.
Monday, December 2
Cameras to the Streets: Photography Workshop for Teens
Learn techniques, composition and editing - all the secrets of taking great photos even with something as basic as a smartphone. All skill levels and camera types welcome! For Teens 12 to 18 years old.
World AIDS Day at The New School
55 West 13th Street, Dorothy Hirshon Suite
6 ? 8:30 p.m.
25th annual observance of World AIDS Day, participate in a discussion on current trends in political, medical, and social action around HIV/AIDS.
Tuesday, December 3
Give a Jam
1 Oak, 453 West 17th Street, 10th Avenue
Cocktails and dancing for a cause, with DJ sets by Dave 1 of Chromeo, Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis. All proceeds benefit 92Y's #GivingTuesday program which celebrates those who have been affected by 92y.
Winter Garden Holiday Fest
220 Vesey Street
5:30 ? 7 p.m.
Design and build your own Winter Sleigh Ship and sail it down the ice flume led by ScrapKins, a NYC-based organization that teaches DIY resourcefulness to kids everywhere. The ScrapKins' Igloo Playhouse, Polar Bear and Monster Mascot Itcher add to the fun! Enjoy special performances of A Christmas Carol by New York Classical Theatre and rollicking dance music from Metropolitan Klezmer. Warm up with holiday treats by Mud Hot Chocolate and One Girl Cookies.
Wednesday, December 4
75 Wall Street
Ghost Ensemble performs experimental music that explores the experience of listening. Combining classical instruments, voice, and electronics, they create otherworldly soundscapes from healing to haunting to hypnotic. Chosen works span the range from contemporary classical to medieval to improvised music.
36 Battery Place
Author Lily Brett in conversation with Liel Leibovitz, senior writer, Tablet Magazine. Australian rock journalist Lily Brett rubbed elbows with Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who, but started her life in a German DP camp - the child of Auschwitz survivors. Brett explores this unusual trajectory in her autobiographical novel Lola Bensky.
Thursday, December 5
Ben and Jerry's
2 Water Street
Ben and Jerry's joins Water Street Pops! Winter Festival tol talk about fair trade, activism, and their philosophy. Be one of the first 20 customers and receive a free hot chocolate float!
JDUB Reunion Chanukah Bash
The innovative and beloved Jewish record label and event production company that disbanded in 2011 brings together a rousing lineup of alumni to fête the Festival of Lights performances by Socalled, The Sway Machinery, and DeLeon.