NYC LIFE: Music, Holiday Windows, Dining Questions, Broadway Shows
The magic of NYC during the holidays is here. The seasonal markets are open, the ice rinks are icing, and the holiday windows are shimmering. We’ve got the window scoop, along with some other fun holiday suggestions. And if you have a “Where should I dine?” question, who better to ask then Gael Greene. Valerie Smaldone says Kerry Washington is luminous in “American Son” on Broadway, and “The One” is an evening of fun and good laughs. Rita Hayworth, the femme fatal redhead, would have turned a 100 this year, and in her honor, the Film Forum will be screening several of her most iconic films. And speaking of stunning and talented redheads, Karen Nason will be performing at Don’t Tell Mama on Dec. 1st. And it’s a benefit in support of girls around the world.
Dec. 1. Karen Nason Show to Benefit “Because I am a Girl”
The awesome Karen Nason, and our first Tomatoes Got Talent winner, is bringing her new show, “From Maine to Manhattan” to Don’t Tell Mamas. She’s a powerhouse singer with great stories and guests include Sidney Myer, and piano players Loren Korevec who played for years at “Elaine’s” and with “The Band, pls Joel Diamond music composer who has worked Eric Clapton and Graham Parker . And the $25 cover fee will be donated to our favorite non-profit, “Because I am a Girl”. Reserve now. CASH only and there is a 2- drink minimum.
Now to Nov. 29. Discover (or Rediscover) Rita Hayworth
The femme fatale would have turned a 100 this year, and in her honor, the Film Forum will be screening several of her most iconic films. From dramatic roles like Gilda, to musicals – including two opposite Fred Astaire, “You’ll Never Get Rich” (1941) and “You Were Never Lovelier”, this dazzling and Brooklyn Born redhead was stunning on the big screen. And now you can see 12 her best films. And watch the video clip we’ve posted of her and Astaire.
The Holiday windows
Our favorite holiday windows have always been Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue store. Sadly after 104 years, the store is closing, this year’s windows (only 5 are decorated) are the very last. Sigh. But Saks 5th Avenue is more than making up for the loss of L&T with yet another fabulous light display, and their Broadway theme windows. (We’ve posted a video.) Macy’s theme is “Believe in the Wonder of Giving”. Bloomingdale’s pays tribute to the Grinch, Tiffany’s features a “Tiffany blue” break-dancing robot. Cartier is wrapped in a red velvet bow and FAO Schwartz has reopened! Get out and enjoy them.
Nov. 24-25. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that showcases the best of Brooklyn. Head to Gowanus and You’ll find over 60 handpicked local artisans and food vendors, with fine handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times for the whole family on Thanksgiving weekend.
This annual holiday event is a celebration of the incredible creative talent that Brooklyn has to offer. Get the details.
Nov. 27. – Dec. 29. Charles Dickens’ Christmas
Ready for an old-fashioned Christmas experience? It’s December 1867, Charles Dickens arrives in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, in the elegant and intimate parlor of the Landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum and be transported back 150 years in this captivating and critically acclaimed one hour performance created from Dickens’ own script. Get the details.