WEEK AHEAD: Everything Going On Below Canal Street (11.29.18)
Welcome to this week's edition of Week Ahead, your rundown on everything going on below Canal Street this weekend and coming week. We’ve vetted and collected the best events (many are FREE!) for you on the Life Below Canal calendar. Here are a few of our favorite events/activities coming up...
-Thursday 11.29 - Tal Yardeni Sings Holiday Tunes at Westfield Westfield World Trade Center - Tal Yardeni is thrilled to be back at the Oculus. Come and hear Tal sing your favorite holiday tunes. Tal Yardeni is an acclaimed singer who regularly performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below to various venues around the city. Accompanied by Eric Fotre Leach on piano.
-Thursday 11.29 - Hanukkah Jam! Kids Concert & Taste of Hanukkah at Whole Foods Market - JCP (Jewish Community Project Downtown) and PJ Library invite families to get ready for Hanukkah at this FREE afternoon of fun and food. There will be a Hanukkah Jam featuring holiday music and stories with Tkiya: the Jewish Community Music Initiative, followed by a holiday food tasting provided by Whole Foods Market. A delicious way to kick off the festival of lights!
-Friday 11.30 – Sunday 12.2 – The Nutcracker - This free one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. Perfect for children ages 3 and up! Please note, seating for these popular performances is first-come, first-served and early arrival is strongly suggested.
-Saturday 12.1 & Sunday 12.2 - Native American Craft Market Comes to the NMAI - The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will host the Native Art Market. The market’s vendors feature ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets and sculptures from Native American artists. And if you’re a member of the NMAI, you get an exclusive preview on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7p.
-Saturday 12.1 – Hanukka Hooplah - For families with children up to age 5. Celebrate Hanukkah with live music from Joanie Leeds & Matt Check! There will also be arts & crafts, a PJ Library Book Nook, and festive snacks. Space is limited, so purchase tickets early.
-Saturday 12.1 – Saturday Morning Show - Join every week for everyone's favorite kids show at Hudson Eats featuring storytelling, music, magicians and more! Next week on December 8th, we will be celebrating The Saturday Morning Show's 100th show!
-Saturday 12.1 - Pace University's Tonal Recall at Westfield Westfield World Trade Center - Founded in 2014, Tonal Recall is Pace's premiere a cappella ensemble on the New York City Campus. The competitive group spends the year arranging music that is then performed at a variety of events and competitions in New York City and beyond.
-Sunday 12.2 – Santa Paws - Bring your four-legged family members to Brookfield Place for our special dog-friendly Santa sessions!
-Sunday 12.2 – Deck The Stalls – NYCEDC Public Markets presents a holiday market at the Seaport District, featuring holiday gifts, locally made food, plenty of performances, craft beverages, and more. Open every Sunday until Christmas.
-Sunday 12.2 - Treble NYC: Holiday Carols at Westfield Westfield World Trade Center - From Top 40 Pop to good old-fashioned country, Treble's unique a cappella vocal arrangements leave no tune unsung. Established in 1996, Treble NYC has performed all over New York City, from The U.S. Open to Lincoln Center to the set of New Line Cinema's hit movie "How to Be Single."
-Sunday 12.2 - North River Sing Community Chorus at Westfield Westfield World Trade Center - North River Sing is a Jersey City-based community chorus founded to give area residents the opportunity to experience the warmth of singing in a group, to learn the wonderful, often powerful music of the Great American Songbook, and to provide enriching and joyous entertainment for friends and neighbors. North River is a Dutch nickname for that part of the Hudson River that lies between New Jersey and Manhattan.
-Tuesday 12.2 - Absolute Noel at Westfield Westfield World Trade Center - Let Absolute Noel add holiday joy and festive cheer with their beautiful music. Their repertoire ranges from classic and contemporary Hanukkah music, to old and new winter favorites. Dynamic arrangements have a modern sound and are in 4-part harmony for all to enjoy!
Monday 12.3 – Seaport District Holiday Block Party - Join us Monday, December 3rd to kick off the season New York style at the Seaport District Holiday Block Party. Starting at 5pm, guests will enjoy a variety of musical performances, free hot chocolate, and the countdown to illuminate the Seaport Christmas Tree.
-Tuesday 12.4 – Downtown Lights Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – Enjoy a free lighting at Washington Market Park, featuring live music, giveaways, jelly donuts and more.
Don’t forget about these ongoing exhibits to check out:
–Luminaries - Now on display till January 4th, this holiday tradition in the heart of Lower Manhattan features a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. This interactive exhibit features three Wishing Stations located on the ground will allow visitors to send a touch-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, activating a magical display of lights and colors.
-The Rink at Brookfield – Opening day this year for the 7,000 square-foot outdoor rink is tonight! Enjoy programming led by former U.S. Olympic skaters and featuring something for all skill levels, including public skating, private lessons, intro to hockey for kids, and more. Now through March.
-Black Gotham Experience - Check out the visual storytelling project highlighting the profound connection between the African Diaspora and New York City, as photographic artist Kamau Ware shares his celebration of New York’s Black heritage with Seaport District NYC (192 Front Street). Experience a series of walking tours, graphic novels, film screenings, and workshops in an exhibition of New York’s Black heritage.
-Sunset, Sunrise (Revolution) (FREE) - This temporary public art installation at Pier A Plaza is an interactive, large-scale sculpture designed specifically for the site. It consists of 27 aluminum panels embedded with 9,000 crystal prisms activated by natural light, and is based on a previous, three-panel installation in Austin, Texas, titled Hyperprism. The artwork will be on view through the summer of 2018 in front Pier A Harbor House, located at 22 Battery Place and the Hudson River.
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