Arts & Entertainment - Events

The New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families not just in New York, but across the country.  Through January 9, 2011.


The Nutcracker in a nutshell has always been snippets of memories of wooden toys and sugarplum fairies. I’m sure I’ll remember the Nutcracker: Rated R in very much the same way… except replace wooden toys with dildos and sugarplum fairies with “blow-fairies.” Ah, how we’ve evolved. If you love the ballet and are prepared for your new Nutcracker snippets to include the best of 1980’s punk, clouds of cocaine, pervert uncles, and oh yes, Firecrotch then this is the production for you!


By weaving hip hop, modern, and ballet together with an intriguing new perspective, this classic is sure to delight audiences of all ages and introduce every generation to The Nutcracker anew. Snowflakes, sugarplums, and a grand pas de duex will capture your heart as they have since childhood, while contemporary choreography makes Peridance's Nutcracker unlike any you've seen before!


The Museum at FIT presents The Great Designers, Part One, the first of two consecutive exhibitions featuring masterpieces from the museum’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories. From Alaïa, Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior to Westwood, Yeohlee, and Zoran, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 garments from many of the most important designers of the 20th and 21st centuries.


“Jay Leonhart and Friends… It Don’t Mean A Thing…” performs the music of Duke Ellington and beyond, as well as original music, such as a special musical piece commemorating the great jazz bassist Milt Hinton. This concert celebrates the 20th year anniversary of the Milt Hinton Jazz Series at Baruch College. A special reception follows the concert for the audience.


Nutcracker krumping, rats and popping soldiers, crooked hats, and The Nutcracker, re-imagined by the Urban Ballet Theater. Abrons hosts Nutcracker in the Lower for its 10th-anniversary year, establishing a cultural tradition that is as diverse as it is relevant. Opening November 26th.


Celebrate “Children of the World” at the Children At Heart Gala hosted by Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) as it marks the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary with a star-studded event, including a celebrity roster of attendees and Fantasy Auction items.  Honorees include legendary actor Kirk Douglas who will be presented with the Children At Heart Award by his son, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas.  The Awards will take place November 21, 2011 at Chelsea Piers.


The tradition of quilts and quilting has primarily been considered as a utilitarian object first and as an artistic medium incidentally. But the rise of feminism and the revaluation of “women’s work” led to a renewed appreciation of the artistic potential of the medium, and to an exploding number of quilters. The Kathryn Markel Fine Arts exhibition focuses on 11 contemporary artists who use quilting techniques in their work. Opening Thursday, November 19th.


Presented by Event International, the New York Chocolate Show is the largest show completely dedicated to chocolate in the US!  This year's show will bring together more than 65 fine chocolate companies who will present a diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products that tantalize the senses!  Runs through Sunday, November 13th.


The Secret Death of Puppets are three playlets about forbidden knowledge and the nature of our uncanny relationship with the inanimate. It is also a tribute to the work of Victoria Nelson and her book,The Secret Life of Puppets. How can something die that was never alive in the first place?