Arts & Entertainment

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.

As part of our “Art of Intelligence” series we have been collecting poems, prose, art and more from former and current intelligence officers. The following poems are written by John W. Davis, an Intelligence Officer with the US Army.

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.

Few know how to deal with another's sorrow. On a long ago Autumn day, not unlike any other brisk day in late 1983, I received a call. My caller said a close mutual friend, Kevin, was believed killed in a shocking bombing in southern Beirut, Lebanon. Kevin was a Marine slain by a suicide bomber who drove a non-descript truck laden with the equivalent of six tons of explosives. Upon detonation, the Marines' quarters collapsed in a cloud of acrid smoke, fire, and mammoth blocks of rubble. 241 Marines died that day and many, many more were critically wounded, sent to hospitals across the region.

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?

Daphne Guinness, one of today’s most original fashion icons, is the subject of the upcoming exhibition Daphne Guinness at The Museum at FIT. On view through January 7, 2012, the exhibition will feature approximately 100 garments and accessories from Guinness’s personal collection, plus films, videos, and images, of and by her.

The author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein presents Steve Jobs, his exclusive biography of the late Apple co-founder. 

Check out Nancy Shaver’s Three sisters, four beauties and a work-horse at Feature Inc., with a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 8 pm. You can see how Nancy Shaver hunts and gathers and displays. Her personality revels in construction and you can feel things being decided and built by a not the usual.

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