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thru 12/8: the brooklyn museum opens three new exhibitions: nobody promised you tomorrow: art 50 years after stonewall, garry winogrand: color, and liz johnson artur: dusha. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays. >>

thru 12/8: williamsburg performance space and bar pete’s candy store celebrates their 20th anniversary with a week showcasing some of their favorite performers from the last two decades. various prices. >>

thru 12/11: street artist rae‘s new solo exhibition, ‘these daze,’ opens at 154 stanton street (les). free admission. >>

thru 12/12: in conjunction with the exhibition french fashion, women, and the first world war, monthly conversation series ’fashion, anxiety, and society’ explores contemporary questions of gender, labor, justice, and subversion as they relate to fashion. bard graduate center lecture hall (uws), $8 general, $5 students/seniors. >>

thru 12/12: chase contemporary hosts carole a. feuerman: 50 years of looking good, a solo exhibition of the artist’s hypereal work. chase contemporary (chelsea), free admission. >>

thru 12/12: director michael apted will do q+a following screenings of 63 up, the latest of his up series, which has been checking in on a group of british citizens every seven years since they were seven years old in 1964. film forum (south village), $15. >>

thru 12/13 (every other friday 6-11pm): food, drinks, and music await at the vice night market. villain (williamsburg), free admission. >>

thru 12/14 (closed sundays, mondays, and thanksgiving): get your instagram on with ‘every day i pray for love,’ a new exhibition by yayoi kusama at david zwirner gallery (chelsea) that includes new paintings, sculptures, and an infinity mirror room. due to the expected popularity of this exhibition, the gallery anticipates wait times of 2 hours daily throughout its run. free. >>

thru 12/14: sva’s biennial alumni exhibition, american truth, is a multi-centric survey of contemporary america through the work of 20 artists. sva chelsea gallery, free. >>

thru 12/15: the 27th annual african diaspora international film festival presents 60 films at cinema village, mist harlem, and columbia university. $13+ general, $11+ students/seniors. >>

thru 12/17 (tuesdays 7pm): get in the holiday spirit with screenings of gremlins, elf, national lampoon’s christmas vacation, the polar express, and a christmas story at cinépolis chelsea. $10. >>

thru 12/21: gagosian gallery presents birth machine baby, an exhibition of works by h. r. giger and mark prent, curated by filmmaker harmony korine. gagosian gallery 821 park ave (ues), free. >>

thru 12/21 (saturdays): from the silly to the sentimental, select regal cinemas will screen four holiday movies for just $5 each: elf, gremlins, the polar express, and national lampoon’s christmas vacation. >>

thru 12/21: at the tribeca show, a new exhibition at apexart, five tribeca-based photographers and a poet present their portraits of the neighborhood in contrast to its hyped reputation. free. >>

thru 12/21: the roxy cinema kicks off a nicolas cage retrospective with screenings of valley girl, birdy, peggy sue got married, raising arizona, moonstruck, and vampire’s kiss throughout the month. the roxy cinema (tribeca), $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

thru 12/22 (sundays 10am-5:30pm): grand bazaar nyc’s annual indoor and outdoor grand holiday bazaar returns for the season with 150+ local merchants. grand bazaar nyc (uws), free admission. >>

thru 12/22 (sundays at 3pm): raise a glass of mulled wine while you join in german and american caroling at zum schneider bavarian bierhaus’s annual singalong (alphabet city). >>

thru 12/24 (closed thanksgiving): the annual grand central holiday fair returns with 40 vendors selling american-made and handmade artwork, toys, clothing, accessories, and home goods. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east), free admission. >>

thru 12/24: urbanspace’s union square outdoor holiday market returns for the season with more than 150 local gift vendors. >>

thru 12/24: urbanspace’s columbus circle outdoor holiday market returns for the season with 70 local gift vendors. >>

thru 12/29: times square nye wishing wall: be a papered part of new year’s eve in times square by writing a wish for the upcoming year on the actual confetti that will be released at midnight on nye. times square plaza bet. 43rd + 44th streets, free. >>

thru 12/31: give the gift of warmth during the annual new york cares coat drive. you can drop off gently-used or new coats at locations across nyc. >>

thru 12/31: during the wildlife conservation society’s annual toy drive, when you donate a new, unwrapped toy at one of the city’s four zoos or the aquarium, you’ll receive a voucher for free admission to the bronx zoo or the new york aquarium in return. >>

thru 12/31: the metrograph’s annual holiday film series includes the thin man, remember the night, the nightmare before christmas, carol, eyes wide shut, and more. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

thru 1/1/2020: the flatiron/23rd street partnership unveils its holiday installation, ziggy by hou de sousa. >>

thru 1/3/2020: auschwitz: not long ago. not far away., the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of auschwitz and its role in the holocaust ever presented in north america, comes to the museum of jewish heritage with over 700 artifacts and 400 photographs from 20 institutions and museums around the world. museum of jewish heritage – a living memorial to the holocaust (battery park), $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

thru 1/3/2020 (10am-8pm): the annual luminaries light installation, a canopy of color-changing led lanterns at brookfield place’s winter garden (fidi), returns for the season. tonight’s opening includes free ice skating and performances. free admission. >>

thru 1/4/2020 (closed sundays + mondays): paris, capital of fashion, the first exhibition to explore the cultural construction of paris as the capital of fashion, opens at the museum at fit (chelsea). spanning the 18th century to the present, the exhibition features 100 garments, is accompanied by a scholarly book, and includes a symposium on 10/18. free admission. >>

thru 1/5/2020: the bank of america winter village at bryant park offers ice skating, a rinkside bar + food hall, and shopping from more than 150 gift + food vendors. >>

thru 1/5/2020: the second part of implicit tensions: mapplethorpe now, the guggenheim’s yearlong exhibition celebrating the legacy of artist robert mapplethorpe’s work, is now open in the museum’s mapplethorpe gallery. solomon r. guggenheim museum (ues), $25 general, $18 students/seniors, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 5-8pm. >>

thru 1/5/2020: taking over the boiler room space beneath chelsea market’s main concourse, new art space artechouse opens with machine hallucination, an immersive digital art exhibition by refik anadol. $24 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

thru 1/5/2020: pierre cardin: future fashion, the first new york retrospective to focus on the designer in 40 years, presents over 170 objects including haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, accessories, sketches, photographs, films, and more from the 1950s to the present. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $20-25 general, $12-16 students/seniors (includes general museum admission). >>

thru 1/5/2020: three new exhibitions open at poster house, the first museum in the u.s. dedicated exclusively to posters: 20/20 insight: posters from the 2017 women’s march, baptized by beefcake: the golden age of hand-painted movie posters from ghana, and posters of the japan red cross society. poster house (chelsea), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 1/5/2020 (closed mondays and holidays): the morgan library + museum displays charles dickens’s original manuscript of a christmas carol, an annual tradition. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), $22 general, $14 seniors, $13 students, free fridays 7-9pm. >>

thru 1/6/2020: merchant’s house museum’s annual ‘home for the holidays: a mid-19th century christmas’ exhibition returns for the season, filling the home with festive scenes and decor. merchant’s house museum (noho), $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 1/12/2020: the annual winter lantern festival transforms staten island’s snug harbor cultural center + botanical garden into ‘a whimsical world of light’ with more than 1,000 lanterns, live cultural shows, and interactive exhibits. $23-25 general, $18-20 students/senior. >>

thru 1/12/2020: photographer phillip buehler’s exhibition ‘mallrat to snapchat: the end of the third place’ documents the decay and dismantling of new jersey’s wayne hills shopping mall. front room gallery (les), free admission. >>

thru 1/19/2020: the new york public library presents a rare glimpse into the life and work of author j.d. salinger with an exhibition of more than 200 items including manuscripts, letters, photographs, books, and personal effects. the exhibition coincides with the centennial of salinger’s birth, and will be the first time these items have ever been shared with the public. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free admission. >>

thru 1/20/2020:  the cooper-hewitt design triennial exhibition, ‘nature,’ co-organized with cube design museum, presents projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions from more than 60 international design teams. cooper hewitt (ues), $16-18 general, $10-12 seniors, $7-9 students, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-9pm. >>

thru 1/23/2020: three new exhibitions open at the society of illustrators: highlights from the marvel art of joe quesada (thru 11/23), art without borders (thru 1/3), and narrative art, sculpture and illustration (thru 12/9). society of illustrators (ues), $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free tuesdays 5-8pm. >>

thru 1/25/2020: americas society presents alice miceli: projeto chernobyl (chernobyl project), a series of 30 radiographs produced by artist alice miceli by exposing film in the chernobyl exclusion zone for months at a time. artist talk 10/15, panel discussion 10/22 + 11/13, voices from chernobyl screening 12/11. americas society (ues), free (rsvp). >>

thru 1/26/2020: the art of the brick exhibition, the world’s largest display of lego art, opens at the new york hall of science (flushing meadows) with more than 100 works created by artist nathan sawaya from over a million lego bricks. $7 for the exhibition, $16 for the museum. >>

thru 1/26/2020: brooklyn museum presents the u.s. debut of yasiin bey: negus, a listening installation and installation for the first recording in 10 years by the artist formerly known as mos def. $12-20 admission includes general admission to the museum. >>

thru 1/26/2020: more than 175 new york landmarks were recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials for the new york botanical garden’s 28th annual holiday train show. $20-30 admission is included with an all-garden pass. >>

thru 2/23/2020: the museum of arts and design presents the world of anna sui, a major retrospective of the american fashion designer featuring 75 looks from the designer’s archive from 1991 to 2019. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm. >>

thru 2/23/2020: model trains travel along a 34’ long layout of nyc at the new york transit museum’s 18th annual holiday train show, which this year is set against artwork designed by cartoonist julia wertz. new york city transit museum gallery annex and store at grand central (midtown east), free admission. >>

thru 2/28/2020 (tues-fri 10am-4:30pm): free weekday admission returns to the brooklyn botanic garden for the winter season. >>

thru feb 2020: go for a spin on ice skating rinks at industry city and jfk’s twa hotel. various prices.

thru 3/8/2020: the bronx museum of the arts hosts henry chalfant: arts vs. transit, 1977 – 1987, an exhibition of the street art photographer’s photos, films and historical ephemera, that also includes life-size subway car prints. free admission. >>

thru 3/15/2020: go for a spin on the outdoor rooftop ice rink at pier 17 (south street seaport), now open for the season. $15-18 admission, $8 skate rental. >>

thru 3/31/2020: in the company of harold prince, a new exhibition at the new york public library for the performing arts (uws), celebrates the broadway producer, director, and collaborator whose resume included west side story, cabaret, sweeney todd, phantom of the opera, and many others with original costumes, set models, archival video, and an open cabaret stage. free. >>

thru march 2020 (weekends 10am-6pm): the brooklyn flea and smorgasubrg move indoors for the winter with 75 local food and goods vendors. 25 kent ave (williamsburg), free admission. >>

thru april 2020: practice your figure eights. the rink at rockefeller center is now open for the season. $25+ general, $15 seniors, $13 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru 5/3/2020: the brooklyn museum presents the first major north american exhibition of works by french artist jr. jr: chronicles includes the artist’s murals, photographs, videos, films, and dioramas from the past fifteen years, as well as the premier of a new mural, the chronicles of new york city, which features more than 1,000 people who were photographed and interviewed during summer 2018. the public is welcome to have their own photo booth portraits taken as well 10/5 5-9:30pm. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays 5-11pm (except jan and sept). >>

thru 5/4/2020: public art alert: artist rubem robierb pays tribute to a transgender woman who was murdered in fortaleza, brazil in 2017 with dream machine: dandara, a 10-foot sculpture of wings installed in tribeca park. >>

thru 5/10/2020 11am-6pm (thurs-sun): go for a spin on historic jane’s carousel, which starts fall/winter hours today. brooklyn bridge park (dumbo), $2/ride, $20/12. >>

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