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Christmas tree lightings, holiday marts, holiday Train Show, sports and more. This season there is so much to see and do and here’s a helpful list.

12/ 1-8 Israeli minority film festival. Look for dramatic and documentary films as well as panel discussions about the history and culture of minority populations in Israel at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and other locations.

Bryant Park

12/ 1 -10 Christmas tree lighting

Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music. The lighting at Rockefeller Center is Nov. 30, 2016.

Dec. 1 (5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) – Central Park

Dec. 4 (6:30 p.m.) – Park Avenue

Dec. 6 (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.) – Madison Square Park

Dec. 7 (6 – 7:30 p.m.) – Washington Square Park

12/1 -24 Holiday market – Central Park. Enjoy a hot beverage or meal, and shop for gifts from 100 vendors at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park West and 59th Street. Free.

12/ 1-24 Holiday market – Grand Central Grand Central

12/ 1-24 Holiday market – Union Square. Find handmade jewelry, fine art, clothing, ornaments, toys, food, and drink.

12/ 1-31 The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition with old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, fine choreography by New York City Ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s captivating music at David H. Koch Theater.

12/ 1- 31 Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Bryant Park

12/1 Winter Village at Bryant Park has 125 holiday kiosk shops, and an ice-skating rink open until March 5 (free unless you rent skates).

Holiday Train Show

12/ 1-31 Holiday Train Show. Watch model trains zip around miniature New York landmarks made of plant materials, and enjoy kids’ activities at the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden.

 Train show, Grand Central

12/ 1- 2/ 26 Train show at Grand Central. The Holiday Train Show features a 34-foot-long model train layout with trains and subways that run on eight loops of track inside the New York Transit Museum Store. Closed Mondays and holidays.

12/2 – 22 Watch the New York Knicks play a home game at Madison Square Garden.

12/3 Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. Wear your tackiest holiday duds for drink specials on the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl.

12/3 Belgian beer tasting. Sample 20 Belgian beers and vote for your favorite during Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43.

12/3 Colombian Music Festival. Enjoy an evening of Colombian rhythms and styles with 30 musicians plus dancers at Encuentro NYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge.

12/ 5 & 17 Jets football. Watch the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium.

Dec. 5 – Indianapolis Colts

Dec. 17 – Miami Dolphins

12/ 9 Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to Madison Square Garden.

12/9 Gospel Christmas. Joyous Celebration features contemporary gospel star VaShawn Mitchell (Nobody Greater), Tasha Cobbs (Break Every Chain), and Anthony Brown (Worth) at United Palace in Washington Heights.

12/ 9 – 11 Motorcycle show. Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

12/10 Santa bar crawl. Wear a Santa suit and start at one of the bars that will be listed Friday night on the Santacon website.

12/11 Tuba concert. Hear Christmas carols and sing along at Merry Tuba Christmas at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Free.

12/11 Tea dance. The Jazz Age Tea Dance features a live orchestra, dance lesson at 3 p.m., exotic teas, a cash bar, and food carts in the ballroom at Webster Hall.

12/13 Handel’s Messiah. See Handel’s Messiah performed in its entirety by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

12/15-17 Winter solstice concert. Celebrate the darkest night of the year with the Paul Winter Consort at the secular Winter Solstice Celebration in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

12/20 Christmas ghost stories. Lit by flickering candles, the actors of Radiotheatre NYC tell 4 or 5 stories of yuletide hauntings rooted in the chronicles of downtown Manhattan during Ghosts of Christmas Past at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christoper Street.

12/21 Street music festival. Make Music Winter is a dozen musical parades on the streets and sidewalks on the first day of winter. Come watch, or join in as described in the schedule. Free.

12/22 Handel’s Messiah. The Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah with a 30-member chorus and 20-player orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

12/24 Caroling. Join the carolers and brass quartet at Christmas Eve Caroling at the arch in Washington Square Park. Free.

12/ 24 & 31 Gospel Christmas concert. Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration promises an hour of powerful music that brings joy to your heart and soul at 201 Lenox Avenue.

Menorah Lighting

12/ 24 – 31 Menorah lighting. Celebrate Chanukah nightly with live music and hot latkes at the Lighting of the Menorah, which is 32 feet tall, at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Free.

12/28 Say goodbye to your worst memories of 2016 so you can start fresh in 2017 by tossing them into the shredder at Good Riddance Day in Times Square.

New Years Eve Times Square12/31 New Year’s Eve in Times Square has dazzling lights, big-name music, balloons, confetti, fireworks, and a crystal ball that drops at midnight. To join the crowd seeing it live and arrive early. Free.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – AMC. Watch movies or dance all night on the family no-alcohol floor or the adult floors with open bar and mini buffet at New Year’s Eve at AMC Theater on West 42nd Street.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – Madame Tussauds. Enjoy appetizers, an open bar, and 4-D cinema (with wind, snow, mist, and scent) at New Year’s Eve at Madame Tussauds New York. All ages welcome.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – jazz with Cécile McLorin Salvant features a jazz vocalist, a view of Central Park, and a three-course meal in Dizzy’s Club at Broadway and 60th. The 11 p.m. show includes a champagne toast at midnight.

12/31 Celebrate New Year’s Eve by hearing the New York Philharmonic Orchestra play Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein in David Geffen Hall.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – run. Free music and dancing begin at 10 p.m., fireworks at midnight, plus a 4-mile Midnight Run that requires registration, all at Central Park Bandshell.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – biking/skating. New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Outdoor After Party for bikers or skaters has three starting points that all lead to a dance party with fireworks at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Free.

12/31 New Year’s Eve – peace concert. Choir and orchestra music, solo singers, and bright candles at New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace will uplift you in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

12/31 Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night features joyful dance and music at the Apollo Theater, plus an after party.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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TODAY Show Celebrates 30 Years With Its 2024 Citi Concert Series

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The TODAY Show is celebrating 30 years so its 2024 Citi Concert Series lineup is pretty spectacular. Rockefeller Plaza will have country music with Wallows kicking things off. Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and Thomas Rhett, as well as fan favorites Meghan Trainor, LL COOL J and Chance the Rapper.

Mark Your calendars:

May

Friday, May 24 — Wallows *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, May 31 — Anitta *Register for a Fan Pass

June

Friday, June 7 — Meghan Trainor *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 21 — Kehlani *Register for a Fan Pass

Tuesday, June 25 — Lainey Wilson *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 28 — Gracie Abrams *Register for a Fan Pass

July

Thursday, July 4 — Bleachers *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, July 12 — Rauw Alejandro *Register for a Fan Pass

August

Friday, Aug. 9 — Maggie Rogers *Register for a Fan Pass

Monday, Aug. 12 — Little Big Town and Sugarland *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 16 — Chance the Rapper *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 23 — Thomas Rhett *Register for a Fan Pass

September

Friday, Sept. 27 — Chris Stapleton *Register for a Fan Pass

Date to be announced 

LL COOL J *Check back for Fan Passes

TODAY concerts are free and open to the public. The shows take place on the TODAY Plaza in Rockefeller Center, located at 48th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in New York City.

The closest subway stop to our TODAY Plaza concerts is the 47th — 50th Streets — Rockefeller Center station on the B, D, F, M trains. 24/7 parking is also available nearby at the Rockefeller Center Parking Garage at 53 West 48th Street. The garage is operated 24/7 and accepts reservations in advance. Hourly and daily parking rates apply.

Fan Passes are limited and available by advance request. Guests who receive them will be notified by email before the scheduled concert date.

Guests who do not obtain a Fan Pass can still attend the General Admission line the morning of the concert, and those fans will be let in if space allows. Other answers to commonly asked questions about the series can be found here.

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Love at First Sight Campaign Adds Perks to Pet Adoption Drive with Meet Cutes NYC

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From June 7 to June 9, the PEDIGREE brand is reimbursing dog adoption fees nationwide as part of our Love at First Sight campaign, which stems from the belief that Love at First Sight still exists, and it’s available at your local shelter.

@MeetCUTESNYC  and the PEDIGREE brand is celebrating that magical meet cute moment when people find their perfect shelter dog.

In MeetCutesNYC latest video they capture in detail in NYC how the love and companionship people’s dogs have brought them have helped change their life for the better. Check out this ‘cute’ video of this on their Instagram HERE.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK ON THE LINK:

https://www.pedigree.com/adoption-drive

*Limit one dog adoption fee redemption per household, dogs only, max. adoption fee of $200, 50 US & DC only, valid only for adoptions made between 6/7/24-6/9/24; redemptions must be submitted between 06/07/24 and 07/10/24. Must be 18+ years old. Void where prohibited, maximum of $100K in adoption fees available while supplies last. 

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Memorial Day Weekend Sips That Sizzle

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Summer, summer time is here!

Get ready for days in the sun that sizzle this Memorial Day Weekend with these amazing sips. Mix a cocktail or have it easy, breezy and straight from the can or bottle. All of these options will bring joy and delight to your picnic on the beach to your backyard BBQ!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

For Tea Lovers with a Twist – Lipton Hard Iced Tea

 Lipton Hard Iced Tea is the tangy twist on a classic that you will love. Crafted from a triple-filtered, premium malt base and real brewed Lipton tea, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the best tea with a level of sweetness that will dazzle your senses. Whether you’re firing up the grill, hitting the beach, or simply enjoying some outdoor fun, Lipton Hard Iced Tea has you covered. With flavors like Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, Citrus Green Tea and Half & Half, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For Wine Lovers Who Love Sophistication – Miraval

Miraval Rosé is a perfect summer day in a glass. With blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroirs in Provence.

Attractive bright and translucent colour,  its divine aromatic bouquet combines fresh fruit, freshly cut currants and roses, seasoned with a zest of lemon. A glass can be perfectly enjoyed with a luxurious meal with friends as the sun sets.

For the Traditional Lovers – Jefferson’s Bourbon

Cover art by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

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The Abbot of Athos and The Consulate Midtown A Tale of How Food Can Bring Peace

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Greece and Macedonia, have had decades of tension, but yesterday at The Consulate Midtown, 44 West 56th Street The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos and Kiril Mihajlov, showed how great food and conversation can give way to peace.

The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov

I met the Abbott in Greece last summer and he graciously agreed to have lunch with me and some guests I invited, before he returned to Greece.

Margarita Parlionas, Captain John Woodall

Margarita Parlionas is a business owner, who brought with her Captain John Woodall who runs Camp4Heroes, a place where Vets can get some much needed help.

Suzanna Bowling, The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov and George Tower

George Tower, is contributing writer for the, T2C, and speaks fluent Greek.

The Abbot, Margarita and Captain Woodall all supped on the Hangover Burger ($28) 8oz grilled patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, topped with a fried egg on a brioche bun, which they all claimed was the best burger they had ever had.

George had the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26) poached eggs, smoked salmon, toasted brioche, espelette hollandaise sauce and was completely happy.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling had her favorite Avocado Toast with Bacon ($24) scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon and mixed greens. If you want sensational food with a elegant atmosphere, I highly recommend The Consulate Midtown.

The Abbot gifted a book about his life written in both Greek and English to the guests.

The Abbott has been in America since April visiting Boston, Washington, Chicago, Milwaukee, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Queens and NYC. His message is of gratitude, love and healing. He has been raising funds to expand and offer more to men who want a spiritual retreat, which is what Mount Athos does.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling and The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos

If you wish to know more you can go to Athonite Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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RASCALS AT SONY HALL — The Rascals long-awaited return to NYC proved to be a sensational evening of music. Their 16-song set, backed up by a terrific band -including bassist John Billings from Micky Dolenz’s band- was rocking from the start with their “Do You Feel It” and “”Beautiful Morning.” Felix Cavaliere’s vibrant vocals were just a joy. Face it, for people of a certain age, we grew up with this voice … just magical.

Micky Dolenz

Their cover of the Jackie Wilson-chestnut “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) High” set the SRO crowd afire.

Felix then brought his daughter Aria out for two selections. Clearly, she’s inherited by father’s dynamic vocal prowess. She was just terrific and a nice surprise.

Cavaliere then brought out guitarist Gene Cornish who was just wonderful. Gene has had some health issues, but his presence brought the show to a magnificent high-point.

Oddly, there was no mention of the rumored “My Hawaii” from Cavaliere with vocals from Dolly Parton. He mentioned it in a recent interview with Medium, but was mum about it on last Monday’s WOR-interview with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. I hear that the release has been held up several times. Sad … can’t wait to hear it.

The show ended with their signature classics “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “People Got To Be Free” and Good Lovin’.” The Rascals’ music is ingrained and it was a joy to hear it once again. Truth be told, it sounded better than ever!

Seated in a corner booth by the stage was none other than Bill Murray – a huge fan. Great night sensational set. Also, there were Rascals-PR man David Salidor; Dan Zelinski; Billy Amendola; Magda Katz from Times Square Chronicles; and Susan Nuzzi Russo. Thanks to SONY Hall’s Peter Abraham for his assistance.

David Sanborn

DAVID SANBORN — We don’t usually re-print tributes, but this, from David Sanborn’s wife Alice Soyer was so heartfelt.  Take a read:

Dave, my love, my warrior, my soulmate, my unique bird, my everything. I cannot believe what I’m writing right now but what I know is that you changed my life, because of you I know what true love is, I had and have it all. I have it all. Although I’m going to miss you every single minute of my life, I know that the pain you were enduring was not right, those pains are now released and you are completely free. You are and will be in every note, in every breath, in every sound that touches the soul, in every sun beam, in every cloud, in every beat of my heart. Dave you are an inspiration. Your courage to be yourself, to reveal this true voice screaming from inside, oh my love you are a true warrior, a pure artist, an extraordinary being.I will honor you every step on the way, I will represent you, us. I love you madly.

Dave forever

Don Grolnick

SHORT TAKES — First off, I left off one very important member when I referenced The Brecker Brothers last time: keyboardist-genius Don Grolnick: terrifically talented and much-missed …

George Harrison

One of the best parts of watching Let It Be(again!) was seeing John & Yoko dancing to George Harrison’s stunningly-beautiful “I Me Mine.” Awesome…  From Roger Friedman’s SHOWBIZ 411:Barbra Streisand just released a new a beautiful new single called “Love Will Survive,” for the closing credits of the upcoming series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” It’s maybe Streisand’s best new vocal in years thanks to producers Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey’s classics) and Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor classics). So now I’m told Streisand has booked the producing duo for her next album of duets. Barbra has a couple of these under her belt over her six decade career. But this one sounds like a powerhouse … Great interview with Micky Dolenz in advance of his Surf Ballroom show Friday in Clear Lake, Iowa: https://littlevillagemag.com/monkee-micky-dolenz-surf-ballroom/?fbclid=IwAR2jXAYYYCJ_19ovY4yT8DU8OfdaTU-GYdYhXahF-rvYj3yERRW_K5MmgrI

Francis Ford Coppola

With this year’s Cannes  Film Festival underway, the first big movie screened was Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis and it generated some of the craziest reviews I’ve ever seen.

Mostly positive. Coppola’s a genius, so you know to expect the unexpected. I think my favorite was from the UK’s Daily Telegraph which gave the movie four stars, saying, “Coppola’s latest is like Succession crossed with Batman Forever and a lava lamp… Aubrey Plaza is fantastic in this full-body sensory bath movie which follows a struggle for power among the elites of New Rome.” Me? I can’t wait to see it. The guy’s a bloody genius … 17-year-old wunderkind Kjersti Long -co writer of Vanessa Williams’ current return to music “Legs (Keep Dancing)”- heads to NYC for the Tribeca Festival in 2 weeks … And Apple TV’s Sugar -with Colin Farrell- ended its run. The first few episodes were great; very LA Confidential, but then, it turned into a sci-fi adventure. Odd? You bet. The ending left room for a second season, but I highly doubt it. Farell was great, but the topsy-turvy plot twist was brutal.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — August Darnell; Coati Mundi; Jeff Vogel; Kent Kotal; Bruce Grakal; Ringo Starr; Danny Fried; China Club; Tony King; Peter Brown; Mark Bego; Kent & Laura Denmark Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Peter Lubin; Steve Plotnicki; Profile Records; Joe Cocker; Lush Ice; Anthony Pomes; Terry Jastrow; and BELLA!

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