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Thursday 18th of December 2014

If you're not already at maximum Christmastime culture capacity, you can take in more holiday culture this coming week — from a Christmas Carol marathon to the 50th Anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas. And you might not be able to see The Interview, but there are enough new films out this week to plan a personal movie marathon. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB once you've seen it. 

This is a big week for new movies. There’s the modern-day Annie, the newest Night at the Museum (one of Robin Williams’ final films), Song of the Sea, Into the Woods, Big Eyes (a bizarre and shocking true story of art fraud), Selma (a documentary about the civil rights campaign in 1965), Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper.

See Nick Lowe — who is best known for his role in the early days of punk — perform a Christmas show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation mixes American jazz and traditional Indian music. See the young pianist at BAM Dec. 18 – 20.

Celebrate the holidays with the New York Philharmonic as it performs “Winter Wonderland,” “O Tannenbaum,” and a medley of Irving Berlin classics on Dec. 19 – 20. Also expect readings by Whoopi Goldberg on the 19th and Mo Rocca on the 20th

Thursday 11th of December 2014

Holiday culture is as plentiful as pine tree sellers in NYC this time of year. From the Nutcracker to holiday concerts to Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, there are MANY options. CRAVE what excites you to rally friends to celebrate the culture of the season with you. Rate events once you've seen them to spread word of mouth. 

This is the last year ever when you’ll be able to see the American Ballet Theatre perform Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker at BAM. Next year, ABT is planning to become bicoastal with a California Nutcracker. Performances start Friday and run through Dec. 21.

Photography has always been social. In Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography at the New York Public Library, take a tour through the history of social photography — in the 1830s through today.

Craving some Monty Python fun? The Collegiate Chorale, Eric Idle, and Carnegie Hall team up to perform "Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)," a zany spoof on Handel's Messiah, based on "Monty Python's Life of Brian."

Justin Timberlake is stopping at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Dec. 14 as part of his 20/20 Experience tour.

Celebrate the season with the Holiday Concert at the Guggenheim on Sunday and Monday. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble.

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Gallery guru Meredith Rosen helps you plan your NYC art going by sharing her craves. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and RATE exhibitions once you see them to spread the word!

Hans Haacke at Paula Cooper Gallery through Dec. 13

Neo Rauch at David Zwirner on 19th Street through Dec. 20

Frank Stella Sculpture at Marianne Boesky Gallery through Dec. 20

Friday 5th of December 2014


It's another great week of openings for Culture Cravers in NYC. Here are our editors' top picks for the week ahead. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it (with a star, meh, or bomb) once you've been to share your point of view and help others discover what's great.

If you’re craving something Christmassy that’s not the Rockettes, check out Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. It’s at MSG on Friday through Dec. 28.

Critical favorite Merrill Garbus (better known as tUnE-yArDs) performs her low-fi, abrasive, attention-getting music at Music Hall Of Williamsburg with the help of Cibo Matto on Friday through Sunday.

Flashback to the ‘80s with Cyndi Lauper. She’s at the Beacon on Sunday.

Meow! Moises Kaufman (of The Laramie Project and 33 Variations) is directing El Gato Con Botas (Puss in Boots). It’s at El Museo del Barrio from Dec. 6 through the 14th.

American fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is narrating Peter and the Wolf at the Guggenheim from Dec. 6 through the 14th. It’s for kids 5 and up.

Friday 28th of November 2014

We're officially entering the holiday season. There are plenty of opportunities to see The Nutcracker — and even a Panto! CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth about the coolest culture. RATE events once you've seen them to share your culture savvy. 

It’s officially Nutcracker season. Starting on Friday, Nov. 28, you can see The New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. On November 30th, you have two chances to see the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Hammerstein Ballroom. ABT’s Nutcracker is at BAM from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21.

It’s the 35th anniversary of Bob Marley’s 1979 Apollo debut. Celebrate at the Apollo with One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert. It features the Wailers, Third World, Maxi Priest, and Ky-Mani Marley.

Get in the holiday spirit — in British style —  with a holiday panto, PETER PANtomime, at Hunter College’s Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.

The Imitation Game might be the most promising new movie of the week. It’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the story about English mathematician and logician Alan Turing cracking the German Enigma code during WWII.

Thursday 20th of November 2014

It's a great week of culture in NYC — whether you're craving a Bach Organ Marathon, pop art, or a sound sculpture. We've picked what we're craving to help you with your planning. Be sure to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and the people who trust you discover great culture. RATE events once you've been. 

Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February in the midst of filming Mockingjay, which opens this weekend. Director Francis Lawrence says he decided against trying to use CGI to complete two unfinished scenes, and instead gave Hoffman’s lines to other characters. “He was one of the greatest actors, I think, of all time and I just think to try to fake a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance would have been catastrophic and I would never want to do that,” he explained recently. See Hoffman’s final performance in this second-to-last movie in the Hunger Games series (which is apparently the most violent yet).

Organist Paul Jacobs (who is the chairman of Juilliard's organ department) played every one of Bach’s organ works in an 18-hour marathon 14 years ago in Pittsburg. This year, he’s curating a similar event, The Bach Organ Marathon, at St. Peter’s Church on E. 54th Street as part of WQXR’s Bachstock: 30 Days of Peace and Music. Starting at 7 AM on Saturday, Nov. 22, he will play some of the works and then pass the baton to current and former students who will play until about 1 AM on Sunday.

By 2030, there will be 8 billion people on earth and two-thirds will live in cities. MoMA put together interdisciplinary teams, which spent 14 months thinking about how to keep “megacities” thriving and habitable in the future. Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities — which opens at MoMA on Saturday, Nov. 22 — results from the teams’ work on Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday 20th of November 2014

It's another week of amazing art in NYC. Gallery guru Meredith Rosen has hand picked some of the most exciting art gallery exhibitions in the City to help you plan your art going. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track of where you're heading — and RATE the exhibitions once you've gone to help the people who trust you find great art. 

Satoru Eguchi: Pastime at Sometimes (works of art) through Nov. 21

Patrick Berran at Chapter NY through Dec. 14

Friday 14th of November 2014


It's another exciting week for NYC culture cravers — whether you are in the mood for opera, a Moby-Dick marathon, Madame Cézanne, indie rock, or a new Broadway musical. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth among the people who trust you for cultural recommendations. RATE it once you've been. 


Did you know that Herman Melville was born right here in New York City 195 years ago? The second Moby-Dick Marathon NYC — which commemorates the publication of the classic — starts at the Ace Hotel at 6 PM on Friday. It continues at the Seaport Museum on Saturday and the Housing Works Bookstore on Sunday.

Craving folk? Ani DiFranco is performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday or neo-folk artist Suzanne Vega is at Joe’s Pub.


Starting Saturday, see Making Music Modern at MoMA, which gathers designs for auditoriums, instruments, and equipment for listening to music to examine the intersection between music and design in the 20th Century.


ALT-J — the English indie rock band named after the keyboard commands for the delta sign — is performing at the Beacon on Sunday.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Foxcatcher (a boxing flick with Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Vanessa Redgrave), The Homesman (with Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, and Grace Gummer), and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater.

Sunday 9th of November 2014

It's a great moment in NYC for art cravers. To help you make sense of everything happening, gallerist Meredith Rosen has hand picked some of the gallery exhibitions that she is most excited to see. Use her picks as your guide. CRAVE what excites you and rate it once you've been. 

Franz West at David Zwirner through Dec. 13

Martin Puryear at Matthew Marks Gallery through Jan. 10