New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.
Spend your holiday with the Rockettes.
If you’re a lucky guy or gal who gets to spend your Christmas week in the city (the throngs of people leave), you might as well go all out. That means attending the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, featuring the legendary Rockettes. Ongoing through the new year, you can get discounted tickets through the TodayTix app, and really, what better way is there to spend your holiday than relaxing and watching other performers work their butts off onstage? (Tickets start at $50)
Step into the “Harry Potter” universe.
Remember, if you are spending Christmas week in the city, this could be one of those rare opportunities to hit up some of the activities you have neglected to do because of the inevitable crowds. One of these could be “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” a British Library exhibition at the New York Historical Society through January. The presentation examines the folklore that inspired the “Harry Potter” series, unveiling century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and more. ($21)
Celebrate 60 years of Ailey.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 60-year (!) anniversary with a seasonal event befitting the occasion. Through Dec. 30, the programming slate includes premiere works by some of the most acclaimed choreographers in Ailey history, including Rennie Harris, Wayne McGregor, Jessica Lang, and others. And every performance at the New York City Center stage will begin with “Becoming Ailey,” a multimedia piece blending the spirit of the real Ailey with all his company has grown to be. (Tickets start at $29)
Don’t miss out on a New York tradition.
Another quintessential NYC activity you should consider this week: A trip to the Big Apple Circus. The New York institution is currently flying high at Lincoln Center, and is packed with both traditional and innovative acts you have to see to believe. Head to TodayTix again for heavily discounted tickets. (Tickets start at $15)
Pay your respects to jewelry as an art form.
Before it’s gone, get to “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” the Met’s exhibition that explores one of life’s great features: jewelry. Ongoing through the new year, the presentation will feature more than 230 pieces spanning headdresses, ear ornaments, belts, necklaces, rings, and brooches, most of which are pulled exclusively from the Met collection. What is jewelry, why do we actually wear it, and what meanings does it carry? That and more, at this sterling (ha!) event. (Admission is suggested at $25)
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