JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., presents concerts nearly every evening, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night:
Dec. 7-10, Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan Trio, $30 Thurs. and Sun., $35 Fri. and Sat.
Dec. 11, Mingus Big Band, $30.
Dec. 12-17, Joe Lovano Classic Quartet, $35.
Dec. 11-18, Mingus Big Band, $30.
Dec. 19-20, Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O featuring Nels Cline, $30.
Dec. 21-23, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, $35.
For more information, visit http://www.jazzstandard.com.
ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Pinegrove (sold out).
Dec. 8 at 11 p.m., Wiki, $17-$30.
Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., SWMRS and Interrupters with the Regrettes and Mt. Eddy (sold out).
Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., Jesus Lizard (sold out).
Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., SZA with Smino and Ravyn Lenae (sold out).
Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Metallfier and Wildstreet and Sinaro, $12.
Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., Reverend Horton Heat, $25-$40, $55 VIP.
Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Blackfires, Hello Halo and Tempest City, $12.
Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., Starting Line (sold out).
Dec. 22 at 8 p.m., Cam’ron, $18-$83 and up.
ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit thegramercytheatre.com or call (212) 614-6932.
Nov. 30 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Randy Rainbow (sold out).
Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., Ashley Blaker: Strictly Unorthodox, $29-$30.
Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Scarlet Sails, Blak Emoji, Quantum Split, $12 and fees.
Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., First Draft Film Premiere with Lolita, Someone in a Tree, P.B. Lob, $30.
Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., Hadag Nahash with special guest Hanan Ben Ari, $50-$65.
Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Sammy Wilk and Derek Luh, $20-$80 and up.
Dec. 15-16 at 7 p.m., Up and Vanished Live, $35-$42.
Dec. 17 at 6 p.m., Eighteen Visions, $18-$30.
Dec. 18 at 6 p.n. One Tree Holiday: Tyler Hilton and Voegele, $15-$60.
Dec. 22 at 6:45 p.m., 2017 Echo Music Festival featuring Riceboyliu and more, $20.
THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School from October to March. Concerts take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Kellen Auditorium at 235 E. 11th St. between Second and Third Aves. Third Street and its auditorium are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit thirdstreetmusicschool.org.
Dec. 8, Marco Cappelli, guitar.
Dec. 15, Mira Gill, piano.
Dec. 22, no concert.
FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $18; $10 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org.
Dec. 9, singer/songwriter Thea Hopkins, and The Peace Poets.
Dec. 16, Gloria Matlock (vocals) and Michael Nix (guitar), spirituals, gospel, work songs and Jeremy Aaron, blues singer/songwriter and guitarist.
Dec. 23, Tribes Hill Holiday Showcase featuring singers from lower Hudson County: George Gierer, Fred Gillen Jr., Karen Hudson, Susan Kane, Judy Kass, Laurie Kolker.
Dec. 30, no concert.
YIDDISH MUSIC & TALK—YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 W. 16th St., presents “A Yiddish Liederaebend — An Evening of Yiddish Song,” on Wed., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a pre-concert lecture. The second night of Hanukkah will be celebrated with a concert of Yiddish song and the poetry that has inspired this musical expression in all its variety of style. Presented in the intimate chamber music setting of a traditional classical Liederabend (song evening) appropriate to the immediacy of the genre, the recital will feature four of its leading interpreters: Ida Rae Cahana, Elizabeth Shammash, Raphael Frieder, Simon Spiro, and a cameo appearance by Robert Paul Abelson, together with world-renowned virtuoso pianist Yehudi Wyner. Offerings will include songs by Lazar Weiner, Moses Milner, Solomon Rosowsky, Solomon Golub, Janot Roskin, Mikhl Gelbart, Mordecai Gebirtig, Joel Engel, and Maurice Rauch, along with artistic settings of some of the most beloved Yiddish folksongs, and capped by melodious echoes of the best of Yiddish theater. Tickets, $15, can be ordered online at yivo.org. For more information, call (212) 246-6080.
JAZZ—Jazz in the Cave presents “Jazz Vespers” on the third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m. between September to May at St. George’s Chapel, 4 Rutherford Place, east of Third Ave. between 16th and 17th Sts. Jazz Vespers features Martina DaSilva, vocals; Vuyo Sotashe, vocals; Jordan Petter, alto saxophone; Alex Nguyen, trumpet, piano; Luke Sellick, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums. Jazz Vespers is a synthesis of traditions, blending one of the most ancient offices of the church with the musical heritage of Jazz. The next concert is on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Free admission, followed by refreshments and fellowship.
POLITICAL DRAMA—The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St. at the corner of Elizabeth Street, presents Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold These Truths,” inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, directed by Lisa Rothe, opening Dec. 7 and running through Dec. 17. During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs — and a confrontation with its failures. This true story is from a little-known chapter of American history, when civil liberties were under attack, constitutional rights violated, and issues of race hotly debated by a divided country. Performances are on these weekdays: Dec. 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturdays, Dec. 9, 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets (20 seats at $29; 50 seats at $49; 10 seats at $59) are available for advance purchase at sheencenter.org or by calling (212) 925-2812.
SHAKESPEARE-INSPIRED—La MaMa E.T.C. (Ellen Stewart Theatre), 66 E 4th Street, second floor, presents “Follies in Titus,” running through Dec. 9. Italy’s Dario D’Ambrosi, originator of the theatrical movement called Teatro Patologico (Pathological Theater), re-imagines Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus,” retelling the bard’s bloodiest and most violent work through the voices of the patients of a psychiatric hospital. The play is devised and directed by D’Ambrosi and is performed by actors from the Integrated Theater of the Emotions, an Italian university program in performing arts that he founded for people with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun. at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 students/seniors plus $1 facility fee. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis (advance sale recommended). To purchase, call (212) 352-3101 or visit http://www.lamama.org.
TWO SOLO DRAMAS—The Farm Theater in association with Stable Cable Lab Co. presents the “Solo Show Festival: Three Award-Winning Solo Performances” in residence at IRT Theater, 154 Christopher St. between Greenwich and Washington, third floor. Performances for two of the shows are continuing through Dec. 10. Tickets ($20) are available for advance purchase at brownpapertickets.com. All performances will run approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission.
“Bully,” written and performed by Lee Kaplan, directed by Padraic Lillis, is inspired by Kaplan’s real-life middle school journal entries and set in a boxing ring. Lee goes toe-to-toe with his childhood tormentors as he tells the story of merciless bullying attacks and their long-lasting impact. It is the fight of his life: a story about finding the will and a way to finally stand up to the bullies. After sold-out premiere runs in New York and Washington, D.C. and an international tour of schools and theaters in the U.S. and Canada, “Bully” returns for a limited run at New York’s IRT Theater. Performances are. Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit bullytheshow.com.
“Hope You Get to Eleven or What are we going to do about Sally?” written and performed by Padraic Lillis, directed by Scott Illingworth. One hundred and five people die from suicide every day in the United States. One reason is because we don’t talk about it. This show is a personal, honest, and humorous sharing of thoughts on the issue of suicide. Performances are Fri., Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
NYC DRAMA—Joe’ Pub, 425 Lafayette St., presents “Illyria,” running through Dec. 10. It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new “palace of art.” And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park. This is a drama about a different kind of family – one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us. Written and directed by Richard Nelson. Tickets are $75 plus fees. A limited number of free tickets for all performances except for opening night will be distributed in the lobby of The Public beginning 90 minutes prior to each scheduled performance (limit two per person), and will continue, while supplies last, up to the posted curtain time. An additional number of free tickets will be offered through TodayTix, furthering the mission of making great theater accessible to all. Performances are daily except Mondays at 7:30 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. Sunday matinee. For more information, visit joespub.publictheater.org.
ONE-MAN PLAY/THRILLER—The Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St., presents “Harry Clarke,” starring Billy Crudup, running through Dec. 10. A sexually charged thriller, “Harry Clark” is the story of a shy, mid-western man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona. Written by Obie Award-winning writer David Cale and directed by Obie Award-winning director Leigh Silverman. There is no late seating for this production. Tickets, $79-$100, are available at vineyardtheatre.org. For more information, call (212) 353-0303.
CHRISTMAS COMEDY/POLITICAL SATIRE—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Something from ABroad will present “Make Christmas Great Again,” a holiday-themed comedy written by Martha Lorena Preve-Ayora and directed by Paloma De Vega Centenera. The show will receive a limited run at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery, Dec. 11-13 with performances on Mon., Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Tues., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., and Wed., Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Satan has come to power and rules the free world. An angel sent by God will announce to Maria, a young Mexican girl that she is to become the mother of the savior, a Hispanic savior. This is a comedy about religion, politics and immigration in these dark times. “Make Christmas Great Again” is a type of Mexican play called “Pastorela.” A “Pastorela” has always the same structure; it takes the Nativity story and its characters and gives it a comic and political twist according to the current events of the world. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at horsetrade.info.
POLITICAL SATIRE—Due to popular demand, FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Project Y Theatre Company presents extended performances of “Trump Lear,” from Dec. 16-Feb. 10 at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A). Actor and impersonator Carl David is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Carl David is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the president restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: if Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience? Written and performed by David Carl and directed by Michole Biancosino. Performances run on Sat., Dec. 16, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at horsetrade.info. Visit http://www.trumplear.com for more information.
COMEDY—Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., presents the return of “The Accidental Pervert,” a comedy that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy’s journey into manhood after discovering his dad’s X-rated video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. He subsequently develops an addiction to pornography that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49 and available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visit http://www.theaccidentalpervert.com.
BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Sat., Dec. 9 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features comedy, music, burlesque, vaudeville and more hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas. Created and produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine. The Fishnet Follies perform at each show. Visit www.tenfootrat.com for the latest show information. 21 and up to drink, 17 and up or accompanied by guardian to enter. Admission is $15, $10 in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting http://www.horsetrade.info.
CABARET SHOWDOWN AND WINNERS SHOWCASE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Cabaret Showdown” on Sun., Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features host Mark McDaniels, co-host Diana Byrne as DiVanna, resident judge Donald Garverick. Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come to compete or be in the audience. Cover is $12, which includes a drink ($10 without a drink). Before the show, at 5:30 p.m. is the Cabaret Showdown Winners Showcase. Last month’s winner will star in their own show. Admission is $10. For more information visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
IMPROV COMEDY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents its next monthly “Thank You, Robot” on Fri., Dec. 15 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. This is a showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join “Thank You, Robot” to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again. Cover is $5. For more information, visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
COMEDY—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Lo-Fi Comedy” on Sat., Dec. 16 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. This is a live taping of a comedy recorded only on iPhones and a 10-year-old Sony handicam. It features sketch, stand up, hammer giveaways and musicians. Cover is $10. For more information, visit horsetrade.info.
COMEDY—Twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach presents “Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky,” a monthly neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music, next on Mon., Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A. This vintage style variety show will feature the additional talents of four stand-up comics as well as original songs. The comedy lineup on Nov. 20 is Judah Friedlander, Melissa Villasenor, Sean Patton and Ben Kronberg. $7 in advance at horsetrade.info or $10 at the door. For more information, visit maxandnicky.com/vintage-basement/.
STORYTELLING—“WORD: The Storytelling Show” will next take place on Wed., Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) at The Sidewalk Stage, 94 Ave. A at the corner of E. 6th St. Lineup includes Gastor Almonte, Liz Miele, Pete LePage, Tammi Cubilette, Bradford Jordan and Paulina Brusca. Live music by Glaser Drive. $5 suggested admission/two-drink minimum. For more information, visit wordthestorytellingshow.com.
VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Varietal Hour” on Fri., Dec. 20 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The Varietal Hour showcases a diverse collection of talent from around the city. Host and two-time Tony Award rehearsal attendee Lucas Womack splits a bottle of wine with guests as they perform anything from stand up to soft shoe, from storytelling to juggling, and very little in between. Also, to celebrate the season, a costume contest is in order. Best audience costume receives a bottle of our selected wine of the month. Cover is $10. For more information, visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents “Open Mic Mondays” every Monday at 8 p.m. except holidays. Hosted by Olivia Custodio, this weekly event is a boisterous free-for-all of poetry, hip hop, monologues, acoustic singer-songwriter performances and anything else that a person can do in five minutes on a stage; packed with young artists and their fans, this show is guaranteed to be more fun than whatever you normally do on a Monday night; no cover, one-drink minimum. For more information, call (212) 505-8183 or visit http://www.nuyorican.org. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Jive Poetic hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. To order tickets, visit http://www.nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
OPEN MIC—“The Open Mic Downstairs” runs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). Dan Ricker, Kaitlyn O’Connor and Mike Milazzo have taken the reins with spoken word artists, musicians, comedians and other creative folks invited to put their two cents in. Cover is $3. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit http://www.horsetrade.info.
POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam each week at 10 p.m. Host Mahogany Browne curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. Nationally renowned poets and rising stars compete for a slot on the cafe’s Slam Team. $10 regular admission, $20 for a limited number of reserved seats. A free open mic follows each Friday Night Poetry Slam. To order tickets, visit http://www.nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.
BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time on most Saturdays at 11 a.m. with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.
Dec. 9, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure by R.H. Disney.
Sun., Dec. 10 at noon, there will be a discussion and book signing with Curlee Girlee author Twersky Atara.
Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., there will be a presentation by the “Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.” There will also be a reading of River Rose and the Magical Christmas by Kelly Clarkson, illustrated by Lucy Fleming.
Dec. 23, Santa’s Magic Key by Eric James.
Dec. 30, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson.
SOLO SHOW—Horse Trade presents “Chalk” on Sat., Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). “Chalk” is a playful one-man show that invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon. $15; $5 for kids under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at http://www.horsetrade.info.
BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time, including crafts, on most Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m. All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit. For more information, visit strandbooks.com or call (212) 473-1452.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.
CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit http://www.troop414nyc.org.
CONVERSATION ON DIANA TRILLING—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents a free talk about anticommunist liberal writer Diana Trilling on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. She and husband Lionel Trilling were one of the most famous intellectual couples in America. NAC Literary Committee Gary Shapiro will host the event with Natalie Robins, who has written a biography of Trilling. The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling (Columbia University Press) tells the life of Trilling, an imperious former Trotskyist and witty anti-communist liberal who interacted with figures from Lillian Hellman to Norman Mailer. She was a feminist but thought that women’s liberation created unnecessary friction with men. Robins will be in conversation with Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, writer and former daily book critic of The New York Times. No RSVP necessary, business casual attire. For more information, call (212) 475-3424.
FINANCIAL GUIDANCE SERIES—The following free informational events, presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY, will take place at the Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St.
Sat., Dec. 9 at noon, “Preparing Your Finances for the Golden Years.” David Polevoy, CFP, helps you formulate a plan to achieve a financially secure retirement. David covers retirement income sources, how much you need to save, the right savings vehicles for you and other important preparations to make for retirement. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY.
Tues., Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., “Elder Law: Learn How to Protect Your Assets.” This program, designed for seniors and their families, provides beneficial information for all seniors and their families. Ronald Fatoullah Esq. covers topics such as: how to apply for Medicaid, the look-back period, asset transfer dos and don’ts, setting up a trust, living wills, nursing home expenses, and elder law attorneys.
Wed., Dec. 13 at 1:15 p.m. “Interpreting Financial Statements.” Learn where and how to find financial statements for any public company and about the ratios used to interpret financial statements. Presented by SIBL staff.
Wed., Dec. 27 at 1:15 p.m. “Social Security: How It Will Fit into Your Retirement Plan.” Get an overview of the major Social Security provisions. Learn the basics that you need to know and what resources are available to help you understand when and how to apply for your Social Security benefits. Presented by SIBL staff.
PHOTOGRAPHY—POP International Galleries, 195 Bowery, presents “Tradigital AutoGraphs,” running Dec. 9-30. Ansel Adams is famous for his black and white photography. This show featured his friend fine art photographer Bob Kolbrener. Kolbrener who formed a friendship with Adams in the 1970s has been committed to the Ansel Adam’s tradition of “straight photography,” not using computers or digital manipulation in his work for the past 50 years. That is, until now. Kolbrener will debut a body of work based on his reflections of his friendship with Adams, along with his own unique world-view. This collection includes images using odd signage to make photographs that celebrate and share his insatiable wonder at the world in which we live. For more information, call (212) 533-4262 or visit popinternational.com.
LANDSCAPES—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “End Game” by Valerie Larko, running through Dec. 16, featuring landscapes painted on location at an abandoned golf center in the North Bronx, NY. The Bronx Golf Center is 12 acres in total. This once vibrant family entertainment center now contains crumbling old structures that nature is slowly reclaiming: remnants of a miniature golf course, a driving range, and batting cages that are disappearing under creeping vines and weeds. Since being abandoned, the golf center has become a refuge for graffiti artists, homeless people, and feral cats. Recently, suspicious fires destroyed several of the buildings and the property owners have repaired the fence, making access to the site difficult, if not impossible. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit lyonswiergallery.com.
COLLAGES—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St., presents “Wild State of Mind,” a solo exhibition of new works by Ronald Ventura, running through Dec. 22. Born in 1973 in Manila, the Philippines, where he continues to live and work, Ventura ranks as one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation in Southeast Asia. Ventura draws from contemporary social practices and culture, placing his hybrid creatures in scenes of merrymaking, parading, brawling, or playing sports – contexts that elicit extreme emotions but are very much part of our lived realities today. For more information, call (212) 229-9100 or visit http://www.trfineart.com.
HOLIDAY EXHIBITION & SALE—The National Arts Club’s Trask Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Deck The Walls: A Holiday Exhibition and Sale” running through Jan. 6. Opening reception and book sale Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. Trask Gallery will overflow with an exhibition and book sale benefiting the NAC Adopt-A-Masterpiece program. Just in time for gift giving, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional work of art or a rare art book from the club’s extensive collection at an exceptional price. Established in 2013 through the generosity of individual member donors, the Adopt-A-Masterpiece program has made possible the restoration of Permanent Collection favorites including Robert Vonnoh’s Reverie, Andrew Winter’s Eastern Point Light and Paul Cornoyer’s Shepherd’s Cottage, Moonlight. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
PASTELS BY IRVING PETLIN—The National Arts Club’s Grand Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “A Tribute to Irving Petlin,” running through Jan. 4. American artist Irving Petlin is renowned for his mastery of the pastel medium and his collaborations with other artists including Mark di Suvero and Leon Golub. Engaging in multiple discourses – political, philosophical and psychological – Petlin’s work radiates with a mastery of line, color and light and is enhanced by a sense of myth and unlimited space. The National Arts Club exhibition will include the first showing of the artist’s pastel series – Storms, After Redon. Petlin is currently featured in the exhibition L’Art du Pastel de Degas à Redon at the Petit Palais in Paris. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com or call (212) 475-3424.
EXPEDITION-INSPIRED FASHION—The Special Exhibitions Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme” running through Jan. 6. “Expedition” examines high fashion inspired by clothing made for survival in the most inhospitable environments on earth and beyond. Experimental, high tech materials made for exploration to otherworldly realms — such as neoprene (deep sea) and Mylar (outer space) — have made their way onto the runway. Expeditions to these extreme environments were motivated primarily by interest in the natural world that flourished during the Victorian era. On view will be a historical fur garment created in Siberia, as well as adaptations of indigenous Arctic clothing. Also included will be the earliest down-filled jackets, dating to the 1930s, and other technologically experimental objects engineered for polar and mountain exploration. These garments will be placed alongside fantastic and outrageous fashions from the 1960s, as well as contemporary designs. A book of the same title, to be published by Thames and Hudson, will accompany the exhibition. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu.
ILLUSTRATION, STREETSCAPES, INTERIOR DESIGN—School of Visual Arts presents the following exhibitions:
SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 E. 23rd St., presents “The Book Show” from Dec. 8-Jan. 13.
This annual exhibition presented by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay challenges students to conceive, write and illustrate a book based on a personal experience or subject matter that is meaningful to them. Curated by Marshall Arisman and Carl Titolo. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th Street, 15th floor, presents “Street Smart: The Intersection of Art and Design in the City” through Wed., Dec. 20. SVA’s Alumni Society presents a multimedia exhibition featuring artists who are noted for making work that is for or about the urban environment. Their site-specific and interactive installations, photographs, paintings, sculptures, designs and illustrations are challenging, multi-layered and politically and socially engaged, much like the city itself. Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 W. 21st St., presents “BFA Interior Design Exhibition,” an exhibition of work by BFA Interior Design students running through Jan. 6. Reception: Tues., Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
PLAY READING GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.
ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.
FILM—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents, as part of its Cinema Soundtracks program presents a screening of Lars Von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark,” on Fri., Dec. 8 from 9:30-midnight. Author of filmmaker David Barclay Moore will made introductory remarks. Björk plays a Czech-immigrant factory worker in rural America who is slowly going blind due to a hereditary disease. She escapes her despair by delving into a fantasy world of movie musicals. Tickets, $10, can be purchased online at rubinmuseum.org.
DRAWING CLASSES—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents sketch classes on most Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. No classes on Dec. 22. Students should bring their own supplies. $15-25. For more details, please email Simon Levenson at Simon@simonlevenson.com. For more information, visit nationalartsclub.com.
FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645.
TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.
UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit http://www.unionsquarenyc.org.
FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit www.flatirondistrict.nyc.
POETRY WORKSHOP—The Epiphany Poets group meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 W. 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. every third Friday of the month from 2-4 p.m. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.
DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of the space formerly occupied by Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit http://www.nycgangstertours.com.