Cutting Corners

Money tight? Need to cut corners? This column has lots of free, pay-what-you-wish and low-cost events to enjoy every single day! (Events may cancel/change. Check with venue.)

Friday, December 14
1:45-2:45 p.m. Concert. “Christmas Carols/Traditional Songs.” St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Ave./51st St. (212) 753-2261.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Lower East Side 16mm films. “The Godfather Comes to Sixth St.” (1975). “The Heart of Loisaida” (1979). Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. (212) 228-4747.
7-10 p.m. Concert. Jazz pianist/composer Neal Kirkwood. Third Street Music School, 235 E. 11th St. (212) 777-3240.
7:30 p.m. Stand-up comedy show. Oppa Bar, 162 W. 4th St. (646) 410-0503.
8 p.m. Holiday concert. “Comfort and Joy.” N.Y.C. Gay Men’s Chorus. N.Y.U. Skirball Center, 556 LaGuardia Place. Tickets: (212) 998-4941.
8 p.m. Studio play production. (Repeated Sat.) “What Happened That Night” by Lia Romeo. (Exploring sexual violence and rape culture.) Schreiber Studio, 10th floor, 151 W. 26th St. Tickets: (212) 741-0209.

Saturday, December 15
12-6 p.m. Marathon BBC “Doctor Who” screenings. Paley Media Center, 25 W. 52nd St. Tickets/lineup info: (212) 621-6600.
12-4:30 p.m. Christmas caroling by NYC Master Chorale. Then writers/performers marathon reading: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. Reserve: (212) 334-3324.
2 p.m. Talk. “Break Free From Limiting Beliefs: How to Live a Life You Truly Love.” Yorkville Library, 222 E. 79th St. (212) 744-5824.
2 p.m. Concert. Singer Lyudmila Krivorutskaya. Pianist Svetlana Levina. Russian/Italian/English/Hebrew songs. Tompkins Square Library. (See Dec. 14.)
2 p.m. Musical (sequel) film. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018). Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St. (212) 243-6876.
8 p.m. Holiday concert. “Comfort and Joy.” N.Y.C. Gay Men’s Chorus. (See Dec. 14.)

Explore the historical landmarked Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue at an open house hosted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation.

Sunday, December 16
1 p.m. Uptown walking tour. “Bloomingdale Neighborhood.” Local historian Jim Mackin. Meet at Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave./103rd St. RSVP: (212) 666-9774.
2-5 p.m. Open house. Meet members of Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation. Explore landmark building. Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave./12th St. (212) 255-7740.
3 p.m. Concert. “Christmas Carols with the Choir.” (Free-will offering.) St. Francis of Assisi Upper Church, 135 W. 31st St. (212) 736-8500.
3 p.m. Studio play production. “What Happened That Night.” (See Dec. 14.)
7 p.m. Uptown karaoke concert. Broadway show tunes; American songbook favorites. Bring your sheet music. M.C. with pianist. Sign-up begins 6 p.m. Symphony Space/Bar Thalia, 2537 Broadway/94th St. (212) 864-5400.

Monday, December 17
2 p.m. Classic film. “Come to the Stable” (1949). Loretta Young/Celeste Holm. Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. (212) 679-2645.
3 p.m. Play reading. (Repeated 7 p.m.) “The Years That Went Wrong” by David Zheng. (Repeated Tues. 3 and 7 p.m.) The Lark, 311 W. 43rd St., 5th floor. Tickets: (212) 246-2676.
6 p.m. Foreign film. Ingmar Bergman’s “The Silence” (1963). English subtitles. Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave./10th St. (212) 243-4334.
6 p.m. Lessons/carols “Advent Service” followed by open mic upstairs. Songs/readings – anything goes. (Bring food item for party.) Little Church, 1 E. 29th St. (212) 685-2927. Email to sign up:
7:30 p.m. Uptown classical music concert. “Dorian Wind Quartet.” Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway/93rd St. RSVP: (212) 665-2504.

Tuesday, December 18
Noon. Film. Spike Lee’s “BlackKKlansman” (2018). Hamilton Fish Library, 415 E. Houston St. (212) 673-2290.
12:30-2 p.m. Workshop. “Public Speaking.” Public Library, 18 W. 53rd St. (212) 714-8400.
5 p.m. Author talk. “Nigeria: A Failed State?” Robert Nwadiaru. Muhlenberg Library, 209 W. 23rd St. (212) 924-1585.
7 p.m. Performance. “Dance Works-in-Progress.” ($3 suggested donation.) Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th floor. (212) 598-0551.
7 p.m. Pens Parentis Literary Salon. “Holiday Author Mingle.” Five food writers. Andaz Hotel, 75 Wall St. (at Water St.) Complimentary wine. (Suggested $10 donation.) Reserve: (212) 590-1234.
7:30 p.m. Classical music concert. Gershwin, Bernstein, etc. Violin/clarinet/horn/piano. Limited free tickets at box office. Carnegie Weill Hall, 154 W. 57th St. (212) 799-5000.

Wednesday, December 19
1:45-2:45 p.m. Concert. Classical choral works/Christmas carols. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. (See Dec. 14.)
2 p.m. Jazz concert. Bill Wurtzel Trio. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square/61st St. (212) 595-9533.
2 p.m. Classic comedy film. “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.” Natalie Wood/Elliot Gould. Mid-Manhattan Library at Schwarzman Library. Fifth Ave. Enter 42nd St. (212) 340-0863.
6:30 p.m. Author Reading. “How to Read A Protest.” Grassroots organizer L. A. Kauffman with Avram Finkelstein. Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey St. RSVP: (212) 966-3424.
7-9 p.m. Uptown holiday/Christmas karaoke singalong night. Bar Thalia at Symphony Space. (See Dec. 16.)

Thursday, December 20
1 p.m. Guided exhibitions tour. American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square/65th St. (212) 595-9533.
2 p.m. Classic holiday film. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946). Jimmy Stewart. Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St. (212) 243-6876.
4 p.m. Classic musical film. “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944). Judy Garland. Webster Library, 1465 York Ave./77th St. (212) 288-5049.
4 p.m. Musical (sequel) film. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018). Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Ave./31st St. (212) 683-2520.
7-9 p.m. Concert. Traditional/contemporary hymns/carols. St. Patrick’s Cathedral. (See Dec. 14.)
7 p.m. Concert. Singer “Miss Ya Ya.” Urban-salsa/merengue/bachata. David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway/62nd St. (212) 721-6500.


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