Amato Opera, 319 Bowery at 2nd St., 212-228-8200, www.amato.org: VERDIS LA TRAVIATA, Opera about love and sacrifice. $30 adults, $25 seniors/students/kids. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays thru Nov. 20. Call for days and times. THE MERRY WIDOW, Music by Lehar in English; Performances begin Sat., Dec. 3 at 7:30pm; Continues thru Jan. 8; $30, $25 seniors, kids and students. New Year's Eve Gala on Sat., Dec. 31 at 7pm; View The Merry Widow and enjoy a homemade dinner buffet before the show, party favors, countdown and more; $125.
The Art Mob, 140 Sullivan Street, 212-533-9713: SEDUCED and Abandoned, An oddball mix of offbeat, witty and occasionally heartrending music from the bygone days. The 13-member group specializes in victorian parlor songs, sacred harm hymns, 1920s radio gospel, childrens songs and rock n roll gems. Fri., Dec. 2 and Sat., Dec. 3 at 8pm at the NYU Catholic Center, 238 Thompson St., downstairs and Sun., Dec. 4 at 4pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W. 13th St., 1st floor, bet. 5th & 6th Aves. Admission by donation. Www.artmob.org.
Eldridge Street Project, 12 Eldridge Street: WINE Cellar Cabaret, Come for an extravaganza inspired by Joseph Moskowitzs famous Rivington Street tavern as musicians Peter Rushefsky and Jeffrey Wollock and poets Rob Holman and Celena Glenn pay tribute to the "sweet gypsy sounds" of the renowned cimbalom player-restauranteur. Sun., Dec. 18 at 2pm. $18 adults, $15 students/seniors.
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., 212-242-4770: KEYS to the Future, A two-concert festival that offers listeners an array of compelling contemporary piano works that explore the vast potential of the instrument. Tues., Dec. 6 & Thurs., Dec. 8 at 8pm. $15, $10 students & seniors.
Open Music Circle, A self-directed improvisatory gathering of acoustic instrument players and vocalists. The event begins and ends in silence. In between, participants experiment with playing in the moment. Second and fourth Sunday of each month. $5-10 donation per person suggested. Bring your own instrument or instruments will be provided. RSVP to 212-988-3306. The New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 W. 27th St., 10th floor, Ring buzzer to enter.
The Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street, 212-998-5867: A Family Concert, Bill Gordh brings his warm style and his banjo for a program of songs and stories for everyone. Hear a mixture of world folktales musicalized and personally fashioned to original story songs. Sun., Dec. 4 at 3pm. $5.