Volume 75, Number 31 | December 21 - 27, 2005


Upcoming Events:

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS, Music events, classes and special services celebrate Advent and Christmas. On Sat., Dec. 24 at 8pm, A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, at 10:30pm, Festival Music for Trumpet and Organ and at 11pm, The Adult Choir will perform. Grace Church, 802 Broadway at 10th St. www.gracechurchnyc.org. 212-254-2000.

ARISTOPHANES IN BIRDONIA, A politi-comic theater/dance adaptation of “The Birds” by Aristophanes. The tale of Stan and Ollie who exit Hysterica to co-erect with the birds a utopia in the sky because “faith based initiatives” and fame obsess the government and the media and preemptive strikes result in war. Jan. 12-15 and 19-22 at 8:30pm. DANSPACE PROJECT at St. Mark’s Church,131 E. 10th St. $20. 212-674-8194.

BOWERY POETRY CLUB, 308 Bowery, 212-614-0505: Check out www.bowerypoetry.com for a complete schedule of nightly events.

BROOKLYN BRIDGE WALK INTO THE NEW YEAR, Tour the City Hall area and learn interesting facts then enjoy refreshments on the Brooklyn Bridge. Registration begins at 9:30pm, walks at 10:15 & 11:15pm on Dec. 31. Meet at Blimpie's, 38 Park Row, bet. Spruce and Beekman Sts. $40, $35 pre-registration, $20 kids. 888-377-4455.

Christmas Caroling under the Arch, Christmas Eve Carol singing will take place at 5pm on Dec. 24 at the Arch in Washington Square Park. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will lead the songs and free songbooks will be distributed compliments of The Washington Square Association.

FREE ART WORKSHOPS, Sat., Jan 7 from 12-1:30pm, “The Creative Power of Drawing” and from 2:30-4:30pm, “Getting Stoned: The Tao of Sculpting.” EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE Art School, 197 East Broadway. Call to register. 212-780-2300, ext.378. Suggested Donation of $10 for each class. Find out about upcoming classes at an Open House, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7:30pm. Register for a class and get a $20 discount.

GIT SOME!, A classic variety show featuring bawdy sketches, comedy improvisation and seductive musical guests. THE PARKSIDE LOUNGE, 317 E. Houston at Attoney St. Free.

Jazzercise at Lunch, When you love your workout, results come easy. Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create truly effective dance-fitness programs for people of every age and fitness level. Tues. & Thurs. at Noon starting Jan. 4. classes will also be held Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St, bet Church and Broadway.212-374-1175. www.jazznewyork.net. $45 monthly. Ongoing.

KELTIC KIDS DANCE LESSON, Exciting music and movement classes that parents can enjoy with their children up to 4 years of age. Lessons include Irish music, myth, dance and humor. Free trial class prior to the winter session. Thurs., Dec. 15 at 10am. Soho Dance Center, 598 Broadway, south of Houston. 646-387-8991.

KLEZ FOR KIDS, A mock shtetl wedding will take place at the annual winter concert with Greg Wall’s Klezfest. Enjoy East European songs, stories and Yiddish vocabulary lessons. Sun., Dec. 25 at 12:30 and 2:30pm. Eldridge Street Project, 12 Eldridge Street. 212-219-0888 x302.

New Years Eve Bike Ride, Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in the outdoors. Ride up to a party at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Enjoy music, dancing and fireworks. Sat., Dec. 31 at 10:30pm at Washington Square Park, under the arch or at 10:50pm at Madison Square Park, 23rd St. & Broadway, Flatiron Side. 212-802-8222.

THE NOSHING TOUR EXTRAVAGANZA, Join the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy on a walking tour that will feature three landmarked sacred sites. At each congregation “nosh” on ethnic food that is traditionally eaten by those congregations. Sun., Dec. 25 at 11:15am. Meet at Congregation Chasam Sopher, 10 Clinton St. $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $20 for students. 212-374-4100 x 1.

POETRY PROJECT’S NEW YEAR’S DAY MARATHON READING, Over 100 writers, musicians, and artists will welcome the new year by performing and reading their work. Sun. Jan. 1 from 3pm to 1am. St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. $17, $12 Seniors/Students, $10 Poetry Project members.

TEEN ART OUT 06, Open House and Free Workshops. Sign up for a workshop in photography, Chinese painting, stone carving or pottery. Learn about the after school and Saturday programs for grades 6-12 that start in Feb. Teachers and parents are welcome to come learn more about the school. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 16 from 3–6pm. Free, $10 contribution to cover supply costs suggested. THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE Art School, 197 E. Broadway bet Jefferson and Clinton Sts. Pre-registration required, call 212-780-2300 x 428.

Free Union Square Neighborhood Tour, The Union Square Partnership sponsors a two-hour tour exploring Union Square’s entertainment history, first as the birthplace of Vaudeville, and now as the “heart of Off-Broadway.” Stories of social movements and events, such as the first Labor Day Parade, explain how Union Square became a National Landmark. Home of the original Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Lord & Taylor and Academy of Music, the tour sheds light on Union Square’s continued neighborhood development. Every Saturday at 2pm. Meet at the Lincoln statue located at the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park. Just show up, no reservations are necessary

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