Amato Opera, 319 Bowery at 2nd St., 212-228-8200, www.amato.org: THE MERRY WIDOW, Music by Lehar in English; 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.
CLEMENTE VELEZ CULTURAL CENTER, 107 Suffolk St: BY ANY MEANS, Arts for Art is proud to announce the return of the supergroup featuring Charles Gayle on saxophone, William Parker on bass and Rashied Ali on drums. One of the most explosive groups of the early 1990s, the group has not performed together in nearly a decade. Sun., Jan. 8 at 1pm and 3pm. $20, $10 students, kids 14 & under get in free.
The Hideaway Room at Helens, 169 Eighth Ave at 19th St., 212-206-0609: TIME TRAVEL (a retrospective), Baby Jane Dexter returns to New York with a new show that covers her life and experiences from childhood to her current career as a critically acclaimed night club artist. Fri., Dec. 30 at 7pm. $20 music charge and $15 food/drink min.
the Knitting factory, 74 Leonard St. 212-219-3006: DA CAPO ON SHUFFLE, the Da Capo Chambers players are appearing in a hectic-eclectic mix of works that runs the gamut from pop, jazz, techno, minimalism, microtonality to sonic sketch comedy. Tues. Jan. 24 at 7:30pm. $20, $10 students.
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.