Out & About

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Friday, December 27

DSC_5817_optKwanzaa Celebration

African Burial Ground National Monument, 290 Broadway, Duane Street

11 a.m., Free

Week-long African American holiday which focuses on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self improvement

212-637-2019; www.nps.gov/afbg

The Mistletones

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

1-3 p.m., Free

The Mistletone Carolers are back this December to spread some Holiday cheer throughout the Seaport District.

southstreetseaport.com

Saturday, December 28

Clarion Choir official_optTwelfth Night Festival: The Play of Daniel

Trinity Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place

3 p.m., $20-$60

Trinity’s Twelfth Night Festival returns, celebrating the twelve days of the nativity with a full program of events from December 26 through January 6. Julian Wachner leads the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in performances of seasonal Bach cantatas, and holiday-themed choral works by English composer Benjamin Britten, whose centennial Trinity has been honoring since September.

Trinitywallstreet.org

Pirate School

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street

11 a.m., $20 adults; $15 children

A one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Pirate School has been entertaining families for 18 years with its mischievous blend of clown theatre, slapstick antics, magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects, and boisterous full-audience participation.

symphonyspace.org

Sunday, December 29

Teddy Bear Tea

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street

1 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12

Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the Hotel proprietor’s wife. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. Along the way, try out her son’s toys or help her daughter with the daily chores. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended.

mvhm.org

Monday, December 30

Wynton Marsalis Septet

Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th Street, 5th floor

7-9:30 p.m., $35

Led by nine-time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet features pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist & clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.

212-721-6500; jal.org

Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Jaunts

Adventures on a Shoestring, Corner of Canal and Mott streets

4 & 6 p.m., $15 plus food cost

Two successive walking tours of Chinatown that will include stops to sample Chinese dumplings, pastry and ice cream, as well as an opportunity to see the Edward Mooney House (built in 1785) and the former sites of the Five Points slum and the Chatham Club (where songwriter Irving Berlin sand and waited).

212-265-2663

Twelfth Night Festival: Rachmaninoff Vespers

Trinity Wall Street, 74 Trinity Place

5 p.m., $25

Trinity’s Twelfth Night Festival returns, celebrating the twelve days of the nativity with a full program of events from December 26 through January 6. Julian Wachner leads the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra in performances of seasonal Bach cantatas, and holiday-themed choral works by English composer Benjamin Britten, whose centennial Trinity has been honoring since September with “Celebrating Britten.

gemsny.org; Trinitywallstreet.org

W New York – Downtown Presents: Remix & Revel

123 Washington Street

9-1 a.m., $125

Resolve to revel in 2014 at W New York – Downtown’s Living Room Bar & Terrace. Sip on an exclusive open bar with champagne toast while taking in the majestic views of Lower Manhattan. You can choose to dance to the beats of local DJ Pay Homage or see what the future of 2014 holds with our very own tarot card reader, who will be available all night.

6468268600; wnewyorkdowntown.com/remixrevel

Wednesday, January 1

Twelfth Night Festival: La descente d’Orphée

St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street

7 p.m., $15-175

For the New York stage premiere of Charpentier’s La descente d’OrphÉe aux enfers, Gotham Chamber Opera partners with members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. The cast will be led by Daniel Curran as OrphÉe, Jeff Beruan as Pluton, and Jamilyn Manning-White as Eurydice. Charpentier’s 1686 opera retells the story of Orpheus who, upon learning of Eurydice’s sudden death, descends to Hades in order to convince Pluto to allow her to return with him to earth. This classic story of selfless love and the power of music to overcome death will be staged by Andrew Eggert and presented in historic St. Paul’s Chapel.

212-279-4200; gothamchamberopera.org

Thursday, January 2

Old-Time Cinema

96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

2-4 p.m., Free

Directed by Leo McCarey, 1944, 106 minutes, b&w. Starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart. A young priest comes to a New York slum parish and after initial friction charms the old pastor he is to succeed.

Nypl.org

Book Discussion: Jane Eyre

96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

6-7 p.m., Free

Discuss the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.

Nypl.org

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