| THE MORNING LINE ‣ We're going on our end-of-the-year break and we'll see you in 2018. MUG wishes you happy holidays and all good things.
photography ‣ The Immigrants is a timely show at Howard Greenberg Gallery, the work of dozens of photographers from the 1860s to 2015 on subjects relating to immigration.
gifts ‣ Stand with refugees and spread a little joy with gifts through the International Rescue Committee. School supplies, seeds for a community garden, emergency food for children, warm blankets, and a year of school are some of the options.
movies ‣ At the 19th annual Animation Show of Shows, 16 animated shorts from around the world, opening December 29 at the Quad.
music ‣ Canadian jazz pianist and singer Laila Biali is a talent to watch. She's got a new album out next month and will be at Rockwood on January 14, 7pm. Hear her version of Coldplay's Yellow here.
tv ‣ If your holidays tilt into an overload of jolly, we have just the thing for you. The new season of Black Mirror is on Netflix as of December 29th. This trailer is creepy as all get-out.
holiday ‣ Listen to two band members of Flyte sing River by Joni Mitchell, a lovely moment of harmony.
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
sat 12-4:30pm: what the dickens? more than 30 writers and performers join in the eighth annual marathon reading of charles dickens's 'a christmas carol' at housing works bookstore cafe. settle in with an hour of pre-show caroling by the new york city master chorale. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free.
sat 6pm: at the coquito masters final round, taste award-winning coquitos (a traditional puerto rican tipple similar to eggnog) from district winners across the state and help pick the next nys coquito master. the bronx museum of the arts, $10.
sat + sun various times (+ 12/23): this one's for the birds. join other citizen scientists for the 118th annual national audubon society christmas bird count. various locations, free. [Photo: F. Portmann]
sun 3pm prelude music, 4pm show: am joy host joy reid leads the 106th annual reading of 'a visit from saint nicholas,' aka 'twas the night before christmas,' at harlem's church of the intercession (harlem), which concludes with a lantern procession and wreath laying at the tomb of author clement c. moore. free.
sun 3-7pm: historic morris-jumel mansion hosts a victorian holiday party filled with christmas carols, a radio play performance, and treats like hot spiced wine, apple cider, and cookies in manhattan's oldest house. victorian regalia welcome. morris-jumel mansion (washington heights), $10, $8 students/seniors.
sun 3:30pm: so much tuba! the 44th annual merry tuba christmas brings hundreds of tubists from all over to perform brassy renditions of holiday favorites at the rockefeller plaza ice rink (midtown west). free.
sun 5:45pm: a walking soundscape makes its way through the village for the 26th annual participatory avant-garde holiday tradition, unsilent night. bring a boombox, smartphone with portable speakers, or homemade sound rig and meet at the washington square park arch. free.
sun 7pm (+ mon): after the museum's regular visiting hours, vox vocal ensemble's annual holiday concert fills the guggenheim's rotunda with holiday music and a commission by composer nico muhly. $15-20.