Are you feeling artsy? This weekend is full of music, theater, and art galore–from jazz and folk stories to The Nutcracker and more. It’s also the opening weekend for both Fancy Nancy: A Splendiferous Christmas and The Holiday Express Exhibition, in case you need an extra infusion of holiday spirit. So get creative and get out as a family–the weekend awaits!
Photo credit: The Jewish Museum
Who is Tito Puente? at Lincoln Center Rose Theater
Learn all about master musician, composer, arranger, and “King of the Timbales” Tito Puente and his legacy–from big band to bosa nova. Sat. 1 p.m. Upper West Side. $10-$25. Ages 7-14. Event details.
Jazz and Art at The Jewish Museum
Explore connections between jazz and the paintings of Abstract Expressionists during an interactive performance by the all-star WeBop! Band. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Upper East Side. $18/Adults; $13/Children. Ages 3-8. Event details.
The History of Thanksgiving at The New York Historical Society
Compare what Thanksgiving food and festivities looked like in colonial times, the 1860s, and today. Families will make their own mini apple pies with an assortment of historical and present-day flavors. Sat. 2 p.m. Upper West Side. $15/child. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Anansi the Spider at TADA! Theatre
Watch the story of Anansi the Spider, a trickster who uses cleverness and harmless jokes to get what he wants. Show includes African percussion and Traditional West African dance on a dazzling black light stage. Fri.-Sun. Times Vary. Chelsea. $28.95/adults; $18.95/children. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
A Unique Nutcracker Show at The Players Theatre
Don’t miss this show full of your favorite Nutcracker characters caught up in a new creative story that involves Clara, her brother Fritz, and a war between giant rats and plane stewardesses. Sat.-Sun. Times vary. West Village. $20/Adults; $12/children. All ages. Event details.
Write Comical Poems at Poets House
Led by Charles Waters (children’s poet, actor and educator) kids will write comical poems and then act them out on stage. Sat. 11 a.m. Battery Park City. $5 Suggested donation. All ages. Event details.
Learn about Domes at the Skyscraper Museum
Kiddos will discover how geometry helps domes stand up and then build their own domed structures while learning some history along the way. Sat. 10:30 a.m. Financial District. $5. Ages 8-15 Event details.
A Magical Concert at the Brooklyn Museum
From The Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Star Wars, the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, along with special guest narrator and magician Peter Straus, will perform magical movie tunes you know and love. Sat. 3 p.m. Prospect Heights. $20/adults; $10/children ages 5 to 16. All ages. Event details.
String Band Tunes at Wave Hill
Tap your toes to some traditional American songs by the Canal Street String Band, known for their captivating vocals, 55 strings, and a pair of cow bones. Sun. 2 p.m. Riverdale. $28/general admission; $15/children. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
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— Abigail Matsumoto