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A Song and Dance Town

Tonight Rockefeller Center will be full of the sweet sounds of sponsored spectacle as NBC lights up the tree (etc.). If you’d rather hear the sounds of chefs swearing you can catch David Chang and Mario Batali at the Strand this evening; it’s sure to be hot hot hot!

Thursday the Japan Society is hosting an exciting new dance performance choreographed by Jeremy Wade:

Japan Society presents the world premiere of its commission to Bessie Award- winning American choreographer Jeremy Wade. In a bold and violent juxtaposition of movement, text, animation and video of manga (Japanese comics) drawing, Wade takes a playful and cynical look at consumerism and Japanese kawaii (cute) culture- from the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to teenage doe-eyed love portrayed in anime- exploring its ubiquitous influence on the world today.

Also on Thursday you can celebrate Jack McFadden’s birthday at his very own venue… The Bell House; he’s booked his favorite bands like The Pulsars and Wye Oak so it’s sure to be a very happy birthday for us all!

Friday night DeVries are releasing their new album, Death to God, at the Cameo Gallery. B classifies them as “very shoegaze;” check them out live and find out if that’s also a literal descriptor.

Also on Friday you can see one of Terry Gilliam’s (director of The Neverending Story, Time Bandits, etc.) lesser-known works of surrealist film- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen at 92Y Tribeca. This preview has just enough fantastic madness to get you excited for more:

I’m going to stop there for the moment but I’m very excited about various events happening this weekend so stay tuned! Also be sure to follow me on twitter for the latest!

P.S. I’m giving away an invite for you and 3 of your dearest friends to attend the annual New York Public Library Holiday Open House! There will be dancing and tours of the stacks plus other goodies; the first to message me can join the party!

Starting the holiday season with pizzaz!

In the next few days many of you will be traveling to spend this gluttonous holiday with loved ones (or loved ones once removed) around the country. Therefore the next couple of nights should be packed with excellent NYC madness so that you can dazzle your relatives with tales of your life on the wild side.

Tonight slip on some skates ahead of the pack; the rink at Rockefeller Center is open and the lines will only get worse from now on!

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

You have six chances to catch Jacqui Naylor at the Blue Note this week; this young lady’s interpretative capabilities and wide vocal range make hers an act you have to hear to believe. She’s also debuting eleven year-old Matt Wong on piano and guitar; there is nothing like a prodigy to add some absurdity to your night.

Starting Dec. 1, you also have six chances to catch Sex Crimes Cabaret; “SEX CRIMES navigates amazing but true sexual legislation, taboos and history in a scintillating, multi-media cabaret.”

Sex Crimes

If you want more participatory madness (though be aware Sex Crimes Cabaret is likely to be quite a visceral experience) you can shake your booty (or whatever) Tuesday night at Santos Party House. DJs Hipstarr& Hotline will be performing with visuals by VJ ValuJet.

Wednesday afternoon head over to 77th & 81st Streets between Central Park West & Columbus Ave to watch the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade inflate! I’ve watched before and there is really nothing like seeing an enormous Mr. Potato Head slowly emerge from a puddle of plastic- that is magic in action!

Wednesday night if you’re still in town there’s a monster loft party that your Aunt Esther will never believe- Urban Gypsy Circus:

Loft party featuring Go Go Go Dancers, Visual Projection Artists, a hooka lounge, spiked hot cider, turkey time games and smores. Hosted by Taylor Splifft with DJ’s Vinyl Richie and Dru Klein spinning a mix of Gypsy House Break Beats, Reggae & Classic Hip Hop. Live performances by Japanese Gypsy Band “Kagero”, Indian Space funk band “Consider the Source”, Spills vs. FeleciaCruz, Miz Metro’s Unlimited Live Remix Ride, Avnah, and Under the Rasta Influence. All night drink specials, $2 beers $4mixed drinks. FREE Party Shuttle Bus pick up all night from the NE corner of Lorimer & Metropolitan, starting at 8:30pm on the half hour. (171 Lombardy St Loft/corner of Varick, BK, 8pm-6am, $10, free drink with RSVP to ugcparty@gmail.com)

Ok, that’s all for the moment but I’ve been doing a lot of tweeting lately so if you’re not following me or reading the sidebar you’re missing out on all sorts of news! Plus you’ll miss the play-by-play as I attempt to create Pumpkin Crème Brûlée in G’s mother’s kitchen.

Happy Thanksgiving!