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Apr 29th, 2014 (Tue) -- Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham
Apr 29 – Nov 2, 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Ave. at 82nd St. Manhattan, NY 10028 phone: 212-535-7710 - fax: 212-570-3825 Following up on last year's installation by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is turning the Roof Garden Commission into an annual event. This year the museum has turned to American artist Dan Graham, known for his distinctive steel-and-glass pavilions. The installation will consist of hedgerows and curved mirrored glass, forming a dynamic and visual environment that shifts from transparent to reflective, invoking both the formal gardens of the Age of Enlightenment and the surfaces of the modern skyscraper. For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org
Jul 4th, 2014 (Fri) -- Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  Spiders Alive!
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street Manhattan, NY 10024 If your spidey sense has been tingling recently, chalk it up to the looming Spiders Alive! show at the American Museum of Natural History. Yes, there will be live spiders involved—around 20 different species, including the western black widow and the goliath birdeater, which just happens to be one of the largest spiders in the world. But beyond the thrills and chills, the exhibition will serve up plenty of cold, hard facts about some of the world's most versatile and captivating creatures, exploring their anatomy, diversity, venom, silk and behavior. For more information, visit amnh.org.
Sep 9th, 2014 (Tue) -- Dec 20th, 2014 (Sat)
  BAM Next Wave Festival
Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Officially inaugurated in 1983 (it ran in a looser form the two previous autumns), BAM's annual Next Wave Festival serves as New York's most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance. It has provided a launching pad and laboratory for the likes of Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones. Expect a mix of established names and emerging talents, with plenty of artist talks worked into the stew. For this year's lineup, visit bam.org.
Oct 7th, 2014 (Tue) -- Nov 11th, 2014 (Tue)
  White Light Festival
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 70 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023 Estonian composer Arvo Pärt likened his music to white light that contained all colors, and saw "the spirit of the listener" as the prism where those colors could appear. Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, now in its fifth year, is dedicated to exploring that intersection between art and spirit across a number of disciplines. Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Peter Sellars' production of Bach's St Matthew Passion; puppet master Basil Twist presents the NY premiere of his staging of The Rite of Spring; Pakistani ensemble Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali plays devotional music; and the Walter Reade Theater screens Krzysztof Kieślowski's Decalogue, based on the Ten Commandments. For the complete lineup and to purchase tickets, visit whitelightfestival.org.
Nov 2nd, 2014 (Sun)
  TCS New York City Marathon
This is the big one—an athletic event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish—but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds and sheer excitement of the New York City Marathon, which starts in Staten Island and wends its way through all five boroughs on its way to the finish line in Central Park (adjacent to the recently reopened Tavern on the Green). Close to 50,000 people will run; millions will watch. For more information, visit tcsnycmarathon.org.
Nov 15th, 2014 (Sat) -- Jan 19th, 2015 (Mon)
  New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458 phone: 718-817-8700 Model trains navigate painstakingly crafted miniatures of New York City's built environment, all made entirely out of plant parts. The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and more than 100 other landmarks form a fantastically rendered City landscape built from seeds, bark, leaves and twigs, serviced by a robust quarter mile of track, all nestled underneath the glass ceilings of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Visit nybg.org for this year's schedule of tours, special events and holiday film screenings and caroling.
Nov 24th, 2014 (Mon) -- Jan 5th, 2015 (Mon)
  Origami Holiday Tree
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street Manhattan, NY 10024 Holiday decor gets a historical makeover with the American Museum of Natural History's annual Origami Holiday Tree. This year, the museum draws inspiration from its own items for the 500 folded-paper works, constructed by volunteers beginning in July. After exploring the permanent-exhibition halls, current shows and expansive collections, see which pieces made their way onto the 13-foot tree. For more information, visit amnh.org.
Nov 27th, 2014 (Thu)
  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Herald Square 151 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001 phone: 212-695-4400 - fax: 212-494-2118 A Thanksgiving institution for 90 years, this parade is one of the most famous holiday events in the world. Millions line the streets of Manhattan to watch celebrities, Broadway performers, clowns, marching bands, floats (notably Santa himself, riding his reindeer-powered sleigh) and the true headliners of the day: the all-star roster of floating balloons—Snoopy, Spidey and friends—flying high above the route. The procession heads south down Central Park West from 77th Street, east along Central Park South to Sixth Avenue and then south along Sixth Avenue to West 34th Street, ending in front of Macy's in Herald Square. Also, the inflating of the balloons along the perimeter of the Museum of Natural History has become an annual Thanksgiving eve tradition on the Upper West Side. Visit macys.com for updates on this year's performers, new balloons and viewing tips.
Nov 28th, 2014 (Fri) -- Jan 3rd, 2015 (Sat)
  George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
New York City Ballet David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Manhattan, NY 10023 It's likely you already know the fanciful, fantastical Christmas Eve story and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable melodies—but it's certain that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing Balanchine's classic confection come to life. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy dancing in your head. For more information, visit nycballet.com.
Dec 3rd, 2014 (Wed) -- Jan 15th, 2015 (Thu)
  Robert Altman Retrospective at MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA 11 W. 53rd St. Manhattan, NY 10019 phone: 212-708-9400 - fax: 212-708-9691 It takes 20 years to make an overnight success, the old saw goes. So it was with Robert Altman, who hit it big with MASH in 1970, his signature style (large stock company, interwoven story lines, overlapping dialogue, long zoom lenses prowling the landscape) fully in place from long years of quick-and-dirty TV work. In short order came a pair of minor classics (McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye), and a sprawling, downbeat tour de force (Nashville), followed by decades of ups and downs. Those years, populated by worthy art-house experiments (Three Women), flops (Popeye), groundbreaking television (Tanner '88) and successful entertainments (The Player, Gosford Park), reminded critics and public alike that he never stopped shooting—not until his death in 2006, at age 81. Now, MoMA gives a titan of American movies the full retrospective he deserves, including features, his work for broadcast TV and cable and hard-to-find industrials and documentaries. For more information, visit moma.org.