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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.
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 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.