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MULTIETHNIC EATING TOUR
(meet at the southwest corner of Essex and Delancey streets): Burn off some of that turkey and stuffing with a walking (and noshing) culinary tour of the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown. Expect 10 food samplings and stops at Kossar’s Bialys and Di Palo’s, pictured, among other spots. Info: Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with Big Onion Walking Tours, $25 (reservations required), 888-606-9255 ext. 3, bigonion.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: GEORGIA KRAL)
ARLO GUTHRIE ANNUAL THANKSGIVING CONCERT
(Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.): The iconic singer-songwriter returns to Carnegie Hall with The Guthrie Family for his annual holiday concert, which is sure to include his rendition of "City of New Orleans" and "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree." Info: Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., $12.50-$70, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Rising Son Records / Rainey Hall)
BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT
(Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125 St.): It's going to be a full-blown reggae party as The Wailers, Third World, Maxi Priest and Ky-Mani Marley celebrate the 35th anniversary of Marley's first performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Info: Nov. 29 at 8 and 11 p.m., $35-$65, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO (Credit: FACEBOOK/BobMarley)
(St. George Theatre, 35 Hyatt St., Staten Island): It's been more than five decades since he left his heart in San Francisco, but he sounds as smooth as ever. And at 88, the crooner is still topping the charts (his disc "Cheek to Cheek" with Lady Gaga hit No. 1 on Billboard's album chart last month). Now if only Gaga were to show up. Info: Tomorrow Nov. 29 at 8 p.m., $80-$180, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO (Credit: AFP PHOTO / Saul Loeb)
"STORY OF MY DEATH"
(Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.): The latest from the young Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra imagines a meeting between two legendary figures, one real, one fictional: the Italian adventurer Giacomo Casanova and the Romanian aristocrat Count Dracula. Info: Nov. 28-Nov. 30, $10, 212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org -- RAFER GUZMAN (Credit: M'aidez Films)
"GEORGE BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER"
(Lincoln Center Plaza): The New York City Ballet celebrates 60 years of performing this beloved holiday classic. Info: Nov. 28-Jan. 3, Tickets from $35, 212-496-0600, nycballet.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Paul Kolnik)
"TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I AND II"
(Theatre for a New Audience, 262 Ashland Pl., Brooklyn): John Douglas Thompson, the off-Broadway superstar who really should be known by everyone, plays the Central Asian tyrant in this 19-actor revival and compression of Christopher Marlowe's bloody 1587 epic. Info: Through Dec. 21, $55-$85, 866-811-4111, tfana.org -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Gerry Goodstein)
Bergdorf Goodman Windows
Bergdorf Goodman windows have a simple theme this year: "inspired." One window, for example, features inspired (and inspiring) individuals such as Shakespeare, Melville and Tolstoy. Through January 4. (754 Fifth Ave., 800-558-1855, bergdorfgoodman.com). -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Ricky Zehavi)
Henri Bendel Windows
At Henri Bendel, window designers created an enchanted secret garden. The main window features an ivy-covered, lush interior accented by sparkling accessories. Through Jan. 5. (712 Fifth Ave., 800-423-6335, henribendel.com). -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Getty Images / Eugene Gologursky)
(Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., 8th floor): Go big when you visit Santa this year and check out this 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village, which features a train ride, an enchanted forest and a toyshop on the way to see the jolly man himself. Info: Nov.28-Dec. 24, free, 212-494-4495, macys.com/believe -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: FACEBOOK/Macys)
(New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona): What is billed as the largest gingerbread village in the world returns to Queens with 1,000 new homemade houses, an underground candy subway station and Peppermint Central Park. Info: Through Jan. 11; $11, $8 kids 2-17, 718-699-0005, nysci.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: NY Hall of Science / Andrew Kelly)
HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW
(The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx): The Flatiron Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the original Yankee Stadium are among the 150 miniature New York landmarks that model trains zip past in this magical landscape made of bark, leaves and other plant parts. Other special holiday events coinciding with the exhibit include a hands-on botanical building workshop, a "Thomas & Friends" adventure for kids, and adults-only "bar car" nights. Advance reservations encouraged. Info: Nov. 15-Jan. 19, $28 adults, $16 kids 2-12; 718-817-8700, nybg.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Flickr/Augie Ray)
"THE ELEPHANT MAN"
(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Can one of the most beautiful men in Hollywood transform into one of the world's ugliest in "The Elephant Man?" Bradley Cooper says he's been yearning to play John Merrick since he first saw the 1980 movie with John Hurt. Now Cooper stars in the new Broadway production of this drama about a severely disfigured man working as a Victorian side-show freak. Info: Through Feb. 15, $79-$169, 212-239-6200, elephantmanbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Joan Marcus)
“CHRIS OFILI: NIGHT AND DAY”
(New Museum, 235 Bowery): What do the Bible, Zimbabwean cave paintings and hip-hop music have in common? They’ve all served as the inspiration for this artist’s varied, vibrant work, which caused a stir at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. Info: Through Jan. 25; $16, 212-219-1222, newmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Chris Ofili/David Zwirner/Victor)
(Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St.): Teens in a British private school are the subject of this drama by Simon Stephens, the British playwright who adapted the book for Broadway's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Pictured, Will Pullen and Noah Robbins. Info: Through Dec. 7; $69-$79, 212-352-3101, mcctheater.org -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Joan Marcus)
UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET
(Union Square Park): How good is this outdoor shopping destination? So good that more than 1 million people visit it each year. Centrally located and jam-packed with 150 vendors selling original artwork, jewelry, home decor, toys and much more, all made by local artisans, there really is something here for everyone on your list. And whether you come hungry or work up an appetite shopping, there are plenty of seasonally appropriate food options, including gingerbread and hot apple cider, plus sweets from Momofuku Milk Bar and Doughnuttery. Info: Nov. 20-Dec. 24; free, urbanspacenyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Alamy / Richard Levine )
(Saturday: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; Sunday: Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park): Eat your way around the Brooklyn food scene at this outdoor market offering porchetta sandwiches, People's Pops and Ramen Burgers. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 29, free, smorgasburg.com — ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Keizo Shimamoto)
"A PARTICLE OF DREAD"
(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): Sam Shepard takes on the Oedipus story, in his own special open-road way, in this drama starring the Irish actor Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game" ), pictured. Info: Nov. 11-Jan. 4 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. $25, 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org -- LINDA WINER
"HONEYMOON IN VEGAS"
(Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.): The 1992 hit movie with Nicolas Cage has been adapted into a musical, with a book by Andrew Bergman, who wrote and directed the film, and music by Jason Robert Brown ("The Bridges of Madison County"). Pictured, from left, stars Rob McClure, Brynn O'Malley and Tony Danza. Info: Nov. 18-May 31; $75-$152, 877-250-2929, honeymoonbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Matt Hoyle)
(Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway): Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway in his serious-theater guise -- that's right, no gold lame -- in the hotly anticipated New York premiere of Jez Butterworth's drama about a man who loves fly fishing, the woman he brings to his faraway cabin and another mysterious woman. Ian Rickson, who directed Mark Rylance in Butterworth's "Jerusalem," stages the limited run. Info: Through Jan. 25, $35-$175, 212-239-6200, theriveronbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Ben Watts)
GLITTERING WORLD: NAVAJO JEWELRY OF THE YAZZIE FAMILY
(The National Museum of the American Indian-New York, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green): Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian celebrates 98 years in New York City with a new exhibit that features more than 300 pieces of contemporary jewelry handcrafted by Navajo people. Info: Nov. 13-Jan. 10; free, 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Michael S. Waddell)
BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR
(Banker Street, Brooklyn): Get your holiday shopping done early at this indoor Williamsburg marketplace, where 70 merchants sell their wares while food vendors offer up assorted grub. Craft beer and wine, live performances, black-light mini-golf and table tennis add to the festive atmosphere. Info: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., free, food and drink passes $25; bkbazaar.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI
"A PARTICLE OF DREAD"
(Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.): Sam Shepard takes on the Oedipus story, in his own special open-road way, in this drama starring the Irish actor Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game" ), pictured. WHEN|WHERE Nov. 11-Jan. 4 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. INFO $25, 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org -- LINDA WINER
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
(Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas): Yes, it's that time of year again. The Rockettes are back, performing their celebrated high-kicking routines, plus "Rag Dolls," a reimagined classic from 1940. Info: Nov. 7-Dec. 31; from $46, 866-858-0007, radiocitychristmas.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: MSG Entertainment)
"STRAIGHT WHITE MEN"
(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): Innovative and unpredictable playwright Young Jean Lee directs a spin on the father-son conundrum, starring Gary Wilmes, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley (pictured, left to right) with Austin Pendelton. Info: Nov. 8-December 7; $45, 212-967-7555; publictheater.org -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Blaine Davis)