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Our picks for what to see and do in the city.
(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)
“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)
(1000 Dean St., Brooklyn): The new (and enormous) Crown Heights beer hall and food court, Berg'n, will host this popular flea market, which sells antique and vintage furniture and clothing, plus artisanal food products, when it moves indoors. Also on tap is a weekend brunch featuring assorted fare from Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger and other vendors. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through March 29 at 1000 Dean St., Brooklyn; Free admission, 718-857-2337, brooklynflea.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Brooklyn Flea)
"CUBISM: THE LEONARD A. LAUDER COLLECTION"
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The most influential art movement of the early 20th century is the focus of this show, featuring 81 works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso, including Gris' "Still Life with Checked Tablecloth," pictured. Info: Through Feb. 16; $25 recommended admission, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)
ICE SKATING IN BRYANT PARK
(Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets): It's been an unseasonably warm fall, but ice skating rinks across the city are open for business. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a sentimental favorite (especially after the iconic tree is lit Dec. 3). Trump Rink at Central Park is great for first-timers, and Brooklyn's LeFrak Center at Lakeside boasts two connected rinks (one covered). But the best spot may be The Rink at Bryant Park's Winter Village. Why? Because it's free, centrally located, and the winter market, featuring more than 125 small boutiques, is perfect for apris-skate shopping. Info: Daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. through March 1; free, 212-661-6640, wintervillage.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI
"STICKS AND BONES"
(The New Group, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd. St.): David Rabe's 1972 Tony-winning drama about an Ozzie-and-Harriet family facing social change, stars Bill Pullman, Richard Chamberlain and Holly Hunter, pictured. Info: Oct. 21-Dec. 14, $75, 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org -- LINDA WINER (Credit: The New Group)
"THE OLDEST BOY"
(Lincoln Center Theater, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater): Sarah Ruhl ("In the Next Room: or The Vibrator Play") explores the quandary when an American mother (Celia Keenan-Bolger, above) and a Tibetan-born husband have a son believed to be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Info: Through Dec. 28, $75-$85, 212-239-6200, lct.org -- LINDA WINER (Credit: T. Charles Erickson)
(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This revised version of the 1997 musical has many changes, but it is still about real-life conjoined twins (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, above) in the 1930s. The new production is directed by Bill Condon, who did what many believed to be impossible: make a Hollywood movie out of "Chicago." Info: In previews beginning Oct. 28; $49-$145, 212-239-6200, sideshowbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER (Credit: Andrew Eccles)
"ZERO: COUNTDOWN TO TOMORROW, 1950s-60s"
(Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.): Members of the international Zero network (and smaller German Zero group) looked to transform art after World War II. This show, which features more than 180 works, including Heinz Mack's 1961 illustration, above, is the first large-scale survey in the United States to focus on their historical impact and collective work. Info: Oct. 10, 2014-Jan. 7, 2015, $22, 212-423-3575, guggenheim.org (Credit: Heinz Mack)
"DEATH BECOMES HER: A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE"
(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The second exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which opened in May, is devoted to about 30 mourning ensembles of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as this black silk crape and dress from the 1870s. Info: Oct. 21, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015, $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Karen L. Willis)
BIG APPLE CIRCUS: METAMORPHOSIS
The much-loved circus presents their trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns and animal acts such as Jenny Vidbel's , above, in an all-new show for their 37th season. WHEN|WHERE Oct. 17-Jan. 11 at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Plaza (West 62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues). INFO From $25, 888-541-3750, bigapplecircus.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Big Apple Circus / Bertrand Guay)
(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson, who's been called "the thinking woman's drag queen," is your host for a fun-filled night of bingo, burlesque, laughs, food and drink. If your number comes up, you could win exciting prizes, from discount-store delights to a bucket of cash. Info: Saturdays at 7; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO (Credit: Feral Cat Photography)
HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS
(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.): About 100 of Matisse's colorful and abstract cut paper works, which vary greatly in terms of shape and size, make up what is arguably the most anticipated exhibition of the fall season. Info: Opens Oct. 12 and runs through Feb. 8, $25 (timed tickets are required), 212-708-9400, moma.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI (Credit: Museum of Modern Art)