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The Weekend It List Dec. 7-Dec. 9

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Let's face it, the holidays can be overwhelming
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Let's face it, the holidays can be overwhelming and downright upsetting. Whether it's a crazy family, too many advertisements or dredged-up emotions, it can be the worst.

That's why the Lower East Side's The Skinny has set up an anti-holiday safe space, where grinches can grump and Scrooges can sulk while everyone else is riding high on eggnog.

Dubbed "Helliday Inn," it is, of course, open to those who adore Christmas, but be warned -- it's off-putting for those who revel in final minutes of "It's a Wonderful Life" (and not the sucky life detailed in the rest of the movie). The ceiling drips with lights, garlands, Barbie dolls and empty beer cans; there's a wall full of stuffed deer heads; and a visiting Santa Claus with an attitude problem likes to yell at patrons. If that wasn't enough, a "Wheel of Misfortune" could win you a bag of goodies -- or make you pay for someone else's drink.

Bar owner Jim Carrano is certain that no matter where you land on the holidays, you'll fit right in at the Helliday Inn.

"We feel that people who don't like Christmas can be grumpy and miserable at this place and people who love Christmas will love it, too."

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Parquet Courts, hard at work touring to promote
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Parquet Courts, hard at work touring to promote its latest release, returns home for a stint -- and a Saturday Hammerstein Ballroom show.

The Brooklyn band's been great fun to watch over its eight or so years, approaching each album fresh. The 2015 EP "Monastic Living" is full-on noise rock, while 2018's full-length "Wide Awake!" is among PC's more accessible (though no less diverse). And don't just take our word: Critical praise abounds -- Pitchfork notes that "Parquet Courts don't have many peers" in a review of "Wide Awake!"

That title is an indication of politics within, but there's also a beat-based recognition that, in uncertain times, it's nice to have physical release. As David Bowie offered up in 1983, let's dance.

"It would have been really easy to make a record that was pessimistic and kind of operating only from anger," PC's Andrew Savage told us. "I wanted to approach anger in a way that was more constructive than ways we had previously done."

binge it.

Want to escape Manhattan's frigid December temps? Head
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Want to escape Manhattan's frigid December temps? Head to the Catskills in the summertime with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

Amazon's secret stand-up housewife is back for round two after sweeping the Emmys circuit. This time, she's temporarily leaving her Upper West Side dwelling behind for a "Dirty Dancing"-style vacation.

"Midge doesn't quite understand the urgency that if she doesn't hit the mark, this could all go away," Rachel Brosnahan says. Her Midge needs a strong push to command stages beyond the Gaslight Cafe in season 2, especially so when she's busy with resort "Simon Says" games and camp dinners.

This slowed-down season, now streaming, spends more time on Amy Sherman-Palladino's classic quick-chatting banter than it does on the NYC stand-up grind, but it's still worth the "Marvelous" binge.

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The rush of the holiday season is here
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The rush of the holiday season is here and the pressure to give the perfect gift is real.

One SoHo store is taking the guess work out of holiday shopping and asking New Yorkers to purchase specific items for refugees across the world who are in desperate need.

The Choose Love pop-up shop on West Broadway has necessities like life jackets, hot food, children's boots and hygiene packs, and offers the option to buy someone a hot shower, mental health support, accommodations, legal assistance and more.

The shop is facilitated by Help Refugees, a charity that helps supply 80 refugee-focused projects across 11 countries. The mission is to "turn consumerism on its head," organization CEO Josie Naughton says. "Everything right now feels so political, but this is about human beings."

Choose Love first appeared in London last year and raised $1 million and 800,000 meals, 3,556 nights of accommodation, 25,000 essential winter items and 100,000 necessities for babies and children, including 77,000 packs of diapers. That's our kind of holiday shopping.

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Yes, tickets for Z100's Jingle Ball cost some
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Yes, tickets for Z100's Jingle Ball cost some serious money. But this year's concert will be livestreamed, so us budget-conscious music fans can get front-row seats without shelling out the cash.

The annual holiday concert that mashes together radio hits and Christmas classics comes to the Garden Friday, and you'll be able to tune into the stream starting at 7 p.m.

The Bronx's own Cardi B is headlining the show, and there's a slight chance she might just bring out ex Offset for another surprise. More than a dozen other artists are also on the lineup, including Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Calvin Harris.


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