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Get Out and Do This: Spiegelman's Art, Vintage Fashion and Solstice Soiree

By Daniel Jumpertz | December 16, 2013 8:05am
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Monday, Dec. 16
Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. Best known for Maus, his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about his parents' survival of the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman has produced a diverse body of work over the course of five decades that has blurred the boundaries between “high” and “low” art. At the Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side. Download the free app before you visit. Today from 11 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
If you're on the hunt for one-of-a-kind vintage outfits, feathers and fascinators, fingerless leather gloves, fun pillows and lots and lots of sparkles, head to the G&S loft in Gowanus this evening between 6 and 10 p.m. Miss Scorpio (Larisa Fuchs) from the dynamic NYC events organisation Gemini and Scorpio, is teaming up with fellow dress-up addicts and 15 craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and pre-Christmas handmade gift shopping. Get the address when you RSVP here: http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html

"The Star Wars Holiday Special" was quite possibly the worst TV holiday special ever conceived.  It is literally Star Wars meets The Carol Burnett Show as it stars the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford and was written by the staff writers of the Carol Burnett Show. Tonight Hotsy Totsy Burlesque  - New York's only episodic, monthly burlesque show - presents its tribute to the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special at the R-Bar, 218 Bowery, Lower East Side.

Are you a good liar? Then this is the "game show" for you. Make stuff up about actual little-known historical events, and audience members vote for you if they believe you even slightly. From 9 p.m. at Freddy's Bar and Backroom 627 Fifth Ave, Park Slope.

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Neue Galerie presents "Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus 1910-1925," an exhibition of masterworks that explores the development of Kandinsky’s art over a crucial period of time: from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years.

The Educational Alliance presents a free Masala Bhangra dance workout this evening at 6.30 p.m at Seward Park Co-op Community Room in Building #1. Enter at 260 East Broadway at Montgomery Street, Lower East Side. RSVP here.

Thursday, Dec. 19
Join Hayden astronomers and members of the Amateur Astronomers Association for the final night of Fall for their Winter Solstice Telescope Party. They’ll provide details on how to observe the night sky and provide a “sneak preview” of what it will look like from inside Hayden’s world-famous Space Theater, utilizing its state-of- the-art planetarium projector. Participants are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. From 6:30 p.m. At Space Theater, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street. $15 ($13.50 students, seniors) and $12 for Members.

Friday, Dec. 20
Christmas Songs with Rainbow Dancers is a show where everything you like about Christmas shows (the songs and the rainbow dancers) is concentrated into a single performance. You get to sing along to your favorite Christmas and pop songs, while dancers with faces that are painted different colors of the rainbow create synchronize group dances on the spot. 8 p.m. $10. The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th Street, Chelsea. Tickets here.

Saturday, Dec. 21
"Bring Home The Sun" is the title of Paul Winter's 34th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This event is a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people felt a calling to come together on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year. Paul Winter, the saxophonist, composer and bandleader long known for his pioneering work with world music, jazz and the voices of the natural world has created a Brazilian-themed line-up this year, featuring Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian Ivan Lins, singer and guitarist Renato Braz, a Brazilian chorus and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. Two performances today, 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. At 1047 Amsterdam Ave, Upper West Side.

Sunday, Dec. 22
The delicious new exhibit Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut explores the key moments in the history of donut shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the role New York City played in establishing and popularizing this delicious treat. The city’s rich donut history is surveyed and nine present-day donut shops are profiled. At the City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg. Today from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.