Friday, Dec. 12
Baxter Street at The Camera Club of New York will open an exhibit by Colombian artist Juan Betancurth Friday night. "All of this is made for you" is a multimedia body of work created in collaboration with performer Aaron Philip and photographer Benjamin Fredrickson. It explores the common association of flowers with both mourning and celebration. Toast the artists and view the exhibition on its opening day at 126 Baxter St. from 6-8 p.m. Find more information here.
American Ballet Theatre is bringing "The Nutcracker" back to BAM this month, staging the very last performances of a five-year engagement. Clara and her nutcracker prince will embark on a dreamlike adventure featuring staggering scenery, glittering costumes, enchanted toy soldiers and snowflakes come to life as a chorus of ballerinas. See a cast of more than 100 bringing Tchaikovsky's score to life in this critically acclaimed adaptation of a holiday classic. Tickets start at $20. "The Nutcracker" opens Dec. 12 and will close on Dec. 21. Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn.
Saturday, Dec. 13
The Geminids, a shower of rainbow meteors that astronomers expect to be this year's most spectacular, will be maximally visible to New York stargazers this weekend. Those who can view the heavens at a good distance from the city lights will likely spy more than 100 multicolored meteors in a single hour. The Bronx's Van Cortlandt Park is organizing a viewing, offering telescopes and binoculars for public use and presenting urban park rangers to explain the science, history, and folklore of the stars. Weather conditions may impede visibility, so call ahead for details: 718-548-0912. Amateur astronomers should meet inside the Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park at West 246th Street and Broadway. 7 p.m. Free. More details are accessible here. 718-548-0912.
Sunday, Dec. 14
While Hannukah and Burlesque aren't two words you hear together often, they coincide for one night at the Highline Ballroom, where the Schlep Sisters will celebrate the "8th Annual Menorah Horah." Join host Sherry Vine for latkes, comedy and eight burlesque acts for this irreverent celebration of the festival of lights. Doors are at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35. Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. 212-414-5994.