A Newspaper Flick, a Metal Pole and Other Weekend Ideas

Friday, December 22, 2017

Liu Dan, Splendor of Heaven and Earth, 1994–1995. Ink on Paper. Image Courtesy of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang.

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do over the weekend. In a city like New York, there are just too many options. Fortunately, AVENUE’s editors have put their heads together and come up with a few suggestions, ranging from one-night only concerts to parks that never close. What unites them all is that they’re worth your time.


The Post

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are already getting serious Oscar buzz for Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers thriller, but the real reason to see The Post is for its timely, all-too-necessary reminder of the importance of a free press. Sometimes a movie comes along that, intentionally or not, seems to capture the national mood. This is one of them. 1971 is closer to 2017 than it seems.

Regal Union Square Stadium 14, City Cinemas, 1,2 & 3 and others.

Opens on December 22.



Oft-forgotten in the hubbub of celebrating the trifecta of dashing December holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, is Festivus. A holiday born of New Yorkers, for New Yorkers, and anyone who either a) seeks an alternative to the commercialization of the season; or b) wants to tell their family members off, Festivus is observed annually on December 23. Gather your aluminum pole, sit your clan down to dinner, decide who will participate in the Feats of Strength, and get ready for the all-important Airing of Grievances. It’s a cathartic way to kick off the holiday season.

December 23. All day.


Caroling in Gramercy Park

If you’ve tried to get into Gramercy Park this year, you were probably scooged screwed. But not on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the season, for one night only—and one hour only—the park opens its ironclad gates for the annual Parish of Calvary-St. George’s caroling event. No longer will you have to stand outside, peering into the impeccably maintained park with it’s brightly lit tree and statue celebrating Edwin Booth, and wonder what if must feel like to belong. The gates are open to all. Go ahead. Step inside.

Gramercy Park

December 24, 6 p.m


China Before Christmas…

Getting Chinese food the night before Christmas is a Jewish tradition as old as Moses. But there’s no reason—particularly as less and less folks go to church on Christmas eve—that we can’t all chow down on something slathered in soy sauce and MSG. Go to a classic Chinatown eatery like Wo Hop (open since 1938), or just do take-out from your neighborhood place.

Wo Hop, 17 Mott Street, New York

December 24, 10:30 a.m. – 4 a.m.


…And China in the Museum

If 1900–2000 was the American Century, commentators have said, then the next hundred years will be the Chinese Century. But is that pronouncement true for arts and culture? Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Guggenheim is a fascinating look at 71 different artists in this ascendant, at-times uncertain nation.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York

Through January 7th.


Dalí Online

The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí just finished a massive undertaking—a definitive online catalog of the Spanish surrealist’s entire oeuvre. Dalí was an insanely prolific artist (between 1929 and 1931, the span in which he made The Persistence of Memory and his groundbreaking film Un Chien Andalou, he managed a whopping 41 paintings), and there are well over a thousand paintings in this online catalog. It’s a great way to spend a couple hours over Christmas weekend.

Online, anytime.


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