Exotic Tea Service, Eccentric Aunts and Other Weekend Ideas

Friday, December 15, 2017

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.


With just over a week until Santa leaves gifts under your impeccably decorated evergreen, give yourself a moment to relax by indulging in some green tea. In celebration of International Tea Day, Visit Suzhou China will host a popup tea event on the ground floor at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Held on December 15 and 16, the event will allow visitors to indulge in Suzhou’s famed Biluochun green tea and to experience traditional Chinese tea service.

The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, New York

December 15–16, 1–5 p.m.


Since 2002, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has explored nostalgia, aging and the sanitization of New York better than just about anybody. Recently resurrected after a four-year hiatus, the band’s been making up for lost time, releasing an acclaimed new album and touring across the country. They’re now in the middle of a ten-show residency at Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Steel.

Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Brooklyn

December 15–23, 8 p.m.


If your New Year’s resolution has anything to do with starting over—a new relationship, a new job, a new city—then you’ll need a new signature scent to go with this new outlook. This Saturday, iconic New York fashion designer Jason Wu will be at Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate his debut holiday fragrance. He’ll be on hand signing bottles, and offering complimentary gift wrapping and bottle engraving. Come for the champagne, stay for the promise of what 2018 can bring.

Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, New York

Saturday, December 16, 2–4 p.m.


The days when you could call the Upper East Side “bohemian” are long gone, but once upon a time, Park Avenue had its share of free-spirited oddballs. Morton DaCosta’s iconic Auntie Mame, screening at Metrograph on Saturday, is a love letter to one of those eccentrics, with Rosalind Russell as the titular, trans-Atlantic accented aunt trying to bring a little excitement to the suckers who don’t know what they’re missing.

Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, New York

Saturday, December 16, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


It’s a cliché at this point, but sometimes that’s okay. George Balanchine’s production of the Nutcracker is an iconic part of a New York City Christmas. The march of the toy soldiers, the sword fight between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince—every moment of the ballet is great. Even if you’ve seen it before, go again.

New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York

November 24–December 31


Less well-known than the Bauhaus but just as influential, the Wiener Werkstätte was one of the premier design workshops of the early 20th century. An exhibition now on view at the Neue Galerie—the first American museum presentation of its work—is a dazzling tribute to the Werkstätte, with more than 400 objects on display.

Neue Galerie, 1048 5th Avenue, New York

Through January 29


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