Events calendar: activities for the whole family

Lulada Club at the Lincoln Center Atrium

Offering Latin music devotees vibrant orchestras and a sizzling dance floor, Lincoln Center’s ¡VAYA! concert series presents the nine-member Lulada Club this Friday, December 16. The New York-based group of musicians transplants the sparkle and excitement of Cali Colombia’s salsa right into the heart of the city. As one of the few all-female bands in the genre, Lulada’s unique and exciting energy is translated into an incandescent live set. Lead vocalist Andrea Chavarro will lead the ensemble as they throw a holiday party of classic tropical salsa, boogaloo, bolero and cha cha cha in this presentation of danceable classics and deep cuts. At 7:30 p.m. Free. The entrance to the Atrium is on Broadway Avenue, between 62nd and 63rd streets. Information: /


The Magic Flute at The Met

From this Friday, December 16 to January 6, the abridged version in English of Mozart’s magical fairy tale, The Magic Flute Holiday, will be performing at the Met Opera. The show is a classic Christmas treat for audiences of all ages, bringing the captivating story and enchanting music to life. This year’s series will feature the participation of the maestro Duncan Ward, who will debut in the company directing the production of Julie Taymor. Information:


The Brooklyn Nutcracker at the Kings Theater

This Saturday, December 17, the Kings Theater will be the stage of the show The Brooklyn Nutcracker, which transforms familiar characters and scenes from the holiday classic to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of that county. From old Dutch Brooklyn to iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity that celebrates the spirit of the city. Two presentations, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. The Kings Theater is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue.


“Garifuna meets Flamenco” en el Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing) continues its popular series, Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashups, which has featured a new and unique pair of global artists each month of the year. This Sunday, December 18, it is the turn of the show “Garífuna Meets Flamenco”, which will offer a lively collaboration between the vocalist Lucy Blanco and the Flamenco duo Lisa y Josué. Blanco has built a solid and rewarding career as one of the few Garifuna artists and the only Garifuna jazz vocalist. While the duo of Lisa and Josué are known for juxtaposing flamenco, Latin music, classical guitar, and original pieces. At 1:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit:

Lucy Blanco and the Flamenco duo Lisa y Josué./Courtesy

Christmas cruises around the city

Circle Line is offering holiday-themed cruises for the month of December. Sailing daily through the end of the year, the legendary sightseeing line will be dressing up for the holidays, transforming its Harbor Lights ship into a seasonal Holiday Harbor Lights cruise. Decked out from stern to bow with twinkling lights, green garlands, Christmas decorations and Christmas trees, tourists and locals alike can enjoy a comprehensive tour of New York City from the comfort of heated indoor decks. The ship departs daily from Pier 83 (Hudson River Park – 42nd Street y 12th Avenue), and offers a special menu of holiday drinks and a line of seasonal warm cocktails including S’mores Hot Chocolate, Sugar Cookie Martini, S’mores-tini, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Irish Café and Hot Toddies. More information:

Visit the “LuminoCity” festival of lights

If you want to take a break from the Big Apple, don’t hesitate to visit New York’s largest lantern light festival, LuminoCity. Located in Nassau County’s Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, visitors can experience the production that brings art, light and color to life through eight brilliant exhibits on 17 acres of land. Open now through January 8, this year’s “Pure Magic” theme will bring charm, memories and an overall festive spirit. With exhibits including Wildlife Safari, Dinosaur Adventures, Magic Kingdom, Alice’s Enchantment, Winter Wonderland, HolidayLAND and more, this is the ideal activity for family and friends of all ages. Festival goers can also enjoy food vendors, gift shops, and even experience an animatronic Dinosaur Ride.. More information:


A reir con “Some Like it Hot”

“Some Like it Hot” is one of those shows that showcases all the grandeur and talent of Broadway. Set in Chicago during the “Prohibition” era, the new show hilariously tells the story of two musicians forced to flee the city after witnessing mob murders. With gangsters hot on their heels, they resort to impersonating women and become members of an all-female big band that travels the country trying to reach Mexico. Along the way they will both find love and meaning in their lives, all with a lot of humor, great themes and even better choreography. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, this new musical comedy is based on the classic MGM film Some Like It Hot, which has been named the “Funniest American Film of All Time” by the American Film Institute.It is presented at the Shubert Theater (225 West 44th Street). Tickets at:

Actors Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee. Photo: Marc J. Franklin

Christmas Eve at Osteria Accademia


If you’re looking for a place to eat on Christmas night, the new Upper West Side Italian restaurant, Osteria Academy announced that it will be open for that date. Each item on the menu represents a different region of Italy and is made up of fresh house-made pasta and imported Italian ingredients. Dishes include the Taglioni Neri, a thin, long, ribbon-shaped pasta made with squid ink served with shrimp and eggplant in a lobster reduction sauce; the Ravioli stuffed with veal served in a butter and sage sauce sprinkled with Parmigiano; the braised short ribs, braised in red wine for four hours served over mashed potatoes made with demi-glace and pecorino; and a lamb burger topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions. Desserts are prepared in-house and include Nutella zeppoles, cannolis and a selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets. The drinks program includes wines from Italy’s best producing regions, as well as a well-curated list of Italian craft beers. On Christmas Eve, Osteria Accademia will be open regular hours from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm. m. To book, visit:

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