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Your Weekend Starts Now 12/12/13

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NY1's weekly segment "Your Weekend Starts Now" shows entertaining picks for great things to do this weekend all around the city. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

BAM’s The Nutcracker
Tickets start at $25.

The Knickerbocker Suite
Tickets start at $20.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
www.nycballet.com
The New York City Ballet continues its run of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at the Koch Theater.
Tickets start at $57.

Peter and the Wolf
www.guggenheim.org
Peter and the Wolf is back at the gGuggenheim. For the seventh year, designer Isaac Mizrahi narrates the tale but for the first time he is designing the set as well, plus the costumes and he's directing. It's performed with the Julliard Ensemble. The show takes place Friday through Sunday.
Tickets are $35.

Big Band Holidays
www.jalc.org
Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra celebrate the season with "Big Band Holidays" this weekend at The Rose Theater.
Tickets start at $30.

Harry Nilsson Tribute
www.joespub.com

The Losers Lounge marks its 20th anniversary at Joe's Pub with a tribute to the late Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson tonight through Saturday.
Tickets cost $25.

Unsilent Night
www.unsilentnight.com
On Saturday night get out the ol' boombox and head to Washington Square Park for Phil Kline's "Unsilent Night." March along with the crowd to his original composition meant to be played outdoors.

Holiday Skating Celebration
The Ice Theater of New York’s Winter Holiday Skating Celebration takes place on Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. at Riverbank State Park in Harlem.

Reading of Holiday by Philip Barry
The Acting Company will present a benefit staged reading of Holiday by Philip Barry at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 16 at the Mainstage Theater (at Playwrights Horizons), 416 West 42nd Street.
Tickets are $35 and $60 and are available at 212-258-3111.

Parranda Navidena
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents its annual holiday event, Parranda Navidena, a Christmas celebration featuring the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico December 14, at 8 p.m.

The Nutcracker Suite
The Brooklyn Jazz Orchestra performs an arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, along with other holiday and jazz classics. The show takes place on December 15 at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn's historic Fort Greene neighborhood.
Tickets cost $18.

A Goyishe Christmas to You!
New York Festival Of Song presents After Hours cabaret concerts at Henry’s Restaurant with a NYFOS holiday classic: A Goyishe Christmas to You! on Monday, December 16 at 10 p.m.

Holiday Harmonies
www.byca.org/holidayharmonies
The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus' annual "Holiday Harmonies" will take place in two concerts on December 14 at the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Expect a dazzling array of songs including a BYC-commissioned piece by Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry, a new piece by Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw and music by Benjamin Britten.
www.byca.org/holidayharmonies

Stop Gun Violence Now Theater Festival
The Stop Gun Violence Now Theater Festival runs from December 12 to 15 at The Workshop Theater (312 West 36th Street, 4th floor) with multiple performances and panels every afternoon and evening. This gripping series pays tribute to the anniversary of the Newtown Massacre.
Tickets, priced at $18 can be purchased online at www.SGVNowFest.com.
www.SGVNowFest.com

Keith Michael's The Nutcracker
www.nytb.org
This weekend and next "Keith Michael's The Nutcracker" is performed by the New York Theatre Ballet at Florence Gould Hall on East 59th street.
Tickets are $47 for adults and $42 for children.

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