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Come Light the Menorah, Then Go Shopping

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‘Tis the season to light the Menorah as Jews all over the world celebrate the first night of Hanukkah tonight. Around town, there are several Menorah lighting ceremonies in the city’s parks and Hanukkah parties afterwards. For the Christmas crowd, expect a crowded shopping day. If you want to take a break from the Hanukkah and Christmas craziness, how about some ice skating? There are several rinks around town…Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink, Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers and a brand new skating rink in Battery Park City. If you prefer to watch your ice skating, the Ice Theater of New York is performing its Holiday Show this weekend. Take a look.


FRIDAY DECEMBER 11

First Night of Hanukkah

5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.

The Stuyvesant Square Community Alliance presents two menorah lighting celebrations with TORAHnyc and the East End Temple.  Celebrate the holiday at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. with music, refreshments, and more! Stuyvesant Square is located on the west side of Stuyvesant Square Park (16th Street and 2nd Avenue).

Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah

Everything is bigger in New York City. The Rockefeller Center tree has nothing on the world’s largest Hanukkah menorah. This 32-foot-tall, two-ton candelabra is lit by a cherry picker. The nightly lighting ceremonies will be accompanied by folk dancing and sufganiyot (holiday jelly doughnuts). Grand Lighting Ceremony is Friday, December 11, 2009 at about 4PM. The celebration continues at the same time each night of Hanukkah. At the Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street.

Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad and Hanukkah After Party

45 Bleecker; 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012; (212) 260-8250

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“Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” features a stellar line up of comedians, musicians, spoken word artists and burlesque performers who have been featured on Comedy Central, HBO and MTV. This show has been wowing sold-out crowds in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Madison, Detroit, Montreal, Burlington, Provincetown, the Berkshires, the Hamptons and of course the Catskills.

“Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” is a night of comedy, music and burlesque, told by the gals who learned to smoke at Hebrew School, got drunk at their Bat-Mitzvahs and would rather have more schtuppa than the chupah. These badass chosen chicks boldly dare to deconstruct years of tradition, expectations and guilt in a fast-paced vaudeville extravaganza, complete with kick lines, punch lines and a rendition of “L’chaim” with a fist in the mouth. This isn’t your mama’s “Fiddler“. For tickets and information visit www.nicejewishgirlsgonebad.com. Shows are at 8pm and 10:30 on Friday and Saturday. Hanukkah after party tonight.

Battery Park City on Ice

235 Murray Street; Located at North End Avenue between Murray and Warren

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The city’s newest, albeit temporary, ice rink has just opened. Be one of the first to skate on this brand new rink in Battery Park City. Extended holiday hours are from 10am to 10pm. In addition to public skating, there are skating lessons and hockey lessons. Visit www.batteryparkcityice.com for more information.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

New York Road Runners: Holiday 5K;  9:00 a.m.

1251821897_holiday’Tis the season to be running! Crank up your holiday cheer with this festive family affair in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It’s our present to you—happy holidays! For more information about registration and directions to Prospect Park visit www.NYRR.org or call 212-860-4455.

Ice Theater of New York Holiday Show at the Rink at Riverbank State Park

4pm. Free Admission. Riverbank State Park at 145th Street and Riverside.

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Ice Theatre of New York is an extraordinary organization, which has changed the face of figure skating, by integrating the sensibilities of the contemporary dance, music and art worlds into performance skating.  Founded in 1984 by Moira North, Ice Theatre of New York is the nation’s first not-for-profit ice dancing ensemble to be awarded grants as a dance company by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  Vartan Gregorian, the President of The Carnegie Corporation of New York, says “institutions like [Ice Theatre] are responsible for giving New York City the unparalleled artistic and cultural spirit that has made it the envy of the world.”

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

New York Road Runners: Pete McArdle Cross Country Classic Marathon;  11:30 a.m.

The 49th annual Pete McArdle Cross Country Classic 15K offers a chance to test your endurance on Van Cortlandt Park’s famed running trails. Dart up cinder hills, cruise along grassy flats, and hear the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet as you tear up more than nine miles of rugged terrain. For more information about registration and directions to Van Cortlandt Park visit www.NYRR.org or call 212-860-4455.

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Macaroons at City Winery

11am; 155 Varick Street

macaroons_display2What’s inside a mezuzah? What should you do if you drop your matzoh ball on the ground? Who’s the man we love to boo? These are burning questions for Jewish kids, and the Macaroons are more than happy to provide the musical answers on their delicious debut album, Let’s Go Coconuts.

A spin-off of the critically acclaimed, much beloved LeeVees, the Macaroons bring the catchy pop-rock with tunes like “Rock & Roll Yarmulke” and “Flying on Matzoh Brei,” super-fun music for the young ones that parents will love too. The Macaroons love big harmonies, irresistible melodies and a guitar-based sound that recalls everything from the Kinks to Queen to the Shins. Adults $10, kids $5. Visit www.citywinery.com for more information.

The Royal Family

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; 261 West 47th Street New York, NY CLOSES TODAY!

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It’s half past one in the fabulously cluttered Cavendish duplex in the East Fifties, and anyone who’s anyone is still asleep. So begins THE ROYAL FAMILY, the classic comedy of theatrical manners, written by two of the theatre’s greatest writers, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. This devilishly funny play follows the famous family of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day.

A loose spoof on the real-life Barrymore family, the Cavendish clan is a chaotic crew of divas, egocentrics and hangers-on who wax endlessly on the joys and responsibilities of the “theat-uh.” Pratfalls, swordfights and hammy drawing-room speeches—The Royal Family has everything a madcap theatrical farce needs. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs the fantastic cast, featuring Tony winner John Glover, Tony winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris, Tony nominee Jan Maxwell and Tony nominee Reg Rogers.

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