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Exciting events around New York December 2021



By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

Photo: ©BAM


Saturday, December 11




Part of A New York Season

Join Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee and his brother David Lee at BAM for an expansive conversation celebrating the launch of the acclaimed filmmaker’s book, SPIKE. This lavish visual celebration of his life and career to date features storytelling by Lee and hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike’s official on-set photographer, from Brooklyn film sets and beyond. In opening his archives, Lee provided behind‐the‐scenes material from the making of his iconic films, documentaries, TV shows, and music videos. Finally, cinephiles and fans of one of history’s most prominent and influential filmmakers can hold his story in their hands, and in his presence.

Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a cultural icon, and one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks—based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, just blocks from BAM—has produced more than 35 films, including his directorial debut She’s Gotta Have It, his seminal masterpiece Do the Right Thing, and more recently, the Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he is a tenured Professor of Film and Artistic Director. Spike Lee’s provocative features, documentaries, commercials (Air Jordan), and music videos (Prince, Michael Jackson) have made an indelible mark in both cinematic history and in contemporary society.

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Photo: xime izquierdo ugaz | Ari with a Sunflower from Themme, The Piers, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.


November 30, 2021 – March 13, 2022

Location:BAM Strong, The Rudin Family Gallery

“Un Estado de Gracia / A State of Grace” featuring seven NYC-Based Latinx and South American artists who utilize their practices as a forum to reflect on notions of home, community, family (biological and chosen), memory, consumerism, and the complexity of identity. Each artist employs the use of varying mediums and aesthetic forms including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, and sounds to unfurl questions around displacement, migration, memory, and resilience—a resilience that has been particularly challenged in the era of COVID-19—and the journey towards social equity.

Artists: BEMBONA, Alicia Grullón, Lucia Hierro, Ronny Quevedo, Chelsea Ramírez, Kenny Rivero, xime izquierdo ugaz

Curated for BAM by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Guest Curator-at-Large

“Un Estado de Gracia / A State of Grace” presenta a siete artistas latinxs y sudamericanos con sede en Nueva York que utilizan sus prácticas como un foro para reflexionar sobre las nociones de hogar, comunidad, familia (biológica y elegida), memoria, consumismo y complejidad de la identidad. Los artistas emplean diversos medios y formas estéticas, incluida la fotografía, la escultura, la pintura, el dibujo y el sonido para plantear preguntas sobre el desplazamiento, la migración, la memoria y la resiliencia, una resiliencia que ha sido particularmente desafiada en la era de COVID-19, y el viaje. hacia la equidad social.

Artistas: BEMBONA, Alicia Grullón, Lucia Hierro, Ronny Quevedo, Chelsea Ramírez, Kenny Rivero, xime izquierdo ugaz

Photo: xime izquierdo ugaz | Ari with a Sunflower from ThemmeThe Piers, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.


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Holiday Market, 2019. (Photo: Aimee Kellner, Brooklyn Pop-Up)


Sunday December 5, 12, 19 from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Stop by our Holiday Market featuring more than twenty local artisans and vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. Shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items and get into the holiday spirit with performances by carolers and live DJs.

All visitors 12 and older must show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

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Marquis Williams. (Photo: Courtesy of Marquis Williams)


Thursday, December 16 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: The Norm Restaurant and Bar, 1st Floor

Expand your knowledge of Andy Warhol’s Pop art with a special after-hours curator talk and a wine tasting featuring selections by Marquis Williams of Highly Recommended, a Brooklyn-based members-only wine club. This month, curator Carmen Hermo pays tribute to our newest exhibition, Andy Warhol: Revelation, focusing on the iconic artist’s less-explored Byzantine Catholic upbringing and the profound impact it had on his artistic practice. Explore the ways that Warhol mixed Pop art and Catholicism, from portraits of celebrities to appropriated Renaissance masterpieces, while you indulge in wine pairings inspired by Warhol’s artistic practice and relationship to his faith. Then, visit the galleries for an exclusive after-hours viewing of Andy Warhol: Revelation.

Tickets are $45 and include four wine tastings, small bites, and special after-hours admission to Andy Warhol: Revelation. Additional wine is available for purchase. Member tickets are $40. Not a Member? Join today!

All visitors must show proof of vaccination and a valid I.D. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

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Photo: ©Caramoor


Saturday, December 11 at 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm

Location: Music Room

Ticket Information: Start at $30

This a cappella vocal quartet brings their exquisitely blended voices back to the Music Room in Sing Thee Nowell, a program of sacred Christmas music spanning seven centuries. Select rooms of the Rosen House, splendidly decorated for the holidays, will be open for viewing one hour prior to each performance. Ring in the holidays with New York Polyphony’s “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (NPR).

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club


Thursday December 9 – Sunday December 12, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: Starts at $30

“Perhaps the best jazz singer singing today” according to the New York Times, Mary Stallings has performed with the likes of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Geri Allen, and Harry “Sweets” Edison. On these evenings, she graces the Dizzy’s stage alongside Emmet Cohen’s impeccable trio with a beautiful backdrop of the New York City skyline. This performance will be a true multigenerational showcase, bringing a veteran vocalist together with a trio of young, first-rate instrumentalists.


Mary Stallings – Vocals

Emmet Cohen – Piano

Russell Hall – Bass

Kyle Poole – Drums

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club


Tuesday December 21 – Thursday December 21, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Friday December 24, 7:00 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: Starts at $35

An accomplished bandleader and a saxophonist with the sweetest tone, Sherman Irby is a longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. His previous Christmas shows at Dizzy’s left us wanting more, and we’re excited to welcome this warm and swinging show back to the club. A Very Irby Christmas features special guest vocalist, trombonist, and fellow JLCO member Vincent Gardner, pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer Willie Jones III. Stop by Dizzy’s for some holiday cheer and an unbeatable view of New York City’s winter skyline.


Isaiah J. Thompson – piano
Gerald Cannon – bass
Willie Jones III – drums
Vincent Gardner – trombone
Sofija Knezevic – vocals (December 21-22)
Camille Thurman – vocals (December 23-24)

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club


Monday December 27 – Thursday December 30 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: Starts at $40

Carlos Henriquez is the bassist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and “an emerging master in the Latin jazz idiom” (DownBeat). This week at Dizzy’s, he leads an all-star nonet to close out 2021 with a series of energetic concerts. Hailing from the Bronx, Henriquez is a rare virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and a vital voice in the infectious cultural fusion of Latin jazz. He has performed with greats like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz since the age of 14. As a JLCO fan favorite and leader of his own small groups, Henriquez regularly headlines concerts in The Appel Room and music directs shows in Rose Theater (including Rubén Blades’s historic performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). His Dizzy’s engagements are rare, intimate experiences for lovers of Latin rhythms and the swing tradition.


Obed Calvaire – drums
Michael Rodriguez – trumpet
Terrell Stafford – trumpet
Melissa Aldana – tenor saxophone
Marshall Gilkes – trombones
Jeremy Bosch – flute and vocals
Anthony Almonte – congas and vocals

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Thursday, December 23
Tuesday, December 28
Wednesday, December 29
Thursday, December 30

11:45 am and 2:45 pm

Location: The Cafe at Wave Hill

Co-organized by Wave Hill and Lehman College Art Gallery, Eco-Urgency: Now or Never is a two-part exhibition showing the varied responses to our current ecological crisis by artists working across wide-ranging practices. Now, the first part of the exhibition, on view at Wave Hill, brings together artists looking at the urgency of the present moment, raising awareness through a holistic approach to understanding social, political and environmental concerns. Or Never, the second part of the project, to be presented at Lehman College Art Gallery starting December 4, is both speculative and reflective, examining the echoing cycles of history that have shaped and led us to our current moment, alongside possible and causal futures.

Click here to learn moreGreat Performances is delighted to present the Holiday Edition of our Afternoon Tea at Wave Hill. A custom menu designed specifically for Wave Hill, our Holiday Tea uses local and seasonal ingredients and inspiration from our own organic farm, Katchkie Farm.

Delicious tea sandwiches and delectable pastries provide the perfect accompaniment to Tea by Palais des Thés or House Made Hot Cocoa. You can enhance your Holiday Tea with a bottle of sparkling wine.

Start with a selection of Teas by Palais des Thés or enjoy our House Made Hot Cocoa.

You’ll enjoy the comforting decadence of a traditional tea service including

  • Tea Sandwiches: Egg and Cress; Smoked Trout and Cucumber; Sliced Apples and Chutney; Griddled Turkey and Brie 
  • Scones and Cakes: Olive Oil Cake with Candied Citrus; Assorted Scones and Short Bread; Clotted Cream, Raspberry Jam
  • Desserts: Raspberry Tartlets; Chocolate Truffles; Dark Chocolate Brownies; Gingerbread Cookies