Entertainment

While there’s still plenty of time this holiday season to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s famed Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, the city also boasts several “reimagined” versions of the ubiquitous tale.

A few weeks ago, I got to see a thrilling performance of FORCES by STREB, a show that combines dance and acrobatics with death-defying stunts. Choreographer Elizabeth Streb created this amazing show, which runs through December 22nd at Williamsburg’s SLAM. Her company of dancers, STREB, performs what she calls PopAction: a combination of dance, circus acts and stunts.

If you’re looking for a theater to watch the best new independent films or an old cult classic surrounded by other fans, check out the what’s playing at Landmark Theatres’ Sunshine Cinema.

Celebrating 10 years on Broadway, Wicked is still going strong with full audiences and standing ovations. I’ve seen the show twice now—once a few years ago and once earlier this month week.

Now through October 27, the San Francisco Ballet performs at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Now in its second year, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center continues to impress crowds with a lineup of popular music, Brooklyn Nets basketball games and other activities.

Around the World in 80 Days comes to Off-Broadway with its classic plot and brand new jokes. The story of a man who bets he can travel around the world—starting and ending in London, England in 1872—by train and boat in just 80 days, Guy LeMonnier leads the five-member cast as bet-maker Phileas Fogg.

Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to check out Minus5 Ice Bar—a new trendy spot at the New York Hilton Midtown. The weather has been pretty tricky in NYC the past few days, so yesterday morning I was bundled up and ready for fall; but by midday was eager to shed a few layers.

Last night, I headed to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola—one of the Jazz at Lincoln Center venues housed in the Time Warner Center. I’d never been to the space, which rests on the skyscraper’s fifth floor and includes amazing views of the southwest corner of Central Park. The intimate room is filled with tables, where patrons can enjoy a number of southern-style selections, including such favorites as N’awlins Fry (a combination of shrimp, crawfish tails, calamari, oysters, and spicy remoulade), fried green tomatoes,catfish Po’boys, and shrimp and grits.

New York City offers a veritable revolving door of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows to enjoy. Of course, each season welcomes new larger-than-life musicals, thought-provoking plays and outrageous comedies. However, there are several shows that have been a mainstay of the New York City Theater scene for years that are definitely worth a closer look, including Blue Man Group.

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