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If you’re looking for a musical that will appeal to non-Broadway fans too, look no further than Rock of Ages. While it still has the big song-and-dance numbers of other shows, the songs the actors are singing and dancing to are hits of the 1980’s that anyone with an FM radio will know. Known as “Broadway’s Best Party,” dancing in your seat is not only allowed, it’s strongly encouraged.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to Discovery Times Square to check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition™. I went to the grand opening of the exhibit in the spring of 2011, and although I didn’t get a chance to see Daniel Radcliffe—who immortalized the title character in the high-grossing series of films, based on the best-selling fantasy novels—walk the red carpet, I did learn a lot about the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Wrapping up the Park Avenue Armory’s 2012 season is Ann Hamilton’s solo exhibit the event of a thread, which closes this Sunday, January 6th. I heard about the show over the holidays and when I found out it was closing this weekend, I rushed out to see the huge installation and test out one or two of the 40 swings suspended from the ceiling of the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot space.

If you’ve tried one too many times to get tickets to Saturday Night Live, opt for a show at Chelsea’s Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre instead, where many SNL cast members got their start. SNL alum and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, who founded the theatre along with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, is still known to show up for Sunday’s ASSSSCAT 3000.

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

This afternoon, I witnessed the final test of the New Year’s Eve ball drop at the iconic One Times Square building. My journey began with a short elevator ride to the 21st floor. From there, I was briefed on the history of this famous New Year’s Eve tradition, which began December 31, 1903 with a fireworks display to celebrate The New York Times’ move to the area.

My first New Year’s Eve in New York City, I decided to ring in 2007 with a trip to Times Square. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the iconic ball drop in “The Crossroads of the World”? The problem? I decided to attempt this around 11 p.m. on December 31, 2006.

Northern Manhattan, know by locals as “Uptown,” is finally becoming ‘cool’ to the outside world. I’ve known it for years, but now MTV is creating a reality show called Washington Heights, and hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé were recently spotted at Inwood’s La Marina.

Last week I saw Silence! The Musical, the musical parody of cult horror film The Silence of the Lambs. I’m usually terrified of scary movies (and plays), but the humorous songs in this show calmed my nerves despite its murder-filled plot. For those who’ve seen the Anthony Hopkins/Jodie Foster classic, the show is likely even funnier.

One of the easiest ways for city dwellers to pass the time while commuting in NYC is to read the numerous advertisements on the subway trains. These ads run the gamut—everything from whiskey ads to airline offers. One particular ad campaign that caught my eye a while back was for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM.

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