Fill all eight days of the Festival of Lights with holiday revelry.
Tue Dec 13 2011
Early Hanukkah parties
Pre-game for the Festival of Lights with these holiday bashes.
Eight Days More: A Les Misrables Tribute to Hanukkah
Tablet magazine's Rachel Shukert sets new lyrics to Les Mis's Tony Award-winning score to tell the tale of Judah Maccabee and his heroic fight against High Priest Jason. (Who knew that there were barricades in the Holy Land, too?) Musical numbers include "Temple on a Mount," "Empty Seats at Empty Theaters" and "At the End of Judea." 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St at Canal St (212-601-1000, 92ytribeca.org). Dec 15 at 7:30pm; $20-$25.
Cheryl Does Chanukah at the Jewish Museum
Members of the raucous party-planning and performance-artist collective Cheryl will don Hanukkah-inspired costumes in addition to their feline headgear at this bash. Grab a mask or a pair of hologram glasses (while supplies last), hit the open bar between 8 and 9pm, and then hit the dance floor, where DJ Nick will be spinning. Be sure to catch video projections, which will splice cat, dance and Hanukkah-themed images in between photos of the museum's collection. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St (212-423-2300, thejewishmuseum.org). Dec 15 at 8pm; $12-$15.
Major League Dreidel
Last year's champ, Juspin Bieber, will defend his title, if not his name (it's indefensible), during this fifth annual tournament. Both first-timers and MLD heavyweights can go toe to toe at the Spinagogue, a Star of David--shaped game board, for a chance to win gold foil--covered chocolate coins. While waiting for the main event, listen to heavy-metal band Gods of Fire play from its Hanukkah Gone Metal album, including MLD anthem "No Gelt, No Glory!" Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (majorleaguedreidel.com). Dec 17 at 6pm; $10--$15.
The 5th Annual Menorah Horah
Burlesque duo Schlep Sisters (Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda) retell the Hanukkah story, taking a few titillating liberties to describe holiday traditions from latkes to family feuds. Comedian Seth Herzog hosts the evening, while other scantily clad stars, such as Shiragirl, Anita Cookie and Sarah Screamss, add some extra sass. DJ Mel Huckabee's mix of '80s and Hanukkah music will accompany the booty-shaking onstage. Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St between 9th and 10th Aves (212-414-5994, highlineballroom.com). Dec 17 at 8pm; $15--$25.
Third Annual Latke Festival
Indulge in your seasonal fried favorites from restaurants Mile End, The Plaza, Veselka Bowery and Kutsher's Tribeca. While the chefs will sweat over hot oil for a chance to become Latke Festival Master, you'll be able to sample the savory treats. Then root for your favorite, as author Cathy Erway, former New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton and current New York Times scribe Melissa Clark decide the winner. To enter your own potato-pancake recipe, e-mail it to email@example.com. The top entrant gets a Breville 5-quart mixer and the opportunity to compete against the culinary bigwigs. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, greatperformances.com/latkefest). Dec 19 at 6:30pm; $30.