Things to do in New York this week: Critics' picks

Find this week's best events, activities and things to do in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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"Mac Conner: A New York Life"

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The career of illustrator McCauley (“Mac”) Conner helped to define the look of midcentury America. One of the original Mad Men, Conner's style was crisp and refined and very urban; life in the big city was a frequent theme. His work, which was published in such magazines as Redbook and

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Mon Jan 19
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once and given an hour and a half to glide. Through April. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 31
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"Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life"

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Barbara Nessim is a pioneer in graphic design. The Bronx-born artist and illustrator was one of the first women in the field in the early 1960s, and her complex designs made waves in the creative world. This exhibit features more than 150 of her works, ranging from textiles and computer-generated

  1. Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 W 86th St, between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Mon Jan 12
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Holiday Under the Stars

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Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows

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  • Free

The iconic luxury retailer celebrates this year's holiday window unveiling with a live performance by Broadway songstress Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables) and 10 percent off all store merchandise (6–8pm). Prior to the reveal of the high-fashion displays, Téa Leoni will light

  1. Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Wed Jan 7
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Thu Jan 1
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Wed Dec 31
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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  • Free

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Mar 1
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Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

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The city’s most elegant tree is an exhibit unto itself, hung with more than 200 18th-century hand-sculpted Neapolitan crèche figures, which are wearing jeweled and embroidered costumes. Many of the ornaments are arranged in pairs, including an angel gesturing to a shepherd.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Tue Jan 6
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Origami Holiday Tree

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Festooned with more than 500 meticulously hand-folded paper ornaments, this year’s tree is inspired by the museum’s new “The Power of Poison” exhibit, meaning you’ll spot toxic mushrooms, poison ivy, spiders, snails and jellyfish. In addition to the venomous flora and fauna, the

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Jan 11
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Bobby
Bobby

FREE: MGMT 'The Optimizer' event at Brooklyn's The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11! New album will be played in its entirety along with a visual optimizer produced by MGMT. Free pizza and drink specials!

Sophia Ojha Ensslin
Sophia Ojha Ensslin

For your events calendar, please consider the LIVE MUSIC event of THE WILHELM BROTHERS @ THE PATH CAFE, NYC on Monday August 26th, 2013 at 8pm FREE ADMISSION The Wilhelm Brothers – Indie Folk Rock which is insightful and infectious. The professional and full-time Asheville NC-based group combines the singer/songwriter talents of Chris Wilhelm with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Cristof Ensslin. Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences. The music is infectious and insightful. CONTACT: Sophia Ojha Ensslin 828-398-4701 Thank you

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia

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