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15 super-cool things to do this weekend

El Anatsui, Broken Bridge II, 2012
Photograph: Austin Kennedy/Paper Scenery El Anatsui, Broken Bridge II on the High Line

Dec 12

Inherent Vice opens in theaters
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, a stoner noir set during the paranoid dawn of the 1970s, is unlike anything he's ever done.

Pop^2 Brooklyn200 Livingston St between Hoyt and Smith Sts, Dumbo, 4pm. Free.
Buying something is easy, making it is hard. Or so you may have thought before finding this two-day holiday market that specializes in DIY stations.

An Evening with the Cast and Director of Big Eyes: Tim Burton, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz; 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side, 7:30pm. $45.
Artist Margaret Keane's creepy-ass big-eyed paintings impacted eccentric director Tim Burton so much he made a movie about it. Go to this discussion with Burton and his lead actors to find out why. 

Make the Yuletide Gay!; Symphony Space; Upper West Side, 8pm. $30, advance $25.
"Don we now our gay apparel" for the annual holiday performance by The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band.

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker; BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Fort Greene, 7pm. $20–$190.
American Ballet Theatre returns to BAM with Alexei Ratmansky's inventive version of The Nutcracker, in which Clara and the Nutcracker Prince grow up before our eyes and a little mouse nearly steals the show.  

Animal Collective; Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, 11:59pm. $15. 
Half of psych-noiseniks Animal Collective (that's two people) pop into Brooklyn Bowl for a late-night DJ set. The only thing you can expect is the unexpected.

Trivia Night For Cheaters; Bell House, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 7pm. $25 per player.
John Hodgman heads over to the Bell House to host Trivia Night For Cheaters, and it very well might be the only trivia game worth playing.

Dec 13

SantaCon; Manhattan, 10am. $10 suggested donation. 
Divisive charity-focused bar crawl SantaCon is going ahead this year, despite rumors of cancellation and harsh words from the NYPD.

A Midsummer's Night Dream; 16 Prospect Park West, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 6:30pm. $75–$125.
See the New Place Players perform a classic theatrical play in a beautiful brownstone right across from Prospect Park. It's a fully produced play—costumes and all—only you get the unique experience of watching Shakespeare from a living room.

Etsy Holiday Homemade Cavalcade; Chelsea Market
Searching for a thoughtful holiday gift? You'll find plenty at Etsy’s seventh annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade. For one weekend only, 62 of the e-commerce site’s finest local artists, designers and makers set up booths featuring clothing, jewelry, holiday cards, body products and more.

El AnatsuiMnuchin Gallery, Upper East Side, 10am. 
The Ghanaian artist returns to New York for the first time since his triumphant 2013 Brooklyn Museum survey with the latest iterations of his shimmering wall hangings and sculptures made of liquor bottle caps, printing plates and copper wire.

Astronomy: The Geminid Meteor Shower; Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 7pm. Free. 
You'll get one of the best views of the falling stars at this stellar gathering.

Dec 14

Soul Doctor; Actors Temple Theatre, Midtown West, 11pm. $79.50–$99.
Off Broadway welcomes back Daniel S. Wise and David Schechter's musical about Jewish music star Shlomo Carlebach. 

Speed Rack Season 4 New York: Back to Brooklyn; Music Hall of Williamsburg, 3pm. $20.
Better sure you're in the right "spirits" on your way to this "intoxicating" mixing competition featuring New York's most badass female bartenders. See what we did there? 

Justin Timberlake; Barclays Center, Prospect Heights, 8pm. $66.25–$228.50.
The ever dapper pop-R&B songman shows off his timeless charm at this Brooklyn headlining date. 

 

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