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20 awesome things happening in New York this week

Written by
Jaz Joyner

Mon 1

Metamorphosis Lighting; Brookfield Place Winter Garden; Brookfield Place Winter Garden, Financial District, 5pm. Free. 
We like lights. A lot. And this 10-story installation created by artist and veteran theater designer Anne Militello will definitely not disappoint.

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square; Dante Park, Upper West Side, 5:30pm. Free. 
Yes, NYC winter weather is brutal. That's why you should warm your heart at this annual holiday fest where there's be stilt walkers, live music, dancing, food and darling elves. Okay, no elves, but we wish there would be.

Williamsburg Spelling Bee; Pete's Candy Shop, Williamsburg, 7:30pm, Free. 
 It's the finals! Come see some of Brooklyn's best spellers go head-to-head for a chance at this year's championship title.

The Hester Street Holiday Fair; One Penn Plaza
This fair usually stays indoors for the winter, but this year, you’ll find vintage wares, crafts and other gifts at its new outdoor location. This one-of-a-kind shopping destination features curated and handmade gifts you won't find in any store.

Visual AIDS Day With(OUT) Art 25th Anniversary; SVA Theater, Chelsea, 7pm. Free.
Just 25 years ago today, contemporary arts and social justice organization Visual AIDS premiered the first Day With(out) Art, dedicated to raising awareness about the AIDS and HIV pandemic.

The Brain Cloud; Park Slope, Barbès, 7pm. $10.
Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory.

The Moth StorySLAM; The Bell House, Gowanus, 8pm. $8.
Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously popular spontaneous storytelling series pits local raconteurs against one another, challenging them to come up with an impressive tale based on a specific theme.

Tue 2

Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor from Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Upper East Side, 6pm. $30.
Listen in as Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton discusses creating armored looks for TV and artist Miya Ando breaks down the influences of her stainless-steel kimono. 

Say Anything + Saves the Day + Reggie and the Full Effect; Irving Plaza, Gramercy & Flatiron, 6:30pm. $27.50.
Sure, Say Anything is an emo outfit, but it's also one of the great bands of our time, regardless of subgenre. For more than a decade, frontman-songwriter Max Bemis has transformed his neurotic woes and exceedingly dirty thoughts into an ongoing alt-rock opera: brash, barbed and frequently hilarious.

(Belvedere)Red with Audiofly; Verboten, Williamsburg, 9:30pm. $25–$90.
Come party with Time Out New York as we team up with dance club Verboten for a benefit bash for Worlds AIDS Day featuring DJ duo Audiofly. We're rockin' out for charity—and trust us—we know how to party. 

Wed 3

Neil Greenberg; New York Live Arts, Chelsea, 7:30pm. $15–$30
The experimental choreographer explores the idea of dance as an expression of the present moment in This.

New Build; Mercury Lounge, Lower East Side, 9:30pm. $20. 
It's dance music SAT question time! Question: New Build is to Hot Chip as Museum of Love is to what? Answer: LCD Soundsystem. Both former bands contain members of the latter bands, who are now touring together behind new records. Got it?

Ann Liv Young in Jail; Jack, Clinton Hill, 7pm. $15.
The daring performance artist and choreographer is placed in a jail cell for four evenings not as Sherry, her blond-wigged alter ego, but as herself.

Midnight in the Garden of Unearthly Delights Party; Japan Society, Midtown East, 9pm. $25–$30; members $20–$25.
Dress up for the holiday soiree hosted by the Japan Society, which will feature a photo booth, guided exhibit tours and unlimited spirits all night long.

Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood!;92Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Upper East Side, 8pm. $28–$35, 35 and under $15.
Pretend you're in Atwood's inner circle at this festive celebration for her 75th birthday.

Jhené Aiko + SZA + The Internet; Best Buy Theater, Midtown West, 8pm. $41.50–$45.
Rising R&B/neo-soul singer Jhené Aiko has worked with Schoolboy Q, Childish Gambino and Drake and she's here in support of her recent Def Jam debut LP, Souled Out

Thu 4

The Illusionists; Marquis Theatre, Midtown West, 12:30am 1am, $67–$137.
Seven magic men from around the world open for a limited, but jaw-dropping, engagement full of magic and spectacle. 

The Daptone Super Soul Revue; Apollo Theater, Harlem, 8pm. $40–$80.
NYC's coolest homegrown R&B label takes over Harlem's swankiest theater.

Stand Up for Peace; The Stand, Gramercy & Flatiron, 7:30pm. $45.
Give the gift of peace at the Stand's Stand-Up for Peace show, which supports PeacePlayers, an organization that gets kids together and teaches them how to better their communities.

Tune-Yards + Cibo Matto + BEEP; Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8:30pm. $35.
Merrill Garbus airs offbeat party-starters from her recent third LP, Nikki Nack, during a four-night run at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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