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20 wonderful things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jillian Anthony

The Museum of Feelings Brookfield Place Plaza; Through Dec 15, 11am; free
Feeling like crap? Glade can help you turn your frown upside down! Prepare yourself for all of the feels, channel your inner muse and turn your emotions into art thanks to an interactive exhibit dubbed The Museum of Feelings. The sensory (and free!) showcase portrays the beautiful connection between scent and emotions as Glade uses its fragrances to make you feel either optimistic, joyful, invigorated, exhilarated or calm within the different rooms. Just think of the museum as a giant mood ring.

“Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen: Things Around the House” Paula Cooper Gallery; 10am; free
A key figure of Pop Art, Claes Oldenburg came to the public’s attention with “soft” sculptures in kapok-stuffed vinyl, depicting ordinary objects—hamburgers, sinks, eggbeaters—in larger than life-size scale. He also became noted for monumental sculptures of giant lipsticks, clothespins and garden trowels, among other items. Starting in the mid-1970s, he began collaborating with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. They shared a house and studio from 1976 until Van Bruggen’s death in 2009. The 100 objects here represent the maquettes for various projects that the couple kept for themselves, and like the larger works, they are representations of ordinary objects that speak to the poetry of the everyday.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition Discovery Times Square; Through Feb 29 at 10am; $27.50
Enter fan Valhalla and feast your eyes upon more than 70 impeccably preserved original costumes from the first two Star Wars trilogies, along with seven pieces from The Force Awakens. You'll be able to see yourself reflected in Vader's helmet, wish you were Naboo royalty when passing Queen Amidala's regal gowns and cringe in disbelief at Princess Leia's bikini. Just try to keep your arguments over midi-chlorian counts to a minimum.

7th Annual Latke Festival Metropolitan Pavilion; Dec 7 at 6:30pm; $75
Indulge in your once-a-year fried favorites at this competition, where the city's chefs are serving not-your-bubbe's latkes. In the past, entries included potato pancakes made with duck fat, chestnuts, chopped liver, and chili crème fraîche and pickled pear from eateries like Veselka and Toloache. Ticket sales will benefit the Sylvia Center, which promotes kids' healthy eating.

Patricia Field Early Santa Sale Patricia Field; through Dec 15 at 11am; free entry
In honor of the holidays, Ms. Field is holding a fashion bazaar, so treat yo’self to some unique and original designs, price–slashed down 15 percent. Classics like Coke or Diet Coke handbags (y’know, for calorie counters) are $23 instead of $28. Style tip: We think the cans would pair nicely with a flashy one-of-a-kind Varsity sequined jacket ($552, once $650).

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori—Growing Up Haight Ashbury Feinstein's/54 Below; Dec 7 at 7pm; $55–$110 plus $25 minimum
After belting her face off for years in Off Broadway theaters and downtown rock clubs, Hall hit the big time in 2014 with her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In her latest solo show (her 54 Below debut) she looks back on her hippie childhood and shows off her astonishing vocal range in an eclectic selection of songs.

Joanna Newsom Dec 7 at Kings Theatre at 8pm, Dec 11 at Apollo Theater at 8pm; $39.50–$59.50
With her latest opus, Divers, onetime "freak-folk" icon Joanna Newsom reaffirms her singular place in music, indie or otherwise. The densely packed collection showcases Newsom's artfully swooping vocals, deft harp skills and meticulous, knotty arrangements.

Dinosaur Jr. Bowery Ballroom; Dec 7–9 at 9pm $30
Indie extraordinaire J Mascis augmented his trademark Jazzmaster-scuzz with acoustic Martin strumming on his last three solo records. While the combo works wonders, we miss the straightforward indie riffage characteristic of Dinosaur Jr's early days. Fortunately, there's a chance to revisit those golden years as Masci and his pivotal indie crew celebrate the 30th anniversary of their (sort-of) self-titled debut, Dinosaur, by playing it in its entirety. The gang (in its original lineup!) will be joined onstage by special TBA guests each night.

Company XIV: Nutcracker Rouge Minetta Lane Theatre; Through Jan 17 at 8pm; $50–$175
Austin McCormick and his risqué neo-Baroque dance theater Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of the classic holiday tale, complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. Definitely leave the kids at home: The word nutcracker has customarily conjured innocent wonder; now be ready to add glitter pasties, stripper poles and comically large stuffed penises to the, shall we say, toys to expect in wonderland.

Tory Burch Sample Sale Clothingline; Dec 8–12; 10am; free entry
The designer behind the ubiquitous buckle flat is offering up to 65 percent off handbags, shoes and ready-to-wear. Standout deals include blue cashmere-and-suede jackets ($275, originally $1,495) and black Fairford pointed pumps for $150 (were $295).

Mariah Carey Beacon Theatre; Dec 8–18 at 8pm; $59.50–$255
Mariah Carey returns to the Beacon for her second annual All I Want for Christmas Is You series, in which the megawatt singer will run through the holiday hits from her 1994 seasonal smash, Merry Christmas, and its 2010 sequel, Merry Christmas II You.

Oh, Hello Cherry Lane Theatre; Dec 8–20; $49
Two of comedy’s biggest young stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their curmudgeon, upper west side alter egos Gil Faizon & George St.Geegland—previously featured in Kroll Show—to Off Broadway. Kroll and Mulaney’s commitment to these bizarre old perverts is something to behold. They’ll quickly go from their detailed opinions on each of the New York Mayors (Koch is their decided fave) to a bizarre anecdote about their fictional families—each occasssionaly finishing the other's sentence like an old married couple.

A Very, Very Special Holiday Haunting Renditions The Bell House; Dec 9 at 8pm; $10, $12 at the door
Comedian Eliot Glazer (It Gets Betterish) uses his classically trained voice and a symphonic accompaniment to perform over-the-top covers of Pop music's most vapid hits. For his special holiday edition he'll be joined by his sister Ilana Glazer (Broad City) and Naomi Ekperigin (Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell).

Jo Firestone Presents: The Unexpectashow Upright Citizens Brigade; Dec 9 at 11pm; $5
Jo Firestone (Punderdome) asks her favorite local alternate comics to do anything they want on this showcase that fully embraces chaos—the players will create a story, piano score and full-sized mural simultaneously.

Ask Roulette Housing Works Bookstore Cafe; Dec 9 at 7pm; $8
WNYC radio producer Jody Avirgan hosts a live series in which audience members are invited to ask the panel anything they like—but only if they answer a question first. This week's round of introspection brings in comedians Hari Kondabolu, Josh Gondelman and other sharp-tongued stand-ups.

Bushwick Is Melting Vol. 3 Release Bossa Nova Civic Club; Dec 10 at 10pm; free
Come celebrate the release of Bossa's third collaborative release with Sisterjam, Bushwick Is Melting Vol. 3. The EP and the evening both feature music from Moscow-born Brooklynite Slava (founder of Chicago's Moment Sound Recordings), Brooklyn remix whiz Physical Therapy, NYC 1080p producer Max McFerren and Michael M/M.

Beer and Latkes at 92Y 92nd Street Y; Dec 10 at 7:30pm; $36
Head uptown for some delicious Chanukah munchies: latkes. Four unusual versions of the holiday’s all-star potato pancakes will be served: sweet fennel and orange, fiery jalapeño, sweet apple and dill, and indulgent hamburger. To cut through the grease, sip beers from Bronx and KelSo breweries. While you eat, delight in tunes from Eastern European–influenced, mod-klezmer band Golem.

Fall Out Boy + Panic! At The Disco + G-Eazy Pier 36, Dec 10 at 6pm; free RSVP online
This Pandora-hosted concert unites a couple of emo-pop juggernauts from the arena-rock big leagues—Vegas dance-rock party-starters Panic! at the Disco and rousing, bombastic hysterics Fall Out Boy—with... Oakland rapper G-Eazy? It's an unexpected combo for sure, so expect the crowd to be a mixed-bag: either dye those bangs, slather on the eyeliner and come squeal like a tween, or show up ready to head-nod to some hip-hop realness.

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House: Charles Dickens in New York, 1867 Merchant's House Museum; Through Dec 24 at 7pm; $40–$60
John Kevin Jones plays Charles Dickens in this account of the novelist's classic holiday ghost story, which he adapted with director Rhonda Dodd. The Merchant's House Museum, formerly the home of a wealthy 19th-century family, provides an atmospheric setting for Jones's third annual engagement.

Distorted Kristmess 2015 Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe; Dec 11 at 10:30pm, Dec 15 at 9pm; $20 + $20 minimum
Holly Dae, Bootsie Lefaris, Pixie Aventura and Brenda Dharling share the bill for this holiday send-up, now in its fourth year. Expect high-energy dance numbers, glittery costumes and wrongheaded twists on Chrismas classics like "The 12 Drunks of Christmas" plus a special tribute to Bea Arthur.

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