101 things to do in New York City in the winter 2010

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11. Celebrate Hanukkah at the Sephardic Music Festival
The series kicks off with an art-rave--fashion show party, and closes with a Culture Mash shindig with DJs from around the world. Locations vary (sephardicmusicfestival.com). Dec 1--8; $10--$20.

12. Hear Hogwarts-inspired indie rock
Rock band Harry and the Potters brings its magic to Brooklyn at the Bell House's Yule Ball—the seminal wizard-rock act shares the stage with Draco and the Malfoys and disgruntled rapping elf MC Kreacher. Custom drinks such as butterbeer and fire whiskey make the all-ages spectacle that much more entertaining, whether or not you've read the books. [node:122235 link=The Bell House;], 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Dec 18 at 5pm; $18.

13. Watch celebrities tell true stories
The Moth storytelling series is always entertaining, but the December 6 show, A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power, will be epic, featuring real-life tales from Simon Doonan, Wes Moore and Mos Def, and hosted by Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth. [node:283295 link=New York Public Library;], 42nd St at Fifth Ave (212-742-0551, themoth.org). Dec 6 at 7:30pm; $25.

[node:609855 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]14. See The Nutcracker
This winter, American Ballet Theatre world-premieres a staging of The Nutcracker by its esteemed artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky. Set to the entire Tchaikovsky score, this Nutcracker is particularly intriguing, given that ABT skipped its autumn season to prepare. [node:118489 link=BAM Howard Gilman Opera House;], 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Dec 22--Jan 2, times vary; $20--$105.

15. Let your nerd flag fly at the Desk Set's Biblioball
This literary-themed dance party features live music, a trapeze act and a choreographed theater-and-dance routine by members of the Desk Set themselves (who are, by the way, NYC-area librarians, archivists, etc.). The formalish affair is a benefit for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, so you can feel like you're doing good while you're bibliophilandering. [node:122235 link=The Bell House;], 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Dec 4 7:30pm--4am; $10--$55.

[node:609929 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]16. Bring the girls to Ladies' Night at the [node:118724 link=Brooklyn Museum;]'s Target First Saturdays
On the bill this month is a screening of Frida, a performance by new-wave rocker Carole Pope and a hip-hop dance party. While there, compare Norman Rockwell's photographic studies to the paintings they inspired in "Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera." 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Dec 4 5--11pm; free.

17. Indulge in a haute chocolate pedicure
This spa treatment will soak and scrub your feet with cocoa, brown sugar, peppermint and honey. Not only does cocoa taste delicious, it lessens the appearance of wrinkles, protects your skin with antioxidants and gives you a serotonin boost. This effect will be useful after hours of holiday shopping. [node:118797 link=Carol's Daughter;], 24 W 125th St between Fifth Ave and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave) (212-828-6717, carolsdaughter.com). $36.

18. Chill out and warm up at hot yoga
The 100-degree room at the [node:118602 link=Bikram Yoga Lower East Side;] studio doesn't just mimic the heat of a New York City summer, it makes your muscles more flexible, detoxifies your skin and ups your heart rate. Heat up at a class—all levels are welcome. 172 Allen St between Rivington and Stanton Sts, second floor (212-353-8859, bikramyogales.com). $20.

[node:609877 noterms imagecache=field_image:timeout_156x95:image:0; cck=field_caption; cck=field_credits;]19. Watch It's a Wonderful Life in a theater
Spend an afternoon believing in angels while Frank Capra's 1946 film plays on the big screen, with an audience of people shamelessly sobbing when George Bailey finds Zuzu's petals and runs through the snowy streets. Sixth Avenue may even look a bit magical when you step outside. [node:119558 link=IFC Center;], 323 Sixth Ave at 3rd St (212-924-7771, ifccenter.com). Dec 17--26; $13.

20. Check out the Winter Antiques Show
Even if your Williamsburg sublet can't accommodate the marble urns, Oriental rugs
and Chippendale furniture on sale at the Winter Antiques Show, buy a ticket to browse anyway: proceeds from this annual art fair benefit the Bronx's East Side House Settlement. [node:120267 link=Park Avenue Armory;], E 67th St at Park Ave (718-292-7392, winterantiquesshow.com). Jan 21--30; $20.