This weekend you can swing, blow, applaud, gather, and celebrate. Curious? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for our picks in the best in eating, drinking, and merrymaking in NYC this weekend. By Jessica Allen.
For almost 25 years, the African Diaspora International Film Festival has sought to “present [an array of innovative] films to diverse audiences, redesign the Black cinema experience, and strengthen the role of African and African descent directors in contemporary world cinema,” featuring movies by “emerging and established filmmakers of color.” Highlights this year include a selection of films from South Africa. Friday, November 27, through Monday, December 13, see schedule for details, tickets start at $14.
A 45-minute coordinated celebration of redemption, happiness, and the spirit of the season, Unsilent Night began in 1992 when Phil Kline handed out tapes of an original, four-track composition to be played on multiple boomboxes as participants walked along New York City streets. You can join Kline and many other merry revelers this weekend. Download the music ahead of time or try the free smartphone app (because who has a boombox anymore?). Saturday, December 12, 6:45 pm, free.
Yup, “quiet clubbing” is a real thing. Attendees receive headphones, through which they can choose to listen to one of three DJs, spinning all ages-friendly hip hop, Top 40, and other tunes from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Each set of wireless headphones has a special LED light that lets you know which station your pals are grooving to. Meanwhile, above you are 650 lanterns, part of Luminaries, an interactive lighting display. Fun for you, great for the neighbors. Saturday, December 12, 7 to 11 pm, free, but RSVP suggested.
The seventh annual Winter Ball features the sweet stylings of Michael Arenella Sextet, playing jazz and holiday favorites, along with friends like Nicole Renaud (a chanteuse and accordionist) and other “musical and dance novelties.” Santa will be on hand for photos, and the whole event takes place in a historic mansion on the Upper East Side. Saturday, December 12, 9 pm to 1 am, $200, tickets required, black tie/formal attire requested, 21 and over (open bar is included in the ticket price).
Exactly what it sounds like! TubaChristmas began in 1974 as a tribute to a beloved teacher and mentor. Fast forward 42 years, and concerts featuring solo and ensemble compositions for the tuba and euphonium are now held around the world, including the Rink at Rockefeller Center. All the better if you play yourself (participation costs $10, rehearsals start at 12:30 pm, and it’s BYOI [Bring Your Own Instrument]). Let it blow, let it blow, let it blow! Sunday, December 13, 3:30 pm, free.