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NYC-ARTS.org Top Picks, Week of November 27, 2011

Holiday Train Show
New York Botanical Garden – WNET Membership Discount: $2 off an adult All-Garden Pass.
Through Mon, Jan 6

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge

Photo by Fred Holt

2011 NYC Aerial Dance Festival
Fly-by-Night Dance Theater
Tues, Nov 29 & Dec 2-3

The festival of dancers flying through the air features Fly-by-Night’s Apollo & Dafne and guest artists UpSwing Performance Company, Above & Beyond Dance, Flight Collaborative, Heliummm Productions and Sarah Wollschlager. Tonight at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City and Dec 2-3 at Manhattan Movement Arts Center.

Thalia Book Club: Joan Didion’s Blue Nights
Symphony Space
Wed, Nov 30

Didion discusses her deeply moving new memoir about her daughter, and her own fears and thoughts about growing old, in her first book since the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. As with that memoir, in her new one, Didion confides and confronts her fears, frailties and sorrows.

Photo by Jack Mitchell

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New York City Center
Wed, Nov 30-Sun, Jan 1

Highlights of Robert Battle’s first season as artistic director include Home, a bold new work by hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris, and Ohad Naharin’s phenomenally inventive Minus 16. For the first time, the extraordinary Ailey dancers perform the choreography of Paul Taylor with his romantic masterpiece Arden Court. Returning repertory favorites include the beloved Revelations, which can be seen at select performances with live music or an expanded cast of 50 dancers.

From Candlelight to Bubble Light: A 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House
Merchant’s House Museum
Thurs, Dec 1-Mon, Jan 9

The halls of the 1850s Merchant’s House in the East Village will be retro-decked with vintage trees, over-the-tinsel-top decorations and memorabilia. Indulge in the nostalgia of Christmas past and see how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s—and today. From the collection of Deb O’Nair, band member of Tina Peel, and the Fuzztones.

Patti Smith Artist and Muse
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Fri, Dec 2

Singer and poet Patti Smith, pianist Jesse Smith and friends will salute Alfred Stieglitz and his circle, focusing on his collaborative relationship with Georgia O’Keeffe.

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