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Upper West Side Tree Lighting Ceremony: Arlo Guthrie Returns to Winter’s Eve


Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, New York’s largest holiday festival, will kick off at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s only tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park (Broadway and 63rd Street).

Making his return to the Winter’s Eve stage is legendary folk artist Arlo Guthrie. Arlo will be joined at the tree by Rosie’s Theater Kids, Michael Bacon and WABC-TV’s Sade Baderinwa as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side.

Our tree has once again been installed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. The tree, lights and decorations will be provided by PJ Clarke’s and will include old-fashioned silver glass glitter ornaments by Wendy Addison and Tinsel Trading.

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

Arlo Guthrie’s career exploded in 1967 with the release of “Alice’s Restaurant,” whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of “Alice’s Restaurant,” directed by Arthur Penn.

With songs like “Alice’s Restaurant,” too long for radio airplay; “Coming into Los Angeles,” banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival); and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Guthrie was no One-Hit-Wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a ‘hit’ in the usual sense. He has usually preferred to walk to his own beat rather than march in step to the drum of popular culture.

Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances. www.arlo.net

Location: Dante Park – Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets
Time: 5:30pm

November 29, 2013

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Motown the Musical


In celebration of Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, Apple will ring in the season with music from the hit Broadway shows “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and “Motown the Musical.” Join cast members as they perform a few songs live for us. Visit www.apple.com/upperwestside to register for this event.

Location: Apple Store, Upper West Side – Broadway at 67th Street
Time: 7:00pm


November 27, 2013

Launch Math & Science


Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch Math & Science Centers with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math and science! Launch provides Pre-K through 8th grade kids with inspiring math instruction and science-based camps and workshops.   At Winter’s Eve, kids can join Launch to make their own Holiday light that doubles as a super powered magnet. This colorful LED light is a fun and easy do-it-yourself science project that kids can keep and enjoy at home!

Location: Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society – Broadway & 61st Street
All evening

November 22, 2013

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET



A family favorite and holiday classic returns to the big screen! Whether you watch it every year or want to enjoy it for the first time, the Academy Award-winning Miracle on 34th Street is a must-see for all ages.

When a nice old man from a retirement home becomes the favorite Santa at Macy’s, even a cynical little girl (Natalie Wood) slowly becomes a believer—not just in the spirit of Christmas, but in the ability of all of us to be kind and generous. As this Santa brings rival retailers together, he’s hauled off to the loony bin and has to go to court to prove he’s the real Kris Kringle, making for a raucous courtroom climax. Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his role as the most genuine Santa on screen. The original is still the best, full of real New York City locations. Although Gimbels Department Store may be a thing of the past, Macy’s and its annual Thanksgiving Day parade are still here and more famous than ever! 

Join the Film Society for this beloved classic and enjoy delicious popcorn from indie food and wine free of charge! Also, be sure to check out their Family Films series with weekend matinees the kids are sure to love like Babe, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more.

Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam
Time: 3:30pm | 5:30pm | 7:30pm (doors open 15 minutes prior to each screening)

November 7, 2013

Processional Arts Workshop – Frost Giants in Procession

FrostGiantProcessional Arts Workshop (PAW), under the direction of Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, creates site-specific parades, processions, and Carnivalesque events worldwide, including the mobile performances that lead New York’s Village Halloween Parade each year. PAW’s performances involve local communities in every stage of production, integrating pageant puppetry, mobile architecture, shadow and projection, and mask and costume, to reflect on uniquely local themes and narratives. The resulting works, often bringing together hundreds of volunteers, have appeared in Socrates Sculpture Park, on the High Line (opening the PEN World Voices Festival), Trinidad Carnival, the EON Festival in Istanbul, the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, and the opening ceremonies of the Walkway Over the Hudson.

In addition PAW, has worked with communities worldwide to initiate processions in places ranging from the streets of Kiev to the South Bronx; from Italian Alps to rural Texas. Their work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Artists and Communities Grant, a CEC Artslink Grant to Ukraine, a Dutchess County Arts Council Project Grant, and a Roman Witt Visiting Artist Fellowship at University of Michigan. Alex and Sophia have also lectured on Carnivalesque art at the New School, Bard College, Maine College of Art, and University of the West Indies.

Location:Throughout Lincoln Square
Time: All Evening


November 6, 2013

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