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THURS DEC 5
4PM–5:30PM • FREE
PROTEST: Bring the “Close The Camps” Vigil to the NYSE Tree Lighting
Join Rise and Resist as it brings its Abolish ICE lights and holiday-themed signs to the 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the New York Stock Exchange. Remind revelers that seeking asylum is a human right and that the United States must stop detaining and deporting immigrants. The tree lighting begins at 5vp.m.. Meet up at 4 p.m. at Federal Hall on the NE corner of Wall St. and Broad St.
New York Stock Exchange
11 Wall St., Mnhtn
THRU JAN 15
TUES, THUR–SUN 12PM–6PM • FREE
ART: No New Jails NYC — The Art & Design of a Movement
Design, art, movement, dance and cultural work have been critical to No New Jails NYC’s mission of imagining safety without prisons or police. Artists, filmmakers, poets and many more people have contributed their work to its campaign. Opening reception, Friday at 7 p.m.
ABC No Rio in Exile at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Avenue C, Mnhtn
THRU DEC 8
THUR & FRI 7PM, SAT & SUN 1PM & 7PM • FREE
THEATER: The Public Theater Mobile Unit’s Measure for Measure
In this production, set in 1979 New Orleans, Mardi Gras has been officially cancelled, yet the community is still celebrating. Temporarily left in charge by the Duke, the upright and uptight Lord Angelo has decided to crack down on the city’s debauchery, arresting young Claudio for impregnating his fiancée Juliet before their wedding. When virtuous Isabella, Claudio’s sister, hears of his death sentence, she begs Lord Angelo for mercy. But hypocritical Angelo propositions her instead, leaving Isabella with an impossible choice: save her soul or her brother’s life. In this timely production, lovers and leaders in disguise reveal how those in power take advantage of those without it — begging the question, can the law be both just and merciful?
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St., Mnhtn
THRU DEC 15
THUR–SUN, 8PM & 3PM • $20
THEATER: Bread & Puppet
The legendary theater troupe comes home to its Lower East Side roots with its annual holiday performance. This year features the Honey Let’s Go Home Opera from Dec. 5–8 and the Diagonal Life Circus from Dec. 12–15. Thursday–Saturday shows will be held at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Theater For the New City
155 First Ave., Mnhtn
DEC 5–DEC 6
THUR 8PM, FRI 9:30PM • $15–$35
PERFORMANCE: Forward Festival
An annual tradition curated by 577 records that continues to delight audiences year after year with its surprising and eclectic lineup.
Union Pool (Friday)
484 Union Ave., Brooklyn
18 Whitwell Pl., Bklyn
FRI DEC 6
7:30PM–10PM • FREE
PARTY: Certain Days 2020 Calendar Launch Party
Come on out and hear from people who made and contributed their art and articles to the 2020 Certain Days Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar. Now in its 19th year of publication, the calendar is required reading for radicals, leftists and all who support political prisoners and advocate the end of mass incarceration. It’s filled with radical historical dates, 12 thought-provoking articles and beautiful artwork. All proceeds support prisoners and grassroots organizations.
168 Canal St., 6th Fl., Mnhn
FRI DEC 6
9PM–1AM • FREE
PARTY: Funk & File: Holiday Social and Organizing Fair with RPM
Revolutions Per Minute, the official radio show and podcast of NYC-Democratic Socialists of America, is having a party and you’re invited! Featuring a DJ set from SAREEN (brownprivilege.com) and a poster design donated by Dash Robb (dashiellrobb.com). DSA activists will present updates on their organizing work.
167 Graham Ave., Bklyn
SAT DEC 7
12PM–1:30PM • FREE
SCIENCE: Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)
In this talk, members of Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St., Mnhtn
SAT DEC 7
5:30PM • FREE
TALK: Martyrs of McCarthyism
A presentation and open discussion highlighting the lives and struggles of Paul Robeson and Vito Marcantonio.
Penn South, Building 8A Community Room
343 8th Ave., Mnhtn
SUN DEC 8
3:30PM–5PM • FREE
PROTEST: All I Want for Christmas Is Free Abortion on Demand
Most New Yorkers don’t know that the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Nolita sends hundreds of parishioners to the Planned Parenthood down the street in protest every month. Help NYC For Abortion Rights spread the word and hold this church accountable for harassing patients. Come sing pro-abortion xmas carols! Songs include such soon-to-be-classics as “Hark! The Herald Comrades Sing!” Wear your most festive and/or pro-abortion sweaters.
261 Mott St., Mnhtn
SUN DEC 8
4PM–6PM • FREE
PARTY: WW3 illustrated Release Party
WW3 celebrates its 50th issue, “Shameless Feminists,” with readings and talks by artists and contributors.
Printed Matter, Inc.
231 11th Ave., Mnhtn
MON DEC 9
7PM–9:30PM • FREE
LIT: Gender Rebels: An Evening of Trans/Queer/Nonbinary Readings
A night of fiction ranging from the surrealistic to the fantastical to the transgressive, courtesy of several upcoming LGBTQ writers.
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St., Mnhtn
WED DEC 11
8:15PM • FREE
COMEDY: The Uprising Comedy Show
The best and brightest comedians New York has to offer.
214 Starr St., Bklyn