By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
By Roy Edroso
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
By Zachary D. Roberts
Move Your F'in' Car! It's Christmas!
Got the holiday blues already? Feast upon the lights of Brooklyn. The borough hosts some of the wildest holiday-decorated houses in America. Jump on the W or N subway and make your way to Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights (between 80th and 86th streets, and Tenth and Thirteenth Avenues). Each year draws over 150,000 visitors a year. Don't miss 1145 84th Street, 1152 84th Street, and 1062 84th Street. There you'll behold sights that'll make you marvel at the electric bill or curse at the traffic. Homeowners spend thousands of dollars on Christmas lights, spotlights, and more lights. Complete miniature villages are created; Santas give out candy canes; 30-foot-high motorized figuresthink outdoor Radio City: It's gaudy, it's heartwarming, it's crazy . . . it's free, cheapskate! (ABER)
'Radio City Christmas Spectacular'
Radio City loves nothing more than a big, fat, shiny seasonal spectacle, and this merry Christmas is no exception. With over 1.2 million patrons last year alone, the event nears the cult status of say, Disneyland. To celebrate high attendance numbers and their 75th anniversary, the 50 millionth patron (since opening in 1933)expected to arrive this yearwill receive four tickets for life! Yes! That's right, if you win, you and three friends can see the parade of the wooden soldiers every year until the day you die! Paying customers will feel just as lucky, with a cast of 140 precision dancers, showy costumes, an erotic Rockettes-cum-leggy reindeers "White Christmas in NY" (no not dust, ash, or anthraxsnow, silly!), and a 3D filmic tour of Gotham'cause Christ would've wanted it that way. Plus more, more, more. Also not to miss: Radio City's A Christmas Carolwith Tim Curry as Scrooge. Through December 29, Radio City, Sixth Avenue and 50th Street, 307-1000. (PERETTI)
'Betty: 2001 Space Holidays'
The fun-loving gals of Betty wrap themselves up in Christmas lights and pour on the holly-jolly pop theatrics for this Saturday-night series featuring guest singer-songwriters Toshi Reagon, Dan Zanes, Sean Altman, and more. Each week, storytellersincluding the Moth's Shelagh Ratnerweave sugar-plum tales. Plus, a surprise visit by Ms. Claus! December 8, 15, 22, and 28 at 8:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 239-6200. (SPARTOS)
The Voice's Holiday Preview:
"Seasonal Brew: Getting Into the Holiday Spirits"
"Chow Choices: A Holiday Food Miscellany"