Holiday season is in full swing, which means you must rejoice and be merry each and every day (you have no choice in the matter!). We’ve got your week perfectly balanced with a variety of events, including a performance by the fabulous Johnny Weir at Bryant Park, comedy on the Lower East Side, and critic Matt Zoller Seitz discussing his new book, The Wes Anderson Collection, at BookCourt, plus a ton more.
[Holiday] This year’s Eighth annual Tree Lighting Show at the Winter Village in Bryant Park features music by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Young People’s Chorus of New York, Loston Harris Trio, and Carly Rose Sonenclar, with skating appearances by Johnny Weir, The Haydenettes, Sarah Hughes, and much more.
At 6 p.m., Bryant Park, free.
[Games] Meredith, Hayley, and Khara, writers of A Craft Beer Blog, host Beer Geek Trivia at Brooklyn’s newest craft hot spot, Glorietta Baldy. The bar features $4 Singlecut Beersmiths drafts all night. This time around the questions will be a little more accessible for newbies and brewbies alike, with interactive rounds and new themes.
At 8 p.m., Glorietta Baldy, Brooklyn, free.
[Comedy] Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby host UG! Comedy Show, a night of laughs featuring both veterans and emerging comedians. This week’s comedians are Phil “Day-oh” Mazo, Josh “All Good” Alba, John “Fight Club” Murdock, Remick “Chips No Dip” Benice, Snazzy Sean Redmond, Booyah Sooya Jun, and Inio “Bong!” Bong. (Real names). Tunes by DJ Liz “Lizard” Lord.
At 8:30p.m., No Fun, free (one drink minimum, half-price drinks before 9 p.m.).
[Comedy] Kerri Doherty and Leslie Goshko host Geeking Out, a comedy show featuring talented writers, comedians, storytellers, and actors nerding out about music, celebs, and video games. PowerPoint presentations are involved, of course.
At 8 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn, $8.
[Shopping] Now that the madness of Black Friday is gone, we can finally get down to some real shopping. Today the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is officially open with more than 100 local vendors, including Bottled Brooklyn, Saskia de Vries, Hazel Village, Lucky Palm Tree, Brooklyn Brew Shop, and Salt of the Earth Bakery. In addition to the shopping options, the market also boasts a dedicated dining section that spotlights talented local chefs.
At 10 a.m., Columbus Circle, free.
[Art] It can be quite difficult to be an artist and deliver original work. Art inspires art, and when viewing it you can easily see the commonalities between some of the most iconic artworks and today’s contemporary pieces. In “Traces of Pollock, de Kooning, and Warhol,” artist Adel Gorgy presents abstract photographic pieces that reconstructs works that we are extremely familiar with and asks viewers to experience it in a whole new way.
At 6 p.m., Able Fine Art NY Gallery, free.
[Class] Ever secretly dream about being in a Sophia Coppola film, or going head-to-head in a fight scene with Hugh Jackman? (Just us?) This evening’s free acting seminar, with acting coach Robert Patterson, introduces students to the rudimentary skills an actor learns to develop his or her craft. Through a series of exercises, Patterson teaches the basis of the craft, and everyone works at least three times. Past students include Ted Danson and JoBeth Williams.
At 6:30 p.m., Patterson Studios, free.
[Art] Some of you who went home for Thanksgiving got reacquainted with the dull architecture and banality of the strip malls that surround your small hometowns. However, it is these very subjects that photographer Linda Kuehne has captured in her latest show, “Suburban Landscapes: The Architecture of Nowhere.” Find the beauty in average.
At 6 p.m., A.I.R. Gallery, free.
[Lit] A Wes Anderson film is simply like being a wondrous dream. Each work of art by Anderson — Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom — is instantly recognizable as Andersonian, which was hilariously depicted on a recent Saturday Night Live episode. The Wes Anderson Collection, presented by award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz, includes an audience Q&A, book signing, multimedia presentation, and a lecture, in which he will discuss Anderson’s filmography, life, career, and artwork.
At 7 p.m., BookCourt, Brooklyn, free.
[Art] Sacred Gallery’s latest show, “COLOR, FORM,” engages in vivid imagery with people as the focal point. This monthlong exhibition features work by emerging artists including Erik Jones, Zofia Bogusz, and Rodrigo Valles, and is curated by Frankie Velez.
At 8 p.m., Sacred Gallery, free.