The five-day Seeger Fest kicks off at Hudson River Park tonight in Manhattan. The festival honors folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away earlier this year at age 94 and his long-time wife Toshi, who passed away in 2013. The WFUV favorite will be honored by admirers as diverse as Harry Belafonte, DJ Kool Herc, and the punk band Anti-Flag. More info here.
Yesterday’s planned performance of the New York Philharmonic at Van Cortlandt Park was rained out, but for those still looking for a bit of piano in the park can find it at Madison Square Park in Manhattan tonight. Famed French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson plays in a quartet there from 7-8:30. Admission is free.
Bronxites (and anybody who wants, really), will be treated to some beautiful music from the New York Philharmonic in Van Cortlandt Park tonight—but only if the weather holds up. A planned show for Central Park last night was rained out, so classical music fans will be praying for a dry evening. If it happens, it’ll be 8-9:30. Enter from Broadway, near 251st as the site is north of the ball fields. Entrance is free.
Don’t forget Kwanzaa! The Apollo Theater is Harlem hosts its annual Kwanzaa celebration tonight featuring song, dance, and celebration of African American culture.
What better day to kick back and watch a movie than the cloudy day after Christmas? As usual, lots of films in the busy Christmas season are set in New York City, including American Hustle, Anchorman 2, Inside Llewyn Davis as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty andThe Wolf of Wall Street, which were just released yesterday.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Whether or not there’s snow outside your house, you can at least crunch the numbers behind it in an interesting graphic from WNYC.
Those celebrating Christmas Eve tonight would be wise to celebrate with the classic Christmas song “Silent Night”—it’s the song’s 195th birthday, first performed in 1818 at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria. Not into it? Just stick with a Silent Night.
Partly cloudy skies, high of 40 degrees. Stays partly cloudy tonight, low of 24 heading into Christmas morning [Full forecast].
NEED TO KNOW
The White House has extended the deadline to apply for health insurance on Healthcare.gov after a last-minute swarm of sign-ups [NY Times].
Those close to the situation say New York City’s finally settled the lawsuits over 2004 arrests at the GOP convention [NY Times].
De Blasio’s named Alicia Glen as Deputy Mayor of housing and economic development, sure to be a big focus of the mayoralty [WNYC].
No games tonight
Knicks snuck by Orlando 103-98
And Nets fell to Indiana 103-86
Rangers beat Toronto in shootout 2-1
Islanders crushed Detroit 3-0
And Devils fell to Chicago 5-2
ON STAGE TONIGHT
Baby Dee & Little Annie @ Joe’s Pub
Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Soulfarm @ Highline Ballroom
On this day in 1865, the Ku Klux Klan was formed.
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Today’s the last day to responsibly shop for Christmas gifts. If you really want to get in the Christmas spirit, hit up the Union Square or Grand Central holiday fairs. Tomorrow is their last day open.