JC MAYORS HOLIDAY CONCERT, Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Sq, JC. (201) 798-6055 Sat, Dec. 17, doors open 6:15; concert begins at 7:15. Free admission. THE 4TH ANNUAL JERSEY CITY MAYOR’S HOLIDAY CONCERT. “Featuring the Orchestra of St. Peter By the Sea; Hosted by Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. For free tix, contact Anthony Catanio, (201) 324-1300; Children’s gift donations are welcome. If you wish to donate, make your check payable to the Dante Alighieri Society, c/o Anthony Catanio, 201-210 West Side Ave, JC, 07305.”   


  TRANSMISSION, 150 Bay St, JC; Fri, Dec. 16, 8-10:30 pm. A benefit for Hudson S.P.E.A.K.S. THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES by Jeff Goode. “Helpless female or lying Vixen! There have been allegations she’s made, rumors about Jolly old St. Nick and poor little deformed Rudolph who’s now in an institution. Well now hear the real story from the reindeer themselves….A comedy by Jeff Goode where the reindeer give their opinions of Vixen’s allegations that Santa made more than inappropriate advances at her. Starring Dasher, Cupid, Prancer, Blitzen, Comet, Dancer, Donner w/musical performances by GLEN COLEMAN,  KENNY JAWORSKI, Camila Camilo, Robin Frost ALISHIA TAIPING and Forget the Whale!!”


 TWO NUTCRACKERS LOEW’S JERSEY THEATRE, 54 Journal Sq, JC. Sun, Dec. 18, 6:30-8:30 pm. (201) 798-6055; The Metropolitan Repertory Ballet Company & Brandy’s Dance Unique present THE NUTCRACKER with guest vocalist Lauren Cirami. Also, a performance by the Loew’s Wonder Organ. “This classic Tchaikovsky ballet is a beloved tradition for the Holiday Season. Joyous music and superb dancing. A special treat for all ages.” Tix in advance: $35; at the door: $40.  Children (12 & under) $20. To purchase tix call (917) 930-2172. NIMBUS DANCE WORKS, Frank R. Conwell MS4 Auditorium, 107 Bright St, JC.  (201) 377-0718;  Dec. 18. Tix: $11 - $40 Nimbus Dance Works presents JERSEY CITY NUTCRACKER 2016. “Jersey City’s largest annual performing arts event. Tchaikovsky's classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor.  Join Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City’s acclaimed professional dance company for the 7th year of its annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and, along the way, teaching them lessons about friendship and community. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist!” (Appropriate for all ages; barrier-free event.)


 FILM HARBORSIDE ATRIUM, 147 Harborside Financial Ctr, JC. Dec 17, 1-4 pm. Free admission. “Celebrate the holidays with your family at a special free screening of THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL complete with complementary face painting and crafts, as well as food options from local vendors. Plus two ways to make a difference this holiday season: Bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-17, in need, living in Jersey City. Items should be unused and new. Toys, gift cards, books and clothing welcome! Or, donate to the MCPCA: The MCPCA is still rebuilding years after Hurricane Sandy and they need your help with the recent rescue of hundreds of animals. Any amount helps!” 


LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; Sat, Dec. 17; Tix: $14.50 adults; $12.50 kids 2-12, and seniors 62+. THE POLAR EXPRESS: An IMAX Experience, “rolls into the world's largest IMAX Dome theater for a limited engagement, just in time for the holidays. “This heart-warming film tells of a boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery. Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is directed by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis and stars two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks. NEW! Audiences also get to enjoy a brand new 15-minute holiday laser pre-show before each screening of the movie.” 


  VISUAL ARTS VICTORY HALL DRAWING ROOMS, 180 Grand St, JC. (201) 823-93923; Free Reception on Fri, Dec. 16, 6 to 9 pm, and continuing Sat, December 17, 2 to 6 pm. “THE BIG SMALL SHOW, features over 100 artists showing small painting, drawing and 3Dimensional works! It's a weekend of art, music, wine, food and a silent auction and hundreds of people are expected to attend the event. Admission to the Big Small Show is free of charge, and all artworks are for sale.” Curated by Anne Trauben.  


 PROTO GALLERY, 66 Willow Ave, (Neumann Leather Building) HOB. Dec. 17-Jan. 29; Opening reception, Sat, Dec. 17, 6-9 pm: “MYSTERIANS, a further exploration of work by Michael Kukla, Jackie Mock, and Suzanne Goldenberg. Proto Gallery is a contemporary art space founded by artist Nick De Pirro. It exhibits new work in all media by emerging and mid-career artists in a 2,500 sq. ft. main exhibition space and auxiliary video projection room.


  RAVEN GALLERY & BOUTIQUE, 54 Newark Ave, JC, Curators, owners, artists Andrea McKenna and Javiera Rodriguez present through Jan 1: WEARABLE ART: Group Exhibition. (Pictured: “Sweet Dreams” collage by Luis Alves.) Featuring artists Andrea Brooke D’Alessandro, Anthony Jr. Wills, Asha Ganpat, Carole Bailey, Chris Ernst, David Nicolato, Darya Warner, Eric Indin, Hailey Arango, John Kincaid, Kelly Heaton, Luca Cusolito, Luis Alves, Mollie Thonneson and Rafael Colon. 


  BARSKY GALLERY, 48 Harrison St, HOB. (888) 465-4949; BARSKY GALLERY’S WINTER EXHIBITION AND SALE is on now. “The rotating collection is a showcase of recent works by gallery-represented artists, embodying an eclectic mix of contemporary original art priced for every budget.” Winter hours: Mon & Tues, by appointment; Wed-Sun, 11 am-6 pm. (Pictured: Aymar de Villele, “Planet Earth” Oil on Canvas.)   


   DEEP SPACE GALLERY, 77 Cornelison Ave, JC (201) 777-0166. “GIGANTIC MINIATURE EXTRAVAGANZA opens this Saturday 12/10 12-8pm. A cash and carry art show featuring small works by more than 25 artists. 


 THEATER MILE SQUARE THEATRE, 1400 Clinton St, HOB. (201) 683-7014.; Through Sun, Dec. 18; Tix: $30/Students & Seniors, $18. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY by Joe Landry. Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. “Mile Square Theatre brings back its popular telling of the classic holiday film. A holiday treat for the entire family!” 


 FOR THE KIDS JCTC-KIDS at the Jersey City Theater Center, Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Ave, JC. Sundays through Dec 11 at 1 pm: Puppetworks presents Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  Tix: Children: $8; $11 at the door. Adult: $9; $12 at the door. School discounts available. Go to for tix. 


  LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; Through Jan 8, 2017: CURIOUS GEORGE: LET’S GET CURIOUS! “Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the “Curious George” books and television series on PBS Kids in Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! The exhibit presents key concepts in science, math, and engineering, which are woven throughout the exhibit. Activities invite children to learn like Curious George does—through direct experience and problem solving! Kids can also meet Curious George in person at the Science Center. George will visit December 28 and December 29. He will be there from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; visit the Welcome Desk for specific location and times. Come take photos with him and give a big, friendly hug. Curious George can’t wait to meet your family!” LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, JC. (201) 200-1000; Tues-Fri. 12:30, 2, & 3:30‌ pm; Sat. & Sun, 10 & 11:30 am & 4:30 pm. Earthflight 3D. “Fly wingtip to wingtip with some of the world’s most charismatic birds. On their fantastic journeys, the birds visit some of the most spectacular animal events and locations on Earth. Our 300-seat Joseph D. Williams 3D Science Theater offers shorter running Real D 3D Digital Films are suitable for all ages. These movies pack lots of great action into 20 - 40 minutes.” 





 THE NEW VICTORY THEATER, 229 W. 42nd St, NYC. Fri, Dec. 2 – Sun, Jan. 1 – “This holiday season experience the joyous spirit abundant in MOTHER AFRICA: MY HOME, a circus spectacular set in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Daring acrobats, jubilant dancers and mind-bending contortionists fill the New Victory stage when the sensational Drama Desk-nominated Circus der Sinne returns to NYC with electrifying live music and feats of extraordinary strength and dazzling skill. With performers representing African nations from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast, this radiantly rhythmic production exudes a palpable zest for life that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats—or, better yet, dancing in the aisles.” 


 NEWARK MUSEUM, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ. (973) 596-6550; Now on view LIFE, LOVE, DEATH: THE BALLANTINES. “Beer built this house.  One child found happiness here.  One child found tragedy here. A half-century before becoming part of the Newark Museum complex, this National Historic Landmark mansion was home to one of the country's most important beer dynasties. Through new interactive galleries, discover what really happened here during the Gilded Age.” 


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