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5 Things to Do This Weekend

5 Things to Do This Weekend

Because of an increase in the spread of the coronavirus, events are subject to cancellation. Before heading out, visit the website of the performance space or organization for the latest updates.

Art & Museums

The New York Times’s co-chief art critic Holland Cotter wrote that the exhibition “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” which opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in November 2017, was “a monument to a monument.” And in many ways, that monument would not have been complete without its quarter-size reproductions of the frescoes Michelangelo painted between 1508 and 1512 for the Sistine Chapel. Now, “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition” allows visitors to view full-scale, high-definition prints of 34 of these frescoes up close.

Whether you love or hate immersive art experiences such as this one, they appear to be here to stay and have their benefits: While not quite bringing Vatican City to New York, the reproductions lining the space at “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel” enable viewers to see details that would be difficult to make out in the originals without a set of binoculars. The show, at 100 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, is on view through Jan. 9. Tickets start at $19.20 for adults and $13.50 for children, and are available at sistinechapelexhibit.com.
MELISSA SMITH

Although Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz’s lovably clueless antihero, may be the world’s most ordinary boy, he has added extraordinary fun to the holidays since 1965. That year brought the premiere of the television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which went on to become an annual broadcast, a theatrical musical and a perpetually welcome reminder that we’re always happier when charity triumphs over commercialism.

Now the “Peanuts” gang is at the Palladium Times Square, where “A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage” is playing, with tickets starting at $23.50. This production of Eric Schaeffer’s adaptation, on Thursday at 12:30 and 7 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., features a trio performing Vince Guaraldi’s original jazz score, along with holiday tunes newly arranged by Garrett Taylor. Directed by Robert Coulson, with joyful, high-kicking choreography by Charlotte Bydwell, the show culminates in caroling, so get ready to sing through your face masks.

Children can also see the animated “Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. On Wednesdays through Sundays (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) through Jan. 6, the center has revived PaleyLand, a holiday celebration with multiple screenings of not only this TV classic, but also “Frosty the Snowman,” “A Rugrats Kwanzaa” and many more. (Details are online.)
LAUREL GRAEBER

If Omicron cancels the Metrograph’s series of weepies by the director John M. Stahl, it will be something to weep over. Sure, the lineup has Stahl’s most recognizable films, like “Imitation of Life” (1934) and “Magnificent Obsession” (1935) — both remade in the 1950s by Douglas Sirk, who underlined the stories’ artifice — and the Technicolor noir “Leave Her to Heaven” (1945).

But the standouts are infrequently shown ’30s titles like the superb “Back Street” (on Tuesday and Dec. 30), in which Irene Dunne’s character misses her chance at marrying her true love (John Boles), then has a decades-long affair with him on the “back streets” of his life. Slightly less heartbreaking, “When Tomorrow Comes” (on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Jan. 1) features Dunne as a waitress who falls for a concert pianist (Charles Boyer). “Seed” (on Monday and Dec. 30) is regarded as the rarest of the rare. In addition to screening in the theater, “Imitation of Life” will be available to stream from Saturday through Tuesday and “Magnificent Obsession” from Tuesday through Dec. 31 on the Metrograph’s website.
BEN KENIGSBERG

Comedy

Since fall 2020, the stalwart creative arts space Roulette has been livestreaming music and the music-adjacent from its stage in Downtown Brooklyn. The archive it has accumulated over the last 14 months — full sets, entirely free to stream — amounts to a rare living record of the currents flowing through New York’s performance avant-garde. So if you’re playing it safe this holiday weekend, but could still use something to wash the Christmas music out of your ears, visit roulette.org/archive and click “livestreams.” The audio captures are solid, but the music can be heavy or hyper-precise: Do yourself a favor and don’t ask the computer speakers to handle this one.

You might start with the veteran jazz cornetist Graham Haynes’s recent set, rich in luxurious silences, with the pan-African percussionist Shakoor Hakeem and the Czech multi-instrumentalist and electronic musician Lucie Vitkova. Or try the lauded new production of “eL/Aficionado,” a Robert Ashley opera driven by ominous synthesizer and a sense of powerlessness amid shadowy Cold War forces. Or happen into the U.S. premiere of new work by Mari Kimura, a violinist who uses her technological inventions to tease out our physical relationship to music.
GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO




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