Having gone through Black Friday and Cyber Monday and all the seasonal commercial hype that now doesn’t even have the decency to wait until after Thanksgiving to start, you may want to settle back and enjoy a classic tale that gets to the heart of the matter, no matter what holiday, if any, you’re celebrating. The Heights Players are presenting Crispin Whittell’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The play begins its run this Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. at the Heights Players’ playhouse, 26 Willow Place. There will be subsequent performances on Saturday, December 6, also at 8:00, and a matinee on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00. The play’s run will continue through the following two weekends on the same schedule, concluding on Sunday, September 21. Make reservations here.
More holiday cheer is on tap from Theater 2020, the Heights’ own professional theater company. On Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30), at St. Charles Borromeo Church, they will present “In the Mood”, billed as “a Holiday Concert for the whole family” featuring the vocal group RPM.
The group features performers Mary Lou Barber, John Canary (& Piano), Paula Hoza, Luisa Tedoff & Tim Weiss (& Guitar), from the Broadway, Cabaret & Indie Theater community. Admission includes an optional sing-a-long on some of the classics & a reception with the artists immediately following the concert.
Admission is a suggested donation of $20, but any donation will be accepted. No reservations necessary; cash at the door only.
On Friday evening starting at 8:00 Bargemusic will present Cecile Licad on piano, performing works by Chopin, McDowell, Cecile Chaminade, and Fauré. On Saturday evening at 8:00 and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Cali Camerata Chamber Orchestra, along with violinist Mark Peskanov and cellist Nicholas Tzavaras, will perform works by Wirén, Vivaldi, and Bach. There’s more information and buy tickets here. You may also get tickets for Bargemusic’s special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve events. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.
On Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange will host a kids’ craft workshop in which your child can make a sock reindeer. No RSVP is necessary; there is a suggested family donation of $5. There’s more information here. There will be another kids’ craft workshop the following Sunday, December 14, featuring decoupage ornaments.
Don’t forget Downtown for the Holidays on Montague Street this Friday and Saturday.