Christmas

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NYC photos

The photos are finally on Flickr.

The trip revolved around seeing Nutcracker at Lincoln Center that Sunday because it had been such a long time since I’d seen it performed live. Watching it on the telly each year is nice, but doesn’t come close to the real thing with George Balanchine’s choreography at NYC Ballet.

While we were at it, we decided this trip should be the one where Shawn finally sees his first Broadway play. We browsed the listings for a few days before deciding on La Bête for that Saturday night, and it’s the best choice we could have made—clearly, the universe was with us on the decision. Shawn can say that his first Broadway play was an inspiring night of theatre that included probably the best stage actor in the world right now, Mark Rylance, along with David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley. After the performance, outside the theatre, all three were chatty, chummy, and hammy, posing for photos with La Bête audience members. Sadly, I didn’t get a photo with Mark Rylance—I did a favor for someone else by taking their photo with him, but got distracted and didn’t ask to reciprocate.

We also decided to wait in line for half-price tickets to catch the matinee of The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway that Saturday afternoon. What a hoot. So glad we saw it. There are so many people who wait for him after each performance that he makes an appearance with a megaphone and chats up the throngs as Paul Reubens, still dressed in his Pee-wee clothes, which is a little surreal. He thanked everyone over and over for the support over the years, and is genuinely astounded that the Pee-wee popularity goes on and on.

The other thing I was craving to see live again was the South Street Seaport singing tree. When I was a younger lass, my parents took me there every year for my birthday. We usually had a nice dinner at either the Yankee Clipper or Sweet’s (which is no longer there), then we’d meander the Seaport and catch a performance at the tree. This year’s chorus was Cantori New York—probably the best Seaport chorus I’ve seen.

We also did the regular visit to the Rockefeller Center tree and Sak’s Fifth Avenue, but it was a quick dart-through, as it was teeming rain that entire Sunday.

Click for photos from December 10-12, 2010

And here’s the short slideshow again, if you’re not interested in Flickr:

NYC

Here’s a short slideshow from last weekend’s trip to NYC during the holiday season—the best time of year for the city.

Transpose the song’s lyric references of snow to teeming rain, and the song is a perfect fit.

These photos are just a smattering—the remainder will be on Flickr soon.

Sherwin Sleeves — Christmas La La Song

Christmas in NYC

Rockefeller Center

On December 7, the day after Dad’s memorial mass in Brooklyn, we were in Manhattan to see the Christmas tree, lights, and department store windows on what must have been the coldest and windiest day that NYC has had in years.

We started in the theatre district with stops at Midtown Comics, the Drama Bookshop, and One Shubert Alley, and then it was on to Carmine’s for dinner. It was Shawn’s first time at Carmine’s and he finally got to experience what I’ve been talkin’ bout. Then it was on to Rockefeller Center for the splashes of color that are seen nowhere else on earth during the holidays.

We did the department store windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, and then Lord & Taylor, the latter being the winner in my book this year. The Saks windows were dedicated to A Flake Like Mike, a new children’s book, but the Lord & Taylor windows were dedicated to the old-tyme city department store windows I remember from my youth—Victorian puppetry.