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Light It Up

Hanukkah events for every taste.


Spin it. Spin it good.   

2011 Major League Dreidel
Knitting Factory; 12/17 at 6 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 347-529-6696
Have dreidel spinning skills? Like headbanging? Then Knitting Factory has the party for you, with metal bands Gods of Fire, Category Sixx, and more, plus a little healthy competition in the form of a dreidel competition, where anyone can enter (register at, but only one will come out alive, or, er, win.

The 5th Annual Menorah Horah! Hanukkah Burlesque
Highline Ballroom; 12/17 at 8 p.m.; 431 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-414-5994
It'll be hard not to drop your latkes at this show featuring voluptuous vixens the Schlep sisters shaking their stuff, with special guests and comedian Seth Herzog keeping you in stitches.

Hanukkah Concert at Town & Village Synagogue
Town & Village Synagogue; 12/17 at 7:30 p.m.; 334 E. 14th St., 212-677-8090
Get in the Hanukkah mood with a pre-holiday concert at the Town & Village Synagogue, featuring their in-house choir and guest performers the Ramaz Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Chorus.

Hanukkah Family Day
The Jewish Museum; 12/18 from noon to 4 p.m.; 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St.; 212-423-3200
A day of musical fare and art workshops where children ages 3 and up can create Hanukkah sculptures out of found objects and design their own illustrated Hanukkah scene. Free with museum admission.

Poppy Seed Players: Latkes & Applesauce
Merkin Concert Hall; 12/18 at 11 a.m.; 129 W. 67th St., at Broadway; 212-501-3303
The Hanukkah spirit is alive and clapping along in the annual musical play featuring a Hanukkah version of A Christmas Carol, a Harry Potter skit, a parody of American Idol, and more.

David's Harp: A Hanukkah Concert
The Center for Jewish History ; 12/18 at 3 p.m.; 15 W. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave.
The five-piece ensemble, which specializes in the music of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities, will perform a Hanukkah concert that includes Yemenite, Egyptian, Bukharian, and Ottoman song.

Chanukah Fever with Mama Doni Band
92nd Street Y; 12/18 at 3 p.m.; 1395 Lexington Ave., nr. 92nd St.; 212-415-5500
Fun song titles like “La Vida Dreidel,” “The Funky Gold Menorah” and "Latke Man!” are on the lineup of this genre-spanning musical show for the young ones and the ones young at heart.

Gallery Talks: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak
The Jewish Museum; 12/19 at 1 p.m.; 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St.; 212-423-3200
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) curated this exhibition of lamps from the museum's collection.

Matisyahu: Festival of Light
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 12/19-12/22; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-486-5400
For his sixth set of Hanukkah-centric shows, the beat-boxing reggae artist will play four nights of Jewish holiday music in Williamsburg before heading up the East Coast.

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