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Weekend Agenda

Events to check out this weekend, December 7–10.

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1. There’s a new performance space in town that aims to showcase the funny side of intellectualism. On Thursday, swing by Caveat on the Lower East Side for a live taping of the You’re the Expert podcast with comedians John Hodgman, Michelle Buteau, Josh Sharp, and host Chris Duffy, while on Friday get tipsy during happy hour and make scientifically accurate art at the Smarts and Crafts event. On Saturday, learn about history’s greatest fights, and maybe pick up some tips to use yourself.

2. And Chris Rock is back in town on his Total Blackout Tour. On Thursday and Friday, find him at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and on Saturday, see him in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Rihanna, Aziz, Trevor Noah, and JB Smoove have already checked it out, so what are you waiting for?

3. The exquisite Moscow Ballet presents the Great Russian Nutcracker for one night only at Kings Theater on Saturday.

4. And ’tis the season when the Pope of Trash dons a Santa hat and showers us with his version of holiday cheer, in A John Waters’ Christmas on Sunday at City Winery.

5. There’s another tree lighting this Sunday, at Tompkins Square Park. Afterward, stop by the pop-up Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge, which hosts a free Santa Baby Burlesque Show from 8 to 10 p.m. with special guest Murray Hill. Reservations are recommended at

6. And if you need a list of ten other bars serving up seasonal fare, we’ve got you covered, from rooftop Champagne decadence to a Willa Wonka–themed wonderland.

7. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is currently at the NY City Center for its holiday season, with new productions including Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s Victoria, and Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section set to a score by David Byrne.

8. And through Saturday the New York Philharmonic celebrates its 175th birthday with Alan Gilbert conducting Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

9.This Friday, party for a cause at Jingle Bail Rock: A Party to Pay Bail for New Yorkers Who Can’t, at the MayDay Space in Brooklyn. Tickets are $35 for an open bar and performances, and proceeds go to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund to get the unconvicted home for the holidays.

10. And on Saturday, David Blaine puts his magic skills to good use at a benefit show for Puerto Rico at the Wellmont Theater in New Jersey. Don't be afraid to say no if he asks to hypnotize you, and happy weekend!