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♫ All I Want Is More Champagne ♫

(photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera)

Treats & Eats

1. Staying in NYC and not interested in cooking at home? Here are some of the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the city: British-born April Bloomfield's Spotted Pig (W Village) and The Breslin (NoMa); delicious and cozy  Italian il Buco Alimentari (Noho); newcomer Cassette (Greenpoint); and Maison Harlem (Harlem - W 127st).

2. Have some time to spare before your friendsgiving? Here are some places who are happily still accepting volunteers/donations for Thanksgiving dinner: First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, Bowery Mission, and City Meals on Wheels. Not in in NYC? Make a donation to FeedingNYC, who has given over 40,000 Thanksgiving meals to hungry NYers since 2001.

Sights & Sounds

1. This Sunday, Nov 29th at 2pm do something nice for the planet and head to the Global Climate March in NYC at the East side of City Hall on the plaza. Call on Mayor de Blasio to make strong commitments to get NYC on the road to reducing our carbon emissions more quickly. Before going to the Paris talks, we call on him to support off-shore wind, full divestment of NYC funds from fossil fuel industries, a robust and mandatory program to retrofit all large buildings, and other steps to move this city to 100% renewable energy. In the aftermath of the horrific events in Paris, French authorities have said they will not allow the massive march on Nov. 29, the day before the climate talks begin. People are donating their shoes to be lined up on the march route as a symbolic representation of their marching feet. You can join the global virtual march and show of solidarity by sending a picture of yourself holding up your shoes here and Avaaz will display them in Paris.

2. And for something totally silly and entertaining, on Dec 4th, Die Fledermaus opens at The Met and runs through Jan 7th. James Levine brings his incomparable musicianship to Johann Strauss, Jr.’s beloved operetta for the first time in his 45-year Met career. The Met’s glittering recent production stars soprano Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, tenor Toby Spence as her philandering husband, Eisenstein, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the glamorous trouser role of Prince Orlofsky. The supreme example of Viennese operetta, Die Fledermaus both defines and transcends that genre. Its story centers on a magnificent masked ball, given by a Russian prince, that brings together all the main characters in various disguises. The three-act journey from boudoir to ballroom to jail provides ample opportunities for farce and humor, but also for genuine human emotion and a surprisingly realistic view of urban life. If you need incentive check out this video of "All I Want is More Champagne" - True!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and as always, if you'd like our help planning your weekend, or booking tickets, let us help!

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