10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Neil Gaiman Reads A Christmas Carol, and XMAS Pop Sing-Along
[Holiday] One of the nicest holiday traditions in town, What the Dickens? A Christmas Carol Marathon brings together a talented group of writers, editors, and performers for a day-long reading of the Charles Dickens classic at Housing Works Bookstore Café. The event begins at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale; the reading goes from 1 to 4:30. Grab a hot chocolate or a glass of wine from the café and enjoy the tale as told by readers including Adam Gopnik, Lev Grossman, Téa Obreht, Fiona Maazel, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Lorin Stein, Emma Straub, Lynne Tillman, and surprise guests. Not done with your Christmas shopping? All books in the store will be 10 percent off. -- AA
At 1 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, free.
[Holiday] If you've ever wanted to participate in a mass musical mobile, here's your chance. A glorious and chilly ritual since 1992, with only the technology changing over the ensuing years, Unsilent Night is composer Phil Kline's annual electronic tribute to the joy of caroling. Tote your boombox to the Washington Square Park arch, where you will be issued a cassette or CD (apps also available) containing one of the minimalist work's four interlocking parts. Hit your start button on cue (warning: miss it and risk being chastised mid-parade by the composer himself) and proceed eastward en masse. A single musical movement in literal movement, Unsilent Night is a spectacle of tintinnabulation to delight participants and bystanders alike. It all ends with a few magically meditative minutes in Tompkins Square Park. -- RG
At 6:45 p.m., Washington Square Park, free.
[Shopping] It's holiday crunch time! Have you finished all of your shopping? If not, (or if you're looking for something special for yourself, head on over to a full-fledged holiday shopping fair called Capsule Market Square. The Capsule tradeshow has always inspired shopping, and now Capsule Market Square will throw open their doors to the public, serving up its community of the world's most coveted emerging and established designers. Capsule has curated a selection of 100 labels, spanning men's and women's apparel, accessories, home goods, art and furniture together under one roof. With drinks and food plus surprises, bargains, treasures and even a grab bag of goodies, Capsule Market Square will be a holiday shopping extravaganza like no other! We're ready.
At 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 82 Mercer Street, free.
[Art] The late Mike Kelley was renowned for his ability to work in every conceivable medium -- collage, drawing, performance art, video, copulating sock monkeys -- and for appearing on a Sonic Youth album cover (1992's Dirty). Today's one-day conference organized in collaboration with Princeton University, presents new ideas about Kelley's work and influence.
At 1 p.m., PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, $10 in advance ($12 day of).
[Holiday] Molly Oldfield, author of The Secret Museum, shares her love of unique items and interesting objects found at museums and libraries worldwide, most notably the New York Public Library's collection of Dickens material in the Berg Collection of English and American Literature. She will be joined by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, who will present a memorable reading of A Christmas Carol. Gaiman will read the classic tale as the great author intended, following edits and prompts Dickens wrote in his own hand for his unique readings 150 years ago.
At 2 p.m., NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, free.