Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.
“The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
Museum of the Moving Image, Queens
Dec. 6 and Dec. 13; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Take advantage of MoMI’s Free Friday Nights and stop by the Jim Henson retrospective before it shutters. Visitors have the chance to peruse more than 300 objects that span the American puppeteer’s illustrious career, including props from his “Sesame Street” days.
Switch N’ Play at Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Dec. 7; 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays are teeming with worthwhile activities and events, but our pick this month goes to Switch N’ Play. Known for hosting jubilant and colorful performances, the Prospect Heights-based drag collective will perform a burlesque showcase for an audience of 330 people. Admittance starts at 7:30 p.m and seats are first come, first served.
Lott House 300th Anniversary Holiday Celebration
The Hendrick I. Lott House, Brooklyn
Dec. 7; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Hendrick I. Lott House is celebrating its 300th anniversary with a holiday celebration. In addition to kid-friendly games, crafts and performances from local Brooklyn public schools, the event offers up the rare opportunity to see inside the historic home, which is one of the oldest Dutch Colonial houses still standing in Brooklyn.
“The Pink Soul”
Chase Contemporary, Manhattan
Dec. 12 through Jan. 19
Following a spate of sold-out exhibitions, artist Ole Aakjær returns to New York City with “The Pink Soul,” a vibrant watercolor exhibition featuring large-scale paintings of tattooed women he admires.
“A History of Digital Photography”
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
Through Dec. 22
This exhibition gathers three decades of work from Lucien Samaha, a pioneer in digital photography and the first recipient of Kodak’s Professional Photography Division scholarship.
Top Image: "The Age of the Monocle," 2019, by Ole Aakjær.