In this season of death and decay, isn't it amazing that our cultural traditions encourage us to get together and celebrate?  Behind the flagrant capitalism and pseudo-religiosity (and even earnest religiosity) there's a call for community and kindness.  Days are short, nights are cold, trees are bare - and it is in this darkest moment of the year that we need each other most. Death is hard, but so too is rebirth; before we begin another trip around the sun, let's show up to be suns for each other.

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(le) Poisson Rouge
Sunday, December 9 & Monday December 10 
Doors @7 Show @8
Director/choreographer/cat wrangler/geniuses Sam Pinkleton and Ani Taj have made a wonderfully ridiculously wonderful show that will only ever happen in NYC these two nights and I promise it's worth your $5, all of which goes to support Covenant House.
158 Bleecker

Grace McLean & Luke Gyure
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
Saturday, December 15 @7pm
Just a couple of solo loopers sharing a bill in a cozy space on a Saturday night at the end of the year at the end of the world.
185 Orchard

Yule Ball
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Monday, December 17 @630pm
My wizard rock band Lily & James will be performing at this charity event, and we all know that listening to Harry Potter themed music and partying and supporting an organization that provides lifesaving services to people living with HIV/AIDS is the perfect way to spend the holiday season so I'll see you there!
126 Crosby St.

BCat & CTown Variety Show
Union Hall
Saturday, December 29 @730pm
Brittain Ashford is hosting a variety show and I'm doing something in it.  I'm not sure what will happen but I am sure this is how you'll want to remember 2018.
702 Union St.

OnTheFloor with The Dance Cartel
Public Arts
Saturday, January 5, 2019 @830pm
Your new year's resolutions include getting sweaty, getting down, and getting out more often, right?  
215 Chrystie St.


I've talked before about the amazing organization that is SPACE on Ryder Farm, a non profit artist residency program housed on a 223 year old working organic farm in Brewster, New York.  They have supported me immensely throughout the years, and I have done some of my most valuable writing while in residence there.  I'm now showing my support for them by joining their Crowdrise campaign.  This year's goal is to raise $15,000 by December 31st, 2018. You can make a tax-deductible donation and learn more about SPACE by clicking here.  

"This is precisely the time when artists go to work " -- Toni Morrison.

Merry Merry,

Grace McLean