New This Month

Looking for a fun new cultural activity but not sure what to check out next? We’ve rounded up some of the highlights that you can experience this month with Culture Pass, from new exhibition openings to limited-run live performances. Check back each month for a new set of recommendations!


You can learn more about individual exhibitions and events by clicking the links in the blurbs below, but if you want to book a Culture Pass, be sure to click here to return to the homepage and log in with your library card to make your reservation.


December 2022

All offers listed below are subject to availability.


NEW SITES: Welcome, Bushwick Starr & Theatre for a New Audience!

Who's up for a show? We've had two new Brooklyn-based performing arts sites join Culture Pass in the past month: the Bushwick Starr offered passes to their production of THIS AND THAT (with The Chocolate Factory Theater) at the HERE Arts Center in Manhattan, while the Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is welcoming Culture Pass-holders to their new production of Des Moines. We're excited to welcome them both!

PERFORMANCE: Second Stage Assembles an All-Star Cast for Between Riverside and Crazy

Dates: All Month - New dates added on a rolling basis

Second Stage Theater is bringing Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy to Broadway. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, Walter “Pops” Washington (Stephen McKinley Henderson) and his recently paroled son Junior (Common) struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive as their efforts collide with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum.

PERFORMANCE: Young Concert Artists Presents Tenor Daniel McGrew

Dates: December 8

There are some great opportunities to get your live music fix with Culture Pass this month, starting with a Young Concert Artsts-presented concert with tenor Daniel McGrew on the 8th. McGrew will perform works by YCA Composer-in-Residence Nina Shekhar, as well as Brahms, Debussy, and more.

PERFORMANCE: Bask in the Glory of Handel's Messiah at KCA

Date: December 10

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts will host the 82nd Annual Winter Concert of the Queens College Choral Society. The QCCS will perform Handel’s Messiah, perhaps the most popular and beloved choral work of all time.

CLASS: Break a Sweat at a Soca Dance Class with Mind-Builders

Date: December 1, 15, & 22

If dance is more your speed and you're looking for a fun interactive creative activity this winter, head on over to Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center, where Culture Passes are available for several upcoming dance classes. Set to the upbeat sounds and rhythms of Soca, Afro Beat and Dancehall music, participants burn calories and increase cardio-respiratory endurance while sculpting and toning the body.

EXHIBITION: Ring in the Holiday Season at MCNY's Great Borough Bake-Off

Date: All Month

You can satisfy your need for culture and your sweet tooth at the same time this month at the Museum of the City of New York, which is bringing neighborhoods from all five boroughs to life in gingerbread and icing through the first-ever Great Borough Bake-Off exhibition, inspired by the theme of Winter in New York.

EXHIBITION: Bard's Threads of Power is Closing Soon!

Date: Closes January 1

Calling all fashionistas: December is the last month to see the Bard Graduate Center Gallery's exhibition Threads of Power, which explores how lace—delicate, sumptuous, enigmatic—has been used in fashion and décor for centuries to project power and wealth.

EXHIBITION: Artist Traci Talasco "Revises" the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Date: Opens December 1

Visitors to upper Manhattan's iconic Morris-Jumel Mansion (one-time home of infamous Alexander Hamilton nemesis Aaron Burr) will encounter a special site specific installattion starting this month. In Revised Histories, artist Traci Talasco re-creates architectural sections of the Mansion out of carved erasers to investigate the re-telling of history and the information that is lost or missing in the process.