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Things To Do in December

The holiday season can be rough. You've got the cold weather, countless parties, and the endless gifting to think of. We've rounded up the best December activities going on in our cities of NY, LA, and Miami to take your mind off the madness and allow for a little extracurricular fun. Whether you're up for the chaos of Basel, trying to catch a flick in an iconic LA cinema, or trying to get cozy in our East Village Winter Garden, we got you. 

NEW YORK

Winter Garden

It’s damn cold outside, so come peel off your extra layers to enjoy some fondue and hot spiked beverages while cozying up in our heated garden.

Through March 2017 | The Garden at The Standard, East Village

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Ice Skating

Yes, the sludge of winter is upon us and set to dampen our clothes and moods with its perilous four month long stay. The bright side? We have an ice skating rink that makes both adults and children pretty happy. Come slip on a pair of blades.

Through March 2017 | The Rink at The Standard, High Line

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Annie O Presents: Arum Rae

Annie O's bringing singer-songwriter Arum Rae to our airy Penthouse for an intimate performance. Free with an RSVP to annieo@standardhotels.com.

December 4, 7 - 9PM | The Standard, East Village Penthouse

New Year’s Eve with Gladys Knight and Danny Krevit

Come to the Top of The Standard and/or Le Bain this NYE to ring in the new year. The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, will be performing at The Top of The Standard, and legendary DJ Danny Krevit will be bringing the house down at Le Bain. Click to RSVP.

December 31, 10PM | The Top of The Standard and Le Bain at The Standard, High Line

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Dinosaur Jr.

'90s alt-rock forever. Listen to the infamous cult-classic Dinosaur Jr., pull out that perfectly worn in band tee of the era, and come get angsty in Brooklyn. How fitting.

December 1, 7PM | Irving Plaza

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Past Life Workshop

With promises of unlocking creativity and removing blocks revealing new perspectives, Maha Rose Center of Healing wants to take you on a journey to learn more about your past self. Into that kind of stuff? Get acquainted with your ancient baggage.

December 4, 3 - 5PM | Maha Rose

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Bon Iver

We’d chalked him up to a folk sensation with sleep inducing albums, but Justin Vernon was underestimated. Post Kanye and Frank Ocean collaborations, the artist releases an electronic synth induced-piece of work that shows range.

December 4, 8PM | Pioneer Works

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NPR Presents Ask Me Another with Tim Gunn

Even if trivia isn’t your thing, seeing Tim Gunn be extremely sassy to other people probably is. The fashion maven guest stars on NPR’s live podcast of trivia and banter, which we can ensure is going to be hilarious.

December 12, 6:45PM | The Bell House

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Artist Holiday Party

Get in the holiday spirit amongst the artists featured, the supporting community, and all others that enjoy walking around a museum with wine in hand.

December 12, 8PM - 12AM | MoMA PS1

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Total Excess by Michael Zagaris

Capturing the San Francisco rock scene at its prime, Michael Zagaris exhibits monumental photos of music history. Included in the show are Blondie, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and more.

Until December 18 | Milk Gallery

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Kurt Vile

Take a trip with Kurt Vile and his modern psych rock to shake off the Christmas jingles that are stuck in your head. Opening guests include Woods and Nathan Bowles.

December 28, 7PM | Terminal 5

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Kamasi Washington

The man responsible for keeping jazz alive will usher you into the new year with special guest The Budos Band. Kamasi Washington is slated to make more headlines than he already has this coming year, so make sure you’re there to say you saw it first.

December 30, 6PM | Brooklyn Bowl

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LOS ANGELES

“Romantic Comedy: A Reading”

Watch as the peril of modern romances and its many nuances plays out before your eyes in a live reading hosted by Fiona Alison Duncan. To lift your spirits post-show, Senay (Boiler Room) will take over and spin some tunes.

December 20, 7 - 10PM | The Standard, Downtown LA

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Eyes of The Sixties with Judith Stein

Judith Stein promotes her new book with a discussion revolved around its subject, enigmatic gallerist Richard Bellamy, who was an early spokesman for artists like Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Donald Judd. Buy a copy.

December 3, 4PM | Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel

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John Steal Opening Reception

LA-based artist John Seal presents a collection of work, likely to play off his affinity for pop-art elements, surreal life-like paintings, and ability to bring common objects into the equation. On view until January 8th.

December 4, 7 - 9PM | 356 Mission

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1-800-DINOSAUR with James Blake

Crooning jazz evolutionist James Blake DJs alongside Airhead, Dan Foat, Klaus, and Mr Assister. Dance to the beat of their drum machines in a special FYF Presents event that will likely include staying out past your bedtime.

December 2, 10PM | Lot 613

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Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrarator

The interdisciplinary work of "conceptual entrepreneur" Martine Syms takes shape through websites, books of essays, and videos. Come view a few of her most recent film works, including Laughing Gas (2016) which was featured at The Hammer Museum.

December 2, 8 - 11PM | Echo Park Film Center

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THE LOCAL.132 by General Pants Co.

General Pants Co. is a friendly neighbor fresh to LA by way of Australia. Supplying staples and modern cuts, the clothing is for boys and girls and comes at 20% off to guests of The Standard, Hollywood.

Throughout December | THE LOCAL.132 by General Pants Co.

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The Apartment by Billy Wilder

In a city notorious for lucky chance encounters and purposeful ladder climbing, a man attempts to break into the upper social scene by letting high power executives use his apartment building for trysts and black market deals. Afternoon delight, anyone?

December 6, 1PM | LACMA

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Caught up in Westworld? Maybe it’s time to revisit the original man versus machine thriller for a bit reminiscing. In addition, it’s playing at The Egyptian Theater, a nostalgic ‘80s-soaked cinema with legroom.

December 9, 7:30PM | The Egyptian Theater

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Aminé

Nothing is more thrilling to a hip hop head than the vicious rise of an emerging artist from a few thousand Soundcloud plays to a chart-topping single. Come watch the “Caroline” mastermind give his all. Standing still will probably be prohibited.

December 20, 8PM | Echoplex

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James Turrell’s Light Reignfall

James Turrell’s Light Reignfall is an exhibition for one. Enter into a freestanding orbital cell, put on headphones, and watch the light artist show you the complexity of human vision. Buy your tickets in advance.

Throughout December | LACMA (Advanced Tickets Required)

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MIAMI

Jeremyville

It's Basel in Miami, and artist Jeremyville's making his mark at The Standard. Come to our exclusive Jeremyville pop-up shop, see his juice café redesign, and meet our official Basel mascot, Raymundo.

Ends December 4 | The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Lazy Sunday BBQ with Jeremyville

We’re closing out the week with an extra special edition of everyone’s favorite Lazy Sunday hosted by Jeremyville. In between the booze, BBQ, tunes, and tarot reading, stop by our exclusive Jeremyville pop-up shop. Please RSVP!

December 4, 12PM | Sunset Bayside Dock at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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ONYX Collective at Sundowners

We’ve raised the jazz standards. NYC-based ONYX Collective are taking over our Sundowners Happy Hour with their experimental jam sessions. Come get groovy while the Basel glow still has a hold.

December 2, 5:30 - 7:30PM | The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Gender, Beauty, & the Camera

New York-based photographer and filmmaker Jessica Yatrofsky joins The Standard Spa, Miami Beach to discuss body politics, gender, and the relationship between artist and muse. A signing of her second photography monograph, I Heart Girl, will follow.

December 3, 4 PM | The Lido Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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Aura Photography with Mood x Moss

Enter into Carrie Moss’ magical pop-up in the Gardens to experience how we are vibrational beings in a vibrational world. Have your aura colors revealed and discover a radiant visual measure of your present emotional, physical, and spiritual state.

December 10 + 11, 10AM | The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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Standard Sounds: Chorus Lounge

We’re making spirits bright with a bayside group sing-along conducted by John-Henry Dale of New World Symphony. From your current favs to the classics, we’re singing it all together.

December 11th, 4 - 7PM | The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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Not Your Standard BINGO: Ugly Sweater Edition

Join us for a holiday edition of BINGO with guest host DJ Tony Merenda and DJ Jody McDonald. We’ve added some new prizes, including a one-night stay, day passes, Standard Spa robes, and a special award for the best, worst sweater.

December 18, 7 - 10PM | The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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SCOPE Art Show

SCOPE’s Breeder Program celebrates its 16th year of introducing new galleries to the contemporary market. Come see the new work from over a hundred collectives.

December 1 - 4 | Ora

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Young Thug & Shlohmo

The dark electronic nature of LA-based Shlohmo meets the absurd but ahead of his time rapper Young Thug. You probably shouldn’t miss it.

December 1, 10PM | Magic City Studios

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Life and Death Showcase

The annual Life And Death party has become an essential during Art Basel’s weekend festivities. This year’s edition will be a 12-hour journey that takes place on Thursday, December 1st with a heavyweight lineup include Damian Romero, DJ Tennis and Diego.

December 1, 8PM | Little Rivers Studios

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Nick Murphy AKA Chet Faker

Heads up to those who didn’t know. Chet Faker is going by his real name now, Nick Murphy. A next level sound comes with the name change, but go judge for yourselves.

December 3, 9PM | Magic City Studios

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Acid Sundays

Post-weekend, you’ll likely be a bit on the more tired side, but we believe that the extra mile might count when considering a dance party to end off your Basel experience. Get weird with DJs made for the occasion.

December 4, 8PM | The Factory

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