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Art Cures: Tis The Season!

Art Cures offers a themed list of music, films, books, events and other cool stuff in hopes of supplying you with a sufficient art fix, as well as the cures you didn’t know you needed. So whether you’re reeling from a recent break-up, seeking inspiration for your creative block, or just needing a change of scenery, these lists will help raise your spirits and remedy your ills. 

This particular holiday season might feel extra gloomy due to the catastrophic mess that was (and still is) 2016 and thus, I would like to make a proposition: Let’s put our anxieties on hold, and power through the rest of 2016 with a festive cocktail in hand and a smile (fake smiles are acceptable too) on our faces. We’re going to inevitably spend much of 2017 preparing for the apocalypse fighting about politics and Kanye, so let’s take a step back and hug our friends, watch cartoons, and partake in the below activities.


  • Be sure to make time for a viewing of Kubrick’s holiday Masterpiece Eyes Wide Shut. Videology will have screenings on Dec. 22nd and 23rd (with champagne!), but I’ve always found that it’s best watched alone in the dark, while internally deliberating the concepts of classism and fidelity.


  • If your holiday movie preferences are more traditional than psychosexual, then head over to Nitehawk for a dose of some absurd family antics in Christmas Vacation. Nitehawk will also be showing Elf, Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life in the next week or so, but everybody knows the Griswold clan and their wacky attempts at meaningful experiences are the best.
  •  When you begin to involuntarily clench your fists in public at the the sound of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,’ it’s time give yourself a holiday refresher. Switch it up. Listen to ‘A Very Big Freedia Christmazz.’
  • Sure, the holiday season is supposed to be about love and cheer and togetherness and all that jazz, but that doesn’t mean we have to tone down the weird factor. Check out Morbid Anatomy’s Annual Krampus Party at The Bell House on Dec. 16th – there will be costumes, drinks, a photobooth, piñatas  and Krampus cake!
  • If the dark and excessive capitalist cloud that looms over each holiday season has you feeling distressed (or if you’re just not down for a good ol’ Krampus party), then indulge in some arts and culture at MoMA PS1’s Artists Holiday Party, also on Dec. 16th. There, you can “Visit our exhibitions after dark, enjoy spiked hot chocolate and other treats, and experience the VW Dome re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe.”
 Article by Nicole Woszcyzna. Follow her on Twitter @nicolewosz.

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