Things To Do At Home

This week, bake a classic tarte Tatin, celebrate Noon Year’s Eve or enjoy a birthday concert from Patti Smith.

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.


Explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa through the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s new website celebrating the holiday. This family-friendly resource contains activities like coloring pages and singalongs, book recommendations and even recipes for the feast, known as Karamu Ya Imani, or Feast of Faith, that typically takes place on Dec. 31.

When Anytime

Where nmaahc.si.edu/kwanzaa

Treat yourself to something sweet and learn how to make a classic French tarte Tatin alongside the chef Nick Morgenstern, founder of the Manhattan ice cream shop Morgenstern’s. (Course materials include the recipe and video instructions, both downloadable; you supply the ingredients and the ice cream to go on top.) The recorded class is $25, a portion of which benefits restaurant industry relief organizations.

When Anytime

Where on-demand.kitchen.rodeo


Partake in a classic Christmas ritual: the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Though the company decided to cancel the annual live show this year because of safety concerns, a year couldn’t pass without a “Nutcracker” in some form — so a performance recorded in 2019 is now available to stream on demand. Tickets are $25.

When Anytime through Jan. 3

Where marquee.tv/nycbnutcracker

Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning Native American writer N. Scott Momaday for a discussion of his newest book, “Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land,” via the Brooklyn Public Library. The slim nonfiction volume, released last month, is a timely meditation on the natural world — as well as what we stand to lose as the climate changes. Registration is free.

When 7 p.m.

Where bklynlibrary.org/calendar


Celebrate the birthday of a punk rock legend with a performance from Patti Smith and her band. For many years, Ms. Smith has hosted a concert on her birthday, Dec. 30. Though live music is still curtailed by the pandemic, she’s maintaining the tradition — this time streamed from the studio. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

When 9 p.m.

Where pattismith.veeps.com


Celebrate the new year while the sun is still shining, with two virtual Noon Year’s Eve events especially suited for young children. If you and your little ones feel like dressing up and dancing, put on your favorite party clothes and listen to a free concert of children’s music performed by Tunes with Tim at 12:30 p.m., hosted by the children’s clothing brand Monica + Andy.

When 12:30 p.m.

Where monicaandandy.com/pages/new-years-eve-2020

If you want to kick off the new year with a craft, join the Aquarium of the Pacific’s celebration at 2:15 p.m., where you’ll learn to make party hats and count down the clock with the Pacific Pals puppets. Tickets are $5.

When 2:15 p.m.

Where aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noon_years_eve

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Catch a recorded performance of “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,” presented by Seaview, a theatrical production company, in association with TikTok and TodayTix Presents. The musical, which started on TikTok with creators paying homage to the Disney Pixar film in thousands of videos, will be available to stream for 72 hours. Tickets start at $5, and will benefit the Actors Fund.

When 7 p.m.

Where ratatousical.com


Listen to an excerpt from the Golden Record, a collection of images and audio that NASA included on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts in 1977, as part of a new exhibition from the Museum of Portable Sound, which is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting sounds, in Portsmouth, England. Dr. John Kannenberg, the museum’s chief curator, will lead visitors through the show, as well as the museum’s collection of 325 sounds recorded around the world. Tickets are £10, about $13, and must be booked 24 hours in advance.

When Anytime

Where museumofportablesound.com/whats-on/voyager


Celebrate the new year with joyful organ music, performed by Robert Huw Morgan at Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto, Calif. In a recorded concert, Dr. Morgan, who is the university organist and Memorial Church choir director at Stanford University, will play works by Marcel Dupré, Herbert Murrill and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as talk about the history behind a few of the pieces.

When 3 p.m.

Where orsl.stanford.edu/music

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