UTICA — The following events have been slated for the month of December at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Wednesdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m.: Film Series, www.mwpai.org/experience/film or call 315-797-0055 for details.
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.: Art Yoga, For Mind, Body and Spirit. Each class offers a 15-minute introduction to art in the gallery followed by one hour of yoga. All levels of ability are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat. Drop-in fee: $15, $10 MWPAI members. November/December Session (six classes): $65, $45 members. Call 315-797-0055.
Dec. 5: A Pop-Up Story-Time, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Art Story, for ages 3 to 5, is a new way to engage children in looking closely for visual cues in picture-book illustrations, and then apply these same skills to looking at art when they go into the galleries. For more information, call 315-797-0000, ext. 2158.
Dec. 6: Holiday Pottery Sale, 11 a.m. in the School of Art
Dec. 7: First Friday Shorts Gallery Talk — 1914: A World War Stopped for Christmas. 1:10 p.m. in the Museum of Art. First Fridays Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. featuring live music, drinks, and art in the art museum.
Dec. 9: Meet the Artist, 2 p.m. — Natasha Smoke Santiago, Mohawk Artist. Free and open to the public. Takes place in the Edward Wales Root Sculpture Court.
Dec. 14: Illustrated Presentation: The Indian Craze, noon. Columbia University Art historian Elizabeth Hutchinson unpacks the passion early 20th-century Americans had for collecting Native American baskets, blankets, and bowls, and displaying them in their homes. She links this phenomenon to the transformation of modern art in the United States. Free and open to the public.
Dec. 15: The Met: Live in HD, “La Traviata,” 12:55 p.m. High-definition simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s matinee performance. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. Tickets: $28, $24 for members, $14 for students. Call 315-797-0055 or 800-754-0797
Dec. 18: A Mark Twain Christmas, 6- 8:30 p.m. Publisher, editor, winemaker and author Carlo DeVito presents a talk on his book, “A Mark Twain Christmas,” recounting the remarkable wit and wisdom of American storyteller Mark Twain. Enjoy a tasting of wines from Mr. Devito’s Hudson-Chatham Winery, with savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres. Tickets $20, $15 MWPAI members. Seats are limited, for tickets call 315-797-0055.
Dec. 27: Art Alive! Family Day — Holiday break, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Celebrate art locally with your family! From creating your own art to listening to music and exploring the museum, crafts, music, drawing, tours, artists in residence. Free.
Dec. 27: David Gonzalez, Aesop Bops! 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. David Gonzalez is the winner of numerous awards for his critically acclaimed performances that enchant audiences of all ages with stories of love, hope, courage, and wisdom. Fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation, family-oriented Aesop Bops! features a potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories including “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” and “The Turtle’s Shell.” Tickets: $10, $8 member.