12/7: NYSE Tree Lighting, 1st Annual Winter Beer Fest…

…and a new book written by Marilyn Monroe’s dog (sorta)

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Tuesday, Dec 7, 2010  |  Updated 6:36 AM EDT
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12/7: NYSE Tree Lighting, 1st Annual Winter Beer Fest…

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ABLAZE: Head to the Financial District to join in one of New York City’s oldest yuletide events: After performances from the cast of Broadway’s “Elf,” the 60-foot Norway spruce outside of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street will ignite with 3,300 LED lights as Wall Street gets its very own tree lighting, in a tradition that dates back to 1923. 5PM.

MONDO CANE: As literary gimmicks go, the idea of a novel told from the viewpoint of Maf (short for Mafia Honey), the dog Frank Sinatra gifted to Marilyn Monroe in 1960, is a winning one indeed – and it remains so in the execution. Andrew O’Hagan discusses his unusual, whimsical new book “The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe” with writer, critic and Granta editor John Freeman at the Upper East Side Barnes & Noble tonight. 7PM.

SEASONAL SUDS: The early part of the holiday season is the best: There’s plenty of time left to shop, the stress of family gatherings seems so far away, and it’s still all about the parties—like the First Annual Winter Beer Festival, taking over Village Pourhouse in Hell’s Kitchen. For a paltry $35, taste every one of the 30+ beers presented by brewery reps, who’ll be on hand to give you some background on what you’re drinking. 6:30PM.

See our music picks on the Nonstop Sound blog.

  --EB

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