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Everyday Ballet

In New York City’s deluge of workout classes, it’s easy to neglect some of the older, more artful forms of movement. No longer! Everyday Ballet, on the fifth floor of a Tribeca walk-up, brings the ballet barre to the masses with dance classes for all levels, even those who don’t know their pliés from their piqués. The syllabus changes monthly, allowing regular students to familiarize themselves with routines. Instructors are a far cry from the hawkish ladies of Dario Argento’s Suspiria; the studio is as welcoming in person as it is over Zoom, which remains an option for stay-at-home dancers. A practice in posture, grace, and muscles you didn’t know existed, beginner ballet is a beautiful challenge. ( —Sarah Nechamkin


Celine X Louise Nevelson

Designer Hedi Slimane has a long and storied involvement with the art world, one which he often brings to his designs for Celine. The most recent installment of his artist-jewelry program is a marvelous collaboration with the Louise Nevelson archives. The late American sculptor, known for her dramatic, monochromatic wooden wall pieces, also designed a collection of jewelry. Approximately 200 items ended up in private collections and at major institutions around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now Celine has brought one of her designs back to life with this striking pendant. The limited-edition necklace—they produced just 50—will be available only in select Celine stores: Madison Avenue, in New York; Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills; New Bond Street, in London; and a handful of others. Make a few calls to ensure a very happy holiday for your nearest and dearest jewelry aficionado. (Price available upon request, —Ashley Baker


Book of the Day

Every weekday morning since late September, NPR’s Book of the Day podcast has welcomed authors to discuss their books. From Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny, on their political thriller, to actor Nick Offerman, on his love letter to the great outdoors, and the poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva, on her Selena Quintanilla fan fiction, each episode—20 minutes or less—offers a glimpse at a new release. The interviews are funny, thought-provoking, and easy on the self-promotion. ( —Jacob Robbins


Rag & Bone

Contending with the streets of New York City during any precipitation event is a blood sport. That’s only one of the reasons why we are so freakish about ensuring that our rain-and-snow boots are up to the job. The latest weapon in our arsenal: these Shiloh Sport boots by the good people at Rag & Bone. They come in several colors—such as orange, Army green, and black—and are selling quickly at the brand’s Christopher Street shop, for good reason. Made of durable reinforced rubber uppers, they slip on easily, keep feet insulated and toasty, and have plenty of traction. Thank goodness for that, because we are currently dealing with a lackluster approach to garbage collection here in Greenwich Village. We need all the help we can get. ($425, —Ashley Baker


Between the Lines

Since 2005, RxArt, a nonprofit that brings art to children in hospitals, has released charming coloring books. The most recent iteration, Between the Lines, is suitable both for adults who will heed the title and for children who will not. With drawings from more than 50 contemporary artists—such as Allison Zuckerman, Honor Titus, and Jonathan Chapline—the to-be-colored scenes range from a still life of bread and eggs to a close-up of steepled hands. Derrick Adams, the artist behind the cover art and the sticker spread, offers several drawings of particularly cute pool floaties. Plus, most of the proceeds are donated to hospital-bound pediatric patients. ( —Jensen Davis


Matilda Goad

When Matilda Goad first started designing housewares, in the early 2010s, her main customer was her mother. Since then, she’s built a global brand by taking everyday household items—place mats, egg cups, lampshades—and updating them with clever yet simple design twists. Goad’s Web site warns that each piece will be slightly different from the others because she eschews high-tech machinery and assembly lines. Her latest creation is a white ceramic, three-armed candleholder that’s painted by hand. Act quickly—every candleholder takes four days to create, and Goad is making only 100. ($262, —Bridget Arsenault

Issue No. 124
November 27, 2021
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Issue No. 124
November 27, 2021