Amateur Night at the Apollo begins 79th season (39154)

Aren’t you tired of having the same family holiday or just being by yourself? How about you go down to the Apollo at 125th Street in Harlem? You can take the A, B, C or D train to get there. This year, they are having a series of talent events coming up for the holiday season, including their annual Amateur Night Holiday Special with guest host Bow Wow.

Then there is the Apollo’s weekly talent competition, Amateur Night at the Apollo, which ends its 2013 season with the final showdown of the year, Super Top Dog 2013, Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. “Come on and come down,” says the Apollo team. The winner will receive the title of Super Top Dog and a grand prize of $10,000. Tickets are $25, $34 and $43. They are available at the Apollo Theater box office (212-531-5305), located at 253 W. 125th St., and via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or

The Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special is the fourth annual event under the theater’s signature program, showcasing recent youth performers and winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. Performers range in age from 11-18. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This special holiday presentation includes excerpts from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and his “Sacred Music Concerts,” all under the musical direction of David Berger and his orchestra. Tickets are $35 to $75. Group rates are $29.75 to $63.75. Apollo Advantage member prices are $24.50 through $38. Tickets are available at the box office.

Coca-Cola provides a special holiday treat with entertainment and a visit from Santa for the kids on Dec. 14, which is free for the public. Kwanzaa Celebration Regeneration Night is an annual event, now in its seventh year of honoring the principles of Kwanzaa through music and dance. This year features celebrated dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre on Dec. 27. Special guests include Michael C. Wimberly, Yacouba Sissoko and F the Elemental. Tickets are $18; $12 for Apollo Advantage; and $15 for groups of five or more. Tickets are available at box office.

You don’t want to miss one second of it.