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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN FAIRFIELD

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There's so many activities events for kids and families this weekend in Fairfield County! If you're looking for festivals, museums, or just some time spent outside-you'll find it here! Browse this weekend's kids and family activities, or if you'd like to see what's going on next weekend, check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!.

Picasso Black and White - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 23, 2013 - New York

Picasso Black and White marks the first major exhibition to focus on the recurrent motif of black and white throughout Pablo Picasso's career. Surveying his oeuvre from 1904 to 1971, Picasso Black and White examines the artist's lifelong exploration of a black-and-white palette through approximately 115 paintings and a selection of sculptures and works on paper. The exhibition thematically traces the artist's unique vision throughout his work, including early monochromatic blue and rose paintings, gray-toned Cubist canvases, elegant and austere neoclassical portraits and nudes, Surrealist-inspired figures, forceful and somber scenes depicting the atrocities of war, allegorical still lifes, vivid interpretations of art-historical masterpieces, and the electric, highly sexualized canvases of Picasso's last years. The exhibition includes significant loans drawn from private collections, including many from the Picasso family; from museums across Europe and the United States; and from numerous public and private European and American collections, many of which have not been exhibited or published before. The exhibition is organized by Carmen Gimenez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, with assistance from Karole Vail, Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Picasso Black and White is sponsored by Bank of America. Major support is provided by the Picasso Black and White Leadership Committee, with Christina and Robert C. Baker, Chairs; Acquavella Galleries; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Foundation; The Lauder Foundation-Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund; Phyllis and William Mack; Stephen and Nan Swid; and Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Afterschool Art Class - Arts in Action Studio
Through January 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

Founded and directed by Angela Tripi-Weiss, who provides a unique, sequentially-structured fine art education. Arts in Action teaches a visual language as a means of communication that's fun to learn.

Student Advocacy Training Institute: Promoting Dignity and Respect for All Students - Student Advocacy
January 23, 2013 - Elmsford

This workshop for parents and professionals is presented by Edith Rosenbaum, Esq. Bullying in schools has been widely recognized as a barrier to learning. In July 2012 New York State adopted the Dignity Act, an anti-bullying law that is designed to protect school children from bullying, discrimination, and harassment. How will this new law work to protect your child? What actions must your child's school take to protect your child from being bullied? The workshop will examine the effects of bullying and how the Dignity Act aims to prevent bullying. Pre-registration required. To apply for a scholarship, call Lois Solomon-Neal at 914-347-7039 x100.

SOUNDGARDEN - Hammerstein Ballrooom
Through January 23, 2013 - New York

Beginner's Book Club - Rose Memorial Library
January 23, 2013 - Stony Point

Young readers can Join the library for a reading of the story, a brief book discussion, trivia games, a themed craft and a snack. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at registration, which begins January 7.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
January 23, 2013 - West Nyack

Meet other parents while your child, 6 months - 2 years, has fun in the JCC's the Kantrowiz Kids Gym or Lewis Family Playground (weather permitting). This weekly playgroup is hosted by Hillary Glass and is held most Wednesdays through May 29.

How to Conduct a Successful Job Search - Hempstead Library
January 23, 2013 - Hempstead

Navigating the challenging job market can feel like an overwhelming task. This workshop will expand your resources, teach you how to conduct a multifaceted job search process, market yourself and prepare you to beat the competition. Resume writing, cover letter preparation, dressing for success and networking will be addressed. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

Maria Stuarda - Metropolitan Opera
January 23, 2013 -

Fresh from her triumph in the Met's The Enchanted Island, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world's most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Having scored a major success with his production of Anna Bolena, director David McVicar now turns to the second opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Winter Wednesday Story Time - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 23, 2013 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue hosts this weekly play-date featuring stories and songs with a Jewish twist. Continues every Wednesday until March 20 (except Feb. 20).

Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - The Palisades Center
January 23, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear a reading of Stranger in the Woods. Following the story, they'll make paper snowflakes to take home.

Toddler Time - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
January 23, 2013 - Valley Cottage

Toddlers can bounce around with their mom or dad at this unusual new play space. Check the Bounce web site for information about special appearances by costume characters.

Boppin’ with Bonnie at CSI - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 23, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children up to age 4 are invited to join trained music teacher and ventriloquist Bonnie Halfond for a morning of music, movement, and puppets. Group meets each Wednesday throughout the month.

Book Babies - The Field Library
January 23, 2013 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 23, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful fall days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 18 mos.-5 years with a parent/caregiver.

Family Bounce Night - BounceU-Farmingdale
January 23, 2013 - Farmingdale

The whole family can enjoy this time together having fun in a clean, safe, controlled environment.

Daddy, Donuts and Me Storytime - Ossining Public Library - Children's Program Room
January 23, 2013 - Ossining

After work, unwind with some stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Dad, uncles, grandpas welcome - Moms too! For all ages with a grownup.

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
January 23, 2013 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers - Wilton Library
January 23, 2013 - Wilton

This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and toy times. No registration necessary.

Creation Station! - Wilton Library
January 23, 2013 - Wilton

Each week different materials will be available for children in grades K through 5 to make any creation they choose. This is the perfect opportunity for children to innovate, communicate, and express themselves in a free-form environment. Some materials that may be available are Legos®, arts and crafts materials, model cars, Lego Technics®, science kits, and more. No registration.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek branch
January 23, 2013 - East New York

Kids enjoy playing traditional board games like monopoly, checkers, chess, and others.

Creative Writing for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
January 23, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Kids get to flex their creative writing desires in this writing workshop.

Teens Practice English - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
January 23, 2013 - Midwood

Native English speakers and ESL learners can practice learning the language through conversation, iPad apps, and board games.

Kindergarten Readiness Workshop - Rockland Jewish Academy
January 23, 2013 - West Nyack

Kindergarten readiness is more than just letter and number recognition, or turning age five by a specific date. Children who are well-prepared for school have smoother transitions into Kindergarten and are more successful throughout their school years. Join the school's experts as they provide you with the information parents need to help their children thrive in their future school settings.

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
January 23, 2013 - Queens Village

Calling all Chess Masters! Kids ages 6-16 will learn chess basics or sharpen their skills and strategies. Chess equipment will be provided.

Parenting Workshop- Co-Parenting - Long Island Children's Museum
January 23, 2013 - Garden City

Parenting styles differ. These differences can cause stress between partners and confusion in your children. In this workshop by educator and parent coach Erika Stroh, you will learn to develop cooperative practices in raising and caring for your children. Techniques include defining rules and responsibilities and check-in methods for parents and caregivers; healthy listening, communication and conflict resolution; positive and consistent discipline; reliable, age-appropriate routines that suit your child.

Hoot 'n Annie - Long Island Children's Museum
January 23, 2013 - Garden City

Hoot 'n Annie have delighted audiences around the world with their mix of traditional American music, folk songs, and humor. They are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, who play 17 of America's wackiest and weirdest instruments, many at the same time. Settle in and enjoy performances including the washboard, nose flute, slide-whistle, washtub bass, and musical saw.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 23, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Jewish Earth Day Celebration - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
January 23, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Celebrate Tu B'Shvat, Jewish Earth Day, at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Learn about the Jewish perspective on Earth Day.

Family Jamboree - Tuney Tots
January 23, 2013 - Malverne

Join Long Island's premiere Music-and-Movement program for a Family Jamboree class, featuring instruments, dancing, parachute and dress-up. Space is limited. Please call 516-531-3101 for more information.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 23, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

LEARN TO DRAW with ART TEACHER AMY- Children 6-9 - West Islip Community Center,
January 23, 2013 - West Islip

Step-by-step, your child can learn to draw animals, landscapes, people and masterworks while they experiment with chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers.

Parent Leadership Initiative (PLI) Training for the Town of Huntington - Huntington YMCA
January 23, 2013 - Huntington

Parent leadership initiative courses are one night a week with dinner and child care provided. Participants are given working knowledge of state and local government, media, civic relations and available community resources. Participants of this program will learn to become parent leaders, advocates, increase involvement in their community and make a real difference in the health, happiness and success of children in their community. A mandatory kick off retreat is January 19, 9am-3pm. Interested applicants will complete an application and interview process. Visit the website Childcaresuffolk.org.

TALES OF JONI - 54 Below
January 23, 2013 - New York

54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it's "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," or "A Case of You," the work of Mitchell, one of the world's most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway's Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway's Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicolas Rodriguez (Broadway's Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist), and Michael Winther (Broadway's Damn Yankees, 1776, Mamma Mia!). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni's music "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity." For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why!

Owl Party - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 23, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-7 are invited for owl-themed crafts and games. Pre-registration is required.

Mix It Up - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 23, 2013 - SoHo

What materials will you use today? The term "mixed media" not only involves the use of paint and cardboard, but can also include fabric, tissue paper, and pipe cleaners. The combination of materials are endless are we create unique artworks.

Crayon Creations - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

Express yourself as you make squiggles, lines, and dots with colorful crayons on paper.

Carole J. Bufford: Body and Soul - Metropolitan Room
January 23, 2013 - New York

Culled from Broadway, rock 'n' roll, pop and country sources, this is a show unlike any other you've seen, performed by a young artist who has quickly emerged as a star thanks to her uniquely original, theatrical style. She has performed to ovations here in New York at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall in numerous Broadway by the Yearconcerts, and Feinstein's at Loew's Regency in the hit, long-running 11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock show. Visit website for tickets and show times.

Gianni Russo - A Night You Cannot Refuse - The Four Seasons Restaurant
January 23, 2013 - New York

An evening of music and New York stories from the sexiest nightclubs of the '50s, '60s & '70s.

Nick Mom Night Out Network Showcase - The Stand NYC Comedy Club
January 24, 2013 - Gramercy

Nick Mom Night Out Showcase will decide who gets to appear on the second season of Nickelodeon's new hit comedy series. Don't miss this as 10 comedians vie for a shot to get on TV. About NickMom: NickMom is Nickelodeon's new destination for all things funny, just for moms. On the web, on your phone, on TV, NickMom is everywhere you are, sharing those funny moments that make being a mom a one-of-a-kind experience. And since being a mom is a 24/7/365 job, we're gonna give you the break you deserve. Get your daily dose of funny photos, funny videos, funny stories, and funny shows created just for you. Really, where else are you going to laugh at last-minute diorama projects, sleep deprivation, and what to say at the goldfish's funeral all in one place?

Solo Train: An Evening of Solo Performers - Bank Street Theater
January 24, 2013 - New York

What's more exciting in the theater than a performer holding nothing back? Primary Stages presents Solo Train: An Evening of Solo Performers by emerging artists guided by renowned actress and Emmy Award-winning writer Judy Gold. Inspired by stories from his or her own life, each writer/performer has honed their performance to its most essential elements during the past semester at ESPA. Some stories are hilarious. Some stories are moving. Each story is bracingly fresh. Gold serves as emcee for this special event featuring Michele Baldwin, Laurie Braun, Erin Healani Chung, Nancy Finn, Marisa Fox, Traciana Graves, Michael Hull, Laurel Lockhart, Kate Mailer, Lauren Maul, Aaron Ricciardi, Jennifer Terrell, Jeorge Bennett Watson and more! Seating is free and open to the public on a first-come-first serve basis. To make reservations call 212-840-9705 and mention Solo Train.

Radu Lupu - Carnegie Hall
January 24, 2013 - New York

If there's one pianist who challenges you to hear classical music in a whole new way, it's Radu Lupu. Since winning the Van Cliburn Competition in 1966, he's gained a loyal following for his idiosyncratic interpretations that always explore the complex emotions behind the music. Expect nothing different on this recital, which includes music by Franck, Schubert, and Debussy.

Open Mic - East Elmhurst Library
January 24, 2013 - East Elmhurst

A fun evening after all the turkey and pumpkin pie. Poets, writers, musicians, comedians, orators , and everyone else can share their talents. Come prepared with five minutes of material. All levels are welcome.

Craft Time - Howard Beach Library
January 24, 2013 - Howard Beach

Children ages 4-12 along with their favorite adult can create something wonderful.

Optical Illusions Presented by Mad Science - North Hills Library
January 24, 2013 - Little Neck

Children ages 5-12, can build their own "Mad Science Periscope" while learning about optics, reflection, and sight. Participants will trick their brain through their eyes and learn the physics behind optical illusions, because seeing is not always believing. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

THE SMITES, a tribute to The Smiths - Highllne Ballroom
January 24, 2013 - New York

Mother Goose Rhymes for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 24, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with walkers up to 24 months are invited to join the library for feltboard stories, Mother Goose rhymes, finger plays, creative movement with songs, a simple sticker craft, and bubbles. Thursdays through February 14. Pre-registration is required.

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
January 24, 2013 - Stony Point

Parents with children ages 24-36 months are invited to this introduction to storytime with simple picture book stories, finger plays, creative movement with music, and a themed coloring sheet. Thursdays through February 14. Pre-registration is required.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff" - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
January 24, 2013 - Greenvale

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy humorous minutes.

How to Conduct a Successful Job Search - Hempstead Library
January 24, 2013 - Hempstead

Navigating the challenging job market can feel like an overwhelming task. This workshop will expand your resources, teach you how to conduct a multifaceted job search process, market yourself and prepare you to beat the competition. Resume writing, cover letter preparation, dressing for success and networking will be addressed. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 24, 2013 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 11-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Monster Maker - Hempstead Library
January 24, 2013 - Hempstead

Come to a storytelling and craft-making program where you will use your imagination and create monsters to tell your story. For children ages 5 through 5th grade.

Il Trovatore - Metropolitan Opera
January 24, 2013 -

Approximate running time 2 hrs. 46 min. David McVicar's vivid production keeps the action moving in Verdi's intense melodrama, which includes some of the composer's most memorable music. Carmen Giannattasio, Patricia Racette, Angela Meade, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Marco Berti, Franco Vassallo, and Alexey Markov take on leading roles, with a pair of star mezzos sharing the role of the gypsy Azucena: Stephanie Blythe and Dolora Zajick. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association

Ice Is Nice - Franklin Square Public Library
January 24, 2013 - Franklin Square

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum celebrates winter with Ice is Nice. A fun event using ice. This program is suitable for Grades 1-6. Class limit is 25. Registration required.

Embossed Jewelry Making - Franklin Square Public Library
January 24, 2013 - Franklin Square

Angela DePalma will be assisting kids in creating beautiful and unique jewelry. New techniques will be employed to give each piece an amazing finish. This class is free for teens ages 13 years and older. Registration required.

Open House - Park West Montessori School
January 24, 2013 - Upper West Side

Visit the school. You will have a chance to tour the classrooms, meet teachers and the executive director, and learn about the Montessori philosophy. RSVP to pwadmissions@twinparks.org.

Yoga for Children - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 24, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Children ages 2-6 are invited to participate in this playful and integrative approach to yoga. Group meets each Thursday throughout the month.

Wii Fun For Kids - White Plains Public Library
January 24, 2013 - White Plains

The competition takes place on the big screen in The Trove's Galaxy Hall. For boys and girls in grades 1-5.

Lecture by marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle - Maritime Aquarium
January 24, 2013 - Norwalk

Pioneering diver/marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide, logging 6,000 hours under water. The former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and also heads Mission Blue, a worldwide alliance for ocean protection. She was Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet," holds the women's record for deepest solo submersible dive, and is founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a marine consulting company that aims to engineer creative solutions to underwater exploration problems. Last summer, she co-led the final mission to the Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea lab. Reserve tickets at ext. 2206.

Teen Advisory Board - Larchmont Public Library
January 24, 2013 - Larchmont

Teens discuss how the library's teen programming and collection can best serve them, help create programs, and recommend books and movies for the library to purchase. Pizza will be served. No registration required.

Michael Moschen- Circus Show - Madison Theatre, Molloy College
January 24, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Ranked as one of the world's leading jugglers and one of America's most visionary performing artists, Michael Moschen has transformed this ancient circus art into a mesmerizing concert form that has garnered critical acclaim as "genius," "exhilarating virtuoso entertainment" and "flawless purity" from leading media such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Moschen has performed both solo and collaboratively with leading artists Off-Broadway, in major concert halls, and on arts festivals in Europe, Asia and North and South America. His work crosses ethnic and social borders, and is greeted with standing ovations and critical acclaim in every country and audiences of all ages. Recognized by the McCarthur Foundation with the prestigious Genius Award, his work is seen often on stages, film, and television.

Tutoring - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
January 24, 2013 - Cypress Hills

Kids get tutoring help from an NYC school teacher.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch
January 24, 2013 - Clinton Hill

Kids let off post-school steam with arts and crafts.

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 24, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Kids can wear their pajamas to this fun, night-time reading of Keats' stories and other sleepytime favorites.

BIG DADDY KANE - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 24, 2013 - New York

On September 10th, 1968, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn gave birth to one of hip hop's most lyrical, diverse, innovative, and trendsetting MCs. He is known by many attributes - Dark Gable, Black Caesar, and King Asiatic Nobody's Equal - but he is known to the world as Big Daddy Kane. This baritone-voiced, stylishly dressed MC was the first one to bring the "playa" element to hip hop, and along with Bobby Brown and Michael Jordan, he put dark skin back on the map.

The Daycare Theatre Series: Little Red Riding Hood - Black Spectrum Theatre
January 24, 2013 - Jamaica

Theatre just for the little ones. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Join Little Red on her adventure as she journeys to grandma's house with her basket of goodies.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
January 24, 2013 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These Spanish workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. A different theme will be covered each week and a class project and song will be used to reinforce learning. Take home activities will also be distributed at the end of each class.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: Founder's Day - Westport Country Playhouse
January 24, 2013 - Westport

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with the purpose of allowing children with serious illnesses to enjoy all the transformative experiences and friendships that camp provides. This fundraising event features a short program highlighting the camp's growing services, followed by a screening of Newman's film "Cool Hand Luke". Sponsorships and individual reception/screening tickets are also available and include a pre-screening reception at the Dressing Room restaurant. Additional details can be found on the website.

The Dark Knight Rises - Westport Library
January 24, 2013 - Westport

A new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy (164 mins.)

TEEN MAKER SPACE SPECIAL: Nintendo Workshop - Westport Library
January 24, 2013 - Westport

Take apart a classic Nintendo and learn to repair it. Register online.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 24, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

Fit Kids - Keep Moving Forward, Inc.
January 24, 2013 - Woodbury

Fit Kids are vigorous small group fitness classes for children 8-13 years old looking for a physical challenge to improve overall fitness, lose weight, or enhance athletic performance. We provide children with an engaging and comfortable environment where they enjoy being active and are able to reach their physical potential. A licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy leads all classes. Participants are encouraged to sign up for a full suite of classes.

Storycrafters - Mineola Public Library
January 24, 2013 - Mineola

Exciting stories, favorite songs, and simple crafts are all part of this session for little ones. Registration required.

TALES OF JONI - 54 Below
January 24, 2013 - New York

54 Below is delighted to tip our hat to the brilliance of eight-time Grammy winner Joni Mitchell. Whether it's "Both Sides Now," "Chelsea Morning," "The Circle Game," "Big Yellow Taxi," or "A Case of You," the work of Mitchell, one of the world's most embraced, lauded, and prolific singer-songwriters, continues to inspire and delight generations of listeners. At 54 Below, look for a cast of Broadway and cabaret luminaries singing the praises of all things Mitchell, including: Lisa Asher (MAC, Bistro & Nightlife Award winner), Annie Golden (Broadway's Hair, Leader of the Pack, On the Town, The Full Monty, Xanadu), Heather MacRae (Broadway's Hair, Falsettos, A Catered Affair), Julie Reyburn (MAC, Bistro, Nightlife Award winner), Nicolas Rodriguez (Broadway's Tarzan, Helen Hayes Award winner), Gabrielle Stravelli (celebrated NYC jazz vocalist), and Michael Winther (Broadway's Damn Yankees, 1776, Mamma Mia!). Upon presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Grammys called Joni's music "a powerful influence on all artists who embrace diversity, imagination, and integrity." For four special performances only at 54 Below, come see why!

Open House - Park West Montessori School
January 24, 2013 - Upper West Side

Visit the school, tour the classrooms, meet teachers and the executive director, and learn about the Montessori philosophy. RSVP to pwadmissions@twinparks.org.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 24, 2013 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

Understanding ADHD: From Accurate Diagnosis to Family, Clinic & School Treatment Team - Westchester Jewish Community Services
January 24, 2013 - White Plains

To kick off its 70th year of serving the community, Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is sponsoring the Dr. Samuel Kahn Memorial Lecture: "Understanding ADHD: From Accurate Diagnosis to Family, Clinic & School Treatment Team." Dr. Margarita Munoz-Dummit, a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked for WJCS for 15 years, will discuss the evidence used to diagnose ADHD, and to differentiate amongst the types of ADHD. Because clinics, schools, and families need to form a team to work effectively with ADHD, Dr. Munoz-Dummit will describe the contribution of each part of the team. This free event is open to the community. Registration required. To register, go to wjcs.com/kahnlecture. For more information, contact John Alterman at 914-949-7699, x374 or jalterman@wjcs.com.

Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora (Harp) - Cafe Sole
January 24, 2013 - Jersey City

Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora. The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians). The Kora is a very melodic and peaceful instrument, which can often feel contrary to a repertoire which tells ancient stories of war and hardship,while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some of the songs date back as many as 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire, which took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has performed at the Kartong Festival in Gambia, the Dombondir Festival in Senegal, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and at the Naked Arts- a weekly series featuring raw, traditional music in Charlotte, NC. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio

Coral: Rekindling Venus - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 24, 2013 - New York

Coral: Rekindling Venus, a video installation created by Australian artist Lynette Wallworth that immerses viewers in the stunning underwater realm of fluorescent coral reefs and exotic sea creatures, returns by popular demand to the American Museum of Natural History on January 22-24 in collaboration with the Sundance Film Festival. As part of this limited engagement, Walworth will participate in a Q&A via Skype from Park City, Utah after the evening screening on Wednesday, January 23. Coral: Rekindling Venus is a selection of the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier program, which showcases films, media installations, multimedia performances, and panel discussions that explore the convergence of film, art, new media technology, and storytelling.

USP’s Small Biz 2.0: Using the Web to Your Advantage - Wix Lounge
January 24, 2013 - New York

The Union Square Partnership hosts a free seminar on harnessing the power of the internet for your small business. Learn how to maximize your web presence and network with other small businesses in the area. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available. http://www.unionsquarenyc.org/smallbiz

LOST IN YONKERS - Theatre Three
January 24, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Neil Simon's nostalgic WWII comical coming-of-age story won four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. Two brothers are left to fend for themselves in a feuding household with their formidable immigrant grandmother, sweet but simple-minded aunt, and a hoodlum of an uncle.

Gold Business Connect Networking Evening Event - Edward Jones Investment
January 24, 2013 - Brooklyn

Come Out and Connect, Network, and Learn about Businesses & Resources to Grow Your Business. Learn about Branding, Marketing, Investments, Taxes, Business Planning, Funding & Loans, Social Media, Digital Trends, and more! Learn New ways to Grow Your Business. Bring Lots of Business Cards. Only the Serious Professionals and Business Owners Apply! We're helping Small Businesses Connect & Grow.....One Neighborhood at a time! When: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Where: Edward Jones Investment Address: 1013 Fulton Street Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Program and Presentation starts at 6:30 pm Sharp!) Price: Only $20 (includes Light Refreshments, Gifts, Entry into Prize Drawing, and More!) Register at http://www.lightofgoldpr.com/events/calendar.html

Musical: 'Disney's The Little Mermaid' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 25, 2013 - Irvington

Presented by The Clocktower Players Junior Teen Troupe. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the adventurous young mermaid Ariel - who's got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart - longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. All she has to do is defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the mean old sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome, but human, Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Snow Date: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2pm.

Christophe Come: Material Transformation Exhibition Opening - Cristina Grajales Galelry
Through January 25, 2013 - New York

Cristina Grajales Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of furniture and lighting designer Christophe Côme, Material Transformations. Based in Paris, Côme creates sculptural furniture and lighting design through his manipulation of industrial materials, resulting in objects that are elegant and timeless. Material Transformations will present a range of new, exquisitely crafted furniture and lighting pieces, including cabinets, screens, and coffee tables. In addition to his signature glass roundels, Côme will incorporate hand-glazed tiles, enameled copper, colored glass and gilded wood into his uniquely handcrafted wrought iron forms. The addition of these vividly colored and richly textured materials continues Côme’s tradition of juxtaposing the raw with the refined, all while maintaining the sophisticated, graceful style for which he is so well known. Born in Normandy, France in 1965, Côme began his artistic career as a sculptor, training under Louis Derbe. Working primarily in cast bronze, Côme’s original creations were sculpture and jewelry until the mid-1990s, when his focus shifted to furniture forms. His work has a distinctive style of pure elegance that is balanced with a contemporary outlook. His sculptural perspective emanates through his furniture and lighting designs, elevating every day objects into works of art. In addition to numerous important private collections, Côme’s work is featured in Chanel boutiques in Paris, Beirut, and Shanghai. Please join us for the opening reception at Cristina Grajales Gallery on Thursday, November 8th from 6PM-8PM. For more information, please contact Lindsay Johnson at lindsay@cristinagrajalesinc.com Cristina Grajales Gallery 10 Greene Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10013 T. 212.219.9941 F. 212.966.2620 www.cristinagrajalesinc.com Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10AM-6PM

SUPER DIAMOND - Highline Ballroom
January 25, 2013 - Manhattan

San Francisco's Super Diamond has become one of the most popular live shows at major nightclubs, theaters, ballrooms and public events throughout the United States. For over a decade the band has consistently performed sell-out shows at venues such as Irving Plaza in New York, 930 Club in Washington D.C., Bimbo's in San Francisco, and House of Blues venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cleveland and Dallas to name but a few.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan and Jeff' - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
January 25, 2013 - Greenvale

Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy humorous minutes.

Picture Book Time - Hempstead Library
January 25, 2013 - Hempstead

The program includes stories, songs, animal friends, and fun.

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam - Nassau Coliseum
January 25, 2013 - Uniondale

The event will feature some of the most powerful monster trucks on the circuit, including the legendary Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Advanced Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Aftershock and more. This four-wheeled extravaganza features heart-pounding racing and unbelievable freestyle driving. Standing at 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. The Party in the Pits gives fans the opportunity to view the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive monster trucks.

The XX - Hammerstein Ballrooom
January 25, 2013 - New York

Le Comte Ory - Metropolitan Opera
January 25, 2013 -

Reviving his turn in the comic sensation of the 2010-11 season, tenor Juan Diego Florez once again demonstrates his unsurpassed bel canto mastery in this Rossini gem, rediscovered -- and reinvigorated -- in Bartlett Sher's charming and witty production. Maurizio Benini leads the ensemble, which includes Nino Machaidze as Countess Adele, Karine Deshayes in the trouser role of the page Isolier, and Nathan Gunn as the raffish Raimbaud.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - The Palisades Center
January 25, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear a reading of Stranger in the Woods. Following the story, they'll make paper snowflakes to take home.

Winter Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
January 25, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design winter-themed crafts. Choose from a large array of seasonal items including dishes, mugs, plates, snowflake boxes, plaques, and more including special gifts for the winter holidays such as Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Workshops will be held each Friday throughout the month.

Fun Wii Friday - Hollis Library
January 25, 2013 - Hollis

Calling all teens. Enjoy an afternoon of socializing and Wii games.

Watson Adventures’ Wax Attacks Scavenger Hunt - Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum
January 25, 2013 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults! Go on our campiest, most pop-culture-filled hunt for adults as you tackle questions at Madame Tussauds’ wax museum. Starring Gandhi, Madonna, Napoleon, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Dylan, Usher, George Washington, Elle MacPherson and many more. Bring a digital camera for the Team Paparazzi Challenges—with bonus points awarded to the most creative photo ops with the stars. Space is limited! Price, which includes admission: $44 per person. Advance purchase is required via http://www.watsonadventures.com. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
January 25, 2013 - Peekskill

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Interactive, drop-in storytime for tots ages 2 and older with a caregiver.

Storybook Pajama Party with The Lorax - Stepping Stones Museum
January 25, 2013 - Norwalk

Come in comfy PJs and listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss's 1971 classic, "The Lorax." Take photos with a life-sized version of the character who speaks for the trees. Make special crafts, enjoy a snack and join in a musical parade. Go on online or call ext 247 to register.

Teen Happy Hour - Flushing Library
January 25, 2013 - Flushing

Teens can end their week playing video games, board games, listening to music, and just hanging out with their friends.

New Era Anime Club - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
January 25, 2013 - Yonkers

Teens and tweens ages 12-19 discuss and read Manga, watch and talk about Anime, draw, debate, and answer trivia questions. Light snacks provided.

Story Time Fridays - Paint Your Own Pottery
January 25, 2013 - Scarsdale

Children ages 3 and older listen to a story, then paint a ceramic character from the book. Parent or caretaker must remain with their children throughout each class. Includes instruction, pottery, materials, cleanup, glazing, and firing. Pottery will be ready for pick up in one week. Note: Due to the popularity of this program, space is limited. Reservations are required and will be taken on a first come first served basis. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation.

Friday Family Fun - Spinsbowl
January 25, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

Fun family bowling all afternoon, with fun bowling games and competitions on the big screen. The bowling mascot will be on hand passing out free gifts, and a bowling coach will be available to give pointers.

The Lounge - Wilton Library
January 25, 2013 - Wilton

Children in grades 1 and up are invited to play video games on the Library's Wii system. Comfortable seating will be available. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under age 12. No registration. The room will be open every Friday as long as there is available staff.

Movies - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
January 25, 2013 - Midwood

The weekend's begun. Go watch a movie after school!

Games and Puzzles - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
January 25, 2013 - Williamsburg

Play games, solve puzzles, socialize with friends!

Tiger Tots: Kung Fu for Little Ones - Briarwood Library
January 25, 2013 - Briarwood

Children ages 5 and younger can enjoy a mix of traditional Chinese kung fu exercise, music, fun, and fitness with kung fu black belt and children's music specialist Emily Ellison. Participants should wear comfy clothes and be prepared to take their shoes and socks off to wiggle your toes. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

The Daycare Theatre Series: Little Red Riding Hood - Black Spectrum Theatre
January 25, 2013 - Jamaica

Theatre just for the little ones. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Join Little Red on her adventure as she journeys to grandma's house with her basket of goodies.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 25, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
January 25, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Moxie Spot combines its comfy food with a program of short movies and a family-friendly feature. Check website for movie titles.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 25, 2013 - Staten Island

No description given, but expect something yummy.

Teen Movie: The Hunger Games-Grades 7-12 - Manhasset Public Library
January 25, 2013 - Manhasset

Join other teens as they watch this exciting movie.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 25, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

Winter Follies - Spoke the Hub
January 25, 2013 - Park Slope

Sort of a talent show for adults. Winners receive 50 hours of rehearsal time at Spoke the Hub. If you're a musician, actor, or dancer, register to perform by January 9.

Rolie Polie Guacamole - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
January 25, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

The acclaimed kindie rock group holds residency every Friday at the Y.

Sing a song and play along! - Young Israel of Huntington
January 25, 2013 - Huntington

This mommy and me program explores Jewish heritage through music and play.

Juilliard FOCUS! 2013: The British Renaissance Opening Night - Alice Tully Hall
January 25, 2013 - New York

British Music Since World War II New Juilliard Ensemble Joel Sachs, founding director and conductor Kyle Bielfield, tenor John Brancy, baritone Bryan Conger, clarinet Meredith Treaster, viola JONATHAN HARVEY (England) Sringara Chaconne (2008)* ALEXANDER GOEHR (England) . . .a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) (1985) HELEN GRIME (Scotland) Clarinet Concerto (2009)** JOHN WOOLRICH (England) Envoi (1997)* COLIN MATTHEWS (England) with text by Christopher Reid No Man's Land (2011)* * First performance outside of Europe ** New York Premiere FREE tickets available 1/11

Cornell Cares Day - Cornell Club of Long Island
January 25, 2013 - Hauppauge

This annual tradition brings current students and alumni together for a day of community service on Long Island. Once again this the organization will be helping Island Harvest prepare materials for their annual Coin Harvest Spring fundraiser. In addition, food and/or toiletry will be collected so Island Harvest can provide them to Long Islanders in need, particularly those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Registration is required for the event by Thursday January 3rd. Children may attend if they are at least 5 years old. Suggested items for Sandy drive: "pop-top" cans of food, shelf stable milk, juice and water. Low sodium canned vegetables, soups and fruit. Canned meat, whole wheat pasta and cereal. Nutritional beverages such as Boost and Ensure. Personal care items. If you'd like to donate items to Island Harvest sooner than Jan. 5, visit their website for drop-off locations.

Raggedy Ann & Andy - Theatre Three
January 25, 2013 - Port Jefferson

The world's most famous rag dolls come to life in an adventure about friendship, loyalty and love. Setting out from the Tiwilliger Workshop, Raggedy Ann and friends embark on an adventure to bring a special little girl a very special doll.

'Erth's Dinosaur Zoo' - The New Victory Theater
January 25, 2013 - Times Square

Work on your camo crawl because dinosaurs are coming to the New Vic. "Erth's Dinosaur Zoo" transports you to the Australian outback where a rugged ranger and trusty dino keepers introduce you to a menagerie of Mesozoic monsters from around the world. Manually operated by supremely skilled puppeteers, every frightful fiend and huggable hatchling responds instantly to the audience for an intimate and authentic encounter. Meet a meganeura and learn about a leaellynasaura as the astoundingly life-like (and mostly friendly) creations meander, munch and make the theater their own prehistoric playground. Who knows? You just might find yourself over 65 million years and half a world away.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' 38th Annual Concert - Theater for the New City
January 25, 2013 - East Village

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will hold their 38th annual Dance Concert and Pow Wow at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, from January 25 to February 3, 2013. The troupe's appearances benefit college funds for needy Native American students. The company's Pow-Wows have been presented annually as a two-week event by TNC since 1976, with the box office donated to these funds. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Between 15 and 20 dancers will assemble for the event. Highlights will include Storytelling, a Hoop Dance, a Caribou Dance (from the Inuit people of Alaska), a Buffalo Dance (from the Hopi people), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), and a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance. After matinees, the cast will remain in the theater to personally meet the children attending and be photographed with them. This component of the show was inspired by the troupe's school residencies. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Pageantry is an important component of the event, and all participants are elaborately dressed. Most dances are performed in the traditional Circle, which represents a unity of peoples. There is a wealth of cultural information encoded in the movements of each dance. More than ten distinct tribes will be represented in the performance. Throughout the performance, all elements are explained in depth through detailed introductions by the troupe's Director and Emcee Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). An educator, Mofsie plays an important part in the show by his ability to present a comprehensive view of native culture. Native American craft items will be displayed in the TNC lobby. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York. The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of ten Native American men and women, all New Yorkers, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and San Blas tribes. Some were in school at the time; all were "first generation," meaning that their parents had been born on reservations. They founded the troupe to keep alive the traditions, songs and dances they had learned from their parents, and added to their repertoire from other Native Americans living in New York and some who were passing through. Within three or four years, they were traveling throughout the continental U.S., expanding and sharing their repertoire and gleaning new dances on the reservations. (A number of Thunderbird members are winners of Fancy Dance contests held on reservations, where the standard of competition is unmistakably high.) Members of the Thunderbirds range in professions from teachers to hospital patient advocates, tree surgeons and computer engineers. The Thunderbird-TNC collaboration began in 1975, when Crystal Field directed a play called "The Only Good Indian." For research, Ms. Field lived on a Hopi reservation for three weeks. In preparation for the project, she met Louis Mofsie, and they made plans for a Pow Wow to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The event has continued annually to this day.

Print It - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 25, 2013 - SoHo

This drop-in class explores various types of printmaking, including block prints, monotypes, and silk screening.

Introductory Session for Prospective Parents - Green Meadow Waldorf School
January 25, 2013 - Chestnut Ridge

Parents can learn about Waldorf education, talk with the school's administrator, and tour the campus. Adults only, please.

Bat Boy: The Musical - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
January 25, 2013 - Mamaroneck

Little Radical Theatrics, Inc. presents "Bat Boy: The Musical." Story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe. Directed by Michael J. Mirra. Musical direction by Mary Ann Ivan; choreographed by Theresa Burns. Based on a story ripped straight from The Weekly World News tabloid, "Bat Boy: The Musical" is a faux-horror musical comedy about a half boy/half bat creature who is rescued from a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia, and taken in by the empathetic wife of the local veterinarian. "Edgar," as he's named, quickly learns to speak and act in civilized ways as a "normal" boy - even falling in love for the first time. Danger looms, however, when a murderous rampage sweeps Hope Falls, the town learns of a deep, dark secret, and the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin is revealed. This off-kilter satire, which will reunite the director and choreographer behind the Westchester premiere of "Reefer Madness!", offers clever send-ups to other celebrated musicals, a hilarious book, surprising twists and turns of plot, and a lesson in the agony of being different and accepting your inner beast. To purchase tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com/event/298524, or call 800-838-3006 and mention "Bat Boy." Through January 26.

Chinese Stories and Crafts - Chappaqua Public Library
January 25, 2013 - Chappaqua

Children in grades K-2 can learn Mandarin and make a craft project.

Sean Gaskell plays the West African Kora (Harp) - Sweet Grapes Wine Bar
January 25, 2013 - New York

Sean Gaskell plays traditional music of the Mandinka people on the 21 string West African Kora. The music is traditionally played by Griots (Gree-ohs, oral/musical historians). The Kora is a very melodic and peaceful instrument, which can often feel contrary to a repertoire which tells ancient stories of war and hardship,while praising people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some of the songs date back as many as 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire, which took place in Mali in the mid 13th century. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He has also studied under Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead groups such as "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Sean released his first solo album "Kora Music of West Africa" in March of 2012. He has performed at the Kartong Festival in Gambia, the Dombondir Festival in Senegal, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle and at the Naked Arts- a weekly series featuring raw, traditional music in Charlotte, NC. "Sean's playing and singing are right on when it comes to traditional Mandinka music. Very nice indeed!" says Roderic Knight- a retired professor of Ethnomusicology at Oberlin College Musical Conservatory- Ohio

Book and School Supply Drive - Long Island Volunteer Center
Through January 25, 2013 - Bethpage

The Long Island Volunteer Center is hosting a week-long Book and School Supply Drive to help those schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Donations of new books and basic school supplies are needed by local school districts on the South Shore of Long Island. In addition to the drop off location in Bethpage, the Long Beach School District has created a Wish List of needed items on Amazon.com. The Drive commemorates MLK Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' 38th Annual Dance Concert and Pow-wow - Theater for the New City
January 25, 2013 - East Village

It's the 50th anniversary of the founding of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the troupe will hold its 38th

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