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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN MANHATTAN-FEB 23

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by Directories Editor February 23, 2013

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The options for finding fun family activities in New York City are limitless. Below we've compiled the best of today's events. Whether your family prefers music and museums or theater and libraries, check out today's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

'Bark! In The Park' - Florence Gould Hall
February 23, 2013 - Upper East Side

New York Theatre Ballet's (NYTB) 2012-2013 season will debut an all-new ballet, "Bark! In The Park," with choreography by Chase Brock of Broadway's hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," and story and music by Karen LeFrak. This production will join "The Nutcracker," "Sleeping Beauty," "Goose!" and "Peter & the Wolf" in its series of perfect 1-hour ballets for kids and families. "Bark! In The Park" follows two children and their overprotective nanny as they travel through Central Park searching for their beloved lost dog. Dancing seals, secretive snow leopards, and waddling penguins appear as you have never seen them before. Character driven, contemporary, and vivid, this ballet will delight children as well as adults.

Family Art Project: Seedy, Beady Paper - Wave Hill
February 23, 2013 - Bronx

Papermaker Randy Brozen shows participants how to make beautiful sheets of handmade paper, dressed up extra fancy, with seeds and seed beads.

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players - Symphony Space
February 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

This Grammy-nominated kid rock star and his band return for their annual blow-out concerts. With style compared to Elvis Costello and Green Day, they're an audience favorite year after year. Justin will sing his hit songs like "Willy Was a Whale" and "Pop Fly" as well as songs from his new releases Lullaby and Recess.

Family Film Series: '101 Dalmatians' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
February 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Film Society of Lincoln Center shows "101 Dalmations" (1996; 103 minutes; rated G) as part of their Family Films Series.

Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 23, 2013 - Upper East Side

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the museum in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It's a great way to discover, or rediscover, the Met. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but do not contact the museum directly.

Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre - Bank Street Bookstore
February 23, 2013 - Morningside Heights

Come see this improvisational audience-participation puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and will feature special guests.

Harlem Stop 'N' Swap - Salvation Army Harlem Temple
February 23, 2013 - Harlem

Clear out clutter and help reduce NYC's waste at GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swap by bringing clean, portable, reusable items to donate to a new home, or simply take home items that are useful to you. No furniture or large items. Plan to arrive by 2pm if you have things to give away. Visit GrowNYC.org/swap for more info or call 212-788-7964.

World Sword Swallower's Day - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
February 23, 2013 - Times Square

Celebrate the 7th annual World Sword Swallower's Day with free performances by death-defying sword swallowers. Performances start around 1:30pm, with an official worldwide "swallow" taking place at 2:23 pm (on 2/23/2013). Sword swallowing shows outside the museum are free. Regular admission is required for people wanting to tour Ripley's Times Square Odditorium.

'The Mark of Zorro' - The New Victory Theater
February 23, 2013 - Times Square

En garde! as the legendary swashbuckler swings his way to justice through the innovative eyes of acclaimed Scottish theater company Visible Fictions. A magnetic trio of actors performs every role in "The Mark Of Zorro," a timeless tale about a mysterious masked avenger, conjuring up all the fast-paced drama, sharp wit, and nail-biting suspense of an action flick. Employing playful props and physical ingenuity, the talented troupe whizzes through a multitude of friends and foes faster than Zorro can swoosh his sword. With high-speed horse chases, rooftop battles and a forbidden romance, this rollicking rendition of a classic story is the perfect adventure for your young heroes.

'Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy' - Canal Park Playhouse
February 23, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

This show stars cubicle dwellers Jen and Michael as they discover a shared love for office pranks that ignites a delightfully silly romp through New York City with juggling, dancing, and physical comedy under a rainstorm of bubbles.

Weaving Stories: A Textile Workshop - The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
February 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

Exploring the cathedral's tapestries and the stories they tell, children will learn about the Medieval craft of weaving. Families will then weave on looms they have crafted from cardboard and paper before taking home their own textile creations. Call for reservations and more information.

FamilyDay@theCenter: I Love NY - Make a Tunnel-Book - Center for Architecture
February 23, 2013 - Greenwich Village

Create your own 3-D "tunnel book" celebrating NYC using a variety of art materials and architectural images. Using a simple accordion-folding process, participants will create a 3-D perspective view by layering images across the pages. Visitors will also consider how windows and doors frame views in architecture, and use these architectural elements to present their own views of New York City. A great keepsake or gift item.

Shireinu Special Needs Purim Service - Congregation Rodeph Sholom
February 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

With Purim just around the corner, families with kids who have special needs should know about this High Holy Day worship service which is sure to be a fun and meaningful experience. The Purim celebration is designed to be accessible, respectful, and embrace a wide variety of needs and sensitivities. The service is musical and interactive and open to the entire community, members and non-members, and all ages are welcome. Families will sing, play instruments, eat hamantaschen (and a variety of other healthy and tasty snacks), and come together with joy for the holiday. The service will include American Sign Language interpretation, a quiet room, and a visual schedule to help accommodate various needs, and the synagogue will provide a social story in advance of the service for anyone who would like to become familiarized with the experience and space. RSVP is encouraged. If you have questions or to RSVP, contact: specialneeds@crsnyc.org or 646-454-3124.

Chinese New Year Celebration - Language Beans
February 23, 2013 - Chinatown

Specifically designed for children ages 2-5, this celebration will include music, dance, hands-on projects, finger food, and more. RSVP to info@languagebeans.com.

'My Mom is Trying To Ruin My Life' - WorkShop Theater Company
February 23, 2013 - Midtown

"My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life" is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents. Based on the popular children's book with music by the team that brought you beloved songs from Between the Lions and Sesame Street. For ages 6 and older. Here is the press release: If Emma's mom is so great, why is she trying to ruin her daughter's life? She talks too loudly, worries about everything, and kisses Emma in front of her friends. It wouldn't be that bad if she just gave her one kiss on top of her head, but no, she kisses Emma all over her face. Can Emma stop her mom before she ruins the rest of her life? Based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate Feiffer, "My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life" is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents. Cast: Michael Bernardi* Maddie Glass Andrew Hubacher* Kayla King Claire Kwon Noah Marlowe* Shelly McPherson* Sydney Ryan Robles Madisyn Shipman* Garielle Smith-Goldson Ryan Bauer Walsh* Lauren Weintraub* Ashton Woerz* The cast includes actors from Disney's Mary Poppins, Priscila Queen of the Desert, Enron, and the National Tours of Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story The Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and features a score by an Emmy award winning music team. Director: Debbi Katz Choreographer: Danyelle Demchock Book: Kate Feiffer & MJ Bruder-Munafo Music: Paul Jacobs Lyrics: Sarah Durkee Associate Producer: Evan Bernardin Assistant Associate Producer: Eddie Antar Illustration by Diane Goode used by permission of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone. Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24. Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through February 28, 2013 - SoHo

An opportunity for children with physical disabilities ages 7 and older and their able-bodied siblings or friends to participate in a drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum's art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.If a child with a physical disability doesn't have a sibling to attend the session with him or her, the child may bring along a friend instead. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participants. This program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist(s).?This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and the OT work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants;?if your child requires dedicated one-on-one attention you should consider bringing a paraprofessional or other adult to help facilitate your child's experience. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children, though they are welcome to stay if they wish or remain close by in another part of the museum. To sign up for a session, discuss your child's needs with the program director in advance of the session. Contact Rachel for more information at rrapoport@cmany.org.

Vital Theatre Company Presents 'Show Way' - McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Based on the Newbery Honor-winning book by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Hudson Talbott, this new musical, with music and lyrics by Tyrone L. Robinson, a book by Melody Cooper, and direction by Melissa Maxwell, follows one girl in modern-day Brooklyn as she explores her family's past. As seven generations of women pass on the family tradition of the "show way", or a secret quilt to freedom, from slavery to today, they also pass on their strength and determination to be free. In "Show Way," Toshi Georgiana looks for a beloved family heirloom. As she searches, the generations of women who came before her, from slaves who sewed paths to freedom to civil rights marchers, pass on their stories, and teach Toshi to reconnect with the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. The "Show Way" cast includes David Andino, Ashley Lynette Brown, Adiagha Faizah, Norma Hernandez, Christine Lee, Danea Robinson, and Donnell E. Smith. The crew includes Director Melissa Maxwell, Set Designer Kyle Dixon, Costume Designer Amanda Jenks, Lighting Designer Josh Bradford, Musical Director Mike Pettry, and Production Stage Manager Emily Rolston.

Usdan's 'Duality,' free student art exhibit - The Lobby Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - New York

Mixed media works by Long Island students from the "Portfolio Preparation Program," which prepares talented high school art students for college art programs, will be exhibited.

Free Baby Play Group - Franciscan Community Center
Through March 12, 2013 - Upper West Side

This free baby class for parents and caregivers meets on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. It will include toys, music, and relevant topics for discussion. Come out of the cold and make some new friends.

Grand by Design: A Centennial Celebration of Grand Central Terminal - Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
Through March 15, 2013 - Midtown East

This dramatic multimedia installation focuses on Grand Central Terminal's century-long lifespan and reveals how the iconic building, on the verge of changing the way New Yorkers travel over the next decade, shaped modern New York and determines its future. Presented by the New York Transit Museum.

'Grug' - New 42nd Street Studios
Through March 17, 2013 - Times Square

Hamish, Jude, and Lucas tell the audience all about it in this charm-filled puppet performance by Australia's Windmill Theatre. Join the huggable haystack with a knack for problem solving as he turns a cramped burrow into a cozy home, finds food to quiet his grumbling tummy and tends his growing garden—even planting enough cabbages to feed a sneaky, snacking snail. Then: Yay! A parcel arrives! And another and another and another, and with each box, a new surprise. A tricked out set with delightful doohickies and theatrical thingamabobs makes flowers bloom and veggies grow. Based on the much loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this fun, inventive show gives everyone a chance to get up, boogie down and party Grug-style.

R&R @ the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

R&R Saturdays are free at the JCC. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in your community. Workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, and both indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. All are welcome.

'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through March 31, 2013 - Times Square

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved tale from his Chronicles of Narnia series. In this creative adaptation, two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch. She has placed the land of Narnia under enchantment and now it is always winter, but never Christmas. Audiences will be drawn into the theater's "magic circle," where children and animals, fauns and mythical creatures come to life in this enchanting tale.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through March 31, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie is a 'mommy and me' style class. The interactive class includes themed week such as ducks, butterflies, teddy bears, fish, and dinosaurs. Great for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package. Monday and Wednesday 10:30am.

Film Forum Jr. - Film Forum
Through March 31, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

A new Sunday matinee series of classic films for kids and their families beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 11am. The series will run for 13 Sundays, January 6 through March 31; all tickets will be $7. Programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum's Director of Repertory Programming, Film Forum Jr. will introduce children (ages 5 and above) and teenagers to silent and sound classics, as well as modern classics. All movies will be shown in glorious 35mm prints or equally glorious DCP (no Blu-rays and no DVDs). Film Forum Jr. will kick off with the 1956 French classic THE RED BALLOON. Turn your kids on to the joie du cinema français, as petit garcon Pascal Lamorisse and mind-of-its-own balloon rouge share dialogue-less adventures through the old Belleville section of Paris. One of the most celebrated short films of all time, and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, THE RED BALLOON will be presented in the miracle of “Balloon-O-Rama.” GERALD MCBOING-BOING, winner of the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, will screen with THE RED BALLOON. Adapted from a story by Dr. Seuss and produced by animation legend John Hubley, GERALD MCBOING-BOING is the story of a little boy who speaks through sound effects instead of language. A GERALD MCBOING-BOING sound-alike contest will follow the show. Full schedule available at www.filmforum.org/ffjr

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage - Discovery Times Square
Through April 07, 2013 - Times Square

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a new exhibition launching in May at Discovery Time Square. This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it's like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works: how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through April 07, 2013 - Times Square

Back by popular demand, this stop in New York City will serve as the exhibition's return to North America after a yearlong international tour. Since it was last here in 2011, the exhibition has been updated significantly with artifacts from the film series, including the final film. The 14,000-square-foot experiential exhibition includes dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts film sets and authentic costumes and props from the films. Fans will have a firsthand view of hundreds of artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, the Gryffindor common room, and more. In addition to the hundreds of original props and costumes from the Harry Potter films displayed during the exhibition's first time in New York, original artifacts from the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will be on display for the first time, including a new vignette dedicated to the epic battle of Hogwarts.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

Shababa™ Saturday Mornings with Karina - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa™ community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations, and more. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Shababa™ Saturday Club - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish values in a warm, informal communal setting. The staff will engage them through creative and traditional approaches. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 26, 2013 - Gramercy

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

10-Foot Cops - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting 10-Foot Cops: The NYPD's Mounted Unit, a glimpse into the history and daily lives of officers from New York City's Mounted Police Force. Opening January 26 and running through May 27, the exhibit is on loan from the New York City Police Museum, which is temporarily closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy. NYCPM will reopen in the Spring of 2013. Since its origins in the 19th century, the NYPD's Mounted Police has been regarded as one of New York City's most elite units. Unique, highly visible, and known by their colorful nickname, 10-Foot Cops, these officers are involved in all aspects of policing the city. 10-Foot Cops uses more than 40 original artifacts to explore the lives the men, women, and horses at the heart of this mounted unit. Children can have their picture taken sitting in a saddle and see uniforms, paintings, historic photographs and illustrations. The exhibit also includes a replica of a NYPD horse stable and shorts from the 1940 NYPD film "Training Police Horses" and a clip from the Department's "Inside the NYPD" from 2007. Visitors will come away with an appreciation of the training and dedication required of both police officer and horse alike from the story of the mounted unit's rich history and their continuing day-to-day policing operations in parks, on city streets and at parades and public demonstrations.

The Cultural Sunday School, Kidschool, Preschool, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Two Sundays a month, tots and teens have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road - China Institute Gallery
Through June 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road will be on view at China Institute Gallery from Feb. 7 through June 9, 2013. The western gateway to China, Dunhuang is one of the world's most esteemed art shrines and cultural heritage sites. The exhibition will explore art and ritual practices from the golden eras of the Northern (420-589) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. Among the highlights will be objects from the art of Buddhist practice including clay sculptures, wooden figures, silk banners, molded bricks, and paper cuts. The exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and Dunhuang Academy under the direction of Willow Weilan Hai Chang and is curated by Fan Jinshi, Director, Dunhuang Academy.

Face to Face - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 09, 2013 - SoHo

For twenty-five years, The Children's Museum of the Arts has provided children of all backgrounds the creative tools needed to promote self-expression and esteem through visual and performing arts. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CMA is proud to present Face to Face, an exhibit that offers a fascinating exploration of self-identity through still, moving, and living portraits, as portrayed by children using traditional methods of painting and drawing as well as technology. The main exhibit will consist of 40 portraits selected from CMA's Permanent Collection of children's art from over 50 countries, dating back to the 1930's. These pieces represent a range of historical moments, cultures and medium and will be hung salon style throughout the gallery. To incorporate CMA's philosophy of hands-on art-making, the exhibit will be accompanied by a variety of interactive installations that examine the texture, shape and sound of portraits. CMA will set up hands-on stations that will encourage visitors to become part of the exhibit, including reimagined versions of a typical self-portrait station. The CMA Media Lab will also create a photo booth in which visitors can take photos that will be projected on the wall. These photos will stream into a montage that will be accessioned into the collection and will also serve as a fascinating time-lapse of the exhibit as a whole. Face to Face also offers aspiring young artists the opportunity to submit their own works for a chance to become part of the museum's Permanent Collection. CMA will accept 25 original original works, in honor of 25 years of operation, to be selected by the museum's curatorial team. One selected piece will be chosen by an online viewer's choice campaign, hosted through CMA's website and social media platforms. To explore dimension, the exhibition will include a large-scale Pin Impression Board, offering several panels for visitors to experiment with and view their face as artwork. CMA will also present their first ever Artist-At-Work station in the Fine Arts Studio. Here, guest artists will volunteer their time and allow visitors to observe them in action as they create original portraits.

'Pippi' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the encore run of its hit 2007 production, Pippi beginning January 15, 2013 at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. More info from the press release: Pippi is a fresh retelling of the classic "Pippi Longstocking" tales by Astrid Lindgren, adapted for the stage by award winning playwright, Zakiyyah Alexander. The production features nearly two dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. In addition to the brilliant artistry of the production, kids and families will enjoy the incredible adventures of quick-witted and super-strong Pippi as she overcomes bullies and burglars, all while fending off social conventions that threaten to prevent her friends from being creative. "We welcome kids and families to enjoy this revival of 'Pippi,'" said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation. "The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is one of the most enchanting children's theaters in the country and a perfect place to honor Astrid Lindgren, Sweden's legendary author of children's literature." Pippi is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre's Artistic Director Bruce Cannon, with original set design by Kevin Roach and a dynamic score from Darryl Kojak.

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Food is the one thing that unites every culture, race, and generation: over one billion people work in agriculture and every person eats. Food is used as a social ritual, a holiday tradition, a symbol of comfort, a gift, and an excuse to catch up with friends. The curators of this exhibition hope it will encourage visitors (both grown ups and kids) to examine a thing we all do everyday -- eat! -- and think about everything that goes into that act more consciously. The exhibition touches on a lot of serious issues such as the scarcity of food predicted for the future, alternatives to avoid that shortage, and childhood obesity.


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