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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN MANHATTAN-MAR 7

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by Directories Editor March 7, 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!

'As You Like It' - The New Victory Theater
March 07, 2013 - Midtown

A great introduction for children who may be unfamiliar with Shakespeare's works, this play is lighthearted and fun, concluding with the message that all humans need love. Performed by New York's The Acting Company and directed by Pig Iron Theatre Company's Dan Rothenberg, the inspiration behind this particular performance comes from the popular children's book "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. Here's more information from the press release: New York's The Acting Company, a TONY Honors Recipient for Excellence in Theater, brings Shakespeare's lushly lighthearted comedy 'As You Like It' to The New Victory Theater as part of their 40th anniversary season. Directed by Pig Iron Theatre Company's Dan Rothenberg, 'As You Like It' by The Acting Company will make its New York Premiere at The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd Street, from March 1-10, 2013. The Acting Company debuted 'As You Like It' at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio from January 12 ? February 3; The Acting Company last performed at The New Victory Theater in 2009 with a staging of Henry V directed by Davis McCallum. For this frolicsome, Jazz Age-styled Shakespearean saga, director Dan Rothenberg counts Maurice Sendak's seminal 1963 children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," among his inspirations. "Rosalind and her boyfriend Orlando's flight of fancy into exile allows them to visit their wild side. They discover that the Forest of Arden is rendered by a child: messy, whimsical, full of animals personified and humans that are beastly," says Rothenberg. "In Shakespeare's "As You Like It," characters explore various forms of the stages of life ? the natural and the man-made, the selfish and the generous, the frightening and embracing ? reminding us that we are all simply mammals that require the greatest healing of all: love," he adds. Dan Rothenberg's recent New York presentations include Zero Cost House (Under the Radar 2013); Annihilation Point (Berserker Residents, Abrons Art Center 2011) and Enjoy (Play Company, 59E59 2010). As a founding member and co-artistic director of Philadelphia's Pig Iron Theatre Company, he directed the OBIE Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain (2007) and Hell Meets Henry Halfway (2004); in addition to many of the company's other productions, including Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2011); Cankerblossom (2010); and Sweet By-and-By (2008). Also joining from Pig Iron are Michael Kiley for Music and Sound Design, Sarah Sanford for Choreography and Matt Saunders for Scenic Design. The remaining creative team includes Michael Chybowski for Lighting Design, Felix Ivanoff for Fight Direction, Terese Wadden for Costume Design and Andrew Wade for Voice and Speech. Devin Brain serves as Staff Repertory Director, Gina Noele Odierno is the Production Stage Manager, and Brandon Curtis is the Assistant Stage Manager. The production features University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduates Megan Bartle (Celia), Buddy Haardt (Oliver), Kelsey Landon (Phoebe), Michael McDonald (Silvius/Le Beau), Noah Putterman (Amiens/William) and Elizabeth Stahlmann (Rosalind). The cast also includes A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training alumnus Jasmine Bracey (Audrey). Returning with The Acting Company are Ray Chapman (Duke Frederick/Sir Archibald Martext), Joseph Midyett (Orlando) and Chris Thorn (Jacques). The cast is completed by Christopher Michael McFarland (Tourstone), Joseph Tisa (Adam/Corin) and Yaegel T. Welch (Duke Senior/Charles the Wrestler). General Ticket Information Tickets for As You Like It at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) cost $25, $18, $12 and $9 for Members and $38, $28, $18 and $14 for Non-members based on seat locations. Theater-goers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows in the current season qualify for free Membership benefits, including up to 35-percent savings on tickets all season long. To purchase tickets online, visit NewVictory.org, and to purchase by phone, call 646-223-3010. The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. About Dan Rothenberg Dan Rothenberg is a Philadelphia-based director and creator of experimental performance. A founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company, Dan has directed almost all of Pig Iron's original performance works, including Poet in New York, Gentleman Volunteers, Love Unpunished, Isabella, The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, and the OBIE Award-winning productions Chekhov Lizardbrain and Hell Meets Henry Halfway. Pig Iron has been nominated for over 35 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater in Philadelphia, and the company has toured to theaters and festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States. The company has participated in creative residencies at the Public Theater, Dance Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Drexel University, Playmakers Rep, Swarthmore College, and at Toni Morrison's Atelier Program at Princeton University. In 2010, Dan directed the highly critically acclaimed English-language premiere of Toshiki Okada's Enjoy for Play Company in New York ("?pitch-perfect direction?"). With Pig Iron, Dan co-directed Shut Eye with legendary theater director Joseph Chaikin and in 2005, he directed Pay Up, a 30-person site-specific installation about buying and selling for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; it was later presented at Montclair State University. Dan teaches physical theater, both for Pig Iron and at Princeton University. Other projects include creation of audio works to accompany the paintings of Alexandra Grant at MOCA in Los Angeles and ongoing collaborations with Headlong Dance Theatre, the alt-comedy group The Berzerker Residence, and Stockholm's music-performance group Teater Slava. Dan is the recipient of a Barrymore Award for Choreography (1997); a Pew Fellowship in Performance Art (2002); a United States Artists Knight Fellowship (2010); and an Independence Fellowship (2005). In 2011 Dan received a MAP Fund Grant to support Zero Cost House, a new work by Pig Iron in collaboration with Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada. Zero Cost House had its premiere in Fall 2012 at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was presented as part of the 2013 Under the Radar Festival. About The Acting Company (New York, NY) Founded in 1972 by legendary producer/director/actor John Houseman and current Producing Director, Margot Harley, with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard's Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions for over 3 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries. The Company has given a generation of actors the opportunity to master their craft. Celebrated alumni include Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Jesse L. Martin, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Hamish Linklater and Keith David. Promoting theater and literacy by bringing a touring repertory of classical productions and exceptional new works performed by talented young actors and teaching artists into communities across America?particularly those where live performance and theater arts education is limited or non-existent?The Acting Company performs each year in over 40 cities to audiences of 70,000 and reaches more than 30,000 students with its arts education programs. The Acting Company has been honored with numerous awards including the Obie, Audelco, and Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards, and is a TONY Honors Recipient for Excellence in Theater. About The New Victory Theater: Since The New Victory Theater opened its doors in 1995, it has become a cultural rite of passage for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates. The New Victory seeks sophisticated, thought-provoking and professional productions that are as artistically rich as they are entertaining, resulting in season after season of multidisciplinary works from around the globe and close to home. The theater's contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were recently celebrated by the prestigious New York critics' organization, The Drama Desk, which presented The New Victory Theater with a 2012 Special Award for "providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people." About The New 42nd Street An independent, nonprofit organization, The New 42nd Street was created to assume long-term responsibility and oversight for seven historic theaters between 42nd Street and 7th and 8th Avenues. The projects of The New 42nd Street include The New Victory Theater, a performing arts theater devoted to kids and families; the New 42nd Street Studios, a state-of-the-art, 10-story performing arts complex for rehearsal, performance and arts administration; and The Duke on 42nd Street, an intimate black-box theater available for rental to both international and domestic nonprofit and commercial organizations to present their work.

13th Anniversary New York City FIRST Mega-Celebration of Science and Technology - Jacob Javits Convention Center
March 07, 2013 - Hell's Kitchen

The FIRST Mega-Celebration brings three intense robotics competitions under one roof. Watch as FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST LEGO League student teams compete to win the regional competition and for a chance to go onto the global competition. Also, there will be a career fair, where you will be able to talk to college representatives and fortune companies about careers in technology. Featuring: New York City FIRST Robotics Competition Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9 An exciting sports-like tournament with 65 competing high school teams of future technologists and entrepreneurs. New York City FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Thursday, March 7 & Friday, March 8 72 teams of high school students putting their technical and entrepreneurial skills to the test. New York City FIRST LEGO League Championship Saturday, March 9 80 middle school teams of technological innovators, exploring the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering selected from among 190 teams across the City at borough qualifying tournaments. New York City JrFIRST LEGO League Exposition Saturday, March 9 20 teams with ages ranging from 6 to 9 participating in a non-competitive program to show off their communication and research skills. New York City FIRST Science and Technology College and Career Expo Thursday, March 7 – Saturday, March 9 40+ exhibitors, including colleges and universities offering FIRST scholarships and major corporations informing students about careers in science and technology.

Audio Portraits - Children's Museum of the Arts
March 07, 2013 - SoHo

Kids can stop by the Sound Booth and create an "Audio Portrait" with teaching artists. Using Garageband software, kids will flex their skills in oral interpretation as they record tracks that include autobiographical information such as descriptions of their home and family, their favorite color, food, animal, or their happiest place. In addition, they'll have the opportunity to add music and sound effects to their unique Audio Portraits. This is a great workshop for the budding podcaster, radio journalist or storyteller.

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.

Public Art Installation: "Organic Abstracts" by Dianne Smith - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through March 24, 2013 - Bronx

"Organic Abstracts" consists of two large-scale, outdoor sculptures by Bronx-born artist Dianne Smith. The installation showcases her minimalist approach to large, abstract works made from repurposed materials that are incorporated into the landscape.

'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

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Over 200 Restaurants in Seven Counties
Through March 31, 2013 -

The spring 2013 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will take place March 11-24. The Valley Table presents the region's largest dining event, with more than 200 participating restaurants from seven counties. Restaurants include Crabtree's Kittle House, La Cremaillere, Harvest on Hudson, Red Hat on the River, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Fig & Olive, Restaurant 42 at the Ritz Carlton, plus many family-friendly restaurants, which will offer delicious, pre-fixe dining. Others joining the roster this spring are Gaucho Grill, Myong Gourmet, Swift and more. Pricing: three-course dinner for $29.95 and/or three-course lunch for $20.95 (excluding beverage, tax and tip). For more information and a growing list of participating restaurants, visit hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week takes place in the spring and fall, and is a great time for families to try cuisine at some of the region's best restaurants by taking advantage of the prix-fixe menus.

Tour Guide Talk For "Sally Ride: Trailblazing Astronaut" - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - New York Harbor

In honor of Women's History Month, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum introduces the free Tour Guide Talk “Sally Ride: Trailblazing Astronaut” that will run every Saturday and Sunday in March, from 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM & 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. Dr. Sally Ride, who passed away on July 23, 2012, broke barriers by becoming America's first woman to travel into space on the Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger in 1983. The interactive talk will celebrate her career with NASA and the legacy she left for young people in the fields of science and technology. This Tour Guide Talk is open to the public and free with the price of admission to the museum.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through March 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

Enjoy a different story every week with DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society. Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Time provided by the Macy's Foundation.

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.

'Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery' - DR2 Theatre
Through April 14, 2013 - Union Square

"Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery" is co-presented by Off-Broadway's acclaimed DR2 Kids Theatre (Daryl Roth, Producer) and Theatreworks USA (Barbara Pasternack, Artistic Director; Ken Arthur, Producing Director) -- the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for young audiences. Featuring a book by legendary New York playwright and Tony Award nominee Charles Busch (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), music by Sam Davis and lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Mark Waldrop (When Pigs Fly), "Bunnicula" is currently enjoying a ten-week limited engagement at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street) through Sunday, April 14. Lock up your lettuce! Protect your parsley! Rescue your rutabaga! One dark and stormy night, the Monroe family brings home orphaned rabbit with mysterious habits... and sharp fangs. Could this new member of the family possibly be a vampire bunny? Based on the acclaimed children's book series by Deborah & James Howe, this new musical adaptation of BUNNICULA is directed by Carl Andress (The Divine Sister) and choreographed by Connor Gallagher. The show is recommended for ages four and up. The production features musical direction by James Cunningham, scenic design by Rob Odorisio (Skippyjon Jones), costume design by Lortel Award winner Gregory Gale (The Voysey Inheritance), lighting design by Kirk Bookman (The Divine Sister) and orchestrations are by Greg Pliska (War Horse). The Off-Broadway cast of BUNNICULA: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery features Abe Goldfarb as Mr. Monroe, Erin Maguire as Mrs. Monroe, Ashley Campana as Debbie, John Garry as Toby, Prescott Seymour as Chester and Robert Anthony Jones as Harold.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

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.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 30, 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 [email protected]

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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