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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER-NOV 10

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There's so much to do in Westchester! Take a look below at today's events. Whether your child is a fan of animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Looking ahead to the weekend or some vacation time? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!!

'9 To 5: The Musical' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
November 10, 2012 - Irvington

The Clocktower Players Adult Troupe presents a hip, hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the male dominated corporate world of the 1970s. With a rollicking score by country music legend and seven-time Grammy Award winner Dolly Parton, "9 To 5: The Musical" is about teaming up, taking care of business, getting credit - and getting even! Please note: this show contains adult themes.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
November 10, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest Halloween event returns for 22 nights. Meander through an 18th-Century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns! Tens of thousands of visitors saw last year's sold out Blaze. The elaborate walk-through event features original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and synchronized lighting. Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love, and emerge to the incredible sight of a gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Box springing up and bouncing around. Flying pumpkin ghosts soar above the lantern-lit path. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 (phone prices include $2/ticket surcharge).

Bird Walk (Bird Banding canceled) - Westmoreland Sanctuary
November 10, 2012 - Mount Kisco

Bird Banding at 9am on Nov. 10 has been canceled and will be substituted for a Bird Walk at 9am. After this week's nor'easter, the early snow accumulation across the preserve has put an inordinate amount of stress on the songbird population. Two dozen or more individual birds comprising over a dozen different species can be observed at all times around the bird feeders at the banding station. These birds are relying heavily on the bird feeding station due to the immediate food shortage caused by early snow. With this in mind, the Sanctuary does not wish to further stress individual birds by capture during a banding session, so the program has been canceled for this weekend. Instead, meet for a short bird walk at 9am outside the nature center. There are a number of good winter birds to search for, including fox sparrow, red-breasted nuthatch, and yellow-bellied sapsucker. A self-guided scavenger hunt will be available all day as well. As of Friday, Nov. 9, there is still no power to the nature center, so the building will be closed. A few copies of the trail map are available in the kiosk at the parking lot, but if you plan to walk the trails, it is recommended that you print your own trail map at home before arriving, since the Sanctuary is unable to make any additional copies.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'Tales of the Night' - Jacob Burns Film Center
November 10, 2012 - Pleasantville

Acclaimed filmmaker Michel Ocelot ("Kirikou and the Sorceress") is a master of silhouette animation. This collection of five exotic fables from around the world (and one from another world entirely) blends history with fairytale, whisking viewers off to colorful, enchanted lands inhabited by dragons, captive princesses, and enormous talking bees. 2011. 84 m. Not Rated. In French with subtitles.

Free Target Picture Story Saturday - Katonah Museum of Art
November 10, 2012 - Katonah

During the exhibit "'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios," Free Target Picture Story Saturday sponsored by Target, welcomes special guest reader, Peter de Seve, Blue Sky lead character designer, who will read "The Duchess of Whimsy" at 10:30am.

Chappaqua Craft & Gift Fair - Robert E. Bell Middle School
November 10, 2012 - Chappaqua

This year's fair will feature more than 85 vendors exhibiting fine pottery, unique jewelry, and a myriad of other items, many of which are handmade. Gourmet food items will also be available. Local Girl Scout troops and various school clubs will conduct charitable drives during the fair to help the community. Free parking is available in the small lot on Senter Street, or in the larger main lots off South Greeley Avenue.

Family Art Project: Print the Palisades - Wave Hill
November 10, 2012 - Bronx

Spot the glowing leaves across the river and sketch the shapes and sizes of leaves and trees outdoors. Using the eye-popping colors of fall foliage, make bright and vibrant collage prints.

Forest Weekends - New York Botanical Garden
November 10, 2012 - Bronx

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in tand gardening demonstrations, guided tours, and more; check the website for the full schedule.

Veterans Day, with Great Talk & Music - St. Paul's Chruch National Historic SIte
November 10, 2012 - Mt. Vernon

An 11 am ceremony commemorates Veterans Day, followed by tours recalling the stories of soldiers buried in the historic cemetery. At 1pm, Professor Harvey Strum of Sage College examines "A House Divided: New York and the War of 1812," helping to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Sponsored by the Speakers in the Humanities Program, New York Council for the Humanities. At 2:30, enjoy a special jazz performance, dedicated to veterans, in historic St. Paul's Church by Sage, the acclaimed female jazz combo.

'Stones in His Pockets' - THIS IS A NEW DATE DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY - Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University
November 10, 2012 - Briarcliff Manor

The Irish spirit meets the American dream in this Irish comedy written by Marie Jones, which won two Olivier awards and garnered a Tony nominee for Best Comedy. A rural Irish community is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew on location to capture the REAL Ireland. Two actors (Richard Hollis and Jay Stratton) play a cavalcade of local characters and Tinseltown types. Directed by Dan Foster.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
November 10, 2012 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Today: create a special centerpiece for Thanksgiving Day dinner with Mr. Curly-Tail Turkey.

Saw Mill River Audubon 2nd Saturday Walk - Brinton Brook Sanctuary
November 10, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Monthly walks take place year-round on second Saturdays. No pre-registration necessary. Meet in main parking area off Route 9A. Good for ages 6 and older. Held regardless of weather except in cases of severe storms.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
November 10, 2012 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required.

An Evening of Music, Song & Dance - Bendheim Performing Arts Center
November 10, 2012 - Scarsdale

JCC Dance School faculty and student performances. Proceeds will fund need-based scholarships for JCC Dance School students, as well as Dance facility improvements. Reserved seating; jccmw.org/bendheim/thebendheim.htm.

MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY CARDS & GIFT TAGS WITH RECYCLED PAPER - Greenburgh Nature Center
November 10, 2012 - Scarsdale

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE: PROGRAM WAS ORIGINALLY 11/3. Artist Anne Shaw helps you personalize your holiday greetings, showing you how to make your own cards and gift tags from recycled magazines, newspapers, books, etc. Special techniques such as rolling and weaving paper, collage, and origami will be explored. Participants leave with up to 4 unique cards (envelopes included) or gift tags. Sign up online.

"WE'RE ALL ONE OF A KIND" WITH KURT GALLAGHER - Scarsdale Public Library
November 10, 2012 - Scarsdale

Songs, fun, and laughter with Kurt Gallagher. This program is designed for kids with special needs, but all are welcome.

The Frog Prince and Other Tales - Stepping Stones Museum
November 10, 2012 - Norwalk

Four tales of fantasy and imagination come alive with intricately handcrafted puppets and scenery in this holiday presentation.

CPR for Teens - White Plains Public Library
November 10, 2012 - White Plains

Earn certification from the American Heart Association for CPR AED. Class is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required. You can register online, over the phone, or in person at the library. Snacks will be served. For teens, grades 7-12. Room B. Registration required. Go to whiteplainslibrary.org, email ecarlson@whiteplainslibrary.org, or call 914-422-6923.

Native Americans Along the Hudson - Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center
November 10, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Join a Teatown Lake Reservation educator to find out how Lenape Indians used the shores for food and shelter. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
November 10, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

Volunteer Work Project: Clearing Vegetation Off Historic Stone Walls - Marshlands Conservancy
November 10, 2012 - Rye

Bring work gloves and join in the project. Great for community service hours and school credit.

Rudolph and the Reindeer Games - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
November 10, 2012 - Bridgeport

The 73rd annual Reindeer Games features familiar names, characters along with music and dance. Santa's North Pole Team is hoping the odds are in their favor for the Games. Rudy, the young, new contestant who's a "chip off the old buck," looks like he may "sleigh" the competition, but five-time Champion Donner isn't giving up his title without a fight.

The Riverdale Y Sunday Market - MS/HS 141
Through November 11, 2012 - Riverdale

Look for natural, organic, and local products every Sunday through Nov. 11. Wearable Collections facilitates textile collection every week, accepting used clean clothing, including shoes and hats. It also accepts household items such as curtains, linens, towels, handbags, and belts (no carpeting). There's also a variety of produce, baked goods, eggs, meats, cheese, with a selection of fair trade and preservative-free and/or organic. Vendors include: - Adamah Farm (Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center): pickles, kraut, cheeses, yogurt, and jams - Atara Designs: Designer Jewelry - Bread Alone: organic, kosher, artisan breads, pastries, and pies - The Cheese Guy/Old World Marketplace: kosher artisan cheeses - Dines Farms: pasture-raised meats - Doc Pickle: certified kosher pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and more - Guyank Brand, LLC: The original Sweet-HOT Pepper Sauce, marinades, jams and jellies - Hollengold Farms: family-operated farm offering farm-fresh vegetables and herbs - Ilanit: Hand-knitted luxury goods - Jewels by Mollie: Israeli jewelry, handmade jewelry, and scarves - luvume Organics: Organic sugar and salt scrubs for the body, and aromatherapy products - Manor House Soaps: handmade olive oil and glycerine soaps - Marianna Marwell: ribbon leashes - Migliorelli Farm, LLC: produce from Dutchess County - Orchards of Concklin: farm produce, cider, and baked goods - Popcorn Pawz: holistic dog and cat food and pet products - Ronnybrook Dairy: certified kosher dairy products - Wright's Farm: sustainable produce and baked goods For information on becoming a vendor at the Riverdale Y Sunday Market, or for any other questions regarding the market, contact market manager Cynthia Galik at cgalik@riverdaley.org.

Farmers' Market @ PepsiCo - PepsiCo
Through November 14, 2012 - Purchase

Local produce and specialty items made from local ingredients every Wednesday.

New Rochelle Farmers' Market - New Rochelle
Through November 16, 2012 - New Rochelle

Fresh, local baked goods, fruit, herbs, organic produce, specialty foods, vegetables, and more.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronxville

Vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, and eggs, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney.

Pelham Farmers' Market - Pelham
Through November 17, 2012 - Pelham

Fresh, local baked goods, cut flowers, fruit, herbs, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Tarrytown Farmers' Market - Tarrytown
Through November 17, 2012 - Tarrytown

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, soups, and more.

The Pound Ridge Theatre Company presents 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore' - Conant Hall
Through November 17, 2012 - Pound Ridge

A wonderful night out for women and their friends, daughters, or significant others. The popular play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, fresh off a 2-1/2 year Off-Broadway run. Funny, compelling, and touching monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we wear black. Cabaret seating; bring your own food and drink to enjoy before the show. Performances Nov. 2,3,9,10,15,16,17 at 8pm; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2pm; Thursday, Nov. 15 is Double Date Rate 4 tickets for the price of 3.) Tickets, go to prtc01.org, call 203-253-6771, or email prtc01@yahoo.com.

Shade and Shadow: A Selection of British and American Silhouettes - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through November 18, 2012 - Bronx

This exhibition presents a small selection of 19th-Century British and American silhouettes from Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and four private collections. Before photography became widely available, silhouette portraits were quick, easy, and affordable. Elegant ladies, family scenes, charming children, and more, reveal a compelling slice of life from the golden age of this art form. Through November 18.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meat, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 21, 2012 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 21, 2012 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Open every Wednesday, through November 21, at the base of Library Allee inside the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

EXHIBIT - VIVIAN BERGENTHAL: A JOYFUL JOURNEY WITH NATURE - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Scarsdale

Scarsdale resident Vivian Bergenthal is an artist, poet, and environmental activist. Her work reflects "the spiritual and visceral connections that bind us to both the natural and man-made environment with which we engage." Working in mixed media, her work depicts her reaction to landscapes within her local neighborhood and the world she has traveled. Opening Reception with refreshments Oct. 6 from 2-4pm. Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 25.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, the education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. September 9-November 25, 2012. No class October 21.

'Fiddler on the Roof' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 25, 2012 - Elmsford

Composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick teamed up with librettist Joseph Stein to create this timeless classic musical, magically woven with universal themes, music, dance, poignancy, and laughter. "Fiddler on the Roof" is based on "Tevye and His Daughters" and other tales by Sholem Aleichem that he wrote in Yiddish and published in 1894. Set in 1905, the musical takes place in Anatevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman, Tevye, and his attempts to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. In this production, Tevye the dairyman is brought to life by Bill Nolte. His wife Golde will be played by Emily Zacharias. The daughters are Rachel Prather (Tzeitel), Sarah Rolleston (Hodel), Dana Glaus (Chava), and local children Gianna Florio and Julia Gold, who will alternate as Bielke, and Samantha Robins and Shannon Stout who will alternate as Shprintze. Terry Palasz is the meddling Matchmaker, Yente. The girls' suitors are Andrew Boza as Motel the tailor, Eric Johnson as the butcher, Lazar Wolfe, Joe Longthorne as the student revolutionary, Perchik, and Chris Giordano as Fyedka, the Russian Cossack. The cast also features Michael J. Farina as Mordcha the Innkeeper, Drew Martin as the Rabbi, Benjamin Dean as Mendel, Stephen Tewksbury as the constable, Lucas Thompson as Nachum, and Stephen Valenti as Avram. The production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Jesse Factor is the associate choreographer. The musical director is Leo P. Carusone, set design is by John Farrell, technical director is Steve Loftus, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, sound design by Jonathan Hatton, costume design by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, production stage manager is Victor Lukas and the assistant stage Mmnager is Ron Rogell. Properties are by Grumpy?s Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the associate producer.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 1, 8, 13, and 29.

Magician Philip Klipper Performs - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Every Friday from 7:30-9:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite. Parents can enjoy three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids under 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in November from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 15, 2012 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 15, 2012 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through December 15, 2012 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 16, 2012 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

This exhibit is an introduction to Native Americans living in New England today. By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, visitors learn about Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities through stories and songs.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers

In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Through January 17, 2013.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates. Through January 17, 2013.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through January 17, 2013.

'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 20, 2013 - Katonah

This unique interactive exhibition looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, a leader in the animation industry for over 20 years. Creator of such blockbuster films as the "Ice Age" series, "Robots," and "Rio," the studio prides itself on technical innovation, while retaining a strong narrative heart. '"Ice Age" to the Digital Age' will guide visitors through Blue Sky's entire process of creating computer-animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling, to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. Katonah resident Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky in 1987, believes that the secret to the studio's success is in its inventive process. In his view, the art challenges technology and technology inspires the art. The Museum will be turning all the galleries, including the Learning Center, over to this exhibit. There will be gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, as well as a calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center. Details about these programs are available at katonahmuseum.org. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, September 16, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 21, 2013 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is decorated for the holidays with 24 hand-crafted lighthouses. Visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most votes will receive $1,500 at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25.

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.


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