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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON DECEMBER 16

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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 16, 2013

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, December 16, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 16. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Borough Park branch
December 16, 2013 - Borough Park

Toddlers, 18-36 months, enjoy stories, songs, and playtime.

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through December 16, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie is a "mommy and me" style class for kids ages 1 to 3 years. Each week is a different theme and the fun starts there. Puppets, songs, creative play, colors, counting and even a little circus fun are all a part of the class. First class is only $10. Single classes are $25, 3 classes are $60, and 5 classes are $90.

Playtime at the Zoo - Bergen County Zoo
December 16, 2013 - Paramus

Toddlers with a parent or caregiver are invited to play with age-appropriate toys and meet an "animal of the week" before heading out into the zoo. No registration is required however adults must stay with children during the program.

Stories & Crafts - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 16, 2013 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 are invited to the library for stories and crafts. Registration is required.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
December 16, 2013 - Garnerville

Walkers under age three and their favorite adults are invited to the library for stories, fingerplays, songs, and lots of bubbles. Registration is required for this popular program.

Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 16, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

DIY: Music Making - Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington branch
December 16, 2013 - Kensington

Explore different aspects of music-making, from playing to composing and constructing pieces on a computer. Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments; there will be a few percussion instruments available, for those who need something to play. All skill levels welcome.

Little Kids Yoga (3-5 yr old) - Salutations Yoga
Through December 16, 2013 - Glenwood Landing

This fun, thematic yoga class stimulates the creativity of preschool-aged children - as well as promotes body awareness and helps develop fine and gross motor skills. Preschoolers learn age-appropriate yoga poses, creative mindfulness techniques, calming breathing exercises, child-friendly guided imagery, and relaxation exercises. Children's music, props and picture books with positive messages are also incorporated into the lessons.

Christmas Concert and Party - Freeport United Methodist Church
December 16, 2013 - Freeport

The Singles Association of Long Island will attend the Annual Christmas Concert and Party sponsored by the Freeport Community Band. You may bring children. The party and concert will be held in the Church basement.

Stories and More at the Chappaqua Public Library - Chappaqua Public Library
December 16, 2013 - Chappaqua

Stories and snacks for children in grades K-3.

Nature Bugs Storytime - Greenburgh Nature Center
December 16, 2013 - Scarsdale

An hour of nature fun for children ages 3-5 years and parents/caregivers. Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft, or play a nature game. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Admittance closes 15 minutes after the start of the program. No pre-registration or pre-payment required.

Mother Goose Rhymes at Night - Rose Memorial Library
December 16, 2013 - Stony Point

Pre-schoolers are invited to the library for fun and pretend with feltboard stories, Mother Goose ryhmes, fingerplays, a sticker craft, and bubbles. Registration is required.

Christmas Concert and Party - Freeport United Methodist Church
December 16, 2013 - Freeport

The Singles Association of Long Island will attend the Annual Freeport Community Band Christmas Concert and Party. The event will occur at the Church basement next to the parking lot. Bring your family, friends, and children to this event. You may also bring a dish if you wish.

Free Grandparenting 101 Class - Hudson Valley Hospital Center
December 16, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

Tips for grandparents about supporting the breastfeeding mom, safety, basic baby care, safe sleep, and other real-life skills.

Toddler Storyplay - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
December 16, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will enjoy stories, songs, socializing, and exploring books.

Peek-a-Boo Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
December 16, 2013 - Williamsburg

Stories, songs, and fingerplays for pre-walkers and their caregivers.

Sensational Science - Mulberry Street Library
December 16, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Explore how scientists use their senses to better understand the world around them. Presented by the Children's Museum of Manhattan. For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.

Made with Love - Floral Park Public Library
December 16, 2013 - Floral Park

Made With Love is a service-oriented group of knitters and crocheters who create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items for hospitals, shelters, and the military in a friendly atmosphere. (There is no instructor, but you may get help on your own projects from your peers.)

Mommy & Me Yoga - Manhasset Public Library
December 16, 2013 - Manhasset

Licensed instructor Beth Lipset will lead children and their caregivers through a series of one-on-one simple yoga poses. Come relax, bond with your child, and have fun. Ages 1-2 years (with caregiver).

The Graff Family Holiday Special - 54 Below
December 16, 2013 - New York

One of Broadway's most beloved musical families conquers our stage! Ilene Graff, Randy Graff, Todd Graff and Nikka Graff Lanzarone, along with special guests Liz Callaway, Joanna Gleason, Max Von Essen, Julia Murney & others, will perform a host of holiday favorites & tunes from their various forays on the Great White Way. In the tradition of the Andy Williams Christmas specials that warped them as children, expect tight, four-part harmonies, color coordinated hats and mufflers, indoor sleigh rides, audience participation, mistletoe & plenty of high belting. As a bonus, watch in wonder as Nikka dances all the parts to Turkey Lurkey Time in a four by four foot space! It's gonna be terrifying!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
December 16, 2013 - New York

ALICE - 3D Computer Programming - White Plains Public Library
December 16, 2013 - White Plains

Learn how to program 3D animations and video games with ALICE, a computer program developed by Carnegie Mellon. For 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Tickets distributed 30 minutes in advance. Limited space.

Baby Lapsit - New York Public Library, Kips Bay branch
December 16, 2013 - Kips Bay

Babies can enjoy great books, lively sings, rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. For babies 18 months and younger with parents or caregivers.

Notables: Chris Thile and Friends - Carnegie Hall
December 16, 2013 - New York

Carnegie Hall Notables - a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s - hosts Chris Thile and Friends, a special Notables-only performance featuring mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist Chris Thile alongside frequent collaborators Michael Daves and Edgar Meyer and additional artists to be announced. Following the exclusive event, the Notables will gather at the Empire Hotel Rooftop for an after-party beginning at 8:30 p.m. with cocktails generously provided by Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, and The Balvenie, and beer generously provided by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.

Tiny Tots - CSTL Center for Science Teaching and Learning
December 16, 2013 - Rockville Centre

CSTL's Tiny Tots program is held Mondays throughout the school year. Tiny Tots is a 1 1/2hr workshop for toddlers, ages 18 months to 3. Each week brings with it a new theme, and with each new theme comes new activities that both delight and educate at every turn. Every class is led by one of its friendly staff members who will include at least one story and fun activity. The program allows you to spend time with your toddler in a creative environment; experience new activities together such as arts and crafts; begin to identify objects such as shapes, colors, numbers and letters; and create a positive attitude towards a nursery school environment.

Manga Workshop - Ridgewood Library
December 16, 2013 - Ridgewood

Kids can join professional cartoonist, Ivan Velez and learn how to build their own manga stories in their own manga style.

Toddler Time-Hillcrest - Hillcrest Library
December 16, 2013 - Flushing

Children ages 2-3 years and their caregivers meet weekly for stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts and lots of fun!

Kids Yoga Class (8-10 yr olds) - Salutations Yoga Studio
December 16, 2013 - Glenwood Landing

Children learn individual yoga poses, as well as alignment, pose sequencing and learn to link the breath with movement. Team-building partner poses, cooperative group poses, collaborative yoga games, calming breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, creative guided imagery, and deep relaxation complete this class. Additional activities also include yoga-related arts and crafts, yoga journals, along with discussions on the how to stay calm, positive and compassionate. Advance registration is required. Please call, text or email to sign-up.

Picture Book Time - Bayside Library
December 16, 2013 - Bayside

This program for children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years incorporate stories with songs, rhymes, crafts and creative movement to give preschoolers important skills that will encourage later success and an appreciation of literature. Space is limited.

MAKER MONDAYS - Westport Library
December 16, 2013 - Westport

Each Maker Monday features a different hands-on, creative activity, such as stop-motion animation, tinkering and making cool stuff. Each week's workshop will be announced the week before.For grades 6-9. Register online at westportlibrary.org for each workshop.

Whodunit? Book Club - Wilton Library
December 16, 2013 - Wilton

Children in grades 2 and 3 will meet and discuss mystery books as a group. The book for December is The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base. Snacks will be provided, and there will also be detective activities. Parents and guardians must remain in the library.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Patchogue
December 16, 2013 - Patchogue

Be a guest at this Disney production which features the animated film's much loved characters and the well known academy award-winning score. Join Belle, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and The Beast for an unforgettable journey where everyone lives happily ever after.

Writing Group - Barnes and Noble -Country Glen Center
December 16, 2013 - Carle Place

Join in this monthly Writing Group for tips, inspiration, critique. The group meets the first and third Monday of each month.

Monday Minnows - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
December 16, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Enjoy open playtime, storytime, and exploratory crafts about the ocean and nature for kids and parents. Each session has a different theme. RSVP 631-367-3418 or online. For ages 2 1/2-5.

Let's Face The Music & Dance: The Films of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire - Cinema Arts Centre
December 16, 2013 - Huntington

Join film scholar Philip Harwood for a lively exploration of the legendary musical partnership that gave us some of the most magical moments in movie history.

Arthur Darvill & Friends - Highline Ballroom
December 16, 2013 - New York

Join us as we say goodbye to Arthur Darvill from Broadway's ONCE. Arthur will be leaving New York City and the ONCE cast this December. He's celebrating his time in NYC with one last performance, incorporating Broadway performers and musicians he has met during his stay. Arthur is also well known for playing Rory Williams in the BBC series Doctor Who.

Frantic! FREE COMEDY SHOW! w/ Sean Patton, Mark Normand, Jordan Carlos & More! - The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
December 16, 2013 - New York

Family Gingerbread Decorating - LePlay Cafe
December 16, 2013 - Bellmore

Join in for the event of the season - family gingerbread decorating. It's a No Bake, Just Decorate approach. Have all the fun and none of the fuss. Everything is included: Fully Assembled Gingerbread House Icing in Kid-Proof Bags All-You-Can-Eat Candy Buffet! Craft, Music & Snack Register now http://www.gingerbreadandgiggles.com/holiday_2013_le_play.pdf

Musical Mondays - Chris Norton, Crooner, Balladeer, Trumpeter, Jazz singer - Le Cirque
December 16, 2013 - New York

Featuring live performances by talented musicians and singers in Le Cirque Cafe. Enjoy sophisticated sounds while sipping Billy's famous cocktails or offerings from their extensive beer and wine menu, or make it a complete French/Italian affair with the delicious $38 prix-fixe dinner. Norton is a crooner, balladeer, trumpeter, and standard jazz singer whose repertoire draws from the greatest musical achievements of the 20th century.

Pet Photos with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 16, 2013 - Yonkers

Even our four-legged friends want to meet Santa Claus! Bring your cats and dogs only for Pet Photos on Mondays, December 2, 9, and 16 from 6-8pm! Please keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier until photo time. No exotic animals please! Dogs and Cats will receive FREE treats at the event. The Santa Village is located between Gap and Bath & Body Works. The best place to park for a quick walk into the mall is between Gap/Boston Market/Victoria's Secret.

Together for Christmas: A Celtic Collection for the Philippines Concern Worldwide - Arlene's Grocery
December 16, 2013 - New York

Together For Christmas, A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection’ was released last holiday season and features some of the best Irish/Celtic artists currently on the scene including The High Kings, Damien Dempsey, Larry Kirwan, Kyf Brewer, The Elders, The Celtic Tenors and more. These artists perform some brand new Christmas tunes and also cover some of the more traditional holiday songs in their own style. The album received many accolades with the Irish Voice saying, “If you’re thinking this is going to be a predictable album of dozily presented Christmas standards, think again.” Produced by Anita Daly and on Cosmic Trigger Records, the CD was launched in December 2012 at a Fundraiser to give those in the NYC area affected by Super-storm Sandy a merrier Christmas by putting funds raised directly in their hands. This year a few of the artists featured on the album wanted to come together and do a show to benefit the people of the Philippines who were devastated by the typhoon that destroyed so much of that country. After a few spirited phone calls it was decided the best way to do this would be with a fundraiser on December 16th at Arlene’s Grocery, NYC. Daly Communications partnered with Concern Worldwide to bring awareness to the organizations' efforts because they have people working on the ground in the Philippines; directly with families affected by the typhoon. Joe Cahalan CEO of Concern Worldwide US says, “The immensity of Typhoon Haiyan and the tragic loss of life and destruction it caused shocked us all. Concern’s response in times like these is immediate and decisive, and though we had not been operating in the Philippines, our emergency response team was on the ground quickly, and they’ve launched a response in some of the poorest, most remote fishing communities. We’re helping more than 10,000 families rebuild their homes, replenishing essential household supplies lost in the storm, and ensuring that boats can be repaired quickly so that livelihoods are not lost. We could not do this life-saving work without the seemingly bottomless support of the New York Irish community, and the latest manifestation of that support will be set to music at the Together for Christmas concert fundraiser. Both artists and audience that night will be directly touching lives in the Philippines through Concern. You won’t give a better gift this holiday season!” It will be a night of great music. Artists performing include Kyf Brewer (Barleyjuice) , Tara O’Grady, John Munnelly and John Gribbin. As Larry Kirwan says about this album come on out and, “Turn up the volume! Kick out those December jams…!” NOW is the time to come TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS! FUNDRAISER, MONDAY, Dec. 16th, Arlene’s Grocery 95 Stanton St, New York, NY $20 at the Door only and CDs will be for sale with a portion of cd sales going to Concern. If you can’t make the show you can donate to Concern at: http://www.concernusa.org and/or buy the cd at: www.togetherforchristmas.com , on iTunes or by calling in the US 1-800-714-3272. Together for Christmas: A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection” is on Cosmic Trigger Records .

Catch Empire Beats feat. Camille Atkinson's Last Performance of 2013! - Parkside Lounge
December 16, 2013 - New York

Performing their last residency burlesque show of the year at the Parkside Lounge, Empire Beats featuring Camille Atkinson, are a staple in the emerging burlesque scene of New York City. The band has coined their sound as being “rock/ roll and soul,” craftfully blending melodies inspired by both New York and New Orleans. But the most unforgettable part of the show is the experience. Camille’s soulful vocals paired with burlesque dancers from all over the world will surely spice up any Monday Night. For more information check out their website: EmpireBeatsNYC.com

Ballets with a Twist Performing Cocktail Hour - Stage 48
December 16, 2013 - New York

Ballets with a Twist, New York City’s next-generation dance company, invites you in from the cold with a sizzling new take on its signature production, Cocktail Hour. Presented in full floorshow format at chic Manhattan nightlife hotspot Stage 48, Cocktail Hour infuses ballet with an irreverent pop sensibility while paying respect to the rich creativity of cocktail culture. You've never seen cocktails like these! Program highlights include live music, top-tier table service and a flavorful menu of Euro-Latin cuisine by Stage 48’s own Z Bar Restaurant and Sky Lounge. Additional details: Doors open at 6:30 pm; Two-drink minimum

Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam signs The Illegitimates #1 with Marc Andreyko - Midtown Comics
December 16, 2013 - New York

Toys for Tots, U.S. Marines Program - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 17, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or purchase one in the gift shop with 10 percent discount for any toy donated to Toys for Tots.

Baby Massage Workshops - The Temperance Center
Through December 18, 2013 - Eastchester

Fun to learn, simple to do, baby massage is a wonderful thing for your baby and for yourself. In this hands-on, small group class, you will learn strokes and stretches to promote relaxation, build a strong, healthy immune system, facilitate baby weight gain, and help develop body awareness and coordination. You will also learn techniques to offer relief from colds, colic, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea, and teething irritability. Classes run every Wednesday from 11am-12pm. Suitable from newborn to crawling babies. $25 per class, $80 for a package of 4. Registration required.

Affordable Care Act Assistance and Registration - Port Chester - Rye Brook Public Library
Through December 18, 2013 - Port Chester

Representatives from Open Door Family Medical Center will be at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library on Wednesdays from 9:30am-1pm to answer questions and register patrons for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. The library is located at One Haseco Ave. in Port Chester. For more information, call 914-939-6710 x110.

SNAP Science Lab - Shore Parkway Jewish Center
Through December 18, 2013 - Gravesend

Kids can learn about a different science topic each week. Classes are small and are entirely hands-on learning.

Holiday House - Academy Mansion
Through December 18, 2013 - New York

Breast cancer survivors and advocates band together to create this designer showhouse featuring holiday-inspired rooms created by some of today's top interior designers. Holiday House NYC benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Yoga for Children with Special Needs (3-4 yr olds) - The Roslyn Theater Company
Through December 19, 2013 - Roslyn

These small group classes provide a consistent sequence of activities that recur in each session, offering predictability and structure. Lessons include a warm-up, calming breathing exercises, adaptive yoga poses with visual support, cooperative yoga games, creative guided imagery, mindfulness techniques, and calming relaxation techniques. The class is limited to four children. Classes are tailored to match the physical abilities and needs of the children. RSVP is required. Please call Maria at 516-413-0882 to register.

Mommy and Loaves of Love - Preschool of the Arts
Through December 19, 2013 - New York

You and your little one can bake your own Challah—the traditional Jewish bread—with wholesome, gourmet ingredients, to bring home and enjoy. Each week there will be a special surprise ingredient—just for fun. This recurring class run every other Thursday Nov. 7-Dec. 19 and is presented by NYC Preschool of the Arts, a premier preschool with locations in Chelsea, Flatiron, Cooper Square, and opening a new location in Gramercy Park this winter. For more information email [email protected], or call. To check out other Mommy and Me classes and extra curricular offerings or to register, visit nycpreschool.org/upcoming-events.

Snowball Buddies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 20, 2013 - Garden City

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Take one large �snowball,� add some buttons and a carrot nose, maybe a hat and scarf as you create your own smiling, non-melting snow buddy. Through December 20.

Long, Long Ago: In A Land of Giants, Jewels, and Jolly Fools - Space 38|39
Through December 20, 2013 - New York

Firebone Theatre presents three new plays drawn from the forgotten fairy tales by Oscar Wilde, The Grimm Brothers, and Charles Perrault. This event promises music, laughter, and homespun goodies including milk, cookies, wine, and beer. Long, Long Ago features a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant by Chris Cragin-Day (The Public EWG Alumna, O’Neill Theater Center Alumna) and Michael Castillejos (www.michaelcastillejos.com) directed by Jaki Bradley (What Every Girl Should Know--FringeNYC Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, SDC Fellow); an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s The Fairies by Pia Wilson (LMCC’s Workspace program, The Public EWG Alumna) directed by Jordana Williams (THE PARTICULARS by Matthew MacKenzie FringeNYC 2012), and an adaptation of The Grimm Brothers’ Hans Dumm by Christin Siems (Morbin Poetry—Incubator Arts Project NYC) directed by Amelia Peterson (Incubator Arts Project, Kennedy Center Page to Stage). The cast features Joshua Alan, Lex Friedman, Erin Frisbie, Drew Jones, Laurel Recsetar, Tessa Slovis, Will Turner, C.L. Weatherstone, and Stephanie Willing. The show also features props and costumes by Sarah Dowling. Long, Long Ago will be presented in the International Arts Movement (IAM) Space 38|39, located on the third floor of 38 West 39th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The performance schedule is as follows: Thursday, December 5 at 7pm; Friday, December 6 at 7pm; Saturday, December 7 at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, December 8 at 7pm; Tuesday, December 10 at 11am; Thursday, December 12 at 7pm; Friday, December 13 at 7pm; Saturday, December 14 at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, December 15 at 7pm; Tuesday, December 17 at 11am; Wednesday, December 18 at 7pm; Thursday, December 19 at 7pm; Friday, December 20 at 7pm. Tickets ($15 children/$20 adults) are available now by visiting www.FireboneTheatre.com. Children’s tickets include milk and cookies. Refreshments for adults also available for purchase. About Long, Long Ago - This short musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant book and lyrics by Chris Cragin-Day, music and lyrics by Michael Castillejos, directed by Jaki Bradley) tells the story of three children who sneak into the Giant's garden every day after school while the mysterious Giant is away. When the Giant returns to find the children playing in his garden, he explodes in anger and chases them out. He then builds a wall around his castle so that no children will ever get in again. Winter punishes him for his selfishness, refusing to relent even when the rest of the village blooms into spring. Then one day, a special child melts the giant's heart and the garden together, changing both he and the village children forever. Hans Dumm, adapted by Christin Siems and directed by Amelia Peterson, is one of the first collected Grimm Brothers fairy tales. A haughty princess, a rancorous king, and a village idiot tell the story of a good wish gone wrong, when a sudden and unexpected pregnancy turns the kingdom upside down. Sentenced without a trial, the princess and her dimwitted companion travel a long, difficult road of seemingly irreconcilable differences to finally live happily ever after…that is, until her father, the king, accidentally barges in on their wedded bliss. In this adaptation of the tale, Hans Dumm isn’t the only fool and each character must be humbled before they can give and accept forgiveness. THE FAIRIES is Pia Wilson's adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Les Fées. Directed by Jordana Williams , THE FAIRIES tells the story of a beautiful, gentle young woman named Izzy. She is practically a servant in her own home. Her mother and sister make her do all the chores around the house and fetch water from a nearby stream. When Izzy makes a trip to the stream, she encounters what she thinks is an old woman. In reality, the old woman is a fairy who bestows a gift of jewels onto Izzy for her kindness. When Izzy's mother learns of the Fairy's gift to Izzy, she instructs her other daughter, Grumpina to go to the stream and treat the old woman kindly to receive the same gift as her sister. Grumpina unhappily goes to the stream where she meets the fairy in disguise. This encounter doesn't go as well for Grumpina as it does for Izzy. The girls' mother blames Izzy for Grumpina's misfortune. Izzy runs away into a nearby forrest. It is there she meets her true love – a prince who can see her worth at first sight, and they lived happily ever after. About Firebone Theatre - Firebone Theatre (Joshua Alan, Artistic Director / Amelia Peterson, Associate Artistic Director) creates theater experiences that confront the timeless questions of human mortality (bone) and divine immortality (fire). The company is committed to cultivating new work and new talent, using both to engage the community in open dialogue about life, death and spirit. Firebone Theatre is also committed to service and educational programs aimed at empowering young people through the theatrical arts. Firebone shows have received two New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and one win, along with a Drama League Fellowship.

Ancestral Spirits, African-American Portraits - Smart Clothes Gallery
Through December 20, 2013 - New York

The genesis of the “African-American Portraits”is framed by two significant events. In the eighties, Andy Warhol presented Klineman with a pair of his glasses, which she would incorporate into one of her “Fashion Portraits,” marking her first use of the silkscreen technique. Donning the eyewear, she exclaimed that she 'saw the world Andy sees.' Years later, she received an African mask on her birthday. Instinctually, she put it on, repeating the gesture in a silkscreened self-portrait. These gifts and their presentation echo a kind of ceremony, and their performance would give Klineman new perspective on her art. Since then, Klineman has been commissioned to create portraits for some of the most eminent members of the African-American cultural community, including Russell and Danny Simmons, Mary Schmidt Campbell, dance choreographer Bill T. Jones, and actor Malik Yoba. Her choice of masks reflects a sensitivity to the cultural significance of these objects and their innate beauty. Ancestry is reawakened through the masquerade of photographic superimposition. The earlier sister series, “Ancestral Spirits,” is a celebration of indigenous sculpture in the tradition of modern art's fascination with these objects. If these paintings are in the mode of Pop icons, Hedy Klineman's spiritual counter-narrative for the process is entirely her own. Employing an understanding of essence influenced by Eastern philosophy, Klineman's silkscreened paintings hold the presence of their subjects within. Coupled with colorful grounds that relate to Klineman's history as an abstract painter, Ancestral Spirits, African-American Portraits is a celebration of ancestry and community.

Sounds of the Season - East Midtown Partnership
Through December 20, 2013 - Manhattan

The East Midtown Partnership will host Sounds of The Season, a winter concert series, that will begin on Friday, December 13 and run through Friday, December 20. Musical groups will be performing at various locations throughout East Midtown in the early afternoon. Participants include The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International, Turtle Bay Music School, Beekman Hill International School PS 59, and The Unforgettables Chorus. 

2013 Next Wave Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 21, 2013 - Fort Greene

BAM's signature fall festival returns for its 31st season, presenting a dynamic lineup of work by emerging artists and innovative modern masters. The 2013 Next Wave Festival showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 21, 2013 - 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 21, 2013 - 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.

'Brighter Days,' an exhibition of paintings by South Salem artist Suzan Waldinger - The Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Through December 21, 2013 - Cross River

"Brighter Days," an exhibition of paintings by South Salem artist Suzan Waldinger, will open on Saturday, September 21, at The Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Ms. Waldinger, a full-time artist whose favored medium is acrylic, creates vividly colorful images in the contemporary expressionist style using a technique known as impasto, in which the artist squeezes thick paint from the tube onto the canvas and uses various tools to create pleasing effects. Her art is free-wheeling, sometimes whimsical, and illustrates her strong attraction to color and texture. The exhibition will be on view daily, 9am-4pm, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is a Westchester County park located at the junction of Routes 35 and 121 South in Cross River. For more information, go to westchestergov.com/parks or call 914-864-7317.

Nights of 10,000 Lights - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through December 21, 2013 - Garrison

A sparkling celebration of the season! A series of brilliant evening events featuring thousands of lights and candles, luminous displays, and festive holiday happenings around the gardens and grounds of Boscobel. Take a Twilight Tour, walk the candlelit paths with a hot cup of cocoa, and celebrate the season with family and friends. Enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, live period music, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be in the Sparkle Garden...children can whisper their wishes and pose for a photo. Bring a camera! Dec. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. View the full schedule of events at boscobel.org/events-and-exhibitions/calendar-of-events/december. Event takes place snow, rain, or shine.

Kelly Reemtsen: America's Sweetheart - De Buck Gallery
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

Elegant women dressed in vintage finds and armed with tools and common household items, Kelly Reemtsen's paintings create a paradoxically edgy air of nostalgia. There exists a sharp contrast in much of Reemtsen's work between the bright and cheery figures, and the utilitarian and sometimes ominous accessories they carry, such as chainsaws or axes, coupled with a recurring headless anonymity. The titles of these pieces, Forget Me Not, Here Comes Trouble, and On a Short Leash among them, add to the ambiguity between violence and domesticity in these works, though at the same time many of her figures are nothing but ebullient. Reemtsen's accessorizing of her figures, with objects, clothing, titles and even the blank palettes provided by the heavy white impasto of her backgrounds, serve to highlight the coexistence of traditional femininity and strength in the modern identity of women. The paintings in this exhibition are complemented by a series of Reemtsen's pill sculptures. Larger than life, the pastel pills - Xanax, Prozac, Advil, and others - come to resemble candy, but like the women may hold darker hidden meanings despite their cheerful appearances. Reemtsen specifically uses pills that are often taken by women, making medication as much an accessory of a fluid idea of womanhood as hoses, shovels or oven mitts.

The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration - Society of Illustrators
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

The OA is an annual exhibit created to showcase illustrations from the year's best children's books published in the U.S. Founded in 1980 by Illustrator and Art Director Dilys Evans, this exhibit celebrates its thirty-third anniversary and showcases the original art from the year's best children's books. Selected by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors and editors, this year's show features 125 books.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope - Society of Illustrators
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

Featuring works from Paul Pope's latest book, Battling Boy. In this latest work, Pope tells the story of one kid versus an entire world full of monsters. And the monsters don't stand a chance! A master of gritty sci-fi epics, Pope is known for genre-bending storytelling and frenetic, stylish artwork.

The Collection of Michael Maslin and Liza Donnelly - Society of Illustrators
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

The collection of Michael Maslin and Liza Donnelly represents the decades-long obsession with works by such cartoon luminaries from The New Yorker Magazine's past as James Thurber, Gluyas Williams, and Helen Hokinson and present: Jack Ziegler, Roz Chast, Bob Mankoff, Mick Stevens, Drew Dernavich, Zachary Kanin, Barbara Smaller.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Co. 1
Through December 21, 2013 - North White Plains

North White Plains Fire Company is proud to announce their annual Christmas tree sale. Proceeds will benefit the North White Plains Fire Company. Free parking. Thursdays-Sundays only from Nov. 29-Dec. 21. 4-8pm Thursdays and Fridays; 9am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays. For additional information, call 914-949-3575 or email [email protected]

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov - Pace Gallery
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

Pace's inaugural exhibition of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov featured paintings from several recent series as well as a single installation. This exhibition is part of a constellation of events celebrating the upcoming 80th birthday of Ilya Kabakov.

Dancing Holiday Characters - Stepping Stones Museum
Through December 21, 2013 - Norwalk

You never know when you might catch a snowman dancing in the light gallery or a penguin sock skating in the Celebration Courtyard. Keep an eye out for a variety of festive frolicking friends. December 3-December 21, 2013.

David Salle: Ghost Paintings - Skarstedt
Through December 21, 2013 - New York

Featuring 13 works made in 1992, but never exhibited before this year. The Ghost Paintings are made from large photographic images printed on three contiguous linen panels. The "subject" of the photograph is that of a woman creating improvised movements under a large piece of fabric. The three horizontal panels are then painted over with fields of intense color. The series represents the canvas surface of painting at three levels: as a photographic subject (the fabric in the dancer's hands), as a readymade ground (the linen imprinted with photographic emulsion), and as a traditional surface for the application of paint. The Ghost Paintings concretely merge painting, photography, and performance to produce mysteriously imagistic works in the best innovative spirit of postmodernism.

RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI - THE CHAIN THEATRE
Through December 21, 2013 - LONG ISLAND CITY

RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI, a new play by Janet Hopf, is set to begin performances tonight, December 6th with the Opening Night on Thursday, December 12th at The Chain Theatre. Under the direction of Greg Cicchino, the cast of RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI features Steven Bidwell (“Fatal Encounters,” Urinetown), Kirk Gostkowski (Leave Me Behind, The Shape of Things), Nicholas Alexiy Moran (The Nanny Diaries; Almost, Maine), Patrick Pizzolorusso (“A World of Her PWN,” The Last Cyclist), and Megan Sass (Surrender, “Stop the Bleeding!”) On December 24, 0000, three wise men followed a star to Bethlehem to lay pricey gifts before a baby in a manger. Six years later, said baby was preaching to his elders in the temple, well on his way to becoming an obnoxious slacker know-it-all. 25 years after that, baby Joshua was baptized by his cousin John, and the heavens opened up and the Big Guy Upstairs pronounced himself well-pleased. But how did that obnoxious kid get from point BC to point AD? RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI reveals for the first time why those wise men made their perilous journey and how they helped Joshua, son of Joseph and Mary, take that last step into Son-of-Manhood. Balthazar, the wealthy trader; Melchior, the freedom fighter (and hater of garlic-breath Romans everywhere); and mysterious Gaspar, give Josh an education in the shul of real life. By the time he stumbles into the River Jordan, he’ll have met some familiar characters—a Prodigal Son, a young girl in Cana who would like to be a Bride, and a Pretty Good Shepherd. RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI is appropriate for all ages, offensive only to garlic-breath Romans. Playwright Janet Hopf was also the author of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway comedy, God Bless You, Mr. Scrooge! She is the current chair of the Manhattan Libertarian Party. Director Greg Cicchino is the Managing Director for Variations Theatre Group, where he recently staged productions of Neil LaBute’s Some Girls and Timothy Nolan’s award-winning What’s in a Name. RE-GIFT OF THE MAGI will play a limited engagement through December 21st. The performance schedule is 12/6, 12/7, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21 at 8pm; with matinees 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 at 2pm, and 12/8 & 12/15 at 4pm. Tickets are $10 in advance ($18 at the door) and are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The Chain Theatre is located at 21-28 45 th Road in Long Island City, only 10 minutes from Times Square via the 7, E, G and M trains to Court Square Station. For more information, visit www.Chain-Theatre.org.

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 22, 2013 - Fort Greene

Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world return to BAM for the winter holidays in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky. Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King), The Nutcracker is bound to be a treasured memory for years to come. It is no wonder The New York Times praised, "American Ballet Theatre has a production like no other, made with complete theatrical authority from first to last. The poetry of Alexei Ratmansky's vision is very striking. I'm impatient to see it again." Recommended for ages 4 & older.

American Ballet Theatre's 'The Nutcracker' - BAM
Through December 22, 2013 - Brooklyn

The renowned American Ballet Theatre serve up the toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, and those mischievous mice in this yearly reprisal of winter enchantment. A live orchestra and superb costumery and production make this one of NYC's best Nutcracker performances.

Union Square Holiday Dessert Tour - Sugartooth Tours
Through December 22, 2013 - New York

Learn about Union Square's remarkable history while exploring the holiday market and eating tasty treats. Tickets include at least 6 tastings. Visit website for schedule.

'Pippin' - Music Box Theatre
Through December 22, 2013 - Midtown

Everything has its season, and this season, Pippin returns to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") that includes the favorites "Magic to Do," "Glory," and "Corner of the Sky," Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston's American Repertory Theater, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival ("Hair" and The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"). This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 22, 2013 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise—dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp - Puppetworks
Through December 22, 2013 - Park Slope

Puppetworks presents an adaptation of the tale "1001 Arabian Nights," featuring a "live" djinni.

Holiday Show & Boutique - Loft Arts Association
Through December 22, 2013 - Stamford

A variety of items from artwork, to cards, bookmarks, ceramics, photography, silkscreened items, clothing and jewelry, will be available to the public over the holiday season. This year’s event features work by member artists from both the Loft Artists Association and Laurel House. “These pieces are beautiful, original, and they make wonderful holiday gifts,” LAA president Ellen Gordon noted. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the work of Laurel House, which provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness, bridging the gap between isolation and community. December 13 - December 22, 2013.

9th Annual WIRED Store - WIRED Store
Through December 22, 2013 - New York

WIRED has set out to place innovative items directly in the hands of consumers as the pioneering pop-up store and live event space returns to New York City for the ninth year. This holiday season WIRED is excited to delight trend-setting consumers with a curated collection comprised of one-of-a-kind items and prototypes, as well as WIRED’s top-rated gadgets of holiday wish list items and partner products. The items range from personal and home electronics to kitchen gadgets, clothing and accessories, home décor, outdoor gear, and beyond. The 2013 social retail experience is all about getting consumers to: • Touch: Consumers are invited to “check out” and try products on display. They will receive items along with an accompanying step by-step demo designed to showcase the benefits of the product. • Try: As influencers check out products, the overall experience is captured. Every product receives an accompanying man-on-the-street style video. • Tout: Captured videos will be widely shared, amplifying the power of the narratives being told and turning each consumer into an authentic ambassador for your brand.

Santa's Southampton Celebration - Southampton Center
Through December 22, 2013 - Southampton

Come meet Santa, his elves, Christmas carolers and musicians. Experience arts and crafts, storytelling and holiday delights for the entire family in Southampton Center. Shop the small indoor Farmers Market. Bring your ice skates or borrow a pair at the new otdoor ice skating rink. December 6-December 22, 2013.

Experience the Miracle - Church at the Gateway
Through December 22, 2013 - Staten Island

Church at the Gateway celebrate the miracle of Christmas every Sunday from December 1st through Christmas eve. that moment of a starry night in Bethlehem remains both the past and the present

African Dance Workshop - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through December 23, 2013 - Spring Valley

Harambee Dance Company, fabulous performers of African dance and music, teach this weekly workshop. Registration is requested.

Holiday Book Sale - Wilton Library
Through December 23, 2013 - Wilton

Look for bargains on new or like-new items such as books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children's books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily. All sales support the library. November 26-December 23, 2013.

Wilton Library Holiday Book Sale - Wilton Library
Through December 23, 2013 - Wilton

The library's holiday book sale in the gallery is a seasonal opportunity to find bargains. Most of the items are new or like-new condition and include books, unopened CDs and DVDs, children's books and a huge assortment of art books. As items are sold, new ones appear daily, thanks to the hard-working book sale volunteers. All sales support the library. Sale is during regular library hours from December 1-December 23, 2013.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bloomingdale's
Through December 23, 2013 - Upper East Side

Meet Kris Kringle and a few of his helpers, share your Christmas wishes, and get a photo with him too. Friday, November 29 - Monday, December 23 *Santa and his helpers take a one hour break to feed the reindeer each day! Break time subject to vary by day. Please see Santa Land shop for exact times.

The 42nd Street Jazz Festival - Theatre Row
Through December 23, 2013 - New York

NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions, New York Foundation for the Arts, Yamaha Pianos, RS Berkeley Horns, presents the 42nd Street Jazz Festival, from December 16-23, 2013 at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC. Performances: Monday- Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 5pm. Tickets are $21.25 and are available at telecharge.com. The 42nd Street Jazz Festival features a wide variety of jazz artists from New York City and around the world, with a diversity of styles from Senegal to Prague, and Buenos Aires to Brooklyn. The festival programs are: Monday, December 16 at 8pm: Gabriella Anders - Gabriela Anders, voice; Jim Ridl, piano; Leo Traversa, bass; Cliff Almond, drums; Special guest,Wayne Krantz, guitar. Tuesday, December 17 at 8pm: Rudy Linka Trio - Rudy Linka, guitar; Dan Fabricatore, bass; Norman Edwards, drums. Wednesday December 18 at 8pm: Leni Stern African Trio - Leni Stern, guitar, voice; Mamadou Ba, bass; Alioune Faye, percussion; Special guest, Leo Genovese, piano. Thursday, December 19 at 8pm: Krantz Carlock Lefebvre - Wayne Krantz, guitar; Tim Lefabvre, bass; Keith Carlock, drums. Friday, December 20 at 8pm: Tony Moreno Quintet - Ron Horton, trumpet; Marc Mommaas, saxophone; Jean-Michel Pilc, piano; Ugonna Okegwo, bass; Tony Moreno, drums. Saturday, December 21 at 8pm: Combo Nuvo - Dave Schroeder, harmonica, woodwinds; Billy Drewes, woodwinds; Brad Shepik, guitar; Rich Shemaria, piano; Mike Richmond, cello; Tim Keiper, percussion. Sunday, December 22 at 5pm: Alex Brown Trio - Alex Brown, piano; Zach Brown, bass; Eric Doob, drums. Monday, December 23 at 8pm: Jeff Franzel- Mood of the Moment - Jeff Franzel, solo piano.

The Centennial Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2013 - New York

Entering its 14th year, The Grand Central Holiday Fair is a unique New York City holiday shopping experience, and it's the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors! 76 unique vendors with endless gift options.

5th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2013 - Greenwich

Santa and his live reindeer return to Santa?s Workshop at McArdle?s Florist & Garden Center. At approximately 2pm on Friday November 29, Santa will arrive down Greenwich Avenue with Dancer, Dasher, Prancer and Blitzen. Families can visit the reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his special workshop. Adults, children, company employees and even pets are welcome. Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9am and 4pm. November 29-December 24, 2013.

19th Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2013 - Rowayton

Visit the center for unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople.

THE CENTENNIAL HOLIDAY FAIR - Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2013 - MIdtown

Grand Central Terminal turned 100 this year! To celebrate New York City's only indoor holiday market is pulling out all the stops with 76 vendors offering a wide array of gifts for all of your loved ones.

THE UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET - Union Square
Through December 24, 2013 -

Designed in the tradition of Northern European holiday markets, UrbanSpace brings the lively mercantile environments of the public squares and piazzas of cities like Copenhagen and Munich to life in Union Square.

5th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2013 - Greenwich

Families can visit the reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his special workshop. Adults, children, company employees and even pets are welcome. November 29-December 24, 2013. Reindeer only available through December 23.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2013 - Floral Park

Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2013 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm. See website for photo pricing.

Make Holiday Ornaments - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor

Make holiday ornaments that you can display on the Hatchery's Christmas tree.

Ripley's Times Square Holiday Giftacular - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
Through December 24, 2013 - New York

Find something for the person who truly has everything. From November 29th - December 24th, gift-givers looking to make a lasting impression on their most discerning recipients with exotic tastes can find their holy grail at an untraditional shopping venue: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square. For the first time in history, Ripley's has curated an exclusive selection of rare gifts, available for purchase, from some of the most extraordinary cultures around the globe like 18th century, iron-clad elephant armor to a 19th century Vampire killing kit. Full catalog of gifts (with list prices spanning from less than $500 to more than $2 million) can be viewed at http://www.ripleysnewyork.com/giftacular.

Estella Holiday Pop-Up Shop & Meet the Designers Event - Estella Studio
Through December 24, 2013 - Flatiron District

Shop for holiday gifts and outfits from niche NYC kids brands Atsuyo et Akiko, Winter Water Factory, Etiquette Kids Socks & Accessories, Lucky Fish, a Brooklyn based handprinted t-shirt designer, as well as Japanese wooden toymaker, Kiko. Find cushions and other kids room decor pieces, tutus, toys and other gems kids will forever treasure. Meet the Designer: On Dec. 12 from 1-3pm only. Local designers will be present for a reception. Visitors can find out what inspires these fantastic NYC creators and hear what they have planned for the Spring.

The Grand Central Centennial Holiday Light Show - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 26, 2013 - Midtown

Making its return to Grand Central Terminal for its Centennial year, The The Holiday Light Show will illuminate the famous windows on the west side of the Main Concourse. presented by Toshiba.

Centennial Holiday Light Show - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 26, 2013 - New York

The Holiday Light Show makes its return to Grand Central Terminal for its Centennial year. The show will light up the famous windows on the west side of the Main Concourse above Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse NYC and Cipiani Dolci this holiday season.

Blooming Naturalists - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through December 27, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids explore the natural beauty of Prospect Park with a park naturalist.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S. - On the Origin - Lehmann Maupin
Through December 28, 2013 - New York

This marks the collective's third solo show at Lehmann Maupin and features a new series titled On the Origin of Species (after Darwin), including two commanding sixteen-foot paintings and additional works inspired by Charles Darwin's seminal text which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology.

Shirazeh Houshiary - The eye fell in love with the ear - Lehmann Maupin
Through December 28, 2013 - New York

Shirazeh Houshiary's sixth solo show features new paintings that continue to demonstrate her labor-intensive process through which she unites the written word and the surface of the canvas into a meditative visual experience. A group of anodized aluminum tower sculptures twisted in the shape of helices will also be on view.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 28, 2013 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat each Saturday morning with lessons, stories, and games.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
Through December 28, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings on the 1st Saturday of every month and be a part of the fun!

Theatre Three's production of A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 28, 2013 - Port Jefferson

Celebrate the season with Long Island?s own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas?past, present and future. As described by Newsday??There could scarcely be a finer tribute to [Dickens?] legend than A Christmas Carol at Theatre Three." November 16-December 28, 2013.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through December 28, 2013 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Tea Time with Babar - Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

Children, families, and Babar fans of all ages will enjoy this very special Babar Tea Time celebration at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Kids can exercise their creative side and partake in a coloring contest that awards the winner with a special Babar book autographed by author and illustrator Laurent de Brunhoff!! Participants also can have their photo taken with Babar on-site, and enjoy delicious tea time snacks and drinks! To help deck the halls – Babar style! – and continue the celebration of the beloved brand’s 80th anniversary throughout the holiday season, Hôtel Plaza Athénée will prominently display a one-of-a-kind Babar-themed Christmas tree featuring more than one hundred Babar plush toys!

A Christmas Story - The Musical - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through December 29, 2013 -

A new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which earned 3 2013 Tony Award nominations.

Eighteenth-Century Pastels - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 29, 2013 - New York

With the 1929 bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, the Metropolitan Museum acquired its first pastels -- about twenty nineteenth-century works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Edouard Manet. For forty years, they were shown with our European and American paintings. It was not until 1956 that we were bequeathed a pastel by Jean Pillement (1728-1808). Between 1961 and 1975 we acquired a small group of works by John Russell (1745-1806), and there the matter stood until 2002, when the Metropolitan bought a pastel by the Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757). Since then we have purchased nearly a dozen others by Italian, French, British, German, and Danish artists. Most are portraits, and they are exhibited here with two vivid seascapes by Pillement from a private collection. Pastels are made from powdery substances that are fragile and subject to fading. In accordance with modern museum practice, they are exhibited in very low light or rotated to ensure their long-term preservation. This display is therefore a temporary extension of the new installation in the adjoining galleries for European Old Master paintings. Described by the great Salon critic and encyclopedist Dennis Diderot as no more than dust, pastel owes it distinctive velvety quality to its powdery surface, which reflects diffuse scattered light. Consisting of finely ground pigment and a white mineral extender moistened with a minute quantity of binder (such as oatmeal whey, mineral spirits, and gum tragacanth) rolled into sticks of color, pastels are made in a progression of tints and shades. Pastelists kept hundreds of such crayons on hand. The popularity of pastel -- especially for portraiture -- swept across Europe and Britain in the eighteenth century. Unlike today, such compositions were regarded as paintings. They were executed in vibrant colors on paper mounted on a wood strainer, elaborately framed with costly glass and on an intimate scale that suited the refined living spaces of the aristocracy and the haute bourgeoisie. These works have retained their original brilliance because the pastel medium does not contain resins and the surfaces of works in pastel were never varnished and rarely fixed, thereby precluding the darkening or yellowing that so often alters the hues of paintings in oil.

Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through December 29, 2013 - Forest Hills

Features fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, nuts, coffee, berries, potted plants, flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and more. This market is open Sundays through December 29.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket - Travers Park
Through December 29, 2013 - Jackson Heights

Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, the recently expanded Jackson Heights Greenmarket is the largest and busiest Greenmarket in Queens. Wrapping around the edge of Travers Park, this bustling Sunday market draws a large crowd of families, long-time residents and young couples who come out to shop, enjoy the lively scene, and meet and greet their neighbors. The Friends of Travers Park designated 78th a "playstreet" where they host family-friendly events each Sunday adjacent to the market. Reflecting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, the Jackson Heights market offers a broad selection of vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, honey, chicken and specialty Mexican produce.

Oliver - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through December 29, 2013 - Millburn

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic will enthrall you from the start with the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. Dickens larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "Who Will Buy?," and "Consider Yourself." Don't miss this extraordinary musical with a holiday TWIST for the entire family. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

A Grand Display of Holiday Traditions: Victorian Era Presents and Decorations - Lockwood-Mathews Mansion
Through December 29, 2013 - Norwalk

Visitors to the Mansion will explore the development of American holiday traditions during the Victorian era, including holiday technologies and toys. Each Period Room of this National Historic Landmark will tell a story, such as the Dining Room, which will highlight New Year's feasts and menus. Throughout the Mansion the exhibit will tell the evolving story of the Christmas tree and its decorations. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews era. November 29-December 29, 2013.

'Tis The Season ... Special Holiday House Tours - The Louis Armstrong House Museum
Through December 29, 2013 - Corona

Celebrate the holiday Satchmo style. Enjoy holiday cheer at Louis's house, featuring rare at-home recordings of Louis Armstrong. In keeping with Louis and Lucille's tradition, the house will be brightly decorated for the holidays. This Holiday Historic House Tour will feature rare audio clips from Louis's personal recordings of himself and family celebrations at home. Hear Louis's magical voice reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Visit from St. Nicholas,' along with other seasonal recordings such as "Zat you Santa Claus" and Louis listening to Nat King Cole's rendition of "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" with and an impromptu duet by Louis himself. Free candy canes included with museum admission. Louis Armstrong—the world's most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. No one has lived in the house since the Armstrongs, and the house and its furnishings remain very much as they were during Louis and Lucille's lifetime. Today, the Louis Armstrong House Museum is open to the public, offering guided tours of Louis's longtime home. On the tour, audio clips from Louis's homemade recordings are played, and visitors hear Louis practicing his trumpet, enjoying a meal, or talking with his friends. Visitors also get to enjoy an exhibit on Louis's life and legacy, and the Armstrongs' beautiful Japanese-inspired garden. The Museum is shown only through guided 40-minute historic house tours that start every hour on the hour (last tour of the day starts at 4 pm). The exhibit area and garden can be explored before or after the tour. No appointment is necessary, unless you are planning a group visit for at least 8 people. Closed on all Mondays and the following Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Always open on the 4th of July, in honor of Louis's traditional birthday.

'Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol' at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
Through December 29, 2013 - Tarrytown

Charles Dickens will hold court inside the Lyndhurst mansion on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday, December 12th through Sunday, December 29th. "Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol" is a recreation of Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale that brings the travails of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim alive. Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol in 1843 and performed public readings while touring throughout England beginning in 1857, and in the U.S. from 1867-1868. Working from Dickens' actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon tells the well-loved tale as guests travel throughout the mansion "meeting" the different spirits and characters. Visitors will follow Mr. Dickens and his imagined helper, Mrs. Wiggins, as he wanders through the mansion to tell his tale. This offers a novel way of simultaneously experiencing Lyndhurst and Dickens' classic tale. Go to lyndhurst.org or showclix.com/event/3734250 for times and online ticket purchase information.

Exhibition: A Very Duchess Holiday - Lyndhurst
Through December 29, 2013 - Tarrytown

During regular mansion tours, experience Lyndhurst elaborately decorated for the holidays and set with ten dresses belonging to Anna, the Duchess of Talleyrand, and her sister Helen Gould Shepard. At the 100th anniversary of Helen Gould's marriage, Lyndhurst's parlor is set for the wedding, displaying Helen's beaded lace wedding dress made by Paris couturier Redfern. Experience how a real aristocrat lived with in this special holiday exhibition. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 29th through December 29th. Multiple dates and times; to purchase tickets, go to showclix.com/event/3789198 or lyndhurst.org. Go to lyndhurst.org for on-line ticket sales.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2013 - New York

You and your loved ones will be immersed in the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver as scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the interior of the Music Hall into a magical canvas. Expect to be awed vis a vis digital projections coupled with the world's largest flown indoor LED screen. Fan-favorites including "New York at Christmas," where the Rockettes board a real double-decker bus and the high-energy tap number, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course, beloved classics like "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" will also be back. Visit website for playing schedule and to reserve tickets.

Seasonal Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through December 30, 2013 - West Nyack

Jill will help artists of all ages design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Her selection includes jewelry boxes, candy dishes, mugs, plates, picture frames, vases, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday. All-ages workshops are held each Friday.

'A Christmas Carol' - Players Theatre
Through December 30, 2013 - Greenwich Village

A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn't change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out during this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge!

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2013 - New York

Celebrate the season with the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver! In this larger-than-life stage show, scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the Music Hall into a true winter wonderland. Longtime fans can look forward to classic numbers such as "New York at Christmas" and "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" as well as new numbers like the sensational "Snow."

Steak & Lobster Special - Morton's The Steakhouse
Through December 30, 2013 - New York

For a limited time, enjoy a succulent steak and lobster tail served with drawn butter for only $49.95. In New York City: 551 Fifth Ave. (entrance on 45th St. bet. 5th & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315; World Trade Center: 136 Washington St. (bet. Cedar & Albany), 212-608-0178.

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 10th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
Through December 30, 2013 - Bayport

Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and vignettes. The Holiday Light Show is entirely built, produced, and coordinated by staff and volunteers of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Along with the view, you can have photos taken with Santa, enjoy refreshments, explore the Hall of Trees and more. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts programs and outreach services. Open daily,December 2-December 30 (Closed 24 and 25).

Social Skills Coaching for Teens - Elaine Lerner, MSW CSW
Through December 30, 2013 - Garden City

Elaine Lerner, MSW CSW provides support to adolescents and their families in her Social Skills Coaching for Teens workshops. She teaches teens tools, techniques and strategies to learn how to communicate better with classmates, peers and parents, make friends through social interactions, navigate middle school and high school, problem solve as well as preparation for a smooth transition to college and career. Her 7-Session program includes parent support as well as a family session where an individualized Personal Success Action Plan is drafted. Call today for a complimentary 30-minute phone session to determine if your child is a candidate for this program.

'Three Bears Holiday Bash' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through December 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear's annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a "12 days of Christmas" sing-a-long during the performance! Written and directed by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre's longtime artistic director, Bruce Cannon, Three Bears Holiday Bash draws from the stories of Hanukkah, The Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, making it a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

The production will run through December 30. Please note the augmented schedule below for specific show dates.
• December 24-25th – Closed
• December 26th – 30th –11:00am and 1:00pm
Schedule subject to change, please check http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/arts/ for most current schedule.

That Face: The Art of Ken Fallin - Broadway, Hollywood & Wall Street - Gallery New World Stages
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

Curated by Bernard Stote, this exhibit features over 75 original works of Caricature Art of popular cultural icons from Broadway community, Hollywood, politics, and Wall Street. Artwork on exhibit will range from President Barack Obama to Kinky Boots, from Book of Mormon to the cast of Mad Men, from Pippin to Patti LuPone, Stephen Sondheim, and more.

Piggy Nation The Musical - Snapple Theater Center
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

"Piggy Nation" is a funny, fast moving 60 minute musical full of lessons in avoiding "piggy" behavior. With an original score richly layered in blues, rock, rap and gospel influences, "Piggy Nation" follows Sammy Hamhock, a little pig excited to be on summer vacation following his dad to work on Piggy Patrol, issuing tickets for piggy behavior. But Sammy learns that everyone is a little piggy sometimes, even his dad. Full of lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration, "Piggy Nation" battles the rude behavior found all around us, in a colorful and amusing update of the golden rule. Lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration shine in this family musical for kids ages 3+ and their parents and grandparents too.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through December 31, 2013 - Gowanus

Powerplay's play area is an environment that encourages physical and imaginative play. It's indoor play space is a warm embrace for the cold and frosty days. It provides amenities of a local playground in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents and caregivers must supervise their child.

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through December 31, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.

Animal Adventures - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids learn about and touch live animals from the Museum's living collection.

Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through December 31, 2013 - Greenpoint

Kids have fun, exercise, and enjoy alot of gymnastic-based sensory input. Use our 2,800-square-foot facility to explore, discover and help increase your child's awareness with positive play habits and a fun social environment. The Gym Park also offers a wide range of other programs including gymnastics and physical education for home-schooled children.

The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong - Flushing Town Hall
Through December 31, 2013 - Flushing

Did you know that jazz great Louis Armstrong was an avid collage artist? Made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, this exhibition features reproductions of some of the remarkable collages he created for his boxes of his audiotapes, and introduces audiences to this very public man who could turn his irrepressible creativity to arts other than music.

Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour - Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge Neighborhood Streets
Through December 31, 2013 - Manhattan

Tour some Brooklyn nabes where the front lawn Christmas lights are truly completely over the top. Ride in a luxury coach bus and enjoy free cannoli and hot chocolate. Tour begins in Manhattan.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead

Go behind the scenes at the aquarium and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish.

Story Time with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Emily, The Moxie Spot's resident storyteller, reads for the young and impressionable.

Pedro Reyes: The People's UN (pUN) - Queens Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2013 - Queens

Pedro Reyes: The People's UN (pUN) brings together citizen representatives of the 193 member states of the United Nations for mock assemblies and performances which reference the Queens Museum of Art's building's history of hosting the General Assembly of the UN between 1946-1950. pUN will be presented as a counterforce to the UN. Reyes will employ alternative negotiation techniques drawn from radical theater, psychology, marriage counseling, and corporate management consulting as opposed to traditional diplomacy to address foreign relations issues. Humorously format of the UN - caucuses, plenaries, simultaneous translation - pUN will entertain but also inform, and the objects and documents produced will be delivered to the UN in a culminating event. pUN will include both private and public performance sessions under the new massive central skylight.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through December 31, 2013 - 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 December from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Steve Tyrell - Cafe Carlyle
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

Harbor Lights Theater Company Presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play - Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Staten Island

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, is performed as a 1940's live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play; the production also features a "Foley Artist" -- an actor creating all the sound effects live onstage.

The Grinch's Holiday Workshop - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

To enter into The Grinch's Holiday Workshop is to be transported into the pages of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale, in which a grumpy Grinch, determined to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville, learns that generosity and the holiday spirit are not tied to gifts. With gallery walls draped in scenes from the book, including Cindy-Lou at the Who-ville holiday feast where the transformed Grinch carves the "roast beast," the interactive exhibit is a great and fun way to promote creativity, a love of reading and draw upon the lessons learned by the Grinch. New to The Grinch's Holiday Workshop this year is a special indoor "ice" skating rink where kids can take off their shoes and "skate" in their socks. The synthetic ice rink is safe, fun and provides thrills without any chills. The Grinch's Holiday Workshop features daily and weekly programming: Look for clues in The Workshop to answer scavenger hunt questions; follow the Grinch's green handprints throughout the Museum to learn about the importance of community and helping; dive into fun, creative play by creating Dr. Seuss "rhyming hats," two-sided Grinch masks and Max "the Rein-Dog" tree ornaments, and also create wacky Seussian words with Who-ville Mad-Libs. Children can also steer Max, the Grinch's unwitting "Rein-Dog," on an oversized, interactive sleigh all the way to Who-ville, as well as gather around the Grinch's whimsical, massive reading chair for storytelling with CMOM staff and special guests who will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and other classic Seuss books.

Christmas Lights & Cannoli Tour - A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

This 3-1/2-hour holiday tour highlights the festive homes of Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn made famous in the PBS documentary "Dyker Lights" and seen on TLC's "Crazy Christmas Lights". You'll also visit the festive homes in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. Included is a stop for a delicious cannoli and hot chocolate from an authentic, Brooklyn neighborhood pastry shop! The multimedia presentation includes vintage Christmas variety specials like Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and more! $3 off holiday tour with promo code CITYGUIDE

Homework Helper - After-School Drop-In Program - The Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University
Through December 31, 2013 - White Plains

The Center for Literacy Enrichment - Pace University is offering a new Homework Helper Program four days a week, Mondays-Thursdays, from 3-6pm for students in grades 1-12. Certified teachers are available to help children tackle their assignments in all subjects, including complex concepts in Math and Science. The cost is $5 per session or $70 for unlimited monthly sessions. The Center is located at 78 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY. For more information, contact 914-422-4135 or [email protected]

Yoga Classes for Adults - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Scarsdale

Yoga is all about being the best you can be physically, mentally, and spiritually. Classes held outdoors (in case of inclement weather, class held indoors). Bring your own mat. Call for more information and multi-class discount. Mondays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 7pm; Fridays, Dec. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 9am; Saturdays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 9am.

'The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale' - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through December 31, 2013 - Centerport

This new, seasonal show is a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal that also explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. The heroine, a young girl from a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon's nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village? The production combines live-action puppetry with 3-D animation. November 23-December 31, 2013.

Heckscher Helps the Hungry - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2013 - Huntington

The Museum is partnering with Long Island Cares Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank, in support of those in need. Help collect food for people and pets in the community. Visit the Museum in November and December to drop off your non-perishable donations and receive half-price admission as a special thank you. November 1-December 31, 2013.

One More Time, Once: Photography by Tony Graves & George Wirt - WBGO Gallery
Through December 31, 2013 - Newark

Take a walk through the 2012 TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival via One More Time, Once: Photography by Tony Graves and George Wirt, an exhibit featuring photographs, large prints and colorful murals. On display weekdays now through December 31, the exhibit includes photos of George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Pat Metheny, Christian McBride and many others. If you like what you see, the works are for sale. It’s jazz meets art at its finest!

Zumba Birthday Party - The Dance Treatment
Through December 31, 2013 - Garden City Park

Visit this beautiful venue and plan an exciting time for your little one's birthday. The Dance Treatment will cater to all your party needs.

Santa Dives with Sharks - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2013 - Norwalk

On select dates in December, Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium's dive team to demonstrate that sharks aren't the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Santa will strap on scuba gear and enter the Aquarium's 110,000-gallon "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit, which is home to 7-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks. It's all part of the regular dive-team program, in which Aquarium visitors can see ? and talk with ? divers swimming in the exhibit on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Check the Aquarium's website for specific dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim flippers. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays December 1-December 31, 2013. Check the website to confirm dates.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2013 - 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. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. Dec. 1, 7, 15, 22, 28, and 30 at 11am; Dec. 26 at 2pm.

Stadia: New Work by Anne Sherwood Pundyk - Susan Eley Fine Art
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

In the series Stadia or Stages, Anne Sherwood Pundyk transmits personal experience within a painterly proscenium; her angular, unbroken applications of paint frame layered, avian brushstrokes of saturated color.

History in your Hands: Historic Games - Lefferts Historic House
Through December 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Learn how to play Nine Man Morris, a historic board game. Afterwards you can make your own board to take home with you.

CityMD Urgent Care: 'Give me a Hug' - CityMD
Through December 31, 2013 - Manhattan

Stop by any CityMD location during the month of December and pick up a free huggable teddy bear for your child; no exam or doctor visit required. Just walk-in and say the magic words, "Give me a hug."
Participating locations:

E86th between First and Second avenues

336 E. 86th St.

W88st at Broadway)

2398 Broadway

E67th at Third Avenue

1150 Third Ave.

W57th between Eighth and Ninth avenues

315 W. 57th St.

E37th at Third Avenue

561 Third Ave.

W23rd Fifth and Sixth avenues

37 W. 23rd St.

W14th between Fifth and Sixth avenues

14 W. 14th St.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Feeling brave? Meet grasshoppers, worms, stick bugs, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Nature's Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers learn about the living and nonliving things that coexist with us on planet Earth, and the importance of being a steward of the environment. Meet an animal, plant, or mineral from the museum's collection.

Feeding Frenzy - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Come see what's on the menu today for the animals that live at the museum.

Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

The Museum's inclusive sensory space engages children of all abilities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Integration disorder. Please note that the Museum will be closed from September 1 through September 13.

'The Polar Express' - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2014 - Norwalk

See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. Through January 1, 2014.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through January 01, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

The White Witch has trapped Narnia in a perpetual state of winter with no hope of Christmas. But all that changes when four siblings venture through an old wardrobe and enter this land of talking animals, charming fauns, giants and dwarves. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Aslan the Great Lion, the children courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that Love is the deepest magic of all. In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through January 04, 2014 -

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharoahs - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 04, 2014 - New Haven

This exhibition will take you on a journey through two thousand years of fascination with ancient Egypt, the land of the pharaohs. Visitors will enter through a reproduction of the Egyptianizing gateway that is the entrance to New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839), and then discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our own world. Echoes of ancient Egypt appear in art, architecture, and literature around the world from ancient Africa to medieval Europe and the Middle East, to modern North America. April 13, 2013-January 4, 2014.

El Museo's Bienal 2013: Here Is Where We Jump - El Museo Del Barrio
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

The seventh edition of El Museo's biennial exhibition. La Bienal features work by Latino and Latin-American artists, from newly-minted to mid-career, who live and work in the greater metropolitan area of New York City. The exhibition was designed to give opportunities to artists and to make the public aware of their work, and features new works by artists who have never shown at El Museo.

Marc Dennis - An Artist, A Curator And A Rabbi Walk Into A Bar - Hasted Kraeutler
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

The title of the exhibition is a meta-joke (a joke within a joke), referencing the exhibited works, which are often, paintings within paintings. Left purposely without a punch line, the title lends itself to the idea of an endless narrative in which anyone can fill in the blanks and take the concept in any direction, or context. Dennis exposes the glamour, popularity, celebrity, absurdity and seductiveness that is the "art world" with skilled precision and artistic prowess.

THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET PERFORMS G. BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 04, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - Columbus Circle
Through January 04, 2014 - Columbus Circle

Experience Christmas in New York while reliving your favorite holiday movie moments on New York City?s most unique guided holiday bus tour. With this 2-and-a-half hour bus tour, you'll the sites where your favorite holiday movies were filmed and makes stops at some of the season?s most festive locations along the way. You?ll see how a lit up NYC sparkles during the holidays as you enjoy clips from silver screen classics such as Home Alone 2, Scrooged, and Elf. Tour departs from Columbus Circle (across from the Trump building).

CRAFT-TASTIC: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade - Pelham Art Center
Through January 04, 2014 - Pelham

A collection of the hand-made by local, national, and international crafts artists will be for sale in time for the holiday season at Pelham Art Center's annual exhibition, Craft-Tastic. The exhibition will run from Nov. 22, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2014. This year's exhibition will feature functional, wearable, and decorative crafts, ranging in price, scale, and materials, by over 20 artists. Crafts from the United States will include beautiful and unique jewelry and metal work from Brooklyn, Chicago, and nearby Tarrytown. Felted hats and fascinators will be for sale by a local Pelham milliner. Sculptural and functional, both thrown and slip cast, ceramics from as far away as Colorado and as close as New Rochelle will be shown. Pelham Art Center will also be exhibiting original glass work, hand-sewn, and knitted items, furniture, and sculptural objects. Zori slippers, felt flowers, rubber-band bracelets, and recycled plastic bags purses, all made in Cambodia, will be on sale as a fundraiser for the Somaly Mam Foundation (somaly.org), a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Pelham Art Center is also supporting Fair Trade felted crafts made by women entrepreneurs located in Central Asia. With the help of US-based partnerships, the sale of these hand-felted ornaments, bowls, and rugs assist in bringing economic sustainability to their communities. Craft-Tastic exposes viewers to the vibrant world of the hand-made while expanding upon the vocabulary of traditional craft materials and techniques. The exhibition also touches on the idea of how craft continues to be a viable source of income for artists and communities in addition to a method of artistic expression throughout the world. Craft-Tastic is curated by Gail Heidel. Artists will include: Cheryl Bryant (NJ), Andrew Coombs (SC), Craftspring (Fair Trade), Erin S. Daily (NY), Stephen Eakin (NY), Heather Mae Erickson (CO), Doug Frati (ME), MaryLouise Gladstone (NY), Layne Gregory (ME) , Kathryn Fenstermaker (TN), Mamie Kanfer (NY), Maia Leppo (NY), Leigh Taylor Mickelson (NY), Sana Musasama (NY), Susan Saas (NY), Amy Santoferraro (KS), Leslie Silk-Champagne (NH), Kristi Sword (NY), Judith Weber (NY), and Brian Weissman (NY).

Richard Van Buren: The 1970s - Garth Greenan Gallery
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

The first ever large-scale presentation of Van Buren's sculpture and drawings from this period. Fifteen of the artist's densely layered abstract sculptures will be on view, including a twenty-foot floor piece, Bennington (1970) and Strata (1977), a fourteen-foot wall piece.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - On Location Tours
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

Take a guided bus tour to see the spectacular holiday lights and movie sites in New York City, the most filmed city in the world. Relax as your tour guide, a local New York City actor or actress entertains and informs you throughout this one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Included in the tour are sites associated with films such as Home Alone 2, Miracle on 34th Street, Serendipity, Elf, Scrooged, and much more.

Picturing Central Park - Museum of the City of New York
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Artist Janet Ruttenberg's love affair with Central Park has inspired her to use a variety of media -- watercolor, oils, and video -- to capture the natural and human beauty of this iconic New York landscape. Picturing Central Park will include 17 major works, many of them a monumental 15 feet in width, along with smaller pieces and photographs that reveal the artist's imaginative approach to her bold and sometimes fantastical work.

Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press features eighteen works by seven Native American contemporary artists -- Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Phillip John Charette (Yup'ik), Joe Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes [Okanagan/Lakes]), Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho), James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Wendy Red Star (Crow), and Marie Watt (Seneca) -- working in collaboration with Crow's Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen.

Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Morgan's collection of eighteenth-century Venetian drawings is among the world's finest, with more than 300 sheets by renowned masters Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770) and his son Domenico (1726-1804). Drawn entirely from the museum's holdings, Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World features a selection of nearly one hundred works on paper and chronicles the vitality and originality of drawing during Venice's second Golden Age. The eighteenth century saw the resurgence of the legendary maritime city as a center for international arts patronage. Venice was home to several flourishing family workshops and commissions from the church, nobility, bourgeoisie, and foreign travelers ensured the fame of her artists. The exceptional creativity of Venetian masters is seen in Giambattista Tiepolo's luminous wash studies for frescoed ceilings and painted figures; views of Venice and architectural capricci by Francesco Guardi and Canaletto; early designs executed by Giovanni Piranesi during his formative years in the city; and Domenico Tiepolo's humorous Scenes from Contemporary Life and theatrical vignettes depicting the comic character Punchinello.

Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, given annually to the best novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe. This exhibition explores the history of 'The Booker' and the ways in which the prize has captured the British imagination and the attention of the international literary community through objects drawn from the more than four thousand proofs, printed books, manuscripts, artworks, letters, and promotional material that comprise the Morgan's Man Booker Prize Collection.

Secrets of Circles - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - Norwalk

If you look around, you'll see that circles are everywhere: in the wheels of a car, the clock on the wall, the tortillas on your table, and the frisbees and tops you play with. This exhibit invites visitors to climb into a circular boat, play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe and make objects spin using colorful gears. Featuring eighteen hands-on components, the highly-interactive Secrets of Circles inspires children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles. September 8-January 5, 2014.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company beloved as an American cultural ambassador to the world, returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Encore performances from last year's record-breaking season are Garth Fagan's revered From Before, Jiri Kylian's sensual and visually surprising Petite Mort, Ronald K. Brown's uplifting Grace and in-demand young choreographer Kyle Abraham's Another Night, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in celebration of the Center's 50th anniversary. Other choreographic treasures brought to life by Ailey's acclaimed company members will be Paul Taylor's Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris' soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music on select programs.

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 05, 2014 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians.

Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Throughout the eighteenth century, a large number of artists -- painters, sculptors, draftsmen, and amateurs -- experimented with etching, a highly accessible printmaking technique akin to drawing. Some, like Antoine Watteau and Francois Boucher, encountered the process within the thriving commerce of the Paris print market. Others, like Jean-Honore Fragonard and Hubert Robert, experimented with the technique during their student years in Rome. Over the course of the century, the free and improvisational aesthetic of the etching process increasingly was embraced, and French artists looked to seventeenth-century masters, such as Rembrandt in the north, and Salvator Rosa and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione to the south, for inspiration. The expressive potential of the technique was also explored in a more experimental manner by artists like Gabriel de Saint-Aubin and Louis Jean Desprez, who harnessed the inky tonalities of the medium to their personal and idiosyncratic vision. The exhibition will include loans from North American museums and private collections.

Grand Processsion: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Grand Procession celebrates Native identity through 23 colorful and meticulously detailed objects that are much more than dolls. Traditionally made by female relatives using buffalo hair, hide, porcupine quills, and shells, figures like these have long served as both toys and teaching tools for American Indian communities. Outfitted in intricate regalia, these dolls—on loan from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—represent Plains and Plateau tribes and the work of five artists: Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota), Joyce Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), Jessa Rae Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), and Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock). Their superb craftsmanship and attention to detail imbue these figures with a remarkable presence and power, turning a centuries-old tradition into a contemporary art form.

Robert Motherwell: The Early Collages - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Guggenheim Museum is organizing an exhibition devoted exclusively to papier colles and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s by the American artist Robert Motherwell. By reexamining the artist's origins and his engagement with this technique, which he described in 1944 as "the greatest of our [art] discoveries," the exhibition will investigate the artist's work during a pivotal decade in his career. Featuring approximately 50 artworks, the exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim's early patronage. At her urging, and under the tutelage of emigre Surrealist artist Roberto Matta, Motherwell first experimented with the papier colle technique. As he recalled years later "I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found . . . my identity." The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, in June 2013, and travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in September 2013. This exhibition is curated by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions.

Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Hildesheim Cathedral has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of church furnishings and treasures in Europe, with many masterpieces made between 1000 and 1250. As a result, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1985. A major renovation of the cathedral provides an opportunity for this extraordinary exhibition of medieval church treasures. Consisting of about fifty works, the exhibition will focus primarily on Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim (960-1022), one of the greatest patrons of the arts in the Middle Ages. In addition to the famous monumental bronze doors and the column in Hildesheim Cathedral that cannot travel, Bernward commissioned many smaller precious works of art, mostly for his monastic foundation St. Michael's. A silver crucifix and candlesticks and numerous illuminated manuscripts (that he is known to have commissioned), and the Golden Madonna (that he is believed to have commissioned), will be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will also examine the artistic production of Hildesheim in the high Middle Ages, including the monumental bronze baptismal font that is a masterpiece of thirteenth-century metalwork.

Julia Margaret Cameron - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) blended an unorthodox technique, a deeply spiritual sensibility, and a Pre- Raphaelite-inflected aesthetic to create a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul. This will be the first New York City museum exhibition devoted to Cameron's work in nearly a generation, and the first ever at the Met. The showing of thirty-five works is drawn entirely from the Metropolitan's rich collection, including major works from the Rubel Collection acquired in 1997 and the Gilman Collection acquired in 2005.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2014 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2014.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

A new exhibition that transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. Whales explores the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. From the traditions of New Zealand's Maori whale riders and the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples of the Pacific Northwest to the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunting, the exhibition traces the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

Iran Modern - Asia Society and Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The first major international loan exhibition in New York on the subject, Iran Modern comprises paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the three decades in focus, and provides a dynamic perspective and better understanding of Iran's rich culture and history for the public.

Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Robert Indiana (b. Robert Clark, 1928) first emerged on the wave of Pop Art that engulfed the art world in the early 1960s. Bold and visually dazzling, his work embraced the vocabulary of highway signs and roadside entertainments that were commonplace in post war America. Presciently, he used words to explore themes of American identity, racial injustice, and the illusion and disillusion of love. The appearance in 1966 of what became his signature image, LOVE, and its subsequent proliferation on unauthorized products, eclipsed the public's understanding of the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art. This retrospective will reveal an artist whose work, far from being unabashedly optimistic and affirmative, addresses the most fundamental issues facing humanity -- love, death, sin, and forgiveness -- giving new meaning to our understanding of the ambiguities of the American Dream and the plight of the individual in a pluralistic society.

Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: LEGO bricks. This is the world's biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Participatory City features 100 of the key trends published in the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai editions of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, each illustrated by contributions from a global roster of architects, academics, designers, and artists, as well as from Lab programs and projects. The exhibition will represent the trends in an exclusively digital installation through drawings, sketches, short videos, and renderings.

In Vogue: A Runway of 19th Century Women's Fashion - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Fairfield

The exhibit features the fashion-forward women of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Every decade from 1780 to 1900 will be on the runway. From cage hoop skirts to sleeves so large a woman could barely turn her head, this exhibit will emphasize the making of a fashionable woman throughout the Colonial, Regency, and Victorian Eras of Fairfield's history. Peer through a sea of posh hats to catch a glimpse of these historical fashionistas. July 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Beginning in the 16th century, the golden age of European maritime navigation in search of spice routes to the East brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way around the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Blending the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all the cultures that produced or purchased them, these beautiful and historically fascinating fabrics also served as conduits of information, sparking ideas of imagined exotic lands and peoples in both East and West. The exhibition includes works from across the Museum's collection - augmented by a few key domestic and international loans - in order to make worldwide visual connections, and to highlight an important design story that has never been told from a truly global perspective.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - Midtown

Art of the Brick, an exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world's biggest display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

Decorated Glenview - Hudson River Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - Yonkers

Designer Bob Pesce gives a contemporary interpretation of Victorian holiday splendor in Glenview's parlor, sitting room, library, dining room, and great hall. From Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, 2014, see the floor-to-ceiling tree in the parlor; Coalport porcelain plates and green-engraved Bristol glassware on the dining table; and in the sitting room, the place for casual celebrations, see a table-top tree, the earliest type of fir tree brought to England for indoor display, which delighted Queen Victoria. Victorian toys from the collection -- including a doll, sled, and building blocks -- beloved long before the iPhone or even Barbie, are on display. Nybelwyck Hall, in its special room in Glenview, is also decked out in green and red. This 24-room dollhouse is reminiscent of Hudson Valley manors.

alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins - American Folk Art Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

This exhibition considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins are keenly aware that a quilt's very substance -- its remnants, pieces, choices, geometries -- is profoundly laden with meaning. They intentionally seek such emotional and retentive content in their work, oftentimes through ingenious techniques and by using unexpected materials such as 16mm film strips or used Tyvek envelopes. By purposefully reusing experiential elements with relevance to their own lives and times, they exploit the tension inherent in historical quilts between function and significance. The three artists are especially attracted to the rationality and precision of specific quilt patterns that often have illusive qualities - Tumbling Blocks, Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, Double Wedding Ring - examples of which, from the museum's collection, will also be on view.

Mother Africa - New Victory Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Rich in rhythm and robust in song, MOTHER AFRICA's acrobats, musicians and dancers light up the stage in a powerful performance of stunning African artistry. Featuring stilt walkers from Tanzania, jugglers from Ethiopia and a renowned contortionist from Kenya, modern circus arts meld with joyful dance and music among a marvel of traditional masks. Exuberant afro-beats radiate from the stage with every strike of the infectious djembe and strum of the mbira, while bazin and kitenge fabrics swirl in a spectacle of color. Merry and bright, this is one holiday party you won't want to miss!

BODIES REVEALED - Connecticut Science Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Hartford

This exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body. The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole-body specimens are displayed in athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate them to everyday activities. In addition, specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. The human body specimens in the Exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare. September 21-January 5, 2014.

Chinese Ceramics for Iran and Indo-Persia - Asia Society and Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

During the Yuan period (1279-1368) the high-fired, glazed ceramics of China were among the most prized luxuries of the pre-industrial world. The Chinese kilns at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province and the Longquan kilns of Zhejiang province produced ceramics for markets in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and beyond, and catered to specific needs of a variety of markets. They produced large, shallow platters like the three examples on view here, which were highly desired in the Middle East where communal eating style was the norm. Particularly fine examples were used as court tablewares and even gifts to royal shrines. The Mughal rulers of India, who descended from rulers of Persia, inherited a taste for Chinese ceramics from their royal predecessors. Both Persian and Mughal painting frequently include images of Chinese ceramics, attesting to their popularity. Two of the Chinese porcelain platters here have incised inscriptions by the 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, famed for his patronage of the Taj Mahal. Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644) texts also tell us that Chinese delegations often presented porcelain as official gifts to other countries. The large 15th-century blue-and-white vase with a three clawed dragon design is of a type known to have been gifted in this manner to Persia.

'Mother Africa' - New Victory Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Merry and bright, Mother Africa will shine in a powerful performance of stunning African artistry when Circus Der Sinne makes its U.S. Premiere from Dec. 6–Jan. 5 at The New Victory Theater. Featuring a diverse cast from different countries throughout the African continent, Mother Africa mixes modern circus arts with traditional African dance and music. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the show features a cast of more than two dozen acrobats, musicians, and dancers who will fill the New Victory stage with breathtaking feats, exuberant afro-beats, and a swirl of colorful bazin and kitenge fabrics. Rare acts like the thrilling Icarian Games from Ethiopia, in which foot jugglers toss fellow acrobats into the air, join crowd favorites like a chair stack from Tanzania, and a contortionist from Kenya described as "the most flexible man in the world." A live band keeps the party going with every strike of the congos and strum of the mbira, while stilt dancers, gumboot steppers and a marvel of traditional masks showcase Africa's expressive dance culture. Rich in rhythm and robust in song, Mother Africa has earned rave reviews around the globe and has performed for nearly 1 million people worldwide since the show's debut in 2006. Mother Africahas a running time of 90 minutes including one intermission and is recommended for everyone ages five and older.

The Holiday Ride - The Ride
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

THE RIDE: Holiday Edition is back for a second year to share with friends and loved ones during New York City's favorite season. Together you will enjoy the exclusivity of gliding through Manhattan in THE RIDE's state-of-the-art sleigh, protected from the frenzied crowds and winter weather. Revel in the city's landmarks dazzling in their holiday finest. THE RIDE's repertory company of talented performers will continue to surprise and to delight you with their original, themed vignettes and music peppered throughout your journey.

Holiday Express Train Show - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Fairfield

Kids and adults will delight in the magic of model trains winding around a winter wonderland of spectacular trees and beautiful holiday scenery. December 6-January 5, 2014.

'The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families today. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin defies the laws of physics and performs miracles inches from spectator's faces.

'Frida's New York' by Felipe Galindo/Feggo - Word Up Community Bookshop and Arts Space.
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

"Frida's New York" features sequential artworks from Felipe Galindo/Feggo's project in progress, including drawings, storyboards and cartoons for the animation short of the same title, to be completed in 2014. These humorous works were inspired by Frida Kahlo's visits to New York in the 1930’s and 1940’s, by the popular aesthetics of the period, and by the intertwining of Mexican culture in contemporary New York. Using drawing, watercolor and digital collage, the artist creates imaginary narratives about Kahlo's life and the impact that New York City made on her art and life. About the artist: Felipe Galindo (Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animation, fine art and public art. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, theInternational Herald Tribune, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Nickelodeon, Mad Magazine, and others worldwide. Currently, his artwork “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge” is featured in the MTA’s Poetry in Motion posters in subway cars throughout the New York City. Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and he is the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan, which includes works on paper, animations, and the book Manhatitlan, Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined (Pinto Books, 2010.) He is also the author of No Man Is a Desert Island – Cartoons by Felipe Galindo-Feggo (Pinto Books, 2012.)

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene?embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above -- adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.

Gateway to Himalayan Art - The Rubin Museum
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

Marking the first in a series of yearly rotations, nearly twenty works of art add new dimensions and context to Gateway to Himalayan Art. Visitors will notice a greater emphasis on Hindu works, with beautiful examples from India and Nepal ranging from 12th to 19th centuries, as well as intricately-detailed thangka paintings, manuscript pages, and textiles. In every iteration, Gateway acquaints new and long-time friends of the museum with the principal concepts of Himalayan art, including important deities and symbols, the materials and techniques used in creating works of art, and the purposes and functions of these works in their sacred and secular contexts. And don't forget to pick up your Gateway Looking Guide to help you identify important figures and symbols throughout the museum. It's yours to keep.

Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

In 1963 the Museum's Department of Islamic Art was established as a separate entity. Since then, under the leadership of six successive department heads, the collection has grown through gifts, bequests, and purchases. The works of art in this exhibition are grouped by decade to highlight the trends and broadening focus in collecting Islamic art at the Met. From ceramics, glass and metalwork to carpets and contemporary art, this exhibition celebrates the half-century anniversary of the department and its collections.

XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

This exhibition offers a critical assessment of photography's influential role in contemporary art through a selection of recent major acquisitions, comprised primarily of multipart and serial works by 19 artists. These works -- each of which is being presented at MoMA for the first time -- are grounded in diverse photographic traditions, suggesting the creative fertility of the medium from 1960 to today. They range from postwar experiments with darkroom processes, such as photograms and photomontages; to 1970s feminist performances conceived for the camera; to political and documentary engagements with themes of labor history and globalization in the 1980s; to post-appropriative forms of archival and historical reconstitution since 2000. The cross-generational group of 19 international artists features Yto Barrada, Phil Collins, Liz Deschenes, Stan Douglas, VALIE EXPORT, Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Leslie Hewitt, Birgit Jurgenssen, Jurgen Klauke, Bela Kolarova, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Dora Maurer, Oscar Munoz, Mariah Robertson, Allan Sekula, Stephen Shore, Hank Willis Thomas, and Akram Zaatari.

La Leche - JCC of Rockland
Through January 06, 2014 - West Nyack

The JCC hosts this monthly La Leche League program, All You Ever Wanted To Know About Breast Feeding, with Instructor Elly Gail Egenberg, an Accredited lactation counselor & Le Leche League Leader. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, new beginnings, overcoming breastfeeding obstacles, and weaning. The group meets the first Monday of every month through January 6.

New Photography 2013 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

Presenting recent works by eight international artists who have expanded the field of photography as a medium of experimentation and intellectual inquiry. Their porous practices -- grounded in photographic artist's books, sculpture, photomontage, performance, and science -- creatively reassess the themes and processes of making pictures today. Artists include Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Brendan Fowler, Annette Kelm, Lisa Oppenheim, Anna Ostoya, Josephine Pryde, and Eileen Quinlan.

2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Center
Through January 07, 2014 - New York

The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit by 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 11pm on January 7th, 2014.

Quirky Kid Pen Pop Up Shop - Quirky Kid Pen
Through January 08, 2014 - New York City

Join us at the Quirky Kid Pen for an interactive experience and pop up shop that is launching December 13th at Crosby and W. Houston. Quirky, the company that makes invention accessible, will set up shop in Soho to host Kid Pen, a space where parents can shop for the latest Quirky holiday products and kids can come to play and engage with the new tech, home goods, gadgets and toys. Kid Pen is based on Quirky’s new smart home product, the Porkfolio, the app-enabled piggy bank that lets you track your balance and set savings goals from your mobile device. On site kids can throw coins into the oversized, five foot piggy bank and proceeds will be donated to charity. Throughout the month, various kid bands will perform at the Kid Pen. Check Quirky.com for band listings and more information.

'Penguins' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - Upper West Side

"Penguins," a new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, opens at the American Museum of Natural History, on Monday, July 8. The film will screen at the museum through Jan. 9, 2014. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by nWave Pictures Distribution, the film is narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Penguin City, on the remote island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as 6 million penguins. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin?s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth?s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins will be shown daily in the Museum?s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly). To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.) nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment present Penguins, a film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with British media powerhouse SKY 3D (BSkyB) and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.

Penguins (IMAX film) - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - New York

A new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Niccolo Cosme - The Altar Boy - Tally Beck Contemporary
Through January 10, 2014 - New York

Featuring approximately 13 large-scale manipulated photographs that draw from the artist's background as a gay man growing up in the intensely Catholic culture of the Philippines. Just as Christian imagery was adjusted to the context of different cultures, Cosme re-imagines Counter-reformation ecstatic and hagiographical imagery with a homoerotic twist and an emphasis on national identity. Using live models, he stages his photographs, and his work recalls the hyper-realsim and surrealism of Pierre et Gilles.

Andrea Arroyo - Memories Interlaced - Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center
Through January 10, 2014 - New York

Arroyo's exhibit marries the elegant historical venue with bright contemporary art. The female-centered works are placed amid the striking plaster garlands, cherubs, and marbleized columns of the restored Audubon Ballroom - the Thomas Lamb classic built in 1912 and the site of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965. Arroyo uses garments collected from women in the community, such as a Mexican huipil and an Indian prayer shawl, repurposed evocative personal items, to examine notions of memory, belonging, and body image and to honor the resilience of the female spirit. The exhibit includes a painting of the Aztec goddess Coatlicue integrated with a hand-woven Mexican huipil; Ixchel, which depicts the Mayan Jaguar goddess integrated with a Guatemalan hand-woven skirt cloth; and Sarasvati, a work integrating the Hindu deity of the rivers and the arts with a silk wrap.

Brancusi in New York 1913-2013 - Paul Kasmin Gallery
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

An exhibition of works from the Brancusi Estate collection celebrating Brancusi's 100th anniversary in New York following his debut at the Armory Show in 1913, where the sculptor exhibited five works that directed modern sculpture on a radical new path.

Roni Horn - Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake - Hauser & Wirth
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

Featuring large format drawings and two multi-part sculptures that continue Horn's exploration of the nature of perception, memory, and identity. The experiential quality of Horn's glass installations link the relationship of time to space and light. Employing the formal devices of pairing, repetition, and doubling, Horn challenges the viewer to reconcile the eye and the mind.

'Transparency', Salvatore Emblema - BOSI Contemporary
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

In collaboration with the archives, estate, and museum of Italian post-war artist Salvatore Emblema, BOSI Contemporary is proud to announce his first New York exhibition Transparency, which examines his career through 20 works and a large-scale installation. Having spent the majority of his life in Italy, Emblema remains relatively unknown to an American audience despite two extended stays in New York City. Brought here on a Rockefeller Grant in the mid 1950s, Emblema spent a year in the New York art scene where he befriended eminent American painter Mark Rothko. Rothko’s iconic compositions and color use influenced Emblema who uniquely adopted these ideals. Growing up in Terzigno, a town on Mt. Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii, informed his basic artistic impulses. Always a purist with an interest in raw materials, Emblema concerned himself with nature, texture, shadow, and most importantly, light. His use of stretched sackcloth, or burlap, embodied all these interests and quickly became his canvas of choice. During his second New York visit in 1965, Emblema met Giulio Carlo Argan, a fellow Italian, a writer, and an observer of international art. Argan’s deep admiration of Emblema’s work pushed his development. Emblema began physically manipulating the jute fibers in the hopes of achieving painterly transparency. Despite working in relative isolation, Emblema’s oeuvre contains undertones of minimalism, process art, and arte povera as well as earth art and abstraction. As Peter Frank, curator and critic, states “Emblema’s work rarely if ever entraps itself in a certain period. It clearly comes from an era, responding as it does to the existential and perceptual questions of the 1950s and early 60s. But it was never of an era.” Salvatore Emblema (1929-2006) attended the Scuola del Corallo in Torre del Greco where he graduated in 1948. He had multiple solo exhibitions throughout Italy and internationally. Noted group shows include the 1980 and 1982 Venice Biennale; Italics, curated by Francesco Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2009); The Language of Less curated by Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Louisiana (2011).

Transparency. Salvatore Emblema - BOSI Contemporary
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

In collaboration with the archives, estate, and museum of Italian post-war artist Salvatore Emblema, BOSI Contemporary is proud to announce his first New York exhibition Transparency, which examines his career through 20 works and a large-scale installation. Having spent the majority of his life in Italy, Emblema remains relatively unknown to an American audience despite two extended stays in New York City. Brought here on a Rockefeller Grant in the mid 1950s, Emblema spent a year in the New York art scene where he befriended eminent American painter Mark Rothko. Rothko's iconic compositions and color use influenced Emblema who uniquely adopted these ideals. Growing up in Terzigno, a town on Mt. Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii, informed his basic artistic impulses. Always a purist with an interest in raw materials, Emblema concerned himself with nature, texture, shadow, and most importantly, light. His use of stretched sackcloth, or burlap, embodied all these interests and quickly became his canvas of choice. During his second New York visit in 1965, Emblema met Giulio Carlo Argan, a fellow Italian, a writer, and an observer of international art. Argan's deep admiration of Emblema's work pushed his development. Emblema began physically manipulating the jute fibers in the hopes of achieving painterly transparency. Despite working in relative isolation, Emblema's oeuvre contains undertones of minimalism, process art, and arte povera as well as earth art and abstraction. As Peter Frank, curator and critic, states "Emblema's work rarely if ever entraps itself in a certain period. It clearly comes from an era, responding as it does to the existential and perceptual questions of the 1950s and early 60s. But it was never of an era." Salvatore Emblema (1929-2006) attended the Scuola del Corallo in Torre del Greco where he graduated in 1948. He had multiple solo exhibitions throughout Italy and internationally. Noted group shows include the 1980 and 1982 Venice Biennale; Italics, curated by Francesco Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2009); The Language of Less curated by Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Louisiana (2011).

Paintings by Rafal Olbinski - 'The Virtue of Ambiguity' - Studio Vendome's SOHO Galleries
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

Rafal Olbinski, internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest living Surrealist painters, will be exhibiting at two new galleries in SoHo. Studio Vendome is located in architect Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House at 330 Spring Street. It is featuring 30 larger Olbinski oils on canvas. The second gallery, Studio Vendome Projects, is located at 30 Grand Street and is exhibiting 13 smaller-formated oils on canvas. The shows will run from December 11, 2013 to January 11, 2014. The show’s curator, Peter Hastings Falk, points out that Olbinski was recently elected to the “Rediscovered Masters” exhibition series by an Art Advisory Board composed of distinguished museum directors, curators, historians, and critics. A hardcover book, The Virtue of Ambiguity, is being published for the exhibition and will be released at the opening reception to be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9 pm. Profusely illustrated, the book includes essays by the renowned art critic Robert C. Morgan and Olbinski’s biographer, Izabela Gabrielson. Born in Kielce, Poland in 1945, Olbinski studied architecture before dedicating himself to painting and poster design. In 1970 he became art director of Jazz Forum, the iconic international jazz magazine founded in Poland in 1965. He was a key member of the Polish School of Posters, which exerted a significant influence upon international graphic design. In 1981, when martial law was declared in Poland, Olbinski happened to be in New York attending an exhibition of his work at The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA). Unable to return to Poland, he was surprised to have found himself “trapped” in America, the promised land of freedom for many immigrants. Settling in New York, Olbinski quickly won wide recognition for his large series of surreal posters created for the New York Opera and for numerous magazine covers for hundreds of publications such as Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Atlantic Monthly, Omni, The New York Times, New Yorker and many others. Like the great Surrealists before him, Olbinski views the mind as a theater of dreams and his resulting images as maps of the interior of the mind. These images are layered with psychological complexity, but they emit a poetic resonance that finds universal appeal. The comparisons are most often with Magritte — and this has earned him the epithet, “Prince of Surrealism.” When art critic Robert C. Morgan met Olbinski in his Manhattan studio, his first impression was that, “Somehow these compressed, old world quarters seem to match perfectly with Olbinski’s brilliantly complex and paradoxical imagery, filled with mutated classical-style figures, fish, birds, buildings, costumes, and incredible landscapes.” Olbinski has won more than one-hundred awards, including gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club of New York; and comparable awards in London and Paris. In 1994 he was awarded the World’s Most Memorable Poster by UNESCO. In 1995 his poster, New York, Capital of the World, was chosen for Zagat. He also designed two Earth Day posters. His works are in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, Library of Congress Print Collection in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Foundation in New York, the National Arts Club in New York, and various corporate and private collections. The galleries of Studio Vendome are uniquely positioned to showcase late career artists and artist estate collections deserving greater critical recognition. They opened in September by Antonio Vendome, chairman of the Vendome Group. These eponymous galleries are located in West SoHo’s burgeoning Hudson Square district. Mr. Vendome’s vision for approaching the art world in a different way was developed during the 1980s and 1990s owing to his close professional relationship with Philip Johnson, the great modernist American architect. The Manhattan real estate developer explained, “Philip Johnson designed the critically acclaimed ‘Habitable Sculpture’ which I intend to build one day to continue his legacy and establish the true value of architecture as art, which will highlight Johnson’s lasting impact on the American landscape.” Vendome’s overarching initiative is therefore to present visually compelling exhibitions for both galleries.

Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori - Japan Society
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori showcases 35 immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos produced by the artist between 2003 and 2012. Mori's first major museum show in the U.S. in 10 years, this exhibition presents her artistic evolution during the last decade, her statement of rebirth in an age of endangered environment and a lost connection between man and nature.

Reflections on a Nation: American Writings from the Gilder Lehrman Collection - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

A selection of exceptional documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, one of the country's foremost archives of Americana. The selection represents seminal moments and key figures in U.S. history, and reflects the collection's strengths in documents from the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods. On view will be the only surviving copy of a 1776 edition of the Declaration of Independence printed in South Carolina; George Washington's letter to Henry Knox expressing reluctance at assuming the presidency; a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, along with her letter to Prince Albert praising Britain's early abolition of slavery; Abraham Lincoln's 1858 stump speech fragment in which he argues that all creatures are entitled to the fruits of their own labor; and a poignant letter to Mary Todd Lincoln from Frederick Douglass, thanking her for the gift of her late husband's walking stick.

'Lose not heart': J. D. Salinger's Letters to an Aspiring Writer - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

The Morgan will present the first public presentation of nine revealing letters and postcards written by J. D. Salinger to Marjorie Sheard, an aspiring Canadian writer, between 1941 and 1943.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, stroll the spectacular grounds, and shop for everyone on your list. This year's edition features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. The theme of this year's tree is Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful, honoring the exhibition The Power of Poison.

Balthus: Cats and Girls - Paintings and Provocations - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Balthus is best known for his series of pensive adolescents who dream or read in rooms that are closed to the outside world. Focusing on his finest works, the exhibition will be limited to approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted his celebrated series of portraits of Therese Blanchard, his young neighbor in Paris. Therese posed alone, with her cat, or with her two brothers. When Balthus lived in Switzerland during World War II, he replaced the forbidding austerity of his Paris studio with more colorful interiors in which different nymphets daydream, read, or nap. The exhibition concludes with images that he created of Frederique Tison, his favorite model, at the Chateau de Chassy in the Morvan during the 1950s. Never before shown in public will be the series of forty small ink drawings for Mitsou, in which the eleven-year-old Balthus evoked his adventures with a stray tomcat and which were published by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1921. This is the first exhibition of the artist's works in this country in thirty years. Four works belong to the Museum's collection and the rest -- with the exception of several loans from France, England, Switzerland, and Australia -- will come from museums and private collections in the United States.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Every holiday season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan's historic Library. Dickens wrote his iconic tale in a six-week flurry of activity, beginning in October 1843 and ending in time for Christmas publication. He had the manuscript bound in red morocco as a gift for his solicitor, Thomas Mitton. The manuscript then passed through several owners before Pierpont Morgan acquired it in the 1890s.

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 12, 2014 - Midtown

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with The Menil Collection, Houston, and The Art Institute of Chicago, is the first to focus exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of Rene Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century's most extraordinary images. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, "challenge the real world," and concluding in 1938 -- a historically and biographically significant moment just prior to the outbreak of World War II -- the exhibition traces central strategies and themes from the most inventive and experimental period in the artist?s prolific career. Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, the "misnaming" of objects, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states are among Magritte's innovative image-making tactics during these essential years. Bringing together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - Brooklyn

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 is the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers. The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women's sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. It is the first presentation of the Museum's important Spanish colonial holdings since the groundbreaking 1996 exhibition Converging Cultures: Art & Identity in Spanish America. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.

Chris Burden: Extreme Measures - New Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

This expansive presentation of Chris Burden's work marks the first New York survey of the artist and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-five years. Occupying the entire Museum and featuring a dynamic installation on the Museum's facade, the exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to examine the many ways in which Burden has continuously pushed limits by investigating the breaking point of materials, institutions, and even himself.

Big Apple Circus - Luminosity - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity rushes through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards: The dog-walker, whose rowdy pups perform amazing tricks! Businesswomen who arrange to meet, soaring high above on a double trapeze! The rube, a clown-prince among peers, celebrating the mirth of life! Revelry at New Year's Eve, with teeter-board acrobats flying like fireworks! and a chic couple of wire-walkers suspended mid-air for the event! The humble repairman, climbing the ladder of his imagination! The mounted policewoman, directing a cavalcade of steeds! The flimflam man with his quicksilver moves! The food cart vendor, juggling his produce! Construction workers assembling athletic poses of incredible strength! The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, and your cosmopolitan Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, will conduct your tour through this luminous cityscape. Run away and join the Big Apple Circus this season for a dazzling, unforgettable spectacle of wonder, merriment and joy!

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 12, 2014 - Queens

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 20th. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2013 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed and - new this year - features a showcase of unique and historic model trains. Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too...it's a whole day of fun!

LUMINOCITY - Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
Through January 12, 2014 - Lincoln Square

In Luminocity, Big Apple Circus' newest show, the Circus celebrates the city it calls home. In seats so close you feel like you're part of the action, see double trapeze artists, an equestrian who would fit right in with the NYPD, a clown, and an array of other circus performers. For the complete schedule of performances and tickets, visit bigapplecircus.org.

Rouge Group Exhibition - Cheryl Hazan Gallery
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

A group exhibition featuring Makiko Azakami, Ilia Barger, Caroline Beauzon, Lori Cozen-Geller, Vicki DaSilva, Madeline Denaro, Sally Egbert, Karim Ghidinelli, Babette Herschberger, Noah Klersfeld, Nika Kovalenko, David Moore, Jeff Muhs, Neil Powell, Paul Rousso, Beatricia Sagar, Carolina Sardi, Russell Sharon, Jeremy Thomas, and Bruce Tolman.

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 13, 2014 - New York

A showcase of some of the finest works of art from the museum's collection while highlighting the stylistic diversity and relationships between different strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and artistic traditions.

Downton Chappy - Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era - Horace Greeley House
Through January 15, 2014 - Chappaqua

Dresses and costumes from the Downton Abbey era from the New Castle Historical Society's extensive costume collection. Appointments for tours at other times than those mentioned can be arranged by calling 914-238-4666 or visiting the website.

'Tornado Alley' - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2014 - Norwalk

This film invites the audience to follow along with a daring team of "storm chasers" as they work to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" reality series, leads this mission to document one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado.

For Children Ages 2 to 102 - Ukrainian Institute of America
Through January 16, 2014 - New York

Ukraine children's book publisher A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA will host "For Children Ages 2 to 102," an exhibit featuring original hand-drawn illustrations from famed Eastern European children's books at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Exhibit is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. 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. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through January 18, 2014 - New York

Composed of 37 paintings and drawings, the exhibition features the work of a range of artists, including Nicolai Abildgaard, the first history painter of note to be trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; the "Danish Golden Age" artists Christen Kobke, L.A. Smith, and Vilhelm Kyhn; and the modern painters Berthe Wegmann, Anna and Michael Ancher, P.S. Kroyer, and his pupils Harald Slott-Moller and the internationally renowned Vilhelm Hammershoi.

Jan De Vliegher - Mike Weiss Gallery
Through January 18, 2014 - New York

Nw works by Jan De Vliegher, making this the artist's second solo show with the gallery. Layering rich hues of wet oil paint and working from the shoulder, De Vliegher takes an athletic approach to an otherwise banal nature scene, offering a series of large-scale canvases that contrast deep, murky waters with fluorescent patterned figures. In a meditation on mark-making, rhythm, and symphonic harmony, a world built on landscape and impressionism emerges, breathing new life into these time-honored genres while catalyzing a new approach to abstraction, repetition, and action painting.

Zoe Strauss: 10 Years - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) showed her photographic works once a year in a public space beneath an I-95 highway overpass in South Philadelphia. In these annual one-day exhibitions, Strauss mounted her color photographs to the concrete bridge supports and viewers could buy photocopies for five dollars. Through portraits and documents of houses and signage, Strauss looked unflinchingly at the economic struggles and hardscrabble lives of residents in her own community and other parts of the United States. She describes her work as "an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life." Strauss, a self-taught photographer and political activist, sees her work as a type of social intervention, and she has often used billboards and public meetings as venues. This exhibition is a mid-career retrospective and the first critical assessment of her decade-long project.

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - Frick Collection
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

The Frick Collection will be the final venue of an American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This prestigious Dutch museum, which has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly thirty years, is undergoing an extensive two-year renovation that makes this opportunity possible.

Lewis Hine - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

Lewis Hine (1874-1940) is widely recognized as an American original whose work has been cited as a precursor to modernist and documentary photography. While certain of Hine's photographic projects -- such as on immigration, child labor, New York City, and the building of the Empire State Building -- are well known, few exhibitions have considered his entire life's work.

JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

The exhibition includes stills from Abraham Zapruder's famous footage of the assassination, as well as news photographs, snapshots by bystanders, souvenirs, and scrapbooks. Organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis on the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy, these visual artifacts demonstrate the active role of photography in negotiating trauma and facilitating mourning.

The Future of America: Lewis Hine's New Deal Photographs - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

Among the least known but most prescient photographs taken by social documentary photographer Lewis Hine (1874-1940) were those he made as chief photographer for the National Research Project (NRP), a division of the federal government's Works Project Administration (WPA) founded in late 1935. The goal of the NRP was to investigate recent changes in industrial technologies and to assess their effects on future employment. In over 700 photographs, taken in industrial towns throughout the Northeast in 1936 and 1937, Hine revealed not only working conditions in aging industrial factories, but also in new industries and productive workplaces. The NRP published hundreds of reports illustrated with Hine's photographs on a broad variety of agricultural, manufacturing, and mining activities. His works captured the look of labor and industry in transition, while the entire NRP story provides provocative parallels to today's economic challenges. Lewis Hine's Lasting Legacy, organized by Hine scholar Judith Mara Gutman, draws on ICP's archive of more than 300 of Hine's prints from the NRP series and the master holdings at the National Archives.

Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 20, 2014 - New York

"How could drawing be of itself and not about something else?" Dorothea Rockburne's 1973 exhibition at the Bykert Gallery in New York, a touchstone in modern drawing practice, aimed to addressing the artist's query. Using the wall as her surface, Rockburne created a series of works using carbon paper, which she folded and manipulated to create a carefully mapped network of ruled lines that engaged the viewer visually and bodily, shaping their perception of the gallery space and challenging expectations of what a drawing can be. The exhibition Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself pays homage to the artist's groundbreaking project of the same name, with a group of major carbon paper and wall works -- including Nesting and Neighborhood, from MoMA's collection -- exhibited together for the first time since 1973. Contextualizing the wall drawings is a selection of Rockburne's works on paper and paintings from that decade, all selected from MoMA's strong holdings of her work. The exhibition highlights the concerns that have occupied the artist since her early career, including the application of mathematical principles, and her continued engagement with, and challenge of, the methods and practice of drawing.

2013 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 20, 2014 - Norwalk

Enjoy a display of imaginative handcrafted lighthouses ? and then vote for your favorite. Your votes determine the winners of this exhibit, which will present 24 large model lighthouses throughout the aquarium galleries. The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just folks with an idea. Some entries come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others will be wildly creative. The lighthouse that gets the most visitor votes will win $1,500. Other prizes to be announced in a special evening reception on Jan. 23 are: $750 for second place, $375 for third; $300 for fourth; $225 for fifth; and $150 for sixth. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light ? Beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. (Prohibited are animal remains, including shells.) November 16-January 20, 2014.

Christopher Wool - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 22, 2014 - New York

At the heart of Christopher Wool's creative project, which spans three decades of rigorous and highly focused practice, is the question of how a picture can be conceived, realized, and experienced today. Engaging the complexities of painting as a medium, as well as the anxious rhythms of the urban environment and a wide range of cultural references, his agile, largely monochrome works propose an open-ended series of responses to this central problem. This retrospective will fill the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda and an adjacent gallery with a rich selection of paintings, photographs, and works on paper, forming the most comprehensive examination to date of Wool's influential career. The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. This exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Knit, Purl, Sow - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through January 22, 2014 - Crown Heights

Knit, Purl, Sow brings together textile and knitting artists and their finely detailed botanical renderings, expressionistic plants, and landscapes that will inspire a new appreciation for natural forms.

“Icons” - THE OUT NYC
Through January 23, 2014 - New York

Artist and NYC pop-culture enthusiast, Michael Lazar, has unveiled an exhibition of his “Icons” collection featuring collages and acrylic painted worlds of electric pinks and sky blues married with recognizable icons from American pop culture and beyond in the lobby of THE OUT NYC located at 510 West 42nd Street (42nd Street between 10th and 11th Aves, Manhattan). Whether it is Disney icons, Patriotism, Hollywood, romance, and classic cross-cultural images like the heart or star, Lazar’s artwork is known in the art community as a celebration of the power of iconography and color. “Icons” is on display and open to the public at THE OUT NYC through January 23, 2014. For more information regarding Michael Lazar and his work, please visit http://lazar-art.com/.

Deconstructed Flowers - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 25, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in this exhibit, a series of intricate photographs that pull out the detailed beauty of flowers, using a special technique that layers several photographs into a single picture for a view of amazing depth. Dr. Stein's work as the former chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital instilled a dedication to the importance of detail. Since his retirement from the medical profession, his interest in photography has intensified. Studying at the International Center of Photography, and with several professionals he has garnered a renewed focus on the technical and visual aspects, and adapted a style that allows him to create photographs that express many aspects of a flower at the same time. "There are many features of flowers that are beautiful and interesting, but each individual photograph can only show a single element of the flower". Unhappy with losing the depth and beauty of his subject, Stein focused on pulling out the dimensional presence of the flower. "This meant taking multiple photographs and merging then into a single montage. I then allowed the flower to grow more naturally over the image's matting. The end result is a floral image that shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image." Dr. Stein's prize-winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and other galleries in New York. His photographs can also be found in commercial establishments and in numerous private collections. The exhibit will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, thur Jan 25, 2014 and is free to the public. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or [email protected] Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Intel Pop-Up Shop Grand Opening - Intel Experience Store
Through January 25, 2014 - New York

The Intel Experience Store is not your average pop-up shop! Setting up in the hip neighborhood of Nolita, the Intel Experience Store aims to bring together local businesses, the latest technology, and the unique elements of each store location to show how Intel reshapes and enriches the lives of individuals and communities alike. Each Intel Experience Store will physically change three times a day! The stores will feature local, ever-changing programming, freecycling, and other programs that give back to their communities. Stop by to grab a coffee, check in on the news, ask our Tech Xperts questions about your devices, and in the afternoons and evenings, check out live music, movies, sports, games, and more! There will be a number of activities on opening day: the first 50 people will win a prize; throughout the day shoppers can enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks from local eateries; neighbors in the 10012 area code will receive a free sweatshirt (with proof of residency, while supplies last); and there will be an evening performance by Tailan Rayan.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners - Sean Kelly Gallery
Through January 25, 2014 - New York

This December marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment. On the occasion of the anniversary of that defining juncture, not just in Mapplethorpe's career, but also in the larger dialogue regarding freedom of expression in the arts, Sean Kelly brings together 27 pairings of Mapplethorpe images exploring the theme of Saints and Sinners.

Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

The works of Edgar Allan Poe have frightened and thrilled readers for more than one hundred-fifty years. Terror of the Soul -- inspired by the preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque -- explores Poe's poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, with a key thematic emphasis examining his profound influence on later writers. The exhibition will feature nearly one hundred items, drawn primarily from the Morgan's holdings and The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library, two of the most important collections of Poe material in the United States. In addition, a number of exceptional private collection loans will also be on view.

See it Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

This exhibition presents the work Leland Bell, Paul Georges, Paul Resika, Neil Welliver, Albert Kresch, Stenley Lewis, and Peter Heinemann, who insisted on the significance of landscape and figuration, even during an era when going beyond abstraction meant venturing into an aesthetic no-man's land.

Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

Since the birth of photography in 1839, artists have used the medium to explore subjects close to home -- the quotidian, intimate, and overlooked aspects of everyday existence. This exhibition examines the photographs and videos made by a wide range of artists during the last four decades. Featuring forty works from the Museum's collection, it includes photographs by John Baldessari, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Fischli & Weiss, Jan Groover, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Elizabeth McAlpine, Gabriel Orozco, David Salle, Robert Smithson, Stephen Shore, and William Wegman among others, as well as video by artists such as Martha Rosler, Ilene Segalove, and Svetlana and Igor Kopystiansky.

Tweet - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - SoHo

Any adult of a certain age asked to define tweet in 2013 is likely to answer that it is a "short communication of 140 characters or less." Yet before 2006, tweet was primarily used to describe the chirp of a bird, a sound generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound. In New York City, you witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. People tweet, text, and email on the go. The simple act of looking around as you go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society. The exhibition Tweet asks everyone to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around, enjoy nature, and see the birds. All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keefe - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 26, 2014 - Midtown

Drawn from MoMA's collection, American Modern takes a fresh look at the Museum's holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century. Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and films, American Modern brings together some of the Museum's most celebrated masterworks, contextualizing them across mediums and amid lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies of the time. The selection of works depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture, and is organized thematically, with visual connections trumping strict chronology. Artists represented include George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others. Far from an encyclopedic view of American art of the period, the exhibition is a focused look at the strengths and surprises of MoMA's collection in an area that has played a major role in the institution?s history.

Keith Haring All-Over - New-York Historical Society
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

A new installation in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will feature everyday items transformed by famed New York artist Keith Haring. Keith Haring All-Over explores the artist's use of unconventional surfaces: clothing, furniture and skin; as well as photographs and videos that document his process and passion for making ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art.

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit "Deconstructed Flowers." His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image. In the Gallery of QBG's Visitor & Administration Building.

Touch Tank - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Touch a star fish, a horseshoe crab, or a sea snail. Explore sea creatures up close and learn about ocean diversity.

Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom - Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is pleased to present Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom, a new exhibition featuring sensitive and dignified photographs of dogs by Mary Bloom, the Cathedral's former Photographer-in-Residence. Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom focuses on Bloom's distinguished portraits of dogs -- of all manner and breeds. The exhibition showcases the versatility of her work as well as her ability to take intimate portraits of dogs in moments of uncanny psychological depth. A slideshow accompanies the exhibition, cycling through decades of Bloom's loving photographs of the living Cathedral and the menagerie of animals that have passed before her lens.

Applied Design - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

There are still people who think that design is just about making things, people, and places pretty. In truth, design has spread to almost every facet of human activity, from science and education to politics and policymaking, for a simple reason: one of design's most fundamental tasks is to help people respond to change. A designer today can choose to focus on interactions, interfaces, the Internet, visualizations, socially minded infrastructures and products, 5-D spaces, bioengineering, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and yes, even furniture. Several outstanding examples of this vitality and diversity are presented in this installation, ranging from a mine detonator by young Afghani designer Massoud Hassani to a vessel made by transforming desert sand into glass using only the energy of the sun. Also on display are 14 video games -- including Pac-Man, The Sims, and Katamari Damacy -- that constitute the beginning of a new branch of MoMA's collection.

Queens International 2013 - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 31, 2014 - Queens

The sixth edition of the Museum's biennial exhibition of artists from around the world who live or work in Queens.

Try It Tuesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Children explore, learn, and discover as they try out science, art, and language in fun and exciting ways. Please note that the Brooklyn Children's Museum is closed from September 2 through September 13.

Wonderment Wednesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Kids explore and uncover amazing wonders from the Museum's collection. Unravel the mysterious secrets of objects from across the ocean and right in our own backyards.

1980s - Hal Bromm Art & Design
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

Currently on view : a group exhibition including work by Mike Bidlo, Luis Frangella, Bobby G., Judy Glantzman, Keith Haring, Rick Prol, Russell Sharon, and David Wojnarowicz. Gallery Hours: 1PM - 6PM, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Steven Assael: New Drawings - Forum Gallery
Through February 01, 2014 - New York

New drawings by New York City artist Steven Assael including twenty-three drawings of contemporary men and women, singly and in groups, that reflect Assael's consistent concern with the human condition: the struggle for survival and inner peace.

Massimo Vitali - Between Normalities - Bonni Benrubi
Through February 01, 2014 - New York

A solo exhibition of new work by Massimo Vitali that includes images from Brazil, Sardinia, Lampedusa, and Greece. The exhibition features new large-format color photographs which, extending the themes of his previous work, offer up to the camera's impartial eye large crowds of people vacationing in majestic natural landscapes while simultaneously exposing the fine line between pleasure and tragedy. In Lampedusa Diptych, one of the artist's signature beach images is juxtaposed against a depopulated image of the same scene-only the fact that the picture takes place in Lampedusa alerts the viewer to the horrific boat accident that claimed 360 lives on Oct. 3, 2013. The piece invokes nature's innocence in the face of the wildly dissonant activities that can occur in a single setting, while asking the viewer to contemplate what, if any effect human activity has upon the natural world. Continuing this exploration of contrasts, Vitali has begun photographing the same scene with both digital and analog cameras, as in CEAGESP Sao Paolo Analog Digital Diptych. The nearly identical images highlight the continuity rather than the disjunction in both photographic technologies and the way we look at the world. The diptych reminds the viewer that the world is persistent and communal, whether experienced through pixels or emulsion.

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Featuring approximately 400 objects, including photographic prints, books, magazines, albums, and camera equipment, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together both iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists, and numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers.

Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

For the first time in New York, the Morgan presents Leonardo da Vinci's extraordinary Codex on the Flight of Birds, and one of his most celebrated drawings, Head of a Young Woman (Study for the Angel in the Virgin of the Rocks), together with a selection of other works on paper by the master and his followers. These exceptional works, on loan from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, will be joined by the Morgan's Codex Huygens, a singularly important Renaissance manuscript recording many of Leonardo's ideas from his lost treatise on painting.

threeASFOUR: MER KA BA - The Jewish Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

A multimedia installation fusing avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Blending ancient symbols with new technologies to evoke a timeless desire for cross-cultural unity, the exhibition includes examples from threeASFOUR's new spring-summer 2014 collection, featuring 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg.

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 02, 2014 - Astoria

In 2011, photographer Joseph O. Holmes, a chronicler of people and their work spaces, turned his attention to the "booth" and the near-invisible work of those who project movies into dark cinemas. This exhibition of more than 30 photos featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around New York City, shines a spotlight on what is quickly becoming a lost craft as celluloid gives way to digital formats.

Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection - Frick Collection
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

The Frick Collection has one of the most important public collections of European timepieces in the United States, much of it acquired through the 1999 bequest of the New York collector Winthrop Kellogg Edey. This extraordinary gift of thirty-eight watches and clocks dating from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century covers the art of horology in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. For reasons of space, only part of the collection can be on permanent view in the museum's galleries. In 2001 many pieces from the Edey collection were featured in The Art of the Timekeeper. Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, an exhibition organized at the Frick by guest curator William J. H. Andrewes. In 2013, visitors will have another opportunity to explore the breadth and significance of the Edey collection through an exhibition that presents fourteen watches and eleven clocks from his bequest.

Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama: Manhattan, 1970-1982 - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

A groundbreaking look at a vibrant community of artists and the experimental performance art they produced. This exhibition showcases works created in alternative spaces, lofts, storefronts, and city streets that expressed the radical potential for theater and art performance as a new means of artistic expression. Organized by Jay Sanders, the Whitney's Curator and Curator of Performance, Rituals of Rented Island will be on view from October 31 to February 2014 in the Museum's third-floor Peter Norton Family Galleries. The Whitney's inventive presentation will create an immersive experience that both documents the era and recreates it in part with installations of sets and environments, objects, film and video, live performance, photography, drawings, and ephemera by the following artists: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Jared Bark, Ericka Beckman, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman/Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Julia Heyward, Ken Jacobs Apparition Theater of New York, Mike Kelley, Kipper Kids, Jill Kroesen, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Yvonne Rainer and Babette Mangolte, Stuart Sherman, Theodora Skipitares, Jack Smith, Michael Smith, Squat Theatre, Robert Wilson/Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, and John Zorn/Theatre of Musical Optics.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile - The Jewish Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

An exhibit which, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York.

Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

Dating from the 11th to the 17th century, Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art: Recent Acquisitions includes five sculptures that are among the rarest and most important such objects to enter a Western collection, along with examples of the finest Tibetan and Nepalese paintings known. All come from the pioneering collection of Jack and Muriel Zimmerman.

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video - The Jewish Museum
Through February 05, 2014 - New York

This longterm series offers a rotating selection of vigorous film and video works by contemporary artists from around the world - with a particular emphasis on work being made outside western Europe and the United States.

ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE - Westport Library
Through February 08, 2014 - Westport

Visit this exhibit of photorealistic paintings by Weston artist Ken Scaglia celebrating the elegant lines and polished surfaces of classic cars. Through February 8, 2014.

Ingrid Calame - Tracks - James Cohan Gallery
Through February 08, 2014 - New York

The gallery's fifth solo exhibition by California-based artist Ingrid Calame includes two new immersive pounce wall drawings and two oil paintings on aluminum.

Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema examines design practice for film through the lens of Ferretti's work, which is distinguished by the structural role it plays in the collaborative process of cinema art. As digital technology transforms the way films are staged, replacing the real with the virtual, Ferretti's work comes at what may be the end of a 100-year-long tradition of full-scale, studio-built environments for films. This exhibition also serves to document this transitioning of cinema practice through its selection and organization of drawings, large-scale installations, and digital projection.

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art - New-York Historical Society
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art is a retrospective of this distinguished contemporary painter's signature subjects. Clarice Smith's work moves easily among diverse subjects, among them The Garden, Florals, Still Life, Landscapes, Equines, Screens, and Figures, each with its own rich visual traditions. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of art history, as well as a keen eye for the directly observed, the artist produces immensely fulfilling paintings that gratify the eye and also stimulate reflection.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 09, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

The New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the "cinema in-the-round" panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America - Museum of the City of New York
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

The first major exploration of the theater and industrial designer who The New York Times dubbed "the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century." A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Bel Geddes (1893-1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and '30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation's image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future -- streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic -- with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Bringing together some 200 never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs and films of theater sets and costumes, housing projects and appliances, airplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design.

Allegory and Illusion - Rubin Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia presents approximately 120 photographs and a selection of albums, glass plate negatives, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visites, and postcards illustrating the rich tradition of portrait photography in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nepal from the mid-19th century to early 20th century.

Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925 - Neue Galerie
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a transformational figure in the history of modern art. Alongside his development of a revolutionary abstract style, Kandinsky demonstrated an ambition to go beyond conventional easel painting. This exhibition charts how the artist's large paintings with musical and theatrical associations from the Blaue Reiter years developed into large-scale Bauhaus environments. The artist's 1922 Juryfreie murals will be re-created for the exhibition, enabling visitors to "walk inside" a Kandinsky painting.

Flip Side - Rubin Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

The texts and images on the back of Tibetan art objects reveal clues to their meaning, function, and historical context. For the first time ever both sides of a select group of scroll paintings (thangkas), sculptures, and initiation cards will be explored in detail. Chosen for the beauty, exceptional content, and complexity of their backs, these works of art dating from the 13th to the 19th century illuminate the many uses of the other side in Tibetan culture.

The Modern Poster in Germany - Neue Galerie
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

This exhibition traces the emergence of the poster as an art form in Germany in the early twentieth century. Over 30 posters from the late 19th and early 20th century, including work by Lucian Bernhard, Thomas Theodor Heine, Ludwig Hohlwein, Julius Klinger, Johann Thorn-Prikker, and Oskar Schlemmer, are on view. Most of the posters in the exhibition have never been displayed at the museum and are rare examples of this vibrant art form.

Paulo Bruscky - Art Is Our Last Hope - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 14, 2014 - Bronx

Born in Recife, Brazil, Paulo Bruscky is internationally regarded as a pioneer of mail-art, the international movement that flourished throughout South America in the 1970s particularly in countries under military rule. In 1982, Bruscky lived in New York as a Guggenheim fellow, a period in which he experimented with Xerox and video. To this day still a resident of Recife, Bruscky's work is the result of a continuous engagement with that city and its culture, filtered and documented in the artist's books, photographs, and other media.

Tony Feher - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 15, 2014 - Bronx

A twenty-year survey dedicated to the American sculptor. The exhibition and the accompanying monograph represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of Feher's career. It seeks to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of Feher's investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works that revolve around a very personal formal, material, and spatial vocabulary developed and refined over the past couple of decades.

Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection - Museum of Biblical Art
Through February 16, 2014 - New York

Comprised of approximately 30 works of art, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection highlights how biblical subject matter was embraced within the academies of 19th-century Europe. Historically ranked at the top of the Academy's hierarchy of genres, biblical depictions of both Old and New Testament subjects enjoyed a resurgence in the 19th century. This renewed interest may be attributed to several factors, including the developing field of biblical archaeology and the advent of photography, which produced travel books of the Holy Land. During this century of political and religious upheaval, artists - and the larger societies of which they were a part - looked to the Bible to provide inspiration, often in the form of allegory, for contemporary circumstances.

Exhibition: Eye to I...3,000 Years of Portraits - Katonah Museum of Art
Through February 16, 2014 - Katonah

The curatorial staff of the Katonah Museum of Art is developing an exhibition of portraiture that will represent diverse cultures and span more than 3,000 years of history and art. "Eye to I...3,000 years of Portraits" is not intended as an encyclopedic account of portraiture; rather, it will use portraits to explore the myriad ways that individuals look at and understand imagery. Each of the 60 portraits on display will offer interpretive copy from a range of individuals - scholars, teachers, actors, doctors, politicians, art collectors, and community members - explicating the work from their personal perspective. Visitors will be invited to add their own responses as well. The conceptual framework for this show is based on the premise that in art, as in life, there is no single piece with a meaning that is objective, value-neutral, or accessible to all. The importance assigned to an art object corresponds to the viewers' perspectives, which vary according to language, culture, socialization, education, and other aspects of their personal histories. The portrait genre in particular presents multiple layers of interpretation and represents a broad sampling of eras, media, and artistic periods. The earliest works on display will be a carved Egyptian bust of Amenhotep III, dating from 1,500 BC, and a marble sculpture of a Roman priest (AD 125). From there, the exhibition moves forward to feature portraits from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America to contemporary American artists who create portraits in astounding ways. The artists included are Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Gustave Courbet, Edward Curtis, Eric Fischl, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Duane Hanson, Oliver Herring, Byron Kim, Vik Muniz, Alice Neel, Shirin Neshat, Julian Opie, Pablo Picasso, Gordon Parks, Martin Schoeller, Cindy Sherman, Auguste Rodin, Edouard Vuillard, Andy Warhol, and Kehinde Wiley, among others. On view Oct. 27, 2013 through Feb. 16, 2014. Museum hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 16, 2014 - Bronx

The Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America, as well as the home of Hip Hop and Salsa. For the families who have called this borough a home, Orchard Beach remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Lawrence's portraits of these summertime regulars celebrate the pride and dignity of those who frequent Orchard Beach.

Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 - Museum of Biblical Art
Through February 16, 2014 - New York

A video and audio installation which transports the viewer and listener into America's early twentieth-century, to the banks of rivers, lakes, and ponds where congregations gathered and sang as candidates holding hands in waist-deep water were submerged by a minister for baptism.

Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2014 - New York

An immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors' movement through the space. The original inspiration for this recently acquired, 55-minute moving image installation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest England.

Small Delights: Chinese Snuff Bottles - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 17, 2014 - New York

Snuff, a mixture of finely ground tobacco leaves and aromatic herbs and spices, was introduced to China by European missionaries, envoys, and merchants in the second half of the seventeenth century. With its medicinal and stimulating effects, it soon caught on with officials and even the emperor at the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court. The increasing use of snuff led to the making of snuff bottles, small containers with a corked stopper that were easily portable and airtight to preserve freshness and flavor.

American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 years of Design - Forbes Galleries
Through February 22, 2014 - New York

The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) showcases 25 years of outstanding jewelry design at the prestigious Forbes Galleries in New York. The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC”, is open to the public and will dazzle museum visitors with one-or-a-kind works from over 40 AJDC members through February 22nd, 2014. On view at the Forbes gallery will be a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Annually, the council asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as “Water”, “Spiral”, “Ice”, and “Flight” imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials

The Armory Show at 100 - Modern Art and Revolution - New-York Historical Society
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. The public sensation and the polemical critical responses to the show represented a watershed in the history of American art, This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society.

Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

This exhibition is dedicated to the magnificent art created between 400 and 800 A.D., the seminal era of the Silla Kingdom. Co-organized with the National Museums of Korea in Seoul and Gyeongju and drawn from the holdings of these institutions, it will introduce audiences to the remarkable artistic achievements of a small kingdom that rose to prominence, embraced cosmopolitanism, and gained control of the entire Korean peninsula. Included among the works on display are designated National Treasures with few parallel examples in Western museums. Highlights will include spectacular gold crowns and regalia, rare objects from Central and West Asia, and Buddhist sculptures and reliquaries.

Holiday Train Show - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

The 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central is making rounds through February 23 at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, with a Lionel model train layout and whimsical artwork by Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of Next Stop Grand Central. Admission is free.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 23, 2014 - Prospect Heights

The Brooklyn Museum will be the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The critically acclaimed touring show, already seen by half a million people, spans the Paris-based designer's 37-year career and includes iconic examples never before exhibited. The Brooklyn presentation will include new material not shown in the previous venues, including ensembles from his recent runway shows.

In Parts - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

Artists frequently think beyond the unique object, to work with a group of closely related images that together express an artistic vision in its entirety. This ongoing installation, drawn from the Museum's extensive holding of works on paper, presents examples of this creative process. Works by Dotty Attie, Mark Bradford, Carroll Dunham, Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, Lorna Simpson, Joyce Trieman, and Terry Winters, among other artists, will be shown in rotation.

Peter Max Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

This exhibition of work by famed pop artist Peter Max juxtaposes portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of his larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media. This showing is the first in-depth look at Max�s original drawings. Covering a wide range of subjects � portraits of friends and political figures, ocean sunsets and undulating landscapes, characters from Disney and The Wizard of Oz, planetary and celestial bodies in space, angels and demons, flowers and hearts, as well as Mona Lisas and Statues of Liberty to name only a few � these never-before-seen drawings comprise one of the most recognizable and commercially successful artistic practices of our times. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.

AftermodernisM: Works on Paper - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

This exhibition focuses on the exploration of the drawing skills and innovations of a number of artists. Some of these works on paper are preparation for larger works on canvas. The exhibition is organized for the museum�s Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC) by CCC co-chairs Elaine Berger and Alison Wolfson. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.

New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - Manhattan

This popular annual model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal's 100-year history. This year's show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum's collection depicting notable train cars from railroading's past. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts. Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum's kid-sized scavenger hunts—just ask at the cash-wrap!

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison - National Museum of the American Indian
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

The first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection in the mind and eye of this important 20th-century artist. Half of the 80 works in the exhibition issue from the largest and most important collection of Morrison's artwork in the country, the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. The remaining works derive from important public and private collections from across the country.

Hands on a Hard Body - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through February 28, 2014 - New York

Previews Feb. 23, 2013. Opens March 21, 2013. Opens Based on the documentary of the same name, this new musical about a competition at a car dealership marks the return of both Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster to Broadway.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through February 28, 2014 - Brooklyn

Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well.

The Modern Muse - Hammer Galleries
Through February 28, 2014 - New York

Featuring works by Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, Van Dongen, Warhol, Wesselmann, and many others.

Winter Farm Bingo - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through February 28, 2014 - Stamford

Pick up a copy of the new Winter Farm Bingo in the Bendel Mansion Museum Building and visit Heckscher Farm to see how the animals adapt to winter. Find five in a row to make BINGO and turn your sheet into our Front Desk for a prize. December 1-February 28, 2014.

Candy Craft Days - Sugarbeez Candy Store
Through February 28, 2014 - Huntington Station

Come be creative with candy. Build a chocolate house and decorate it for the holidays. Make a pretzel pizza or some pucker powder art. Special crafts every month. Sugarbeez supplies the candy and the space - you just need your imagination. Great for all ages. Check the website for open sessions or call to schedule your own private craft session.

Building Connections 2013 - Center for Architecture
Through March 01, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Building Connections is an annual exhibition of K-12 student design work completed during the Center for Architecture Foundation's Learning By Design:NY and Programs@theCenter programs. The exhibition highlights the students' hard work and talent, while also showcasing the Center for Architecture Foundation's design education methodology through a dynamic display of models and drawings.

Images of an Infinite Film - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

Images of an Infinite Film brings together works that, through structural or material intervention, emulate processes of human memory or thought, function as scores for imagined films, or take form entirely in the mind of the viewer -- suggesting a link between the precarious nature of memory, the fragility of film, and the subjective experience of assigning meaning to things in the world. The exhibition takes as its point of departure avant-garde filmmaker Hollis Frampton's notion of an "infinite film," which theorizes an overarching history of all recorded images and likens the universe to an endless film archive.

Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics - Museum of Arts & Design
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

In recent years, the human figure has returned to center stage in the work of artists around the world. Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics underscores the power of the figure to convey strong emotions, and also to the accessibility of the ceramic medium. Through clay, the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the emotional impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today. Each work, inspired by a personal incident or symbolic tale, expresses a deep emotional identity, contrasting societal, political and personal views on themes such as anxiety, mortality, memory and hope. The exhibition will highlight approximately 25 international artists who came to clay as painters, draughtsmen or sculptors. Many are being shown for the first time in the United States. The range and quality of the works will make this exhibition significant, engaging and provocative, and bring this area of creativity into much-deserved focus.

Feathered Walls - Hangings from Ancient Peru - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

An installation comprising 10 impressive feather panels -- probably hangings -- made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 700 and 1000. Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring roughly seven by two feet on average, the panels are covered completely with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in a bold design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.

Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932-1947 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

The exhibition is devoted to the work in glass of the influential Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978). Known primarily for his unique architectural designs, Scarpa's abilities can be traced to an earlier stage in his career. In 1932 Scarpa was hired by Paolo Venini, founder of Venini Glassworks, to be an artistic consultant to the company. Until 1947, he worked closely with Venini master glass blowers and Mr. Venini himself to create over two dozen styles, in the process pioneering techniques, silhouettes, and colors that thoroughly modernized the ancient tradition of glass blowing. The exhibition will present the results of this unique collaboration, featuring nearly 300 carefully selected works that highlight the significant contribution that Scarpa made to the art of Venetian glass.

25 Independent Video Games (Co-presented with IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games) - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image and IndieCade will present Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, an exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games that represent the breadth and depth of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles—most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, presented alongside a selection of independent games from the last decade that have had great impact on game design and culture. Indie Essentials will be on view in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. The 2013 IndieCade award-winning games will be announced at the festival on October 6; a complete list of games in Indie Essentials will be available on the Museum's website by the end of October. The designers and developers of the games presented in Indie Essentials are individuals or small teams working independently of large studios and publishers. They take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. Independent games are a fountain of innovation and experimentation, pushing the whole game industry forward as one of today's most dynamic and important cultural forms. Access to Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games is included with Museum admission (and free for Museum members). All games in the exhibition are free play. Towards the end of the exhibition's run, the second annual IndieCade East will take place at the Museum on February 14 through 16, 2014. This non-competitive East Coast edition offers a lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. The popular Night Games segment of the festival, with its freewheeling interactive game play for hundreds, will also return. Ticket information and advance purchase options will be announced soon.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - Bryant Park Citi Pond
Through March 02, 2014 - MIdtown

Bring your own skates and go for a spin on the ice, grab a snack, and then do some shopping. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is a true winter wonderland.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy - Museum of the City of New York
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for images in the storm's wake. The juried exhibition features striking before-and-after images of the hurricane's impact on the New York region, including preparations, the storm's destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

A BILLION BRICKS: LEGO T-Rex, Turtles & Trains! - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through March 02, 2014 - Stamford

Bill Probert & I LUG (LEGO Users Group) NY returns for a fifth season with a LEGO? landscape of epic proportions. "BILLions" of bricks recreate the subterranean world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a prehistoric park with T-Rex and velociraptors. Subways, trains, roller coasters, and mine trams will chug, spin, whirl and speed across a multi-level imaginary world built completely of LEGO? bricks. Peek into the new underground portals as subway cars whiz by before your eyes. Custom-designed LEGO? houses will offer visitors a glimpse into the abstract and fantastic architectural potential of the LEGO? brick. December 14-March 2, 2014.

Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Queens

Presented with IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, this exhibition features more than two dozen games that represent the diversity and innovation of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles - most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade Festival - presented alongside a selection of independent games that have had great impact on game design and culture in the last decade.

Exhibit: Artist Kasmira Mohanty - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 04, 2014 - Riverhead

The featured artisst, from Farmingville,will be exhibiting paintings created in classical and digital media. Although the majority of her work may be heavily affected by digitalization, Kasmira maintains a balance and enjoys working with traditional mediums as well. Some of her favorite mediums include ink, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, photography, and spray paint. When the mood strikes or a project requires it, she scans hand-rendered elements into the computer and experiments with combining traditional and digital components. December 3, 2013-March 4, 2013.

Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America - New-York Historical Society
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America examines the remarkable critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The exhibition -- presenting over sixty works of art as well as period photographs and graphic materials, all from the New-York Historical Society -- will investigate the strong cultural and social legacy of the American portrait tradition, with particular emphasis upon the New York sitters so well represented in New-York Historical's rich collection. With the amassing of great fortunes founded on industrial expansion, came the impetus to document the appearance of those who propelled and benefited from burgeoning wealth, thus echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to the colonial era.

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 09, 2014 - Prospect Heights

The artist's most comprehensive survey in the United States to date, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey brings together more than fifty works from the mid-1990s to the present by this internationally-renowned Brooklyn-based artist. The exhibition features Mutu's signature large-scale collages alongside video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall piece, and immersive installations.

Jewels by JAR - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

This exhibition features more than 300 works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last 35 years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of his work in America. Rosenthal was born in New York, educated at Harvard University, and moved to Paris immediately after his graduation in 1966. It was there that he began to experiment with jewelry making and quickly became well-known for his designs of vibrant colors and organic shapes. Very early, Rosenthal revealed his special sensitivity to color, whether in the hue of an exotic violet sapphire, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. He has focused on the pave technique and most often uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gem color.

The Shadows Took Shape - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Coined in 1994 by writer Mark Dery in his essay "Black to the Future," the term "Afrofuturism" refers to a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism. With roots in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914-1993), Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years.

Radical Presence - Black Performance in Contemporary Art - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

Providing a critical history beginning with Fluxus and Conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations, presenting a rich and complex look at this important facet of contemporary art. The exhibition comprises more than 100 works by some 36 artists, including video and photo documentation of performances, performance scores and installations, interactive works, and artworks created as a result of performance actions.

Isa Genzken - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 10, 2014 - Midtown

Isa Genzken (German, b. 1948) is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years. This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of her diverse body of work in an American museum, and the largest to date, encompasses Genzken's work in all mediums over the past 40 years. Although a New York art audience might be familiar with Genzken's more recent assemblage sculptures, the breadth of her achievement -- which includes not only three-dimensional work but also paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist?s books, films, and public sculptures -- is still largely unknown in this country. Many of the nearly 200 works in the exhibition are on view in the United States for the first time. Genzken's work has been part of the artistic discourse since she began exhibiting in the mid-1970s, but over the last decade a new generation has been inspired by her radical inventiveness. The past 10 years have been particularly productive for Genzken, who, with a new language of found objects and collage, has created several bodies of work that have redefined assemblage for a new era. These groups of sculptures range from smaller, diorama-like works to room-filling installations.

Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry's Letters to 'The Ladder' - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 16, 2014 - Brooklyn

In the late 1950s, the fight for gay rights was developing alongside the growing Civil Rights and feminist movements. An important voice in the Civil Rights struggle was author, essayist, and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the award-winning playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. This exhibition explores a largely unknown but significant aspect of Hansberry's biography connecting her to the gay rights movement: the letters she wrote in 1957 to The Ladder, the first subscription-based lesbian publication in the United States. In these provocative letters, Hansberry drew on her own identity and life experiences to articulate the interconnected struggles of women, lesbians, and African Americans during the period. She pointed to her identification with the burgeoning feminist movement in a 1959 interview with Studs Terkel, saying that "the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women," adding that those who are "twice oppressed" often become "twice militant." The exhibition includes approximately twenty-seven issues of The Ladder, beginning with the publication's launch in 1956 and documenting its early underground years, under the waning force of the Comstock Act. (Under these laws, enacted in 1873, it was illegal to send "obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious" materials in the U.S. mail. Free press rights around homosexuality were granted in 1958.) Also included are Hansberry's handwritten lists to herself on her birthdays, typewritten essays on "the homosexual question," a poem titled "Le Masque," and a notebook with a drawn self-portrait. There is also a listening station with Hansberry's interview with Studs Terkel.

Inside the Artists' Studios: Small-Scale Views - Bruce Museum
Through March 16, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition features scale model constructions of artists' studios created by four artists -- Joe Fig, Richard Haas, Lori Nix and Jimmy Sanders -- who also work in painting, printmaking, and photography. December 14-March 16, 2014.

The 2013/2014 Season of R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC – NOVEMBER 2nd – Sol Lewitt Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 22, 2014 - Upper West Side

An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a members of a community, R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and it's all free. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in community, workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, crafts, spa experiences, and indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults with guaranteed fun for the whole family.

The ABC Of It: Why Children's Books Matter - The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through March 23, 2014 - Midtown

The New York Public Library explores children's literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Curated by noted children's book expert Leonard S. Marcus, The ABC of It features nearly 250 items from across the library's vast collections. Original artwork, correspondence, and recordings accompany books from significant authors from the 1600s to the modern day. It provides a meaningful new context for many of the New York Public Library's treasures: the copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that belonged to Alice Liddell, the child for whom Lewis Carroll wrote it; a rare 1666 illustrated children's edition of Aesop's fables that survived the Great Fire of London; Nathaniel Hawthorne's family copy of "Mother Goose," with annotations stating some passages were too scary to read to their children; the manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden;" Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers's parrot-head umbrella; recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of "Charlotte's Web;" and the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals; among others.

Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective - The Jewish Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - New York

This first U.S. retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. The exhibition spans Spiegelman's career from his early days in underground "comix" to provocative New Yorker covers and artistic collaborations in new media. Included are over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, plus prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.

Exhibition: Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound - Bruce Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - Greenwich

Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures. Explore the science and natural history of oysters, particularly the Long Island Sound's native Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. November 2 - March 23, 2014.

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile - The Jewish Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - New York

This first Masterpieces and Curiosities installment centers around a rare Jewish aquamanile, a lion-shaped hand-washing pitcher made of bronze and created in Germany in the twelfth century, surrounded by five additional works to provide further context.

Count Your Blessings - Rubin Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2014 - New York

A collection of prayer beads from various Asian cultures, including more than 70 sets of long and short strings of beads with flourishes, counters, attachments, and tassels, will be part of the first such exhibition at the Rubin Museum. The exhibition includes examples from the Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Burma. Prayer beads reveal highly sophisticated and complex arrangements and structure rooted in symbolic meanings and ritual use.

Dual Annual Holiday Exhibit: "Hats Off To The Holidays" and "Toys Our Parents Played With" - Yorktown Museum
Through March 29, 2014 - Yorktown Heights

An exciting dual holiday exhibit ("Hats Off to the Holidays" and "Toys Our Parents Played With") featuring vintage toys, and hats used as the settings for miniature scenes. Many of the toys may be from your own childhood, so be sure to point them out to the younger generation and reminisce over the fun you had playing with them. Note how most of the toys on display do not have batteries and many are home made. Kids didn't need "store bought" toys or technology to have fun. The Hat scenes were created by the nationally known miniature artist, Carole Pruzan, and husband Neal. Explore the museum's five permanent exhibit rooms, gift shop, and research library Hours are Sat. 1-4pm & Tue and Thur. 11- 4 pm and by appointment. Visit yorktownmuseum.org for more information. On display Dec, 7, 2013 through March 29, 2014.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
Through March 31, 2014 - Park Slope

These clinics are helpful for moms who need a little reassurance or encouragement with breastfeeding. While many simple issues can be resolved in these helpful group sessions, please be aware that certain more complex breastfeeding issues may require more individualized attention which can be provided in a home visit.

Peter Schumann: Black and White - Queens Museum of Art
Through March 31, 2014 - Queens

The first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theatre founder and director Peter Schumann.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through April 03, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. October 11-April 3, 2014.

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 06, 2014 - New York

The exhibition will present seventy works by thirty-five contemporary artists active in China and abroad during the past three decades. Organized into four thematic groupings -- the written word, new landscapes, abstraction, and beyond the brush -- the exhibition seeks to demonstrate that China's ancient cultural pattern of seeking renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Much more than a continuation of earlier art forms, this process embraces radical abstractions, subversions, or reinterpretations of traditional idioms as viable ways to define artistic identity that are quintessentially Chinese. Although the artists considered have all transformed their sources through new modes of expression, one may recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China's artistic past.

Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys & Childhood in 19th-Century America - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through April 06, 2014 - New York

This two-part rotating exhibit showcases not only popular toys of the 19th century, but it also explores what those toys can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. Emergent notions of child development in early nineteenth-century America emphasized that a properly nurtured child could be molded into a virtuous and noble citizen. Parents could use toys and play as one way to foster the education and moral character of their children. Objects on display in Part I include classic wooden toys, early board games, china head dolls, and educational toys. This first installation closes January 27. Part II, opening February 5, will feature vintage dolls, building toys, games of skill, and 19th-century technological toys.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling - Museum of Chinese in America
Through April 13, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: "81 Bowery," "Shut-Ins," and "Tenements."

SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury - Skyscraper Museum
Through April 19, 2014 - New York City

SKY HIGH examines the recent proliferation of super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings-all 50 to 90+ stories-constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history. Sophisticated engineering and advances in material strengths have made these spindles possible, but it is the excited market for premium Manhattan real estate that is driving both heights and prices skyward, Reported sales seem almost inconceivable: some penthouses in the buildings featured here are in contract for $47 million to $95 million.

Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger - Museum of Arts & Design
Through April 20, 2014 - New York

Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix, this exhibition will be an eye-opening display of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind, drawn from the world-renowned collection of Barbara Berger. The daughter of an American diamond merchant, Berger began her collection of some 3,000 bijoux de couture when she purchased a pair of Chanel earrings at a French flea market as a teenager and went on to assemble one of the largest and finest collections of couture jewelry in the world.

Exhibition: Six Ladders - Katonah Museum of Art
Through April 21, 2014 - Katonah

Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art's exterior in its newest outdoor exhibition, "Six Ladders," by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum's stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrify the natural surroundings. Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum's enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building's facade, a sixth, 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo, harvested in China, and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective, in contrast to the course-textured tree bark. According to Katonah Museum of Art Curator Ellen Keiter, "These are not functional structures - their bottom rungs are too high to mount and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations. These are instead beautiful works of art; Andrea Lilienthal responds to the inherent geometry of ladders and the repetitive rhythm of their rungs. She finds beauty in their simple, minimalist construction." "Lilienthal's ladders instill a sense of wonder and suggest that seemingly unreachable goals can be attained," she says. Keiter explains that bamboo is a hollow-stemmed, woody plant that "bows, sways, and splits, so slight imperfections, even substantial cracks, add distinctive character to each ladder. No two ladders are painted the same, yet their similarly saturated hues coalesce into a lively visual harmony." She adds, "The bands of luscious color wrap around the bamboo like candy confections, and bright confetti patterns alternate with stark black-and-white designs. A causal link exists between the artificial colors and the natural bamboo. On one ladder, Lilienthal painted white rings around the growth nodes of the bamboo; on another, the nodes demarcate the lengths of painted blue and orange sections." Says Lilienthal: "These magnificent and mysterious trees [at the Katonah Museum of Art], whose tops are not even visible, dwarf the people and furniture below. In response to their super scale, I chose the ladder, a form with human scale and multiple readings: utilitarian ancient, mythic, and universal. The severe and stately trees support the bamboo ladders in an implied partnership; rooted and stable, the trees assist the ladders in their attempt to ascend. But ultimately, how do you mount an 80-foot Norwegian spruce tree? My answer was to climb it with imagination, affirming our connection to the natural world." Lilienthal has used bamboo in her artistic practice for several years. In earlier installations, she aligned multiple painted, wrapped, or taped bamboo poles along a wall - works awash in color, but still relatable in size. However, her current exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is in keeping with the majesty, diameter, and spacing of the giant spruce trees. Adding to the intrigue of this exhibition are enlarged photographs of the Garden's spruce trees displayed in the Museum's two west windows adjacent to the lone 30-foot ladder. On first impression, the images appear as reflections. In this way, Lilienthal reinforces the relationship between the ladders and the trees while further playing with the viewers' perceptions and expectations. Historically, ladders carry rich and universal associations. In many faiths and fables, ladders are a symbol of ascent, of travel, of reaching upward. In modern times, they represent progress and growth, allowing us to reach higher than we would otherwise be able to go. Ladders symbolize elevation: from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, and from the material to the spiritual. They are featured in art from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary times. Jacob's Ladder, the metaphysical passage between heaven and earth, is mentioned in the first book of the Bible, and is represented in such disparate media as Renaissance paintings and popular video games. There is a popular African-American spiritual, "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," Eric Carl's beloved children's picture book, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," and innumerable colloquialisms regarding "the ladder of success." On view through April 21, 2014 during Museum hours: Sundays: 12-5pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through April 22, 2014 - New York

An exhibit that uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world.

Kandinsky in Paris, 1934-1944 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through April 23, 2014 - New York

This exhibit examines work Vasily Kandinsky produced in the last 11 years of his life, when he settled in the Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine. These late paintings are characterized by whimsical biomorphic imagery drawn from diagrams of primitive cellular forms and pastel hues reminiscent of the colors of the artist's Russian origins.

Body Worlds: Pulse - Discovery Times Square
Through April 27, 2014 - New York

The newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.

The Emancipation Proclamation - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

View Brooklyn Historical Society's rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and examine its dramatic and polemic impact on Americans at the height of the Civil War. The exhibit suggests ways that the document's social and political meaning has evolved in the 150 years since it was signed, and invites visitors to reflect on its legacy in the twenty-first century.

Landmarks of New York - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments have been protected from destruction through landmark designation. Explore the history of New York through the lens of its landmark buildings in this exhibit of photographs, The show documents architectural structures of all types that reflect the city's history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

Animal Encounters - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 30, 2014 - Flatbush

Learn about the animals at the Audubon Center with a park ranger.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 11, 2014 - New York

A new joint acquisition by the Met and SFMOMA, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time (2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life. Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, where he still lives and works. After drama school, Kentridge was active in theater and television production in the 1970s and 1980s. By the 1990s - coinciding with the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa - Kentridge's live theater work and the stop-motion animated films he developed from charcoal drawings found an increasingly international audience.

Early Kabbalat Shabbat - The Orangetown Jewish Center
Through May 16, 2014 - Orangeburg

The synagogue hosts an active, spirited, and informal Friday night experience for families with young children. Stop by the 3rd Friday of each month through May 16.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 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. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941 - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through May 21, 2014 - New York

Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews in flight from Nazi persecution sought haven in the United States, reaching out to relatives, friends, and even strangers. Against the Odds tells the story of American Jews who answered their call for help. Working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, these generous individuals overcame tremendous obstacles to help many of the refugees reach safety.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter! - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 26, 2014 - New York

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter!, a perennial favorite visited by millions of children and adults, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. This popular winter attraction invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies fluttering among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City

See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus. This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 31, 2014 - New York

More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through May 31, 2014 - Vinegar Hill

It's hard not to notice the hulking structures of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here's an opportunity to tour the Yard and learn about intriguing sites of the 150-year shipbuilding facility, including a Civil-War era dry dock, the 24-acre former Navy hospital campus, and more.

Out of Hand - Materializing the Postdigital - Museum of Arts & Design
Through June 01, 2014 - New York

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. In today's postdigital world, artists are using these means to achieve levels of expression never before possible -- an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression that extends from sculptural fantasy to functional beauty. Out of Hand will be the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. Represented will be some of the most compelling creations from the past decade ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport.

Tea & Play - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 02, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Parents of prospective students can talk to one of the school's early childhood teacher while their child plays nearby in a beautiful classrooms. Mondays through June 2 other than Oct. 14, Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14, and May 26.

Story Time - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 04, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Children ages 3-5 are invited to story time at the Waldorf School. Group meets every Wednesday through June 4 other than Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 19, and April 16. Registration is required.

Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art - China Institute
Through June 08, 2014 - New York

Dunhuang's tradition, with its timeless charm and depth, continues to invigorate artists, teachers and students in their quest for education, self-cultivation and artistic creation. Highlighting paintings and sculptures by a dozen modern and contemporary artists, this exhibit explores the historical site's profound influence on generations of artists beginning with master painter Zhang Daqian. Other artists to be featured in the exhibition include contemporary art luminaries such as Zhang Hongtu, Liu Jude, Liu Dan and Yu Hong.

Cleopatra's Needle - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through June 08, 2014 - New York

The exhibition will celebrate the completion of an extensive program by the Central Park Conservancy to conserve the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, the exhibition will explore the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and will consider how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation will show the importance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a long-standing fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.

Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes - National Museum of the American Indian
Through June 15, 2014 - New York

Juxtaposing more than one hundred contemporary and modern works with historic, ancestral objects revealing the stories, experiences, and histories of Anishinaabe life in the Great Lakes region, Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes features works by modern masters such as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, Blake Debassige, Daphne Odjig, and others, who, each in their own way, sought visual expression for the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth.

Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach

Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music. Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at [email protected]

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through June 30, 2014 -

Discuss questions and concerns regarding breastfeeding and find support and encouragement with this group, which meets regularly.

Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area - Prospect Park/Grand Army Plaza
Through July 01, 2014 - Park Slope

Enter the park at the Grand Army Plaza entrance and walk along Park Drive toward the carousel and you'll find the Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Constructed from trees and other materials damaged by recent storms, the Area serves to surround children with natural elements as they play, exercising their minds and muscles.

From India East - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 07, 2014 - New York

This year-long exhibition allows the museum to exhibit for the first time examples from far beyond the Himalayan region, including art from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. The loan was made possible by the Brooklyn Museum's temporary closing of its Asian art galleries.

'Art at the Core' - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Through July 27, 2014 - Peekskill

HVCCA's 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video, and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our "weltanschauung." In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in "Art at the Core," the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines - painting folds into sculpture, sound, light, video, and performance. Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the 23 artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality, and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art. See more at hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.R8DPX2vt.dpuf. On view through July 27, 2014.

Design Motifs in Byzantine Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 03, 2014 - New York

Many of the textiles found in Egypt, the southernmost province of the Byzantine Empire, are woven in linen and wool and decorated with a great variety of motifs. Meant to be worn and to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the works on view in this exhibition feature designs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity. Many of the motifs -- among them birds, beasts, and humans; personifications of the seasons; members of the retinue of the wine god Dionysos; and vine scrolls -- originated in classical and pharaonic art, with Christian crosses added in the Byzantine era. Often called Coptic textiles and once thought to have been exclusively Egyptian, these textiles are now recognized as exemplars of motifs popular throughout the Byzantine world. Similar motifs appear on works in other media, including silver, ivory, ceramics, and mosaics, as the photographs accompanying the exhibition demonstrate. Textiles like these were often recovered from the dress and wrappings of the dead found in Byzantine and early Islamic-period burial grounds in Egypt. The dry environment preserved many textiles, although often in a fragmentary state. Decorative elements were at times cut from the larger plain-weave textiles, as interest focused primarily on the interpretation of motifs. The Museum began to acquire these Egyptian textiles soon after its founding in 1870, but owing to their fragility, many of the works shown in this exhibition have not been displayed for decades.

Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport

Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - New York

Cleopatra was said to prefer the bite of an asp, while the powerful Borgia family dispatched their enemies with arsenic in Renaissance Italy. For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers -- and this exhibition will explore both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential. Approaching poison from several different perspectives -- as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship in the autumn of 1774; and as a promising source for powerful medical treatments -- The Power of Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Power of Poison will explore poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Inviting visitors to explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases, the exhibition will include an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries, and a theater where live presenters will share dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection. A gallery of history's most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra's legendary snakebite to Napoleon's alleged death by arsenic, will lead visitors into the Understanding Poison theater. Here presenters will use props, animations, and audience volunteers to explore a real-world poisoning case that will highlight the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. Next, visitors will encounter a large-scale tableau of other puzzling cases and can solve the mysteries using an iPad game. For instance, visitors can discover what poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard Cook's ship in 1774.

Working Below Decks - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Through August 15, 2014 - New York

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks -- far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. In this pop-up exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship's equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.

Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center
Through September 28, 2014 - Cornwall

This little gem of a nature center in nearby Orange County hosts a special exhibit this year on mastodons, a cool subject for many kids. And at 2:30pm, young visitors can join a Museum Educator to�"Meet the (live) Animal" of the week. Exhibit runs each weekend through December.

Book launch: Patchwork Helps a Friend - Powerhouse Arena
Through September 28, 2014 - Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights

Author Gail Greiner and illustrator Jacqueline Schmidt will be here to launch their picture book Patchwork Helps a Friend. Patchwork, a colorfully quilted stuffed bear, sets forth on a quirky journey and enlists the help of his wildly eclectic bunch of buddies including a great blue whale, a mama-loving llama, and a gracious narwhal to help him repair his best pal, a raggedy bear named Fred.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Designing Modern Women, 1890s-1990s - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 01, 2014 - New York

Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women -- as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators. This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA's collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists' engagement in the modern world, from Loie Fuller's pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to Paula Scher's deconstructivist graphics of the 1990s. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unite d'Habitation housing project; furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean; and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era, featuring women designers, photographers, or performers. The gallery's "graphics corner" first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.

The Fed at 100 - Museum of American Finance
Through October 01, 2014 - New York

"The Fed at 100" illuminates the complex workings of the nation's central bank on its centennial anniversary and explores the pivotal role the Federal Reserve has played throughout the history of American finance. The Museum's largest exhibition to date, "The Fed at 100" encompasses three galleries and a theater.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

The Met's Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) celebrates the genesis of its permanent collection with this exhibition. It is organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of The Museum of Primitive Art, the direct precursor to AAOA. The Museum of Primitive Art was a pioneering cultural institution that featured Nelson Rockefeller's non-Western art collection. The announcement by Rockefeller of an agreement to transfer his collection to the Metropolitan was made in 1969 and in January 1982 the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing opened to the public. The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas - Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr. Rockefeller's vision for The Museum of Primitive Art, the first institution dedicated entirely to the artistic excellence of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Natural Histories - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 12, 2014 - New York

Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, published in October 2012, this exhibition will include reproductions from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works. The works featured in Natural Histories span from the 16th century to the early 20th century and cover scientific disciplines from anthropology to astronomy to zoology. Reproductions of rare scientific illustrations that will be displayed in the gallery include a rhinoceros taken directly from Albrecht Durer's 1515 woodcut, lithographs of the mysterious aye-aye lemur from Sir Richard Owen's Monograph on the Aye-aye, and Robert Hooke's engraved images of what were once startling microscopic views of familiar items and animals in Micrographia.

'The Movement'- Dance Classes for the Soul - Alex Ray Studios
Through October 25, 2014 - Hempstead

Alex Ray Studios Inc. presents the "The Movement"! Fallon Alexandria Fleming is going to introduce children in the community to the connection between the soul and contemporary movement. The program is inspired by the likes of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and Lester Horton which delivers soul resurrecting choreography to each participant. The program will incorporate ballet and modern techniques while arranged to pieces like "Fix Me, Jesus" and the "Processional" from Alvin Ailey's world renown production Revelations.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 13, 2014 - New York

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt - Brooklyn Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Brooklyn

An exhibition exploring the roles of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life. From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt imagery for thousands of years. Now, nearly thirty diverse representations of felines from the world-famous Egyptian holdings of the Brooklyn Museum will be on view.

Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2015 - Westport

Ever wonder what you feed a turkey vulture? Curious about how a box turtle chews with no teeth? Join Earthplace staff in the Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit for scheduled feeding times. Earthplace staff will be able to answer all your questions while giving each of the animals their daily meal. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays watch the animals in Animal Hall get fed. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it's time to feed the Birds of Prey. The activity takes place year-round.

NY See The BEST! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 01, 2015 - New York

A 5-and-a-half-hour tour featuring the top sights in NYC, including the observation deck at the Empire State Building (without waiting in lines!), the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy, and the Intrepid Museum, including entry to the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

Tick-Borne Disease Alliance Annual Benefit to Honor Those Affected By Tick-Borne Diseases and Raise Awareness - Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
Through May 02, 2015 - New York

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting initiatives and promoting advocacy to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, will hold its 2013 Annual Benefit on Thursday, May 2nd in New York City. During the event, TBDA will honor key supporters and patients who have emerged as leaders in the fight against tick-borne diseases, including Lyme. Actress Candice Accola, star of the hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries,” will serve as master of ceremonies. During the evening, Courage Awards will be presented to three women who have demonstrated inspiring perseverance in their personal battles with tick-borne diseases: Cara Munn, who overcame a harrowing personal experience after contracting tick-borne encephalitis on a school trip to China, which left her unable to speak; Meghan Harrison, a former model and varsity swimmer who created the Lyme Lite Fashion Show to support awareness; and Lori Brownell, a 17-year-old from Upstate New York who shares her ongoing struggle with Lyme through a series of YouTube videos. Norma Russo will accept the Humanitarian Award for her pivotal role in advancing awareness about the impact of tick-borne diseases around the world, in particular Latin America, among sufferers and the medical community. The TBDA Annual Benefit will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The dinner and awards program will include a silent auction, a samba band and dancers. Cocktails and the silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program. More information about the event can be found at www.tbdalliance.org.

Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at [email protected]

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Fairfield

This new, hands-on exhibit invites visitors to look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area's growth. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. October 27-December 31, 2015.

Circle of Dance - National Museum of the American Indian
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

A five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Little Kids Can Make A Big Difference - Make Meaning
Through November 12, 2021 - New York

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, MAKE MEANING and Baby Buggy are joining forces to help families affected by the storm. Come and create a custom soap for free and drop off a package of diapers for families in need. Soaps, diapers and 50% of proceeds from any yearly memberships purchased will be donated to Baby Buggy's relief efforts.

Mathnasium Open House - Mathnasium of Scarsdale
Through August 17, 2024 - Scarsdale

WARNING! Your Child May Become Crazy About MATH! Let Mathnasium show you how they "make math make sense" during an afternoon of fun, games, hands-on learning, and information, as they introduce Mathnasium to Westchester. Mathnasium Learning Centers increase math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. Each student follows a personalized learning program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium math tutors who provide instruction - and lots of warm encouragement.

Understanding Memory Loss - Somers Library
Through June 04, 2102 - Somers

This program helps the audience distinguish between Alzheimer's Disease and age-associated memory impairment. Learn what the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease are, along with guidance on how to obtain a diagnosis and what treatments are currently available. Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.

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