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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, February 3, 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 February 3. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Family Service & Potluck Dinner - Union Temple
February 03, 2012 - Brooklyn

Music-filled, kid-friendly Shabbat service at 6:30. Then meet and greet other families at a Pot Luck dinner. Can?t cook? We think store-bought is delicious, too. Monthly, every first Friday.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through February 24, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

Toddler Story Time - Westbury Friends School
Through May 31, 2012 - Westbury

Toddlers can enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. A light snack and plenty of social interaction will be provided. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

Allegro Brillante - New York City Ballet
February 03, 2012 -

Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief (the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created) calls "an expansive Russian romanticism." The music's vigorous pace makes the steps appear even more difficult, but the ballet relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture. Balanchine said: "It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes." Tschaikovsky's Third Piano Concerto was originally written as a symphony. But as it was nearing completion, the composer, dissatisfied with it, converted the first movement into a concert piece for piano and orchestra. Later on, he altered the andante and finale of the symphony in similar fashion.

Russian Seasons - New York City Ballet
February 03, 2012 -

Alexi Ratmansky's Russian Seasons is an inventive and exciting combination of dance and musical flavors. The ballet uses classical steps with elements of folk and jazz mixed in. There are also many humorous passages for the six male and female dancers. The music is a 12-part composition by Lenoid Desyatnikov for a string orchestra, solo violin and soprano. Ratmansky asked Galina Solovyeva to create the costumes and she responded with a modern interpretation of Russian folk costumes: shirts and tights for the men and dresses for the women, who at times also wear pillbox-style hats. Solovyeva chose bright colors: orange, red, green, blue, purple and magenta. Desyatnikov's composition progresses through the seasonal and Russian Orthodox liturgical calendars in the course of its 12 parts. The stories told in the sung passages are not literally conveyed in dance steps, but the emotions they evoke make up the substance of the ballet. The girl in orange picks flowers and mourns, as the singer recounts the story of a husband lost at war; the girl in green is mischievous in one section, soulful in another, while the ballerina in red is wildly spirited during another segment.At the end of the ballet the couple previously in orange comes on stage dressed in white. The soprano's song says that while we may want to take all we can, we need very little, only a small patch of earth and four walls at the end. The couple moves off into a distant light as the other dancers look on. This is a beautiful, but sad image that is a fitting conclusion to a ballet rich in emotion and metaphor. Leonid Desyatnikov (b. 1955) graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1978. He is the author of the opera Poor Liza, the ballet A Love Song in Minor, the symphony Sacred Winter, vocal cycles to the poems of Rilke, and instrumental variations on the themes of Astor Piazzola. In recent years he has worked closely with violinist Gidon Kremer. He is well known in Russia for his compositions for film. He composed the scores for Tycoon: A New Russian (2003) and Prisoner of the Mountains (1997), among other films. In 2000 he wrote a chamber piece, Russian Seasons, influenced by both Vivaldi and Shostakovich.

Zakouski - New York City Ballet
February 03, 2012 -

Zakouski is the Russian term for hors d'oeuvres. This ballet for two dancers set to four short works for violin and piano explores through vernacular gesture and movement the emotional terrain of its musical sources. Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a leading Soviet composer and a brilliant pianist. He left Russia in 1918 and lived in Germany and Paris for the next sixteen years, with frequent trips to America for concert appearances. In 1934 he settled in Moscow and composed prolifically until his death. Among his better known works are the ballet scores Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and The Prodigal Son, the opera Love for Three Oranges, the children's classic Peter and the Wolf, the film score and cantata for Alexander Nevsky, and the Classical Symphony. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Russian composer, conductor and pianist. He studied at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories. His distinctive musical style is characterized by richness of melody, harmony and texture, a particular flair for vocal music and a sensitivity to Russian poetry. His Second Piano Concerto (1900-1) brought him international fame and is still one of the most performed orchestral works. After the Revolution of 1917 he made his home in America, where he gave regular concerts and recitals to support himself and his family. His extensive gramophone recordings preserve his own expressive piano style. He died at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes included The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes. Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (1840-1893) studied at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where Balanchine later studied piano in addition to his studies in dance. Tschaikovsky is one of the most popular and influential of all romantic composers. His work is expressive, melodic, grand in scale, with rich orchestrations. His output was prodigious and included chamber works, symphonies, concerti for various instruments, operas and works for the piano. His creations for the ballet, composed in close partnership with Marius Petipa, include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Götterdämmerung - Metropolitan Opera
February 03, 2012 -

With its cataclysmic climax, the Met's new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. James Levine conducts.

TENET - Portraits in Song: Renaissance Italy - From Ciconia to Petrucci - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 03, 2012 -

One of New York's preeminent vocal ensembles, TENET, presents songs and instrumental music by composers contemporary to the artists featured in the exhibition, The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. The concert will present various combinations of voices with fifteenth-century instruments. The repertoire might be called "Songs after supper" (in the words of the late Howard Mayer Brown): lyric poetry on themes of love, desire, and more, set to wonderfully expressive music, for the enjoyment of listeners and performers alike.

Valentine Card Making - Glaze
February 03, 2012 - Orangeburg

Young artists can share the love with friends and family by creating a personalized set of ten handmade Valentines Day cards.

Open Gym - The Sports Place
February 03, 2012 - Blauvelt

Mention Rockland Parent when you buy five bags of tokens and get one free.

Toddler Art Adventures - You, Me and Dupri
February 03, 2012 - Harlem

Budding artists ages 2-4 will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay, and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. This class introduces young artists to a structured class and helps strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them. Preregistration required; email

Sounds Re-Imagined: John Cage at 100 - The Juilliard School
Through February 03, 2012 - New York

Juilliard's FOCUS! 2012 Festival celebrating the centennial of John Cage opens on Friday, January 27 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater with an all-Cage program. On Monday, January 30 at 8 PM, also in Sharp Theater, Daniel Druckman leads the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble in works of Cage, Cowell, and Harrison. The Festival continues with chamber works on Tuesday, January 31 at 8 PM in Sharp Theater; Wednesday, February 1 at 8 PM in Paul Hall featuring vocal, chamber, and solo works by Cage; and Thursday, February 2 at 8 PM in Paul Hall with vocal, chamber, and solo works by Cage. The Festival concludes on Friday, February 3 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall with the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs. FREE tickets available at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to

Children of Eden - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
February 03, 2012 - Mamaroneck

The Mainstage production of "Children of Eden" is a musical spectacle from the composer of the current hit Broadway show, "Wicked." "Children of Eden" tells the story of the early chapters of the Bible with memorable music. Through Sunday, February 5. Call 914-630-0804 to order tickets.

'Oliver!' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
February 03, 2012 - Tarrytown

A musical retelling of Dickens' famous novel, "Oliver Twist." The plot concerns the adventures of an orphan boy in 19th-century London as he escapes abusive treatment in an orphanage and joins a group of pickpockets. Songs include "Where is Love," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," and "As Long As He Needs Me." The production is made up of over 100 young people who are divided into four casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film, and television experience.

Evev Shabbat Family Service - Temple Beth Torah
February 03, 2012 - Upper Nyack

The synagogue hosts Shabbat Shira A Sabbath in Song. This fun and musical family service celebrates the life of legendary Jewish singer / songwriter, Debbie Friedman. Both Junior & Adult choirs will perform.

Separation Anxiety - EXHIBIT, FREE RECEPTION AND ART WORKSHOP - Pelham Art Center
February 03, 2012 - Pelham

To celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, "Separation Anxiety," the Center will hold a free opening reception and all-age art workshop for the public. The exhibition explores modern notions of parenthood through the eyes of 14 different contemporary artists. Their works represent an unexpected range of media, from photography and oils to clocks and macrame. During the opening reception, there will be a free collage art workshop for all ages, with materials provided.

Family Friday Night Service - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 03, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat with games, songs, and stories.

Jackson Heights 3AM - Queens Theatre
February 03, 2012 - Corona

A livery cab driver working the midnight shift yearns for a woman who rises at dawn to bake bread, but does not speak her language. A beloved dog disappears without a trace. A closeted policeman from Long Island comes to Queens for a date. Car dispatchers, sex workers, drag queens, E.R. doctors, gamblers, and insomniacs collide in the colorful world of Jackson Heights after hours.

Jewish Soul Seeking: Questions you Always Wanted Answered - The Black Cow Coffee Company
February 03, 2012 - Pleasantville

This is continuing ed for The Mother's Circle graduates and open to all. Topics will include the meaning of some Hebrew prayers, the afterlife, the Jewish God concept, Judaism and relationships, and other hot spiritual topics. Registration online is requested: Contact Nicole Nevarez, JCC Director of Jewish Life.

Family Flicks - "The Secret of Nimh" - The Picture House
February 03, 2012 - Pelham

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats with whom she has a deeper link to than she ever suspected. Adapted from Robert C. O'Brien's acclaimed children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H." Although beloved by many, the film has some "dark" parts - recommended for children ages 9 and older; 82 minutes.

A Taste of Shabbat - JCC Rockland
February 03, 2012 - West Nyack

Parents or grandparents and kids can celebrate Shabbat with songs, stories, crafts, and music. Hosted by Aviva Kohl and guitar player Daniel Sonnenschein.

Toddler Workshop for Valentine's Day - Jill's Ceramics
February 03, 2012 - West Nyack

Children (ages 2-5) will use their hand prints to design a trivet, mug, dish, or other unique gift for Valentine's Day. Jill's also has many heart-shaped items to choose from. Fee includes supplies and instruction. Pre-registration is requested.

Holiday Workshop For Valentines Day - Jill's Ceramics
February 03, 2012 - West Nyack

Roll up your sleeves and get creative for Valentine's Day. Paint a heart-shaped box, candy dish, plate, or mug for the one you love. Pieces can be painted and taken home the same day or glazed with a variety of finishes. Fee includes supplies and instruction. Pre-registration is requested.

Owl Prowl - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
February 03, 2012 - Cornwall

Enjoy an evening of owl facts and fiction. Head out into the woods to search for these birds of the night. Attendance limited; pre-paid registration is required.

LEGO Building Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch
February 03, 2012 - Haverstraw

Use the library's LEGOs or bring your own. Work with friends or make new ones. No registration required.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 03, 2012 - Garnerville

Use the library's LEGOs or bring your own. Work with friends or make new ones. No registration required.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
February 03, 2012 - Garden City

Kids listen each week to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

'The Glass Menagerie' - YCP TheaterWorks
February 03, 2012 - Mohegan Lake

Tennessee Williams' classic drama focuses on the story of outsiders in St. Louis on the eve of World War II.

Blooming Babies: Spectacular Snowflakes - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 03, 2012 - Crown Heights

Children, 18 months-2.5 years, discover the magic of snowflakes while learning what makes each one special. They will create their own special snowflake craft to take home.

Alloy Orchestra Presents: Masters of Slapstick - College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
February 03, 2012 - Staten Island

Some kids will appreciate early slapstick comedy more than others. Nonetheless, here's an opportunity to view three 20-minute silent films starring Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin with live musical accompaniment that recreates the expressive music and sounds of that era.

FREE Fridays at Guild Hall - Guild Hall
February 03, 2012 - East Hampton

Come check out the Student Art Festival, featuring the artwork of students from Bridgehampton to Montauk.

Chinese Culture - Larchmont Public Lbrary
February 03, 2012 - Larchmont

Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the year of the dragon. The presentation will focus on Chinese history, its classic stories, its rich traditions and its art forms.

Feeding Frenzy: Turtles & Tortoises - Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield
February 03, 2012 - Fairfield

Enjoy a brief presentation while the naturalist staff feeds the Center's resident turtles and tortoises. Discover fun facts and get an up-close view of these critters. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations of laundry soap and dishwashing soap welcome. To register and for more information call ext. 109.

Wilton Up Close Photography Project Reception - Wilton Library
February 03, 2012 - Wilton

The public is invited to view the photos and writings done by Wilton Up Close students in grades 7-12 who have worked under the direction of award-winning photographer Daryl Hawk. Exhibition runs through February.

Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports
February 03, 2012 - Marine Park

The Brooklyn Aviators have returned to their home base at Aviator Sports (in Floyd Bennett Field) for another season of hockey excitement. Come and support them as they battle for domination in the newly formed Federal Hockey League.

Family Movie Night - The Moxie Spot
February 03, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Each Friday evening, Moxie Spot combines its comfy food with a program of short movies and a family friendly feature. Check website for program.

Ben Allison - Carnegie Hall
February 03, 2012 -

Bassist-composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves, and inspired arrangements, he seamlessly blends jazz, rock, folk, and world music into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

Hello, Gorgeous! Leslie Kritzer Sings Jule Styne - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 03, 2012 -

Beautiful Leslie Kritzer has been called "a consistent source of off-kilter brilliance" (The New York Times). Fresh off the Sondheim showcase last season with Barbara Cook, Kritzer is known for her antic cabaret shows that showcase her gift for musical impersonation, as well as her delicious turn in the show Legally Blonde and her Drama Desk nominated performance in A Catered Affair. On February 3rd she will turn her Broadway belt to songs by the great Jule Styne, composer of Gypsy and Funny Girl and other iconic shows.

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 03, 2012 - Crown Heights

Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.

Boy and Girl Scout Shabbat - Temple B'Nai Torah
February 03, 2012 - Wantagh

Scouts are invited to attend this annual shabbat in uniform. Family and friends are invited to attend as well.

Lots of Love Sun Catchers - Long Island Children's Museum
February 03, 2012 -

Add a little love and sunshine to your home this winter as you create a special heart-filled decoration. Brighten your window during the frosty winter days or give it as a gift to someone special.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 03, 2012 - Garden City

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

Bj�rk's Biophilia Live Show - NY Hall of Science
February 03, 2012 - Corona

Bj�rk is set to bring her live Biophilia show to NYSCI. In addition to the live performance, Bj�rk will collaborate with NYSCI on a three-week-long Biophilia education series. Featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia's songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses, and more. Students will also learn to use the Biophilia Apps as tools for music composition and delve into the study of how musicology relates to nature.

Outdoor Adventures: South American Adventure - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
February 03, 2012 - Stamford

Join Chris Evers, director and founder of Animal Embassy who introduces a variety of South American Animal Ambassadors representing diverse habitats and reflecting the amazing diversity of life on Earth. He also shares his photos and stories of the Pantanal region of Brazil. Call 203-977-6521 to register.

Astronomy Nights: Winter Constellations - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
February 03, 2012 - Stamford

Enjoy a presentation on winter constellations than, weather permitting, head to the observatory to view the night sky through a 22-inch research telescope.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' 37th Annual Dance Concert and Pow-Wow - Theater for the New City
February 03, 2012 - East Village

The troupe will present dances, stories, and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Proceeds from the pow-wow will go toward college funds for needy Native American students. Highlights will include storytelling, a Hoop Dance by a Cherokee tribe member, a Caribou Dance by the Inuit people of Alaska, a Buffalo Dance by the Hopi people, a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance by the Northern Plains people, a Stomp Dance by the Southeastern tribes, and a Shawl Dance by the Oklahoma tribes. Featured performers will include the Heyna Second Son Singers (from various tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Pageantry is an important component of the event, and all participants are elaborately dressed. Most dances are performed in the traditional Circle, which represents a unity of peoples. There is a wealth of cultural information encoded in the movements of each dance. More than 10 distinct tribes will be represented in the performance. Throughout the performance, all elements are explained in depth through detailed introductions by the troupe's director and emcee Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). An educator, Mofsie plays an important part in the show by his ability to present a comprehensive view of native culture. Native American craft items will be displayed in the TNC lobby. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund receives its sole support from events like this concert (it receives no government or corporate contributions). It has bestowed more than 350 scholarships to-date.

Teen Talk Group - Saltzman Community Center
February 03, 2012 - Hempstead

This weekly psychoeducational group for teens facing a variety of life issues meets on Wednesdays. Please call for more information and to register. Classes run through February 28, 2012.

Parenting Issues - 'Blessing of a Skinned Knee' book discusssion - Friedberg JCC
February 03, 2012 - Oceanside

Based on the book, "The Blessing of a Skinned Knee" by Wendy Mogel, the group will discuss raising self-reliant children who are not just good at doing things but are also good people. Share in the discussion.

Student Art Festival Part I, Grades K-8 - Guild Hall
February 03, 2012 - East Hampton

Part I of the Student Art Festival features work created by elementary and middle school students from Bridgehampton to Montauk. Throughout the exhibition, Guild Hall offers free do-it-yourself crafts on the weekends.

Pizza & Pajama Night - Children's Museum of the East End
February 03, 2012 - Bridgehampton

Young visitors are invited to come to the Museum in their pajamas, have pizza, hear a story read in the Museum's Library, and participate in an art activity. Advance sign up is encouraged.

'Cinderella: A New Version of The Oldest Story Ever Told' - Circle in the Square Theatre
February 03, 2012 - Manhattan

Presented by Circle in the Square Theatre School, written by David F. Eliet and directed by Danyon Davis, this classic re-telling weaves together short stories and tales from China, India, and Africa. In one of the stories there is a magic fish instead of a fairy Godmother. In another, "Cinderella" is a boy. Audience members will also meet a flying cow, an enchanted frog, a talking parrot, and a wise wizard in this delightful production, which will be performed by graduate actors of the school. The cast includes Aidan Sank, Kario Pereira-Bailey, Colleen O?Connor, and Carina Zabrodsky. Running time: 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A with the cast. Call 212-307-0388 to reserve your seats, or visit and click on "Plays for Grades K-6". Direct link: Additional Information: "Cinderella: A New Version of The Oldest Story Ever Told" is the second play in Circle in the Square Theatre School's annual Three-Plays for Grades K-6 series, which opened in November 2011 with "Anansi the Spider." The third and final play of the season will be a new musical version of the school's acclaimed production of "Aesop's Fables," which features a book by Michael Milligan and music and lyrics by Joziah Longo, famed for his band The Grand Slambovians (March 5-9, 12-14). Circle in the Square Theatre School (CITSTS), established in 1963, is one of the country's premier schools of professional training for actors and singers and is the only conservatory affiliated with a Broadway theatre. It offers a two-year training program and a seven-week summer program for students from across the country and around the world. (Both programs require auditions.) Theodore Mann (a co-founder of Circle in the Square Theatre) is artistic director, and Paul Libin is president. E. Colin O?Leary is executive director. Among the school's alumni are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Idina Menzel, Benicio Del Toro, Felicity Huffman, Molly Shannon, and many other luminaries of the stage and screen.

Breakti with Anya Porter - Karma Kids Yoga
February 03, 2012 - West Village

This class brings together the mindfulness of yoga with the rhythm and fun of breakdance and other street dance styles. Learn both yoga and street dance movement, then finish the class with a challenging and fun routine. Breakti will help you learn to move with ease on your hands both in yoga and dance, and build strength and flexibility. For ages 6 and older. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 646-638-1444 or email

PJ Storytime - Westhampoton Free Library
February 03, 2012 - Westhampton Beach

Drop in for some stories to lull you off to a winter's night of sweet dreams. Wear your pajamas. No registration required.

The Music of Yes as performed by the band 'Tribute,' - The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
February 03, 2012 - Dix Hills

One of the longest lasting, most successful 1970s progressive rock groups, Yes is one of the lingering success stories from this musical genre.

Free Teen Night @ MoMA: "Waste Land" - MoMa, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
February 03, 2012 - Manhattan

View this 2010 documentary that follows Brooklyn-based artist Vic Muniz as he returns to his home country of Brazil and meets and collaborates with workers from the world's largest dump site, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. This drop-in program is open to teens ages 14-19 on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must bring a valid high school ID.

Bill Morrison: A Modern Master of Silent Film - World Financial Center Winter Garden
February 03, 2012 - Battery Park City

Bill Morrison has reinvented the lost art of the silent film - often using decaying footage from old silent movies but also creating his own luminous, evocative world out of new images and new music. This series looks at a selection of Morrison's major works, all done in collaboration with some of the finest new-music composers. Today's film, "Decasia," is shown with live music by Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Stroller Tours - Whitney Museum of American Art
February 03, 2012 - Upper East Side

The museum's teaching fellows lead engaging tours of current exhibitions for new moms and dads when the museum is closed to the public. Crying babies are welcome. Registration required at

Community Sing: Take 6 - Apollo Theater
February 03, 2012 - Harlem

Learn what it takes to be a member of an ensemble group and experience the power of singing for yourself. Soul runs deep through the harmony-rich gospel sound of Take 6, and each of the singers in this 10-time Grammy Award–winning a capella sextet possess powerful, versatile voices. They channel the uplifting spirit of doo-wop groups from the 1950s, even as they throw down fresh beats that call to mind the latest R&B and hip-hop. The group has recorded and performed with some of jazz's greatest legends, such as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, and Stevie Wonder.

Book Launch: Maggie Brooklyn - The Community Bookstore
February 03, 2012 - Park Slope

Author Leslie Margolis launches her new book, Maggie Brooklyn: Vanishing Acts, with a book store event that features a read aloud and other activities. Kids will enjoy this story about a girl whose world becomes intertwined with a movie being filmed in her neighborhood.

Winter Street Scene - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 03, 2012 - SoHo

Illustrate a winter scene using a variety of paper cardboard, printing, and drawing materials. For ages 5 and older.

Art Workshop: Sun Catchers - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 03, 2012 - SoHo

This project explores color and transparency. Children ages 5 and older will build their own sun catchers using glue and acrylic.

See the Metropolitan Museum of Art from an Artist’s Perspective - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 03, 2012 - NY

- Host Mark Venaglia is an artist with work in corporate and private collections worldwide? - Explore the new galleries in The American Wing, complimented with Mark’s commentary?- Get to know American art’s “Green Movement” and its origins in the early 1800s? - Join Mark for coffee or a cocktail afterwards to debrief the experience The authentic edge of art exists within the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Combining the insights of an artist, art collector and museum curator, host Mark Venaglia will give you a unique perspective on the home of some of the world’s most sought-after works. Mark is one of the leaders of art’s “Green Movement.” He’ll explain how the movement was pioneered by the Naturalist painters of the early 1800s, with great examples found in the gleaming galleries of the newly renovated American Wing. In particular, Mark will discuss and demonstrate how “Heart of the Andes” painter, Frederick Church, is the grandfather of American cinematography. View the painting the way the Victorians who waited for several hours in line did: with opera glasses to observe every intricate detail.

Shabbat Shirah: Remembering Debbie Friedman - Temple Beth Torah
February 03, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack, will mark the first yahrtzeit (anniversary of passing) of legendary Jewish singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman, who famously set Jewish texts to contemporary folk-style melodies. She was known to many as “the Joan Baez of Jewish song” and had recorded more than 20 albums.

Friday Night Films @ The Lab - Jacob Burns Film Center
February 03, 2012 - Pleasantville

This high school film club run by students, for students, includes a great film and solid discussion hosted by JBFC faculty member, Sean Weiner. Open to 14-18 year olds. No registration necessary.

The Dessoff Choirs continue Refracted Bach: Mid Winter Festival with 'Stile Antico' - Church of St. Paul the Apostle
February 03, 2012 - New York City

Led by Christopher Shepard, “Stile Antico” is a concert of choral and instrumental works that explores how composers of many periods — including Bach himself — have been inspired by earlier styles of music. Bach arranged Palestrina’s Missa Sine Nomine a 6, two movements of which will be presented in this concert, alongside music by another Baroque master, Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki. Also on the program are works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Reger, all of whom drew inspiration from Bach. The concert also features contemporary pieces: the American premiere of Tota Pulchra Es Maria by William Hawley (b. 1950); two works by Ingram Marshall (b. 1942): September Canons, a piece for solo violin inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, performed by Todd Reynolds, for whom the work was written, and Holy Ghosts for solo oboe d’amore, written for and performed by Libby Van Cleve; and Komm Jesu, Komm by Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942). The Dessoff Choirs Christopher Shepard, conductor Libby Van Cleve, oboe d’amore Todd Reynolds, violin PALESTRINA (ARR. J.S. BACH) Kyrie & Gloria from Missa Sine Nomine a 6 * GORCZYCKI Sub tuum praesidium * INGRAM MARSHALL Holy Ghosts (Libby Van Cleve, solo oboe d’amore) WILLIAM HAWLEY Tota Pulchra es Maria (American premiere) Two Motets O Magnum Mysterium INGRAM MARSHALL September Canons (Todd Reynolds, solo violin) SVEN-DAVID SANDSTRÖM Komm Jesu, Komm MENDELSSOHN Warum toben die Heiden, Op 78 No. 1 SCHUMANN Talismane, Op. 141, No. 4 * REGER O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden * Chamber choir

American Songbook with The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet - Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music
February 03, 2012 - Brooklyn

Join us for the artistry and talent of the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet as they perform works by Gershwin, Ellington, Wilder, and more.

Stravinsky Violin Concerto - New York City Ballet
Through February 04, 2012 -

In 1941, Balanchine choreographed Balustrade for the Ballet Russe to Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D. When he returned to the score three decades later, he could no longer remember his original choreography. But Balanchine was not at all disturbed by the loss. "What I did then was for then," he said, "and what I wanted to do to this music for our Stravinsky Festival... represented more than 30 years' difference." The new choreography follows the score directly: An opening "Toccata" and a final "Capriccio" enclose two central "Arias," which form contrasting pas de deux for two different couples.

Petula Clark - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through February 04, 2012 -

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed "Best of New York" by New York Magazine and "an invaluable New York institution" by The New York Post, will continue its 2011-12 season with the debut engagement of Two time Grammy Award winning singing legend, actress and songwriter PETULA CLARK. Making her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s, Ms. Clark will perform her chart-topping pop hits like "Downtown," "I Know A Place" and "My Love," as well as highlights from her stage and screen roles in Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers and Finian's Rainbow. Ms. Clark's show at Feinstein's will run from January 24 to February 4, 2012. Prior to New York, she will perform at the Casino De Paris Theatre on November 7, for her first Paris concert in two years. Immediately after her run at Feinstein's, she will fly down under for a 15 day concert tour of Australia.

"Welcome to Tourettaville" - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through February 04, 2012 - Manhattan

In this musical, a young boy growing up with Tourette Syndrome befriends four aliens who inspire him toward self-acceptance. The show utilizes actors of all genders, abilities, and special needs, making it an all-inclusive theater experience.

COIL 2012 - PS122
Through February 04, 2012 - New York

"COIL '12 represents a Performance Space 122 of which we are all very proud. Across the city, sourced from around the world. Fully realized, but on the bleeding front edge. As we spend the upcoming seasons outside of our home, we are proud to be embarking on and renewing several catalytic partnerships which help make this festival possible." - Vallejo Gantner, Artistic Director COIL, Performance Space 122's 7th annual mid-winter festival featuring inventive and inspiring contemporary performance that's "aimed at the head, the guts and the heart" (New York Post) is ready for you. Tickets now available to PS122 Passport and COIL Pass holders. Single tickets on sale December 1. This annual winter festival features 11 premieres from critical US and international artists. The presentations are socially engaged, visceral, and groundbreaking. The festival spans 25 days, all genres of performance and takes place in 8 different venues across NYC. January 5-29, 2012 COIL Lineup: Passport: COIL Pass: Single tickets ($20 - $25) on sale December 1 Box Office: 212-352-3101 Group Rates and Student Discounts: Questions or comments:

Performance Space 122 Coil Festival - Baryshnikov Arts Center
Through February 04, 2012 - NYC

COIL is an annual winter festival featuring 11 premieres from critical US and international artists that kicks off on January 5, 2012. The presentations are socially engaged, visceral, and groundbreaking. The festival spans 25 days, with all genres of performance, and takes place in 8 different venues across NYC. About Temporary Distortion's Newyorkland: ?Seamless and gorgeous? a dreamy, poetic, abstracted and sometimes scary meditation.? ? The Stranger ?Newyorkland is a fascinating window into a cop?s often isolating experiences.? ? The Seattle Times ?A compelling, self-contained world from which it?s impossible to avert one?s eyes? an original and important evening of theater.? ? Crosscut Newyorkland is an intertextual assemblage, combining popular cop movies and TV police procedurals with first-person accounts from real-life police officers. Acclaimed director Kenneth Collins and prominent video artist William Cusick merge visual and performance art, documentary realism, cin�ma v�rit�, and pure fiction as they follow four police officers struggling with the high costs of working within the demanding, dangerous, and secretive society of the NYPD. Since its inception in 2002, Temporary Distortion has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of theater by staging unsettling, meditative performance in claustrophobic, box-like structures that feature minimal physical movement and a uniquely restrained acting style. The work is the last installment in a trilogy exploring iconic film genres as they are translated to the stage. Projected video is juxtaposed with live performance creating dreamlike double worlds that fracture traditional notions of narrative coherence and merge film, performance and visual art. January 12 - 28, 2012 Baryshnikov Arts Center Howard Gilman Performance Space 450 West 37th Street Click for more information about COIL 2012, and our 2012 COIL Passes. Email for information on student and group discounts.

Performance Space 122 - Performance Space 122
Through February 04, 2012 - NYC

To Whom It May Concern, PS122 is glad to announce that the COIL Festival has been extended! Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show, Temporary Distortion’s Newyorkland, and the TEAM’s Mission Drift will all play through February 4. Tickets for this extension go on sale January 15. This annual winter festival features 11 premieres from critical US and international artists. The presentations are socially engaged, visceral, and groundbreaking. The festival spans 25 days, all genres of performance and takes place in 8 different venues across NYC. Untitled Feminist Show In Young Jean Lee's latest experiment, UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW, six charismatic stars of the downtown theater, dance, cabaret, and burlesque worlds come together to invite the audience on an exhilarating, nearly wordless journey through expressions of a fluid and limitless sense of identity. The Twin Cities Daily Planet writes, "You may weep, or you may laugh, but you won't be bored, and—I don't think I've ever said this about a show before—you won't leave the theater unchanged...This is an essential theater-going experience." January 12 - February 4, 2012 Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, New York For more information and tickets, please visit Newyorkland An intertextual assemblage, Newyorkland combines popular cop movies and TV police procedurals with first-person accounts from real-life police officers. Acclaimed director Kenneth Collins and prominent video artist William Cusick merge visual and performance art, documentary realism, cinema verite, and pure fiction as they follow four police officers struggling with the high costs of working within the demanding, dangerous, and secretive society of the NYPD. "Mind-blowing video images and theatrical tension." - The New York Times [on Americana Kamikaze] January 12 - February 4, 2012 Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, New York For more information and tickets, please visit Mission Drift Mission Drift is a critically acclaimed contemporary musical that journeys west through time and space in pursuit of the soul of American capitalism. Amidst a score that fuses Vegas glitz with Western ballads, seductive storyteller Miss Atomic interweaves the epic saga of two immortal Dutch teens with an intimate portrait of a cocktail waitress and a cowboy in this political and urgent work about creation and destruction, bankruptcy and bonanza, and the crumbling myth of an eternal frontier. "What a blast." - The Guardian "A lush panorama of contemporary Americana." -The Financial Times January 8-February 4 The Connelly Theater 220 East 4th Street, New York, NY For more information and tickets, please visit Information on the COIL Festival as well as ticket sales for all COIL shows can be found at We look forward to seeing you soon, Marketing Associate Performance Space 122

NEW Musical 'Mission Drift' EXTENDED to FEB 4! - The Connelly Theater
Through February 04, 2012 - Manhattan

Performance Space 122 would like to invite you to the US premiere of the TEAM's Mission Drift, as part of COIL 2012. Mission Drift is a pioneering journey west through time and space in pursuit of the soul of American capitalism. In this critically acclaimed contemporary musical with a score that fuses Vegas glitz with Western ballads, seductive storyteller Miss Atomic interweaves the epic saga of two immortal Dutch teens with an intimate portrait of a cocktail waitress and a cowboy. A political and urgent work about creation and destruction, bankruptcy and bonanza, and the crumbling myth of an eternal frontier. Watch the Trailer: Now playing through February 4 Jan 17-21, 24-28, Jan 31-Feb 4 at 8pm; Jan 22, 29 at 5pm; Jan 28, Feb 4 at 2pm The Connelly Theater 220 E 4th Street Manhattan, New York $25 / $20 Student, Senior TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY NIGHT DISCOUNTS! Mention the “mission15” promo code for $15 tickets to any Tuesday or Wednesday performance of Mission Drift. Enter the code online at Or mention it by phone when you call 212-352-3101 See the new musical New York keeps talking about: "The liveliest lesson on desire, destruction, and economics that you'll see in many a year." - The Village Voice "[A] freewheeling theatrical adventure" - The New York Times "Piquant intelligence, streamed into an ambitious multipronged narrative." - Time Out New York "Heartbreaking, infuriating, beautiful, honest" - New York Theatre Review "If you want to see where American theatre is—and where it's headed—go to this provocative and wondrous work." -

Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai - Shanghai Tango - Joyce Theater
Through February 05, 2012 -

Created in 2003 by Jin Xing, one of the most fascinating choreographers and artists performing today, Shanghai Tango includes ten works that she has created over the last 25 years. Set to an eclectic collage of music from Astor Piazzolla to Johann Strauss, the piece uses the sometimes sleazy, sometimes playful, but always sensuous, rhythmic, and passionate components of the tango as a conceptual framework to explore contemporary Shanghai culture. This wondrous movement landscape is striking in its visual melding of Eastern and Western artistic threads.

'EJECT!' Exhibition - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through February 05, 2012 - New York

“Eject!” a new exhibition that explores the history of ejection seats in aviation will open at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan, on Saturday, October 1st. “Eject!” will showcase ejection seats used in the Korean War era through the present. The seats will be accompanied by graphic panels and a video presentation that will provide a vivid history of ejection seats, their importance to pilots and an examination of their evolution. While visiting the exhibit, visitors will be able to sit in a real ejection seat. The exhibition will run from October 1st through February 5th. The exhibit is free with the price of admission to the museum. For more information, visit Images are courtesy of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is proudly supported by Bank of America.

Digital ?11: The Alchemy of Change - New York Hall of Science
Through February 05, 2012 - Queens

A collection of images celebrating chemistry from the Art & Science Collaboration?s 13th International Competition and Exhibition of Digital Prints.

The Making of a Collection - Islamic Art at the Metropolitan - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 05, 2012 -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world. This could not have been achieved without the generosity of dedicated individuals who supported the Museum with gifts and bequests. This exhibition will be a chronological study of some of the Museum's major donor-collectors, whose gifts form the core of the collection of the Department of Islamic Art, illuminating the factors and motivations that inspired their collecting habits. Particular attention will be paid to the early collectors during the first decades of Islamic art collecting in America, a period when as much as fifty percent of the Department's collection was established. From the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the early 1930s, objects from the Islamic world were introduced to the American market as exotic treasures and gradually gained public recognition. The interest in travel to the Middle East that had earlier spawned a vast travel literature in Europe caught on in America as well. It was the time of the Orientalist movement. At international expositions, governments of the Near East erected pavilions in which imported objects and parts of buildings where shown and, afterward, sold to Americans. Oriental art dealers played a critical role: as tastemakers for Islamic art, they acted as intermediaries between governments, American collectors, and museums. Since then, the Metropolitan's collection has continued to grow and, as in the past, generous donors continue to support its acquisitions. Today, the collection comprises approximately twelve thousand objects, of which -- in conjunction with the reopening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia on November 1 -- twelve hundred will be on view.

Robert Burns and 'Auld Lang Syne' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 05, 2012 -

This highly focused exhibition explores the origins of a song that began as an old Scots poem and air and evolved into a globally shared expression of friendship and longing.

Museum as Hub: Due to Unforeseen Events... - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through February 05, 2012 - New York

"Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center: Due to unforeseen events…" is an exhibition by the Beirut Art Center that sets out to explore five incidents in which artworks produced in Beirut over the last thirty years were fundamentally altered in the process—and by the process—of being presented to the public. The cases under consideration here concern films, performances, sculptures, and installations by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rabih Mroué, Tony Chakar, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Ziad Abillama. For the Beirut Art Center's participation in the New Museum's Museum as Hub, five artists and one scholar have gathered clues, notes, documents, and descriptions to explain what happened to these works as they crossed a threshold from an artist's intentions to an audience's reception. In each case, something dramatic occurred, which unfixed the meaning of the piece, threatened its material integrity, and called into question the process by which a society and a state accords objects, actions, and interventions with the status of art. By revisiting these events, the exhibition not only reveals the complicated conditions under which art is made and shown in a place like Beirut, it also illustrates how even the most vexing moments of transformation—whether an artwork is altered by censorship, litigation, destruction, theft, or total social rejection—have the potential to open up new fields of inquiry and generate new work. To that end, "Due to unforeseen events…" includes photographs, videos, texts, a slideshow, and a mixed-media installation that were created specially for the exhibition to reflect on the curious afterlife of the original artworks. They consider what their subsequent alterations have to say about the semblance and substance of trust that exists between artists and the public, as well as between institutions and the communities they serve. In the Resource Center, Beirut Art Center will also present their Mediatheque, a digital archive that offers public access to works—including video, image, sound, and text—by a growing number of artists from Arab countries; Iran; Turkey; and Armenia. Over sixty artists are featured in the Mediatheque including Mounira Al Solh, Ayreen Anastas, Tarek Atoui, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Hassan Khan, Rabih Mroue, Walid Raad, Wael Shawky, Rania Stephan, Rayyane Tabet, Jalal Toufic, Ala Younis, and Akram Zaatari, among others. The Mediatheque also includes select documentation of events that have taken place at Beirut Art Center since its opening. "Museum as Hub: Due to unforeseen events…" is organized by guest curators Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige for Beirut Art Center.

Work of Art - The Next Great Artist - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 05, 2012 -

This exhibition will spotlight the season two winner of Work of Art, Bravo's hour-long creative competition series among contemporary artists. The series, airing weekly beginning October 12, 2011, brings together fourteen aspiring artists competing for the final prize of a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. In each episode, the contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, collage, and industrial design. The panel judging their work includes series host China Chow; Bill Powers, a New York gallery owner and arts writer; and Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York magazine. Art auctioneer Simon de Pury serves as a mentor to the contestants, and a new guest judge joins the panel each week.

Start the New Year with Inspiration at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through February 07, 2012 - New York City

Agora Gallery dives into the New Year with three exhibitions which explore the rich potential revealed through the creative power of art. Figuratively Speaking investigates the varying sources of inspiration that motivate and direct artists in their imaginative process. Combining a reflection on the most esoteric levels of experience with an understanding of the innately physical nature of the world, these works display a sensitive and emotive comprehension of what it means to be human. The art in Portal to Enigma looks to the hidden secrets and mysteries that help to define existence as we know it, approaching these intriguing topics from a variety of intelligent and innovative perspectives. The result is appealing, thought-provoking and ultimately represents a call to alter the way we view the world and each other. The artists of Degrees of Abstraction concentrate on encapsulating the essence of what they see and sharing their unique viewpoint with their audience. Focusing on form, shape and color in their determination to portray their personal vision, they achieve the ability to construct their message in universal terms as well. The exhibitions will open on January 17, 2012 and run until February 7, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6-8 PM. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: January 17, 2012 – February 7, 2012 Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL:

Toy Competition Deadline - Westport Arts Center
Through February 10, 2012 - Westport

his is the last day children aged 5–14 can submit up to three toy designs to be entered into a contest that is being judged by local toy makers Melissa and Doug. The first place winner will have his/her toy design exhibited in the WAC Gallery for the last week of the "Toy Stories," exhibit and will have a soft toy replicated by Child's Own Studio, a company specializing in custom-made soft toys. Visit the center's website for details on how to apply.

'Building Connections 2011' - Center for Architecture
Through February 11, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation's architecture and design education programs during the 2010-2011 school year. This year's exhibition also commemorate the Foundation's 20th anniversary of K-12 built environment education programs.

The Urban Dictionary Plays - Ars Nova
Through February 11, 2012 - New York

Move over Webster, the Ars Nova Play Group is taking on the dictionary – the Urban Dictionary, that is. A night of savvy short plays and hot live music inspired by irreverent, crowd-sourced entries at It might just redefine the short play! Written by Joshua Allen, Chad Beckim, Rachel Bonds, Jenny Connell, Kara Lee Corthron, Jon Kern, Josh Koenigsberg, Molly Smith Metzler, Michael Mitnick, Kim Rosenstock, Sharyn Rothstein, Joe Tracz. Directed by Oliver Butler, Wes Grantom, Kate Pines, Laura Savia. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Pop Objects and Icons from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition demonstrates various artists' engagement with Pop art and the Guggenheim's ongoing interest in the legacy of the style.

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