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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on February 8


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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 8, 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 8. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

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.

Concerto Barocco - New York City Ballet
February 08, 2012 -

Balanchine said of this work: "If the dance designer sees in the development of classical dancing a counterpart in the development of music and has studied them both, he will derive continual inspiration from great scores." In the first movement of the concerto, the two ballerinas personify the violins, while a corps of eight women accompany them. In the second movement, a largo, the male dancer joins the leading woman in a pas de deux. In the concluding allegro section, the entire ensemble expresses the syncopation and rhythmic vitality of Bach's music. This work began as an exercise by Balanchine for the School of American Ballet and was performed by American Ballet Caravan on its historic tour of South America and later entered the repertory of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In 1951 Balanchine permanently eliminated the original costumes and dressed the dancers in practice clothes, probably the first appearance of what has come to be regarded as a signature Balanchine costume for contemporary works. On October 11, 1948, Concerto Barocco was one of three ballets on the program at New York City Ballet's first performance.

Tarantella - New York City Ballet
February 08, 2012 -

The nimble quickness of Tarantella provides a virtuosic showcase. The profusion of steps and the quick changes of direction this brief but explosive pas de deux requires typify the ways in which Balanchine expanded the traditional vocabulary of classical dance. Gottschalk, who lived from 1829 to 1869, was one of the first American composers to be recognized in Europe. His syncopated rhythms and jagged melodic lines incorporating elements of folk dancing foreshadowed the work of other American composers later in the 19th century.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
February 08, 2012 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

Beyond Behavior: Creating an Alliance with Your Child - West End Day School
February 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Dr. Josephine Wright will explore the roles of empathy, expectations, discipline, and modeling in facilitating children's development. Josephine Wright, M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist who is on the faculty at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute. She is the author of "Do We Really Need Ritalin? A Family Guide to ADHD" and articles about adoption, learning difficulties, therapy, and medication.

La Leche League of Clarkstown Monthly Meeting - Private Home
February 08, 2012 - Tappan

The La Leche League of Clarkstown holds its monthly meeting. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend these informal, ongoing discussions. Babies and older siblings are also welcome.

Amateur Night at the Apollo - Apollo Theater
February 08, 2012 - New York

The new Amateur Night season is underway with a whole new line-up of eager contestants who compete for the winning title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Family Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 08, 2012 - Garnerville

Children ages 2-5 are invited with a parent or caregiver to hear stories. Pre-registration is required.

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
February 08, 2012 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers - Wilton Library
February 08, 2012 - Wilton

This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and puzzles. No registration necessary.

Free Play at the J - JCC Rockland
February 08, 2012 - West Nyack

Meet other parents and kids (birth to 2 years) at this parent-hosted playdate in the Kantrowitz Kids Gym. The group meets most Wednesdays through June 20.

Gym Buddies - Play with the Big Kids! - Rosenthal JCC Main Branch
February 08, 2012 - Pleasantville

Children in K-6th grades get to play in the gym with tweens and teens who act as role models and engage the children through games and activities. Advance registration required. Contact Allison at 914-741-0333, ext. 23.

Tales & Treats: Jewish Bedtime Stories - Rosenthal JCC Main Branch
February 08, 2012 - Pleasantville

Once upon a time there was a Jewish story...actually, there are A LOT of Jewish stories. Bring the kids in PJs and join in a pizza dinner, free play in the gym, and a selection of a few of the best Jewish tall tales. Followed of course, by milk and cookies. For children ages 2-5 years with their families. RSVP required.

Valentine's Day Card Workshop - The Field Library
February 08, 2012 - Peekskill

All ages are invited to make a one-of-a-kind, super-fancy, sparkly Valentine for that special somebody.

February 08, 2012 - Scarsdale

Imagine your breakfast omelet made from your own fresh, organic, Omega-rich eggs! "Chicken Flick" is a short film made by local environmentalist filmmakers Nikki Coddington and Susan Rubin. You will meet four Westchester County families who are enjoying the fun and benefits of raising chickens in their own backyards. After the film, you can ask questions of the filmmakers and the panel of local chicken owners - you may even walk away ready to take up this easier-than-you-think, fun and profitable hobby yourself! This program will be held at the Nature Center in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group.

Hebrew for Little Ones - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 08, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Children up to four years old are invited to learn Hebrew through immersion stories, songs, music, games, and art. Vocabulary lists provided each week for parents to take home. For more information and registration, call 845-358-3767 or contact

Celebrate Tu B'Shevat - JCC Rockland
February 08, 2012 - West Nyack

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shevat with crafts, songs, and healthy snacks.

Breastfeeding - Nyack Hospital
February 08, 2012 - Nyack

This class prepares parents for the first few days and weeks of breastfeeding. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, positioning, establishing a good milk supply, common problems, and returning to work. Pre-registration is required.

Cookie Decorating - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 08, 2012 - Garnerville

Have some sweet fun decorating cookies.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 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.

St. Paul's and the Presidents - A Historical Presentation - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
February 08, 2012 - Mt. Vernon

A historical program exploring the connections of five President to the St. Paul's site. Light refreshments will be served.

Maccabi Games Information and Sign-Up Meeting -Tennis/Swimming/Track/Golf/Table Tennis/Bowling/Dance/ArtsFest - JCC Mid-Westchester
February 08, 2012 - Scarsdale

Teens 13-17 years old will travel to Houston, TX, Memphis, TN or Rockland County, NY this summer to compete in the largest Jewish teen sporting event in the world. Participate in team or individual sports, or arts specialties including dance, music, acting, and more. The Games also promote community involvement, teamwork and pride in being Jewish. Information for Tennis/Swimming/Track/Golf/Table Tennis/Bowling/Dance/ArtsFest. Snow date: February 9.

Family Fun - Ossining Public Library - Children's Program Room
February 08, 2012 - Ossining

Stories and crafts for all ages. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Open House - PS 250: The Magnet School for Communication and Multimedia Arts
February 08, 2012 - Williamsburg

An open house for this pre-k-5th grade magnet school. Learn about school programs including the new magnet program for communication and multimedia arts.

Bereavement Support Group - Chai Jewish Center
February 08, 2012 - Dix Hills

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents on the second Wednesday of every month. Call Karen Flyer for information.

Fretwork - Carnegie Hall
February 08, 2012 -

This season, viol ensemble Fretwork celebrates its quarter-century anniversary and makes its Carnegie Hall debut. While Fretwork's repertoire encompasses music that dates from the 16th century to the present day, this concert explores works written specifically for viol by 17th-century English and Italian composers.

Bill Callahan - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 08, 2012 -

The deep voice and sardonic delivery bring to mind Johnny Cash or Kris Kristofferson, but it's the inventive lyrics that mark Bill Callahan as an original. Callahan recorded for years under the name Smog, perhaps as a need for anonymity and not as a reference to the impact that his music has on the listener. If that is what he wanted to reference, his previous identity would have been Poetry.

Dubal: La Belle Epoque - Impressionism: Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 08, 2012 -

David Dubal, pianist, teacher, writer, and broadcaster. This music talk will synthesize the artistic activity in Paris during the first decades of the twentieth century, and will be enhanced with performance by students of The Juilliard School. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, February 28�June 3, 2012. The exhibition is made possible by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and the Janice H. Levin Fund. Additional support provided by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation. It was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the R�union des Mus�es Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 2:30pm.

Canby: Persian Paintings - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 08, 2012 -

Sheila Canby, Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge, Department of Islamic Art. The glorious manuscript illustrations and album pages from the courts of the Safavid rulers of Iran are the subject of this lecture. Dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, they show the changes in style that occurred as the dynasty matured and became more open to outside influences. This lecture is supported by The Giorgio S. Sacerdote Fund. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. 6pm.

Lots of Love Sun Catchers - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 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.

TEEN ZOMBIE CLUB - Westport Public Library
February 08, 2012 - Westport

Join the Westport Library Zombie Club to meet monthly to play zombie games, watch movies, and do other zombie-related activities. For middle school and up. Register online.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Saratoga branch
February 08, 2012 - Brownsville

Children up to 5 years read, make friends, and play.

Chess for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights branch
February 08, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids play and learn chess.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 2012 - Garden City

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

Turning 5 - United Cerebral Palsey of New York City
February 08, 2012 - Midwood

Understand the steps, options and possibilities for your child with special needs entering kindergarten.

3-D Eco Art on Canvas - Queens Library: Long Island City Branch
February 08, 2012 - Long Island City

In this event led by tree branch artist Vincent M. Smythe, kids ages 8 and up learn to make recycling and reusing fun. Come create an environmentally themed painting incorporating recycled tree branches. Preregistration is required. Please call, visit the library or sign up on the website.

Women's Empowerment Group - Saltzman Community Center
February 08, 2012 - Hempstead

In these sessions, women can express concerns about life issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment. The group meets on Wednesdays. Please call for more information and to register. Classes run through MArch 7, 2012.

Learn to Draw with Art Teacher Amy-Ages 7 - 10 - Kid Esteem Monetessori
February 08, 2012 - Lindenhurst

Step by step drawing lessons with Art Teacher Amy. Draw portraits, landscapes and master artist works. Learn how to use chalk and oil pastels, watercolors and markers. $10 supply fee.

Free Puppy Playtime and Potty Training Seminar - Unleashed by Petco
February 08, 2012 - New York

Got a new puppy in your life? It's important to get them socialized with other dogs at an early age to avoid aggression issues. At Free Puppy Play Time, your new pup will get to play and socialize with other puppies, as our in house dog trainer gives you tips on training your puppy and dealing with new issues that may arise. Also, get tips and advice on how to properly potty train you new pup.

Children's Self Esteem Group - Saltzman Community Center
February 08, 2012 - Hempstead

This group provides a nurturing environment for a child's self-esteem to flourish. Through structured activities, games, stories, projects, and friendship, this group offers a safe, friendly environment for children to feel good about themselves. Please call to register. Classes run through March 2, 2012.

'Cinderella: A New Version of The Oldest Story Ever Told' - Circle in the Square Theatre
February 08, 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.

Weekly Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers-Huntington Station
February 08, 2012 - Huntington Station

Make it a family tradition to discover a wonderful new book and develop a love for reading with your child.

Free Irish Classes-Mommy Daddy & Me - Gerry Tobin School of Irish
February 08, 2012 - Babylon

This Irish language immersion program teaches Irish Gaelic to families through games, stories and other interactive activities. Visit the website for more information.

East End Hospice's 13th Annual Valentine Salon Luncheon -
February 08, 2012 - New York

This annual for-women-only event hosted by East End Hospice raises funds and awareness for Camp Good Grief. Camp good Grief is a free-of-charge summer day camp available to any child aged 4 to 15 who has experienced the loss of a parent or loved one. Pauia Zahn is the emcee this year. Donations can be made directly to the camp through their website.

New Parent Get-Together: Choosing Child Care - 92nd Street Y
February 08, 2012 - Upper East Side

Led by Parenting Center director Sally Tannen, child psychologists, and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group allows new parents to share experiences, learn from one another, and make friends. Babies welcome.

Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
February 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Learn how music and massage complement each other to stimulate your baby's brain and relax his muscles and organs. Best for babies newborn to six months.

Balloon Still Life Workshop - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 08, 2012 - SoHo

Children ages 4 and older will observe the colorful balloon still life, taking note of qualities of color, placement, and repetitive form.

Wall Street Dialogues - Trinity Church
February 08, 2012 - New York

Pundits from liberal to conservative host conversations on the moral and ethical dilemmas pushed to the forefront by the Occupy Wall Street movement in Wall Street Dialogues on Wednesdays from January 11 - February 8 at 1 PM at Trinity Church in lower Manhattan. Each week, a new speaker will challenge the audience with provocative questions such as “Would Jesus pay taxes?” and “What are the moral values of capitalism?” Talks will be webcast live at with opportunities for online viewer participation. For the complete schedule, click here. On February 8, Kathryn Tanner of the Yale Divinity School asks the question “What does the Bible say about economic disparity?” as she discusses “Thinking Theologically about Income Disparity and the Gospel Response.” Wall Street Dialogues are presented by Trinity Institute (TI), a continuing education program founded in 1967 as an outreach of Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish. Recent conferences include God’s Unfinished Future; Religion and Violence: An Interfaith Dialogue; Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability; and Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace.

Bernard Fowler & His Rock �n� Roll All-Star Band - Highline Ballroom
February 08, 2012 -

Bernard Fowler�s talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist have resonated through the span of his extraordinary career in the music industry. He has appeared on over 30 albums, most recently focusing his artistic energy on his solo project Friends with Privileges, which he released in 2006. This critically acclaimed effort draws from his diverse influences and exercises his wide-ranging, powerful vocals while coupling his unique brand of rock with stylish grooves. Fowler�s first success in the music industry came early in his career as a trailblazer of house music in the garage music era. As a member of the New York Citi Peech Boys, he started his trend of musical experimentation with the club hit "Don�t Make Me Wait." While collaborating with Herbie Hancock on Hancock�s album Future Shock (1983), he began his long-standing relationship Mick Jagger, contributing to Jagger's solo album She�s the Boss (1985). Fowler went on to appear on every Rolling Stones album from 1989�s Steel Wheels to 2008�s Shine A Light. Fowler has lent his inspired vocals to solo albums for Keith Richards and Ron Wood, as well as fronting two jazz albums for Charlie Watts and producing two albums for Ron Wood. He has toured with The Rolling Stones to every continent, performing for massive audiences the world over. He has also worked with members of Pearl Jam, Def Leppard, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Neville Brothers, as well as recorded and performed with Yoko Ono, Duran Duran, Herb Albert, Nicklebag, Robert Plant, Living Colour, Sly & Robbie, Johnnie Johnson, and Bootsy Collins. While working on his next solo project, he continues to record and tour with The Rolling Stones, Tackhead, Bad Dog, and Band 2.

George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 08, 2012 - New York

Born in 1941, George Clinton is the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and he is a solo funk artist as of 1981. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. The Parliaments began as a doo-wop group based in Plainfield, New Jersey, where Clinton grew up. The band eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the '70s. These two groups combined elements of musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream, and James Brown while exploring different sounds, technology, and lyricism. In 1982, Clinton signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist and as the P-Funk All-Stars, releasing Computer Games that same year. The disc featured the smash hits "Loopzilla" and "Atomic Dog." A string of successful albums and singles followed, including "Nubian Nut," "Last Dance," and "Do Fries Go with That Shake?" The Red Hot Chili Peppers also tapped Clinton to produce their album Freaky Styley (1985). Though Clinton's popularity had waned by the mid-'80s, he experienced something of resurgence in the early '90s as many rappers cited him as an influence and began sampling his songs. The '90s and early '00s saw him releasing additional albums, reuniting with several old members of Parliament and Funkadelic, appearing in films, and collaborating with a variety of artists. In 2005, he also formed a record label called The C Kunspyruhzy. His latest solo album, titled George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, came out in 2008 on Shanachie Records. The disc features guest appearances by Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RZA, Carlos Santana, and more. These days, Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic tour 200 days out of the year in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US. With multiple projects in the works, the master is still on top of his game. "I ain't going nowhere," he declares. "I feel like I'm starting over right now ... for real!"

February 08, 2012 - New York

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's groundbreaking new book Kosher Jesus (Gefen Publishing) provides the foundation for a new and stronger understanding between Christians and Jews, and a radically new perspective on the world's most famous personality. Kosher Jesus offers a revolutionary new perspective, based on both Christian and Jewish sources, that early Christian editors attempted to de-Judaize Jesus and portray him as an antagonist to his people, fully Romanized, after the failure of the Jewish revolt of the year 66-70 when the Jews became the most hated nation in the Empire. The truth is, as the Gospels point out, Jesus lived, taught and died a Jew and taught all his followers to live by the Torah's teachings; in fact, nearly all of his sermons were restatements of the Hebrew Bible, as he intended them to be. Rabbi Shmuley's research has also conclusively determined that Jews not only did not kill Jesus, they protected him from Herod, as the Luke makes clear. The Romans wanted Jesus dead because of his insurrection against the Emperor. Rabbi Shmuley hopes these realizations will strengthen Jewish-Christian ties and values, with Jesus (historically the barrier separating the two peoples) serving as the bridge between the two faiths, even as he is understood very differently by two great world religions. The book has already glowing reviews and ignited new dialogue among people of Jewish, Christian and all faiths. Tickets can be purchased by emailing, calling 201-221-3333

Lily Henley - The JCC in Manhattan
February 08, 2012 - New York

Deeply influenced in traditional American and Celtic music as well as extensive time in Tel Aviv, this powerful singer, songwriter, and fiddler now lives in NYC where she creates new arrangements of Hebrew and Ladino songs -- as well as original songs in English. Truly one of the most passionate voices on the acoustic music scene today.

Valentine Craft - New Fairfield Free Public Library
February 08, 2012 - New Fairfield

New Fairfield Free Public Library invites children in kindergarten through second grade to make a Valentine’s Day craft. Call to register.

Comedy School Dropout: the 8th is the GREATth - Beauty Bar
February 08, 2012 - New York

Free standup Comedy Show - Jared Freid (Bloomberg Sports,, trutv); Jason Burke (Gotham and Stand-Up NY); Jena Friedman (Letterman, SXSW); Matt Graham (Conan, scrabble champion).

'Sweetheart' Candle Workshop - Make Meaning
February 08, 2012 - Manhattan

Make a "sweetheart" candle to give that special someone a message that keeps on burning. RSVP required.

February 08, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter announces its important educational meeting in Brooklyn titled, “Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go.” The meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of every month, starting Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the NY Memory Center in Brooklyn. The meetings are only for family members and friends who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The meetings will help those new to the disease with information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the diagnostic process, common symptoms throughout the stages, and community-based resources. The meetings are free. Pre-registration is mandatory. To register, please call the New York City Chapter’s 24-hour Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan sign Conan The Barbarian #1 - Midtown Comics - Downtown
February 08, 2012 -

Midtown Comics in New York City will present Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan signing Conan The Barbarian #1 from Dark Horse Comics at Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Brian Wood is best known for his creator-owned work that includes DMZ, Northlanders, Demo, The New York Four,The Couriers, Channel Zero, Local and Supermarket. Brian is set to release his newest series, The Massive with Dark Horse Comics. Becky Cloonan is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator who started self-publishing mini comics in 1999. Since then she has gone on to work with Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel, with editions of her work published in several countries around the world. Conan The Barbarian #1: In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard's fan-favorite "Queen of the Black Coast," Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you've never seen him, with the combination of one of Robert E. Howard's greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in comics! RSVP to the event on Midtown Comics' Facebook page -

All Ages Open Bounce - BounceU Farmingdale
February 08, 2012 - Farmingdale

BounceU is a Clean, Safe & Secure facility for you to bring the kids to Bounce and get some exercise. Whether you are looking to meetup with a friend, make new ones or just spend some time with mom or dad, BounceU is the place to be every Friday morning! Preschool Playdate includes bounce and snack for children 6 & under.

USA Network's Characters Unite Pop Up Experience - Union Square
Through February 09, 2012 - New York

As part of its Characters Unite Month to shine a special spotlight on the importance of combating hate and discrimination, USA Network is hosting an interactive pop-up experience providing New Yorkers and passersby the opportunity to spread the message that each of us, whoever we are, wherever we’re from can do something to fight intolerance. The activation will take place in a highly stylized heated pop-up structure in Union Square, in which people will be able to create their own custom “I Won’t Stand For…” t-shirts. Participants will be able to select a stamp representing an issue about which they are passionate -- choices include discrimination, prejudice, religious intolerance, racism, homophobia, ableism, among others. After creating their personalized t-shirts, using a special photo kiosk, participants can take a photo to immediately upload to their social media sites. White Collar's Tiffani Thiessen and Tim DeKay will be on-site on 2/8 @ 1pm.

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 Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School present Gluck’s “Armide” - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through February 11, 2012 - New York

The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School present a semi-staged concert performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Armide,” the second co-production between the two art institutions, on Wednesday, February 8 and Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets at $30 will be available beginning January 11, 2012 through the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or online at For further information, call (212) 769-7406.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II - Joyce Theater
Through February 11, 2012 -

Dance Theatre of Harlem II is comprised of sixteen young dance artists trained in the DTH style and developed in the spirit that transformed perceptions about ballet. Carrying on the legacy begun by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook when they founded Dance Theatre of Harlem forty-two years ago, the company, now under the artistic direction of Virginia Johnson, presents an eclectic and vibrant mix of neoclassical and contemporary ballets. For the Joyce season, the program includes a stirring new ballet by acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd and Glinka Pas de Trois, a rarely seen Balanchine work.

Ruben Studdard - Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Through February 11, 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 Winter/Spring 2012 season with the New York nightclub debut of Grammy Award-nominated "American Idol" winner RUBEN STUDDARD from February 7 to February 11. In addition to jazz, pop and soul standards, he will perform his new single "June 28th (I'm Single)" from his upcoming CD "Letters From Birmingham," which will be released by Shanachie Entertainment on March 13. This concept album about the ups and downs of modern romance is setting the standard for modern day soul troubadours and boasts stunning performances that range from an angelic falsetto on love songs like "Today" to hard-hitting dance floor grooves like "Turn You Out" that show off a raw vocal edge. The show will run for four nights from February 7 to February 11 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street). RUBEN STUDDARD was crowned the winner of Fox Television's "American Idol" talent competition in 2003 after pulling over 24 million votes. Since then, the Velvet Teddy Bear (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him for his smoothly soothing vocal style) has produced a string of gold and platinum albums, received Grammy and American Music Award nominations, won the NAACP's Image Award for Best New Artist, was nominated as Best Gospel Artist at the BET Awards, toured as Fats Waller in a national stage tour of Ain't Misbehavin', appeared on various television shows, toured in the comedy drama "Heaven I Need A Hug" with Robin Givens and played a pastor in the Trace Adkins film, Lifted. His single "Flying Without Wings" debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 while his version of "Superstar" peaked at No. 2 on the R&B chart. In December 2003, his first album, Soulful, had advance orders of over a million copies, automatically qualifying for platinum certification. The record entered The Billboard 200 at No. 1. A follow-up single, "Sorry 2004," reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B chart. Ruben's next album was "I Need An Angel," released in November 2004. The sophomore set topped Billboard's gospel chart and was the magazine's No. 1 gospel album of the year. Ruben's third album, "The Return," found him back in the Top 10, on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The first single, "Change Me," spent an impressive eight weeks at No. 1 on the Adult R&B list. In 2004, he won the NAACP's Image Award for Best New Artist. That same year, he was nominated for Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist at the American Music Awards, Best Male R&B Performance at the Grammys, Best New Soul/R&B or Rap Artist at the Soul Train Awards and Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Artist at the BET Awards. The following year Ruben was nominated as Best Gospel Artist at the BET Awards. FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present RUBEN STUDDARD from Tuesday, February 7 through Saturday, February 11. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 8:30 PM and Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM. All performances have a $60.00 cover with $75.00 premium seats and $95.00 up-front seats available. In addition, there is a $40.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. The club is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at and

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.

Dance Theatre of Harlem II - The Joyce Theater
Through February 11, 2012 - New York

Dance Theatre of Harlem II is comprised of sixteen young dance artists trained in the DTH style and developed in the spirit that transformed perceptions about ballet. Carrying on the legacy begun by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook when they founded Dance Theatre of Harlem forty-two years ago, the company, now under the artistic direction of Virginia Johnson, presents an eclectic and vibrant mix of neoclassical and contemporary ballets. For the Joyce season, the program includes a stirring new ballet by acclaimed choreographer Donald Byrd and Glinka Pas de Trois, a rarely seen Balanchine work. Tue 7:30pm Thu 8pm Sat 2pm & 8pm Dance Chat: Thu, Feb 9 For tickets and information call JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800

The Seven Deadly Sins - New York City Ballet
Through February 12, 2012 -

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's ballet chant� (sung ballet) has a long association with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. Originally commissioned for Balanchine's experimental Les Ballets 1933, it starred Weill's wife, singer/actress Lotte Lenya and dancer Tilly Losch. In 1958, at the suggestion of Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine revived the production for City Ballet, again starring Lotte Lenya and young dancer Allegra Kent, with a new English translation from the German by poets W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. The Seven Deadly (or Cardinal) Sins?Sloth, Pride, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Greed, and Envy?do not appear as such in the Bible. Since early Christian times theologians incorporated them into Church teachings as examples of sins that led to other sins. In the Weill-Brecht collaboration, these forbidden human frailties are explored in a cabaret-style melding of music, song, dance, and spectacle. A sometimes bittersweet, sometimes sardonic morality play set in an imagined America (neither composer or librettist had yet been to the United States), it tells the story of two Annas (perhaps sisters, perhaps alter-egos) as they travel to seven cities to earn enough money so their family can "build a little home down by the Mississippi in Louisiana," encountering in each city one of the title sins. The two Annas are very different: Anna 1 sings "[Anna 2's] the one with looks, I'm realistic/She's just a little mad, my head's on straight?" Weill's score combines popular music from the 1920s and 30s (foxtrots, waltzes), with a barbershop quartet, marches and hymns into a melodic symphonic whole filled with the driving rhythms and unusual orchestrations that are a hallmark of his work. Brecht's libretto has been open to various interpretations. At the 1933 premiere, audiences could see a reflection of a decadent Berlin, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, and the turmoil caused by the Great Depression. Over the years, others have viewed it as Brecht's critique of capitalism. One reviewer called the current City Ballet production a depiction of a "not-so-mythical America, a world in which for the sake of money, moral values are turned sharply on their head." Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett has commented that in light of the country's on-going political, social, and economic polarizations, the nearly 80-year-old work continues to speak to and resonate with today's audiences.

Vienna Waltzes - New York City Ballet
Through February 12, 2012 -

The waltz became popular in the late 1700's. It was banned at first by some authorities who thought it immoral for couples to dance so closely, but by the mid-1800's, it was accepted everywhere. The faster Viennese form, characterized by swift, gliding turns, expressed the vivacity and brilliance of the Hapsburg court. The waltz was a dance form Balanchine revisited and explored often over his career, but never on as grand a scale as the 1977 Vienna Waltzes. Vienna Waltzes — Balanchine's homage to the pleasures and delights of an age that epitomized imperial grandeur — transforms from sylvan forest glen to sassy dance hall to glittering society cafe to, at last, a majestic mirrored ballroom through Rouben Ter-Arutunian's evolving scenery. The music selected for each section of the ballet is associated with the transformation of the waltz across society and over the years. The many elaborate costumes designed by Karinska are the last she created for New York City Ballet. For most of this century, first in Paris, and after 1938, in New York, Karinska, who left Russia after the October Revolution, designed and created many legendary costumes for Broadway, ballet and opera. As one of Balanchine's long-time collaborators, she was for many years New York City Ballet's principal costume-maker.

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.

Charles Dickens at 200 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

The first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture, HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together more than one hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. The exhibition charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with Thomas Eakins' Realist paintings, HIDE/SEEK traces the often coded narrative of sexual desire in art produced throughout the early modern period and up to the present. The exhibition features pieces by canonical figures in American art—including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Alice Neel, and Berenice Abbott—along with works that openly assert gay and lesbian subjects in modern and contemporary art, by artists such as Jess Collins and Tee Corinne.

Cloud Gate 2 - Joyce Theater
Through February 12, 2012 -

Renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973, creating a new form of dance that fused Eastern and Western cultures. In 1999, he founded Cloud Gate 2, a company making its New York debut at The Joyce with the work of remarkable international choreographers Bulareyaung Pagarlava, commissioned by the Martha Graham Company; Huang Yi, one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch, 2011"; Wu Kuo-chu, former Artistic Director of Tanztheater at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany; and Cheng Tsung-lung, winner of the Roma Choreography Competition 2011.

"Boeing-Boeing" - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through February 12, 2012 - Millburn

Bernard, an American playboy in swinging '60s Paris, juggles three flight-attendant fiancées - one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each she is his only love. But then - mon dieu! - a fast new Boeing jet puts the flight attendants on a collision course, hurtles his cunning deception toward disaster, and provides the lift-off for laugh after laugh.

Alba amicorum: Friendship Albums at the Morgan - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

The Morgan invites you to explore personal journeys as seen through fourteen rarely-displayed alba amicorum, or Friendship Albums. From the late sixteenth century through the end of the nineteenth century, alba amicorum were a popular way for students, artists, scholars, and gentlemen, mostly from Germany and the Low Countries, to document and memorialize their travels, interests, and relationships. Similar to the autograph books we know today, these keepsake albums were commonly filled with handwritten mementos from friends�dedications, poems, quotes from ancient authors or Fathers of the Church -- and sprinkled with illustrations, sometimes created by the signatories themselves, and sometimes commissioned from professional artists. The selection on view includes fourteen albums from the Morgan's collection. These albums were produced all over Europe -- in Germany, the Low Countries, France, and Italy -- and span the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Visitors will see the scope of mementos contained within these books, including inscriptions, watercolors, hand-colored engravings, miniatures, sketches, emblematic and floral motifs, and even a lock of hair.

Gifted: Collectors and Drawings at MoMA, 1929-1983 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 13, 2012 - New York

This exhibition examines the history of MoMA's drawings collection through key gifts from donors whose connections with the Museum helped shape the institution from its earliest days. Lillie P. Bliss and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, founders of MoMA, gave numerous masterworks to the new museum, including some of its most prized drawings. In later decades bequests by influential collectors such as James Thrall Soby continued to augment the holdings of works by artists the Museum had already shown a commitment to, while other collections, like that of Joan and Lester Avnet, were formed with MoMA's needs specifically in mind. More idiosyncratic collections, such as Ruth Vollmer's bequest to the Museum, accepted in 1983, reflect the life and activities of individual art enthusiasts during key moments in art history. Gifted is a reevaluation of the drawings collection, reflecting not only the richness of MoMA's holdings, but also the diverse forces that have shaped it and the corresponding history it represents.

Park Here's Mommy Mornings - Openhouse Gallery
Through February 15, 2012 - NoLita

Openhouse Gallery provides moms with an escape from winter in a private, safe, and warm space. Park Here's Mommy Mornings at the pop-up park features mom and kids yoga, trunk shows, musical singalongs, arts and crafts workshops, and organic coffee and tea. For more information on specific daily activities, call or visit the website.

Scenes from Zagreb: Artists' Publications of the New Art Practice - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2012 - New York

The New Art Practice was a term created for a generation of artists in the former Yugoslavia active in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. These artists shifted their practice to spaces outside the traditional studio, onto city streets, into artist-run spaces, and in multimedia performances and experimental publications. Focusing on artists working in the city of Zagreb, this exhibition documents aspects of this shift and highlights the ability of artists' publications to record these often ephemeral gestures and ideas. While artists such as Goran Trbuljak, Braco Dimitrijevic, Sanja Ivekovic, Mladen Stilinovic, and Vlado Martek, among others, worked in a variety of mediums, they shared a common impulse to produce publications. These artists questioned and played with ideas about the place of an artist within this particular political and socioeconomic context. Their work often involved public participation and blurred traditional notions of authorship through collective activities, chance operations, and the appropriation of language and imagery from the state and commercial media. The materials in this installation resonate with other contemporaneous scenes in Eastern and Central Europe and with broader international trends, while also providing an insight into very local networks of experimental artists and writers in Zagreb.

Tying the Knot & Make Your Own Valentines - Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Through February 17, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Practice tying fishing and boating knots at hands-on learning stations throughout the Hatchery. Also, make your own valentines.

Korean Eye: Energy and Matter - Museum of Arts & Design
Through February 19, 2012 -

Internationally-acclaimed exhibition Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, sponsored by Standard Chartered, shines a spotlight on new work by contemporary Korean artists. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter reflects a new era of diversity in Korean life, politics, and culture, and offers a unique opportunity for education and appreciation of Korea's rapidly developing art scene, which until recently has seen little global exposure. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter extends MAD's focus on materials and process in contemporary art and design by showcasing works of art in an astonishing range of materials, reflecting the ways in which Korean artists today are exploring techniques both traditional and innovative. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter offers an illuminating commentary on the philosophical and aesthetic conditions of modern Korean culture, from virtual reality and the pervasive influence of fantasy and pop culture to the dehumanization inherent in a post-industrial society. By turns ironic, satirical, and metaphorical, the exhibition includes photo-sculptures by Seung Hyo Jang; embroidery and acrylic paintings by Young In Hong; a large, imposing shark fabricated from reclaimed and repurposed automobile tires by Yong Ho Ji; and Meekyoung Shin's astonishing "antique" porcelain vases, rendered in soap.

Merrily We Roll Along - New York City Center
Through February 19, 2012 - New York

Tue 7pm, Wed 7:30pm, Thu-Fri 8pm, Sat 2 and 8pm, Sun 2 and 7pm (Exception: Wed 2/15 7pm) Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's legendary musical runs backwards in time from 1980 to 1955, examines the lives of three people whose friendship is tested by time, ambition and fate. It includes some of Sondheim's most brilliant and bruising songs, including "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends" and "Our Time." Frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, who directed the show's 1985 run, returns to direct the Encores! production.

'The History Mystery' - TADA! Youth Theater
Through February 19, 2012 - Manhattan

A musical time-travel adventure in which you'll meet Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Wright Brothers as children and imagine why they grew up to do the things they did.

Rather Unique - Woodward Gallery
Through February 19, 2012 -

New for 2012, Woodward Gallery invites Harlem-based street Artist Royce Bannon as their first-ever guest curator for an exhibition with rather unique art. This exhibition will highlight a group of trendsetting artists who stand out in street and graffiti genres. The artists include: Cassius Fowler, Celso, Chris RWK, Cope2, Darkcloud, H.veng.Smith, Indie184, infinity, KA, Keely, Kenji Nakayama, Kosbe, Matt Siren, Moody, Nose Go, Royce B, Russell King, UR New York, Veng, and Wrona. While how they each create differs, they are commonly driven to share art with their peers without-constraints. This public focus has afforded the group to experiment and redefine their creativity with instant feedback and inspiration from colleagues. Bannon selected these few for their resolve and commitment. They have worked obsessively over the years to get their public art recognized. Each one of them has a rather unique style that I really can't compare to any one else's. If I mention a Darkcloud, a Matt Siren, or a Cope2 you know exactly what I'm talking about- even if you're not into the scene- you can see their (iconic) images in your head...Everyone does wheat paste, and stickers, or (tag) throw ups, but this group of artists...make what they do really pop. Woodward Gallery acknowledges these most contemporary of artists and their contribution to the new world of art.

Projects 96: Haris Epaminonda - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 20, 2012 - New York

Berlin-based artist Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980, Nicosia, Cyprus) is internationally known for her photographic assemblages constructed from books and magazines of the 1950s and 1960s, and for her video installations, in which film and television footage culled from Greek soap operas, are reshot or re-edited in new sequences with a single soundtrack that provides an acoustic link. This exhibition presents Epaminonda's three-channel video installation Tarahi IIII, V, VI (2007), part of an ongoing series that enlists the use of reverse shooting, montage, cuts, superimposition, and repetition of motifs to address the permeability of memory. Favoring a slowed-down, filmic flow and the lush colors one associates with the saturated hues of Douglas Sirk's melodramas, these enigmatic videos are presented in a new installation involving sculptural and architectural structures—columns, pedestals, drapery, and niches—specifically conceived for the space at MoMA. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Projects series, which has played a critical part in the Museum's contemporary art programs.

Victorian Watercolor Painting - Conklin Barn
Through February 20, 2012 - Huntington

Adults and children in 4th grade and older learn traditional English watercolor and ink drawing. After completing this class, attendees have the skills to transfer a drawing to paper, use a dip-type pen with bottle ink, and apply watercolors in layers with precision.

Jackson Heights 3am - Queens Theatre
Through February 25, 2012 - Corona

Curious about what kind of Jackson Heights comes out after dark? Gather the family to see a multicultural cast of 24 actors bring to life livery cab drivers, polic

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