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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JANUARY 11

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 11, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, January 11, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan'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 January 11. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers - Scandinavia House
January 11, 2014 - Murray Hill

Some of New York?s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North. Series continues in the spring January 11, 2014 Heroes, Heroines, Laughter, & Dering-Do Ellen Shapiro spins stories from Norway to warm the heart on a mid-winter morning. Saturday Morning Storytelling at Scandinavia House is made possible, in part, by support from DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.

Family Art Project/Illustrious Residents' Event: Kandinsky Colors and Toscanini Sounds - Wave Hill
January 11, 2014 - Bronx

According to Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky, "music is the ultimate teacher." Participants will listen to the music of former Wave Hill resident and conductor Arturo Toscanini and explore the emotions, colors, and even animals behind the music. Find your inner resonance with color, music, and tempera paint. Admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Winter Workspace Workshop: Papermaking From Your Backyard - Wave Hill
January 11, 2014 - Bronx

Gain insight into Winter Workspace artist Aron Louis Cohen's creative process and explore the winter landscape as a source of inspiration. The artist gives an introduction to making paper in your home from the plants around you. Then learn which plants are suitable for growing or gathering, how to process them, and the basics of sheet forming. Each participant will take home their own handmade paper. Open to all visitors ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. Registration required, online at wavehill.org, onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. Free with admission to the grounds.

Gingerbread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 11, 2014 - Corona

Marvel at a grand village of homemade gingerbread houses that is drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. This season marks the 20th year that Jon Lovitch, chef and creator of GingerBread Lane, has been undertaking the colossal confection. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make, and is made from only "real," edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. Weighing more than 1.5 tons, this year's GBL is the largest ever, and will be competing for a Guinness World Record. It sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, giving viewers a delicious whiff of homemade gingerbread. Visit gingerbread-lane.org to learn more.

Vikings Rule: Make Your Own Viking Costume - Scandinavia House
January 11, 2014 - Murray Hill

As far as kids are concerned, Vikings rule. Using everyday objects and real Icelandic sheep’s fur, pint-size plunderers can learn to make their own Viking costumes, complete with hair, helmet, chest plate, and shield. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged.

Vikings Rule: Make Your Own Viking Costume - Scandinavia House
January 11, 2014 - Murray Hill

As far as kids are concerned, Vikings rule. Using everyday objects and real Icelandic sheep’s fur, pint-size plunderers can learn to make their own Viking costumes, complete with hair, helmet, chest plate, and shield. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged.

National Dance Institute: Second Annual Open House Celebration - National Dance Institute Center for Learning & The Arts
January 11, 2014 - Harlem

National Dance Institute, the non-profit organization that has transformed the lives of millions of public school children through the arts, will host its Second Annual Open House Celebration for the community at its state of the art facility in Harlem. The open house will feature free classes, a number of performances by the children of NDI, live music, and fun for the whole family. Last year, more than 250 people attended the celebration.

DiNO-Light - Symphony Space
January 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Lightwire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts, creators of last season's jaw-droppingly beautiful Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, bring DiNO-Light to the Symphony Space stage, as electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Unique and visually dazzling, ”DiNO-Light” has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance, and has dazzled audiences all over the world.

Bird Call Workshops with NYC Audubon - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 11, 2014 - Hudson Square

Have you ever wondered how or why birds make the sound that they make? Join bird callers from the NYC Audubon Society in the CMA's sound booth and learn how to make your own bird calls! For more information, visit cmany.org.

COPE Adult Sibling Support Group - 215 W. 88th St.
January 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, offers bereavement support groups for young adults who have lost a sibling one Saturday a month, facilitated by a licensed social worker. The Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to COPE's Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to their first meeting. Call to schedule an appointment.

Asian American Festival: Around the World with CMA - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 11, 2014 - Hudson Square

To celebrate the diversity of New York City, Children?s Museum of the Arts presents its sixth annual series of Multicultural Festivals, each celebrating the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. During the month of January, the Asian American Festival will feature live music, lion dance and ribbon dance performances, theater, and storytelling performances, a hula performance and workshop, and hands-on workshops that highlight Asian American culture. There will also be temporary exhibits of relevant art and artifacts from Asian American communities. Learn more about our upcoming festivals at cmany.org

Family Art Labs: Indian Kite Festival! - Rubin Museum of Art
January 11, 2014 - Chelsea

Celebrate Sanskranti, the Indian Kite Festival! Together you and your child can explore the exhibition From India East, and then make your own traditional Indian kites in the art studio.

Open House - Rutgers Community Programs
January 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Bring your children ages 1-10 and learn about the Church's winter and spring schedule, meet instructors, tour the spacious facility, and have fun! Classes include family playgroups, On My Own playgroups for gentle separation, the Ready, Set, Go! morning program for children ages 3-5, arts and crafts, dance, gym time, musical theater, Mandarin, and a brand-new afternoon preschoolers program called Once Upon a Child, with classes in science, storytelling, and “international travel”. Space is limited, so RSVP is required. Contact Jennifer at [email protected] or 212-877-8227, x212.

Hansel and Gretel - Galli Theater
January 11, 2014 - MIdtown

When Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods and stumble upon a house made of gingerbread they think their bad luck has ended, until they discover that the delicious house is a wicked witch?s home. This brother and sister most work together to outsmart the witch and find their way back to their father.Run time: 45 minutes

A.C.T. Open House - Cathedral of St. John the Divine
January 11, 2014 - Morningside Heights

Adults & Children in Trust at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, invites the community to its annual open house celebrating its 43rd season. This free event is open to the general public, as well as A.C.T parents, children, and members. Registration for camp and pre-school will also be taking place be available for those currently enrolled, or seeking to enroll in 2014. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet the staff and educators, take tours, and learn more while celebrating 43 years of service in community. There will be plenty of ACTion and excitement for adults and children alike. The day’s festivities include:
• Toddler Climbing Area
• Reptile Farm
• Circus Act
• Face Painting
• Balloon Magician
• Bouncy Castle
• GaGa Pit Challenge
• Game Arena Walk away a winner! There will be two live drawings for our summer camps. Giveaways include:
• 1 free July or August Camp Session
• 5 free extended day session for children who attend
Participants must be present to win.

Tours for Fours: My Kind of Place - The Museum of Modern Art
January 11, 2014 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the Museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. On Saturdays and Sundays: January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Kids must be at 4 and older to attend this program. Younger siblings are welcome to accompany their participating brother or sister. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any Tours for Fours program with at least two weeks’ advance notice by calling (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) or by e-mailing [email protected] FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

A Closer Look for Kids: Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
January 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids and adults share their ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the Museum galleries. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional guests: $25; $18 seniors 65 and over with ID; $14 students. Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any A Closer Look for Kids program with at least two weeks’ advance notice by calling (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) or by e-mailing [email protected] FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

Tickety Toc DVD Launch Party - The Scholastic Store
January 11, 2014 - Soho

Kids and their families are invited to come to the Scholastic Store in SoHo on the weekend of Jan. 11 and 12 to celebrate Tickety Toc, the hit TV series for preschoolers on Nick Jr.! Among the fun—and free!—activities to be on tap, young attendees will get to meet and pose for a picture with the stars of the show, 6-year-old twins Tommy and Tallulah. Premiere screening of episodes from the brand-new Tickety Toc DVD, The Unstoppable, Unpoppable Bubble, in The Scholastic Auditorium, Saturday at 11am; additional screenings to take place in The Scholastic Store all weekend long!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

Eight Strokes & the Moving Word - Chen Dance Center
Through February 13, 2014 - Chinatown

As part of its educational programming, Chen Dance Center presents Eight Strokes & the Moving Word, a one-hour performance with live narration, audience interaction, video, and excerpts of both traditional and contemporary dance performed by H.T. Chen & Dancers. The work takes its title from the eight basic strokes of calligraphy, an exquisite art that has been a source of inspiration over the years for choreographer H.T. Chen. Through the arts, the audiences also learn about China and its folklore.

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

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

You Make the Call: Learn To Be An NFL Official - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through February 28, 2014 - Upper West Side

In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII coming to MetLife Stadium and the New York and New Jersey area, the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the National Football League are offering children and their families an exclusive look into the world of NFL officials with this new interactive exhibit and program. Go "under the hood" and make the correct call in the You Make the Call booth--a stylized rendition of the sideline instant replay systems used by real NFL officials; discover how the uniforms worn by the officials have changed over time; and sneak a peek inside the NFL's control room in Manhattan where officiating personnel monitor all games. The exhibition will also help families understand how developing both executive function skills including planning, organizing, and focusing on task, and physical fitness lead to valuable leadership and social success.

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

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

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

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

Dear Diary: Update All - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through March 16, 2014 - Purchase

With the advent of social networking and mobile communications, the diary has evolved from private medium to a forum for public consideration and collaborative thought, where the personal becomes a platform for social interaction, reflection, and activism. A new exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art addresses private versus public space, how we connect and interact, as the personal and private are merged with the public. "Dear Diary: Update All," will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College from January 4 through March 16, 2014. The exhibition of 20 international artists and 30 artworks explores how artists express their individual and collective identities, and the relationships among memory, document, and fiction. The mixed media exhibition presents work that uses online data, remembrance, handiwork, genetics, gaming, and Google to mark the discord, beauty, and banality that occur each day. According to Jacqueline Shilkoff, the Museum's Curator of New Media, Dear Diary will be "an exciting forum for ideas and interaction." Adding another dimension to the show, students from Purchase College, SUNY will be on site during Museum hours to engage in conversation with visitors about the exhibition as well as help them navigate the show and interact with the artwork. "The artists express an astounding range of poetic philosophical expressions," Shilkoff adds. Among the artworks in the exhibition is the installation "A Charge for Privacy" (2013), an electronic phone charging station created by Nick Briz, Paul X. Briz, and Ramon Branger. The work is intuitive, featuring the familiar routine of charging a phone battery and offering viewers to charge their phones. The artists, however, introduce a barrier: an agreement to the terms of use for this charging station. From this entry point, our digital history stored in our phones creates voluntary (and involuntary) representations of ourselves. Another piece, Editor Solitario (2011) by Colombian artist Oscar Munoz, focuses on the interrelation of images and memory, exploring the ephemeral and vulnerable nature of human life. It is a black-and-white projection onto a table depicting photographs: formal portraits and family snapshots, celebrity photos, painters' self-portraits, postmortem photos, and police sketches. An unseen subject extends an arm to place photographs on the table, removing some, exchanging others, pausing, covering, and quickly removing them. Munoz combines personal and cultural histories, merging found images of the living with found images of the dead in an ambiguous narrative of individual and national memory, loss, and hope. Other artists and collaborators in the exhibition include: Kannan Arunasalam, Chloe Bass, Nick Briz, Paul X. Briz, Ramon Branger, Victor Castro, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Chris Collins, Eric Eberhardt, Zach Gage, Mark McKenna, Amanullah Mojadidi, Molleindustria, Oscar Munoz, Laura Splan, Aalam Wassef, YoHa with Matthew Fuller. Generous support for "Dear Diary: Update All" is provided by Marcy Kahn. Additional funding is provided by RBC Wealth Management, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. The Neuberger Museum of Art will present various programs in conjunction with the exhibition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids ages 5-10 and their families participate and engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. A new theme is introduced each month.

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

Admission is free. No registration. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; participants must be present to receive a ticket. Programs begin in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, at 4 W. 54th St. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

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

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

'Mysteries of The Unseen World' - American Musem of Natural History
Through June 30, 2014 - Upper West Side

As AMNH's first digital 3-D film, Mysteries of the Unseen World is a new giant-screen adventure that transports audiences to hidden dimensions too small, too fast, or too slow for the human eye. The film, which is narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, uses time-lapse and high-speed footage culled from video recordings of research happening in today's laboratories, where existing and emerging technologies are yielding exciting new images of long-unseen worlds. Audiences will share experiences once reserved for scientists and see a whole new universe of wondrous nature, daily events that escape the naked eye, even secrets crucial to our survival. The film also allows visitors to view the world as though they had x-ray vision, or infrared vision like mosquitos, and peer into a world of wonders too small for the human eye to see—from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body down to items on the nanoscale. The film will screen in 2D film and 3D digital at the museum through June.

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

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

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

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

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