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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, January 13, 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 January 13. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through January 27, 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.

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
January 13, 2012 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

'Shen Yun 2012' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
January 13, 2012 - Manhattan

Classical Chinese dance and music combine in a colorful and exhilarating show where dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes, a live orchestra, thunderous drums, and spectacular backdrops showcase 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Shen Yun has performed to acclaim in more than 100 cities worldwide. At the core of Shen Yun's performances is classical Chinese dance, and China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening along with masterful vocalists and musicians. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture's creation more than 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.

FREE Museum Admission + FREE Coffee + FREE WiFi - Guild Hall
January 13, 2012 - East Hampton

Sip a cup of freshly brewed java, courtesy of Hampton Coffee Company, and then surf the internet or curl up with a book in the lobby café. Every Friday thru the Winter and Spring (with the exception of January 20 & 27, March 2 & 9)

Annie - CM Performing Arts Center
January 13, 2012 - Oakdale

Leapin Lizards. The comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the best-loved musicals. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Tomorrow,” Annie is a theatrical experience for the entire family.

Introductory Session - Green Meadow Waldorf School
January 13, 2012 - Chestnut Ridge

This two-hour event for parents includes a video presentation, "Waldorf Education: A Vision of Wholeness," a question and answer period with the school's administrator, and a campus tour. Pre-register with Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Owens, powens@gmws.org.

The Rocky Horror Show - White Plains Performing Arts Center
January 13, 2012 - White Plains

A WPPAC Conservatory Production. On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean-cut young people, Brad Majors and his fiance Janet Weiss, run into trouble and seek help at the freaky Frankenstein mansion. However, little do they know that the mansion is inhabited by alien transsexuals from the planet Transylvania and Dr. Frank N Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Note: This theme may not be appropriate for children younger than 17.

Open Gym - The Sports Place
January 13, 2012 - Blauvelt

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

Tot Shabbat - Temple B'nai Torah
January 13, 2012 - Wantagh

Join Rabbi Marci Bellows, Cantor Steve Sher, and others for a special early childhood Shabbat experience of singing, and storytelling.

Free Demo: Toddler Art Adventures - You, Me and Dupri
January 13, 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 info@privatepicassos.com.

'Miss Ophelia' - The Duke Theater
January 13, 2012 - Manhattan

Part of The New Victory's Zoem! New Dutch Theater festival, "Miss Ophelia" is the story of the soft-spoken Ophelia. She is rather ordinary, but one day Ophelia experiences something quite extraordinary. In this charming stage adaptation of Ophelia's Shadow Theatre by Michael Ende ("The Neverending Story"), two talented and nimble performers use lively storytelling, imaginative homespun puppetry, and a sentimental score to dramatize this heartwarming tale. When Ophelia stumbles upon a shadow that "belongs to no one," she takes the solitary silhouette under her wing. When more shadows arrive, she tucks them into her tiny purse. Soon, unforgettable friendships are forged as Ophelia and her sidekicks share a poignant journey that delights long after the lights dim.

'Hanna and the Moonlit Dress' - 14th Street Y
January 13, 2012 - East Village

Woken' Glacier Theater Company and LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture present the premiere of the musical theater adaptation of the famous Israeli children's book "Hanna's Shabbat Dress" by Itzchak Damiel. Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman, and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed. Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors.

Shabbat Club - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 13, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Infants and toddlers up to age five are invited to celebrate Shabbat with stories and games.

Fun Fridays - Brooklyn Public Library, Red Hook branch
January 13, 2012 - Red Hook

Celebrate the end of the school week with this fun gathering. Play video games, board games, read, hear stories, and more.

Movies for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Borough Park branch
January 13, 2012 - Borough Park

Kids can celebrate the weekend with an age-appropriate movie.

Games and Chess for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Highlawn branch
January 13, 2012 - Brooklyn

Teens can choose from a variety of board games for a fun Friday afternoon.

LEGO Club - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 13, 2012 - Garnerville

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

Wii Play - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch
January 13, 2012 - Haverstraw

Kids can challenge themselves and their friends on the Wii.

Goosebumps Movie, Game & Craft - Rose Memorial Library
January 13, 2012 - Stony Point

Children ages 7 and up can watch a spooky Goosebumps movie then team up to create a "Baggy Snowman." Snacks are included. Pre-registration is required.

Movie - "A Town Called Panic" - The Picture House
January 13, 2012 - Pelham

Hilarious and wacky, this stop-motion extravaganza has endless charms and raucous laughs for children and adults alike. The film stars three plastic toys named Cowboy, Indian, and Horse, who share a rambling house in a rural town that never fails to attract the craziest events. Note: this film is in French with English subtitles. Not Rated; recommended for ages 7+. (75 min, 2009.)

Fireside Stories for Winter - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 13, 2012 - Ossining

Throughout the month of January, drop by Teatown for Friday afternoon story-time in the Carriage House. Gather around a nice, warm fireplace to read a winter-themed story, visit with one of Teatown's Animal Ambassadors, and go for a short walk outside. For children 4-7 years old, accompanied by an adult. Program dates: January 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3:30-4:30pm. Please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

TNA Impact Wrestling - Westchester County Center
January 13, 2012 - White Plains

Appearing in person will be "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Impact Wrestling Superstar Bobby Roode, "The Cowboy" James Storm, and more. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Hope and A Future Benefit Concert for Haiti - Walt Whitman Theatre
January 13, 2012 - Midwood

Music great Oleta Adams and Haitian Kompa sensation Karimi headline Community2Community’s Hope and a Future benefit concert for Haiti. The family friendly affair features an eclectic mix of inspirational, jazz, R&B, Hip-hop, Haitian music, spoken word. and dance along.

Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports
January 13, 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.

VacationArts Winter Break Program - Great Neck Arts Center
January 13, 2012 - Great Neck

Kids K-5 won't be bored over the Winter break at the VacationArts program. They enjoy a full day of art, ceramics, drama, music, dance, chess and more. VacationArts is open during school holidays. Call to register. Discounts available.

DJ Party Night - Playland Ice Casino
January 13, 2012 - Rye

Live DJ, party lights, on-ice contests, giveaways, and more.

Kids Cook: Rugelach - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 13, 2012 - Staten Island

Rugelach means "little twists" in Yiddish. These "little twists" mean yummy, rolled-up cookies to your taste buds!

Family Movie Night - The Moxie Spot
January 13, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy family friendly movies in a festive setting.

Crochet and Knitting Club - Queens Library: Far Rockaway Branch
January 13, 2012 - Far Rockaway

Teach your kids to continue the spirit of giving after the holidays have ended. This ten-week course in crocheting and knitting is for all ages, and for a good cause, too. Come and learn a new and useful skill for free, and the library will donate some of the finished items to the Far Rockaway community.

Tween Zone Inspiration Friday - Queens Library: Long Island City Branch
January 13, 2012 - Long Island City

Kids in grades 5-8 hang out at the library for fun, books, games, and art projects. This Friday, the featured activity at Tween Zone can be anything from board games to scavenger hunts to LEGOs.

Live Music in the Sky Room - Cinema Arts Centre
January 13, 2012 - Huntington

Concert Artists Guild musicians perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Kodaly. They perform a mix of solo and duo pieces ranging from the 18th century to today.

Blue Horse Easel Hour - Hampton Bays Public Library
January 13, 2012 - Hampton Bays

This art program, inspired by the new Eric Carle book, allows children ages 2 and up to freely express themselves on newly purchased wooden art easels. Advanced registration required.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 13, 2012 - Garden City

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

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
January 13, 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.

Snow Puddle Pals - Long Island Children's Museum
January 13, 2012 - Garden City

Fashion your own snow puddle pal that will melt your heart. Use a variety of snowy soft materials to create these fun winter keepsakes.

Ramsey Lewis - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 13, 2012 - New York

Pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis first captivated fans with his first album, Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing, by the Ramsey Lewis Trio. By 1965, he was one of the nation's most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with The In Crowd, Hang On Sloopy, and Wade In The Water. He has three Grammy Awards and seven Gold records to his credit. ??Lewis has been honored with three honorary doctorate degrees and the Recording Academy Governor's Award in 2000, and he was Person of the Week on ABC Nightly News in February 1995. He has performed at a White House State Dinner, was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois Laureate Award in Springfield, Illinois, in 1997, and was one of the Olympic Torch runners who carried the Winter 2002 Olympic Torch during its journey to Salt Lake City in January of 2002. ??In addition to recording albums and performing live, Lewis is active as a radio host and in community affairs. His weekly syndicated radio program, Legends of Jazz, features recordings by scores of jazz legends. He also helped organize the Ravinia Festival's Jazz Mentor Program and also serves as the Artistic Director for that festival's jazz series. ??Lewis has performed at many of the jazz festivals and summer venues in the U.S. He has performed with over 25 symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada and has performed in concert and at festivals throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Since 2005, he has also been seriously composing large-scale musical works, including To Know Her . . ., Proclamation of Hope, and Colors: The Ecology of Oneness. His most recent album, Songs from the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey, came out in 2009 on Concord Records. Tonight's performance is part of Lewis's Sun Goddess tour, a revival of his work with his electric band that will feature compositions from the 1974 Sun Goddess album as well as new material.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends Mini-Performance - New York Botanical Garden
January 13, 2012 - Bronx

Beloved children's favorites Thomas & Friends are pulling into The New York Botanical Garden during the final two weeks of this season's spectacular Holiday Train Show, January 2-16, 2012. Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera; each mini-performance includes a photo-op with Thomas. Kids can get an honorary engineer certificate and Take home coloring sheets, stickers, and temporary tattoos of Thomas and his engine friends. In the Ross Hall.

Study Skills Seminar - The Tutoring Center
January 13, 2012 - Wilton

Come for free pizza and tips on how to make homework less work.

J.D. Souther - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
January 13, 2012 -

The songs of J.D. Souther are on the personal soundtrack of virtually every American over the age of 30. Souther wrote many of the hits by the Eagles - The Best of My Love, New Kid in Town, Heartache Tonight, to name a few - as well as Linda Ronstadt's Prisoner in Disguise and Faithless Lover, for example, as a key songwriter for the golden era of California rock in the 1970s. What Souther is doing now is taking his best compositions, in stripped-down arrangements, and singing to recapture the moment and emotion of their creation.

Gallery Talk - Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan - Morgan Library & Museum
January 13, 2012 -

7 pm. William M. Voelkle, Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and Rumi translator Zahra Partovi lead this informal tour through the Morgan's little-known collection of Islamic art, brought together for the first time in this exhibition. Free.

Apollo Music Cafe: Soul X 2 - Apollo Theater
January 13, 2012 - New York

The Apollo Music Café is Harlem's new night spot where music genres from the Apollo's heritage - R&B, hip hop, soul, jazz, pop, funk, and rock - are transformed by cutting-edge artists in a stylized lounge space. If you haven't seen Heston live in concert, then get ready to experience a night of soulful bliss. Heston's break-out song If and debut album Storyteller earned him a nomination for a BET-J Virtual Award for Best Underground Artist. Esnavi's powerful voice is drenched in soul and her lyrics have substance. AMN Magazine says her new release, Exit E is hands down, the BEST R&B/SOUL album by any female artist this year! Curated by Lisa Yancey. Tickets: $20. Bar & food, 9pm; show, 10pm.

Lucky Friday The 13th At Skyroom - Skyroom
January 13, 2012 - New York

This Friday January 13th come celebrate Lucky Friday the 13th At Skyroom! With the South Terrace now completely covered and fully heated; the cold weather won't stop our signature night Skyroom Fridays - Music by Ukrainian & Russian DJ Amadeus And South of France's DJ Jean Michel! Join us at our heated Outdoor And Indoor Rooftop Soiree in the Skies of NYC to start your weekend in style! For the night we will also be featuring our world renown Drummer Curtis Watts and exotic dancers. If you haven't been to Skyroom on a Friday night, read about it at http://t.co/c8KThD1T - one of the best kept secret in town. For guest list and reservations contact us at rsvp@nycprive.com - Please note that trendy cocktail attire is highly suggested. Table reservations for groups are highly recommended. Skyroom New York City - Tallest Indoor And Outdoor Rooftop Oasis - 330 West 40th St - www.skyroomnyc.com

Russian New Year At Skyroom Fridays - Skyroom
January 13, 2012 - New York

This Friday January 13th come celebrate The Old Russian New Year At Skyroom! With the South Terrace now completely covered and fully heated; the cold weather won't stop our signature night Skyroom Fridays - Music by Ukrainian & Russian DJ Amadeus And South of France's DJ Jean Michel! Join us at our heated Outdoor And Indoor Rooftop Soiree in the Skies of NYC to start your weekend in style! For the night we will also be featuring our world renown Drummer Curtis Watts and exotic dancers. If you haven't been to Skyroom on a Friday night, read about it at http://t.co/c8KThD1T - one of the best kept secret in town. For guest list and reservations contact us at rsvp@nycprive.com - Please note that trendy cocktail attire is highly suggested. Table reservations for groups are highly recommended. Skyroom New York City - Tallest Indoor And Outdoor Rooftop Oasis - 330 West 40th St - www.skyroomnyc.com

NYC Spring 2012 P.A.L Workshop Series - The Speyer Legacy School
January 13, 2012 - Upper West Side

Join P.A.L. (Parents of Advanced Learners) at The Speyer Legacy School for a conversation with Rena Subotnik entitled "Shifting from the Best of Gifted Education to Talent Development." Registration is open, but space is limited. The P.A.L.Workshop Series is a monthly dialogue for New York City-based parents, teachers, and others who work with accelerated learners and want to better understand topics relevant to their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Mehta conducts Bruckner - New York Philharmonic
Through January 14, 2012 -

Meg Stuart and Francisco Camacho - BLESSED - New York Live Arts
Through January 14, 2012 -

A collaboration between the American, Brussels-based choreographer Meg Stuart and the Portuguese choreographer and dancer Francisco Camacho, BLESSED comforts with the sensitive power of the aesthetics of destruction. In BLESSED, basic elements such as rain, cardboard and the human body form the basis for a defense against total ruin and final destiny. A work of great somberness and beauty focused on the unrelenting struggle for life.

Kandinsky's Painting With White Border - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition, co-organized with the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., brings the Guggenheim's final version of the painting from May 1913 together with twelve related drawings and watercolors and one major oil sketch, and features the results of an extensive conservation study of the Guggenheim and Phillips paintings.

reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio has taken over the Museum's 10,000-square-foot hall on the first floor and puts a very different take on the collonaded space, reimagining it with stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns. Children will be captivated by the looming structures and fabrics, and their interplay with light and shadows.

Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think - New York Hall of Science
Through January 15, 2012 - Queens

Have you ever looked at the family dog and wondered what was going on in her head? Do your kids swear the cat has a mind of his own? Find out what your pets and other animals are thinking about at New York Hall of Science. Discover the similarities between human and animal cognition in their new exhibition, Wild Minds.

Gingerbread Adventures - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 15, 2012 - Bronx

Children explore the spices that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Kids can stop inside a child-sized gingerbread playhouse and decorate gingersnap cookies. Daily, check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 15, 2012.

Shen Yun - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

Through classical Chinese dance and music in a colorful and exhilarating show, Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes, thunderous drums, and spectacular backdrops take you to another world. The performance will be held at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, January 11-15, 2012. Shen Yun’s program features traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be; a beautiful blend of artistry, energy, and grace. Each year boasts a brand new show, with dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. A live orchestra blends East and West, thunderous drums shake the stage, and spectacular backdrops transport you to another world. Comprised of a variety of Chinese culture, Shen Yun has an inspiring story created through the following: Dance: o Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques. And so, alongside ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world. Costumes: o Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s “Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers” to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes, from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor, and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups. Music: o The Chinese instruments in the show are classified by their material construction into eight categories: jin (metal), shi (stone), tu (clay), ge (hide), si (silk), mu (wood), bao (gourd), and zhu (bamboo). Collectively, these eight classifications are known as the ba yin, or “the eight sounds.” All materials used to make these instruments originate from nature, and the significance and symbolism of each is closely tied to its natural origin. While each of the Chinese instruments differs greatly in character, their interactions produce euphonious sounds that may surprise the listener. In fact, the emotions that these instruments are capable of invoking are as refined and subtle as they are complex. Through the performer’s technical excellence and emotive expression, any human emotion can be depicted. Vocals o The fundamental characteristic of Shen Yun Performing Arts vocal soloists is their use of bel canto vocal technique while singing Chinese lyrics. This means that the singer must grasp the highly difficult technical requirements of bel canto operatic singing while retaining the proper Chinese articulation and diction—today, this is unparalleled. The lyrics are all original compositions. Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and deep layers of meaning, they traverse the boundaries of nation, race, and culture and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over. Some audience members even call Shen Yun’s songs "hymns." ABOUT: Shen Yun has performed to acclaim in more than 100 cities worldwide. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance, and China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening along with masterful vocalists and musicians. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Website: http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/shenyun2012

"Annie" - CM Performing Arts Center
Through January 15, 2012 - Oakdale

This popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie gives children a chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The production runs through January 15, 2012.

Student Art Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Southampton

Students and teachers from the areas private and public schools used the current exhibit, American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, as inspiration for their own artwork currently being displayed at the museum. Artwork submissions are from children ranging in age from pre-K to 8th.

Shen Yun - The David Koch Theater
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization. Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance with it’s explosive techniques, synchronized movements, enchanting elegance, and expressive powers. China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture's creation over 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Award-winning vocalists perform piano-accompanied solos, along with a regular favorite—the stirring melodies of the two-stringed erhu. Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other. The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments like the bamboo flute and pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. The result—two great classical traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound. Animated backdrops transport the audience to another world. Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises. The David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, January 11-15, 2012. For tickets and information: 1-800-818-2393 / ShenYun2012.org

Golden Festival 2012 - Grand Prospect Hall
Through January 15, 2012 - Brooklyn

Two nights of Balkan music, dance & border-crossing celebration - Sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band - The Golden Festival is New York’s largest Balkan music event, with multiple stages, Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display. From international stars to local musicians, modern Balkan stylists to folk traditionalists, over 40 bands provide hours of ecstatic listening, dancing and partying. An incredible grass roots event. Both nights in Brooklyn at: The Grand Prospect Hall 263 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 788-0777 Friday, Jan 13th, 7:30 pm – 12:30 am; Admission: $25, students with ID $20 Saturday, Jan 14th, 6 pm – 2 am; Admission: $50, students: $40 Two Night Festival Admission: $70, students $55 Children 12 and under: free Discounts for advance online purchase Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar Subway: R to Prospect Ave. Limited on site valet parking $10

St. John Sale - St. John
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

St. John invites customers to the Fifth Avenue boutique where Fall merchandise will be on sale for up to 70% off. The sale will be available through January 15th.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps, break for lunch and hot chocolate, and shop for everyone on your list. About the Holiday Train Show - Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Artist's Studio - NEW - This year visitors will get an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed. Models in different stages of completion will show how a structure destined for the Holiday Train Show is framed and begins taking shape through the addition of plant material. Photos, interpretive panels, tools, and supplies help tell the story of how the magic comes together.

New Photography 2011 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 16, 2012 - New York

This year, MoMA's annual New Photography series expands to feature the work of six artists, with the aim of capturing the diversity and international scope of contemporary photographic work. New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali includes the work of Davey (Canada), whose mailed-photograph grids feature the stamps, postmarks, and return addresses that have accreted on each photograph -- analog elements that are particularly unique in these digital times; Georgiou (England), who looks at modern-day Turkey as it seeks to hold on to its traditions and landscape amid the oncoming wave of Westernization and development; Lawson (U.S.), whose work showcases the African American experience, with a particular emphasis on the human figure and form, in powerfully intimate portraits of people from all walks of life; Rickard (U.S.), whose photographs document the blurred faces of people and crumbling American cities as captured by the Google Streetview lens, and explore issues of poverty, race, and privacy; Sassen (The Netherlands), who incorporates images of the people and places of the African continent in an attempt to recapture her surreal dreams and memories of growing up in Kenya; and Dali (China), who uses original source materials, including Chinese archives, books, and periodicals, to trace the lineage of propaganda made during Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. The artists in New Photography 2011 approach image-making from very different perspectives, making for a truly dynamic combination.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

Experience the wonder of large-gauge model trains and trolleys winding past more than 140 miniature replicas of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and Radio City Music Hall - all created from plant materials. The show is particularly magical at in the evening, when the lights twinkle. Check times and pricing, and purchase advance tickets at www.nybg.org.

2011 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2012 - Norwalk

Visitors enjoy viewing and judging two dozen hand-crafted lighthouses placed throughout the aquarium.

Lisbon's Hebrew Bible - Medieval Jewish Art in Context - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 16, 2012 -

The second in a series of installations that focus, one at a time, on masterworks of Hebrew manuscript illumination from a national or international collection. The display highlights Jewish artistic culture in the Middle Ages by presenting it alongside contemporary works of art, mostly created for Christians, from the Museum's own collection. This installment will feature the Cervera Bible, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. The pages of this Hebrew Bible, one of the most splendid manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be turned weekly, giving viewers the rare opportunity to see many of its beautiful illustrations.

Boardwalk Empire promotion - HBO Shop / Union Square
Through January 16, 2012 - New York

Put on your best flapper dress. Get your three-piece suit tailored. We’re going back to the 1920s! Today, January 10th, the public will have a chance to experience the decade of decadence when the HBO Shop in New York transforms into a Prohibition-era speakeasy. In conjunction with the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download release of Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season, HBO Home Entertainment invites consumers to travel back in time for an unforgettable Boardwalk experience. To enter the store, you must pass through the speakeasy style door adorned with a sliding eye-window and guarded by a 1920s style bouncer. The interior is furnished with vintage-style wallpaper, framed pictures, a bar, tables, stools, alcohol bottles (sorry, alcohol not included!), newspapers and other themed props. Street reps dressed in period wardrobe will invite consumers to stop in to shop and take pictures of this distinctive event which will run through Monday, January 16th. To add further excitement to the release, we are dispatching Prohibition-era vehicles in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. However, instead of selling illegal hooch from the trunks, our 1920s ambassadors will be selling Boardwalk DVD/Blu-rays! A first for home entertainment, these mobile retailers will be guarded and operated by a crew that just might resemble Jimmy Darmody and Richard Harrow themselves. Boardwalk Empire is one of the hottest shows on television so I’m sure your readers/viewers would love to know about these fun events. Below please find more information on locations and fans can check out the Boardwalk Empire Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/boardwalkempire) and HBO Twitter (https://twitter.com/hbo @HBO) for updated information through the day on Tuesday. HBO Shop 1100 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 11am-7pm (1/10-1/14, 1/16) 12pm-5pm (1/15) Tuesday, January 10th New York Vintage Car Retailer Union Square on Broadway between 13th and 14th 11am-7pm

Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light - Aperture Gallery
Through January 19, 2012 - New York

Aperture Gallery presents an exhibition of Alex Webb’s work to accompany his recently published monograph, The Suffering of Light. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, “To me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.” Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony, and humor. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, thirty-year career.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 - Manhattan

Designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with NYC students ages 8-19, this memorial quilt will be on view at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of respect, understanding, and communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three 72 x 50-inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several of the students' original works of art that inspired its content, as well as related works made this summer by the Museum's high school interns.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 -

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content. Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children's books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates. The quilt was commissioned by InterRelations Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding through art among the increasingly diverse student populations in New York City and the tri-state area. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with the InterRelations Collaborative, Inc.

Parsons Dance - Joyce Theater
Through January 22, 2012 -

"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons brings his company back to The Joyce with a program that includes one world premiere and two programs filled with selections from the company's repertory of more than 70 Parsons works. The programs will feature an assortment of audience favorites, including Swing Shift, with music by Kenji Bunch, and Touched by Time, with music by John Corigliano and costume design by Donna Karan. All programs will include David's stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.

Maurizio Cattelan: All - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

This retrospective survey marks the first time that the entirety of Maurizio Cattelan's oeuvre will be assembled into a coherent exhibition narrative, with more than 130 works borrowed from private and public collections around the world, ranging from the late 1980s to the present.

ADHD Parent Coaching Workshop Series - PTS Coaching
Through January 24, 2012 - Plainview

This ADHD workshop will help you develop the tools necessary, based on best practices, to help your child be successful in school, at home, and in life. Using a combination of education and coaching, specific strategies are developed to help you learn to establish appropriate rules and expectations and have your child cooperate. Email cindy@ptscoaching.com to register and for location details. Classes run through January 24, 2012.

New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 - The Jewish Museum
Through January 26, 2012 -

Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival will showcase World, US and New York premieres of dramatic feature films, fascinating documentaries, and engaging shorts exploring the Jewish experience around the globe.

Bounce Unlimited - The Sports Place
Through January 26, 2012 - Blauvelt

Bounce all-day long in an Inflatables Room. Jump on a giant slide, have fun on a bungee run, try your hand at an obstacle course, and more.

Jazz-minh Moore: 'Is That All There Is' - Lyons Wier Gallery
Through January 28, 2012 - New York

Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present, Is That All There Is, its second solo exhibition with Jazz-minh Moore. Moore’s new series of paintings features her sister, Asia Kindred, amidst the ruins of a deteriorating cabin. The primarily naturalistic pallet is infused with distortion and bright color, causing the compositions to hover between physical and psychological space. The cabin depicted was the first structure built on the land where the artist was born, deep in the Oregon woods. Over the years and seasons, Moore has watched the dilapidated structure fall into a nest-like geometry that she finds beautiful. The external post and lintel structure has given way to the kind of forgotten, mythical space that a teen might build her fort in; a space wherein secrets can be told and tasted, where the patchy, uneven ground is both soft and solid. It is within this context that Asia is found squatting, or absentmindedly doodling on the fallen boards with a sharp stick. The cabin and the girl are inextricably linked through overlapping compositions. In some works, such as 'The Tower', Asia is almost entirely camouflaged amidst a patterning of light and tattoos. The idea of aligning one's own experience symbolically with gods in mythical fables is prevalent in Moore’s new body of work. The work speaks obliquely to the artist's disillusionment with monotheistic and patriarchal codes within Western culture. Throughout these paintings, physicality is dominant in the materials, subject matter and process: wood on wood, sex, cutting, and nature. The birch surfaces that inhabit the work also have a voice within the compositions. Utilizing the wood grain as a landscape to influence her compositions, Moore leaves some sections unfinished, while others are highly rendered. The level of completion is an evolving collaboration between the artist's hand and the organic drawing ‘style’ present in the wood panel itself. Some surfaces are finished with a high gloss resin. Others are left bare. The surface treatment is reflective of the subject matter within each work. Through a combination of tattoos on her sister's body and archetypes carved into the wood panels of the fallen cabin, Moore creates a personal pantheon of gods to reflect her experiences. These divinities, including a pair of snails in slow fornication, a blue-faced Kali, lines from a Jenny Holzer projection, a sculpture of a laughing pig with a coin-slot asshole by Matthew Weinstein, Medusa, Ouroboros, performance artists Eva and Adele, Lady Rizo, and an inextricable tangle of vines, connect as beings to Moore’s quest for a new iconography. Jazz-minh Moore received her MFA at California State University, Long Beach, CA and BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. She has received numerous grants and scholarships including a NYFA fellowship and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Moore has produced solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Paris and has been featured in publications such as Interview, Whitehot and American Art Collector among others. She is the co-founder of the New York City based art collective, Gutbox, and recently participated as a contestant on Season 2 of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” on Bravo TV. Moore currently works and lives in New York City. “Is That All There Is” was made possible in part by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu.

My Fair Lady - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 29, 2012 - Elmsford

Perhaps the most popular musical of the 1950s, "My Fair Lady" is based on George Bernard Shaw's classic play "Pygmalion." The story revolves around Eliza Doolittle, a coarse peddler of flowers in Covent Garden who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. November 6: Opening Reception with refreshments. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

From the RAC Studio - Rowayton Arts Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Rowayton

The exhibition features works in all media by RAC's teachers--Joanne Roy Askildsen, Robert Baxter, Frank Bruckmann, Christy Gallagher, John Grieco, Dana Goodfellow, Anne McCormick and Karl -- plus some of the adults and youngsters who participated in their 2011 classes. There is a reception on January 8 from 4pm-6pm.

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Prospect Heights

The exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties brings together for the first time the work of sixty-eight painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout the 1920s, artists created images of liberated modern bodies and the changing urban-industrial environment with an eye toward ideal form and ordered clarity -- qualities seemingly at odds with a riotous decade best remembered for its flappers and Fords.

Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 29, 2012 -

This exhibition presents important Islamic manuscripts, including an illustrated translation of the life of celebrated Persian poet, and beautifully written Qur'ans.

How The World Began - The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through January 29, 2012 - New York

Women's Project, in association with South Coast Repertory, presents How The World Began by Catherine Trieschmann, directed by Daniella Topol, designed by Clint Ramos, Brian H Scott and Darron L West with Justin Kruger, Adam LeFevre and Heidi Schreck. Following the stellar success of her play CROOKED at WP in 2008, Catherine Trieschmann returns with a new play about Susan, a high school biology teacher who leaves Manhattan for a job in Plainview, Kansas. Susan is ready for more than a little culture shock, but she's not prepared for the firestorm that engulfs the town when she makes an off-handed comment about the origins of the universe. December 28, 2011 - January 29, 2012. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30p, Sundays at 3:00p & 7:30p. (Exceptions: No shows on Sat 12/31 or Sun 1/1).

An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 -

For this exhibition, the museum invited renowned artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak to choose a group of Hanukkah lamps from the collection. Sendak's work is characterized by a push and pull between beauty and sorrow, light and darkness. His art is triggered by memories and is also their repository. The world he creates is both dangerous and healing, as he tries to deal with the trauma of the Holocaust, in which many members of his family perished. When going through the museum's collection, the sheer number and variety of lamps struck a nerve, underscoring Sendak's deep, lifelong sense of loss at the destruction of the prewar world of his Eastern European Jewish parents. Having movingly evoked that world in his drawings for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) and In Grandpa's House (1985), he surprised himself by mostly avoiding its rich visual language when choosing lamps for this presentation. "I stayed away from everything elaborate. I kept looking for very plain, square ones, very severe looking," he explained. "Their very simplicity reminded me of the Holocaust. And I thought it was inappropriate for me to be thinking of elaboration." The lamps Sendak finds most compelling and poignant are those that "go right to the heart," whose "beauty is contained." Yet his sense of humor is never far from the surface: as he made his choices he often free-associated, whimsically recalling old movies and Catskills family vacations. Above all, he is guided by his sensibility as an artist and author. He is drawn to simplicity of line, to a design "subservient to the basic idea of the piece," and responds to the depth of emotion that emanates from a work itself or from the stories behind it. Concerned lest the past be forgotten, he hopes that young visitors to this exhibition will keep alive the memory of a vanished world.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

"The Little Rascals" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through January 29, 2012 - Tribeca

See "those glorious imps" on the big screen when the Canal Park Playhouse screens three classic shorts, including "School's Out" (with Jackie Cooper) and "Our Gang Follies of 1938." Enjoy the exuberant shenanigans of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Froggie, and the rest of the gang screened in the intimate Playhouse theater. The shorts are preceded by a classic Casper and Popeye cartoon.

Dedalus Lounge - Interart Theater Annex
Through January 30, 2012 - New York

Interart Theatre and Royal Family Productions present Dedalus Lounge, starring Anthony Rapp (RENT) and Dee Roscioli (Wicked) and James Kautz (Amoralists). A jet-black Christmas tale of desperation, bisexuality, disloyalty, and Freddie Mercury impersonations, Dedalus Lounge follows the lives of Danny (Rapp), Delphine (Roscioli) and Daragh (Kautz) as they try to survive in Dublin’s fair city. Their usual haunt is the Dedalus Lounge – best bar in the city. Danny’s trying to get a Queen tribute band off the ground. Delphine’s struggling with a high profile affair and the fact that her granny’s dying and Daragh, well, he can be seen in all places dark and dangerous. Dedalus Lounge will begin performances January 8 and will open on January 12 and will initially run through January 30, 2012 at the Interart Theatre Annex (500 West 52 Street, 2nd Floor). Performance schedule: Thursday - Saturday at 8PM; Sunday at 6PM. Added shows: Sunday, January 8 at 5PM & 8PM (no 6PM); Tuesday, January 10 at 7PM (no 8PM), Wednesday, January 11 at 7PM (no 8PM); Thursday, January 12 at 7PM (no 8PM); Monday, January 23 at 7PM; Monday, January 30 at 7PM. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. For more information please visit: www.royalfamilyproductions.org.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft or play a nature game. 1:30pm Mondays: January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 31, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Features 35 objects that represent individual body parts in ancient Egyptian art from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, many of which will be displayed for the first time. During regular museum hours.

Free Math Tutoring - Ossining Public Library - 2nd Floor Conference Room
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. Call x336 for more information. Ongoing Mondays throughout January.

Computer Classes - Children's Program Room - Ossining Public Library
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Improve your skills, ongoing Mondays throughout January.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through January 31, 2012 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Homework help is available January 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31 from 4-6pm.

Winter Arts Exchange - BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Through January 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

Sample Class Week offers a chance to try out a BAX class (including dance, theater, and tumbling) and register if so desired. The winter classes run from January 3rd through March 24th. Call to register for sample classes in advance.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful winter days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. 10am Wednesdays: January 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Fireside Stories for Winter - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Throughout the month of January, drop by Teatown for Friday afternoon story-time in the Carriage House. Gather around a nice, warm fireplace to read a winter-themed story, visit with one of Teatown's Animal Ambassadors, and go for a short walk outside. For children 4-7 years old, accompanied by an adult. Program dates: January 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3:30-4:30pm. Please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Children of Eden - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
Through January 31, 2012 - Mamaroneck

The Mainstage production of "Children of Eden" is a musical spectacle from the composer of the current hit Broadway show, "Wicked." "Childre

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