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

Fun from Aleph-bet to Yoga - Union Temple
January 02, 2012 - Brooklyn

Find out why Kinder Kef means "fun for kids." Here your 4 or 5-year-old will find innovative, creative Jewish learning and play.

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.

'The World's Largest Dinosaurs' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit will take visitors beyond the bones and into the amazing anatomy of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs who thrived for 140 million years: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods. Interactive exhibits ? including the centerpiece, a life-sized model of a 60-foot Mamenchisaurus ? will take visitors inside these giants' bodies, shedding light on how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves, and survives.

The World's Largest Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

A new exhibition that goes beyond traditional fossil shows to reveal how dinosaurs actually lived by taking visitors into the amazing anatomy of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long. Drawing on the latest science that looks in part to existing organisms to understand these extinct giants, The World's Largest Dinosaurs will answer such intriguing questions as how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves, and survives by illuminating how size and scale are related to basic biological functions. Innovative interactive exhibits -- including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, fleshed-out model of a 60-foot- long, 11-foot-tall female Mamenchisaurus, known for its remarkable, 30-foot neck -- will take visitors inside these giants' bodies, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size. An interactive excavation at the end of the exhibition will introduce visitors to how dinosaurs are discovered in the field through a replicated dig site.

194X–9/11: American Architects and the City - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 02, 2012 - New York

In 1942 -- shortly after the U.S. entered World War II -- Architectural Forum magazine commissioned a group of architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to design projects for a hypothetical postwar American city, rethinking both urban community life and the relationship between architecture and urban planning. The aim was to project an optimistic postwar period of growth and prosperity to begin as soon as hostilities ended, in 194X -- soon, it was hoped. Over half a century later the country is once again engaged in global conflict and—in the wake of 9/11 and the ongoing financial crisis -- undergoing a major reconsideration of urban and suburban space. This year marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, an event that ushered in a new era of architectural anticipation and uncertainty, and gave rise to a flurry of urban rebuilding projects, some of which are only finally seeing the light of day at Ground Zero. Drawn from MoMA's architectural holdings, this exhibition shows the work of a variety of architects who took on the urban scale in a spirit of recasting the form and daily experience of the city. In addition to Mies van der Rohe, featured architects include Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Rem Koolhaas and OMA, and United Architects.

The World's Largest Dinosaurs - American Musem of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

Learn how those massive dinosaurs, the sauropods, which sometimes grew as long as 150 feet, lived with this hands-on and up-close exhibit. Understand how these extremely huge animals breathed, ate, moved, and functioned under the girth of their massive size, and learn how their size affected their body functions.

Romare Bearden (1911–1988): A Centennial Celebration - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2012 -

Romare Bearden's vibrant mural-size tableau The Block (1971) will be on view as part of a centennial celebration of the artist's birth. The Block, an eighteen-foot-long collage, celebrates the Harlem neighborhood in New York City that nurtured and inspired so much of the artist's life and work. Bearden's elaborate and colorful cut-paper collages elevated this genre to a major art form through its unusual materials, expressionist color, abstracted forms, flattened shapes and spaces, and shifts in perspective and scale—all the while maintaining focus on the human narrative being told within a single city block.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

This year's show features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure that uses cutting-edge technology to immerse the audience in the scenery, which extends beyond the stage to the ceiling and walls, transforming Radio City Music Hall into a massive, magical canvas. The world-famous Rockettes will perform new numbers along with beloved favorites like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity."

La Fille du Régiment - Metropolitan Opera
January 02, 2012 -

Nino Machaidze is Donizetti's spunky heroine in Laurent Pelly's witty production. Her Tonio is Lawrence Brownlee, who delivers all nine high Cs of his famous aria with aplomb, and Kiri Te Kanawa is the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 -

The NEW 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes, features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure, DAZZLING NEW ROCKETTE NUMBERS and BELOVED FAVORITES like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity. Using cutting-edge technology, the audience will be part of an immersive experience, as the scenery extends beyond the stage onto the ceiling and walls transforming the interior of Radio City Music Hall into a massive magical canvas. The NEW 2011 Christmas Spectacular is about to re-define SPECTACULAR!

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Inspired by the blue whale (the largest animal in the world) displayed in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the current exhibition The World's Largest Dinosaurs, this year's Origami Holiday Tree decorations pay tribute to some of the largest and most impressive animals and inanimate objects found in the Museum halls through the art of origami. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origamifolding. Past themes have included Discovery, Folding the Museum, FantasticCreatures: Mythic and Real; Origami in Flight; Under the Sea; Pocket Posy; and Origami Safari.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

This year's Origami Holiday Tree decorations pay tribute to some of the largest and most impressive animals and inanimate objects found in the Museum halls. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.

Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure - New York Hall of Science
Through January 02, 2012 - Queens

Go on an evolutionary adventure and discover the link between dinosaurs and modern birds at this bilingual English/Spanish exhibition.

Stieglitz and His Artists - Matisse to O'Keeffe - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2012 -

This exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949. In addition to being a master photographer, Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a visionary promoter of modern American and European art, and he assembled a vast art collection of exceptional breadth and depth. Through a succession of influential galleries that he ran in New York City between 1905 and 1946, Stieglitz exhibited many of the most important artists of the era, and he collected works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Gino Severini, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Demuth, and Arthur Dove. For more than sixty years, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection has been the cornerstone of the Museum's holdings of modern American art. The exhibition will feature some two hundred major works by American and European modernists, supplemented by photographs by the Photo-Secessionists and publications by Stieglitz -- all from the Metropolitan's holdings. Highlights include Picasso's Woman Ironing and Standing Female Nude, Kandinsky's Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love), Brancusi's Sleeping Muse, O'Keeffe's Black Iris and Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue, Demuth's I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, and Hartley's Portrait of a German Officer.

All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends II - Stamford Museum
Through January 02, 2012 - Stamford

Together with other Lego clubs, Bill Probert created a 365-square-foot display that fills the Museum's Leonhardt Gallery. Several trains are running in a detailed setting.

'Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical' - Vital Theatre Company
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

Angelina Mouseling returns to the stage in this holiday musical based on the characters created by author Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig.

Needlecrafts and Quill & Ink Drawing - Lefferts Historic House
January 02, 2012 - Flatbush

Before video games, movies, and television, indoor games and projects helped pass the long winter days. At Lefferts Historic House, you can try your hand at needlepoint, or write your New Year's resolution with quill & ink.

Jim Henson and Friends: Inside the Sesame Street Vault - Museum of the Moving Image
January 02, 2012 - Astoria

If you have one child that loves Bert and Ernie while another gets a kick out of Count Von Count, this is an opportunity for families to see several of their favorite characters at once. This program highlights the contributions of Jim Henson and his early Sesame Street collaborators, Frank Oz (Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster), Jerry Nelson (Count Von Count, Snuffleupagus), Fran Brill (Prairie Dawn, Zoe), and Caroll Spinney (Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch). This is a unique opportunity to see rare clips from specials and guest appearances on other television programs.

Winter Break Program - Friedberg JCC
January 02, 2012 - Oceanside

School's out! Kids can have fun during the winter break. Sign them up for all the things they love to do. Creative activities and making new friends top the list.

Holiday Mini-Camps - Friedberg JCC
January 02, 2012 - Oceanside

Your little ones, 3 to 5 years old, will be jumping for joy when you introduce them to the Center's Holiday Mini-Camp. A wide range of fun and interactive activities await them.

Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Carol - New World Stages
January 02, 2012 -

In her all new holiday show, this kvetching comedienne is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, and even Molly Picon! What she finds on her quest for fame is that she is a dark desperate diva who would give Scrooge a run for his money. The New York Times described her previous holiday outings as "a beloved ritual for fans looking for a reprieve from the enforced benevolence and good cheer that reigns as the holiday onslaught reaches its peak."

GloPutt - The Sportsplace
January 02, 2012 - Blauvelt

Mention Rockland Parent and play unlimited GloPutt - an 18-hole, sport-themed, glow-in-the-dark course - just $7. Combine this with inflatables for a special price of $15 (regularly $18).

Storytelling with Movement - Stepping Stones Museum
January 02, 2012 - Norwalk

Children enjoy storytelling accompanied by yoga-based movement in the Performance Gallery.

New Year's Activities - Bear Mountain State Park and Zoo
January 02, 2012 - Bear Mountain

Looking for a fun and relaxing way to cap off the New Year's weekend with kids? Why not drop by Bear Mountain. The ice rink is open all day. Afterward, warm up in the carousel pavilion or visit the animals at the Bear Mountain Zoo.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 02, 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.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
January 02, 2012 - South Salem

An introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration required.

COPE Grandparents Bereavement Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
January 02, 2012 - Jericho

This is a monthly support group meeting for grandparents who have lost their grandchildren. Please call for more information.

COPE Bereavement Support Group - Merrick Library
January 02, 2012 - Merrick

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support group meetings the first Monday of the month for parents who have lost a child. Please call for more information.

VacationArts Winter Break Program - Great Neck Arts Center
January 02, 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.

Turning Twenty: 20th Annual Quilt Show - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Through January 02, 2012 - Flatbush

This season, we celebrate 20 years of quilt shows with examples of a specific style of quilting, and many of this year's quilts will showcase interpretations of the technique. The exhibit will also feature quilts displayed in the previous 19 shows.

Needlecrafts and Quill & Ink Drawing - Lefferts Historic House
Through January 02, 2012 - Flatbush

Before video games, movies, and television, indoor games and projects helped pass the long winter days. At Lefferts Historic House, you can try your hand at needlepoint, or write your New Year's resolution with a quill.

Dragon Dance - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 02, 2012 - Crown Heights

In the Chinese zodiac, we are beginning the Year of the Dragon: a mythical symbol of power and control of water, rainfall and hurricanes. Join us in learning the Dragon Dance and creating a paper dragon of your own to take home.

The Ten Commandments - Discovery Times Square
Through January 02, 2012 - New York

For two weeks only, as part of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition, witness the oldest, best preserved parchment scroll of the Ten Commandments. Due to the highly sensitive parchment and the associated light restrictions, this is a one-time opportunity to view some of the most powerful words ever written.

Winter Break Family Fun - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

Show off your history skills at a daily family quiz show, drop in for some art making, or join a history scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt (11am-4pm): Families team up and head out with a list of clues that take them on a trip around the DiMenna Children's History Museum. There are prizes for participation, and everyone can enter the Liberty the Dog raffle. Historical Art Making (1-4pm): Make, decorate, and wear your own election button or tri-cornered hat. Family History Quiz (2pm): What games did Dutch children in New Amsterdam like to play? When did George Washington take his first oath of office? Team up, sharpen your pencils, and enter a family quiz. There are prizes for participation and grand prizes for high-scorers.

Teen Study - Queens Library: Lefrak City Branch
January 02, 2012 - Corona

Having trouble with a tough math problem or tricky science question? Come to the library and work with your peers to help one another succeed in school. By putting your heads together, no question will stump you for long.

Teddy Bear Tea - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for kids ages 3-6. Bring your favorite teddy bear (dolls are welcome, too) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the hotel proprietor. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830, then enjoy fruit tea and cookies.

Learn to Draw with Art Teacher Amy - Kid Esteem Monetessori
January 02, 2012 - Lindenhurst

Learn to draw animals, people, landscapes and Master Artist works. Check the website for more information and student samples.

Arctic Snowglobes - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
January 02, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Travel to the arctic and learn about the world of ice and blubbery animals. See an Inuit snow-knife carved from whale tusk an create your own snowy, glittery snowglobe to take home. RSVP required.

Met Holiday Monday - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

Both The Met Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens (located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan) will be open today, giving visitors an additional opportunity to see the collections, holiday decorations, and exhibitions like "The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis" — a group of 34 life-sized, medieval chess pieces on display at The Cloisters. In addition to the exhibition The Game of Kings, which will be on view through April 22, highlights of the Museum's renowned collection of medieval art will be on display at The Cloisters, including the famed Unicorn Tapestries, and hundreds of examples of exquisite stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and paintings, all in the magnificent architectural setting along the Hudson River that evokes the Middle Ages. The Great Hall at The Cloisters will be decorated for the holidays with wreaths and garlands hand-made from plants linked with the celebration of Christmastide in the Middle Ages, including ivy, apples, hazelnuts, and rosehips. The Cloisters museum and gardens is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan. In the Metropolitan's main building, at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue, visitors will enjoy a variety of exhibitions, including "The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini" (on view through March 18), "Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe" (through January 2), and "Lisbon's Hebrew Bible: Medieval Jewish Art in Context" (through January 16). For the holiday season, the Museum's annual Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche - a brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce decorated with 18th-century angels, cherubs, and a Nativity scene - will also be on display (through January 8).

Art Workshop: Stacked Images - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 02, 2012 - SoHo

Inspired by the work of Mike Stilky, young artists will learn how to create images in layers by stacking paper, cardboard, newspapers, and old magazines.

Teddy Bear Tea - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
January 02, 2012 - New York

Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy bear to meet Mrs. Woodhull, hotel proprietor. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830, and help her with some of her daily activities. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Dolls welcome too.

Alice Tan Ridley - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 02, 2012 - New York

Alice Tan Ridley is a gospel and R&B singer and the mother of film star Gabourey Sidibe, who starred in the 2009 hit film Precious and garnered great critical acclaim. In 1992, Ridley started singing in the subway in New York. Her legendary subway performances, which regularly stopped people dead in their tracks and rocked the station, resulted in a flurry of YouTube videos, now reaching over three million hits. She is known locally as the "New York City Subway Idol." Ridley is a master interpreter of lyrics with an emotional depth and charisma that is rare. She embodies a sriking combination of raw power, charm, sensuality, spirituality, and pure funk. Most recently, at the age of 58, she decided to take a leap of faith and audition for the show America's Got Talent. Ridley's raw power and charm immediately resonated with both the judges and the audience, and she was sent to Hollywood to compete in the finals. While she did not make it all the way to the end, she won the hearts of America and has built an unbelievable fan base. Like Etta James, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner before her, Ridley is a long-lasting Goddess of Soul with enough personality, talent, and a touch of funk to be a truly unforgettable performer.

CPR/AED Course - Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
January 02, 2012 - Scarsdale

CPR course includes the use of an AED and choking rescue for adults, children and infants. Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification valid for two years.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends Mini-Performance - New York Botanical Garden
January 02, 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.

Flamenco & Salsa Lovers: Your Chance to be in a Latin Ensemble! - Flamenco Latino
Through January 05, 2012 - New York

Improve your ensemble performance skills in this creative workshop! Seeking musicians and singers to study in Flamenco Latino's collaborative workshop, FLAMENCO LATINO MUSIC ENSEMBLE. The workshop is open to committed students from the intermediate level to the retired professional. Led by Basilio Georges with several visiting artists, this class offers a unique opportunity to study collaboratively and perform with other musicians and flamenco and salsa artists. Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM at Flamenco Latino, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl., NY, NY. Call 212-399-8519 or email to register. $20/class OR $70/4-pack (Only being offered through 8/26. The fall term will require commitment to purchase 8-10 session pack at $17.50/session.) Credit/debit cards accepted. www.flamencolatino.com --Study a wide array of songs that exemplify specific Flamenco ida y vuelta styles such as guajiras, rumba and colombianas, as well as the influence flamenco amalgamated from Latin musical traditions starting with the Cuban Habanera,which over the years has produced other forms such as son, guaracha, rumba, mambo, bolero and salsa. --Develop traditional and unusual music and dance arrangements to be performed at Flamenco Latino's studio theater in early November and early December! --Seeking flamenco guitarists, singers, percussion and other instruments in the string, woodwind or brass family. Non-flamenco instruments will need some reading experience. --Flamenco guitarists who have not studied at Flamenco Latino before have to meet with Basilio to determine if this class is a good fit for you. http://www.flamencolatino.com/artists/basiliogeorges.htm With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio Georges offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern Flamenco styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career.

Craft-Tastic - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

November 23, 2011 - January 7, 2012 The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

Diwali: Festival of Light - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

August Sander and Seydou Keïta - Portraiture and Social Identity - The Walther Collection Project Space
Through January 07, 2012 -

Thursday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm. On September 23, the Walther Collection will unite the portraiture of two modern photography masters, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose images vividly capture the rapid social transformations of the twentieth century through the faces of everyday people. Encapsulating two distinct cultures in pivotal moments of societal transition, Sander and Keïta's portraits reflect on the experience and role of the individual in Germany and Mali. The dual presentation, on view at the Walther Collection Project Space through January 7, 2012, considers how these prolific photographers documented the visual histories and shifting identities of their two countries. August Sander and Seydou Keïta: Portraiture and Social Identity brings together approximately 60 black-and-white photographs by the two artists, encompassing select works from Sander's portfolio Antlitz der Zeit (Face of our Time) from the 1910s and 1920s, one of the most enduring and influential essays in modern photography, and from Keïta's portraiture of residents in Mali's capital city Bamako in the late 1940s and mid-1950s. The artists were first presented in dialogue as part of the Walther Collection's 2010 inaugural exhibition, Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, curated by Okwui Enwezor, in Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany. German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, and like his contemporaries, Karl Blossfeldt and Albert Renger-Patzsch, his style favored objective detail, uncompromising true-to-life representation, and a comparative approach to photography. His visual portrayals of farmers, workers, students, families, tradespeople, artists, and the bourgeoisie from early twentieth-century Germany highlight both the individuality of the sitter and the typical traits of social and occupational groups, genders, and generations. In his Antlitz der Zeit portfolio, a 60-image selection from his ongoing master project, Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century), Sander worked to create an exact photography that contextualized and highlighted varying social strata and underscored the "true psychology" of a period, unsentimentally capturing a society in transition, shifting from agriculture to industry. By contrast, Seydou Keïta (1929-2001), one of the most renowned West African photographers of the 1950s, worked with a portable studio setting, posing clients against gray or densely-patterned backdrops. Even though his reputation in Mali never dwindled, it was not until the early 1990s that Keïta's work became known internationally, alongside the studio photography of Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso. Working during a period of dramatic shifts in Malian familial hierarchies, migration, and political movements, Keïta made portraits of predominantly urban middle-class Bamako residents. His images reflected the society's transition through a merging of traditional and contemporary fashions, and a growing consumer culture, in the decade prior to Mali's independence from France. Frequently pictured with elaborate textiles, jewelry, radios, and cars, in highly-conscious poses, sitters expressed the emerging myth of a modern African city - to be photographed by Keïta was to be made Bamakois, beautiful, and cosmopolitan. Keïta's portrait style, which emphasized the visual interplay between sitter and site and the creation of the ideal, shaped the new image of postcolonial identity.

Craft-Tastic/Visions in Glass - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

Duel exhibitions featuring unique and affordable hand-made crafts for sale and exhibit, including ceramics, artwork, jewelry, and a glass display curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Opening reception on Friday, December 2, 6:30-8pm.

Art Opening: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit - New York Open Center Gallery
Through January 07, 2012 - New York

Art Opening for: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit Opening Reception: Saturday,December 03,2011 6:30–9pm Exhibition Dates: December 03,2011–January 07, 2012 Location: New York Open Center Gallery Coinciding with the publication of his photography book, Beasley’s Earth Meets Spirit explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. Much of his personal projects, including “Sacred Sites of the Lakota,” “Disappearing Green Space,” “Silent Witness: Genocide and the Landscape,” “Sacred Places” and “Earth Meets Spirit” are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, Shots, PDN, PhotoVision. www.douglasbeasley.com www.opencenter.org/earth-meets-spirit-journey-through-the-sacred-landscape/ Free and open to the Public. For more information, Email: lola@opencenter.org Tel: 212-219-2527 x153 New York Open Center 22 East 30th St. between 5th and Madison Ave.) 2nd Flr. NY, NY 10016 T: 212-219-2527 www.opencenter.org

The Firefly Star - PS 3, The Bedford Village School
Through January 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Shadow Box Theatre presents "The Firefly Star: a Hispanic Tale for Three Kings Day," a magical story of El Dia de los Reyes (January 6th) – and how one year it almost didn't happen! But the holiday is saved by the clever little mouse Raton Perez, and his ladybug friend Senora Margarita. Our storyteller and guitarist use puppets and a rich mix of Spanish and medieval songs and music to celebrate the Hispanic folk tradition. (Auditorium Entrance at back of school on Hancock Street between Bedford & Franklin) Public transportation: C train to Franklin Ave. 12/13 - 10:30am 12/14 – 10:30 am 12/15 - 10:30am 12/16- 10:30am 12/17 – 11am 12/20 – 10/11:30 am 12/21 – 10:30am 12/22 – 10 / 11:30am 1/5 – 10:30am 1/6 – 10:30am 1/7 – 11am

Big Apple Circus Presents Dream Big - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 -

It's an All-New Show, where the World's Greatest Circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Let your imagination soar and summon the most amazing acts -- A juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork! A mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act! Spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, and a capybara and porcupine to perk up the sawdust party! Audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace! Comical conjurors with magical moments of grand illusion! The aerial daring of the trapeze flyers! A singing Ringmistress and the Big Apple Circus Band creating the ringing melodies of memories to last! And Grandma !! Yes, Grandma, apogee of comical aspiration and mirthful joy! Your dreams will inspire a Big Apple Circus of living thrills and marvelous delight -- a celebration of the imagination -- an astonishing circus world of wonder!

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 08, 2012 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm. $59.99; $49.99, children under 12.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

This delightful exhibition will introduce visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 200 live frogs, from tiny dart poison frogs (some less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (as big as eight inches in diameter) will be shown in their re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Approximately 25 species native to Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam, will be featured. The exhibition will explore the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition will invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs. Admission to the exhibition is $24 for adults, $14 for children, and $18 for seniors and students.

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.

Invasion of the Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs and Beyond - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - New Haven

Learn the biology and habitats of bedbugs, head lice, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Learn where and how they live, how to deal with them and how to tell them apart from lookalikes.

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 - El Museo Del Barrio
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio's sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year's edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in six different venues. Aiming to expand the definition of contemporary Latino and Latin American art, The (S) Files 2011 takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. While considering the more conventional understandings of street art such as graffiti and mural painting, The (S) Files 2011 extends the definition of street art by also considering non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion. The (S) Files 2011 explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture. The exhibition looks at how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure. Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress. In addition to its overall focus on New York-based artists, The (S) Files 2011 celebrates the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano) by showcasing the work of a group of artists featured in its most recent edition.

Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile - Hudson River Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Yonkers

American painter Elihu Vedder journeyed up the Nile from December 1889 to April 1990 and recorded his fascination with Egypt's panoramas. He drew and painted the Nile's sand, cliffs and ancient ruins, often aboard a rented dahabeya, a traditional Egyptian houseboat. His artwork is presented, for the first time, in this exhibition. Museum closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Through January 8, 2012.

Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam through Folktales - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Garden City

Enter a magical place where five centuries-old folktales bring to life the culture and traditions of Viet Nam. Aspects of modern day life in Viet Nam are interwoven with the presentation of old folktale in interactive "theaters." Traditions explored include wedding ceremonies, ancestral worship practices, cultural dances, and the Vietnamese bonds to their land and water. The exhibit demonstrates the connection between folktales and the enduring values and traditions they represent. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2012.

Ripped: The Allure of Collage - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 - Huntington

This exhibition presents approximately 50 collages by a diverse range of European and American artists.

Big Apple Circus Presents "Dream Big" - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

For its 34th season, the Big Apple Circus presents an all-new show under the big top showcasing stunning acts including a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, comical conjurors, a singing ringmistress who will be accompanied by the Big Apple Circus Band, and of course, Grandma, in her last season with the circus.

Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk--An Introspective - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Biggers addresses some challenging themes (among them racial tension) in this exhibit, yet children will be mesmerized by such multi-media fare as a tree that pierces a grand piano.

'A New York Hanukkah' - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Hanukkah lamp currently on display was made in 1999 by NYC silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx workshop.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the winter season, this installation traces the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. The desk of New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore, who originally penned the "Twas the night before Christmas" poem, is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

The park's tree-lined alleys are transformed into one of the city's premiere holiday shopping destinations, with dozens of custom-designed jewel box kiosks and food vendors. Visit the website for more information.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Engeman Theater presents 'A Wonderful Life' - John W. Engeman Theater
Through January 08, 2012 - Northport

A fable of dreams, disillusionment, and the power of love. Ticket sales will help raise money for the Education & Assistance Corporation, a non-profit that provides programs and services that protect children, promotes healthy families and communities, and helps individuals take control of their lives. The show runs through January 8, 2012.

The Canterbury Tales Remixed - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

After a successful run of The Rap Guide to Evolution, SoHo Playhouse, Inc. is proud to premiere The Canterbury Tales Remixed, written and performed by Baba Brinkman with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds and directed by Darren Lee Cole. The Canterbury Tales Remixed brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless Canterbury Tales to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient Tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness. The Canterbury Tales Remixed will begin previews on Wednesday, November 23 and will open on Sunday, December 4, running through January 8, 2012 at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). Performances Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday at 3PM. NO SHOWS on November 24 and December 25, 2011. Ticket: $55 (Orchestra), $39 (Rear Section), $27.50 (Group rate of 10 or more), $19.50 (Student Rush with student i.d. 1 hour prior to curtain). To purchase visit www.SoHoPlayhouse.com or call OvationTix customer service toll-free: 866-811-4111.

"The Canterbury Tales Remixed" - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - SoHO

The show brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless "Canterbury Tales" to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 -

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

A New York Hanukkah - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah lamps were made up of eight oil wells or candle-holders, separated from a ninth traditionally used as a shamash, or server, to light the others. These lamps remain distinct from menorahs, which generally have seven candle branches and are not associated with a specific use or holiday. Hanukkah lamps were present in European synagogues by about the 13th century, and often designed in the form of menorahs or as standing table lamps.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

To celebrate the winter season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus, an installation tracing the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. Clement Clarke Moore's desk is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.

de Kooning: A Retrospective - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 09, 2012 - New York

This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will only be seen at MoMA, presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist's development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. Bringing together nearly 200 works from public and private collections, the exhibition will occupy the Museum's entire sixth-floor gallery space, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet. Representing nearly every type of work de Kooning made, in both technique and subject matter, this retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Among these are the artist's most famous, landmark paintings—among them Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus in-depth presentations of all his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid 1950s to the artist's return to figuration in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade. Also included is de Kooning's famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labyrinth (1946).

"From Candlelight to Bubble Light: A 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House" - Merchant's House Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

This holiday season, the museum's halls, which date back to the 1850s, will be retro-decked for a 1950s-themed Christmas celebration, with vintage trees and over-the-tinsel-top decorations, while strains of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" play in the background. Learn how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s and today in this doubly nostalgic display.

Coral Reef Adventure - Maritime Aquarium - Imax Theater
Through January 12, 2012 - Norwalk

Voyage to coral reefs in the South Pacific to view their contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they face. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson with music by Crosby, Stills &?Nash.

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.

"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.

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.

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 caree

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