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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON MAY 3

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by Daily Kids Events Editor May 3, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, May 3, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening May 3. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

TADA! Youth Theater presents 'Samantha Spade, Ace Detective' - TADA! Youth Theater
May 03, 2014 - Nomad

World Premiere by Lisa Diana Shapiro and music by Georgia Stitt. Samantha is a lonely kid who prowls the black-and-white rain-washed streets as Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, the go-to gumshoe who always solves the case (for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers).

'Fluff: A Story of Lost Toys' - The New Victory Theater
May 03, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Welcome to the mad, mod world of the Ginghams, a trio who travels to bring long-lost misfit toys into their home. Fluff was dropped under the couch, Squibbly was abandoned in the gutter and Disco Frog was caught in a ceiling fan. But don't fret, dear pet! With a comedic, quirky and colorful mix of sound, story, video and vacuum, toys get discovered and recovered by the plaid-patterned family. Ab Fab meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Grey Gardens for offbeat, off-the-wall, fantastic fun.

'DEAR ALBERT EINSTEIN' - Theater 3
May 03, 2014 - Midtown West

Set in 1954, Dear Albert Eistein tells the story of Susan, a 12-year-old star math student who, when starting junior high, struggles between the desire to be herself and the pressure to be like all of the other girls in her class. Her admiration for Einstein, who periodically pops up in her imagination, complicates and eventually helps her along her journey. The musical combines early rock-n-roll, swing, and classical music. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Journeys through Arctic Art and Folk Culture Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
May 03, 2014 - Murray Hill

Inspired by the exhibition S�mi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People and drawing upon the rich art and culture of the S�mi � an indigenous people living in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia?s Kola Peninsula � children will create projects using mixed media, textiles, and natural materials in tandem with stories about S�mi history and folk culture.



About the art educators:

Dr. Amy Brook Snider arrived at the Pratt Institute in 1979. She chaired the Art and Design Education Department for 30 years while also working as a consultant in arts education. As Chair, she received grants for a number of programs promoting art, poetry, and design in the education of public school students. In 2012, she re-emerged as a full professor, teaching, supervising student teachers, and advising thesis students.


Brook Snider?s non-traditional approach to the profession is exemplified by the broad range of her interests, i.e., storytelling and children?s picture books, self-taught artists, and the integration of design in art education, to name a few.


She has served as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and as a representative on the Faculty Council and later, the Academic Senate. She was a founding member of the Initiative for Arts, Community, and Social Change Committee, and served on several committees across schools and departments.


In addition to teaching at Pratt, she has lectured in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain; designed international and American educational programs; published articles; conducted teacher workshops; curated exhibitions; organized national panels and conferences; and advised a public television station, an architectural firm, and private foundations. Brook Snider has also served on the Board of the Beginning with Children Charter School and was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in 2010.


Ingrid Menendez has taught art in public and private schools, after school programs, museums, and at Pratt Institute?s Saturday Art Program for 18 years, acting as a supervisor and master teacher. She has also worked with Studio in a School and the New York City Department of Education, where she developed units for the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Standards. Menendez has shown her work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.


Caitlin Reller received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Herberger College of Fine Arts and Design in Tempe, Arizona. Upon graduation she received the Most Outstanding Sculpture Student Award. Reller obtained her Masters in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute in December 2012. She is a co-founder of and teacher for the Small Hands Workshop, an affordable art program for young children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and child.

Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery - Jan Hus Playhouse
May 03, 2014 - Upper East Side

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre returns to the Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th Street, April 10 to May 4 with Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery, conceived and directed by Vit Horejs, adapted and directed from an anonymous play of itinerant puppeteers. In 18th century Europe, Don Juan ("Don Shayn") was among the top "hits" of the Czech marionette repertoire. The only theatre truly available in small towns and villages were shows by itinerant puppeteers. Their plays were a whimsical mixture of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," heroic legends, and rudimentary pre-Shakespearean tragedies. There is nothing very glamorous about the character of Don Juan in the Czech puppet play--he ends up as a common robber, hungry, rejected by all his former conquests and riled constantly by his inept servant Kasparek, the earthy Bohemian cousin of Mr. Punch and Leporello.

Family Art Workshops: Remix: Collage - The Museum of Modern Art
May 03, 2014 - Midtown


For kids ages 4-6 and their adult companions.

Explore the mixed media artwork of Sigmar Polke, then combine, arrange, and layer materials to create your own works of art. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This workshop will take place on the following dates:
April 19, 20, 26, 27
May 3, 4, 10, 11
Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Email familypgrograms@moma.org for more information. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any Family Art Workshops program with at least two weeks? advance notice by calling (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) or by e-mailing accessprograms@moma.org.
FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

General Mischief Dance Theatre presents 'Rascals with Altitude' - The Connelly Theater
May 03, 2014 - Lower East Side

Don't miss this program packed full of adventurous dance numbers, audience favorites, new high-flying, and the debut of the full-length "Suite Shel", inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein!

Family Art Project: Treehouse Parlor - Wave Hill
May 03, 2014 - Bronx

Join visiting artist and sculptor Matt Bua in making a small, outdoor dwelling inspired by former Wave Hill resident Mark Twain, who loved to entertain guests with tea in an outdoor treehouse parlor. Add natural decorations and pictures to the dwelling's interior to create a cozy literary den, and help make a Mark Twain "zine," or small magazine. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm. An Illustrious Residents event.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
May 03, 2014 - Tarrytown

With Mother's Day, wedding season, and graduation just around the corner, Crafts at Lyndhurst, a Festival of Fine Craft, Food, and Fun, offers shoppers the chance to find unique gifts for that graduating senior, the bride-to-be, or to show mom just how special she is. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, for mom's luxurious side and to make the bride sparkle; fashion and accessories for her glamorous side; furniture and home decor pieces, and functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media for the mom who keeps a beautiful home. More than 275 leading artists and craftspeople will be displaying and selling their contemporary works. Collectors, art enthusiasts, and discerning shoppers will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest works. Despite its name, the fair offers more than just crafts. Visitors can also eat in the expanded food court, purchase specialty foods, hear live folk music from Tribes Hill, and participate in children's activities like an interactive, hands-on exhibition of instruments by Todd Crowley. All-weekend passes are available for $3 more. Convenient free on- and off-site parking available with free shuttle buses directly to ticket booth. Cash and checks only for admission.

Stone Barns' 10th Annual Sheep Shearing Day - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
May 03, 2014 - Pocantico Hills

Stone Barns Center's 10th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival! Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will host a very special Sheep Shearing Festival to celebrate the arrival of spring, the growth of tender new grass, the animals that thrive in their pastures, and the Center's 10th Anniversary. The Festival is Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10am-3pm at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, just 45 minutes north of Manhattan. There will be even more family-friendly activities, crafts, live music, and seasonal fare than in past years. Sheep Shearing is a daylong celebration with festivities for the entire family taking place throughout the barns and fields. Highlights of the 2014 festival include: Sheep Shearing: watch farmers shear the flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Farm Activities: plant potatoes in the field, plant herbs in the greenhouse and help herd the sheep to pasture. Fiber Crafts: learn to weave on community looms throughout the property, and try your hand at spinning, dyeing, and felting wool. Entertainment: enjoy the music of the Hungry Marching Band and dance around a May Pole. Floral Crafts: make floral crowns from farm-grown materials. Market: shop the Farm Store and Farm Market for pastured meats, fresh vegetables, and eggs. Plant and Compost Sale: get your garden powered-up and ready for the growing season ahead. A wide selection of food and beverages will be available for cash purchase from: Luke's Lobster, Red Barn Bakery, Bobbysue's Nuts, Morris Grilled Cheese, Brooklyn Wok Shop, Skinny Pines, Carpe Donut, Melt Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mile End Deli, and Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Tickets are $25/adult; $15/youth (ages 2-14); free for youth younger than 2. Exclusive ticket packages with special access are also available. To purchase tickets and packages, visit stonebarnscenter.org. The 10th Anniversary Sheep Shearing Festival is generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Eileen Fisher. Stone Barns Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds from Sheep Shearing Festival support the Center's mission to improve the way America eats and farms. To learn more, visit stonebarnscenter.org.

Grand Opening of Music Studio across form Morris Jumel Mansion - Kathleen Scarborough Studio
May 03, 2014 - Washington Heights

Join Kathleen Scarborough as she celebrates the grand opening of her upper Manhattan music studio with two days of performances and children's activities to take place at the newly opened Washington Heights Public Library, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and, of course, at Scarborough's new studio located at 14 Jumel Terrace. For details on the happenings, check the "events" link at kathleenscarborough.com.

Manners for Mother's Day - socialsklz:-)
May 03, 2014 - Upper West Side

This Mother's Day, give mom the gift of your best behavior. During this one-hour workshop, moms and kids 5 and older will learn about mealtime do's and don'ts, table settings, and utensil management. Topics will include eating neatly and politely; cutting and managing utensils with ease; mnemonic devices for which plates or utensils to use; and making a toast.

Working and Playing Together: a Sample Class for Parent and Child - The Studio School
May 03, 2014 - Upper West Side

To register for this sample class for parent and child, visit eventbrite.com/e/working-and-playing-together-a-sample-class-for-parent-and-child-tickets-10701768277.

New York Chamber Players Orchestra in Concert - Merkin Concert Hall
May 03, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Marrying traditional classical sounds with more contemporary musical themes, this concert opens with Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54, then moves into a a contemporary dance performance, before it culminates in the world premiere of Hial Bancroft King's 3rd Symphony.

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance - New Jersey Performing Arts Center
May 03, 2014 - Newark

The best of the Garden State’s diverse dance companies gather for a showcase featuring excerpts from works that span the globe and dance genres. Entering its third year at NJPAC, the festival leads off with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, celebrating more than 30 years of creative modern dance, and 10 Hairy Legs, the new company under the artistic direction of Randy James. Jersey Moves!Festival of Dance will also feature performances by American Repertory Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Cleo Mack Dance Project, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, dancer Timothy Kochka, and dance artist Claire Porter.

Randall's Island Cherry Blossom Festival - Randall's Island Urban Farm
May 03, 2014 - Randall's Island

Head over to Randall's Island for this second annual event featuring face painting, kite flying, origami, a traditional Japanese drum performance, cherry blossom tea tasting, and cherry tree planting with the Japanese consulate.

Reading Into History: The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Philip Hoose - New-York Historical Society
May 03, 2014 - Upper West Side

In honor of the exhibition Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown, author Phillip Hoose will speak to families about the epic, 200 year battle to save the illusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker. After discussion, families can explore the galleries and see John James Audubon's magnificent watercolors. Do not miss your chance to discuss the history of wildlife conservation and meet this multi-award-winning author! Free with Museum admission. Ages 9-12.

Special Event: Dance, Dance, Dance Party! - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
May 03, 2014 - Upper East Side

The lab is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a one of a kind dance party! Grab a PlayStation Move controller, pick your favorite dance hit from the popular Just Dance 4, and get grooving as you watch your moves on the big screen in the HD Theater. Players that keep the rhythm going and score the highest points win a special prize. All activities require general admission tickets to the lab and are available on a first come first served basis. Best suited for ages 7 and up.

Heart and Lights - POSTPONED TO 2015 - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 04, 2014 - New York

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2015 DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. See New York as you never have before in this limited engagement show presented by Chase and starring the Rockettes. The passion New Yorkers have for their city comes to life onstage in this 90-minute spectacular celebrating the greatest city in the world. The show follows the adventures of two cousins as they race uptown and downtown while trying to uncover the secrets of their grandmother's past?-and of New York itself. A 3-D subway ride, an elaborate animatronic Statue of Liberty, and amazing interactive sets bring the city to the stage. As always, an unforgettable soundtrack of original music and pop favorites set the energy for fantastic new choreography and incredible dance numbers by the Rockettes.

South Pacific - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through May 04, 2014 - Millburn

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece boasts remarkable songs that transcend time ? "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," and many more. Only Paper Mill Playhouse can give you the grandeur and the intimacy of this unforgettable theatrical experience. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Old Seaport Kids Academy - The South Street Seaport
Through May 04, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

These fun, hands-on classes for kids ages 5 to 12, will be held at the South Street Seaport during Spring Break. A variety of exciting classes will be taught by local experts, including how to build a better burger, the art of pasta-making, the basics of pet care, sushi-making and more! To register for classes and for more information, please visit the website.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through May 10, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! takes viewers back to the early '60s when rock 'n' roll was re-energized--some say saved--by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966--the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

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

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

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

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

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids age four and their parents or caregivers, look, listen, and share ideas while exploring modern and contemporary art. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. A new theme is introduced each month. February Breaking the Mold: Materials and Techniques March Shape Shifting April Faces and Figures: People and Portraits May From Furry to Feathered: Animals in Art Note: Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four.

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

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

The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18. "The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. "Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements." Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games. The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go." On view through May 18, 2014.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices (May 11-23): - $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

Cabinets of Wonder: The Art of Collecting - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 01, 2014 -

Cabinets of Wonder are historically strange collections of natural objects, art, or bizarre artifacts that Illustrated the collectors' rare knowledge, prestige, or power. They can also be considered museums for our imagination, containing the objects and stories that demonstrate our curiosity for collecting. This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who collect and re-display familiar objects from nature and every day life. In an era of high-tech mass production, these artists lend themselves to the labor-intensive, manual process that transforms the mundane into the marvelous.
Collecting is a human activity that always fascinates. Anything can be an object for collecting, from cooking spoons to paintings of cooking spoons. We collect things as a pastime, as a mission in life, or just because we can?t help it. Collecting shines a searchlight—directly or indirectly—on the relationship between the objects we desire, and their relationship to us, or to society. The exhibition Cabinet of Wonder: The Art of Collecting encourages viewers to consider their own habits of collecting whether is it clay bar figures or stamps.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me: Music and Movement - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 11, 2014 - East Village

For the first half of the program children run and play in the multi-faceted gym including large movement and building toys, a fully equipped sand box, and an awesome treehouse! The space allows children move freely and develop their mindfulness, peer interactions, cooperation skills, and both fine and gross motor skills. After playtime, the children gather together on the mat with an engaging, guitar-playing children's music specialist for songs and movement. Children's musical ear and appreciation develop along with general knowledge and language skills as they join in for sing-alongs, musical storytelling and instrument play along with their parent or caregiver. Please note there will be no class on the following dates: April 16, April 23 and June 4. Please also check out our other Mommy & Me classes and Extra Curricular offerings on our website, both at Cooper Square and our other locations. For more information and to sign up please email csmommyandme@nycpreschool.org, or call.

Motown: The Truth Is a Hit - New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Through June 26, 2014 - Harlem

Motown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying "The truth is a hit." And in truth, Detroit's Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Presented by Northern Trust, in partnership with Schomburg Center, Motown Museum, and Motown the Musical, this exhibition explores Gordy's notion of the truth by tracing black music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day.

Big, Fat & Juicy: Exuberant Painting - Pelham Art Center
Through June 27, 2014 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce "Big, Fat & Juicy," a group show of large-scale abstraction that pushes the boundaries of the physicality of paint. Paintings and sculptures by four New York-based artists, Emily Noelle Lambert, Dorothy Robinson, Josette Urso, and Deborah Zlotsky, combine the deliberate spontaneity found in abstract painting and the inventive possibilities of paint itself in lush and expressive ways. "Big Fat & Juicy" will be on view from May 2-June 27, with a free opening reception, and all-age hands-on workshop on Friday, May 2 from 6:30-8pm. Be sure to arrive on time to hear the Artist Talk at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Curated by Alexi Rutsch-Brock and Elizabeth Saperstein, the title of the show comes from the exuberant qualities that get people excited about painting: large-scale canvases, spirited brushwork, and tactile surfaces that stimulate all the senses. From a distance, a viewer can discern geometric shapes and topographies, connected by a bounty of colors. Up close, it gets even better, and links the physical with the personal. The three-dimensionality of the paint comes into focus - bumps, clumps and all - and reveals how each artist handles paint very differently, but to similar conclusions. Paint moves around the surface as the weather moves across the earth, which these artists embrace as a metaphor for the peaks, valleys, storms, and myriad barometric terms used to describe life's journey. "The exhibit examines how paint is approached, either as a spontaneous action or something that looks like a mistake, but is actually constructed," says Alexi-Rutsch Brock, a visual artist and educator, and co-curator of the exhibit. "The works show everything that paint can do." Dorothy Robinson creates landscapes that are on the verge of imploding or exploding; sky and water merge, the earth cracks open and the stage is set, invoking the journey to the center of the earth. Or is the soul? The swirling and shifting of tectonic plates give way to Josette Urso's idiosyncratic, acrobatically-infused surfaces that weave, smear and spin, a kind of visual mountaineering that feels like you are traveling with the artist's brush in short, fast leaps of color and shapes. Deborah Zlotsky's jewel-like dangling rocks deliver us to the sedimentary layer of the earth, all chunky cave-crystals or Mexican salt mines, prehistoric, amorphous – closer to the rock. If the journey starts with Robinson, perhaps it ends with Emily Noelle Lambert. Here, among the found wood, objects, detritus, and paint that the artist intuitively transforms into totemic sculptures and vibrant paintings, is an extraordinary resting place, absolutely personal, and entirely hopeful. "Accidents and change are showing in the work, and that is the evidence of the process and journey," says Rutsch-Brock of the work included in the show. "You can’t always tell where it starts and ends, but all this substance peeking through gives you a sense of a time before." Related Programming Friday, May 2 6:30-8pm: Opening Reception and All-Age Art Workshop 7pm: Artist talk About the Artists EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT Emily Noelle Lambert received her MFA from Hunter College, New York and her BA in Visual Art from Antioch College, Ohio. Lambert has shown nationally and internationally, including past solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and IMART in South Korea. She has also been included in numerous group shows in New York, Weekend Space in LA, and RH+Gallery in Istanbul. Emily was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and now lives and works in New York City. She has been a Keyholder Resident artist with the Lower East Side Printshop, and was recently awarded a 2014 residency with the Dieu Donne Workspace. DOROTHY ROBINSON Dorothy Robinson is a Brooklyn-based artist; she has exhibited her work at Slate Gallery in Williamsburg and Edward Thorp Gallery in Manhattan. She studied geography as an undergraduate and received an MFA in painting in 1993 from UC Berkeley. She has been awarded residencies at Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation. JOSETTE URSO Josette Urso received her MFA in Painting from the University of South Florida and currently works in New York City. Urso has had numerous grants and residencies, including, a Gottlieb Foundation Award in 2013, Yaddo in 2009 and a second Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and residency at the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, both in 2008. She traveled to Taiwan for a residency at STOCK20 in 2006, and to Cambodia with the AIEP American Artists Abroad program in 2004. Other awards include those from Basil H. Alkazzi, the NEA, and Art Matters, and she was a participant in the Bronx Museum for the Arts' AIM program. In New York City, she has shown at the Drawing Center, Storefront, Norte Maar, DFN Gallery, Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Metaphor Contemporary, and the New York Public Library. DEBORAH ZLOTSKY Deborah Zlotsky is a 2012 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery, as well as the online-curated registry at The Drawing Center. A selected list of public collections includes Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, Rutgers University, the Waldorf Astoria, the New York Palace Hotel, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Over the past 10 years, she has received residency fellowships at Yaddo, VCCA, Ox-Bow, Millay Colony for the Arts, Ragdale Foundation, the Weir Farm Art Center and the Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts. About the Curators "Big, Fat & Juicy" is organized by Alexi Rutsch-Brock, a visual artist and art educator, and Elizabeth Saperstein, an independent curator. Involved with the Art Center since childhood, Rutsch-Brock has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee, and has organized exhibits throughout the metropolitan area since 1989, most recently "Legitimate Vagina" at Miranda Fine Arts in Port Chester, NY. She received her MS from the College of New Rochelle and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and is an art teacher at New Rochelle High School. Saperstein has served on the Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee since 2004, where she has organized several thematic group exhibits including still life, landscape, comics, and cartography; most recently, she organized "Horizon Variations," at the Camera Club of New York. She is a former professor of multimedia studies at the University of the Arts and program manager at the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop. She received her MA from Purchase College and BS from Emerson College. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.

Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.

Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm

Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.

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

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

The Black Fives - New-York Historical Society
Through July 20, 2014 - Upper West Side


Soon after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were called "fives" in reference to the five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as "colored fives," "Negro fives," or "black fives," and the period became known as the Black Fives Era. Celebrating a forgotten era in sports history, The Black Fives will explore the pioneering African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated.

Highlights of The Black Fives include archival images of the earliest black basketball teams, including the Alpha Physical Culture Club, the nation's first all-black athletic club (1912); the New York Girls, the first all-black female team (1910); and team photos of the New York Renaissance (also known as the "Harlem Rens"), Smart Set Athletic Club, Harlem Globetrotters, and the Washington Bears.

Among the exhibition's unique pieces are a 1914 gold-leafed basketball medallion promoting the St. Christopher Club of Harlem; a 1937 New York Renaissance vs. Oshkosh All Stars game ticket stub; and a complete collection of event programs for the World's Championship of Professional Basketball played from 1939-1948 and won by three different African American teams.

The Black Fives will also feature vintage African American basketball ephemera, such as newspaper broadsheets and clippings, scrapbooks, game placards and flyers, such as a 1943 official souvenir program for the "5th Annual World's Championship Basketball Tournament"; a 1912 "Pittsburgh vs. New York" advertisement for the Annual Christmas Basketball Games and Dance of the Alpha Physical Culture Club; and a 1946 placard promoting "The Game of the Century, Renaissance vs. New Britain Pros."

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

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

Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage - INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Through August 24, 2014 - MIdtown

For many animals, the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. This temporary show will explore the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Using digital imagery, artifacts and interactive elements, visitors will explore color, shade, shapes, and learn how they can fool the eye. Through August 24

MoMA Art Lab: Movement - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2014 - New York

At the MoMA Art Lab you families can explore movement in art through a range of activities that are fun and exciting for kids of all ages. visit the website for more information.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

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

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

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.

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