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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON NOVEMBER 9

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by Daily Kids Events Editor November 9, 2013

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, November 9, 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 November 9. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Making Books Sing's 'BALLERINA SWAN' - Theater 3
November 09, 2013 - Midtown West

"Ballerina Swan," a 50-minute family show blending dance, theater, and puppetry, tells the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan with dreams of becoming a ballerina and dancing in Swan Lake. Based on the children's book "Ballerina Swan" by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, with illustrations by Caldecott Medal winner Emily Arnold McCully, the piece features three dancers and a dancer/puppeteer who operates a five-foot dancing swan puppet. Choreographed by Michael McGowan, "Ballerina Swan" features a libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger, and set and puppet design by the internationally acclaimed puppet troupe Phantom Limb. "Ballerina Swan" is best for children ages 4-8.

Woodworking: Harvest Baskets - Wave Hill
November 09, 2013 - Bronx

Using simple carpentry skills, craft a handsome wooden basket to hold fresh produce, potted plants, or other seasonal items. Frank Perrone, master carpenter and Wave Hill's Director of Facilities & Capital Projects, lends his expertise in this day-long workshop. No previous carpentry experience necessary. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
November 09, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers - Scandinavia House
November 09, 2013 - Murray Hill

Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North. Nov. 9, Dec. 14, 2013, and Jan. 11, 2014 Series continues spring 2014. Nov. 9-Scandinavian Tales of Magic & Wonder Regina Ress and Jeslyn Wheeless tell Hans Christian Andersen's The Most Incredible Thing of All and other tales of magic and wonder. Dec. 14-Carpenter Andersen & Other Holiday Stories Rolf Stang and Julie Della Torre tell the story of Carpenter Andersen by Alf Proysen and other Nordic tales celebrating the winter holidays. Jan. 11, 2014-Heroes, Heroines, Laughter, & Dering-Do Ellen Shapiro spins stories from Norway to warm the heart on a mid-winter morning. Saturday Morning Storytelling at Scandinavia House is made possible, in part, by support from DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.

Treehouse Shakers: Hatched - Symphony Space
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

A newborn chick emerges from her shell at sunrise to a strange and busy world in this gorgeous and playful theatrical production from NYCs award-winning Treehouse Shakers. Performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and very little human dialogue, the story is set amidst an American family farm, and features loads of fuzzy farmyard friends including feisty old rooster, a wobbly calf learning to walk, a gaggle of dancing chicks, a wooly lamb, a noisy nest of baby birds, and more.

Family Art Labs: The Art of Nepali Papermaking - Rubin Museum of Art
November 09, 2013 - New York

Get inspired in the exhibit Flip Side: The Unseen in Tibetan Art and explore traditional Nepali handmade papers. Tear and mix recycled paper, fibers, flowers, herbs, and spices to make your very own sheet of handmade paper.

Family Concert: Jazz Meets Gospel - Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall
November 09, 2013 - Columbus Circle

The dynamic pianist and conductor Damien Sneed explores the deep and soulful connections between these two iconic genres, which such giants as Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Wynton Marsalis have synthesized in their works. Pre-concert activities at 12:15pm and 2:15pm.

Family Art Project: November Treasures - Wave Hill
November 09, 2013 - Bronx

Gather beech nuts, acorns, leaves, and other fallen wonders from the grounds. Then glue your collection to a wooden or cardboard box to house your prized possessions of the season. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Sleeping Beauty - The New Victory Theater
November 09, 2013 - Theater District Times Square

Three centuries of Italy's rich cultural heritage are on dazzling display when Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company tells the timeless tale of a princess and her prophesied slumber. From the court celebration of Aurora's birth to the battle in the brambles with the witch's beast, every scene is brought to ingenious life with 18th-century craftsmanship. Beautifully detailed scenery, ornate costumes and startlingly life-like figures create a romantic feast for the eyes set to Tchaikovsky's enthralling score in this bewitching and breathtaking performance of SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Duo Amal - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

From the seeds of one of the world?s most enduring conflicts comes an inspiring musical collaboration, as two pianists create an alliance that their nations are yet to enjoy. Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni, the preeminent pianists of their generation in their respective homelands-Israel and Palestine-perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (1813) and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (1913), two compositions separated by 100 years. Part of the series 1913: The World Implodes. $1 tickets for kids are available for this concert. Children must be accompanied by an adult purchasing a full-price ticket (maximum three children's tickets per paying adult). Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

Kollektion: Looking & Painting Art Workshops with Pratt Institute Art Educators - Scandinavia House
November 09, 2013 - Murray Hill

Join art educators from Pratt Institute for this season of Saturday afternoon art workshops inspired by Scandinavia House?s new exhibition Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough: Selections from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Participants will discuss the variety of paintings on view in the exhibition?sunny scenes from Skagen beach, quiet views of Copenhagen apartments, thoughtful portraits and self-portraits, and colorful still lives. After exploring the exhibition and learning to differentiate between the many styles of painting, children will create their own series of studies and paintings using a variety of media including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and collage. The series runs Saturday, Oct. 12-Nov. 23. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. About the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute The mission of undergraduate Art and Design Education is the preparation of students of art and design as accomplished teachers of a diverse population of learners in urban schools, museums, early childhood, and community programs. Throughout the curriculum, practice is directly connected to, and supported by, pedagogical theory with an emphasis on reflection and the development of critical thinking skills. The department?s graduates transform art classrooms into studios where students can discover their potential as learners. For more information, visit pratt.edu/academics/art_design. Exhibition-related educational programs have been supported in part by a grant from the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Future Stars Summer Camps Open House - Purchase College - Physical Education Building
November 09, 2013 - Purchase

Come out and meet the staff and faculty. Get your all your questions answered as you explore camp options for your kids. For over 30 years Future Stars has been providing the finest specialty programs in the New York metropolitan area. Come out and get a chance to meet some of the directors and coaches, see the facilities, and find out more about Future Stars' popular specialty camps: tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, multi-sports, football, field hockey, volleyball, softball, circus, diving, cheerleading, magic, and academic. Weekly Sessions are offered from June 23-Aug. 22 for children ages 4-16. Transportation options are available. Door-to-door transportation is available from Riverdale and Manhattan.

'Rapunzel' - Galli Theater
November 09, 2013 - Midtown

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair! In this fun inspired musical show Rapunzel finds her prince--and even the wicked witch cannot separate them.

The Book, the Lock, and the Key - The Morgan Library & Museum
November 09, 2013 - Murray Hill

Using beautiful papers and fine art materials, book artist and educator Stephanie Krause introduces children to book forms that can hold secrets between locked covers.

COPE Adult Sibling Support Group - Office of Facilitator Candice Goldberg
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

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

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Family Astronomy in the Dome: Constellations Across Cultures - American Museum of Natural History
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

You may have seen the Big Dipper in the sky, but what about the Plough, or the Revolving Man? Learn about a variety of constellations visible in the night sky and discover how people in other parts of the world view the same patterns. Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Enter at 81st Street.

MEXICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL - Children's Museum of Manhattan
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kick off CMA's Multicultural Series with the Mexican American Festival, featuring live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, and workshops that highlight Mexican culture. See website for full schedule of events.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for Harry Potter fans ages 10 and older! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of works that echo characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress; a Snape-like potions master; flying owls and dragons; Hagrid-like giants; centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest; strange mermaids and sharks much like the ones in the Triwizard Tournament; fierce knights in armor; and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase is required via our website. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

The Tinderbox - West End Theater
November 09, 2013 - New York City

Frog and Peach Theatre Company, widely known for their popular and critically-acclaimed Upper West Side productions of Shakespearean plays, will present a fairy tale series, "Tinkerbell Theatre," adapting the Brothers Grimm's "Cinderella" and Hans Christian Anderson "The Tinderbox" into "Rocky-and-Bullwinkle" style plays featuring sing-along songs and big, soft puppets. In both plays, actors play the heroes and soft, playful puppets take on the roles of the villains. The plays will be presented in repertory and performances will be followed by puppet-making workshops to which all kids attending will be invited. "Cinderella" In this telling, Cinderella is a riotous new take on the familiar story of a young girl dispossessed by her murderous stepmother and wicked stepsisters. Her friendship with two magical puppet birds helps her go to the Three Day Ball, where she meets a socially awkward Prince Dreamboat with whom she plays Crazy Eights and compares notes on ornithology. His puppet parents, the King and Queen are eager to marry him off so they can return to Boca. Now, if only he were able to get that darned slipper to slip onto one of the girls in the kingdom, most of whom are so desperate to marry royally that they would whittle their feet for a fit! Saturdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 12:30pm. "The Tinderbox" is a story of a pure-hearted soldier who finds happiness in an enchanted forest, where he overcomes the scheming of a Wicked Witch, befriends three unforgettable Dogs and wins a beautiful (but lonesome) Princess with the help of a magical Tinderbox that brings you whatever your heart desires...and hilarious results! Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am. "Tinkerbell Theatre" will be presented Oct. 19-Nov. 10 on the following schedule: "Cinderella" Saturdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 12:30pm; "The Tinderbox" Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am. Tickets are $12 and are available online at smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater 30 minutes prior to the performance. Running Time: 45 minutes. Keepsake Tinkerbell Puppet kits are available for $10. Designed by skilled puppet masters, these colorful, high quality puppet kits include everything you need to create your own treasured keepsake. (Alternatively, theatergoers who prefer may bring a sock and complete their own puppets at home.)

Carnival of the Animals - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
November 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Guest conductor David Allen steers the show as the orchestra teams up with The Lolli-Pops--Bang the Lion, Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird and Bow the Panda--to put their twist on the narration of Camille Saint-Saens beloved Carnival of the Animals. But the fun doesn't stop there! Illustrator Peter H. Reynolds creates original artwork before your very eyes. Come see and hear how music tells a story!

Hip Hop Dance Crew - Super Awesome Saturday Party - NY Kids Club
November 09, 2013 - Flatiron

Hip Hop Dance Crew is the hottest party in town! Children will run relay races with their friends before they raise the roof in our special Dance Crew warm-up, show off their moves as they go across the floor doing hip hop dance moves in sync with a partner, learn some crazy choreography, put on costumes and perform for their friends, and then let loose with some freestyle. To end the night, children will trace their dance moves in an awesome art project, talk with their friends over pizza, sparkling cider, and popcorn, and partake in the Soul Train dance party.

St. Agnes Library Book Sale - New York Public Library, St. Agnes branch
November 09, 2013 - Upper West Side

Incredible selection of fiction, non-fiction, children's books and multimedia at bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the programs of the NYPL.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day - Dinosaur Hill
November 09, 2013 - Lower East Side

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with the folks at Dinosaur Hill as they host free kid-friendly events! There will be giveaways all day and a visit from a clown!

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

'Hollow' - The Players Theatre
Through November 16, 2013 - Greenwich Village

A heart-breaking triangle, a heart-racing chase - a mystery unsolved for centuries – the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Careless lovers taunt a fragile man with a treacherous dance that spins out of control. One man will triumph and both men will lose, several will squander their souls. Dark secrets lurk in the Hollow, echo through the woods and drive men mad. The crush of their steps as they run from the truth is deafened by their pounding hearts. Reckless they race although keenly aware that one false stride may lose them their head. What happens in the Hollow, stays in the Hollow – FOREVER! Not recommended for children younger than 9.

Oscar Wilde’s 'The Selfish Giant' - The Players Theatre
Through November 17, 2013 - Greenwich Village

Can the laughter of a child melt the cold heart of a selfish giant? Yes it can! This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's beautiful fairytale will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Take a very special journey inside the mind of Oscar Wilde. Follow him as he leads you into the tale of "The Selfish Giant." Watch as the stage transforms from literally nothing into the magical land of Wilde's imagination. At once you will see the show come to life before your eyes while getting a rare glimpse of the show behind the show. In addition to the one hour musical, the audience receives a special treat - interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. Here the audience learns about the original book and how we turned it into a musical. We discuss the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life. Then the kids and their families make a special art project and take it home as a souvenir. Now when they watch the show, they are familiar with the art forms and themes represented in the production. Pre-show Arts Workshop: one hour prior to every performance Dates: October 6 – Nov 17, 2013 Days & Times: Saturdays at 11a and 3p / Sundays at 11a Workshop: One Hour Prior to each Performance (There will be no performance on Sunday, November 3rd) The whole program (pre-show workshop and actual show) is approximately 2 hours long. Online show info: http://www.literallyalive.com/shows/giant.html Tickets $45 for first 4 rows $35 for second 6 rows $25 for all other seats Ticket price includes pre-show arts workshop Tickets can be purchased through Theatremania: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/927132 or by calling 212-352-3101 or 1-866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office (on the days of the show only).

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr. Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
Through November 17, 2013 - Bronx

Featuring fresh, local produce Find fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. EBT accepted.

Puppet Takeover - Urban Stages Theater
Through November 17, 2013 -

Craft, play, and perform at Family Kickoff Day! A short puppet performance of The Dancing Guinea Pig: A Folktale from Peru. Followed by a chance to work with our puppet masters to craft your own puppet and participate in a mini puppet performance! Reservations can be made via [email protected] or by phone.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 27, 2013 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Cooking demonstrations, recipe exchanges, and raffles as well as educational programming will take place in the market throughout the season. Every Wednesday John Scardina graces the market with live folk music. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

Free Trial Class - The Language Workshop for Children
Through November 29, 2013 - New York

Capitalize on your child's prime time to learn a new language with a free trial class from The Language Workshop for Children. The Language Workshop for Children offers a variety of age appropriate language courses for kids ages 6 months to 8 years including:
Languages for Tots (6M-3Y): French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Italian

Languages for Children (3-8Y): French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Italian

Regular Preschool (2.10-4Y): French, Spanish, Chinese

NYC Family Preschool (20M-3Y): French
With LWFC courses and summer camps, students absorb their new language in stimulating play groups using the LWFC?s unique language building songs, immersion games, and older kids work with sentence building stories (and can bake and do arts and crafts too). LWFC learning materials have won six major children?s educational media awards.

THE COMPROMISED LAND: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM ISRAEL - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2013 - Purchase

When it comes to the subject of Israel, nothing is simple; not its history, its geography, its politics, its peoples, or its multicultural and religious core. The points of view are as varied and passionate as the people who populate this land, a little smaller than New Jersey (8,000 square miles), yet large enough to rivet the world's attention. It is a site of conflict, ancient and recent, and of promise. The new exhibition, "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel," organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, confronts many of Israel's issues head on. Exploring the themes of coexistence and conflict, history and memory, and the importance of land, the work of twenty-one contemporary artists will be on view in this exhibition through Dec. 1, 2013. "The Compromised Land" revolves around the notion of land, which, in Israel, is regarded as a sacred, as well as a geographical, economic, social, and political organism - rooted in the psyche and culture of its peoples, and thousands of years of history. Israel's conflicts, history, and culture shadow daily life and permeate artistic expression. The work of established and emerging artists, who are emotionally and intellectually invested in their country's fate, gives voice to their sense of unease and threat, as they consider, reveal, interpret, and question Israel's politics, culture, and future. The exhibition also examines Israeli photography and video, practices that dominate contemporary Israeli art, and for which Israel is internationally recognized. The featured artists include: Boaz Arad, Yael Bartana, Joseph Dadoune, Nir Evron, Barry Frydlender, Dani Gal, Ori Gersht, Dor Guez, Oded Hirsch, Miki Kratsman, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Adi Nes, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Michael Rovner, Lior Shvil, Sharon Ya�Ari, and Rona Yefman with Tanja Schlander. "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel" is curated by Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and guest curator Lilly Wei; and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue with essays by Ory Dessau; Ron Pundak, Israeli historian and chairman of the Israeli Peace NGO Forum; and the co-curators. Support for the exhibition is provided by Artis, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Susan and James Dubin, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. Support for the residency of artist Gilad Ratman is provided by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel. Additional support is provided by the UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester.

Front Row: Chinese American Designers - Museum of Chinese in America
Through December 01, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Front Row explores the ascent of Chinese American designers who contributed to the shaping of a new American sense of style. New York's Chinese American fashion designers emerged in the 1980s, just as the city was transforming its identity from a garment center into a major fashion capital.The exhibition features iconic outfits from the sixteen designers as well as video interviews. Participating fashion designers include: Thomas Chen, David Chu, Melinda Eng, Jade Lai, Derek Lam, Wayne Lee, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phillip Lim, Mary Ping, Peter Som, Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee Teng, Zang Toi, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu.

Mommy and Me Music - Preschool of the Arts
Through December 04, 2013 - Lower East Side

Enjoy a morning of making music and moving together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Classes are recurring on Wednesdays from Oct. 30-Dec. 4 (except Nov. 20) for $30 per class or $120 for all five. This special class is presented by NYC Preschool of the Arts, a premier preschool with locations in Chelsea, Flatiron, Cooper Square, and opening a new location in Gramercy Park this winter. For more information email [email protected], or call. To check out other Mommy and Me classes and extra curricular offerings or to register, visit nycpreschool.org/upcoming-events.

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through December 16, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie is a "mommy and me" style class for kids ages 1 to 3 years. Each week is a different theme and the fun starts there. Puppets, songs, creative play, colors, counting and even a little circus fun are all a part of the class. First class is only $10. Single classes are $25, 3 classes are $60, and 5 classes are $90.

Mommy and Loaves of Love - Preschool of the Arts
Through December 19, 2013 - New York

You and your little one can bake your own Challah—the traditional Jewish bread—with wholesome, gourmet ingredients, to bring home and enjoy. Each week there will be a special surprise ingredient—just for fun. This recurring class run every other Thursday Nov. 7-Dec. 19 and is presented by NYC Preschool of the Arts, a premier preschool with locations in Chelsea, Flatiron, Cooper Square, and opening a new location in Gramercy Park this winter. For more information email [email protected], or call. To check out other Mommy and Me classes and extra curricular offerings or to register, visit nycpreschool.org/upcoming-events.

'Pippin' - Music Box Theatre
Through December 22, 2013 - Midtown

Everything has its season, and this season, Pippin returns to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") that includes the favorites "Magic to Do," "Glory," and "Corner of the Sky," Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston's American Repertory Theater, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival ("Hair" and The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"). This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2013 - New York

Celebrate the season with the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver! In this larger-than-life stage show, scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the Music Hall into a true winter wonderland. Longtime fans can look forward to classic numbers such as "New York at Christmas" and "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" as well as new numbers like the sensational "Snow."

Piggy Nation The Musical - Snapple Theater Center
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

"Piggy Nation" is a funny, fast moving 60 minute musical full of lessons in avoiding "piggy" behavior. With an original score richly layered in blues, rock, rap and gospel influences, "Piggy Nation" follows Sammy Hamhock, a little pig excited to be on summer vacation following his dad to work on Piggy Patrol, issuing tickets for piggy behavior. But Sammy learns that everyone is a little piggy sometimes, even his dad. Full of lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration, "Piggy Nation" battles the rude behavior found all around us, in a colorful and amusing update of the golden rule. Lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration shine in this family musical for kids ages 3+ and their parents and grandparents too.

The Grinch's Holiday Workshop - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

To enter into The Grinch's Holiday Workshop is to be transported into the pages of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale, in which a grumpy Grinch, determined to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville, learns that generosity and the holiday spirit are not tied to gifts. With gallery walls draped in scenes from the book, including Cindy-Lou at the Who-ville holiday feast where the transformed Grinch carves the "roast beast," the interactive exhibit is a great and fun way to promote creativity, a love of reading and draw upon the lessons learned by the Grinch. New to The Grinch's Holiday Workshop this year is a special indoor "ice" skating rink where kids can take off their shoes and "skate" in their socks. The synthetic ice rink is safe, fun and provides thrills without any chills. The Grinch's Holiday Workshop features daily and weekly programming: Look for clues in The Workshop to answer scavenger hunt questions; follow the Grinch's green handprints throughout the Museum to learn about the importance of community and helping; dive into fun, creative play by creating Dr. Seuss "rhyming hats," two-sided Grinch masks and Max "the Rein-Dog" tree ornaments, and also create wacky Seussian words with Who-ville Mad-Libs. Children can also steer Max, the Grinch's unwitting "Rein-Dog," on an oversized, interactive sleigh all the way to Who-ville, as well as gather around the Grinch's whimsical, massive reading chair for storytelling with CMOM staff and special guests who will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and other classic Seuss books.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, 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 throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - Midtown

Art of the Brick, an exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world's biggest display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

'Penguins' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - Upper West Side

"Penguins," a new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, opens at the American Museum of Natural History, on Monday, July 8. The film will screen at the museum through Jan. 9, 2014. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by nWave Pictures Distribution, the film is narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Penguin City, on the remote island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as 6 million penguins. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin?s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth?s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins will be shown daily in the Museum?s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly). To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.) nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment present Penguins, a film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with British media powerhouse SKY 3D (BSkyB) and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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