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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Bronx-Jan 1

January 1, 2013   |    

There's so many fun and educational activities for kids and the whole family everyday in the Bronx. If you're looking for music, museums, arts & crafts-or even just time spent outdoors-you'll find it here! Browse our daily activities, or if you'd like to plan ahead, check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 01, 2013 - Westbury

Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Contact AdeleArkin@strollerstrides.net for more information.

Salute to Vienna - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
January 01, 2013 - New York

This wonderful New Year’s Concert, a magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous NEUJAHRSKONZERT, features a stellar new cast, including a full 75 piece orchestra, led by a European conductor and joined by European singers and charming dancers. The audience can celebrate the New Year a little early, with famous waltzes, polkas & operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr. the “Waltz King” and his contemporaries. New Year’s Concert 2013 will feature special guest conductor, Mika Eichenholz (Stockholm) who will lead the Strauss Symphony of America. Beautiful soprano Mónika Fischl (Budapest) and tenor Michael Heim (Vienna) are joined by dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. Visit www.salutetovienna.com for more information.

Salute to Vienna - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
January 01, 2013 - New York

This wonderful New Year’s Concert, a magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous NEUJAHRSKONZERT, features a stellar new cast, including a full 75 piece orchestra, led by a European conductor and joined by European singers and charming dancers. The audience can celebrate the New Year a little early, with famous waltzes, polkas & operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr. the “Waltz King” and his contemporaries. New Year’s Concert 2013 will feature special guest conductor, Mika Eichenholz (Stockholm) who will lead the Strauss Symphony of America. Beautiful soprano Mónika Fischl (Budapest) and tenor Michael Heim (Vienna) are joined by dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine. Visit www.salutetovienna.com for more information.

'The Polar Express' - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. Through January 1, 2013.

Holiday Magic - Mystic Seaport
Through January 01, 2013 - Mystic

Gather your family and friends and enjoy special holiday tours, learn a few magic tricks, and attend a professional historic magic show.

Traveling Exhibition: Strange Matter - Connecticut Science Center
Through January 01, 2013 - Hartford

Examine the always amazing and sometimes bizarre world of modern materials, providing a glimpse of where the future of materials research might take us in this 6,000 square-foot interactive exhibit.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH - Lucille's
January 01, 2013 - New York

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary. Ticket price does not include food. There is a $25 Pre-fixe brunch menu.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'The Three Stooges' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 01, 2013 - Pleasantville

Bring the whole family for a trip back in time and visit with the slap-happy original Stooges. Moe, Larry, Curly, (and even Shemp) star in this collection of shorts showing the team in all their nyuk-nyuk-nyuk glory. "With You Nazty Spy!," "Three Little Pigskins," and other favorites. Approx. 90 mins. Not Rated.

Puss in Boots - Museum Of The Moving Image
January 01, 2013 - Astoria

A spin-off prequel to the Shrek franchise, Puss in Boots follows the adventures of the suave fighter, lover, and outlaw before his scene-stealing appearance in Shrek 2. With the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris.

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
January 01, 2013 -

The Harlem Gospel Choir's songs of gospel and inspiration will touch the depths of your soul and lift your spirit to angelic heights, with sounds that are unfettered, joyous, and inspirational. With every performance, the Choir shares the renaissance of Harlem's culture with the audience. Every performance will take your breath away!

WWII & NYC: December School Vacation Week - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 01, 2013 - Upper West Side

Families can view the exhibition through the eyes of a fictional young New Yorker. Each day of vacation will feature a special activity including Code Breakers!, Plane Spotting Bingo, and Dance Your Bobby Socks Off!

Claymation Creatures - Museum Of The Moving Image
January 01, 2013 - Astoria

Kids ages 9 and older can create your own animated creature. Computer animators make their characters using 3-D models. Here, participants will design and make 3-D characters with armatures and clay, then animate them. The workshop will culminate in a screening of their short videos.

Mack and Soul - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
January 01, 2013 - Yonkers

3-7pm.

New Year's Day Open Play - Pump It Up
January 01, 2013 - Plainview

Jump into the New Year with a fabulous New Year's Day Pop-In-Play. The kids will slide, bounce, laugh and play for 2 full hours in climate controlled arenas. Reservations are required. Call 516-575-2300.

Knit and Crochet Club - Rochdale Village Library
January 01, 2013 - Jamaica

Creative fun on New Years Day. Tweens and teens, grades 3 - 8, will learn to knit and crochet, then use their new skills to create an afghan, amigurumis (small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures), and other handicrafts. Bring hooks, needles, and determination. Additional supplies will be provided.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
January 01, 2013 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

New Years Day Fun - Bear Mountain Ice Rink
January 01, 2013 - Bear Mountain

Looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend New Year's Day with kids? Why not drop by Bear Mountain. The ice rink is open all day. Not into skating? Warm up in the park's carousel pavilion or visit the animals at the Bear Mountain Zoo.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
January 01, 2013 - South Salem

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

Howl in the New Year with Winter Wolves - Wolf Conservation Center
January 01, 2013 - South Salem

Winter offers families a unique opportunity to visit the wolves during their favorite time of year. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration is required.

Watson Adventures’ Munch Around Chinatown Scavenger Hunt - Columbus Park
January 01, 2013 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique food scavenger hunt for adults in Chinatown and Little Italy! Discover the most unusual and enticing restaurants, cafes, markets and even food carts in Chinatown and neighboring Little Italy. You’ll not only answer our usual array of tricky questions, you’ll also be challenged to acquire and taste such foods as dumplings, roti canai (Malaysian fried bread), popcorn chicken, mini cakes hot off the grill, bubble teas, “Zen butter” ice cream, pizza, cannoli cupcakes, egg custards, banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), rice balls, “stone chocolate” and “yummy bread.” Be sure to bring one digital camera per team. Price: $24.50, plus bring $10 cash for food purchases. (We ask you to bring cash so that you can have a wide range of food options to suit your taste and diet.) Advance purchase is required. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
January 01, 2013 - Bronx

Model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.

RIME & TOPER 'Snap Back - Dangerous Drawings About New York' - Klughaus Gallery
Through January 01, 2013 - New York

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 6-10pm Location: 47 Monroe Street New York, NY 10002 RSVP: rsvp@klughaus.net In celebration of Klughaus Gallery’s one-year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce “Snap Back – Dangerous Drawings About New York,” a dual artist show featuring Brooklyn natives RIME (Jersey Joe) and TOPER. “Snap Back” will feature illustrations and paintings that integrate elements of the artists’ past experiences living in New York City; each piece is inspired by a personal story. "TOPER is one of my oldest friends and a very talented guy with a very interesting life experience,” says RIME. “This show aims to tap into our life experience coming up in New York.” Best known for his explosive use of color combined with dynamic lettering and innovative characters, RIME started painting graffiti in Staten Island in 1991. He spent many years mastering his style throughout New York and New Jersey and had achieved international recognition for his distinct aesthetic by 2003. In 2005, RIME moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on fine art. It was also in 2005 that he became a member of the legendary crew MSK. This marks the first time in almost a decade that RIME will be headlining a show back in his hometown. TOPER grew up painting alongside such legends as Dash Snow (SACE), REVS, DG, SETUP, SCOPE, and of course, RIME, after the two met growing up in Staten Island. TOPER’s name has been known and respected in the New York graffiti art scene since the mid-to-late 1990s as a writer known for his distinctive New York street-motivated style, a technique he is now channeling into his fine art. For a preview catalog, please contact: sales@klughaus.net The exhibit will be on display through January 1, 2013

Salute to Vienna - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
January 01, 2013 - Midtown

This wonderful New Year's Concert, a magnificent re-creation of Vienna's world famous NEUJAHRSKONZERT, features a stellar new cast, including a full 75 piece orchestra, led by a European conductor and joined by European singers and charming dancers. The audience can celebrate the New Year a little early, with famous waltzes, polkas, and operetta excerpts by Johan Strauss Jr. the "Waltz King" and his contemporaries. New Year's Concert 2013 will feature special guest conductor, Mika Eichenholz (Stockholm) who will lead the Strauss Symphony of America. Beautiful soprano Monika Fischl (Budapest) and tenor Michael Heim (Vienna) are joined by dancers from the Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It? - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 01, 2013 - Upper West Side

Families take this i-spy hunt into the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection to spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes, composed of miniature trains, stations, people, and decorations made by the Marklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your hunt, and see who can spot the most.

APOCALYPSE: DANNY TENAGLIA and VICTOR CALDERONE - Pier 94
January 01, 2013 - New York

New Years Day RPM presents APOCALYSE @ Pier 94 with DANNY TENAGLIA VICTOR CALDERONE GET TICKETS www.apocalypsenye.com Doors 5AM This event is 18+

WWII & NYC: January School Vacation Week - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 01, 2013 - Upper West Side

See 1940s New York City through the eyes of kids. WWII & NYC family gallery cards all day, with Plane Spotting Bingo at 2pm. The family gallery cards, Walk in My Shoes, guide families through the exhibition through the eyes of a fictional young New Yorker. In Code Breakers! learn and practice wartime code making techniques. Keep your eyes peeled for WWII planes in Plane Spotting Bingo, mark your cards, and call BINGO!

New Years Day Brunch - Hornblower Infinity
January 01, 2013 - New York

Start the New Year off right aboard Hornblower Infinity for your First Brunch of 2013. Sit back and take in the country’s most beautiful skyline while enjoying Bottomless Breakfast Cocktails (Mimosas & Bloody Marys), a plentiful buffet, and the best service on the Hudson!

New Year Winter Nature Hike - Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum
January 01, 2013 - Montauk

Hikers should meet at the concession building to begin a 3-mile hike. Plan on being outside for about two to three hours. To RSVP, email keeper@montauklighthouse.com.

New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim - Steers Beach
January 01, 2013 - Northport

Ring in the New Year with a chilly dip in Northport Bay for a good cause. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 410 and the Northport Fire Department, this event is a fundraiser for the Northport Food Pantry.

Art Week: Craft- A- Candle - Jewish Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2013 - Brooklyn

Spread the warmth by sending a candle-gram to a homeless family. 'Melt, dip, and shape beeswax to create your own traditional braided candle. Visit the Jewish Children’s Museum to join the Artists in Action as they demonstrate their skills Dec 23 - Jan 1. Go to www.JCM.museum for complete schedule. Upcoming Art Events at the Jewish Children's Museum: Fruit Carving- Dec. 25 Glass Beading- Dec. 30 Paper cutting, Dec. 31 Craft a Candle- All week

Art Week: Craft- A- Candle - Jewish Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2013 - Brooklyn

Melt, dip, and shape beeswax to create your own traditional braided candle. Spread the warmth by sending a candle-gram to a homeless family.

Art Week - Jewish Children's Museum
January 01, 2013 - Brooklyn

From December 23 to January 1, The Jewish Children's Museum hosts Art Week. Activities include foil sculpting, paper cutting, fruit cutting, candle making, and more. Check the Museum's website for precise information.

Coney Island Polar Bear Club 100th Ocean Swim - Coney Island
January 01, 2013 - Coney Island, Brooklyn

The historic Coney Island Polar Bear Club (CIPBC), the nation's original winter bathing club, will embrace 2013 with its 110th annual New Year's Day Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean in Coney Island. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, is expected to attract more than 2,000 winter bathers. The Polar Bears will gather at the Riegleman Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue before charging into the ocean. Pre- and post-swim parties will be held at Coney Island establishments including Peggy O'Neills, Tom's Coney Island, Ruby's, the Beach Shop, Lola Starr and Popeye's. The annual New Year's Day CIPBC swim raises money for Camp Sunshine, an organization that supports children facing life-threatening illness and their immediate families. (More info at http://www.crowdrise.com/ConeyIslandPolarDip.) The CIPBC will also partner with Coney Recovers, an initiative of Alliance for Coney Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting "the People's Playground" and improving quality of life for the entire Coney Island community, including storm relief. Attendees are encouraged to make donations at http://coneyrecovers.org/polarplunge. Founded in 1903, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the nation's original polar bear/cold water swimming club and swims every Sunday during winter months.

Saw Mill River Audubon New Year's Morning Walk - Rockwood Hall State Park
January 01, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Start off the year with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall State Park, on Kendal Way in Sleepy Hollow. Eagle views are quite likely. Spotting scopes provided. Arborist John Grant will be present to help with winter tree identification. Dress warmly! Ages 8 and older. To register, please call Saw Mill River Audubon's office at 914-666-6503 or email office@sawmillriveraudubon.org in advance.

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! (Tuesday Jan. 1st, 2013 ed.) Now @ No Fun Bar - No Fun Bar
January 01, 2013 - NYC

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Tuesday Jan 1st, 2013 ed. SPECIAL 1st UG! of the Year: Open stage for comics night! Every comic gets 5 minutes- Come celebrate the New Year with the best FREE comedy show in the city - UG IT! ------------------------- Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby present awesome comics in front of a cool supportive crowd in the epicenter of hip NYC the East Village. Featuring both established comic veterans you've seen on TV to the up and comers, UG guarantees a swell time all for FREE! We've also got tons of drink specials (Half priced select drinks till 9PM)! So what are you waiting for? Come down and UG! it with us!!! UG! COMEDY SHOW!! 4.0 (Now @ No Fun Bar) Presented by Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby TUESDAYS @ No Fun Bar: 161 Ludlow St. (bet. Houston & Stanton st.) Showtime: 8:30PM No Cover, One Drink Min. (Half Priced Select Drinks Till 9PM) For info/reservations: 212-477-1616 Via subway: F train to 2nd ave. Hosted by Todd Montesi & Pat Rigby!! Dj’d by Ms. #WhiteGirlProblems Liz Lord!!! UG IT http://www.youtube.com/MONTIKILLAVISION http://ugcomedyshow.tumblr.com/

Annual Holiday Express Train Show - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 02, 2013 - Fairfield

Visit the annual Holiday Express Train Show, an exhibit of model trains winding around a decorated tree and through holiday scenery. Members of the Fairfield based Housatonic Model Railroad Club and the Connecticut G-Scalers Club are on hand to answer questions and point out details of the collectibles, classic trains, modular dioramas and antique trains in this holiday display. The show will run on weekends with special weekday hours between Christmas and New Years. Check the website for the weekday hours. Through January 2, 2012.

Now's the Time: Recent Acquisitions - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 02, 2013 - New York

This presentation surveys some of the most exciting contemporary artworks acquired by the Guggenheim in the past five years. Works by artists such as Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Lyle Ashton Harris, Barbara Kruger, Ryan Trecartin, and Danh Vo are on view in the museum for the first time.

Celebrities: We Remember Them Well - ArtsWestchester's The Arts Exchange
Through January 02, 2013 - White Plains

An exhibition of rare celebrity portraits, featuring approximately 150 rare, vintage photos of iconic celebrities. Some of the last photos taken of John Lennon and Yoko Ono as a couple before Lennon's death are featured prominently. Other photos taken of artists, actors, politicians and authors - Marilyn Monroe, Louis Armstrong, and President Obama among them - will all be showcased. Unique for their quality and poignancy, the works are artful images of the last half-century's most illustrious and influential personages. Combing prominent gallery and private collections, Westchester-based curator Milton J. Ellenbogen has assembled this selection of vintage, candid photographs and exquisite studio portraits. Lectures and expert panels will accompany the exhibition. All photographs are for sale. Through January 1. For more information, visit artsw.org/celebrities or call 914-428-4220.

'Flying Monsters' - American Musem of Natural History, LeFrak Theater
Through January 04, 2013 - Upper West Side

"Flying Monsters" is a new giant screen adventure about the awe-inspiring world of a group of reptiles who ruled the skies about 220 million years ago. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, the film follows world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough as he sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, who, after insects, were the first creatures to fly. Attenborough, who wrote and narrates the film, works with scientists and engineers to try and understand how and why pterosaurs flew, traveling to New Mexico's "Ghost Ranch," Big Bend National Park in Texas, Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom, an ancient pterosaur landing site in Southern France, a fossil pit in Germany where near-perfect pterosaur specimens have been found, and China's remote Liaoning Province in search of answers. How did creatures the size of giraffes with a wingspan of 45 feet fly through the air? The audience will be immersed in the world of the pterosaur and experience the enormous challenges these creatures faced to survive, let alone flourish, in prehistoric skies. The film will introduce viewers to Dimorphodon, the earliest known pterosaur with a complete fossil, Darwinopterus, which, with a lighter build than Dimorphodon, had a wingspan of 2.3-3.3 feet, Tapejara, which may have configured its body to sail across the ocean in search of prey, and Quetzalcoatlus, which, with a wingspan of 33-40 feet and an 8-foot-long beak, is the biggest known animal that has ever flown. Flying Monsters 3D won a BAFTA award in 2011 from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in the Specialist Factual category, Best 3D Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and Best Science Film from the Association of International Broadcasting. The film will screen at the museum through January 4, 2013. Entrance to the museum is included in movie ticket price.

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 05, 2013 -

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

MUMMENSCHANZ - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 05, 2013 -

The troupe creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers. In 2012, it will be forty years since the founding of the legendary Mummenschanz - an important anniversary which the ensemble will celebrate with its audiences all over the world. The witty ideas of the group, founded in Paris in 1972 by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schurch, have been carrying away audiences all over the world. So much so that Mummenschanz have come to mean far more than a name. The work of the group has become a form of art which has put its mark on the Mime-Masque Theater, and impressed a few generations of audiences. Showgoers of all ages and culture who, led into the creative work of Mummenschanz, witness weird timeless creatures and incredible colorful forms competing to enchant them. Check website for performance schedule.

Craft-Tastic: An Exhibiton and Sale of Handmade Goods - Pelham Art Center
Through January 05, 2013 - Pelham

An annual artisan exhibit and craft sale featuring one-of-a-kind and affordable crafts and gifts, including ceramics, artwork, jewelry, glass, and furniture. Through Jan. 5, 2013.

Craft-Tastic: An Exhibiton and Sale of Handmade Goods - Pelham Art Center
Through January 05, 2013 - Pelham

A lush variety of unique and affordable artisan crafts will be on display and for sale at Pelham Art Center’s annual artisan exhibition, "Craft-Tastic." This year’s exhibition will feature a variety of crafts, large and small, including jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, letterpress, ornaments, furniture, sculpture, and visual arts.

RAMMELLZEE Fine Art Gallery Workshop - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 05, 2013 - SoHo

Experience RAMMELLZEE's unique world of neon color, edgy design, and vast imagination in this series of fine art workshops. To fully explore his vision, CMA Teaching Artists will introduce kids to a variety of mediums and techniques including illustration, painting, sculpture, and music.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2013 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2013.

iLuminate Presents: Artist of Light - The Duke on 42nd Street
Through January 05, 2013 - NY

iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits on “America’s Got Talent” and then took to the road, performing for awestruck crowds around the world. Now, iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first off-Broadway show! “Artist of Light” tells the story of Jacob, a talented but insecure young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous bully steals the paintbrush and uses it for evil, turning Jacob ’s sweet creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face danger without the help of his miraculous tool. He fights to save his town and friends, all while knowing the paintbrush that brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a villain bent on destruction. Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles from contemporary to hip-hop to breaking and using the power of light. We invite you to join us for “Artist of Light,” an original and wholly unforgettable theatrical experience!

The Barber of Seville - Metropolitan Opera
Through January 05, 2013 - New York

The Metropolitan Opera's special holiday presentation this year is Bartlett Sher's abridged, English version of Rossini's comic masterpiece. A perfect way to introduce kids and others to the magic of the opera, featuring slapstick comedy and pure romance. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Performances on 12/18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 1/3 & 5.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

The perpetually dark deep ocean comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable environments where approximately 90 percent of the organisms are bioluminescent and provide the only source of light. Many of these environments are threatened habitats where organisms are in danger of disappearing, some before they have been discovered and studied. Creatures of Light introduces visitors to the astonishing variety of bioluminescent creatures; explores the different ways in which organisms glow, as well as explains the physics and chemistry of natural light; reveals how the ability to glow can be advantageous; and considers how scientists study -- and use -- bioluminescence. Visitors enter the exhibition through a forest of bioluminescent mushrooms surrounding a large-scale mushroom at the center. One section evokes a New England meadow on a summer night and highlights how fireflies use patterns of flashing light to communicate and attract mates; another invites visitors to peer into Waitomo Cave of New Zealand and learn how glowworms attract prey. The exhibition includes live flashlight fish that harbor bioluminescent bacteria. Creatures of Light also features an interactive environment that introduces visitors to the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a glowing, luminescent halo around anything that moves through the bay; and a large interactive image of the Bloody Bay coral wall in the Cayman Islands. A "deep sea theater" reveals the amazing diversity of living light that marine biologists have captured on camera including anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. The theme of this year's 13-foot tree is Museum Collections, with ornaments inspired by current exhibitions Spiders Alive!, Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence, and the upcoming 2013 exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep. The Origami Holiday Tree will display models folded by local, national, and international origami artists. Expect to see a pod of whales, a cluster of spiders, a barrel of monkeys, a flight of butterflies, a flock of birds, a school of fish, a large herd of dinosaurs, and more. Past themes have included "Fantastic Creatures: Mythic and Real," "Under the Sea," and "Origami Safari."

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 -

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

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

This exhibition features the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the alien deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow--that is, generate light through a chemical reaction--is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent, including many unknown to science. Like the crystal jelly whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these animals may hold important clues to essential questions, but scientists are in a race against time as habitats are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global climate change. Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition, iPads featuring videos, infographics, photo albums, and animations will provide opportunities to hear directly from researchers about their work. Starting in a local meadow on "a summer's night," where fireflies use unique patterns of flashing light to communicate with potential mates, visitors will descend into "a mysterious cave" in New Zealand to watch a fantastic spectacle of luminescent "fishing lines" strung by larval gnats (glowworms) to trap prey. A unique interactive environment in "a sparkling sea" will introduce the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a halo around anything that moves through the water. Visitors will activate the bioluminescent bay as they move through this section. "The night dive" will feature a large-scale, day-and-night interactive image of the Cayman Islands' Bloody Bay Wall, a remarkable coral wall that is home to both bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, which glow only after exposure to light. In "altered light," visitors will encounter the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which combines bioluminescence with biofluorescence (in which an organism's molecules absorb blue light, then radiate it at a lower energy, longer wavelength) to emit flashes of green light. The protein found in its light organs, known as the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has become a critical tool in cellular and developmental biology, used for mapping neural circuits, observing cancer cells, and much more. Borrowed Light will feature live flashlight fishes, which harbor bioluminescent bacteria in an organ under their eyes, and highlight symbiotic relationships. "The deep ocean" will take visitors into the perpetually dark deep ocean, which comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable space. A deep sea theater will reveal the diversity of animals that marine biologists have captured on camera, including female anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and mates, and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

For centuries, spiders have inspired storytellers, from Ovid to E. B. White to the creators of the eponymous superhero, but their actual role in diverse ecosystems around the globe is just as captivating. Spiders Alive! immerses visitors in the fascinating and complex world of spiders, among the most versatile animals on the planet: they inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. Spiders are also important predators. By one estimate, the spiders on one acre of woodland alone consume more than 80 pounds of insects a year. Scientists have identified over 42,000 species of spiders to date, and there are at least as many more to be discovered. Among the live spiders visitors will encounter in this exhibition are the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world, whose prey includes snakes, mice, and frogs; the venomous western black widow, one of the few North American spiders harmful to people; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders, whose whip-like feelers, up to 10 inches in length, help the animal find its way. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders' silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise making. The exhibition will also include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils, and Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close. Gallery 77, first floor

Colors of the Universe - Chinese Hardstone Carving - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 -

Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. Although jade, the mineral nephrite, was held in the highest esteem, all stones that could achieve a luster after polishing, be it agate, turquoise, malachite, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, or lapis lazuli, were also appreciated. Stone carving experienced an efflorescence during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), when an abundant supply of raw materials, exceptionally accomplished craftsmen, and, in particular, keen imperial patronage contributed to the creation of numerous superb works.

Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - Queens

Ada Bobonis' site-specific installation entitled Stages, Mountains, Water transforms the Museum's second floor gallery space into an invigorating chromatic environment evoking the Caribbean landscape. Geometric compositions in hues of blue and green are either painted on the wall or adhered to the glass railing facade in the form of translucent color film. Alluding to horizons and vistas, expansive bodies of land and water, the work takes its inspiration from the Panama Canal, one of the icons of 19th century aspirations for the New World. The construction of the Panama Canal (1880 - 1914) was a historical triumph of international ambition at the turn of the century. Upon completion, the 51-mile-long ship canal connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean by cutting across the Isthmus of Panama, and has since become a key conduit for global maritime trade. The area's topography is characterized by vast mountain vistas, the Gatun Lake, and the presence of the Panama Canal Locks (long vertical barriers of different sizes controlling the passage of over-sized ships), and is a spectacular fusion of the natural world and man's interventions upon it. Stages, Mountains, Water deftly renders the peculiar landscape of the Panama Canal in a minimal composition of color and shapes. While the color-treated glass railing facade creates an evocative aquatic effect, the "cloud of blades" overhead – clustered sculptural cutouts spanning the gallery's ceiling - symbolizes man's forceful intercession in the natural landscape that profoundly altered the location. The installation further brings the view of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the Unisphere, a 140-foot-high steel representation of Earth built as an emblem for the 1964 World's Fair, into the gallery space itself. Separated by exactly half a century, the Panama Canal and the Unisphere - both products of the state-of-the-art engineering of their time - echo each other with the timeless human aspiration for exploration they embody, whether by taming the power of the oceans or spanning the infinite reaches of outer space.

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

This exhibit is an introduction to Native Americans living in New England today. By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, visitors learn about Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities through stories and songs.

Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design. Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibit features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video, and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. Transcendent in scope, this exhibit examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North America, and it explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined.

Chinese Gardens - Pavilions, Studios, Retreats - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 -

In the densely populated urban centers of China, enclosed gardens have long been an integral part of residential and palace architecture, serving as extensions of living quarters. The preferred site for hosting literary gatherings, theatrical performances, and imaginary outings, gardens were often designed following the same compositional principles used in painting. And as idealized landscapes, gardens often drew inspiration from literary themes first envisioned by painters. Not only were painters often recruited to design gardens, but as gardens came to be identified with the tastes and personalities of their residents, artists were also called upon to create idealized paintings of gardens to serve as symbolic portraits intended to reflect the character of the owner. This exhibition, which encircles the Astor Chinese Garden Court, explores the pictorial imagery of gardens as an abiding source of artistic invention. Featuring more than sixty paintings, as well as ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquerware, metalwork, textiles, and several contemporary photographs from the Museum's collection, the exhibition examines the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than one thousand years.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 06, 2013 - Midtown East

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu. September's theme is "Back to Broadway," October's theme is "Let's See Your Costume", November's theme is "Move with the Movies," and December's theme is "Here Come the Holidays."

KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

Holiday Happenings at Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

Enjoy sock skating, a life-sized igloo, festive train rides (weather permitting), caroling, decorative snowmen, a Celebrations Maze and visits with Santa, Frosty and other friends from the North Pole.

Durer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Midtown

Durer to de Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich showcases the Morgan's significant holdings with exceptional examples by Italian, German, French, and Dutch and Flemish artists of the Renaissance and baroque; German draftsmen of the nineteenth century; and an international contingent of modern and contemporary draftsmen. This exhibition marks the first time works from the renowned graphics collection at Munich have been shown in the United States.

ROLLING STONES: 50 - Paley Center for Media
Through January 06, 2013 -

The Paley Center for Media is thrilled to be part of the fiftieth milestone celebration of The Rolling Stones, who on July 12, 1962, went on stage for the first time at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street and changed music history. This gallery exhibit—first seen at Somerset House, London, and never before exhibited in the U.S.—includes seventy rare prints including reportage, live concert and studio sessions, and outtakes, giving us an unmatched, front-row look at every period of the band's history. To complement the photography exhibition, the Paley Center has curated a video compilation from its wide-ranging music collection, highlighting the Stones's most impressive appearances over five decades.

Robert Frost: Holiday Cards in the Perkin Gallery - Pequot Library
Through January 06, 2013 - Southport

Poet Robert Frost wrote original poetry for his holiday greeting cards. Many were illustrated by prominent artists, mostly working with woodblock prints. The cards were then printed by the Spiral Press, founded in 1926 by Joseph Blumenthal. These cards are on display thanks to Elinor Wilber, Robert Frost's granddaughter, who has loaned them to the Pequot Library for this exhibit.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A Ghost Story of Christmas - John W. Engeman Theater
Through January 06, 2013 - Northport

Michael Wilson's adaptation is a creative re-telling of Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the heartless miser who discovers the true meaning of the holiday season after a Christmas Eve haunting. Wednesdays-Sundays, November 20-January 6, 2013.

'ELF: The Musical' - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Through January 06, 2013 - Midtown

"ELF: The Musical" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 movie Elf starring Will Ferrell, "ELF: The Musical" has become a New York holiday tradition.

Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas - The Theater at St. Clement's
Through January 06, 2013 - New York City

The Holidays are murder? literally. This year stuff you're stocking with rat poison, a pistol, octogenarian sex, a little giggle-weed, and a family hungry for more than Grandma's Christmas dinner. Possessed by greed, the family plots and schemes murder in order to get Grandma's money. Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas is a twisted black comedy that says there's no place like six feet under for The Holidays. Official open, Dec. 3. The cast includes: Roxie Lucas (B'way: Damn Yankees, My Favorite Year, Harrigan 'n Hart); Adam Mucci (HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" B'way: You're Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush), Kevin O'Donnell (Film: The Word; Salt TV: "Unforgettable"), Katie Webber (B'way: Catch Me If You Can, Memphis: A New Musical, Rock of Ages, Wicked TV: "Smash," "American Idol", Brandi Nicole Wilson (Love Me Tinder, MITF Best Actress Nom.; Film: Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship, That's What She Said), James Wirt (Saturn Return. Film: Motive, The Order of Things), Sets and lights will be designed by Harry Feiner, Props will be designed by Jeena Yoon. Casting by Judy Bowman.

2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Center
Through January 07, 2013 - New York

The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit by 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 11pm on January 7th, 2013.

Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 07, 2013 - Midtown

This MoMA gallery exhibition and accompanying film retrospective will be the first presentation of the Quay Brothers' work in all their fields of creative activity. Internationally renowned moving image artists and designers, the Quay Brothers were born outside Philadelphia and have worked from their London studio, Atelier Koninck, since the late 1970s. For over 30 years, they have been in the avant-garde of stop-motion puppet animation and live-action movie-making in the Eastern European tradition of filmmakers like Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Svankmajer and the Russian Yuri Norstein, and have championed a design aesthetic influenced by the graphic surrealism of Polish poster artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Beginning with their student films in 1971, the Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, and signature personal works, including The Street of Crocodiles (1986), the Stille Nacht series (1988-2008), Institute Benjamenta (1995), and In Absentia (2000). They have also designed sets and projections for opera, drama, and concert performances such as Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa (1991), Ionesco's The Chairs (Tony-nominated design, 1997), Richard Ayre's The Cricket Recovers (2005), and recent site-specific pieces based on the work of Bart?k and Kafka. In addition to their better known films, this exhibition will include never-before-seen moving image works and graphic design, drawings, and calligraphy, presenting animated and live-action films alongside installations, objects, and works on paper.

Eyes Closed/Eyes Open: Recent Acquisitions in Drawings - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 07, 2013 - Midtown

This exhibition is culled from the past two years of acquisitions by MoMA's Department of Drawings. Anchored in various explorations of the late 1960s, these works reveal a range of creative, intellectual, and critical impulses -- whether serving as an intimate record of the artist's practice, or purposefully crafted to address an assumed wider audience. German artist Franz Erhard Walther created a suite of "work drawings" to illustrate (both functionally and conceptually) his First Work Series (1963-69), a group of 58 interactive sculptural objects, on display at the Museum for the first time since their original presentation here in 1969. While roughly contemporary, Willem de Kooning's "Eyes-Closed" drawings of 1966, which were sketched blindly by the artist, offer a counterpoint to Walther's project and seem to embrace the traditional role of drawing as a tool of private expression, while Martha Rosler's Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful photomontage series of 1967-72 turns a critical eye to the era's sociopolitical context and expanding media sphere.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

'Illusion' - Able Fine Art NY Gallery
Through January 08, 2013 - New York

Able Fine Art NY Gallery is pleased to present a group show featuring the works of three diverse artists: Hisako Kobayashi, Jin-Seob Yun, and Denise Petit Caplan. Each artist’s unique style is vibrantly abstract and expressive with a strong sense of harmony, feeling, and dynamism. Hisako Kobayashi’s hard-worked colorful surfaces, reminiscent of Mark Rothko and Bruce Marden, portray an emotional and poetic process that embody harmony in the disarray of nature. Her lighter colors reflect the quality of light and achieve a feeling of translucency. Kobayashi’s abstract multi-layered paintings reflect impulses of dynamism and feeling while creating a three-dimensional accord. Jin-Seob Yun plays with vivid color by creating modern figures with color fabrics and strings that similarly illustrate various feelings and emotions but in a playful manner. Yun’s work has been described as both allegoristic and comical while addressing the clashes of desire and illusion one searches for in life. As a classically trained artist, Denise Petit Caplan uses a broad spectrum of mediums in dynamic layers to create glowing harmonious multi-media works full of color and expression. Her multicultural exposure and her career in Decorative Textiles have influenced her focus in fine art and have helped enrich her work through experience.

Stroller Strides - The Source Mall
Through January 11, 2013 - Westbury

Fitness for moms, fun for baby. Workout with your little ones in tow, while they are entertained and having fun. Moms meet other moms, make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life. Your first class is FREE. Call to register. Classes run through January 11, 2013

Scandinavian Sing-Along - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through January 12, 2013 - Midtown

Scandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children's songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann will introduce children to English versions of these songs, play musical games, and perform a selection of songs in modern, jazzy arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out. Vibe Normann is a Danish musician living in New York with a background in classical and Danish folk music. She has a special love for the Danish children's songs that she grew up with, and has performed all over the eastern United States. Normann will be accompanied by pianist Sean Wayland.

Art Exhibit and Presentation about Jamaic Bay - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2013 - Flushing

Ongoing through January 12, 2013, Queens Botanical Garden will exhibit “Fragile Beauty: Jamaica Bay Landscapes,” a photographic showcase of landscapes by Queens-based artist, Rosalie Frost. In conjunction with the exhibit, QBG will present “Jamaica Bay: Past, Present and Future,” a free lecture by Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian with the American Littoral Society, on Sunday, December 2 at 2pm. “Jamaica Bay is home to amazing diversity of wildlife and is perhaps the most important urban estuary in the nation,” explained Mr. Riepe. In his roles with the National Park Service and American Littoral Society, his knowledge of the Bay spans a 30-year time period filled with environmental advocacy and education. His presentation on December 2 will include a briefing on the state of Jamaica Bay in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The tenuous balance of nature is the inspiration for Ms. Frost’s work. “With a wildlife refuge at its heart, the Bay's seemingly pristine natural habitats of water, beach and uplands are under threat from many sources that threaten its future viability -- but these do not yet diminish the inspiration to be found here, in this place where water and land warily meet," she said. For more information about “Fragile Beauty” or Queens Botanical Garden, please contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330, or dhector@queensbotanical.org.

Big Apple Circus Presents LEGENDARIUM - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 13, 2013 -

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first-hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At the 35th season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe's Most Spectacular Circus Performers! Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It's all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through January 13, 2013 - Midtown

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is a Magic Show with a mind of its own. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, as the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces. As the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself, this out of control show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy

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