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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON APRIL 5

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by Daily Kids Events Editor April 5, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, April 5, 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 April 5. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Sleeping Beauty at Galli's Fairytale Theater - Galli's Fairytale Theater
April 05, 2014 - Midtown

A wicked fairy is upset at not being invited to a princess’s birthday celebration and casts a sleeping spell on the entire kingdom for a hundred years. Will the perfect prince come and bestow the kiss that alone can break the curse and wake the sleeping princess and the kingdom?

Working and Playing Together: a Sample Class for Parent and Child - The Studio School
April 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

To register for this sample class for parent and child, visit eventbrite.com/e/working-and-playing-together-a-sample-class-for-parent-and-child-tickets-10701551629.

Explorations in Light and Dark: Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators - Scandinavia House
April 05, 2014 - Murray Hill

In a new series of workshops, children will compare paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Vermeer with photographs from Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography to explore how the effects of light ? and dark ? have been captured and transformed in various art forms over the years. Inspired by what they?ve learned, children will then develop their own compositions using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, printmaking, and collage. Enrollment is limited; registration is strongly encouraged

Family Art Project: Living Structures - Wave Hill
April 05, 2014 - Bronx

Hear the story of a boy who creates a forest in his room. Then join visiting artist J.Q. Nelson to create your own miniature living environment, with trees growing through the floor, plants hanging from the ceiling, a garden in the kitchen, and windows and doors to let the light in. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Astrograss - Symphony Space
April 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

With unique blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music, Brooklyn-based Astrograss will have kids and their parents rocking out to sing-a-longs, dance contests, and plenty of high-energy fiddle hoedowns.

Bello Mania - The New Victory Theater
April 05, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Nock Nock. Who's there? Demetrius Alexandro Claudio Amadeus Bello Nock, the gravity-defying dude with the foot-high hair, of course! Returning to the New Vic stage (and his 44-foot sway pole) in BELLO MANIAdelivers brand new wacky antics and favorite daredevil tricks. Whether you're coming back for more or seeing it for the first time, this show is bound to be the highlight of your spring break.

HANSEL & GRETEL: The Little Orchestra - Avery Fisher Hall
April 05, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Do you think Hansel and Gretel are the innocent prey of an evil witch? Well, think again! This new production of the beloved tale, features music by Engelbert Humperdinck and a re-imagined story from the witch's perspective, written by Craig Shemin.

HANDS-ON NANO DEMOS - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
April 05, 2014 - Upper East Side

Just how small is small? Kids ages 7 and older uncover the fascinating world of nanoscience and nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities that explore the properties, structures, materials and scale of this exciting field of science. All activities require general admission to the lab.

Sid the Science Kid Live! - Tribeca Performing Arts Center
April 05, 2014 - Tribeca

In this new musical adventure based on the popular PBS Kids series, Sid and his friends set off on a day of scientific exploration, asking curious questions and discovering why things work the way they do. Full of audience participation, great music, and content based in national science learning standards, Sid the Science Kid - Live! will have your kids laughing and learning at the same time! A Target Storybook Series presentation for ages four and up.

Makers' Lab: Science & Technology Workshops: littleBits Inventions - Children's Museum of Manhattan
April 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Brainstorm an invention and use littleBits electronic blocks to make your idea come to life. Experiment with connecting batteries, light and sound sensors to your invention to see what will happen!

Recycled Puppet Theater - Children's Museum of the Arts
April 05, 2014 - Hudson Square

Using materials collected from the kitchen (the room that generates the most trash in the house) children will learn to utilize what they see thrown away on a daily basis and create unique, dynamic, and visually familiar puppets which can then be used in our puppet theater.

EXHIBITION OPENING: Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
April 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

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

Standing on a Lawn with Maira Kalman: Book Signing - MoMA Design Store
April 05, 2014 - Midtown

Renowned artist and bestselling children's book author Maira Kalman will be signing her new book, Girls Standing on Lawns. The first in a series of unique collaborations between MoMA and Kalman, Lawns combines vintage photographs from MoMA's collection, original paintings by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and poetic texts by famed author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snickett. These elements combined form a whimsical story of childhood, memories and nostalgia. Guestswill also be invited to take their own Lawns inspired pictures with one of Kalman's paintings as the backdrop. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Skyscraper Museum: LIFE IN A SKYSCRAPER - The Skyscraper Museum
April 05, 2014 - Battery Park City

Families will learn about the exhibit, SKY HIGH & the Logic of Luxury through a tour of the museum and explore how apartment life in a super-tall tower rearranges the city with vertical density. Kids will discuss the difference between residential and commercial building and create a model residential building of their own. Ages 5-9.

PEPPA PIG EVENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS - The Scholastic Store
April 05, 2014 - Soho

Get set for a fun during this free screening of several episodes of the popular kids show Peppa Pig, including the special celebration episode "My Birthday Party." Then head up to The Scholastic Store to color, play with stickers, and meet Peppa Pig! Don?t miss out, RSVP today at scholastic.com/RSVP.

The Paper Bag Players Hiccup Help! - The Kaye Playhouse
April 05, 2014 - Upper East Side

The award-winning Paper Bag Players have been keeping it simple-and simply hilarious for 55 years. To say "thank you" to their long-time (and brand new) fans, the troupe is putting on a this special performance of its newest show, THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS HICCUP HELP!—and every seat in the theater is only $10. True to the Players' theatrical tradition, Hiccup Help is guaranteed to have children not only on the edge of their seats but laughing, singing, and dancing in the aisles. This special "thank you" performance

The Paper Bag Players Hiccup Help! - The Kaye Playhouse
April 05, 2014 - Upper East Side

The award-winning Paper Bag Players have been keeping it simple-and simply hilarious for 55 years. To say "thank you" to their long-time (and brand new) fans, the troupe is putting on a this special performance of its newest show, THE PAPER BAG PLAYERS HICCUP HELP!—and every seat in the theater is only $10. True to the Players' theatrical tradition, Hiccup Help is guaranteed to have children not only on the edge of their seats but laughing, singing, and dancing in the aisles. This special "thank you" performance

Raising the Modern Baby with Pediatrician Dr. Allen Friedland - Babies R Us Union Square
April 05, 2014 - New York

This informative class is comprised of classroom learning and a store walk through that will show the proper use of products throughout the Babies R Us store! Topics include: Nutrition basics, Oral Health, Medication, Sleep, Bathing, Travel with baby. To reserve your spot email alexa.rubin@toysrus.com. Choose your time: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, or 6pm.

QING MING FAMILY FESTIVAL: CELEBRATE SPRING AT THE MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA (MOCA) - Museum of Chinese in America
April 05, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

Visitors of all ages are invited to make kites, plant seeds, play traditional Chinese games, watch a Chinese puppetry performance, and enjoy special storytelling sessions to learn about the history of Qing Ming and its customs. MOCA will present a Chinese shadow puppetry performance The Adventure of the Stone Monkey King by performing arts group, Hua Hua Visual Expressions. Participants will explore puppetry and the beloved folk tale of a monkey who saves his friends from the Demon King. For attendees who want to learn more about the history of Qing Ming, MOCA educators will explain Qing Ming traditions during interactive storytelling sessions of “The Tale of Jie Zitui.” A complete festival schedule is available on the Museum’s website.

Dance Puppet Workshop - La MaMa Theatre
April 05, 2014 - Bowery

A movement and puppet manipulation workshop for the whole family. Children make their own butterfly puppet and learn to manipulate a caterpillar puppet. Then, create their own dance as they move through the jungle of imagination! Federico Restrepo was born in Colombia and founded his company, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, at La MaMa in 1986 to expand the use of puppetry in dance theatre.

'The Little Mermaid' - The Players Theatre
April 05, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. Now her longing increases, as she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. The little mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making hard choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves. Enjoy a free family workshop one hour prior to each performance

NYC FIRST HOSTS 14TH ANNUAL ROBOTICS MEGA-COMPETITION - Jacob Javits Convention Center
April 05, 2014 - Midtown West

More than 180 NYC-area and international student teams (ages 9-18) will compete in this three-day event including a series of exciting competitions, expos, and college and career fairs.
At the high school level, custom-built robots will battle in a high-stakes, high-energy, three-on-three sports-style tournament. Elementary and middle-schoolers will put their unique robotic creations to the test against designated challenges. Tournament and award-winning teams will advance to represent the NYC region at the FIRST World Championship, April 23-26 in St. Louis.
The mega-competition features three robotics programs offered by NYC FIRST, the local nonprofit affiliate of FIRST—an international nonprofit that inspires students to get involved in science and technology and prepare them for jobs of the future. The programs introduce students at various grade levels to the thrill of hands-on robotics, research, teamwork and inquiry-based problem solving, in order to spark a lifelong passion for science and technology.
April 4-6, 9:30am-4:30pm
NYC FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – April 4-6
NYC FIRST LEGO League (FLL) – April 5
NYC Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) – April 5
For complete schedule of events, see the website.

A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling - Museum of Chinese in America
Through April 13, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: "81 Bowery," "Shut-Ins," and "Tenements."

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 21, 2014 - Bronx

A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids greets visitors in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden. Throughout the exhibition, varied events and activities capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through live weekend music, a curated poetry walk, Orchid Evenings, and more. During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, who is President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K. Eaton. Immerse yourself in an effusion of orchids blooming among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches.

EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona

Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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