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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON AUGUST 9

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by Daily Kids Events Editor

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

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, August 9, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 9. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Summer Enrichment for Children Ages 3 - 5 - All About Kids
Through August 17, 2012 - Plainview

Summer Enrichment for children Ages 3-5. Fun filled 6 wk programs designed to build specific developmental skills.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through December 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

LIBATION - SULLIVAN ROOM
August 09, 2012 - nyc

Acclaimed music historian Tim Lawrence, author of Loves Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, calls New York dance party LIBATION a "special, intimate and friendly" party where "the focus is completely on the dancers and the dance floor." He goes on to praise it as "one of the few places in New York where the sonically and socially progressive lineage that began with the Loft and carried on at parties such as the Gallery, the Paradise Garage, the Underground Network and Body & Soul lives on." THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2012 IAN FRIDAY & MANCHILDBLACK/HYPE LIFE MUSIC Present LIBATION (The Global Soul Experience) w/IAN FRIDAY (Global Soul Music) Special Guest: MASTER KEV (MKTL/Underground Collective) Hosted by AFRO MOSAIC SOUL @ SULLIVAN ROOM 218 Sullivan Street (Bet. West 3rd & Bleecker) NYC 10:00pm-4am $10 before 11pm/$15 after

Summer Program - Disney Week - Cupcake Corner Too!
August 09, 2012 - Garden City

Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel (Tangled), Jasmine, and Mulan will be on hand while kids decorate treasure chests, Chinese fans, and more. Each session includes at least one fun project per day plus a full nutritious lunch, dancing, outdoor games, and a snack. Call for more information about sibling and multiple session discounts.

ZEPHYR Happy Hour Cruise - Circle Line Downtown
August 09, 2012 - New York

Experience Happy Hour in glittering style! Cruise along New York Harbor aboard the luxurious ZEPHYR yacht and enjoy a Happy Hour like never before. Straight up or on the rocks, every drink is on the water! It's the hottest way to cool down! Enjoy: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise; Live DJs; 2 Cash Bars; Drink Specials; Sun Deck; Two Fully Enclosed, Climate-Controlled Decks; Breathtaking Views of the Skyline at Sunset. Thursdays & Fridays, departs 6:30pm, Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. $25. Must be 21 or older, with valid ID.

From a Child's Perspective - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
August 09, 2012 - Tarrytown

Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and explore the home of Washington Irving through a child's eyes. Play games, hear stories, race through a scavenger hunt, and participate in hands-on-activities and crafts. Explore Sunnyside as a family home, specially set with period toys and children's clothing, and bring a picnic to enjoy a full day in the life of the estate's youngest residents. Five days through August 30.

2012 Open Air Family Music Series: Music from Around the Globe - Greenburgh Nature Center
August 09, 2012 - Scarsdale

A lovely summer evening at the Nature Center with Australian-inspired music, perfect for the whole family. Walk the Nature Center's woodland trails, meet some of the Center's most popular animals, enjoy a picnic dinner, or just sit back on the Great Lawn and enjoy the music. Register online or at the event. Tonight: Australian-inspired music.

Summer in the Square - Union Square Park
Through August 09, 2012 - Union Square

Summer in the Square is Union Square Partnership's free weekly entertainment and programming series. Running every Thursday from June 14 - August 9 in Union Square Park, the series offers a vibrant mixture of activities for everybody. This season, the popular physical fitness series Fitness in the Square is back, starting with intensive boot camp by Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp at 7am, followed by two new special fitness classes at 8am and 9am from Clay Fitness and Mommy and Me Yoga classes in the playground at 10am, hosted by Bija Kids. Children's programming begins at 12pm and includes family-focused, music, dancing, and activities. Finally, each Thursday will close with free salsa, zumba, and hip hop classes at 6pm by Peridance Capezio Center. With such a wonderful, wide range of programs, Summer in the Square has something fun for everyone.  So leave your Thursdays open this summer!

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
August 09, 2012 - Stony Point

Bring your favorite toddler for storytime with picture books, Mother Goose rhymes, finger plays, movement with music, a themed coloring sheet, and bubbles. Each Thursday through August 16. Pre-registration required.

Twilight Tours - Prospect Park Audubon Center
August 09, 2012 - Flatbush

Hire a sitter and spend a warm weather evening in Prospect Park. Start the soiree with wine and cheese on the Audubon Boathouse balcony, then tour the Park's majestic Lullwater on its electric boat. Afterward, take an evening Bat Tour walk led by an Audubon Naturalist. Reservations are required. Call (718) 287-3400, ext. 303.

Summer Art Adventures - Grace Lin Illustrations Workshop - Katonah Museum of Art
August 09, 2012 - Katonah

Students ages 6-12 can create an original picture book illustrated with patterns, paint, and wild colors. Pre-paid registration required. Please bring a lunch.

New York Junior Tennis League's Kids' Day Parade - Crotona Park
August 09, 2012 - Bronx

Two thousand kids from NYJTL's spring/summer tennis programs gather in a banner parade to take part in a day filled with carnival activities, tennis clinics, health and fitness drills, live music and performances, and of course, the opportunity to see professional tennis players who will be competing in this year's US Open Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Tarantula Tales - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
August 09, 2012 - Stamford

Join the center's staff for an exploration of the lives of spiders. Listen to favorite stories about arachnids, then complete a take home craft worthy of these eight-legged critters.

The Trees of Mashantucket - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
August 09, 2012 - Mashantucket

Spend the day learning how to accurately identify local trees of Mashantucket. Take a tree identification booklet on a learning adventure locating and identifying trees along a clearly marked path. Find all 10 trees and head back to the Farmstead to check your answers.

Pinkalicious - BroadHollow at Elmont
August 09, 2012 - Elmont

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Soon she comes down with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when things get out of hand, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.

Mad Sq. Kids: Father Goose - Oval Lawn, Madison Square Park
August 09, 2012 - Gramercy

Madison Square Park Conservancy presents its 10th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am, June 12 to Aug. 9. Father Goose will take you on a musical flight through different cultures with an energetic mix of reggae, hip hop, funk, folktales, and other Caribbean flavors. This season closer promises to have the entire family dancing.

Preschool Storytime - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Garnerville

Toddlers ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is required. Thursday mornings through August 9.

Tales & Tunes - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Garnerville

Walkers up to 36 months and their favorite adult are invited for stories, fingerplays, songs, and bubbles! Pre-registration is required. Thursday afternoons through August 9.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Garnerville

Children ages 2-7 are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, and more in Spanish and English. Pre-registration is required. Thursday evenings through August 30.

O.A.R. - Jones Beach
August 09, 2012 - Wantagh

O.A.R. {of a revolution} / Rebelution Summer Crush Doors 6:00 pm

Teen Pizza and Movie - Floral Park Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Floral Park

Meet other young people at this movie event for teens. Grades 6-12. Pizza provided. Call for additional information.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 09, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

Movie Night: "Happy Feet 2" - Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park
August 09, 2012 - East Meadow

Families are given the opportunity to experience watching family-friendly movies together.

Pop In Play-Family Jump Time - Pump It Up
August 09, 2012 - Plainview

Come play on giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time. Share quality family time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping. Meet other families and make new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment.

Twilight Tours - Prospect Park Audubon Center
August 09, 2012 - Flatbush

Hire a sitter and spend a warm weather evening in Prospect Park. Start the soiree with wine and cheese on the Audubon Boathouse balcony, then tour the Park's majestic Lullwater on its electric boat. Afterward, take an evening Bat Tour walk led by an Audubon Naturalist. Reservations are required. Call (718) 287-3400, ext. 303.

Open Bounce - BounceU-Farmingdale
August 09, 2012 - Farmingdale

You don't need a special occasion to get your BOUNCE on. Everyone will love this great form of play and exercise.

The Fuzzy Lemons - Albee Square on Fulton Mall
August 09, 2012 - Downtown Brooklyn

The beloved Fuzzy Lemons bring their sunny kids pop to the Fulton Mall!

Story Hour with Miss Kathy! - Little Joe's Books
August 09, 2012 - Katonah

Miss Kathy charms children each Thursday with the best stories under Little Joe's Books' roof. Great for ages 3 and older.

Family Movie - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Garnerville

Families an come in and enjoy a movie and free popcorn.

The Statue of Liberty Summer Evening Series - Battery Park
August 09, 2012 - New York

The Statue of Liberty Summer Evening Seriies gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the Statue of Liberty on Thursday evenings without the crowds. Park rangers provide free guided tours starting at the Liberty Island Flagpole, directly forward of the ferry dock. This event will occur every Thursday during the summer. Free for children under 12!

Family Game Night - Chappaqua Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Chappaqua

Try the library's board games, or bring your own. For children entering K-4th grade, with adults. Registration required.

Summer Stage Kids - Jazz Reach - Queensbridge Park
August 09, 2012 - Long Island City

Metta Quintent's Get Hip!: a fun interactive introduction to jazz that illuminates the art form's cultural origins, improvisation and creative expression.

Puppets In The Park: 'Bessie's Big Shot' - Alley Pond Park
August 09, 2012 - Douglaston

Kids may enjoy this original story of an independant cow making her way through life, following her dreams. Bring a low chair or blanket.

SHSAT Math Preparation Classes - McGoldrick Library
August 09, 2012 - Flushing

Need extra help on the math section of the NYC Specialized High School Admissions Test? Students in grades 6 through 8 may take part in this 8-session workshop led by an experienced math coach. Students must attend all sessions and pre-registration is required.

Eat Smart New York - Ossining Public Library
August 09, 2012 - Ossining

For parents (includes activities for children during workshop). Free nutrition and food series, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Includes healthy recipe tasting. In the Children's Program Room. Advanced registration required.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Eastern Parkway branch
August 09, 2012 - Crown Heights

Children, 18-36 months, enjoy stories and playtime.

Lanyards and Friendship Bracelets - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek branch
August 09, 2012 - East New York

Make a lanyard and friendship bracelet to affirm your friendships.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament - Flushing Library
August 09, 2012 - Flushing

Register in advance and bring your own deck of cards to compete for the championship title. Winner receives a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh card. Official cards only. Japanese versions are not allowed.

A Reptile 'Edventure' with Erik Callender - Forest Hills Library
August 09, 2012 - Forest Hills

Children ages 6 and up can join Eric Callender in a fun-filled educational experience. See, touch and learn about some of the world's most fascinating creatures.

Hunger Games Thursday - Pomonok Library
August 09, 2012 - Flushing

Teens may enjoy an afternoon of activities, crafts, and movie trivia with the Hunger Games theme at this event.

Teen Space Summer Fun-Scrapbooking Workshop - Windsor Park Library
August 09, 2012 - Bayside

Teens and tweens can bring photos, mementos, and their imagination to this scrapbooking workshop where they can create a unqiue scrapbook from a variety of materials.

SummerStarz Music and Movie at East River State Park - East River State Park
August 09, 2012 - Williamsburg

Enjoy arts and crafts, games, and a free live music performance by The Rockdoves. A screening of WALL-E follows the show.

STORY TIME UNDER THE APPLIE TREE AT LONGSHORE - Evan Harding Point - Longshore
August 09, 2012 - Westport

Meet at Evan Harding Point. No Westport beach sticker needed. See westportlibrary.org for directions. Rain cancels the program.

Gardening at Steinway Library - Steinway Library
August 09, 2012 - Astoria

Help beautify the community. Bring your family every Tuesday and Thursday to help plant and water the garden which filled with lots of luscious flowers, plants and vegetables. In case of rain, gardening activities will take place in meeting room. No registration needed.

NYC Compost Project- I Heart Worms - Queens Bontanical Garden
August 09, 2012 - Flushing

Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult) to the life of indoor composting worms. Make compost cookies for your plants. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! Registration required.

Ring Ring String Telephone - Brooklyn Children's Museum
August 09, 2012 - Crown Heights

Kids 4 and older examine a model of Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone, learning how it worked, and then make their own paper cup telephone to transmit secret messages!

R&B Festival at MetroTech: Aloe Blacc - MetroTech Commons
August 09, 2012 - Downtown Brooklyn

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Aloe Blacc is a neo-soul artist whose work touches on many influences. He's best known for his punchy single "I Need a Dollar," which was featured as the theme of the HBO series "How to Make It In America."

La Dee Da Launch Party in Times Square! - Times Square
August 09, 2012 - New York City

Spin Master Ltd, one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, is launching their new fashion doll line - La Dee Da - on Thursday, August 9 from 10am-2pm. Spin Master wants to invite kids and their parents to attend the event. Come on out and enjoy: - Face Painting - Photo Ops - DJ - Cotton Candy - Craft Activities - Raffles - Give-A-Ways

Atlatl Demonstration - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through August 09, 2012 - Mashantucket

With a long history as the preferred method for hunting everything from megafauna to birds, the atlatl sends a projectile through the air at remarkable speeds with uncanny accuracy. Join museum staff as they demonstrate some of the various designs and techniques in the construction and use of these tools.

St. George Film Series: Field of Dreams - Richmond County Bank Ballpark
August 09, 2012 - Staten Island

If you build it, they will come: such is the lesson learned by Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) in this Oscar-nominated baseball fable.

Welcome to Pine Hill - Fort Greene Park
August 09, 2012 - Brooklyn

In an inspiring movie that plays to older kids and adults, a recently reformed drug dealer receives earth- shattering news that compels him to make peace with his past and search for freedom beyond the concrete jungle of New York.

Animal Tales - Beardsley Zoo
August 09, 2012 - Bridgeport

Families with children under age 6 enjoy story time, a special craft and an animal encounter. The class takes place Monday-Friday through Aug. 17.

Ballet NY 2012 Season - The Ailey Citigroup Theater
August 09, 2012 - Hell's Kitchen

Ballet NY presents its 2012 season, including the world premiere of "Trois Mouvements" by artistic director Medhi Bahiriand and the company premiere of emerging choreographer John-Mark Owen's "Triptych," from Aug. 9-11, 2012 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St. Tickets available at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444. "Trois Mouvements," a ballet for seven dancers (four women and three men), is set to the Concerto/Konzert Op. IX N?2 for Oboe and Orchestra by Tomaso Albinoni. "Triptych" is set to music by H. F. Biber and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The program will also include a work-in-progress presentation of "In the Garden of Souls," choreographed by Mr. Bahiri to music recorded by Azam Ali (vocal) and Greg Ellis (percussion) of the group Vas and a mixture of Middle Eastern, Indian, and Far Eastern compositions. An encore of Agnes DeMille's duet from "The Other" will also be on the program. Dancers include Amy Brandt, Kelsey Coventry, Michael Eaton, Fidel Garcia, Katie Gibson, Jennifer Goodman, Jason Jordan, Luke Manley, and Nadezhda Vostrikov. Founded in 1997 by former New York City Ballet principal ballerina Judith Fugate and international guest artist Medhi Bahiri, Ballet NY is a company of accomplished principal and soloist dancers, whose mission is to offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create new works for those dancers. The company is committed to keeping ticket prices affordable in an effort to attract, cultivate, and educate new audiences for dance. The company has performed in New York City at The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, Marymount Manhattan College, The Miller Theater, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, around the country and in Mexico and Canada. For more information, visit balletny.org. Medhi Bahiri (co-artistic director, Ballet NY) brings a wide and diverse background in dance to his position. He was principal dancer with Ballet West and Boston Ballet, and a member of Maurice Bejart's Twentieth Century Ballet. As principal guest artist, he has appeared with Ballet National de Mexico, Ballet de Santiago, Chile, Universal Ballet of Korea, Ballet du Louvre, Tulsa Ballet, and Ballet Philippines. Touring in the United States and Europe, his partners have included: Cynthia Gregory, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Valentina Kozlova, Cheryl Yeager, Evelyn Cisneros, Marie-Christine Mouis, Christine Spizzo, Christina Fagundes and Laura Young, among others. Mr. Bahiri won the First Prize of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition, and was recognized for his outstanding artistic achievement and original style at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. As a non-competitor, he was distinguished as Best Partner at the Jackson and Tokyo ballet competitions.

OWN THE NIGHT: Teen Summer Reading Book Discussion - Westport Library
August 09, 2012 - Westport

Discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, about a Welsh island with bizarre tales from an abandoned orphanage. Books available at Circulation Desk.

TEEN ZOMBIE CLUB - Westport Library
August 09, 2012 - Westport

Join the Zombie Club for zombie games, movies and other zombie-related activities. For middle school and up. Register online.

Outdoor Movies - Forest Park-George Seuffert Bandshell
August 09, 2012 -

Families may enjoy this screening of Stayin Alive, a musical tribute to the Bee Gees.

Movies Under the Stars - Cunningham Park
August 09, 2012 - Fresh Meadows

Families may enjoy a night under the stars at this screening of Captain America, the First Avenger. Come early and bring your own chairs and blankets. Free popcorn.

Films in Tompkins: The Big Lebowski - Tompkins Square Park
August 09, 2012 - East Village

HOWL! Arts, Inc., producer of the HOWL! Festival and other events designed to highlight the energy and imagination of the East Village creative community, presents Films in Tompkins, a series of Thursday evening screenings in Tompkins Square Park marrying film and live music. This week features "The Big Lebowski" with music by Main Squeeze Orchestra. Dedicated to serving the community and nurturing creativity, the Films in Tompkins showcases the rich artistic diversity of the East Village and engages and incites people to connect with the arts and each other. All events are free and feature live music. HOWL Arts, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization inspired by the late poet-philosopher Allen Ginsberg, a lifelong spokesperson for peace, justice, and freedom of expression.

Embossed Metal Tins for Teens - Wilton Library
August 09, 2012 - Wilton

Teens will use aluminum tape to emboss the lid of a mint tin, then decorate the sides with buttons, fabric, and paper. Use it to hold small items or coins, or give as a gift. For teens entering grades 6-12. Registration required.

Book Buzz Jr. Grades 1-2 - Wilton Library
August 09, 2012 - Wilton

Children entering grades 1-2 are invited to join in this summer book club. Kids should bring a book or two that they have read to discuss with others. A few activities will be included. Snacks will also be provided. The librarians will also talk about some of their favorite summer reads. No registration required.

Book Buzz Jr. Grades 3-5 - Wilton Library
August 09, 2012 - Wilton

Children entering grades 3-5 are invited to join in this summer book club. Kids should bring a book or two that they have read to discuss with others. A few activities will be included. Snacks will also be provided. The librarians will also talk about some of their favorite summer reads. No registration required.

Syfy Movies with a View: Barefoot in the Park - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
August 09, 2012 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Young Robert Redford and Jane Fonda portray newlyweds Paul and Corrie Bratter. Watch as their very different takes on life (he likes his work, she likes to party) affect their very passionate relationship in this uproarious comic sendup of the marital institution.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
August 09, 2012 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

Pre-School Summer Drop-In Days - Great Neck Arts Center
August 09, 2012 - Great Neck

Need some Mommy time? At the Great Neck Arts Center there's a place where your child can play, create, and have fun while you enjoy a few hours of lunching, shopping or just plain relaxing. Drop-in is offered on Thursdays.

Free Infant Massage Class - New York Open Center
August 09, 2012 - Murray Hill

Free three-day class in infant massage for parents with babies younger than one year old. Studies have shown that infant massage can help babies sleep better, relax, and improve their digestion and elimination. Mothers who massage their baby find they have more connection with their babies and experience less depression. Come all three days to learn the benefits of infant massage, how to massage your baby, and meet other families with babies younger than one year old. The class is led by Infant Massage USA Trainer, Jody Wright, CLC, CEIM, IAIMIT, and is part of a four-day Infant Massage Certification Training at the New York Open Center. Register by calling or texting 413-478-1241.

Elle Varner - Highline Ballroom
August 09, 2012 -

Elle Varner, born of two published songwriters, spent most of her childhood sleeping on studio couches, running around green rooms, and watching her parents struggle to make a name in the industry. Currently, Elle Varner is signed to MBK/J Records, a team that recognizes her many talents; from her unique voice complimented by her guitar strum to her potential of becoming one of music's greatest songwriters. A little girl whose deepest comfort was once found in the vibration of the human voice will soon be comforting this world with her highly anticipated debut album.

Outdoor Concert-Linda Ipanema - Rock Hall Museum
August 09, 2012 - Lawrence

The talented Linda Ipanema stages a Rosemary Clooney tribute.

Shakespeare In The Park-Hamlet - Fort Totten Park
August 09, 2012 - Bayside

This family-friendly production presented by the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, is for lovers of Shakespeare and for those experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. In this revenge tragedy, a young prince is haunted by his murdered father's ghost and driven to edge of madness as he grapples to answer the question: to be king, or not to be king. Bring a blanket or low chair and picnic fare.

Rockland Boulders v.s. The Jackals - Provident Bank Park
August 09, 2012 - Pomona

As part of Provident Pay Day, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will win at least $1 as a part of $1,197 to be distributed. Costumed actors from The New York Renaissance Faire will be walking around to say hi. And the evening ends with a Fireworks Extravaganza.

"Remembering Whitney - A Birthday Tribute" HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Sings WHITNEY HOUSTON - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 09, 2012 - New York

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir celebrates the loving spirit of Whitney Houston on her birthday with a performance of her joyous and uplifting songs. The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir is the most renowned gospel choir in America and a preeminent gospel choir worldwide. It travels the globe, sharing the joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children's charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem's Black Churches and the New York/Tri-State area.

Musical: "The Boy Friend" - The Play Group Theatre
August 09, 2012 - White Plains

The Jazz Age lives on in a light romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy. Sandy Wilson's musical parodies the lightweight, frivolous baubles that filled theaters during this decadent decade - complete with a gaggle of giggling girls making their way through Madamme Dubonnet's finishing school and hoping to discover the boy friend of their dreams. With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the Charleston, of course) and winning sense of humor, The Boy Friend is a sparkling, fast moving, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp.

Let's Have a Beach Party! - What's Cooking?
August 09, 2012 - Oyster Bay

Calling all kids. Sign up for this funtastic cooking camp. Hands-on nutritious and delicious cooking, baking, and creative crafts. "Sand and Sun" and lots of fun with smoothies, pigs-in-a-blanket, sliders, and sand cups. Limited enrollment.

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals' Fourth Annual Summer Event - Trading Floor of the New York Stock Exchange
August 09, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

The Autism Speaks to Young Professionals' Fourth Annual Summer Event for an evening of cocktails, music, and hors d'oeuvres to raise awareness and funds on behalf of individuals living with autism, which now affects 1 in 88 children in the US. Last year's affair drew more than 900 guests. Regular admission tickets are $80 and tickets including an opportunity to take a photo on the NYSE bell podium are $100. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

54/10 Music Marathon: Sam McTavey, Heather Christian, Jaggery - Ars Nova
August 09, 2012 - New York

54/10 MUSIC MARATHON The Best Music You've Never Heard August 1 - 11, 2012 Doors @ 7:30 Show @ 8:00 Ars Nova gets loud with its third annual summer music marathon, featuring two weeks of dynamic, up-and-coming bands that will surprise, shock and rock you! Thursday, August 9 Schedule: Sam McTavey (www.sammctavey.bandcamp.com) Heather Christian (www.heatherchristian.com) Jaggery (www.jaggery.org) Drink Specials from 7:30 - 8:00 Full Bar All Night $10 Advance | $15 Door $5 BEFORE 8/1! FOR TIX, INFO & TO SAMPLE SOME MUSIC: www.arsnovanyc.com/5410/schedule/august9/

54/10 Music Marathon: Mike Brun, Shaina Taub, Miko & the Musket - Ars Nova
August 09, 2012 - New York

54/10 MUSIC MARATHON The Best Music You've Never Heard August 1 - 11, 2012 Doors @ 7:30 Show @ 8:00 Ars Nova gets loud with its third annual summer music marathon, featuring two weeks of dynamic, up-and-coming bands that will surprise, shock and rock you! Friday, August 10 Schedule: Mike Brun’s Caravan (www.soundcloud.com/mikebrun) Shaina Taub (www.shainataub.com) Miko & the Musket (www.mikoandthemusket.com) Drink Specials from 7:30 - 8:00 Full Bar All Night $10 Advance | $15 Door $5 BEFORE 8/1! FOR TIX, INFO & TO SAMPLE SOME MUSIC: www.arsnovanyc.com/5410/schedule/august10/

SUNSET JAZZ SUMMER SERIES: Hastings Jazz Collective - Lyndhurst
August 09, 2012 - Tarrytown

Bring a blanket or low-profile lawn chairs to the West Lawn overlooking the Hudson and enjoy your own picnic, or purchase one on-site. In the event of rain, concert will be under the tent in the Carriage House Courtyard. Tonight: Hastings Jazz Collective.

St. Gregory's Theatre Group presents Big-The Musical - Gregorian Hall
August 09, 2012 - Bellerose

This witty story features a frustrated adolescent boy who wishes he were "big" and wakes up the next morning as a 30-year-old man. Follow this hilarious musical as the boy discovers there's more to adulthood than meets the eye. Reserve tickets at 718-989-2451 or [email protected] There is a $2 surcharge for unreserved tickets.

High Line Teen Picks: 'Real Steel' - High Line
August 09, 2012 - West Village

Friends of the High Line presents High Line Teen Picks, the park's first-ever free set of summer movie screenings curated exclusively by teens living near the High Line in West Chelsea, that feature underdog characters who overcome challenges and obstacles to realize their dreams, which will screen in the 14th Street Passage located on the High Line at W. 14th St. "Real Steel" and "Freedom Writers" will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 9th and Thursday, Aug. 16th, 7-9pm. Screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Both films are rated PG-13.

POGO 08/09/12 – the Rock n’ Roll Dance Extravaganza with DJ Miss Guy - Hotel Chantelle
August 09, 2012 - New York

POGO 08/09/12 – the Rock n’ Roll Dance Extravaganza with DJ Miss Guy Thursday, August 9th Join DJs MISS GUY, MICHAEL CAVADIAS, CAROL SHARKS, PRINCE TERRENCE for the SUMMERTIME-SUMMERTIME-SUM-SUM-SUMMERTIME-PARTY-OF-THE-YEAR POGO!!! In the BASEMENT of the famed HOTEL CHANTELLE, 92 Ludlow St. NYC 10002 Email [email protected] and say Miss Guy at the door for entry!!! With your hosts for August 9TH Darian Darling, Santiago Felipe, James Coppola, Fiona Silver, Joce, and Eddy With guest hosts Tangerine Jones, Deryck Todd, and Joey Israel Put on your dancing shoes and GO-GO to POGO The party starts at 11PM!!!

Summer Program - Disney Week - Cupcake Corner Too!
Through August 10, 2012 - Garden City

Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel (Tangled), Jasmine, and Mulan will be joining the fun while kids decorate treasure chests, Chinese fans, and more. Each session includes at least one fun project per day plus a full nutritious lunch, dancing, outdoor games, and a snack.

Summer Camp at the Museum - New York City Police Museum
Through August 10, 2012 -

Children will explore the cultural institutions of Lower Manhattan, learn about Police and how they do their job and participate in science, engineering and arts activities. Register at www.nycpm.org. Full-week sessions for ages 5-10. 9:30am-4pm each day (before and after care available).

Faculty and Student Showcase - Pelham Art Center
Through August 10, 2012 - Pelham

An annual exhibit featuring selected artworks in a variety of mediums by the Art Center's teachers and students. On view through August 10. A free art workshop for all ages will be offered during the opening reception, Friday, July 13, 6:30-8pm.

Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE - Beardsley Zoo
Through August 10, 2012 - Bridgeport

Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props and blends music, comedy, and education to create fast paced, interactive shows that teach and inspire young people. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along with Rowlands on stage as he shares his self- penned songs about animals and their environment.

Solitude in New York City - Philippine Center
Through August 10, 2012 - New York

An HDR photography exhibit by Virgelio Carpio. Opening reception: July 30, 2012 @ 6:30pm Philippine Center 556 Fifth Avenue bet. 45th & 46th Streets New York, NY 10036 (212)575-4774

Camp Bedford - Bedford Community Church
Through August 10, 2012 - Bedford Hills

At Camp Bedford, kids imagine what it would be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles, and reach for the stars. The Bible comes to life in powerful ways as kids explore why nothing is impossible with God. This event open to all children entering grades 1-5. Register online at bedfordcommunitychurch.org. For more information, call 914-666-5384 or e-mail the children's ministry at [email protected] Camp CDs, T-shirts, and hot dog lunches will be available for purchase.

Pilobolus - Joyce Theater
Through August 11, 2012 -

A fungus that grew into an international dance phenomenon, Pilobolus performs a season full of "stunning physical feats and visual surprises, a peek or two into the crannies of the heart, and lots of humor, both awful and sublime." (The New York Times). Highlights include premieres created in collaboration with Michael Moschen and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, two artists whose work takes the very definition of dance to new frontiers. The collaboration with physicist, juggler, dancer Moschen unites the underlying spirit of Pilobolus's work--support, humanity, connection—with an artist similarly fascinated with the emotional and physical properties governing human interaction. And the collaboration with Cherkaoui, a "bright young star of contemporary European dance," (Los Angeles Times), equally promises to defy the established boundaries of visual and kinetic artistry. Sandwiched in between are audience favorites gleaned from Pilobolus' repertory, a bag of tricks embracing forty-one years of fun.

Fish Tales Around Westchester - ArtsWestchester
Through August 11, 2012 - White Plains

Featuring 18 artists, "Fish Tales Around Westchester" transforms ArtsWestchester's gallery into a stimulating fantasy sea environment where guests, including children, are encouraged to participate in art-making and role-playing workshops. The exhibition will help guests to explore the Hudson River's abundant past and better understand mankind's impact on its future. Through August 11.

Teen Summer Reading Program - Wilton Library
Through August 11, 2012 - Wilton

Teens entering grades 7 through 12 can sign up for the summer reading program. Each week, kids can come in, record their books they have read and enter their names into a weekly raffle. Kids can fill in more information to get a 2nd raffle ticket. Kids participating in 4 of the 7 weeks are eligible for the grand prize. Check out upcoming events in July and August on the website.

P.S. Art 2012 - Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 11, 2012 -

This year marks the tenth anniversary of P.S. Art, an annual juried exhibition of talented young artists from New York City's public schools. This selection showcases the creativity of seventy-six K through 12 students from all five boroughs and includes paintings, prints, sculptures, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings. Each piece represents a unique expression of imagination and ability.

Hide-Tanning Demonstration - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through August 11, 2012 - Mashantucket

See an ongoing demonstration of Native American hide tanning and catch Curator Steve Cook as he cleans, stretches, scrapes, and tans a deer hide using traditional tools and methods.

TEAM REFUEL CAPTAIN SARAH REINERSTEN TO COMPETE IN FIRST-EVER IRONMAN U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP - Pier 92
Through August 11, 2012 - New York

TEAM REFUEL CAPTAIN SARAH REINERSTEN TO COMPETE IN FIRST-EVER IRONMAN U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP WHAT: Amazing Race Alumna and first female amputee Sarah Reinersten is competing in the first-ever Ironman U.S. Championship! While in town, Sarah will be participating in a Q&A with Ironman Sports Dietitian Dr. Penny Wilson at the Ironman Expo on Thursday, August 9. Participants that attend the Q&A session with Dr. Penny Wilson and Sarah Reinersten can learn tips on proper nutrition, how to prepare for the big race and how to recover after. Athletes who stop by the expo will also have the chance to join Sarah Reinersten on Team REFUEL and win: • $500 in sponsorship money • Top notch training gear • Paid trip to race in Europe • Chance to star in a national “got chocolate milk?”™ ad EXPO DAY DETAILS: Location: Pier 92 (711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019) Date/Time: August 8 from 12pm – 8pm, August 9 from 10am – 6pm, August 10 from 10am – 6pm Q&A SESSION DETAILS: Location: Ironman Stage at Pier 92 (711 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10019) Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 2:00pm FINISH LINE DETAILS: Location: Riverside Park (Riverside Drive at West 83rd Street) Date/Time: Saturday, August 11 (6:30am – midnight) Farmland Dairies, Hershey’s, Nesquik, Shamrock Farms and Tuscan Dairy will be providing 4,000 samples of ice cold chocolate milk to all the finishing athletes. So make sure you swing by the finish line after the race to refuel! FOR MORE INFORMATION: Twitter: Follow us @GotChocoMilk Facebook: “Like” us at Facebook.com/GotChocolateMilk Online: www.gotchocolatemilk.com

Lincoln Center Out of Doors - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 12, 2012 -

This NYC summer favorite offers more than 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center. More than ten premieres and debuts highlight the three weeks, which have a strong streak of soul, funk and R&B running through them, with generous helpings of jazz, gospel, and star turns by giants of their genres and great contemporary dance. (7/25-8/12): Nile Rodgers & The CHIC Organization (7/25); Polyglot Theatre: Tangle (7/26-29); G.R.U.B.B. (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats) & The Stooges Brass Band (7/26); Los Irreales de Ondatripica presented by Quantic and Frente Cumbiero featuring: Michi Sarmiento, Alfredito Linares, Pedro Ramay Beltran, Markitos Micolta, & Wilson Viveros; Wil-Dog el Gavachillo featuring Banda Sol de Santa Cruz (7/27); Family Day - Polyglot Theatre: Tangle; Chinese American Arts Council Acrobatic Group: From Chinatown with Love; Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (7/28); Istanbulive presents Selda Bagcan, Ilhan Ersahin's Wonderland featuring Senlendirici, The Secret Trio (7/28); 'OurLand': Celebrating Irish Culture in America!, The Music, The Bards, The Magic, The Auld Triangle, Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue! (7/29); Yemen Blues, Khaira Arby, UkanDanZ (8/1); The Bad Plus: On Sacred Ground, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble (8/2); Phil Kline's dreamcitynine (8/3); Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Group (8/3); Kimmo Pohjonen & Helsinki Nelson: Accordion Wrestling (8/3-4); Heidi Latsky Dance: GIMP (8/4); Heritage Sunday - Ayiti Rasanble! featuring Kongo, Peniel Guerrier, La Troupe Makandal, and Raram (8/5); La Caras Linda de Mi Gente Negra-Homenja a Tite Curet Alonso featuring Grupo Esencia and Viento de Agua with special guest Lalo Rodriguez (8/5); Dr. L. Subramaniam-Global Fusion with Kavita Krishnamurthi Subramaniam, Ambi Subramaniam, and Corky Siegel, The Alaev Family (8/8); ! ! !, Lenny Williams (8/9); Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company (8/10); La Casita (8/11-12); 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival (8/11-12).

Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

Beyond Planet Earth launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper and deeper into our own solar system, and what they might reveal. Understand why geologists are so interested in specimens from moons and other planets and what we can learn from them. And explore some possible spectacular missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, or traveling to Mars - and perhaps even establishing colonies there. Is it possible within our lifetime? Will we discover evidence of life, past or present, on another planet? Find out what experts think the future will hold for us beyond planet Earth. Gallery 3, third floor

"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized recreation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper into our own solar system and what they might reveal. And explore some possible missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, and even establishing colonies on Mars.

The Games: The Science of Sport - The Bruce Museum
Through August 12, 2012 - Greenwich

This interactive exhibition about the Olympics features SuperBodies, a cutting-edge 3D animation and original video production presented in both a big screen video and mobile app game formats. Also featured is hands-on exploratory stations and athletic gear including boxing gloves, javelins, and timing and other devices that record participants' strength and reaction times. Also on view will be pins and collector memorabilia from past Olympic Games.

'Out of Doors' - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 12, 2012 - Lincoln Center

This NYC summer favorite offers more than 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center. More than ten premieres and debuts highlight the three weeks, which have a strong streak of soul, funk and R&B running through them, with generous helpings of jazz, gospel, and star turns by giants of their genres and great contemporary dance.

PS Art 2012: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Works of art by 76 of New York City public schools' most talented students in grades K through 12 will be displayed in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for two months this summer through P.S. Art, a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc. P.S. Art is celebrating its tenth year. The juried exhibition P.S. Art 2012: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids will open for special viewing by the public beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 12, for participants in the Museum Mile Festival, and will remain on view through Aug. 12. The annual P.S. Art competition fully integrates all public school students in K through the 12th grade. The works in this year's exhibition were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experience: students having special needs are represented, as are those enrolled in advanced placement art classes. The exhibition shows how student creativity, artistic ability, and subject matter evolve in the journey from childhood to adulthood. The works in the P.S. Art 2012 exhibition were chosen from 786 submissions citywide. A jury comprised of members of the art community, including staff from the Met, made the final selection. All of the works in the exhibition will also be featured on the metmuseum.org.

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 12, 2012 -

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin features fifteen iconic works by nineteenth-century French master Auguste Rodin, selected from the Museum's collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone and shown alongside eight of her own large-scale porcelain sculptures. The exhibition, Kneebone's first major museum presentation, will highlight the artists' shared interest in the representation of mourning, ecstasy, death, and vitality in figurative sculpture. The pairing also offers a visual comparison of the two sculptors' materials and processes. Kneebone's intricately wrought artworks, simultaneously pristine and agitated, contain allusions to Michelangelo, Gianlorenzo Bernini, and Louise Bourgeois. Integrating recognizable human forms with odd mutations, they provide a stark contrast to Rodin's dark, more-concrete, yet equally animated bronzes. Whereas Rodin cast his sculpture, Kneebone creates unique artworks that she fires in a small kiln in her studio, often in sections to be assembled later. The centerpiece of the exhibition, The Descent (2008), is Kneebone's largest work to date. It was inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, as was Rodin's masterpiece The Gates of Hell (1880–1917). The London-based Kneebone was born in 1973 in Oxfordshire, England, and Rodin (1840–1917) was born in Paris. Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin was organized by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum. This exhibition is made possible by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, with additional support provided by Lisa and Dick Cashin.

Industry.Cinema: An Installation by Caroline Martel - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 12, 2012 -

Apart from the familiar world of feature films, there exists a lesser-known world of industrial films, instructional and informational sponsored short films that were shown in schools, at corporate events, in the workplace, and at commercial theaters before features. Documentary filmmaker Caroline Martel's installation INDUSTRY/CINEMA takes an illuminating journey through film history by juxtaposing industrial images with those from popular or canonical films made between 1903 and 1991. With headphones and channel switches, visitors can toggle back and forth between the soundtracks. Images and sounds comment on each other, often in surprising ways, allowing for a singular interactive experience. Scenes from films by Thomas Edison, Charles Chaplin, François Truffaut, and Stanley Kubrick are shown alongside such archival gems as How Business Girls Keep Well, Along These Lines, and The Speech Chain, an AT&T film with a computer singing "Daisy Bell," which was sung by the computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Swept Away - Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design - Museum of Arts & Design
Through August 12, 2012 -

MAD has explored the intersection of traditional or unusual materials and techniques as viewed through the lens of contemporary art and design in a series of exhibitions that include Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting; Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; Slash: Paper Under the Knife; Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art; and Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities. The next investigation into unusual mediums features an international group of artists whose major materials are dust, ashes, dirt, and sand. Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design will highlight works that deal with issues such as the ephemeral nature of art and life, the quality and content of memory, issues of loss and disintegration, and the detritus of human existence. Sculptures made from ash by Chinese artist Zhang Huan, life-size sculptures of unfired dirt by American artist James Croak, and works created from city smog by American artist Kim Abeles, among others, illustrate the transformative potential of humble, overlooked, and discarded materials.

Summer Reading Game - Dream Big READ - Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Through August 13, 2012 - Montrose

A variety of exciting Summer Reading Game activities, programs, and reading incentives all summer long for all ages. Kickoff June 23 at 2pm includes an interactive juggling and magic show from Flow Circus. All ages - free tickets available beginning June 8 at the library. Visit henhudfreelibrary.org for summer hours and a complete list of events, or stop by the library for a flyer.

NEW Flamenco Scale and Improv for All Guitarists - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through August 14, 2012 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a NEW guitar class for intermediate players of all styles- Flamenco Scales and Improvisation for Guitarists. Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 pm, Summer term runs July 2, 2012 through August 14, 2012 at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY, NY 10019 --Open to flamenco or steel string players with proper background --Learn the seven different Major scales and their Relative Minor and Phrygian modes in vertical and horizontal positions, as well as the use of Harmonic Minor in flamenco --Practice improvising to common flamenco chord patterns used in Tangos and Rumbas Summer Term Prices: --7-pack: $119 ($17/class) --4-pack: $76 (if permitted) --Walk-In: $20 (if permitted) --If you have 1-3 planned absences, pro-rated packs are at $18/class. See http://www.flamencolatino.com/Summer%20Sched%202012.pdf for more details. Email [email protected] or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through August 16, 2012 - Midtown

Welcome back Broadway in Bryant Park presented by 106.7 Lite FM, Broadway and Off-Broadway lunchtime performances free of charge. The lineup for this year's "Broadway in Bryant Park" series presented by 106.7 Lite FM is looking to be one of the strongest to date. Sponsored by Resorts World Casino New York City and hosted by Lite FM's on-air personalities including Delilah Luke and Helen Little, the on- and off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run every Thursday starting July 12 at 12:30pm through August 16 on the Bryant Park Stage. The event is open to the public and absolutely free. The line-up includes talent from several Tony nominated shows and some past winners such as "Mamma Mia!", "Wicked", "Sister Act", "The Lion King", "Spider Man", and "Jersey Boys."

Storyland in Scarsdale - The Summer Reading Game! - Scarsdale Public Library
Through August 17, 2012 - Scarsdale

It's online and in person. Here's how it works: Kids read or have books read to them over the summer and record them on their own homepage, where they can also write book reviews. Listeners will be on hand at special listening times if kids would like to talk about the books they've read. Prizes, a weekly raffle drawing, and lots more! Miss Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band will perform at the kickoff on Thursday, June 21 at 4pm.

Summer Classes in Flamenco dance, singing and guitar! - Flamenco Latino Dance Studio
Through August 17, 2012 - New York

Flamenco Latino is the only studio in NYC to offer full-spectrum flamenco classes each week in their midtown studio. Join us this summer! 2012 Summer term: June 27 - August 17, 2012 at 244 West 54th Street, 4th fl., NYC MONDAY: Group Guitar Level 1 with Basilio Georges, Mon. 6:30-7:30 pm Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 7:30-8:30 pm Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:30 pm TUESDAY: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6:30-7:30 pm Group Guitar Level 2 with Basilio, Tues. 7:30-8:30 pm Intermediate Group Guitar: Flamenco Scales and Improvisation with Basilio, Tues. 8:30-9:30 pm WEDNESDAY: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-7:30 pm Group Beginner Cante with Basilio, Wed. 7:30-8:30 pm Group Guitar Level 3 with Basilio, Wed. 8:30-9:30 pm THURSDAY: Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm Palmas & Structure for Guitarists and Dancers with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-8:30 pm Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 8:30-9:30 pm SATURDAY: Beginner/Mixed Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 2:00-3:00 pm Group Guitar Level 1 with Basilio, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm Group Guitar Level 2 with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm Classes will run 7 weeks from July 2 to Aug 17, except the Wed and Sat. classes, which will start earlier on June 27 and June 30, to make up for July 4 break and allow the full 7 week term. Summer Term Prices: --7-pack: $119 ($17/class) --4-pack: $76 (if permitted) --Walk-In: $20 (if permitted) --If you have 1-3 planned absences, pro-rated packs are at $18/class. --Two classes per week $210 (12% discount) --Three classes per week $295 (16% discount) See http://www.flamencolatino.com/Summer%20Sched%202012.pdf for more details. Email [email protected] or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www. flamencolatino.com

Summer 2012: Beginner Flamenco Singing Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through August 17, 2012 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new group class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners led by Basilio Georges. Summer Session runs June 27 - August 17,2012 on Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Summer Term Prices: --7-pack: $119 ($17/class) --4-pack: $76 (if permitted) --Walk-In: $20 (if permitted) --If you have 1-3 planned absences, pro-rated packs are at $18/class. See http://www.flamencolatino.com/Summer%20Sched%202012.pdf for more details. In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Theatreworks USA Presents 'Skippyjon Jones' - Lucille Lortel Theatre
Through August 17, 2012 - West Village

Theatreworks USA, the nation's leading nonprofit professional theater for young audiences, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new children's musical "Skippyjon Jones," based on the popular picture book series of the same name by Judy Schachner. It is the featured production of the organization's 24th Annual Free Summer Theatre Program. Skippyjon Jones wants to be the best Chihuahua ever. The problem? He's actually a Siamese cat. But before you can say "holy guacamole," Skippyjon's wild imagination transforms him into El Skippito Friskito, the greatest sword fighter in Mexico. Launched in 1989, the mission of Theatreworks USA's Free Summer Theatre Program is to provide New York City youth with their own theater tradition that not only entertains, but also educates and fosters positive value and an appreciation for theater. More than 15,000 free tickets will be distributed to "Skippyjon Jones" this summer. Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis in person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day's performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four tickets per adult per day. "Skippyjon Jones" is a 60-minute, one-act musical recommended for children ages 4 and up. Schedule exceptions: There are no 1pm performances July 17-20, no 10:30am performance on July 25, and no 4:30pm performance on Aug. 5. There are added 6pm performances on Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Summer camps, youth programs and social service organizations can make reservations for groups of 15 or more by calling 212-627-7373.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Guided Activities: Pickle Me! - New York Botanical Garden
Through August 17, 2012 - Bronx

Plants and imaginations grow at the Family Garden, where kids are allowed and encouraged to play in the dirt. Display gardens such as the Global Gardens and the Breakfast Bowls, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire. Cooking demonstrations take place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm at the Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen. Through August 17.

Animal Tales - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through August 17, 2012 - Bridgeport

August 1-3, 6-10, 13-17 Visit us for story time, a special craft, and even an animal encounter each weekday. Free with Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot - The Merry Wives of Windsor Towers - Municipal Parking Lot
Through August 18, 2012 -

Look around at the SPURA controversy and you will see the same characters and class clashes as Shakespeare portrayed in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." That's the idea behind "The Merry Wives of Windsor Towers," the first production of The Drilling Company's Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot series, to be presented July 12 to 28 in the Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets. Hamilton Clancy directs. This adaptation is set in an imaginary Windsor Towers, a condo which has just gone up on the Lower East Side. (Although it's a fabrication, you can interview Lower East Siders about it and eight out of ten will tell you they know where it is.) Masters Ford and Page are two businessmen urging the passage of SPURA through the City Council (and standing to profit from it). Their eponymous wives are both active in the community. The comic hero, John Falstaff, is a classic Lower East real estate man always looking for the next big score. In this case, the real estate he's angling for are the estates of Ford and Page.

'The White Doe' - Bohemian National Hall
Through August 18, 2012 - Upper East Side

For audiences of all ages, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will perform "The White Doe," an endearing classic of the Czech Puppetry repertoire adapted and directed by Vit Horejs. This piece has not been seen in New York since 2001. It is a 17th century tale of a diabolical steward named Golo, who schemes to steal the wife of his lord, Count Sylkfrid, but is undone by the testimony of a ghost and by a white doe who reunites the couple on a hunting trip. The play features over 30 century-old marionettes. Runs 70 minutes. Buy tickets through the box office at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444, or directly from the company at czechmarionettes.org.

LGBT Center & Real Estate Pros Bring Barry's Bootcamp to Hell's Kitchen - Stonehenge's Ritz Plaza Firefighters Memorial Park
Through August 18, 2012 - New York

Stonehenge Partners in conjunction with The Gay Center present their summer series of outdoor cardio-burning classes, featuring what is being called "the best celebrity workout"- Barry's Bootcamp. The three class times are designed to accommodate anyone from the general public wishing to attend, along with a suggested donation. All proceeds go towards supporting The Gay Center’s life-saving and life-enhancing services and programs are provided to thousands of LGBT New Yorkers every year.

Free Bike Rentals During Summer Streets with Bike and Roll NYC - Summer Streets
Through August 18, 2012 - Manhattan

New York City's largest and premier bike rental company, Bike and Roll NYC, has expanded its partnership with Summer Streets, the annual seven mile car-free oasis typically held the first three Saturdays in August, by offering free one-hour bike rentals at even more locations along the car-free route this year, which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to 72nd St. via Park Avenue, Lafayette Street, and Centre Street. Rest stops are located at 51st Street and Park Avenue, 25th Street and Park Avenue, Spring Street and Lafayette Street, and Duane Street and Centre Street.

REI Celebrates New York City's 2012 Summer Streets with REI Adventure Zone - REI Adventure Zone
Through August 18, 2012 - SoHo

New York City's Summer Streets is once again back and REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) will provide New Yorkers a taste of the outdoors through a number of interactive activities that support a healthy, active lifestyle. REI will provide several activities for all walks of life including a 25 foot rock climbing wall and bike classes. No experience is necessary for rock climbing and bike equipment can be found on Spring Street.

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 19, 2012 -

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913-1919 is an exploration of the early journalistic career of American writer and women's rights advocate Djuna Barnes (1892-1982). Though best known for her modernist novels and plays, including Nightwood (1936) and The Antiphon (1958), Barnes spent the period between 1913 and her departure for Europe in 1921 living in New York's Greenwich Village and working as a writer and illustrator for publications including the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. The product of an unconventional household, she developed an outsider's perspective on "normal" life that served her as an artist, and a liberal sexuality that fit in perfectly with the bohemian lifestyle of Greenwich Village and, later, the lesbian expatriate community in Paris. She used journalism as a means to understand New York City's people and places, and as an excuse to push boundaries and explore society's margins. On view will be forty-five objects, including documentary photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes's stories in newsprint, including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns. Her work suggests a proto-feminist sensibility, emphasizing politics as something experienced on an individual, emotional level.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through August 19, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

The Jungle Book - Puppetworks
Through August 19, 2012 - Park Slope

Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fables of India, with an original song score.

Sweet Charity - Aaron Davis Hall
Through August 19, 2012 - New York

WHERE AND WHEN July 26 to August 19, 2012 Presented by New Haarlem Arts Theatre Aaron Davis Hall (Theater B), 135th Street and Convent Ave. (Hamilton Heights) Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM, matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. $30 general admission, $25 seniors, $15 students; $10 with CUNY ID. Opening night tickets July 28 at 7:00 PM are $100 (includes performance and reception; evening dress suggested). Company's website: www.newhaarlemartstheatre.org Box office SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com Running time: 2:30 with intermission. Critics are invited on or after the JULY 28 (7:00 PM show). SUBWAYS #1 to 137th Street; C train to 135th Street or A, D to 145th Street. FREE PARKING is available in the South Campus Parking Lot (enter at 133rd Street and Convent Ave.). New Haarlem Arts Theatre, the new professional theater of CCNY, presents "Sweet Charity," music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, in a Latino adaptation directed by Julio Agustin. America's favorite Fosse musical is re-envisioned to reflect the changing roles of Latinos in our society.

Swimming at Croton Point Park - Croton Point Park
Through August 19, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

May 26-June 21: open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day. June 22-Aug. 19: open Wednesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Swimming is free. Parking $10; $5 with a County Park Pass.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court - Frick Collection
Through August 19, 2012 - New York

Johann Christian Neuber was one of Dresden's most famous goldsmiths. Sometime before 1775 he was named court jeweler to Friedrich Augustus III, elector of Saxony, and in 1785 he was appointed Curator of the Grunes Gewolbe (Green Vault), the magnificent royal collection of Augustus the Strong, the founder of the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. For more than thirty years, Neuber created small gold boxes, chatelaines, and watchcases decorated with local semiprecious stones such as agate, jasper, and carnelian. He fashioned enchanting landscapes, complex floral designs, and geometric patterns with tiny cut stones, often incorporating Meissen porcelain plaques, cameos, and miniatures. These one-of-a-kind objects, which reflect the Saxon court's interest in both luxury items and the natural sciences, remain prized treasures today, but have never before been shown together in a monographic exhibition. The exhibition aims to shed light on the master's transformative contribution to this art form, incorporating the results of newly performed technical research to answer questions about the dating of Antico's works, his technique, and his development as an innovative artist. Jointly organized by the National Gallery of Art and The Frick Collection, the exhibition opened in the fall of 2011 in Washington, D.C., before traveling to New York City the following spring. The exhibition is curated by Eleonora Luciano, Associate Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art, in collaboration with Denise Allen, Curator at The Frick Collection. The accompanying catalogue is written by an international team of scholars including Eleonora Luciano, Denise Allen, and Claudia Kryza-Gersch, Curator of Italian Sculpture at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. It will be the first independent monograph in English to focus on the artist and the first comprehensive presentation of his works in color.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada's Impossible Conversations at Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 19, 2012 -

The spring 2012 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. The exhibition, on view from May 10 through August 19, 2012 (preceded on May 7 by The Costume Institute Gala Benefit), explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias's satirical "Impossible Interviews" for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton orchestrate conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of the designers' most innovative work. In the galleries, iconic ensembles by Schiaparelli and Prada are presented alongside short videos of simulated conversations between the two designers directed by Luhrmann, focusing on how the women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches. "Juxtaposing the work of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada allows us to explore how the past enlightens the present and how the present enlivens the past," said Koda. "The connection of the historic to the modern highlights the affinities as well as the variances between two women who constantly subverted contemporary notions of taste, beauty, and glamour," added Bolton The Met's website includes special, in-depth features on the exhibition: www.metmuseum.org/impossibleconversations. Follow us on Facebook.com/MetMuseum and Twitter.com/MetMuseum to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit. Use #ImpossibleConversations and #MetGala on Twitter.

Joie de Vivre - Hullaballoo Collective - PS Project Space
Through August 19, 2012 - New York

PS Project Space presents Joie de Vivre, a group exhibition featuring artwork from the Hullaballoo Collective, an eclectic New York City-based group of artists. Hullaballoo Collective first exhibited in the March 2012 Fountain Art Fair at the legendary 69th Regiment Armory, the site of the original 1913 Armory Show in which modern art was first publicly presented in the United States. Seeking Joie de Vivre is a theme in our daily lives as visual artists. Embracing joy, inclusiveness, and unity, while respecting artistic diversity is our collective "work in progress." Hullaballoo Collective artists create work using varied ways of seeing and making; the viewer is then invited to seek connections, associations, unexpected dialogues and individual discoveries in this artistic diversity. In the past, the Salon des Refusés and the Society of Independent Artists helped provide footing for the emerging avant-garde in art by creating opportunities for the public to see their members' work. With the same scrappy energy the Hullaballoo Collective creates its own exhibitions, bringing a blast of fresh work with every showing. Joie de Vivre will feature paintings, prints and sculpture hung salon style, curated cooperatively by the artists in the collective. We exhibit together to celebrate life. We, the Hullaballoo Collective, have taken a leap and offer the summer-in-Chelsea-audience the opportunity to come and see what the Hullaballoo is all about. Artists: Ellen Alt, Cecilia André, Sharon Appel, Marianne Barcellona, Fran Beallor, Richard Brachman, Gulsen Calik, Pamela Casper, Ursula Clark, Barbara Coleman, Yvette Cohen, Colleen Deery, Molly DiGrazia, John Erianne, Patricia Fabricant, Robin Feld, Elaine Forrest, Robin Gaynes-Bachman, Beth Giacummo, Theresa Greenberg, Norma Greenwood, Bette Klegon Halby, Sarah Haviland, Aimee Hertog, Eileen Hoffman, Sandra Indig, JORDAN!™, Robin M Jordan, Bernard Klevickas, Melissa Kraft, Liz-N-Val, Barbara Lubliner, Janie Milstein, Adrienne Moumin, Nancy Nikkal, CJ Nye, Nancy Oliveri, Walter O'Neill, Cade Pemberton, Elisa Pritzker Jeffrey Allen Price, Peggi Pugh, Jacqueline Rada, Julie Scott, Joyce Silver, Regina Silvers, Cigdem Tankut, Linda Tharp, Shira Toren, Grazia Vita

Summer Exhibitions At Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through August 21, 2012 - New York City

Agora Gallery's Exquisite Exhibits Are a Breath of Fresh Air in the Summer Heat. Come to Agora Gallery to enjoy exhibitions which will add a refreshing, revitalizing spark of inspiration to your day. Interpretive Realms will introduce you to new universes which come to life within the confines of the artwork, yet spread their influence beyond and into the minds of the receptive viewer. The work in The Rhythm of Color celebrates the vibrant, lyrical pulse that judicious and elegant use of hue brings to art and our experience of it. In Degrees of Abstraction, concepts are explored through the lens of lively imaginations, leading to images which are as lovely as they are intriguing. The exhibitions begin on July 31, 2012 and run until August 21, 2012. The opening reception will take place on August 2, 2012, 6PM-8PM. Entrance is free and art lovers are enthusiastically encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: July 31, 2012 – August 21, 2012 Reception: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/8_2_2012.aspx Featured Artists: Interpretive Realms Philippe Aoun Deladoëy ("PAoun") | Malcolm Baroway | Bibi Davidson | Pia Erlandsson | Rubén Gómez Masip | Thomas Maes | Umeko Okano | Fabrizio Pinzi | Shyamala Rao | Sahi | Tony Taylor | Maurizio Yorck The Rhythm of Color Patricia Brintle | Sarah Cousineau | Katherine DuTremble | Nada Herman | Julia Ismambetova | Roland Morin | Ingrid Roth | Paul Satheesh Degrees of Abstraction Paul Brotherton | Gail Elwell | Beth Gandy | Gary W. Hinsche | Kushlani Jayasinha | Darryn Marshall | Sandra Mueller-Dick | Gianni Renna | Kiko Sobrino | Laurence Steenbergen Interviews with the artists and high resolution images are available upon request. About Agora Gallery Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Exhibitions are usually group exhibits, presenting the work of a number of artists, but sometimes solo exhibitions focus on the work of one particular artist. The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

Wilton Library's Medieval Summer Nights Read - Wilton Library
Through August 22, 2012 - Wilton

For this summer reading program, children of all ages enjoy crafts, story times, large group programs, and small group programs as well as movies. For the Knights Read Challenge, kids are encouraged to read 40 picture/early reader books or 4,000 pages over the summer and keep a reading log of their age appropriate books. Those who complete the quest will be knighted by the Royal Court at the festival at the end of the summer. Knights will receive a T-shirt. Registration required in-person. Program runs through August 22.

SummerStage Kids - New York City Parks
Through August 22, 2012 -

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2012 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City's unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 95 free performing arts events at 36 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 10 to Aug. 22, exposing New York City youth to the world of arts and culture through a vast and diverse collection of engaging entertainment. The festival will feature artists specializing in dance and include a wide range of music such as classical, rock, Latin, jazz, and soul. The event will also encompass storytellers, theater, contemporary circus, juggling, poetry, and puppetry. With a focus on international culture, the performances will introduce the city's youth to the diversity of New York City. The series is made possible through the support of Disney. SummerStage Kids is also offering its first ever series of expanded day programs. Families are invited to come early to enjoy a full day of family entertainment, and adults are invited to stay for an evening concert and film. For more information on the evening adult programs, visit summerstage.org.

Summer Author Readings in the Park - Central Park, Cedar Hill
Through August 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

Author readings of books in the "Max the Shelter Dog" and "Max P. Productions" series will take place every Wednesday during the summer in Central Park on top Cedar Hill by the bench at Fifth Ave. and E. 79th St. Enter on the southwest corner of. E 79th St. and Fifth Ave. After the reading, each child will receive an activity sheet that has coloring and a puzzle. Bring a blanket, relax, and listen to a short story. Free for all. Ages 4-7.

Free Kid's Concert Series in Downtown Brooklyn - Albee Square
Through August 23, 2012 - Brooklyn

Free summer concert series for kids presented by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Fulton Mall Improvement Association. This Downtown Brooklyn family fun runs Thursday mornings, bi-weekly from May through August. The schedule of performers can also be found at: http://www.dbpartnership.org/dobusiness/improvement/fultonmall/AlbeeSquare Bi-weekly, May 31 – August 23 10:00 - 11:00 AM - May 31: Astrograss - June 14: Jah Pan - June 28: Dog on Fleas - July 12: Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz with Hayes Greenfield - July 26: Ernie & Neal - August 9: Fuzzy Lemons - August 23: Aly Sunshine - Funkytown Playground Albee Square on Fulton Mall Fulton St. & Bond Street Downtown Brooklyn (Across from Cookies department store)

Faraway Places - Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery
Through August 23, 2012 - Stamford

This is a multimedia show featuring 35 artists representing real or imaginary places. July 20 through Aug. 23.

Otter Spot - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through August 24, 2012 - Stamford

Discover the secret lives of North American River Otters with the center's otter keepers as they feed Edie and Bert lunch. Stick around after feeding for a question and answer period. Participate in interactive games and activities. Monday-Friday through August 24.

Green Teens - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 24, 2012 - Garden City

Each week our Green Teens will lead visitors through an activity, craft or game with a different nature-related theme. Learn fun ways to help the environment, enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences and try your hand at cooking, crafts, and other science activities.

Summer 2012 Group Show - Greenberg Van Doren
Through August 24, 2012 - New York

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 25, 2012 -

Spanning seven venues, the 2012 Mostly Mozart Festival will offer more than 37 events including concerts, dance, visual art, film, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, lectures, and bird-watching tours through Central Park, a special accompaniment to this summer's birdsong theme. Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Louis Langree as Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director. He will lead nine concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, including a FREE preview on July 28. The two thematic highlights of the Festival this year will be a multi-genre exploration on the influence of birdsong on composers and visual artists, complemented by an extensive survey of the music of Schubert.

T.G.I.S. Saturday Drop-In - Fairfield Ludlowe High - Adaptive Recreation
Through August 25, 2012 - Fairfield

This drop-in meets on Saturdays for the entire year and is a social group for the physically and/or cognitively challenged. Activities include dancing, bowling or just hanging out with friends. Each Saturday is themed around a special event or holiday and may include games, recreation, movies or a craft. Meet in room 269.

Family Summer Science - Long Island Science Center
Through August 25, 2012 - Riverhead

Each week this summer the museum offers a different theme which includes Bones Up On Bones, Incredible Water, All About Air, Crazy Chemistry, Wild Weather, Rocking Rocks and Physics of Toys. Weekly themes include activities and crafts, all ongoing. Museum Closed Sundays and Mondays. Program runs July 10-August 25, 2012.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds. Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Mama and Me Fitness Series - Parents R Talking
Through August 25, 2012 - Mineola

This class is a mix of aerobics, balance, strength and stretching. Learn simple, safe, and calming exercises for you and your baby. Moms of little ones are encouraged to wear your baby (in your front carrier) for added resistance. Classes are Saturdays through August 25, 2012. Contact [email protected]

Baby Talk Music Program - Parents R Talking
Through August 25, 2012 - Mineola

Designed for 3-month to 9-month-olds, with parent or caregiver, the class focuses on verbal and non-verbal forms of communicating and bringing music into play with your baby. This type of play is helpful in the bonding process and stimulates all of the baby's senses. Please indicate if you wish to bring an older sibling.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park Imagination Playground
Through August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Gather 'round Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - New York

New York: Unlike most bears, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will not be hibernating this winter, the critically-acclaimed family musical will extend for a third time since it came to New York in June 2011. This open-ended extension will be celebrated in a new, more convenient location at the Upper West Sides’ Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre (5 West 63rd Street), steps from Central Park, beginning on November 5, 2011. Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. The newest Off-Broadway musical for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! features an original score by Michael Borton and a book by Borton and Michael Slade. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is produced by Matt Murphy Productions. Audiences and critics rave: "Spirited, energetic, and hilarious for all generations!" - Time Out New York; "The Berenstain Bears LIVE! is a Happy Home In NYC!" - Associated Press; “A Bear-y Big Blast. A Kid-A-Thon of Giggles!" - Big Apple Parent; “Like honey for little kids!” - Mommy Poppins; “Our family loved every minute of it!” - Upper West Side Kids Blog; “A Fantastic Experience for Kids!” - NYTheatre.com; “Entertaining set of stories with upbeat music!” - Show Business Weekly; “A Great Experience for your Little Bear!” - Parents.com; “It’s always nice spending time in Bear Country.” - Daily Candy; “Upbeat and Humorous!” - New York Family; “Original Music and Great Energy!” - QueensMamas.com; “Impossible to not go check it out.” - Single Mama NYC; "A family show that’s a honey of a good time!" - TalkingWalnut.com; "Walk out with a BEAR-y happy smile!" - Motherhood Later; "Valuable lessons and a whole lot of silliness." - Rivertowns Patch - Urban Suburban Mom; "Terrific dancing and charming fun songs." – CurtainUp; “A peppy, pop-flavored score!”– NY Times Performance Schedule: Saturdays at 11AM; Sundays at 2PM NEW THEATRE Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre is located at 5 West 63rd Street HOLIDAY PRFORMANCE SCHEDULE: ADDED PERFORMANCE: Friday, November 25 at 11AM; Wednesday, December 28 at 11AM; Thursday, December 29 at 11AM; Friday, December 30 at 11AM; Saturday, December, 31 at 11AM; (NO PERFORMANCE Sunday, January 1, 2012) RETURNS TO NORMAL PLAYING SCHEDULE JANUARY 7, 2012

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in 'Family Matters, the Musical' - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.

'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Manhattan

City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet." "Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away. As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.

Spies in the House of Art - Photography, Film, and Video - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 26, 2012 -

Artists are the secret constituency of museums, inspired and challenged not only by the objects and collections they display but also by the spaces in which they are shown and the authority they represent. Most artists aspire to see their works in museums, even if they joke among themselves about how museums are mausoleums, places where art goes to die. In telling stories about how and why art gets made, museums provide a ready-made foil for artists to react against and clarify their own positions. This selection of photography, film, and video from the permanent collection surveys the various ways museums inspire the making of works of art. A museum can be the setting for a new work or provide the raw material for creations that build upon a previous aesthetic experience. The camera can highlight the estrangement of objects from their original functions, unlock from a straitlaced decorousness of display the desires -- libidinal or otherwise -- that engendered the objects in the first place, or make visible the imaginative projection that underlies much looking at art. At a time when the automatic reflex of a technologically harried and distracted museum visitor may be to point and shoot, capture and move on, these works suggest the benefit of stepping back, reflecting, and lingering. In an unprecedented commingling of old and new works, Andrea Fraser's video Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk (1989) will be exhibited alongside paintings by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Alexandre Cabanel, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter in Gallery 809 within the Galleries of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, around the corner from the main installation. A complementary installation of a dozen photographs from the medium's beginnings to the early 1970s will be on view through May 6 in Gallery 850.

Playing House - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 26, 2012 -

Playing House is the first in a series of installations that aim to engage visitors with the Brooklyn Museum's period rooms. Artists Betty Woodman, Anne Chu, Ann Agee, and Mary Lucier have been invited to place site-specific artwork in eight of the Museum's historic rooms, which have been interpreted by curators over the years to illustrate how Americans of various times, economic levels, and locations lived. The artists were asked to consider these factors when developing their ideas. The project originated with Woodman's observation that although being an artist means confronting the art of the past, no one can enter the past -- except through "make believe," or "playing house," by which the past can be appropriated. Chu created magical birds and flowers out of textiles, feathers, paper, and metal, unexpectedly bringing nature and the outside world into the rooms. Lucier, who is descended from Dutch and Huguenot settlers, created videos that evoke memories of place and where we come from. Agee transformed the strict social order and luxury of the Milligan rooms into an artisan's workshop, and Woodman created table settings and "carpets" incorporating painting and ceramics. Playing House occupies the Cupola House Dining Room, the Russell Parlor, the Cane Acres Plantation Dining Room, the Worsham-Rockefeller Moorish Smoking Room, the Schenck Houses, the Weil-Worgelt Study, and the Milligan Parlor and Library. The installation is organized by Barry R. Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts, and Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world... - The Jewish Museum
Through August 26, 2012 -

In the collaborative video a small world..., artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin juxtapose home movies of their families -- one African American and one Jewish American --- to explore the intersections of middle-class life across racial lines. Originally recorded in silent super-8 film, the video shows the artists as children growing up in New York and Los Angeles in the 1970s. Typical family events and holidays -- birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas, barbecues, family trips to Disneyland, playtime in the backyard -- are shown simultaneously, drawing attention to similarities of class while recognizing differences of ethnicity.

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg - New Museum
Through August 26, 2012 - New York

"The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg" is Djurberg's most ambitious multimedia installation to date. Originally organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Djurberg will adapt this spectacular installation for the New Museum's 'Studio 231' space. In the hands of Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg, animation becomes a medium for transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Since 2001, she has honed a distinctive style of filmmaking, using the pliability of clay to dramatize our most primal urges -- jealousy, revenge, greed, submission, and gluttony. Set to music and sound effects by her collaborator, Hans Berg, Djurberg's videos plumb the dark recesses of the mind, drawing sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior. Increasingly, the artists' interdisciplinary collaborations have blurred the cinematic, the sculptural, and the performative in immersive environments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces. For her new work, The Parade (2011), Djurberg has created five captivating animations and an unnerving menagerie of more than eighty freestanding bird sculptures. Drawing on avian physiology, rituals of mating and territorial display, and the social phenomenon of flocking, she has assembled a fantastical procession of species all fashioned from modest materials such as clay, wire, and painted canvas. These hybrid, sometimes monstrous forms speak to the artist's recurring interest in physical and psychological transformation, as well as pageantry, perversion, and abjection. In the accompanying claymation videos, humans and animals alike act out upsetting scenarios of torture, humiliation, and masquerade, further mining the interplay of brutality and guilt at the heart of Djurberg's work. Berg's eerie film scores -- composed of elements both found and invented -- suffuse the entire installation, merging to form a unified soundscape. With these films, both artists have begun to conceive narrative in spatial terms as aspects of character, setting, sound, and action migrate from one story to the next across the exhibition space. Born in Lysekil, Sweden, in 1978, Nathalie Djurberg received her MFA from Malm� Art Academy in 2002, and since that time she has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world. Most notably, in 2009 she presented her installation The Experiment in the exhibition "Making Worlds" at the 53rd Venice Biennale, for which she was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion for Promising Young Artist. In 2008, Djurberg participated in the New Museum's "After Nature" exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni. She currently lives and works in Berlin with Hans Berg. Hans Berg was born in Rattvik, Sweden, in 1978. He is a Berlin-based electronic music producer and self-taught musician. He began playing the drums in punk and rock bands at the age of fourteen. By fifteen, Berg started creating electronic music -- which he has made ever since -- when he purchased his first synthesizer and sampler. Berg and Djurberg met in Berlin in 2004. Since then, he has composed the music for all of her films and installations. The exhibition is curated by Eric Crosby and Dean Otto for the Walker Art Center and organized at the New Museum by Gary Carrion-Murayari, Curator.

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen - Neue Galerie
Through August 27, 2012 - New York

The Neue Galerie New York will present "Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen," an exhibition focusing on the luminous work of this important Austrian photographer. The organizing curator for the project is Dr. Monika Faber, a distinguished scholar of photography. "Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle" aims to situate Kuehn with regard to both the Viennese avant-garde and the international development of photography as an art form. It explores the close friendship among Kuehn and major American photographers Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. The early pictorial work of photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944) was highly influential in turn-of-the-century circles; his work was exhibited at the Vienna Secession. Gradually, Kuehn incorporated the influence of his peers, and moved in the direction of Modernist photography. He was also among the first important photographers to create color images. Photographic prints and autochromes by Kuehn will be included in the exhibition.

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through August 27, 2012 - Midtown

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists' groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language -- visual, aural, and beyond. The work that these artists create belongs to a distinguished history of poem/objects, and concrete language experiments that dates to the beginnings of modernism, and includes both the Dada and Futurist moments as well as the recrudescence of Neo-Dada in the late 1950s, and international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Like visual artists who experimented with abstract forms with the goal of arriving at a non-metaphoric artwork that was itself and nothing else, artists working with words in the late 1950s and 1960s used language as a medium; letters, words, and texts were dissected, displayed as objects, or arranged so that form and content were combined. The works in Ecstatic Alphabets represent a radical updating of the possibilities inherent in the relationship between art and language. In this exhibition, the letter, the word and the phrase are seen and experienced, and not necessarily read. Physicalized, transcribed into sounds, symbols, pictures or patterns, scrambled, or negated, language is freed from the page as well as from its received meanings, received forms, and, in some cases, the duties of communication altogether. Working with language has also created an opportunity for artists to move more freely among disciplines, and this exhibition includes work in a range of mediums by artists who are also poets, writers, performers, and graphic designers. Like earlier experiments in this vein, many of these recent works have an abiding connection to poetry, which runs like a subtheme through the exhibition, adding the ecstatic element to each works' alphabetic plainness. The exhibition is divided into two sections, with the first featuring an abbreviated timeline of language in modern art culled primarily from drawings, sculptures, prints, books, and sound works from MoMA's collection. Artists in this historical section of the exhibition include: Carl Andre, Marcel Broodthaers, Henri Chopin, Marcel Duchamp, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Giorno, Kitasono Katue, Ferdinand Kriwet, Liliane Lijn, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner, and others. Artists in the contemporary section of the exhibition include: Ei Arakawa/Nikolas Gambaroff, Tauba Auerbach, Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey), Trisha Donnelly, Shannon Ebner, Paul Elliman, Experimental Jetset, Sharon Hayes, Karl Holmqvist, Paulina Olowska, Adam Pendleton, and Nora Schultz. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication designed and produced by Dexter Sinister.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration - Neue Galerie
Through August 27, 2012 - New York

Throughout 2012, Austria is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with exhibitions devoted to his work. Several Viennese museums, including the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum, are honoring different aspects of Klimt�s extraordinary legacy. The Neue Galerie is joining in these celebrations with a special summer 2012 installation of his work.

Free Sunset Yoga at Waterside Plaza (Tuesdays) - Waterside Plaza
Through August 28, 2012 - New York

Free Sunset Yoga Classes at Waterside Plaza Dates: Tuesdays, June 5 thru August 28 (Cancelled if it rains.) Location: Outside on the Plaza Stage Contact: 212-340-4225 Email: [email protected] This summer head to Waterside Plaza for sunset yoga! Located in Manhattan, overlooking the East River, Waterside Plaza's landscaped gardens and water views provide an inspiring backdrop, as a certified instructor from Waterside Swim & Health Club flows through vinyasas with the breezes of the river. This is a fun (and free!) opportunity to bring your yoga practice into the outdoors and enjoy the beauty of this uniquely special urban setting. Sunset yoga classes happen once a week, on Tuesdays, from 6:30PM to 7:30PM, June 5, thru August 28, on Waterside Plaza's centrally-located outdoor stage. Classes are free and open to the public. A limited number of yoga mats are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and towels. In case of inclement weather, classes are cancelled. For more details, please call Waterside Swim & Health Club at (212) 340-4225 or visit www.watersideplaza.com. DIRECTIONS TO WATERSIDE PLAZA: On Foot: Walk east on 25th Street (towards the FDR Highway). Just before the FDR, you will see a footbridge that goes above the FDR Highway. This leads directly to the Southern side of the Plaza Level. OR Walk to the end of East 23rd Street, and cross under the FDR highway. Walk North on the service road past the Marina and the UNIS school. Take the ramp just north of the United Nations International School or the escalator further north to reach the Plaza level. By Bus: Waterside Plaza is the last stop on the M34A Bus. The M34A route begins at 9th Ave. and 42nd St. It travels South on 9th Ave from 42nd to 34th St. It travels East on 34th St. between 9th and 2nd Ave. It travels South on 2nd Ave btwn 34th and 23rd St. It travels East on 23rd St. After crossing the FDR Highway, exit at the first City Bus Stop. Reach the Plaza level by taking the ramp near the bus stop or walk North under the building overhang, past the Five Star Parking Garage to the pedestrian escalator. ALTERNATE: Take M15 or M23 to 23rd St. and 1st Ave. Transfer to M34A or follow the "On Foot" directions. By Subway: Take the 6, or N/R trains to 23rd St. and then follow the "On Foot" directions.

Tibet House US Presents: Mystic Nostalgia - Tibet House US Gallery
Through August 29, 2012 - New York

Tibet House US will present its next art exhibition entitled Mystic Nostalgia, featuring the gorgeous and imaginative paintings of Brazilian artist Tiffani Gyatso. This incredible body of work will be on display at the Tibet House US Gallery from June 14 – August 29, 2012, beginning with a special opening reception on June 14, 2012, from 6-8pm. Gyatso’s colorful and emotive paintings fuse traditional Tibetan imagery with her own contemporary style inspired by her own spiritual search. Mystic Nostalgia reflects the internal process to understand those things in life that we do not yet have answers for, and sometimes cannot even articulate or name – the mystic unknown. Captivating in its beauty and imagination, the exhibition reflects the spiritual journey and its pilgrimages through the inner places of love, heartbreak, fortitude and trust. “These paintings took birth from an inner process of trying to find answers for those things with no name,” says Gyatso. Though her work is rooted in sacred iconography from Tibet, Gyatso also paints images that are abstract, inspired by inner gods and demons. Gyatso suggests that most of her paintings “come from a broken heart trying to deal with illusions and passions, basing thought on the Buddhist dharma teachings, adopting a vision of spiritual practice through all that happens in the deep turmoil of samsara - the continuous cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.”

Checkmate 101 - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 29, 2012 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn chess instructor Zebedee Collins teaches skills and strategies to help take your game to the next level, but this class is particularly geared toward beginning players. All players are welcome nonetheless. Boards are limited so come early.

Free Summer Concerts & Yoga in Lincoln Square - Lincoln Square BID
Through August 29, 2012 - New York

The Lincoln Square Free Summer Concert Series at Richard Tucker Park will be held every Wednesday from July 4 until August 29, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. at Broadway and 66th Street. The highly-anticipated Free Summer Concert Series is back on the Upper West Side, heating up Lincoln Square this July and August with outdoor concerts at Richard Tucker Park. Music lovers are invited to bring lunch, join friends and enjoy performances by a diverse mix of New York City's most talented and eclectic musicians and singers. Plus, in addition to great music, YogaWorks will be holding free restorative stretch sessions in between music sets for people looking for a lunch time cool down. This weekly series of free lunch time performances is presented by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit's Music Under New York (MUNY) program.

Free Summer Concerts & Yoga in Lincoln Square - Lincoln Square BID
Through August 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

The Lincoln Square Free Summer Concert Series at Richard Tucker Park will be held every Wednesday from July 4 until August 29, from 12-2pm at Broadway and 66th Street. The Free Summer Concert Series is back on the Upper West Side, heating up Lincoln Square this July and August with outdoor concerts at Richard Tucker Park. Music lovers are invited to bring lunch, join friends, and enjoy performances by a diverse mix of New York City's most talented and eclectic musicians and singers. Plus, in addition to great music, YogaWorks will be holding free restorative stretch sessions in between music sets for people looking for a lunch time cool down.

Mommy and Me Cooking Class - Taste Buds Kitchen
Through August 29, 2012 - Chelsea

Cook up a new and delicious culinary adventure each week. Recipes vary from savory to sweet as you focus on ingredients, tastes, techniques, and making new friends. This class is a great way to introduce new ingredients and flavors to your child's taste buds. Class size is limited to 10 students. Classes are available for kids age 2 through teens.

CUMC SUMMER PLAYGROUP - Community United Methodist Church
Through August 29, 2012 - Middle Village

This playgroup is a “Mommy & Me” program designed for pre-school children. The program includes snacks, arts and crafts, songs, games and story-time. Sessions are on a pay-as-you-go-basis.

Tots Time Plus - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2012 - Staten Island

Preschoolers create art, hear stories, and sing songs.

CMA Pier Pop Up - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through August 30, 2012 - West Village

Stop by Piers 25, 62, and 84 for free hands-on arts programming ranging from pixilation, sound recording, and animation to drawing, painting, and collaborating on large scale eco-art installations. CMA's Media Lab Films will also be presented on Pier 46 as trailers to Hudson River Park's Friday family film screenings. Stop by Pier 25 every Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 PM for free hands-on arts programming.

Summer Evenings at the Statue of Liberty - Statue Cruises
Through August 30, 2012 - Battery Park City

Families can enjoy spectacular sunsets and world class views of New York Harbor. Tour Liberty Island with a park ranger, have a picnic, and play on the island. Thursdays beginning July 12 until August 30.

Wacky Tuesday - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Crown Heights

Explore art, science and culture in a wacky, fun and exciting way.

Tales for Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Crown Heights

Travel to far away places in your imagination by listening to tales from around the world.

Storytimes with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Story time is led by Emily Terte, the creative director of The Moxie Spot. She has years of experience working with young children as an elementary school teacher and librarian, and she combines her love of books, puppets, and children to give children (and parents) an extraordinary story time experience.

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Join Nat, the proprietor of The Moxie Spot, for an hour of singing, dancing around, and celebrating life.

Chess for Children - Brooklyn Lyceum
Through August 31, 2012 - Park Slope

Children can work on their chess skills via competition and instruction.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
Through August 31, 2012 - Park Slope

These clinics are helpful for moms who need a little reassurance or encouragement with breastfeeding. While many simple issues can be resolved in these helpful group sessions, please be aware that certain more complex breastfeeding issues may require more individualized attention which can be provided in a home visit.

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through August 31, 2012 -

Discuss questions and concerns regarding breastfeeding and find support and encouragement with this group, which meets regularly.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Specifically for children four to seven years old and their adult friends (no older or younger siblings, please), Arty Facts explores the Museum's galleries, focusing on a specific theme before returning to the studio to create art inspired by what was seen. The class meets in the Museum's Rubin Lobby exactly at designated times.

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through August 31, 2012 - Canarsie

Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.

Discover Tours - Audubon Center at Prospect Park
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

Learn how to look for birds, discover the source of the Lullwater, and find out what you can do to protect nature on a tour led by expert naturalists. Every Saturday and Sunday.

Arts and Recreation - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Naturalists at the Audubon Center lead structured, fun, and engaging arts activities combined with outdoor nature play that will have kids up and moving like an animal or pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth.

Handiwork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past - Lefferts Historic House
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Imagine yourself in the past! Learn games, pastimes and tasks that were common 200 years ago.

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

The Museum's popular weekly drop-in program for youngest transportation fans is free with admission. Adult companions must be present.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through August 31, 2012 - Gowanus

Powerplay's play area is an environment that encourages physical and imaginative play. It's indoor play space is a warm embrace for the cold and frosty days. It provides amenities of a local playground in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents and caregivers must supervise their child.

Saturday Pediatric Clinic - New York Methodist Hospital
Through August 31, 2012 - Park Slope

New York Methodist Hospital offers free preventive dental education, information, and toothbrushes on Saturday mornings by appointment. Call the Department of Dental Medicine at 718-780-5410 or Dental Educator Brendan Wheeler at 718-780-5367.

Saturdays Tots - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Staten Island

Hardworking parents can now enjoy some time with their toddlers. Activities include singing, creating, and sharing adventures.

Bereavement Support Groups for Children and Teens - St. Joseph's High School for Girls
Through August 31, 2012 - Downtown Brooklyn

Children and teens who may feel isolated in grieving the death of a loved one will be given the opportunity to meet and be with others struggling with similar losses. Groups meet for eight consecutive weeks. Presented by Calvary Hospital. Contact Kristen Finneran, MS at 646-739-1005 to register and for further information.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents "Love's Labour's Lost" - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

King Ferdinand and his three friends devote themselves to three years of study. No women will be allowed within a mile of court - that is until the Princess of France arrives with her entourage. Disguise, deception, and mischief abound as the heart proves stronger than the mind. A romantic comedy with a most surprising ending. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Romeo & Juliet' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers ignite the stage in this romantic tragedy. Love, lust, and revenge fuel the plot of this classic play as a family feud seals the young couple's fate. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The 39 Steps' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

A fast-paced whodunit, packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a wildly talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have an evening of fun for the whole family. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Summer Songs and Stories - Lefferts Historic House
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Storyteller Tammy Hall brings the age-old art of storytelling to Prospect Park. Enjoy enchanting tales from the Lefferts family and around the world.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2012 - Norwalk

Join the crew of the research vessel Oceanic for an educational and scenic trip of the sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a video microscope), crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and a variety of fish, crabs, lobsters and surprises brought up in the trawl net. Marine Life Study Cruises also contribute to local scientific research. Water-chemistry and weather readings are taken. And details about the animals brought onboard are entered into the Aquarium's Long Island Sound Biodiversity Project, a database on the physical and biological features of the Sound.The program takes place daily through July and August. Advance reservations recommended. Go online or call ext. 2206 to for more information or to purchase tickets.

Summer Storywalk: "Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big" - White Plains Public Library
Through August 31, 2012 - White Plains

Kids will be inspired to follow their dreams as they follow this Storywalk based on the book, "Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big," written by Chris Paul and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Open to families with children in grades 1-6 beginning Sunday, July 1 and continuing through Friday, August 31. Storywalk instructions are available at the Children's Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove. Participants must sign in there before proceeding on the walk. Children in grades 1-3 must be accompanied by an adult on the walk. Children in grades 4-6 may follow the walk without an adult.

Children's Summer Workshops - Conference House Park
Through August 31, 2012 - Staten Island

The Conference House Association is offering summer workshops for children during the months of July and August. Learn how to write with your very own feather quill pen or find out how to make "stone soup". Churn some butter, paint a picture, go on a scavenger hunt, or learn how to "vinegar grain".

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and celebrate family. Visit a wall sized, multi-family photo album created from photographs taken during photo workshops held at the museum.

Discover Tours - Audubon Center at Prospect Park
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

Learn how to look for birds, discover the source of the Lullwater, and find out what you can do to protect nature on a tour led by expert naturalists. Every Saturday and Sunday.

Storytimes with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Story time is led by Emily Terte, the creative director of The Moxie Spot. She has years of experience working with young children as an elementary school teacher and librarian, and she combines her love of books, puppets, and children to give children (and parents) an extraordinary story time experience.

On Paper: Impressionist, Modern, and Post-War Masters - Hammer Galleries
Through August 31, 2012 - New York

On Paper features an international selection of artists including over forty significant pastels, gouaches, pencil drawings and collages from Impressionist, Modern and Post War Masters. Beginning with drawings from the Impressionist era, the exhibition includes several exceptional works by Honoré Daumier, Pierre-Auguste Renoir from and Mary Cassatt. Continuing into the twentieth century, On Paper showcases important works by Modern Masters such as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Kees van Dongen, as well as Surrealist works by Paul Delvaux and Yves Tanguy. The exhibition also features several works on paper by Pop Art icons Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann, as well as three lyrical watercolors by the Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Francis. A selection of seven drawings by Pablo Picasso ranging in date from 1905 to 1972, traces Picasso's career as a master draftsman. Picasso's extraordinary 1932 work on paper titled Le joueur de clarinette is inspired by Picasso's young mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter and is an exhibition highlight. Picasso's association with Marie-Thérèse began in 1927 when she was still a teenager living with her mother. Many years later she told Life magazine, "I was seventeen years old. I was an innocent young girl. I knew nothing—neither of life or of Picasso. Nothing. I had gone to do some shopping at the Galeries Lafayette, and Picasso saw me leaving the Metro. He simply took me by the arm and said: 'I am Picasso! You and I are going to do great things together." In addition to their On Paper exhibition, Hammer Galleries will have a selection of major oil paintings by Picasso, Chagall, Legér and Miró on display as well as mobiles by Alexander Calder and sculpture by Jean Dubuffet. To celebrate the opening of their latest exhibition titled On Paper, Hammer Galleries has launched an interactive Virtual Tour which highlights the exhibition and their Park Avenue gallery space. Hammer Galleries' Virtual Tour simulates a real time viewing of their On Paper exhibition as it provides viewers with a 360 degree panoramic view of the gallery. With interactive capabilities, the tour gives the option to pan to different sections of the gallery and the ability to click on individual images of artworks. Full-screen shots of artworks with their corresponding details appear once artworks have been selected, allowing for their thorough examination. The Virtual Tour of On Paper is easily accessible on a computer, iPad or iPhone by clicking on the following link: http://vtg.virtualtourgallery.com/vtg-0137/#p=scene_view1

Free Carousel Rides - Prospect Park Carousel
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Enjoy free carousel rides In celebration of the horses' 100th birthday. Yep, they were sculpted 100 years ago, so don't go to crazy on 'em.

Macy's Fishing Clinics - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Children 15 and under will learn about the fishing, including safety and techniques, all while casting their lines on a spectacular summer day. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park Imagination Playground
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Gather 'round Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures.

Summer Songs and Stories - Lefferts Historic House
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Storyteller Tammy Hall brings the age-old art of storytelling to Prospect Park. Enjoy enchanting tales from the Lefferts family and around the world.

High Flying Fun - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Kites have been around for thousands of years and they have been used as an educational tool around the world. Join us for some aerodynamic fun and a unique workshop as you design your own kite using bright paint and other exciting materials. Fly your kite and enjoy a high flying summer afternoon with your family. This event runs through August 31.

START (Story+Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Each week kids listen to a different story that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project about the story that was read.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through August 31, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families. Whether living on the Arctic tundra or the high desert of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey to feed this year's pups. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. August 5, 11, 18, and 25 at 11am.

Evening Howl for All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
Through August 31, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families, then meet WCCs endangered wolves and take a sunset hike to howl with the wolves during their favorite hour. August 11 and 18 at 6:30pm; August 25 at 6pm.

Rockefeller Center Farmers Market - Rockefeller Center Plaza
Through August 31, 2012 - Midtown

Starting July 25 and running through Aug. 31, Rockefeller Center will once again be the midtown home of the famous New York City Greenmarket. Each week, the plaza will be brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and baked goods, all from regional farmers. Access to the weekly market is free and open to the public. Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC. For more information visit rockefellercenter.com.

Rainforest Reptile Shows - Beardsley Zoo
Through August 31, 2012 - Bridgeport

The show features exotic crawlers, unusual slithers, and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Meet "Fred," Rainforest Reptiles' 7-foot alligator. Show runs 30 minutes. Visit the Zoo Reptile Trailer, a mobile exhibit featuring 40 live animal displays, open daily from 10am-3:30pm.

Lose The Training Wheels Bike Camp - Aviator Sports at Floyd Bennett Field
Through August 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

An idea whose time has definitely come, this 5-day camp teaches children with special needs to ride a bike! Visit website for more information. Lose The Training Wheels Bike Camp is also seeking volunteers.

Summer Drop-off Pre-K Camp - Great Neck Arts Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Great Neck

This half-day program (Tuesday-Thursday)exposes children to a wide range of activities designed to exercise both their minds and bodies in the arts and creative movement. Sign up for as many days as you want and pre-register by the Monday before each camp week. Call for weekly fees.

Summer Drop-off Pre-K Camp - Great Neck Arts Center
Through August 31, 2012 - Great Neck

This half day program exposes children to a wide range of activities designed to exercise both their minds and bodies in the arts and creative movement. Sign up for as many days as you want for as many weeks as you want. Register by the Monday before each camp week. Call for weekly discount. This program runs through August 31, 2012.

Afternoon Tea Party - The Cupcake Corner
Through August 31, 2012 - Garden City

Parents can bring their children to an afternoon tea party in a beautiful garden setting. Feast on a meal of freshly baked English scones (chocolate for the kids), assorted finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini cupcakes and cookies, lemonade, tea and coffee (iced and hot). Each child receives a free craft during the party.

MYSTIC AQUARIUM SALUTES OUR MILITARY WITH FREE ADMISSION IN JULY AND AUGUST - Mystic Aquarium
Through August 31, 2012 - Mystic

In honor of Independence Day and the military’s service to our country, Mystic Aquarium welcomes military (active and retired) with free general admission during the months of July and August. Family members with a dependent’s ID receive a special military rate of $15 per adult and $10 per child. This special offer is on general admission only and is valid through August 31, 2012. Valid military identification must be presented at Mystic Aquarium’s admission gate at time of purchase. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Military always receive $10 off any Mystic Aquarium membership category.

Rainforest Reptile Shows - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through August 31, 2012 - Bridgeport

August 1 - 31, 2012 Monday - Wednesday 12:30 pm, Thursday and Friday 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm Rainforest Reptile Shows features exotic crawlers, unusual slithers, and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Meet "Fred," Rainforest Reptiles' 7-foot alligator. Show runs 30 minutes. Visit the Zoo Reptile Trailer, a mobile exhibit featuring 40 live animal displays, open daily from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm. Show and Reptile Trailer are free with paid admission to the Zoo.

Guilt, The New Masked Ball - Botanica
Through September 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Guilt is a new masked party in Downtown New York. Guilt is an excuse to hide yourself and party without feeling the guilt of next day responsibilities. Guilt is for those who want to remain anonymous.

Blue Star Museum - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through September 01, 2012 - Mashantucket

The museum is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate families. The Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays only.

Boating - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 Boat Basin
Through September 01, 2012 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Bridge Park offers kayaking and rowing at its Boathouse. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time.

KIDS BOWL FREE @ Farmingdale Lanes - Farmingdale Lanes
Through September 01, 2012 - Farmingdale

Go to the website or stop in and sign up for the Free Summer program. Each child gets a Kids bowl free card to redeem for a free game per day from June 1 to Sept 1.

Ghost the Musical - Ghost The Musical
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

The show that's thrilling London is now on Broadway. GHOST is a new musical adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Tony Award® winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage, The Norman Conquests). The original score is by multiple Grammy® Award winners Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard, and includes the iconic "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers. GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. The story follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds as a ghost, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. Tickets at Ticketmaster.com

Harvey - Harvey
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

Golden Globe and Emmy Award® winner Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory", The Normal Heart), Tony® and Emmy Award nominee Charles Kimbrough (The Merchant of Venice) and Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge) return to Broadway in Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize–winning comedy, Harvey. Parsons stars as one of modern theatre's most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd. Charming and kind, Elwood has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a six-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family's social reputation, Elwood's sister Veta (Jessica Hecht) takes Elwood to the local sanatarium. But when Dr. William Chumley (Charles Kimbrough) mistakenly commits the anxiety-ridden Veta, Elwood—and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit. Tony and Emmy Award nominee Scott Ellis (Roundabout's Twelve Angry Men) directs this classic comedy about losing your mind and finding your real, and imaginary, true friends. Previews May 18–June 13 Evening performances 8pm Early Curtain Series (June 19–29) Performances 7pm Matinees 2pm

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Updated and Expanded FAO Schweetz - FAO Schwarz
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Updated and Expanded FAO Schweetz Come visit the newly redesigned and expanded FAO Schweetz candy department! An iconic stop at the legendary store for 15 years, FAO Schweetz now encompasses nearly 6,000 square feet on Level One, and has been completely redesigned, featuring new floors, new displays and, most importantly, a fantastic new assortment of tasty treats. Offering its signature candy by the pound, FAO Schweetz will wow shoppers in search of a sweet snack – from bears, worms, fruit and anything else gummy, to classic candies such as Jawbreakers and Whoppers – before they finally fill a bag with favorite delectable treats. Oversized packaged sweets, including giant-sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate bars and more, as well as whimsical candies such as Nerds and Gobstoppers, make this candy wonderland complete.

Lobby-for-the-Time-Being - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through September 01, 2012 - Bronx

Expanding on his playful, ongoing exploration of architecture, the Bronx-born conceptual artist Vito Acconci, in collaboration with a team of architects and media artists, has radically transformed the Bronx Museum North Wing Lobby through a series of interventions built with Corian. A smooth, hard material that is not quite translucent and not quite opaque, Corian© is used by the Acconci Studio as if it were a pliable soft fabric: cut open and slit into strips, pulled and stretched, pitted and gouged, rolled and curved, and braided and knotted, making it behave almost as if it were an organism. Through this series of operations, the slick material often associated with kitchen countertops is transformed into a lace-like surface on which images and shadows cast by the audience are projected.

...As Apple Pie - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

Images, like words, can trigger a cultural or emotional response to a shared national ethos. Artists have employed images-sometimes straightforwardly, often obliquely-in order to comment on a country, its people, its political or social goals, and its self-image. This exhibition explores this phenomenon through a rotating installation, drawn from the Whitney's collection, of works on paper by a diverse group of artists including William N. Copley, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton, Willard Midgette, LeRoy Neiman, Joseph Pennell, Charles Ray, Jaune Quickto- See Smith, and Stow Wengenroth.

Action: Sex and the Moving Image - Museum of Sex
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

We live in a highly visual culture: we are presented with representational impressions and images hundreds, if not thousands, of times each day, often to the point of sensory overload. The impact of these visual images resonates in every facet of our lives, contributing to how we interact with and interpret the world around us; it shapes our opinions, creative output and desires. Images also clearly serve as a driving force behind our decisions about what to buy, what to believe, what to value, where to go and which people and relationships are worth our time and energy. The most widely=used, persuasive images of all are indisputably those pertaining to sex. Sexual and sensual imagery abounds in commercials, music videos, television shows, mainstream film and on the web. Ignoring the intriguing, suggestive and titillating influence of these images is nearly impossible...but, more importantly, why should we? Sex in and on film directly propelled the development of private video technology for the masses, including VCR and DVD players; and, within the past few decades the Internet has made sexual imagery more instantaneously-accessible than ever. No matter how much it is discussed, denounced and demonized, however, images of sex - in films, on television sets, on computer screens and now on mobile devices ? are an increasing everyday facet of modern culture. Sex, nudity, and even innuendo have always been highly contentious topics of public discourse and debate. In fact, throughout the history of the "moving image" legislation has not only dictated what filmmakers could legally create, but also mandated what people were "allowed" to see. Those deeming subject matter as obscene or immoral have edited, censored, banned and even destroyed films with sexual content. Action: Sex and the Moving Image surveys the controversial history of sex and the moving image over more than 150 years, featuring everything from the subtle sexual metaphors in mainstream films like Dracula (1931) to the unsimulated sex scenes in independently-funded films like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971), from the "sexploitation" films of the 1950s to the "porno chic" era that made Deep Throat (1972) and Debbie Does Dallas (1978) legendary, from the emergence/acceptance of same-sex pornography to contemporary celebrity "home-made" porn such as One Night in Paris (2004). Using multiple screens and light-boxes, this exhibition exposes the most influential and provocative sexual images caught on cinematic camera.

F*ck Art - A Street Art Occupation - Museum of Sex
Through September 01, 2012 - New York

In response to the growing anti-institution sentiment pervasive in our culture, the Museum of Sex has engaged a group of 20 select street artists to occupy the third floor gallery at the Museum of Sex. Showcasing work that pushes the boundaries of our relationship to sexuality in public space, F*CK ART invites a dialogue around the power of visual provocation in the urban environment. This installation is a combination of existing pieces and site-specific works created for the run of the show.

Activist New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through September 01, 2012 - Upper East Side

Guest curator Steven Jaffe will lead a tour of the inaugural exhibition in the new Puffin Foundation Gallery. From the 17th century diary of John Bowne, which details his fight for religious freedom, to vintage footage of settlement house workers in the 1920s, to movies of residents in the South Bronx fihgting for housing in the 1970s, Dr. Jaffe will trace how citizens organizing to claim their human rights have shaped the destiny of the city.

Zarkana from Cirque du Soleil - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 02, 2012 -

After completing its first summer in New York City and wowing over 500,000 guests, Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is returning to Radio City Music Hall for the Summer of 2012! This epic spectacle plunges audiences into a fantastically twisted world where 71 international artists perform highly-acrobatic feats, heightened by original live music. Be there as Zarkana transforms the grandest stage in the world into a world of unreality as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine.

Weegee: Murder Is My Business - International Center of Photography
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899-1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as a stringer for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940-48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as LIFE. Utilizing other distribution venues, Weegee also wrote extensively (including his autobiographical Naked City, published in 1945) and organized his own exhibitions at the Photo League. This exhibition draws upon the extensive Weegee Archive at ICP and includes environmental recreations of Weegee's apartment and exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.

EXHIBIT: RISING DRAGON: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY - Katonah Museum of Art
Through September 02, 2012 - Katonah

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," an exhibition of work created by Chinese artists in China since 2000, the last Year of the Dragon. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States. "Rising Dragon" offers an overview of the photographic work that is being done in China today. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, March 25 through September 2, 2012.

The Olympic Games: Art, Culture and Sport - Bruce Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Greenwich

This exhibition compares the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity ? footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints, and wrestling. A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreates one of the earliest Greek stadiums with 1,200 miniature participants. The exhibit is complemented by the interactive exhibition "The Games: The Science of Sport." On view May 12 through September 2.

Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit - Connecticut Science Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Hartford

Experience what it was like to stomp and roar with the largest reptiles the world has ever seen. Learn how these massive creatures were unearthed after millions of years and what scientists are doing to further their research on the fossils they find. May 3-Sep 2, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 02, 2012 - Midtown

Zarkana is an acrobatic spectacle that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the bizarre. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained. The diverse cast of more than 75 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.

Walk Among Live Butterflies - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Scarsdale

Flying freely among the colorful and fragrant flowers in the greenhouse, experience Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Swallowtails, fluttering from blossom to blossom in search of nourishing nectar. You may even observe them resting in a shady spot to cool off or sipping water from a puddle. While enjoying the beauty of these delicate creatures, learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, from egg and caterpillar stages, to chrysalis and butterfly, and discover the unique relationship between specific plants and butterflies. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored in part by Central Animal Hospital, Geraldine Stutz Trust, Inc., ShopRite, WFAS, Whole Foods Market, and Westchester County Parks. Exhibit runs through September 2.

Framed: Step into Art - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Garden City

Enter the framework of famous paintings, arrange works of art into your own art gallery, create a chalk wall mural, and experience art like never before in Framed: Step into Art. This imaginative and interactive exhibit is sure to bring out the inner artist in everyone. Uncover your artistic side through a number of creative activities, including traveling back to the Canadian Rockies in 1916 and discovering camping gear like John Singer Sargent would have used; riding Clementine Hunter's Big Chicken and helping complete Diego Rivera's mural Corn Festival, and viewing original and famous parodies of "Mona Lisa. This exhibit runs through Sept. 2.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York - New-York Historical Society
Through September 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

The eradication of smallpox, variola major, from the world is one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. For centuries, this highly contagious, disfiguring lethal disease swept through communities, often killing nearly a quarter of its victims and leaving many of the rest blind and deeply scarred. There is still not any known cure for the disease, but the last naturally occurring case of smallpox in the world appeared in 1977. "Get Vaccinated!" -- part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks) -- traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation's largest city. The exhibition begins with the use of inoculation (the introduction of matter from a pustule on the body of smallpox sufferer), in the eighteenth century, and George Washington's dramatic decision to inoculate his troops during the Revolutionary War, amid rumors that the British were intentionally infecting rebel populations. Themes emphasized in Get Vaccinated! include the history of vaccination itself, the painful conflict between the need to manage disease in an urban environment and the rights of individuals to resist government interference in their private lives, the growing effectiveness of public relations campaigns in promoting public health initiatives, bioterrorism and the political and economic impact of all epidemics in the city, including cholera, typhus, yellow fever, and AIDS.

Landscape-Scene/Re-seen - Westport Arts Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Westport

Twenty major contemporary photographers from the Andrew and Christine Hall Collection explore the way we look at landscapes today as they are impacted by man's footprint. June 15-September 2, 2012

Your House, My House - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through September 02, 2012 - Bridgeport

Journey into the homes of people from around the world. Children step into three model homes: a Mongolian herder's ger, an m'bure from the tropics of Fiji and a stilt house from a Malaysian fishing village. Activities in the house settings help children make connections between what happens in their own homes and what happens in these houses. March 27-September 2, 2012.

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche. The viewer is placed in the peculiar but exhilarating position of deciding for him- or herself whether the artwork expresses a disjuncture with reality or an uninhibited embracing of interior life. After all, what is more true, the picture that looks real or the picture that feels real; the observer or the observed? These perceptions shift as new scholarship emerges. Often, real-life roots are discovered for even arcane and esoteric imagery that has already influenced our response to an artist and his work: does this disappoint or satisfy the viewer? Diminish or enhance the creativity of the artist? One need only contemplate the culture- and memory-driven gestures of Martín Ramírez, the impressionistic nineteenth-century portraits by Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and minimalist mid-twentieth-century soot drawings by James Castle to render these distinctions immaterial. Instead the viewer is urged to enjoy the permeable fluidity between art and imagination, dream and belief. Stacy C. Hollander Senior Curator

Christer Stromholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche - International Center of Photography
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

Christer Stromholm (1918-2002) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de la Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual street hustlers in Paris in the 1960s. Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Stromholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city's red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. Str?mholm's surprisingly intimate portraits and lush Brassa-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album, a vibrant tribute to these girls, the "girlfriends of La Place Blanche." The photographs were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. Stromholm's photo-essay raises profound issues about sexuality and gender; as he wrote in 1983, "It was thenoand still is-about obtaining the freedom to choose one's own life and identity." This exhibition, the first presentation of Stromholm's work in an American museum, is organized by ICP Curatorial Assistant Pauline Vermare.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director - International Center of Photography
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

In honor of its Ehrenkranz Director Willis Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography presents an engaging survey of its vast and unique collection of photographs. Founded in 1975, as part of the original concept for the Center, the photograph collection at ICP now contains well over 100,000 photographs, ranging from the 1840s to the present. This provocative selection by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis is an investigation of the aesthetics and uses of photographic images, and includes well-loved classics as well as little-known works by anonymous photographers. One of the hallmarks of the collection is a focus on alternative histories of photography, including marginalized social practices of photography as well as popular and nonart approaches to the medium. Eugene Atget, W. Eugene Smith, Cindy Sherman, Walker Evans, and Andre Kertesz are among the photographers included in this wide-ranging exhibition.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs - International Center of Photography
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

As the American Civil War ground to a dispiriting and unheroic end after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's rebel forces and the shocking assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in mid-April 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, became a political fugitive. At dawn on May 10, 1865, a contingent of Michigan cavalry captured Davis in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife's overcoat rather than his own. News reports immediately circulated that Davis had been apprehended in women's clothes and that he was attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Northern artists and caricaturists seized upon these rumors of cowardly escape and created wildly inventive images, some using photomontage, to sensationalize the political story. Photographers circulated and even pirated dozens of fanciful photographic cards; many used a photographic portrait of Davis on a hand-drawn body in a woman's dress, hat, and crinoline, but wearing his own boots, the detail that supposedly betrayed him to his captors. The exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator of Collections Erin Barnett.

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History - New-York Historical Society
Through September 02, 2012 - New York

To consider the fascinating yet largely anonymous legacy of beer brewing in New York City, the New-York Historical Society presents Beer Here: Brewing New York's History. This exhibit surveys the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city from the seventeenth century to the present. In the past three decades, New York City has become an important center of craft and home beer brewing. While this phenomenon began only after President Jimmy Carter signed into law an act that legalized home-brewing, the growth of New York's present beer industry also marks the resurgence of a long-standing tradition known to few outside the world of beer aficionados. Beer has been brewed in New York City and State since the days of its earliest European settlement, when it was a vital source of nourishment and tax revenues. Brewing continued locally and statewide throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and for much of the nineteenth century New York State was home to one of the country's largest brewing industries. Early nineteenth-century development of New York State's hop farming industry was vital to this growth, and from the 1840s through the 1880s the state was the largest producer of hops in the United States. Exhibit sections explore such topics as: the nutritional properties of colonial beer and early New York brewers in the age of revolution; infrastructure innovations and the importance of access to clean water; large-scale brewing in nineteenth-century New York and the influence of immigration; the influence of temperance and impact of prohibition; bottling, canning, refrigeration and other technological advances; and the state of the city's breweries in the age of mass production. Featured artifacts and documents include: a 1779 account book from a New York City brewer who sold beer and ale to both the British and patriot sides; sections of early nineteenth-century wooden pipes from one of the city's first water systems; a bronze medal that commemorates an 1855 New York State temperance law; beer trays from a variety of late nineteenth-century brewers; sign from the campaign to repeal prohibition; and a selection of advertisements from Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer, beloved hometown brewers. The exhibit concludes with a beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers. The beer hall hours are: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays: 2pm-6pm Fridays: 2pm-8pm Sundays: 2pm-5pm

Kaleidozone-Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-Out of Foster Care Project - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Garden City

Explore a collection of black and white and color photographs giving an intimate look at struggles and triumphs of daily life for young people as they transition from foster care into independent lives. Through thought-provoking questions and statements accompanying the photos, visitors will be introduced to life after foster care. Professional photographers, writers and reporters from the New York area team up with SalaamGarageNYC to present Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging-Out of Foster Care Project. This humanitarian media project shares the stories of 15 young adults who have recently aged out the foster care system in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. For more information visit www.local.salaamgarage.com. This event runs through September 2.

National Geographic's Flying Monsters 3D - Connecticut Science Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Hartford

Travel back 220 million years when dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the earth and Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. Narrated by David Attenborough. Stadium seating and a 30'x40' giant screen make for great viewing. June 23-September 2, 2012.

Sea Rex 3D - Connecticut Science Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Hartford

Come face-to-face with the underwater creatures of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including the fearsome Prognathodon, Sea Rex. See how scientists continue to learn from the fossils of these creatures, the habitats they lived in and the life-or-death challenges they faced. June 23-September 2, 2012.

Tornado Alley 3D - Connecticut Science Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Hartford

Created by Storm Chasers star Sean Casey, Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events, the birth of a tornado. June 23-September 2,2012.

Free Lunch at Mystic Aquarium - Mystic Aquarium
Through September 02, 2012 - Mystic

Now through Sept. 2, Mystic Aquarium guests can get their fill of fun with African penguins, beluga whales and sea lions shows, and also fill up on a free lunch. Guests who purchase general admission, value tickets or a new membership online get a free lunch at Penguins Café. Lunch includes one slice of cheese pizza, hot dog or veggie burger with a small fountain soda and an ice cream sandwich. The free lunch coupon included with online purchase must be presented at time of admission to receive a free lunch voucher. Offer expires Sept. 2, 2012, cannot be combined with any other offer, has no cash value and cannot be reproduced.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - 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.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Six sibling meerkats visit from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Windows will offer close up views into their underground burrows as well as viewing bubbles to see above ground. These animals will be familiar to anyone who has seen the Lion King.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Jan 12-Sep 3, 2012.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites. Jan 3-Sep 3, 2012.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates.

White Alligator - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

See a very rare 8-foot-long white alligator. Of some 5 million or so American alligators thought to be alive, fewer than 100 are albino. The alligator will be visiting the aquarium through Sept. 3.

America's Love Affair with the Car - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through September 03, 2012 - Stony Brook

In addition to classic cars, there is also old signage, gas pumps, slot cars model cars and Matchbox cars.

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 03, 2012 - Midtown

This exhibition is the U.S. premiere of Taryn Simon's (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII. The work was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which the artist travelled around the world researching and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the 18 "chapters" that make up the work, external forces of territory, power, circumstance, or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. The subjects Simon documents include victims of genocide in Bosnia, test rabbits infected with a lethal disease in Australia, the first woman to hijack an aircraft, and the living dead in India. Her collection is at once cohesive and arbitrary, mapping the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Simon's project is divided into 18 chapters, nine of which will be presented at MoMA. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel). A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII exploits photography's capacity to at once probe complex narratives in contemporary politics and organize this material according to classification processes characteristic of the archive, a system that connects identity, lineage, history, and memory.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. April 25-Sep 3, 2012.

A Narrated Tour of New York Harbor On-Board Statue Cruises’ Eco-Friendly M/V Hornblower Hybrid - Statue Cruises
Through September 03, 2012 - New York

Get up close and personal with the Brooklyn Bridge, Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and NYC’s must-see cityscapes on the environmentally friendly Hornblower Hybrid, which has begun servicing its one-hour narrated “Liberty Harbor Cruise” departing daily from Battery Park. The cruise features an audio tour that tells the stories of the city’s most revered treasures. The newest member of the Statue Cruises fleet capitalizes on an array of environmentally friendly power sources, including solar and wind. It also features Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified materials. The cruise runs daily now through September 3 with departures at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30p.m. Tickets cost $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Ages 4 and younger cruise for free. For reservations and additional information, or to learn about tours and event charters aboard M/V Hornblower Hybrid, please visit www.statuecruises.com

TARANTULAS: Alive & Up Close - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through September 03, 2012 - Stamford

Twenty live tarantulas from several different species are on display in this family-friendly educational and interactive exhibit. You may discover they aren't necessarily the fearsome creatures they've been portrayed as in popular culture. June 23-Sep 3, 2012.

Bellini, Titian, and Lotto North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 03, 2012 -

The Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, is a jewel among Italian museums and a haven for art lovers. Founded at the end of the eighteenth century by Count Giacomo Carrara and housed in a beautiful Neoclassical building, it contains a range of masterpieces dating from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. At its core is a group of outstanding pictures from the Renaissance. Because of closure for restoration, it has been possible for the museum to lend to The Metropolitan Museum of Art fifteen masterpieces by Venetian and north Italian painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including works by Bellini, Titian, and Lorenzo Lotto.

Johnny Peers Muttville Comix - Long Island Game Farm
Through September 03, 2012 - Manorville

Johnny Peers is a former professional clown with Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus. His 15 dogs, most of which have been rescued from shelters, perform a variety of tricks, such as jumping rope, ladder climbing, tightrope walking and skateboarding.

NY Waterway One-Hour Ferry Ride to Sandy Hook - Midtown West Ferry Terminal and Downtown World Financial Center
Through September 03, 2012 - New York

NY Waterway takes beach-goers on a relaxing, traffic-free one-hour boat ride from Manhattan to the beaches at Sandy Hook, NJ, every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday through Labor Day. This restores popular service which was discontinued after 9/11. The one-day vacation, by-passing traffic jams on the Garden State Parkway and the threat of closed parking lots, begins when ferries depart from the Midtown West Ferry Terminal at 39th Street in the Hudson River Park and from the Downtown World Financial Center terminal at the foot of Vesey Street. Departures are at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, and return trips are at 4:50 PM and 6:50 PM. Schedules and fares are available at nywaterway.com or 1-800-53-FERRY (33779).

Blue Star Museums Program - Cradle of Aviation Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Garden City

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Swimming at Playland Beach - Rye Playland Park
Through September 03, 2012 - Rye

May 26-June 21: open Saturdays and Sundays only. June 22-Sept. 3: open Wednesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Parking fees are $5 weekdays, $7 weekends, and $10 holidays.

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 03, 2012 -

One of the foremost artists of our day, Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923) may be best known for his rigorous abstract painting, but he has made figurative drawings throughout his career, creating an extraordinary body of work that now spans six decades. There has never been a major museum exhibition dedicated exclusively to the plant drawings. The selection of approximately eighty drawings begins in 1948 during Kelly's early sojourn in Paris and continues throughout his travels to his most recent work made in upstate New York.

Summer Visitors to the Zoo--Giant Tortoises - Beardsley Zoo
Through September 03, 2012 - Bridgeport

Two giant tortoises are visiting from Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. "Professor," a Galapagos tortoise, weighs 416 pounds, and "Skipper," an Aldabra tortoise weighs 537 pounds and is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. June 4-August 31, 2012.

Living History Tours - Vanderbilt Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Centerport

Travel back to 1938 and relive life in the Vanderbilt Mansion. Costume actors stay in character, re-enacting actual events that took place among the staff, famous guests and the Vanderbilt Family. The program runs weekends, May 28-September 3, 2012.

Shell Swap - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Trade, explore, and share a shell, rock, or interesting beach item at our outdoor swap table any time throughout the summer. July 1-September 3, 2012.

Exhibition of Works by Dürer and Other Masters in Central European Draftsmanship 1400-1700 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 03, 2012 -

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400-1700 presents a selection of 100 works from the Museum's outstanding holdings of German, Swiss, Austrian, and early Bohemian drawings. Works by later 16th– and 17th–century artists are balanced by a group of drawings from the early 16th century, including an exceptional double-sided self-portrait by Albrecht Dürer. In addition to drawings by other major artists such as Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Urs Graf, Hans Holbein the Elder, Joseph Heintz the Elder, Wenzel Hollar, and Joachim von Sandrart the Elder, the exhibition highlights works by lesser-known, but equally fascinating, draftsmen of the 15th to 17th century. The selection of drawings in the exhibition is enhanced by comparative material, including prints, illustrated books, paintings, glass roundels, and decorative objects also from the Museum's collection, as well as by loans from the Pierpont Morgan Library and private collections. The exhibition will be featured on the Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org.

Illuminated - The Rubin Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - New York

Gold, silver, and other precious materials were often used to adorn objects of religious devotion, especially the sacred books of the living traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, and Islam. Materials used to produce them have always been of the best quality worthy of sacred texts, and their effectiveness often rested on the measure of their lavish production. Specifically, the exhibition Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures and presents Tibetan sacred books in a broad cross-cultural context. Among featured objects are several never before displayed illuminated Tibetan manuscript pages and complete books dating as early as the 13th century written in gold and silver on dark blue and black paper of various sizes in the traditional Tibetan book format. Through an in-depth examination of the comparable attitudes found in the presented objects, the exhibition provides new insights into what is known as the culture of the book. Other highlights from the exhibition include a bifolio of the famous "Blue Qur'an," written in gold on indigo colored velum in Tunisia between the 9th and 10th centuries; a Japanese Buddhist Sutra scroll written in gold on indigo paper in 1720; medieval Gospels written in gold letters on blue and purple parchment; illuminated pages of Jain Sutras; and illustrated Indian Hindu classics. In addition to these various lavishly decorated books of different faiths, created in diverse formats and materials, the exhibition also includes adorned book covers that are painted, carved from wood, and made of leather or silver repouss� as well as other objects, designated as sacred and recognized for their value as both art and devotional objects.

Blue Star Museums Program - Long Island Children's Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Garden City

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Program - Hofstra University Museum
Through September 03, 2012 - Hempstead

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

Blue Star Museums Program - Old Westbury Gardens
Through September 03, 2012 - Old Westbury

Free admission to the Museum is available through Labor Day to active-duty military and immediate family members. Call for additional information. This program runs through September 3, 2012.

WILD FOREST - A LEGO Safari - Bronx Zoo
Through September 03, 2012 - Bronx

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari on display along a wooded path near Zoo Center, featuring incredible LEGO wildlife sculptures and activities for the whole family. Visitors will see lemurs, a tiger, hornbills, rhinos, gorillas, flamingoes, a giraffe, and other exotic wildlife along their trek, and can visit their real-life counterparts throughout the zoo. At the LEGO Construction Zone at the Dancing Crane pavilion, visitors will be able to construct LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Master Builders one weekend a month on the Reptile House lawn. In addition to the LEGO fun, the Wildlife Theater will perform for guests as along the safari path. Guests are also invited to create their own animal prints and puppets based on the zoo's African animals with the help of artists from the Museum for African Art. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts, activities, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. For a full schedule of activities and exhibits, visit bronxzoo.com. Through September 3.

Women's Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

A light-hearted class open to women of all ages and interests, suitable for beginners. Stretch, strengthen, manage weight or just relax. Yoga balls and props are used to build balance and core strength. Mats provided. Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Mommy & Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body, center yourself, and re-energize with a fun workout with your baby. Babies will fuss, fidget and cry and it's all fine. Babies should be 6 weeks old and not yet crawling. Bring a baby blanket, mats provided. Drop in any day, no registration required. Sundays 11am; Tuesdays 10:30am; Thursdays 11:30am.

Fertility Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 08, 2012 - White Plains

Fertility Yoga aids women who are open to conception. This restorative yoga class increases pelvic circulation and guides you into deep relaxation. It is safe to attend during IVF treatment. The class has been a great support to many women who have conceived after long fertility journeys. Thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Voca People - New World Stages
Through September 08, 2012 - Midtown West

Performed by eight snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, there are no musical instruments, only vocals in this show. Featuring over 70 well known songs that create vocal "fireworks" and will encourage audiences to clap, participate, and sing along.

New Practices New York 2012 - Center for Architecture
Through September 08, 2012 -

New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and honors firms that have utilized unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. Seven promising and pioneering new architecture and design firms working in New York were chosen as the New Practices New York 2012 competition winners. To qualify for the competition, practices had to be founded since 2006 and be located within the five boroughs of New York City. This is the second year that the New Practices New York competition has been open to multidisciplinary firms, widening the field of entrants to designers and young professionals in the process of becoming licensed architects. The distinguished panel of jurors selected the competition's winners from fifty-one entries. The New Practices New York 2012 competition winners are: ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS; Christian Wassmann; formlessfinder; HOLLER architecture; The Living; MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY; and SLO Architecture.

Alex Van Gelder - Cheim & Read
Through September 08, 2012 - New York

Bianca Casady - Cheim & Read
Through September 08, 2012 - New York

'Stinkykids The Musical' - Riverside Theatre
Through September 08, 2012 - Morningside Heights

StinkyKid Britt never gets in trouble and loves making everyone happy. She's convinced her parents to take her friends to the opening of the new MegaJumper 3000. But when Britt gets a massive wad of gum stuck in her hair, she must rely on her friends to help her get out of the sticky situation before her parents find out and cancel the trip.

Gilded Age Magic - Hudson River Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Yonkers

Modern stage magic has its roots in the Gilded Age showmanship of Harry Keller (1849-1922), who performed around the world but made Yonkers his home between tours. With his theatrical spectacles, Keller founded a "Royal Dynasty" of American magicians including Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a friend and colleague of Keller's later years, and Howard Thurston (1869-1936), with whom Keller toured at the end of his career. These modern magicians cultivated a debonair stage persona that set them apart from earlier traveling sideshow artists, who dressed and posed as traditional Chinese conjurers. Despite the supernatural imagery on their posters, these magicians were not occultists but entertainers. Part of their audience appeal was the mystery of how their illusions were accomplished, not any claims to supernatural powers. The exhibition will feature vintage theatrical posters, costumes, and magic ephemera from little-seen private collections, as well as planned performances in the galleries by local magician Benjamin Levy and others. Through September 9.

Naked before the Camera - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 09, 2012 -

Since the beginning of art and in every medium, depicting the human body has been among the artist's greatest challenges and supreme achievements, as can so easily be seen by Museum visitors walking through the galleries of Greek and Roman statuary, African and Oceanic art, Old Master paintings, or Indian sculpture. Tapping veins of mythology, carnal desire, hero worship, and aesthetic pleasure, depictions of the nude have also triggered impassioned discussions of sin and sexuality, cultural identity, and canons of beauty. Controversies are often aroused even more intensely when the artist's chosen medium is photography, with its accuracy and specificity -- when a real person stood naked before the camera -- rather than traditional media where more generalized and idealized forms prevail. In the medium's early days -- particularly in France, where Victorian notions of propriety held less sway than in England and America, and where life drawing was a central part of artistic training -- photographs proved to be a cheap and easy substitute for the live model. While serving painters and sculptors, many nineteenth-century photographic nudes were also intended as works of art in their own right. Still others bore the title "artist's study" merely to evade government censors and legitimize images that were, in fact, more likely intended to stir a gentleman's loins than to enhance his aesthetic endeavors. Outside the realms of art and erotica, photographic nudes were made to aid the study of anatomy, movement, forensics, and ethnography. In twentieth-century art, the body became a vehicle for surreal and modernist manipulation and for intimate odes to beauty or poems to a muse. Beginning with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, nudity and its representation took on new meanings -- as declarations of freedom from societal strictures, as assertions of individual identity, as explorations of sexuality and gender roles, and as responses to AIDS. Naked before the Camera surveys the history of this subject and examines some of the motivations and meanings that underlie its expression.

Blue Man Group – Making Waves - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Norwalk

This exhibit is a playful, multisensory exploration of sound and interactive entertainment for the whole family. Utilizing extraordinary speaker technology, the exhibit features the dynamic Blue Man Group as a guide to the science of sound. On view May 19-September 9, 2012.

Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx

Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.

Charles Long: Pet Sounds - Madison Square Park
Through September 09, 2012 - Flatiron District

Come play outdoors in Madison Square Park and experience contemporary art all at the same time. Charles Long's "Pet Sounds" (2012) invites kids and visitors of all ages to explore its maze-like structure of vibrantly colored pipe rails and enjoy huge amorphous blobs that become interactive when touched. Come see, touch, play, and find out what exciting sounds this creature of a sculpture has to offer.

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently - New Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

"Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently" is a multipart project that explores the idea of sexual and gender "difference" after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. Through an exhibition, series of events, and an opening symposium, the project seeks to invigorate discussion around a queer "We" that looks beyond tolerance or assimilation toward a concept of equality that provides for greater personal freedom. The project draws from Motta's evolving database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info, which proposes "difference" as a profound mode of possibility for both solidarity and self-determination.

A-Maze-Ing Water - New York Aquarium
Through September 09, 2012 - Coney Island

This interactive exhibit, which opens as part of World Ocean's Day on June 8, runs through the summer and seeks to educate visitors toward becoming caring, informed stewards of our local and global waterways and the wildlife that depends on them. The program features Water's Extreme Journey, where visitors travel through a 1,500-square-foot maze, learning about the environmental threats that plague our waterways along their way to an ocean-themed destination. Water's Extreme Journey interactive maze is located under the pavilion tent at the aquarium. Children will be engaged with a range of interactive experiences as they ride a zipline through pollutants, put together water cycle puzzles, spin a wildlife wheel of facts, and learn the importance of water. Guests will also learn about the aquarium's New York Seascape, a conservation program designed to restore healthy populations of local marine species -- many of them threatened -- and to protect New York marine waters. Weekend programming includes art exhibits, hands-on activities, games, and more.

A-Maze-Ing-Water - New York Aquarium
Through September 09, 2012 - Coney Island

Enjoy an interactive exhibit and programming dedicated to water conservation and the New York Seascape. Highlights include a giant walk-through maze, a zipline ride, and a special art exhibit.

Sharon Hayes: There's So Much I Want to Say to You - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist whose work in photography, film, video, sound, and performance examines the nexus between politics, history, speech, and desire. This exhibition, conceived by Hayes for the Whitney's third floor galleries, brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls "speech acts." The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture - Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 09, 2012 -

As part of its summer program of sculpture exhibitions in the Gilbert Court, the Morgan will present three major sculptures by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly. Spare and elegant, Kelly's free-standing totemic forms -- one in bronze, the other two in mahogany and redwood -- exude the same quiet and spectacular beauty as his better-known, brightly colored paintings. The exhibition will also include a group of models and drawings that reveal the artist's process.

Raw Cooked: Ulrike Muller - Brooklyn Museum
Through September 09, 2012 -

The fifth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Sunset Park-based artist Ulrike Muller. With the goal of starting a conversation on the lesbian feminist movement and examining the visibility of queer bodies within mainstream culture and the Museum, Muller orchestrated a collaborative drawing project based on the inventory list of the feminist T-shirt collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She distributed textual T-shirt descriptions to feminists, queer artists, and other interested New Yorkers, and asked that they translate these texts into new images. Her exhibition includes one hundred drawings from this project. Additionally, she used symbolic lesbian, feminist, and queer terms from the inventory as search criteria to mine the Museum's online collection. Through the display of approximately one hundred of the collaborative drawings and nearly twenty-five Museum collection objects in the Luce Center for American Art's Elevator Lobby and elsewhere in the Museum, Muller creates a visual dialogue among contemporary queer culture, the Museum, and the history of feminist activism. Muller graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She was recommended for Raw/Cooked by advisory board member Amy Sillman. Raw/Cooked is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Highlights from the Collection - Noguchi Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Queens

Complimenting the Noguchi Museum's permanently installed lower levels, selections from the Museum's Collections, including examples of Noguchi's steel sculptures and a number of collaborative stage sets, are now on view in the upstairs galleries.

Printers, Monks, & Craftsmen - Bookmaking in the Age of Gutenberg - Museum of Biblical Art
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

This exhibition looks at the transitional period in hand press bookmaking through 14 Bibles printed between 1455 and 1525. Early printed books initially looked to manuscripts to inform page design, typeface, binding, and decorative embellishment. As the era progressed, printers and other craftsmen involved in the production of a printed volume began to experiment with the possibilities handpress production afforded to create innovative, elegant books. Focusing on Gothic bindings and the structure of a selection of books drawn from the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, conservator Clare Manias explores regional differences in the volumes' styles, production, and form illustrating that printed books have stories to tell and are much more than what's between the covers.

The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi - A Masterpiece Reconstructed - Museum of Biblical Art
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

Illustrating one of the most celebrated Renaissance themes, Bartolo di Fredi's (c. 1330-1410) Adoration of the Magi will be reunited in this groundbreaking exhibition. The three known surviving panels of this Siense master's unrivaled altarpiece are considered by many to be among Bartolo's finest works. Composed of a monumental central panel depicting a tender visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, his Crucifixion and the mourning it brings, "Adoration of the Magi" by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed permits an in-depth study of this oft-depicted Christian narrative. The three altarpiece panels will be on loan from the Pinacoteca of Siena, the Lindenau-Museum in Altenburg Germany, and the University of Virginia Art Museum, the first venue for the exhibition. At the Museum of Biblical Art, Bartolo's altarpiece will be displayed alongside a magnificent version of the Adoration of the Magi which he completed as a standalone work in c. 1390, on loan from The Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as Bartolo's depiction of the Adoration of the Shepherds dating to c. 1374, on loan from The Cloisters. Both paintings will enhance the detailed examination of this master's grand altarpiece.

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy - New-York Historical Society
Through September 09, 2012 - New York

Making American Taste features fifty-five works from the New-York Historical Society's collection that cast new light on both the history of American art and the formation of American cultural ideals during a crucial period from the 1830s to the late 1860s. By integrating history, literary and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, the exhibition explores the broad range of styles and narrative themes that appealed to nineteenth-century Americans seeking cultural refinement.

Prenatal Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 11, 2012 - White Plains

Drop in any time to ease the anxiety and sensations of pregnancy and prepare for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. Best during 2nd and 3rd trimester. Mats provided. Purchase a multi-class card and get a 10% discount at The Shop at Full Circle.

Cruise Nights - Bear Mountain State Park
Through September 12, 2012 - Bear Mountain

The Rod Benders Car Club of New York returns to Bear Mountain this summer for Cruise Nights, featuring some truly cool cars. Other activities include raffles, prizes, giveaways, food, vendors, and music. This family-friendly event takes place each Wednesday night through September 12 weather-permitting. $10 per car will be charged on September 12, a fundraising evening for local charities.

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 12, 2012 - New York

Pioneering artists in the post-World War II era alternatively embraced artistic freedom and gesture-based styles, nontraditional materials and counter-cultural references. Featuring nearly 100 works by Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others, this collection-based exhibition explores the affinities and differences between artists working continents apart in a period of great transition and rapid creative development.

ReDraw - The Capital Plan for 35 Wooster St - The Drawing Center
Through September 13, 2012 - New York

In December 2010, The Drawing Center launched ReDraw: The Capital Plan for 35 Wooster Street with the purchase of a 2,000-square-foot unit on the second floor of 35 Wooster Street, which will replace its leased space at 40 Wooster Street. Plans for the new space have been designed by Claire Weisz and WXY Architecture + Urban Design, an internationally-recognized New York–based firm. ReDraw's architectural program addresses specific exhibition, educational, and operational requirements, reinforcing The Drawing Center's mission to present the highest-quality cultural programming in galleries proportioned to facilitate a meaningful viewer experience—attributes that have made the institution one of the most respected, beloved, and distinctive non-profits in New York City. The building project will connect the existing ground floor space to the newly-acquired second floor space and the lower level of the building. A new bookstore and a sky-lit Drawing Room gallery will join the existing visitor services desk and Main Gallery on the ground floor level. Offices and administrative spaces will move to the second floor, and the renovated lower level will accommodate a new education room, a Viewing Program meeting room, and the experimental Lab gallery, which will feature an audio and video media system for exhibitions and public programs. Integrating these spaces into one building will provide The Drawing Center with 50% more contiguous programmatic space. The Drawing Center has suspended on-site programming as construction takes place.

Comic Art Indigène - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through September 15, 2012 - Mashantucket

This new exhibit looks at how native artists continue their storytelling traditions and life experiences through comics and comic-inspired art. The exhibit showcases historic examples of narrative art including photographs of rock art, ledger art and ceramics, as well as contemporary artworks. As the first widely accessible mass media, comic strips and comic books were consumed by Native people as a recognizable and legitimate form of storytelling. June 23 – Sept. 15.

100 Years of Girl Scouts - Yorktown Museum
Through September 15, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

Molly Keane and Lara Mullen of GS Troop 1476 have assembled a nostalgic exhibit to celebrate this milestone Girl Scout birthday. Among uniforms, sashes, and badges, are photographs and memorabilia plus an interactive board with answers to trivia questions about Girl Scouts. Keane and Mullen have assembled a display for girls to test their knowledge, and moms and grandmas will enjoy for the memories. Through September 15.

BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition: Perpetual Energy - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through September 15, 2012 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition presents Perpetual Energy, a group show that features sculpture from some of Brooklyn's finest fine artists.

'Angelina Ballerina The Musical' - Riverside Theatre
Through September 16, 2012 - Morningside Heights

Angelina and her friends are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. They are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, "Angelina Ballerina The Musical" is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 - The Jewish Museum
Through September 23, 2012 -

This exhibition features key works in various media by Edouard Vuillard, the twentieth-century master whose unique blend of tradition and modernity evokes the refined and sophisticated society of his patrons, many of whom were Jewish.

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York - New-York Historical Society
Through September 23, 2012 - Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society will present Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York, an exhibition highlighting the histories of 150 notable examples of silver from its collection. Made across the span of four centuries, the objects in the exhibition tell a diversity of stories: many speak to individual accomplishment and family pride, while a few have unsettling ties or backgrounds. The silver, ranging from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, culled from a trove of over 3,000 objects, includes powerful eyewitness artifacts linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

Aliens, Gadgets and Guns: Designing The World of 'Men In Black 3' - Museum of the Moving Image
Through September 23, 2012 - Astoria

The extraterrestrials, created by Rick Barker in the "Men In Black" series, are among the most memorable visual elements in this comical action adventure. This exhibit features more than 25 objects from the forthcoming third installment of the film series and includes Baker's alien creatures, memory-erasing neuralyzers, and the iconic black shades worn by Agents J and K. Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Baker creating alien creature makeup is also featured in this exhibit, which runs through Sept. 23.

CMA's Free Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 23, 2012 -

With a programming emphasis for children ages 1-12 years, participants can choose from a variety of hands on art projects and art-viewing experiences, including artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, sound design, animation, podcasting, and more. Additionally, select artwork from CMA's permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children's artwork will be on display in building 14 and select children's made films from the unique Media Lab collection will be screened in building 11. Each day a guided workshop will accompany the collection exhibit and film screening to further enrich the art and film viewing.

CAROUSEL - Goodspeed Opera House
Through September 23, 2012 - East Haddam

In this Rogers and Hammerstein production, an innocent young millworker and swaggering carousel barker meets a tragic end but is given one chance for redemption by delivering hope to the daughter he never knew and whispering words left unspoken to his wife.

Summer Urban Garden - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through September 23, 2012 - Prospect Heights

BBG celebrates the urban garden with plantings of ornamental edibles, designs for four-season beauty, and arrangements of tropical houseplants, with special attention on container gardening, vertical gardening, and other options for city dwellers.

Churchill: The Power of Words - Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 23, 2012 -

Sir Winston Churchill's impact upon the twentieth century is difficult to overestimate. A master orator and writer, Churchill's use of spoken and written words will be explored in this exhibition that covers more than a half century of his life?from Victorian childhood letters to his parents, to Cold War correspondence with President Eisenhower, and featuring some of his most famous wartime oratory. Drawn from the Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the presentation uses drafts, speaking notes, personal and official correspondence, public statements, and recordings from some of his most compelling speeches and broadcasts as lenses to examine the main events in Churchill's life. Of particular focus will be Churchill's lifelong relationship with the United States, homeland of his Brooklyn-born mother, from first visit in 1895 to award of Honorary Citizenship in 1963; and the ways in which he used the written and spoken word to develop, complement and advance his political career.

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan - Morgan Library and Museum
Through September 23, 2012 - New York

Featuring some seventy masterpieces of drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Morgan's rich holdings, the exhibition Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan chronicles the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic's Golden Age, the sixteenth century. The exhibition features striking examples by great masters of the period, including Paris Bordone, Vittore Carpaccio, Lorenzo Lotto, Jacopo Tintoretto, Titian, and Paolo Veronese. Offering compelling insights into contemporary art, religion, and culture, Renaissance Venice addresses topics such as the portrait in Venetian art, Venice and the landscape tradition, religious and civic life, artistic innovations in printmaking and drawing, book publishing and cartography, and the role of foreign artists in the city. This is the first presentation and study of these drawings as a group and the first show in the United States on this theme.

Space, Light, Structure - The Jewelry of Margaret de Patta - Museum of Arts & Design
Through September 23, 2012 -

SPACE-LIGHT-STRUCTURE: THE JEWELRY OF MARGARET DE PATTA is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964), a pioneer in American studio jewelry whose modernist creations remain as fresh and vital today as when they were initially conceived in the mid-twentieth century. Featuring De Patta's most spectacular brooches, pendants, and rings, Space, Light, Structure explores the major contributions of this groundbreaking San Francisco artist and sheds new light on her radical design philosophy. In 1939, De Patta began her search for new techniques that would allow her to take advantage of the inherent refractory properties of transparent and semi-transparent crystals. Her innovative "opticuts" revolutionized contemporary jewelry by transforming stones into brilliant, transparent spatial objects that, to this day, remain unsurpassed in concept, form, and execution. Growing out of her passion for modern architecture-and signaling a radical departure from the conventional perception of jewelry as mere body ornament- the compositions of her "wearable miniature sculptures" exhibit a dynamic equilibrium in which cantilevered, linear elements are counter-balanced against more compact, denser forms. The exhibition also illuminates the critical influence of De Patta's mentor, L�szl� Moholy-Nagy, the renowned artist with whom she studied in 1941-42. The Constructivist concepts championed by this former Bauhaus master and co-founder of the Chicago Bauhaus are manifest in De Patta's manipulation of space and light as well as through her incorporation of kinetic elements, space-defining steel screens, "opticut" rutilated crystals, and "floating" tension-mounted stones. Several equilibrium studies and photograms by Moholy-Nagy will underscore the enduring formal strength and visual excitement of the jewelry De Patta produced following the tenets she absorbed from him. Important works by other leading international protagonists of Constructivism, including El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and Gy�rgy Kepes, will also be included in order to contextualize De Patta and her work. Drawn from important museum, gallery, and private collections in the United States and Canada, as well as from the De Patta Archives in California, the exhibition also presents never-before-shown examples of the artist's flatware, ceramics, and designs for interior spaces, in addition to travel diaries of her trips to Mexico, Japan, and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York - New-York Historical Society
Through September 23, 2012 - New York

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York, highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver from the New-York Historical Society's collection. Made across the span of four centuries, the objects in the exhibition tell a diversity of stories: many speak to individual accomplishment and family pride, while a few have unsettling ties or backgrounds. The silver, ranging from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, culled from a trove of over 3,000 objects, includes powerful eyewitness artifacts linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

New York Renaissance Faire - Sterling Forest State Park
Through September 23, 2012 - Tuxedo

Renaissance Fairs are one of those things you either love or think are really strange. This one returns for its 35th year with a quirky mix of shows, crafts, rides, food, and other attractions - including a jousting match and live-action chess game featuring human "pieces." Discount tickets available online. The fair is open rain or shine, weekends and Labor Day through Sept. 23.

Cruise Nights - Bear Mountain State Park
Through September 26, 2012 - Bear Mountain

Rod Benders Car Club of New York hosts this popular, summertime, event each Wednesday evening through September. Check out cool cars with your kids, maybe even show them your first set of wheels. Cruise nights also feature vendors and entertainment.

Clay Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through September 26, 2012 - Staten Island

Satisfy a "knead" by working with some air-dry clay. Create a tactile piece.

Paint Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through September 27, 2012 - Staten Island

Plenty of time for experimenting with paint and other media.

Weekend Family Programs - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through September 29, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Come explore the wonders of Pier 6 and Main Street with Brooklyn Bridge Park's playground associates, who lead educational based activities. Different themes each weekend.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2012 - Flushing

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Alef Bet of Being A Mensch - Suffolk Y JCC
Through September 30, 2012 - Commack

On Sundays, through September 2012, visitors can walk through the dictionary of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Letters form the words that lead you and your children through the basics of being a Mensch. Visitors can test their patience on The Tolerance Sovlanut Scale, discover "Inner Peace" in the Shalom Corner and explore the Glow in the Dark Torah Scroll.

Annual Natural History Exhibit - Beautiful Dirt: A Look Into The Amazing Story Underfoot - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Dirt is everywhere - there's no getting away from it – nor should you want to! Mankind cannot survive without dirt. It is the starting (and ending) point for almost everything we find in our environment and use in our daily lives. This exhibit is an introduction to the astonishing world of dirt. Come dig your hands in and discover the secret world that lies beneath us all. Through September 30, 2012.

Nature's Helpers - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through September 30, 2012 - Flatbush

Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it tidy along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.

Race Around the Farmyard - Lefferts Historic House
Through September 30, 2012 - Flatbush

Get out and get moving in the yard at Lefferts Historic House. The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts, and other old-fashioned games.

The Beast - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Through September 30, 2012 - Midtown West

Don't miss The Beast, New York's very own thrill ride. Your captain will take you for a wet n' wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes, you'll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. We'll stop for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty where you'll have a quick photo-op. You must be at least 40"/100cm tall to ride The Beast.

Electric Currents, 1900-1940 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 30, 2012 - Midtown

Electricity -- a source of clean, efficient power and brilliant, reliable light -- epitomized the very spirit of modernism in the early 20th century. After decades of research and competitive experimentation following the development of the first arc lamps and incandescent filament bulbs in the mid-19th century, electricity began to transform every aspect of modern life. Electric light -- first in city streets and then in homes -- brought a revolutionary innovation to daily existence, literally redefining day and night. This installation features a dozen posters from MoMA's collection used in this period to promote electricity, which offered staggering possibilities for progress but was not universally welcomed. In creating graphics for industry leaders like AEG and Bosch, modern designers were inspired by the beauty of the bulb itself and the splendor of electric light, which are both rendered with exquisite power in Jacques Nathan-Garamond's poster of c. 1938, which pulsates in 2-D. The installation highlights a selection of Lester Beall's equally vibrant posters for the Rural Electrification Administration, which used bold, patriotic graphics to foster public awareness of the benefits of electricity in America's homes and farms during the Great Depression.

The Rylands Haggadah Medieval Jewish Art in Context - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 30, 2012 -

From the calling of Moses to the crossing of the Red Sea, the drama of the ancient Israelites' exodus from Egypt is presented in The Rylands Haggadah. This is the third in a series of installations focusing on one masterwork of Hebrew manuscript illumination from a national or international collection. This spring, the featured work comes from the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, England. Each month, the Haggadah will be open to a different page, affording visitors the exceptional opportunity to follow the artist's telling of the Exodus story. Works of art from the Museum's own collection, made for Christian use but depicting the saga of the Hebrew people, will suggest the larger, medieval context of biblical storytelling in which the Haggadah was created. The previous installations featured the Washington Haggadah (on view April 5-July 4, 2011) and Lisbon's Hebrew Bible (on view November 22, 2011-January 16, 2012).

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through September 30, 2012 - Upper West Side

On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Observe and Create - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all its different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind some of Monet's most classic of subjects: water lilies. Through September 30.

'Mu-Math' Interactive Installation - Bldg. 315
Through September 30, 2012 - Governors Island

Opening Memorial Day weekend, Street Math Investigations (SMI-NY) will mount "Mu-Math," an installation of brain-twisting, hands-on math activities on Governors Island for its summer 2012 season. Mu-Math stands for Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, and the Greek letter "mu" (pronounced "mew") is commonly used in mathematics to identify specific constants and variables; it is also reminiscent of the term "New Math" which ushered in a new era of mathematics education during the 1960s. The exhibit is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older. Created by mathematics educator Robert Berkman of Brooklyn, the Mu-Math exhibits use interactive hands-on materials to engage children and adults with various kinds of mathematical challenges using the life of New York City as a backdrop. For example: What's Your Subway’s Number? Arrange the iridescent subway cars in a tunnel to figure out the identity of the mystery car. On the Street: How should that street furniture be arranged? Use the clues to figure out the correct order. A Walk Around the Block: Participants navigate through a 100-square-foot floor maze using only right turns to find their way out. Find Your Fare: Using the clues provided, move your magnetic pedestrians around the streets and avenues to reach the ultimate goal: hailing a cab! While the Mu-Math exhibits are self-guided, there will always be a docent on hand to answer questions, explain how to use the materials, and even give hints. A "Mathematical Tour" of Governors Island will also be available as a downloadable podcast that will guide visitors around the island with a special mathematical perspective on its history, geography and art. Visitors will be able to download the podcast after June 15 at smi-ny.com.

Observe & Create - Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind aquatic plants. Nature is art, and kids can discover it at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

Art Exhibit: The Artist Within - The Urge to Create - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Flushing

Art Exhibit: The Artist Within - The Urge to Create Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 June 1 through September 30 Fee: Free with Garden Admission Enjoy this diverse collection of artwork from the Jamaica Estates Association, on display in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery. For more information, please call 718.886.3800.

4th Annual Storywalk - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

A guided walk along the woodland trail. Through Sept. 30.

Art Forms: 75 Years of Arts Education - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through September 30, 2012 - SoHo

The Children's Museum of the Arts will open a new exhibition of antique children's artwork on June 21 (through Sept. 30) that features, for the first time, children's works from the collections of celebrated art educators Leon Bibel, Henry Schaefer-Simmern, and Sona Kludjian. This exhibition explores art education from the 1930s to today. Approximately 30 antique works, dating from the 1930s to the 1960s, are one display, juxtaposed with more than 40 contemporary works by current New York City public school students and by the museum's teaching artists. Among the most compelling works are 10 linocut prints by Alfred Cohen, a student of noted WPA artist Leon Bibel. In 1938, at the age of eight, Cohen received significant critical acclaim for a solo exhibit of 40 paintings at the Bronx House. Public schools participating in Art Forms include: PS 347 American Sign Language and English Lower School; PS 124 The Yung Wing School; PS 130 The Hernando DeSoto School; PS 158 The Bayard Taylor School; PS 3 Charrette School; Kings Collegiate Charter School; The Renaissance Charter School; Immigrant Social Services at PS 130; Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School; PS 115 Daniel Mucatel School; PS 29 John Harrigan School; PS 243 The Weeksville School; PS 116 The Mary Lindley Murray School; The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School; and MS 413 School of the Future. This year also marks the first time that works created by teaching artists themselves will be featured alongside student artwork, thanks to more space afforded by CMA's expanded new facility and gallery on Charlton Street, which opened Fall 2011.

Paintings on Parchment - Italian Renaissance Illuminations from the Robert Lehman Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 30, 2012 -

This installation of Italian illuminations from the Robert Lehman Collection, featuring examples by leading masters from the early fourteenth to the early sixteenth century, highlights the achievements of this art form and its close ties to painting during the Italian Renaissance. The majority of the parchment leaves and cuttings, decorated in jewel-toned palettes and gold, are initials that have been excised from choir books. Approaching the scale of small panel paintings, the Florentine and Sienese initials reflect the colossal size of these books, which enabled a large group of clergy to read the text and music at a distance. Two Northern Italian leaves, not created as part of manuscripts but as independent paintings on parchment, also blur the boundaries between the two art forms. In fact, nearly all of the illuminators represented worked in both media; paintings by three of them (Lorenzo Monaco, Sano di Pietro, and the Osservanza Master) are displayed nearby in the Lehman galleries, highlighting Robert Lehman's view of his miniatures as an extension of his paintings collection.

Pictures from the Moon: Artists' Holograms 1969-2008 - New Museum
Through September 30, 2012 - New York

In conjunction with the Museum-wide summer exhibition "Ghosts in the Machine," the New Museum will present "Pictures from the Moon" in the Lobby Gallery, which will feature a focused selection of holograms from the 1960s to the present by several leading, contemporary artists. The 1960s ushered in new technologies and new frontiers for image production. The development of laser technology in 1962 enabled the creation of holograms that displayed three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional surface. Artists were drawn to holography, hailed as a medium of the future that turned space inside out, for its spatial, volumetric, and sequential qualities, and to the creative possibilities it offered in contrast to photography, film, and early video. "Pictures from the Moon"-its title inspired by photographs of earth taken by astronauts on the first mission to the moon that also expanded our way of seeing-celebrates an alternative history of virtually unknown images by artists experimenting on the edge of visual technology. One of the earliest pioneers in the holographic medium is Bruce Nauman, whose holograms from the late 1960s furthered the physical manipulations and explorations of the body as a medium that he was conducting at the time. Nauman produced two sets of holograms between 1968 and 1969. The second set displays his body compressed, coerced, and contorted into the picture plane. "Pictures from the Moon" will include Nauman�s Hologram H from the "Second Hologram Series: Full Figure Poses (A-J)" (1969), marking one of the first times this work has been shown in New York. A surprising number of established artists soon followed with experimentations in holography that have continued over the last four decades. Artists as diverse as Louise Bourgeois, Eric Orr, Ed Ruscha, and James Turrell have all made holographic works that draw on the medium�s ability to replicate three-dimensionality and deep space to expand upon themes they so successfully mined in other formats. The haunting, domestic objects and sinister interiors that define Bourgeois's work appear wholly present in her untitled holograms from 1998. In Ed Ruscha's series of holograms produced the same year, the phrase "The End" floats at various depths in the picture plane, set against animated lines scratched into a celluloid surface, and offering a new twist on the interplay between text, landscape, and spatial representation for which Ruscha is known. Eric Orr and James Turrell, in whose works light and space function as artistic mediums, both created holograms that synthesize color, shape, illumination, and form. Turrell, who has made an extensive body of holographic work and who continues to work in the medium pushing it forward into challenging new realms, produced the largest and most recent hologram in the exhibition. In this current age of techno-dependency, "Pictures from the Moon" offers a view of the persistent attempts by artists to wrest something more from technology than that for which it was invented. As advancements in 3-D technologies are demonstrated in new formats of television and film production, the enduring hologram continues to mesmerize by expanding the artistic and visual fields that lay before our eyes.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - St. Luke's Theatre
Through September 30, 2012 - Times Square

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved tale, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first in his classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In this creative adaptation, two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch. She has placed the land of Narnia under enchantment and now it is always winter, but never Christmas. Audiences will be drawn into the theater's "magic circle," where children and animals, fauns and mythical creatures come to life in this enchanting tale. Open to all, most appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Yayoi Kusama - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through September 30, 2012 - New York

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art "happenings," she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan's most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama's career.

Sheffield Island Ferry - Sheffield Island Lighthouse - Sono Seaport
Through September 30, 2012 - Norwalk

Visit the island with its historic 142-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge. Visitors board the Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to the island then tour the lighthouse, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch and play on the lawns around the lighthouse. The light tower is closed for renovations.Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with a closed heal or back strap to keep the shoes on the feet. Flip-flops are not allowed due to safety concerns. Through September 30, 2012.

Your Ticket to TRACES, One of New York's Hottest Shows, is Free With 'New York Pass' - off-broadway
Through September 30, 2012 - New York

TRACES, the city's most acclaimed and groundbreaking circus is now included with the New York Pass. TRACES costs $86.60 by itself, with a "one-day New York Pass" costing less at just $80. The New York Pass offers free admission to over 70 tourist attractions. For more information visit www.newyorkpass.com

Just Drop In! - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 30, 2012 - New York

Museum educators lead creative, interactive projects for visitors that explore exhibition highlights. Suitable for families with children ages 3-10.

Zumbatomic - Vibez Studio
Through October 01, 2012 - Bayside

Zumbatomic is an upbeat dance workout designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12). Zumbatomic classes are high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines, and all the music kids love. Parents love Zumbatomic because of the effects it has on kids such as increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism, and enhancing coordination. Zumbatomic rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym ? for themselves, for their kids, for a fun family experience.

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 01, 2012 - Midtown

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will span Boetti's entire career beginning with his sculptural works, or objects as he preferred to call them, comprised of everyday materials including wood, cardboard, and aluminum. Brought together (many for the first time since Boetti's seminal exhibition at Galleria Christian Stein in Turin in 1967) and installed in a dense configuration inspired by the original clustered presentation, these early works convey the material experiments of the period as well as notions of measurement and chance that Boetti would play with and revise throughout his career. While Boetti is often chiefly affiliated with the Arte Povera moment, Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan will consider Boetti beyond these brief years. In 1969 Boetti began exploring notions of duality and multiplicity, order and disorder, travel and geography, and he initiated postal and map works imagining distant places. For the work Viaggi Postali, begun the summer of 1969, Boetti sent envelopes to friends, family, and fellow artists but used imaginary addresses, forwarding each returned envelope to yet another non-existent place. Boetti thus created imaginary journeys for the people he admired. In other conceptual, mail art-related works made throughout the 1970s, Boetti would use different stamps and arrange them in permutations on the envelopes to compose his art, and send postcards picturing a monument in his hometown from places around the world. The exhibition brings together these and other works related to travel, geography, and mapping, many of which relate to his extensive travels to Afghanistan, where he operated the One Hotel (archival material from which will be on view) from 1971 until the Soviet invasion in 1979. During this period, Boetti began working with local artisans to produce embroideries such as the Mappas (maps), Arazzi (word squares), and Tuttos (literally, "Everything"), important examples of which will be included in the galleries and the Marron Atrium. An important aspect of Boetti's oeuvre is drawing, which runs as a constant throughout his work. A monumental Biro (ball point pen) drawing from 1973, spelling out the title "Mettere a mondo il mondo (Bringing the world into the world)" points to some of Boetti's ideas about art making that were fundamental to his practice: that the artist, rather than inventing, simply brings what already exists in the world into the work; and that everything in the world is potentially useful for the artist. This exhibition will celebrate the material diversity, conceptual complexity, and visual beauty of Boetti's work, bringing together his ideas about order and disorder, non-invention, and the way in which the work addresses the whole world, travel, and time, proving him to be one of the most important and influential international artists of his generation.

Mommy/Daddy & Me - Trucks n Tiaras Inc.
Through October 03, 2012 - Mineola

Children 4-36 months will love this innovative and interactive workshop. They will be introduced to colors, shapes, blocks, singing, dancing, a bonding experience with their parent and much more. Classes meet Wednesdays; registration required. Please enter using the rear parking lot. Call or email Meera or Reena with questions.

Ghosts in the Machine - New Museum
Through October 07, 2012 - New York

Opening at the New Museum in July 2012, "Ghosts in the Machine" surveys the constantly shifting relationship between humans, machines, and art. Occupying the Museum's three main galleries, the exhibition examines artists' embrace of and fascination with technology, as well as their prescient awareness of the ways in which technology can transform subjective experiences. International in scope, the exhibition spans more than fifty years and incorporates works by contemporary artists. The works assembled trace the complex historical passage from the mechanical to the optical to the virtual, looking at the ways in which humans have projected anthropomorphic behaviors onto machines that have become progressively more human. In place of a traditional, chronological approach, "Ghosts in the Machine" is conceived as an encyclopedic cabinet of wonders: bringing together an array of artworks and non-art objects to create an unsystematic archive of man�s attempt to reconcile the organic and the mechanical. The installation at the New Museum will include artists, writers, and visionaries whose works have explored the fears and aspirations generated by the technology of their time. From Jacob Mohr's influencing machines to Emery Blagdon's healing constructions, the exhibition brings together improvised technologies charged with magical powers. Historical works by Hans Haacke, Robert Breer, Otto Piene, and Gianni Colombo, amongst others, will be displayed alongside reconstructions of lost works and realizations of dystopian mechanical devices invented by figures like Franz Kafka. "Ghosts in the Machine" also takes its cue from a number of exhibitions designed by artists that incorporated modern technology to reimagine the role of art in contemporary societies, including Richard Hamilton's "Man, Machine and Motion" (1955). Exploring the integration of art and science, "Ghosts in the Machine" also tries to identify an art historical lineage of works preoccupied with the way we imagine and experience the future, delineating an archeology of visionary dreams that have never become a reality. Many of the artists in the show take a scientific approach to investigating the realm of the invisible, dismantling the mechanics of vision in order to conceive new possibilities for seeing. Central to the exhibition is a re-examination of Op Art and perceptual abstraction, with a particular focus on the work of painters Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuskiewicz, and Julian Stanczak, amongst others. Op Art was unique in the way it internalized technology and captured both the ecstatic and threatening qualities it posed to the human body. Furthermore, the exhibition will include a number of kinetic and "programmed" artworks as well as expanded cinema pieces, which amplify the radical effects of technology on vision. A section of the exhibition will present a selection of experimental films and videos realized with early computer technology. One highlight of the installation will be a reconstruction of Stan VanDerBeek's Movie-Drome (1963-65), an immersive cinematic environment where the viewer is bathed in a constant stream of moving images, anticipating the fusion of information and the body, typical of the digital era. As technology has accelerated and proliferated dramatically over the past twenty years, artists have continued to monitor its impact. A number of contemporary artists, including Mark Leckey, Henrik Olesen, and Christopher Williams, will be represented in the exhibition. These recent works, while reflecting technological changes, also display a fascination with earlier machines and the types of knowledge and experiences that are lost as we move from one era to the next, constantly dreaming up new futures that will never arrive.

Rineke Dijkstra - A Retrospective - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through October 08, 2012 - New York

This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

John Jay Homestead Farm Market - John Jay Homestead
Through October 13, 2012 - Katonah

Choice fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, fragrance items, and other fine locally produced products will be available for sale on the front lawn at the Homestead.

Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through October 14, 2012 - New York

Hollywood directors John Ford, George Stevens, and Samuel Fuller entertained audiences with American cinema classics like The Grapes of Wrath, Shane, and The Big Red One. But their most important contribution to history was their work in the U.S. Armed Forces and Secret Services, filming the realities of war and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Their documentation provides an essential visual record of WWII. Filming the Camps presents rare footage of the liberation of Dachau with detailed directors' notes, narratives describing burials at Falkenau, and the documentary produced as evidence at the Nuremberg trials, among other historic material. Now, for the first time in the U.S., this material is being made available to a general audience.

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper - Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 14, 2012 -

Josef Albers (1888-1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he endlessly explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately sixty oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers's work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist's lifetime and have rarely been seen after his death. On view will be early studies (1930s-early 1940s), studies for Albers's Adobe series, inspired by Mexican architecture (1940s-early 1950s), and studies for Homage to the Square (1950s-1970s). These vibrant sketches provide insights into the artist's working process and, in contrast with the austerity and strict geometry of the final paintings, are remarkable for their freedom and sensuality. Works are drawn from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut and the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop, Germany. The exhibition, which is traveling to multiple venues in Europe before coming to the Morgan (the only U.S. venue), is organized by the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and the Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop.

Modernist Art from India - Approaching Abstraction - The Rubin Museum
Through October 16, 2012 - New York

Approaching Abstraction is the second exhibition of a three-part series, titled Modernist Art from India, that examines art from post-independence and post-Partition India. Building on the explorations between abstraction and figuration begun in The Body Unbound, the exhibition distinguishes abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism and shows the independent trajectory of abstraction in post-Independence India.

Spring Fever - Yorktown Museum
Through October 20, 2012 - Yorktown Heights,

Items related to baseball players who contributed to the popularity of our national pastime are on display. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, and Sandy Koufax are just a few of the men represented. Among the many uniforms shown is one from the Mollys, a women's team from the WWII era, and one from the House of David team, who were known as the Bearded Boys. Opening reception is May 5 at 12pm. Exhibit runs through October.

Bike and Roll NYC New York at Night Tour - Bike and Roll NYC Central Park at Columbus Circle
Through October 21, 2012 - New York

Ride through Central Park for a look at some of its most famous sights, especially beautiful when they are illuminated at night. Then ride down famous Fifth Avenue to Grand Army Plaza to see the Belle Epoque architecture of the Plaza Hotel bathed in light and flanked by the contemporary architecture of the Apple Store's glass cube lit from within. The grand St. Patrick's Cathedral is next with its neo-Gothic arches, then Rockefeller Center and on to the New York Public Library where the famous lions, Patience and Fortitude, guard its steps. What do the colors on the spire of the Empire State Building mean? Your guide will explain as you step into its magnificent Art Deco Lobby. Any tour of New York's lights must include bustling Times Square where night becomes day under the area's illuminated billboards. Head north on Eighth Avenue for the final stretch, then through stunning Columbus Circle - the perfect nightcap to a perfect ride!

"Monet's Garden" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 21, 2012 - Bronx

This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist will be on view, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

New York at Night Tour - Bike and Roll New York City
Through October 21, 2012 - Columbus Circle

While Paris may be known as The City of Light, New York should vie for the title. Ride through Central Park for a look at some of its most famous sights, especially beautiful when they are illuminated at night. Then ride down Broadway to New York's most dramatic night time location. Take in the flashing lights, the giant screens, the street artists, the scene. Ride up Eighth Avenue back to Columbus Circle where the statue, the Time-Warner Center, and the Museum of Arts & Design are bathed in light.

Central Park and Beyond Tour - Bike and Roll New York City
Through October 21, 2012 - Upper West Side

This guided bike tour is the perfect way to enjoy the bucolic beauty of Central Park and some of New York's best sights. Wind your way through Central Park's iconic wonders, stopping to learn about the park's history and sites, including the little-known Conservatory Gardens and Harlem Meer. Continue to St. John the Divine, one of the world's most famous unfinished cathedrals, rivaling Europe's greatest, and enjoy its magnificent expanse. Stop at Columbia University for a look at the site used by so many directors for so many movies and TV shows. Ride into Riverside Park for a stop at Ulysses S. Grant's impressive memorial and your lunch break (lunches can be ordered from Bike and Roll when you make your reservation, and they consist of a locavore feast of cured meats and cheeses, bread, olives, jam, sweets, plus all the miscellaneous stuff you need to make a perfect picnic wrapped up in a souvenir cotton tote -- or you can bring your own). Continue on the Greenway along the Hudson River past ships and marinas before crossing the Upper West Side for your return to Central Park. Available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 - Museum of Arts & Design
Through October 21, 2012 -

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3/Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast concludes a cycle of exhibitions organized over the past decade by the Museum of Arts and Design. Curated by Ellen Taubman and David McFadden, these exhibitions have presented a diverse panoply of new work by Native American, First Nations, Métís and Inuit artists from the continental United States, the Pacific rim, and Canada. Representing both established and emerging artists, the series has laid bare the new vitality and spirit of experimentation that has come to the forefront among the art practices of Native artists working today. All three Changing Hands exhibitions have focused on art that points toward the future, presenting works by contemporary artists who embrace and take inspiration from cultural traditions while also expressing contemporary creativity and innovation. They have sought to transcend ethnographic and anthropological interpretations, challenge preconceived notions and stereotypes of Indigenous art and artists, and ultimately to effect a reevaluation of present-day Native art in an international arena.

Capital of Capital - Museum of the City of New York
Through October 21, 2012 - Upper East Side

Capital of Capital: New York's Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy explores how the economic dynamo that is New York was made possible in great measure by its innovative and controversial banking sector. Tracing the trajectory of the city's banks from the founding of the Bank of New York by Alexander Hamilton in 1784 to their primacy in today's nation and world, the exhibition utilizes rare historical objects and images, including banking instruments, architectural renderings, and advertisements, to tell a fascinating saga of growth, innovation, and, at times, unintended consequences. In so doing, it also reveals how New York City's particular circumstances-geography, human capital, and political alignments-helped make finance a major component not only of Gotham's economy but also of its identity

Yorktown Farmers' Market - Yorktown
Through October 27, 2012 - Yorktown

Vendors offer fresh, local, and organic produce, bread and bakery items, cheese, pickles, and much more.

Friday Cheese Sale - Rainbeau Ridge
Through October 27, 2012 - Bedford Hills

Rainbeau Ridge Goat Cheese will be available for sale. Enter the driveway, park in the semi-circle and walk to the cheesehouse.

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 28, 2012 - Katonah

Fresh produce, meat, cheese, soap, candles, honey, maple syrup, flowers, fish, and baked goods are all available at the market.

Signs & Symbols - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through October 28, 2012 - New York

Drawn from the Museum's deep holdings of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs, Signs & Symbols sheds new light on the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Many artists active in this period who are often overlooked -- Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others -- developed abstract work that remains distinct from many of the concerns associated with the canonized Abstract Expressionists, including large-scale canvases and gestural brushwork. Instead, the exhibition presents a more nuanced narrative, focused on the figurative and calligraphic "signs and symbols" present in much of the highly controlled work from this period and included in this show. In many cases, this work drew inspiration from specifically American sources and sought to foster a national aesthetic distinct from European Surrealism and Cubism. These investigations formed an important foundation for a future generation of artists--including Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein--who later incorporated highly individualized systems of signs into their own work while embracing distinctly American subject matter.

Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art - A Film Environment - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through October 28, 2012 - New York

This exhibition presents one of the first multimedia projections ever made: Oskar Fischinger's Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), a re-creation of his multiple-screen film events, first shown in Germany in 1926, and recently restored by the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles. Radical in format, its display of abstract shapes and colors produces, according to Fischinger, "an intoxication by light from a thousand sources."

Mario Batali's Edible Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through October 28, 2012 - Bronx

Mario Batali's Edible Garden returns to the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, bringing plenty of fun for adults and kids alike, with cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen, daily, family-friendly activities, and hands-on gardening. As a Garden friend and chef extraordinaire, Mario Batali has a featured role during The Edible Garden. Visit "Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens," an interactive space filled with beds of vegetables and herbs where you can pick up recipes for his popular dishes, and learn how to create fresh, seasonal family meals. The fun culminates with a visit by Mario himself during the Festival Weekend in September. Through October 28.

Ridgewood Youthmarket - GrowNYC: Ridgewood Farmers Market
Through October 29, 2012 - Ridgewood

Families can support this special market,now in its fourth season. Youth from the Bushwick and Ridgewood community come out to this lively market each Saturday to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Modeled after Greenmarket, Youthmarket is a unique solution to food access in NYC. GrowNYC purchases produce from Greenmarket farmers and trains young people from underserved areas of the city to operate a farm stand in their neighborhood as their own small business.

Discovery Wetlands Cruise - Boatworks Marina
Through October 30, 2012 - Stony Brook

Learn the importance and fragility of a wetlands ecosystem while enjoying the sweeping panorama of a salt marsh moraine and the untouched landscape of Long Island's North Shore in this 90-minute sightseeing tour aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat.A naturalist is on board to explain ecology, geology and history of the area. Seating is first come, first served. June 16-October 30, 2012.

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through October 31, 2012 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.

Saturday Funday - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through October 31, 2012 - Windsor Terrace

A well-designed program for children with significant learning disabilities such as ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders. Parents and guardians must meet with staff individually prior to start of program.

HISTORIC STONY BROOK GRIST MILL TOURS - STONY BROOK GRIST MILL
Through October 31, 2012 - Stony Brook

Listed on the NYS and National Register of Historic Places, the mill, c. 1751, offers an authentic experience of a working grist mill today with the only female "miller" in the U.S. as your guide. Visit the country store for games, toys, recipes, jams and more and feed the ducks at the Mill Pond. April 21-October 31, 2012.

Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour - Central Park
Through October 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

School's out and On Location Tours is leading outdoors tours of the most filmed location in New York City: Central Park. During the month of June, children can tour free with the purchase of one adult ticket on the Central Park TV & Movie Sites tour. Experience your favorites come to life as you tour Central Park and see where the movie-magic happened. You and your kids will have the opportunity to dance and sing where the cast of Glee did in their rendition of "I Love New York," feed the pigeons like Macaulay Culkin did in "Home Alone 2," be like the Smurfs when they realized they certainly weren't in the Smurf Village anymore, and see where the final scene in "The Avengers" took place. Mention "School's Out!" during the month of June when purchasing an adult ticket to receive one free child ticket.

The Harlem Edge Cultivating Connections - Center for Architecture
Through October 31, 2012 -

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee of the AIA NY Chapter is proud to announce the winners of its fifth biennial design ideas competition, The Harlem Edge | Cultivating Connections. One hundred seventy-eight (178) teams and individuals registered for the competition and more than ninety-eight (98) entries from sixteen (16) countries were submitted for judging. The winning entries will be exhibited at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY, this July and be published in a competition catalog. In coordination with the exhibition, ENYA will be hosting a symposium to discuss design issues related to the winning entries and possibilities for the future development of the site and its neighboring community. Congratulations to the winners: ENYA Prize, $5000: Sym'bio'pia Ting Chin and Yan Wang, Linearscape Architecture, New York, NY, USA 2nd Prize, $2500: The Hudson Exchange Eliza Higgins, Cyrus Patell, Chris Starkey, and Andrea Vittadini, Brooklyn, NY, USA 3rd Prize, $1000: Harlem Harvest Ryan Doyle, Guido Elgueta, and Tyler Caine, Brooklyn, NY, USA Student Prize, $1000: Stairway to Harlem Daniel Mowery, Student of Architecture, University of Virginia, USA Honorable Mentions: Continuum, by Nasiq Khan, and Scott Brandi, Bayside, NY, USA Subaqueous Promenade, by Doyoung Oh, and Jaemin Ha, London, United Kingdom/Boston, MA, USA New Marine Transfer Station, by Yashar Ghasemkhani, Arash Mesbah, and Pooneh Sadrimanesh, New York, NY, USA Land Over Water Agro-Pavilion, by Michael C. Kilroy, and Jonathan Sampson, Students of Architecture, University of New Mexico, USA Greenhouse Transformer, by Dongwoo Yim, and Rafael Luna, PRAUD, Boston, MA, USA

Great Neck Farmers Market: Open For Business - Village Green
Through November 01, 2012 - Great Neck

Looking for some fresh produce or eggs? For some pasta, tomato sauce, fresh baked breads and pies? Or maybe some locally made pickles or cheese? The Great Neck Farmers Market has a wide range of high-quality, locally-produced offerings. You can even purchase freshly made doggie treats. Call 516-487-2975, x 123 for more information.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

Tomas Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 04, 2012 -

Artist Tomas Saraceno (born in Tucuman, Argentina, in 1973) will create a constellation of large, interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Visitors may enter and walk through these habitat-like, modular structures grouped in a nonlinear configuration. Over the past decade, Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. The interdisciplinary project "Cloud Cities/Air Port City" is rooted in the artist's investigation of expanding the ways in which we inhabit and experience our environment.

A Stately Presence: The NYPD's Mounted Unit - New York City Police Museum
Through November 04, 2012 - Manhattan

New York City police have used horse-mounted officers since at least 1858, with the opening of Central Park. Since its formal organization in 1871, the Mounted Unit has evolved into one of the NYPD's most visible and elite police units. This exciting exhibit will explore their fascinating history and continuing day-to-day operations. Through artifacts that include saddles, harnesses and uniforms, paintings, video, and historic photographs, the exhibit will delve into the lives and work of the officers known by their nickname, "10-foot cops."

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach - Morgan Library & Museum
Through November 04, 2012 -

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera's premiere performances in 1976. Visitors will enter a gallery awash in blue light, reminiscent of the opera's stage lighting, where they will encounter Glass's entire never-before-displayed autograph manuscript, as well as Wilson's storyboard, thirteen leaves encompassing 113 scene designs. Footage from the New York rehearsal, and 1976 productions in Paris, Brussels, and Venice will run continuously in the gallery; the documentary "Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera," about the 1984 production at BAM, will be screened in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall throughout the exhibition.

Universe of Desire - Museum of Sex
Through November 04, 2012 - New York

Type. Swipe. Search. Upload. Download. Post. Stream. These are the new verbs of desire. Our most intimate thoughts, fantasies, and urges are now transmitted via electronic devices to rapt audiences all over the world. These transmissions�from sexts to webcam masturbation feeds-are anonymous yet personal, individual yet collective, everywhere and nowhere, and they are contributing to the largest sexual record to date. In short, desire has gone viral. But what does this mean? And what does it reveal about us? This exhibition explores these very questions through a lens of digital experience by examining what we are searching for, how we do it and what we leave behind on these electronic devices. In piecing this together, we begin to expose staggering truths about who we are and how we interact in this ever-changing world of modern sexuality. "As human behavior becomes more clickable than physical, we can-t help but wonder what this means for our most basic, biological impulse: sex." says Mark Snyder, Director of Exhibitions and Co-Curator of "Universe of Desire." The exhibition explores this very question by examining what we actually search for on the internet and what we leave behind. Neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, authors of the best-selling book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, provide much of the inspiration for "Universe of Desire." Ogas and Gaddam gathered and coded 400 million internet searches, 55 million of which (or roughly 13 percent) proved to be searches for some kind of erotic content. The findings mined from analyzing the internet habits of tens of millions of people worldwide will be on display in "Universe of Desire." These anonymous searches bring to question our identity by revealing both the expected "kinks" and "squicks" (squirm-inducing kinks), as well as the broad categories of shared desire that account for 80 percent of internet searches, including "cheating partners", "youth", "mature" and various genitalia. Confronted with this research we begin to see just how similar and different we all are as humans. Supporting this content is a variety of media that amplifies and humanizes the scientific findings of A Billion Wicked Thoughts. Showcasing artifacts from Science, Culture, Art and Technology, Universe of Desire explores the virtual cataloging of our sexual wants, infatuations and yearnings by walking patrons through the kind of sex we, as humans, look up on the internet. Photographer Natacha Merritt, author of Digital Diaries, has documented herself digitally for the last 14 years. As one of the first photographers to capture erotic imagery in a digital medium, a selection of this pioneering artist's work is exhibited for the first time in its chronology, offering a visual timeline as example of photographic evolution, serving both as record and expression of our sexual desires through the last decade. Further exploring the relationship between digital imagery and sexual fantasy, visitors to "Universe of Desire" are invited to engage with a series of video and interactive experiences. Highlights include a digital mirror created by Kevin Bleich and Gabriela Guti�rrez which literally deconstructs patrons into pixels, and projects avatars of their "digital selves" onto the walls of the gallery, while an interactive video collage from Johnny Woods lures visitors into a virtual romp of sexual artifacts designed to stimulate, provoke and delight audiences.

Exhibition: Marc Chagall - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through November 04, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Marc Chagall is a major exhibition that includes a significant selection of about half of Chagall’s 1957 series of hand-colored etchings of Bible stories, a series never before seen on Long Island. The exhibition portrays this important and loved artist as a storyteller, demonstrating how Chagall, throughout a long and distinguished career, incorporated facets of his early Russian-Jewish heritage into multilayered works. Chagall’s storytelling paintings portray a fantastic pictorial world where heaven and earth seem to meet. It’s a world where people and animals—cows, goats, donkeys, horses and birds—float upside down or sideways, irrespective of the laws of gravity, and couples are always in love. Chagall’s hypersensitive imagination is palpable as he shares with the viewer his memories of family in brilliantly colored works set amidst the houses and streets of his native Vitebsk. The exhibition runs through November 4, 2012.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 05, 2012 - Midtown

MoMA's ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The exhibition brings together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books. In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key's book "Century of the Child" presaged the 20th century as a period of intensified focus and progressive thinking regarding the rights, development, and well-being of children as interests of utmost importance to all society. Taking inspiration from Key, and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecast, this exhibition will examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the "citizens of the future" to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation. In this period children have been central to the concerns, ambitions, and activities of modern architects and designers both famous and unsung, and working specifically for children has often provided unique freedom and creativity to the avant-garde.

Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 09, 2012 - Monsey

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the second Friday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Mother Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the third Monday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marie's Miniatures of Society Women - New-York Historical Society
Through November 11, 2012 - New York

Between 1889 and 1903, New York socialite Peter Marie (1825-1903) commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty. His collection of nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures stands today as a vivid document of New York�s Gilded Age aristocracy. Beauties of the Gilded Age presents likenesses of many prominent women of the era, including legendary socialite Edith Minturn, athlete Edith Hope Goddard, and social activist Emeline Winthrop. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations in a special new gallery designed for intimate viewing.

Fashion A- Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two - Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Through November 11, 2012 - New York

Farmers' Market @ PepsiCo - PepsiCo
Through November 14, 2012 - Purchase

Local produce and specialty items made from local ingredients every Wednesday.

Spring Valley Farmers Market -
Through November 14, 2012 - Spring Valley

Shop for fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. Wednesdays through Nov. 14. Rain or shine.

New Rochelle Farmers' Market - New Rochelle
Through November 16, 2012 - New Rochelle

Fresh, local baked goods, fruit, herbs, organic produce, specialty foods, vegetables, and more.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronxville

Vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, and eggs, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney.

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr. Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronx

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

Pelham Farmers' Market - Pelham
Through November 17, 2012 - Pelham

Fresh, local baked goods, cut flowers, fruit, herbs, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Tarrytown Farmers' Market - Tarrytown
Through November 17, 2012 - Tarrytown

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, soups, and more.

EmblemHealth and Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets - Roy Wilkins Park
Through November 17, 2012 - Queens

EmblemHealth and Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets are offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations and health and wellness screenings through the “Eating for Good Health” program which runs through November 17,2012.

- Piermont Farmers' Market
Through November 18, 2012 - Piermont

Shop for fresh local produce, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and more. Held each Sunday through November 18.

Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through November 18, 2012 - Forest Hills

Families can pick up fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, nuts, coffee, berries potted plants and flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries and more. This market is open thru November 18.

Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 20, 2012 - Elmhurst

Families can enjoy this market located along an entrance to Elmhurst hospital, which offers a variety of local produce, orchard fruit, picked at its peak of ripeness, hearty vegetables grown in the nutrient-rich soil of Orange County's "Black Dirt" region, and freshly baked bread, pastries and granola. The market, which is open thru November 20,2012, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meat, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 21, 2012 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 21, 2012 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Open every Wednesday, through November 21, at the base of Library Allee inside the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

Weekly Market - Nyack Farmers Market
Through November 22, 2012 - Nyack

Stroll this weekly market to find local produce, cheese, wine, and plants. Then enjoy lunch in one of the town's many charming eateries. Rain or shine.

Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through November 26, 2012 - Haverstraw

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages nursing mothers (and babies) and pregnant women to attend this free meeting to help them get started or continue breastfeeding successfully. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors.For more information call the Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program Monday-Friday, 9am-5 pm at 845-364-3865 or e-mail [email protected]

Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating - Yale Peabody Museum
Through November 28, 2012 - New Haven

In this multi-media exhibit, visitors explore the challenge of fulfilling our nutritional and physical needs.

Checks & Balances - Presidents and American Finance - Museum of American Finance
Through November 30, 2012 - New York

The US federal government was born of a fiscal crisis produced by the inability of the national and state governments to repay the heavy debts incurred winning independence from England. By luck, pluck and a sprinkling of genius, the new nation averted disaster and soon became one of the most creditworthy in history, able to fund global wars, massive territorial acquisitions and scientific and engineering feats of historic importance and unprecedented scale. Today, however, serious fiscal crisis looms again. The causes and consequences of the current economic crisis are hotly debated, but almost everyone agrees there is no easy fix at hand. Simply put, it has become too difficult to increase taxes or reduce expenditures, and solutions acceptable to both major political parties are in short supply. But the government has faced similar impasses in the past and has managed, with firm leadership, to persevere. This exhibit brings attention to the budget issues that faced five of our greatest Presidents: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. It details how they handled those issues, sometimes with spectacular success and other times with controversial or mixed results. The exhibit also shows how each President's life experiences, including personal wealth, may have influenced decisions on important issues like the rate and type of taxation and the acceptable extent of government borrowing. In and of itself, knowledge of the past cannot improve the future, but retracing past glories and disappointments is often the best place to start.

Compost your Food Scraps! - Queens Public Library at Steinway
Through November 30, 2012 - Astoria

Parents can teach their children about sustainability by modeling green behaviors like composting. Simply bring your frozen food scraps including fruit and vegetable scraps like peels, skins, or seeds), coffee grounds (including the paper filter), tea bags, eggshells, nutshells, plain bread, and pasta (no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop off location. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn the rest of your food waste into a nutrient-rich compost.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop - New York Methodist Hospital
Through November 30, 2012 - Midwood

This workshop provides helpful information for managing and living with diabetes. Call to register (required).

Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 02, 2012 - 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

Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

The American Museum of Natural History announces Spiders Alive!, a new exhibition about the fascinating and complex world of spiders. For centuries, spiders have inspired mythmakers 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. Among the most versatile animals on the planet, spiders inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. "Spiders Alive! continues a tradition of museum exhibitions that bring people, especially children and families, face-to-face with ambassadors from the natural world," says Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. "In this exhibition, as in previous popular presentations of live lizards, snakes, frogs, and butterflies, our visitors will meet some of the world's most exotic and fascinating creatures who have much to teach us about the diversity of life, the fragility of natural systems, and our own responsibility to study and steward life on Earth." In Spiders Alive!, visitors will explore spiders' anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live spiders representing 19 species, the exhibition will also include larger-than-life models of spiders, videos, a climbable spider model, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close, and the exhibition will focus on debunking spider myths, such as: spiders need gravity to build webs, all spiders neglect their offspring, and all spiders are poisonous to humans Spiders are also important predators; without them, insect populations would explode. 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 they believe that there are at least as many more yet 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 western black widow, member of one of the few North American spider groups that can be harmful to people; the fishing spider, who senses prey by resting its front legs on the surface of the water; and the golden orb-web spider, which weaves a golden web that can reach more than 3 feet in diameter. Species from other arachnid orders will also be on display, including African whip spiders, whose whip-like feelers, up to 10 inches in length, help the animal find its way; the giant vinegaroon, which may spray a foul-smelling vinegar-like chemical from its abdomen if disturbed; and the desert hairy scorpion, the largest scorpion in America. The exhibition is curated by Norman Platnick, curator emeritus in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum?s 30th Anniversary Exhibits - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Through December 02, 2012 - New York

New exhibitions will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. "Thirty Years of Collecting: Treasures from Intrepid's Collections" will showcase objects related to the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, Growler submarine, Concorde and the space shuttle Enterprise. "Thirty Years of Excellence: An Intrepid Museum Celebration" will trace Intrepid's historic journey of being transformed from an aircraft carrier into one of NYC's most iconic cultural institutions.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
Through December 03, 2012 - Homecrest

Babies and toddlers hear stories, sing songs and rhymes, and play.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 15, 2012 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 15, 2012 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through December 15, 2012 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 16, 2012 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Toddler Story Time - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 17, 2012 - Piermont

Bring your little one, ages 6 months to 5 years, for stories and songs. Pre-registration is required. Meets every Monday except holidays.

Music Classes for Children - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 19, 2012 - Piermont

Young children are given the chance to develop basic competence in music by providing them with a rich musical experience in a relaxed and playful environment. Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, the class teaches music through play. Meets the third Wednesday of each month.

New Amsterdam Market - New Amsterdam Market
Through December 23, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

New Amsterdam Market weekly Sunday outdoor market reopens April 29! It is held in front of the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan on South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. With over 40 regional food vendors each week selling produce, cheeses, fish, meats, breads, and delicious pastries and treats for a light lunch by the East River. The season kicks off with Bread Pavilion with over 15 bread bakers using local NYS flour. For more information visit newamsterdammarket.org.

Mommy/Daddy and Me - Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Through December 27, 2012 - Valley Cottage

Parents or grandparents with kids ages 2 through 6 can have fun in the Bounce! Jr. Zone, in the Bounce! castle, as well as on the main trampoline court. Head trainer Victor Byrne works with parents and children on a series of trampoline-based exercises and fun activities. Program meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Kandinsky 1911-1913 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 27, 2012 - New York

Perhaps more than any other 20th-century painter, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) has been closely linked to the history of the Guggenheim Museum. Hilla Rebay?artist, art advisor, and the museum's first director?promoted nonobjective painting above all other forms of abstraction. She was particularly inspired by the work and writing of Kandinsky, a pioneer of abstraction, who believed that the task of the painter was to convey his own inner world, rather than imitate the natural world. The museum's holdings have grown to include more than 150 works by Kandinsky, and focused exhibitions of his works are presented in the Kandinsky Gallery on Annex Level 3. The current installation, Kandinsky 1911?1913, highlights paintings completed at the moment the artist made great strides toward complete abstraction and published his aesthetic treatise, On the Spiritual in Art (1911, though dated 1912). Also featured are paintings by Robert Delaunay and Franz Marc that were exhibited alongside the work of Kandinsky and others in the landmark 1912 Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) exhibition held at the Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser in Munich.

Dance and Drum Classes for Teens and Children - Layla's Dance & Drum
Through December 29, 2012 - Valley Stream

Join Layla's Dance and Drum studio for a full day of teen and kids dance, drum and double dutch (jump rope) classes including hip-hop, creative movement, Salsa, African dance and more. Adult classes include Salsa/Mambo, Afro-Cuban and West African dance.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 29, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Share a family experience of singing, dancing, and praying as well as a weekly story and other activities. Each Saturday through December.

'Magic/Bird' - Longacre Theatre
Through December 30, 2012 - Midtown

A new play from the team that brought you "Lombardi" on Broadway. At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports, two of the greatest athletes of all time battled for multiple championships and the future of their sport. Hall of Famers Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird could not have been more different -- one black, one white; one an urbanite with a big smile and Hollywood appeal, the other a quiet small-town guy. Johnson and Bird went head to head, electrified the nation, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports. With classic NBA footage prominently designed throughout, "Magic/Bird" transports the audience into the heart of their match-up, from draft to Olympic Dream Team. The show has a six-member cast, including Kevin Daniels as Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Tug Coker as Larry Bird. Running time is 90 minutes (no intermission).

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through December 30, 2012 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92nd Street Y Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement. Come when you can; no registration necessary.

Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.

Brook Trout Exhibit - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 31, 2012 - Cornwall

The Center's current exhibit features brook trout, New York State's official freshwater fish. "Brookies" require cold, clean, well- oxygenated water to survive. Highly sensitive fish, brook trout are sometimes referred to as an "indicator" species because their disappearance from our waters can alert us to changes in the environment and local water systems.

'Dialog in the Dark' - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

This exhibit leads visitors through a series of NYC environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
Through December 31, 2012 - Sunset Park

This program accomodates all kinds of children inclusively for reading, story telling, and various kinds of play sessions. Parent workshops are also available. See Brooklyn Public Library for other locations throughout Brooklyn.

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour - On Location Tours
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This tour showcases more than 40 locations from some of the most famous places seen on screen, including sites from "Friends," "Blue Bloods," "Seinfeld," "Enchanted," "Spider-Man," "I Am Legend," "Men in Black," and "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nature Explore Classroom - Bartlett Arboretum
Through December 31, 2012 - Stamford

Children are invited to spend unhurried hours exploring the natural world in a fun and safe environment. The outdoor classroom includes areas for art, music and movement, climbing and crawling, building, and playing. Additionally, the Bartlett features the best of what Connecticut's native landscape has to offer including wetlands and boardwalks, woodland walking trails, varied wildlife, and native habitats. February 6-December 31, 2012.

Volunteer Opportunities - Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rockland County
Through December 31, 2012 - New City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland County is seeking mentors, especially men, to volunteer as role model friends for youth in our community. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age, have a valid driver's license, must have transportation and be covered under automobile insurance, and must be able to commit to volunteer for a minimum of four hours a month for one year. Call or visit online for an application.

Mommy & Me Pilates - Evolution Pilates
Through December 31, 2012 - Port Washington

Here's a perfect way to bond with your little ones, 2-14 months. Sign up for the Mommy and Me Pilates class on Mondays.

Recovery in Action - Barnum Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Bridgeport

The museum is now partially reopened two days a week while reparations are made on the museum which was hit by a tornado in 2010. A unique exhibition, Recovery in Action, will be presented on Thursdays and Fridays in the People's United Bank Gallery. Visitors gain insight into the complexities of a disaster recovery in a museum setting. The museum's collection of unique artifacts, including Tom Thumb's miniature carriages and P.T. Barnum's ornate furniture, will be among the many items on view.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: 'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - 45 Bleecker
Through December 31, 2012 - West Village

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.

Masterworks - The Rubin Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection displays some of the museum's most stunning works of art. The stylistic diversity and relationships between various strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and artistic traditions are represented by important works of art spanning a period of over one thousand years. In addition to a wide range of Buddhist and Hindu deities rendered in all major media, Masterworks also highlights the museum's most notable recent acquisitions, all of which have rarely or never been exhibited. Life-size facsimiles of an entire sequence of murals from the Lukhang, the Dalai Lamas' Secret Temple near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, provide an exceptional opportunity for viewing Himalayan art at its most lavish. The original eighteenth-century wall paintings--inaccessible to the public until the late twentieth century--uniquely depict the most esoteric of meditation and yoga practices in vivid color and detail. Created with new photographic methods by Thomas Laird and Clint Clemens, this display of large-format, high resolution pigment prints allows for even better access to the paintings than is possible in the temple itself. Their presentation at the Rubin marks the first showing in the world of prints created using this technology and also provides the first-ever opportunity outside Tibet to view full-size Tibetan murals in their relationship to portable art from the region.

Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through December 31, 2012 - New York

A new exhibition held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Known for more than a century as the author of the lines "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...," the poet Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty and generations of newcomers to America. However, few people know her fascinating story, her Sephardic background, her American roots, and her work for Jewish causes and a Jewish homeland. Learn how Emma Lazarus' journey inspired her to craft an enduring message on exile, refuge, and the promise of America.

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 [email protected] for more information.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Designing Nature - The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 13, 2013 -

"Rinpa" is a modern term that refers to a distinctive style of Japanese pictorial and applied arts that arose in the early seventeenth century and has continued through modern times. Literally meaning "school of Korin," Rinpa derives its name from Ogata Korin (1658-1716), a celebrated painter from Kyoto. It embraces art marked by a bold, graphic abbreviation of natural motifs, frequent reference to traditional court literature and poetry, the lavish use of expensive mineral and metallic pigments, incorporation of calligraphy into painting compositions, and innovative experimentation with new brush techniques. The exhibition will feature more than one hundred brilliantly executed works of art created in Japan by the Rinpa-school artists. It will be held in two rotations, the first opening on May 26, 2012; the second on September 12, 2012. Highlighting the school's most prominent proponents, this two-part presentation will trace the development of the Rinpa aesthetic and will demonstrate how its style continued to influence artists throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Comprising more than fifty works from the Museum's own holdings supplemented by forty-five loans from public and private collections on the east coast, the exhibition will include many masters' renowned works in a variety of media: painting, textiles, lacquerware, and ceramics.

Candid - The Rubin Museum
Through January 14, 2013 - New York

Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) was India's first female photojournalist. This exhibition, the first on Vyarawalla outside of India, will present her photography from the late 1930s to 1970, and narrate her extraordinary life with a biographical film and ephemera from her career. From early in her career, Homai Vyarawalla documented key events from the generation around Independence, including the historic meeting of Gandhi and the Congress Committee on the 1947 plan for partition, and she recorded the visits to India of world leaders and dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ho Chi Minh, and Zhou Enlai. She was revered in India and her recent death at age 98 generated tributes around the world. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi.

Born Out of Necessity - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 28, 2013 - Midtown

Showcasing objects that adhere to the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, Born out of Necessity offers close examination of the problems themselves -- whether urgent, foreseen, or imagined. From objects that respond to pressing needs in developing countries to new solutions that are tailored to the urban environment, the exhibition examines how design intervenes across a range of experiences, including medical emergencies and natural disasters. Other objects demonstrate how products created to address specific challenges for people with disabilities can provide solutions that improve everyone's life. Drawing on the narrative power of design, Born out of Necessity addresses a host of complex cultural developments, such as the need to incorporate environmental responsibility in everyday life, our attempts to marry ancient religious beliefs with contemporary mores, and the desire to anticipate and prevent technological and ecological quagmires.

Monday Night Open Mic Joint - One and One/Nexus Lounge
Through February 13, 2013 - New York

Looking for special open mic in downtown Manhattan? This is it. Come to one of the hottest open mics in the country - a stage graced by Grammy nominated singers, HBO Def Poetry stars, American Idol finalists, Golden Globe Award-winning actresses, and poets from The Best American Poetry anthology. The Inspired Word's NYC Open Mic Joint, hosted by the legendary Nathan P., is a weekly series open to all types of artists - comedians, musicians, storytellers, singers, poets, fiction/nonfiction writers, playwrights, spoken word artists, performance artists, dancers, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. And once you experience it for a single night, you’ll see the vibe is totally addictive. 25 slots, 5-minute time limit. ***** When: EVERY Monday! Where: One and One Bar/Restaurant Downstairs Nexus Lounge 76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue) Manhattan, New York (917) 703-1512 By subway, take the F train to Second Avenue and exit the 1st Avenue side. Doors open for open mic sign-up @ 6:30pm Show starts @ 7:30pm Cover charge: $10 NO AGE LIMIT! ***** For more Inspired Word info, please check out http://inspiredwordnyc.com/.

Artist's Studio Space - Greenburgh Public Library
Through March 31, 2013 - Elmsford

An intergenerational program for tweens, teens, and adults. Draw Manga & Fine Art. Call Kate Colquitt at (914) 721-8224 for more information. Saturdays, March 3, 17, and 31.

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage - Discovery Time Square
Through March 31, 2013 - Times Square

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a new exhibition launching in May at Discovery Time Square. This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it's like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works: how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.

Zumba for Kids - The Personal Training Institute
Through April 16, 2013 - Mineola

Lots of great fun for your kids. Please call to reserve your spot. Two classes: ages 5-9 on Mondays and ages 9-12 on Wednesdays, given by Zumba instructors Beth (an RN) and a certified Special Ed. teacher, Marissa.

Zumbatomic Zumba for Kids - The Dance Treatment
Through April 28, 2013 - Mineola

Get ready for a Zumba fun fitness class for kids ages 5-9 and 9-12. Classes are available for adults, too. The first class is free.

The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 29, 2013 - Midtown

This exhibition, covering the period from 1910 to today, offers a critical reassessment of photography's role in the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements -- with a special emphasis on the medium's relation to Dada, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Conceptual, and Post-Conceptual art -- and in the development of contemporary artistic practices. The shaping of what came to be known as "New Vision" photography bore the obvious influence of "lens-based" and "time-based" works. El Lissitzky best summarized its ethos: "The new world will not need little pictures," he wrote in The Conquest of Art (1922). "If it needs a mirror, it has the photograph and the cinema." Bringing together over 250 works from MoMA's collection, the exhibition features major projects by Man Ray, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Germaine Krull, Gerhard Ruhm, Helen Levitt, Daido Moriyama, Robert Heinecken, Ed Ruscha, Martha Rosler, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, and Walid Raad, among others. Photographic history is presented as a multivalent history of distinct "new visions," rooted in unconventional and innovative exercises that range from photograms and photomontages to experimental films and photobooks.

Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company - Brooklyn Museum
Through June 16, 2013 -

This exhibition highlights the nearly fifty-year career of ceramicist Edward Lycett (American, 1833-1910), creative director of the Faience Manufacturing Company from 1884 to 1890. The range of works illustrates Lycett's talent and adaptability to stylistic changes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as his vision for Faience, a company based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that earned acclaim for producing ornamental wares that introduced a new standard of excellence in American ceramics. These bold and eclectic pieces synthesized Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic movement and were sold in the United States' foremost art ware emporiums, including Tiffany & Company. Among the ceramics on view are 39 Faience pieces, including a number of large-scale vases. Also on view are Lycett's formula books, family photographs, and other ephemera; rare examples of ceramic works by his three sons; and other Brooklyn-made ceramics from the Museum�s collection.

Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Gateway to Himalayan Art - The Rubin Museum
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

Marking the first in a series of yearly rotations, nearly twenty works of art add new dimensions and context to Gateway to Himalayan Art. Visitors will notice a greater emphasis on Hindu works, with beautiful examples from India and Nepal ranging from 12th to 19th centuries, as well as intricately-detailed thangka paintings, manuscript pages, and textiles. In every iteration, Gateway acquaints new and long-time friends of the museum with the principal concepts of Himalayan art, including important deities and symbols, the materials and techniques used in creating works of art, and the purposes and functions of these works in their sacred and secular contexts. And don't forget to pick up your Gateway Looking Guide to help you identify important figures and symbols throughout the museum. It's yours to keep.

Contemporary Art from the Collection - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2014 - Midtown

Reinstalled to continue the historical sequence found on MoMA's fifth (1880-1940) and fourth (1940-1980) floors, the galleries on the second floor will begin with art of the early 1980s and extend to the present moment, interweaving works in all mediums. Individual galleries will focus on particular topics, ranging from specific locales that nourished influential groups of artists to key strategies shared by diverse practitioners of the same generation. Others will display a single significant installation or artist's project. Like the fifth- and fourth-floor galleries, the second-floor galleries will be periodically reinstalled to reflect the depth and richness of the Museum's collection, and to allow for varying approaches to the wide variety of art produced during the last 30 years. Featured artists include Ashley Bickerton, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger, Steve McQueen, Senga Nengudi, Doris Salcedo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Rosemarie Trockel.

Architecture of New York Walking Tour - 42nd Street
Through January 01, 2015 -

This three-hour walking tour traverses one of the world's greatest thoroughfares, 42nd Street, to discuss architecture in New York City. Stretching from the East River to the Hudson River and cutting through the heart of Manhattan, 42nd Street features major monuments of American 20th-century architecture from the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Station to the Art Deco Chrysler Building to the new skyscrapers that highlight a famous == and transformed -- Times Square. Context is a network of scholars who lead in depth walking tours in the world's cultural capitals.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

Understanding Memory Loss - Somers Library
Through June 04, 2102 - Somers

This program helps the audience distinguish between Alzheimer's Disease and age-associated memory impairment. Learn what the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease are, along with guidance on how to obtain a diagnosis and what treatments are currently available. Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.

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