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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on February 5


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

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through February 24, 2012 - Brooklyn

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

Toddler Story Time - Westbury Friends School
Through May 31, 2012 - Westbury

Toddlers can enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. A light snack and plenty of social interaction will be provided. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai - Shanghai Tango - Joyce Theater
Through February 05, 2012 -

Created in 2003 by Jin Xing, one of the most fascinating choreographers and artists performing today, Shanghai Tango includes ten works that she has created over the last 25 years. Set to an eclectic collage of music from Astor Piazzolla to Johann Strauss, the piece uses the sometimes sleazy, sometimes playful, but always sensuous, rhythmic, and passionate components of the tango as a conceptual framework to explore contemporary Shanghai culture. This wondrous movement landscape is striking in its visual melding of Eastern and Western artistic threads.

DGV: Danse a Grande Vitesse - New York City Ballet
February 05, 2012 -

Originally created for The Royal Ballet, DGV propels 26 dancers through space with a supercharged, minimalist score by Michael Nyman.

Donizetti Variations - New York City Ballet
February 05, 2012 -

This ballet was created for "Salute to Italy," a New York City Ballet program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Italy's unification. Balanchine felt he needed a "cheerful and sunny work" to offset the more somber tone of the other ballets on the program, which included La Sonnambula.

Firebird - New York City Ballet
February 05, 2012 -

Balanchine's Firebird was one of the choreographer's first creations for the young New York City Ballet, using elaborate sets and costumes. The story, the choreography, the sets, and the music all integrated many brilliantly colored elements from Russian folklore. Because Balanchine chose to use the orchestral suite rather than the complete three-act score, he simplified the story and emphasized the mythical elements of the Firebird's character. For revivals in 1970, 1972, and 1980, Balanchine changed his choreography for the Firebird — and sometimes the costume as well — to suit the ballerina cast in the leading role. At Balanchine's invitation, in 1970, the artist Marc Chagall came to New York City to supervise the construction of new sets and costumes based on his designs for a new production. For the 1970 revival, Robbins contributed new choreography for the monsters' dance. The current production was staged in 1985. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes included The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes.

'EJECT!' Exhibition - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through February 05, 2012 - New York

“Eject!” a new exhibition that explores the history of ejection seats in aviation will open at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan, on Saturday, October 1st. “Eject!” will showcase ejection seats used in the Korean War era through the present. The seats will be accompanied by graphic panels and a video presentation that will provide a vivid history of ejection seats, their importance to pilots and an examination of their evolution. While visiting the exhibit, visitors will be able to sit in a real ejection seat. The exhibition will run from October 1st through February 5th. The exhibit is free with the price of admission to the museum. For more information, visit Images are courtesy of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is proudly supported by Bank of America.

Digital ?11: The Alchemy of Change - New York Hall of Science
Through February 05, 2012 - Queens

A collection of images celebrating chemistry from the Art & Science Collaboration?s 13th International Competition and Exhibition of Digital Prints.

Studio Sunday - Museum of Arts & Design
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

Intergenerational workshops led by professional artist-educators, artists from the Open Studios Program, and visiting artists in the exhibitions.

The Making of a Collection - Islamic Art at the Metropolitan - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 05, 2012 -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world. This could not have been achieved without the generosity of dedicated individuals who supported the Museum with gifts and bequests. This exhibition will be a chronological study of some of the Museum's major donor-collectors, whose gifts form the core of the collection of the Department of Islamic Art, illuminating the factors and motivations that inspired their collecting habits. Particular attention will be paid to the early collectors during the first decades of Islamic art collecting in America, a period when as much as fifty percent of the Department's collection was established. From the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the early 1930s, objects from the Islamic world were introduced to the American market as exotic treasures and gradually gained public recognition. The interest in travel to the Middle East that had earlier spawned a vast travel literature in Europe caught on in America as well. It was the time of the Orientalist movement. At international expositions, governments of the Near East erected pavilions in which imported objects and parts of buildings where shown and, afterward, sold to Americans. Oriental art dealers played a critical role: as tastemakers for Islamic art, they acted as intermediaries between governments, American collectors, and museums. Since then, the Metropolitan's collection has continued to grow and, as in the past, generous donors continue to support its acquisitions. Today, the collection comprises approximately twelve thousand objects, of which -- in conjunction with the reopening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia on November 1 -- twelve hundred will be on view.

Robert Burns and 'Auld Lang Syne' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 05, 2012 -

This highly focused exhibition explores the origins of a song that began as an old Scots poem and air and evolved into a globally shared expression of friendship and longing.

30th Annual Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair - Crowne Plaza
February 05, 2012 - White Plains

In one day, parents can meet more than 50 camp directors from summer day camps, sleepaway camps, and specialty summer programs in the Northeast. There will also be presentations at 1pm and 2pm on how to find the right summer camp for your child.

Oliver! - Ridgefield Playhouse
February 05, 2012 - Ridgefield

A live orchestra accompanies the performers in this family musical based on the Charles Dickens novel.

Monkey Monkey Music with Meredith LeVande - Bowery Poetry Club
February 05, 2012 - Bowery

Kids will have a chance to get "up close and personal" with NYC-based musician/educator Meredith LeVande at a pre-Valentine's Day show. A portion of proceeds will benefit Children of Promise, NYC. LeVande will play plenty of old favorites, plus songs from the new CD "What Are the Odds?" Kids and their adults should be ready to 'Jump High,' play 'Air Guitar,' and 'Shake it Loud.' They'll use instruments, pop bubbles, groove with fruits and vegetables 'In The Garden,' count the odds, and do the Macaroni Dance. In celebration of Valentine's Day, LeVande will talk with kids about people in their lives that they love. Because Monkey Monkey Music's drummer is Russian and the bass player is Japanese, Meredith and the band will teach everyone how to say "I love you" in both Russian and Japanese. LeVande will also have special Valentine's Day cards and goodies for all the children after the show. LeVande will donate 50 percent of her share of the proceeds from the show to Children of Promise, NYC. Children of Promise serves children who suffer deep social and economic inequities because their parents are incarcerated. More than two million children in the United States experience the detrimental economic, social, and emotional effects of a parent's incarceration. In New York state alone, there are more than 105,000 children whose parents are incarcerated. By providing intense academic and social services to these children, Children of Promise not only breaks the cycle of intergenerational involvement in crime, but helps children who are otherwise socially invisible to live to their fullest potential. Monkey Monkey Music began in 2001, when educator/songwriter Meredith LeVande - acting on her perception that music engaged the whole child - began writing and performing songs that supported children's natural curiosity and desire to learn. LeVande holds undergraduate degrees in Women's Studies and English, a master's degree in music, and a law degree. LeVande draws from all these disciplines for her multi-faceted work with children in live performances, recordings, and music videos.

Munchkins and Mishpacha - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 05, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Mommy and Me / Daddy and Me with a Jewish twist. Bring your kids, ages 6 months to 3 years, for stories, songs, games, and more.

Children of Eden - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
February 05, 2012 - Mamaroneck

The Mainstage production of "Children of Eden" is a musical spectacle from the composer of the current hit Broadway show, "Wicked." "Children of Eden" tells the story of the early chapters of the Bible with memorable music. Through Sunday, February 5. Call 914-630-0804 to order tickets.

Museum as Hub: Due to Unforeseen Events... - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through February 05, 2012 - New York

"Museum as Hub: Beirut Art Center: Due to unforeseen events…" is an exhibition by the Beirut Art Center that sets out to explore five incidents in which artworks produced in Beirut over the last thirty years were fundamentally altered in the process—and by the process—of being presented to the public. The cases under consideration here concern films, performances, sculptures, and installations by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Rabih Mroué, Tony Chakar, Saloua Raouda Choucair, and Ziad Abillama. For the Beirut Art Center's participation in the New Museum's Museum as Hub, five artists and one scholar have gathered clues, notes, documents, and descriptions to explain what happened to these works as they crossed a threshold from an artist's intentions to an audience's reception. In each case, something dramatic occurred, which unfixed the meaning of the piece, threatened its material integrity, and called into question the process by which a society and a state accords objects, actions, and interventions with the status of art. By revisiting these events, the exhibition not only reveals the complicated conditions under which art is made and shown in a place like Beirut, it also illustrates how even the most vexing moments of transformation—whether an artwork is altered by censorship, litigation, destruction, theft, or total social rejection—have the potential to open up new fields of inquiry and generate new work. To that end, "Due to unforeseen events…" includes photographs, videos, texts, a slideshow, and a mixed-media installation that were created specially for the exhibition to reflect on the curious afterlife of the original artworks. They consider what their subsequent alterations have to say about the semblance and substance of trust that exists between artists and the public, as well as between institutions and the communities they serve. In the Resource Center, Beirut Art Center will also present their Mediatheque, a digital archive that offers public access to works—including video, image, sound, and text—by a growing number of artists from Arab countries; Iran; Turkey; and Armenia. Over sixty artists are featured in the Mediatheque including Mounira Al Solh, Ayreen Anastas, Tarek Atoui, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Hassan Khan, Rabih Mroue, Walid Raad, Wael Shawky, Rania Stephan, Rayyane Tabet, Jalal Toufic, Ala Younis, and Akram Zaatari, among others. The Mediatheque also includes select documentation of events that have taken place at Beirut Art Center since its opening. "Museum as Hub: Due to unforeseen events…" is organized by guest curators Sandra Dagher and Lamia Joreige for Beirut Art Center.

'Oliver!' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
February 05, 2012 - Tarrytown

A musical retelling of Dickens' famous novel, "Oliver Twist." The plot concerns the adventures of an orphan boy in 19th-century London as he escapes abusive treatment in an orphanage and joins a group of pickpockets. Songs include "Where is Love," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," and "As Long As He Needs Me." The production is made up of over 100 young people who are divided into four casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film, and television experience.

Gospel Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 05, 2012 -

EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, join us for GOSPEL BRUNCH THE WORLD FAMOUS HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Get your dose of the Holy Ghost! Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip Doors: 12:30pm Show: 1:30pm $40 adv, $42.50 door Every Sunday, for the past 9 years, the world famous HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR has brought their experience of Harlem & the Black Church to BB King's in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, joyous gospel brunch-buffet show. The homestyle "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

Sinbad and his shipmates encounter the island of Colossa - and the mythic beasts that populate it - while sailing home. They are tricked by a magician into stealing the cyclops' magic lamp and only just manage to escape. Back in Baghdad, Sinbad marries his princess but the evil machinations of the wizard force a return trip to the island...and the adventure continues! (Nathan Juran, U.S./Spain, 1958, Digital; 88 minutes.) Family Film-goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

Work of Art - The Next Great Artist - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 05, 2012 -

This exhibition will spotlight the season two winner of Work of Art, Bravo's hour-long creative competition series among contemporary artists. The series, airing weekly beginning October 12, 2011, brings together fourteen aspiring artists competing for the final prize of a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum. In each episode, the contestants are faced with the challenge of creating unique pieces in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, collage, and industrial design. The panel judging their work includes series host China Chow; Bill Powers, a New York gallery owner and arts writer; and Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York magazine. Art auctioneer Simon de Pury serves as a mentor to the contestants, and a new guest judge joins the panel each week.

Elizabeth Mitchell in Concert - 92YTribeca
February 05, 2012 - Tribeca

In a peaceful yet powerful way, Mitchell and Daniel Littleton perform homespun renditions of songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, Vashti Bunyan, Gillian Welch, and more. Many of the songs bring to mind traditional, bluegrass, and folk music.

Bagels & Blox - Temple Beth Torah
February 05, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Parents and children ages six weeks to three years are invited for music, movement, fun, and the chance to meet other families. Contact Rachel K. Smith at for more information.

Early Morning Bird Walk: Backyard Birds - Prospect Park Audobon Center
February 05, 2012 - Flatbush

Learn about great "backyard birds" such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches along the Park's nature trails.

Pancake Brunch and Maple Sugaring - Tenafly Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Tenafly

Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes with real maple syrup fresh from a campfire griddle. But first, learn how to identify a maple tree as well as the history of syrup-making. Participants will check tapped trees and boil down sap to make fresh, warm, maple syrup. Coffee and hot cocoa will be served with pancakes. Pre-registration is required.

Maple Sugaring - Tenafly Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Tenafly

Learn how to identify a maple tree as well as a little history of syrup-making. Then check tapped trees and help boil down sap to make fresh, warm, maple syrup. Pre-registration is suggested. Guided nature walk follows February 5 program.

Guided Nature Walk - Tenafly Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Tenafly

Enjoy the season with a guided walk along one of the nature center's trails. All ages welcome but no strollers allowed. In case of inclement weather, program will be cancelled.

Jackson Heights 3AM - Queens Theatre
February 05, 2012 - Corona

A livery cab driver working the midnight shift yearns for a woman who rises at dawn to bake bread, but does not speak her language. A beloved dog disappears without a trace. A closeted policeman from Long Island comes to Queens for a date. Car dispatchers, sex workers, drag queens, E.R. doctors, gamblers, and insomniacs collide in the colorful world of Jackson Heights after hours.

'The Festival of the Vegetables' - The Metropoiltan Playhouse
February 05, 2012 - East Village

If you're finished with "Nutcracker" sweets, savor this ballet in which the props are crops and the produce aisle comes to life in a sparkling salad of color, music, and poetry.

Inside-Outside - New York Transit Museum
Through February 05, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

After reading The Inside-Outside Book of New York City, we'll create colorful "inside-outside" picture books to express our visions of subway travel.

JCC Camp Discovery Reunion & Open House - Rosenthal JCC Main Branch
February 05, 2012 - Pleasantville

This DJ Dance Party will rock the house! There'll be an air castle, dancing, prizes, and lots of fun! New and prospective families are welcome.

Family Flicks - 'The Secret of Nimh' - The Picture House
February 05, 2012 - Pelham

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of super-intelligent rats with whom she has a deeper link to than she ever suspected. Adapted from Robert C. O'Brien's acclaimed children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H." Although beloved by many, the film has some "dark" parts - recommended for children ages 9 and older; 82 minutes.

Opening Day - Beautiful Dirt: A Look Into The Amazing Story Underfoot - Greenburgh Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Scarsdale

Opening day for the GNC's Annual Natural History Exhibit. 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.

The Bare Bones - Greenburgh Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Scarsdale

Bones can reveal secrets about the animal to which they once belonged. Did that animal hunt for its food? Was it an omnivore, herbivore, or carnivore? On what terrain did it live? How did it protect itself? The skeleton holds many of the clues. Join naturalist Greg Wechgelaer to discover how to read some "Bone-afide" animal bones, then get up close with some of the Nature Center's coolest predators and prey.

Music for Aardvarks Family Drop in Class - JCC Rockland
February 05, 2012 - West Nyack

Sing, dance, and have a blast at this drop-in dance party. Half price for siblings; free for parents.

Movies for Kids (And Their Families): The Black Hole - Jacob Burns Film Center
February 05, 2012 - Pleasantville

The USS Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole. Disney's post-"Star Wars" foray into big-budget science fiction includes a mad scientist set on finding the source of the universe's energy, an unflappable captain, zombie-like drones, robots, and lots of futuristic phenomena. (Rated "PG." 1979, 98 min.)

'The Glass Menagerie' - YCP TheaterWorks
February 05, 2012 - Mohegan Lake

Tennessee Williams' classic drama focuses on the story of outsiders in St. Louis on the eve of World War II.

Sunday Concert Series - A Tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford - John C. Hart Memorial Library
February 05, 2012 - Shrub Oak

Tom Doyle (guitar) and Sandy Cory (vocals) in a tribute to Les Paul and Mary Ford by a man who played by Les Paul's side for 40 years and a vocalist who charms with her beautiful stylings.

'Almost, Maine' - a Romantic Comedy - Harrison Public Library
February 05, 2012 - Harrison

M&M Productions presents a romantic comedy. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky, the residents of mythical Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways.

Climate and Weather - Blue Heron Park
February 05, 2012 - Staten Island

Is our unusual weather part of a natural pattern, or are we experiencing a global change? Understanding our climate helps us prepare our city for a more sustainable future. Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to these important scienti?c concepts that will help you prepare for the future.

Artist Vinnie Bagwell & African-American Storytelling - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
February 05, 2012 - Yonkers

Vinnie Bagwell, artist who sculpted The Enslaved Africans' Rain Garden, will speak about the sculptures installed in the Hudson Room at the Hudson River Museum. Visitors will be engaged by the storytelling of Ty Gray-EL, author of "Breath of My Ancestors/Reflections from the Conscience of an African in America" after the artist's presentation. This program will be presented to the audience among the relief, sculpture, and imagery created by the artist, and participants will have the opportunity to explore the story and history of the installation.

Meet the Nature Center Animals - Salt Marsh Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Brooklyn

Meet and learn about the animals that live at the Salt Marsh, courtesy of Urban Park Rangers.

?A Little Bit Rock and Roll: Elton John (Episode 38) / Paul Simon (Episode 107) - Museum of the Moving Image
February 05, 2012 - Astoria

Singer-songwriters Elton John and Paul Simon brought their catalogs of hits to The Muppet Show in the second and fifth seasons, respectively. John performs "Crocodile Rock" with crocodiles and joins Miss Piggy for a duet of "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart." Paul Simon's episode contains nothing but Simon hits?although performed in very different ways.

Children's Theatre Company of Peekskill Presents: 'The Butter Battle Tale' & 'Stone Soup' - Ford Theater
February 05, 2012 - Peekskill

Celebrating its 6th consecutive season, The Children's Theatre Company of Peekskill presents a double musical treat, appropriate for children and adults. "The Butter Battle Tale," is a musical adaptation by Lory Lazarus, based on the "Butter Battle Book" by Dr. Seuss, with music and lyrics by Lori Lazarus. "Stone Soup," is an adaption by Mehr Mansuri and Jill Bolstridge, with music and lyrics by Frank Sanchez and Mehr Mansuri in collaboration with Lory Lazarus.

Blooming Babies: Spectacular Snowflakes - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 05, 2012 - Crown Heights

Children, 18 months-2.5 years, discover the magic of snowflakes while learning what makes each one special. They will create their own special snowflake craft to take home.

Have a Heart - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 05, 2012 - Crown Heights

How does your heart keep you running? Dissect one to find out! Learn about important African American doctors and inventors who have improved heart health over the years.

BAMkids Film Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through February 05, 2012 - Fort Greene

The 14th year of this showcase of outstanding children's films from around the world. Includes New York premieres, Q&As with filmmakers, live performances, and fun activities throughout the weekend.

February 05, 2012 - Greenwich

Leaders bring spotting scopes and help everyone locate and ID wintering birds in the rich variety of habitats at Greenwich Point. All ages and beginners welcome. Wear warm clothes and bring binoculars. No charge or RSVP required.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
February 05, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, the education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission.

Sunday Family Bingo Night - The Moxie Spot
February 05, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Small prizes for the winners. Break out some of Moxie Spot's board games, too.

FAMILY FUN: Arf! - Crystal Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Ben Franklin Theater
Through February 05, 2012 - South Norwalk

Fun-filled musical about dogs as they prepare for the famous Wurstchester Dog Show. Kindergartners and first graders perform. Snow date Sunday February 12.

FAMILY FUN: Aesop's Fables - Crystal Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Ben Franklin Theater
Through February 05, 2012 - South Norwalk

Students put on a show for their teacher featuring some of Aesop's most famous fables. 2nd and 3rd graders perform. Snow date Sunday, February 12.

The Carmina Burana Choral Project - Carnegie Hall
February 05, 2012 -

A choir of New York City students joins conductor David Robertson and the Orchestra of St. Luke's for a definitive performance of Orff's Carmina Burana. In addition, three high school–aged composers have been selected to write new works for chorus and orchestra based on the musical themes of Carmina Burana. These new works will be premiered on the first half of the program.

Expanding Tradition and Sino-Japanese Confluences in the Art of Fu Baoshi - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 05, 2012 -

Aida Yuen Wong, associate professor of fine arts, chair of East Asian Studies, Brandeis University. Discover how Fu Baoshi - perhaps the greatest landscape and figure painter of China's modern period - integrated Western and traditional Asian artistic influences to create a new style that was both unmistakably Chinese and undeniably modern. Introduction by Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator in Charge, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part of Sunday at the Met - Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). 3pm.

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 05, 2012 - Crown Heights

Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.

Meet the Artist – Danielle O'Malley - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2012 - Garden City

What does a happy neighborhood need? Meet artist Danielle O' Malley as you decide what structures, people, animals and trees you would like in your neighborhood. Join in the creation of this fun collaborative sculpture as you help build a tiny neighborhood installation using cardboard boxes and other fun materials. After the workshop, visit the artist's exhibit in the KaleidoZone gallery.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2012 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh in this class full of artistic activities that everyone loves but no one wants to clean up after. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children 18 months to 4 years.

Lunar New Year Workshops - Flushing Town Hall
February 05, 2012 - Flushing

Flushing Town Hall is offering two workshops to celebrate the new year. Dragon Puppet Making Workshop is inspired by the auspicious Chinese Dragon, which brings wisdom, great health, and prosperity. Participants of all ages will create their own dragons inspired by Chinese Shadow puppets.In the Lucky Bag Origami Workshop, learn how to make a Korean lucky bag (Bokjoo-money). Then write down your wishes for the year and put them in the lucky bag's secret pocket.

NYC Compost Project in Queens: Heart-Shaped Compost Cookies - Queens Botanical Garden
February 05, 2012 - Flushing

Valentine's Day is the time for love and heart-shaped everything: chocolate, stuffed toys, and compost cookies! In this unique introduction to composting, you'll bring home heart-shaped compost cookies to give your plants. Get step-by-step instructions on how to start and maintain an outdoor compost bin or indoor worm bin. Be prepared to get your hands dirty. Registration required. Email or call 718-539-5296 to register.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers' 37th Annual Dance Concert and Pow-Wow - Theater for the New City
February 05, 2012 - East Village

The troupe will present dances, stories, and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Southwest, the Plains, and the Arctic regions. Proceeds from the pow-wow will go toward college funds for needy Native American students. Highlights will include storytelling, a Hoop Dance by a Cherokee tribe member, a Caribou Dance by the Inuit people of Alaska, a Buffalo Dance by the Hopi people, a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance by the Northern Plains people, a Stomp Dance by the Southeastern tribes, and a Shawl Dance by the Oklahoma tribes. Featured performers will include the Heyna Second Son Singers (from various tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a friendship dance. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Pageantry is an important component of the event, and all participants are elaborately dressed. Most dances are performed in the traditional Circle, which represents a unity of peoples. There is a wealth of cultural information encoded in the movements of each dance. More than 10 distinct tribes will be represented in the performance. Throughout the performance, all elements are explained in depth through detailed introductions by the troupe's director and emcee Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago). An educator, Mofsie plays an important part in the show by his ability to present a comprehensive view of native culture. Native American craft items will be displayed in the TNC lobby. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund receives its sole support from events like this concert (it receives no government or corporate contributions). It has bestowed more than 350 scholarships to-date.

CARMEN - Cinema Arts Centre
February 05, 2012 - Huntington

Cinema Meets Culture, an ongoing film series of operas, dance, and concerts, presents this production staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company's Adrian Noble. Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci stars in the title role. Tickets available at the Box Office,, or by calling 800-838-3006.

The Tale of the Frog Prince - Arena Players Repertory Theater
February 05, 2012 - Centerport

The Tale of the Frog Prince is an audience participation comedy based on the story of a lonely Frog Prince who lives in a swamp on a large kingly estate. Can he find a beautiful princess to break the spell and turn him back into a real prince? Reservations recommended.

Pinkalicious - Lawrence Woodmere Academy
February 05, 2012 - Woodmere

Pinkalicious can't help herself; she loves pink cupcakes and everything pink. When her obsession goes too far and she ends up with pinkititis, a condition that renders her pink from head to toe, it's time for some changes. Children get to meet and greet the cast after the show.

The Children's Courage Corner - Suffolk Y JCC
February 05, 2012 - Commack

This programs is designed for children ages 8-11 whose families have been affected by cancer. The purpose is to create a supportive atmosphere where friendships can be formed and children can gain strength and hope. Contact Emily Smith at ext. 262 or e-mail to register.

Bari Koral Family Rock Band Concert - Suffolk Y JCC
February 05, 2012 - Commack

This popular band performs tunes that will have everyone singing and dancing. Reservations required by emailing

Student Art Festival Part I, Grades K-8 - Guild Hall
February 05, 2012 - East Hampton

Part I of the Student Art Festival features work created by elementary and middle school students from Bridgehampton to Montauk. Throughout the exhibition, Guild Hall offers free do-it-yourself crafts on the weekends.

DIY Crafts for Kids - Guild Hall
February 05, 2012 - East Hampton

In conjunction with the Student Art Festival Part I, Guild Hall offers free do-it-yourself crafts. Materials included.

Science Sunday: Love at Sea - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
February 05, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Discover unusual ways sea creatures find their valentines in the ocean, from seahorses to stickleback fish. Try your own hand at helping pair up animals and create your own seahorse pillow.

The Paper Bag Players in 'Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!' - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

Make friends with a paper-bag dragon and help superhero Amazing Amy save the day. A dancing broom will teach you a lesson about keeping the planet clean, and Kevin will teach you the latest dance craze, the "Shakey Shake."

Winter Family Yoga at Sands Point Preserve - Sands Point Preserve
February 05, 2012 - Port Washington

Artist and yoga expert Victoria Selbach will lead a 45-minute family session in the beautiful setting of historic Hempstead House. Discover the benefits of this ancient form of exercise, including strength building, stretching, and relaxation.

Broadway Playhouse: Stephen Sondheim - Merkin Concert Hall
February 05, 2012 - Upper West Side

Discover the musicals of the great Stephen Sondheim through sing-a-longs, interactive games, and a mini-musical. Featuring songs from "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "Follies," and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." For ages 4-11.

The Carmina Burana Choral Project - Carnegie Hall
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

A choir of New York City students joins conductor David Robertson and the Orchestra of St. Luke's for a definitive performance of Orff's "Carmina Burana." In addition, three high school–aged composers will premiere new works for chorus and orchestra based on the musical themes of "Carmina Burana."

Open House: 92nd Street Y School of Music - 92nd Street Y
February 05, 2012 - Upper East Side

Tour the facilities, meet the teachers, and try free mini classes.

Shababa the Concert - 92nd Street Y
February 05, 2012 - Upper East Side

An interactive afternoon of music, puppets, dancing, and singing celebrating the release of the new CD "Shababaland." The show features Karina Zilberman and "Coco the Sloth," the Shababa Mamas, the Miracle Makers kids singing group, and a new puppet member of the Shababa family.

'Giggle, Giggle, Quack' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Doreen Cronin, this musical is the sequel to the barnyard blockbuster "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type." Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. "But," he warns, "keep an eye on Duck. She's trouble." Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly...but is that giggling he hears? Who's REALLY running this farm?

Caring for Your Newborn Baby - Prenatal Yoga Center
February 05, 2012 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, an international board-certified lactation consultant, helps pre- and post-natal parents find the humor and joy in care routines for their new baby. Syms-Brown will teach the workshop using anecdotes and props for hands-on learning, making the workshop a fun and indelible way to learn and remember new skills.

Tales from the Goth Side - Books of Wonder
February 05, 2012 - Manhattan

Author Cynthia Leitech Smith will read from "Blessed" and author Daniel Nayeri will read from "Another Pan."

R&B Spotlight - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 05, 2012 - New York

R&B Spotlight is excited about presenting the next great R&B star to the world. Talented artists have come in from all over the globe to showcase their gifts as part of this event. Everyone from Aretha Franklin to Anthony Hamilton has graced the B.B. King stage, and now R&B Spotlight is providing the same platform for other up-and-coming R&B acts to follow suit.

Art Workshop: Keith Haring-Inspired Sculptures - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 05, 2012 - SoHo

Take a look at the 3D work of Keith Haring and create a small-scale paper sculpture. For ages 5 and older.

Landscape Painting Workshop - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 05, 2012 - SoHo

Taking inspiration from the work of Peter Doig, use a variety of references to make one painting. For ages 5 and older.

Hamden Hall Celebrates National Girls & Women In Sports Day - Hamden Hall's Beckerman Athletic Center
February 05, 2012 - Hamden

Girls ages 8-14 of all skill levels will learn the fundamentals of four different sports during half-hour blocks taught by coaches and players of Hamden Hall's girls' athletic teams. Participants can choose four sports from the following offerings: basketball, dance, field hockey, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.This is a complimentary program open to the public; however, reservations are required.

SUPER BOWL XLVI PARTY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 05, 2012 -

Come watch our very own New York Giants take on the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI! A ticket to the Super Bowl XLVI Party at B.B. King Blues Club includes a reserved seat to watch the game on our giant screens and a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet. Drink specials will also be available. Call the B.B. King Box Office at (212) 997-4144 for more information.

Family Art Project: Dance Out the Winter Blues - Wave Hill
February 05, 2012 - Bronx

Write a short poem or capture a word of your own with Bronx guest artist Glendalys Medina, then create an image to complement it. Tap it out with a mix of blues and funk break-dancing beats in a group project on a soft, homemade dance floor. Free with admission to the grounds.

Seal Cruise - The Riverhead Foundation
February 05, 2012 - Freeport

Sail aboard Captain Lou Fleet to view winter harbor seal populations throughout Hempstead Bay. A naturalist will be on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Proceeds support the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra Performs Sibelius Violin Concerto with Sarah Hadley Yakir - St. Saviour High School
February 05, 2012 - Brooklyn

The BCCO presents a concert that will support two great causes: Teens 4 Teens, which provides support for homeless teenagers, and a special BCCO commission for a partnership with NYC school kids. Help us support these causes.

'Open House' - The Highland School
February 05, 2012 - Fresh Meadows

Private Elementary and Middle School offering small classes with warm and caring teachers for students in Kindergarten - Grade 8.

'Terrace Tailgate Party' At Empire City Casino - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
February 05, 2012 - Yonkers

It’s the Giants vs. the Patriots, and football fans looking for a fun place to celebrate Sunday’s Super Bowl should look no further than Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, the destination for “The Terrace Tail Gate Party” at 4 p.m. in the Empire Terrance Dining Room. Admission is just $12, includes unlimited chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, chili and nachos, plus beer and wine for only $3 per drink. Wide screen televisions will be set up. Call 914-457-2457 for more information.

New York Islanders Autograph Signing - Nassau Coliseum
February 05, 2012 - Uniondale

Visit the Islanders Team Store located at the Nassau Coliseum Box Office lobby to meet Mark Streit and Nino Niederreiter. Get their autographs, take some pictures, and grab great deals on the latest Islanders merchandise. Save 15% off your entire purchase and when you spend $150 or more you�ll get two tickets to an upcoming game courtesy of Reebok. Time subject to change, for more information go to

Start the New Year with Inspiration at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through February 07, 2012 - New York City

Agora Gallery dives into the New Year with three exhibitions which explore the rich potential revealed through the creative power of art. Figuratively Speaking investigates the varying sources of inspiration that motivate and direct artists in their imaginative process. Combining a reflection on the most esoteric levels of experience with an understanding of the innately physical nature of the world, these works display a sensitive and emotive comprehension of what it means to be human. The art in Portal to Enigma looks to the hidden secrets and mysteries that help to define existence as we know it, approaching these intriguing topics from a variety of intelligent and innovative perspectives. The result is appealing, thought-provoking and ultimately represents a call to alter the way we view the world and each other. The artists of Degrees of Abstraction concentrate on encapsulating the essence of what they see and sharing their unique viewpoint with their audience. Focusing on form, shape and color in their determination to portray their personal vision, they achieve the ability to construct their message in universal terms as well. The exhibitions will open on January 17, 2012 and run until February 7, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Thursday January 19, 2012 at 6-8 PM. Entrance is free and all art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: January 17, 2012 – February 7, 2012 Reception: Thursday, January 19, 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:

Toy Competition Deadline - Westport Arts Center
Through February 10, 2012 - Westport

his is the last day children aged 5–14 can submit up to three toy designs to be entered into a contest that is being judged by local toy makers Melissa and Doug. The first place winner will have his/her toy design exhibited in the WAC Gallery for the last week of the "Toy Stories," exhibit and will have a soft toy replicated by Child's Own Studio, a company specializing in custom-made soft toys. Visit the center's website for details on how to apply.

'Building Connections 2011' - Center for Architecture
Through February 11, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation's architecture and design education programs during the 2010-2011 school year. This year's exhibition also commemorate the Foundation's 20th anniversary of K-12 built environment education programs.

The Urban Dictionary Plays - Ars Nova
Through February 11, 2012 - New York

Move over Webster, the Ars Nova Play Group is taking on the dictionary – the Urban Dictionary, that is. A night of savvy short plays and hot live music inspired by irreverent, crowd-sourced entries at It might just redefine the short play! Written by Joshua Allen, Chad Beckim, Rachel Bonds, Jenny Connell, Kara Lee Corthron, Jon Kern, Josh Koenigsberg, Molly Smith Metzler, Michael Mitnick, Kim Rosenstock, Sharyn Rothstein, Joe Tracz. Directed by Oliver Butler, Wes Grantom, Kate Pines, Laura Savia. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Pop Objects and Icons from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition demonstrates various artists' engagement with Pop art and the Guggenheim's ongoing interest in the legacy of the style.

Charles Dickens at 200 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

The first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture, HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together more than one hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. The exhibition charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with Thomas Eakins' Realist paintings, HIDE/SEEK traces the often coded narrative of sexual desire in art produced throughout the early modern period and up to the present. The exhibition features pieces by canonical figures in American art—including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Alice Neel, and Berenice Abbott—along with works that openly assert gay and lesbian subjects in modern and contemporary art, by artists such as Jess Collins and Tee Corinne.

"Boeing-Boeing" - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through February 12, 2012 - Millburn

Bernard, an American playboy in swinging '60s Paris, juggles three flight-attendant fiancées - one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each she is his only love. But then - mon dieu! - a fast new Boeing jet puts the flight attendants on a collision course, hurtles his cunning deception toward disaster, and provides the lift-off for laugh after laugh.

Gifted: Collectors and Drawings at MoMA, 1929-1983 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 13, 2012 - New York

This exhibition examines the history of MoMA's drawings collection through key gifts from donors whose connections with the Museum helped shape the institution from its earliest days. Lillie P. Bliss and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, founders of MoMA, gave numerous masterworks to the new museum, including some of its most prized drawings. In later decades bequests by influential collectors such as James Thrall Soby continued to augment the holdings of works by artists the Museum had already shown a commitment to, while other collections, like that of Joan and Lester Avnet, were formed with MoMA's needs specifically in mind. More idiosyncratic collections, such as Ruth Vollmer's bequest to the Museum, accepted in 1983, reflect the life and activities of individual art enthusiasts during key moments in art history. Gifted is a reevaluation of the drawings collection, reflecting not only the richness of MoMA's holdings, but also the diverse forces that have shaped it and the corresponding history it represents.

Park Here's Mommy Mornings - Openhouse Gallery
Through February 15, 2012 - NoLita

Openhouse Gallery provides moms with an escape from winter in a private, safe, and warm space. Park Here's Mommy Mornings at the pop-up park features mom and kids yoga, trunk shows, musical singalongs, arts and crafts workshops, and organic coffee and tea. For more information on specific daily activities, call or visit the website.

Scenes from Zagreb: Artists' Publications of the New Art Practice - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2012 - New York

The New Art Practice was a term created for a generation of artists in the former Yugoslavia active in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. These artists shifted their practice to spaces outside the traditional studio, onto city streets, into artist-run spaces, and in multimedia performances and experimental publications. Focusing on artists working in the city of Zagreb, this exhibition documents aspects of this shift and highlights the ability of artists' publications to record these often ephemeral gestures and ideas. While artists such as Goran Trbuljak, Braco Dimitrijevic, Sanja Ivekovic, Mladen Stilinovic, and Vlado Martek, among others, worked in a variety of mediums, they shared a common impulse to produce publications. These artists questioned and played with ideas about the place of an artist within this particular political and socioeconomic context. Their work often involved public participation and blurred traditional notions of authorship through collective activities, chance operations, and the appropriation of language and imagery from the state and commercial media. The materials in this installation resonate with other contemporaneous scenes in Eastern and Central Europe and with broader international trends, while also providing an insight into very local networks of experimental artists and writers in Zagreb.

Tying the Knot & Make Your Own Valentines - Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Through February 17, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Practice tying fishing and boating knots at hands-on learning stations throughout the Hatchery. Also, make your own valentines.

Korean Eye: Energy and Matter - Museum of Arts & Design
Through February 19, 2012 -

Internationally-acclaimed exhibition Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, sponsored by Standard Chartered, shines a spotlight on new work by contemporary Korean artists. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter reflects a new era of diversity in Korean life, politics, and culture, and offers a unique opportunity for education and appreciation of Korea's rapidly developing art scene, which until recently has seen little global exposure. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter extends MAD's focus on materials and process in contemporary art and design by showcasing works of art in an astonishing range of materials, reflecting the ways in which Korean artists today are exploring techniques both traditional and innovative. Korean Eye: Energy and Matter offers an illuminating commentary on the philosophical and aesthetic conditions of modern Korean culture, from virtual reality and the pervasive influence of fantasy and pop culture to the dehumanization inherent in a post-industrial society. By turns ironic, satirical, and metaphorical, the exhibition includes photo-sculptures by Seung Hyo Jang; embroidery and acrylic paintings by Young In Hong; a large, imposing shark fabricated from reclaimed and repurposed automobile tires by Yong Ho Ji; and Meekyoung Shin's astonishing "antique" porcelain vases, rendered in soap.

'The History Mystery' - TADA! Youth Theater
Through February 19, 2012 - Manhattan

A musical time-travel adventure in which you'll meet Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Wright Brothers as children and imagine why they grew up to do the things they did.

Rather Unique - Woodward Gallery
Through February 19, 2012 -

New for 2012, Woodward Gallery invites Harlem-based street Artist Royce Bannon as their first-ever guest curator for an exhibition with rather unique art. This exhibition will highlight a group of trendsetting artists who stand out in street and graffiti genres. The artists include: Cassius Fowler, Celso, Chris RWK, Cope2, Darkcloud, H.veng.Smith, Indie184, infinity, KA, Keely, Kenji Nakayama, Kosbe, Matt Siren, Moody, Nose Go, Royce B, Russell King, UR New York, Veng, and Wrona. While how they each create differs, they are commonly driven to share art with their peers without-constraints. This public focus has afforded the group to experiment and redefine their creativity with instant feedback and inspiration from colleagues. Bannon selected these few for their resolve and commitment. They have worked obsessively over the years to get their public art recognized. Each one of them has a rather unique style that I really can't compare to any one else's. If I mention a Darkcloud, a Matt Siren, or a Cope2 you know exactly what I'm talking about- even if you're not into the scene- you can see their (iconic) images in your head...Everyone does wheat paste, and stickers, or (tag) throw ups, but this group of artists...make what they do really pop. Woodward Gallery acknowledges thes

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