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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on January 18


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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, January 18, 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 January 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through January 27, 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.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier - New York City Ballet
Through January 18, 2012 -

The Steadfast Tin Soldier, based loosely on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, focuses on the wistful courtship and love between a tin soldier and a paper-doll ballerina. The work was commissioned by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The present pas de deux stems from a 1955 collaboration in which Balanchine, Francisco Moncion, and Barbara Milberg choreographed all of Bizet's Jeux d'Enfants. Both the context and the woman's variation of The Steadfast Tin Soldier were derived from this earlier work. The soldier's variation was restaged for the new pas de deux. Georges Bizet (1838-1875) is best known for Carmen, one of the most successful operas ever written. However, he had more success in his lifetime with non-operatic works. He was an excellent pianist, and wrote many pieces for that instrument, including Jeux d'Enfants. Many of the operas Bizet wrote, with the exceptions of Carmen and The Pearl Fishers, were destroyed by the composer or never finished.

Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux - New York City Ballet
January 18, 2012 -

An eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux uses music that the composer belatedly created for Act III of Swan Lake. It was hurriedly composed for Anna Sobeshchanskaya, a Bolshoi prima ballerina who was scheduled to make her debut in the title role at the fourth performance of the 1877 Moscow production, and sought to enrich the part of Odile. Because the music was not in the original score, it was not published with the rest of Swan Lake, and disappeared for more than half a century. When it was discovered in the Bolshoi Theater archives in 1953, Balanchine sought — and was granted — permission to use it for his own choreography.

Union Jack - New York City Ballet
January 18, 2012 -

Union Jack was created to honor the British heritage of the United States on the occasion of its Bicentennial. Part I is based on Scottish military tattoos and folk-dance forms performed in an open castle square. Part II is a music-hall pas de deux for the costermonger Pearly King and Queen of London, with two little girls and a donkey, danced before a drop suggesting Pollock's toy theaters. Part III is a series of variations employing hornpipes, sea songs, work chants, jigs, and drill orders of the Royal Navy, in a dockside setting. For the finale, hand flags signal 'God Save the Queen' in semaphore code as the Union Jack unfurls. Hershy Kay (1919-1981) established himself as a preeminent orchestrator of musicals with Leonard Bernstein's On The Town in 1944. His works for the ballet include Cakewalk, Clowns, Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Who Cares?, and Union Jack; his works for the musical theater include Peter Pan, Once Upon a Mattress, Candide, A Chorus Line, Evita and Barnum. A composer in his own right, Hershy Kay also reconstructed Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Grande Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra, which later became the Balanchine ballet Tarantella. Mr. Kay's work also includes a children's record, Mother Goose.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
January 18, 2012 -

Patricia Racette won plaudits when she first sang the title role at the Met in 2010. Now she returns with Roberto Alagna and Aleksandrs Antonenko alternating as her heroic lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze and James Morris share the role of Scarpia.

Nighttime Bingo for Teens and Adults - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
January 18, 2012 - North Salem

Suggested donation - $1 for the pot. Co-sponsored by the North Salem Recreation Department.

Lego Club - Wilton Library
January 18, 2012 - Wilton

Kids in grades 3 and up and up learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego masterpiece from the library's Lego collection. Twenty spots are filled on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be passed out at the Children's reference desk starting at 3:45 p.m.

Middle School Madness: Fitness Frenzy - JCC Rockland
January 18, 2012 - West Nyack

Students in grades 6-8 are invited for dinner and fun with their friends. Pre-registration is required by January 16.

College Admissions 101 - White Plains Public Library (Auditorium)
January 18, 2012 - White Plains

A lot of the information families hear from friends about getting into college is just plain wrong. So with the help of college-wise counselors who worked in admissions, this seminar was created to answer the question, "What are colleges really looking for?" Are grades, test scores and activities all equally important? What other factors are considered during the admissions process? And is it true that having a connection to someone can get you in? Go behind the scenes of the admissions offices, to see exactly how college admissions really works. You'll come away from this seminar feeling even more confident about the college planning choices your student is making.

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser - Wish Upon A Spin - THE GYM Armonk
January 18, 2012 - Armonk

THE GYM Armonk is holding classes to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the month of January. Today: Wish Upon A Spin with Lisa G.

Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems - Ossining Public Library - 2nd Floor Conference Room
January 18, 2012 - Ossining

Those who experience occasional digestive issues are invited to this informational session with Dr. Steven Goodstein, a Healthcare Wellness Consultant and motivational speaker. Dr. Goodstein will educate guests about safe, effective, and natural solutions for uncomfortable disorders including Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Colitis, and Crohn's Disease. Snow date: January 25; 7pm.

Family Fun - Ossining Public Library - Children's Program Room
January 18, 2012 - Ossining

Stories and crafts for all ages. Children ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Book Babies - The Field Library
January 18, 2012 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time.

Cookie Decorating - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 18, 2012 - Garnerville

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to decorate their own yummy cookies.

Movie for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Marcy branch
January 18, 2012 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Kids wind down from school with a good, age-appropriate movie.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public LIbrary, Bushwick branch
January 18, 2012 - Bushwick

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers hear songs and stories, and socialize.

Chess for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights branch
January 18, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Play and practice with your peers and a chess instructor.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 18, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful winter days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories.

Pajamarama: "Appreciate a Dragon" - White Plains Public Library
January 18, 2012 - White Plains

Children ages 2-5 wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal friend for stories, songs, activities, and a bedtime snack. Tickets are given out 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Open House - The Waldorf School of Garden City
January 18, 2012 - Garden City

Join the staff for this informative open house where you can check out the facility and the school's program.

Happy Birthday, Winnie the Pooh! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 18, 2012 - Crown Heights

Sing Happy Birthday to Winnie the Pooh creator A.A Milne. Listen to cherished Winnie the Pooh tales and create your own teddy bear-inspired craft to take home.

Books for Babies - Wilton Library
January 18, 2012 - Wilton

This program offers songs, play, and gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. No registration necessary.

Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers - Wilton Library
January 18, 2012 - Wilton

This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and puzzles. No registration necessary.

Incidental Teaching - Brooklyn Autism Center
January 18, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Incidental teaching is a key component of teaching our children how to generalize their skills in ways that are meaningful. In this lecture we will discuss strategies to incorporate incidental teaching into a child's daily life.

Middle School Information Session - Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
January 18, 2012 - Greenwood Heights

Learn about this global-minded charter school and what it offers for middle school. Admissions are being considered for current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders.

Brazilian Jazz Performance - Mark Morganelli - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
January 18, 2012 - Mt. Vernon

Mark Morganelli, flugelhorn player, performs Brazilian jazz selections. Light refreshments will be served.

Learn to Draw with Art Teacher Amy-Ages 7 1/2 - 10 - Kid Esteem Monetessori
January 18, 2012 - Lindenhurst

Learn to draw animals, people, landscapes and Master Artist works. Check the website for more information and student samples.

Parent Child Yoga with Amy Hess - Hampton Bays Public Library
January 18, 2012 - Hampton Bays

Amy from Amy's Ark Yoga and Art Studio shows the benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. Children have a chance to get close to nature and experience stillness when they move into an animal pose. They also develop a sense of concentration and expand their imagination. Advanced registration required.

Creating Extraordinary Mind and Body Wellness - The Family Wellness Center
January 18, 2012 - Plainview

Sign up for this lecture and demonstration given by Dr. Michael Berlin and learn about an extraordinarily gentle method that literally resolves all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your body and mind. Call for more information.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

New Parent Get-Together: Helping Your Baby�s Schedule Evolve - 92nd Street Y
January 18, 2012 - Upper East Side

Led by 92nd Street Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and some of New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly drop-in discussion group allows parents to share experiences, learn from one another, and make friends. Babies up to age 1 welcome.

92Y Musical Introduction Series: Remember Me - Music, Art and Poetry Celebrating the Children of Terezin - 92nd Street Y
January 18, 2012 - Upper East Side

In collaboration with the United Nations Outreach Programme, 92Y Musical Introduction Series presents a program of music, art, and poetry created by and for the children of Terezín, a Nazi ghetto outside of Prague known not only for its inhumane conditions, but also for its vibrant cultural life. This special event attests to the human spirit and courage of children and their teachers to teach, paint, compose, and hope. Part of 92Y's "Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezín." For more information, visitín.

Winter Wonderland Cookie Baking and Decorating - Celebrations in the Kitchen
January 18, 2012 - Hicksville

Children will have fun rolling in the dough at this hands-on class using plenty of freshly made cookie dough. Snowflakes, mittens, hats, and snowmen are a few of the shapes kids will make. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2012 - Garden City

Kids listen each week 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.

Snow Puddle Pals - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2012 - Garden City

Fashion your own snow puddle pal that will melt your heart. Use a variety of snowy soft materials to create these fun winter keepsakes.

Juilliard and New York Festival of Song present: “Invitation to the Dance” - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
January 18, 2012 - New York

Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) present “Invitation to the Dance” on Wednesday, January 18 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The evening features nine Juilliard singers performing songs by Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others, plus Brahms “Liebeslieder” and “Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes.” FREE tickets available beginning Jan. 4 at the Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to

Wee/Mighty/Bold Warriors - Wee Warriors Yoga - Prism Wellness
January 18, 2012 - St. James

A Mommy-n-Me Class. Grandparents and caregivers welcome. Games, music and simple yoga poses are used to stimulate the imagination, develop coordination and increase body awareness. Songs, puppets and stories develop social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility. Registration required.

Riot - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 18, 2012 - New York

Riot could well lay claim to being the cult rock outfit of North America. Founded in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale and inexorably linked to the cuddly baby seal that has adorned many of its album covers (a strange mascot for a full-fledged hard rock band), the band made a big splash with its 1977 debut Rock City. After several membership changes and the 1979 release of Narita, the band's classic lineup crystallized, featuring guitarists Reale and Rick Ventura, bassist Kip Leming, drummer Sandy Slavin, and vocalist Guy Speranza. This lineup toured in support of AC/DC and Molly Hatchet before releasing the band's best-selling album Fire Down Under (1981). The next several years were tumultuous for Riot - frontman Speranza departed, Reale dissolved and reformed the group, and numerous additional lineup changes occurred. With 1988's Thundersteel, the group adopted a style more closely aligned with power metal than with its original hard metal origins. 1990's The Privilege of Power saw Riot push the creative envelope even further by augmenting its heavy metal sound with horns. Lineup changes and successive releases continued through the '90s as the band toured and gained additional fans, particularly in Japan. In 2006, Riot returned from another hiatus with the release of Army of One, which won praise from fans and critics alike. In 2008, the Thundersteel-era lineup of Reale, Tony Moore, Don Van Stavern, and Bobby Jarzombek embarked on a high-profile world tour. Now, that same lineup, with the addition of guitarist Mike Flyntz, released its newest album Immortal Soul on November 22nd, 2011, in the U.S. About the album, vocalist Moore declares: "Immortal Soul is an album that is 100% true to the legacy of [Riot's] 1980s recordings. It's also packed with evidence of how we've all grown and changed as artists. It was recorded in five studios, in three different cities, and it's absolutely a product of the most important changes in the recording industry over the last 20 years."

Sweet Georgia Brown - Lucille's
January 18, 2012 - New York

Sweet Georgia Brown is known as a real sassy lady. As described in Ralph Cooper's book, she is "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!" Brown is a blues singer, yes, but she's so much more. It's blues, it's R&B, but most of all, it's a party! Taught by the vocal coach, Margaret Haynes, Brown developed her skills as a jazz and pop vocalist, eventually leading her to win the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Talent Show. The victory prepared her for a professional career as a vocalist. Brown began with pop and jazz tunes, but she soon discovered that she preferred to sing blues songs. Cast as a vocalist in the Broadway hits Eubie and Bubbling Brown Sugar, she was at the start of a successful career as a blues vocalist. Starring as Bessie Smith in An Evening at the Cotton Club, she toured throughout Europe entertaining audiences with her high-energy performances of jazz, blues, and gospel tunes. Once you experience Sweet Georgia Brown live, you will never forget it, simply because she is really entertaining and a lot of fun. She gets up close to her audience, and you may even end up on stage with her! Her rich history includes performances with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Fathead Newman, KoKo Taylor, and Stanley Turrentine. She is truly one of the last real Harlem diva blues queens.

INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror - The Cooper Union
January 18, 2012 - New York

Author Matthew M. Aid provides a sobering report on the state of America’s intel ops from the invisible frontlines of Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world in a discussion of his new book, INTEL WARS: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terrorism, at The Cooper Union. Aid’s research is based on extensive, on-the-ground interviews, and revelations from Wikileaks cables and other newly declassified documents that show how U.S. soldiers and spies are still fighting to catch up with the enemy. Aid is a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA, and a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News, National Public Radio (NPR) and many others. Find The Cooper Union on Facebook at and on Twitter at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist

Manhattan Free School Open House - Manhattan Free School
January 18, 2012 - East Harlem

See democracy in action at this revolutionary school. Watch a decision-making meeting in progress as MFS students and staff take responsibility for the effective operation of and quality of life at the school.

BCM Professional Division Jazz Concert - Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music
January 18, 2012 - Park Slope

The Fall recital of the BCM Professional Jazz students featuring vocal students, jazz ensembles and instructors from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

New Mommy Friendship Circle - JCC Rockland
January 18, 2012 - West Nyack

This monthly friendship circle allows new moms to share their experiences, learn from others, and build amazing friendships along the way. Facilitated by Sabrina Roffman, MS, Just for Women Life Coaching. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Movie: 'Mamma Mia' - Tarrytown Music Hall
January 18, 2012 - Tarrytown

ABBA's music takes top billing in this story of a bride-to-be searching for her real father. Fabulous music, glam-rock costumes and a great cast play up the greek island setting of this wildly popular musical hit. Rated "PG-13." 2008; 108 mins.

The Works: Jonatha Brooke Celebrates Woody Guthrie at 100 - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
January 18, 2012 -

2012 marks the centennial of the birth of Woody Guthrie, singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, painter, rambler, and activist. From the years of the Great Depression through to the postwar 1950s Guthrie gave voice to this country's disenfranchised. In 2009 singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke was given lyrics by Guthrie's daughter that she then turned into songs for an album. Now in Guthrie's centennial year, Brooke celebrates the songs of Woody Guthrie once again, along with new songs of her own. Singer/songwriter Dar Williams will be among Brooke's special guests.

Piano Fever - How Composers and Performers Changed the Sound of the Piano - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 18, 2012 -

J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments; Stuart Isacoff, pianist, composer, and author of A Natural History of the Piano. An adventurous exploration of the story of the piano: how it was invented and grew to become the most prominent instrument of its day, and how it evolved from a delicate contraption to a majestic presence. This historical journey will be richly illustrated with instruments from the Museum's collection. Musical performances will be included. 2:30pm.

Boehm: Chess - Pawn Shop: The Game of Chess in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 18, 2012 -

Barbara Drake Boehm, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. Chess as we know it constitutes one of the great legacies of the Middle Ages. Drawing on works of art in the Metropolitan, this lecture explores how chess, introduced to Europe from Muslim Spain, emerged as a knightly exercise and a high-stakes game of romance. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis. This talk is part of the Met Salon Series. Refreshments served. 6pm.

Meet Big Vision Empty Wallet & - Showbiz Store & Cafe
January 18, 2012 - New York

Join us for an evening of networking hosted by BVEW and to celebrate a brand new BVEW Member initiative! Submit your feature film or documentary for a screening on Constellation and a simultaneous live screening event in NYC! FREE Admission.

"Alita the Show" - Roy Arias Theaters
January 18, 2012 - Manhattan

In this bilingual (Spanish/English) show, part of the Times Square International Theater Festival, Princess Alita lives in a world of luxury amidst the walls of her palace. She is oblivious to all that surrounds her and knows little outside of her own environment. But one day, she is sent on a mission that will change her forever. Tickets available at

Comedy School Dropout - Beauty Bar
January 18, 2012 - New York

Comedy School Dropout at Beauty Bar Wednesday January 18 231 East 14th St (bet 2nd & 3rd) Holy Junk! We're heading into a long weekend. Come start your long weekend a few days earlier. Sabrina Jalees (MuchMusic, CBC) Adam Lowitt (Daily Show) Zac Sims (Too Late with Zach Sims, DC Comedy Festival) Ariel Carson (Founder of Ariel's Guide to Successful Living, and creator of I Wanted it to Have a How and I Wanted it to Have a Verb [IWITHAHAIWITHAV]) As always, this show is brought to you by Negin Farsad (MTV, IFC, Comedy Central) and Beth McGregor (Women in Comedy Festival) with special handyman Matt Koff (The Onion)

Keys to a Successful College Interview - Greenburgh Public Library
January 18, 2012 - Elmsford

What does it take to be successful? What's the best advice to ace the college interview? Find your keys to college in this informative lecture for parents and teens. Registration required by calling 914-721-8224 or online via email:

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! 3.0 (Tuesday Jan. 17th) - Mug Lounge
Through January 18, 2012 - NYC

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Tuesday January 17th, 2012 ed. Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby present awesome comics in front of a cool supportive crowd in the epicenter of hip NYC the East Village. Featuring both established comic veterans you've seen on TV to the up and comers, UG guarantees a swell time all for FREE! We've also got tons of drink specials ($3 drafts $4 wells)! So what are you waiting for? Come down and UG! it with us!!! UG! COMEDY SHOW!! (Now @ MUG) Presented by Todd Montesi and Pat Rigby TUESDAYS @ MUG Lounge 448 East 13th st. (bet. 1st and ave. A) showtime: 8:30PM No Cover, One Drink Min. ($3 drafts, $4 wells) For info/reservations: (646) 746-1357 Via subway: L train to 1st ave.; or F train to 2nd ave. This week's guests (Tuesday January 17th, 2012 lineup): Jesse Jones! Diane O’Debra! Oni Perez! Abbi Crutchfield! Rich Carucci! Ryan E. Hoffman! Stephanie Simbari! Emily Birnbaum! Phil Burke! Daralyn Kelleher! Et al.! Hosted by Pat Rigby! Featuring Todd Montesi!! UG IT!

Le Tombeau de Couperin - New York City Ballet
Through January 19, 2012 -

In this suite of dances in 18th-century courtly style, eight couples are divided into left and right quadrilles. (A quadrille is an 18th-century dance form originating with squadrons at tournaments; it is also referred to as a square dance.) The dancers form geometric patterns — diagonals, diamonds, squares — and dance in unison as well as mimicking the movements of the opposing quadrille. Tombeau means "memorial" or "tomb." In 1919 Ravel composed a commemorative suite for piano in six movements (prelude, fugue, forlane, minuet, rigaudon, and toccato) in memory of six friends who died in World War I. In 1920 the composer orchestrated the piece, eliminating the fugue and the toccato. Ravel honors 18th-century French music in general and the French Baroque composer François Couperin in particular; Couperin was court musician and composer to Louis XIV, the Sun King. Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was born in the French Basque town of Ciboure. His family moved to Paris and encouraged him to take piano lessons. At fourteen he was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Fauré, who became his principal teacher of composition. His ballet scores include Pavane pour une Infante Défunte, Jeux d'Eau, Bolero, Daphnis and Chloé, Ma Mère L'Oye, and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, a ballet-opera.

Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light - Aperture Gallery
Through January 19, 2012 - New York

Aperture Gallery presents an exhibition of Alex Webb’s work to accompany his recently published monograph, The Suffering of Light. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, “To me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.” Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony, and humor. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, thirty-year career.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Sanctuary' by Susanne Sulby - Theatre 500
Through January 20, 2012 - New York

New York premiere of Susanne Sulby's one-woman, multiple-character play, "Sanctuary," which premiered in the Philadelphia Fringe in 2005. Inspired by her musings about the Serbo-Croatian civil wars in the early '90s, the multimedia show explores the futility of war and our need for sanctuary from it, focusing primarily on three female characters: a mother bombarded by endless television broadcasts of destruction and death, an emotionally detached war correspondent and a prisoner of war who both longs for her mother and is desperate at being separated from her own children. "Sanctuary" employs writings ranging from Rumi's thirteenth-century poetry to a soldier's email as it tracks the intransigence of war through history. A theme emerges: one war is like another; history repeats itself as the same mistakes are made again and again as scene in the compelling video footage from wars throughout history. Is it possible to break the cycle? Finally each of the three focal characters discover that peace is inevitable; the answer is love.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'The Knocking Within' by Wendy Jehlen - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 20, 2012 - New York

World premiere of "The Knocking Within" by ANIKAI Dance Theater, choreographed by Wendy Jehlen. This new text-based work looks at insanity and a dysfunctional relationship through texts from four of Shakespeare's tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and Titus Andronicus. The piece is staged as a duet performed choreographer, Wendy Jehlen and Pradhuman Nayak. Performed in English and Hindi.Lighting design by Holly Ko. Wendy Jehlen is a choreographer of Contemporary Dance whose work is based in Bharata Natyam, Capoeira, West African dance, Butoh and Contemporary dance styles from the US, Europe and Asia. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of ANIKAI Dance, a company based primarily in Boston.

Alan Gilbert and Lang Lang - New York Philharmonic
Through January 21, 2012 -

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Broken' by Walter May - Theatre 500
Through January 21, 2012 - New York

When an unstable but mysteriously compelling homeless woman confronts a lonely office worker on an urban waterfront, the past crashes down on both as they revisit the painful paths that brought them there and look for a reason to hope. Their pasts are revealed through their growing concern for each other until an incredible twist turns everything you though you knew about these intense characters completely upside down. Directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson, designed and built by Ryan Hauenstein, costumes designed by Mary Anne Davis.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Seasons' by Katie Hammond (lyrics and book) and Elaine Pechacek (music) - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 21, 2012 - New York

This is a new musical by Katie Hammond and Elaine Pechacek, produced for the first time in TSITF. With four characters and little to no spoken dialogue, the story is told through music and song. Spanning the course of one year, "Seasons" is a story about love, delving into the lives of two couples. Helen and Peter are classmates who reconnect at a high school reunion and struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. Hope and Mrs. Jones are a mother and daughter with a close bond, celebrating a recent engagement and grappling with an unwelcome diagnosis. With Kristyn Chalker, Kyle Szen, Katie Hammond and Amy Arbizzani; directed by Danny Williams.

Times Square International Theater Presents 'Match' - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 21, 2012 - New York

American and New York premiere of a happy and grotesque play about life from Budapest, Hungary. The company writes, "We all live together in one box, wishing ourselves out of it, so that we can be used for what we meant to be. We all want to be useful. There will be someone, who gives light in order that the invisible problems become visible. There will be someone, who is going to catch fire and set others on fire. And there are also some others ones who are already burnt. It depends on the operator for what we will be used for. Its their responsibility. While life goes on in one box, we never know who is the next one, we never know who gets the short straw." With Banana on the Road and montage music. Cast of eleven German, French, Iranian, Hungarian and Kurdish actors and actresses. The Human Natural Theater is an international theater created for communication without borders and age ranges through the language of lyrics, dance, music and film. The founder of HNT, László Kocsis, is an award-winning director, choreographer and dancer who works prolifically in Hungary and Germany. The members of HNT are from different nations, in all age ranges. "Match" works with human, historical and religious issues through metaphors. Its multiculturalism is one of the reasons why this play has been so successful in Germany. Self criticism and criticism, lyricism and drama are all on the stage. The bridges between scenes are filled by fresh and breezy music played by a young talented band.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Horripilation!' written and performed by John Sowle - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 21, 2012 - New York

The New York premiere of an astonishing journey into the world of ancient Indian theater by Kaliyuga Arts. The work combines the Natya Shastra, a remarkably refined and elaborately detailed pre-Christian theatre text from India, with Teyyam, a primitive South India ritual, to create a work that "plunges audiences into a dazzling realm of color and movement, virtually unknown in the West but filled with amazing insights and invaluable lessons for all those who treasure theatre" (Teed Rockwell, India Currents). Playwright and performer John Sowle has a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study dance-theatre in South India. Sowle and his partner Steven Patterson, who directed Horripilation!, founded Kaliyuga Arts in 1986 in Los Angeles and have produced, directed, designed and performed award-winning Kaliyuga Arts' shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Most recently Sowle directed a revival of the Al Carmines and Gertrude Stein musical In Circles at Judson Memorial Church, where it was done originally in the 60s. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director at Stageworks in Hudson, NY.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 - Manhattan

Designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with NYC students ages 8-19, this memorial quilt will be on view at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of respect, understanding, and communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three 72 x 50-inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several of the students' original works of art that inspired its content, as well as related works made this summer by the Museum's high school interns.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 -

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content. Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children's books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates. The quilt was commissioned by InterRelations Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding through art among the increasingly diverse student populations in New York City and the tri-state area. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with the InterRelations Collaborative, Inc.

Parsons Dance - Joyce Theater
Through January 22, 2012 -

"One of the great movers of modern dance" (The New York Times) and "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers" (New York Magazine), David Parsons brings his company back to The Joyce with a program that includes one world premiere and two programs filled with selections from the company's repertory of more than 70 Parsons works. The programs will feature an assortment of audience favorites, including Swing Shift, with music by Kenji Bunch, and Touched by Time, with music by John Corigliano and costume design by Donna Karan. All programs will include David's stroboscopic masterwork, Caught.

Maurizio Cattelan: All - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

This retrospective survey marks the first time that the entirety of Maurizio Cattelan's oeuvre will be assembled into a coherent exhibition narrative, with more than 130 works borrowed from private and public collections around the world, ranging from the late 1980s to the present.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal,' written and directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

This is the New York premier of the workshop productions with went up for three days in November at Kentucky Repertory Theatre. An adaptation and translation of Buchner's classic play using mask, puppets, folk, acapella and deathmetal music to tell the story of Woyzeck's descent into madness and murder. The production is heavily musical until the very last scene, where the sheriff speaks clearly of the crime, not singing in any way, dressed in contemporary costume. Then we wonder if "Woyzeck" was ripped out of today's tabloid murder headlines… or set in Woyzeck's hallucinatory world of late-1800's Germany... or is it Norway? A workshop production of Gorilla Rep, written and directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson, directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson, choreographed by Erin Porvaznik, costumes by Mary Anne Davis, lighting design by: Ryan Hauenstein. Cast of nine. Christopher Carter Sanderson founded New York's Gorilla Repertory Theater Company in 1992.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Alita the Show' by Freia Canals and Denise Kornitz - Theatre 500
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

For children ages three to ten, Denise Komitz (Buenos Aires) and Freia Canals (Barcelona) perform a bilingual (English-Spanish) play with hand-made handpuppets. Once upon a time, there was a princess who decided to leave behind all she ever knew. Alita the Princess embarks on a very special, magical journey in which she faces an unknown but exciting future. The journey takes Alita to meet different characters who show her the true meaning of love and friendship. She will learns the importance of the little things around us that we might have taken for granted. A story for kids of all ages, a way to self-discovery, and a path full of excitement and surprises.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Breve Temporada de Invierno' - Theatre 500
Through January 22, 2012 - New york

Maranao Theater Company performs the world premiere of a two-character Cuban comedy by Nicolas Dorr, directed by Josean Ortiz (Puerto Rico). Performed in Spanish. The actors hail from Argentina and Puerto Rico. An aging actress, nearing the end of her career, must reconcile with her assistant, who has been her hairdresser, wardrobe manager, and in the past a fortuitous lover. Both will discover hidden aspects of their personalities.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'A Time to Dance,' written and performed by Libby Skala - Theatre 500
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

Libby Skala portrays the life and soul of her great aunt, Austrian modern dancer Elizabeth "Lisl" Polk, in the dancer's own words. A dazzling story-teller, Lisl dances to her own stories of a turbulent life spanning the 20th Century, beginning with her premature birth in 1902 Vienna under the Hapsburg Empire. The daughter of a Catholic mother and Jewish father, she deals with the conflicting forces of anti-Semitism in her own home as she dreams of becoming a famous dancer. Met with opposition from her autocratic father, she finds unexpected ways to negotiate and fulfill her dream, while struggling to emerge from the shadow of a famous older sister (architect and Oscar-nominee Lilia Skala). Lisl longs for true love with the man of her dreams, and instead settles for Harry, a former WWI prisoner of war whose bathroom is big enough to dance in. They immigrate to New York where she secures safe passage for her extended family, becomes a mother and pioneers dance therapy (for which she wins a lifetime achievement award). Looking back over a century, she discovers a true love she always had and never realized. Libby Skala wrote and has performed "A Time to Dance" at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's Sunday Series in Ontario. It had a three-week run at Vancouver's Pacific Theatre and opened Fire Exit Theatre's 2011-2012 season in Calgary. In Germany, it was performed at the University of Dresden and at Theater im Greenhouse in Berlin. The show won Skala the "Best Solo Performer" award at the 2007 London Fringe Theatre Festival and an award from The Pandella Cultural Fund in Switzerland. Charleston City Paper (Rachel Ward) wrote, "Skala captivates from the moment she leaps on stage to address the audience in a convincing Viennese patois...surrendering herself to an uninhibited portrayal that captures her subject's spunky attitude and resilient spirit....her commitment is infectious." Ms. Skala's first one-woman play, "LiLiA!" (about her grandmother, actress Lilia Skala), has been performed across North America and in Europe. She played Viola in the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's production of "Twelfth Night." In Washington, D.C., she appeared in Jeffrey Sweet's "Value of Names" at Theatre J. She appeared in Jonathan Glazer's film "Birth," starring Nicole Kidman. (

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'Melting in Madras: Seeking, Singing and Sickness in India, 1995,' written and performed by by H.R. Britton - Little Times Square Theatre & Payan Theater
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

A story of seeking, singing and sickness. In 1995, a wide-eyed just-out-of-college H.R. Britton traveled to India for a year to gain spiritual clarity through yoga and music. But after three months, his quest for enlightenment took a detour when he became seriously ill. "Melting in Madras" is the story of this journey. Both funny and reflective, Britton uses storytelling, character work, and live raga-inspired singing and guitar playing to paint portraits and cityscapes and to tell the tale of his pilgrimage with all its confusion and beauty. Written by H.R. Britton, directed by Rajeev Varma. "What a show. H.R. Britton is a great storyteller ... Between the music, his impersonations of teachers, the verbal details of the adventure, and the tastes and smells of India, he pulled us in with each detail. He was standing in front of the audience, but really he had gotten into our heads." -- Peter Hajinian, Embedded "Melting in Madras is a lovely piece of work that ... will move you to tears, to laughter and to wishing you could leave on the next plane out." -- Lauryn Kronick, Fully Fringed

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'One Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty Four Days' - Little Times Square Theatre
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

An ensemble piece created by a group of ten actors all from different nationalities: American, Asian, African, Israeli, Palestinian, Latin, etc. These actors wrote monologues based on their own life experiences in regards to one theme: longing. These stories reflect a number of similar themes such as: unrequited love, separation, mourning or adoption. The actors will draw inspiration from two places: a song by Gavin Degraw entitled "Not Over You" and the story of the return of the captive soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held captive for one thousand, nine hundred and thiry four days. It is an Isramerica production, conceived by Sivan Hadari and Charlotte Cohn and directed by Charlotte Cohn.

Times Square International Theater Festival Presents 'The Night of the Assasins' by National Theater Company of the Dominican Republic - Theatre 500
Through January 22, 2012 - New York

This play by noted Cuban-born playwright Jose Triana (who has lived in Paris since 1980) is performed in Spanish. The assassins are three brothers who unfold a macabre game, dream about the murder of their parents, develop a generational conflict, and are accompanied by a hatred exacerbated to the abuse of the paternal power and the heavy oppression that feels. The three characters become, unfold and multiply into diverse characters (parents, neighbors, police, judges, assassins); taking the work to a circular drama with moments that clear the comedy. These universal character reflects human and familiar conflicts like the same mentally ill society that chooses to represent, to remember and to review facts on understanding impossibility, universal subjects that they breathe within those dangerous plays. The characters play at being able and cruel. In spite of the past time, they show in them an infantile face, locked up in an imaginary world created by them with a glance of upset and foolishness of its reality. The scenes reflect on infantiles and naive in this simple game and how the game is planned and conscious in the adults. These facts drive the point of the drama even more extreme than triggering the most perverse feelings, when the sadness, the joy, the wrath or the desperation are the detonators. Directed by Orestes Amador, designed by Christian Martinez. With: Mileny Estévez, Wilson Ureña, Yorlla Lina Castillo. The play, originally produced in 1965 in Cuba, was invited to an international theatre festival in France, which catapulted it to world-wide critical acclaim. But it has been banned in Cuba for 40 years due to its insurgent undertones. It is described as the most frequently produced Latin American play in the Spanish-speaking world, which has historically been ruled largely by dictatorships. Reviewing a production at INTAR in 2000, The New York Times (Lawrence Van Gelder) wrote, "If there is anything to be said for repression, it is that it breeds brave, worthy art, and 'Night of the Assassins' is but one more example."

ADHD Parent Coaching Workshop Series - PTS Coaching
Through January 24, 2012 - Plainview

This ADHD workshop will help you develop the tools necessary, based on best practices, to help your child be successful in school, at home, and in life. Using a combination of education and coaching, specific strategies are developed to help you learn to establish appropriate rules and expectations and have your child cooperate. Email to register and for location details. Classes run through January 24, 2012.

New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 - The Jewish Museum
Through January 26, 2012 -

Presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival will showcase World, US and New York premieres of dramatic feature films, fascinating documentaries, and engaging shorts exploring the Jewish experience around the globe.

Bounce Unlimited - The Sports Place
Through January 26, 2012 - Blauvelt

Bounce all-day long in an Inflatables Room. Jump on a giant slide, have fun on a bungee run, try your hand at an obstacle course, and more.

Jazz-minh Moore: 'Is That All There Is' - Lyons Wier Gallery
Through January 28, 2012 - New York

Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to present, Is That All There Is, its second solo exhibition with Jazz-minh Moore. Moore’s new series of paintings features her sister, Asia Kindred, amidst the ruins of a deteriorating cabin. The primarily naturalistic pallet is infused with distortion and bright color, causing the compositions to hover between physical and psychological space. The cabin depicted was the first structure built on the land where the artist was born, deep in the Oregon woods. Over the years and seasons, Moore has watched the dilapidated structure fall into a nest-like geometry that she finds beautiful. The external post and lintel structure has given way to the kind of forgotten, mythical space that a teen might build her fort in; a space wherein secrets can be told and tasted, where the patchy, uneven ground is both soft and solid. It is within this context that Asia is found squatting, or absentmindedly doodling on the fallen boards with a sharp stick. The cabin and the girl are inextricably linked through overlapping compositions. In some works, such as 'The Tower', Asia is almost entirely camouflaged amidst a patterning of light and tattoos. The idea of aligning one's own experience symbolically with gods in mythical fables is prevalent in Moore’s new body of work. The work speaks obliquely to the artist's disillusionment with monotheistic and patriarchal codes within Western culture. Throughout these paintings, physicality is dominant in the materials, subject matter and process: wood on wood, sex, cutting, and nature. The birch surfaces that inhabit the work also have a voice within the compositions. Utilizing the wood grain as a landscape to influence her compositions, Moore leaves some sections unfinished, while others are highly rendered. The level of completion is an evolving collaboration between the artist's hand and the organic drawing ‘style’ present in the wood panel itself. Some surfaces are finished with a high gloss resin. Others are left bare. The surface treatment is reflective of the subject matter within each work. Through a combination of tattoos on her sister's body and archetypes carved into the wood panels of the fallen cabin, Moore creates a personal pantheon of gods to reflect her experiences. These divinities, including a pair of snails in slow fornication, a blue-faced Kali, lines from a Jenny Holzer projection, a sculpture of a laughing pig with a coin-slot asshole by Matthew Weinstein, Medusa, Ouroboros, performance artists Eva and Adele, Lady Rizo, and an inextricable tangle of vines, connect as beings to Moore’s quest for a new iconography. Jazz-minh Moore received her MFA at California State University, Long Beach, CA and BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. She has received numerous grants and scholarships including a NYFA fellowship and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Moore has produced solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Paris and has been featured in publications such as Interview, Whitehot and American Art Collector among others. She is the co-founder of the New York City based art collective, Gutbox, and recently participated as a contestant on Season 2 of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” on Bravo TV. Moore currently works and lives in New York City. “Is That All There Is” was made possible in part by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu.

My Fair Lady - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 29, 2012 - Elmsford

Perhaps the most popular musical of the 1950s, "My Fair Lady" is based on George Bernard Shaw's classic play "Pygmalion." The story revolves around Eliza Doolittle, a coarse peddler of flowers in Covent Garden who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop.

Through January 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. November 6: Opening Reception with refreshments. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

From the RAC Studio - Rowayton Arts Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Rowayton

The exhibition features works in all media by RAC's teachers--Joanne Roy Askildsen, Robert Baxter, Frank Bruckmann, Christy Gallagher, John Grieco, Dana Goodfellow, Anne McCormick and Karl -- plus some of the adults and youngsters who participated in their 2011 classes. There is a reception on January 8 from 4pm-6pm.

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Prospect Heights

The exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties brings together for the first time the work of sixty-eight painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new mode of modern realism in the years bounded by the aftermath of the Great War and the onset of the Great Depression. Throughout the 1920s, artists created images of liberated modern bodies and the changing urban-industrial environment with an eye toward ideal form and ordered clarity -- qualities seemingly at odds with a riotous decade best remembered for its flappers and Fords.

Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 29, 2012 -

This exhibition presents important Islamic manuscripts, including an illustrated translation of the life of celebrated Persian poet, and beautifully written Qur'ans.

How The World Began - The Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through January 29, 2012 - New York

Women's Project, in association with South Coast Repertory, presents How The World Began by Catherine Trieschmann, directed by Daniella Topol, designed by Clint Ramos, Brian H Scott and Darron L West with Justin Kruger, Adam LeFevre and Heidi Schreck. Following the stellar success of her play CROOKED at WP in 2008, Catherine Trieschmann returns with a new play about Susan, a high school biology teacher who leaves Manhattan for a job in Plainview, Kansas. Susan is ready for more than a little culture shock, but she's not prepared for the firestorm that engulfs the town when she makes an off-handed comment about the origins of the universe. December 28, 2011 - January 29, 2012. Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30p, Sundays at 3:00p & 7:30p. (Exceptions: No shows on Sat 12/31 or Sun 1/1).

An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 -

For this exhibition, the museum invited renowned artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak to choose a group of Hanukkah lamps from the collection. Sendak's work is characterized by a push and pull between beauty and sorrow, light and darkness. His art is triggered by memories and is also their repository. The world he creates is both dangerous and healing, as he tries to deal with the trauma of the Holocaust, in which many members of his family perished. When going through the museum's collection, the sheer number

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