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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON JANUARY 4

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

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, January 4, 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 4. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

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 Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 04, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Rush Hour: Bernstein and Ravel - New York Philharmonic
January 04, 2012 -

When work ends, come experience a different kind of rush. Head over to the Philharmonic for an evening of music that's guaranteed to revitalize you. Rush Hour Series concerts begin at 6:45pm and last about an hour.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children - Child Care Council of Westchester
January 04, 2012 - Scarsdale

Part 3 of the Childcare Council of Westchester's Autism Spectrum Workshop Series for Parents, Providers and Early Educators. This workshop will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Participants will also learn effective and supportive strategies in dealing with symptoms and behaviors associated with ASD. Learn which techniques work and how to implement them successfully. Also included will be the importance of addressing social/emotional development in the child with ASD.

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
January 04, 2012 - Northport

Frank Capra's iconic film comes to the stage. George Bailey desire to see the world is stymied by his loyalty to the family business. Eventually he learns the true meaning of friendship, community and love and that the good guy eventually prevails.

Just For Moms and Expecting Moms - Suffern Free Library
January 04, 2012 - Suffern

Come meet other moms in your situation in a warm and supportive environment. Facilitator Sabrina Hoffman discusses Baby Weight and Other Body Changes.

Parenting Class - Chabad of Port Washington
January 04, 2012 - Port Washington

Technology, over scheduling, and a sense of entitlement often distract children. The presenter will share and discuss practical parenting techniques based on her experience, and the Torah, to help make your home a loving environment.

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Jacob Javits Center
January 04, 2012 - Manhattan

The northeast's premier boating event docks this January in NYC, inviting attendees to discover the best in boating at the Javits Center, which is transformed into a nautical paradise to provide the ideal escape for novice and experienced boaters to start thinking about summer fun. The annual Progressive® New York Boat Show offers the unique opportunity to board and compare hundreds of boat brands and models side by side at competitive bargains, and reel in exclusive show specials on the newest marine accessories and electronics. From luxury yachts and family cruisers to fishing boats and personal watercraft, the 2012 show offers something for every on-the-water enthusiast, plus entertainment and education for all ages.

Trial Class- MusicClasses4Kids Winter 2012 Boppin' to the Beat Song Collection - Germonds Presbyterian Church
January 04, 2012 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children to experience their Winter 2012 Boppin' to the Beat song collection. Pre-registration is required.

The Three Kings / Los Reyes Magos - White Plains Public Library
January 04, 2012 - White Plains

Bilingual storytime for children ages 3 and older with their families. Includes craft & a cookie snack. Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the start of the program.

Winter Wonderland Cookie Baking and Decorating - Celebrations in the Kitchen
January 04, 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.

Contemporary Documentaries Film Series: "Waste Land" - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
January 04, 2012 - Ossining

Enjoy a free night out at the movies as the library presents a screening of "Waste Land," an Oscar-nominated film by Lucy Walker, examining artists who create art using garbage in Brooklyn and Rio de Janeiro. This screening is part of the library's ongoing Contemporary Documentaries series, which is curated by reference librarian Bonnie Katz.

After School Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
January 04, 2012 - Gravesend

Teens and tweens get help with their homework.

Writing Workshop for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch
January 04, 2012 - Coney Island

Learn to write short stories, essays, and poetry.

Teen Gaming (Playstation) - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
January 04, 2012 - Brooklyn

Teens play a variety of video and board games.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 04, 2012 - Scarsdale

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

VacationArts Winter Break Program - Great Neck Arts Center
January 04, 2012 - Great Neck

Kids K-5 won't be bored over the Winter break at the VacationArts program. They enjoy a full day of art, ceramics, drama, music, dance, chess and more. VacationArts is open during school holidays. Call to register. Discounts available.

Lego Club - Wilton Library
January 04, 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.

Babies and Books with First RIF - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 04, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Children, birth to 5 years, experience the world of books, songs, and rhymes, and get to take home free books via RIF.

Learn About Resumes - Queens Library: Central Branch
January 04, 2012 - Jamaica

Are you ready to apply for jobs or internships? Are you avoiding common errors? Does your resume stand out? At this event, participants will learn how to get started, types of resumes, what to include and what not to include on a resume, and tips for making your resume stronger.

Yoga for Parents - Queens Library: Cambria Heights Branch
January 04, 2012 - Cambria Heights

Taking care of the kids all day can be fun, exhausting, and stressful at any given moment. Take time at the end of a long day to unwind with a parents-only yoga class with instructor Damita Carmichael.

Creating Extraordinary Mind and Body Wellness - The Family Wellness Center
January 04, 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 04, 2012 - Garden City

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

Bereavemen Support Group for Parents - Oceanside Jewish Center
January 04, 2012 - Oceanside

In the loss of your child, experience the freedom to express your feelings and the sharing of coping skills under the guidance of a professional facilitator. Call for information.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
January 04, 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 04, 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.

Puppetry Workshop - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 04, 2012 - SoHo

Explore various techniques of puppet building and performance.

Wee/Mighty/Bold Warriors - Wee Warriors Yoga - Prism Wellness
January 04, 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.

Satisfaction - A Tribute to the Rolling Stones - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 04, 2012 - New York

From the streets of London in 1962 to the stages around the world in 2002 and 2003, they're the words concertgoers long to hear ... "Ladies and gentlemen ... The Rolling Stones." We welcome you to the world's greatest Rolling Stones tribute band - Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Experience. Thousands of audiences in over 40 states have witnessed this re-creation with the highest regard of authenticity. And now you are invited to take a step inside the Voodoo Lounge. Let's spend the night together ... pleased to meet you! Satisfaction ... The Show! is a new musical tribute to the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, the Rolling Stones. Audiences will be mesmerized as they are taken on the mystical ride beginning in London 1962, then stopping by the VooDoo Lounge before heading over the Bridges Of Babylon and finally, concluding with their 40 Licks. More than a million fans per year, press throughout the world, and the Rolling Stones themselves have taken notice of the "high-energy way that Chris LeGrand and Satisfaction bring the Rolling Stones experience to the stage." Opening for such major acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship, Foghat, Nazareth, and Sammy Hagar, Satisfaction recreates the Rolling Stones every time the group takes to the stage.

Sweet Georgia Brown - Lucille's
January 04, 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.

The Million Man Mosh: A Benefit for Donovan Drayton Featuring Living Colour, 24-7 Spyz With Ronny Drayton & DJ Afrika Bambaataa - Highline Ballroom
January 04, 2012 -

The Black Rock Coalition proudly presents The Million Man Mosh: A Benefit For Donovan Drayton. The show will feature two of New York City's most beloved bands gracing the same stage for the first time: the Grammy-Award winning group Living Colour and heavy metal soul pioneers 24-7 Spyz. Hip-hop founding father Afrika Bambaataa will do a DJ set, and there will a late jam with special guests including legendary guitarist Ronny Drayton. There will also be information on rare memorabilia that will be up for auction. Proceeds for the event will go to the legal defense of Donovan Drayton, son of Ronny, who has been incarcerated at Riker's Island for four years without a conviction. As the flagship band of the Black Rock Coalition, Living Colour fused free jazz, funk, hard rock, and heavy metal into a sound that is uniquely its own. The band's debut album Vivid was released in 1988 and contained the hit single "Cult of Personality," which won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band's followup Time's Up (1990), garnered more critical acclaim and another Grammy Award. After an extended hiatus in the late '90s, Living Colour reformed in 2000 and released Collideoscope in 2003. Having recently released the critically acclaimed album The Chair In The Doorway (2009), the band is currently preparing material for a new album and tour in 2012. South Bronx natives Jimi Hazel (guitar) and Rick Skatore (bass) formed 24-7 Spyz ("twenty-four-seven spies") in 1986 and developed an immediate following based on their musical versatility. The group mixes soul, funk, reggae, and R&B with heavy metal and punk - a mix that came to be labeled as heavy metal soul. 24-7 Spyz broke up in 1998 after releasing several albums, including Harder than You (1988), Gumbo Millennium (1990), and the cult classic Strength in Numbers (1992). Reforming in 2003, the group dropped Face the Day (2006), its latest release and first album of original material in over a decade. 2011 saw a reunion of the Strength in Numbers lineup at a show in New York City, and that lineup will tour Europe in the first quarter of 2012. The band is now writing songs for a new disc that will be released in 2012. Guitarist Ronny Drayton, who has been a sideman for a virtual who's-who list of New York's brightest music stars (Roy Ayers, Melba Moore, James "Blood" Ulmer, Nona Hendryx, Defunkt, Edwin Birdsong, Kashif, The Family Stand, and more), will close out the night jamming with both bands and special invited guests.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends Mini-Performance - New York Botanical Garden
January 04, 2012 - Bronx

Beloved children's favorites Thomas & Friends are pulling into The New York Botanical Garden during the final two weeks of this season's spectacular Holiday Train Show, January 2-16, 2012. Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera; each mini-performance includes a photo-op with Thomas. Kids can get an honorary engineer certificate and Take home coloring sheets, stickers, and temporary tattoos of Thomas and his engine friends. In the Ross Hall.

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! 3.0 (Tuesday Jan. 3rd) - Mug Lounge
Through January 04, 2012 - NYC

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Tuesday January 3rd, 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: 8PM 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 3rd, 2012 lineup): “Jenny” Craig Sharf! The Amazing Matt Noodle! “Black Atheist” Joe Dixon! Nick “Da Nick” Naney! Alice In WonderWooster! Nicholas Ruggia Sr.! Et al.! Hosted by Pat Rigby! Featuring Todd Montesi!! UG IT! http://www.youtube.com/MONTIKILLAVISION http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=313089353295

Winter Fairy Doll Workshop - Wilton Library
January 04, 2012 - Wilton

Children ages 3 and up are invited to stop in and create their very own winter fairy doll to take home. Ms. Keogh helps children put the dolls together using a variety of materials and fabrics. No registration necessary. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12.

Flamenco & Salsa Lovers: Your Chance to be in a Latin Ensemble! - Flamenco Latino
Through January 05, 2012 - New York

Improve your ensemble performance skills in this creative workshop! Seeking musicians and singers to study in Flamenco Latino's collaborative workshop, FLAMENCO LATINO MUSIC ENSEMBLE. The workshop is open to committed students from the intermediate level to the retired professional. Led by Basilio Georges with several visiting artists, this class offers a unique opportunity to study collaboratively and perform with other musicians and flamenco and salsa artists. Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 PM at Flamenco Latino, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl., NY, NY. Call 212-399-8519 or email to register. $20/class OR $70/4-pack (Only being offered through 8/26. The fall term will require commitment to purchase 8-10 session pack at $17.50/session.) Credit/debit cards accepted. www.flamencolatino.com --Study a wide array of songs that exemplify specific Flamenco ida y vuelta styles such as guajiras, rumba and colombianas, as well as the influence flamenco amalgamated from Latin musical traditions starting with the Cuban Habanera,which over the years has produced other forms such as son, guaracha, rumba, mambo, bolero and salsa. --Develop traditional and unusual music and dance arrangements to be performed at Flamenco Latino's studio theater in early November and early December! --Seeking flamenco guitarists, singers, percussion and other instruments in the string, woodwind or brass family. Non-flamenco instruments will need some reading experience. --Flamenco guitarists who have not studied at Flamenco Latino before have to meet with Basilio to determine if this class is a good fit for you. http://www.flamencolatino.com/artists/basiliogeorges.htm With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio Georges offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern Flamenco styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career.

Craft-Tastic - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

November 23, 2011 - January 7, 2012 The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

Diwali: Festival of Light - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

August Sander and Seydou Keïta - Portraiture and Social Identity - The Walther Collection Project Space
Through January 07, 2012 -

Thursday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm. On September 23, the Walther Collection will unite the portraiture of two modern photography masters, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose images vividly capture the rapid social transformations of the twentieth century through the faces of everyday people. Encapsulating two distinct cultures in pivotal moments of societal transition, Sander and Keïta's portraits reflect on the experience and role of the individual in Germany and Mali. The dual presentation, on view at the Walther Collection Project Space through January 7, 2012, considers how these prolific photographers documented the visual histories and shifting identities of their two countries. August Sander and Seydou Keïta: Portraiture and Social Identity brings together approximately 60 black-and-white photographs by the two artists, encompassing select works from Sander's portfolio Antlitz der Zeit (Face of our Time) from the 1910s and 1920s, one of the most enduring and influential essays in modern photography, and from Keïta's portraiture of residents in Mali's capital city Bamako in the late 1940s and mid-1950s. The artists were first presented in dialogue as part of the Walther Collection's 2010 inaugural exhibition, Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, curated by Okwui Enwezor, in Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany. German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, and like his contemporaries, Karl Blossfeldt and Albert Renger-Patzsch, his style favored objective detail, uncompromising true-to-life representation, and a comparative approach to photography. His visual portrayals of farmers, workers, students, families, tradespeople, artists, and the bourgeoisie from early twentieth-century Germany highlight both the individuality of the sitter and the typical traits of social and occupational groups, genders, and generations. In his Antlitz der Zeit portfolio, a 60-image selection from his ongoing master project, Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century), Sander worked to create an exact photography that contextualized and highlighted varying social strata and underscored the "true psychology" of a period, unsentimentally capturing a society in transition, shifting from agriculture to industry. By contrast, Seydou Keïta (1929-2001), one of the most renowned West African photographers of the 1950s, worked with a portable studio setting, posing clients against gray or densely-patterned backdrops. Even though his reputation in Mali never dwindled, it was not until the early 1990s that Keïta's work became known internationally, alongside the studio photography of Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso. Working during a period of dramatic shifts in Malian familial hierarchies, migration, and political movements, Keïta made portraits of predominantly urban middle-class Bamako residents. His images reflected the society's transition through a merging of traditional and contemporary fashions, and a growing consumer culture, in the decade prior to Mali's independence from France. Frequently pictured with elaborate textiles, jewelry, radios, and cars, in highly-conscious poses, sitters expressed the emerging myth of a modern African city - to be photographed by Keïta was to be made Bamakois, beautiful, and cosmopolitan. Keïta's portrait style, which emphasized the visual interplay between sitter and site and the creation of the ideal, shaped the new image of postcolonial identity.

Craft-Tastic/Visions in Glass - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

Duel exhibitions featuring unique and affordable hand-made crafts for sale and exhibit, including ceramics, artwork, jewelry, and a glass display curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Opening reception on Friday, December 2, 6:30-8pm.

Art Opening: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit - New York Open Center Gallery
Through January 07, 2012 - New York

Art Opening for: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit Opening Reception: Saturday,December 03,2011 6:30–9pm Exhibition Dates: December 03,2011–January 07, 2012 Location: New York Open Center Gallery Coinciding with the publication of his photography book, Beasley’s Earth Meets Spirit explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. Much of his personal projects, including “Sacred Sites of the Lakota,” “Disappearing Green Space,” “Silent Witness: Genocide and the Landscape,” “Sacred Places” and “Earth Meets Spirit” are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, Shots, PDN, PhotoVision. www.douglasbeasley.com www.opencenter.org/earth-meets-spirit-journey-through-the-sacred-landscape/ Free and open to the Public. For more information, Email: [email protected] Tel: 212-219-2527 x153 New York Open Center 22 East 30th St. between 5th and Madison Ave.) 2nd Flr. NY, NY 10016 T: 212-219-2527 www.opencenter.org

The Firefly Star - PS 3, The Bedford Village School
Through January 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Shadow Box Theatre presents "The Firefly Star: a Hispanic Tale for Three Kings Day," a magical story of El Dia de los Reyes (January 6th) – and how one year it almost didn't happen! But the holiday is saved by the clever little mouse Raton Perez, and his ladybug friend Senora Margarita. Our storyteller and guitarist use puppets and a rich mix of Spanish and medieval songs and music to celebrate the Hispanic folk tradition. (Auditorium Entrance at back of school on Hancock Street between Bedford & Franklin) Public transportation: C train to Franklin Ave. 12/13 - 10:30am 12/14 – 10:30 am 12/15 - 10:30am 12/16- 10:30am 12/17 – 11am 12/20 – 10/11:30 am 12/21 – 10:30am 12/22 – 10 / 11:30am 1/5 – 10:30am 1/6 – 10:30am 1/7 – 11am

Big Apple Circus Presents Dream Big - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 -

It's an All-New Show, where the World's Greatest Circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Let your imagination soar and summon the most amazing acts -- A juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork! A mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act! Spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, and a capybara and porcupine to perk up the sawdust party! Audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace! Comical conjurors with magical moments of grand illusion! The aerial daring of the trapeze flyers! A singing Ringmistress and the Big Apple Circus Band creating the ringing melodies of memories to last! And Grandma !! Yes, Grandma, apogee of comical aspiration and mirthful joy! Your dreams will inspire a Big Apple Circus of living thrills and marvelous delight -- a celebration of the imagination -- an astonishing circus world of wonder!

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 08, 2012 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm. $59.99; $49.99, children under 12.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

This delightful exhibition will introduce visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 200 live frogs, from tiny dart poison frogs (some less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (as big as eight inches in diameter) will be shown in their re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Approximately 25 species native to Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam, will be featured. The exhibition will explore the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition will invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs. Admission to the exhibition is $24 for adults, $14 for children, and $18 for seniors and students.

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.

Invasion of the Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs and Beyond - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - New Haven

Learn the biology and habitats of bedbugs, head lice, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Learn where and how they live, how to deal with them and how to tell them apart from lookalikes.

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 - El Museo Del Barrio
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio's sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year's edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in six different venues. Aiming to expand the definition of contemporary Latino and Latin American art, The (S) Files 2011 takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. While considering the more conventional understandings of street art such as graffiti and mural painting, The (S) Files 2011 extends the definition of street art by also considering non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion. The (S) Files 2011 explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture. The exhibition looks at how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure. Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress. In addition to its overall focus on New York-based artists, The (S) Files 2011 celebrates the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano) by showcasing the work of a group of artists featured in its most recent edition.

Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile - Hudson River Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Yonkers

American painter Elihu Vedder journeyed up the Nile from December 1889 to April 1990 and recorded his fascination with Egypt's panoramas. He drew and painted the Nile's sand, cliffs and ancient ruins, often aboard a rented dahabeya, a traditional Egyptian houseboat. His artwork is presented, for the first time, in this exhibition. Museum closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Through January 8, 2012.

Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam through Folktales - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Garden City

Enter a magical place where five centuries-old folktales bring to life the culture and traditions of Viet Nam. Aspects of modern day life in Viet Nam are interwoven with the presentation of old folktale in interactive "theaters." Traditions explored include wedding ceremonies, ancestral worship practices, cultural dances, and the Vietnamese bonds to their land and water. The exhibit demonstrates the connection between folktales and the enduring values and traditions they represent. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2012.

FOCUS DANCE - Joyce Theater
Through January 08, 2012 -

FOCUS Dance, an exciting week-long celebration showcasing eight dance companies, is a new initiative aimed at promoting American dance to the national and international community. The Joyce partners with Gotham Arts Exchange and the Dance/USA Agents Council for this exciting project that will feature some of the most riveting companies in America today.

Ripped: The Allure of Collage - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 - Huntington

This exhibition presents approximately 50 collages by a diverse range of European and American artists.

Big Apple Circus Presents "Dream Big" - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

For its 34th season, the Big Apple Circus presents an all-new show under the big top showcasing stunning acts including a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, comical conjurors, a singing ringmistress who will be accompanied by the Big Apple Circus Band, and of course, Grandma, in her last season with the circus.

Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk--An Introspective - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Biggers addresses some challenging themes (among them racial tension) in this exhibit, yet children will be mesmerized by such multi-media fare as a tree that pierces a grand piano.

'A New York Hanukkah' - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Hanukkah lamp currently on display was made in 1999 by NYC silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx workshop.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the winter season, this installation traces the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. The desk of New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore, who originally penned the "Twas the night before Christmas" poem, is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

The park's tree-lined alleys are transformed into one of the city's premiere holiday shopping destinations, with dozens of custom-designed jewel box kiosks and food vendors. Visit the website for more information.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Engeman Theater presents 'A Wonderful Life' - John W. Engeman Theater
Through January 08, 2012 - Northport

A fable of dreams, disillusionment, and the power of love. Ticket sales will help raise money for the Education & Assistance Corporation, a non-profit that provides programs and services that protect children, promotes healthy families and communities, and helps individuals take control of their lives. The show runs through January 8, 2012.

The Canterbury Tales Remixed - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

After a successful run of The Rap Guide to Evolution, SoHo Playhouse, Inc. is proud to premiere The Canterbury Tales Remixed, written and performed by Baba Brinkman with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds and directed by Darren Lee Cole. The Canterbury Tales Remixed brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless Canterbury Tales to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient Tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness. The Canterbury Tales Remixed will begin previews on Wednesday, November 23 and will open on Sunday, December 4, running through January 8, 2012 at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). Performances Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday at 3PM. NO SHOWS on November 24 and December 25, 2011. Ticket: $55 (Orchestra), $39 (Rear Section), $27.50 (Group rate of 10 or more), $19.50 (Student Rush with student i.d. 1 hour prior to curtain). To purchase visit www.SoHoPlayhouse.com or call OvationTix customer service toll-free: 866-811-4111.

"The Canterbury Tales Remixed" - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - SoHO

The show brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless "Canterbury Tales" to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 -

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

A New York Hanukkah - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah lamps were made up of eight oil wells or candle-holders, separated from a ninth traditionally used as a shamash, or server, to light the others. These lamps remain distinct from menorahs, which generally have seven candle branches and are not associated with a specific use or holiday. Hanukkah lamps were present in European synagogues by about the 13th century, and often designed in the form of menorahs or as standing table lamps.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

To celebrate the winter season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus, an installation tracing the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. Clement Clarke Moore's desk is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic! - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Through January 08, 2012 - Bridgeport

Join Mickey, Minnie as they celebrate 100 years of Disney magic with 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 classic stories.

Poetic License: festival of new poetic theater - The Wild Project
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

15 shows in 5 days for $5-$15! Poetic Theater Productions presents Poetic License, a festival of new poetic theater addressing social justice through spoken word, hip hop and slam. The festival includes performers who have been featured on and off Broadway, on HBO's Def Poetry Jam & Brave New Voices, members of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team & Urban Word NYC, and Poetic Theater Productions' award-winning 2011 production, Goliath.

'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.

de Kooning: A Retrospective - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 09, 2012 - New York

This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will only be seen at MoMA, presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist's development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. Bringing together nearly 200 works from public and private collections, the exhibition will occupy the Museum's entire sixth-floor gallery space, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet. Representing nearly every type of work de Kooning made, in both technique and subject matter, this retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Among these are the artist's most famous, landmark paintings—among them Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus in-depth presentations of all his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid 1950s to the artist's return to figuration in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade. Also included is de Kooning's famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labyrinth (1946).

"From Candlelight to Bubble Light: A 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House" - Merchant's House Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

This holiday season, the museum's halls, which date back to the 1850s, will be retro-decked for a 1950s-themed Christmas celebration, with vintage trees and over-the-tinsel-top decorations, while strains of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" play in the background. Learn how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s and today in this doubly nostalgic display.

Coral Reef Adventure - Maritime Aquarium - Imax Theater
Through January 12, 2012 - Norwalk

Voyage to coral reefs in the South Pacific to view their contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they face. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson with music by Crosby, Stills &?Nash.

Kandinsky's Painting With White Border - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition, co-organized with the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., brings the Guggenheim's final version of the painting from May 1913 together with twelve related drawings and watercolors and one major oil sketch, and features the results of an extensive conservation study of the Guggenheim and Phillips paintings.

reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio has taken over the Museum's 10,000-square-foot hall on the first floor and puts a very different take on the collonaded space, reimagining it with stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns. Children will be captivated by the looming structures and fabrics, and their interplay with light and shadows.

Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think - New York Hall of Science
Through January 15, 2012 - Queens

Have you ever looked at the family dog and wondered what was going on in her head? Do your kids swear the cat has a mind of his own? Find out what your pets and other animals are thinking about at New York Hall of Science. Discover the similarities between human and animal cognition in their new exhibition, Wild Minds.

Gingerbread Adventures - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 15, 2012 - Bronx

Children explore the spices that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Kids can stop inside a child-sized gingerbread playhouse and decorate gingersnap cookies. Daily, check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 15, 2012.

"Annie" - CM Performing Arts Center
Through January 15, 2012 - Oakdale

This popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie gives children a chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The production runs through January 15, 2012.

Student Art Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Southampton

Students and teachers from the areas private and public schools used the current exhibit, American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, as inspiration for their own artwork currently being displayed at the museum. Artwork submissions are from children ranging in age from pre-K to 8th.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps, break for lunch and hot chocolate, and shop for everyone on your list. About the Holiday Train Show - Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Artist's Studio - NEW - This year visitors will get an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed. Models in different stages of completion will show how a structure destined for the Holiday Train Show is framed and begins taking shape through the addition of plant material. Photos, interpretive panels, tools, and supplies help tell the story of how the magic comes together.

New Photography 2011 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 16, 2012 - New York

This year, MoMA's annual New Photography series expands to feature the work of six artists, with the aim of capturing the diversity and international scope of contemporary photographic work. New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali includes the work of Davey (Canada), whose mailed-photograph grids feature the stamps, postmarks, and return addresses that have accreted on each photograph -- analog elements that are particularly unique in these digital times; Georgiou (England), who looks at modern-day Turkey as it seeks to hold on to its traditions and landscape amid the oncoming wave of Westernization and development; Lawson (U.S.), whose work showcases the African American experience, with a particular emphasis on the human figure and form, in powerfully intimate portraits of people from all walks of life; Rickard (U.S.), whose photographs document the blurred faces of people and crumbling American cities as captured by the Google Streetview lens, and explore issues of poverty, race, and privacy; Sassen (The Netherlands), who incorporates images of the people and places of the African continent in an attempt to recapture her surreal dreams and memories of growing up in Kenya; and Dali (China), who uses original source materials, including Chinese archives, books, and periodicals, to trace the lineage of propaganda made during Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. The artists in New Photography 2011 approach image-making from very different perspectives, making for a truly dynamic combination.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

Experience the wonder of large-gauge model trains and trolleys winding past more than 140 miniature replicas of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and Radio City Music Hall - all created from plant materials. The show is particularly magical at in the evening, when the lights twinkle. Check times and pricing, and purchase advance tickets at www.nybg.org.

2011 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2012 - Norwalk

Visitors enjoy viewing and judging two dozen hand-crafted lighthouses placed throughout the aquarium.

Lisbon's Hebrew Bible - Medieval Jewish Art in Context - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 16, 2012 -

The second in a series of installations that focus, one at a time, on masterworks of Hebrew manuscript illumination from a national or international collection. The display highlights Jewish artistic culture in the Middle Ages by presenting it alongside contemporary works of art, mostly created for Christians, from the Museum's own collection. This installment will feature the Cervera Bible, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. The pages of this Hebrew Bible, one of the most splendid manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be turned weekly, giving viewers the rare opportunity to see many of its beautiful illustrations.

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.

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.

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 [email protected] to register and for location details. Classes run through January 24, 2012.

'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.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
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.

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 and variety of lamps struck a nerve, underscoring Sendak's deep, lifelong sense of loss at the destruction of the prewar world of his Eastern European Jewish parents. Having movingly evoked that world in his drawings for Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) and In Grandpa's House (1985), he surprised himself by mostly avoiding its rich visual language when choosing lamps for this presentation. "I stayed away from everything elaborate. I kept looking for very plain, square ones, very severe looking," he explained. "Their very simplicity reminded me of the Holocaust. And I thought it was inappropriate for me to be thinking of elaboration." The lamps Sendak finds most compelling and poignant are those that "go right to the heart," whose "beauty is contained." Yet his sense of humor is never far from the surface: as he made his choices he often free-associated, whimsically recalling old movies and Catskills family vacations. Above all, he is guided by his sensibility as an artist and author. He is drawn to simplicity of line, to a design "subservient to the basic idea of the piece," and responds to the depth of emotion that emanates from a work itself or from the stories behind it. Concerned lest the past be forgotten, he hopes that young visitors to this exhibition will keep alive the memory of a vanished world.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft or play a nature game. 1:30pm Mondays: January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 31, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Features 35 objects that represent individual body parts in ancient Egyptian art from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, many of which will be displayed for the first time. During regular museum hours.

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

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

Free Math Tutoring - Ossining Public Library - 2nd Floor Conference Room
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. Call x336 for more information. Ongoing Mondays throughout January.

Computer Classes - Children's Program Room - Ossining Public Library
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Improve your skills, ongoing Mondays throughout January.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through January 31, 2012 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Homework help is available January 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31 from 4-6pm.

Winter Arts Exchange - BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Through January 31, 2012 - Brooklyn

Sample Class Week offers a chance to try out a BAX class (including dance, theater, and tumbling) and register if so desired. The winter classes run from January 3rd through March 24th. Call to register for sample classes in advance.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful winter days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. 10am Wednesdays: January 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Fireside Stories for Winter - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through January 31, 2012 - Ossining

Throughout the month of January, drop by Teatown for Friday afternoon story-time in the Carriage House. Gather around a nice, warm fireplace to read a winter-themed story, visit with one of Teatown's Animal Ambassadors, and go for a short walk outside. For children 4-7 years old, accompanied by an adult. Program dates: January 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 3:30-4:30pm. Please call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Children of Eden - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
Through January 31, 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. Performances run Friday, January 27 through Sunday, February 5. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm, with a special Wednesday matinee on February 1. Call 914-630-0804 to order tickets.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 31, 2012 - South Salem

An introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration required. 11am January 1, 8, 16, 21, 29; 1pm January 2; 2pm January 14.

Winter Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 31, 2012 - South Salem

Winter offers families a unique opportunity to visit the wolves during their favorite time of year. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration is required. 11am January 7, 15 and 28; 2pm January 21; 1pm January 22.

The Piccolini Trio's "Circus in a Trunk" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through January 31, 2012 - Tribeca

A trio of clowns arrive at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never arrives. This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out of an antique trunk. Combining contemporary- and classic European-style clowning, The Piccolini Trio brings to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy. Part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series, audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Café, open from 10am-6:30pm on weekends for ticket holders only. The pre-fixe brunch is available for an additional $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Galli's 'Frog Prince' - National Comedy Theatre
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Children and adults will be delighted by the silly antics of the princess, the king, and a very animated frog. This play - while incredibly humorous - leaves audiences spellbound by the life lessons it reveals.

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Meet with other moms, babies, and a lactation specialist from the Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement.

Prenatal Yoga - Destination Maternity Flagship
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This class provides relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy and will help the mom-to-be adjust to her rapidly changing body. Yoga postures will strengthen the spine to counterbalance the growing abdomen, open the hips to prepare the body for labor and delivery, and empower her to face childbirth with confidence and courage. All levels welcome.

Sand and Fire: A Venetian Lighting Experience - 41 Madison Ave.
Through January 31, 2012 - New York City

Seguso has transformed a NY loft space into a lighting art gallery of the finest Murano glass chandeliers. The chandelier exhibition showcases various colors, styles and sizes: from the warm glow created by amber glass to the modern, coolness of gray glass; vintage designs from the Seguso archives and modern interpretations of traditional forms; oval and round shapes; multi-tiered and single tiered, free form lighting and glass lanterns. This is a great exhibition for interior designers and architects to see. For further details or to make an appointment to see the exhibition, please contact 212.696.1133 or email [email protected] Open Monday - Friday during business hours. Closed on Christmas and New Year's Day. Call for more information or to make an appointment.

LazyBonezz to Debut Holiday Pop-Up Pet Shop - LazyBonezz Pop Up Store
Through February 01, 2012 - New York

Shop For Your Pooch this Pawliday Season - LAZYBONEZZ, the trend-setting pet furniture company known for sophisticated, top-quality designs, just announced the opening of its pop-up shop on November 30th in New York City. The store marks the brand's first stand-alone venture, and will feature 70 different styles of pet necessities including: beds, feeders, collars, harnesses and storage. The store will be the first to debut these new styles and will be the exclusive retailer through the holidays. Their variety of styles is perfect for gift buyers as retail prices range from $9.99-$499 . "Our designs are classic, cool and chic; the store will reflect just that. We are very excited to be creating a space for pets and pet lovers alike just in time for the holidays," said Lorraine Gold , co-founder. Adrienne Shamie added, "We noticed that the market was void of good quality, stylish pet products, so we created just that. Now we are excited that this store will feature all of the LazyBonezz designs." The 500 square foot, window storefront space will be housed on the ground floor at 114 West 26th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan . The shop will remain open through February, and will offer free delivery within Manhattan for bed purchases. A holiday discount of 10% off all purchases will be offered through Christmas 2011. Those who don't live in New York can visit www.LazyBonezz.com for all the same styles and 10 percent discount. Fans who spoil their pets with LazyBonezz include Denise Richards, Kristin Chenoweth, Carmen Electra, Ramona Singer, Kelly Osbourne , and Serena Williams . About LazyBonezz Founded in 2008 by a mother-daughter team, LazyBonezz aims to create sleek compelling pieces of furniture for the tasteful pet owner. Designed from top-quality materials including solid wood, stainless steel, and plush fabrics, every piece is infused with charm, style, and built to be enjoyed by even the most active and playful pet. Lazy Bonezz Pop Up Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am - 8pm Sunday 11am- 6

'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 www.intrepidmuseum.org. 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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Projects 96: Haris Epaminonda - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 20, 2012 - New York

Berlin-based artist Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980, Nicosia, Cyprus) is internationally known for her photographic assemblages constructed from books and magazines of the 1950s and 1960s, and for her video installations, in which film and television footage culled from Greek soap operas, are reshot or re-edited in new sequences with a single soundtrack that provides an acoustic link. This exhibition presents Epaminonda's three-channel video installation Tarahi IIII, V, VI (2007), part of an ongoing series that enlists the use of reverse shooting, montage, cuts, superimposition, and repetition of motifs to address the permeability of memory. Favoring a slowed-down, filmic flow and the lush colors one associates with the saturated hues of Douglas Sirk's melodramas, these enigmatic videos are presented in a new installation involving sculptural and architectural structures—columns, pedestals, drapery, and niches—specifically conceived for the space at MoMA. The exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Projects series, which has played a critical part in the Museum's contemporary art programs.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Program - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

A Spanish language and live music program for children ages newborn to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through music, movement, puppetry, and games.

Nikon Small World - New York Hall of Science
Through February 26, 2012 - Flushing

View the winners of the 2011 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The top five images this year are: 1. Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology; Portrait of a Chrysopa sp. (green lacewing) larva 2. Dr. Donna Stolz, University of Pittsburgh; Blade of Grass 3. Frank Fox, Fachhochschule Trier; Melosira Moniliformis, living specimen 4. Dr. Robin Young, The University of British Columbia; Instrinsic flouresence in Lepidozia reptans (liverwort) 5. Alfred Pasieka, Hilden Germany; Microchip surface, 3D Construction

Ice Skating at Citi Pond at Bryant Park - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Skate away at NYC's first and only free-admission ice skating rink. The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and can accommodate up to 500 people. There will be themed family-friendly and children's events throughout the season complete with giveaways and promotions.

The 36th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse and Art Exhibition - The Historical Society of Rockland County
Through February 26, 2012 - New City

The Historical Society of Rockland County presents their 36th Annual Miniature, Dollhouse & Art Exhibition. This popular fundraising event showcases the work of miniature artists, fine artists, quilters, and dollhouse creators. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2012.

Terrarium - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through February 26, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Jae Hi Ahn's art manipulates, shapes, and ultimately reimagines nature by using man-made objects and places. She looks for a hidden life in synthetic materials, and creates new environments that are evocative of botanical forms and landscapes, tributes to the many wonders of the natural world. Terrarium showcases Ahn's imagination.

Time To Celebrate - Yorktown Museum
Through March 03, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

Vignettes created by miniaturists Carole & Neal Pruzan. Many of the scenes are displayed in clock cases, rescued and refurbished to reflect many holiday events of the seasons. Also on display will be favorite toys and games from childhood, no matter how old you are. Saturdays, 1-4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm; and by appointment.

Secrets of Circles: Dream Catchers - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 04, 2012 - Crown Heights

Circles are everywhere! This highly interactive 2000 square foot exhibition features 18 exhibits designed to inspire children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 04, 2012 -

The exhibition features more than 120 artifacts, including drawings, storyboards, and props, and video material that illustrate Henson's boundless creativity and innumerable accomplishments. A special addition to the exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image is a puppet of Miss Piggy from The Muppets Take Manhattan. Among other highlights are fourteen additional iconic original puppets of such characters as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Bert, and Ernie; photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work; and excerpts from Henson's early projects and experimental films. The exhibition spans Henson's entire career, beginning with drawings, cartoons, and posters produced during his college years in the late 1950s and concluding with objects related to the inspired imaginary worlds of his popular fantasy film The Dark Crystal (1982). Visitors will encounter materials from Henson's best-known projects, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie and its sequels, and Fraggle Rock, as well as objects related to his Sesame Street characters. Visitors will also learn about Sam and Friends, an early show Henson created in the 1950s, Henson's television commercial work in the 1960s, and the segments Henson made for The Ed Sullivan Show.

CSI: The Experience - Discovery Times Square
Through March 04, 2012 - New York

Play the role of a crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience! As the latest recruit in the world of forensic science, guests are guided by videos featuring CSI: cast members and real-life forensic scientists. Throughout the exhibition you must examine blood types, while matching DNA to potential suspects in order to complete the investigation process and solve the crime. Complete with 3 Crime Scenes, 15 Forensic Lab Stations, and dazzling special effects, this hands-on experience is sure to plunge exhibit goers deep into the science of solving crimes.

Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 04, 2012 -

The exhibition explores caricature and satire in its many forms from the Italian Renaissance to the present, drawn primarily from the rich collection of this material in the Museum's Department of Drawings and Prints. The show includes drawings and prints by Leonardo da Vinci, Eugene Delacroix, Francisco de Goya, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Enrique Chagoya alongside works by artists more often associated with humor, such as James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, Honore Daumier, Al Hirschfeld, and David Levine. Many of these engaging caricatures and satires have never been exhibited and are little known except to specialists.

Season Opening - Bear Mountain Ice Rink
Through March 04, 2012 - Bear Mountain

The Bear Mountain skating rink officially opens full time for the 2011-2012 season. Through March 4, hours are: Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-11:30am and 12-1:30pm; Fridays, 8-9:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm, and 8-9:30pm (Saturdays only). Skate rental, lockers, and refreshments are available.

Animation - Connecticut Science Center
Through March 04, 2012 - Hartford

Explore animation from storyboarding, character design, and drawing techniques to movement, timing, filming and sound. Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit, which also explores the history of animation and features a screening room and a cartoon museum.

Portledge Adventures with Mommy and Me - Portledge School
Through March 08, 2012 - Locust Valley

Toddlers and parents or caregivers can interact in an environment that will inspire imagination, self-expression, and physical development through a variety of activities., such as music, obstacle courses, games, crafts and more. For information, call Lynn Gambarelli at 516-750-3225 or email [email protected] Session 1 runs from January 3 through March 8, 2012 and Session 2 will run from March 27 through June 5, 2012.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through March 10, 2012 - Manhattan

Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: www.theamazingmax.com.

Bravo! A Century of Theatre in Fairfield County - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through March 18, 2012 - Fairfield

Costumes, props, photographs and theatrical events introduce museum visitors to Fairfield County's theatrical history from the 19th century to the present.

Exhibition: The Paintings of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Works from a Long Island Collection - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 18, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Drawn from an important Long Island collection, this major exhibition showcases more than 100 original works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, offering an uncommon glimpse into the artist’s personal world. Tiffany’s light-filled Orientalism and his use of sensuous Art Nouveau lines contrasted sharply with the era’s prevailing dark Victorian décor and had a powerful influence on the evolving aesthetics of the wealthy and famous of the Gilded Age. The exhibition runs through March 2012.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 18, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Enjoy a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and, beginning at 1:30pm., supervised art activities for the whole family. (Closed 12/25/11 and 1/1/12). Weekend parking fee is $2. The program runs through March 2012.

Exhibit: Nathan Sawaya: Recent Works - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through March 18, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

No longer just for child’s play, plastic toy building bricks have become material for fine art. The New York sculptor, Nathan Sawaya, is among the most prominent of contemporary artists working with Lego® blocks. Sawaya’s work, exploring themes of identity, elevates brick art to a new phase of artistic expression through large-scale sculptures that portray complexities of the human condition. The exhibition runs through March 18, 2012.

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 18, 2012 -

It has been said that the Renaissance witnessed the rediscovery of the individual. In keeping with this notion, early Renaissance Italy also hosted the first great age of portraiture in Europe. Portraiture assumed a new importance, whether it was to record the features of a family member for future generations, celebrate a prince or warrior, extol the beauty of a woman, or make possible the exchange of a likeness among friends. This exhibition will bring together approximately 160 works—by artists including Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Ghirlandaio, Pisanello, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, and Antonello da Messina, and in media ranging from painting and manuscript illumination to marble sculpture and bronze medals, testifying to the new vogue for and uses of portraiture in fifteenth-century Italy. During the early Renaissance, artists working in Florence, Venice, and the courts of Italy created magnificent portrayals of the people around them—from heads of state and church to patrons, scholars, poets, and artists—concentrating for the first time on producing recognizable likenesses and expressions of personality. The rapid development of portraiture was linked closely to Renaissance society and politics, ideals of the individual, and concepts of beauty. The object may have been to commemorate a significant event—a marriage, death, the accession to a position of power—or it may have been to record the features of an esteemed member of the family for future generations. Featuring many rare international loans, this exhibition will present an unprecedented survey of the period and provide new research and insight into the early history of portraiture. It will be divided into three sections and will span a period of eight decades. Beginning in Florence, where independent portraits first appeared in abundance, it moves to the courts of Ferrara, Mantua, Bologna, Milan, Urbino, Naples and papal Rome, and ends in Venice, where a tradition of portraiture asserted itself surprisingly late in the century.

Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979 - Museum of the City of New York
Through March 18, 2012 -

Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979 features a selection of vintage prints by the Brooklyn-born photographer who documented "life on the beat" with NYPD officers during the tumultuous 1970s. During a time when New York City faced near bankruptcy and was internationally notorious for its high crime rates and social disorder, Freed's photographs reveal the complexity, the harshness, and the camaraderie of the city's public safety servants and the people they protected. Highlighting a recent gift to the Museum of the City of New York by his widow Bridgette Freed, the exhibition is a gritty, realistic portrait of ordinary people doing a "sometimes boring, sometimes corrupting, sometimes dangerous and ugly and unhealthy job."

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 26, 2012 - New York

The first museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Sanja Ivekovic (b. 1949, Zagreb) covers four decades of the artist's remarkable career. A feminist, activist, and video pioneer, Ivekovic came of age in the post-1968 period, when artists broke free from mainstream institutional settings, laying the ground for a form of praxis antipodal to official art. Part of the generation known as the Nova Umjetnicka Praksa (New Art Practice), Ivekovic produced works of cross-cultural resonance that range from conceptual photomontages to video and performance. This exhibition brings together a historic group of single-channel videos and media installations, including Sweet Violence (1974), Personal Cuts (1982), Practice Makes a Master (1982/2009), General Alert (Soap Opera) (1995), and Rohrbach Living Memorial (2005). Among the 100 photomontages featured in the exhibition is Ivekovic's celebrated series Double Life (1975-76), for which the artist juxtaposed pictures of herself culled from her private albums with commercial ads clipped from the pages of women's magazines. While in the 1970s Ivekovic probed the persuasive qualities of mass media and its identity-forging potential, after 1990--following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and the birth of a new nation--she focused on the transformation of reality from socialist to post-socialist political systems. Ivekovic offers a fascinating view into the official politics of power, gender roles, and the paradoxes inherent in society's collective memory. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication.

'Make Art (in) Public' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through March 31, 2012 - SoHo

This exhibit includes works by artists such as Keith Haring, Swoon, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Remed, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Moondog, and Tranqui Yanqui. The exhibition explores the accessibility of the arts for the public; the ways in which public art is a product of and a contributor to the cultural fabric of communities big and small; as well as the positive impact of the arts on building and bettering society.

'Remembering 9/11' Exhibit - New-York Historical Society
Through April 01, 2012 - Upper West Side

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the New-York Historical Society presents this special exhibition, which includes a selection of several hundred photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition "here is new york: a democracy of photographs"), as well as letters written to policemen and firemen; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from The New York Times "Portraits of Grief" series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial. When the renovated and transformed New-York Historical Society opens fully to the public on November 11, 2011, "Remembering 9/11" will be joined by a permanent installation of photographs from "here is new york" in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Approximately 1,500 photographs by 790 contributors will be on display, along with a large fragment of a fire truck destroyed during the 9/11 attack.

19th-Century Modern - Brooklyn Museum
Through April 01, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Featuring more than forty items from the Brooklyn Museum's collection of American and European decorative arts, 19th-Century Modern will focus on the emergence of Modernism, a design aesthetic based in part on the machine as a source of artistic inspiration.

Remembering 9/11 - New-York Historical Society
Through April 01, 2012 - Upper West Side

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the New-York Historical Society will present a special exhibition, Remembering 9/11, which will be free to the public. The exhibition opens on September 8, 2011 and will remain on view through April 1, 2012. The exhibition presents a selection of several hundred photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition "here is new york: a democracy of photographs"), as well as letters written to policemen and firemen; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from the New York Times "Portraits of Grief" series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial, designed by architect Michael Arad with the assistance of landscape architect Peter Walker.

Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center - Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Take a spin around this world-famous rink, below the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and other festive decorations. Check the website for special events.

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France - Neue Galerie
Through April 02, 2012 - New York

Devoted to the extraordinary collection of Neue Galerie co-founder Ronald Lauder, the show will provide a rare glimpse into one of the finest private art collections in the world. The Ronald S. Lauder collection encompasses a broad range of masterworks. The exhibition will focus on six areas: medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th- and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art. Among the artists represented are Joseph Beuys, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Cézanne, Vasily Kandinsky, Anselm Kiefer, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Gerhard Richter.

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour - Nassau Coliseum
Through April 07, 2012 - Uniondale

Tickets are now available for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Jackson fans can expect a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music, and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down in this Cirque du Soleil production. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as newcomers, the show captures the essence, soul, and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. The show debuts April 7, 2012 at 8pm.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times - Discovery Times Square
Through April 15, 2012 - New York

Take a fascinating archaeological journey through the Holy Land. This rare exhibit features the famed Dead Sea Scrolls, a stone from the Western Wall from the Second Temple in Jerusalem and more than 500 never-before-seen artifacts from biblical times. Experience firsthand the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that impact world religions today.

'The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis' - The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Through April 22, 2012 - Washington Heights

In 1831, a hoard of luxury goods - including more than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century - was unearthed on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. More than 30 of the life-sized chess pieces (thereafter known as the Lewis Chessmen), today arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world, will be on display in this exhibit, which takes the form of the endgame of a famous chess match. The fallen pieces, organized by type, are displayed in auxiliary cases along the edges of the room. The Lewis Chessmen are known in popular culture from their appearance in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain - Frick Collection
Through April 29, 2012 - New York

The Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture opens in late December with an inaugural exhibition of works drawn from Henry Arnhold's promised gift of 131 examples of Meissen porcelain from the early years of this Royal Manufactory's production. On view through April 29, 2012, White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain will feature approximately seventy of these objects, presented along with a group of eighteenth-century sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740–1828). Among the latter works is the full-length terracotta Diana the Huntress, a signature work at the Frick that returns to view having been recently cleaned and treated. It finds a permanent home in the new portico gallery, while the ongoing display of other sculptures and ceramics will rotate periodically.

Puss in Boots - Puppetworks
Through April 30, 2012 - Park Slope

Puppetworks presents Perrault's 1697 French fantasy Puss in Boots with an original score and a live ogre.

Storytelling in Japanese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 -

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of narrative painting, one that continues even today with the popular contemporary Japanese cartoon (manga) and animation. This exhibition will offer particularly stellar examples of illustrated Japanese narrative works from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. Drawn from some of the foremost American collections as well as the Museum's own holdings, it will be the first exhibition devoted to this subject in the United States in more than twenty-five years. It will feature more than sixty-five exquisitely executed paintings in various formats: handscroll (emaki), album, book, hanging scroll, screen, and playing cards.

Duncan Phyfe - Master Cabinetmaker in New York - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 -

n the early 1800s, furniture from the workshop of New York City cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe (1770–1854) was in such demand that he was referred to as the "United States Rage." This exhibition—the first retrospective on Phyfe in ninety years—will serve to re-introduce this artistic and influential master cabinetmaker to a contemporary audience. The full chronological sweep of Phyfe's distinguished career will be featured, including examples of his best-known furniture based on the English Regency designs of Thomas Sheraton, work from the middle and later stages of his career when he adopted the richer "archaeological" antique style of the 1820s, and a highly refined, plain Grecian style based on French Restauration prototypes. The exhibition brings together nearly one hundred works from private and public collections throughout the United States. Highlights of the exhibition include some never-before-seen documented masterpieces and furniture descended directly in the Phyfe family, as well as the cabinetmaker's own tool chest. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will present the cabinetmaker's life and work through drawings, documents, personal possession, and furniture. Portraits of his clients and contemporary depictions of New York City street scenes and domestic interiors will provide a glimpse into Phyfe's milieu.

'Storytelling in Japanese Art' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of storytelling through paintings and illustrated books, which continues today in the popular art of manga (comic books for children and adults). Showcasing more than 90 vibrant works drawn from the New York Public Library and other local collections, as well as works from the Metropolitan's own holdings, this exhibit traces the rich history of illustrated narratives that thrived in the medieval and early modern periods of Japan. The focus of the exhibition is some 20 rare, illustrated handscrolls called emaki.

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through May 14, 2012 - New York

Diego Rivera was the subject of MoMA's second monographic exhibition (the first was Henri Matisse), which set new attendance records in its five-week run from December 22, 1931, to January 27, 1932. MoMA brought Rivera to New York six weeks before the exhibition's opening and gave him studio space within the Museum, a strategy intended to solve the problem of how to present the work of this famous muralist when murals were by definition made and fixed on site. Working around the clock with two assistants, Rivera produced five "portable murals"—large blocks of frescoed plaster, slaked lime, and wood that feature bold images drawn from Mexican subject matter and address themes of revolution and class inequity. After the opening, to great publicity, Rivera added three more murals, now taking on New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the social stratification of the city during the Great Depression. All eight were on display for the rest of the show's run. The first of these panels, Agrarian Leader Zapata, is an icon in the Museum's collection. This exhibition will bring together key works made for Rivera's 1931 exhibition, presenting them at MoMA for the first time in nearly 80 years. Along with mural panels, the show will include full-scale drawings, smaller working drawings, archival materials related to the commission and production of these works, and designs for Rivera's famous Rockefeller Center mural, which he also produced while he was working at the Museum. Focused specifically on works created during the artist's stay in New York, this exhibition will draw a succinct portrait of Rivera as a highly cosmopolitan figure who moved between Russia, Mexico, and the United States, and will offer a fresh look at the intersection of art making and radical politics in the 1930s. MoMA will be the exhibition's sole venue.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter! - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter!, a perennial favorite visited by millions of children and adults, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. This popular winter attraction invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies fluttering among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

The Coe Collection of American Indian Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 28, 2012 -

Drawn from works given and bequeathed to the Metropolitan during the past decade by Ralph T. Coe of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the exhibition will be comprised of some thirty objects made in natural materials from stone to animal hide. It will feature a wide range of Native American works that come from different times, different places, and numerous distinct peoples. The oldest pieces in the Coe Collection date to some thousands of years B.C.E. The major part of the collection dates from the nineteenth to early twentieth century, a period of great contact between Native Americans and outsiders of all sorts, from traders to missionaries to the U.S. army. The peoples of the Great Plains are prominent during this time, and objects such as the impressive, personalized hide shirts of important Indian men have come to identify American Indians in the public mind. Representing contemporary work, an imposing sculpture of a Noble Woman by the Northwest Coast Haida artist Robert Davidson, dated to 2001, will be on view—the product of a long, deeply felt tradition for the carving of wood.

Bowling Leagues Signup - New City Bowl
Through May 30, 2012 - New City

New City Bowl hosts junior bowling leagues. Fridays at 3:45pm, the center hosts bumper and regular bowling; two games and shoes for $12. Fridays at 5:15pm and Saturdays at noon, kids can get three games and shoes for $14. Instruction is included. Through May 30, 2012.

Mommy and Me Yoga Classes - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through June 01, 2012 - Brooklyn

Fight the winter blues with mommy and me yoga. Children of all ages welcome.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

Hero, Villian, Yeti - The Rubin Museum
Through June 11, 2012 - New York

Comic book storylines have drawn on Tibet's cultural and religious traditions for more than sixty years, mixing reality with myths and long-held stereotypes. Featuring more than fifty comic books from around the world, Hero, Villain, Yeti sheds light on global perceptions of Tibet as reflected in and informed by these diverse narratives.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 13, 2012 - Norwalk

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

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.

Acting 101 - Hopper House Art Center
Through June 27, 2012 - Nyack

This weekly workshop meets to support young artists with interests in the performing arts including theater, film, commercial work, or a specific project such as preparing for an audition. Participants will get help selecting and learning how to approach material, work with sides and cold readings, resume and headshot help, and industry guidance.

New Ways of Seeing: Drop-in Art Drawing - Brooklyn Museum
Through June 30, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Artists of all ages, including children, are invited to this drawing workshop which uses a different object from the Museum's collection for study for each class. Conversation is combined with drawing to inspire engagement with art in new ways.

Art Exhibit - Suzuki Music School of Westport
Through July 01, 2012 - Westport

Four renowned Connecticut artists compliment the walls of the music school with their landscapes, still lifes, and portrait paintings.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sensory Bounce - BounceU
Through September 28, 2012 - Stratford

This is a program for children and adults with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Autism, and other disabilities with a Sensory component. Teachers work on balance and coordination, auditory and tactile sensitivity, strength building, motor coordination, cooperative play, turn-taking, and social and verbal skills.

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

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

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

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

Zumbatomic - Vibez Studio
Through October 01, 2012 - Bayside

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

Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through December 28, 2012 - Pomona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

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

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

Contemporary Art from the Collection - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2014 - New York

Reinstalled to continue the historical sequence found on MoMA's fifth (1880-1940) and fourth (1940-1980) floors, the galleries on the second floor will begin with art of the early 1980s and extend to the present moment, interweaving works in all mediums. Individual galleries will focus on particular topics, ranging from specific locales that nourished influential groups of artists to key strategies shared by diverse practitioners of the same generation. Others will display a single significant installation or artist's project. Like the fifth- and fourth-floor galleries, the second-floor galleries will be periodically reinstalled to reflect the depth and richness of the Museum's collection, and to allow for varying approaches to the wide variety of art produced during the last 30 years. Featured artists include Ashley Bickerton, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger, Steve McQueen, Senga Nengudi, Doris Salcedo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Rosemarie Trockel.

Architecture of New York Walking Tour - 42nd Street
Through January 01, 2015 -

This three-hour walking tour traverses one of the world's greatest thoroughfares, 42nd Street, to discuss architecture in New York City. Stretching from the East River to the Hudson River and cutting through the heart of Manhattan, 42nd Street features major monuments of American 20th-century architecture from the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Station to the Art Deco Chrysler Building to the new skyscrapers that highlight a famous == and transformed -- Times Square. Context is a network of scholars who lead in depth walking tours in the world's cultural capitals.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

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