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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on January 4


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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, January 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!

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. --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. 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. Free and open to the Public. For more information, Email: 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

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 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 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

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 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 "Pygmalio

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