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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON NOVEMBER 27

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by Daily Kids Events Editor November 27, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, November 27, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester'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 November 27. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Manhattan
November 27, 2014 - Manhattan

An annual holiday tradition featuring the signature giant helium character balloons, fantasy-filled floats, marching bands, performance groups and a variety of clowns.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen! - Izod Center
November 27, 2014 - East Rutherford

Fans of the film Frozen will be thrilled to enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Children and their parents will be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where they will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Kids can sing and dance along to “Let It Go” and other familiar songs from the movie as they join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all.

88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -
November 27, 2014 - Upper West Side

As much a part of Turkey Day as family feasts, post-consumption naps, and watching football, the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns this year to the delight of families across the nation. The floats, performers, and larger-than-life balloons promise endless entertainment. The little one's will recognize their favorite characters in balloon form, like the Kool-Aid man, Buzz Lightyear, and SpongeBob. Don't want to bundle up the little ones and brave the crowds gathered across Manhattan? No problem.You can watch the whole thing on TV while still in your PJs (check your local listings).

'South Pacific' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 30, 2014 - Elmsford

Rodgers and Hammerstein's award-winning "South Pacific" is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Tales of the South Pacific," by James A. Michener. The musical is set on an island paradise during World War II and tells two parallel love stories set against the dangers of prejudice and war. The classic but timely musical showcases the importance of valuing diversity. The original 1949 play won 10 Tony Awards and set the stage for a highly successful movie version in 1958 starring Rossano Brazzi, and Mitzi Gaynor. The score contains many of the most recognizable songs in Broadway history, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "I'm In Love With a Wonderful Guy," and "There Is Nothing Like a Dame." Through Nov. 30.

Apple Picking - Outhouse Orchards
Through November 30, 2014 - Croton Falls

Walk up to the barn and grab a half bushel or pick-your-own bag and take a tour of our orchard to find the very best apples. Whether you go early or late there will always be apple to pick through the months of September and October, even if you have to barrow a pole picker for hard-to-reach apples. Pre-pay $25 for an apple bag, and the orchard and its glorious views are yours for the day. Visit the website for ripening schedule. Open daily, 9am-5pm. Call for season-end date.

Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon Collection - ArtsWestchester
Through December 06, 2014 - White Plains

An expansive collection featuring 69 works by the contemporary art world's most recognizable figures. On view Oct. 3 through Dec. 6.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 07, 2014 - Rye

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

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 13, 2014 - Larchmont

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

Stuffscapes - Pelham Art Center
Through December 20, 2014 - Pelham

Stuffscapes, a six-person outdoor exhibition with sculptures made from diverse materials such as cast metal, repurposed wood, and found objects, demonstrates commitment to material engagement while exploring a dialog of personal and cultural significance of the sculptural object. Stuffscapes is a six-person outdoor sculpture exhibition in the courtyard. The six sculptors, David Alban, Margaret Coleman, Stephen Eakin, Liz Ensz, Coral Lambert, and James Lentz each present a new sculpture that explores the significance of an object in relationship to permanence and temporality, our cultural perspective on the environment, and the materials we use. From cast metal to repurposed wood and found objects, the show reflects a broad span of materials exploring the continuum from which all manmade materials are ultimately derived from an organic natural resource. It further explores the relationship between the natural process of geological evolution that creates our natural materials and the artists' interventions that mold and shape them for cultural purposes. With each sculpture, the show strives to present an object of cultural significance that considers the resources we have, and uses them in new and exciting ways. On view through Dec. 20. The opening reception will be part of ArtsFest on Sept. 27, and will include a community aluminum pour organized by the Stuffscapes artists. See the sculptures, meet the artists, carve your own wall tile, and watch it be poured in aluminum. (Cost is $20 to make a tile). Curated by ArtShape Mammoth. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803. 914-738-2525. info@pelhamartcenter.org. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

CLAY-HOLIDAY: Annual Studio Tour and Sale - Clay Art Center
Through December 22, 2014 - Port Chester

Shop local and give hand-made! Clay Art Center's popular Annual Holiday Studio Tour and Sale features fine, functional pottery and ceramic sculpture by Clay Art Center and invited artists. The sale, which takes place in the center's gallery and shop, will run from Nov. 22 through Dec. 22, with an opening reception and holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 6-8pm. Tour the studios, shop, and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts. Be among the first 101 to arrive and qualify to win a $101 CAC gift certificate. Nov. 22 through Dec. 22. The holiday sale, which annually features hundreds of pieces by 50 area artists, is an opportunity to purchase functional pottery and one-of-a-kind clay art for holiday gift-giving as well as for one's own use. It is also a time to discover the area's only ceramic center, where sculptors and potters work in a cooperative environment. Visitors are welcome to tour the artists' studio spaces, to see them at work. Hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10am-4pm; Thursday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 12-4pm. Nov. 22-Dec. 22. Participating Artists include: Sally Aldrich, Peter Arnow, Keiko Ashida, Robert Bello, Dalia Berman, Cory Brown, Julie Buyon, Jennifer Cherpock, Andrew Coombs, Jane Cohen, Paula Cook, Kelley Donahue, Lindsey Francis, Deborah Heid, Robin Henschel, Heather Houston, Natalie Kase, Reena Kashyap, Sarah Koster, Loren Maron, Deborah Mawhinney, Jon McMillan, Sally Ng, Gloria Nixon-Crouch, Mari Ogihara, Don Reynolds, Roberta Shapiro, Hal Silverman, Matt Smith, Lindsey Scypta, Jesse Ross and Tracy Shell, Gabriele Sia, Tamar Sobol, Kristina Stafford, Mike Stumbras, Hatsumi Suyama, Kyla Toomey, and Susan Wortman. Featured Artists in the shop include: Jenni Brant, Brooke Evans, Heather Mae Erickson, Stepanka Horalkova, Noelle Horsefield Mike Jabbur, Kristen Kieffer, Shawn O'Connor, Doug Peltzman, Chris Pickett, and Grace Sheese. Clay Art Center is a not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, or by appointment. For more information contact Caitlin Brown, at caitlin@clayartcenter.org or call 914-937-2047 x227.

'The North Pole Adventure' a DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westchester's Ridge Hill - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers

This interactive holiday experience is designed by Westchester's Ridge Hill and DreamWorks Animation to revolutionize a visit to Santa and eliminate long waiting lines. The walk-through starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and seamlessly blends storytelling with cutting-edge technology. The unique, family adventure will culminate in a private, personalized meeting with Santa, complete with photos in the classic style. Bonus: no long lines! Families will be able to schedule visits through a dedicated smartphone app seven days a week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24. About Westchester's Ridge Hill Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open. Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.

Photos with Santa at The Westchester Mall - The Westchester Mall
Through December 24, 2014 - White Plains

Santa Claus is taking up residence at The Westchester Mall Nov. 6 through Dec. 24. Stop in and have your photo taken with the jolly man himself. View Santa's schedule at simon.com/mall/the-westchester/stream/photos-with-santa-2102180. You can even bring your furry friends to have their holiday photo taken with Santa 7-8pm Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. (All animals must be on a leash or in a cage.)

Photos with Santa at The Galleria at White Plains - The Galleria at White Plains
Through December 24, 2014 - White Plains

Santa Claus is coming to town! Stop in and have your photo taken with the jolly man himself. View Santa's schedule at simon.com/mall/the-galleria-at-white-plains/stream/photos-with-santa-2102580.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 27, 2014 - Ossining

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

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social ?mobs? in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats? exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. February 1-December 31, 2014.

Mt. Kisco Farmers' Market - St. Marks Church
Through December 31, 2014 - Mt. Kisco

Includes fresh, wholesome food and a large selection of natural items - soaps, lotions, candles, knitted items, lavender and more. The market is managed by Sandra Lena of John Boy's Farm. Each week the Market will feature a local chef preparing the "$5 Slow Food Local Harvest Meal" using the freshest local ingredients. Bring the family and enjoy!

The Storefront Project: POM! POM! Pelham by Maureen McCourt - Pelham Art Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce the sixth Storefront Project, POM! POM! Pelham by Maureen McCourt, a soft and colorful installation created from objects found or purchased in Pelham that investigates notions of potential. On view Nov. 14, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015. About The Storefront Project Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project activates empty and underused storefronts in downtown Pelham, NY, by installing temporary "pop-up" art exhibitions by emerging artists. These street-level exhibitions serve to energize both the space and the streetscape, continuously refreshing the cultural environment of downtown Pelham. Exhibitions of painting, photography, and other two-dimensional work, along with sculpture and installations will each be shown for roughly one month. The Storefront Project is part of PAC's larger Public Art Program, which includes sculpture and installation exhibitions in the Pelham Art Center courtyard for enjoyment by the public. Free arts programming positively impacts the neighborhood, stimulates local businesses, and builds community by attracting residents and new visitors to an arts destination. An open call was published in April, inviting artists to respond to one or more of the following criteria when submitting a proposal: site-specificity, community building, public engagement, interactivity, history of Pelham/Westchester County/New York, and/or the importance of creating and sustaining public spaces. For more information on how to apply, visit Pelham Art Center's website at pelhamartcenter.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with 12 proposals accepted per year. All work is for sale and inquiries can be made through Pelham Art Center. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

CRAFT-TASTIC: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade - Pelham Art Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Pelham

Set aside some time this holiday season to enjoy the vibrant world of handmade objects. As well as a treat for the eyes, Pelham Art Center's annual exhibition, Craft-Tastic, is also a creative alternative to chain store holiday shopping, featuring unique, functional, wearable, and decorative crafts. These lovingly crafted handmade pieces, created by 18 local and national craft artists, represent a range of scale, techniques, materials, and prices. A silk screened print, a sculptural wall piece, or a handmade quilt could be the perfect house gift for someone...or for your own home. Sport a one-of-a-kind hat created by a local milliner, or a signature piece of jewelry at your next holiday party. In response to holiday demand, the show will open early this year and run from Nov. 14, 2014 through Jan. 3, 2015. Don't miss the opening reception and free all-ages hands-on craft workshop on Friday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-8pm. Bring the family! This year’s Craft-Tastic explores the idea of craft as social activism. A new generation of craft artists, referred to as the DIY (Do It Yourself) Craft Movement, are embracing traditional crafts such as crochet and embroidery to introduce a nostalgic irony and address traditional gender roles in their work. Artist Nathan Vincent crochets delicate doilies with images of grenades, pipes, and moustaches. The embroidery hoops of Sarah Grange such as Vintage Straight Razor, or the hunting trophy Floral Deer also contrast traditional feminine crafts with masculine imagery. This act of playful transformation can be seen most directly in Maureen McCourt's sculptures, where she carefully selects tools such as ladders and saws from flea markets and covers them with fabric pompons, crafting them into a soft explosion of color. Laura Petrovich-Cheney also softens a hard material by referencing traditional American patchwork designs to create her sculptural wall quilts, upcycled from salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy. This practice of creating art objects from previously used and discarded materials addresses environmental concerns from recycling to climate change. Craft-Tastic is curated by Gail Heidel, gallery and public program manager at Pelham Art Center. Artists: Amanda Browder (NY), Priscilla Dobler (WA), Kathryn Fenstermaker (TN), MaryLouise Gladstone, MLV Designs (NY), Sarah Grange (NY), Mike Helke (WI), Hee Sook Kim (PA), Ashley Landon (NY), Loop of the Loom (NY), Hanga Mathe- Babelfish (Czech Republic), Maureen McCourt (NY), Leigh Taylor Mickelson (NY), Sana Musasama (NY), Laura Petrovich-Cheney (NJ), Risa's Pieces Jewelry (NY), Susan Saas (NY), Chris Stain (NY), Kyla Toomey (MA), Nathan Vincent (NY) About Pelham Art Center Pelham Art Center's mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources and the opportunity to see, study, and experience the arts in a community setting. Currently serving more than 16,000 adults and children in Westchester County and parts of the Bronx by offering high-quality free and affordable art programs year round, Pelham Art Center is committed to the belief that the public's access to and participation in the arts strengthens communities and fosters lifelong engagement in the arts.

The Katonah Museum of Art presents Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 04, 2015 - Katonah

The striking duality of deadly weaponry forged with artistic beauty is on full display in "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor." With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, the exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords, daggers, and examples of early Japanese rifles. The exhibition also showcases a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist, depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. On view from Oct. 12, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015. In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries.

This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world. This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art - Hudson River Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Yonkers

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters. Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d'art in the home. The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art. Paintings and decorative objects for the home present concepts of beauty symbolized by the luxurious bird and its famous fan of feathers, from the 19th-century's Gilded Age and 1920s Art Nouveau and Art Deco, until Modernism's ethos of "less is more" caused a brief decline in the peacock's popularity. As the contemporary art world re-embraces beauty in a new "Gilded Age," the peacock struts its way back into the art world. Among the highlights of The Peacock in Beauty and Art are images of women bedecked in peacock feathers, such as Robert Henri's full-length portrait of Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance, 1913; William Baxter Palmer Closson's Feeding the Peacocks, 1910; and Aubrey Beardsley's The Peacock Skirt, created for Oscar Wilde's Salome. The bird itself receives its own glamorous portraits in paintings like Louis Rhead's Peacocks, 1897; Jesse Arms Botkes' Black Peacock, c. 1930; and sculptures like Anna Hyatt Huntington's Peacocks Fighting, 1914. Peacock feathers are extracted into beguiling geometric patterns in the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany and gilded Crown Derby porcelains. The peacock also appears to whimsical effect in parade costumes, pictures of Elvis, strutting peacock-style, and images of silent-era Hollywood starlets ready for their close-ups. The peacock's origins as a bird of the Indian jungles comes to the fore in Charles R. Knight's (famed for his murals at the American Museum of Natural History) fearsome Bengal Tiger and Peacock, 1928. Contemporary artists show the peacock's gift of line: Laura Ball, Barbara Takenaga, and Federico Uribe find inspiration in the bird's striking feathers, brilliant coloration, and the sensuous s-curves of its body. Two Westchester-based artists highlighted in the show are Tricia Wright from Irvington, and Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag from Tarrytown. The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art. Bartholomew F. Bland, the museum's director of curatorial affairs, and Laura L. Vookles, chief curator of collections, are co-curators for the exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated 200-page catalogue co-published by the museum and Fordham University Press, and distributed nationally by Oxford University Press. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

2014 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 19, 2015 - Norwalk

As many as 24 imaginative, handcrafted lighthouses will shine in The Maritime Aquarium's 13th annual "Festival of Lighthouses Contest". Visitors can follow the beacons through the aquarium galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most visitor votes wins $1,500. The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just individuals, families or friends with an idea. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light – pretty much beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. Some entries will come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others may be highly artistic, comically imaginative or puzzlingly abstract. Lighthouses in past years have been made out of such materials as furnace filters, paper clips, candy and gingerbread.

The New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

EXHIBITIONS: A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships! - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 25, 2015 - Stamford

Trains, planes and rocket ships made from LEGO® will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season. November 22 - January 25, 2015.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 2015 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through May 21,2015.

John Ruppert's Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Katonah

Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA. Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large, vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out. The material reflects the urban environs of Ruppert's Baltimore studio, and is one that the artist often employs for his sculptures. The industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the bucolic landscape of the Katonah Museum of Art. Also surprising is its intense yellow color, which is luminous and joyful. The woven wire mesh creates shifting optical patterns that animate the work in surprising ways. On view through May 31, 2015. The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah's "Museum Mile" just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two-minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station. The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages 3-12. The Museum's innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government. The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000-square-foot building. On view through May 31, 2015 during Museum hours: Sunday: 12-5pm; Tuesday through Saturday: 10am-5pm. Closed Monday.

Evening Film Club (Grades 9 - 12) - The Picture House Regional Film Center
Through June 30, 2015 - Pelham

Students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in a deeper involvement with filmmaking can join The Evening Film Club. This dynamic and interactive year long course is held weekly from October through June in the Picture House's screening room. Students are immersed in the inner working of film production as they move through the cycle of writing, casting, directing, and producing their original short feature. There is no charge for this course, however enrollment is limited to 10 students.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.


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