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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON NOVEMBER 29

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by Daily Kids Events Editor

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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, November 29, 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 November 29. 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.

Toddler Storytime - Barnes & Noble Yonkers Central Plaza
November 29, 2011 - White Plains

Storytime and craft event every Tuesday in the Children's Department for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers. Call Ms. Laurie at (914) 771-6400 to RSVP.

Tales and Tunes for Tiny Tots - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
November 29, 2011 - Garnerville

Parents with babies and toddlers up to 36 months are invited to enjoy stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs, bubbles with their parent or caregiver. Pre-registration for this popular program is required.

Preschool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
November 29, 2011 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Pre-registration is requested.

Musical Munchkins - Scarsdale Public Library
November 29, 2011 - Scarsdale

An interactive music program using multi-culturally inspired instruments, drumming, movement, multi-language songs, pretend play, and song versions of children's favorite story books.

Middle School Book Club - Somers Library
November 29, 2011 - Somers

Middle Schoolers read, discuss books, hang out, play games, and have fun. All new members are welcome.

Garden Walk - Wave Hill
November 29, 2011 - Bronx

An hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights, including the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Mother Goose Storytime - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
November 29, 2011 - North Salem

Regular weekly storytime for children up to 2-1/2 years.

Open House - Landmark of Ridgefield Academy - Landmark of Ridgefield Academy
November 29, 2011 - Redding

Learn about what this private preschool has to offer. Tour begins at 9:30am for 2's and 10:30am for ages 3-5. RSVP: Kim McElderry 203-544-8393 or to [email protected]

Faust - Metropolitan Opera
November 29, 2011 -

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

A Chanticleer Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 29, 2011 -

Chanticleer's sumptuous blend of voices rings in the holiday season with profound, peaceful, and joyous music. Unreserved seating. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche in the Medieval Sculpture Hall.

Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven - New York Philharmonic
November 29, 2011 -

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through November 29, 2011 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays, November 1-29.

Check-It-Out Book Club - The Field Library
November 29, 2011 - Peekskill

Munching, mind games, and fun for 3rd and 4th graders. Books are available at the library. Sign-up required.

Stories and a Craft - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
November 29, 2011 - Garnerville

Children ages 3-6 are invited to hear stories and make a fun craft. Registration begins August 22 for HKDPL cardholders and September 1 for everyone else.

Open House at Park West Montessori School - Park West Montessori School
November 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Parents can learn about and tour the school while speaking with a teacher about the school's curriculum.

START (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
November 29, 2011 - 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.

2's and 3's Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library Greenpoint branch
November 29, 2011 - Brooklyn

Toddlers enjoy an hour of arts and crafts exploration.

The Child's Place for Children With Special Needs: After School Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
November 29, 2011 - Sunset Park

Children with and without disabilities hear stories and make crafts.

The Child's Place for Children With Special Needs: After School Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
November 29, 2011 - Sunset Park

Children with and without disabilities hear stories and make crafts.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library Windsor Terrace Branch
November 29, 2011 - Brooklyn

Children, birth to 5 years, earn free books by reading.

Recycled Plastic, Magnets, Pins & Barrettes - Queens Library: Sunnyside Branch
November 29, 2011 - Long Island City

In this event, kids create fun gifts out of old plastic bags and packaging to give a second life to things that would otherwise be thrown away. Learn a process inspired by cross stitch and embroidery to make fun, brightly colored magnets, pins, barrettes or something of your own design.

Mother Goose Story Time - Queens Library: Douglaston/Little Neck Branch
November 29, 2011 - Little Neck

Sing Mother Goose nursery rhymes, listen to stories, bond with your kids, and have fun at the library. This program is for children ages 9-24 months and their parent or caregiver. Preregistration is required, and space is limited.

BOOST Mixing in Math - Queens Library: Central Branch
November 29, 2011 - Jamaica

If your child ages 6-12 struggles with math homework, bring them to the library. In this event, kids learn by participating in a variety of math activities based on different topics.

'Anansi the Spider' - Circle in the Square
November 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Adapted from a West African folktale featuring the funny and clever spider Anansi, this delightful children's play tells the story of Anansi's quest to win back all of the world's stories, which have been stolen by the Sky God. To accomplish this, Anansi must bring him the Tooth of a Leopard, the Stinger of a Hornet, and the Wings of a Fairy. The play will be performed by graduates of the School. It will be followed by a Q&A with the cast. Additional Information: The enchanting Anansi folktales are from the Gold Coast area of West Africa, and have been passed along for generations through the oral tradition. "Anansi the Spider," which was last presented by the Circle in the Square Theatre School in 2009 to enthusiastic response from its young audiences, opens this year's 3-play program for children. It will be followed by Circle's highly popular production of "Cinderella" (January 30-February 3; February 6-10) and a new musical version of the School's acclaimed production of "Aesop's Fables," which features a book by Michael Milligan and music and lyrics by Joziah Longo, famed for his band "The Grand Slambovians" (March 5-9). Circle in the Square Theatre School (CITSTS), established in 1963, is one of the country's premier schools of professional training for actors and singers, and is the only conservatory affiliated with a Broadway theatre.

Mighty/Bold Warriors Combo - Superior Martial Arts
November 29, 2011 - St. James

Children aged 3-6 can learn yoga poses through songs, puppets and stories. Children develop social, sensory and motor skills while increasing their flexibility.

Yoga Stretch Class - The Family Wellness Center
November 29, 2011 - Plainview

Class includes instruction in various breathing techniques, gentle and deep stretching, and strengthening muscles and bones. The intention of this class is to create deeper connection to self and deep peace. Call to register.

Special Needs Workshop: Developing Positive Behaviors - PS 63
November 29, 2011 - Lower East Side

Explore typical causes for inappropriate behaviors in school, home, and the community. Partner with educators to create Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Plans to reduce behavior problems and keep your child in school and learning.

Paws and Claus - Broadway Mall
November 29, 2011 - Hicksville

Santa is waiting to have his picture taken with you and your favorite pet. Santa will be in the rotunda near IKEA.Call for information on packages and prices.

Breastfeeding Support Circle - Prenatal Yoga Center
November 29, 2011 - Upper West Side

Breastfeeding moms can share the joys, concerns, and challenges of breastfeeding. The circle offers a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today.

Afternoon Tea Party - Cupcake Corner Too!
November 29, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy a traditional English Tea Party with delicious tea with scones with clotted cream and preserves, yogurt parfaits, fresh fruit, assorted finger sandwiches, mini cupcakes, and assorted cookies. Reservations are required.

Tree Lighting Ceremony - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
November 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Now in its seventh year, Citi Pond at Bryant Park, New York City's only free-admission ice skating rink, invites New Yorkers to get in the holiday spirit as it hosts its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Guests of all ages can enjoy special musical performances by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, live Broadway musical entertainment, Olympic ice skating routines, and synchronized skating performances. The hour-long ceremony, beginning at 7pm, will lead up to the lighting of the 50-foot tree filled with more than 3,000 ornaments and thousands of LED lights. The tree will remain lit through the end of 2011. Post ceremony, guests are invited to ice skate until the rinks close at midnight, enjoy comfort food and winter-inspired cocktails at Celsius restaurant, or start their holiday shopping at The Holiday Shops.

Ladies' Night - Piece of my Art
November 29, 2011 - Port Washington

Ladies, leave the kids at home and create something unique for yourself or a loved one. Join "Piece of my Art" every Tuesday for adult fun. Paint pottery or make a mosaic. Bring your creativity, food and drinks. Call for reservations.

Shen Wei Dance Arts Presents 'Undivided Divided' - Park Avenue Armory
November 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Shen Wei Dance Arts celebrates its 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of this multi-disciplinary work combining elements of performance and visual art. The work will cover the great expanse of the Drill Hall space, with the stage space demarcated by sixty 7' x 7' squares, each visually distinct, providing 60 discrete performance zones for thirty talented dancers. Each location will be distinguished by its own unique vocabulary and aesthetic-some static and reflective, others dynamic and shifting -- all unified in unexpected ways.

'Harry Potter' Movie Marathon - Chappaqua Public Library
November 29, 2011 - Chappaqua

Kids can spend their vacation in Hogwarts! At 10am, it's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," [PG-13] followed at 2pm by "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" [PG]. Wear a costume and be eligible for a daily raffle drawing.

Adoption: Everything You Need To Know - Greenwich Public Library- Second Floor Meeting Room
November 29, 2011 - Greenwich

This free event is open to anyone interested in or involved with the adoption process, including professionals, community members, expectant parents, adoptive or potential adoptive parents and adoptees. Come learn about the domestic and international adoption process and meet the staff of Forever Families Through Adoption. Forever Families Through Adoption is authorized in CT and NY. No registration necessary.

Free Fat Burning Fitness Classes to Support Local Food Charities - Train For The Game- Long Island
November 29, 2011 - Bellmore

These classes are free in exchange for donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items which will be delivered to local food pantries. Get 30 minutes of high intensity, total body/cardio workout. Tuesday and Thursday sessions through December 29.

Becoming an Effective Advocate: Developing an IEP - Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD)
November 29, 2011 - East Norwalk

Learn what it means to be a good advocate for children with special needs as presenter Kathleen Casparino, M.Ed., Education Advocate, reviews the IEP document; creating appropriate goals and objectives; placement options; program delivery; measuring progress; how is pre- and post-baseline data used; determining progress; and much more. Parents, caregivers and professionals are welcome. Time: 10:15 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Price: $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Scholarships are available. To register, call (203) 838-5010 or e-mail [email protected] Location: Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD), 25 Van Zant Street, 2nd Floor, East Norwalk, Connecticut. To learn more, visit www.CACLD.org

The UNICEF Snowflake Ball - Cipriani
November 29, 2011 - NEW YORK CITY

THE UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL is one of the most notable black-tie galas in New York City. Since its debut in 2004, the annual holiday occasion has raised over $14 Million for UNICEF’s life-saving programs. The evening is a one-of-a-kind celebration of UNICEF’s work in over 150 countries, as well as a tribute to the outstanding humanitarian leaders who make our work possible. Now in its seventh year, the Ball continues to attract the country’s most prominent philanthropists who are dedicated to creating a healthier and safer life for children all over the globe.

Urban Ballet Theater Presents 'Nutcracker in the Lower 2011' - Abrons Arts Center, Henry Street Settlement
November 29, 2011 - Lower East Side

The show twists the classic story of Clara and her magical adventures to reflect Manhattan's cultural diversity. The party scene, traditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball, becomes a holiday salsa fiesta. The battle scene can easily be imagined in a crumbling subway station as gigantic mice and crisp toy soldiers wage war over the heroine's fate. Classical ballet retains the traditional grace of the delicate "Snow Pas de Deux" and "Waltz of the Flowers." The Cavalier and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a romantic interpretation of Clara's idealized family. Clara's journey through these tableaux echo the audience's own experience through this new interpretation. Tchaikovsky's original score remains largely intact throughout the ballet, injected with the baselines of hip-hop and the burnished cante of flamenco.

THE JAZZ ECLECTICS & UNDER THE RADAR SHOWCASE - Drom
November 29, 2011 - nyc

THE JAZZ ECLECTICS & UNDER THE RADAR SHOWCASE The Growing Diversity of Jazz Trio Amalgamate - Franz Hackl's IDO Quartet - Gene Pritsker Sound Liberation Ensemble - Marigold Opera - Issa Cabrera EVENT WEBSITE:  http://www.dromnyc.com/events/1298/the-jazz-eclectics-wsound-liberation THE JAZZ ECLECTICS : Trio Amalgamate Jazz inspired by modern composition and free improvisation Franz Hackl's IDO Quartet Jazz grooves infused by the melodies of Tyrolean folk music Gene Pritsker Sound Liberation Ensemble Jazz merges with hip-hop, classical, rock, funk, etc. Eclecticism reaches its climax.

Open House - Enopi of Port Washington
November 29, 2011 - Port Washington

Join the Enopi staff and students for pizza while you explore the school and learn about its curriculum.

Citi Pond at Bryant Park Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Sarah McLachlan Nov. 29 - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
November 29, 2011 - New York

On the evening of Tuesday, November 29, Citi Pond at Bryant Park will host its highly anticipated ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING ceremony bringing together top musical talent, for the community to enjoy free of charge! This year’s ceremony will feature Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Joining McLachlan will be performances from hit Broadways Musicals, breathtaking routines from Olympic Skaters, awe-inspiring synchronized skating routines and more! The hour-long ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m., will lead up to the lighting of the 50-foot tree filled with over 3000 ornaments and thousands of LED lights. The tree will remain lit through Jan. 8, 2012. Post ceremony, guests are invited to ice skate until the rinks closes, enjoy comfort food and winter-inspired cocktails at Celsius restaurant, lounge and event space or start their holiday shopping at The Holiday Shops.

New York Premiere: New York Theatre Ballet Presents Keith Michael's 'The Nutcracker' - World Financial Center Winter Garden
November 29, 2011 - Battery Park City

Kick off the holidays with New York Theatre Ballet's new production of Keith Michael's "The Nutcracker." This hour-long holiday gem is sure to enchant and delight the entire family. The evening performance commences with the annual Winter Garden lighting celebration -- a spectacular moment when the beautiful atrium is illuminated with 100,000 brilliant lights.

Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi to visit Perfumania at Queens Center Mall - Perfumania in Queens Center Mall
November 29, 2011 - Elmhurst

Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi will be making a public appearance at the Perfumania store in Queens Center Mall on Tuesday, November 29th from 5-8PM to introduce her first fragrance, Snooki by Nicole Polizzi. Stop by to purchase a bottle of Snooki’s fragrance and have the chance to meet the “Jersey Shore” star. The first 50 people to arrive dressed like Snooki will receive select autographed memorabilia.

'Sound of Music' Singalong - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
November 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Sing along to the well known soundtrack as you watch this classic film.

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! 3.0 (Tuesday Nov. 29th) - Mug Lounge
November 29, 2011 - NYC

UG! COMEDY SHOW!! Tuesday November 29th, 2011 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 Nov. 29th, 2011 lineup): Jay ‘Egg’ Nog! ‘Da Big Man’ Remick Benice! Alan ‘Blackie’ Schwartz! Cowboy Will Johnson! Asian Super Villain Eric ‘John’ Shin! ANGRY BOB! Et al.! Hosted by Todd Montesi! Featuring Pat Rigby!! UG IT! http://www.youtube.com/MONTIKILLAVISION http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=313089353295

Annual Marshlands Photography Exhibit - Marshlands Conservancy
Through November 30, 2011 - Rye

Photographs inspired by Marshlands. Weekends through November.

Critters, Crafts & Kids - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through November 30, 2011 - Scarsdale

Children ages 18 mos-5years enjoy fall days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Ongoing Wednesdays, November 2,9,16,23,30.

Toddler Art Adventures 18-36 Months - DUMBO Chabad
Through November 30, 2011 - DUMBO

Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay, and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Each class will feature a unique theme.

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through November 30, 2011 - Canarsie

Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.

Mommy/Parent/Caregiver/Grandparents and Me Yoga - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through November 30, 2011 - Brooklyn

A great introduction to yoga for your toddler or pre-school-aged child.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3-10. To register, call 212-423-3587.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through November 30, 2011 - New York

Sammie & Tudie, a duo that specializes in magic and clowning, now offer an interactive class for toddlers (and their caregivers) that includes storytelling, songs, activity play, and a little bit of magic. There will be a new theme each week that encourages socialization, creativity, imagination, and learning.

"Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Jen and Michael are co-workers who appear to have nothing in common except a love of office pranks and a general distaste for each other. But these two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers also share a secret that binds them together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling, and physical comedy. This show is part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series. Audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Cafe.

'The Little Rascals' - Canal Park Playhouse
Through November 30, 2011 - Tribeca

Screen three classic shorts from Our Gang, better known as The Little Rascals: "Waldo's Last Stand," "School's Out" (with Jackie Cooper) and "Our Gang Follies of 1938." Enjoy the exuberant shenanigans of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Froggie, and the rest of the gang. This show is part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series. Audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Cafe.

Turning Twenty: 20th Annual Quilt Show - Lefferts Historic House
Through November 30, 2011 - Brooklyn

Lefferts Historic House celebrates 20 years of quilt shows with a retrospective of previous year's quilts and a showcase of new quilting techniques.

Quilt Show Workshop - Lefferts Historic House
Through November 30, 2011 - Brooklyn

Learn how to make your own quilt! As part of the Annual Quilt Show, kids learn to quilt and see how this traditional American craft can be part of a modern life.

Quilt Show Workshop - Lefferts Historic House
Through November 30, 2011 - Brooklyn

Learn how to make your own quilt! As part of the Annual Quilt Show, kids learn to quilt and see how this traditional American craft can be part of a modern life.

'S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical - Queens Theatre
Through November 30, 2011 - Flushing

Five mini-musicals take audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing ride to the places and times that made the Gershwins the a successful songwriting team. Featuring more than 40 classic hits including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone To Watch Over Me," and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," 'S Wonderful will have your family tapping their toes to the rhythms of George and Ira Gershwin.

Gallery Tours - Wave Hill
Through November 30, 2011 - Bronx

Come to Wave Hill in the Bronx to see the Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee exhibit. Join an exhibition interpreter for one of our regularly scheduled gallery tours. Through painting, sculpture, photography and video, 18 artists share their fascination with honeybees, and in raising awareness of the importance of bees to nature, agriculture and environmental health. Also on view is an installation in Wave Hill's Sunroom Project Space: Sreshta Rit Premnath creates a pillbox containing a miniature garden of plants that are being contested by various "biopiracy" taskforces around the world. Tours take place Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the month.

Galli Theater Presents 'Hansel & Gretel' - National Comedy Theatre
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Hansel and Gretel are alone in the forest when they discover the famous Gingerbread House. Kids get to help them trick the wicked witch in this interactive and fun show. Saturday performances are followed by an acting workshop for kids.

Pilgrim Place 'Settlers' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 30, 2011 - Garden City

Can you picture yourself at the table with the Pilgrims? Create a personalized Pilgrim napkin holder to claim your special spot at the Thanksgiving feast. Event runs through November 30, 2011.

19th Annual New York City Canstruction Competiton and Exhibition - World Financial Center
Through November 30, 2011 - Battery Park City

Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors, and students compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. More than 20 entries vie for awards in categories like Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and Structural Ingenuity. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, these sculptural works are on view throughout the World Financial Center. At the close of the exhibition, the sculptures will be dismantled and donated to City Harvest.

The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Children ages 2-4 and their adult companions look, touch, and explore together, then create projects inspired by Himalayan art.

Drum Beats and Little Feet: Early Childhood Movement - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Kids clap their hands, stomp their feet, look closely at works of art in the museum, and explore art through their bodies. Movement-based games and breathing exercises inspire excitement and tranquility while encouraging coordination, balance, visual literacy, and sense of rhythm.

Family Art Lab: Print, Print, Print! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Families will unwrap a traditional Tibetan book, learn how to block print, and design their own stamp to print on magnetic paper, fabric, or handmade paper - or bring your own clothing to print on.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
Through November 30, 2011 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this drop-in weekly discussion group allows new parents to share experiences, learn from one another, and make friends. Infants welcome. Topics include When You've Had It! (11/2), Your Baby's Temperament (11/9), Can You Spoil Your Baby? (11/16), and Traveling with Baby (11/30).

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through November 30, 2011 - 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 with Jessica Outlaw - Destination Maternity Flagship
Through November 30, 2011 - 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.

'Untapped!' - New Victory Theater
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

In this eclectic mash-up of tap, acrobatics, funk, and rock, tap dancin' dudes from Down Under are joined by a bodacious beat-boxer and a live rock band, creating a concert-like vibe.

Building Back: 30 Years of Growth in New York City - Center for Architecture
Through November 30, 2011 - New York

Remember New York City 30 years ago? Think graffiti; soaring crime rates; burned out or abandoned buildings everywhere. A new word: "disinvestment." Recall the famous headline, "Ford to NYC: Drop Dead." Remember the oil crises that stalled our economy. The "homeless problem" seemed insurmountable. In 1981, we were just beginning to see the glimmers of a turnaround, but after nearly a decade of virtually no construction, the office and housing stock were inadequate to meet demand. Meanwhile, the new Reagan administration cut back funding to states and local communities. Clearly, change called for new approaches?and these became the hallmark of the city's recovery. The City found new ways to use its regulatory powers and its limited funds as seeds for change. State development, financing and operating agencies stepped in to meet the challenge, as well. At the same time a host of citizen-based parks conservancies, local development corporations, business improvement districts, and other non-profit groups organized to address problems on the ground. The result is what we see today: thriving neighborhoods, expanding commercial centers in all five boroughs, cleaner water and air, safe and beautiful parks, an accessible and exciting waterfront, and the bright lights of Times Square once again inviting us all to celebrate. This is a story of New York City moxie!

NTD Chinese International Figure Painting Competition - Salmagundi Art Club
Through December 03, 2011 -

Art has the ability to connect with the beholder, to uplift the spirit and to give hope. For oil painting, its technical aspects reached maturity during the Renaissance and flourished for the next few hundred years. However, in the last century, modern art has consciously proceeded down a different path in terms of subject matter and technical rigor. With an eye towards tradition, the NTD Chinese International Figure Painting Competition aims to restore the artistic ideals of the past. Using classical Western realistic methods, artists of Chinese descent from around the world will display some of the best works of art created during this period of history. Expect to feel uplifted and refreshed from the beauty and purity these artists have sought to capture on canvas. Free Admission. Exhibition of Works: Nov 28th - Dec 3rd, 2011 Award Ceremony and Reception: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 1.30pm. About New Tang Dynasty Television - Established in December 2001, New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is a non-profit television broadcaster and the only independent Chinese-language television that transmits uncensored information into China. Headquartered in Manhattan, NTD is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information to viewers worldwide. As a vital news source, NTD reported on the SARS outbreak in China three weeks before Beijing admitted to its existence. ?NTD is the largest Chinese cultural event producer outside of China. Since 2007, NTD has presented the Global Competition Series in an effort to preserve and celebrate the essence and beauty of authentic Chinese culture and promote cultural exchange around the world.

Pharma Exhibit at Cooper Union - Cooper Union
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Graphic design in the pharmaceutical industry from the 1940’s to present day Free and Open to the Public WHAT: The Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union examines the influence and impact of graphic design on the pharmaceutical industry in PHARMA, a new exhibit featuring original and rarely seen works by luminaries including Andy Warhol, Lester Beall, Will Burtin and Herb Lubalin. PHARMA’s exploration begins with the avant garde promotionals of the 1940’s, when a market need emerged to promote “miracle” drugs, such as Penicillin, to the medical industry. In a compelling and thought provoking way, PHARMA presents the relationship graphic design has had with the pharmaceutical industry ranging from the federal government’s increased regulations to new marketing tactics where the everyday consumer, not the doctor, is considered the target audience. While the exhibition provides examples of past and present, the public is encouraged to reflect and question how graphic design is used to market drugs and design has transformed these commodities into objects of desire. In addition to graphics, the show will feature: • the evolution of pharmaceutical marketing from early patent medicine promotionals to present day direct-to-consumer ads; • examples of prescription drug packaging; • the establishment of the FDA and increased regulations on drug marketing; • the advent of agencies specializing in pharmaceutical marketing and the use of common advertising techniques such as jingles and slogans to market drugs; and • how the ubiquity of pharmaceutical marketing cultivates the creation of spoofs, serves as source material for artists, and created a new niche of products such as "cosmeceuticals." WHEN: Opening reception: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6-8pm Exhibition Dates: November 1-December 3, 2011 Exhibition Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6, Saturday-Sunday 12-5, Closed: Fridays and November 24-27 WHERE: The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Gallery (3rd Ave. b/w 6th and 7th Sts.), Lower Level 1, New York, NY 10003. Subways: Astor Place (6), 8th Street (N, R) For more information: 212.353.4200, http://lubalincenter.cooper.edu or email [email protected]. Find The Cooper Union on Facebook at https://facebook.com/cooperunion and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cooperunion.

“Piccolo Pizzaiolo” Kids Pizza Making Class - Donatella
Through December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Back by popular demand, Donatella restaurant in Chelsea has just announced their Fall/Winter 2011 schedule of Kid’s Pizza Making classes. The 3 fun-filled Pizza Making Classes will take place on select Saturdays from October – December and is a perfect indoor activity for kids during the chilly season! Children will relish as they learn how to make their own creative pizzas and watch pizza’s bubble to perfection in Donatella’s wood-fire pizza oven. After devouring their own creations, kids will be sent home with their own personalized pizza-making diploma, stickers and goodie bag of Donatella’s home-made cookies – YUM! Price of the class is $50 per child and parents are welcome to join! Class Schedule Saturday, October 8th 11am-12:30 Saturday, November 5th 11am-12:30 Saturday, December 3rd 11am-12:30 Class includes: - 1 pizza (for the child) - Fruit Punch or another beverage - A diploma stating that they graduated from Donatella’s pizza making class - Pizza sticker - A take home bag of 3 home-made cookies by Donatella Please call Michelle Owen at 212-493-5150 to reserve your seat for the class. Payment is cash only but a credit card number is required to hold the space.

Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East - Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Through December 03, 2011 - New York

Written Images explores the role of traditional Islamic calligraphy and symbols in the contemporary Middle Eastern consciousness. For the artists in this exhibit, writing is more than the legible word; they use it as a pictorial, formal element to reference many issues - religious, social, political and personal. All of the artists have achieved international recognition but are still gaining recognition in the United States. Some quick facts: NUMBER OF ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBIT: 13 (11 men, 2 women) NUMBER OF ARTISTS MAKING THEIR DEBUT IN NEW YORK AND THE UNITED STATES: 6 NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED - 10 Algeria Egypt Iran Iraq Lebanon Morocco Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria Tunisia

Mill Neck Manor Campus and Mansion Tours - Mill Neck Manor
Through December 04, 2011 - Mill Neck

Tours of this Tudor Revival mansion are led by a docent. Children and teens must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No pets are allowed. Sign language interpreters will be provided for deaf guests provided a request is made in advance.

Pound Ridge & the Civil War - Pound Ridge Museum
Through December 04, 2011 - Pound Ridge

The exhibit remembers the 109 men of Pound Ridge, almost 32% of the male population (18+) in 1861, who bravely served the Union. A special video exhibit highlights pages from the diary of Sgt. George E. Dixon, who stood guard over the Lincoln conspirators and witnessed their court trial and execution. Also on exhibit, original Civil War art by Don Spaulding, original Union uniforms, and other memorabilia.

ROBERT CLARKE THE DOG PAINTER - THE NEW YORK TOUR - VARIOUS
Through December 04, 2011 - NEW YORK

Dog owners will be able to arrange for their pooch to meet and be painted by Robert. commissions can be take place at venue of the dog owners' choice throughout the tour OR at our exclusive private venue on Saturday 3rd December. Prices start at $1,500. The commission-only dog painting tour will be visiting selected venues and private homes across New York. The exhibition celebrates and recognizes how important New Yorkers' dogs, and dogs in general, have become to the urban fabric of the world's most iconic city. Robert graduated from the prestigious St. Martins School of Art in London. His artwork has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Robert has been involved in a variety of exciting commissions including: 'British Birds and Dogs' an exhibition at the Paul Smith flagship store in Sloane Square; a selection of bird paintings showcased at the Zetter Space and most recently a commission to illustrate and write Loewe'sspecial book entitled 'The Masters of Leather'. His latest London solo show 'A-Z of Dogs' at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery was a fantastic success and the A-Z prints will be available at Liberty London in 2012. Robert is an internationally recognized artist whose work is highly popular in both the art and fashion worlds. Robert has been painting dogs for over 10 years. After being attacked by a dog, as a young boy, he spent most of his early life scared of them. It wasn't until his girlfriend convinced him that they should get a Jack Russell that he found himself being drawn to paint and hence celebrate dogs visually. Robert's painting style allows the true character of his sitters to be revealed. His work has proved to be very popular. Recent commissions include the furry companions of jewellery designer and Vogue contributor Katie Hillier and LOVE editor and fashionista Katie Grand. In December 2011 Robert will be exhibiting at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in New York. 'Robert Clarke the Dog Painter - The New York Tour' is a week -long tour that will follow-on from this solo show. Dog Owners will be able to book a time slot to organize a commission at a selected venue or home. During this time, their dogs will be met and photographed by Robert. Finished paintings will be available for collection the next day. Robert will be doing a limited amount of commissions and all paintings will be signed and include a special ‘Robert Clarke The Dog Painter - The New York Tour’ authentication label. The New York Tour has been organized by fashion curator Tory Turk.  It follows on from the success of 'Robert Clarke - Pawdicure and Portraiture' that took place during Miami Basel 2010. The Tour will be visiting Palm Springs in 2012.

It Is Done - Site-Specific Off-Broadway Thriller - The Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill
Through December 05, 2011 - New York

It Is Done, a site-specific off-Broadway dark thriller written by award-winning playwright Alex Goldberg and directed by Tom Wojtunik, is about three strangers trapped inside a bar in the middle of nowhere. Hank the bartender has a dirty mind. Jonas, a man on the run, has a dirty secret. Ruby, marooned at the bar with car trouble, has a dirty job. Performed with the tunes of Hank Williams running throughout, It is Done allows the audience to be flies on the wall as the actors move among them. Beginning November 7, 2011, It Is Done will play every Monday and Tuesday from 7:30PM till 9:00PM until December 5, 2011. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to www.itisdonetheplay.com

Children's Self Esteem Workshop - Hofstra University Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic
Through December 07, 2011 - Hempstead

This weekly psycho-educational group focuses on building self-esteem and confidence in children.

Morningside Park Farmers Market - Morningside Park
Through December 10, 2011 - Manhattan

The market features fresh, local foods, including local produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, locally produced and sourced cured meats, artisanal pasta made from local grains, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers, and a variety of specialty foods. Occasional family-friendly events include apple tastings and live music.

Ghost Dancer - Theatre Three at The Mint Space
Through December 10, 2011 - New York

The Show Goes On Productions presents Ghost Dancer, a world premiere political drama written by Robert L. Hecker. Joshua A. Kashinsky directs a cast of seven including Reza Salazar (TV: Law & Order: CI, Film: See Girl Run - 2012), Leajato Amara Robinson*, Jorge Acosta* (TV: 30 Rock), Luis Salgado* (In The Heights, Women on the Verge…), Lilia Vassileva*, Rosie Lani Fiedelman* (In The Heights), and Arturo Castro (TV: We Are New York). Performances for Ghost Dancer will be held at Theatre Three at The Mint Space, 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor in NYC for twelve performances beginning Friday, November 19 to Saturday, December 10, 2011. How much blood is enough? In a community recovering from a bloody revolution, one woman emerges still fighting for freedom. Torn between her passion for justice and love of her family, Lakota Romero's actions could forever alter their history. Will her desperation lead to the liberation of a people, or leave them dancing on the edge of destruction? Ghost Dancer is presented by The Show Goes On Productions. Director: Joshua A. Kashinsky; ¬¬¬¬Set Designer: Duane Pagano; Costume Designer: Candice Knox; Lighting Designer: Peter Hoerburger; Sound Designer: Ien DeNio; Choreographer: Amy Klewitz; Props Designer: Charlotte Volage; Production Manager: Evan Storey; Production Stage Manager: Caitlin Lyons*; Casting Director: Jamibeth Margolis; Marketing Director: Sarah-Kate O’Haver; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR. Ghost Dancer plays for twelve performances from Saturday, November 19 to Saturday, December 10, 2011, with performances Thursdays through Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and a special performance on Monday, November 21st at 8pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at www.showgoesonproductions.com or by calling 212-352-3101. For more information, please visit www.showgoesonproductions.com. The runtime for Ghost Dancer is 1:45, with one intermission. Joshua A. Kashinsky (Director) Recent projects include the new musical Honestly Abe by Robert Hecker (La Muse Venale/Mint Theater) and readings of The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau and Dead and Buried by James McLindon (Luna Stage). Recent producing credits are McCarter Theatre’s High School Rep and The Mad 7 by Yehuda Hyman (dir. Mara Isaacs) in the NY International Fringe Festival. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre's Youth Ink! Festival and MCC Theatre's Youth Company. Josh was recently a Directing and Producing Assistant at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ where he assisted Des McAnnuff, Amy Morton and Nicholas Martin. As a playwright, his work has been seen in California, New York, Maine and Ontario. Most recently his play Heels in the Sand had a reading at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre. He is the recipient of the Lipkin Prize and is a Corwin Award winner. Josh is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Robert L. Hecker (Playwright) enlisted in the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor. He completed thirty missions as a lead bombardier on B-17s and was awarded six Air Medals, four battle stars, a Unit Citation and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Shortly after the war, he began a freelance writing career for radio and television, while specializing in business, education and documentary films. His documentary film awards include: San Francisco Film Festival’s Golden Gate Award, Atlanta Film Festival’s Gold Award, five Information Film Producers of America ‘Cindy’ Awards, and four United States ‘Cine’ awards. He also has had 12 novels published and five stage plays produced, including Honestly Abe, his first musical, as well as a new feature-film screenplay scheduled for shooting in the spring. Robert is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse and the Westlake College of Music and a member of the WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and the Alliance of LA Playwrights. The Show Goes On Productions is a new production company founded by Emileena Pedigo and dedicated to developing new works and enriching the theatrical experience through the exploration of technical enhancements for the stage. The Show Goes On Productions seeks to put a twist on tradition with developmental works. It emerges as a company committed to the production side of story-telling as a way to build audiences. The company begins its season of productions with Ghost Dancer. Additionally, a new Musical Reading Series introduces several original Rock musicals to the industry, culminating with Apathy, The Gen X Musical by Mickey Zetts, which Emileena has been developing for four years. Press nights are for all performances. Artwork and photos are available at www.offoffpr.com/ghostdancer.html AEA Approved Showcase. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association.

Innerspacing the City - Chelsea Art Museum
Through December 10, 2011 - New York

Innerspacing the City explores the ambivalence of experiencing city life in the performative body, within human relationships, and through language. This theme is examined through the work of seven young Korean artists and their perception of the utopian society as an abstract, distant, inaccessible entity that is beyond their control. Throughout the exhibition, the city is personalized, limited to their emotional and critical response to it. However, all of the ideals represented in their works share a duality: between Seoul and New York City, South and North, local and global, space and time – and between the past and future. The exhibition uses the city as the focal point to explore the dialogue between reality and the ideal. Our perception of what we call "real" has gone a long way, from the Cartesian split between mind and body – overlooking the Kantian transcendental approach through reason – toward the phenomenological perception of space via the body in motion. This multi-faceted concept steers away from the idea that all is constructed in language, to finally return its focus on the collective body, which aims at losing subjectivity by gaining collective consciousness. The question remains: Is what we call "real," or its lack-thereof, merely symbolic and ideological? Or is the "real" the fragmentary and the personal actions that allow us to dream with something beyond itself?

Martha Clarke - Angel Reapers - Joyce Theater
Through December 11, 2011 -

The always astounding MacArthur Award winner Martha Clarke teams up with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Alfred Uhry to collaborate on an evening-length dance/theater/music piece about forbidden sex and unchanneled lust in New England's 18th century Shaker community. Inspired by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, the piece envisions the hysteria of human passion gone awry. "Notable for its mesmerizing qualities... Angel Reapers is a beautifully wrought illustration of repression and freedom." Durham News and Observer

Holiday House 2011 - Holiday House
Through December 11, 2011 - Manhattan

This holiday-themed designer show house will feature unique rooms with tabletop designs by renowned interior designers and offer an array of activities, such as chocolate tastings by Mariebelle Chocolatier, holiday shopping nights to find the perfect gifts, wine tastings, pop-up shops from Potterton Books and SFERRA Linens, and book signings with an array of authors. All proceeds will benefit The Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Parent Support Group - Shining Mountain Children's Center
Through December 13, 2011 - Monsey

Parents of children ages 3 to 21 years old are invited to this weekly gathering to present reflections and ask questions. Participants will talk about school challenges, homework, boredom, discipline, and other topics. For more info, visit www.shiningmtnforkids.com, call 845-425-7243 or email [email protected]

Parenting Workshops - Be The Best Parent You Can Be - Rolling River Day Camp
Through December 14, 2011 - East Rockaway

Parenting can be a tough job. In these workshops, learn techniques for making the full-time job of being a mom or dad a little easier. Each week includes a discussion topic and open question/answer session. Week 1: Family Relationships – Setting Goals and New Perspectives Week 2: Listening, Communication, and Mutual Respect Week 3: Self-Esteem, Independence, and Responsibility Week 4: Discipline, Behavior, and Consequences Week 5: Outside Influences, Bullying, and Peer Pressure Week 6: Personal Safety, Trust Your Instincts, and Advocate Call to register at 516-889-1994 or email [email protected]

Adoptive Families Support Group - Nyack Library
Through December 15, 2011 - Nyack

This ongoing support group is for parents looking for professional guidance as they raise their adoptive child, or who are in the process of adopting a child and need support and resources. Childcare is available. Group meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Katie at 914-629-5849 or [email protected]

Burton Silverman: The Humanist Spirit - Hofstra University Museum - Emily Lowe Gallery
Through December 16, 2011 - Hempstead

The exhibition Burton Silverman: The Humanist Spirit demonstrates the continuing power of the realist tradition in the 21st century. Silverman is known for his ability to carefully balance formal visual elements in his realistic representations as he captures the very essence of his subjects. The exhibit runs through December 16, 2011.

Toddler Time - Mount Pleasant Public Library
Through December 16, 2011 - Pleasantville

Finger plays, action rhymes, songs, and stories to encourage an enjoyment of books and stimulate early listening skills, learning, and speaking skills. Recommended for ages 1 to 2-1/2 years. Weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through December 16. In the Program Room.

Pre-school Story Time - Mount Pleasant Public Library
Through December 16, 2011 - Pleasantville

Finger plays, action rhymes, songs, and stories to encourage an enjoyment of books and stimulate early listening skills, learning, and speaking skills. Recommended for ages 2-1/2 to 5 years. Weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through December 16. In the Program Room.

"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.

Children's Classes in Ballet and Flamenco/Salsa Fall 2011 - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers affordable Flamenco/Salsa and now also Ballet classes for children at their midtown studio this fall. September 10-December 17, 2011. 12 weekly classes with breaks for Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving. Wednesday - 4:30-5:30 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12; 5:30-6:30 pm, Beginner Ballet. Friday - 4:00-5:00 pm, Beginner Ballet; 4:30-5:30 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12. Saturday - 12:00-1:00 pm, Basic Beginner Ballet; 1:00-2:00 pm, Flamenco/Salsa, Ages 7-12. All Flamenco/Salsa Classes taught by Aurora Reyes. All Ballet Classes taught by Rosemarie Lindt. Prices for Fall 2011 Term: 12 classes, $120 (one class per week, $12/class); 24 classes, $220 (two classes per week, about $9/class); 36 classes, $300 (three classes per week, about $8/class!). 4 classes trial pack, $45 (you can apply this payment to upgrade to 12-pack, 24-pack, 36-pack). Single Trial Class (one time only), $12. Class for adult along with your children, $12/each. Email [email protected] or call 212-399-8519 for info and to reserve. http://www.flamencolatino.com/class/childafterschoolsatclass.html

Beginner Flamenco Singing Class-Fall Session - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Flamenco Latino offers a new class in Cante (flamenco singing) for beginners. Most classes will be led by Alfonso Cid with a couple of sessions led by Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes on the established material. Fall Session runs September 8-December 19, 2011 on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm at Flamenco Latino Studio 250 W. 54th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10019 212-399-8519 Cost: Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term, $17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) In this course, students will learn the basics of flamenco singing, emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing and voice placement or “impostatción.” The class will start building upon basic cante repertoire such as sevillanas, tangos,fandangos and rumbas. The class will also focus on flamenco rhythms and handclapping, flamenco scales and terminology so students can communicate in the traditional lingo with guitarists and flamenco dancers. Lyrics and translations of the “letras” will be provided. The course is taught in English, and no previous knowledge of music or Spanish is required. It is ideal for people who want to deepen their understanding of flamenco music or for flamenco dancers who want to broaden their experience of this art form. Please respond by email or call 212-399-8519 with questions or to reserve.

Basic Beginner Flamenco this Fall - Flamenco Latino
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

Discover flamenco at Flamenco Latino in midtown Manhattan! Aurora Reyes offers a Basic Beginner Flamenco class on Monday evenings. Mondays from 6-7 PM, Fall term runs September 12- December 19, 2011. at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (bet. B-way and 8th Ave.) Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes with a hard sole. For ladies, pumps are preferred. Email or call with questions and to reserve: 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

Comfort Food Made Easy – Life's Work Cooking Classes - Life's Work
Through December 17, 2011 - East Rockaway

This weekly cooking class is for 13-19 year olds on the Autism Spectrum. The class meets every Saturday to teach teens how to effortlessly prepare their favorite comfort foods.

Annie Jr. - Studio Theatre
Through December 17, 2011 - Lindenhurst

This heart-warming tale of Annie's adventures, her escape from the orphanage, and the wicked Miss Hannigan to a new life with Daddy Warbucks will delight audiences of all ages. Performances are on Saturdays and run through December 17, 2011.

The Man Who Came to Dinner - The Pecadillo Theatre Company
Through December 17, 2011 - New York

This holiday season, the Peccadillo Theater Company presents Hart & Kaufman’s THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, starring Drama Desk Winner Jim Brochu and Tony Award® winner Cady Huffman. In this hilarious comedy satire, celebrated critic and radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, slips on an icy doorstep while on a December lecture tour. Confined for several weeks of recovery at the Midwestern home of the utterly conventional Mr. and Mrs. Stanley, he proceeds to turn the family's life inside out with his incessant demands, long-distance phone calls and parade of eccentric celebrity guests. As Whiteside's secretary Maggie says: "He would have his mother burned at a stake if that was the only way he could light his cigarette!" Don’t miss the first New York revival of this classic comedy in over a decade! GET 15% OFF TICKETS! TO ORDER: • Click here (https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/883185/prm/PTCHHC)and use code PTCHHC • Call 212-352-3101 and use code PTCHHC RESTRICTIONS: Offer valid for performances 11/25/11 - 12/18/11. Offer subject to availability and may be revoked at any time. Online and phone orders subject to applicable fees. Offer expires 12/18/11.

New Approaches in Latin American Art - GAGA Arts Center
Through December 18, 2011 - Garnerville

This group exhibit features works in all media including visual art, multimedia, sound, and landscape. The folks at GAGA tell us that the Latin American artists selected for the show express what it is to be alive today as shifting socio-political, cultural, and technological changes in Latin America influence contemporary life and expression.

The Reluctant Dragon - Puppetworks
Through December 18, 2011 - Brooklyn

Playing through December 18 is this very unique performance of Kenneth Grahame's 1898 tale in which a boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon. Like most modern tales involving dragons, the townsfolk don't like the relationship too much.

Social Skills Building Class - Ezra Center for People with Learning Disabilities
Through December 18, 2011 - Oceanside

Children with ADHD, ADD, autism and other disabilities can engage in a nurturing environment designed to develop social skills while encouraging connections with peers. Classes meet on Sundays, except November 27.

Teen Buddy Sundays - Friedberg JCC
Through December 18, 2011 - Ocenside

Teens and adults with disabilities engage in a range of activities-- pool, air hockey, board games, cards, computer games with typically developing peers. Classes meet on Sundays except November 27.

Visions of Gingerbread III: The Sweetest Architects - Stamford Museum
Through December 18, 2011 - Stamford

Come and see some creative confections, completely consisting of edible materials from local chefs and caterers. DiMare Pastry Shop and SONO Baking Company are returning to show off their gingerbread skills, along with some new competitors and other returning favorites.

Home for the Holidays: A Designer Showhouse at Orchard Hill - Orchard Hill at Old Westbury Gardens
Through December 18, 2011 - Old Westbury

This charming 1856 farmhouse will be opened to the public for only the third time in its history. The beautiful rooms will be individually decorated by over 20 of the most talented and creative designers in the New York area. Each room will feature a different holiday motif from Chanukah to Swedish Christmas to the Nutcracker. Children under 12 are not permitted in the Showhouse. The house will be on display through December 18, 2011.

The Guild Brook Artist Members Theme Show 'Landscape Perspectives' - Marjorie and Norman Alexander Gallery at the JCC of Mid-Westchester
Through December 18, 2011 - Scarsdale

The exhibit will showcase the work of six landscape painters: Elaine Finsilver, Joan Poarch, Janine Robertson, Catherine Caulfield Russell, Melinda Green Tepler, and Victoria Walsh. Their work explores a variety of expressions, reflecting the theme of "Landscape Perspectives." Opening reception Sunday, December 18, 2-4 pm.

Flamenco Latino Fall Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - NY

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Fall term: September 6- December 19, 2011. Monday: Basic Beginner Flamenco with Aurora Reyes, Mon. 6-7 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco with Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm; Group Intermediate Cante Class with Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Tuesday: Advanced Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl) with Aurora, Tues. 6-7:30 pm. Wednesday: Beginner Sevillanas with Aurora, Wed. 6:30-8 pm; Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio Georges, Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm. Thursday: Beginner Cante with Alfonso and Basilio, Thurs. 6:30-7:30 pm; Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Friday: Intermediate Group Guitar with Basilio, Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Saturday: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco with Aurora, Sat. 3:00-4:00 pm; Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group with Basilio, Sat. 4:00-5:00 pm. Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class); --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class); --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class); --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27). Email [email protected] or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519 www.flamencolatino.com

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 19, 2011 - New York

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6-7:30 PM. Fall term runs September 6- December 19, 2011 at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.). Technique and choreography for dances that use... -- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances. --Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only). -- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya. We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours! Fall term prices: --12 pack paid in advance- $192.00 ($16/class) --12 pack paid in three installments by credit card- $204.00($68/4wk term,$17/class) --4 pack paid in advance-$72.00 ($18/class) --Walk in class- $20.00 (only available until 9/27) Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Group Guitar Classes-2011 - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 20, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Advanced Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group. Wed. 8:00-9:30 pm - Technique exercises, Basic rasqueados, Learn to play simple arrangements with the other students in time . Intermediate Group Guitar - Fri. 12:15-1:15 pm. Technique, technique, technique, Basic compas patterns in various toques, Falsetas, solo routines, Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Basic Beginner Flamenco Guitar Group - Schedule TBD Learn right hand techniques and hand placement, basic chord shifts, hammers and pull-offs, scales Need a minimum of four people - taking enrollment now 8 classes paid in advance, $140 Starting week of June 27, after candidates make contact with Basilio and submit schedule availability for either Mon 7:30-8:30 pm, Tues 7:30-8:30 pm, or Wed 7:00-8:00 pm. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually.Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019 www.flamencolatino.com

Four Fantastic Exhibitions at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through December 20, 2011 - New York City

Brighten up the winter days by visiting Agora Gallery to admire the four new exhibitions that are opening soon. The Pursuit of Excellence: an Exhibition of Contemporary Russian Art displays the powerful, passionate creations of talented Russian artists. Labyrinth of Abstraction introduces work which will inspire and enlighten, as artists explore varied techniques and media to express their fascinating ideas and feelings. You will be enthralled by the work in Idiosyncratic Expressions, which represents the personal insights and emotions of dynamic, compelling artists. There is also a delightful and memorable solo exhibition, Quo Vadis?, which presents the work of remarkable artist Z. Todorova who investigates the deep connections between humanity and the world in which we live. The exhibitions will open on November 29, 2011 and continue until December 20, 2011. The gallery is open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Entrance is free and art lovers are warmly invited to attend. Exhibition Dates: November 29 - December 20, 2011; Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m. Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/receptionexhibitions/12_1_2011.aspx

Hip N Hop Babies - Manna House Workshop
Through December 20, 2011 - Harlem

This one-of-a-kind 45-minute class brings music to life for babies and toddlers.

Music Classes for Kids - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 21, 2011 - Piermont

Presented by Moon River Music Together with Catherine Rubin, this class explores how the early childhood program of Music Together® teaches music through play. Class meets the third Wednesday of each month.

BounceU Farmingdale Holiday Toy Drive - BounceU Farmingdale
Through December 21, 2011 - Farmingdale

BounceU will be collecting new, unused toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Receive $2 off any Open Bounce Session with your donation! Call (631) 777-5867 or check our online calendar for session times at www.bounceu.com/farmingdale. Participation in an Open Bounce is not required to make a donation.

NYChessKids Chess Tournament - PS 116 - The Mary Lindley Murray School
Through December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chess learning experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. Light snack included. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

PS163 Afterschool Chess - NYChessKids
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chessplaying experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

Girls Night Out - Piece of My Art
Through December 23, 2011 - Port Washington

Girls ages 8-12 years can enjoy a special tween night every Friday of every month. The evening includes pizza, drink, and 2 pieces of select pottery. Parents drop the kids off and can enjoy a romantic dinner together.

Meet Santa at Bloomingdale's Santaland - Bloomingdale's
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

Put on your holiday best and have your picture taken with Santa amid Bloomingdale's festive holiday decorations.

Reasons to Paint: Nyack High School Students Inspired by Hopper - Hopper House Art Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Nyack

Students from Nyack High School, Edward Hopper's alma mater, look at the artist's work and create new works that reveal his influence on artists of today. Opening reception: Saturday, November 19, 5-7pm. Exhibit runs through December 24.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Company #1
Through December 24, 2011 - North White Plains

Proceeds of all trees sold will benefit the North White Plains Fire Co. No. 1. Hours: 4-8pm Thursdays & Fridays; 9am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays November 25-December 24. For additional information call 914-949-3575 or e-mail [email protected]

Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Greenwich

Get into the holiday spirit.

Santa Is Here - Cherry Hill - Photos with Santa
Through December 24, 2011 - Valley Stream

Santa's waiting for you to take a photo with him. Hurry down to the mall.

Photos with Santa Claus - Broadway Mall
Through December 24, 2011 - Hicksville

Bring the kids for a memorable photo with Santa. Various packages and price range available. Santa will be in the rotunda near IKEA. Photo sessions continue through 5pm on December 24.

Grand Central Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

Located in Grand Central Terminal's historic Vanderbilt Hall, you'll find one of the city's most famed holiday shopping experiences, this year featuring 76 vendors with a wide array of goods at all price levels, including unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, and children's gifts.

Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square Park
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

This famous market features more than 100 merchants selling unique gifts, including hand-blown glass housewares, locally handmade leather belts, bags and accessories made from recycled plastic, a variety of handmade jewelry, and Tibetan crafts. Food vendors will also be selling sweet and savory treats. Visit the Information Booth for help on finding your gifts.

17th annual Holiday Gift Show - Rowayton Arts Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Rowayton

Stop by the center for unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople. Proceeds support year-round education and other community programs at the Rowayton Arts Center.

'A Christmas Carol' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
Through December 24, 2011 - Lower Manhattan

Modern movement with both traditional and original music brings this well-known holiday tale to life. As the heartless miser Scrooge faces his past, present, and future through the surprise visits of four uninvited spirits, he awakens on Christmas morning with a new heart. This family holiday tradition reminds us all to look within ourselves and renew our spirits of compassion and generosity.

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2011 - Yonkers

Visit Santa and receive a free gift at Cross County Center through December 24.

Breakfast with Santa - Rock Center Cafe
Through December 24, 2011 - Manhattan

Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get pre-Christmas face time with Santa himself, followed by skating on the historic Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, alongside the legendary Christmas tree. A beloved NYC holiday tradition, Breakfast with Santa includes a delicious family-style breakfast and a Christmas gift from Santa and his elves for each child.

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Through December 25, 2011 - New York, NY

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Parents of Teen & Tweens Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 26, 2011 - Nyack

This ongoing support group is for parents of teens and tweens who want to improve communication with their children, share ideas, foster independence while setting limits, and more. Group meets every other Monday.

Parents of Teen & Tweens Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 26, 2011 - Nyack

Parents are encouraged to learn how to improve communication with their teen or tween in this professionally-facilitated support group. Participants can share ideas and concerns as well as gain strategies for: setting limits, establishing trust, fostering independence, and encouraging competence and accountability. For more information or to register, contact Katie Berry at 914-629-5849 or [email protected] Group meets every other Monday.

Wii Play - Game On! - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
Through December 26, 2011 - Garnerville

Tweens are invited to join the library's weekly video gamer's club and challenge themself and their friends on the Wii. Gamers can practice before participating in tournaments on the library's big-screen TV! No registration required. Each Monday.

Toddler Story Hour - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 26, 2011 - Piermont

Children ages 6 months to 5 years old are invited to enjoy books and crafts with Piermont's own Agnes Caniza. Each Monday except holidays.

Grandparent/Grandchild Program - New York City Police Museum
Through December 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in activity play in the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.

A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 27, 2011 - Port Jefferson

Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas in Dickens' classic tale. Children learn the value of giving while enjoying the performance. Show runs through December 27.

Ladies' Night - Piece of my Art
Through December 27, 2011 - Port Washington

Ladies, leave the kids at home and create something unique for yourself or a loved one. Join "Piece of my Art" every Tuesday for adult fun. Paint pottery or make a mosaic. Bring your creativity, food and drinks. Call for reservations.

Parenting Support Group at Head Start - Nyack Head Start
Through December 28, 2011 - Nyack

This weekly support group includes a free dinner, childcare, and Spanish translation. Group meets each Wednesday.

Breastfeeding Support Group - Rockland County Department of Health
Through December 28, 2011 - Pomona

The Rockland County Department of Health invites nursing moms (and babies) and pregnant women to a weekly Mother 2 Mother (M2M) Breastfeeding Support Group. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, starting April 27, and is led by Health Department Certified Lactation Counselors. For more information call Laurie at 845-364-3865 or email [email protected]

Art Classes for Children Grades 4 and Up - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 28, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail [email protected] to register. Class meets each Wednesday.

Children's Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Nanuet
Through December 28, 2011 - Nanuet

Bring your favorite toddler to the store's children's department for weekly storytimes. Stories told each Wednesday.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 3 and younger and their caretakers can join Nancy and Beth for reading, singing, and dancing.

Parents of Infants Support Group - Riverview Nursery School
Through December 29, 2011 - Nyack

Parents with children ages birth through one year old are invited to meet each Monday and Thursday for a two-hour support group. For more information, contact Katie at 914-629-5849 or [email protected]

Art Classes for Children Grades 1-4 - Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library
Through December 29, 2011 - Piermont

Students can create imaginative art projects on a number of themes in this weekly class. Techniques include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and mixed media. Students will also be introduced to various artists from art history. All materials, including smocks, are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students. Please call 359-4595 or e-mail [email protected] to register. Class meets each Thursday.

Ladies Night - Stay N Clay
Through December 29, 2011 - Port Washington

Gather the girls every Tuesday and Thursday for some fun and create a beautiful clay piece for the house or someone special. Enjoy pizza, salad, coffee and cake and BYOB. Reserve for any size group. Sessions run through December 29.

IndiVisible--African-Native American Lives in the Americas - Pequot Museum
Through December 30, 2011 - Mashantucket

This Smithsonian traveling exhibition focuses on the lives of people with dual African American and Native American ancestry. The exhibition sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity and addresses the human desires of being and belonging.

You've Got Hate Mail - The Triad
Through December 30, 2011 - New York

Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore (Silent Laughter, Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., A Night at the Nutcracker) bring their e-mail comedy of errors, Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore’s You've Got Hate Mail, to the Triad after a three week hiatus. Hailed by critics (“The perfect bedroom farce…expertly directed…riotously enacted by a five-person ensemble!” –NY Post) (“LOL…The audience is guaranteed to do just that – Laugh Out loud!” -Star Ledger) (“It doesn’t get better than this!” –Show Business Weekly) (“A rapid-paced romp with a millennium twist! Hilarious!” –Curtainup.com), (“Behind this very funny theater piece lurk many surprises” –Huffington Post), You’ve Got Hate Mail is a hilarious look at online hook-up and break-ups. Love "bytes" all when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail left sitting on a desktop. The story is told entirely in e-mails from laptop computers, although the play does manage to have an unforgettable chase scene - thanks to Blackberries and iPhones. Tickets are: VIP $35.00 (Includes preferred seating); General Admission $30.00. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212 868 4444

"A Christmas Carol" - The Players Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Manhattan

A lively, one-hour musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn't change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process?

Fall Friday Fun Night - Stay N Clay
Through December 30, 2011 - Port Washington

Come and enjoy a movie, sip cider or hot chocolate and learn painting and glazing techniques. Pick out the piece of your choice to paint, and have fun doing so. Reserve for a small or large group. Classes run through December 30.

"Three Bears Holiday Bash" - Swedsih Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through December 30, 2011 - Upper West Side

A variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears' annual holiday show. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the "Three Bears Holiday Bash" is a great way to get into the holiday season spirit. Reservations required; visit www.cityparksfoundation.org.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

Geographic Crittercam--The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 - Mystic

In this new exhibit, strategically placed cameras allow visitors to get a close-up view of some of the animals including turtles, penguins and bears.

Brook Trout Exhibit - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 31, 2011 - 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.

Sunday Brunch - Bourbon Street
Through December 31, 2011 - Bayside

Children 12 and under eat FREE at Bourbon Street for Brunch with the purchase of an adult entree. This is an ongoing event each Sunday. Kids do not eat complimentary on holiday Sundays.

Free crafts for kids every Saturday and Sunday - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through December 31, 2011 - New Hyde Park

Put little hands to work every Saturday and Sunday with fun craft activities at all Lakeshore Learning Store locations. This free program is ideal for kids ages 3 and up. The program runs through December 31.

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy - the New York Society Library
Through December 31, 2011 -

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy. Books on display span more than 150 years and opening fresh vistas into the World of Gardens. Writing the Garden will feature works by remarkable gardeners who wrote with great knowledge and deep passion stemming from their love of nature, plants, and horticulture.

Happy Feet 4D Experience - Madame Tussauds New York
Through December 31, 2011 - New York

Happy Feet 4-D Experience Put on your dancing shoes and boogie with Mumble in Happy Feet 4-D Experience. Journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins faced with a diminishing food supply. Mumble sets out on an adventure to appeal to the better nature of humans and tries to reason with them to stop stealing the fish. Using courage and bravery, the banished Mumble soon realizes that his toe-tapping talent isn’t a burden, but a gift to be treasured — and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony! Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multi-sensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy.

'Mother The Job' - Museum of Motherhood
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

A multimedia exploration of integrated art forms, including film, sculpture, photography, domestic artifacts, and original writings portraying the day-to-day life of the mother and her relationship with her child, raising questions regarding "human" capital and "economic" capital.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through December 31, 2011 -

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth. This is the place to come to learn all there is to know about the history of this much-loved ballet and New York City Ballet's production. It is where you will find the information you need to order tickets for the next season of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?.

Cyberchase – The Chase is on! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through December 31, 2011 - Norwalk

This new temporary exhibit is based on the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids Go! math mystery cartoon Cyberchase and offers a hands-on, educational exhibit through which children and families are encouraged to explore problem-solving in a family-friendly environment.

Mystery at the Museum: An Accomplice Adventure - American Museum Of Natural History
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

On this exciting adventure through the museum - part game, part theater, part walking tour - you'll meet characters, follow clues, and solve puzzles as you unravel a tale that takes you to iconic museum locations and behind-the-scenes areas.

Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York has long held special appeal for the illustrators and writers of children's books. Storied City, showcasing original art from more than 35 picture books, examines the city's iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, parks, and modes of transportation. Featured illustrators include seven Caldecott Medal winners (Richard Egielski, Mordicai Gerstein, Jerry Pinkney, Brian Selznick, Marc Simont, David Small, and David Wiesner); several artists long associated with The New Yorker magazine (Maira Kalman, James McMullan, Roxie Munro, Edward Sorel), and many other leading illustrators from the world of children's books. Through December 31.

New York, New York! The 20th Century - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York, New York! The 20th Century celebrates the city as muse to photographers, painters, and sculptors, encompassing the varied cultures and lifestyles of its inhabitants. The exhibition features over 50 works from the Norton collection, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, William Gropper, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, and Edward Steichen, among others. Through December 31, 2011.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Staten Island

Hard working parents can now enjoy some toddler time on weekends. Singing, creating and sharing adventures.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 31, 2011 - 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.

First Day Free! - Aleph Bet Early Childhood Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Westport

Let your 18 month to 2.5 year toddler come and explore the fun and challenge of school in this warm and loving classroom environment. The curriculum for this age group is specialized for discovery and growth in a wide range of skills. Please contact us for more information, and check out the flyer on our website.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. Tschaikovsky's incomparable score is joined by hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Stay N Clay
Through December 31, 2011 - Port Washington

Gather your friends for fun times on Fridays and Saturdays; listen to music, paint two clay pieces each while feasting on pizza, cookies, and drinks. Includes studio pass.

David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre - Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 31, 2011 -

This exhibition features the first-ever U.S. showing of some of the finest French drawings from the Louvre, covering a period between 1789 and 1848 when France experienced tremendous political, social, and cultural upheaval.

Mini Mates Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

The program features educational activities related to water, boats, animals, sea creatures, and more for tots ages 18 months to 3 years and their adult caretakers. Includes crafts, music, and movement activities, plus light refreshments. Registration required by 3pm the day prior; email [email protected] or call 212-748-8786.

Split Second - Indian Paintings - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Split Second invites the Brooklyn Museum's online community to participate in a project that will result in a small installation of Indian paintings from the Museum's permanent collection. Taking its inspiration from the critically acclaimed book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, this online experiment and resulting installation will explore how our initial reaction to a work of art is affected by what we know, what we're asked, and what we're told about the object in question. Split Second begins with a three-part activity that explores the Museum's collection of Indian paintings; participation is open to anyone with an Internet connection. The first stage explores split-second reactions: in a timed trial, participants will be asked to select which painting they prefer from a randomly generated pair of images. Next, participants will be asked to write in their own words about a painting before rating its appeal on a scale. In the third phase, participants will be asked to rate a work of art after being given unlimited time to view it alongside a typical interpretive text. Each part of the exercise aims to examine how a different type of information—or a lack thereof—might affect a person's reaction to a work of art. Split Second culminates with an installation on the Museum's second floor, opening July 13, 2011. Visitors will be able to view a small selection of the paintings that generated the most controversial and dynamic responses during the evaluation process, accompanied by a visualization and analysis of the data collected. The Brooklyn Museum's collection of Indian paintings ranks among the top ten in the United States, representing the artistic traditions of many different regions, with examples dating from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth. Many of the works in this project have not been on view for several years, owing to their light sensitivity. The installation offers a rare opportunity to see these paintings in person and consider them in a new light. Split Second: Indian Paintings is organized by Shelley Bernstein, Chief of Technology, in consultation with Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum.

Get Your Gears Turning - The Curious World of Patent Models - Hudson River Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Yonkers

America's manufacturing success is primarily due to the dreams and inventions of its many citizens. Few people realize that from the time Thomas Jefferson formed the U.S. Patent Office in 1790, and throughout the American Industrial Revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model of their inventions, when applying for a patent. "Problem-solving with American ingenuity" is seen in more than 50 intricately crafted, working scale, one-of-a-kind models of inventions that were submitted to the U.S. Patent Office from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, gadget- and invention-buffs, and everyday folks, the inventions are now a permanent part of our culture from the first patented rocking chair and foldout bed to a burglar alarm. The Rothschild Collection is the world's largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. Through January 1, 2012.

Split Second: Indian Paintings - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Initially, Brooklyn Museum's online community was asked to rate, by viewing for literally a second or less, a series of classical Indian paintings, prompted by questions regarding appeal, controversial nature, and overall quality in a timed trial. The results appear in this exhibition along with an explanation of how participants derived their responses. Split Second was inspired by author Malcolm Gladwell's work and offers a glimpse into how people respond to what they know, what they're asked, and what they are told about an object in question.

A Way with Words: Text in Art Exhibition - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 01, 2012 - Huntington

This exhibition of two dozen works from the Permanent Collection presents art that includes words, lettering, or numbers as subject, design element or to convey information.

Maurizio Cattelan: All - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - New York

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

Holiday Film Festival - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2012 - Bronx

Enjoy holiday classics and cartoon favorites, plus an insider's look at the creation of the Holiday Train Show in a PBS documentary. Check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 1, 2012.

Holiday Book Drive - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
Through January 01, 2012 - West Nyack

Each year, Barnes & Noble invites customers to give the gift of reading to children in need. This year, the store will collect books for Project Linus. Project Linus volunteers provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Books can be donated through January 1, 2012.

Holiday Book Drive - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Nanuet
Through January 01, 2012 - Nanuet

Each year, Barnes & Noble invites customers to give the gift of reading to children in need. This year, the store will collect books for Project Linus. Project Linus volunteers provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Books can be donated through January 1, 2012.

'The World's Largest Dinosaurs' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit will take visitors beyond the bones and into the amazing anatomy of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs who thrived for 140 million years: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods. Interactive exhibits ? including the centerpiece, a life-sized model of a 60-foot Mamenchisaurus ? will take visitors inside these giants' bodies, shedding light on how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves, and survives.

The World's Largest Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

A new exhibition that goes beyond traditional fossil shows to reveal how dinosaurs actually lived by taking visitors into the amazing anatomy of a uniquely super-sized group of dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long. Drawing on the latest science that looks in part to existing organisms to understand these extinct giants, The World's Largest Dinosaurs will answer such intriguing questions as how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves, and survives by illuminating how size and scale are related to basic biological functions. Innovative interactive exhibits -- including the exhibition centerpiece, a life-sized, fleshed-out model of a 60-foot- long, 11-foot-tall female Mamenchisaurus, known for its remarkable, 30-foot neck -- will take visitors inside these giants' bodies, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and reproduction are linked to size. An interactive excavation at the end of the exhibition will introduce visitors to how dinosaurs are discovered in the field through a replicated dig site.

194X–9/11: American Architects and the City - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 02, 2012 - New York

In 1942 -- shortly after the U.S. entered World War II -- Architectural Forum magazine commissioned a group of architects, including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to design projects for a hypothetical postwar American city, rethinking both urban community life and the relationship between architecture and urban planning. The aim was to project an optimistic postwar period of growth and prosperity to begin as soon as hostilities ended, in 194X -- soon, it was hoped. Over half a century later the country is once again engaged in global conflict and—in the wake of 9/11 and the ongoing financial crisis -- undergoing a major reconsideration of urban and suburban space. This year marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, an event that ushered in a new era of architectural anticipation and uncertainty, and gave rise to a flurry of urban rebuilding projects, some of which are only finally seeing the light of day at Ground Zero. Drawn from MoMA's architectural holdings, this exhibition shows the work of a variety of architects who took on the urban scale in a spirit of recasting the form and daily experience of the city. In addition to Mies van der Rohe, featured architects include Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Rem Koolhaas and OMA, and United Architects.

The World's Largest Dinosaurs - American Musem of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

Learn how those massive dinosaurs, the sauropods, which sometimes grew as long as 150 feet, lived with this hands-on and up-close exhibit. Understand how these extremely huge animals breathed, ate, moved, and functioned under the girth of their massive size, and learn how their size affected their body functions.

Romare Bearden (1911–1988): A Centennial Celebration - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2012 -

Romare Bearden's vibrant mural-size tableau The Block (1971) will be on view as part of a centennial celebration of the artist's birth. The Block, an eighteen-foot-long collage, celebrates the Harlem neighborhood in New York City that nurtured and inspired so much of the artist's life and work. Bearden's elaborate and colorful cut-paper collages elevated this genre to a major art form through its unusual materials, expressionist color, abstracted forms, flattened shapes and spaces, and shifts in perspective and scale—all the while maintaining focus on the human narrative being told within a single city block.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

This year's show features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure that uses cutting-edge technology to immerse the audience in the scenery, which extends beyond the stage to the ceiling and walls, transforming Radio City Music Hall into a massive, magical canvas. The world-famous Rockettes will perform new numbers along with beloved favorites like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity."

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 -

The NEW 2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes, features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure, DAZZLING NEW ROCKETTE NUMBERS and BELOVED FAVORITES like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity. Using cutting-edge technology, the audience will be part of an immersive experience, as the scenery extends beyond the stage onto the ceiling and walls transforming the interior of Radio City Music Hall into a massive magical canvas. The NEW 2011 Christmas Spectacular is about to re-define SPECTACULAR!

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Inspired by the blue whale (the largest animal in the world) displayed in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the current exhibition The World's Largest Dinosaurs, this year's Origami Holiday Tree decorations pay tribute to some of the largest and most impressive animals and inanimate objects found in the Museum halls through the art of origami. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origamifolding. Past themes have included Discovery, Folding the Museum, FantasticCreatures: Mythic and Real; Origami in Flight; Under the Sea; Pocket Posy; and Origami Safari.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

This year's Origami Holiday Tree decorations pay tribute to some of the largest and most impressive animals and inanimate objects found in the Museum halls. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.

Stieglitz and His Artists - Matisse to O'Keeffe - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2012 -

This exhibition is the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949. In addition to being a master photographer, Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a visionary promoter of modern American and European art, and he assembled a vast art collection of exceptional breadth and depth. Through a succession of influential galleries that he ran in New York City between 1905 and 1946, Stieglitz exhibited many of the most important artists of the era, and he collected works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Gino Severini, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Charles Demuth, and Arthur Dove. For more than sixty years, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection has been the cornerstone of the Museum's holdings of modern American art. The exhibition will feature some two hundred major works by American and European modernists, supplemented by photographs by the Photo-Secessionists and publications by Stieglitz -- all from the Metropolitan's holdings. Highlights include Picasso's Woman Ironing and Standing Female Nude, Kandinsky's Improvisation 27 (Garden of Love), Brancusi's Sleeping Muse, O'Keeffe's Black Iris and Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue, Demuth's I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold, and Hartley's Portrait of a German Officer.

All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends II - Stamford Museum
Through January 02, 2012 - Stamford

Together with other Lego clubs, Bill Probert created a 365-square-foot display that fills the Museum's Leonhardt Gallery. Several trains are running in a detailed setting.

'Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical' - Vital Theatre Company
Through January 02, 2012 - Upper West Side

Angelina Mouseling returns to the stage in this holiday musical based on the characters created by author Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig.

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.

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!

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.

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.

'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).

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.

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.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World - Museum of the Moving Image
Through January 16, 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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through February 01, 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 February 01, 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.

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

This ever-popular annual event showcases the work of miniature artists, fine artists, quilters, and dollhouse creators. Through February 26, 2012.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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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