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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on October 2

October 2, 2014   |    

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Le Nozze di Figaro - Metropolitan Opera
October 02, 2014 - New York

Music Director James Levine conducts a new production of Mozart's eternal masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action in a 19th-century manor house in Seville but during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, our Figaro, leads a dazzling cast, including Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino. Designer Rob Howell (Carmen, Werther) utilizes a revolving set to keep the story bubbling along.

Chou Wen-Chung - Composer Portraits - Miller Theatre
October 02, 2014 - New York

Chou Wen-chung has played a vital role in the confluence of Eastern and Western musical traditions. Born in Yantai, Chou moved to New York and studied with Edgard Varese at Columbia, where he later joined the faculty himself, mentoring important next-generation Chinese composers such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Zhou Long. This Portrait spans from Echoes from the Gorge to a string quartet commissioned in response to Bach's Art of Fugue. Joining Chou are three music ensembles for whom the works were all originally written: Brentano String Quartet, Talujon, and the New York New Music Ensemble.

Berliner Philharmoniker - Carnegie Hall
October 02, 2014 - New York

The orchestra and Maestro Rattle reprise Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, and present Stravinsky's The Firebird (complete).

Growing Up in Fairfield: Memories and Milestones - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through October 02, 2014 - Fairfield

Explore how growing up in Fairfield has changed over the years with rare mementos including yearbooks, letter jackets, and photographs. July 3-October 2.

Long Island Fair - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
October 02, 2014 - Old Bethpage

New York State's longest running county fair. See prize-winning vegetables and other produce, and enjoy crafts, farm animals, brass band concerts, traditional music, wagon rides, pony rides, and more.

Storytime for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
October 02, 2014 - Stony Point

Kids ages 2-3 years old are invited to this introduction to story time with simple picture book stories, fingerplays, a themed coloring sheet, and bubbles. Registration is required.

Mother Goose Rhymes for Tots - Rose Memorial Library
October 02, 2014 - Stony Point

Walkers up to two years old are invited to the library for fun and pretend with feltboard stories, Mother Goose rhymes, finger plays, a simple sticker craft, and bubbles. Registration is required.

Stories Songs and Crafts - Rose Memorial Library
October 02, 2014 - Stony Point

Toddlers are invited to hear picture book stories, sing songs, and make crafts. Registration is required.

Open Jump - Pump It Up of Great Neck
October 02, 2014 - Great Neck

You and your child are invited to come and play on giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up of Great Neck's Pop-In Play. Promote social development and physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping. Enjoy meeting other parents and making new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment. Enjoy a Food Option for an additional $3.95 per person which includes a slice of pizza and unlimited drinks. Reservations are required.

Preschool Storytime - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
October 02, 2014 - Garnerville

Kids ages 3-5 are invited to the library for stories, songs, puppets, and more. Registration is required.

Autumn Storytime - Bay Terrace Library
October 02, 2014 - Bayside

Little ones and their caregivers can experience a wonderful morning exploring the beauty of the season through fingerplays, music, rhymes, and stories.

Toddler Time:East Elmhurst - East Elmhurst Library
October 02, 2014 - East Elmhurst

Who knew mornings could be such fun. Children and their caregivers will read, sing, color, and play games inspired by a different theme each week.

Interactive Picture Book Time - Auburndale Library
October 02, 2014 - Flushing

Kids join Ms. Lucy for an afternoon of fun at this interactive, flannel-board bubble story time.

Arts and Crafts - Auburndale Library
October 02, 2014 - Flushing

Children can make new friends and show off their creativity while listen to music and work on seasonal crafts.

Saturn:Part of Scale Model of the Solar System - NY Hall of Science
October 02, 2014 - Corona

NYSCI is hosting Chris Burden?s Saturn, a metal ball bearing and integral component of "Scale Model of the Solar System," a Queens-wide public art installation that is part of the Queens Museum?s exhibition ?Bringing the World into the World.? The sun, a 13-inch wooden ball, will be installed inside the Queens Museum?s Panorama. All of the planets are located throughout the borough according to their distance from the sun in the actual solar system. The remaining outer planets will be housed in locales that include the Queens Zoo and Tortilleria Nixtamal. Maps featuring the locations of all of Burden's planets available inside the museum.

Nature Strollers - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
October 02, 2014 - Cornwall

The nature center hosts this special hiking group for families with babies, toddlers, and young children. Participants will enjoy a hands-on nature lesson presented by an Environmental Educator before heading out on the trails for a one-hour hike along the gentle trails of the Outdoor Discovery Center to explore the field, pond, and forest. The trails are stroller and toddler friendly. Meet at the Visitors Center. In case of inclement weather, call 845-534-5506 x204 for updates.

Open Mic - Page One Restaurant
October 02, 2014 - Glen Cove

The weekly open mic, one of the most popular on Long Island, typically attracts 10-12 performers, most playing guitar and singing original material. Host Tedeschi emphasizes, "You don't have to be a seasoned performer to showcase your work at the open mic. We definitely work at also making this venue a welcome place for those who are new at getting up in front of an audience. Having personally played at many open mics, I know how important it is to feel part of a welcoming atmosphere, especially for performers who show up for the first time and need to experience the feel of that kind of atmosphere. We also have any number of people who come in each week just to listen and be part of the scene." Co-owner and executive chef, Jeanine DiMenna, has created a special open mic bar menu, with all entrees priced at $5 and ranging from special salads to a burger with fries, fish and chips, sesame chicken and more.

Tales for Tails @ The Field - The Field Library
October 02, 2014 - Peekskill

Children in first grades and up are invited (with a parent) to read to a special dog. All volunteer dogs are certified through The Good Dog Foundation. Sign-up required.

Thursday Morning Storytime at B&N: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
October 02, 2014 - White Plains

Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, every Thursday morning for stories, singing, and lively fun.

Open Gym at JW Tumbles Rye Brook - JW Tumbles Rye Brook
October 02, 2014 - Rye Brook

Open play time in the gym. Kids ages 4 months-9 years get a chance to play in the gym - a safe and clean environment free from the cold or heat. Continuous supervision by a parent or caregiver is required.

Get Into It! FREE - Stepping Stones Museum
October 02, 2014 - Norwalk

The museum stays open late with free admission. An Open Arms program.

Story Museum - Historic Richmond Town
October 02, 2014 - Staten Island

Children and caregivers join together to explore a world filled with the magic of stories, crafts, music, dancing, and singing, all within the colorful and comfortable setting of the Museum at Historic Richmond Town.

Park After Dark - Prospect Park Audobon Center
October 02, 2014 - Flatbush

The Prospect Park Alliance welcomes families to explore the secret side of Prospect Park after dark. Learn how to identify nocturnal animals and explore the science of dusk through fun activities. Wrap up the evening with hot cocoa and s'mores at the Audubon Center. Reservations required, limited availability. To RSVP, contact the Alliance at (718) 287-3400 x303 or Reservations required, limited availability. Call (718) 287-3400 x303. $10 per person, $30 for a family of 4.

TEEN EVENTS: Tech Hangout - Westport Library
October 02, 2014 - Westport

Enjoy an hour of drop-in tech fun each week. You can try out a new free app, practice coding or play on the Library's Minecraft server. Bring a laptop and a smart phone or tablet. Check the website for weekly programming specifics. For grades 6-12.

Women's Expo - Middle Country Public Library
October 02, 2014 - Centereach

The Women’s EXPO provides a marketplace for Long Island women who create and distribute a variety of products including fine art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, paper products, children’s items, gift baskets, specialty food, glassware and more. A great opportunity to network, support Long Island women entrepreneurs and shop early for holiday gift giving, the Women’s EXPO showcases more than 80 Long Island women from Nassau and Suffolk counties, promoting economic independence for LI women and providing education and support for women entrepreneurs as well. Proceeds help to support the library’s Miller Business Resource Center.

SCI-TECH WORKSHOP: 3D SUKKAH - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
October 02, 2014 - Upper East Side

What is a sukkah? A sukkah is a temporary hut used during the week long Jewish festival of Sukkot. Come learn about the history of the sukkah and design a fun digital 3D sukkah of your own. Reservations of up to four children ages 8 and older can be made.

DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train - Brooklyn Bowl
October 02, 2014 - Brooklyn

American music legend ?uestlove is continuing his Thursday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl, accompanied by throwback Soul Train videos! His vinyl collection contains more than 50,000 records giving him the ability to tear up the dance floor with the most eclectic sets of hip-hop, house, 80's, rare grooves and a mix of everything in between.

Alive After Five Cruise: Featuring Morton's The Steakhouse - Hornblower Cruises and Events
October 02, 2014 - New York

Cruise the harbor with decadent cocktails. hot d'oeuvres courtesy of Morton's, skyline views, music, and more. See website for details.

Teacher Appreciation Night - The Voracious Reader
October 02, 2014 - Larchmont

Any and all educators welcome! The Voracious Reader will be thanking teachers of all grades, tutors, home educators, and librarians with an array of books selected especially for them, along with discounts, suggestions from the newest books of the season, and lots of free goodies, posters, and handouts from publishers. Light refreshments will be served. Please call and RSVP. Not a teacher? Please pass the info. on to your favorites!

The Speyer Legacy School Open House - The Speyer Legacy School
October 02, 2014 - New York

You are invited to visit The Speyer Legacy School - Manhattan's only K-8 coed non-profit independent school with an accelerated and enriched curriculum, designed for advanced learners. The first Lower School Open House is this Thursday, October 2 from 5:30-7:00pm. Registration is required. Visit our website for registration and more information:

Shelby Lynne - City Winery
October 02, 2014 - New York

Alan Gilbert Conducts Nielsen - New York Philharmonic
Through October 03, 2014 - New York

Program includes Maskarade Overture, Symphony No. 5, and Symphony No. 6 - Sinfonia semplice.

Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion - New York Live Arts Theater
Through October 04, 2014 - New York

New York Live Arts' second Resident Commissioned Artist Kyle Abraham will present three all-new world premieres over two programs, "The Watershed" and "When the Wolves Come In." No performances 9/28-29.

QUANTUM - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 04, 2014 - Brooklyn

Developed by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck while in residence at CERN, the world's largest particle physics lab, QUANTUM takes the quark as muse, fusing choreography and installation art into an ode to subatomic randomness.

Rita Wilson - Cafe Carlyle
Through October 04, 2014 - New York

Free Open Play - Love To Pieces Enrichment Center
Through October 04, 2014 - South Setauket

Take advantage of two Free Open play sessions on Oct. 2 10-1 and Oct. 4 10-2. Meet friends, visit our center and have fun.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

The Met's Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) celebrates the genesis of its permanent collection with this exhibition. It is organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of The Museum of Primitive Art, the direct precursor to AAOA. The Museum of Primitive Art was a pioneering cultural institution that featured Nelson Rockefeller's non-Western art collection. The announcement by Rockefeller of an agreement to transfer his collection to the Metropolitan was made in 1969 and in January 1982 the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing opened to the public. The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas - Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr. Rockefeller's vision for The Museum of Primitive Art, the first institution dedicated entirely to the artistic excellence of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and experimented within the four walls of the studio space, from photography's inception to today. Featuring both new acquisitions and works from the Museum's collection that have not been on view in recent years, A World of Its Own includes approximately 200 works, by artists such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Brătescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, and Edward Weston.

Ivana Muller - New York Live Arts Theater
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

Returning to the Live Arts theater for the first time since the 2008 Dance Theater Workshop performances of While We Were Holding It Together (also presented in partnership with FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival), Ivana Muller presents two thought-provoking works, Partituur and We Are Still Watching.

Cia. Union Tanguera - Joyce Theater
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

The celebrated French/Argentinean company is an ensemble of extraordinary dancers and musicians who weave together sensuality and human emotion through the dance and music of contemporary and traditional Argentinean tango. Set to classic tango recordings and original compositions played live by a quartet of Buenos Aires' finest musicians, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) examines with humor the desires and fears that are revealed in the course of a late-night milonga.

Fall, Football & $20 Off - Del Frisco's Grille
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

8th Anniversary Celebration - Benjamin Steakhouse
Through October 06, 2014 - New York

Benjamin Steakhouse celebrates 8 years with 8 days of extended happy hour, all day long.

Nicholas Krushenick, Early Paintings - Garth Greenan Gallery
Through October 11, 2014 - New York

The exhibition offers a detailed view of Krushenick's work from 1961 to 1963 - the period of time during which the artist first developed his signature "pop abstract" style - with nine of his brilliantly colored, abstract paintings, as well as a selection of collages and preparatory drawings, many of which have never before been exhibited.

Natural Histories - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 12, 2014 - New York

Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, published in October 2012, this exhibition will include reproductions from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works. The works featured in Natural Histories span from the 16th century to the early 20th century and cover scientific disciplines from anthropology to astronomy to zoology. Reproductions of rare scientific illustrations that will be displayed in the gallery include a rhinoceros taken directly from Albrecht Durer's 1515 woodcut, lithographs of the mysterious aye-aye lemur from Sir Richard Owen's Monograph on the Aye-aye, and Robert Hooke's engraved images of what were once startling microscopic views of familiar items and animals in Micrographia.

NYC Makers - The MAD Biennial - Museum of Arts & Design
Through October 12, 2014 - New York

The Museum of Arts and Design transforms itself into a nexus for NYC's leading makers -- artists, artisans, and designers -- through this first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD's new director Glenn Adamson. Exemplifying the Museum's commitment to making across all creative fields, the exhibition draws together approximately 100 works by a diverse range of highly skilled and inventive individuals from throughout the five boroughs, from established artists and designers, to expert artisans who work behind the scenes to create objects and experiences that we encounter on a daily basis. Marking the first in a series of exhibitions examining the culture of making in urban communities, the exhibition highlights the interconnected web of cultural production in New York City today and the importance of craft in contemporary life.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsaio-hsien - Museum of the Moving Image
Through October 12, 2014 - Astoria

Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave, is one of the most important and influential filmmakers to emerge over the past three decades. His sensuous, richly textured work, marked by elegantly staged long takes, largely static camera positions, and a radically elliptical approach to storytelling, is instantly recognizable in such widely acclaimed movies as Flowers of Shanghai, The Puppetmaster, Café Lumière, A City of Sadness, Dust in the Wind, and The Flight of the Red Balloon. The retrospective Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien includes all of Hou's seventeen feature films as director, almost all shown in 35mm (with two new prints). The series will also include short films and commercials directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, and a sidebar program of related films including Olivier Assayas's intimate documentary HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang's seminal Taipei Story (starring, and co-written by Hou), and more. This internationally touring retrospective was organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College) in collaboration with Amber Wu (Taipei Cutural Center, NY) and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans - New-York Historical Society
Through October 13, 2014 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline's publication, the New-York Historical Society honors the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks. In addition to drawings from all six Madeline books, the exhibition features Bemelmans' drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York, murals from a rediscovered Paris bistro, panels from the Onassis yacht, and a cache of fabrics based on an early picture book.

The Old Man and the Old Moon - New Victory Theater
Through October 13, 2014 - New York City

The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. elevates traditional storytelling to high art in the fantastical, song-filled play THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON. After nearly a lifetime of tending to the old moon (which leaks its liquid light daily), an old man abandons his post when his wife unexpectedly leaves home. With spirited folk music, inventive theatrical effects and a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, the wunderkinds of PigPen perform a folk-rock fable about light, love and an epic journey to the End of the World.

Weight of Happiness featuring artists Rima Fujita and Michela Martello - Tibet House US Museum/Gallery
Through October 16, 2014 - New York

Tibet House US presents Weight of Happiness, a two-artist show displaying paintings variously inspired by Buddhism, folklore, dreams, the artists’ cultural heritage (Italy and Japan), symbolism, and spirituality as interpreted by Ms. Rima Fujita and Ms. Michela Martello. This will be the second showing of Ms. Fujita’s works at Tibet House US and the first collaboration between the two artists.

The Storefront Project: Outside In - Three Artists' Fresh Perspectives in Landscape - Pelham Art Center
Through October 16, 2014 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to announce the fourth Storefront Project, Outside In - Three Artists' Fresh Perspectives in Landscape. Outside In features the work of Phil Laughlin, Scott Robinson, and Katie Urban. Each artist is invited to fill one window in Storefront 156, representing and considering landscape in ways that demonstrate expansive possibilities and diverse perspectives. Curated by ArtShape Mammoth. On view Sept. 27 through Oct. 16. About The Storefront Project Pelham Art Center's Storefront Project activates empty and underused storefronts in downtown Pelham, NY, by installing temporary "pop-up" art exhibitions by emerging artists. These street-level exhibitions serve to energize both the space and the streetscape, continuously refreshing the cultural environment of downtown Pelham. Exhibitions of painting, photography, and other two-dimensional work, along with sculpture and installations will each be shown for roughly one month. The Storefront Project is part of PAC's larger Public Art Program, which includes sculpture and installation exhibitions in the Pelham Art Center courtyard for enjoyment by the public. Free arts programming positively impacts the neighborhood, stimulates local businesses, and builds community by attracting residents and new visitors to an arts destination. An open call was published in April, inviting artists to respond to one or more of the following criteria when submitting a proposal: site-specificity, community building, public engagement, interactivity, history of Pelham/Westchester County/New York, and/or the importance of creating and sustaining public spaces. For more information on how to apply, visit Pelham Art Center's website at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with 12 proposals accepted per year. All work is for sale and inquiries can be made through Pelham Art Center. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through October 19, 2014 - New York

The Whitney's final exhibition in their building on the Upper East Side is a once-in-a-lifetime retrospective of the famed artist, which will occupy most of the building's space.

Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans - New-York Historical Society
Through October 19, 2014 - New York

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline's publication, the New-York Historical Society honors the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks. In addition to drawings from all six Madeline books, the exhibition features Bemelmans' drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York, murals from a rediscovered Paris bistro, panels from the Onassis yacht, and a cache of fabrics based on an early picture book.

Conceptions of Space: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Architecture - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 19, 2014 - New York

Focusing on recent acquisitions in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, Conceptions of Space addresses how contemporary architects continue to embrace spatial creation as a fundamental focus of their work. The exhibition reveals how, beyond formal traits and functional needs, the conception and articulation of architectural space still defines architecture as an artistic endeavor, and a response to wider cultural issues.

Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through October 19, 2014 - New York

Featuring artists who came to the fore between 1940 and 1990, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.

Fall Lunchtime Bird Walks in Central Park - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 21, 2014 - New York

Four Tuesdays. Catch a glimpse of owls, hawks and woodpeckers in the woods, finches and sparrows in the fields, and ducks and gulls in the lakes as ornithologist Paul Sweet guides you through three Central Park habitats to observe the varied bird species that make New York City their winter home. Please note: walks begin across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street. Enrollment is limited to 20 people per series. For more information, call the Bird Walk Hotline at 212-313-7579.

'The Movement'- Dance Classes for the Soul - Alex Ray Studios
Through October 25, 2014 - Hempstead

Alex Ray Studios Inc. presents the "The Movement"! Fallon Alexandria Fleming is going to introduce children in the community to the connection between the soul and contemporary movement. The program is inspired by the likes of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and Lester Horton which delivers soul resurrecting choreography to each participant. The program will incorporate ballet and modern techniques while arranged to pieces like "Fix Me, Jesus" and the "Processional" from Alvin Ailey's world renown production Revelations.

Exhibit: Natural Enemies - Pelham Art Center
Through October 25, 2014 - Pelham

Pelham Art Center is pleased to present Natural Enemies, opening on Sept. 12 and running through Oct. 25. One artist group and seven artists will exhibit a diverse collection of artwork ranging from performance artifacts from an Ideological Tug of War to sculptural wooden wall objects. Viewers can explore a Collage Formation with sculpture based on a chicken liver to the duality of Martha Stewart vs. Martha Rosler. This group exhibition explores the inherent conflicts in human nature and the prevailing ideologies that influence and motivate our existence on an emotional and intellectual level. Curated by Elizabeth Saperstein. Reason vs. Emotion. Sacrifice vs. Self-interest. The theme of human nature has inspired countless works of art and literature throughout history. Philosophers, economists, and ecologists continue to develop new lines of inquiry and theories to explain the subject. One popular theory suggests that our daily thoughts and actions are inextricably linked to underlying impulses in human behavior that may undermine the dominant notion of reason as the ultimate arbiter of decision-making. Another theory challenges homo economicus - that perhaps humans are not by nature cruel and motivated by self-interest, but more inclined to share, give, and cooperate. "Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive, and potentially orderly and constructive," observed the cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. Today, even at the most prosaic levels, we are chided to "make smart choices," which implies choosing between right and wrong, for one set of values against another. Whether addressing notions of what drives opposing values or reflecting on an increasingly rapacious culture, the exhibit presents an opportunity to start a conversation about integrating a better understanding of human nature - our beliefs, assumptions, and morality - into the way in which we communicate and conduct ourselves. Participating artists: Inga Dorosz, Loren Eiferman, Dahlia Elsayed, The Ladies' Auxiliary, Erik Parker; Tom Sanford, Barbara Weissberger, and Jeremy Willis. Admission is free and open to the public. An opening reception and free all-ages art workshop will be held on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-8pm with an artist and curator talk at 7pm. A panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30pm. About the Artists: INGA DOROSZ Inga Dorosz received her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an MFA in New Genres from Stanford University. Dorosz has exhibited her photographs, videos, and drawings at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Oregon; and Kunstraum Arcade Galerie, Austria, among others. She has been in residence at Djerassi; Atlantic Center for the Arts; AIR Krems, Austria; and Skriduklaustur, Iceland. She lives and works in San Francisco. Her work investigates place through abstracted depictions of specific locations based on intensive research of cultural history and environmental interests. LOREN EIFERMAN "My work can be called the ultimate recycling: where I take the detritus of nature and turn it into a new art. Nothing in my studio goes to waste. My influences are many: carpets from Iran from the 13th century, the mysterious crop circles that appear in the U.K. every spring and summer, the metaphysical works of Buddhist mandalas, sacred geometry found in nature, the chemical structure of wood and the translation of that into sculptural forms, and the celestial images viewed from the Hubble Telescope. Each sculpture is a new geometry that works on many different levels where numbers and numerology, interconnections, science, and color all have a place and relate together in a new pattern and dimension." Eiferman lives and works in Katonah, New York. She received her B.F.A. from Purchase College, Purchase, New York. DAHLIA ELSAYED Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her work, influenced by conceptual art, comics, and landscape painting, is informed by autobiography and environment, to create illustrated documents of places and memories. Frequently using the visual language of cartography, Ms. Elsayed's paintings employ symbols of hard data - geologic forms, borders, markers, coastlines - to frame the soft data of the ephemeral, adapting a quantitative schema to the qualitative. Her paintings, prints and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, and solo exhibitions at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the Jersey City Museum. Her work is in the public collections of the The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and New Jersey State Museum, amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Women's Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Ms. Elsayed is assistant professor of humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College. THE LADIES' AUXILIARY The Ladies' Auxiliary, founded in 2007, is a maternal organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the homely aesthetic. "Our membership is comprised of married women professionally trained in the functionless arts who have chosen to reside in peaceful, wholesome communities where they can nurture both their families and fixations. Our non-political, self-serving organization selects projects based upon their potential futility. Mrs. Sarah Eyre, Mrs. Erin McNally-Klein, Mrs. Leila Orienter, and Mrs. Jessica Villar are the charter members of The Ladies' Auxiliary. At this time, we have one additional active member, Mrs. Becky Teves." The members, along with the help of their devoted husbands, participate in, manage, and endorse all activities sponsored by the organization. ERIK PARKER Erik Parker is a New York-based artist. He has had solo exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut; the De Appel in Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Colette in Paris; Honor Fraser in Los Angeles; and Galleri Faurschou in Copenhagen, Denmark. Parker studied at the University of Texas, Austin with Peter Saul before receiving his M.F.A. from Purchase College of the State University of New York. Employing his own wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate, Parker creates bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture - psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip-hop, and heavy metal, as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon, and Roy Lichtenstein. TOM SANFORD Born in Bronxville, New York, Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition. Sanford received a B.A. from Columbia and an M.F.A. from Hunter College. BARBARA WEISSBERGER Barbara Weissberger's work has been shown at such venues as the Drawing Center, PS1/MoMA, DUMBO Art Center, and White Columns in New York; GRIDSPACE Brooklyn; Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York; in Pittsburgh at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Artist Image Resource; Artspace New Haven in New Haven, Connecticut; the Holter Museum (solo, catalogue) in Helena, Montana; and ADA Gallery and the Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. She is a participant in the inaugural Open Sessions at The Drawing Center (New York, 2014-2016). Grants and fellowships include a Guggenheim Fellowship, residencies at The Camargo Foundation (France), the Hambidge Center (NEA Distinguished Fellow 2013), Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus (Germany), the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, VCCA, and the Montana Artists Refuge. She divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York. Play is central to her process; images grow out of improvisation and the pleasure of working with materials. The writer Sherrie Flick described the idiosyncratic mix of elements in her work as "stacked and wrapped -- harmoniously, improbably, united in their disparity." JEREMY WILLIS "I have been doing paintings of women for the last few years that explore the intersection between the pop culture and personal experience. The painting style is a collision between abstract expressionism (the personal) and comic books/cartooning (pop culture). I also incorporate elements of baroque painting and the visual manifestation of rock-and-roll culture. Sort of an Ab-ex Betty and Veronica. Or (do you read comics?) Maggie and Hopey from "Love and Rockets," or Enid and Rebecca from "Eightball." The paintings have a sense of compromised exuberance. The expressive is thwarted by the false promises of youth and pop culture, the insanity of addiction/compulsion cycles, and the disenchantment of contemporary New York. The compromised nature of personal expression seen via the lens of hedonism." Willis received his M.F.A. from Hunter College. He is from New Orleans. He sings and plays guitar with the Brooklyn band, Cathy. About the Curator: Natural Enemies is organized by Elizabeth Saperstein, an independent curator. Saperstein has served on the Pelham Art Center's Gallery Advisory Committee since 2004, where she has organized several thematic group exhibits including still life, landscape, comics, and cartography, and most recently a luscious painting exhibition titled, "Big, Fat and Juicy." Horizon Variations, is her most recent offsite exhibition at the Camera Club of New York. She is a former professor of multimedia studies at the University of the Arts and program manager at the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop. She received her M.A. from Purchase College and B.S. from Emerson College. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803. 914-738-2525. Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop. These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; Bistro Rollin; Robin's Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.

Do Ho Suh - Drawings - Lehmann Maupin
Through October 25, 2014 - New York

This two-part show � also taking place at their gallery on 201 Chrystie Street � features the range of the renowned Korean artist's works on paper, including drawings using pencil, pen, ink, and watercolor, his unique "thread" drawings, as well as his large-scale rubbings.

Dinosaurs After Dark - Field Station: Dinosaurs
Through October 25, 2014 - Secaucus

Take a fun, mysterious journey into a shadowy, prehistoric world. Explore the dark woods and haunted trails. Play a game of flashlight tag...with velociraptors. Sing and laugh around a campfire, but watch out! Danger lurks in every shadow and there's a T-Rex on the loose. This unique family experience includes an eerie presentation on the ghosts of Snake Hill to set the mood, a special nighttime edition of family Olympics style T-Rex games, a dinosaur sing-a-long with a spectacular view of the New York City skyline, and a campfire complete with roasted marshmallows and s’mores.

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through October 26, 2014 - Bronx

The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Stroll the grounds to explore a Japanese tree tour and enjoy haiku in the perennial garden. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well taiko drumming and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.

Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989 - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through October 26, 2014 - New York

The first museum survey of Los Angeles�based conceptual artist Charles Gaines's early work. The exhibition features 75 works from the beginning of a singular career that now spans four decades.

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan's Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 26, 2014 - New York

Young and impassioned, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sought to revitalize mid-nineteenth-century British painting with the sincerity and vivid intensity they admired in medieval and early Renaissance art. Although the Brotherhood was short-lived, its influence was profound. This exhibition will highlight the second wave of the Pre-Raphaelite movement as it unfolded from the 1860s through the 1890s, focusing on the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some thirty works from across the Museum's collections - including paintings, drawings, furniture, textiles, prints, and illustrated books, many of them rarely on view and united for the first time - demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation will direct fresh attention toward the Metropolitan's little-known holdings in this important area.

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 26, 2014 - Katonah

Food, meats, produce, pasta, dressings, pickles, jams, baked goods, and more are all available at the market.

Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face - Frick Collection
Through October 26, 2014 - New York

The Frick Collection is the first venue to present a touring group of masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland. The ten paintings to be featured in New York - among them a Botticelli never before on public view in the United States and John Singer Sargent's iconic portrait of Lady Agnew - will travel in 2015 with forty-five additional works to the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oktoberfest - Bear Mountain State Park
Through October 26, 2014 - Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain kicks off its annual fall festival this weekend. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with a nature walk around Hessian Lake plus traditional German music, food, dancing, and vendors. Visit online for a list of weekly entertainment. Oktoberfest runs each weekend, plus Columbus Day, through Oct. 26.

Halloween Harvest - Luna Park
Through October 26, 2014 - Coney Island

2nd Annual LEGO® Building Contest & Exhibit - Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Through October 26, 2014 - Stony Brook

If you love building with LEGOS® and want to show off your creations, grab your family and friends and participate in the 2nd Annual LEGO® Building Contest & Exhibit in Stony Brook Village. The contest will take place at Ward Melville Heritage Organization's Educational & Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center and is partially sponsored by Michael Macrina Architect. Contestants must submit an entry form by the September 12 deadline to secure their spot. All submissions must be original creations and teams may be individuals or groups up to 5 members. For an official entry form visit Creations must be dropped off on Friday, September 26 and will be on display until Sunday, October 26, when prizes will be awarded and creations will be picked up.

New Netherland at 400: Unlocking the Secrets of the 1914 Time Capsule - New-York Historical Society
Through October 26, 2014 - New York

The term "time capsule" was coined at the New York World's Fair of 1939, but a quarter century earlier this richly ornamented bronze casket - possibly the oldest unopened time capsule in the world - was filled, sealed, and entrusted to the New-York Historical Society. A group of merchants, calling themselves the Lower Wall Street Business Men's Association, launched it on May 23, 1914 as a part of the tercentenary celebrations of the New Netherland Company's chartering in 1614 and the beginnings of Dutch North American colonialism. Ceremoniously enclosed by a former mayor, the chest was to remain sealed until 1974, the bicentennial of New York's appeal for the colonies to form a union. Oversleeping its due date, the chest will finally be unlocked at a ceremony in October.

Luna Park's Halloween Harvest - Luna Park
Through October 26, 2014 - Brooklyn

Halloween shouldn’t just be celebrated on October 31st! Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends September 20th through October 26th for our family-friendly activities, fall decorations and more. Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and FREE activities like trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloon benders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins and more! You don’t have to travel upstate or out to Long Island to pick a pumpkin – you can pick your very own gourd right here in Brooklyn! Visit our pumpkin patch and for $5 take home a pumpkin to call your own. Don’t forget to paint it at our pumpkin painting station, too! Luna Park is home to the world famous Cyclone Roller Coaster and has over 28 rides, games and attractions for all ages to enjoy!

Animal Drawing - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 29, 2014 - New York

Eight Wednesdays. The celebrated dioramas, dinosaur skeletons, and other distinctive features of the Museum serve as settings for this series of intensive after-hours drawing classes with illustrator and naturalist Patricia Wynne. Learn about the gifted artists who created these world-class dioramas as you sketch subjects in their "natural" environments. All experience levels welcome.

Born To Play Class - Frozen Ropes Syosset
Through October 30, 2014 - Syosset

Trial session for an activity class designed to introduce children to athletic movement, supervised exercise, and baseball!

Major League Class - Frozen Ropes Syosset
Through October 30, 2014 - Syosset

Trial run for a class that will be fast paced and designed to prepare players for their upcoming Spring seasons. Topics include hitting, fielding, throwing techniques, positional play, and game strategies.

Holistic Moms Meet and Learn - Happy & Healthy Wellness Center
Through October 30, 2014 - Mineola

Come and learn about natural ways to support your families. Learn about nutrition, essential oils, parenting tips and more. Come meet like-minded moms and share whats working for you! Classes are led by Certified Holistic Health & Parent Coaches. Children are welcome but must be supervised by parents.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2014 - Bronx

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster's imagination.

Worlding - Queens Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2014 - Queens

An exhibition inspired by the Panorama of the City of New York, the 9,355-square-foot architectural model of New York City commissioned by the controversial master builder Robert Moses for the 1964 Fair.

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel Open Full-Time - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Through October 31, 2014 - Queens

The Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens) kicks off its full-season schedule! Come by for great thrills, fun, and adventure! Fantasy Forest has several great amusement rides, including the Fantasy Frog Hopper, the Corona Choo Choo, and Queens' only roller coaster, the Corona Cobra Coaster! The amusement park and carousel are located right next to the Queens Zoo! Come celebrate Spring with us and enjoy the exciting rides of Fantasy Forest! Tickets, pricing, and hours are available on our website at! We also are home to the most thrilling birthday parties in Queens!

Artillery Drills, Soldier's Camp, and More - Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Through October 31, 2014 - Stony Point

Kids and their parents (and grandparents) can get a living history lesson and learn about the role Stony Point played in the American Revolution. Check out an 18th century Soldier's Camp with a resident blacksmith Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Hold your ears for an artillery drill featuring the battlefield's 6-pounder cannon Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. And visit online for a schedule of special summer events including evening tours by lantern light, holiday celebrations, and Lighthouse Day. Battlefield tours are held Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. All events are weather and staffing permitting. Call before your visit to confirm.

Pearl River Farmers' Market - The River
Through October 31, 2014 - Pearl River

The market is open Friday's through October and features conventional and organic produce from Hudson Valley farmers, local honey and eggs, fresh baked goods, small batch ice cream, cut flowers, children's books, story times, prepared food from Rockland Roots, children's activities and entertainment, and more. For more information, email:

Worlding - Queens Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2014 - Flushing

An exhibition inspired by the Panorama of the City of New York, the 9,355-square-foot architectural model of New York City commissioned by the controversial master builder Robert Moses for the 1964 Fair.

Art & Science Sundays on The Science Barge - The Science Barge
Through October 31, 2014 - Yonkers

Every Sunday from 2-4pm in October, the Science Barge on Yonkers' waterfront invites children ages 4-10 for hands-on Art & Science workshops. Children and adults can cross the gangplank and come aboard for everything from Take-home gardening to fish printing. Oct. 5: The Bee's Knees Recycling Art; Oct. 12: Grow & Go Take-Home Garden Workshop and Blue Crab Catch; Oct. 29: Real Deal Fish Printing; Oct. 26: Jack-O-Lantern Painting. Space and supplies are limited, so please RSVP to Chelsea Garabito at For more info, visit, or call 914-375-2151. Art & Science Sundays are generously sponsored by the Junior League of Bronxville.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through October 31, 2014 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each, it's fun! Parents can enjoy a three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids younger than age 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in October from 12pm to 4pm. Visit for details.

Day of the Dead Workshop - White Plains Public Library
Through October 31, 2014 - White Plains

Following ancient Day of the Dead traditions, children and their families will make an altar to honor the lives and times of beloved deceased family members. Workshop meets Oct. 14, 21, and 28 at 4:30pm. Registration begins Sept. 30.

Apple Picking - The Orchards of Concklin
Through October 31, 2014 - Pomona

The Orchards of Concklin opens their orchards this weekend to apple pickers of all ages. Call for weekly schedule of available varieties. Open daily. Call for end date in Oct.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2014 - Bronx

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is open all day for exploration, with guided activities from 1:30-5:30pm weekdays and 10am-5:30pm weekends. Each day, children can play inside a "gourd-geous" Pumpkin House; go on a scavenger hunt for fall fruits; look for wiggly worms under a rotting log; put on their own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater; read spooky stories; and watch pumpkin seeds sprout in a germination chamber. On weekends, children can read spooky stories and enjoy Halloween parades that travel throughout the Children's Adventure Garden. Sept. 20 through Oct. 31.

Rookie Class - Frozen Ropes Syosset
Through October 31, 2014 - Syosset

Have fun while you play and learn the right way! Trial run for a fun baseball class focusing on hitting, fielding, throwing, and developing an understanding of the game.

Shades of Color Characters - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2014 - Garden City

Create a seasonally-inspired little creature or character using paint chips and a variety of other materials. Through October 31.

Annual Halloween Model Train Show - Lasdon Park Arboretum & Veterans Memorial
Through October 31, 2014 - Katonah

Get ready to beam down to the Lasdon Park "Area 51" Train Show and Halloween Party! Aliens, flying saucers, mutants, and other extraterrestrial surprises will "invade" northern Westchester during the October "Area 51" Halloween festivities, including a themed train show and costume party, at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers. Throughout the season, the Lasdon main house will be decorated with an eerie alien/space theme of "Area 51," which is the Nevada desert Air Force complex famous in pop culture as home to secret extraterrestrials, UFOs, strange otherworldly experiments, and conspiracy theories that surround them. The annual Lasdon Halloween Model Train Show, also decked out in the alien theme, will be on view Oct. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25 and 26, from 11am-3:30pm each day. On Halloween Friday, Oct. 31, viewing hours are 3pm-6pm. The display consists of Lionel trains chugging along on more than 300 feet of track, past tiny buildings and miniature deserts. To add to the fun, the Lasdon Hay Maze will return this year, bigger and better than ever. There will be a scavenger hunt for children, and costumed ET will be available for photo opportunities in or out of his space craft. The maze will be open daily from 8am-4pm.

The NY World’s Fairs and the Port Authority Bringing Trade, Travel and Tourism to Queens, The Region and the World - Queens Botanical Garden
Through November 01, 2014 - Flushing

In our continuing celebration of the New York World's Fairs, enjoy this Port Authority multimedia exhibit which will be on view in the auditorium lobby.

Minor League Class - Frozen Ropes Syosset
Through November 01, 2014 - Syosset

Have fun while you play and learn the right way! Trial run for a fun baseball class focusing on hitting, fielding, throwing, and developing an understanding of the game.

THE BOY FROM OZ - Theatre Three
Through November 01, 2014 - Port Jefferson

The funny and heart-breaking true story of Australian entertainer Peter Allen from his humble beginnings through meteoric rise to international fame and celebrity. Features many of Allen's hit songs, including "I Go to Rio," "I Honestly Love You," and the Academy Award-winning "Arthur's Theme." September 20-November 1.

'Hansel & Gretel's Halloween Adventure' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through November 01, 2014 - Upper West Side

Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the pair's pet swan Samantha flying the chi

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