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KIDS SHOWS IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF OCTOBER 15

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Kids Shows in Manhattan Check out these free and low-cost family and children's shows playing the week of October 15 in Manhattan. See if your favorite musician will be in town and get all the details on the concert, find children's movie screenings, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new musical or play that your family can go see together. If the weather is cooperative, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Manhattan or will just be visiting during the week of October 15, you'll find plenty of options to keep your kids entertained. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Manhattan, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Primary Stages Presents: 'Motherhood Out Loud' - 59E59 Theaters
Through October 29, 2011 - Manhattan

"Motherhood Out Loud" is a dazzling collaboration of pieces by celebrated American writers on the topic of motherhood.

'Sylvester and the Magic Pebble' - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
October 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Drawn from the much-loved children's book of the same name, by William Steig, the author of Shrek. When Sylvester, a winsome donkey, picks up a shiny red pebble, its magic spins a heartwarming story that shows him the true importance of family and friends. Sylvester also learns that while magic works in his favor sometimes, it can also work against him. And when it does, how will he escape?

New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert: 'Four Greats: Johann Sebastian Bach' - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
October 15, 2011 - Manhattan

The concert will focus on music by Bach and feature the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir as well as soloists to be announced. The concert is preceded by Kidzone Live!, an interactive music fair where children meet Philharmonic musicians, create and listen to their own music, try out orchestral instruments, and learn new technologies.

Rosie's Theater Kids: Students on Strike - Theatre 80
October 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Rosie's Theater Kids and Howl! Arts Project present this original musical conceived and directed by Jeff Statile, based on the true story of Moton High School, whose students walked out of their school and into history. The show is part of the 3rd annual HOWL! ARTS PROJECT. To protest the overcrowded and inferior facilities at her Virginia school, 16-year-old Barbara Johns organizes and leads a two-week strike during which students refuse to attend classes. The students call upon lawyers from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to help them in their struggle for equal educational opportunities. Their case landed in the Supreme Court as part of 1954's Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public education unconstitutional. The ensemble includes Kya Brickhouse, Zi Ying Cao, Duaun Chappel, Celine Cortez, Dean Ford, Jassah Gittens, Rue Hogarth, Krishawn Lane, Karen Li, Christian Lizarbe, Tiffany Quijano, Anatola Pabst, Brent Ravelo, Nia Robinson-Pile, Jose Rojas, and Michel Wolinsky. HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2011 is a month-long series of non-stop music, film, theater, performance art, burlesque, drag entertainment, and pure family fun, running October 1-31 at Theatre 80. The series benefits HELP (Howl! Emergency Life Project), the newly established emergency assistance fund supporting East Village artists of all disciplines, which also provides all services offered by parent administrator: The Actors Fund.

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band - City Treehouse
October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

Join the band for a family concert featuring funky drumming, groovy harmonica riffs, and silly songs.

'Newsies The Musical' - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through October 16, 2011 - Millburn

Adapted for the stage from the popular Disney film, this new musical is based on the 1899 true story of a courageous group of scrappy newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.

'Angelina Ballerina The Musical' - The Theatre at St. Peter's
Through October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

Angelina Mouseling and her friends perform all types of dance - including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and ballet - to impress a famous visitor.

Gustafer Yellowgold's "Stripe of the Sock" Fall Tour - The Jewish Museum
October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

The little cone-headed guy from the Sun and his creative creator, Morgan Taylor, will land in NYC for a multimedia celebration of autumn that's equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook. Performing alongside a large screen displaying vividly colored animations with karaoke-style subtitles, Morgan Taylor and the Yellowgold Band will celebrate autumn with Gustafer, playing an array of "Gustafer favorites" from all four Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD sets, including songs from this year's release, "Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock."

Randy Kaplan's "Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie" New York CD Release Party - 92YTribeca
October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

Celebrate the release of Kaplan's new, not-ONLY-for-kids CD, "Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie," a collection of Kaplan-ized country blues and ragtime numbers from the 1920s, including songs first performed by the likes of Mance Lipscomb, Pink Anderson, Blind Boy Fuller, Muddy Waters, and Jim Jackson.

Thalia Kids' Book Club: Julia Alvarez - Symphony Space
October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

The author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," talks about her smart and funny new Tia Lola series, in conversation with Sonia Manzano ("Maria" from Sesame Street). Attendees will be able to interact with the author and participate in reader-response activities.

Princess Katie & Racer Steve in Concert - Children's Museum of Manhattan
October 16, 2011 - Manhattan

These kiddie rockers and their band will perform a high-energy "Rocktober" concert with lots of audience interaction and laughs. Kids are encouraged to dress up like rock stars.

Fall Starlight Music Series at Top of the Rock - Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Through October 19, 2011 - Manhattan

Visitors will listen to live music, sip wine and champagne provided by Rock Center Cafe, and enjoy the 360-degree panorama of New York City at sunset. The series will feature a variety of performances, including, keyboardist and pianist Lincoln Cleary, guitarist Billy White, blues band Universal Funk Order, and local New York funk-rock band Tactylics.

Soul Steps - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
October 20, 2011 - Manhattan

This show brings the African-American art form of stepping to the stage in a high-energy performance where Afro-urban rhythms and personal narratives relay individual stories and explore a cultural legacy. Based in New York City, the ensemble hails from around the globe. Influences such as Savion Glover and Debbie Allen and the gumboot dancers in the mines of South Africa inspire every slap of the thigh, twist of the hip, turn of the foot, and jump in the air. The performance will be followed by a JUST-US Dialogue.

Mountain Stage Newsong Contest - World Financial Center Winter Garden
October 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Now in its 10th year, this contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging artists in North America. In this performance and songwriting competition, 12 finalists will perform their original material to compete for the chance to perform on NPR's Mountain Stage and record an EP with LA-based songwriter, producer, and hit-maker Mikal Blue.

The Enchanted Piano: Dances for Piano with Electronics, Piano Strings, and Amplified Piano - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
October 21, 2011 - Manhattan

The show features music by major American composers, including Aeolian Harp and Fleeting by Henry Cowell; Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik by George Crumb; Synchronisms No. 6 by Mario Davidovsky; and Chamber Symphony by Maurice Wright. Performed by five dancers and Eliza Garth, the show utilizes classical, contemporary, and post-modern dance styles. Structure and patterns are plotted with human relationships to change the way the viewer/listener hears the music through the various pieces in this suite.

The Little Orchestra Society Lolli-Pops Concert: Who's Got the Beat? - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
October 22, 2011 - Manhattan

In this new program, children learn how music moves. Guest conductor Jeffrey Grogan leads the orchestra in the famous "Habanera" from Bizet's "Carmen" and Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance No. 8," and ends with music celebrating the beat and pulse of New York City.

Oran Etkin's 'Wake Up Clarinet' Family Concert - Symphony Space
October 22, 2011 - Manhattan

This multi-award-winning jazz-world music artist will perform an interactive family concert featuring songs from his award-winning CD "Wake Up, Clarinet!" Etkin and his jazzy band will lead the audience through imaginative games, stories, and songs, incorporating melodies and rhythms from all over the world.

The Enchanted Piano: Dances for Piano with Electronics, Piano Strings, and Amplified Piano - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
October 22, 2011 - Manhattan

The show features music by major American composers, including Aeolian Harp and Fleeting by Henry Cowell; Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik by George Crumb; Synchronisms No. 6 by Mario Davidovsky; and Chamber Symphony by Maurice Wright. Performed by five dancers and Eliza Garth, the show utilizes classical, contemporary, and post-modern dance styles. Structure and patterns are plotted with human relationships to change the way the viewer/listener hears the music through the various pieces in this suite.

Rosie's Theater Kids: Students on Strike - Theatre 80
October 22, 2011 - Manhattan

Rosie's Theater Kids and Howl! Arts Project present this original musical conceived and directed by Jeff Statile, based on the true story of Moton High School, whose students walked out of their school and into history. The show is part of the 3rd annual HOWL! ARTS PROJECT. To protest the overcrowded and inferior facilities at her Virginia school, 16-year-old Barbara Johns organizes and leads a two-week strike during which students refuse to attend classes. The students call upon lawyers from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to help them in their struggle for equal educational opportunities. Their case landed in the Supreme Court as part of 1954's Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public education unconstitutional. The ensemble includes Kya Brickhouse, Zi Ying Cao, Duaun Chappel, Celine Cortez, Dean Ford, Jassah Gittens, Rue Hogarth, Krishawn Lane, Karen Li, Christian Lizarbe, Tiffany Quijano, Anatola Pabst, Brent Ravelo, Nia Robinson-Pile, Jose Rojas, and Michel Wolinsky. HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2011 is a month-long series of non-stop music, film, theater, performance art, burlesque, drag entertainment, and pure family fun, running October 1-31 at Theatre 80. The series benefits HELP (Howl! Emergency Life Project), the newly established emergency assistance fund supporting East Village artists of all disciplines, which also provides all services offered by parent administrator: The Actors Fund.

'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

In this one-hour musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The Berenstain Bears Live! in 'Family Matters: The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Watch Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear as they sing and dance their way through a few life lessons. Face painting and photo opportunities with the Bears follow each performance.

Galli's 'Rapunzel' - National Comedy Theatre
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

In this adaptation of the classic fairytale, kids get engaged by helping Rapunzel and her prince find each other again. In a one-hour acting workshop that follows each Saturday performance, children are encouraged to dress up in costumes and act out their favorite fairytale characters. The workshop is followed by a mini performance for the adults.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 31, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Literally Alive Children's Theatre Presents 'Stone Soup' the Musical - Players Theatre
Through November 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Set in Revolutionary War America, two lost soldiers stumble upon the "perfect" village while searching for food and shelter. Unfortunately, the villagers are not so willing to share with these weary men until the soldiers begin to make their favorite meal - Stone Soup. This classic fable, told with mirth and music, makes us realize that anything is possible if we all work together. The audience is asked to bring canned goods to place in a soup pot that will be given to local soup kitchens. In the interactive arts workshops prior to the performance, the audience learns how the story was turned into a musical and discusses the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life. Kids and families will also make a special art project and take it home as a souvenir.

'Uncle Pirate' - Vital Theatre Company's McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through November 13, 2011 - Manhattan

Wilson is just your average kid until the day he finds out his uncle is real live pirate. With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade.

'Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes' - Looking Glass Theatre
Through November 20, 2011 - Manhattan

You might have heard of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Pecos Bill, but what about Calamity Jane? Find out how little 12-year-old Jane got her name in this playful Old West-style show. Jane and her mother are on their way to California when they find themselves in the beleaguered town of Hoopersville where the townsfolk spend all day and night hiding from the hilarious, hair-raising Hoopsnakes. Will Calamity Jane be able to help the townspeople face the Hoopsnake Queen once and for all? And most importantly, will there be pie?

The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi-Yitzhok - Castillo Theatre
Through November 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Four Jewish men meet on a ship crossing the Atlantic, fleeing the poverty and pogroms of Europe, hoping for a better life in the unknown cities and towns of America. On the long and difficult crossing, the four recall the oft-told stories of Rabbi Levi-Yitzhok and perform them for one another. In time-honored fashion, they debate the stories' meaning and dispute the question "What is the responsibility of the Jew in this world?"

"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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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