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There are many choices for families and children in New York City, and during the spring and summer NYC has many kids and family activities that include concerts, museum exhibitions, arts and crafts, nature walks in local parks, and many other outdoor activities. Here are some of today's kids and family activities in The Bronx, from nature hikes to kid-friendly performances!

Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 02, 2011 - Norwalk

Come fall in love with the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, offering views above and below the water.

Race to the End of the Earth - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

This exhibit recounts the contest to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912. The focus lies on the challenges that the two competing explorers faced as they undertook their 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Pole and back. The exhibit also links these early explorations to modern science and research on Antarctica.

Wintuk from Cirque du Soleil - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through January 02, 2011 -

Wintuk returns to New York for its final season! Wintuk is an exciting winter adventure for the whole family about a boy's quest for snow. The show weaves thrilling acrobatics, breathtaking theatrical effects and memorable songs into an extraordinary journey to an imaginary land called Wintuk. The boy and his companions deliver endless excitement, exhilaration and intrigue. Wintuk is playful, musical, and bursts with the energy of the city and the magic of a wonderland. This seasonal story, featuring an international cast of 50 performers from Cirque du Soleil, will return in November for its final season in the heart of the city, to the delight of the whole family.

Race to the End of the Earth - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Race to the End of the Earth recounts one of the most stirring tales in the annals of Antarctic exploration: The contest to reach the South Pole. This exhibition focuses on the challenges that the two leaders - Roald Amundsen on the Norwegian side and Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the British - faced as they undertook their separate 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - The Joyce Theater
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Celebrate the holiday season with The Trocks when these extraordinary dancers/comedians come back to The Joyce for another round of brilliant pointe work and hilarious parodying of classical favorites like Swan Lake and contemporary works like Patterns in Space. Also on the programs--two Joyce premieres: the Pas d'Action from Harlequinade, Petipa's last masterpiece, and Walpurghisnacht , set to music by Gounod. Get ready for stunning technique and singular humor from a company made up entirely of "heroines of ballet, heroically funny." The New York Times

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo - The Joyce Theater
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Watch these dancers/comedians parody classical favorites like Swan Lake and contemporary works like Patterns in Space.

It's a Hit: A Hometown View of our National Pastime. - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Through January 02, 2011 - Fairfield

This ongoing interactive exhibition delves into the history of baseball using photographs, memorabilia, equipment, uniforms and more. Understand the important role baseball has played in the social history of Fairfield and Bridgeport.

Out on a Limb: Adventures with Nature and Art - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 02, 2011 -

The fun and wonder of the natural world is explored through elaborate tree houses. Enter the exhibit and are immediately inside a series of tree houses with virtual aerial views and real experiences of nature. Help birds build nests and care for their young, climb a tree tower, make and decorate a club house, weave a sculpture or build a chair with willow bark and bamboo, read and role play stories of nature, and study and draw objects in nature in a tree naturalist journal.

Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 02, 2011 -

In a joint exhibition with the New York Public Library, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress explores the life and work of the novelist, short story writer, fabulist, critic, lecturer, and travel-writer, and his impact and enduring influence upon American literature and humor.

Night on the Town Exhibition - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2011 - Huntington

This exhibition focuses on images of nightlife scenes including dining, dancing, music, theater and entertainment. An evening out, whether in Huntington, Manhattan, or a rural Pennsylvania town, consists of a myriad of social interactions in addition to dining and entertainment.

'Imaginocean' - New World Stages
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

A new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor John Tartaglia, "Imaginocean" follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through January 02, 2011 -

This holiday season, enjoy the hottest contemporary choreography with premieres by Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown and Christopher Huggins, plus new productions of audience favorites choreographed by Alvin Ailey, Geoffrey Holder and Judith Jamison.

Italy Observed: Views and Souvenirs, 1706-1899 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2011 -

This installation assembles the rich holdings of Italian vedute collected by Robert Lehman. From paintings of Venetian life by Luca Carlevaris to a Neapolitan album of gouache drawings documenting the eruption of Vesuvius in 1794 to sketches and watercolors of Italian antiquities by visitors on the Grand Tour, the exhibition will capture the artist's romantic attraction to Italy and its irresistible Roman heritage. Joining the selection will be marketed souvenirs -- teapots, spoons, fans, and pocket watches -- on loan from the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961-1968 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 02, 2011 -

This exhibition includes over forty-five spectacular drawings borrowed from museums and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Ocean Science Sunday: Festival of Ice - The Whaling Museum
January 02, 2011 - Cold Spring Harbor

As the weather turns cold, explore the amazing science of ice. Try your hand at an icy science experiment, and create your own colorful masterpiece by painting with colored ice. Learn how to make ice cream with melted ice. Preregistration is required.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

The delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. Through January 2.

'Lula Belle in Search of Santa' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

This original comedy follows Lula Belle, a rambunctious little girl who takes it upon herself to save the world when Santa Claus goes missing. Lula travels from the suburbs to outer space and all points in between in search of the man in the big red suit.

'ELF: The Musical' - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Follow the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. When he returns to New York to find his true family, Buddy will help the city remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The Three Musketeers - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 02, 2011 - Pleasantville

A lavish, breathless rendition of the adventures of the hot-headed young nobleman D’Artagnanand the beautiful and devious lady as well as the swashbuckling deeds of the famous heroic threesome.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 -

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. The theme of this year's 13-foot tree is Discovery, featuring ornaments that evoke the 10th anniversary of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a dinosaur dig, and the Museum's exhibition Race to the End of the Earth. Volunteers began 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 origami paper folding. Past themes have included "Folding the Museum;" "Fantastic Creatures: Mythic and Real;" "Origami in Flight;" "Under the Sea;" "Pocket Posy;" and "Origami Safari."

'Wintuk from Cirque du Soleil' - Madison Square Garden
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

An exciting winter adventure about a boy's quest for snow, this seasonal musical features an international cast of 50 performers from Cirque du Soleil. The show weaves thrilling acrobatics, breathtaking theatrical effects, and memorable songs into an extraordinary journey to an imaginary land called Wintuk.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through January 02, 2011 -

Tchaikovsky's glorious musical masterpiece, with George Balanchine's unforgettable, dreamworld choreography -- where ballerina snowflakes fly across the stage, toys burst into exuberant life, and little Marie is saved from the villainous Mouse King by the heroic Nutcracker. Call or visit website for tickets and show times.

Monty Python's Spamalot - Shubert Theater
January 02, 2011 - New Haven

The musical, based on the film "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Twist and Shout - Patchogue Theatre
January 02, 2011 - Patchogue

A quartet of look and sound alike musicians backed by an ever changing multi-media presentation recreate the fashion and musical styles that adapted to the changing culture of the decade.

All Access--Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
January 02, 2011 - Norwalk

The Penguin exhibit closes at the end of the year and the aquarium is offering backstage tours. Learn about African penguins and other species, their care and the exhibit's special design. The penguins can be seen and heard through a stage door.To purchase tickets call ext. 2206.

Holiday Express Train Show - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Through January 02, 2011 - Fairfield

A new layout winds model trains through scenery decorated for the holidays. A camera is perched on top of the train for a birds-eye view. Weekend hours, noon to 4pm. The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve 10am to 4pm. Weekdays prior to Christams, 11am to 1pm.

Mummenschanz - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

The Swiss performance troupe brings to life fantastical forms and creatures made of ordinary objects such as toilet paper, note pads, tubes, wires, and boxes.

Momentum - New Victory Theater
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Boasting a cast of 10 outstanding young talents from as many countries, this show is a fusion of physical prowess and infectious rhythms and beats.

Family Sunday at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
January 02, 2011 - Roslyn Harbor

The museum offers a docent-led family walk-through of the current exhibition and, beginning at 1:30pm, supervised art activities for the whole family. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries.

Indoor Farmers Market - Westchester County Center
January 02, 2011 - White Plains

Shop for fresh produce, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, and jams, wine and dairy products, and soap and candles.

Sunday Family Skate Day - Playland Ice Casino
January 02, 2011 - Rye

Skate with the family; rentals and a large pizza included.

Family Art Project: A Garden Vision For the New Year - Wave Hill
January 02, 2011 - Bronx

Use the cold days of winter to dream up hot ideas for spring. Visualize your own colorful garden concepts in a 3D, mixed-media model.

Sunday Brunch - Wave Hill
January 02, 2011 - Bronx

Enjoy a special meal with your family, presented by Wave Hill's exclusive caterer Great Performances. Reservations required by 4pm the Friday before.

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through January 02, 2011 -

Magical toy soldiers, sparkling fairies, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world descend upon BAM this December for the world premiere of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award-winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King), Ratmansky's new version of Tchaikovsky's classic unites more than 100 superb performers for a sublime retelling of the beloved story. Join the young Clara and her famous wooden prince for the sweetest of all family holiday dreams.

Green Quilts: 19th Annual Quilt Show - Prospect Park
Through January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

The Quilt Show has been a Prospect Park tradition for nearly 20 years, and this year's exhibition features quilts that draw inspiration from recycled materials. Quilts will feature both traditional "recycled" items such as fabric scraps or old clothing as well as non-traditional recycled materials. Quilts will also depict the quilters' love of, or concern for, the environment.

Winter in the Wild - Prospect Park
Through January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Where do squirrels get their food during the cold winter months? How do birds stay warm in a blizzard? Scientific tools such as dual thermometers and wind meters will be used to explain how animals are specially adapted for winter in Prospect Park.

Handiwork - Prospect Park: Lefferts Historical House
Through January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

View significant artifacts from 19th century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Tours every half hour.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
January 02, 2011 - Stamford

Every Sunday, the education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum’s many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission.

Blooming Babies: Snow Friends - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Children will hear and sing along to the cherished tale of Frosty the Snowman. Learn what Frosty the Snowman was made of and what made him melt.

December Break: Holiday Bounce Schedule at BounceU Farmingdale - BounceU Farmingdale
Through January 02, 2011 -

Celebrate the Holidays at one of our Open Bounce Sessions! BounceU Farmingdale will be adding Special Open Bounce Sessions for the kids to come and play. Call (631) 777- JUMP (5867) or check our online calendar for session times, www.bounceu.com/cities/farmingdale.ny! Call today to reserve your spot!

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
January 02, 2011 -

Learn how artists today are creating artworks and explore the cultures and techniques that influence them. In the studio, create your own innovative art. Each day's program is a variation on the monthly theme.

Teddy Bear Tea - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids can bring their favorite teddy or doll to meet Sara Woodhull, the proprietor's daughter. They'll follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830, then enjoy fruit tea and cookies.

Sunday Brunch - Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge
January 02, 2011 - Bear Mountain

Executive Chef Michael Matarazzo presents a buffet brunch featuring a carving station, an omelet station, classic entrées, a salad bar, and indulgent desserts. Adults receive a complimentary champagne, mimosa, or bloody Marys. The Lodge offers commanding views of the Hudson River and surrounding mountainside and is in walking distance to the Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Ice Skating Rink and hiking trails. Reservations required.

Open Studio: Bookmaking - The Noguchi Museum
January 02, 2011 - Long Island City

Open Studio encourages families to explore the galleries and to make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

Miles of Tiles - New York Transit Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Use colorful glass tiles to create your own subway-like mosaic.

PASTA! A Pop Ups Puppet Musical - Soho Playhouse
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Join The Pop Ups (veteran kids' rockers Jacob Stein and Jason Rabinowitz) for an educational and comical musical adventure through the magical land of Brooklyn. With the audience's help, they'll search for the ingredients to make the best (locally sourced) pasta sauce ever. Prepare for a high-energy, live act involving live drawing, colorful puppets, animals, instruments, and interactive songs from The Pop Ups' 2010 album, "Outside Voices."

Miles of Tiles - New York Transit Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Children create subway station-inspired mosaics.

1st Sunday Bird Walks at Greenwich Point - Greenwich Audubon Society
January 02, 2011 - Greenwich

Join experts from the community with spotting scopes to help identify wintering birds at Greenwich Point. Beginners are welcome. Wear warm clothes, bring binoculars and meet at the second concession stand. No RSVP required. Call Wild Wings for information at 203-637-9822.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Learn how artists today are creating artworks and explore the cultures and techniques that influence them. In the studio, create your own innovative art.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Learn how artists today are creating artworks and explore the cultures and techniques that influence them. In the studio, create your own innovative art.

Blooming Babies: Snow Friends - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Participants will hear and sing the cherished tale of Frosty the Snowman. Learn what Frosty the Snowman was made of and what made him melt.

Artworks - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 02, 2011 -

Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.

Artworks - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 02, 2011 - Brooklyn

Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.

Drop-In Hours - weekends - Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
January 02, 2011 - Ridgefield

On weekends, visit The Education Center for self-guided tours and hands-on projects appropriate for all age levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with admission.

Preservation Detectives: Treasure Trove - Museum at Eldridge Street
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Families will examine and explore ritual objects and historical artifacts inside the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Afterwards, children will design a one-of-a-kind mezuzah to adorn their home.

New Year's Wishes Over the Rainbow - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Make a wish for yourself and the world and add it to CMOM's Wishing Rainbow mural.

MUMMENSCHANZ - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
January 02, 2011 -

MUMMENSCHANZ - A dazzling spectacle of movement and transformation the whole family will love. The magic and wonder of Mummenschanz returns to North America for the first time since 2003 with a program that showcases the incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination of the celebrated Swiss performance troupe. For nearly four decades, Mummenschanz has captivated audiences worldwide with its pioneering non-verbal theatre of movement and transformation. In the surreal, comic, wordless universe of Mummenschanz, everyday objects such as toilet paper, wires, tubes, and boxes spring to life to become fantastical characters, and abstract forms and ordinary shapes interact in surprising ways to reveal timeless truths about human connections and relationships. The troupe creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers. Founding artists Bernie Schürch and Floriana Frassetto are the featured performers on this tour, presenting some of the troupe’s most beloved creations and characters. They are joined by Raffaella Mattioli and Pietro Montandon. Recommended for all ages. Performance Length: 70-80 minutes with no intermission.

The Wizard of Oz - CM Performing Arts Center
January 02, 2011 - Oakdale

The classic movie-musical comes to life on the stage as Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, and wicked old witch make the journey down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, looking for their hearts desires. Plus, see all the characters fly across the stage courtesy of ZFX.

Rregistry Mornings - giggle
January 02, 2011 - Greenvale

Explore the store and get help with your baby registry.

Beauty and the Beard: The Life and Music of Johannes Brahms - 92nd Street Y
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Steven Isserlis, the acclaimed cellist and author, brings his irresistible wit to the stage in a series of hour-long musical portraits that feature the music of Johannes Brahms.

Seal Walks - Montauk Point State Park
January 02, 2011 - Montauk

Go in search of seals.

Jeff Dunham's 'Identity Crisis Tour' - Nassau Coliseum
January 02, 2011 - Uniondale

Watch the stand-up comic bring his original puppets to life on stage using ventriloquism and humor.

The Sound of Music - The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
January 02, 2011 - Northport

Winner of five Tony Awards, this show is a classic favorite based on the true memoirs of Maria Von Trapps's book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers."

'Frosty' - John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
January 02, 2011 - Northport

See the classic winter tale of a magical snowman who comes to life to spread good will and holiday cheer.

Discovery Days of Fun in Air, Space and Science - Cradle of Aviation Museum
January 02, 2011 - Garden City

Enjoy a variety of family activities and workshops, including the "Science of Toys Workshop" and "Flying with the Blue Angels."

All Hands-On Deck - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
January 02, 2011 -

You can meet an educator in our 27 Seconds exhibit gallery to learn more about our temporary exhibit through tours of 27 Seconds and The Hangar Deck as well as a hands-on learning lesson on our Discovery Deck in the Exploreum. And on Sundays, families are invited to drop by the Discovery Deck for arts, crafts and experiments designed around the four Exploreum themes: sea, air, space and life at sea. All weekend demonstrations are free of charge and designed for families with school-aged children.

Meet Little Shelter - Broadway Mall
January 02, 2011 - Hicksville

Visit the store located between Macy's and Target; spend time with dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that are looking for homes; and speak to staff and volunteers about volunteer opportunities.

The Light Before Christmas: The IMAX Experience - Cradle of Aviation Museum
January 02, 2011 - Garden City

After losing their way on Christmas Eve, two children, Katie and Makean, are rescued by their friend, The Candleman, an old sage who imparts wisdom, hot chocolate, and stories. He invites the children inside and reads them "The Night Before Christmas." By magic, Katie and Makean find themselves as characters in the poem, where they experience the wonder and delight of Santa's visit to their home. At the end of the film, viewers get a glimpse into the magical workshop where the film was made.

Bayville Winter Wonderland - Bayville Adventure Park
January 02, 2011 - Bayville

Enter a holiday wonderland where you can visit Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse and meet Santa himself, view Captain Bay's Yo Ho Holiday Light Show, ride the Bayville Holiday Express Train, and go on an arctic skating adventure ($6). The arcade and indoor rock climbing center will also be open, as well as the miniature golf and ropes course (weather permitting).

New Year's Family Film: 'Chicken Run' - Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Watch chicken friends Ginger, Bunty, Babs, and Fowler try to escape from the farm with help from an American rooster named Rocky.

JCC New Year's Fitness for everyBODY Fair - The JCC in Manhattan
January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

The JCC in Manhattan's annual New Year's fitness for everyBODY Fair co-sponsored by Modell's is a full day of free fitness classes, seminars, workshops, special offers, giveaways, and more. There will also be a special appearance by WBA Boxing Champion Yuri Foreman. For more info or to register, visit jccmanhattan.org/newyears.

JCC New Year's fitness for everyBODY Fair - The JCC in Manhattan
January 02, 2011 -

The JCC in Manhattan's annual New Year's fitness for everyBODY Fair co-sponsored by Modell's is on Sunday, Jan 2 and is open to the public. Join us for a full day of FREE fitness classes, seminars, workshops, special offers, giveaways + more! There will also be a special appearance by WBA Boxing Champion Yuri Foreman. For more info or to register, please visit jccmanhattan.org/newyears.

Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style - Museum of the City of NY
Through January 03, 2011 -

Co-presented with the National Jewelry Institute, Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style highlights 80 prominent New York women who used their style, talent, or wealth to capture the attention of society and the media. The exhibition features a runway of original attire -- much of it created by the most important designers of their times -- and an impressive selection of jewelry crafted from the dawn of the 20th century to its close.

'Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece' - The Onassis Cultural Center
Through January 03, 2011 - Manhattan

The exhibit brings together more than 90 exceptional artworks focusing on the Archaic, Classical and the Hellenistic period. Through these objects, the exhibit shows how the ancient Greek heroes were understood and how they served as role-models. It also explores the human need for heroes.

In The Ceramics Studio - Lyons Wier Limited
Through January 04, 2011 -

"In The Ceramics Studio" is a group show featuring 30 artists from New York area ateliers and focuses on hand-made functional and conceptual ceramic artwork.

Broken Forms: European Modernism from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2011 -

The masterpieces in this exhibition include examples of Cubism, Cubo-Futurism, Expressionism, and other avant-garde movements that are central to the Guggenheim's collection.

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 05, 2011 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from Times Square at 7pm. $44.99; $34.99, children under 12.

First Annual Small Works Show - Trapani Fine Art & Frame Shoppe
Through January 05, 2011 - Manhasset

Twenty-five artists were selected from nationwide submissions to exhibit their work in this show. The show is an eclectic mix of realist, abstract, collages, photography, drawings and other unusual media, with 2-D pieces no larger than 16-by-16 inches. All works are for sale.

'Toys: The Inside Story' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 07, 2011 - Garden City

Peek inside some common toys while exploring the basics of pulleys, cams, gears, linkages, and circuits. Twelve different hands-on stations are featured, which illustrate the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys and let visitors create their own toy-like combinations.

Colin Quinn Long Story Short - Helen Hayes Theatre
Through January 08, 2011 -

Comically channeling the demise of great world empires, Colin Quinn uses his “articulate brand of comedy” in taking audiences through an uproarious history of the world in 75 minutes. From his personification of Caesar as the original Italian mobster to his complaints about Ancient Greece and Antigone giving way to Costco and Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us.

The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 09, 2011 -

Organized to complement the Museum's major loan exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, this installation in the Museum's permanent galleries for Chinese painting and calligraphy traces the momentous stylistic transformation in painting and calligraphy that began under Mongol rule and culminated in the literati traditions of the early Ming. The exhibit will showcase some seventy Yuan and early Ming works of art from New York–area private and public collections.

Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 09, 2011 -

The exhibition features works from the private collection of Isaac Sutton—the largest American collection of contemporary botanical art. The body of work documents a wide variety of plant life in aesthetically stunning fashion and comes to the Garden after a long and successful run at Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 09, 2011 - Katonah

This exhibition—which includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, video, and a live web broadcast—takes a look at current map-based works that represent actual locations–real and imagined. Encompassing the stars, the land, and the built environment, it explores various strategies that artists are using to track their subjects, distilling them into art objects and activities that choreograph location through time and space.

Circus! Art and Science Under the Big Top - Bruce Museum
Through January 09, 2011 - Greenwich

This exhibit covers the history of the circus and displays items such as swallowing swords, costumes, circus posters and artwork by Matisse and Chagall. Interactive stations demonstrate the science and mechanics behind performing acts.

Rock On! Masterworks of Rock Photography Exhibition - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 09, 2011 - Huntington

This exhibition presents more than 50 images of rock ‘n’ roll musicians from the early days of Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, through the classic period of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Doors, to today’s hip-hop musicians Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J.

Big Apple Circus Presents 'Dance On!' - Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
Through January 09, 2011 - Manhattan

This lively show features performers from around the globe, including a troupe of monocyclists and lasso twirlers from China; a group of Mongolian contortionists; a collection of Kenyan athletes; a herd of 12 miniature horses in an equine chorus line; and an Ethiopian juggler with a lively, up-tempo act that's hard to beat.

Dolls, Toys & Teddy Bears: Playthings of Yesteryear - Stamford Museum and Nature Center/Bendel Mansion
Through January 09, 2011 - Stamford

A display of toys grandparents and great grandparents would have played with dating from the late 1800's through the 1950's.

Big Apple Circus Presents Dance On! - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 09, 2011 -

The spectacular Big Apple Circus leaps into its 33rd Season with a thrilling All-New Show, Dance On! The World's Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Invited to the dance: an awesome troupe of monocyclists and lasso twirlers from China! A mind-bending group of Mongolian contortionists! A kinetic collection of Kenyan athletes who shimmy up a pole as though gravity were a joke! A herd of hoofers -- twelve miniature horses in an equine chorus line! And an Ethiopian juggler with a lively up-tempo act that's hard to beat! Your Host is our charming and charismatic Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, aided with antic abandon by star clowns Rob Torres and of course, our leggy, lovable laugh-riot Grandma! With live music by the Big Apple Circus Band, there'll be cavorting in the aisles -- and even the audience will be dancing in their seats! Visit website for tickets and show times.

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 09, 2011 -

The first exhibition in the United States to focus upon this international phenomenon and to examine its manifestations in all media. Among the artists represented are Balthus, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Pablo Picasso, and August Sander. Closed Thurs.

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 09, 2011 -

The first major U.S. exhibition in twenty years to survey the work of the legendary American artist John Baldessari, widely renowned as a pioneer of conceptual art.

19th Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 09, 2011 -

Experience the magic of New York City dressed to the nines for the holidays as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Call ahead for tickets.

19th Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 09, 2011 - Bronx

One of the most eagerly anticipated traditions of the season, the critically acclaimed Holiday Train Show presents an enchanted New York, wrapped in the glow of twinkling lights. More than a dozen large-scale model railway trains—from late-1800s American steam engines and streetcars, whimsical ladybugs and circus cars, to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains and trolleys—traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. Also new this year, Thomas the Tank Engine™ will join the fleet of model trains animating replicas such as the Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium—all created from plant parts.

'Herb Williams: Beneath the Surface' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 09, 2011 - Manhattan

Herb Williams displays a series of large-scale sculptures made out of crayons. In this collection, the artist imagines a new breed of fish that have specially adapted to life in the midst of man-made ecological disasters.

Art & The Children - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through January 09, 2011 - Stamford

An exhibition of artwork by the Center's preschool students.

Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 09, 2011 -

View the original manuscript by Dickens in a special presentation in the museum's newly restored McKim Building. Closed Mon.

Great European Libraries: Photographs by Massimo Listri - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 09, 2011 -

On the occasion of the most extensive restoration of the McKim building's interior in over one hundred years, this exhibition of Massimo Listri's photographs of great European libraries features notable examples of the aesthetic that inspired McKim. Closed Mon.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism - Neue Galerie
Through January 10, 2011 - New York

The first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to this major late 18th-century Bavarian-born Austrian sculptor. It focuses on the artist's so-called "character heads," among the most important works of sculpture from their era. The exhibition is organized by Guilhem Scherf, chief curator of sculpture at the Musée du Louvre.

Exhibition: "Christmas Comes to Old New York" - Merchant's House Museum
Through January 10, 2011 - Manhattan

Scenes of holiday preparation, recreated throughout the house, show how many of our modern holiday customs originated in mid-19th century New York.

Have Gun, Get in Shape, BELLY DANCE! Beginner Level 2 Dance Classes with Najla - Roy Arias Dance Studios - Studio 3
Through January 10, 2011 -

Get started early on those 2011 New Year's Resolutions and shimmy off the winter blues with BELLY DANCE. Belly dance (also known as Middle Eastern dance, raqs sharqui, or danse orientale) is a great way to learn a beautiful art form while staying in shape, gaining confidence in yourself, and (most importantly) having fun!

Email Najla at info@najlabellydance.com to pre-register or come to the first session on December 13. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as classes require minimum 3 students. Appropriate for all ages and genders.

Beginner Belly Dance 2 - Pre-registration open now! Same studio, spacious new practice room! Mondays, December 13, 2010-January 10, 2011 (5-week session) 6:30-7:30 pm Roy Arias Studios (218 West 37th Street) Room 3 $75 for the entire session

Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 10, 2011 -

For the ninth installment of the Performance Exhibition Series, the artists Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971) present Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano (2008). For this piece, the artists carved a hole in the center of a grand piano, through which a pianist plays the famous Fourth Movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, usually referred to as "Ode to Joy." The performer leans over the keyboard and plays upside down and backwards, while moving with the piano across the vast atrium. The result is a structurally incomplete version of the ode -- the hole in the piano renders two octaves inoperative -- that fundamentally transforms both the player/instrument dynamic and the signature melody, underlining the contradictions and ambiguities of a song that has long been invoked as a symbol of humanist values and national pride.

Free Infant Class - Elliotts Gymnastics Classes - 93rd Stret
Through January 12, 2011 - Manhattan

This class, for ages newborn through 6 months, introduces babies to different sounds and movements by utilizing music, bells, hoops, and vivid colors. Through January 12.

Winter/Spring Registration - Youth Theatre interactions, Inc.
Through January 13, 2011 - Yonkers,

Register for after-school classes offered in drama, singing, dance, and more. Students are allowed to participate in as many classes as they desire.

Free Infant Class - Elliotts Gymnastics Classes - 89th Street
Through January 14, 2011 - Manhattan

This class, for infants ages newborn through 6 months, introduces babies to different sounds and movements by utilizing music, balls, hoops, and vivid colors. Through January 14.

TIGERS The Exhibition: Tracking a Legend - The South Street Seaport
Through January 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Through the story of a wild tigress and her cubs, visitors experience the world of the Bengal tiger and are taken into a rich environment of engaging activities and technology.

CRAFT-TASTIC - Pelham Art Center
Through January 15, 2011 - Pelham

An annual artisan exhibit featuring an intimate arrangement of sculptural objects, artwork, and jewelry by various working artists throughout New York and across the US. In the main gallery space, Christine Milo, Gallery and Program Manager, presents an eclectic mix of modern craftwork. In the front gallery, Leigh Taylor Mickelson of Clay Art Center, has curated a ceramic exhibit showcasing affordable, functional and decorative items that make great gifts. All work is for sale and includes a range of affordable items.

27 Seconds - The Apollo I Tragedy - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through January 16, 2011 -

This special exhibit tells the story of the 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy when, during routine tests, fire engulfed the command capsule and took the lives of astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. Through rare photographs, artifacts and narrative, the exhibit explores this pivotal event, which riveted the attention of a heartbroken nation, set new standards of heroism and service to our country and changed the course of space exploration in America.

The Sound of Music - The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
Through January 16, 2011 - Northport

Winner of five Tony Awards, The Sound of Music is a classic favorite based on the true memoirs of Maria Von Trapps's book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers."

TD Bank Youth Theater Series Presents 'Frosty' - The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport
Through January 16, 2011 - Northport

Celebrate the holiday season and follow along Frosty's adventures.

Doll Face - Theater for the New City
Through January 16, 2011 -

Christmas, 1956 in the borough of Queens: Dolores Zuckerman's dream of becoming a television comedienne leads her to danger, romance and intrigue in a naughty Christmas musical conceived and written by B.J. Sebring, with lyrics by David Forman, music by David Forman & Rob Hyman with additional material by Bette Midler, Rick Chertoff, Eric Bazilian and Lou Bellofatto.

The tale is set near Utopia Parkway in the time when Jack Paar and Milton Berle were the toast of the airwaves. Dolores “Dollface” Zuckerman has two ambitions: to tell funny jokes on TV and to wed her boyfriend (a handsome gentile gym instructor, never mind that he's a bit of a mama's boy). Instead, she becomes an unwitting tool of a jeweler's plot to rob his own store. By luck, pluck and a well-timed you-know-what, Dolores manages to outsmart the double-crossing jewel thieves and even gets her man. The slightly ribald tuner is filled with authentic outer-borough types who will have you rolling in the aisles. Music ranges from authentic Rock 'n' Roll to Samba, Mambo, Pop Ballads, Rhythm & Blues and Patter.

A Process of Elimination - Theater for the New City
Through January 16, 2011 -

A Process of elimination by Gene Ruffini. A surprise-filled, fun, mystery/suspense/murder thriller about Broadway witches. Directed by Celine Havard. Featuring : Michael Gnat, Colleen Cosgrove, Dan Burkhart, Lisa Tracy, Stephen Hanse, Gabriella Mazza, and Mitch Conway.

King Tut - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Through January 17, 2011 -

After more than 30 years, the record-breaking exhibition, King Tut, returns to NYC for its final stop before these ancient treasures return to Egypt forever. Revel in the splendor of the ancient Egyptian world as you view a dazzling array of possessions unearthed from his tomb, along with antiquities representing his family and contemporaries. The exhibition is open 7 days a week: Sun.-Wed., 10am-8pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9:30pm. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.

Festival of Lighthouses - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2011 - Norwalk

View and vote for the best of 24 handmade lighthouses on display throughout the museum's galleries.

The Great Trains exhibit - Wilton Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Through January 17, 2011 - Wilton

This annual exhibit features a range of makes, models and gauges of carefully crafted trains that roll around curves, pass familiar local and scenic landscapes and rush through mountain passes. Also displayed are a vast collection of toys, dolls and miniatures.

9th Annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show - New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store
Through January 17, 2011 - Manhattan

The exhibit features a 34-foot-long model train layout with Lionel trains running on eight separate loops of track through a wondrous series of scenes, from a miniature New York City, across the Hell Gate Bridge, through suburbs, farmland, and on to the North Pole. A selection of vintage toy trains will be on display, along with recent limited edition Lionel trains.

Drawn in Brooklyn - Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library Branch
Through January 23, 2011 -

A festival and exhibition of children's book art curated by John Bemelmans Marciano. The exhibition features the work of over 30 illustrators who live and work in Brooklyn, from the most exciting newcomers in publishing to the legends of the business. The exhibition showcases over a hundred pieces of art from such books as "Duck for President," "The Curious Garden," "Moonshot," and "Madeline and the Cats of Rome," and includes such Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award winners as Leo and Diane Dillon, Brian Selznick, Paul O. Zelinsky, Bryan Collier, Pat Cummings, and Brian Pinkney.

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 23, 2011 -

A small, scholarly focused exhibition of about fifty pieces of the distinctive "artistic furniture" and related objects produced by the workshop of Charles Rohlfs (American, 1853-1936) in Buffalo, New York. His unusually inventive forms and imaginative carving combined many influences, from the abstract naturalism of Art Nouveau to the bold forms of the Arts and Crafts movement. The exhibition explores Rohlfs's work in the context of new research that reveals his success in Europe as well as in America, and traces his influence on other twentieth-century furniture designers. The exhibition draws from many public and private collections.

2010 Student Exhibition: Students View American Still Life - Parrish Art Museum
Through January 23, 2011 - Southampton

Students and teachers will visit or view online the exhibition "American Still Life: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum" and then create works of their own.

'Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics' - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Through January 24, 2011 - Manhattan

The exhibition includes 13 clay tablets from the Old Babylonian Period that demonstrate that, in addition to the development of writing, the foundations for the Western legal system, and other crucial accomplishments, ancient Mesopotamian culture attained a stunningly high level of mathematical achievement more than 1,000 years before the Greek sages with whom the field is said to have begun.

Trivia Tuesdays - Southern Hospitality
Through January 25, 2011 -

Tuesday Night Trivia. Tuesdays at 8pm. $3 Drafts. $5 Well Drinks. $ Frozen Drinks. 1st Place: One Hour Open Bar. 2nd Place: $25 Gift Certificate. 3rd Place: Free Appetizer. Shots for Best Team Name, Best Answer, Last Place Team! Best Trivia Night in NYC

Live Music Series at Viva Toro - Viva Toro Restaurant & Bar
Through January 27, 2011 -

This week we feature Mar Sala (Flamenco-Brazilian-World Music). Series Starts this Thursday, Dec 2nd and takes place every Thursday there after

WHERE: Viva Toro Restaurant 188 Berry Street Bet North 3rd & North 4th Brooklyn, NY 11211 Tel: 718-384-2138 Neighborhood: Williamsburg

WHEN: Thursday, December, 2nd, 8pm

Specials: $2 Tecate Beer and $5 Frozen Margarita ALL NIGHT 20% off your meal (Sunday-Thursday)

Brought to you by Viva Toro, WilliamsburgBkGuide.com & LatinoLife.com

CONTACT: Viva Toro Restaurant • Bar • Lounge Email: VivaToroBK@Gmail.com Tel: 646-209-1515

ABOUT VIVA TORO:

VIVA TORO RESTAURANT AND BAR, Brooklyn’s only mechanical bull destination, serves up Mexican and Latin-Caribbean favorites, signature drinks and a side of unbeatable entertainment—free rides on a mechanical bull.

VIVA TORO is proud to provide New Yorkers an opportunity to explore a new take on Latin-American food and a rep-worthy shot at the mechanical rodeo. Priding itself on the use of all-fresh ingredients, VIVA TORO’s menu features gastronomic creations grounded in dishes from Mexico and Latin-America. Our signature drink menu lists novel creations like frozen mojitos and mangoritas, alongside classics like the frozen margarita. There is also a select group of beers on tap, which include the well-appreciated Negra Modelo.

Situated in a rustic warehouse on Berry Street, VIVA TORO’s timbered ceilings, and exposed brick walls lend the feeling that the restaurant could have been there for a century, though its doors opened in this new millennium. Chairs and tables directly imported from Mexico furnish the space and compliment the local’s other rich dark woods. Up a small set of stairs from the bar on the second level to the right of the dining area the bullpen presides over the entire affair. Here the robotic toro waits for its next thrill-seeking rider.

Sitting amongst the old wood furniture, the split-level design allows diners to enjoy their meals independent of the bar area without compromising the overall excitement and ambiance that it lends to the space. VIVA TORO’s upper level layout accommodates both an intimate dining experience as well as large parties.

An evolving menu based on savory favorites from various parts of Mexico and Latin-America, VIVA TORO’s menu features: • Avocado fries—avocado slices dipped in egg and seasoned bread crumbs that are then deep-fried and served with a smoky chipotle and mayonnaise dipping sauce. • Camarofongo—a dish based in the culinary traditions of Dominican Republic’s mofongo, Camarofongo, is composed of fried green plantains that are mashed with garlic-butter and served topped with a shrimp sauce. • Chille Relleno—a perfectly executed version of the classic dish, VIVA TORO’s chille relleno, boasts a perfectly grilled poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef or cheese that is toped with salsa roja and crema and is accompanied by rice and black beans.

For guests who are not interested in committing to a full meal, VIVA TORO provides a selection of tapas-style portions of long time Latin bar-crowd pleasers like chicharrones de pollo (seasoned and deep-fried chicken chunks) and ceviche. These may be ordered from the dining area or the bar.

VIVA TORO pays tribute to its main attraction, the only mechanical bull this side of the east river, by engaging in a series of weekly celebrations in which they invite patrons to come and join the fun of the faux-rodeo. During the festivities participants are encouraged to par-take in the tradition of taking a Toro Shot and riding the bull. The Toro Shot, VIVA TORO’s official form of liquid courage, is prepared on premise by fermentation of pineapple slices in El Jimador tequila.

VIVA TORO also highlights Live Music and Performances on Thursdays and Fridays. These nights are produced by LatinoLife.com. Specific information on certain nights can be found on our online calendar at www.VivaToro.com

For reservations and further information, please contact the restaurant directly at 718-384-2138 or visit the website at www.vivatoro.com

"Artist As Witness: The 9/11 Responders" - The New York City Police Museum
Through January 29, 2011 - Manhattan

This powerful exhibition displays selected works by reportorial artist Aggie Kenny, who visited the World Trade Center Recovery Operation in the spring of 2002. Kenny's poignant sketches and watercolors depict first responders at work in the clean up and recovery efforts and represent a unique first-person view of the responders' efforts. Through January 29.

'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Call for location
Through January 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Pinkalicious' 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, Pinkalicious must fin a way out of her predicament.

A Child's View: 19th-Century Paper Theaters - Bruce Museum
Through January 30, 2011 - Greenwich

Thirty-five colorful, antique paper theaters from all over the world are on display. These theaters entertained children in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

"Annie" - The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 30, 2011 - Smithtown

The timeless tale of little orphan Annie and one of Broadway's most memorable scores, including "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," "N.Y.C." and "Tomorrow."

Highlights of the Hatchery Tour - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
Through January 30, 2011 - Cold Spring Harbor

Learn what happens at a fish hatchery.

Digital'10: Planet Earth - NY Hall of Science
Through January 30, 2011 - Queens

The digital prints in this exhibition are the result of the 12th annual juried, international competition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. The exhibition's purpose is to demonstrate how digital technology is enabling new aesthetic imaging possibilities and conceptual statements. For Digital'10, artists and scientists were invited to submit original digital prints that reflect their perceptions of our planet.

Map Spot: Exploring the World of Maps - Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea
Through January 30, 2011 - Mystic

A hands on interactive exhibit that boosts map literacy and appreciation for maps as tools for exploring, recording and imagining the world.

Literary Lives: The World of Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller - The New York Society Library
Through January 31, 2011 -

Shirley Hazzard - one of the world's most gifted and acclaimed writers and author of The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire - unlocks her private collection of personal photographs and books that gives a first-ever look at the life she shared with her husband, Francis Steegmuller, the award-winning author, whose pioneering work on Flaubert, Cocteau, and de Maupassant brought him worldwide acclaim. On view at The New York Society Library, this FREE exhibition will also display photographs of European landmarks taken by Steegmuller, a gifted photographer whose work behind the lens has not been seen before. A 44-page catalogue accompanies the exhibit.

'Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin' - New-York Historical Society
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

This exhibition commemorates the events of 1921 that inaugurated a new era of hope for juvenile diabetes patients. It brings to life the personalities who discovered insulin and raced to bring it to the world. Through January 31.

G&T Mock Test - Kent Prep
Through January 31, 2011 - Bayside

Looking for a strong, proven program that will help foster your child's full potential? KENT Prep is an entrance exam specialist, with extensive experience in researching and training students for the Gifted & Talented Program. Starting December 4, 2010, our G&T Crash Course will actively focus on intensively preparing qualified students for the actual exams which are administered in January 2011. Please call (718)423-5757 or visit www.kentprep.com for an appointment.

Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Learn how to use massage to stimulate your baby's brain and relax his muscles and organs.

Breastfeeding Support Circle - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Drum Beats and Little Feet: Early Childhood Movement - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids clap their hands, stomp their feet, look closely at artworks 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.

The Little Explorers Club: Travel the World Together! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Children ages 3-5 explore a new terrain, from the tops of mountains to the depths of the seas. They'll pack their bags, share stories, inspect artwork, and create crafts from around the globe.

The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 31, 2011 - Manhattan

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

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through January 31, 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.

Imagination Station! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2011 - Garden City

Gather in the Inner Lobby to collage, color, and cut your own masterpiece as you explore different mediums.

Free Seminar: Potty Training Pets - All Nationwide PETCO Locations
Through January 31, 2011 -

During these free half-hour seminars, you will learn techniques for the prevention and management of potty training mishaps with proper crate training and keeping a regular schedule. Plus, find out what to do when accidents happen. These seminars are for both puppy and adult dog parents.

THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM NAMED NYC & COMPANY CULTURE SPOT FOR JANUARY - The American Folk Art Museum
Through January 31, 2011 -

As part of the Culture Spot designation, the museum will offer a two-for-one savings on admission throughout the month and 10% off purchases in the museum’s book and gift shop. The two-for-one savings on admission at the American Folk Art Museum is valid January 1–31, 2011. Coupons and additional details about the special offer will also be available at nycgo.com/culturespot starting January 1, 2011.

Jekyll & Hyde - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through February 06, 2011 - Elmsford

An evocative tale of the epic battle between good and evil, "Jekyll & Hyde" is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father's mental illness lies in the separation of Man's evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashes his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19th century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. This gothic Musical Thriller is filled with surprises and suspense, the music is powerful and beautiful, with memorable ballads such as "This is The Moment" and "Someone Like You".

'Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience' - Elmont Public Library
Through February 06, 2011 - Elmont

The exhibition features lectures, films, live performances, and more.

Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 13, 2011 -

Themes of dislocation and displacement in contemporary photography are explored in this exhibition of works from the collection. Perambulations and digressions in photographic works from the 1960s and 1970s by Vito Acconci, Ed Ruscha, Richard Long, and On Kawara, and a 1968 video by Bruce Nauman, show how a work of art -- cut loose from any specific medium or physical requirements -- could take the form of a walk, a 20–foot–long book, or a rigorously nonsensical pattern of movements.

Flamenco Classes with Jose Moreno - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through February 14, 2011 -

Jose Moreno offers two levels of flamenco dance at Flamenco Latino Studio.

Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM, Beginners Flamenco

Sundays 2-3 PM, Beginners Flamenco

Sundays, 3-4 PM, Intermediate Technique

at

Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. (between Broadway & 8th Ave.)

212-399-8519

Study with a true master!

JOSE MORENO, dancer/percussionist/singer, is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Málaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion – especially cajon – under the tutellage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito); and in concert with Isabel Pantoja. He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony’s concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company.

Group Dance Classes/Presentations at Flamenco Latino in Midtown - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through February 15, 2011 -

Field trip opportunities for schools, senior groups and groups visiting NYC at Flamenco Latino Studio:

Group Dance Class- One hour group class in flamenco or salsa dance, or both for up to 40 students at our midtown Manhattan studio. Featuring professional instruction and live music. Scheduling available during late mornings and afternoons.

Lecture/Demonstration- 45-minute lecture-demonstration and performance in flamenco and the ida y vuelta ("round trip") styles, representing an assimilation of Latino songs and rhythms by flamenco artists which started during the late 1800s. The studio will be converted to a black box theater space with curtains, lighting and seating for an audience of up to 70.

Both programs take place at Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.)

The building has an elevator and the studio is wheelchair-accessible. Restrooms located on the same floor.

Inquire by phone or email for an affordable package price for your group: 212-399-8519 or flamlat@verizon.net

For more information: http://www.flamencolatino.com/artsin.htm

'Dear Edwina' - DR2 Theatre
Through February 25, 2011 - Manhattan

A heartwarming show about the joys and frustrations of growing up. The show's spunky heroine, Edwina Spoonable, is an advice-giver extraordinaire. Told through a show-within-a-show format, Edwina shares her wisdom on everything from setting the table to making new friends through clever and poignant songs.

Birds, Bugs & Blooms of Queens Botanical Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
Through February 25, 2011 - Flushing

A series of 19 images taken by Queens resident and QBG staffer Shari Romar, these photos celebrate both the beauty and rich biodiversity at the Garden throughout all seasons.

Toyland - Yorktown Museum
Through February 27, 2011 - Yorktown Heights

New gifts and traditional favorites like “Hot Wheels” on the race track, dolls, clowns, teddy bears, and games will be on display.

35th Annual Dollhouse and Miniature Exhibit: A Celebration - Historical Society of Rockland County
Through February 27, 2011 - New City

The Historical Society's popular winter exhibit returns for its 35th year. This year's show features the work of miniature artist and Rockland County native Sandra Mirque. The show also includes pieces by collage artist Elizabeth Parsons of Monroe as well as art dolls and dollhouses by West Nyack artist and children's book author & illustrator Barbara Soloff Levy. Through February 27.

Free Ice Skating - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 27, 2011 - Manhattan

The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and can accommodate up to 500 people. Along with ice skating, visitors to the park can enjoy outdoor shopping, entertainment, and Celsius, a restaurant that serves winter-themed food and cocktails. Open through February 27, 2011.

Free Ice Skating - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 27, 2011 -

Citi Pond at Bryant Park, formerly known as The Pond at Bryant Park, is NYC’s only admission-free ice skating rink. The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and an ability to accommodate up to 500 people. This must-see holiday attraction is a popular local hangout and tourist attraction, with outdoor shopping, ice skating, entertainment and people-watching. Citi Pond season opened October 29, 2010 and is open through February 27, 2011.

Highlights include: • Citi Pond at Bryant Park: NYC’s only free-admission ice skating rink- 17,000 square feet rink open daily and also great for special events. • Celsius: A two story glass-enclosed ultra-modern full-service restaurant, lounge and event space with eclectic American dishes by Executive Chef John Keller. Features winter-themed food and cocktails. • Holiday Shops: One-stop-shop holiday gift featuring more than 125 boutique vendors. • Annual Tree Lighting (December 2): Features a 50 foot tree, musical performances and champion skating performances. • Special Events through the end of the year: o November 20– Family Day Reading Event o December 2 – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony o December 31 – New Year’s Eve Event o January & February 2011 events coming soon!

Cost: Free admission and lockers, skate rentals - $13, locks - $7

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition - New York Hall of Science
Through February 27, 2011 - Queens

The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small World has become the top forum for showing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. It honors the world’s best photomicrographers who capture vibrant images that represent the intersection of science and art. This year's winner is Jonas King who took a photo of a mosquito heart magnified 100 times, and using fluorescence technology. King’s image, along with the other winners, will be showcased at NYSCI.

Cross-Country Skiing - Bethpage State Park
Through February 27, 2011 - Farmingdale

Cross-country skiing available at the park daily, from sunrise to sunset (weather permitting). Skiers must provide their own equipment.

Cross-Country Skiing - Hempstead Lake State Park
Through February 27, 2011 - West Hempstead

Cross-country skiing available at the park daily, from sunrise to sunset (weather permitting), through February 27. Skiers must provide their own equipment.

Drop in Playtime - The Art Farm in the City
Through February 28, 2011 - Manhattan

All ages can drop in for animal time, arts snd crafts, and creative play in the playroom. Drop off available for ages 2� and up.

Island of the Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through March 03, 2011 - Norwalk

Travel underwater off Costa Rica's Cocos Island to view a vast assortment of sharks including whitetip reef sharks, 40-foot whale sharks and hammerheads.

Everest - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through March 04, 2011 - Norwalk

Follow a team of experienced climbers as they are caught up in one of the worst events atop Mt. Everest. The event was made famous in Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air". This is the highest grossing IMAX film of all time.

From This Day Forward: Looking Back at Greenwich Weddings - Greenwich Historical Society
Through March 06, 2011 - Cos Cob

An exhibition of costumes, artifacts and photographs dating from the American Revolution to the present.

Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 06, 2011 -

Icelandic artist Katrin Sigurdardottir (b. 1967) created two site-specific sculptural installations for the Museum's series of solo exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary artists at mid-career.

Artifact or Idea? Photography in MoMA Exhibition Design, 1937-1979 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 07, 2011 -

In its early decades the Museum played a significant role in establishing photography as a modern art form. At the same time MoMA was integrating photography into innovative installation designs, blurring distinctions between photo-graphs as art objects and as communications media. In this exhibit, books, periodicals, installation photographs, and examples of actual exhibition design illustrate how diverse developments in twentieth-century photography were mobilized to explain, disseminate, and promote modernism.

Weimar Cinema, 1919-1933: Daydreams and Nightmares - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 08, 2011 -

During the period from the end of World War I to Hitler's becoming Chancellor, German filmmaking was rich in stylistic and narrative innovation, and internationally influential. This show celebrates the period with posters and film stills drawn from the collections of MoMA and the Deutsche Kinemathek, Museum fur Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, as well as a selection of graphically striking presentation books from Germany's UFA film studio, acquired in 1937 by the Museum's founding film curator Iris Barry. Closed Tues.

Pastry Techniques - The French Culinary Institute
Through March 12, 2011 -

Do your fantasies involve chocolate? Does the mere mention of making exquisite cakes or elegant French desserts make you tingle? We know your type - and designed this incredible Pastry Techniques course specifically for you. Guided by the same inspiring Chef-Instructors who teach our career students, you'll train in small, high-energy classes that are hands-on and exciting. You'll learn to handle a pastry bag with grace, as sophisticated techniques and high-level skills become second nature. And you'll do it all at your own well-equipped workstation with the identical ingredients used in New York's top bakeries and restaurants.Here is what you will master: Cakes and Tarts, Hot Desserts, Cold Desserts, Cookies, Mousses, Plated Desserts, Petit Fours.

100 HOURS-Saturday Schedule Saturdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 21, 2011 -

For much of photography's 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium's history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from the collection by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 21, 2011 -

Among Warhol's cinematic oeuvre, the black-and-white silent films are the most daring and experimental in their selection of subject and theme, psychological acuity, rhythmic pacing, and sheer beauty of form. Although these films were originally shot at sound-film speed (twenty-four frames per second), Warhol specified that prints be projected at a slower speed of sixteen frames per second, a rate used in the projection of silent films from the 1890s through the 1920s. For this exhibition, a selection of Warhol's films made between 1963 and 1966 has been transferred from 16mm film to DVD at the speed of sixteen frames per second, and projected onto screens and monitors in a gallery setting. Thus it is again possible to see the works as Warhol intended, and to appreciate the ways in which he challenged and provoked both subject and viewer in his manipulation of moving images.

The Talent Show - PS 1 - MoMA
Through April 04, 2011 - New York

The Talent Show examines a range of relationships between artists, audiences, and participants that model the competing desires for notoriety and privacy making our present moment. Ranging from seemingly benevolent partnerships to those that appear to exploit their subjects, many of the works in the exhibition animate the tensions between exhibitionism and voyeurism, and raise challenging ethical questions around issues of authorship, power, and control.

Family Matinees - Merkin Concert Hall
Through April 10, 2011 - Manhattan

The program includes six family-friendly productions for children ages 4-11, including Broadway Playhouse, concerts celebrating Broadway's greatest musicals; and Musical Adventures with the Poppy Seed Players, musical plays for children about Jewish heritage and life in New York City. See website for full schedule.

Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through April 10, 2011 -

Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time traces the development of realism in American art between 1900 and 1940, emphasizing the diverse ways that artists depicted the sweeping transformations in urban and rural life that occurred during this period. The exhibition highlights the work of Edward Hopper, whose use of the subject matter of modern life to portray universal human experiences made him America's most iconic realist painter of the 20th century.

Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 10, 2011 -

This exhibition features three giants of photography -- Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946), Edward Steichen (American, b. Luxembourg, 1879–1973), and Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976) -- whose works are among the Metropolitan's greatest photographic treasures. The diverse and groundbreaking work of these artists will be revealed through a presentation of approximately 115 photographs, drawn entirely from the collection.

'Our Future Is In The Air': Photographs from the 1910s - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 10, 2011 -

The 1910s -- a period remembered for "The Great War," Einstein's theory of relativity, the Russian Revolution, and the birth of Hollywood -- was a dynamic and tumultuous decade that ushered in the modern era. This new age -- as it was captured by the quintessentially modern art of photography -- is the subject of this eclectic centennial exhibition devoted to photography of the 1910s.

Chamber Magic - Waldorf Astoria Towers
Through April 12, 2011 -

Chamber Magic, Steve Cohen’s dazzling 90-minute show, performed weekly in a Waldorf Towers suite, features mindreading, telekinesis, conjuring, acrobatic card tricks, and an astonishing Vaudeville act called Think-A-Drink. A celebrity favorite, Cohen recreates parlor entertainment that characterized Manhattan in the early 20th century, and baffles his guests with magic up close.

Tickets are $75, front row seating $100. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:00 and 9:00 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm. For more information, visit www.chambermagic.com.

Seal Cruises 2011 - Riverhead Foundation's Captain Lou Fleet
Through April 17, 2011 - Freeport

View winter harbor seal populations throughout Hempstead Bay. A naturalist will be on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Proceeds support the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Reservations are requested. Select days through April 17.

1001 Inventions - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2011 - Queens

After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). The exhibition reveals the forgotten history of men and women from a variety of faiths and backgrounds whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. This period of history from the seventh through 17th centuries is commonly–though, often erroneously—referred to as the "Dark Ages."

Highlights from the Collection - Noguchi Museum
Through April 24, 2011 - Long Island City

Complimenting the Museum's permanently installed lower levels, selections from the Museum's Permanent Collection are now on view in the upstairs galleries. Artworks featured include select Paris Abstractions, interlocking sculptures, Peking Brush Drawings, and cast bronzes.

Abstract Expressionist New York - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 25, 2011 -

Drawn entirely from the Museum's vast holdings, Abstract Expressionist New York underscores the achievements of a generation that catapulted New York City to the center of the international art world during the 1950s, and left as its legacy some of the twentieth century's greatest masterpieces. Galleries on the fourth floor present Abstract Expressionist paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and archival materials in a display subtitled The Big Picture, marking the first time in the history of the new Museum building that a full floor has been devoted to a single theme. The exhibition continues on the floors below, where focused shows -- Rock Paper Scissors in the second-floor Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, and Ideas Not Theories in the third-floor Drawings Galleries -- reveal distinct facets of the movement as it developed in diverse mediums, adding to a historical overview of the era and giving a sense of its great depth and complexity. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated publication.

'Dali: The Vision of a Genius' - Time Warner Center
Through April 30, 2011 - Manhattan

An exhibition dedicated to the renowned artist and master of surrealism, Salvador Dal�. The exhibition features a rare collection of original Dal� artworks, including 16 stunning museum-size bronze sculptures featuring the renowned and iconic 'Toreador Hallucinogene' and 'Profile of Time.' This exhibition also features more than 40 original drawings, watercolors, collages, and studies for important paintings on show for the first time ever in New York.

Wednesday Night Trivia Tryst Live Trivia Game - Still
Through May 01, 2011 -

Trivia Tryst is NYC Premier Live Trivia Game. It's free to play, and the top three teams win $50, $25 and $10 off their bar tabs! General knowledge questions will make you think. 1-6 people per team. Trivia Tryst is played every Wednesday at Still on 3rd Ave btwn 17th & 18th Streets at 9pm.

Culinary Techniques - The French Culinary Institute
Through May 07, 2011 -

If you're a serious amateur, Culinary Techniques will give you the skills and confidence to whip up truly outstanding meals at home. In Culinary Techniques, you'll become firmly grounded in the fundamentals of cooking. You'll spend 110 hours in classes that are fast paced, hands-on, and taught by accomplished culinary professionals. Kitchen terminology will become your second language, precision knife work your trusted new skill. This program incorporates many of the 250 essential skills introduced in the professional Classic Culinary Arts Course, including preparing stocks and sauces, executing classic recipes, and proper food preservation. You'll be taught by the same Chef-Instructors who teach our career students while also working at the same workstations and in the same kitchens. By the end of the course, you'll be able to create sophisticated multi-course menus, recognize and evaluate classic food pairings, correctly assess seasonings and flavors, and more.

110 HOURS-ESaturday Schedule Saturdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm

The Global Africa Project - Museum of Arts & Design
Through May 15, 2011 -

An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between "professional" and "artisan." Closed Mon.

George Sherwood's Wind Orchid - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 22, 2011 - Katonah

Wind Orchid is a 24-foot-tall kinetic sculpture that gracefully responds to the changing environment outside the Museum. The wind choreographs the speed and rotation of the tendrils while stainless steel leaves reflect glimpses of sun and sky.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -

Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.

Baton Twirling - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Gym
Through May 29, 2011 - Brooklyn

Build confidence, leadership and networking skills with show twirl teams and solos, contests, parties, parades and more.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This exhibit features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Among the species included in the vivarium are iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Visitors will learn about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies and their important role in conservation.

Seasons of Change--Global Warming in Your Backyard - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 30, 2011 - Norwalk

An interactive exhibit demonstrating the potential harm to New England's coastline from the effects of global warming.

Permanent Exhibition: Neighborhood Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2011 -

Kids take a trek through natural habitats found in the midst of the city, from woodland fields to ocean tide pools. See what a fish sees inside a pond, harvest play vegetables in the community garden, meet live reptiles, and discover who lives under an oceanside dock.

Flamenco Latino's Weekly Classes in dance and music for adults! - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a wide variety of classes each week in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.! Basic Beginner Flamenco, Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm. Group Cante Class, Alfonso Cid, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm. Adv. Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl), Aurora, Tues. 6:30-8 pm. Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Beginner, Basilio, Wed. 7-8:30 pm. Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Basic/Introductory, Basilio, Wed. 8:30-10 pm. Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9:30 pm. Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco, Aurora, Sat. 4:00-5:15 pm Sevillanas, Aurora, Sat. 5:15-6:30 pm. Email or Call now with questions or to reserve! 212-399-8519

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners. Single class $20, 4-pack $70 (ONLY $17.50/class).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! Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern 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. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Teacher Appreciation (Wed. Nights) - Southern Hospitality
Through June 29, 2011 -

Teacher Appreciation ABC Happy Hour. Every Wednesday. 3pm-7pm. $5 Appletinis. $3 Beers. $5 Cosmopolitans. $5 Appetizers. Best Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour in NYC! Plus join us for Tuesday Night Trivia for a more great teacher specials.

Kumon Storytime - Kumon Math & Reading Center of Battery Park City
Through June 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Children ages 2-6 listen to interactive stories from Kumon's Recommended Reading List and sing along to fun, educational songs. Free copies of the list will be available to all families.

THE RIDE - New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square
Through June 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This traveling high-tech theater takes audiences on a guided journey through midtown Manhattan as an ever-changing live show – featuring actors, musicians, singers, dancers, and unsuspecting passers-by – unfolds on the streets.

A Song for the Horse Nation - National Museum of the American Indian
Through July 07, 2011 -

A Song for the Horse Nation presents the epic story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present. Drawing upon a treasure-trove of stunning historical objects -- including ledger drawings, hoof ornaments, beaded bags, hide robes, paintings, and other objects -- and new pieces by contemporary Native artists, the exhibition reveals how horses shaped the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual foundations of American Indian life, particularly on the Great Plains.

Pre-Natal Classes - Suffolk Y JCC
Through August 01, 2011 - Commack

Having a Baby? Get Educated! Expectant mothers and their partners can sign up for free breastfeeding, newborn-infant care and Totsaver/CPR classes. Lamaze classes (at a reduced fee) are also offered. A FREE RN home visit, after your new baby arrives home is included for all Lamaze particpants to help ease the transition of having a new addition.

'Brain: The Inside Story' - American Musem of Natural History
Through August 14, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore how the brain — a product of millions of years of evolution — produces thoughts, senses, and feelings; experience how the brain is continually changing at different stages of life; and discover how new understanding of the workings of the brain may help scientists repair and reverse declines in brain function. Through August 4, 2011.

Brain: The Inside Story - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 14, 2011 -

This unprecedented journey through the essential bundle of neurons that is the human brain offers insight through a sensory feast of imaginative art, vivid brain scan imaging, and thrilling interactive exhibits. Features include a "Brain Lounge," where you can view colorful, functional brain scans -- or fMRIs -- of two musicians, a NY Knick, and a U.N. translator. Open daily. $16; children 2-12, $9.

Thinking Outside the Box: European Cabinets, Caskets, and Cases from the Permanent Collection (1500-1900) - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2011 -

This installation features a selection of one hundred examples of important boxes, caskets, and small chests from the Metropolitan Museum's European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department. For centuries, boxes, caskets, cabinets, and chests played an important role in everyday life. Ranging from strongboxes to travel cases and from containers for tea or tobacco to those for the storage of toiletries or silverware, these lidded pieces were made in a large variety of shapes and sizes, and of many different materials. The form and decoration of these objects not only reflect changes in social customs and manners but also follow the stylistic developments in Europe over four hundred years. Pieces made of tortoiseshell, carved and veneered wood, porcelain, hard stones and natural substances, embroidery, various metals, leather, enamel, pastiglia, and straw will be included. These objects, some of which have not been on display for years, were much more than mere containers and often became precious works of art, collected in their own right.

'From Prey to Protection' - Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - Cold Spring Harbor

For thousands of years, mankind has hunted whales. Fifty years ago, public opinion began to change, and commercial whaling came to a halt. What Happened? Why? Explore the events behind this complete turnabout in public attitude through artifacts and historic film.

"Point of View: Children's Photography and Video Exhibition" - The Gallery at 180 Maiden Lane
Through October 01, 2011 - Manhattan

Magic Box Productions, Inc. launches its third annual gallery show of photography, video documentary, and animation by New York City school students. The show features more than 40 photographs and original videos by students ages 7 and up. Guided tours with hands-on photography workshops are available for groups. Through October 1, 2011.

Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets - Brooklyn Museum
Through October 02, 2011 -

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.

Adv. Beginner Flamenco w/ Juana Cala - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through October 24, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino Studio hosts Juana Cala for Advanced Beginner Flamenco dance classes. Contact Juana to reserve and for questions: juanacala2010@gmail.com. 631-379-3299. Juana Cala has been performing and teaching Flamenco in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years. She performed as a soloist in the Maria Benitez Dance Company under the direction of Mario Maya, and then went on to form her own company touring Europe for 16 years. Jackie has had the opportunity to work closely with acclaimed Flamenco artists such as; Antonio Canales, Javier Baron, El Junco, Alfredo Lagos, to name a few. She served three years as a judge for the annual Flamenco Dance competitions organized by “La Pena Flamenca”de Milan. In 1999 Jackie was professor of Flamenco in a Professional Arts Program for the European Community - a European equivalent to The High School of Performing Arts in New York. She has been a resident Spanish Dance Professor in various universities across the United States. Jackie enjoys sharing her experience by teaching Flamenco and Spanish Dance, from introductory courses to Master workshops for professionals.

Drop in Playtime - The Art Farm in the City
Through October 31, 2011 - Manhattan

All ages can drop in for animal time, arts snd crafts, and creative play in the playroom. Drop off available for ages 2½ and up.

"Imaginocean" - New World Stages
Through November 09, 2011 - Manhattan

A new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor John Tartaglia, "Imaginocean" follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship.

Highlights from The Nutcracker Ballet - Rebecca Kelly Ballet Studio in SoHo
Through November 21, 2011 -

"Highlights from the Nutcracker Ballet" 12th Annual SoHo presentation. Sparkling, Short, Sweet - perfect family fare. The Rebecca Kelly Ballet dancers perform excerpts from the classic holiday ballet, including the Grand Pas, with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The 45-minute program includes a reception with the artists and the famous "Tray of Sweets." Telephone Reserve in advance; each presentation is limited to 30 seats (simple bench seating in intimate SoHo studio setting). Friday, 11/19 at 6pm, Sat/Sun 11/20, 21 at 3pm. SUBWAYS: R, F,D,V, #6

Little Italy, Chinatown and Little Ireland History and Tasting Tour - NYC Discovery Walking Tours
Through December 31, 2011 -

A walk through these ethnic enclaves exploring the trials and triumphs of the American immigrant. Along the way, we will sample ethnic specialties from pizza and cannolli to spring rolls and dumpling. Stops include the Church of the Transfiguration; the site Five Points, made famous in Gangs of New York; Banco Stablile, Confucius Plaza, the residence of Dr. Sun-Yat-sen.

Cost: $35 per person (includes food) For times, reservations and Meeting Place: 212-465-3331 Private tours available by appointment

Historic Pubs & Taverns of Greenwich Village - NYC Discovery Walking Tours
Through January 03, 2012 -

A walking tour of pubs, speakeasies, and taverns -- all with historic associations. Possible stops include New York's third oldest tavern, a haunt of write Dylan Thomas; a pub associated with founding father Thomas Paine; and the tavern where Robert Kennedy and Norman Mailer contemplated their professional futures.

Cost: $18 per person (drinks extra) For times, reservations and Meeting Place: 212-465-3331 Private tours available by appointment

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.

Sam Eaton Presents THE QUANTUM EYE Magic & Mentalism Show - Bleecker Street Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

THE QUANTUM EYE is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception, where extraordinary ability and humor blend with the audience to make for a different performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show that you will never forget.

Professional magician and mentalist Sam Eaton has been dazzling New York audiences with his magic and mind reading show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man Off-Broadway magic show in New York.

THE QUANTUM EYE is sophisticated and family-friendly, but may not be visually entertaining for those under 8 years of age.

Children’s Holiday Gift-Making Workshop - Stamford Historical Society
Through December 11, 2101 - Stamford

Educators and teen volunteers are on hand to help children create unique gifts using templates and materials for keepsakes. All materials provided, and help given to children to wrap their projects.

TWITTAMENTARY: a documentary about Twitter and Twitter'ers - Roger Smith Hotel
Through October 31, 2110 -

We are offering a world first sneak preview of the film on Oct 7th at the Roger Smith Hotel in NYC. Twittamentary looks at how lives connect and intersect within the Twitter community as the real-time web accelerates serendipity. Bonds are forged as a result of unexpected encounters between strangers as they share moments of their lives real time. The making of the film has been turned into university level case study on innovation and new media. So if you are interested on this social networking phenomenon, an acquainted intellectual or simply a Twitter fanatic, you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity! Please visit our website: http://twittamentarynyc.eventbrite.com to purchase the ticket and further information.


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