February Around Town NYC


February 1st

*Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival12 -3pm Canal Street South
The parade usually winds throughout Chinatown along Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, and along East Broadway. The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local organizations. The parade is expected to conclude at 3:00 pm, at which time an outdoor cultural festival will take place on Bayard Street featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists.

The Enchanted Pig3 & 7pm New Victory Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, Times Square
A funky and fresh opera from England tells the story of a modern day princess who is marrying an enchanted pig. Two hours in length with intermission. Suited for ages 7 +. Tickets $12.50 - $35. 646-223-3010.

February 2nd

*Kids Night on Broadway Free Pre-Theatre Celebration3 - 6pm Madame Tussauds NY 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
On Kids' Night on Broadway in New York, kids get to meet their favorite stars and join in lots of cool activities.

*Kids Night on Broadwayshow times vary
Buy your theater tickets, and your kids can go free. Check out http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/ for shows. Many Times Square area restaurants are also offering free kids entrée’s. Go to http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/restaurants.php to find one.


February 3rd

*Kids Night on Broadway Free Pre-Theatre Celebration4 - 7pm Madame Tussauds NY 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
On Kids' Night on Broadway in New York, kids get to meet their favorite stars and join in lots of cool activities.

*Kids Night on Broadwayshow times vary
Buy your theater tickets, and your kids can go free. Check out http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/ for shows. Many Times Square area restaurants are also offering free kids entrée’s. Go to http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/restaurants.php to find one.

*Neighborhood Concert: Community Sing with Young People's Chorus of New York City6:30pm Carnegie Hall, Lehman Stages at Lehman College The Lovinger Theatre 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx


February 5th

*Family Friday: Djembe Beat2 – 4pm Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park (110th Street between Lenox and Fifth avenues)
Learn authentic rhythms from the West African countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Togo. Each beat is celebrated in the context of the culture, dance, or ceremony of which it is an integral part. No drumming experience required. For more information, please call (212) 860-1370


February 6th

*Marine Mammal Watch - 11am Coney Island Boardwalk Boardwalk and W 8th St
Coney Island, Brooklyn http://www.nycgovparks.org
Chances are your little one won't be begging to hop into the frigid winter water, but he will love learning about the seals, whales, and dolphins that reside under the boardwalk's waves. All ages. 718-421-2021 Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave

*Sesame Street: Friends to the Rescue12pm Sony Wonder Technology Lab 550 Madison Ave, New York http://www.sonywondertechlab.com
Weatherman Al Roker issues a weather warning for Sesame Street, causing the neighborhood to prepare for the big storm. In the monsoon-like weather, Big Bird's nest gets destroyed, bringing Elmo and the rest of the crew together to remedy the situation. All ages. 212-833-7858 Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

alice...Alice...ALICE!1pm Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
The audience follows the ensemble down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, down the nooks, crannies, recesses, and lofts of the Irondale Center in its historic 19th Century building. Wear your most comfortable clothing and get ready to enter strange wonderful worlds that the general public seldom sees with the Irondale Company as your guide.
$10, space is limited, so reserve as early as possible!

*THIS IS IT (PG) - 2pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St
New York
A rare, behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson as he developed, created, and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts scheduled at London’s 02 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, this film captures the singing, dancing, and creative genius of Michael at work as he creates and perfects his planned final London shows. Reserve seats at (212) 833 7858. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

*Wonder Pets! Double Feature12pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St, New York
A special double feature of Nick Jr.’s animated Wonder Pets! In Save The Bengal Tiger, the Wonder Pets head to India to save a Bengal Tiger who’s got a thorn stuck in her paw. With the help from the thorn pulling Mouse Raji, they prove that no hero is too small to be a big help. In Save The Gecko - Save The What?, the Wonder Pets travel to Costa Rica for a play date with a baby Gecko who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Reserve seats at (212) 833 7858. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

February 7th

*Free Super Bowl XLIV Watch Party! - 5:30pm – 12am Comix, 353 West 14th street,
Kick off at 6:30pm After party until midnight Game shown in its entirety on an 8 Foot projector screen & Four 52 Inch HD TV’s in the Comix Theatre. State of the art full theatrical quality house sound. $5 Drafts, $6 Bottles, $7 Well drinks and $18 Draft Beer Pitchers. Special Super Bowl Food Menu (Various Items ranging from $6 to $13) Fun DVD/CD giveaways throughout the event. RSVP required! Email rsvp@comixny.com with your full name and the number of guests in our party. Please arrive early to ensure your seating reservation (First come-First Served Basis) Upon your arrival you will be asked to check in at the hostess stand. Nearest train station is 14th Street (A,C & E Trains). Free street parking in the area.

Dr. Nebula’s Planetary Vacation - 2pm Kaufmann Theater Museum of Natural History
Enter at 77th Street
Dr. Nebula is lost in space! Come help Scooter find Dr. Nebula by creating a three dimensional model of the solar system and learn about the planets and moons in the process. $10 adults; $8 children. Code: RC020710 (Recommended for families with children ages 4 and up)

*Sci-Tech Workshop: Flower Power12 – 2pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St, New York
Surprise your valentine with a special gift - a flower like no other that will never wilt… because it runs on batteries! Design and power up your own colorful electric flower using LEDs, colored cellophane, pipe cleaners and some technical instruction. Reservations of up to 4 children can be made beginning the Monday of the week the program is offered by calling (212) 833-7858. Best suited for ages 8 and up. $7 per participant. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

*Kids Night on Broadway Free Pre-Theatre Celebration11:30am – 1:30pm Planet Hollywood , 1540 Broadway (at West 45th Street)
Activities, autographs, and more! On Kids' Night on Broadway in New York, kids get to meet their favorite stars and join in lots of cool activities. RSVP recommended. Space is limited at Planet Hollywood so please RSVP to KNOBRespond@Broadway.org if you plan to attend and include the number of people in your party. We want to make this experience wonderful for you and your family!

*Kids Night on Broadwayshow times vary
Buy your theater tickets, and your kids can go free. Check out http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/ for shows. Many Times Square area restaurants are also offering free kids entrée’s. Go to http://www.kidsnightonbroadway.com/restaurants.php to find one.

*Seal Shore Safari1pm Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach Nature Center Bronx
Seals hang out by the beach between December and March and you'll get to see them during low tide. Wear warm and comfortable clothes. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. NY Parks & Rec. (718) 378-2061.

February 11th

*Family Workshop: Who do you love? 3 – 4pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St, New York
Watch Elmo’s World: Elmo Loves You and join us for a special workshop where you can celebrate Valentine’s Day by decorating a special jewelry box or picture frame for someone you love. No reservation required and space is limited. $5 per participant, space is limited. (212) 833 7858 Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

*Valentine's Day Crafts2 – 4pm Chess & Checkers House, Central Park (mid-park at 64th Street)
Limited space; no groups or strollers inside the building, please. Advance registration not required. For more details and information about disabled accessibility, please call (212) 794-4064


February 13th

musicNOW! - 8 pm Brooklyn Queens Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall
Mezzo-soprano Emily Howard, violinist Masha Lankovsky, cellist Lawrence Zoernig, pianist Michael Rose, and flautist Chris Johnson performs Ravel’s “Trio” and “Chanson Madecasses” and Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Poems of Aleksander Blok.” $10/$5 students & seniors 212.209.3370. Advance purchase strongly recommended. Concerts sell out quickly.

Irondale’s Big Box of Distractions: Kids Day at the Theater - 1 – 3pm Irondale, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
Celebrate Valentine's Day early. Join the Irondale Ensemble for an afternoon of improv, games, music, and fun. All material is appropriate for children six-years-old and up. $10.00 child + one adult, $5.00 for each additional child; $10 for adult without child

The Little Mermaid12 & 2pm Manhattan Children’s Theater, 52 White Street in Tribeca, between Broadway & Church Streets
Creatively brought to life by just two, very versatile actors, this fairy-tale exemplifies the value of love being more than skin-deep, and shows just how far one will go for the happiness of the ones they truly care for. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets: $20 Premium Seats: $50 (Includes: Front Row Seats, Meet & Greet with actors prior to the show, and programs signed by the cast. Tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the performance.) Reservations: (212) 352-3101

NY Philharmonic8pm Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium
There is an abundance of vitality in this program, starting with the overflowing youthful heroism of the Wagner overture. The Sibelius symphony towers in its grandeur, and the concerto by Magnus Lindberg shows off the astounding virtuosity of its soloist. Tickets from $39 - $116

February 14th

Romance Under the Stars - 6:30 - 8:30pm Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
What could be more romantic than champagne under the magical, star-filled sky? Enjoy a cocktail hour complete with open bar, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and hors d’oeuvres, then join an astronomer in the Hayden Planetarium for a unique view of the night sky. Sit back, hold hands, and enjoy some of the greatest romance stories from the past. Please note that tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. $75 per person (includes one hour of open bar and appetizers) Code: HL021410

Moviehouse Presents: Get Your Heart On!7pm 195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn
Presenting the very best in local filmmaking amidst cool beats, drinks, snacks and creative conversation. Based on a monthly theme, a showcase of blow-your-mind-good shorts, music videos, animation and video art by the city's most intrepid moviemakers.

Women of the Calabash - 3pm Brooklyn Queens Conservatory of Music, Concert Hall
Music for Families, a music and movement literacy program that introduces and develops specific aspects of the music language in an engaging and joyful manner (similar to the way Sesame Street introduces and develops the English language!) is targeted to young children between the ages of 2 and 12 and their families. Tickets: $10.

*Valentine's Day Poetry Hike11am Belvedere Castle, Central Park (79th Street, mid-park)
Express your love of nature as we hike to the most romantic spots around Central Park. You're invited to bring your favorite poems to read as we make stops along the way (212) 628-2345

Love in the Parlors: Valentine's Day Concert5:30pm Merchants House Museum 29 East Fourth Street, Manhattan
Join us for a program of romantic songs and arias by nineteenth-century composers, performed in the Museum’s Greek Revival double parlors by members of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society. Tickets $20. (212) 777-1089

February 15th

Pinkalicious: The Musical1pm Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
The famous musical, based on the book of the same name; about a girl who eats pink cupcakes until she turns pink has been delighting little girls and their families for 3 years. Produced by the Vital Theater Company. $29.50 per person.

February 16th

Pinkalicious: The Musical1pm Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
The famous musical, based on the book of the same name; about a girl who eats pink cupcakes until she turns pink has been delighting little girls and their families for 3 years. Produced by the Vital Theater Company. $29.50 per person.

February 17th

The Enchanted Pig1pm New Victory Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, Times Square
A funky and fresh opera from England tells the story of a modern day princess who is marrying an enchanted pig. Two hours in length with intermission. Suited for ages 7 +. Tickets $12.50 - $35. 646-223-3010.


*The Uptown Dance Academy's Tribute to James Brown and Michael Jackson6:30 – 8pm Jackie Robinson Recreation Center (85 Bradhurst Avenue at West 146th Street)
Manhattan
Please join us for a very special celebration of Black History Month, with a dance performance by the talented Uptown Dance Academy as they pay tribute to music legends James Brown and Michael Jackson. To RSVP, please call (212) 408-0296 or email artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov

February 18th

The Enchanted Pig1pm New Victory Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, Times Square
A funky and fresh opera from England tells the story of a modern day princess who is marrying an enchanted pig. Two hours in length with intermission. Suited for ages 7 +. Tickets $12.50 - $35. 646-223-3010.

February 20th

SonicVision7:30 & 8:30 pm Hayden Planetarium
SonicVision, a digitally animated alternative music show, takes audiences on a mind-warping musical roller-coaster ride through fantastical dreamspace. Featuring music from Radiohead, U2, David Bowie, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Prodigy, The Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner, Spiritualized, Audioslave, Stereolab, Boards of Canada, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Goldfrapp, Zwan, White Zombie, and Moby.Tickets, $15

*Dora the Explorer & Go, Diego, Go! Double Feature12pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St, New York
In Dora The Explorer Pinto, The Pony Express, Cowgirl Dora and Cowboy Boots need to rustle up your help riding Pinto the Pony through the wild west to deliver their cowboy cookies. In Go, Diego, Go Whistling Willie Finds A Buddy, when the sun begins to set, Willie needs help getting home. His buddy baby Jaguar, Diego, and you need to play your way through the rainforest, all the way home to Willie’s mountaintop lake. Reserve seats at (212) 833 7858. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

February 21st

*Native American Winter Games2pm Belvedere Castle, Central Park (79th Street mid-park)
Venture into the Ramble to learn and play some traditional Native American games. Children and adults welcomed. Please dress for the weather. (212) 628-2345

February 24th

*Manhattan Independent Film Festival 2010: The Eyes of Me6:30 – 8:30pm Chelsea Recreation Center (430 West 25th Street) Manhattan
The Arts, Culture and Fun Series at Manhattan Recreation is pleased to partner with ITVS Community Cinema from San Francisco and the Independent Lens series of PBS to bring powerful documentaries into our recreation centers. Please join us for a first look at these films before their national debut on PBS. After each screening, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions/conversations about each film with a special guest speaker. To RSVP, please call (212) 408-0296 or email artsculturefun@parks.nyc.gov.

February 27th

Learn Your Digital Camera - 2:30-5:30pm 3rd Ward, 573 Metropolitan (btw Lorimer & Union), Brooklyn
Learn how to utilize camera operation past the automatic setting to get the most out of your photos. We will also discuss what camera works for your needs, how to manually set your exposure, what different lens do, and other tips. Class fee: $65. 718.715.4961

The Backyardigans Double Feature - 12pm Sony Wonder Technology Labs, 550 Madison Ave. at 56th St, New York
A special double feature of Nick Jr.’s animated The Backyardigans! In Escape From Fairytale Village, it’s a madcap bluegrass chase through Fairy Tale Village as paperboy Tyrone meets his hungry new customers, Austin the Wolf, Uniqua the Witch, and Pablo the Giant. In Front Page News, Berlin cabaret plays as Tasha tries to photograph the big news, the superheroes of Bigopolis taking on a giant robot. Reserve seats at (212) 833 7858. Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th St; E, V, to 5th Ave; F to 57th St.

The Velveteen Rabbit12 & 2pm Manhattan Children’s Theater, 52 White Street in Tribeca, between Broadway & Church Streets
In MCT’s re-telling, two adult brothers rediscover the book while packing up their childhood home, with the audience joining them on a nostalgic joyride that, like the book itself, is at turns lively, funny and heart-achingly beautiful. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets: $20 Premium Seats: $50 (Includes: Front Row Seats, Meet & Greet with actors prior to the show, and programs signed by the cast. Tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the performance.) Reservations: (212) 352-3101

February 28th

The Velveteen Rabbit12 & 2pm Manhattan Children’s Theater, 52 White Street in Tribeca, between Broadway & Church Streets
In MCT’s re-telling, two adult brothers rediscover the book while packing up their childhood home, with the audience joining them on a nostalgic joyride that, like the book itself, is at turns lively, funny and heart-achingly beautiful. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Tickets: $20 Premium Seats: $50 (Includes: Front Row Seats, Meet & Greet with actors prior to the show, and programs signed by the cast. Tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the performance.) Reservations: (212) 352-3101

*as always, starred entries are free or free with admission!
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