February 26, 2012

Celebrate Bangladesh’s Independence Day with Freedom Fighter Dr. Nuran Nabi

What: Dr. Nuran Nabi, a Councilman from Plainsboro Township in New Jersey and author of "Bullets of ’71-A Freedom Fighter’s Story," a biographical account of the valiant struggle for Bangladesh’s independence, will speak. Shrejoni Shanskretik Samsad was founded in 2008 with the purpose of promoting Bangladesh’s rich culture locally and abroad will follow with traditional music and dance from Bangladesh.
When: Saturday, March 3rd - 3:00 pm
Where: Queensborough Public Library - Central Branch - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard (between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues)
How Much: Free

February 25, 2012

Learn Tango

What: This is almost everyone's first Tango lesson, so don't worry about stepping on anyone's toes… everyone does it.
No partner needed, so don't worry about coming solo.
When: Sat, March 3rd
Where: 104 West 14th Street, #3, between 6th & 7th Ave
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm (Please be there 15 min early)
Length: 1 1/2 hours
Max People: 30
Level: First timers and beginners

Cost: $22 First timers and beginners


Spring into JCAL!

Now is the time to register for Saturdays workshops at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Tap, cartooning, guitar and martial arts are just a few of the many children's workshops offered. Parents get to have fun too. JCAL's convenient new schedule lets you enjoy a variety of classes while waiting for your child. You can register for a 6-week or 12-week session in the spring semester. 6 week Saturday sessions run from March 10 through April 21. 12 week Saturday sessions run from March 10 through June 9. Registration runs from February 18th through March 24th -- Tuesday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Camp G.O.A.L.S. for Girls

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Motorola Solutions Foundation present a new Camp G.O.A.L.S. for Girls 2012 Summer Program! What do the Intrepid Museum, Girls and Science have in common? Camp G.O.A.L.S. (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls is an application-based free six-week summer camp for current 8th ant 9th grade girls from NYC public schools. Generously funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, 50-55 accepted students will build proficiency in math and science. Visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/Education/Camps/Camp-G-O-A-L-S-.aspx
to download student application, teacher recommendation and other
important materials. The application deadline is March 28th.

Black History Month Celebration

What: The Maria Rose Doll Museum and Cultural Center is pleased to present a Black History Month Celebration. Come on out for a thrilling afternoon that will include: Mrs. Naida Njoku speaking on Black Inventions by Black Inventors; Mrs. Barbara Ezell speaking on Wilson Rantus; Ms. Karen Bowen speaking on The Underground Railroad; poetry by Ms. Barbara Scott; Najuma Weeks doing an impersonation of Josephine Baker; and Ms. Shirley Phipps speaking on Smithsonian, National Museum of African American History and Culture.
When: Sunday, February 26th - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Where: The Maria Rose Doll Museum - 187-11 Linden Boulevard (near Newburg Street)
How Much: $10 ($2.50)

February 19, 2012

Mardi Gras Celebration

What: This fun and creative family event will introduce some of the popular practices of Mardi Gras. Participants will partake in various activities such as: face painting, group fitness competition, healthy edible crafts, and showcasing of the molded masks created by members of the recreation center.
When: Saturday, February 25, 2012  |  12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Where: Asser Levy Recreation Center: Asser Levy Place and East 23rd Street, Manhattan

February 15, 2012

Ringling Brothers kick-off “Kids Week”

What: Ringling Brothers will kick off the annual “Kids Week” celebration at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Performers will dazzle audiences with their daring and unique routines that also teach children about scientific principles including gravity, balance and momentum. Kids can also enjoy the Circus Zone – where they can learn to juggle and spin plates – throughout the day. “Kids Week” runs from February 18 – February 26, is open daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and offers a week full of fun and engaging educational programs while students are out of class during Presidents’ Week. “Kids Week” activities are free with the price of admission to the museum.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

February 14, 2012

Sweet Sounds of the Great Pianists: Basie, Ellington, Brubeck and More

What: The Ken Simon Quartet brings the sounds of America's great pianist center stage in this performance and discussion of the music they made great. Hear the music of Count Basie, Errol Garner, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, and McCoy Tyner.
When: Saturday, February 18th - 3:00 pm
Where: Queensborough Public Library - Central Branch - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard (between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues)
How Much: Free

Love on Ice

The borough's only rooftop rink, City Ice Pavilion, will hold a special event on Valentine's Day, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Skate with your sweetheart for only $15.47-32.
32nd Pl., Long Island City, NY 11101. 718-706-6667  

Free Sweets & Play!

What: Treats & Free Play! The first 1,000 Genting Rewards members to redeem a voucher at any Genting Rewards Kiosk beginning at 8am on Tuesday, February 14 will receive a free box of chocolates. Genting Rewards members that earn 25 points between 8am and 10:30pm can redeem a $14 Free Play voucher at a Genting Rewards Kiosk, 7pm through 11pm.
When: Tuesday, February 14@8am
Where: Resorts World New York casino: 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, NY 11420

February 13, 2012

Hands-On History: This Old House

What: The King Manor Museum's Hands-on History workshops are free drop-in programs designed for families with children. Rufus King loved making his house beautiful! Learn about architecture and the way houses were built hundreds of years ago. Enjoy crafts and stories about old houses and imagine what it must be like to live in one!
When: Saturday, February 18th - Noon to 3:00 pm
Where: King Manor Museum - Rufus King Park (153 Street at Jamaica Avenue)
How Much: Free

February 11, 2012

A Tribute to Mae Jemison

What: This play tells the story of the awe inspiring journey of Mae Jemison, America's first Black Female Astronaut, as she blossoms from an average student in a local public school to an exceptional scholar at Stanford University. Written by Jacqueline Wade.
When: Monday, February 13th through Wednesday, February 29th - 10:30 am
Where: Black Spectrum Theatre - 177th Street & Baisley Boulevard (Roy Wilkins Park)
How Much: $7

Vegan Valentine’s Shop-Up!

What: Find something for your Valentine! Find your Valentine! Recover from heartbreak! Fill the gaping void in you heart with pink cupcakes and sugared cookies! We’ve got you covered. In celebration of our 1ST BIRTHDAY we’ll have some special treats to say THANKS for all your support this past year! Grab a free copy of VegNews magazine! Plus some other sweet ditties we’re saving to tell you about later.
30+ vegan vendors. Happy hour. Birthday surprises. Valentines. Tipsy daytime flirting. Bottom line: WE WANT YOU THERE.
When: Sunday, February 12th, 12- 6pm
Where: Pine Box Rock Shop: 12 Grattan St. Bushwick, Bk

February 10, 2012

New Amsterdam Market

What: Join us for our second Valentine's Gift Shop, held this year in a spectacular 1868 warehouse space provided by the South Street Seaport Museum. 
Operated by P&H Soda and The Bent Spoon featuring ice cream floats, egg creams, egg shakes, as well as hand-mixed sodas and a variety of ice cream flavors by the cone or pint.
Saturday February 11, 6:30pm
Hear Gregory Cohen, an artisan in the new soda fountain movement, describe his work reviving lost drinks from the 1930's at his soda fountain in Tallahassee Florida. The rediscovery of the treats and techniques of the soda fountain mirrors the local food movement.  Gregory will take you back to the start of the bubbles and take you to where they are going today. No charge, but an r.s.v.p. is required by Feb 10: info@newamsterdammarket.org

The Gift Shop is open to the public at no charge from 11am to 6pm.
When: Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12 11am - 6pm
Where: 213-215 Water Street in Lower Manhattan


What: Just in time for lover's day, Greenpointers is hosting a Love Birds Valentine's Market, where you can find delicious local food, artwork and gifts! Plus a birdy photo booth, raffle prizes, surprise gifts & live music!
A professional set designer will be transforming the church into a love nest so you can get all mushy and cuddly and warm and gooey! 
• The band Holler performs 3:30-4:30pm!
• Free Bird's Nest Photo Booth
• Love Letter Writing Station
• Free Astrology Readings from Sidereal Signs
When: Saturday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Lutheran Church of the Messiah: 129 Russell St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

JCAL Valentines Day Family Fun Workshop

What: JCAL’s Family Fun Days offer families the opportunities to attend performances, participate in hands-on art activities, and much more. Don't miss one or all of these great upcoming events. Families are invited to JCAL to participate in an art workshop. Join us in making Valentine’s Day Cards & Hearts.
When: Saturday, February 11th - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning - 161-04 Jamaica Avenue (between 160th & Union Hall Streets)
How Much: Free

Learn Bachata with a FREE glass of wine

Bachata is one of the easiest Latin dances to learn.  There are only 3 steps... how easy is that! You will learn a ton of different turn patterns that will have you looking like a pro on the dance floor... okay, maybe not a pro, but you'll look like you know what your doing :)

No dancing or drinking skills required.  We'll start out really slow with pouring a glass of wine to get you relaxed, (Yes, we'll have white and red) then move right into some basic foot work, and some simple turn patterns that you'll pick up really quick.

When: Sun Feb 19th
Where: Ripley Grier Studios: 520 8th Ave - Room 16J
Time: 7:00pm, but get there 15 min early so we can start on time

Cost: $13 (includes a drink)
What to wear:  Non-rubber sole foot ware are the best to move around in.
What to bring: Recommend: Breath mints :)

What's included?

- 1 or 2 Dance instructors
- Music
- At least 1 glass of wine
- Great people and a fun experience


J&R Jr. Grand Opening!

What: Bring the whole family on down to the newest addition to J&R Music and Computer World: J&R Jr. This grand opening will not disappoint, as they have jam-packed the weekend with plenty of activities, concerts and events!

Dubbed this weekend's Kidstravaganza, take advantage of the magicians, book readings and photobooths! Don't miss out on performances from Laurie Berkner and the Little Maestros on Saturday. Sunday brings the award-winning Dirty Sock Funtime Band and an autograph signing from Kidz Bop! Also, for the princess in your family, be sure to check out A Princess Visit! Learn about nature through song with Farmer Jason and be sure to get your very own balloon from the balloon-twister! Round out Sunday with a performance from Dan Zanes and friends, Grammy-winning musicians who dazzle with their eclectic instruments.

There will be plenty of prizes and giveaways, so be sure to enter you and your family!
Free shuttle buses will also be available on-site.

When: Saturday Feb. 11,2012: 1:30pm - 5:30pm  |  Sunday Feb. 12, 2012: 11am - 5pm
Where: J&R: 1 Park Row, 2nd Fl Directions

Valentine's Day Happy Hour!


February 9, 2012

Swamp In The City At Chelsea Market

What: In honor of The History Channel's Swamp People third season premiere, Chelsea Market is becoming a swamp in and of itself. Come sample cajun cuisine, blow a kiss to live gators (and turtles!) and configure your way through a maze of 15-foot-tall cypress trees draped in Spanish moss. 
Where: Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets)
When: Friday February 10,2012 - Sunday February 12,2012

February 8, 2012

ICE SKATING, Ice Breaker and Special Food Deal

City Ice Pavilion is the only indoor Roof Top ice skating rink in NYC. Right over the 59th street Bridge, 5 minutes from Manhattan, it’s easy for everyone to get to. Last year we had over 100 people come out!

Just like any event, you'll receive a name tag.  However this time, we'll ask you to put your name tag on your back so people behind you know your name as you skate around. Our Ice Breaker for this event will be simple.  Just write on your name tag 2 things you like to do.  As you skate around, just say "hi" to the person in front of you!

Special deal: Those that get hungry, can purchase 2 slices of pizza and a soda for only $5
When: Feb 11th, 2012
Where: City Ice Pavilion - 47-32 32nd Pl
Time: 7:30pm - 9:50pm
Level: Beginner (I have never done this) to Expert (I should play for a Hockey Team)

$10.50 (Normally $13) - Admission & Skate Rentals
$8 - Admission Only


February 5, 2012

Etsy Hands-On: Valentines

What: Come on down to the Etsy Labs, we will have table-top presses set up with two different designs for coasters (make a set!), and the Vandercook press will be equipped to print a folded card. After printing, enjoy drinks and treats while making your own envelopes with vintage papers and ephemera. You can also type up a love letter in Miniature Rhino’s very special letter writing booth!

Bonus: The first 25 people to check in will receive a free tote bag. We’ll also be raffling off some sweet surprises throughout the night.

When: February 7, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. Drop by anytime!

Where: Etsy Labs at 55 Washington Street, Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Who: This event is appropriate for all ages and skill levels — beginners are welcome! Make cards with your family, bring your sweetheart or be a secret admirer.
Cost: FREE

February 2, 2012

We Love Astoria Pop-Up Market

The creators of the Astoria Market and Showroom By C invite you to join us for the We Love Astoria Pop-Up Market
Time Cafe will be offering drink specials, free passed hors d’oeuvres and a live dj throughout the event. So, please come by and check out the 20 plus vendors that will be featuring their unique handcrafted wares out of Time’s trendy bar and restaurant space. You’re sure to find amazing Valentine’s Day gifts such as art, jewelry, body care, handbags, clothing, chocolates and more!
When: Thrusday, Feb 9th 6pm to 10pm
Where: Time Cafe: 44-18 Broadway between 44th & 45th  Streets in Astoria

Pop Up Art Event

What: An innovative POP-UP ART EVENT, a unique blend of beauty, art and fashion brought together for an evening of interactive arts, entertainment and spirits,  hosted by The Queen of NYC, Darian Darling. Official After-Party to follow.
When: Thursday, February 9th 7pm - 10pm  |  RSVP
Where: Lazzoni 154 West 18th Street (6th & 7th Ave)

February 1, 2012

Nicolas Jaar (“From Scratch”)

What: Musician Nicolas Jarr will give a special performance with collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington and Sasha Spielberg, presented by MoMA PS1, Pitchfork, and Clown & Sunset Aesthetics (CSA).
The five-hour, continuous piece will combine recording, sampling, and looping techniques with analogue instrumentation and sound-derived video from CSA's resident filmmaker Ryan Staake as well as a movement piece from Lizzie Fiedelson LIVE in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome.
When: Sunday February 5, 2012  |  12pm - 6pm
Where: PS1: 22-25 Jackson Avenue (at 46th Avenue), Long Island City; 718-784-2084