EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: MARCH 2024

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

Apollo Comedy Club

Thursday, March 14th at 10:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Soundstage

 

Tickets: $30 (Plus $10 food and beverage minimum)

 

FEATURING: RITU TIRTHANI, VALERIE SALNAVE, SOO RA
HOSTED BY: MEME MANNING


Jumpstart your weekend with a fun night of laughter, drinks, and tasty bites with the best up and coming talent in comedy today. Curated by Bob Sumner (legendary producer of Def Comedy Jam, creator of Laff Mobb on Aspire), The Apollo Comedy Club presents a night of comedic sets that will have you rolling in laughter.

 

Perfect for date night, or a night out with friends, don’t miss your chance to heat up your Thursday with the hottest ticket in Harlem. Doors open at 9pm; Showtime is 10pm. There is a $10 food/beverage minimum.

 

Apollo Comedy Club is part of The Apollo’s Winter/Spring 2024 season.

 

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APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ: NELLA ROJAS

Friday, March 15th at 10:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Soundstage

 

Tickets:$30 (Plus $10 food and beverage minimum)

 

From student at the famed Berklee School of Music to winning Best New Artist at the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards–singer-songwriter Nella Rojas’ path was paved by the pop, jazz and Andalusian sounds she admired while developing her sound in her native Venezuela. Join us to hear the melodies that have packed venues worldwide. One-night-only on The Apollo Soundstage.

 

Perfect for date night, or a night out with friends, the Apollo Music Café series has served as a launching pad for numerous artists including Grammy winners PJ Morton and Samara Joy–showcasing their unique artistry in an intimate nightclub setting. The series features diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip-hop, soul, jazz, latin, pop, funk and rock) and showcases artists drawn from the independent music scene who are making their mark in the industry. Doors open at 9pm; Showtime is 10pm. There is a $10 food/beverage minimum.

 

Apollo Music Café: Nella Rojas is part of The Apollo’s Winter/Spring 2024 season.

 

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LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR

Featuring COAL + ICE, Asia Society’s exhibition

 

Thursday, March 14th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $25

 

Visit Asia Society’s new exhibition, COAL + ICE with an evening of cocktails, music, and catching up on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 to 8 PM.

 

Enjoy the gorgeous Garden Court as you look at art, mingle with friends, and make new connections at Asia Society!

 

A ticket includes one drink, followed by a cash bar. Kindly note this event is only open to guests 21 years old and over.

 

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Family Day: Spring Into Nowruz

Celebrate the Persian New Year. In partnership with Pardis for Children.

 

Saturday, March 16th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Tickets: $12 adults, $7 members, $5 children over 2

 

Celebrate Nowruz and welcome the Persian New Year with a fun, family-friendly afternoon on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 1 – 4 p.m. Join us for a day filled with interactive workshops, music, crafts, storytelling, and more. Don’t miss our live theater performance and make sure to stop by our special Nowruz photo booth to commemorate the start of the Spring season! Enjoy Persian sweets and savories as well, available for purchase at the Leo Cafe. Spring Into Nowruz is an Asia Society Family Day co-presented with Pardis for Children.

 

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The Look of Love

Wednesday, March 20th through Saturday, March 23rd

 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

An Evening of Dance to the Music of Burt Bacharach
Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble
Choreography by Mark Morris


Part of  Winter/Spring 2024

 

Playful and profound, Mark Morris’ sumptuous choreography finds an ideal counterpart in the chart-topping songs of Burt Bacharach. The legendary composer’s soaring melodies and unique orchestrations shine in lush new arrangements of songs like “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “What the World Needs Now” by Pepperland composer Ethan Iverson. Broadway star Marcy Harriell offers a rich interpretation of Hal David’s bittersweet lyrics, backed by a live band. In his first major production in five years, Morris draws out both the joy and the piercing depths of these works to craft a heartfelt exploration of pop music’s most timeless theme: love.

 

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Visitors at Pints and Prints, 2023. (Photo: Kolin Mendez)

Pints and Prints:
Copy Machine Manifestos

Friday, March 8th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: $35 and include after-hours admission to Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines, a complimentary drink, and a Brooklyn Museum tote.

 

Grab a brew and create your own art prints inspired by Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines. Teaching artist Sam Kelly leads a class centered on printmaking, a practice essential to DIY zines and art books. Plus, enjoy tunes from 8-Ball Community’s DJ Shiver.

 

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Toyin Ojih Odutola. Paris Apartment, 2016–17. Charcoal, pastel, pencil on paper. The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. (Photo: Joshua White / JWPictures.com)

Art History Happy Hour: Giants

Thursday, March 21st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

 

Tickets: $30 and include one specialty drink and after-hours admission to Giants.

 

Our season of Art History Happy Hour continues with an evening of lighthearted and informative lectures celebrating Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

 

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Schwab Vocal Rising Stars

Eros and Co.

Steven Blier, Artistic Director & piano Bénédicte Jourdois, Associate Director & piano

Sunday, March 17th at 3:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $30

 

The chaos and the delight of Cupid’s arrow are refracted in songs by Saint-Saëns, Granados, Cole Porter, Sam Cooke, and many others. This concert is the culmination of a week-long mentoring program at Caramoor for four young singers and a pianist, selected by Artistic Director Steven Blier.

 

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Will Liverman, baritone
Myra Huang, piano

Sunday March 24th at 3:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $39

 

Hailed as “a voice for this historic moment” by The Washington Post, baritone Will Liverman is one of the most exciting and versatile singers today. Following his “breakout performance” (New York Times) opening the Met’s 2021–22 season in Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones (which won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording) he returned this Fall to star in Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. Secure yourself a front-row seat to feel the power and beauty of Liverman’s voice in his Caramoor debut recital.

 

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ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY:
INSPIRED CLASSICS AND ORIGINALS

Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 10th

 

Tickets: start at $20

 

Pianist, singer, and composer Ann Hampton Callaway delights listeners of every generation with her striking vocal technique, intimate storytelling, and theatrical presence. A treasured artist whose music defies singular category, she interprets the American Songbook with astonishing range and wit. Expect a slick and stylish evening with the only artist ever known to collaborate with Cole Porter, penning music to his poem that would become “I Gaze in Your Eyes.” Don’t miss it!

 

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Ben Goldberg

NPR calls clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path,” while Pop Matters lauds him as “one of those Midas musicians who brings all of the instrumental music’s best traits to roost under one umbrella.”

 

BEN GOLDBERG’S GLAMOROUS ESCAPADES

Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $20

 

Goldberg’s Glamorous Escapades features selections from his book of compositions Porch Concert Material. Experience a night of wonderplay among creative improvisers: John Ellis, Will Bernard, Michael Coleman, Ben Allison, and Allan Mednard.

 

BEN GOLDBERG’S EUPEMYSTICAL VIBRAPHONIUM

Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $20

 

Goldberg’s Eupemystical Vibraphonium features new music and acclaimed favorites originally composed around the vibraphone and interpreted by a fearless ensemble of creative improvisers.

FAMILY CONCERT:
WHO IS MAHALIA JACKSON?

Saturday, March 16th at 3:00pm

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $20.50

 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guest vocalist Tammy McCann pay homage to the Queen of Gospel: Mahalia Jackson.

Born in New Orleans, the singer, band leader, and civil rights activist recorded some of the most memorable songs in the American canon, including “Move On Up a Little Higher,” the hit song that catapulted her toward international fame.

Join McCann and the JLCO as they perform inventive arrangements of Jackson’s significant recordings and lesser-known tunes and share stories of her commitment to fighting for justice and freedom.

 

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KURT ROSENWINKEL:
THE JLCO WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $40.50

 

Influential guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel returns to Rose Theater alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Beloved for his skyscraping improvisations and genre-bending compositions — and known for his creative collaborations with like-minded improvisers, including Joe Henderson, Brian Blade, and Mark Turner — the Philadelphia native’s emergence in the ’90s redefined his instrument and inspired a new generation of jazz guitarists.

Join this groundbreaking artist and the JLCO as they present the world premiere of Community and Continuum featuring new arrangements of Rosenwinkel’s original works.

 

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Poster Kids: New York, New York!

Sunday, March 24th from 10:30am to 12:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

New York City is the center of the universe—or, at the very least, the center of this month’s Poster Kids! Join us for a guided family tour of the new exhibition Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters and then participate in a cityscape-focused art-making experience.

 

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PH x Teens: Unlocking NYC

Friday, March 29th from 3:30pm to 6:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

What makes New York City a “Wonder City”? Inspired by our newest exhibition, Wonder City of the Word: New York City Travel Posters, teens are invited to design their own keychain. Participants will reflect on notable landmarks, quotes, and events that symbolize what NYC means to them!

 

PH x Teens – Unlocking NYC is a drop-in program for young adults ages 13 to 18. Advanced registration is required but participants are not expected to stay the entire time; guests should plan to spend about an hour on this interactive, self-guided activity.

 

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Spring Lecture Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Location: Wave Hill House

 

Tickets: Ticket levels vary

 

Rachel Lambert ‘Bunny’ Mellon is well known for the breadth of her creativity and exquisite taste, which in the horticultural sphere included designing the Rose Garden at the White House for President Kennedy. However, the sweep of Bunny Mellon’s artistry sees its fullest expression in the estate, garden and home that she shared with her husband Paul near Upperville, in rural northern Virginia, a little over an hour west of Washington DC. The lecture by Sir Peter Crane, President of the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, will focus on the remarkable walled garden that Mrs. Mellon created at her Virginia home and her exceptional library, which mainly includes works on the history of plant science, plant exploration, and the development of gardens and landscape design.

 

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Telmary

Sunday, March 24th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

 

Location: Armor Hall

 

Tickets: $30 Adult/$16 Student with ID/$14 Child (8-18), including admission to the grounds. Advance tickets $2 off. Wave Hill Members save 10%

 

Street poet and musician, Telmary has emerged as a leader and trendsetter on the cutting edge of hip-hop and urban music in Cuba. As a rapper, Telmary uses her distinctive voice, at times deep and soulful, at times fast and aggressive to proclaim a positive, empowering message, tearing down cultural barriers and connecting people of different backgrounds and languages. A Cubadisco award winner, Juno award winner and Latin Grammy nominee, Telmary has devised a special “unplugged” program for her Wave Hill debut, featuring horns, percussion and vocals.

 

This concert is part of “Roots and Branches,” Wave Hill’s indoor concert series featuring artists from across musical disciplines, exploring how traditions and heritage inspire musical exploration and growth.

 

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Join Ice Theater of New York this Winter for a City Skate Pop Up Concert at Wollman Rink!

Thursday, March 7th at 6:15pm

 

Founded by Moira North, ITNY’s mission is to celebrate and advance dance on ice as a performance art. Through its performances in both traditional and site-specific venues, ITNY presents ice dance that helps to open one’s eyes to seeing skating in new and unexpected ways. ITNY was the very first ice dance company to receive dance program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.icetheatre.org

 

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Ice Season Concludes!

now through March, 15th, 2024

 

Wollman Rink NYC in iconic Central Park will open for ice skating daily from Saturday, October 28th, 2023 to March 15, 2024.

 

Don’t miss your chance to skate at Wollman Rink NYC, the perfect place to enjoy an iconic New York experience!

 

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: MARCH 2024

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

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Image Credit: vanessa german, MOTHER, MOTHER, 2020, Unique, 92 x 60 x 17.5 inches, Mixed-media assemblage, Courtesy of artist and Kasmin Gallery, New York

2024 AUCTION ON ARTSY & AT GALA

March 4th through 18th

 

The Bronx Museum’s 2024 Benefit Auction—featuring exclusive works by some of the most significant contemporary artists practicing today—goes live on Artsy Monday, March 4! Create your account on Artsy now so you are ready to start bidding right away.

 

All proceeds from the sale of works by artists including Angel Otero and Hank Willis Thomas will support the Museum’s mission to make art accessible to everyone.

 

Bidding on artworks will also take place in person at our Gala on March 18!

 

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2024 GALA & ART AUCTION

Monday, March 18th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

 

At Ziegfeld Ballroom

 

GALA DETAILS
6:00 PM Cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner & Live Auction* conducted by Jennifer Wright, Christie’s
9:00 PM Dessert and Dancing

 

*(Auction opens March 4 online via Artsy)

 

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WINTER WORK DAY AT THE FOODWAY

Saturday, March 9th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Concrete Plant Park


Come lend a hand at the Bronx River Foodway Saturday March 9th from 10a-12p!

Learn how to prune plants and help us lay mulch.

 

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Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Clean-Up

Saturday, March 16th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

There’s no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier community than by volunteering. Join the Urban Park Rangers and fellow community members to clean and beautify Crotona Park.

 

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Nature's Workshop:
Insect Inspired Art

Sunday, March 31st from 2:00pm to 3:30pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

Learn about the famed naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sybilla Merian. Join the Rangers and try your hand at nature art and illustration. Materials provided, beginners welcome.

 

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ONE BOOK ONE BRONX
Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir by Brian Broome

Saturdays: Mar 16, 23, Apr 6, 13, & 20
The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse

 

Tuesdays: Mar 19, 26, Apr 2, & 9
on Zoom

 

A poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir in essays about blackness, masculinity, and addiction, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut.

 

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THE ORCHID SHOW:
FLORALS IN FASHION

through April 21st

 

Strike a pose! The Orchid Show brings the catwalk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in a fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchids—and we want YOU at the center of the sartorial experience. Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flare, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.

 

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CRAZY FOR COMPOSTING 2024:
THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF COMMUNITY COMPOSTING IN NYC

Saturday, March 16th from 10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Get Crazy for Composting with NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up and friends! Join us for this mini-compost conference to celebrate community composting in New York City. Enjoy presentations, a panel discussion, compost workshops, and network with other compost enthusiasts. Connect with environmental organizations offering educational, technical, and grant resources. Learn from and elevate the voices of community composters in NYC who are diverting organic waste from landfills, revitalizing our soils to grow food, building resilient communities, and promoting environmental justice.

 

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER'S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

 

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

 

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NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

 

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

 

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Women's History Month:
Cass Gallagher

Sunday, March 3rd from 11:00am to 12:30pm

 

Location: Broadway and Mosholu Avenue in Van Cortlandt Park

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Learn how to see through the eyes of a naturalist, as you take a lenghty hike with the Urban Park Rangers along the nature trail named in honor of longtime Bronx resident and naturalist, Cass Gallagher. Learn more about her impact to the local neighborhood and the natural world.

 

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BOTANY AND BOTANICAL ART

Sunday, March 17th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

 

Learn about Ireland’s first female botanist Ellen Hutchins and live her legacy with a botanical walk followed by a botanical art workshop!

 

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Celebration of Women - The Art of Adventure

March 7th, 12th, and 19th from 11:00am to 1:00pm

 

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

 

Celebration of Women are workshops in March that welcome everyone to join us for creativity, beauty and strength.

The Art Of Adventure workshops’ goal is not to create better artists but to inspire the person within, offer new perspectives and improve well-being.

Jane Bishow-Semevolos LCAT, ATR-BC, is a creative arts therapist and adventure based counselor. She is the owner and facilitator for The Art of Adventure: Team Building and Wellness Workshops. She provides customized art making and group experiences that encourage participants to expand their comfort zone, improve self-awareness, connect with others and have fun.

 

March 7 11am – The Adventure of Art – art and team building
March 12 11am – Ready Set Pose – photography
March 19 11am – Self Defense

 

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

 

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FEBRUARY FOOD FESTIVAL: POTATOES

We all love potatoes, and they’re a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They’re also the perfect vessels for delicious flavors, including our Kelewele Spice Mix developed by Chef Daniel Sokolov. Kelewele is a popular food from Ghana made of fried plantains and seasoned with spices including ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, nutmeg, and anise. This savory dish is often served alongside stews, although it’s delicious on its own as a snack.

Chef Daniel Sokolov has adapted the recipe from our Pan-African Station and made it available to the home cook. Here he suggests using it to season a roasted potato dish, but it would be a delicious seasoning for almost anything from vegetables to proteins including shrimp, chicken, and tofu.

Kelewele-Spiced Roasted Potato Wedges with Citrus Yogurt Sauce​

by Daniel Sokolov, Research & Development Chef

INGREDIENTS

For Potatoes

  • 2 pounds potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp GP kelewele spice blend
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

For Citrus Yogurt Sauce

  • 8 ounces plain Greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp dill, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

For Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Toss the potato wedges with olive oil, spices, and salt. Add to pan in a single layer and roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove from pan, garnish with mint, basil, and pickled onions, and serve immediately.

 

For Citrus Yogurt Sauce

  1. Combine sauce ingredients and mix well until smooth and well combined. Serve with kelewele-spiced potatoes.

More Food Festival Recipes

New Kam Hing

The Yee Family celebrating Lunar New Year
Photo courtesy of The Yee Family

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop is a landmark of Chinatown. It opened its doors about 35 years ago and is famous for its light, fluffy, and moist sponge cakes.

Owned by the Yee family, Kam Hing is the mother shop to Tonii’s Fresh Rice Noodle, which opened it’s doors in 2019 and worked hard to stay afloat during the pandemic. The Yee family takes a lot of pride in both shops and their part of the rich history of Chinatown.

Tonii’s owner Elizabeth Yee says of her family businesses: “My family is what inspired me to open Tonii’s. Growing up, my siblings and I always had New Kam Hing as our home base. I would hang out there with my friends after school, and I would work there on the weekends with my brother. We would have family BBQs and holiday parties there as well. Having the store play such a central role in my life when I was growing up made me realize that if I opened a shop of my own, my kids would have a chance to make the same childhood memories. Thus, I opened Tonii’s for my kids’ future— so that I could give my kids a home base, and let them know that no matter what happens, their family is right there.”

Next time you’re in Chinatown we strongly advise that you stop by Tonii’s Fresh Rice Noodle for some fresh noodles and then swing over to New Kam Hing for Chinatown’s Best Sponge Cakes.

Featured Sponge Cakes provided by The Yee Family
in celebration of Lunar New Year 2024:

Chocolate Chip, Green Tea, Strawberry, and Coconut

Featured Sponge Cakes provided by The Yee Family
on May 26th, 2022:

Taro, Pandan, Mango, Butterscotch, Lychee Rose, Chocolate Chip

Photos courtesy of New Kam Hing and Tonii’s Fresh Rice Noodle

Kam Hing Bakery

118 Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013

www.newkamhing.com

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Winter Reflections from Katchkie Farm

By Jon Ronsani

If I could give a picture of a farming season it would be akin to a voyage out to sea. Once we set sail, there is no turning back. To quote the old English poem “The Seafarer”

 

True is the tale that I tell of my travels
Sing of my seafaring sorrow and woes
Hunger and hardship’s heaviest burdens
Tempest and terrible toil of the deep
Daily I’ve born on the deck of my boat”
Then one day “land ho.”

 

Winter is here and we get to dock our metaphorical boat. The rains, droughts, and long days are but distant memories. At that point, they seem more like wise teachers than “hardship’s heaviest burdens.”

 

The main work on the farm during the shorter days is spent creating the plan for the upcoming growing season which is no small task. The crop plan and outcome of the previous season is reviewed. Changes and improvements are noted and will be put into the upcoming growing season. Then, the big question of what the farm is growing and for whom has to be answered. The answer to this question drives the whole shape of the farm for the upcoming year. If we were growing tomatoes for canning and U pick pumpkins, the plan would be very different than it would if we were growing 50 different crops harvested over 22 weeks for a CSA. In general, the more diverse the range of crops, the more nuanced the management must be. Answering all questions from the number of plants needed, projected yield, crop revenue, needed yield, seeding dates, nutrient needs, field preparation, harvest dates, crop rotations, distribution and labor needs for each crop is what creates the plan. The aforementioned plan is essential, but this is one part of the farmer’s work in winter.

 

I tend to think that some of the most important work of the farmer happens in the longer nights of winter. This is the time that the farmer can rekindle their love with farming and the farm. For me this happens in many ways. One is while spending more time with the family. Children have such a unique way of doing any task. This can be eating dinner, drawing, painting, playing board games, and building, among other things. They are not so concerned with the “rules” as they are with fully immersing themselves in what they are doing. This really reminds me not to connect with solely the plan of the farm, but to also connect with why I made the plan. Children also have such an innate sense of wonder that is very inspiring as well.

 

Farming is full of natural processes that I could chemically explain, but if you asked me with that knowledge to make a leaf of lettuce, I would be completely at a loss. I would still need a lettuce seed to make that leaf of lettuce. Reconnecting with that sense of wonder is so essential for me. Experiencing that sense in my children also inspires me to look at the farm in a different way during the day.

 

While I walk around the fields in the winter, I cannot help but wonder what is slumbering under the soils and what shape the fields will take as they start to grow our food. Looking at the snow-covered fields is really like looking at a blank canvas. Crop by crop, the fields will become full again creating a new composition unique to each season. Those long winter nights are also the perfect time to study agriculture. I had recently come across what the farmers of the ancient Persian empire studied. They studied mathematics, art, music, astronomy, and medicine. I have to admit that my depth of knowledge does not go that far, but delving into some of the great works of literature or study of the stars is something that can only be savored in the winter nights.

 

After about two months of this kind of this nourishment, it is time to set sail for another voyage and start the season again. I do have to say that with each voyage the breadth of vision is a little wider and the ups and downs of the farming season are easier to navigate.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: FEBRUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

The Apollo Theater's soundstage can be rented to host your special event

APOLLO MUSIC CAFÉ

Location: Apollo’s Soundstage

Tickets: $30 (Plus $10 food and beverage minimum)

Perfect for date night, or a night out with friends, the Apollo Music Café series has served as a launching pad for numerous artists including Grammy winners PJ Morton and Samara Joy showcasing their unique artistry in an intimate nightclub setting. The series features diverse performances across a myriad of genres (R&B, hip-hop, soul, jazz, latin, pop, funk and rock) and showcases artists drawn from the independent music scene who are making their mark in the industry.

BLAKLEY – Friday, February 2nd at 10:00pm

Blakley’s soulful voice captures your heart at the rise and fall of every note, mesmerizing audiences and musical tastemakers alike. Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Blackstone calls him one of his favorite vocalists. After making the ABC’s Boy Band finale and forming the 4th Avenue band with fellow contestants– this hopeless romantic steps into the spotlight for a night of ballads on our intimate Soundstage.

WÉ ANI – Saturday, February 3rd at 10:00pm

Join us as we welcome this Harlem native, Amateur Night alum and American Idol 2023 contestant home for an intimate night on our Soundstage!

RIP MICHEALS LIVE “DID I GO TOO FAR”?

Friday, February 23rd at 8:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $45.20

Rip Micheals brings the Did I Go Too Far comedy show to The Apollo live on February 23, 2023. Featuring music by DJ Self.

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LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Asia Society!

Friday, February 9th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $20 which includes one drink

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with an evening of cocktails and music from DJ Kai Song on Friday, February 9 from 5:30 to 8 PM. Enjoy the gorgeous Garden Court as you ring in the Year of the Dragon, mingle with friends, and make new connections at Asia Society!

Bo Law Kung Fu will perform a lion dance, and there will be fortune telling stations with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac. There will also be an opportunity to watch “Reimagined Volume II: Mahal”, a virtual reality animated film directed by award-winning creator Michaela Ternasky-Holland.

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COAL + ICE installation view of David Breashears's Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet, China, 2007. Photograph by Leah Thompson

NEW EXHIBITION: COAL + ICE

Tuesday, February 13th through Sunday, August 11th

Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition accompanied by a series of related programs. COAL + ICE visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, climate change will take center stage at Asia Society, including speaker events, performances, films, and more. Asia Society has joined forces with a network of partner organizations across New York City’s five boroughs to concurrently present exhibitions and events, expanding the conversation to inspire deeper engagement on how the climate crisis affects our global and local communities.

COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and international exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and led by Orville Schell, Asia Society Vice President and Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.

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HOMAGE TO THE EARTH:

ABIGAIL WASHBURN, MARTHA REDBONE, AND JEN SHYU

Wednesday, February 14th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Tickets: $30 Nonmembers, $20 Members. Students/Seniors: Contact Box Office for Discount!

Homage to the Earth: Abigail Washburn, Martha Redbone and Jen Shyu is presented on occasion of the opening of Asia Society’s COAL + ICE, a festival of culture to inspire action on climate change. COAL + ICE is on view Wednesday, February 14, 2024 until 7:30 p.m. at the Asia Society Museum.

An extraordinary group of musicians, traversing traditions from classical to folk, come together for the first time ever in a collaborative evening of musical reverence for nature, driven by the urgency to defend life on our planet. Global musical styles find a common voice that highlights the humanizing quality of music and our relationship to our ancestors. Abigail Washburn, Martha Redbone, and Jen Shyu join forces and voices for this homage to the earth.

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OUR CLASS

Friday, January 12th through Sunday, February 11th

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

Tickets: start at $59

MART FOUNDATION & ARLEKIN PLAYERS PRESENT
OUR CLASS

WRITTEN BY TADEUSZ SŁOBODZIANEK
DIRECTED BY IGOR GOLYAK
ADAPTATION BY NORMAN ALLEN

Featuring: Gus Birney, Andrey Burkovskiy, Jack DiFalco, José Espinosa, Tess Goldwyn, Will Manning, Stephen Ochsner, Alexandra Silber, Richard Topol and Ilia Volok.

Friends. Enemies. Classmates. Based on the true story

Ten Polish classmates — five Jewish and five Catholic — grow up as friends and neighbors, then turn on one another with life and death consequences. Inspired by real life events surrounding a horrific 1941 pogrom in a small Polish village, this shocking, timely story follows their lives from childhood through eight decades in a new contemporary production of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s masterpiece, from Ukrainian-born Jewish director Igor Golyak (The Orchard; State vs. Natasha Banina).

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BARK OF MILLIONS

Monday, February 5th through Saturday, February 10th

Location: BAM Strong, Harvey Theater

Tickets: start at $35

BAM, Onassis USA and Pomegranate Arts
Present

Bark of Millions
Lyrics and direction by Taylor Mac
Music and musical direction by Matt Ray
Part of Winter/Spring 2024

A powerhouse collective of international artists ignite an electrifying collision of performance, live music, and drag spectacle in the latest from theater-making renegades Taylor Mac, Matt Ray, and Machine Dazzle. The team unleashes their creativity in a rock opera meditation on queerness, featuring 55 original songs by Mac and Ray and a bevy of costumes by Dazzle. With the fierce elation of a pride parade, Bark of Millions is a luxuriant, provocative spectacle unlike any other.

From the award-winning creative and producing teams behind A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, this joyous epic is both a celebration of and a gift to the queer canon, expanding the archive for generations to come.

With Ari Folman-Cohen, Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks, Chris Giarmo, Dana Lyn, El Beh, Greg Glassman, Jack Fuller (Vocal Captain), Joel E. Mateo, Jules Skloot, Le Gateau Chocolat, Lisa “Paz” Parrott, Machine Dazzle, Mama Alto, Marika Hughes, Matt Ray, Sean Donovan (Associate Choreographer), Steffanie Christi’an, Stephen Quinn, Taylor Mac, Thornetta Davis, Viva DeConcini, and Wes Olivier.

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Sunday Art: Lunar New Year, 2022. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

SUNDAY ART: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

January 14th through February 18th

Tickets: free with Museum admission

Bring the family to this free drop-in program celebrating Lunar New Year. We’ll create art inspired by the collection and enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club.

Locations
February 11: Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
February 18: Porcelains in the Mist: The Kondō Family of Ceramicists, 2nd Floor

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Mahogany L. Browne reading at the Brooklyn Museum, 2021. (Photo: Kolin Mendez)

BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM

Thursday, February 29th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Register in advance and pay as you wish (suggested admission: $10).

Celebrate Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s tenth year! Amplify the voices of Brooklyn at a series of pay-what-you-can slams, presented by poets and cofounders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic. Come to listen to poets, or arrive early to sign up if you’d like to join the slam (limited availability).

Brooklyn Poetry Slam rules

  • Brooklyn Poetry Slam is a two-round performance poetry competition.
  • Each poet is given three minutes to read their own original work (no props or accompaniments).
  • The top five poets from the first round advance to the second round.
  • Five random judges from the audience score each round on a scale of 0–10. The highest and lowest scores for each poet are dropped each round. The poet with the highest cumulative score is the winner.

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IVALAS QUARTET

2022–23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence

Sunday, February 25th at 2:00pm

Tickets: start at $30

The final concert in the Ivalas Quartet’s 2022–23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residency, postponed from June 2023, represents their ongoing commitment to showcasing diverse voices. Their program, spotlighting Black and indigenous composers, includes a world premiere by Derrick Skye, a composer with Ghanaian, Nigerian, Native American, and British/Irish ancestry who believes music is a doorway into understanding other cultures.

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FAT TUESDAY WITH ALPHONSO HORNE & THE GOTHAM KINGS

Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm

Tickets: start at $20

Trumpet player and irrepressible band leader Alphonso Horne leads this high-octane outfit inspired by the music of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Gotham Kings engages the virtuosity of Louis Armstrong and innovative genius of King Oliver to invite audiences into an immersive sound chamber that transmits rags, stomps, shouts, and funk. This high energy set celebrates the legacy of Mardi Gras with a dynamic band and repertoire that bonds past, present, and future.

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DIZZY’S VALENTINE’S DAY,

WITH MORGAN JAMES

Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00pm

Tickets: start at $225

Dizzy’s Club welcomes back a beloved Valentine’s Day tradition: an evening with Morgan James. The award-winning singer and songwriter shares her imaginative storytelling and theatrical presence in an intimate performance for friends and lovers alike. Alongside music from her acclaimed 2023 release Nobody’s Fool, she presents acoustic interpretations of repertoire from iconic artists like Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and Otis Redding. Says the magnetic artist, “This music is me: classic elements, timeless melodies, and lyrics from my soul and experience. We need that right now.”

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MASTERS OF FORM: DUKE, JELLY ROLL, AND MINGUS THE JLCO WITH WYNTON MARSALIS WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANDY FARBER

Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd

Location: Rose Theater

Tickets: start at $40.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Just like buildings, songs have structure—and the forms they take affect us in powerful ways we may not always understand. Music-directed by trombonist Vincent Gardner, this Rose Theater event featuring the JLCO honors three distinct but equally innovative masters of form: Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus.

Each composer experimented with the boundaries of jazz, tinkering with formal elements like melody, harmony, and time to summon the sublime. Similarly, the immortal Frank Lloyd Wright transformed how we relate to the structures in which we live—and so, special guest Andy Farber premieres his ambitious new work Usonian Structures to honor the influential architect. Part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The JLCO tackles the music of three jazz giants and explores the meaning of musical form.
  • Special guest Andy Farber premieres Usonian Structures – a work inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Music directed by Vincent Gardner.
  • A pre-concert lecture precedes each performance at 7pm.

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DIANNE REEVES: LOVESTRUCK

Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th

Location: Rose Theater

Tickets: start at $40.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s most romantic tradition returns to the Rose Theater just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer and NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves leads her all-star quintet, sharing songs of rapture and anguish, of romance and heartbreak—all in celebration of that mysterious force we call love.

Expect cherished standards and surprise repertoire delivered by an expert song interpreter and supreme vocalist whose approach to melody and phrasing is as skilled as it is spontaneous. Don’t miss this mid-season favorite.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • A Valentine’s Day tradition by the masterful vocalist.
  • Featuring Dianne Reeves’ acclaimed quartet.
  • Expect old standards and surprise repertoire.

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FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, February 2nd from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Tickets: FREE!

Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection. Every First Friday is different–check back soon for a complete list of activities.

Live Letterpress Printing $10 1-7pm

Recycled Bookbinding workshop: $20 2-3:30

Art Deco curatorial tour: 4pm

Gettin’ Fishy with Miss Toto: Drag & Tag Presentation and Performance 6:30pm

Songs From If This Be Sin, a Musical by Kirya Traber & Sissi Liu 7:15pm

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BIODYNAMIC BOUNTY: ECO-CONSCIOUS WINE TASTING & TOUR

Thursday, February 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $45

Reflecting on the ongoing environmental crises can lead to despair, but it’s not all doom and gloom! Industries around the globe are finding ways to adapt and reduce their environmental impact every day, including the wine industry. Join Joel Schott of Skurnik Wines to discover how vineyards are developing sustainable practices to reduce their environmental impact while still creating delicious wines. Learn about the differences between organic, natural, and biodynamic wines while tasting examples of each. Along the way, join curator Tim Medland for a tour of the exhibition We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020. Select wines will be available for purchase at the end of the evening.

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Photo: Joshua Bright

SOOTHING WINTER SOAPS WORKSHOP

Sunday, February 11th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Wave Hill House

Tickets: $65, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%

Make your own cold-processed soap with Melissa Rivera of Holistic Energy Healing. Each batch is made from all natural ingredients, including fragrance and essential oils that soothe winter-weary skin and have an amazing scent! Go home with a full pound of homemade soap, enough for several bars to keep or share. Participants will work in small groups. Winter Haven event.

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Photo: Adrianna Tan

CHROMIC DUO

Sunday, February 25th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Armor Hall

Tickets: $30 Adult/$16 Student with ID/$14 Child (8-18), including admission to the grounds. Advance tickets $2 off. Wave Hill Members save 10%

With their unique blend of toy piano, electronics, and multimedia, Chromic Duo— comprised of award-winning pianists Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan—present Room of Oceans, a program that ruminates on the question: How can we create moments of connection and empathy? Featuring pieces inspired by nature, Chromic invites audiences to reflect on their current state of being, believing that by slowing down and looking at the smallest objects of the everyday, “we can uncover truths and reimagine how we connect with each other.”

This concert is part of “Roots and Branches,” Wave Hill’s indoor concert series featuring artists from across musical disciplines, exploring how traditions and heritage inspire musical exploration and growth. Explore more Roots and Branches concerts here.

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ICE SEASON RETURNS!

now through March, 15th, 2024

Wollman Rink NYC in iconic Central Park will open for ice skating daily from Saturday, October 28th, 2023 to March 15, 2024.

Don’t miss your chance to skate at Wollman Rink NYC, the perfect place to enjoy an iconic New York experience!

Tickets on sale now!

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RINK SIDE IGLOOS

now through March 15th, 2024

Elevate your skating experience at Wollman Rink inside our cozy, private, heated Rink Side igloos, under the Midtown Manhattan skyline in Central Park. Both of our transparent igloos feature an electric fireplace, soft lighting, and comfy seating for eight, as well as delicious food and beverage options.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: FEBRUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX CALLING

THE SIXTH AIM BIENNIAL

Part I: January 26 – March 31, 2024
Part II: April 12 – June 16, 2024

Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial features 53 emerging artists who have participated in The Bronx Museum’s flagship artist professional development program from years 2020 through 2023. Since 1980, The Bronx Museum has supported New York’s artist community through its Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Fellowship, which has provided pivotal career support to a diverse roster of over 1,200 of New York’s most promising artists. Themes addressed in this two-part exhibition include contemporary and critical issues, such as capitalism and colonialism, as well as speculative futures.

The Sixth AIM Biennial is curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs.

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SKETCHY SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE!

Interested in Drawing?

Come express yourself through a variety of drawing exercises, games and techniques.

Take inspiration from our current exhibitions and receive guidance from talented teaching artists.

Explore and challenge your art skills through a selection of mediums and materials.

No previous art experience needed. For All ages!

Come join us and Let’s Get sketchy at the BxArts Factory!”

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WINTER WORK DAY AT THE FOODWAY

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park

Come lend a hand at the Bronx River Foodway Saturday, February 17th from 10a-12p!

Learn how to prune plants and help us lay mulch.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided. Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and gardening/cleaning activities.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERBAL BREWS, HUES AND MAYA ANGELOU

Sunday, February 11th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Enjoy a heartwarming cup of tea along with poetry by Maya Angelou, and create your own written or visual masterpiece to bestow on your beloved.

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FULL MOON FESTIVAL LANTERN CRAFT

Sunday, February 25th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Learn about the relationship between the full moon and lantern festivals while making your own lantern!

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ONE BOOK ON BRONX

GIOVANNI’S ROOM BY JAMES BALDWIN

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27 on Zoom

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: Feb 3, 11*, 17, 24, & Mar 2
The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse

ONE BOOK ONE BRONX READS GIOVANNI’S ROOM

James Baldwin’s controversial novel has brought forth complex discussions surrounding a multitude of issues, including representations of homosexuality, bisexuality, and struggles with internalized homophobia. Alongside these prevalent discourses, the novel also raises concepts of social alienation, identity, masculinity, and manhood in the public eye.

James Baldwin at 100 encompasses discussions, panels, screenings, and exhibitions focusing on a wide array of literary works and ideas. Collaborators include The Bronx Museum, The Bronx Music Heritage Center, BronxArtSpace, the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, and Lehman College among others.

One Book One Bronx hosts weekly restorative conversations on a diverse selection of books. The discussions are reflective of the borough’s racial, economic, and gender demographics, and aim to build bridges for engagement while reigniting a passion for reading.

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THE ORCHID SHOW:

FLORALS IN FASHION

February 17th through April 21st

Strike a pose! The Orchid Show brings the catwalk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in a fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchids—and we want YOU at the center of the sartorial experience. Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flare, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.

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THE ORCHID DINNER 2024

Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm

Location: The Plaza Hotel

The New York Botanical Garden will host one of the most enchanting events of the winter season, The Orchid Dinner, at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Known for its wondrous and inventive orchid centerpieces, The Orchid Dinner will celebrate the Garden’s fashion-forward The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators followed by an elegant dinner and dancing.

Proceeds from The Orchid Dinner support the Garden’s global plant research and conservation initiatives, and programs in horticulture and education for all ages—all to help protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

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KIDS WEEK

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during mid-winter recess. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, February 20th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join the Urban Park Rangers on a fun nature scavenger hunt!

Birding for Kids

Friday, February 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Bird watching can be fun, especially during the winter season. Learn all about different ways to identify birds in our parks.

WINTER MUSHROOM ID HIKE

Saturday, February 24th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach

While plants enjoy their winter’s sleep, many fungi are active in our parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through Hunter Island to explore seasonal mushrooms.

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BIRDING: BALD EAGLE WATCH

Saturday, February 3rd from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane in Riverdale Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable footwear.

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SETON FALLS PARKS FOREST RESTORATION

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – East 233rd Street and Baychester Avenue

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Seton Falls Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event has been funded in part by NYC Service.

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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NYRR OPEN RUN: ST. MARY’S PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Mary’s Annual 5K Start, East 149th and Eagle Ave

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

St. Mary’s Park offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx, the park features rolling hills, expanses of green grass, and grand old trees. The site was once part of the estate of Jonas Bronck (1600-43), for whom the Bronx is named. It is one of the largest parks in the area with a pool, playground, basketball courts, an indoor recreation center, picnic seating areas, and more. In the winter, the hills are perfect for sledding. St. Mary’s Park received $30 million from NYC’s Anchor Parks initiative, which will renovate the park’s ballfields, pathways, and amphitheater.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SCIENCE FICTION STORYTELLING HIKE

Sunday, February 18th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Explore the connection between the natural world and science fiction with this storytelling hike and fire-side chat. Listen to the works of Octavia Butler while walking the trails at dusk. Afterwards, cozy up to the fire and share your thoughts!

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VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

Sunday, February 11th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

Join Williamsbridge Oval for DIY Crafts for children. This fun do-it yourself, Valentines’ arts and crafts program teaches how to create projects.

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: JANUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

UPTOWN HALL: THE INCONVENIENT KING

Sunday, January 14th at 2:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: Free with RSVP

The Apollo has a decades-long tradition of serving as a convener for our community as well as people from across New York City. That tradition continues as The Apollo partners with WNYC in our 18th annual celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his enduring legacy on the culture.

This year’s presentation focuses on a renewed commitment to understanding the context, confronting the complexity, and elevating our collective consciousness in the face of injustice and discrimination.

NPR’s Notes from America host, Kai Wright moderates the first hour of this year’s celebration. Music, spoken word and other forms of creative expression round out the afternoon. Please check back for additional information about this program.

Not to know is bad; not to want to know is worse.” – African proverb

In collaboration with March On Washington Film Festival.

Uptown Hall: The Inconvenient King is part of The Apollo’s Winter/Spring 2024 season.

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:

APOLLO STORIES

Monday, January 29th from 8:30am to 3:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Soundstage

Tickets: Before December 31, 2023: $25; After January 1, 2024: $35

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR EDUCATORS
Join Apollo Education for a full day Professional Learning Workshop to explore our groundbreaking national digital learning hub, Apollo Stories. These educator-created materials will spark critical thinking in the minds of your students and ignite thought-provoking discussions on justice, culture, and identity.

The Apollo Stories team will provide expert guidance for seamlessly integrating and adapting the free lessons featured on the platform into your classroom curricula. Gain hands-on facilitation experience and dive into engaging, practical, classroom-ready activities that include discussion & writing prompts, assessments and various arts integrations.

By attending this workshop, you will have full access to the Apollo Stories digital learning hub and more from our profound inaugural project, Between the World and Me, by award-winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as an exciting first look at our upcoming project, The Renaissance Mixtape created by dynamic artists and educators, Soul Science Lab.

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FROM MEIJI TO NOW: THE MAKING OF MODERN JAPAN

Wednesday, January 17th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $20 Nonmembers; $10 Members

The significance of the Meiji Restoration, an important political period in Japanese history credited for ushering in an era of major political and social change continues to be debated extensively, more than a century and half on. As the third-largest economy in the world, Japan today is assuming an increasingly assertive role on the global stage and continues to undergo rapid changes, as it did during the Meiji era. This program will focus on the transformations in politics, society, and culture Japan experienced during the Meiji era and their relevance to the contemporary era; examine the parallels and continuity between the two periods of transformation; and explore their implications for the region as well as the wider world.

This program is associated with Asia Society’s current Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan exhibition, which reevaluates a seminal era of turmoil, creativity, and transformation in Japan spanning the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.

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Howardena Pindell, Autobiography: East/West (Gardens), 1983. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery

BLACK ARTISTS SHAPING ASIAN ART: JOAN KEE & STEVEN NELSON

Monday, January 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 Nonmembers, $8 Members. Students and Seniors: Contact Box Office for Discount!

In this conversation, renowned art historians Joan Kee and Steven Nelson will discuss Black artists who have incorporated Asian techniques, motifs, philosophies, and forms into their innovative works, resulting in a rich artistic dialogue that expands the boundaries of modern and contemporary art. Drawing from Kee’s recent book, The Geometries of Afro Asia: Art beyond Solidarity (2023), this discussion will center around the ink paintings of Norman Lewis, the impact of travel in China on the sculptures of Barbara Chase-Riboud, and the role of Japanese landscape architecture in the work of Martin Puryear.

Venturing beyond existing stories of globalism, the intersection of Black and Asian art can help us reimagine art history as it expands, folds, curves, and bends across time and space.

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OUR CLASS

Friday, January 12th through Sunday, February 4th

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

Tickets: start at $59

MART FOUNDATION & ARLEKIN PLAYERS PRESENT
OUR CLASS

WRITTEN BY TADEUSZ SŁOBODZIANEK
DIRECTED BY IGOR GOLYAK
ADAPTATION BY NORMAN ALLEN

Featuring: Gus Birney, Andrey Burkovskiy, Jack DiFalco, José Espinosa, Tess Goldwyn, Will Manning, Stephen Ochsner, Alexandra Silber, Richard Topol and Ilia Volok.

Friends. Enemies. Classmates. Based on the true story

Ten Polish classmates — five Jewish and five Catholic — grow up as friends and neighbors, then turn on one another with life and death consequences. Inspired by real life events surrounding a horrific 1941 pogrom in a small Polish village, this shocking, timely story follows their lives from childhood through eight decades in a new contemporary production of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s masterpiece, from Ukrainian-born Jewish director Igor Golyak (The Orchard; State vs. Natasha Banina).

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ANGEL ISLAND

Thursday, January 11th through Saturday, January 13th

Location: BAM Strong, Harvey Theater

Tickets: start at $30

BAM and Prototype Festival
Present

Angel Island
Composed and conducted by Huang Ruo
Directed by Matthew Ozawa
Film by Bill Morrison

Part of Next Wave 2023

Starting in 1910, many immigrants who journeyed to America were processed at an immigration station on Angel Island, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Until a fire led to its closure in 1940, the station primarily functioned as a detention center, where half a million people from 80 countries were held under barbaric conditions—some for weeks, others for years. The majority of these detainees were Chinese migrants, who were banned from entering the United States under the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, with few exceptions.

Making his BAM debut, acclaimed Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo (M. Butterfly, An American Soldier, Book of Mountains & Seas) revisits this chapter of American history in Angel Island, a poignant multimedia experience scored for voices and string quartet that blurs the boundaries of opera, theater, dance, and music. In collaboration with the Del Sol Quartet, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and archival filmmaker Bill Morrison, Huang Ruo and director Matthew Ozawa weave a powerful requiem from the century-old poetry engraved on the detention center’s walls by some of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese immigrants who were incarcerated and subjected to dehumanizing horrors. Angel Island arrives amid an ongoing epidemic of brutal violence and rampant discrimination against immigrants, asylum-seekers, and Asians across the diaspora. This production is a stirring plea for care and empathy as well as a visceral, clear-eyed tribute to the rebellion and resilience of those who passed through and perished at Angel Island.

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THE 38TH ANNUAL BROOKLYN TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Monday, January 15th at 10:30am

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Tickets: Tickets are free for this event and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8am on January 15 in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House lobby.

Presented by BAM and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso

Part of Winter/Spring 2024

We honor Dr. King’s radical spirit at this beloved Brooklyn tradition, which rings in a new year with musical performances and an invigorating call to action. Keynote speaker Reginald Dwayne Betts—a poet, lawyer, and founder and CEO of Freedom Reads—offers reflections on freedom anchored in his own journey, his enduring commitment to social justice, and his work to radically transform access to literature in prison. Featuring uplifting performances by Sing Harlem and singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin, this annual tribute invites us to reflect, recharge, and support one another as we carry on Dr. King’s relentless pursuit of equality and justice.

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Sunday Art: Lunar New Year, 2022. (Photo: Elena Olivo)

SUNDAY ART: LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

January 14th through February 18th

Tickets: free with Museum admission

Bring the family to this free drop-in program celebrating Lunar New Year. We’ll create art inspired by the collection and enjoy a lion dance performance by the Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club.

Locations
January 14: Arts of Asia, 2nd Floor
January 21: Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
January 28: Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
February 11: Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
February 18: Porcelains in the Mist: The Kondō Family of Ceramicists, 2nd Floor

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Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, 2019. (Photo: Kolin Mendez)

POP-UP PERFORMANCE:

BROOKLYN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Sunday, January 21st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

Tickets: Free with Museum admission

Drop by to hear music selections performed by members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Museum’s orchestra in residence.

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YES TRIO FEATURING ALI JACKSON JR., AARON GOLDBERG, AND OMER AVITAL

Monday, January 8th and Tuesday, January 9th

Tickets: start at $20

An explosive ensemble of swinging rhythms, virtuosic language, and high-level spontaneity, YES Trio features three distinctive solo leaders whose combined expression invites audiences to truly lose themselves in the music. Bonded by a 30-year friendship, Ali Jackson, Omer Avital, and Aaron Goldberg center swing as “a timeless idea,” and combine their roots and experiences, from Motown to the Middle East, from blues to bebop, for a joyful and sensitive journey. For this two-night event, they celebrate the release of their third album Spring Sings, presenting fresh arrangements of standards with beautiful original compositions.

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A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN JAZZ, CURATED BY ALEXA TARANTINO AND CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT

Tuesday, January 30th at 7:00pm

Tickets: start at $20

This evening’s performance unveils a new series curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Artist Advisory Council. The Council’s series showcases new and lesser-heard voices, sounds, and musings to Dizzy’s Club with the mission of expanding JALC’s global jazz community. Council members Alexa Tarantino and Cécile McLorin Salvant have co-curated this evening to celebrate women in jazz by bringing an intergenerational ensemble of up-and-coming artists to the Dizzy’s Club stage.

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THE UNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL

Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th

Location: Ertegun Atrium

Tickets: start at $85.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Welcome to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s inaugural Unity Jazz Festival! Join us for a weekend of non-stop music and vibrant entertainment. Groove to the beats of 15 diverse acts, including JALC favorites and global jazz talents. The House of Swing comes alive as we expand and uplift the JALC community. Don’t miss this must-see event with emerging acts and cherished legends.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • 1 Weekend, 15 Unique Acts: From soul-stirring vocalists to electrifying instrumentalists, experience the diverse scope of jazz in all its splendor over the course of two nights!
  • The Best of Jazz: Discover seasoned maestros and rising stars as they come together under one roof, celebrating the unifying power of music.
  • All-Access Pass: Be it the captivating notes of a blues performance or the rhapsodic rhythms of a big band ensemble; every corner of Jazz at Lincoln Center will be alive with music.
  • Shape Your Own Musical Journey: Wander from stage to stage, letting the diverse sounds guide your journey. With the freedom to see any act, craft your own personalized jazz experience

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THE BLUES WITH BOBBY RUSH AND SHEMEKIA COPELAND

Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th

Location: The Appel Room

Tickets: start at $90.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes an inexhaustible legend of blues tradition and innovation: the multi-Grammy Award-winning artist and Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush. At 90, the Louisiana-born singer, guitarist, and blues harp master is still a unique and electric performer who takes listeners on a kaleidoscopic journey across the landscape of 20th-century American music.

Multi-Grammy-nominated vocalist and effervescent storyteller Shemekia Copeland joins Rush for this Appel Room event.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Rush’s first show at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Stories and songs from a legendary act who spent more than a half-century touring.
  • Featuring acclaimed vocalist Shemekia Copeland.

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PUTTIN’ INK ON PAPER WITH AMOS PAUL KENNEDY, JR.

Saturday, January 27th from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tickets: $455

Poster House is excited to partner with the Center for Book Arts for a special letterpress printing workshop with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Over the course of this two-day workshop, participants will work collaboratively to make posters that convey environmental messaging, inspired by Poster House’s current exhibition We Tried To Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970-2020. Learn how to make striking compositions through the layering of wood type, and leave with a stack of posters that advocate for the environment. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to put ink on paper with a master printer described in Hyperallergic as having “the feistiness of a best friend, the warmth of a grandmother, a low tolerance for bullshit, and the energy of the most precocious toddler.”

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. is a prolific letterpress printer based out of Detroit, Michigan, known for his social and political commentary and distinctive, layered printing style.

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EVENING OF TRANSCENDENT SOUND

Sunday, January 21st from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Armor Hall

Tickets: $50, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

With Wave Hill’s majestic Armor Hall space as the setting, be guided through a combined musical and meditative experience in celebration of winter transcendence. Join Bronx Arts Ensemble along with Artemis Audio & Ayurveda for a unique performance and variety of healing instruments and sounds. Wind up your transcendent evening with a tranquil stroll through the winter gardens as you depart, guided by the fading sunset and the twinkling lights along the distant banks of the Hudson River. A co-presentation with Bronx Arts Ensemble. Winter Haven event.

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Photo: Karsten Moran

WINTER WORKSPACE 2024:

DROP-IN SUNDAY

Sunday, January 28th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Glyndor Gallery

Tickets: Free with admission to the grounds

The Winter Workspace is a program that takes place over two, six-week sessions and provides artists with free studio space, a financial stipend and access to Wave Hill’s living collection. Session One takes place from January 2 to February 18, 2024. Since its start 14 years ago, the Workspace has supported more than 150 artists. During the Winter Workspace, artists have intimate access to the greenhouses, as well as horticultural and curatorial staff. Experimentation is encouraged and artists expand their practices while working on site. Artists also engage with Wave Hill visitors through Drop-In Sundays and Open Studio events, as well as adult or family workshops. At the core of the Winter Workspace is the recognition that creating art within the context of a garden is a unique experience.

The Winter Workspace Drop-In Sunday series provides an opportunity for Wave Hill visitors to deepen their connection with the arts and their experience of the garden by learning how artists are drawing inspiration from our site. During this event, visitors can mingle with three Workspace Artists in their studios, ask questions and learn about their creative practice. Each Sunday a different group of artists participates.

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ICE SEASON RETURNS!

now through March, 15th, 2024

Wollman Rink NYC in iconic Central Park will open for ice skating daily from Saturday, October 28th, 2023 to March 15, 2024.

Don’t miss your chance to skate at Wollman Rink NYC, the perfect place to enjoy an iconic New York experience!

Tickets on sale now!

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RINK SIDE IGLOOS

now through March 15th, 2024

Elevate your skating experience at Wollman Rink inside our cozy, private, heated Rink Side igloos, under the Midtown Manhattan skyline in Central Park. Both of our transparent igloos feature an electric fireplace, soft lighting, and comfy seating for eight, as well as delicious food and beverage options.

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NORDSTROM PRESENTS

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

November through December

A stylish, heated rink side retreat, outfitted by Nordstrom, is part of the Wollman Rink Premier Pass experience. The Premier Pass, available as an upgrade to rink admission purchases online or in-person, includes expedited rink entry, skate rental concierge service, 2 hours of tent access, cozy “fireside” seating, complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea and refreshments, as well as a dedicated tent attendant and locker. Premier Passes are released one week in advance of public skating dates. Admission and skate rentals are separate, available on select dates during the ticket purchase process. Sessions start at the top of every hour, 2 hours before close. See Premier Pass page for available dates and times.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: JANUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

Michael Richards with Consume (1993) at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1994. Photograph by Mel Wright.

SCREENING, DISCUSSION, AND EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH

Saturday, January 6th, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us to celebrate the closing weekend of Michael Richards: Are You Down? with a special documentary film screening, discussion, and exhibition walkthrough. ​This culminating event will highlight Richards’ powerful sculpture and drawing practice, his friendships, the circumstances of his passing on September 11, 2001, and his enduring influence on cultural communities in New York City, Miami, and beyond.

A screening of the 30-minute documentary on Michael Richards titled Are You Down?, directed by Juan Matos and Dennis Scholl, will be followed by a discussion moderated by Scholl, with artists william cordova and Dread Scott and Michèle Wong, Associate Director & Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the Grey Art Gallery, all of whom were friends with Richards. After the screening and discussion, exhibition curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin will lead a walkthrough of the retrospective with cordova. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about Michael Richards from the perspective of those who knew him, offering an intimate look into Richards’ art, life, and legacy.

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BRONX CALLING

THE SIXTH AIM BIENNIAL

Part I: January 26 – March 31, 2024
Part II: April 12 – June 16, 2024

Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial features 53 emerging artists who have participated in The Bronx Museum’s flagship artist professional development program from years 2020 through 2023. Since 1980, The Bronx Museum has supported New York’s artist community through its Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Fellowship, which has provided pivotal career support to a diverse roster of over 1,200 of New York’s most promising artists. Themes addressed in this two-part exhibition include contemporary and critical issues, such as capitalism and colonialism, as well as speculative futures.

The Sixth AIM Biennial is curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS

November 17th, 2023 through January 7th, 2024

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo.

During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. This year, you’ll experience NEW lantern displays showcasing the wildlife of New York’s ocean waters and wetlands, plus a new interactive experience celebrating bioluminescent creatures.

Activities include:

  • Holiday Train
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Illuminated Performers
  • Wildlife Theater
  • Seasonal Treats

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SKETCHY SATURDAYS

Saturday, January 13th, 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE!

Interested in Drawing?

Come express yourself through a variety of drawing exercises, games and techniques.

Take inspiration from our current exhibitions and receive guidance from talented teaching artists.

Explore and challenge your art skills through a selection of mediums and materials.

No previous art experience needed. For All ages!

Come join us and Let’s Get sketchy at the BxArts Factory!”

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CHILDREN’S BOOK SIGNING WITH BRONX BOUND BOOKS & JANELLE HARPER

Saturday, January 20th, 2024 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

FREE! Book purchase optional

Join the BxArts Factory for a book signing by talented children’s author, Janelle Harper. Come and meet Janelle as she shares her wonderful stories and signs copies of her books. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover new books and spend a fun-filled day with your family.

Janelle’s latest book, My Block Looks Like, will be available for purchase at Bronx Bound Books during the event. If you would like to purchase the books in advance, you can select the Eventbrite ticket options that include the price of one or both books. You can also attend the event for free to meet Janelle and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

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HART ISLAND TOUR

Tuesday, January 16th and Tuesday, January 30th

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo.

Hart Island is the largest public cemetery in the country and has served New York City since 1869. While Hart Island is currently only used for city burials, the island has served many uses since the 19th Century, including a quarantine station, a psychiatric hospital, a tuberculosis ward, a reform school, a homeless shelter, a rehabilitation facility, a military base, and a jail.

Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore Hart Island’s unique past, present, and future. Participants are chosen by lottery.

Lottery registration opens on Wednesday January 3, 2024 and ends Thursday January 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

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HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW®

November 17th, 2023 through January 15th, 2024

Location: at the Garden

New York City’s Most Beloved Holiday Tradition Is Back!

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Start on the lawn to capture your perfect holiday photos at our outdoor mountainscapes and then watch trains zip past nearly 200 iconic New York landmarks under the warmth of the Conservatory. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOW and discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.

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BAR CAR NIGHTS

January 5th

Location: at the Garden

Tickets: Non-Members $54; Garden Members $34

(Adults 21 and over)

All Aboard for Adults-Only Nights at the Holiday Train Show

On special evenings exclusively for adults 21 and over, fan-favorite Bar Car Nights make a comeback with nighttime viewings of the Holiday Train Show® and NYBG GLOW—complete with light bites and curated cocktails available for purchase. Grab a drink and step into the Haupt Conservatory to discover New York City’s most beloved holiday tradition under the warm and twinkling lights, then head outdoors for an illuminated experience across Garden grounds that’s unlike anything else in the five boroughs!

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NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH HIKE

Monday, January 1st, 2024 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park

If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, join the Urban Park Rangers on a lengthy hike. Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park. Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, and unplug from the world to clear your head.

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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NYRR OPEN RUN: ST. MARY’S PARK

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Mary’s Annual 5K Start, East 149th and Eagle Ave

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

St. Mary’s Park offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx, the park features rolling hills, expanses of green grass, and grand old trees. The site was once part of the estate of Jonas Bronck (1600-43), for whom the Bronx is named. It is one of the largest parks in the area with a pool, playground, basketball courts, an indoor recreation center, picnic seating areas, and more. In the winter, the hills are perfect for sledding. St. Mary’s Park received $30 million from NYC’s Anchor Parks initiative, which will renovate the park’s ballfields, pathways, and amphitheater.

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

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Give the Gift of Culture

By Liz Neumark

What distinguishes New York as well as New Yorkers is our passion for culture, across the widest range of artistic platforms.  We are privileged to partner with the finest collection of cultural institutions.  Each organization is driven by passionate leaders, inspired artists, dedicated staff and loyal supporters.

They are family for us, and we are pleased to share them with you. 

The perfect holiday gift is one that gives back year round (a membership), brings joy to other New Yorkers (supporting a cultural initiative), enriches your life (a show, concert or performance) and doesn’t take up any space in a NY apartment!

Oh, how amazing it is that giving is the best form of getting!

Scroll below to learn more about our cultural partners and their membership options.

Bonus Gifts