Celebrating Our Employees at Our Holiday Party at Wollman Rink

As much as we love to Unleash Joy through Genuine Hospitality for our clients and their guests, we especially love to do it for and with each other. Each year we take a moment to celebrate each other at our holiday party, and this year, for the third year, we’ve held it at Wollman Rink.

 

It’s the perfect venue for a fun celebration of reconnecting with team members we may not see as often and enjoying moments of camaraderie as we take a spin (or a stumble!) across the ice.

 

Check out our gallery of photos below!

Sharing Our Love Through Food

by Michelle Altman and Josh Stern

From the moment we landed on doing our wedding at Wave Hill with Great Performances, we would convene for dinner and discuss work and this crazy thing coming up…our wedding! For years Josh has been a member of a CSA in Brooklyn. Coming together and figuring out the best use of whatever was in season was not only fun, but also helped us eat our way through the wedding planning. Whittling down our invite list while figuring out what to do with carrots, leeks and asparagus. Preparing for our combined bachelor/bachelorette weekend while chomping many lettuces, chard, herbs. And sitting there biting fingernails in the final countdown with an overflowing fridge of bursting tomatoes.

 

We still use cooking and food as a time to reconnect, laugh, and talk through whatever might be weighing on us. And as the wedding planning vacuum has taken hold, planning and cooking meals has become a daily way to share our love for each other. As the work day winds down, the ‘what are you thinking for dinner?’ text is a mainstay. Sometimes it’s, ‘What are you in the mood for?’ or, ‘I’m home first so I can start din!’ or  ‘Are you eating rice this week?’ but no matter what starts the conversation, thinking about food always means thinking about each other.

 

We pretty naturally split cooking, both of us love the process and the result of making something for each other, to share. A lot of what makes meals memorable and full of love is putting in that extra step or homemade touch. As the winter rages on, we have been making a lot of homemade broth from veggie scraps we accumulate during the week — a tip Josh picked up from the cookbook Sylvia’s Table by Liz Neumark. It’s a really sustainable and thoughtful way to add depth to a meal. The process reminds us of our wedding, actually, not because we had soup (we didn’t) but because there was no team more thoughtful in their small, medium, and big touches than Great Performances. It’s very easy to get caught up thinking about how others will experience your wedding while planning, but Great Performances made sure WE had the best time at our wedding. Not once was a drink missing from our hands or a grumble in our stomachs. And it didn’t stop at the food! After a tropical storm swept in and left Michelle with a wet train (oh no!), one of Great Performances’ magical fairies (aka staff) swooped in and helped pin the dress into a perfect bustle, while her sweet GP sidekicks poured us champagne and brought us trays with two of every appetizer. Never did we imagine or expect that when we chose the delicious seared tuna appetizer, that GP would be serving it to us while simultaneously jerry-rigging Michelle’s wedding dress into a gorgeous, totally incognito bustle. Miraculous. Incredible. Unforgettable. Are we talking about the tuna? The staff? It’s hard to tell!!! We barely know…

 

We wanted the food at our wedding to celebrate our love as well as share it. From the minute people walked in the door, they were greeted with a bright, sweet beverage. How would the contrasting pink of the beverage look against the background of the venue? We were floored that GP seemed genuinely as interested as we were to talk about a detail as minute as this. But they did! To celebrate Michelle’s Persian ethnicity, the team set up a Persian tea table stocked with dried fruits, nuts, and Persian cookies. Great Performances made sure the table looked and felt exactly as we envisioned and it’s something we’ll never forget. Sending our family and friends off at the end of the night with VERY full bellies was also something we wanted, and Great Performances had the genius idea to pull out their classic soft pretzel machine and hand those out, as well as Greenberg’s Black and White cookies, to each guest on their way to their cars. They cared as much as we did about our wedding, which seems hard to believe because we cared a LOT.

 

Even though the wedding is over, we’re still showing our care, love, and compassion for each other through food. For Valentine’s Day, we plan to stay in and recreate one of our favorite restaurant dishes at the moment, the Green Curry Mussels from Greenpoint Fish and Lobster (huge shoutout to them). Instead of going to the restaurant, we’ll pick up mussels from their fish market instead! Even though we could easily spend this special night at one of their dimly-lit-to-perfection high top tables, it’s much more appealing to us to clean and steam the mussels together over a glass of wine and the new André 300 flute album because it’s something we can do for each other with each other. There’s little else outside of food that provides this opportunity as often or as richly as food does. Happy Valentine’s!

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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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: DECEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

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

DOUBLE DUTCH HOLIDAY CLASSIC

Sunday, December 3rd at 1:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $30.50

The National Double Dutch League returns to the legendary Apollo stage for the annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic. Don’t miss this family-friendly event which features world-class championship Double Dutch teams of all ages, from the United States and the world, as they compete for team positions at the national and international events.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL DOUBLE DUTCH LEAGUE (NDDL):

In 1973, David A. Walker, then a New York City Police Community Affairs Detective, developed the street game of Double Dutch into the World Class Sport that it is today. Since that initial tournament, competitive Double Dutch has expanded with citywide and national championships.

The NDDL 32nd Annual, David A. Walker Memorial, Double Dutch Holiday Classic makes possible speed and music fusion events for the best Double Dutch teams in the world. Each year, since 1991, the Double Dutch Holiday Classic has sold out to parent-supported, standing room only audiences.

Double Dutch Holiday Classic is part of The Apollo’s Fall/Winter 2023 season.

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KWANZAA:

A REGENERATION CELEBRATION

Saturday, December 30th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $25

FEATURING ABDEL R. SALAAM’S FORCES OF NATURE DANCE THEATRE AND FRIENDS
An Apollo tradition, our annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns for an uplifting performance featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theatre under the leadership of critically acclaimed choreographer Abdel Salaam.

Join us for a joyous celebration of Kwanzaa through dance from across the African Diaspora, music and spoken word, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa, family, community and culture.

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TELLING THE STORIES OF TIBETANS IN EXILE: FAR FROM THE ROOFTOP OF THE WORLD

Monday, December 4th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 Nonmembers; $8 Members

Join us for a conversation with journalist Amy Yee, author of Far From the Rooftop of the World, as she shares her experience documenting the stories of Tibetans in exile. Her storytelling journey began with a hug and request from the Dalai Lama in March 2008 when she was a Financial Times reporter in India. At the time, China was cracking down on Tibetan protesters after demonstrations in Tibet turned violent. That encounter with the Dalai Lama was the start of 14 years of work across four continents spotlighting those exiled from their homeland.

While there are many books written about the Dalai Lama and Tibet, few focus on how ordinary Tibetans abroad are living and handling the extraordinary challenges of sustaining their identity and preserving culture even in exile and amid forced migration.

Amy Yee will be joined in conversation with Tsewang Rigzin, former deputy director of The Tibet Fund in Dharamsala, India and author of Exile Tibetan Community: Problems and Prospects.

Far From the Rooftop of the World will be available for purchase for this event.

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NO RULE IS OUR RULE: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH EIKO OTAKE AND WEN HUI

Saturday, December 9th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tickets: $8 Members, $15 Non-Members. Students/Seniors: Contact Box Office for Discount!

Join us for a screening and discussion of No Rule is Our Rule, a documentary film about the friendship between two fiercely independent, interdisciplinary female dance artists Eiko Otake and Wen Hui. Eiko grew up in postwar Japan and has lived in New York since the 1970s. 8 years younger, Beijing-based Wen Hui grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China and shows her work internationally. They spent a month together in China in January 2020, when the surge of COVID-19 became first known to the general public. Postponing their physical collaboration, Eiko and Wen Hui continued to converse candidly over Zoom and co-edited the footage they filmed in China. The process has deepened their mutual understanding of their past works created and presented in different historical and social contexts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Film & Media Initiative at the Martin Scorsese Department of Cinema Studies, NYU. It marks Wen Hui’s first return to New York since 2018, when she presented her work Red at Asia Society. The 76-minute film screening will be followed by a discussion with the artists themselves. Yiru Chen, who joined Eiko and Wen Hui in editing, will also participate in the conversation, which is moderated by Zhen Zhang, Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at NYU Tisch and founding Director of the Asian Film and Media Initiative.

No Rule is Our Rule was recently selected for the Munich New Wave Film Festival and won Best Feature Documentary at the Japan International Film Festival this year.

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ADAKU, PART 1: THE ROAD OPENS

Tuesday, November 28th through Saturday, December 2nd

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

Tickets: start at $35

Part of Next Wave 2023

With her resonant voice and formidable intensity, Okwui Okpokwasili creates dance theater that stirs the senses and vibrates the soul, rooted as much in the power and precision of speech as in movement. In collaboration with her longtime partner, the director Peter Born, Okpokwasili has bucked convention by embracing the impromptu, running fearlessly towards the unknown and establishing herself as “an expectation-confounding blend of authority and vulnerability” (The New York Times).

adaku, part 1: the road opens finds Okpokwasili and Born stepping into a new stage of their shared practice, crafting a thrumming, richly textured sonic and visual landscape. In this inaugural chapter of a larger speculative mythology, a precolonial African village stands at the cusp of a major upheaval as its community wrestles with a conflict that could alter the futures of all of its members. Okpokwasili and the ensemble enact a collective reckoning that explores the role of ritual and the fraught relationship between ancestors and future generations, facilitating an intimate exchange between the performers and the audience.

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HOW TO LIVE (AFTER YOU DIE)

Thursday, December 7th through Saturday, December 9th

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

Tickets: start at $35

Part of Next Wave 2023

Lynette Wallworth spent her early adulthood like any average person—acting as a Bible-interpreting prophetess in a radical Pentecostal community in Sydney. In her BAM debut, the Emmy Award-winning Australian artist deftly shifts her work from film to stage to share an incisive and deeply engrossing morality tale for our times—one in which she just happens to be the protagonist. Using her medium-traversing works as touchstones, Wallworth sheds light on the seduction of cultish extremism by recounting her own descent into an exclusionary, mind-warping belief system and her eventual escape through art. Giving voice to experiences she never intended to share, Wallworth confronts and responds with bold, bracing candor to the troubling rise of implausible conspiracy theories and the toxic alliance that sometimes emerges between the extreme edges of organized religion and fascist forces. HOW TO LIVE (after you die) finds a master storyteller at the peak of her powers, pointing to the ways in which fanaticism can hold the imagination captive, unless we find the courage to reclaim the creation of our own life and story.

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Third Annual Toy Giveaway at the Brooklyn Museum, 2022. (Photo: Laval Bryant-Quigley)

SHARE THE TOY: FOURTH ANNUAL TOY GIVEAWAY

Sunday, December 17th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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

Tickets: free and open to the public

’Tis the season! To help spread holiday cheer, we’re hosting our fourth annual toy drive. From November 14 through December 14, stop by the Admissions Desk to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0–14 in the designated bins. On December 17, 12–3 pm, pick up gifts for your little loved ones while supplies last. After the giveaway, any remaining toys will be donated to local family shelters.

This program is free and open to the public in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and Grandma’s Hands.

Support local businesses! After donating a toy, receive a code for a discount at the Museum Shop. Plus, shop at Little Things Toy Store in Park Slope or online with discount code BKLYN MUSEUM to receive 10% off.

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

BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM

Wednesday, December 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Tickets: 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).

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ALLISON RUSSELL

A Benefit Concert

Saturday, December 2nd at 8:00pm

Tickets: Start at $125

Overview

Prepare to be captivated by the raw emotion and artistry of Montreal-native Allison Russell as she shares her remarkable journey through music. Her songs — from her thrice Grammy-nominated album Outside Child, recently named the #2 Best Album of the Year by The New York Times, and her newest album The Returner (released September 2023) — will touch your soul, leaving a lasting impact long after the last note fades away. Since this special benefit concert will help support Caramoor’s programming throughout the year, your presence will also make an impact.

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HOLIDAY ROSEN HOUSE TOURS

December 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

Pricing:
General Public: $20 per person
Holiday Tea Attendees: Enjoy a special rate of $15
Members and Children 18 and Under: Admission is free!

Overview

You are invited to step into a holiday wonderland! Join us for a special tour of the art-filled Rosen House, decked out with enchanting decorations inspired by the cherished Rosen family archive. This limited-time holiday tour offers a glimpse of the family life that inspired celebrations in this historic house.

Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a captivating journey that’s perfect for friends and families alike. Create lasting holiday memories and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Rosen House with an unforgettable holiday tour!

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes of festive delight.

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ULYSSES OWENS, JR. BIG BAND

Wednesday, December 6th through Sunday, December 10th

Tickets: start at $25

ABOUT THE SHOW

Award-winning drummer and band leader Ulysses Owens, Jr. brings his high-octane big band back to Dizzy’s Club for a five-night engagement. A musical thrill ride, his dynamic sets are known to feature original compositions and fresh arrangements of tunes from such colossal artists as Terence Blanchard, John Coltrane, and Mulgrew Miller. Owens’ repertoire creates foundational vessels for improvised solos, lush arrangements, and energetic performances in the spirit of great big band drummers who have inspired him to continue their legacy of joy, skilled passion, and high-level musicianship.

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CHRISTIAN SANDS QUARTET:

CHRISTMAS STORIES

Thursday, December 21st through Sunday, December 24th

Tickets: start at $25

ABOUT THE SHOW

Pianist, composer, and NAACP Image Award nominee Christian Sands draws in listeners with his dynamic sensitivity, imagination, and an invitational element in every note. A multi-Grammy nominee, the Steinway Artist leads one of the most captivating small ensembles on the global scene, loved for their conversational and receptive approach to the evolving language of jazz. For this four-night event, his quartet perform compelling new material and enduring holiday favorites from his acclaimed Mack Avenue release Christmas Stories (Selections). Don’t miss this seasonal favorite at Dizzy’s Club!

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DIZZY’S NEW YEARS EVE, WITH CARLOS HENRIQUEZ NONET

Sunday, December 31st at 7:30pm

Tickets: start at $425

ABOUT THE SHOW

Ring in the New Year at Dizzy’s Club! We’re thrilled to announce the return of Grammy-nominated bassist and bandleader Carlos Henriquez leading his star-studded nonet. Treat yourself to a delicious holiday menu, unbeatable views of Columbus Circle, and a spirited set featuring tracks from Carlos’ 2023 release A Nuyorican Tale. Experience an unforgettable night of new music and New Year magic!

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BIG BAND HOLIDAYS

Wednesday, December 13th through Sunday, December 17th

Location: Rose Theater

Tickets: start at $50.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Big Band Holidays performance has become a true fan favorite. This December, Ashley Pezzotti’s expressive and commanding presence rings in the most wonderful time of the year.

Together with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, she interprets classic holiday favorites like “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.” Don’t miss this year’s hardest-swinging holiday event, music-directed by Marcus Printup and featuring vibrant new arrangements from members of the JLCO.

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FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, December 1st from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Tickets: Free all Day!

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.

4pm We Tried to Warn You Curatorial Tour

5pm Alt Text as Poetry Workshop

6:30pm Non-traditional Collage Workshop $15

7pm Gatsby Entertainment Dance Performance

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FUSED PLASTIC COLLAGE WORKSHOP

Saturday, December 9th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Tickets: $15 General / $10 Members

Have you ever wondered what you can create with discarded plastics? Presented in conjunction with the exhibition We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1920-2020, this hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the technique of fusing or layering plastics using an iron. Participants will explore the material affordances of various types of biodegradable, recyclable, and single-use plastics in order to create fused plastic collages inspired by posters on environmental activism. Join us in this imaginative intervention into the life cycle of plastics!

We encourage attendees to bring a piece of plastic to this workshop (flexible ones such as bags, mailers, or food packaging work best; they can be biodegradable, recyclable, or single-use). All materials and tools provided; no previous experience necessary.

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JAZZ, MIXOLOGY & MISTLETOE

Friday, December 15th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Wave Hill House, Armor Hall

Tickets: $55, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

Cocktails, flowers and festive vibes! Elevate your spirits with a night out with friends! Join us for live music and enjoy a specialty cocktail flight to inspire your own festivities. Make memories with a photo op and craft your own floral arrangement with seasonal stems to take the holiday magic home with you. End the night on a sweet note with a delicious treat! Winter Haven event.

This Friday evening, enjoy an evening stroll along lighted pathways with self-guided activities. The Café, Conservatory and Shop are open until 8:30PM. The grounds close at 9:00PM.

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HOLIDAY TEA AT WAVE HILL

Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th

Seating Times: 11AM or 2PM

Location: Wave Hill House

Tickets: $58 Adults, $35 children, including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances is delighted to present the Holiday Edition of its Afternoon Tea at Wave Hill. A custom menu designed specifically for Wave Hill, our Holiday Tea uses local and seasonal ingredients and inspiration from Great Performances’ own organic farm, Katchkie Farm.

Combine the flavors of the winter season with the beauty of the historic Wave Hill House. Join us for our holiday edition of Tea and Cocoa, served in the stylish Mark Twain Room which has been festively decorated for the holidays. Perfect for an intimate afternoon or for the entire family.

You’ll enjoy the comforting decadence of a traditional tea service, including:

  • Tea Sandwiches: Smoked Salmon & Dill; Fig, Goat Cheese, & Honey; Sliced Green Apples & Cheddar; Filet Mignon & Horseradish Cream
  • Scones and Shortbreads: Clotted Cream, Raspberry Jam
  • Desserts: Raspberry Tartlets; Chocolate Truffles; Assorted Macarons
  • A selection of Teas by Palais des Thés and Housemade Hot Cocoa

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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: DECEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

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FAMILY DAY: WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season with The Bronx Museum! Join us on Saturday, December 9th from 1-4pm for an afternoon filled with festive wintry art making activities for the whole family.

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TREE PLANTING AT MUSKRAT COVE

Thursday, December 7th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Woodlawn Metro-North Station – nearest address 4225 Webster Ave, Bronx

Help preserve vital habitat along the Bronx river by planting native trees in Muskrat Cove along the Bronx River!

Find our team near the Parking Lot for the Woodlawn Metro-North (entrance to Muskrat Cove Park) on Thursday December 7th from 9am-12pm.

Please wear protective clothing that can get dirty (long pants and closed toed shoes), and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided.

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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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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

December 7th & 14th; 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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PELHAM BAY PARK FOREST RESTORATION

Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Pelham Bay 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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SEAL EXPLORATION

Saturday, December 9th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay 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 in the urban jungle. Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.

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SNEAKER REVAMP

Tuesday, December 5th & 12th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center in Poe Park

This program is for children who would like to know the fundamentals and basics of learning to refurbish their clothes such as shoes and clothing. This program is for those who want to learn more about self-designing and recycling clothes.

Instructor: Kelize St. Brenard

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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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VAN CORTLANDT SUPER HIKE

Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Van Cortlandt Park on a lengthy journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems.

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ASTRONOMY: THE DECEMBER SKY

Saturday, December 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

December is a prime month for stargazing. The cold air clears the night sky of clouds and creates ideal conditions for seeing the stars, planets, and other celestial highlights.

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HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING

Thursday, December 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

Learn how to create your own natural holiday wreath for indoors or outdoors. All supplies will be provided along with natural pine cones and ribbon to decorate your own handmade, festive wreath. Bring your favorite decorations to add as well!

This event is hosted by NYC Parks GreenThumb. We are proud to be the nation’s largest urban community gardening program, sustaining over 550 gardens throughout New York City. With GreenThumb’s support, community gardens are centers of environmental justice, ensuring that our city is fairer, safer, and greener for all. GreenThumb’s events are free and open to the public.

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IT’S A WINTER WONDERLAND

Friday, December 8th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

It’s a Winter Wonderland at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Families and children are invited to join us for some winter fun as we bring in the season with icicles and snowflakes. Activities will include arts and crafts, winter games, and a special visit from
Santa himself. Instructor: Ana Torres

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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: NOVEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

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

NY COMEDY FESTIVAL X OPERATION USA PRESENTS: JIAOYING SUMMERS

Thursday, November 9th at 8:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $35

Jiaoying Summers is the most courageously fresh voice in comedy. She embodies the Asian American perspective through her work with uncensored, unapologetic comedic stylings. Among her unique gifts are powerful and dark truth bombing; she turns extreme childhood trauma into comedy gold. In just four years, lighting has struck the comedy world, she is among the fastest rising stars. She is an Asian Hall of Fame inductee, comedian, podcaster and social media comedy queen with over one billion views and counting. The LA Times considers her “one of the leading women running the LA comedy Scene”. The BBC named her “the woman rewriting the comedy circuit in Hollywood”. Vogue Magazine described her as “a major voice on the national comedy scene”. She recently starred in Netflix is a Joke Festival’s Women in Comedy Show. Her 30-minute comedy special Hot Girl Summers is streaming on Peacock TV and Prime Video.

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RASHAN BROWN PRESENTS:

POETRY ME, PLEASE

Saturday, November 25th at 7:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $50.35

Hosted by PMP’s very own Young Prince & The Comedian with sounds by DJ Complete on Saturday, November 25th. Please join us in making history as the largest pure poetry show in all of NY and the greater Eastern Region! The night will feature some of the hottest poets around with a few special guests and musical talents. Experience poetry like you’ve never had before…the PMP way!

PMP is an event series and content production studio providing artists with a platform, access to an active community of over 1,000 creatives & high quality video content to support their portfolios. A one stop shop for expression and creativity, poetry me, please put poets first. poetry me, please is the largest Spoken-Word poetry showcase in NY.

No expectations, just a night at ease; but only one request; poetry me, please.

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LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR

Featuring Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan, Asia Society’s exhibition

Thursday, November 9th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 which includes one drink

Visit Asia Society’s fall exhibition, Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan with an evening of cocktails, music, and catching up on Thursday, November 9 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!

The AsiaStore will be open and members will enjoy a 20% discount, double the normal member discount!

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

Music by DJ Kai Song.

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FAMILY DAY: DIWALI LIGHTS UP ASIA SOCIETY 2023

Saturday, November 11th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tickets: $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Free for members and children 12 and under.

Diwali is one of the key festivals celebrated in South Asia, by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. It is the festival of lights, with a symbolism of the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Diwali returns to Asia Society with an in-person, fun-filled, and multi-sensorial afternoon. This event is presented in collaboration with The Culture Tree.

On November 11th, 1- 4pm, let’s come together to celebrate good fortune, family, and friendships. Enjoy puppet shows, dance performances, storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts inspired by the holiday.

Leo Cafe has organized a special Diwali menu for the occasion.

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FOOD

Tuesday, November 7th through Saturday, November 18th

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

Tickets: start at $35

Part of Next Wave 2023

Do you need what you eat? Do you eat what you need?

Performer and theater artist Geoff Sobelle (HOME, The Object Lesson) hosts an intimate dinner party of smell, taste, and touch. Centered around a gargantuan banquet table, he invites audience members to a culinary experience that is at once common and strange, human and surreal, universal and personal.

Sobelle’s latest creation is an absurdist, immersive, and rigorously designed meditation on how we eat, what’s in the soup, and who pays the bill.

A tour-de-force of audience manipulation, hallucinatory sleight-of-hand, and physical comedy, FOOD asks us what missing link fell off the food chain to make us eat the way we do.

Please note: There’s no eating at this dinner party, so don’t come hungry. General Admission tickets include both seats at the table and throughout the theater, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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TARIQ TROTTER IN CONVERSATION WITH JON STEWART

Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00pm

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

Tickets: start at $35

In Conversation With Jon Stewart
Co-presented By BAM And Greenlight Bookstore

“One of hip-hop’s greatest MCs… with enough insights for two lifetimes”—Lin-Manuel Miranda

A towering figure in hip-hop, the legendary MC of The Roots Tariq Trotter—better known as Black Thought—is joined byJon Stewart to discuss his new book The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are. Trotter’s story begins with a tragedy: as a child, he burned down his family’s home. The years that follow are the story of a life snatched from the flames and forged in fire, told through vivid vignettes.

A compellingly poetic account of one artist’s creative and emotional origins, The Upcycled Self also explores the vital questions we all have to confront about our formative years: How can we see the story of our own young lives clearly? How do we use that story to understand who we’ve become? What do we take forward, what do we pass on, and what do we leave behind?

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Artwork courtesy of Printed Matter, Inc. Design by Calipso Press and Relámpago

PRINTED MATTER’S SUNDAY ZINE FAIR

Sunday, November 19th from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Location: Rubin Pavilion and Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor

Tickets: free and open to the public

On the opening weekend of Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines, stop by Printed Matter’s Sunday Zine Fair to explore new and historical zines. The fair will convene more than sixty invited exhibitors, with an emphasis on self-publishing artists and collectives, archives and libraries, and rare and out-of-print dealers.

The Sunday Zine Fair will celebrate the origins of zines and honor the many important contributors to the medium’s diverse legacy, a number of whom are represented within the exhibition. A new generation of publishers working today will also present a range of styles and perspectives on zines.

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

BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM

Wednesday, November 29th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Tickets: Register in advance and pay as you wish (suggested admission: $10). Tickets that include after-hours access to Spike Lee: Creative Sources are $25 (last entry: 9:30 pm). Member tickets to the exhibition are free.

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.

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ALISA AMADOR

Friday, November 3rd at 8:00pm

Tickets: Start at $45

Overview

When experiencing the effortless maturity of Alisa Amador firsthand, you’ll be forgiven for thinking she’s been at the forefront of the contemporary singer-songwriter scene for years. In fact, her arrival came after winning the 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, and once again that contest has cast a deserved spotlight on a rising star. Singing in both Spanish and English, weaving captivating narratives with her charming voice and self-possessed presence, Amador’s jazz-tinged, poetic songcraft makes her a worthy modern torchbearer for the likes of Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones.

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ABEO QUARTET

2023 – 24 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence

Sunday, November 12th at 3:00pm

Tickets: start at $45

Overview

The Abeo Quartet launches its year-long residency at Caramoor by delving into masterpieces by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Also on the program is a piece by 23-year-old Iranian-American composer, Kian Ravaei, entitled The Little Things which takes its inspiration from Emily Dickinson and her passion for directing our attention toward nature’s easily overlooked wonders. Formed in 2018, Abeo is swiftly sweeping up the competition prizes and garnering critical praise worldwide. You’ll understand why their name (“ah-bey-oh”) — an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect — perfectly encapsulates the group’s love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.

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PAPO VÁZQUEZ MIGHTY PIRATES TROUBADOURS

Sunday, November 12th and Monday, November 13th

Tickets: start at $20

ABOUT THE SHOW

“One of the most important creative forces in music today,” according to The New York City Jazz Record, Papo Vázquez leads his timeless Mighty Pirates Troubadours ensemble for two explosive nights of creative energy and spontaneity. Performing music from the band’s critically acclaimed release Chapter 10 Breaking Cover, the artists explore original material mined through generations of levitating rhythmic complexity, sonorous melodies, and driving pulses. Don’t miss an ensemble DownBeat magazine calls “stirring…[moving] through smartly arranged, post-boppishly interpreted jazz with Latin grooves.”

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Papo Vázquez, Trombone, Vocals, Leader
Jose Mangual, Vocals, Percussion
Ivan Renta, Tenor Saxophone
Rick Germanson, Piano
Ariel Robles, Bass
Alvester Garnett, Drums
Carlos Maldonado, Percussion, Vocals
Reinaldo De Jesus, Percussion, Vocals

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DIZZY’S CLUB THANKSGIVING,

WITH HERLIN RILEY

Thursday, November 23rd at 7:00pm

Tickets: $225 – includes cover, food, and gratuity*

ABOUT THE SHOW

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Dizzy’s Club with drummer and New Orleans legend Herlin Riley. Enjoy a full menu of sumptuous holiday fare as you experience his exhilarating and truly melodic expression. A master of dynamics and phrasing, Riley has worked with such luminaries as Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis and remains committed to uplifting the next generation of artists to honor the legacy of those who came before him. Don’t miss November’s most delectable event featuring Herlin Riley (drums), Bruce Harris (trumpet), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Caelan Cardello (piano), and Russell Hall (bass).

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STEVE MILLER: THE FUTURE OF THE BLUES WITH CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM

Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th

Location: Rose Theater

Tickets: start at $70.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater with this special concert event.

For these special performances, Mr. Miller invites Christone “Kingfish” Ingram to join him in RoseTheater, marking the Grammy award-winning, 24-year-old American Blues guitarist and singer’s Jazz atLincoln Center debut.

“Straight from Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the Delta Blues Museum, the next great musician on apath that leads from T-Bone Walker to Freddy, B.B., and Albert King to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Christone‘Kingfish’ Ingram is the future of the blues and I’m proud to bring him to the Rose Theater for the veryfirst time,” says Mr. Miller.

Mr. Ingram has been hailed as “one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince” by Rolling Stone.

With a new and unique repertoire, Mr. Miller continues his exploration of the blues with his popular concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Joining him onstage are Shelly Berg (piano), Craig Handy(tenor saxophone), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet), Courtney Wright(baritone saxophone) Russell Hall (bass) and Herlin Riley (drums).

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JOURNEY THROUGH JAZZ PART IV:

THE JLCO WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th

Location: The Appel Room

Tickets: start at $40.50

ABOUT THE CONCERT

In the next installment of our celebrated Journey Through Jazz concert series, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO and special guest Catherine Russell, share personal accounts of their unique relationships with the music.

From local scenes to global concepts, a wide variety of inspirations have shaped the musicians of the JLCO, and these provocative sets illuminate the thoughts, feelings, and relationships that helped them become the artists they are today. Don’t miss this intimate performance in The Appel Room. Part of the Lynne and Richard Pasculano Jazz Concert Series.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  •  An intimate JLCO performance in The Appel Room

  • Learn firsthand from the musicians as they reveal their inspirations.

  • Vocals by fan favorite Catherine Russell

  • Pay what you choose performances.

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FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, November 3rd from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Tickets: Free all Day!

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. This month, our education team is taking over First Friday to highlight the museum’s education offerings.

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WORM BOOK RELEASE WITH EDEL RODRIGUEZ & CHIP KIDD

Friday, November 10th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: Free!

Poster House is pleased to host “America’s illustrator-in-chief,” Edel Rodriguez, in conversation with graphic designer and writer, Chip Kidd, for a wide-ranging conversation on Rodriguez’s new graphic memoir Worm: A Cuban American Odyssey. Worm is available for purchase at the Poster House Shop; book signing to follow.

Through vivid, stirring art, Worm tells the story of a boyhood in the midst of the Cold War, a family’s displacement in exile, and their tenacious longing for those they left behind. It also recounts the coming-of-age of an artist and activist, who, witnessing America’s turn from democracy to extremism, struggles to differentiate his adoptive country from the dictatorship he fled. Confronting questions of patriotism and the liminal nature of belonging, Edel Rodriguez ultimately celebrates the immigrants, maligned and overlooked, who guard and invigorate American freedom.

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PERSONAL LANDSCAPES ART WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Meet at Glyndor Gallery

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

Take a walk through Glyndor Gallery and the Aquatic Garden with artists Heidi Howard and Esteban Cabeza de Baca exhibiting in Light from Water: Heidi Howard & Esteban Cabeza de Baca, with Liz Phillips. Using inspiration from their on-site plein air collaborations as well as Wave Hill’s phenomenal fall foliage, render your own personal landscape and individual history using an acrylic fall palette designed especially for this workshop. All materials provided. Rain cancels.

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AJOYO

Sunday, November 12th 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%.

Spearheaded by French-Tunisian saxophonist and composer Yacine Boularès, AJOYO has taken the jazz and world music scene by storm with its unique blend of North and West African traditions, jazz and soul. Together with Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Jesse Fischer, the spellbinding six-piece ensemble celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance.

Awarded Best Global Music EP at the Independent Music Awards in 2020, AJOYO will lead a joyful ceremony in Armor Hall that brings musicians and audiences close together through deep and unrelenting groove, virtuosic improvisations and sophisticated compositions.

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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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: NOVEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

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Image: Installation view of Michael Richards: Are You Down?.
Photograph by Argenis Apolinario.

CURATOR TOUR

MICHAEL RICHARDS: ARE YOU DOWN?

Saturday, November 18th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin for a drop-in tour of the retrospective Michael Richards: Are You Down?. They will discuss Michael Richards’s visionary artworks, highlighting his incisive sculpture and drawing practice as well as themes he engaged throughout his body of work including Blackness, flight, diaspora, spirituality, police brutality, and monuments. Levin and Fialho will also speak to collaborating with Richards’s family and friends to honor his life and legacy and to continue to share his artwork. Richards’s cousin Dawn Dale, longtime steward of his estate, will also be present for the event.

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TREE PLANTING IN BRONX PARK

Thursday, November 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bronx Park entrance, 204th street & Webster Ave

Help preserve vital habitat along the river by planting native trees in Bronx Park!

Find our team at the 204th street & Webster ave entrance in Bronx Park on Wednesday, November 16th from 9:00am-12pm.

Please wear protective clothing that can get dirty (long pants and closed toed shoes), and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided.

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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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FALL FOLIAGE HIKE

Saturday, November 11th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Discover the nature and beauty of Crotona Park on a colorful autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers. We will take in the scenic views of autumn while learning how to identify some of the foliage.

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AUTUMN PUPPET SHOW

Sunday, November 26th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

The Urban Park Rangers welcome you for some seasonal themed puppet shows! Learn more about the autumn season from our local wildlife puppets.

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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

November 1st through 30th

Location: at the Garden

 

Join NYBG to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. On-site programming in and around the Thain Family Forest as well as digital offerings highlight the plant-based traditions of Native Americans from the Northeast and throughout the Americas.

NYBG is located on land that is part of Lenapehoking, the traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape people, which extends from northern Delaware north to the Hudson Valley, and from eastern Pennsylvania to western Connecticut. The Lenape lived in this territory for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, and still maintain their communities and cultural practices in this area today.

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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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THE PELHAM BAY SUPER HIKE

Saturday, November 18th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Pelham Bay Park on a lengthy journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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SEAL EXPLORATION

Sunday, November 19th from 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay 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 in the urban jungle. This is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.

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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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POST-THANKSGIVING DAY HIKE: CASS GALLAGHER TRAIL

Friday, November 24th from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Broadway and Mosholu Avenue in Van Cortlandt Park

On this Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike! This hike will be in the north woods of the park on the Cass Gallagher trail. Comfortable walking footwear highly recommended.

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HISTORIC NEW YORK: OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT

Saturday, November 25th from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Entrance – 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Our Historic New York programs highlight the history and architecture of selected neighborhoods or parks. Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore what remains of New York City’s first water supply system.

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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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