Friday, December 27
REgeneration Art Project at Columbus Circle
All day/night, Free
The eight foot snails are part of the REgeneration Art Project and are made of recyclable plastic obtained from landfills. The snails are a creation of the Cracking Art Group consisting of six international artists. The Group's intention is to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment, and a revolutionary and innovative use of different recyclable plastic materials.
Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys and Childhood in the 19th-Century
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street
11-4 p.m., $8; $7 students; Free seniors and children under 12
View popular toys of the 19th century and explore what they can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. Objects on display include classic wooden toys, early board games, china head dolls, and educational toys. Part I closes January 27; Part II opens February 5.
Saturday, December 28
With Angels and Archangels: Spotlight on Angelic Images
St. John the Divine Cathedral, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 112th Street
2-3p.m., $10; $8 students/seniors
Discover images of angels in the Cathedral's glass and stone. Learn about the role of angels in the Hebrew, Christian and Islamic scriptures, the angelic hierarchy and how to identify angels by their field marks. The tour concludes with an ascent to the triforium for a birds-eye view of the breathtaking Archangels Window. Led by Senior Cathedral Guide Tom Fedorek. Binoculars recommended. Participants must be 12 years of age and older for the ascent.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
11 a.m., $20 adults; $15 children
A one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Pirate School has been entertaining families for 18 years with its mischievous blend of clown theatre, slapstick antics, magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects, and boisterous full-audience participation.
Sunday, December 29
Teddy Bear Tea
1 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12
Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the Hotel proprietor's wife. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. Along the way, try out her son's toys or help her daughter with the daily chores. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended.
Monday, December 30
Wynton Marsalis Septet
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th Street, 5th floor
7-9:30 p.m., $35
Led by nine-time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet features pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.
Tuesday, December 31
New Year's Eve Concert For Peace
7-9 p.m., $30-$150
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year's Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. Handel's Organ Concerto in F Major; Mozart's 41st symphony; Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation and John Milton's Paradise Lost.
3rd Annual New Year's Eve Party
2 West 64th Street, Rm. 505
8:30 ? 1 a.m., $125; $145 door
The evening's entertainment will be "Yerason," a Cuban Salsa band along with a D.J. playing your favorite songs (old and new). The night will include a dance party, finger food, open bar, champagne, door prizes and a raffle to welcome the New Year, topped off by a rooftop viewing of the Central Park fireworks. Presented by The Social Service Board (SSB), an affiliate of The New York Society for Ethical Culture.
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NYRR Midnight Run Presented by Emerald Nuts
72nd Street Traverse near Cherry Hill
Join the fun and celebrate with dancing (starting at 10 p.m.) and a costume parade and contest (starting at 11 p.m.) at the Central Park Bandshell, just south of the 72nd Street Transverse. The 4-mile unscored run will begin on the stroke of midnight, and will include a spectacular fireworks display to light up the night. You'll line up with thousands of New Year's Eve revelers, many with costumes on. Hosted by the New York Road Runners.
Wednesday, January 1
JCC Annual New Year's Day Fitness for EveryBODY Fair
The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
10-6 p.m., Free
Day of fitness classes, giveaways, and seminars designed to get your year off to a healthy start! Including: Zumba, yoga, family activities, talk-to-a-nutritionist healthy cooking demos, personal training consultations, meditation, and indoor cycling. Pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome.
Thursday, January 2
96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street
2-4 p.m., Free
Directed by Leo McCarey, 1944, 106 minutes, b and w. Starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart. A young priest comes to a New York slum parish and after initial friction charms the old pastor he is to succeed.
Book Discussion: Jane Eyre
6-7 p.m., Free
Discuss the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.