Lovely Lunar Activities This Weekend

This Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Pig.

Enjoy these Lunar New Year celebratory activities for you and your kids tomorrow (Saturday, February 9th)!
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Revel in Spanish Theatre – at Nearby Repertorio Español

Immerse yourself in exciting Spanish-language theater – at nearby Gramercy’s neighborhood cultural institution, Repertorio Español. Around since 1968, it continues to present innovating and compelling shows.

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Educational Entertainment Over the Holidays

If you’re in the mood to be entertained over the holidays, here are a few of our picks for smart family fun in the city:

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Be Enthralled by Two Brothers’ Fruition of Dreams!

See a show with infectious energy that “delves into the rhythms and roots of Ethiopia’s rich musical and artistic traditions to weave its story through death-defying tricks, and feats of juggling, clowning and contortion, all performed to the irresistible beats of Ethiopian song.”

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Film Festivals for Winter Solace

Keeping warm and entertained in the winter… It’s a challenge – but we can do it!

In the next few months, three unique film festivals are in the city to help you get through the winter slump.

The New York Jewish Film Festival

When? Until January 23rd, 2018.

What is it? Showing long films, short films, old and new, “The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are delighted to continue their partnership to bring you the 27th annual New York Jewish Film Festival, presenting films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience.”

What’s on it?

  • Tracking Edith”  (A documentary which “follows filmmaker Peter Stephan Jungk’s journey to understand his great aunt, the Austro-British photographer Edith Tutor-Hart, who lived a double life as a spy for the KGB and created the Cambridge Five, the Soviet Union’s most successful spy ring in the United Kingdom.”)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Adelman (“This hilarious and absurd take on  the romantic comedy slyly toys with the cliché of writer and muse, following a man as he transforms from non-committal aspiring writer to fame-obsessed egotist.”)
  • Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (“This warm portrait explores sculptor and
    visual artist Mindy Alper’s journey through extreme depression to a place of love and
    openness via her creative process.”)
  • Full Schedule
Film "Mr. and Mrs. Adelman" - Film Festivals in NYC
“Mr. and Mrs. Adelman” (Photo from le-pacte.com)

 

BAM Kids Film Festival

When? February 3- 4, 2018

What is it? “Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 20th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 31 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America and the renowned Jim Henson Foundation.”

What’s on it?

  • Shortstack: Puppets on Film” (“A cast of zany characters converge in this imaginative program, taking families on a journey possible only through the magic of puppetry.”)
    Also at the fest: A puppetry master class and a workshops.
  • Short Docs: My Story, My Way” (“These mini documentaries offer a window into the lives of youth around the world, following kids as they navigate pivotal life changes that impact their future.”)
  • Thrills, Spills and Accidents (“From sledding with a squirrel, to stomping with elephants, to guarding a leaf from a hungry caterpillar, these animated nuggets offer lessons in being yourself and finding beauty in life’s little accidents.”)
  • Program


New York International Children’s Film Festival

When? February 23 – March 18, 2018

What is it? “During four weekends in February and March, the Festival welcomes over 25,000 young people, parents, and movie-lovers to explore the world without leaving NYC. Presenting the best new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film from across the globe, we invite you to watch, laugh, create, and explore with us.”

What’s on it?

  • VR Jr. – Experiences” (“Explore a new facet of creative production with a set of virtual reality projects that place kids at the helm of their own immersive story world. Projects include the East Coast premiere of the Neil Gaiman picture book adaptation Wolves in the Walls, directed by Pete Billington, and Golden Globe-nominated director Jorge Gutiérrez’s Son of Jaguar, a new Google Spotlight Story placing viewers into the story of a family of Mexican wrestlers.”)
  • Girls’ POV (“The stories here go way beyond fairy tales of girls spinning straw into gold. Spin your own creative future alongside righteous DJ Van(essa) in Flip the Record, leap over stereotypes in a single bound with the clever Superperson, and stay on point with the determined focus of our b-balling protagonist in Game.”)
  • Boys Beyond Boundaries” (“Join us for even more films that push against barriers of how boys and girls should be and be seen. Take a spin with Janero as he vies to become The King of Twirl, consider how to transcend differences of culture and language to make friends in Hello Salaam, and explore how your identity is in your own hands—or er, paws—in Cat Days.”)
  •  Program
"Girls' POV" - at the New York International Children's Film Fest
“Girls’ POV” (From nyicff.org )

 

Even more options:

New York WILD Film Festival” and “The PhotoDiversity Film Festival

And, every Wednesday, here at the Community Center, there’s films and popcorn at Matinee Movie Wednesdays. (Next Wednesday, it’s “The Big Sick” and on the 31st we have “Inside Out“.)