Meet Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney
Fri Feb 5
Everybody loves an award winner , so head to NYPL's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this Saturday at 3pm to meet illustrator Jerry Pinkney, whose gorgeous (and wordless) picture book The Lion & the Mouse was awarded this year's Caldecott Medal. The prolific Pinkney will sign the book—a retelling of one of Aesop's fables—and read from a few of his other 100-plus (!) titles. If you've yet to buy your copy of the bestselling Lion & Mouse , pick one up at the Schomburg Shop before the reading.
Friday's event pick: February Rug Concert
Fri Feb 5
At this monthly concert hosted by the Diller-Quaile School of Music, tots will learn about the oboe, harp and lute (that's a banjo-esque string instrument, in case you were wondering). In addition to the mini-lesson, kiddos will be able to try their hand at playing them, while dancing and singing to various songs.
Pick up a one-of-a-kind gift at the Broadway Bears auction
Thu Feb 4
Looking for a totally original Valentine's Day gift for the little love in your life? For theater-obsessed kiddos, we suggest a one-of-a-kind teddy bear dressed in a handmade costume from your darling's favorite show. Forty-three stuffed animals fitting this description will be up for auction at Broadway Bears XIII , Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids' annual fundraiser at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 14. The menagerie includes a Billy Elliot bear (signed by star Haydn Gwynne, director Stephen Daldry and composer Sir Elton John), a Finian's Rainbow bear (it looks like the leprechaun, Og) and a Shrek the Musical bear (pictured). One caveat: The bidding on each of these beauties starts at $500. We know, we know: It's a steep price to pay, but happily, all of the money goes to a very good cause. If you'd just like to gawk, spring for a $35 ticket to the auction. The price includes a dessert and cocktail reception, plus a chance to view the...
Children's casting call for feature film this Sunday
Thu Feb 4
Attention all Mama Roses! If your adolescent son is looking to get into showbiz, he just may get his big break this Sunday. We received word that casting directors are still looking for their teenage lead in a new film starring Ed Harris, tentatively titled Big Red. Although the character is 17-years-old, actors as young as 14 will be considered, since Big Red is boyish and gangly—the kind kid who's used to getting bullied at school. Your budding Brando must be 5'8" or taller and have red or very light hair (hence the film's title). You also need to be able to travel to New Orleans for filming toward the end of February. If your child's interested in auditioning, head to 330 W 38th St, Suite 710 this Sunday, February 7th from 11am--4pm. If you can't make it in person, send two current photos (head and body shot), height, weight, age and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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