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    Meet a LEGO pro

    Wed Dec 2

    Number of LEGO bricks Kenney currently has in his studio.

    Number of LEGO bricks Kenney currently has in his studio.

    New Yorker Sean Kenney has one of the coolest job descriptions ever: He's a LEGO Certified Professional who's built realistic replicas of everything from the New York Stock Exchange (some 14,500 pieces) to the old Yankee Stadium (50,000 pieces!). On Saturday, he'll unveil his latest sculpture at the Time Warner Center's Samsung Experience, after which he'll work on a project with the kids in attendance and sign copies of his aptly titled book, Cool Cars and Trucks. Fans can meet up with him on Sunday, too, at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble. Afterward, you may need to add a few LEGO sets to your shopping list.

    Bye Bye Birdie to close January 24

    Wed Dec 2

    Bye-bye Bye Bye Birdie ! The Broadway revival of the ultimate teeny-bopper musical will play its final performance on January 24th, the date the contracts of its underwhelming stars, John Stamos and Gina Gershon, expire. While this middling production will undoubtedly disappoint discerning stage connoisseurs, happy-go-lucky tweens should enjoy the catchy tunes and color-coded costumes. If you've been planning on treating your family to the show, be sure to buy your tickets , pronto. Photo: Joan Marcus

    Eloise shop opens at the Plaza Hotel

    Tue Dec 1

    We have exciting news for Eloise fans young and old: A new, 2,100-square-foot Eloise shop has opened up at the The Plaza (the precocious girl's "home" since she was conceived by author Kay Thompson in 1955). Decorated in the little troublemaker's favorite colors, pink and black, the boutique will feature a dress-up station, a reading area, computer terminals and a tea room where tots can taste fancy drinks. Also available: a huge selection of Eloise-branded merchandise, such as dolls, books, bathrobes, sheets and more. To celebrate the opening, the Plaza has replaced one of its famous flags with an Eloise one, rolled out a pink carpet and is giving away Eloise gifts and treats all week long. There are even more activities planned for 2010, including etiquette classes. Now that's definitely something Eloise could have benefited from!

    A new Nutcracker's coming to town

    Tue Dec 1

    Sure, plenty of renditions of The Nutcracker play around town during the holiday season. But up until now, there's really only been one big one: New York City Ballet's Nutcracker choreographed by the late George Balanchine. Come this time next year, however, the dance competition is going to heat up: American Ballet Theatre has announced that on December 23, 2010, the company will premiere a brand-new version of the Tchaikovsky classic—choreographed by artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky—at Brooklyn Academy of Music . The show has been promised a five-year run. ( The Mark Morris Dance Group is also planning on getting in on the holiday action with its take, The Hard Nut , which closes three days before ABT's rendition opens.) We're psyched for these new productions, but we wonder whether New Yorkers will abandon Balanchine's classic moves in favor of new choreography. What do you think? Is there room in NYC for two blowout takes on the land of...

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