52nd Street Project finally gets its own theater
Tue Nov 24
Sometimes, good things do happen to good people. We just learned that one of our favorite nonprofit theater companies, the 52nd Street Project , is moving into its own space. The organization, which invites industry pros to mentor Hells Kitchen kids, will now present all of its productions in the brand-new Five Angels Theater on the second floor of 789 Tenth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets. The official opening celebration will happen in 2010, but you can get a sneak peek at the beautiful 17,000-square foot venue by catching the group's production of All Good Things: The Patient Plays from December 11 to 13. All of the works being performed were written and developed by kids in the Project's semi-annual Playmaking series. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 212-642-5052.
Tuesday's pick of the day: The Three Bears Holiday Bash
Tue Nov 24
Mama, Papa and Baby Bear have set up camp in Central Park for the season, but this time, they're not bothered by Little Red Riding Hood, they're visited by a much bigger red guest. The premise of the show is simple: Mama and Papa are hosting a holiday TV special, celebrating a host of diverse traditions. The cub family sings and dances, and anxiously awaits Santa's arrival, but Kris Kringle runs into trouble, seemingly due to Wolfie's schemes. Of course, it's all one big misunderstanding and— surprise! —Wolfie ends up saving Christmas for Baby Bear. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater's puppeteers do a nice job of bringing the characters to life and getting little ones gigging, even if their scattered attempts to incorporate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa seem a bit forced. Still, kids will be singing along until the curtain falls—and probably all the way home. For more holiday shows, check out our guide to seasonal theater in the city.
Stork Craft recalls 2.1 million cribs
Tue Nov 24
Two weeks after Maclaren recalled 1 million strollers, we have another baby-related recall to report. Yesterday, Stork Craft announced the recall of more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs sold between January 1993 and October 2009 after a number of infants in the United States and Canada were injured or, in four tragically fatal cases, suffocated. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging parents to stop using the recalled cribs immediately and contact Stork Craft to order a free repair kit; try the company's toll-free number at 877-274-0277. For more information about which cribs are involved, visit the CPSC's site.
Monday's pick of the day: Tree lighting at AMNH
Mon Nov 23
It's the second big tree lighting of the season. Head to perennial kiddie fave the American Museum of Natural History to see its famous Origami Tree lit up for the season. Amaze your tots with these facts before you attend: The towering tree will hold over 500 paper ornaments, all of which follow an alphabet theme. Challenge them to find a "T" snuggled up to a parchment T-Rex among the thousands of needles. You can also check out the museum's Holiday Barosaurs , which will also be illuminated this evening. Find out about all of the Big Apple's tree lightings by checking out our guide , as well as a super-cool slide show of Gotham tannenbaums past and present.
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