Presidents' Day events
Mon Feb 13 2012
Wasabassco Burlesque: A Presidential Affair
Looking to celebrate Abe and George in a seductive setting? Head to the Bell House for a steamy version of American history, featuring burlesque stars Medianoche, Nasty Canasta and Sapphire Jones. If you're feeling extra patriotic, don a stovepipe hat and fake beard to compete in the BABE-raham Lincoln contest, or strike your best presidential pose in the Mount Rushmore photo booth. The Bell House, 149 7th Street between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-369-3390, thebellhouseny.com). Sun 19 at 8pm; $10.
Meet Author Maira Kalman: Looking at Lincoln
Three years ago, author and artist Maira Kalman whimsically chronicled her visit to the Lincoln Archives at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum's on the The New York Times's website. The trip and lengthy post inspired her newly published children's book about the 16th President, Looking at Lincoln. Today, she'll read from the tome and show off her clever and sometimes irreverent illustrations that depict Abe's favorite things, such as vanilla cake and freedom for all men. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts (212-873-3400, nyhistory.org). Mon 20 at 1pm; $5--$15.
Revolutionary New York walking tour
From Fraunces Tavern, where a victorious Washington bid his colonial soldiers adieu in 1783, to Alexander Hamilton's grave, this stroll will take you to historically significant 18th- and 19th-century sites. A guide from Big Onion Walking Tours will also point out places in lower Manhattan that have connections to Thomas Jefferson and Federalist Papers coauthor John Jay. Meet at the gated entry to City Hall Park, Broadway at Murray St (808-606-9255, bigonion.com). Mon 20 at 1pm; $15--$18.
The New American Wing
See Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's iconic 1851 painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, which depicts the Revolutionary general looking presidential as he launches an attack. The restored monumental canvas is on display at the recently reopened galleries for painting, sculpture and decorative arts. You'll also view a Gilbert Stuart portrait of the first President and a life mask of Abraham Lincoln. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Mon (Presidents' Day only), Tue-Thu, Sun 9:30am--5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am--9pm; suggested donation $12--$25.