A Natural History of BeerIt’s not often that a world-class museum hosts a seminar on beer. But that’s what’s on tap this month at the American Museum of Natural History.Join Museum Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall and Curator Rob DeSalle, authors of A Natural History of Beer, as they weave together findings from their respective fields of paleoanthropology and molecular biology in an exciting journey through the world of beer.
Take part in tastings of pilsners, IPAs, and stouts. Join this grand tour of the science and history of this popular beverage, covering a diverse range of topics including animal behavior, ecology, archaeology, chemistry, sociology, law, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, and more.Moderated by Megan Krigbaum, freelance wine writer and contributing editor for PUNCH. A book signing with Tattersall and DeSalle follows the talk.
- 6:30pm, Tuesday, Feb. 19 (doors open at 6:15pm), tickets are $20
Join Storyteller Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) as he shares the traditions and culture of his Ojibwe community through stories and flute music.
- FREE at the National Museum of the American Indian in Bowling Green
- Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 23, 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean
Explore the living legacy of Native peoples throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands and their U.S. diasporas with the exhibition’s lead curator, Ranald Woodaman from the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C.
Also at the National Museum of the American Indian, Friday, Feb. 22, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
This 60-minute tour is in English.
Sunday, Feb. 24
New Shanghai Circus is considered to be China’s most celebrated acrobatic company, amazing audiences all over the world with their acrobatic skills.
Each year the troupe adds new performers creating a revolving line-up of award winning favorites the Human Strength and Beauty, Plates Spinning, Jar Jugglers, Diabolo, Magic Clock, Butterfly Lovers, and more. Over 40 Acrobats of China showcase dramatic interpretation of classic Chinese dance and physical performance art with extraordinary and inventive feats of strength and skill, control and balance, grace and charisma.
- The New Shanghai Circus performs one day only at Schimmel Center at Pace University, at 4pm. Tickets start at $29 for adults and $20 for children.
- Purchase online at www.schimmelcenter.org, by phone at 212-346-1715, or by visiting the Schimmel Center Box Office at 3 Spruce Street in Manhattan. Box office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5pm, and then beginning three hours prior to each performance, through intermission.
NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter visited the city of Shanghai recently, including attending a performance of the top Shanghai circus show, Circus World ERA.
Through Feb. 24
Even though FrostFest is over, the Bumper Cars are staying on, meaning that you can bump, spin, and slide on the ice through February 24. You can make your reservation online here.
Bryant Park also is keeping Cozy Igloos available for an extended time. These delightful bubbles, located on the Upper Terrace, provide a niche for groups of four to eight to get warm, enjoy fabulous food and beverages including make-your-own s’mores, and observe the action outside.
If you enjoyed the bumper cars or Cozy Igloos during FrostFest, this is a great opportunity to relive the fun. If you didn’t, we urge you to come and find out what it was all about.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
FREE Broadway-themed trivia night hosted by Playbill at Brookfield Place. Questions will be related to Broadway shows, and each participating team will receive a goodie bag filled with an assortment of Broadway-related items.
There will be additional Trivia Tuesdays, with other themes, through March 12th.
- 6pm to 8pm at Hudson Eats, 230 Vesey Street.
Thursday Feb. 28
In 1939, 20,000 Nazi supporters rallied in Madison Square Garden. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the rally, he was shocked and also driven to create a short, eight-minute film about the anti-Semitic event.
A Night at the Garden has been nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, and it’s being screened FREE co-presented with PBS, and a discussion with Marshall Curry and Professor Rebecca Kobrin (Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History, Department of History, Columbia University) about the history and rise of Nazism in the United States.
- 7pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Mahattan.
- Registration is recommended to ensure space.
Exerskate For Fun and Fitness Exerskate returns to The Rink at Bryant Park. These FREE skating-based exercise classes are conducted by trained figure skaters and hockey players who will get your heart rate up while making you a better skater. They’re also timed so you can get in a brisk workout before heading to the office. Just imagine what 30 minutes in the crisp morning air will do for your mood.The 30-minute classes begin promptly at 8am. To ensure you have time to check-in, lace up your skates, and stow your belongings in a locker. We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your session. Exerskate and admission to The Rink is free of charge, and you may bring your own skates and lock.If you don’t have your own, skate rentals are available for $20 and locks can be purchased for $10. There are no showers or towels available. Exerskate classes are recommended for competent skaters.
- FREE every Thursday morning at 8am, through Feb. 28.