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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: February 3,4,5

February 3, 2012

Shine and the Moonbeams- a musicians' favorite!

This weekend you can still catch a couple of Lunar New Year events and enjoy intense dance performances celebrating the debut of the dragon spirit.  One of the highlighted bands of Kindiefest is in town on Saturday: Shine and the Moonbeams. This band puts out a heavy groove that will rock your early Saturday morning. Every Sunday during February you can catch Jumpin’ Juniper at BAX with her interactive hour of story, song, film, or dance. Guest artist this weekend is none other than Suzi Shelton! Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday February 3rd

10 am:   Sing-a-Long with Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees!
($5/family) All Ages
Play Kids at 676 Flatbush Ave (between Hawthrone and Winthrop St.)  Prospect Lefferts Gardens

6:30 pm: Breakti with Anya Porter
Traditional yoga gets a rhythmic twist during this Breakti class, a discipline that combines the bendy art form with break-dance and other styles of street movement. Children pop, lock, stretch and put their dancing skills to the test with a routine choreographed by Breakti founder Anya Porter.
For more info, go here.

8:00 pm: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ 37th Powwow
The oldest Native American dance company in New York, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, puts on a show of dances, stories and traditional music to benefit college funds of Native American students. Popular segments include the Hoop Dance, the Caribou Dance and the Jingle Dress Dance. Also Saturday and Sunday 3 pm and 8 pm.
For more info, go here.

Saturday February 4th

11:00 am: Shine and the Moonbeams
A soulful, sweet and smooth-as-molasses show for all ages. Take two outstanding NYC musicians (singer Shawana Kemp  and guitarist Jon Heagle) with eclectic musical tastes and influences, combine their unique perspectives, add a backup band, and witness the result: a groove-heavy R&B musical extravaganza in a rock and roll package, capturing the uncertainty and simplicity of youth with their original songs and classics.”  They were without a doubt one of the highlights of last year’s Kindiefest!
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Artopia!
This free art festival features entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Offering the best of arts & crafts activities, music workshops, dance & movement workshops, face painting and more, Artopia is sure to be a hit for kids and parents.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: The African Drum
African folk tales, like “How the Turtle Got Its Shell,” unfold through the actions of shadow puppets in celebration of African-American History Month. Reservations required.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: West Side Story and Other Music of the Americas
Through the music of Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Ginastera and Aaron Copland, children can dance along from their seats with the DCYDC and see how music and dance have gone hand-in-hand for centuries – how music inspires us to dance, and dance can inspire us to make music.
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate the Lunar New Year
In addition to storytelling and a dragon charm ceramics workshop, this traditional celebration features excerpts from three musicians playing Chinese instruments (1pm), a lion dance and kung fu demo (2pm), and an interactive shadow puppet workshop led by Chinese Theatre Works (all day).
For more info, go here.

1:30 pm: Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party
Kids can glide, twist and spin across the rink as a DJ spins tunes at this cool fete, complete with giveaways, raffles and edibles. All ages.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
Take your ballerinas on a footloose trip through Asia’s vibrant traditions as the Flushing Town Hall presents a variety of dances from Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, India and the Pacific Islands.
For more info, go here.

Sunday February 5th

11:00 am: Percussion People
Fidgety hands are put to good use constructing instruments in a preshow workshop (10:30am). Then, the Percussion People drum up rhythm using a wide range of instruments, from triangles and bongos to several not-so-standard melody makers. Be prepared to endure some serious noise.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Broadway Playhouse: Stephen Sondheim
Broadway musicals don a kid-friendly mantle during this interactive show for budding theater fanatics. Children get acquainted with the work of showbiz icon Stephen Sondheim through games and sing-alongs. On tap for this morning’s performance are child-oriented versions of Into the Woods, Follies and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Endangered Instrument Discovery Day
The Bloomingdale School of Music will be offering demonstrations and pointers on some of the lesser-played instruments in the band, including the double bass, bassoon, oboe, horn, trombone and viola. Don’t miss out on the chance to help an instrument in need!
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Suzi Shelton at the Jumpin’ Juniper Festival
Every Sunday during February, join the energetic, exhilarating Jumpin’ Juniper, as she hosts an interactive hour of story, song, film, or dance. Guest artists will accompany the show each week—among the performers you’ll find the singer Suzi Shelton with special guest Albert Elias and Gumdrops, the Jamal Jackson Dance Company, and others. Check out the calendar to choose your favorite, or just go to see them all!
For more info, go here.

11:30 am: Baby Dance Party
Parents and their littlest, “non-walking” dance partners groove the afternoon away during a session of yoga-based stretching, simple choreography, mom- and dad-friendly music, and healthy snacks.
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Jazz for Kids
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard’s weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke.
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Shababa The Concert
This special concert incorporates live music, puppets and sing-along and puppets for an afternoon of dancing and family time.
For more info, go here.

4:00 pm: FanFare: A Celebration of Lunar New Year
Audience members are introduced to two East Asian dance forms in this culture-packed performance by dancers Ling Tang and Songhee Lee. They’ll showcase their styles by dancing both separately and together.
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)

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