• Picks of the Week: January 13-19

    Ice Festival, “Still Awake Still,” “Recess Monkey,” “The Gift of Winter,” and David Grover Sings Songs of Freedom

    By Gavriella Mahpour
    David Grover; photo by 92Y Tribeca via flickr

    David Grover; photo by 92Y Tribeca via flickr

    With record-breaking cold temps hopefully abating this week, we feel safe throwing in one outdoor recommendation in our picks for  this mid-January week. There’s plenty of variety for you. And some events are free, so you can give give yourself a chance to catch up on those post holiday bills!

    Beginning Saturday, January 18

    Still Awake Still!
    New Victory Theater
    Various times
    All the way from Melbourne, Australia, Jump Leads and Jessica Wilson will present their newest production, Still Awake Still! at the New Victory Theater this weekend. Miss Ivory Tinklefinger is the master of lulling kids to sleep with her melodic voice, but her grand piano has other ideas. Perfect for ages 4 through 7, this rousing cabaret musical will surprise one and all with its creativity and warmth. Runs through Monday, January 20. Tickets start at $14.

    The Gift of Winter
    TADA! Youth Theater
    Various times
    Don’t miss TADA! Youth Theater’s latest production of The Gift of Winter. Based on the book by John Leach and Jean Rankin, The Gift of Winter tells of a group of townspeople who journey to the Ministry of Winter to rescue the planet from winter’s freezing wrath. This musical spectacular features songs like “The Answer is Snow” and “Down with Winter”. Runs through Sunday, February 9. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $8 for children. Please note: Tickets for Saturday, January 18 are sold out.

    Saturday, January 18

    Recess Monkey
    Symphony Space
    11 am
    Back by popular demand, Recess Monkey will be returning to Symphony Space this Saturday. This children’s music trio hails from Seattle and has gained a dedicated following of kids and parents alike with their blend of rock and pop music. Recess Monkey’s live shows pack a punch with a combo of comedy, dancing, and tunes from their many studio albums. Families will find themselves singing along to hits like “Coconut Radio”, “Tambourine Submarine”, and “Fish Sticks”. Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for children.

    Ice Festival
    Central Park
    12 pm-3 pm
    Central Park invites all ages to its annual Ice Festival! Chill out and watch renowned ice sculptors from Okamoto Studio carve ice sculptures of some of the park’s best-known landmarks. Then, grab a warming drink from the Van Leeuwen truck and, finally, capture the afternoon’s memories by having Freeze Frame snap your photo. Ice Festival is free; however, there are fees for beverages and photography.

    Sunday, January 19

    David Grover Sings Songs of Freedom
    New York Historical Society
    12:30 pm
    Ages 4 and up are welcome to sing along with children’s folk musician David Grover when he appears this Sunday at the New York Historical Society. Grover will be performing songs about freedom, equality, and the Civil Rights movement in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Free with Society admission.