In Chinese astrology, the Ox is a born leader who inspires those around him. But the ox must guard against being too ornery. 2009 is the Year of the Ox and Brooklyn, New York will ring in the Ox’s special year with myriad festivities.
Chinese New Year Splendor Spectacular at Brooklyn Academy of Music
New Tang Dynasty TV will greet the Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox, by performing its Chinese New Year Splendor spectacular for two days at BAM. The spectacular incorporates classical Chinese melodies and dazzling dance performances in a show that brings centuries of Chinese artistry to live. Breathtaking costumes and backdrops add visual delight to a performance already brimming with tantalizing sound and movement. Tang Dynasty TV’s Chinese New Year Splendor that has become an annual attraction at Radio City Music Hall in nearby Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Chinese New Year Splendor performance will take place at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House on the following dates and times:
Sat, January 3, 2009 1:30 PM
Sat, January 3, 2009 7:30 PM
Sun, January 4, 2009 3:00 PM
Buy tickets online from: bam.org
Ticket hotline: 877-683-SHOW
Ticket prices: $108, $88, $68, $48
Show venue: Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Address: 30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1486
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Lunar New Year Celebration & Flower Market
Sunday, January 25 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In China, Korea, and Vietnam, flowers are said to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year. The allure of colors, scents and artistry will greet visitors to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden wherepeach blossoms, citrus trees, flowering quince, and other seasonal flowers feature prominently at the flower market set up in celebration of the Chinese or Lunar New Year. Free with garden admission, festive dance and musical performances featuring extravagant costumery and props provide family friendly cultural education. Kids can join in hands-on workshops and adults can learn Chinese brush-painting. Visitors are also invited to tour BBG’s collection of plants native to China, Korea, and Vietnam.
Brooklyn Public Library Chinese New Year Activity: Jin Jin’s Magical Journey
Grace Chang, former ring master and performer with the International Chinese Circus, will dazzle kids with sleight of hand, mime, acrobatics and puppetry on January 18 at the Central Library, Dweck Center, at 2 pm.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum Chinese New Year Weekend
On January 24-25, Brooklyn Children’s Museum helps children explore the mystique of Chinese New Year. Crafts sessions allowing children to make and take Year of the Ox crafts home are scheduled for 11 am both days; feng shui activities at 11:30 am and 3 pm both days let children relate to natural elements and plan a redesign of their rooms; and a x-plorer’s club activity at 2:30 pm on Sunday encourages kids 8 and up to learn about the significance of jewelry as a status indicator among the Akha of Southeast Asia, to view the museum’s jewelry collection and make facsimilies.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co.- Kingsborough Community College
Dancing lions, flying dragons, glimmering swords make for a visual spectacle as this dance troupe performs to the sound of traditional drumming. Admission to the one-hour show is $10. For tickets or information, call 718-368-5596.
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