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Dream Big
Big Apple Circus at Damrosch Park – THIRTEEN Membership Discount: Save $5 on weekday evening performances at Lincoln Center, Queens, and Stamford engagements.
Through Jan 8, 2012

For its 34th season the Big Apple Circus presents the all-new show, Dream Big, featuring international circus artists and the clown “Grandma” on her final tour. Every seat under the Big Top is no more than 50 feet from the ring

She Kills Monsters
Flea Theater – 41 White Street (between Broadway and Church Streets)
Fri, Nov 4, 2011 – Fri, Dec 23, 2011

In She Kills Monsters, Average Agnes is finally leaving her childhood home following the death of her totally weird sister, Tilly. When she stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, Agnes embarks on an action-packed adventure to discover more about her sister than she previously cared to know. A high-octane comedy fraught with hostile fairies, randy ogres, and 1990s pop culture, She Kills Monsters is a heart-pounding homage to the badass (and geek) within us all.

"Boscobel Study" by Elaine Galen

Hudson River Landscapes
Elisa Contemporary Art Pop Up Gallery at Sotheby’s International Realty – 3732 Riverdale Avenue, Lower Level (near West 238th Street)
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 – Wed, Jan 4, 2012

Elisa Contemporary Art presents a new pop-up gallery and public art exhibit, Hudson River Landscapes, at Sotheby’s International Realty (Riverdale, NY). The exhibit is an homage to the majestic and historic river. Full of raw emotion, pure energy and mysterious beauty, the exhibit features the abstract and expressionistic landscapes of three female artists. Two are from New York State: renowned Mount Kisco artist Elaine Galen and, Syracuse native, Sharon Gordon. The third artist, Marie Danielle Leblanc, adds her richly colored perspective from across the border in Canada.

Lucien Clergue: Jean Cocteau: Testament of Orphee
Westwood Gallery – 568 Broadway Suite 501 (at Prince Street)
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 – Fri, Dec 30, 2011

Westwood Gallery presents a premiere U.S. exhibition of photographs by legendary photographer Lucien Clergue. In 1959 Clergue captured historic and artistic photographs on the set of Jean Cocteau’s last film Testament of Orpheus (Le testament d’Orphée). The images evoke the creative personality of one of France’s foremost 20th century intellectuals, Jean Cocteau—writer, artist and filmmaker.

Urban Ballet Theater: Nutcracker in the Lower
Abrons Arts Center – 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
Sat, Nov 26, 2011 – Sun, Dec 4, 2011, 3 pm

Nutcracker in the Lower explodes with daring delight, twisting the classic story of Clara and her magical adventures to reflect Manhattan’s cultural diversity. The party scene, traditionally depicted as an opulent 19th-century ball, becomes a holiday salsa fiesta. The battle scene can easily be imagined in a crumbling subway station as gigantic mice and crisp toy soldiers wage war over the heroine’s fate.

Photo courtesy of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

Golem, by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre
La Mama, E.T.C. – 74A East 4th Street (between Second Avenue and the Bowery)
Thurs, Nov 17, 2011 – Sun, Dec 4, 2011

Clay and wood come to life in a marionette musical play based on the Jewish legend of the Golem, a medieval “robot” that runs amok in an attempt to protect the Prague Ghetto. Century-old and contemporary life-size wooden marionettes interact with puppeteers, dancers and musicians.

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