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Volume XXVIII, Number 5788
Friday, Feb 01, 2013

This Weekend In Parks

Groundhog Day!
Saturday, February 2
Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
1:00 p.m.
Learn more about the magnificent mammal this day is named for. Hear the tale of Phyllis the Groundhog, make a craft, and take a short walk in search of mammals that live in the Greenbelt. This program is suitable for ages 4-8 with adult chaperone. Registration and pre-payment required. Contact: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Black History Month Lecture: Fugitive Art & Fugitive Testimony
Saturday, February 2
Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
In the 1990s a number of visual artists (including Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, and Ellen Driscoll) created art that used literary slave narratives as templates for their work. Slave narratives of the 19th century told the story of enslavement and escape from the perspective of those who had been enslaved themselves. Often the contemporary artists place themselves or viewers in the position of the ex-slave narrator. This lecture brings together contemporary "visual slave narratives" and classic slave narratives from the 19th century to examine the way black artists and writers respond to institutional constraints placed on their cultural production.
Janet Neary is an Assistant Professor of 19th century African American literature and culture at Hunter College. She is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Fugitive Testimony: Race, Representation, and the Slave Narrative Form which examines slave narratives from the late 18th century to their emergence in visual art at the end of the 20th century.
This lecture is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This event is free but advanced registration is required. Call (212) 923-8008 to register.

Family Art Project at Wave Hill: March Out The Mardi Gras!
Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3
Wave Hill, The Bronx
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join visiting native New Orleans artist and instructor Paul Deo to make a colorful parasol, hat, nature mask or funky bead necklace. Then join an imaginative indoor parade as we create the sights, colors and sounds of the Mardi Gras.

Woodland Discovery Kit
Saturday, February 2 & Sunday, February 3
Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Meet The Nature Center Animals
Sunday, February 3
Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park, Brooklyn
1:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Today wildlife viewing is recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing activities. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.



QUOTATION OF THE DAY

“How’m I doing?!?”

Edward I. Koch
(1924 – 2013)
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