Saturday, February 21, 2015: Lunar New Year Celebrations February 21–22. The Flushing Lunar New Year celebration takes place Saturday while the Manhattan parade is on Sunday. Both of these events are visually stunning and full of music, fireworks and jubilant spirit. Spectators will witness awe-inspiring authentic Chinese traditions, betterchinatown.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/712154215547129/. Sunset Park Lunar New Year Celebration 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. This annual event features Chinese folk performances, martial arts demonstrations, and games for children, giveaways, and the Lion Dance at the Sunset Park Recreation Center, 43rd Street at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn. Chinese Theatre Works performs segments from traditional dances, including the fan dance from “The Peony Pavilion” and a double sword dance at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, Flatbush Ave. at Eastern Parkway in Grand Army Plaza, http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/branch_library_detail.jsp?branchpageid=265, 1–2 pm, Free. Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland movie in 3D, travel to the Galapagos archipelago to meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses, hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies, and swim with tiny penguins shown at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Weekdays, 11 am & 2 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 pm, $6 adults; $5 children. Streetcars Making a Comeback In The Bronx? 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Bob Diamond, Chairman of the Brooklyn Historic Railroad Association, will discuss the feasibility of new streetcar lines for the Bronx, which will also include a look back at the Bronx’s historical transportation systems. The Bronx County Archives, 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx. Ghosts of the Past: Nazi-Looted Art and Its Legacies, 6:30 p.m. at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. New York, NY, free, http://columbia.edu. Little-known individuals who risked their lives to reclaim some of humanity’s greatest masterpieces from Nazi seizure. A three-day international conference, presented by Columbia University, about the modern-day fate of those works features fourteen historians and museum specialists discussing the philosophical and political ramifications of stolen artwork and sharing WWII’s harrowing true tales of search and recovery. More below that are Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday Lunar New Year at Prospect Park Zoo, 11:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet the Sheep – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Puppet Show – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize. Calligraphy – 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Paper lantern and red money envelope crafting. A Photo Gallery to protect local wildlife and habitats all at the Prospect Park Zoo in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Fastelavn: Danish Mardi Gras as you dress in costume, hit the barrel, eat Danish food, and taste special cream buns for dessert in this celebration of the Danish tradition at the Danish Athletic Club, 735 65th St. between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 2–6 pm, $35 for adults; $15 for children. Dance/NYC Symposium, an annual gabfest paced by more than 80 of the best minds among the ranks of performers, choreographers, educators, foundation executives, and government agencies, including New York City’s new cultural commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl. Several simultaneous sessions survey cultural equity (including advancing dance venues in the city’s outer boroughs), initiatives toward greater diversity, emergency preparedness, technology, the Bessies, and how to find and satisfy a corporate sugar daddy (or mama) to help realize your artistic dreams. Also on offer: one-on-one meetings with legal, marketing, and financial experts. The final session, “Making Change: Artist Voices,” features managers and artists from culturally diverse troupes addressing strategies for inclusion. Dance/NYC Symposium, 10:00 a.m. at Gina Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway New York, NY, $50–$125, http://dancenyc.nyc.
Saturday and Sunday: Circus Xtreme Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents its new circus show, featuring BMX riding tricks, high wire acts, and animals from around the world at the Barclays Center, http://www.barclayscenter.com, Saturday, 3 pm and 7 pm, Sunday, 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm and till March 2, $15–$65. Saturdays, 10 am–6 pm, Sundays, 1 pm–5 pm until Sunday, May 31, Free. Designs for World’s First SciFi Museum will showcase the winners and runners-up of its Architectural Design Competition at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch, http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/branch_library_detail.jsp?branchpageid=265. Park Slope United Methodist Church Book Sale tens of thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl will be on sale at the Park Slope United Methodist Church, 410 Sixth Ave. at Eighth Street, http://www.parkslopeumc.org, Saturday, 9 am–5:30 pm, Sunday, 12:30–5 pm until Sunday, Free.