weekend events

Events are in Brooklyn unless noted. Saturday: Phantastic Theater performances of ‘The Musical Forest’ and ‘The Phantastic Zoo’ with live music, projected illustrative art and text, voice acting and dance, 11 am,  $10 ($9 kids), Commons Brooklyn, 388 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Bond Streets. Lunar New Year celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year- activities include the Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show; Monkey treats, visitors make items that keepers will present to the monkeys; Scavenger Hunt; Caliligraphy lessons and Crafts; the Discovery Center and Feeding the Sea Lions, Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. at Ocean Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28, 11 am to 4 pm, free with admission. African History Month Celebration for Healthy Living as Council Member Laurie Cumbo presents an African Dance class, presented by Amida Care to inspire fitness and wellness. Includes spoken word, drumming, and storytelling, noon–4 pm, Atlantic Terminal Community Center, 501 Carlton Ave. at Atlantic Avenue. Regina Opera’s “Embrace Winter” Concert with opera and Broadway selections, 4 pm, : Vesuvio Restaurant, 7305 Third Ave. between 73rd and 74th Streets.

Sunday:  Art Inside/Outside, from hair braiding to Black Lives Matter to President Obama on Horseback to cleaning greens— 15 artists have activated interior and exterior spaces with 15 window murals and art installations,  Myrtle Avenue between Flatbush Avenue Extension and Classon Avenue, daily till Monday. Klezmer and Knishes with klezmer music and learn to make your own knishes, 2 pm, $15 ($10 members), Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 8025 Fourth Ave. between 80th and 81st Streets. Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra performs work by Brahms and Sibelius, Brooklyn Museum, 2 pm, $15 ($10 members) probably free with museum admission. Tension Release Exercise (TRE) is a simple set of exercises that turns on your body’s natural rebalancing process, providing relaxation, 7- 8:30 pm, $20 – $40 per person, Third Root Community Health Center • 380 Marlborough Rd and Cortelyou Road. Register at http://bit.ly/BrooklynTRE. NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise, $25–$35, It’s hard to imagine, but snowbirds and seals come south to New York State for a “milder” winter. NYC Audubon and Water Taxi have teamed up to bring humans to view the wildlife. After meeting at the South Street Seaport, guests are taken past the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazano Bridge to reach a cluster of remote islands that are now preserved for wildlife. The sight of adorable harbor seals tanning on the rocks is sure to warm up even the coldest day, and all around majestic seabirds flock. Enjoy the view while listening to tour guide Gabriel Willow share his wealth of knowledge of the wildlife and of New York history. And for those who get too cold, there is a heated section with complimentary hot chocolate at the South Street Seaport Pier 16, 89 S. St., NY.  Birding: Owls, 3–4:30 pm, bring your own binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park, Queens.

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