Black History Month, Central Park Ice Festival, Trivia

Black History Month

Saturday, February 11: Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival, 3–7 pm. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of Central Park’s most beloved statues.
As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs. 3-5 pm, live ice carving. 5-7 pm, Silent Disco with two DJs simultaneously spinning the best of the 80’s, early 90’s, and Top 40 hits. Ongoing Activities: Statue and monument restoration exhibit. Central Park Conservancy trivia.
Sculpting station: Mold your very own iconic Central Park statue
Dazzling lights in a romantic Central Park setting
What is a Silent Disco? It’s a dance party with headphones; you choose the music. Starting at 5 pm, three live DJs. You choose the channel with your favorite music genre and dance the night away. The glowing, color-coded headsets show which music other party goers are listening to. Headphones will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and quantities are limited. A credit card is required to check out a pair of headphones. In the unlikely event that you lose the headphones, there is a $100 replacement fee on site.
RSVPs do not guarantee headphones. Bandshell in Central Park, nearest entrance at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

Art in the Parks, Bjorn Skaarup, Hippo Ballerina
February 7 to July 31. Dante Park, Manhattan
Hippo Ballerina is a copper tutu-clad bronze sculpture standing over 15 feet tall, by Danish artist Bjørn Skaarup plants her sizable slippered feet across from Lincoln Center. Inspired by Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” and the dancing hippos of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia,” “Hippo Ballerina” vividly illustrates the artist’s ability to reinterpret subjects and themes found in ancient myths, art history, modern animation, and contemporary popular culture in playful ways that engage the viewer. Broadway, Columbus Av, W 63 St, Manhattan.

Trivia: Who was the first honorary U.S. citizen?
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Marie Curie, Winston Churchill? Answer below.
Charlie Sheen once bought 2,600 seats at a baseball game so he could catch a home run ball.
Answer: In 1963, Winston Churchill became the first of only eight people in history to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. A person of exceptional merit may be declared an honorary citizen of the U.S. by an Act of Congress or by a proclamation issued by the President of the United States, pursuant to authorization granted by Congress. Eight states had already granted honorary citizenship to Churchill, before President John F. Kennedy, acting under authorization granted by an Act of Congress, proclaimed Churchill an Honorary Citizen of the U.S.


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