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Press Releases


Two Concerts!
David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Sunday, February 7

Release Date: January 11, 2016

David Weinstone and The Music for Aardvarks Band will perform two concerts for kids at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, February 7 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. Families will hear favorite songs celebrating being a kid in New York City such as City Kid, Taxi, Jack Hammer Joe and Modern Art. David Weinstone, founder of Music for Aardvarks, explains, "our shows are rockin', and we try to have as much audience participation as possible. We've even had kids come up on stage with us to sing or dance."

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New Family Program!
Archaeology Mondays at the Jewish Museum Beginning February 15

Release Date: January 11, 2016

Expanding its offerings for families, the Jewish Museum is launching Archaeology Mondays, a new after-school program in the galleries of Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces.  Beginning Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and continuing on the third Monday of the month through May, families will participate in a simulated archaeological dig.  Unique to New York City, this hands-on experience features artifact replicas from ancient to modern times.  Children can discover how objects change over time, and unearth the stories these relics tell.

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Concert for Families with Grammy Award Winner Mister G at the Jewish Museum Sunday, January 31

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Mister G, winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, will perform a concert for families at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, January 31 at 11:30am.  Spanning genres from bluegrass and bossa nova to funk and folk, Mister G has been called a “kid-friendly bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post, and People Magazine declared his dynamic music “irresistible.”  He will perform hits from albums such as his Grammy-winning Los Animales and Mitzvah Bus, a new collection of 14 original Jewish songs for children in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Yiddish.

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Two Concerts! Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo Performs Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Friday, December 25

Release Date: December 15, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo in two special concerts for families on Friday, December 25 at 11:30 am and 2 pm.  Etkin will be presenting a new production, "Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman in the Kingdom of Swing," incorporating music from Etkin's new CD for adults, What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman, and playing it in a child-friendly way.  Together with his full five-member band, Etkin takes kids on an adventure through the Kingdom of Swing, meeting King Oliver, Duke Ellington, and a little boy named Benny Goodman who grows up to become the King of Swing.  Just as Benny Goodman was welcomed by the regal masters that came before him, children too are encouraged to express themselves and find their own voices in the Kingdom of Swing through this fun and interactive concert experience.

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Dress Up, Dreidel Down Hanukkah Disco Party to Benefit the Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 13

Release Date: December 2, 2015

On Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2015, the Jewish Museum will host Dress Up, Dreidel Down Hanukkah Disco Party, its annual family Hanukkah fundraiser from 3pm to 5pm. This special event, which benefits the Jewish Museum, will feature celebratory holiday activities for adults, and children ages 2 through tweens.  The Jewish Museum is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, Manhattan.

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Kids’ Rock Concert for Families with Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights at the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 20

Release Date: November 18, 2015

Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights will perform a kids’ rock concert at The Jewish Museum on Sunday, December 20 at 2pm.  The Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Joanie Leeds and her band bring families to their feet with interactive, high energy performances incorporating a unique and playful sound ranging from pop-rock to gospel to country.  They will perform hits from her latest releases, Good Egg and Meshugana.

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Fun-Filled Hanukkah Family Day At the Jewish Museum Sunday, December 6

Release Date: November 18, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present its annual Hanukkah Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, December 6 from Noon to 4 pm.  A special highlight of the day will be a book signing with actress Amanda Peet and co-author Andrea Toyer, who will read from their new Hanukkah-themed children’s book, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein. In addition, kids can construct sculptural Hanukkah menorahs with funky found objects, dance to the music of ShirLaLa, see the Hanukkah story brought to life through a drawing performance with Jeff Hopkins, and explore the Museum’s world-famous collection of Hanukkah lamps.

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After-Hours Event on November 19 with Gypsy Dance Band Romashka, DJ Spinach, and More

Release Date: November 2, 2015

The Jewish Museum presents The Wind Up: The Power of Pictures, the next in its popular series of after-hours events, on Thursday, November 19 from 8pm to 11pm. Featuring live music, a photo booth, and an open bar with beer, wine, and vodka, The Wind Up is inspired by The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film, which explores how early modernist photography influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the medium.  The evening includes a performance by the raucous dance band Romashka, fronted by Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash, and a set by DJ Spinach, known for his unique mixture of world music sounds.  

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Fun-Filled The Power of Pictures Family Day at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 15

Release Date: October 21, 2015

The Jewish Museum will present The Power of Pictures Family Day, a fun-filled day of activities, on Sunday, November 15 from 12 noon to 4pm.  Children can design vibrant posters at a drop-in art workshop; create a surreal family portrait; rock out in Russian and English with the band Lyagushki; and explore the power of the camera to capture the world around us through gallery tours of the exhibition The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film.

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Ralph’s World - Family Concert at the Jewish Museum Sunday, November 8

Release Date: October 12, 2015

Ralph’s World will perform a concert for families on Sunday, November 8 at 11:30 am at the Jewish Museum.   Ralph’s World is the musical planet where kids rock out to high-energy tunes by Ralph Covert, the Grammy-nominated, Chicago-based indie rocker. Covert and his bandmates Tommy O'Brien, Brian Sheridan, and Bean Weng bring to their kids’ concerts the same high-energy and super-melodic sense that he developed for his adult pop-rock band, The Bad Examples.

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Two Shows!
The FunkeyMonkeys Perform Family Concerts at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 25

Release Date: October 9, 2015

The FunkeyMonkeys return to the Jewish Museum with two concerts for families on Sunday, October 25 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.   Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” this uniquely hip eight-member band incorporates funny sketches and improvised bits, along with their special brand of funky kid's music, ranging from driving afrobeat to ethereal ballads.  The performance will feature tunes from their albums MustacheTastes Like Chicken, Sing Dance Underpants, and Jewish FunkeyMonkeys.

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Kindie Rock Concert for Families with Alison Faith Levy at the Jewish Museum Sunday, October 11

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2015 family concert series with a performance by San Francisco-based kindie rocker Alison Faith Levy on Sunday, October 11 at 11:30am.  Levy - formerly “Sippy Alison” of the beloved kids’ psychedelic band The Sippy Cups -  and her Big|Brave Time Tot Rock Band make their New York debut at the Museum, and will perform whimsical ’60s-style tunes from her albums, The Start of Things and World of Wonder, in a high energy, interactive show for the entire family.

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