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Nature’s tux: celebrate the penguin!


If you’ve seen “March of the Penguins” one too many times — and don’t have the time to trek to Africa — then make the comparatively short journey to New Jersey. There, on January 20, you celebrate Penguin Awareness Day. Who says there’s such thing? The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. They’ve set aside a day to welcome four new African penguins to the zoo (even more additional penguins are slated to arrive later in the winter). These latest arrivals are native to the rocky shores of Southwest Africa — whose coastline has a climate that’s strikingly similar to that of New Jersey’s. That’s only one of the little educational nuggets you’ll learn. At the Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, New Jersey). For more information, call 973-731-5800 or visit www.turtlebackzoo.com.


Photo courtesy of Y Gallery

Playful and ominous: Norma Markley’s neon creation

Day n Nite

Norma Markley’s collection of neon works begins in the street-level shop Eva NY and continues below ground to the Y Gallery’s new cave-like Bowery space. The instillation is divided into two contrasting and polarized spaces which conjure unexpected images and associations from a pervasive, throwaway culture. The dreamy glow and cursive possibilities of Markley’s creations evoke the inviting and ominous bright light landscapes of Vegas, Disney, and Times Square. Through Jan 17, at Y Gallery (355A Bowery St, between 3rd and 4th Streets). Open Daily 12-8pm. Call 212 925 3890.



ARTS! By the People hosts a Silent Auction Art and Music Fundraiser to benefit its non-profit community arts programs. Art and photography from a broad spectrum of the NYC art-world will go to the highest bidder. The participating artists range from student to MOMA exhibitors, and the evening will also feature a performance from the music/live-art collective Colorform, plus music and Live Art by Sarah Valeri (www.virb.com/colorform) and the comedy of Juliana Forlano. Fri., Jan. 22, 6 p.m.; at Teneleven (171 Avenue C, btw. 10th and 11th Streets). Suggested donation: $20. For More Information, visit www.artsbythepeople.com.



“Collaborate” is a semi-regular series in which highly irregular artists of different genres collaborate around a given theme. This time around, the theme is “Righteous Indignation.” Host Iris N. Schwartz keeps what we assume will be very loose reigns on poet Precious Jones, lyrical fusionist/Mad Hatters Review publisher Carol Novack, character monologist Elisa DeCarlo, actor Mickey Pizzo. Sun., Jan. 17, 6:00 p.m.; $7 cover includes one drink. At Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia St. (btw. W. 4th & Bleecker Street). For information, visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com or call 212-989-9319.



RIOULT’s season at The Joyce showcases the evolution of choreographer Pascal Rioult’s work over the past 16 years with two very distinct programs. The works range from Harvest, the very first dance that Pascal Rioult ever created in 1992, to Bolero from 2002, to his tour de force, The Great Mass set to Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Jan. 19-24, at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th St.). For single tickets ($10, $19, $35, $49) call JoyceCharge (212-242-0800) or visit www.Joyce.org. For information about RIOULT’s benefit and post-performance supper on Jan. 20, contact Kali at 212-398-5901.