It's Valentine's Day 2020, a time when folks all over the world get to express emotions of love, affection — and yes even friendship.
And since the most romantic day of the year falls on a Friday this year — those warm and fuzzy sentiments will linger all weekend through.
Over at The Little Victory Theatre a production of "Through Hell & Heartbreak," a musical tribute to love and the broken hearted, will play Saturday — and at Osteria Bocelli on Saturday, an evening of dinner and dancing with the sounds of the Alex Leonard Trio, will celebrate the day for lovers.
Don't miss the Mighty String Demons performance at the Stapleton Library, programs at the Staten Island Children's Museum and Valentine's Dinner and Brunch at the Hilton — plus art exhibits and nature walks for the more adventurous.
Whatever your choice this weekend, share it with those you love.Mightly String Demons Presidents'/Valentine's Weekend Concert
Young Staten Island violinists, The Mighty String Demons (These kids can play like the devil!), under the direction of Sanchie Bobrow, will present a fun and informative concert of music that was popular throughout American history, following a timeline of specific presidents starting with George Washington.
They will play American patriotic songs, love songs to celebrate Valentine's Day, as well as current pop tunes such as "Dust in the Wind" and "The Ashokan Farewell."
The group will welcome guest musicians Wenyi Lo on piano, Kazuo Nakamura on concert bass and Nicole Azzarelli on acoustic guitar.
WBLS 107.5 welcomes Peabo Bryson with special guest Regina Belle for a special Valentine's Day concert.
Best known for their 1992 duet "A Whole New World" from Disney's Aladdin, Peabo and Regina will perform an evening of songs including "Tonight I Celebrate by Love," "If Ever You're in My Arms Again," "Beauty and the Beast," "Baby Come to Me" and more.
Tickets are priced at $85, $65, $55 and $45 and can be purchased at StubHub, Ticketmaster and SeatGeek.
Take in their musical tribute to love, the broken hearted, the healed and the hopeful by some of Staten Island's notable singers and dancers.
Join the Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Mid-winter Recess Week activities next week when NYC Public Schools are closed.
Black History Month programs also continue throughout February at the Staten Island Children's Museum.
Valentine's Day ShopRite Kidz Cook Friday, Feb. 14 at 3 and 4 p.m.: Celebrate by cooking mini chocolate ganache cupcakes for someone you love. Pick up a free timed ticket at the Admissions Desk.
Performing Arts Studio Friday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. :Join dancers Anjoli Chadha and Walter Rutledge for studio hours and workshops throughout the exhibits.
Visual Arts Studio Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.: Learn about the life of artist and activist Betye Saar and her role in the Black Arts Movement and the fight for civil rights while making your own assemblages and collages.
President's Day, Monday, Feb. 17, Museum Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a special $5 admission price.
Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Honoring Shirley Chisholm - Story Time & Art Workshop: The Children's Museum will explore the achievements of the late New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and African American person to run for president of the US.
Children will hear the story “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison and then create silhouette portraits of their likeness as we celebrate Rep. Chisholm's life and her prevailing legacy.
Performing Arts Studio, Recess Week Monday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 23: Join in the fun with Walter Rutledge and Anjoli Chadha who lead Disney dance parties, moon walking and hip-hop dance workshops, African drumming workshops, Mardi Gras celebrations with mask making and parades, "Move With Your Imagination" sessions and creative dance circles; check sichildrensmuseum.org for dates and times.
Cool School Holiday Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free admission all day sponsored by the Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation. Join Dr. Marcia Greene from Bayview Dental Care for fun activities today during sessions at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. for National Children's Dental Health Month.
An evening of dinner and dancing with the Alex Leonard Trio will celebrate Valentine's Day at Osteria Bocelli, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Grasmere.
Valentine's Day specials: Three course dinner with romantic live piano music and champagne toast, $54.95 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch, Feb. 15, noon and 2 p.m. seatings with complimentary cocktail, $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Join the Friends of the Olmsted-Beil House for a free Valentine's Day celebration that focuses on the historic love that'd been experienced on Staten Island.
Patricia Salmon will speak about the love letters of Frederick Law Olmsted, and the love stories of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Britton, Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate, Carlton and Louise Beil, and Richard and Lois Nicotra.
This program would not have been possible without support from the Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation.
This film documents a recording project that brings together the family of Jamyang Yeshi through music and the use of multi-tracking recording technology.
With the help of Western friends, Jamyang, in exile in Canada, and his brother, Tsundue, in exile in the United States, they join voices with the family they left behind in Tibet.
Shining Spirit is a testament to the power of music, the resilience of the Tibetan culture, and the enduring bong of a family separated by politics and geography.
Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir will perform an acoustic show at the Historical Richmond Town Tavern.
Unlike regular gigs, this Concert Series is a one-of-a-kind, intimate Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir experience with a mini tribute to Morty Jacobi & Half Moon.
Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr., Livingston. Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Buildings C & G.
Learn more about Snug Harbor’s first-ever PASS Open Call application and information session and how to apply:
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden's first open call for the Performing Arts Salon Saturdays (PASS) artist residency and performance program.
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Snug Harbor’s campus before applying to this opportunity.
Admission: FREE | Registration requested here: https://snug-harbor.org/event/pass-open-call-application-info-session/
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Carl Grillo Glass House, where the Horticulture Department propagates plants for seasonal displays which is typically closed to the public.
Visit the aquaponics and tropical areas, including our giant yellow stripe bamboo, and look at the cuttings and seedlings started for this year’s summer displays.
The event will happen rain or shine. General admission: $10, Student/Seniors, $8, Snug Harbor Member, $8 BUY TICKETS HERE: https://snug-harbor.org/horticulture-events/
Participants will be heading back to the location in Bloodroot Valley to complete the work that Protectors of Pine Oak Woods began in November.
Volunteers are needed for this invasive vine and plant removal to save trees being strangled by vines.
Meet by the stone bridge at Meisner and Rockland avenues and hike up with other volunteers to the Blue Trail of Moses Mountain.
For more information call Brian Smith at 917- 842-6585 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036. (Service credit is available.)
Through March 8 on Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. at Creative Photographers Guild, 814 Richmond Terr., St.George.
First exhibition of the 2020 season featuring: Robert Haber, Richard Xuereb, Willie Chu, Linda Di Cosmo, Joan Velazquez, Joyce Coletti, Robin George, George Roos, Doug Schwab, Connie Frisch-Cherniak, Jo Cavallo and Fritz (Steven) Weiss.
The event is hosted by the Art Lab at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Suite 10, 1000 Richmond Terr., Livingston.
The exhibit of Robert Padovano's work will be on display at the Murray Berman Art @ the J Gallery at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC (1466 Manor Road), Sea View.
Padovano brings a unique flair to the Impressionist painting tradition by infusing his work with Pointillist techniques.
His work evokes mood and memory, inspired by his upbringing in Brooklyn and his exploration of other locations around New York, including the Staten Island Ferry, Snug Harbor, Central Park, and the Montauk Lighthouse.
Padovano’s paintings have been featured at several national shows, as well as exhibitions around the city that inspires his work.
He has participated in many Staten Island art shows, and has also painted public murals at PS 41 and the Staten Island Ferry.
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