Weekend Staff Picks: Animals, Opera & Ukulele

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde and Christopher Maltman as Eisenstein in Act 2 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus.' Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman in Act 2 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus.' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Here are a few of the activities some WNYC staff members are checking out around town.

CHRIS BANNON, vice president of content development: As a fan of The Daily Show's John Hodgman, Chris will be in the audience at the Public Theater on Saturday for the Under The Radar Festival, where Hodgman is performing his act called I Stole Your Dad. He might even play his ukulele -- Hodgman that is, not Bannon.

JOY Y. WANG, producer of Last Chance Foods: Joy is looking forward to seeing her first opera ever since moving to New York City, ten years ago. The Metropolitan Opera is presenting Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus through the end of February. If you can't make it in person, our sister station WQXR, 105.9 FM will broadcast and stream Saturday's performance at 1pm.

MANOUSH ZOMORODI, host of New Tech City: Manoush is always looking for activities for her young children and found something way off the beaten path and unique. Last week, she made an appointment for a visit to the Torah Animal World in Boro Park, Brooklyn. Every animal described in the Hebrew bible is displayed in a taxidermy exhibit. Check out some of Manoush's family snapshots below.

Manoush Zomorodi
The Rabbi greets Manoush Zomorodi's family at the Torah Animal World in Boro Park.
Manoush Zomorodi
The kids loved to get up close to all the taxidermy.
Manoush Zomorodi
The parents weren't quite as touchy feely with the animals.
Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi, host of New Tech City visiting the Torah Animal World in Brooklyn.


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