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New York City Ballet's Fall Variety Show

Last Friday, we here at Joonbug were invited to the New York City Ballet’s fall premiere of “Year of the Rabbit.” As the second feature of a three-part variety show, the partner friendly piece was the second conducted by the NYC Ballet dancers fellow principal member, Justin Peck. And, it was a showstopper that concluded with countless encores and crowd wide bravos.

It was certain that the NYC Ballet dancers that weren’t dancing on Friday night, were likely in orchestra seating, cheering on their fellow company member turned choreographer. And, the rest in the crowd that weren’t former dancers, ballet lovers or regular show go’ers were in for a treat. Because, well, this was an experience to be enjoyed by all, a welcome riff from traditional ballet presentations to say the very least.

FOOD + DRINK
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Heavenly Food and Festivities!

In the Chinese culture, 2011 is coined the Year of the Rabbit. Also known by its formal name Xin Mao, the Chinese Rabbit is one of the most stylish creatures of the Animal Signs and is described as being classy, sophisticated and fashionable; seems like a perfect opportunity to celebrate!

In this spirit, Pig Heaven restaurant is offering (now through February 5th) its first-ever Family Fun Festival packed with events. Care to join in the festivities?

Beginning with their traditional Dragon Parade, which represents vigor, luck and super natural forces, the wonderful New Year is kicked off with a big party! Seventy dollars per person gets you entrance to their two hours of festivities; a delicious menu including three appetizers, one entrée and a scrumptious dessert; and a dance party, hosted by owner Nancy Lee, complete with karaoke and colorful Chinese costumes worn by staff. (And yes, feel free to pull out your fanciest kimono and dress up too!)