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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | THE PICCOLINI TRIO: CIRCUS IN A TRUNK: Just for the record, we have it on good authority that performers booked for shows at the Canal Park Playhouse almost always show up. But that’s not the case when The Piccolini Trio sits down to enjoy a performance from a circus that never arrives. Fortunately, clowns always travel with an antique trunk full of all the props, costumes and surprises necessary for putting on a show of their own. Combining contemporary as well as classic European clowning, the Piccolinis (Joshua Shack, John Stork and Joy Powers) also draw from the collective experience of having performed with the likes of Circus Smirkus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and the Moscow State Circus. The result is a repertoire of routines that use music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling and pantomime in unique and unexpected ways. Their show, “Circus in a Trunk,” is part of Canal Park Playhouse’s Classic Brunch Matinee series — at which audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Café (open from 10am-6:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, for ticket holders only). Among the Café’s repertoire: Hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast and traditional Belgian waffles. Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit provide a nice alternative to those making good on their New Year’s resolution to live on slightly less grease and sugar. Appropriate for all ages. Through Sun., Jan. 29; Sat. and Sun., at 2pm and 4pm. At Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal St., btw. Greenwich and West Sts.). General admission is $20, with a pre or post-show pre-fixe brunch available for an additional $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For reservations or more info, call 866-811-4111 or visit canalparkplayhouse.com. For info on the artists, visit piccolinitrio.com.THE MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET: WINTERGREEN FESTIVAL | The Museum at Eldridge Street third annual “WinterGreen Festival” celebrates Tu B’Shvat (the Jewish New Year of Trees) on all three levels of their landmark, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Among the eco-friendly cultural happenings: planting and composting activities, artmaking, an instrument design workshop and a concert featuring Rhythm for Recyclables. At the traditional Tu B’Shvat seder, sample nuts, grains and other holiday foods (courtesy of Russ & Daughters and The Sweet Life). Then, take the “Green Tour” and learn about sustainable practices used in the synagogue’s restoration.
Sun., Jan. 29 1-4pm. At The Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge St., btw. Canal & Division Sts.). Free with Museum admission (admission is $10 adults; $8 students/seniors: $6 children under 18).