FREE ART CLASSES Explore your creative side with free art workshops for adults. Classes include Clay Sculpture (11:30am-1:30pm), Creative Drawing (Noon - 1:30pm) Stone Carving (2:30-4:30pm) and Photo-grams (11:30am-1:30pm & 2:30pm-4:30pm) on Sat., Jan. 7. Free; $10 contribution per workshop suggested to cover supplies. Reservations required, call 212-780-2300 x463. Educational Alliance Art School, 197 E. Broadway, bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts. Check out other classes at an Open House on Wed., Jan. 11 from 5:30-7:30pm. Pictured above is welding teacher Martin Holidays sculpture made of teaspoons, forks and knives.
ARISTOPHANES IN BIRDONIA, A politi-comic theater/dance adaptation of The Birds by Aristophanes. The tale of Stan and Ollie who exit Hysterica to co-erect with the birds a utopia in the sky because faith based initiatives and fame obsess the government and the media and preemptive strikes result in war. Jan. 12-15 and 19-22 at 8:30pm. DANSPACE PROJECT at St. Marks Church,131 E. 10th St. $20. 212-674-8194.
BOWERY POETRY CLUB, 308 Bowery, 212-614-0505: Check out www.bowerypoetry.com for a complete schedule of nightly events.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE WALK INTO THE NEW YEAR, Tour the City Hall area and learn interesting facts then enjoy refreshments on the Brooklyn Bridge. Registration begins at 9:30pm, walks at 10:15 & 11:15pm on Dec. 31. Meet at Blimpie's, 38 Park Row, bet. Spruce and Beekman Sts. $40, $35 pre-registration, $20 kids. 888-377-4455.
Culturemart 2006, The annual festival will present 16 new works that blur the boundaries between dance, theatre, music, new media, puppetry and visual art. Jan. 522. Here Arts Center, 145 6th Ave.
FREE ART WORKSHOPS, Sat., Jan 7 from 12-1:30pm, The Creative Power of Drawing and from 2:30-4:30pm, Getting Stoned: The Tao of Sculpting. EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE Art School, 197 East Broadway. Call to register. 212-780-2300, ext.378. Suggested Donation of $10 for each class. Find out about upcoming classes at an Open House, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7:30pm. Register for a class and get a $20 discount.
Jazzercise at Lunch, When you love your workout, results come easy. Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more to create truly effective dance-fitness programs for people of every age and fitness level. Tues. & Thurs. at Noon starting Jan. 4. classes will also be held Mon. & Wed. at 1:10pm. Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St, bet Church and Broadway.212-374-1175. www.jazznewyork.net. $45 monthly. Ongoing.
New Years Eve Bike Ride, Come celebrate New Years Eve in the outdoors. Ride up to a party at Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Enjoy music, dancing and fireworks. Sat., Dec. 31 at 10:30pm at Washington Square Park, under the arch or at 10:50pm at Madison Square Park, 23rd St. & Broadway, Flatiron Side. 212-802-8222.
POETRY PROJECTS NEW YEARS DAY MARATHON READING, Over 100 writers, musicians, and artists will welcome the new year by performing and reading their work. Sun. Jan. 1 from 3pm to 1am. St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th St. $17, $12 Seniors/Students, $10 Poetry Project members.
TEEN ART OUT 06, Open House and Free Workshops. Sign up for a workshop in photography, Chinese painting, stone carving or pottery. Learn about the after school and Saturday programs for grades 6-12 that start in Feb. Teachers and parents are welcome to come learn more about the school. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 16 from 36pm. Free, $10 contribution to cover supply costs suggested. THE EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE Art School, 197 E. Broadway bet Jefferson and Clinton Sts. Pre-registration required, call 212-780-2300 x 428.
Free Union Square Neighborhood Tour, The Union Square Partnership sponsors a two-hour tour exploring Union Squares entertainment history, first as the birthplace of Vaudeville, and now as the heart of Off-Broadway. Stories of social movements and events, such as the first Labor Day Parade, explain how Union Square became a National Landmark. Home of the original Macys, Tiffanys, Lord & Taylor and Academy of Music, the tour sheds light on Union Squares continued neighborhood development. Every Saturday at 2pm. Meet at the Lincoln statue located at the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park. Just show up, no reservations are necessary.
An Evening with Author Naomi Wolf, Join author Naomi Wolf as she discusses "The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See." The author will share the twelve basic lessons her father taught her about the way to live life fully, each arising from the tenet that each of us is an artist who needs to honor our artistic impulse to find happiness. Wed., Jan. 18 at 7:30pm. The Village Temple, 33 E. 12 Street, bet University & Broadway. $5 suggested contribution.
yOUTH PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, The American Tap Dance Association is offering a sampling of free tap classes. Sun. Jan. 8 from noon to 3 pm. STEPPING OUT STUDIOS, 37 W. 26th Street, 9th floor. 646-230-9564/