Symphony Space 'Just Kidding' Season Launches in NYC October 3 with Story Pirates

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The 2015-16 family performing arts series Just Kidding launches at Symphony Space in NYC on October 3rd, with weekly events through March 2016.

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Families slogging through New York City’s vast array of entertainment options will find the ultimate guide to fun this fall from a venerable Upper West Side institution. Offering weekly sketch comedy, puppetry, and high-energy music and dance performances, Just Kidding at Symphony Space presents a high-value, high-energy collection of performing arts options, specially geared toward families with kids ages 2 and up. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 96th St.) in New York. Adults and kids alike will enjoy lower ticket prices this season, ranging from $13 to $18. Details are available at:

The Story Pirates, renowned for creating hilarious sketch comedy inspired by children’s narratives, launch the Just Kidding season on Saturday, October 3rd, with two matinee shows (plus a show for grown-ups that evening). Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and their new album "Adelante" with a rousing performance on Saturday, October 10th. Other musical highlights include Jazzy Ash's Halloween inspired songs with a New Orleans twist on October 31st, and Justin Roberts delivers a rare acoustic concert on Saturday, November 14th. The high-energy, kid-powered dance talents of National Dance Institute (NDI) Celebration Team will perform to bluegrass, folk, blues, spirituals, and other music that defines our nation and its people, on October 24th. A seafaring adventure story with puppets called "The Great Red Ball Rescue" is slated for November 7th. More puppetry fun arrives in time for the holidays with "Lollipops for Breakfast” on December 19th, as well as awe-inspiring street dance from Rennie Harris RHAW on December 12th. More performances are scheduled from January through March 2016.

For older kids and teens, Symphony Space also offers literary events with top authors. This season's Thalia Kids' Book Club launches October 6th with an interactive evening featuring New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan, talking about his new series "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard." On October 25th, contributors to the latest book in the Guys Read series, Jon Scieszka ("The Stinky Cheese Man"), Adam Gidwitz ("A Tale Dark and Grimm"), Daniel José Older ("Half-Resurrection Blues"), Michael Buckley ("The Sisters Grimm"), Rita Williams Garcia ("One Crazy Summer"), Kelly Barnhill ("The Witch's Boy") and Dav Pilkey ("Captain Underpants") present a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire. Details are at

Just Kidding Birthday Fun
Just Kidding birthday packages are designed to make party planning easy, engaging, and enriching for everyone involved. Kids interact directly with Just Kidding artists, while enjoying tasty snacks, a cake, free music, and a few pairs of extra hands to help parents wrangle the kids. Families may choose between the arts-themed, Just Kidding Theatre Party or the no fuss, no frills, Just Kidding Easy Party. Rates for 15 or more attendees (ages 2+) begin at $420. Information is available at or by calling (212) 864-1414, ext. 289.

Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Upper Westside, at 95th Street). Individual ticket prices for Just Kidding performances range from $13 to $18. Details about all performances are available at To order Just Kidding tickets, call (212) 864-5400 or email boxoffice(at)symphonyspace(dot)org.

Press Contacts:
Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR: (503) 293-9498; beth(at)sugarmountainpr(dot)com
Aishah Alassan, Marketing Manager at Symphony Space: (212) 864-1414 ext. 208; aishah.alassan(at)symphonyspace(dot)org

Fall 2015 Just Kidding Performance Schedule

Saturday, October 3 at 11 am and 2 pm: Story Pirates
Saturday, October 10 at 11 am: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Saturday, October 17 at 11 am: “Trees” featuring Molly Ledford, Billy Kelly, Dean Jones
Saturday, October 24 at 2 pm: National Dance Institute Celebration Team (NDI)
Saturday, October 31 at 11 am: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards: “Monster Bash”
Saturday, November 7 at 11 am and 2pm: “The Red Ball” (puppetry)
Saturday, November 14 at 11 am: Justin Roberts
Saturday, December 12 at 11 am: Rennie Harris RHAW
Saturday, December 19 at 11 am and 2 pm: “Lollipops for Breakfast” (puppetry)

Thalia Kids' Book Club
October 6, 6 pm: Rick Riordan presents "Magnus Chase and the Guards of Asgard."
October 25, 4 pm: Guys Reading Terrifying Tales
November 22, 4 pm: Brian Seznick presents "The Marvels."

About Symphony Space
Symphony Space traces its beginnings to a free marathon concert, Wall to Wall Bach, held in 1978 and organized by co-founders Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller. The music marathon then drew thousands of visitors and has since become one of the organization’s signature events. Today, Symphony Space presents more than 600 events each season, including music, dance, theater, film, and literary readings.Some of its best known programs include Selected Shorts, a reading of short stories by stars of stage and screen, and one of the most popular series on public radio; National Theatre Live, broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world; and Just Kidding, one of the most talked about family entertainment series around town. Uptown Showdown has been called “New York’s best comedy series” by New York magazine. For more information, visit

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