Kermit and Co. share the screen
at Symphony Space's Wocka Wocka Festival
Yes, we know it's freezing. But is it really wise for any family to stay cooped up at home all day, watching "The Incredibles" for the umpteenth time? Bundle everyone up, race over to Symphony Space, and spend 12 hours (or even just two) at their Wocka Wocka Festival. That's right: it's a Jim Henson marathon, beginning at 11 a.m. today with "Follow that Bird," in which a misguided social worker decides Big Bird would be better off if he left Sesame Street (not to give anything away, but if you're worried, we can assure you he finds his way home).
Next up is the very timely "Muppet Christmas Carol" (1 p.m.), in which Kermit and his buddies reenact Charles Dickens' classic — with a few updates. Muppet fans, in fact, can plan on settling in all afternoon, because "The Muppet Movie" — which finds the gang chasing stardom in Hollywood — is showing at 3 p.m., and "The Great Muppet Caper," which co-stars Fozzie, Gonzo and, er, Diana Rigg, is on at 5 p.m.
A little Miss Piggy goes a long way, so the program takes a break from Muppet madness with the Henson/Frank Oz collaboration "The Dark Crystal" (7 p.m.), a complex fantasy about a planet struggling to free itself from an evil reign.
Finally, Kermit & Co. return to put on a musical — and steal the spotlight from the likes of Ed Koch and Liza Minnelli — in the 1984 charmer "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (9 p.m.).