14Feb

“Julie’s Greenroom,” New Netflix Show Encouraging Arts Education

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When I heard about Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton's new program on Netflix, Julie's Greenroom, I was enraptured. After all, I'm The Culture Mom and I've been blogging about how to bring the arts in your children's lives for the past seven years on this blog and elsewhere. I have a keen, genuine interest in arts education and I"m particularly interested in shows, books and films that encourage a child. It’s important to get children into the arts as early as possible and that/s what Ive always encouraged, The show showcases the Read More

09Feb

“In Transit” – an Homage to NYC, and a Great Broadway Show

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I've lived in New York for over 20 years and for 20 years, I've been in love. In love with a city that offers people like me opportunities out the door - professional, culinary, musical, theatrical and actually, love. I even met my husband on the streets of Manhattan in 1997. From the moment I arrived, I knew I was home. From living in a small apartment to riding the subway system daily, I relished my life here. As soon as the Broadway show "In Transit" started, I knew I was in good company. The show took me back in time, to my own days living in NYC, Read More

01Feb

What to Watch on Netflix in February

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Before we knew it, January came to an end. It was a tough month with the inauguration and drastic change that has hit America, but one thing keeps me sane: NETFLIX. Here's what we are watching in our house. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events One Day at a Time 13Th CrazyHead The OA Of course, my kids are watching other shows. What are they watching? Stay tuned. Disclosure: I am a member of Netflix's #StreamTeam but all opinions are my own. Read More

31Jan

The Women’s March: What it Meant to Me

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It's been two weeks since my last blog post, which is a million years in blog land, but I've been overly occupied. For one thing, work and my studies are taking a toll on my time, as well as caring for my family. Freelance projects to manage, books to read, shows to watch, textbooks, classes to attend, trips to plan, meals to make, laundry to fold, chauffeuring my kids around to activities after school - it's a lot but multi-tasking is a specialty of mine. But there was one major event that I attended that changed everything. It changed my attitude, Read More

15Jan

Review: Not That Jewish at New World Stages

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Yesterday I ventured into the city to see an off-Broadway show called Not That Jewish. I have to admit that my expectations were low. I couldn't imagine how a show with such a name would capture my interest. After all, I'm an observing Jew. Did I really want to sit through a one-woman show where an actress moans about being raised Jewish whilst wanting to escape and denounce every bit of Judaism possible later in life? Fortunately, that's not what the show is about. Monica Piper, a comedienne with credits that go back 30+ years, while not religious, Read More

09Jan

My Must-See’s January 2017

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  As a lover of all things culture, I am so loving what I’m seeing on the big screen and small screen these days, as well as the stages. I’ve been spending the cold winter mainly under a blanket on the couch binge watching streaming TV shows, some network, while also getting myself back into the gym (New Year’s Resolution, what can I say?) and back into reading books again, something I lost sight of in 2016. Nonetheless, I am so in love with what I’ve been seeing that I think I shall start a new “Must-See” column. Here is the first of my Read More

02Jan

A Monster Calls: Interviews with the Cast & Crew

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Liam Neeson and Lewis MacDougall are two of the stars of the ensemble drama A Monster Calls, an absorbing, beautiful film that tackles the pain of loss and isolation. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with them, as well as screenwriter Patrick Ness and director JA Bayona. I came out of the interviews with one clear piece of knowledge: that every single member of the cast and crew truly loves the tale. Working on this film was both a work of labor and passion for each and everyone, so it was truly a pleasure to talk to each one about their Read More

30Dec

Where You Can Find Me

Happy holidays to everyone reading (anyone left?). I'm hanging out in Brooklyn with my teenager, playing hipsters, this weekend, still traumatized by the disastrous, sad news of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The world will never be the same again. Both women left such a strong imprint on American culture, and I so hope that their spirits are joining up in heaven. I was a huge fan of Carrie Fisher when I was a teenager/young adult. I read all her books, hung onto her every word. She was so much more than Princess Leia. Don't get me wrong, I was a fan Read More

26Dec

NYC Hotel Review: Hotel Giraffe

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My daughter and I just came back from a weekend getaway in NYC. We love our NYC getaways. For a few days, we roamed the city fancy-free, popping into movie theaters, cafes for lunch, Broadway shows, shops and holiday markets. There is nothing like the city during this time of year and we felt so lucky to experience it like natives for a few days. To rest our head at night, we chose Hotel Giraffe, located in the Flat Iron District. We weren't familiar with the hotel before we went, so I can honestly report that we were very satisfied and very impressed Read More

25Dec

Review: Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

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I just saw Dear Evan Hansen, one of the most profound Broadway shows I have seen in a very, very long time, and I'm so glad that I saw it with my 13 year-old daughter. I literally can't stop thinking about this production for so many reasons. For one thing it is masterful in its ability to combine music and storytelling in such a powerful, thought-provoking way. The actors are also skillful and just about perfection - each one takes their role to the ultimate place in terms of the story. The direction and set (by Hamilton's David Korins)help guide the Read More