28Jun

A Night Out in Williamsburg at Pearl’s Bake & Shark

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Last week my 11 year-old son and I ventured to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a night out of the suburbs. Our destination: Pearl's Bake & Shark, a Caribbean restaurant that specializes in jerk and other Caribbean dishes. It was a weeknight, and with school still in session, I'd say it was a little out of the ordinary for us to venture to Brooklyn, but I was excited....and hungry. My son was, too, so together we braved the traffic and drove to Brooklyn. Were we happy we went? You can say that again. Pearl's is exceptional, both in its quality of Read More

15Jun

Camp Broadway: On Raising a Theater Goer

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When I was growing up in Atlanta, I must have acquired a love for theater very young. I'm not sure how it happened, living in a culturally void waste land (for the most part), but I found community theater and embraced it. I went to a summer camp where we put on a play one summer (Fiddler on the Roof), I starred in a production I Never Saw Another Butterfly), I went to a performing arts high school much like the one in the movie/TV show Fame (except no one danced on the table) and my mom took me to countless national touring productions from The Sound of Read More

14Jun

State of America’s Fathers 2016

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Men say they can do more. They want to do more. But they can't do it alone. In the latest State of America's Fathers report, produced by MenCare and Promundo US, research breaks down what it takes to support caring, involved dads.The hope is that the report will increase the visibility and value of care work in the United States at the national level with never-before-analyzed data and bold policy recommendations. It seeks to influence and improve policies and programming for parents, particularly for the most vulnerable families and fathers. The report Read More

10Jun

The Global Refugee Crisis: How We Can Help

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I can't understand the controversy over whether or not we should help refugees. It makes absolutely no sense to me. When people are suffering, don't you feel a pull on your heartstrings? Well, I do. There are enormous comparisons between the current refugee crisis and what happened to six million Jews during World War 2. It is undeniable and simply devastating, and unfortunately, the situation is worsening and there is no clear end in sight. So, wanting to act on my feelings and not just sit around thinking about what I can do, last night I brought a Read More

10Jun

Guest Post: Review of That Physics Show

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Guest writer Liat Ginsberg is a mother and former journalist for the Israeli newspaper, Maariv. She has taught at the Film and Media Department at Hunter College. If you hated physics in your childhood and were struggling to stay awake in class, and you think your kids are showing the same genetic traces, here is an opportunity to fix that and learn about it. Or if you already love physics, then That Physics Show is definitely a show for you and your family. That Physics Show is based on the hundreds of physics experiments in classrooms across the Read More

09Jun

Happy Hour at Fig & Olive in the Meat Packing District, a Great Value

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Yesterday, after work I headed to Fig & Olive for Apertivo Happy Hour, and suddenly I was transported from the Hudson Yards (near my office) to the coast of Italy. Not only does the restaurant, located in the Meat Packing District have a Mediterranean inspired feel, so does the food. And now the restaurant is making its menu more accessible than ever, with low prices for drinks and scrumptious food. Happy Hour at Fig & Olive in the Meat Packing District Apertivo is an Italian custom that pairs sips with snacks prior to dinner in order to aperto Read More

08Jun

Review: ON YOUR FEET! on Broadway

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When I was invited to see ON YOUR FEET!, a a new Broadway musical based on the life of  Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, I wasn't quite sure what to think. While I respect the artist and have known her music most of my life, I wasn't sure how her tale would translate to the Broadway stage. So, intrigued but apathetic, I took my seats one evening, alongside my mother, at the Marquis Theatre, to see what the show was about. What interested me most was the fact that the musical features a Latin cast, furthering this season's increased diversity in Read More

06Jun

From Book to Film: The Left Out Scenes in “Me Before You”

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Note: There are a few spoilers in this post - please read with caution if you haven't seen "Me Before You". When I saw "Me Before You,"  I wasn't crying as I suspect most audience members will be doing after they see it. After having read the book, there was just too much for me to think about. While I was quite taken with the outcome, and found the story of a couple in love with fatal obstacles uniquely told (though I am aware of the public outburst by the disabled community who don't care of its portrayal of a young man, paralyzed from the neck Read More

03Jun

Getting Excited About “Loving”

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We are approaching Loving Day this year on June 12th, which commemorates the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision between the Lovings vs Virginia, which struck down all US State Laws banning interracial marriage – mainly between non-whites and whites. This gives me more reason to get excited about "Loving," an upcoming film, based on the Lovings, which releases in November. It premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival and I followed every minute of the seemingly worthy buzz about this daring, ground-breaking film. The movie takes Read More

02Jun

48 Hours in Boston with the Kids

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This past weekend we spent a lovely 48 hours in Boston. The trip was primarily planned in order for our tween daughter to visit one of her camp friends, but we wanted to introduce both of our kids to the city of Boston. We had gone for a visit when they were very young, and we felt it was time to return to soak up its important history and classic vibe. Day #1 We started with the Hahvahd Tour (www.harvardtour.com), taking a tour of Harvard University. It's an hour tour walking through Harvard Yard, run by actual students (ours had just Read More