12Jul

What Brooklyn Families is All About

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A few weeks ago I received the most unexpected, marvelous invitation to the Brooklyn Museum to find out more about their program Brooklyn Families. Coming from Westchester, I knew the museum would be a bit of a hike very early on a Saturday morning, but my curiosity was peaked about what the museum is doing to engage families. I am always looking for ways to engage my own children in art. They pull me away from museums; I want to pull them in. Brooklyn Families Another big draw: a personal tour of David Bowie is, an exhibit about who was perhaps my Read More

29Jun

Joining 1,300 NYC Public School Students and Teachers at Hamilton on Broadway

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I recently had the amazing experience of joining 1,300 NYC Public School students and teachers at a performance of HAMILTON on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. I hadn't seen the show on Broadway; I had only seen it off-Broadway in its infancy days at the Public Theater so I was very much looking forward to see how it had morphed over the years (and then some, right?). After having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers, Read More

23May

A First Time Theater Experience for Newly Arrived Immigrants at the New Victory Theater: “Pss Pss”

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This past weekend I had the unique experience of watching a newly arrived family from Afghanistan watch their very first theatrical play, in the very first theater they had ever sat in - on Broadway, but not a Broadway show. Still, the effect of watching them enjoy their first show was moving, and quite magical. It also helped that it was at one of my favorite theaters for children in NYC, the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street. The show we would see, "Pss Pss," hailed from Switzerland, as the bulk of their programming is from around the world. Like Read More

07May

How I’ll Be Spending Mother’s Day: At the Alamo Drafthouse (+ Giveaway)

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One of my favorite experiences these days is seeing movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. I actually had my first visit to an Alamo (yes, it's a chain) in Austin, Texas last year, and I was instantly hooked. It's a theater for the true movie buff, catering to those of us who truly love movies. The seats are plush and the menu (yes, you can order food) is really geared toward making it a complete film experience. It's the best of both worlds — a full restaurant menu of food, drinks, and refills — and great movies. From classic to foreign to the best of what's Read More

27Apr

Editor’s Pick: SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway

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Last night this musical theater lover was jumping in her seat. The show that brought to my feet was SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Donna Summer herself once said that she was the soundtrack to many people's youths, and indeed, while watching this show, I remembered how crucial she was to not only me in my earlier years, but to the rest of the world. After the first song, where one of the three actresses who play the role of musical icon Donna Summer (LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever) are Read More

20Apr

Amy Schumer on Why She Considers “I Feel Pretty” a Feminist Film

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In the new movie, I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer plays Renee, a woman like you and me who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis and one day, after experiencing a head injury, suddenly wakes up believing she's the most beautiful woman in the world. Armed with a newfound sense of confidence, her life changes overnight, until she comes to the realization that she is fine just the way she really is. I had the opportunity to recently join a group of other influencers in a discussion with Schumer about her new film, after having Read More

25Feb

Bonding with My Son at Keystone Resort

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to experience Keystone Resort with a child. The goal was for myself and other writers to experience and cover Kidtopia, a series of events offered all year long for kids of all ages, both on and off the snow. My son, who just turned 13, was just at the cusp of the age requested to attend the trip, but was prime material for both them and myself in terms of covering the resort. For one thing, he loves to ski. For another, he loves traveling and experiencing new things and he's totally open to a jam-packed agenda. The two of Read More

17Feb

Review: “A Walk with Mr. Heifetz” at the Cherry Lane Theatre

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When I think of the State of Israel, I often think of music. I think of the national anthem, "Hatikvah" and the Israeli flag rising over Temple Mount. I think of the song "Jerusalem of Gold" and I envision the Dome of the Rock. I think of David Broza playing "Yihieh Tov" in the desert. For me, music is what culturally binds the land to its people, and as since its creation. Arts and culture journalist James Inverne clearly saw this, too, only has the smarts and literary ability to turn his vision into a new play called "A Walk With Mr. Heifetz," now Read More

07Feb

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Alice’s Arbor in Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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This past weekend my teenage daughter and I decided to take some time out of our daily routine and head to Bed Stuyvesant, Brooklyn for brunch. Our destination: Alice's Arbor. It had been years since I'd been to Bed Stuy, and I always knew even then it was on the brink of gentrification and change, so I was eager to make this particular trip from our home in Westchester. As a vegetarian, I can tell you that the menu, which is inspired by Chef Mike Franzetti, is diverse and wide ranging. Carnivores can have their share of meat, from chicken to ribs for Read More

21Jan

A Visit to Israel with a Loving But Conflicted Heart

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“But doubts and loves dig up the world like a mole, a plough. And a whisper will be heard in the place where the ruined house once stood.” These are words from Israeli poet Yehudah Amichai’s poem, “The Place Where We Are Right.” Interpretations of poems can vary, but for me, this piece refers to a difference in opinion about a place that you love but can’t quite vocalize both out of fear and out of love. I have felt this type of conflict several times in the past year on two very different types of trips. A year ago, I visited Read More