14Nov

Guest Post: Review of New York’s Newest Big Apple Circus

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This a guest post written by writer Lisa Gerstel-Zach, a diverse and seasoned executive who has spent her career in Children’s and Family Entertainment via Publishing, Live Events and Broadcast before stepping back to take a much earned reprieve from the Corporate world in order to reinvent herself and remember why she moved to New York. She lives in the latest hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Friday afternoon and it is like negative 40 degrees out, what could be better than bundling up in 12 layers and heading Read More

05Nov

Review: “What We’re Up Against” by Theresa Rebeck

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In the aftermath of the Harvery Weinstein scandal, #MeToo, and everything that's going on in the world, a play about gender issues seems more relevant than ever. Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against at the WP Theater is that play for me, and as soon as it started, I knew I was in for something timely and relevant to what we are experiencing today. It's not about sexual assault, but rather office politics, gender imbalance, and equality, all which are issues that pertain to what we are hearing about today. In my first TV job, I worked for two men. I Read More

26Oct

Your Next Binge Must Be FX’s “Better Things”

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Would my kids care if I died tomorrow? Would they eulogize me at my own funeral? I know that this sounds morbid, but the thought has crossed my mind more than once. Motherhood can be a thankless, grueling grind, and leave it to FX's "Better Things" for reminding me that I'm not alone in the most recent episode of the show called "Eulogy". In this episode, written by the show's co-creator, Louis K., Sam, a single mother of three played by my new shero, Pam Adlon, is watching TV with her girls after a long day at work. Her character is a very successful Read More

13Oct

Film Review: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” About the Inspiration for Winnie the Pooh

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  The other night I had the opportunity to screen the new film Goodbye Christopher Robin at the Paris Theater in NYC, along with the director and several stars of the film. The film starts to roll out in theaters nationwide today. I felt very fortunate to be in the room with the creators of this special film, which was very reminiscent of Saving Mr. Banks, another recent  tale about a famous figure in history that brought one of the most important stories into the world. In that case, it was  about mogul Walt Disney who brought Mary Read More

10Oct

Restaurant Review: An Indian Feast at Benares Tribeca

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Tucked away in the heart of Tribeca sits an Indian restaurant that demands a visit. If you are as much an Indian food connoisseur as I am, you need to know about Benares Tribeca. I had an inspiring meal there last night that I am eager to tell you about. Benares Tribeca, which is located on Murray Street downtown, is known for honoring the 28 states of India, specifically Northern India. The restaurant is modern, with banquette seating and hardwood floors, red wall accent pieces, and a bar with a lounge area. I was surprised by how nice and trendy the Read More

09Oct

Review: “The Play That Goes Wrong” is Perfect for Teens

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  The Play That Goes Wrong officially opened on Broadway on April 2 at The Lyceum Theatre, after a successful West End run in London. It's a play I've been curious about for some time, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the play this week, with my 14 year-old daughter in tow. The fun started as soon as we sat down as some of the cast members were interacting with the audience, goofing around. This was very indicative of the sense of humor and type of pranks that would be cast for the next two hours over the course of the show. Read More

25Sep

“Victoria and Abdul” and High Tea at the Plaza Hotel: A Quintessential NYC Experience (+ Giveaway)

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This past weekend my daughter and I had the most unique afternoon at the Paris Theatre and the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Given her British roots and ancestry, it could not have been a more perfect afternoon. A bit of Dame Judi Dench and cream tea all in one, I can't think of anything more sublime. We started our day at the Paris, a theatre I have long loved since my days of living in NYC. It's one of the city's most loved and authentic art film houses. We were there to see the new film, Victoria and Abdul, a quintessential English film depicting an Read More

19Sep

Where You Can Find Me

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It's time for my routine check-in to let you know where else you can find me on the Internets. Here we go: Medium Larchmont Resident Cooks for Refugees New York Family 10 Best Broadway Shows for Teens  Huffington Post Perfect Weekend Getaway in NYC for Teens Family-Friendly Guide to Turks and Caicos A Child Grows A Weekend Away: 48 Hours in Raleigh with the Kids A Weekend in Philadelphia with the Kids A Family Weekend In The Finger Lakes MiniTime Autumn in Brooklyn with the Kids A Weekend Getaway with the Kids in Newport, Rhode Read More

19Sep

Your Next Netflix Binge MUST Be Fauda

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I'm very grateful to a good friend who suggested I watch Fauda, an Israeli TV show currently streaming on Netflix. I implore you to make this program your next binge. Every now and then, a show hits you, gets under your skin, and really rips you apart. But not very often, right? The last time it happened with me was probably with Six Feet Under or Breaking Bad, but I can't honestly remember anything hitting me as hard as Fauda.  I think it's because I have very strong ties to the State of Israel. I've lived there and I'm a fervent Zionist. However, Read More

15Sep

A Podcast Must-Listen: Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine

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I'd like to introduce you to the Little Known Facts Podcast, made by actress and mompreneur, Ilana Levine.  I stumbled across her podcast on iTunes one day last year whilst searching for Broadway focused podcasts to listen to while working and instantly loved it so much that I naturally tweeted about it. Ilana is such an amazingly generous and grateful person that she got in touch with me that same day to thank me for my passion and interest. From that point on, a relationship was quickly formed. To this day, I continue to avidly search out her Read More