Archives for January 2010


It’s the Year of the Tiger – Chinese New Year 2010 in NYC

I have been meaning to go to the NYC Chinese New Year parade since my kids were born.  This year is definitely the year for it; it's the Year of the Tiger - but mostly my kids are ages 5 and 6.  They're ready for it.  The parade features floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances, Asian musicians, acrobats and a procession by local organizations.The parade usually winds throughout Chinatown along Mott, Canal, and Bayard streets, and along East Broadway. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4 pm, Sunday, February 21, 2010 Place: Canal Street South Read More


Aunt Amy taking kids to see Dan Zanes & Friends next Saturday

 My sister, Amy, is taking the kids to see Dan Zanes & friends on Saturday, February 6 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Here are the details - tickets are only $10 each! where: brooklyn academy of music: a very special event! 30 lafayette ave brooklyn, ny when: 2pm & 5pm box office: (718) 636.4100 x1 link: details: dzaf returns to the howard gillman opera house to celebrate the great music and culture of brooklyn with lots of special guests!tickets on sale now for both Read More


Broadway’s ‘Time Stands Still’

I saw "Time Stands Still" today and it was one of those experiences where I can't help but think, how lucky am I to live so close to NYC?!  Don't you love when that happens, when you have a completely fulfilling theatre experience where everything just worked? The acting, directing, script, lighting, all of it.  The story revolves around a photographer (played by Laura Linney) badly injured in Iraq and her reporter boyfriend (played by Brian d'Arcy James), who’s trying to establish a bit of normalcy with her as she recovers from her Read More


Skiing with the Kids

I was 25 when I went on my first ski trip. I was living in NYC and joined a group of singles on a trip to Killington in Vermont. I liked it but was such a novice, however I felt exhilarated flying down the slopes.   I also loved the whole concept of sitting by a fire and drinking hot chocolate between trips up and down the mountain.  I also quite liked the whole ski culture, which is very international and has its own flavor. Since I met dear hubby who has a passion for skiing, I've gotten more into the spirit of the sport and look forward to Read More


NYC – The Cultural Week Ahead

Ethan Hawke directs Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind featuring Laurie Metcalf, Marin Ireland, Keith Carradine, Josh Hamilton, Alessandro Nivola, Maggie Siff, Frank Whaley and Karen Young. Off-Broadway’s Circle Mirror Transformation. After several extentions, this critically acclaimed show written by Annie Baker will end its run.The cast of the upcoming musical American Idiot will perform the song “21 Guns” (alongside Green Day) at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. (Sunday, 8pmET/PT on CBS)Miss Finian’s Rainbow? Well, here’s your last chance to see the Read More


Memories of traveling while pregnant

I was just on Lonely Planet's message boards at They are featuring women chatting about traveling while pregnant. Boy, did it take me back to the days when that was me. My advice to anyone pregnant and thinking about it is HIT THE ROAD. You will not regret it. Travel will never be the same! Not to burst your bubble, but it won't.Before I found out I was pregnant, I was actually in Orlando for a conference. My husband joined me for a few days prior and we ventured Read More


Looking for Ang Lee

Last week, while we were touring around Los Angeles, I noticed that there was an area called Larchmont, which also happens to be the name of the town I live in. I took note and later found out it's where the 1983 film "War Games" with Matthew Broderick was shot, among many others. Apparently, it's one of the most historical parts of the city with a rich past.The reason I am thinking about this today is a friend of my daughter's dad just came by and mentioned that Larchmont was the first Hollywood before the real one existed. I immediately went to the Read More


Culture Mom Book Club: The Help by Katheryn Stockett

I grew up in the south. I was a big fan of Hattie McDaniel's character in "Gone with the Wind". The dynamic between her and Scarlet O'Hara was so interesting. She couldn't really speak to up to her boss. She was the maid and cook. She was allowed to tell funny stories and sing gospel songs, but speaking her mind was a no-no.The women in Katheryn's Stockett's "The Help" have also been sitting quietly before the wake of the civil rights movement and they have had enough..enough of living in a segregated society and being treated like outcasts. This is the Read More


Why I want to move to Brooklyn

Don't get me wrong, Westchester is beautiful. Plus, it's a 30-minute train into the city. I'm actually surrounded by ex-Manhattanites and Brooklynites. We all come from the same vain and need our daily dose of culture and grime. Problem is, my husband won't move back to the city. I should have thought about it when I left the Upper West Side before we came here.Brooklyn is extremely child-friendly and has so much to offer kids. Music, theatre, art classes, concerts,. great restaurants and basically, street life. I think kids can learn so much more Read More


Please support WFUV 90.7

How much do I love 90.7 FM? So much. Right now this station run by Fordham University is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the station which is completely donation-driven with "5 Decades in 5 Days." They are offering lots of goodies and incentives to join but the best incentive is the MUSIC THEY PLAY. Please go to and donate now. Read More