Culture Mom Night Out: The Manhattan Theatre Club’s Collected Stories

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I had the pleasure of previewing Collected Stories with Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson last night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.  It took me back nearly 15 years ago when I first saw the production with the fabulous Maria Tucci, also a Manhattan Theatre Club production.  Even then, I remember thinking how unique it was to see a play with such strong female characters taking center stage.  The same stands true today as these two remarkable actresses play writer and protege.  Their relationship starts out quite civilized and slowly takes a downturn as … [Read more...]

Putamayo Rock & Roll Playground CD Giveaway (w/Dan Zanes, Peter Himmelman & more!)

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Celebrated children’s music label Putumayo Kids is set to release a tribute to the early history of rock ‘n’ roll with their newest CD, Rock & Roll Playground, due out June 29th (suggested retail price $14.98).  Kids of all ages can shake, rattle and roll to music by a stellar group of established and up-and-coming artists.   An illustrated read-aloud booklet also accompanies the CD, with notes about the history of rock ‘n’ roll and the story of each song. The songs on Rock & Roll Playground were recorded in recent years but were inspired by … [Read more...]

New York Restoration Project Oprah Winfrey’s Live Your Best Life Walk Sunday, May 9th

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New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is proud to announce that the non-profit organization has been chosen as one of the 10 charities benefiting from Oprah Winfrey’s Live Your Best Life Walk on Sunday, May 9th in New York City. O, The Oprah Magazine is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the Live Your Best Life Walk, benefiting 10 deserving charities selected by the editors of the magazine. The walk is open to all who wish to take part and give back, and NYRP’s founder, Bette Midler, is one of the special guests scheduled to appear. The event … [Read more...]

Promenade des Artists Larchmont Art Walk

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Take a stroll through Larchmont this weekend and enjoy the works of 40 French artists on display in local homes. Westchester Accueil is holding its 10th annual “Promenade des Artists” on Friday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Participants may obtain a map from the Reception House at 25 Summit Avenue. A portion of the art sales are to benefit the Abraham House in the Bronx and Entraide Francaise. Visit the website for additional information. … [Read more...]

Time To Play Showcase

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I went to Time to Play's Spring Showcase yesterday.  All the major toy merchandisers were showcasing their new spring and summer offerings.  My kids would have been in heaven, but instead I was the lucky one to be presented with the next best toys coming our way.  Here are a few of my favorites: 1. At the Nickelodeon booth, I liked the iCarly 10" Dolls.  My daughter just loves iCarly, and she's a pretty good role model.  These new dolls coming fall 2010 will help your child with role play as they act out their favorite scenes from iCarley with their … [Read more...]

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Public

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Last night I checked out Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock-musical being presented at the Public Theater. When we walked into the theater, we were enchanted by the chandeliers that hung over our heads all throughout the theater.  We had heard only rave reviews so we were quite excited about what we were about to see.  Plus, I like literature and plays that teach me about history.  Andrew Jackson was our seventh President and the father of the Democratic Party.  He was also a charismatic politician with an interesting personal life to boot.  I … [Read more...]

Karito Kids International Travel Charmers collection

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Yesterday we were in NYC and stopped in FAO Schwartz.  I made a vow to my daughter that we were just going in for a look around and since her birthday just passed, there would be no gift buying.  However, we came across an absolutely irresistible purchase.  It's the Karito Kids International Travel Charmers collection of dolls and books.  These are 16 inch size dolls with embroidered faces and long hair.  Each one wears current fashions inspired by the country she visits, and comes with a collectible charm as a souvenir of her trip. The charm can … [Read more...]

Culture Mom Night Out: Two Parenting Talks at 92nd Street Y Tribeca

Thu, May 27, 7 pm, $12 EQUALLY SHARED PARENTING: FINISHING THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION Do you want a sustainable equal partnership and a balanced life... even after kids? Join New York Times reporter and Motherlode blog writer Lisa Belkin as she leads a discussion of a life in which both parents equally share the joys and burdens of raising their children, earning the family income and caring for their home…and get enough time just for themselves. Joining her are Marc and Amy Vachon, authors of Equally Shared Parenting: Rewriting the Rules … [Read more...]

Edible Manhattan: Commerce

I opened up my new edition of Time Out Kids this afternoon, looking for a place to eat this afternoon in the West Village.  I spotted a "family-friendly" choice called Commerce not far from where we were at that moment, so I suggested that my sister, daughter and I head that way.  We were surprised and happy to find it in the home of a restaurant that we used to like very much, Grange Hall, which was a neighborhood legend in its own rite.  The description in Time Out Kids was very praise-worthy, so we went knowing nothing about the menu.It … [Read more...]

Kid Culture: Carnegie Hall Family Concert Ticket (2) Giveaway

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The Culture Mom Blog is proud to announce a contest featuring tickets to a family-friendly concert at Carnegie Hall.  There is no landmark quite like it in New York City to go hear classical music. You can win a pair of tickets to see the Ensemble ACJW in a program by Carnegie Hall, The Julliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education on June 5th at 1pm.  Pre-concert activities will take place one hour before each performance and are free to all ticket holders. The ACJW is made … [Read more...]