World AIDS Day Event at Washington Square Park Featuring Liza Minnelli, Kenneth Cole, Stockard Channing, Tyson Beckford

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Commemorating World AIDS Day 2010, Liza Minnelli, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Stockard Channing, Tyson Beckford, the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir, and others will lead an event to extinguish the lights on the historic Washington Square Park Memorial Arch to remember those lost to AIDS. Elsewhere in New York City, lights will be turned off on other major landmarks. The event is free and open to the public this Wednesday, December 1st from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in Washington Square Park in Greenwich … [Read more...]

Tangled isn’t so Tangled After All

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My daughter recently outgrew the whole Disney princess phase, which was a phase that I thought lasted a heck of a long time.  For a while, I, too, got into it, humming the princess tunes when she wasn't around after we picked up a copy on the way out of Disney World at the airport.  Quite frankly, I haven't been very inspired by the last few princess films.  I had great hopes for The Princess and the Frog last year, but I fell asleep and wasn't razzle dazzled by that film.  I was about to give up on the whole phenomenon.... Until Tangled entered the … [Read more...]

A Weekend Away with the Kids: Washington, D.C.

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We have always been adventurous parents, so this past holiday weekend was no exception.  I have some cousins that I haven't seen in a long time who live in Silver Springs, MD, so I made arrangements to visit.  We decided to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to avoid traffic.  So, on Friday, we packed up the car with kid-friendly gadgets and our luggage, grabbed the kids and got out of town, heading to Maryland and our ultimate destination, Washington, D.C. It was a smooth ride to Silver Springs and we arrived at our destination, the Homewood … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Family Pack to Mummenschanz at the Skirball Center at NYU

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I am happy to be associated with the return of Mummenschanz, which is coming back to New York next month.  For more than thirty years the company has created an original and captivating universe of whimsy, wonder, and ingenuity that delights both young and old. Mummenschanz who revolutionized mime art with a new vocabulary of body language, are back with a new show that keeps the best and most significant acts of previous shows.  It's the perfect way to introduce your kids to the world of pantomime, which they might not have experienced before.  … [Read more...]

Classic Story Apps for FREE Until Cyber Monday

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I don't know about you, but I am raising digital kids.  It's a new world, a digital world, and my kids are a part of it all.  It helps that my husband and I are techno-savvy, and we've been bringing them into our own experience since they were born. It all started with TIVO - my daughter learned to operate the remote control at age 1.  Then she became proficient on the computer at age 2-3, developed a love for the Leapster at age 4 and moved onto the DSI at age 6.  But the greatest techno tool is our iPhone.  Not only do we love it, but our kids love … [Read more...]

Christmas Weekend at Symphony Space: Hugo and the Dragon

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Looking for something to do in NYC Christmas weekend with the kids?  To celebrate Christmas weekend, Symphony Space will host three screenings of a magical film for the whole family: Hugo and the Dragon. After devouring the sun and the stars, a mischievous dragon sets his sights on tormenting a young boy named Hugo. With the help of a mysterious star from far out in the galaxy, Hugo bravely sets out to restore order to the universe. This internationally acclaimed musical fantasy weaves an enchanting tale of desperation and hope through innovative … [Read more...]

1001 Inventions at the NY Hall of Science

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After blockbuster runs in London and Istanbul, 1001 Inventions, an exhibition highlighting the scientific legacy of Muslim civilization in our modern age, will make its United States premiere at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on December 4th, 2010. The exhibition reveals the forgotten history of men and women from a variety of faiths and backgrounds whose contributions to the advancement of scholarship and technology during the Middle Ages helped pave the way for the European Renaissance. This period of history from the seventh through 17th … [Read more...]

Catch Elizabeth Mitchell Live at Symphony Space

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Ward off the solstice gloom with a "Sunny Day" concert featuring Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and her family. Elizabeth has been performing and recording family music since her days as a NYC preschool teacher in the 1990s. A founding member of the band Ida, she just released Sunny Day with  husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey. Mitchell's gentle, heartfelt music transfixes audiences of all ages with homespun renditions of great songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, Bill Withers, The Velvet Underground, Vashti Bunyan, … [Read more...]

A New Kid in New Rochelle: Alvin and Friends

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You know you've had a good meal when you're still dreaming about the taste and flavors three days later. Quite honestly, that doesn't happen often in Westchester.  We may only be 15 miles from New York City, but the food in Westchester really isn't the same caliber as NYC food, especially after you've lived there for many years.   It all happened at a restaurant just a few miles from my house, and I'm already dreaming of my trip back. Alvin & Friends is a lovely, upscale bistro with white tablecloths, chandeliers and artwork painted by owner … [Read more...]

Theater Review: Elling on Broadway – A Great Ensemble Cast

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When we first see Dennis O'Hare (True Blood) in the new Broadway play, Elling, he is climbing out of a cupboard, and shuts the door behind him as he steps out, shutting out the world behind him.  He joins his roommate, Kjell, played by Brendan Frasier (Crash, School Ties), as they ready themselves to leave a mental asylum where they have both been locked up for years, to join the real world.  Elling suffers from anxiety that has grown out of control since his mother's death; Kjell is an over 40 year-old big child who may have suffered brain damage at one … [Read more...]