Review: The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Motherf**ker with the Hat

When I heard that the name of the new play by Stephen Adly Guirgis' play was The Motherf**ker with the Hat, I had to laugh.   The other plays I had seen by this subversive playwright also had peculiar names: Our Lady on 121st Street and Jesus Hopped the A Train.  The play is also produced by the LAByrinth Theater, one of the better theaters in NYC.  All that, and you get a cast that includes Chris Rock, Bobby Carnavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vasquez.  I was definitely intrigued. In case you were wondering, yes, we do hear the … [Read more...]

Family Travel Tuesday: Value-Packed Packages to Jamaica

Ritz Carlton

When my kids were ages 2 and 3, we headed to Jamaica for some R&R.   We met our family from the UK at the Star Fish Resort where we spent seven heavenly nights.  Jamaica has it all - great food, great people, great weather and most importantly, great value.  On a budget of any size, you can go on holiday comfortably and affordably. I was thrilled to be contacted y the Jamaica Tourist Board to promote some of their seasonal offerings geared toward moms and dads in celebration of this year’s Mother’s and Father’s Day holidays.  Many of Jamaica’s … [Read more...]

A Westchester Find: The Gnarley Vine Bar in New Rochelle

Gnarley Vine

A few months ago, I wrote about the exceptional new restaurant in New Rochelle, Alvin and Friends.  It literally knocked my taste buds off and changed our perception of food in Westchester.  Since then, a slew of good restaurants have opened up in Mamaroneck, the town on the other side of where we live, as well, and we have far superior dining options locally than we ever did.  We have been waiting for the same development to occur in New Rochelle. So, last night, when my husband and I encountered a new wine bar in the area, based on the … [Read more...]

My Personal Blog Tour

Blog Tour

  Everytime I have a chance, I go on my own personal blog tour using Google Reader.  It amazes me how long I can spend reading the words of so many amazing women who blog about topics true to my heart.  This week I am highlighting some of them and hope you'll find your way over to their blogs and join their RSS feeds, too.  Reading these blogs is akin to sitting down with a good girlfriend and having a good banter. Lessons in Generosity (Plus Lily Makes Three) Not Awful Baby Names (Scary Mommy) Every blog post on Mom-101 This Just in: … [Read more...]

Advocacy and Why A Girl Just Can’t Say “No”

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I've done my share of volunteer work in my life.  My mom must have instilled a certain something in me that wants to give back as much as I can.  I have always sought out ways to help others.  I've collected food, books, clothes and more for the hungry and impoverished.  I've interviewed Holocaust survivors.  I've worked in homeless shelters.  I've been a big sister to kids who lived in the projects of NYC. But with the birth of my kids, my time has been much more limited than it used to be.  During the first few years of their lives, I could hardly … [Read more...]

Museum of the Moving Images presents ‘Spring Training’

Museum of the Moving Images

As NYC is still experiencing cold weather, Museum of the Moving Image offers a reason to stay inside: great sports documentaries on the big screen. Spring Training, which runs from April 2nd through May 15th, 2011, features Saturday and Sunday matinees of acclaimed films including Steve James’s Hoop Dreams, Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym, and Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z Boys.  Before or after the screenings, families are welcome to explore Real Virtuality, an exhibition featuring six experiments in art and technology, and Behind the Screen, the … [Read more...]

This Week’s NYCkidsARTS Top Five Picks

Teen Poetry Slam

If you have a child and live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips.  Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake.  There is so much to offer that you probably can't keep up with the offerings.  Look no further!  The folks at NYCkidsARTS have teamed up with The Culture Mom to give the insider's scoop on this week's top FIVE cultural picks for kids in New York City: Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre Follow “Queen Marlene” of the Toy Museum as she tells the tale of toys from America’s past and around the … [Read more...]

Support Kid’s Arts Programs with Brooklyn’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair

Touch a Truck

  On Saturday, April 9th between 11am and 1pm, rain or shine, PS295: The Studio School for Arts & Culture will host Brooklyn’s first Touch-A-Truck street fair.  At this exciting family event – also a fundraiser to help support arts programs at PS 295 - kids will have a chance to climb inside, touch and explore some of the working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life. Tickets are $5 per person (no charge for children under two years old). The fair will run the length of 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, next to PS 295, which … [Read more...]

Mom or Girlfriend Getaway: Bike Across Scotland

Scotland Bridge

Looking to getaway without the kids for a week this summer?  All moms need a break, and taking a week off is the best way to rejuvenate your spirit and soul.  While it's great to travel with the kids, a week away on your own won't hurt anyone.  With the proper childcare in place, all worries can be alleviated in your absence.    With nothing to worry about, why not have an adventure on your own?  Here at the Culture Mom, we're all about finding your spirit and running with it.  Go with a friend, go on your own.  Feel no guilt.  There's nothing wrong with … [Read more...]

Westchester: Jacob Burns 10th Annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival

Jacob Burns Jewish Film Festival

  Last year I wrote about the ninth annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival at the Jacob Burns Film Center as a main feature on this blog.  I was new to the blogging world and was thrilled to have a forum to promote Jewish film programming in Westchester.  Now one year later, I am doing it again.  The Jacob Burns is about to kick off their 10th Festival, and the program looks incredible, once again. I am admittedly drawn to Jewish and Israeli themed art - whether it be actual art, theater, film or literature, and this festival is a superb … [Read more...]