Giveaway: Angel Heart Music Storybook

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  The haunting, evocative music storybook Angel Heart, released in September as a deluxe CD package, makes its New York premiere as a live multimedia family concert narrated by actor Chris Noth at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall this Monday, October 21. Hailed as “a fairy tale for the digital age” (Wall Street Journal), Angel Heart enjoyed a sold-out world premiere at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances earlier this month. With a new story by best-selling children’s fantasy writer Cornelia Funke, interspersed with lullabies and songs arranged for voices, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win 4 Tickets to Me and My Shadow at the New Vic

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A shadow takes the lead role in Me and My Shadow, a visually rich and whimsical play by the renowned Patch Theatre Company (Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff, New Vic 2008), Australia’s flagship theater company for children ages four to eight. A Helpmann Award winner for Best Presentation for Children in Australia, Me and My Shadowmakes its U.S. Debut at The New Victory Theater for a limited engagement from October 19 – 20, 2013. In a playground of paper, light, music and magic, a whimsical story about childhood friendship comes to life when one young … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to A Time to Kill on Broadway

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Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes’ stage adaptation of A Time to Kill, John Grisham’s best-selling novel, will open on Broadway on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). This new Broadway play holds the distinction of being the first-ever John Grisham property to be adapted for the stage. Ethan McSweeny will direct, with previews beginning Saturday, September 28th. Sebastian Arcelus, Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Emmy Award winner Tom Skerritt, Fred Dalton Thompson, John … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Forever Tango on Broadway

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My husband is a great dancer.  I found out as soon as we started dating and he took me to a small tango club in Greenwich Village called La Belle Epoque and came face to face with the real thing.  We were attempting to tango with professionals (or so they seemed).  Later he bought tickets to a tango production on Broadway where we witnessed the longest-running tango production in Broadway history. It wasn't something I'd have selected to see myself, but it was very compelling. That show was Luis Bravo’s internationally acclaimed entertainment … [Read more...]

Review and Giveaway: Five Summers by Una La Marche

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I seem to know a lot of people writing books lately.  One of these friends happens to be Una La Marche, author of the new book Five Summers.  It's coined Young Adult but I enjoyed it every much as my 10 year-old who happens to be heading off to sleep-a-way camp this summer for the first time. FIve Summers is very much a homage, if not a love letter, to a child's camp experience. It couldn't have been published, or fallen into my hands, at a better time.  I admit that I'm the driver of my daughter's pending camp experience.  She wasn't that keen, nor … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Wii Sing POP! (and How it’s Making Me a Better Mother)

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I have a confession.  I'm not the kind of mom that gets on the floor and plays board games with my kids every day.  I do get on the floor with them, but not as often as I should.  I tend to have a million things to do and my focus is not always where it should be. However, since I came back from Vietnam a few weeks ago, I have been more focused on spending time with them.  After two weeks on my own without the family, I was able to think about necessary change.  I knew that I wanted to be more engaged as a parent when I got back, so I implemented … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Orphans on Broadway with Alec Baldwin

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One of the most talked about shows coming to Broadway this season is Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin and and Tom Sturridge. After seven seasons playing network executive Jack Donaghy  on the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Baldwin is returning to Broadway.  The play is directed by the Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (“The Columnist,” “Proof”), who directed "Glengarry Glen Ross” last year. This is the story: Two orphaned brothers live in their decrepit North Philadelphia row house. They survive by petty thievery and a steady diet of tuna fish and daytime … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Nice Work if You Can Get It on Broadway

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  The show Nice Work if You Can Get It is a show with fabulous music, choreography and some of the best singers on Broadway. It's a real crowd pleaser and if you don't love musicals, this may change your mind. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) with the book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis), the show is about the Roaring Twenties and features a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don't go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger … [Read more...]

Giveaway: GirlyGirl Clothes for the Hip and Savvy

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About a year ago, while visiting a childhood friend in Atlanta, I noticed that her daughters were wearing the most beautiful dresses.  I liked them so much that even now I remember telling her that I wished my daughter was younger so she could wear them.  When she told me that her sister was the designer  of these dresses with her company called GirlyGirl, my mouth dropped open. They were really unique, quite European, acutely fashionable and so well-made.  I was completely intrigued, so I recently set up time with GirlyGirl's designer and my friend's … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Four (4) Tickets to the Harry Potter Exhibition in NYC Times Square

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I started reading the Harry Potter books with my 7 year old this year and I understand the significance of this series.  I'm enjoying them as much as he is, perhaps even more.  It's pure fantasy, a treasure of words for any child. Since I write about culture and travel, I bring you an opportunity for you and three others to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, returning to Discovery Times Square on November 3 in New York City. Since its hugely successful run in 2011, Harry Potter: The Exhibition has been … [Read more...]