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...]

“About Time”: Richard Curtis Film Review and Giveaway

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About Time is the latest film by writer and filmmaker Richard Curtis. If you loved his other films, which include Notting Hill, Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, you will love this one. Curtis has a distinctive voice and style that weaves through his work, and this film is no exception. It's a small film with a big life lesson, and it had me raptured. The film revolves around 21 year-old, Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson who lives with his eccentric, loving family in Cornwall, England. When he finds out from his dad (played by the fabulous … [Read more...]

A Night at Caramoor with Suzanne Vega

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Last week we got in the car and headed north to Katonah to spend an evening with Suzanne Vega at Caramoor.  We had long talked about attending a concert there and it basically took one of my favorite artists to get us there. I'm a long time fan of hers, having loved her for the last 25-30 years or so (gulp!).  Okay that just aged me a bit.  The first time I saw her was in my birthplace, Atlanta, GA, and I have seen her perform several times since in NYC, Westchster and at the Lilith Festival several moons ago.  I love her song writing, the sound of her … [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: Verdi’s La Traviata by Opera Australia

Giveaway: Verdi's La Traviata by Opera Australia (Screening and Reception in NYC)

"This mega-production deserves only three words: Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!" —Opera Insider I'm giving away FIVE pairs of tickets to a very special reception and screening on September 19th of Verdi's La Traviata by Opera Australia. If you haven't yet seen it, you must.  It's one of the most beautiful operas in the world and this is wonderful opportunity for a truly unique NYC experience. Verdi’s La Traviata shines in this spectacular production from Opera Australia, performed on a floating stage in the Sydney Harbor under the stars. The … [Read more...]

FREE Israeli Concerts at Lincoln Center Out of Doors This Summer

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I love Lincoln Center.  I used to live 4 blocks away and imagine how much time THE CULTURE MOM spent there.  You honest would never guess.  Every summer they bring Lincoln Center Out of Doors (running July 25th-August 12th) which features 100 free performances across the plazas of Lincoln Center) and I used to go there and soak in music from around the world for FREE (aahh, the pleasures of living in NYC, there are so many!). This year the festival is bringing noted Israeli musical artists are scheduled to perform throughout the Festival. For a complete … [Read more...]

Film Review: Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Movie

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Last night my daughter and I were invited to a special preview showing of Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Movie in my old neighborhood in NYC.  As we headed in right after camp and swim lessons, refreshed and ready for a night on the town, I could sense her excitement.  And I was pretty excited, too.  For me, Katy Perry is a throw back to the music I liked when I was her age - Blondie, Bananarama, even Weird Al Yancovic with all her crazy costumes and wigs.  She's what I consider to be my guilty pleasure - music that I groove out while driving the car, music … [Read more...]

Giveaway: 4 Tix to the Werner Chamber Quartet at Carnegie Hall

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If you live in or near NYC, this is an incredible opportunity to take your family to both see and hear  a group of four young cellists, who happen to be siblings and travel the world making music. They are the Werner Chamber Quartet and they're coming to Carnegie Hall late next month. Each of the four young musicians, who range in age from 18 and 22, will perform double duty, playing solo works on the cello while taking turns accompanying each other on the piano in works by Schumann, Beethoven, Boccherini, Stravinsky, Glière and César Franck, in … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Jazz for Young People Family Concert Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Over at MamaDrama, they're giving away a family four-pack giveaway for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s next Jazz for Young People: What is Improv? on February 11th at 1 and 3pm.  Drummer Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts ensemble will lead audiences through an interactive program on the most fundamental component of jazz, improvisation, as they explore how jazz musicians invent music in the moment.  They'll also be featuring a variety of family-friendly pre-concert activities at 12:15 and 2:15pm. The concert is taking place at the Rose Theater at Frederick … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Hanukkah Fever! Mama Doni Concert Tickets

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Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band are coming home for the holidays, highlighting the Chanukah season with four special “Chanukah Fever” shows in the NYC tri-state region from December 11 – 18.  New York families can join in Mama Doni’s high-energy pre-Chanukah festivities at concerts in Manhattan and West Nyack . There will also be shows in West Hartford, CT and Hoboken, NJ.  Performance details are as follows: CHANUKAH FEVER! WITH MAMA DONI & THE MAMA DONI BAND WHERE:          JCC Rockland, 450 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY … [Read more...]