12Sep

When TV Music Means Something #ThisIsUsMusic

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by #ThisIsUsMusic.  I just lost my father. It's not something I've talked about often publicly as the circumstances around his death were quite unusual. His death has impacted me in ways that I can't describe. I find myself reflecting on could have been and should have been in his final years quite often. After my parents separated 15 years ago, our relationship became a bit estranged, and then he got sick. In very recent years, he didn't know who I was and our visits got harder and harder. But if I had that extra Read More

09Jan

My Must-See’s January 2017

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  As a lover of all things culture, I am so loving what I’m seeing on the big screen and small screen these days, as well as the stages. I’ve been spending the cold winter mainly under a blanket on the couch binge watching streaming TV shows, some network, while also getting myself back into the gym (New Year’s Resolution, what can I say?) and back into reading books again, something I lost sight of in 2016. Nonetheless, I am so in love with what I’ve been seeing that I think I shall start a new “Must-See” column. Here is the first of my Read More

17Apr

Binge Watching The Fosters

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A few weeks ago, my 11 year-old stumbled into a show on Netflix called The Fosters. I'd heard of it before but had never really paid attention. We eased our way into the first episode and by its end, we were completely and utterly hooked. Hence began a week of a total binge fest in our house. My husband was away on business, so we watched two episodes a night. If you haven't watched it yet, you should know that the show follows the lives of two two foster mothers (partners) that share a home with their biological son, adopted twins, and two new foster Read More

27Feb

Girls on HBO – A Lesson on Life’s Disappointments

  My favorite show on TV right now is Girls on HBO.  I've been watching it since season 1, episode 1 and while some people are questioning whether it's as good as last year, I'm relishing every moment.  I watch each episode over and over, capturing lines that I missed the first time around.  Each episode is brilliantly written and takes me back to not only my life in NYC as a 20-something getting started in this thing we call "adulthood" but also to the feelings of muddling through the waters on my own for the first time in my life.  I think of Read More

08Oct

Partners on CBS: Snark and Realism

I just got finished watching my first episode of Partners, a new comedy that follows two lifelong BFFs, one straight and one gay, starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz who play partners at an architectural firm.  Their "bromance" complicates the other relationships in their lives - especially with Joe's fiance' (played by Sophia Bush) and Louis' partner played by Brandon Routh). The series is based on its co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the Emmy Award winning duo behind Will & Grace who also happen to be real-life best friends. Read More

27Sep

Thank god for mothers.

Last week when I was asked to guest blog over at the Katie Couric Show, there was no way I could refuse.  The guest was Barbra Streisand, a Hollywood icon and someone who's music, movies and career I've followed my whole life (haven't we all?).  Fortunately, I was able to step out of my everyday life and spend the afternoon in the studio and witness an hour with Barbra.  I spent some time in the green room, avoided the lines to get into the show (bypassing the 2,000 on the waiting list) and was captured in a photo with Katie Couric herself after the show Read More

14Sep

Don’t Divorce Me! (An HBO Doc That Can Help Families)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to screen a new documentary called DON'T DIVORCE ME! a new documentary airing on HBO next week.  I was instantly intrigued by the invitation, given the fact that I have newly divorced friends with young children and am the daughter of a divorced couple.  My own parents divorced when I was much older than the young children shown in this film, but I have always thought about the profound impact divorce can have on children.  I see it on my friend's young children and I was curious to see how one could produce a sensitive, Read More

06Jun

Words from Mad Men

In honor of the upcoming Mad Men finale, Wordnik has put together a list of their favorite words from Don Draper and the gang.  Since I'm a Mad Men fanatic, I do feel compelled to share the list. Below is a sampling of some of the top words. A complete list can be found here. 1.  bitchin’ Peggy [holding up Michael’s work]: “Have I lost my sense of smell or is this good?” Stan [laughs]: “That’s bitchin’.” Episode: “Tea Leaves,” April 1, 2012 Bitchin’ is slang for “excellent; first-rate,” and originated as "teen/surfer slang" in the 1950s. Read More

08Mar

Win Tickets to see The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons

Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party on Monday, March 12th! Join @MamaDramaNY, @phnyc, @playtime_nyc and friends 9pm ET, to chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc at hashtag #TheBigMeal. In THE BIG MEAL, we glimpse five generations of a modern family through the various meals that make up a lifetime — from milestone first dates and celebratory dinners to everyday outings with the kids. At the twitter party, we’ll talk about this stunning new play and how the meals we eat with our families fit into our Read More

16Feb

Pan Am Season Finale Preview (and My Visit to the Set)

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Pan Am.  We toured the Silvercup Studios, the studio where it's shot in Brooklyn.  Inside we walked through the 707 used in the program and explored economy, first class, the plane's bar (yes, remember when they had bars on planes?) and the cockpit.  We found out useful tidbits about the actors on the show, like the fact that Mike Vogel, who plays the pilot, is also a pilot in real life.  We watched a scene being shot with Laura and Maggie in their apartment.  We met the show's prop master, Pete Read More