10Feb

The Perfect Sunday Matinee: Once the Musical

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When I first heard that Once was coming to Broadway, I was intrigued and excited.  But I was also fearful that it wouldn't live up to the original film that I so adored. The combination of the music by the wonderful musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and the love story has never left my mind. It's one of my all time favorites and I didn't want my bubble to burst. So I held off on seeing the show, knowing that as an avid theater goer, I would one day see it. That day came yesterday when I attended a matinee of the show and I can honestly sigh Read More

07Feb

Giveaway: The Realistic Joneses on Broadway

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Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno and directed by Sam Gold (Fun Home), the upcoming Broadway show The Realistic Joneses is inside look at the people who live next door, the truths we think we know and the secrets we never imagined we all might share. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. The show originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Read More

05Feb

The Unofficial GIRLS Guide to New York

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I love GIRLS. I write about the show often.  I wrote it about it on BlogHer recently and I've written about the provocative and daring show here several times, as well. I'm a huge fan, even in light of Hannah's newly discovered narcissism this season. Last season it was OCD, now she's full of herself. As a matter of fact, all the characters are and it doesn't bother me because I know and remember being in my 20s living in NYC and, believe it or not, my life was not that dissimilar.  Take as you will from that statement. I'm such a fan that the show's Read More

03Feb

A Short Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

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When I heard the news about Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday, I was incredibly shocked but more than that, incredibly sad.  Sad for the film world, sad for the theater world, sad for the arts world in general.  Sad for all the works he was meant to create and star in that we will never see. At age 46, he accomplished so much.  If you look at his body of work, you see that he chose his projects very carefully. The list is so vast, with films like Almost Famous, Magnolia, Charlie Wilson's War, Capote, The Master, Moneyball and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Read More

01Feb

The Poetry of 12 Years a Slave

12 years a slave

Sometimes you see a movie that stays with you for a very, very long time. That movie for me is 12 Years a Slave.  I nipped into a very empty cinema on a weekday afternoon recently on my own and prepared myself for an afternoon at the movies. To say that it was like therapy is an understatement.  From the minute I first set eyes on the eyes of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon, I was smitten. Inside his eyes I felt the weight of the 19th century reality of slavery.  The film starts out as his character, Solomon Northup, a brilliant violinist is living in Read More

29Jan

Time to Rebrand and a Vote for a New Name

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If you've been reading this blog since its inception in 2010, first of all, thank you. You also might also know that I've been itching to rebrand for some time.  As much a part of the mom market as I am, I am also a part of the travel and entertainment markets. As a writer, I want to expand my horizons and it's ready to move on. Well, sort of, I've actually had an amazing mock-up in my inbox for a few weeks but I have one issue.  The name. The one that I chose, the one that I finally came up after months of soul-searching, doesn't suit me. It doesn't Read More

24Jan

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins

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  I recently broke a reading drought with Beautiful Ruins, a remarkable and transporting novel that swept me away not only to a remove village in Italy on the coast but also to Hollywood.  It goes back and forth in time to tell the full story of a group of people whose lives intermingle. There's a famous film producer, his assistant, a once known actress, the real Richard Burton during the time he broke up Elizabeth Taylor's marriage, an Italian fisherman and his family and a struggling screen writer. It doesn't take long for the reader to figure Read More

21Jan

A Few Days in San Francisco with Kid (s)

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If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I love to travel, take photos, explore, with kids/without kids, eat, study a city's history while I'm there and wander.  Head over right now and you'll follow my recent travels while visiting the wonderful city of San Francisco.  It's a city I've ventured to many times in my life, probably around a dozen, having had close friends and family out there to visit throughout my adulthood. Each time I go, I experience a new feeling. When I was younger, I experienced its culture seeing Lily Tomlin live on Read More

17Jan

Why Does the Academy Snub My Oscar Picks?

oscars 2014

While I don't feel completely adequate to write a full response to the Oscar Academy nominations, for reasons none other than the fact that I didn't go to the movies enough this past year, I do feel like speaking very briefly about the snubs. You know why? They were some of the only films I saw last year and I thought they were excellent! I'm talking about Enough Said (come on, not even a posthumous award for James Gandolfini? Julia Louis-Dreyfus was SO good and writer/director Niclole Holofcener ROCKS.)  The Butler (Oprah wasn't great, but the Read More

13Jan

On Woody Allen’s Involuntary Twitter Confinement

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If you read my site semi-regularly, you know that I'm a big Woody Allen fan.  I've been a die-hard fan of for most of my life. My infatuation started in high school and then, as a film minor in college, I watched all his movies and analyzed them (I have the papers to prove it).  I was a walking Woody Allen encyclopedia and have been going to his movies the night they premiere (ask my husband as he's typically my companion). for years. I even slipped my resumé under the door of his production office after arriving in NYC a few years later. I've been to Read More