WICKED at The Westin New York at Times Square


This past weekend was a special one for my tween and I as we stayed over night in NYC in Times Square for the first time. Sure, we've stayed over night in the city before but not right in the heart of Broadway. And for two culture vultures, that meant everything. We were invited by The Westin at Times Square to check out the WICKED Night Out, an exclusive WICKED-themed hotel package.  My daughter first saw the show at age 6 and again at age 10. As a tween, the show holds special memories for her and I knew the hotel would have an appreciative visitor. Read More


Review: Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) at The New Victory Theater


A Saturday afternoon spent at the New Victory Theater is the perfect one for my kids and I, and this past Saturday was no exception. My daughter and I went to see the extremely creative and utterly wonderful CATCH ME! (Attrape-moi), featuring the six young talents of Flip FabriQue, an up-and-coming troupe from Quebec City, Canada, whose members have performed with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 Fingers and more. We ventured to a 12pm show which we found full of other families with (much younger) children than my tween. But after being an avid Read More


The Dovekeepers on CBS: A Femisist, Biblical Tale

The Dovekeepers

I'm a sucker for Jewish stories that revolve around women, partcicularly going back to Biblical times. Anita Diamant's The Red Tent was such story story that took the route and appeared on Lifetime a few years ago. It wasn't the best adaptation but I give the network credit for even trying to tackle such a complicated, brave story (particularly as a former Lifetime staffer). CBS is bringing another feminist, Biblical tale to the screen as a 4-hour mini-series callled The Dovekeepers (based on a book by Alice Hoffman). It premieres on Tuesday, March 31 Read More


Week 3: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


This week I had my 3rd training session with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitness. It may have been session #3, but I have to admit it was the first time I actually felt pain the next day. It was also the first time I actually felt like the work outs were starting to have an effect. As soon as I left Encore, I felt sensation in my legs walking up steps in the subway. I took that as a good sign. As the days have come and gone since my work-out, I have felt more compelled to work-out, and that in its own rite is an achievement. For Read More


Review and Giveaway: The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway


Let me preface this review by saying I'm a huge Wendy Wasserstein fan. I was introduced to her plays as a high-school student studying drama in a performing arts school. Her plays resonated with me instantly - as a theater lover, as a feminist, as someone looking through her choices in life as a young woman. I heard her speak several times before she passed away – once in college and once at a conference right before when I had my first child. I’ve read all her plays, read her biography and wish more than anything that she was still here on this earth Read More


A Mother-Son Weekend in the Catskills


My son and I recently spent some time in the Catskills. We basically jumped in our car and headed to the mountains for some R&R and a bit of bonding. He loves to ski, so knowing that was part of our plan was a big motivator for him. The Catskills is an interesting getaway choice because it offers so much to do for both children and adults, and we were both up to the challenge of checking it out. Equipped with a full tank of gas, we set out from Westchester for two days of adventure with a group of writers and their children. Where We Stayed Our Read More


Review: HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

https://youtu.be/L5Hs_PabnW0 When Lena Dunham met Hilary Knight, famous for his Eloise drawings, she called it a very visceral, chill-inducing experience. She was meeting someone who's work had had a profound on her growing up. He, in turn, felt he had known her all his life. They bonded over their creative sparks and collection.  He tells her that Eloise, "this little thing in this little dress" is himself and she feels Eloise is in his DNA. In the upcoming HBO documentary, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, Dunham spends time with Knight Read More


Week 2: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness


This week I had my 2nd training session with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitness. Like most working mothers, it took a bit of juggling to schedule my session, but after committing to this publicly, you can bet this middle-aged broad is getting to her work-out!  So, how was my first week after the training session? I watched my weight more carefully and worked out more but I wouldn't say that I was completely moving toward my goal just yet. I need commitment and it helps having a trainer watching over me during these sessions and Read More


Review & Giveaway: Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway


I'll never forget the film Honeymoon in Vegas starring Nicholas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan. It was about a yuppie who promised his mother on her deathbed he'd never marry. This presented major problems in his relationship with his girlfriend, but after dating for five years, they take off to Vegas to get hitched but encounter a stumbling block. After an expensive, impromptu game of Poker with a wealthy gambler, he is forced to sacrifice his fiancee to the man for the weekend and what follows is pure madness. About the film, I remembered Read More


A Chat with the Cast of HOME and a Giveaway


When I was invited to view the film HOME and attend a press junket with the creatives involved that included Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin & Director Tim Johnson, I was thrilled. Such talent - such creativity - such legends. First I had to see the film to see for myself. So, on a late Monday afternoon, I ventured into the city for a screening of the film. The film is about Oh, a misfit from another planet who lands on earth and finds himself on the run from his own people. He forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who Read More