08Nov

Becoming Dr. Ruth: Review and Giveaway

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Everyone knows the supremely direct Dr. Ruth from her radio and television shows, "Sexually Speaking." But at 4 foot 7 inches tall, her life has been anything but short on adversity. She was a huge part of my childhood.  I remember hearing the sound of her voice on the radio as clearly as I can hear it today.  We were avid listeners.  She gave women a microphone. But before she became America's most famous sex therapist, she lived a life unbeknownst to many. She survived the Holocaust, moved to Israel and joined the Hagannah.  Later while living in Read More

04Nov

Review and Giveaway: Pippin the Musical on Broadway

I love a big, splashy Broadway musical, and Pippin the Musical is exactly that. It's also one of my most memorable childhood theatrical experiences in the world.  The music, the staging, the costumes, the set.  I still have vivid images of seeing the show,, even though it was community theater, and I was no more than 10 at the time.  I also remember the music and have had the songs in my head for 30 years.  Needless to say, I was curious how the new production on Broadway would pan out and compare to these majestic memories floating in my head. The Read More

03Nov

Getting Up Close and Personal with the Cast and Crew of “The Book Thief”

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Five years ago, someone in my book club selected The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak.  As soon as I turned to the first page, I was mesmerized. Let me preface this article by saying that I am Jewish and I'm someone who has always felt a profound sense of responsibility towards my people and heritage because of what happened during the Holocaust.  I read a lot of books about this time period. I watch movies about it.  I have even thought about going back to school to study the Holocaust. I am currently interviewing survivors for my Read More

01Nov

An Interview with Film Director Richard Curtis

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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. I was lucky enough to spend time with Curtis recently at a small press conference. I sat in the first row and asked as many questions as I could.  He was what I expected: honest, direct and Read More

31Oct

Good Reads

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Now that I'm commuting to the city, I'm finding myself with seventy minutes more than I ever had before, time for some good reads.  It's time to myself, with no interruptions and no one to worry about.  I can literally keep my head down for an extended period of time.  Since I live in a small town, there is always the chance of bumping into people on the way in that I have to spend time talking so I do my best to avoid talking types (and I'm quite sure they try to avoid me, as well).  It's a quiet ride, and I'm doing my best to stay off my phone and Read More

26Oct

Review: The Snow Geese, a Chekhovesque Production

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  The first time I saw Mary Louise Parker was in Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss in 1987 on Broadway.  She was a shining star as the lead role as Rita, cast opposite Timothy Hutton. I was a high school student studying drama and she became one of my theater heroines.  Over the next 10+ years, I would see her flourish on stage in Hedda Gabler, How I Learned to Drive and Proof.  She has so much to offer on stage. Funnily enough, when I saw her in 1987, I was starring in a Chekhov play as the family matriarch. Her current role in a Chekhovesque Read More

21Oct

Are You Lost in Suburbia?

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Join us for a twitter party to celebrate the launch of Lost in Suburbia Stories, a new site that celebrates the challenges of being a mom. Are you lost in suburbia? It's much more than needing directions when you get off the Turnpike.  It happens to a lot of women after having kids, and it's easy to think you're alone. But you're not.  Talk to any mom after she's given birth and you'll find we all have a similar story. One that involves a changing identity, a new waistline and new challenges. Tracy Beckerman, the author of Lost in Suburbia: A Read More

20Oct

The Soupmaker’s Kitchen by Aliza Green

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When I make homemade soup, I'm a hero in my house. My family loves soup. Butternut squash, lentil, broccoli, cauliflower. Whatever I make, they love.  Best of all, besides the mutual soup admiration club, I always feel good that I'm serving something healthy.  Pureed vegetables with water or milk and very little else, what can be better than that? I also love the fact that a pot lasts several days and takes us through several meals.  There is no downside (except the cleanup). According to a new book THE SOUPMAKER'S KITCHEN (Quarry Books, July 2013, Read More

19Oct

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

18Oct

I’m a Netflix Binge-Watcher

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  According to Wikipedia, binge-watching, also called binge-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show. Binge-watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become popular with the rise of online media services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime with which the viewer can watch television shows and movies on-demand. We've been Netflix members for about a year and recently joined the Apple TV universe and now I am an official binge viewer. First, let me say that I've Read More