22Jun

Brave: A Film with Girl Power

Brave

  Last night I went to a preview of the new Disney Pixar film, BRAVE. The event was graciously hosted by Visit Scotland.  I didn't take my nine year-old daughter.  It was a busy day in the city and I didn't have time to get home to bring her into the city.  But this is a film that I want her to see, that she has to see, and you had better believe I will be back in the cinema this weekend, with her in tow. Why? Because the character in the film is someone I hope my own daughter to resemble - a strong heroine with a mind of her own.  She's Read More

22Jun

Review: The Columnist at the Manhattan Theatre Club

The Columnist

  "Power...influence...changing the course of history.  It's all in a day's work." This is a line stated by the main character of THE COLUMNIST.  I love when theater merges history and fiction to tell a story that I never heard before about a fascinating life. THE COLUMNIST, playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club is one such play.  It's about a real journalist named Joseph Alsop who upon a visit to Moscow in 1957 picked up a young man at a party and brought him back to his hotel.  This is the first scene in the play.  When you're watching Read More

20Jun

Twittamentary Shows Real Connections Made via Social Media

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Last night I treated myself to a night out at the cinema to see a unique documentary about Twitter.  I wasn't sure what to expect and ended up witnessing something magical. "Twitter can't change anything, but people can." - Seriously, it's true.  This is a line from the film, and what the film does really well is show how Twitter can make things happen.  It's no joke.  The film looks at how lives connect and intersect within Twitter as real life events evolve.  These are real moments in time shared between real people, and the value of Twitter must Read More

19Jun

Visiting Storm King Art Center with Kids

Storm King Arts Center

Last weekend I finally managed to visit a place I had been longing to explore: Storm King Art Center, located at Old Pleasant Hill Road in Mountainville, NY.  It's a short ride from NYC (1-1/2 hours) and makes a day trip from the city or from other parts of the Tri-State region.  If you're a modern art fan, you've probably been to the Dia in Beacon.  It's an equally satisfying visit and we met many NYC natives up for a visit. Storm King is a 500-acre sculpture garden that includes works from very famous sculptors and artists such as Henry Moore, Roy Read More

18Jun

Mesmerized by the Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake

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“My favourite she-dies-he-lives [production of Swan Lake] is that of The Australian Ballet … This version, choreographed by Graeme Murphy, will be performed by the Australian company in New York, at the David H. Koch Theater, next June. I’ll be there.” Joan Acocella, The New Yorker When I was offered a pair of tickets to experience The Australian Ballet’s “Swan Lake”, I didn’t hesitate.  A big fan of ballet and of this one, in particular, and a huge Lincoln Center goer, it definitely caught my interest. And as my husband reminded me on our way to the Read More

18Jun

“LIKE” Playwright Horizons on Facebook and Help Them Get 10K

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One of the highlights of my year (there have been many - from visiting the patients at St. Jude Hospital to Associate Producing my first NYC show, Listen to Your Mother), has been working with Playwright Horizons on a six-month social media campaign.  Playwrights Horizons is one of the country’s most important incubators of new plays and musicals and to say that I am fortunate to call them a client is AMAZING. This is the reason that I am writing this post.  Without Playwright Horizons, so many important productions would not have come to NYC including Read More

15Jun

Pinterest for the Novice (and the Styleless)

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When I first heard about Pinterest, I wondered how the heck someone like me would use it?  I'm not into fashion.  I'm not into style.  I'm not into decor. I'm not the best photographer (although I do take a lot of pictures).  I'm not very visual, not very organized.  What was in it for me? But the more I heard about it through the grapevine and through my tweeps, my ears perked up and I created an account.  There were a few reasons why my interest peaked.  I found out that: It drives more referral traffic than Google Plus, Linked In, and You Tube; Read More

14Jun

Mad Men on the Couch Twitter Party: Analyzing the Finale and More

Mad Men on the Couch

Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party Sunday, June 17th, 2012, 9pm EST Missing Mad Men?  Can’t get the finale off your mind?  Let’s discuss with psychologist Dr. Stephanie Newman. Hosts: @MamaDramaNY @TheCultureMom @MadMenonCouch Hashtag: #MadMenOnCouch Are you suffering from Mad Men withdrawal? After the finale of the fifth season last Sunday, we all have questions: Is Don reverting back to his old ways? Does he help Megan, knowing that “if you help someone, s/he moves on?”  Why is he in a bar in the final scene?  What is the future for Read More

13Jun

Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday

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Every Child deserves a 5th birthday. That sounds so obvious, but every year 7.6 million children lose that chance. Right now, Save the Children is asking mothers around the world to raise their voices to help more children everywhere survive. Together we can insist that our children’s health and well-being is more than a personal priority it should be a global priority. Death from preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea and newborn complications are no longer acceptable. Officials from around the world are meeting in Washington, DC this week Read More

12Jun

Tween Talk

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My daughter turned nine a few months ago and I have already seen changes in our conversations.  They are getting heavier and more complex.  I'm having to really dig into my brain and my heart to provide the right answers and guide her in the right direction as she enters this new phase of life, inches closer to being a pre-teen, then a teen-ager, then an adult.  Can we please slow down time? When I talk to her, I'm shifting my memory back to my own childhood and sharing my own stories with her so she can see that she is not alone (" When I was your Read More