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


“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


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


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

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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


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


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


Review: The Lyons at the Cort Theatre

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  It's always nice to be reminded that there are millions of dysfunctional families in this world. The Lyons on Broadway is just one of those shows.  It may even make you feel better about your own life. But whatever the case, it's a terrific Broadway show.  One of the best I've seen in a long time. The skeletons that come out of the closet during this course of this show about three family members rallying around their dying father in his last days.  It could not get any more sordid.  Ben Lyons is dying of cancer and just wants a bit of Read More


Saving the Other Half: How the World Can End Preventable Child Deaths


I am pleased to announce that I am a blogger who supports Shot@Life, a life-saving United Nations organization that supports children around the world with life-saving vaccinations. No statistic can express what it is to see even one child die in such a way; to see a mother sitting hour after anxious hour leaning her child's body against her own; to see the child's head turn on limbs which are unnaturally still, stiller than in sleep; to want to stop even that small movement because it is so obvious that there is so little energy left inside the Read More


Giveaway: Tickets to Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey


Last weekend we ventured to New Jersey to witness the robotic dinosaurs at Field Station: Dinosaurs.  Today I have a pair of tickets to offer a lucky winner (valued at $20 each) if you  comment below, to be entered in the giveaway, and let me know your child's favorite book or film about dinosaurs. You can get additional entries by doing one of or more of the following: Follow Field Station: Dinsaurs on Facebook. Follow Field Station: Dinosaurs on Twitter. Tweet out: ”I just entered to win tickets to @Jerseysaurus on @TheCultureMom. Read More


Want to Show Your Children the World? Start here.

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Today I went to a really interesting conversation led by extraordinary women who are as passionate about travel as I am to kick off a new family travel web site, www.PreferredFamily.com. It was a wonderful afternoon, spent at the beautiful Trump Tower Columbus Circle, where I sipped champagne and gazed out at an amazing view of Central Park. As a traveling parent, I'm always looking for a one-stop resource for information on where to stay with my kids.  That's why I'm fascinated by this site, where families can book a trip and find discussion on Read More