13Jun

A Weekend at Congress Hall in Cape May with the Motherhood

Congress Hall

This past weekend I had the most amazing, unique experience.  The fabulous gals at The Motherhood invited me to take part in a weekend getaway at The Congress Hotel in Cape May a few weeks ago.  When I got the invite, I was elated.  Not only would I revisit a town I adore, but I was also going to get a chance to spend time with the women from The Motherhood, Emily McHann and Cooper Munroe, two women whose work I admire immensely.  When I saw the list of women attending along with me, I was even more enchanted with the idea of this getaway.  I accepted Read More

13Jun

Neil Patrick Harris Tony Award’s “Rap Up”

Neil Patrick Harris

Apparently, Lin-Manuel Miranda from "In the Heights" wrote Neil Patrick Harris' rap that closed down the Tony Awards tonight.  It was bloody brilliant.  It summed up the show so clearly and succinctly.  Please note that this transcription was originally transcribed and posted at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog by Dave Itzkoff.  Here it is: Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this: We straightened things out in the opening number, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious Read More

12Jun

Westchester’s New China White: No, Not Heroin, Chinese Food

China White

I get excited when we find great cuisine in Westchester, and have I got a recommendation for you:  China White.  No, I don't mean heroin, which is probably your first thought when you hear the name.  Rather  China White is a new, chic Chinese restaurant tucked away in Purchase.  I'm not sure exactly what they were thinking when they coined the name, but after tasting their spicy food, especially a HOT pepper that literally took me to another place for a few brief moments, it makes perfect sense.  They want you to get addicted, like a drug, and return Read More

11Jun

Three Plays for Young Audiences (NYC)

the three little wolves

New Plays for Young Audiences will present three new plays for young audiences June 11th– 26th at the Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal.  Based in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New Plays for Young Audiences is an annual summer play development series located in the historic Provincetown Playhouse. Founded in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, NYU’s prize-winning New Plays for Young Audiences has developed 40 new plays written by leading playwrights for Read More

08Jun

Giveaway: Shutterfly Custom Path Photo Book (value $19.99)

Shutterfly Custompath

  Right now I have hundreds of photographs in a pile on the floor staring me in the face.  They seem to be screaming, "FILE ME!" "PUT ME IN AN ALBUM" "ORGANIZE ME!" "GET TO IT, WOMAN!"  Day after day, I walk by the pile, add photo albums and more photos and walk away.  I think to myself, there must be a better solution than this.  I've been organizing the kid's photos in albums since they were babies.  I can't stop now. That's why I was happy to find out about Shutterfly's new Custom Path Photo Books.  They're customized photo albums and are Read More

07Jun

Theater Review: Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Since living in NYC, I rarely pay a pretty penny to see a show.  But when my close friend came to visit from San Francisco, the two of us decided that we wanted to see something spectacular, something neither of us had seen.  So, I sent her to stand in in line at TKTS to get tickets to one of a few shows that narrowed down our choices. "Billy Elliot" was on the top of our list. I'm a big supporter of the arts and I don't mind paying for quality theater such as this, but I was kind of shocked to find out that our half-price tickets cost $70 each. Read More

07Jun

Family Travel Ideas: Fort Lauderdale

Museum of Discovery and Science

With school almost out for summer, it’s time to think of a family getaway that will keep everyone entertained.  Whether an educational getaway is in order, or one filled with water-sports or just relaxation, Greater Fort Lauderdale has the ingredients to make a family getaway fun and affordable this summer through its guided nighttime “Turtle Walks,” Super Summer Savings’ 2-for-1 specials and family-friendly hotels with special offers. Families can gain an educational experience through guided nighttime “Turtle Walks” at various locations throughout Read More

07Jun

Your First Stop in Montreal with Kids: Pointe-a-Calliere

pointeacalliere

Pointe-a-Calliere is a great first stop to make with kids to introduce them to the history of Montreal. It focuses on the early periods of Montreal's history and shows how the city grew from an Iroquoian village to a missionary colony to the French empire in America to a world-class metropolitan city.  The museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience as it takes you and your children on a thrilling underground archaeological tour. You start with a brilliant 18-minute 3-D multimedia show called Yours Truly, Montreal, that takes visitors to the heart of great Read More

07Jun

Moey’s Music Party in Central Park

Moey's Music Party in Central park

The day after Monty Singer’s Thomas the Train 2rd birthday bash, he begged his mother for another party.  Fortunately his mom is award winning Off- Broadway songwriter Melissa Levis – otherwise known as beloved kiddie rocker, Moey.  Inspired by her son’s love of parties, Melissa created a party-themed Mommy & Me music class at the NY Junior League (130 East 80th St.) Every week is a different party in Moey’s Music Party. Children don sombreros for Fiesta Parties, cowboy hats for Wild West Parties, and tiaras and crowns for Prince & Princess Read More

05Jun

Review: Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris

Midnight in Paris

Don't you love the poster for Woody Allen's newest film, Midnight in Paris? Owen Wilson walking the streets of Paris under Vincent van Gogh's painting, Starry Night.  It's seriously one of the most charming film posters I have ever seen.  But I have to admit I am partial to just about anything Allen creates.  A long time fan of all his films, this one is no exception. Each one is a journey into film, theater, history and relationships in a city that I love. For a long time his focus was New York City, and over the last few years, it's been London, Read More