19Mar

A Scottish Celebration in Central Park

A Scottish Celebration

            I have to admit that I have a fetish for Scotland.  I first went when I was 23 years-old to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and became hooked.  I've since been back with my kids to this insanely wonderful country and love to celebrate its grandiosity every chance I get. Organized by the New York Road Runners & sponsored by the Scottish Government, the Scotland Run is part of a program of activities celebrating Scotland Week 2012. Scotland Week is organized by the Scottish Government, Read More

17Mar

Need a Place to Go? Try NO PLACE TO GO at the Public Theater

No Place to Go

How I love New York.  Last night I left my house after a day of work, kid's stuff and the usual grind and headed into the city to catch a show at the Public called NO PLACE TO GO.  I was particularly excited because it meant a real night out at one of my favorite venues in the city, Joe's Pub.  Towards the end of the show, Ethan Lipton, the show's star, writer and composer also declared his love for NYC which completely resonated with me. About New York, he loves: "The food carts. The neighborhoods.  The skyline.  The food.  The bridges. The parks.  The Read More

16Mar

Becoming a Baleboste with the Help of a Cookbook

Recipes Remembered

ba.le.bost.te (pronounced (bahluhbuhstuh): a capable efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home. I wouldn't say I that I am particularly a baleboste, but I try. I'm always looking for books to teach me how to be more domesticated and a better cook without intimidating me and making me feel like I can't cook. When it comes to Jewish recipes, I do okay, but I do follow recipes very, very carefully, to try to capture the right flavors and bring a a bit of history and culture into my home. Tonight Read More

13Mar

Getting a Dose of the Arts without the Stress of Childcare

The Big Meal

"Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole meet. And sparks fly, setting in motion an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in a single sitting, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family. "#1 Play of 2011." --Time Out Chicago.  This is the description I read before encountering THE BIG MEAL, a new show at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc and directed by one of Read More

12Mar

Taking It All In

Listen to your Mother

Yesterday was an extraordinary day.  I woke up an hour earlier than usual due to Day Light Savings without flinching. I got out of bed at 7:30 on a Sunday morning which I never do, dressed and prepared to leave my family for the day.  Then I found myself walking on air all the way to the train station, to the city, to a small theater on the Upper West Side to join 15 marvelous women. And I couldn't help but wonder, how did I get there?  How did I end up precisely in the right spot, as Associate Producer, under a fabulous Producer and Director, working Read More

12Mar

A Message from Women in the World: Be Fearless, Committed and Audacious

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I was lucky and privileged this past weekend to be contacted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, a sponsor of the third annual Women in the World summit, to attend the summit as their guest.  Hosted by Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast, the summit brings together women leaders and activists from around the globe to address the most urgent challenges facing women and girls.  I was there to catch the premiere of one their films about a woman who embraces responsibility and impacts change, and I also got an all access pass to attend the Read More

09Mar

A Knock at the Door

Front Door

Imagine you're sound asleep, lying next to your mother who has just come home after spending two weeks in the hospital.  You're both in a deep sleep when you waken to the sound of loud banging.  Not just loud banging, but LOUD banging on the front door.  You jump up, look at the clock to see it's nearly 1am and run into the hallway to see what's going on.  Your mother slowly wakes up, too, groggy from medications and an infection in her lung that's slowly beginning to heal. Before I continue, please note that this is a true story.  This happened to me Read More

09Mar

Learning from Friends Who Help Others: Hot Cocoa for Charity

Evan Greenberg

When my eldest was two years old, I made a friend at her pre-school that I will have for life, Elisa Greenberg.  Our friendship is as genuine as it gets and I learn so much from her as a person and as a mother. It was right around that time when our kids were wee small that she started having an annual hot chocolate and sweet fundraiser in her garage, raising money for important causes.  She's the type of mom who wants to teach her kids about giving back, and thus this annual tradition began. It started small.  A group from our pre-school and Read More

08Mar

Win Tickets to see The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons

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Come to the Next MamaDrama Twitter Party on Monday, March 12th! Join @MamaDramaNY, @phnyc, @playtime_nyc and friends 9pm ET, to chat about THE BIG MEAL, the newest play at Playwrights Horizons by Dan LeFranc at hashtag #TheBigMeal. In THE BIG MEAL, we glimpse five generations of a modern family through the various meals that make up a lifetime — from milestone first dates and celebratory dinners to everyday outings with the kids. At the twitter party, we’ll talk about this stunning new play and how the meals we eat with our families fit into our Read More

07Mar

The “Bully” Controversy

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If you haven't heard about the controversy surrounding the upcoming film, BULLY, you've been under a rock.  Last week its studio, the Weinstein Co., lost its appeal to overturn the movie's R rating, falling one vote short of the 2/3 requirement.  Harvey Weinstein was so upset that he claimed he was considering taking a “leave of absence” from submitting his films to the MPAA for ratings. That earned a fresh wave of publicity for the film, as well as a significant spike in conversation around the issue of bullying and a massive 100x increase in Read More