11May

Review: The People in the Picture at the Roundabout Theater

People in the Picture

I just saw the Roundabout's current production of The People in the Picture and I still have tears flowing down my cheeks 2 hours after the finale.  It's a powerful musical, full of talented performers and a meaningful story. I have to admit that I feel very disappointed by all the negative reviews I've read about the show and couldn't disagree more.  Yes, it's about the Holocaust, which isn't an easy topic to address in a musical.  But in my mind, it's done with grace and consideration for this difficult topic.  Plus, I'm always impressed when a Read More

10May

Travel Tuesday: Curtain Bluff in Antigua to Offer First-Ever Wellness Week

Curtain Bluff Wellness Week

Looking for a weekend getaway with your husband or with the girls?  This June, Curtain Bluff Resort in Antigua will host its first-ever Wellness Week. The week will take place June 9th-14th and is comprised of various fitness, spa, and wellness activities. It is ideal for those looking to relax while also starting the summer off on a healthy note. Daily fitness activities include a rainforest hike, Beach Boot Camp, Pilates, muscle toning, Yoga, stretch, aqua aerobics and more. Each participant also gets one complimentary personal training session at Read More

09May

Guest Post: Mommy, What Happens When You Die?

Gina Osher

“Mommy, does Santa Claus die?” “Mommy, if you get stabbed by a light saber will you die?” “Mommy, what happens to your eyes when you die?” My 4-year old son has been lobbing these and other complex questions at me for about 6 months now.  It all began innocently enough, with the introduction of one of my favorite books from childhood: Babar.  Yes, Babar. Perhaps you will remember that Babar’s mother gets shot by a “wicked hunter” on page 3.  Did you remember that? I didn’t.  Well, that one incident opened up a line of questioning I wasn’t quite Read More

09May

Notable Novelists of the 20th Century: A Card Game for Book Lovers

Notable Novelists

Preparing for a road trip or long plane journey and need some entertainment for you and your family?  If so, you may be interested in Notable Novelists, a strategy based card game that anyone can play (but it's billed for ages 12 and up, not really for young kids).  The game features important literary figures of the 20th century and offers inspiring insight into how and why they became great authors.  The 54 card deck includes Author, Bio and Library cards that players exchange to make a Literary Set.   It's good for tweens and teenagers as it teaches Read More

09May

A Mother’s Day Post: They Had Me at “Hello”

sonogram

I’ll never forget the moment my daughter was born.  We had been convinced she was a boy all throughout the pregnancy.  All the old wives’ tales pointed in the direction of a boy: the way my belly was shaped, my sour food cravings and the key test.  A stranger in Manhattan even stopped me in my tracks on the way home from work one day, yelling, “It’s a boy!” We were so convinced it was a girl that we only picked out boy’s names.   It wasn’t until the day before I was induced, while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, that I realized there was every Read More

07May

Guest post: Gibney Dance RETROSPECTIVE Concert

Retroactive

Gibney Dance celebrates 20 years of evocative choreography with a retrospective season at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Retro-ACTIVE will showcase Gina Gibney’s richly textured and intellectually challenging choreography featuring excerpts from Several Truths (2001), Time Remaining (2002), unbounded (2005), Thrown (2004), and View Partially Obstructed (2009). Curated by current company members Natsuki Arai, Andrew Avery, Courtney Drasner, Lily Ockwell and Joshua Palmer, four of these five pieces were adapted to include male dancers. Ailey Citigroup Read More

07May

Free NYC ARTS iPhone App

nycarts

The folks at NYC Arts are now offering a FREE new app  where users can pinpoint hundreds of festival events occurring at individual arts groups and street locations on the Lower East Side.  As a fan and avid event-goer of everything NYC has to offer, I am really excited about this usefulapp. The app provides GPS-based functionality that allows users to “Find events nearby” wherever they are in New York City’s five boroughs, as well as search for events by category, neighborhood and organization. The app has been prepared especially for the festival Read More

07May

Spend Mother’s Day at the Theater with Wonderland

Wonderland Mother's Day

WONDERLAND is the soaring new musical that takes a new kind of Alice into a world of kaleidoscopic fantasy and romantic adventure. As a mom whose life is spinning out of control, Alice’s yearning for happier times leads her on a quest far below the streets of New York City, to the other side of the looking glass. There, she meets a marvelous cast of familiar but phenomenally re-imagined characters who help her navigate this impossibly peculiar universe, and change her life forever.  This Mother's Day WONDERLAND is offering a special buy-one-get-one-free Read More

05May

Westchester: Keeping Girls Out of Prostitution in Cambodia

Room to Read

It could not be more symbolic that Kall Kann, survivor of Cambodia’s killing fields and Country Director in Cambodia of the not-for-profit global organization, Room to Read, will talk about rebuilding literacy in Cambodia at the Rye Free Reading Room at 7pm on Monday, May 9th, 2011.  Room to Read Cambodia has already built over 1,200 reading rooms in Cambodia to nurture a life-long love of reading and learning since it started its work in Cambodia in 2002.  This has been no small task in a country where virtually all educated people were eliminated in Read More

05May

Make a Difference on Mother’s Day with P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

PF Chang's

Through Mother’s Day, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. will be donating 10 percent of gift card purchases (up to $25,000) to CARE, a humanitarian organization that fights global poverty by empowering women and girls. P.F. Chang’s gift cards are available in any amount from $25 to $500 online and in-store. Consumers who visit www.pfchangs.com can utilize the site’s new eGift Card feature to send certificates directly via e-mail, write a personal message, choose from a variety of designs or upload their own unique image.  For a limited time, a special Read More