Shakespearean Ecstasy with Julie Taymor’s Midsummer

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    Julie Taymor is back.  After disappearing for a short period following the Spiderman on Broadway collision (she recently settled in court with the producers), she has returned to her Shakespearean roots with A Midsummer Night's Dream in the recently built  Polonsky Shakespeare Theater in the heart of BAM. The experience exceeded my expectations. Any theatergoer who is fascinated by Taymor's creative mind and passion will not be disappointed. Having just visited Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, I was happy to be to find a … [Read more...]

A Perfect Day in My Perfect City: New York City

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When I first moved to New York City, I knew I had a whole city to explore. But I don't think I ever realized the magnitude and size of this city and just how much it has to offer a culture vulture like me. In my first eight years here before having children, I took advantage of every waking moment and explored every nook and cranny of this city and became quite attached to it. Life has changed somewhat since those days but every now and then, I grab my friend or my husband, or I venture back into the big lights on my own for a dose of NYC.  It's true. … [Read more...]

Frolic-Palooza to Benefit Camp Brooklyn This Sunday

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Many children from low-income Brooklyn families seldom get an opportunity to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have the experience of a lifetime! Just $500 will send a child to camp for two weeks. Teamwork, loyalty, wholesome health habits, responsibility and personal respect and appreciation for nature are all a part of a child's education at summer camp.  Intensive camp experiences can truly open up a world of opportunities to young people. Sending … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Live Irene Field Report

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By Lisa and Shay Zach   The following is a letter written by two very good friends of mine, a couple, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  They sent this to me tonight, along with these fantastically poignant photographs.  For those of you not living in NY, I thought you'd really appreciate an honest look at the slight over-reaction - thus far, anyway - made by everyone, from media to the authorities, on Hurricane Irene.  Of course, we may wake up to an utter disaster tomorrow morning, but today was something very different.  Read on. Dear … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Discovery: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

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            Leave it to my Brooklynite sister to introduce us to FARMACY, the most amazing old-fashioned, but very hip, soda fountain in Carroll Gardens (513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260).  It's total nostalgia - everything from egg creams to milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes, to the counter and leather seats where you can sit comfortably, to the girls wearing white hats, aprons and old-fashioned glasses.  You feel like you've gone back in time, but you can't help but remember … [Read more...]

FREE NYC with Kids: 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

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The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this year to showcase local, national and international artwork amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the New York Cityskyline.  The multidisciplinary Festival will include visual and performance art, open studios, music and literature, family programming and more.  The Festival runs from September 23-25, 2011, in the DUMBO neighborhood ofBrooklyn, New York. The Festival, currently in its 15th year, will present artwork in DUMBO studios, galleries, storefronts, performances venues, … [Read more...]

Free Arts Programming in Brooklyn: Folktales, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and more

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The month of June is filled with kid-friendly events that are perfect for families as the Brooklyn Arts Council presents Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn: Traditional Tales and Their Tellers, a series of FREE public programs featuring folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, and more from Brooklyn-based storytellers of every culture. The June full moon brings two special moonlight storytelling nights with stories under the stars.  On Wednesday, June 1, folk tales from Guyana will be featured outside St. Stephen’s Church from 6:30-8:30PM while Thursday, June … [Read more...]

Support Kid’s Arts Programs with Brooklyn’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair

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  On Saturday, April 9th between 11am and 1pm, rain or shine, PS295: The Studio School for Arts & Culture will host Brooklyn’s first Touch-A-Truck street fair.  At this exciting family event – also a fundraiser to help support arts programs at PS 295 - kids will have a chance to climb inside, touch and explore some of the working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life. Tickets are $5 per person (no charge for children under two years old). The fair will run the length of 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, next to PS 295, which … [Read more...]

A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo

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If you are a new or expecting parent, this is an event you'll want to put in your diary, A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo. This very well organized event will have mini demos and mini seminars on everything from setting good sleeping habits to learning CPR and making baby food, product testing of carriers, strollers, organic mattresses and more, and demonstrations. Moms will be pampered with mini-manicures, blow-outs and yummy food from Brooklyn Fare.  Children will have their share of fun, too: baby yoga, first lock cuts, or playing in a fully … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Fela! Baby Friendly Matinee at Brooklyn Academy of Music

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The Brooklyn Academy of Music is having an encore screening of *National Theatre Live’s FELA! on Thursday, February 10th at 2pm.  This production (filmed live in HD at the National Theatre in London and then broadcast around the world via satellite) sold-out it’s first two screenings in January at BAM. The screening will be on in two theaters, one theater will be for the general public and the other theater is reserved for new parents/caregivers and will feature a host of baby-friendly amenities including stroller valet, raised house lights, lower … [Read more...]