12May

Guest Post: Pinkalicious the Musical Teaches Kids Tolerance

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Liat Ginsberg is a mother and a former Journalist for the Israeli newspaper Maariv. She taught at the Film and Media department at Hunter College.   If you have read the book Pinkalicious to your children and are sure that you and your kids know the story by heart, you can add one more layer to the story, after watching the play Pinkalicious. The play gives legitimacy to boys who choose pink as their favorite color, legitimacy that society doesn't give very easily. I have 6 year old twins, a boy and girl, my boy always liked the color blue Read More

09May

Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway

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If you've been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn't avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I've been more determined than ever to keep everything I'm learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I've also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up. So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and Read More

05Apr

Our NYC Staycation

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This past spring break was an interesting one. After living in and near NYC for a lot of years, I decided it was time for my kids to have a NYC staycation. We stayed in hotels, went to museums on 42nd Street like Madame Tussaud's, took a bus tour, ate in Chinatown and Korea Town, went to the top of the Empire State Building, visited the Statue of Liberty and toured Ellis Island, went to the 9/11 Memorial, explored the orchids at the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and had pizza on Arthur Avenue, indulged in cupcakes at Carlos Bakery, strolled through Read More

16Apr

YMCA’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair on May 22nd

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One of my old stomping grounds in the city, the West Side YMCA, will hold its annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair: A Hands-On Street Fair & Fundraiser for Kids on Saturday, May 22nd.  Billed as an event to benefit the Strong Kids Campaign, it features NYFD fire engines, NYPD police vehicles, UPS trucks, bouncy castles, arts & crafts, food vendors and live music performances by AudraRox (who I adore). The West Side YMCA’s annual Touch-A-Truck Street Fair & Fundraiser will be held from 10am – 4pm (rain or shine) on West 64th St. between Read More

27Mar

Museum of the Moving Images presents ‘Spring Training’

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As NYC is still experiencing cold weather, Museum of the Moving Image offers a reason to stay inside: great sports documentaries on the big screen. Spring Training, which runs from April 2nd through May 15th, 2011, features Saturday and Sunday matinees of acclaimed films including Steve James’s Hoop Dreams, Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym, and Stacy Peralta’s Dogtown and Z Boys.  Before or after the screenings, families are welcome to explore Real Virtuality, an exhibition featuring six experiments in art and technology, and Behind the Screen, the Read More

10Mar

Entering the World of Gloomvania

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  When I was at Toy Fair a few weeks ago, there were a few toys in particular that caught my eye. One was a new line called Vamplets. I'm a True Blood fan, and I've read a few books in the Twilight series, but I wouldn't say I LOVE vampires.  I think they're intriguing, though, and they definitely have different stories to tell than your average Joe.  That' s the appeal to these characters - their history, relationships, peculiar needs (darkness versus light, drinking blood, sleeping in coffin, living for hundreds of years). Vamplets are Read More

07Mar

The Key to Powering Up My (Baby) Brain

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Last week I was thrilled to be invited to a round table discussion about a new book called Power Up Your Brain: The NeuroScience of Enlightenment by David Perlmutter, M.D. and Alberto Villodo, PH.D., who is also a Shaman  Dr. Perlmutter was in attendance.  What happens when a scientist and healer come together?  They write a book about enhancing brain health, stating that there are physical structural parts of the brain that help us tap into spirituality and bring enlightenment into our lives.  They claim that we can basically better enhance these Read More

05Mar

Symphony Space: The Inside Scoop

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Symphony Space really gets it.  They invited a group of bloggers to come inside yesterday for an informational session on what they're all about.  As a culture blogger who's more than obsessed with theater and the arts, it was a breath of fresh air.  I feel like an arts organization finally understands what we, as bloggers, are all about and what we are trying to do.  I am a fervent supporter of the arts.  That's why I blog about theater, music, books, film and television.  I truly love what I'm covering and I advocate for more arts funding and education Read More

23Jan

Affordable Family Theatre begins Monday – 20at20

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In the spirit of NYC ' s Restaurant Week comes 20at20, your chance to see the Best of Off-Broadway for only $20! TWO WEEKS ONLY!   January 24th – February 6th 2011 Looking for inexpensive tickets to high-quality children's plays in New York City?  Look no further.  20at20 is a two week theatre promotion offering tickets to Off-Broadway shows for$20 to the public twenty minutes before curtain time. They're offering family friendly shows this year including Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Dear Edwina, Freckleface Strawberry, Gazillion Bubble Show, Read More

29Dec

Wordless Wednesday: New York City in all its Holiday Glory

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I spent the most glorious day in the city with my son, frolicking in the snow and showing him all the best Christmas sites - Rockefeller Center, Washington Square Park, the Train Show at Grand Central, the store windows at Macy's & Lord & Taylor, Herald Square, the light show at the Saks 5th Avenue, the tree at Lincoln Center.  There is nothing quite like the city during this time of year.  It's magical.  Take a look. Read More