01Dec

Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014-15 NYCC Season

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage from December 3rd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015, 25 years after the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015 with exciting performances that have become a Read More

15Oct

Giveaway: Gone Girl Film Release {Soundtrack + Book}

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I have to admit that I saw GONE GIRL the first weekend of its release. I was dead curious to find out how the book translated to the screen (excuse the pun). It was precisely a year ago that I wrote about my book club's reaction to the book. The title of my post was A Book Club's Response to Gone Girl: Don't Marry a Psychopath.  It was a great discussion. As my book club discussed the book, we realized just how many layers the book had and how twisted the characters were. It was a roller coaster for each one of us. Most of us liked, loved it. We all Read More

10Oct

Giveaway: Tickets to The Love Note, an Anti-Bullying Musical

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I fully support and love sharing shows with a social conscience. The Love Note is one such show. It's an anti-bullying musical playing in New York City, written by playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf, is directed by Russell Garrett, with music direction by Rachael Ziering, produced by James Farrelly. I have two kids, ages 9 and 11, and bullying is definitely something I worry about. Just look at some of the statistics: - 15% of girls are bullied 2-3 times a month. - It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack Read More

24Sep

Review & Giveaway: The Butterfly Girl at The Vital Theatre

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The Vital Theatre is one of my favorite theaters in NYC to see shows with my daughter. We've seen several there over the last few years: Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical; Show Way; Angelina Ballerina; A (Tooth) Fairy Tale and Pinkalicious, and we've loved them all. Their shows have a social conscious and bring meaning through lyrics, dancing, singing and laughter. The Butterfly Girl is no exception to the rule. It captures the integrity and vibrance of the Vital Theatre. It's for kids aged 2-7, but my daughter, now 11, was able to enjoy it Read More

30May

Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will present 15 performances at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater from June 11 to June 22, 2014.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform in four distinct programs of exciting repertory, including a world premiere from Robert Moses – a first-time collaboration with the Company – the company premiere of Asadata Dafora’s groundbreaking 1932 solo, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich,and new productions of Hans van Manen’s Polish Read More

08Jan

Giveaway: $50 American Express Gift Card for a Night at the Movies

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Any movie starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney has GREAT written all over it. I'm looking forward to seeing Hyde Park On Hudson.  That's why I'm thrilled to be giving away a night for one reader to see it and have a night at the movies. Together they;re starring in a historical tale that uniquely explores the all-too-human side of one of history’s iconic leaders, FDR. Blending literate wit and drama, Hyde Park on Hudson is directed by Roger Michell from a screenplay by Richard Nelson. In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (played by Read More

20Sep

Giveaway: 4 tickets to the American Museum of Natural History

© AMNH\\\\R. Mickens I recently wrote about my visit to the American Museum of Natural History and my glimpse into the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors Exhibit.  The museum is one of our favorite days out in the city.  We can spend hours there. A pioneer in modern frog research, the American Museum of Natural History has one of the largest frog collections in the world. AMNH expeditions to remote mountaintops, as well as surveys of local wetlands, continue to uncover new populations and species—but also reveal environmental changes that threaten Read More

26Aug

Giveaway: Family Pack (4 Tickets) to A Show of Your Choice at Symphony Space

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Symphony Space in NYC continues to amaze me with their stunning programming for children.  I've written about them in the past, and I'm happy to tell you about the upcoming seasson, they are offering the Just Kidding series and Thalia Kid's Book Club, a cornucopia of family-friendly performances and author events. From September through May, Symphony Space continues their tradition of offering New York families ground-breaking programming from around the U.S.At the end of September, they'll be featuring the FREE Secret Mountain Sunday celebration concert Read More

18Jun

Giveaway: Spend an Evening Laughing at “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom”

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Emmy-winning actress and comic Judy Gold returns to the New York stage June 30 in a brand-new show entitled The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom. Building on the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, funny-woman Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multimedia, original music, laughter and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition with a little help from our favorite 70s, 80s and 90s TV shows. She is really hilarious.  I saw her last Read More