Giveaway: Jazz for Young People Family Concert Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Over at MamaDrama, they're giving away a family four-pack giveaway for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s next Jazz for Young People: What is Improv? on February 11th at 1 and 3pm.  Drummer Matt Wilson and his Arts and Crafts ensemble will lead audiences through an interactive program on the most fundamental component of jazz, improvisation, as they explore how jazz musicians invent music in the moment.  They'll also be featuring a variety of family-friendly pre-concert activities at 12:15 and 2:15pm. The concert is taking place at the Rose Theater at Frederick Read More


A Night at the Westchester Philharmonic

Tomomi Nishimoto

Last night my husband I had the pleasure of being invited as guests to an evening at the Westchester Philharmonic.   It was just luck to have chosen a night when Japanese conductor Tonoma Nishimoto and Ann Hobson Pilot, a well-known harpist, were joining forces and performing together on stage.  To say that it was a real treat is a bit of an understatement. Nishimoto led the Westchester Philharmonic though Liszt’s haunting symphonic poem, Les Preludes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s exultant Scheherezade and  Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams’ On Read More


NYC Culture Giveaway: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center

I've talked a lot about Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis on this blog, and I've offered giveaways to their shows.  I really hope you listen up and enter this giveaway as it's something I think is very special and a real NYC experience for both you and your children. In its first holiday concert in years, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be joined by the versatile singer Kim Burrell in a performance of new arrangements of holiday jazz and spiritual classics. When: December 15-17, 2011, 8pm; Saturday, Read More


Sympathy for Amy Winehouse

amy winehouse

This afternoon I was lying sick in bed, tapping away on the computer, briefly noting the tweets flashing at the top of my screen, when one made me look up in disbelief: "Amy Winehouse reported dead in her home at age 27."  I quickly went online to see if the rumor was true and couldn't find anything.  For several minutes, there was nothing reported, so I thought it was another of those Twitter fake death rumors.  Then Huffington Post released an update reporting her death, and then all the news outlets began to follow their lead.  Surprisingly, CNN was Read More


Moey’s Music Party in Central Park

Moey's Music Party in Central park

The day after Monty Singer’s Thomas the Train 2rd birthday bash, he begged his mother for another party.  Fortunately his mom is award winning Off- Broadway songwriter Melissa Levis – otherwise known as beloved kiddie rocker, Moey.  Inspired by her son’s love of parties, Melissa created a party-themed Mommy & Me music class at the NY Junior League (130 East 80th St.) Every week is a different party in Moey’s Music Party. Children don sombreros for Fiesta Parties, cowboy hats for Wild West Parties, and tiaras and crowns for Prince & Princess Read More


Giveaway: 4 Tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Love jazz?  Jazz at Lincoln Center is the quintessential jazz experience in New York City! Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival culminates when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joins the top three high school jazz bands across North America for the finale concert of the festival.  The first half of the concert will feature the three high school bands performing with guest soloist Wynton Marsalis.  After intermission, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Read More


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

Touch a Truck

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


This Week’s NYCkidsARTS Top Five Picks

Teen Poetry Slam

If you have a child and live in New York City, you have the world at your fingertips.  Art, music, film and more, NYC is culturally the icing on the cake.  There is so much to offer that you probably can't keep up with the offerings.  Look no further!  The folks at NYCkidsARTS have teamed up with The Culture Mom to give the insider's scoop on this week's top FIVE cultural picks for kids in New York City: Queen Marlene's Toy Theatre Follow “Queen Marlene” of the Toy Museum as she tells the tale of toys from America’s past and around the Read More


Symphony Space: The Inside Scoop

symphony space

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


Giveaway: NYC Opera Family Matinee Concert of “Where the Wild Things Are” (yes, Maurice Sendak!)

NYC Opera Where the Wild Things Are

I'm a big fan of the opera, and I'm always excited to hear about new ways to introduce it to my young children.  This is one of those exciting concerts coming up for so many reasons: it's made for children, so it's not long, and it's based on the beloved children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, a story they know and love. Composed by Oliver Knussen to a libretto by Sendak himself, this innovative work tells the tale of a little boy with a wild imagination.  Visual imagery for the family concert has been designed by New York City Read More