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Looking for something wonderful to do with your family, while giving them a unique cultural experience? Do like us, and check out the Jazz at Lincoln Center family concert series, Jazz for Young People, with two concerts left in the series.
I recently attended “What is Jazz?” presented by the legendary Wynton Marsalis, who along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center at Orchestra, gave a demonstration via performances and story telling of the true meaning of jazz.
Marsalis and the orchestra’s passion for the music was contagious, not just for seasoned jazz lovers, but for younger ones as well. Within minutes little ones, welcomed by Mr. Marsalis to do so, filled the stage. They were in awe of the instruments as they belted melodic tunes. Some danced, others just stared, taking it all in.
My teen sat next to me, quietly listening and holding on to Mr. Marsalis’ every word. As an alto saxophone player in his school’s band, he was captivated by the beauty of a professional band during a live performance.
This is a wonderful way for many parents to introduce their kids to the beauty and history of jazz.
The Family Concerts are on Saturdays, 1pm and 3pm and take place in the Rose Theater. Tickets prices are $12, $20, and $28. There are two remaining concerts in the series:
Who is Louis Armstrong? – January 29, 1pm & 3pm
Louis Armstrong was the first genius of jazz and the pioneer who brought jazz to a wider poplar audience. Join trumpeter Sean Jones and guests in this family concert illuminating Satchmo’s brilliance and irrepressible charm and wit.
What is the Big Band Era? – March 26, 1pm & 3pm
Even 75 years after the big band era, most will agree that this was the period when jazz reached its peak. Ted Nash leads the JLCO in a program sampling all the major big bands—Ellington, Basie, Goodman—and showing what made them swing so hard.
Included with your Jazz for Young People concert ticket/subscription purchase is a one-year subscription to Time Out New York Kids.
In addition to the concert series families are welcomed to come early for pre-concert activities. Arrive at 12:15PM and 2:15PM for a host of musical activities for all ages. Young children are will learn about the blues and make their own instruments in the Atrium. Instrumentalists ages 8 and up are invited to bring their instrument (acoustic only) for an exploration of the New Orleans groove in the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
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The cast of four, made up of Mike the Handsome (Mike Huling), Dashing Dave (Dave Clay) and Lovely Little Lolo (Cole Schneider) and the dastardly Baron Vegan Von Hamburger (Jason Knauf) a mustachioed villain provided the audience, especially the little ones, a lot of excitement during this 75 minute (no intermission) performance.
From the moment you walk into the theater you see the signs that something pretty great was coming, and my kids curious right away. Then Baron Vegan Von Hamburger came out in his tricked-up “axle of evil” and my kids were immediately engrossed.
What followed was a family-friendly “vaudevillian melodrama” featuring song, comedy, juggling, dance, and the fight of the good guys against the bad guy, a love story, and more. Despite the fast-paced story line my little ones kept up pretty well, and loved both the interactive and high-tech elements to the show.
Only a few more shows left, as it closes on November 28. I think this up-beat, fun theatrical experience makes a great holiday activity for the entire family, and an awesome gift for those wanting to give their kids a true NYC theater experience that is totally kid-friendly.
For New Victory Members, tickets cost $25 (orchestra), $18 (mezzanine) and $9 (balcony). For Non-members, they cost $38 (orchestra), $28 (mezzanine) and $14 (balcony).
Tickets can be purchased online at newvictory.org or by phone by calling 646 223 3010. You can also visit the box office is at 209 West 42nd Street and is open Sun and Mon, 11 am – 5 pm; Tues-Sat, 11 am – 7 pm.
Last performances left!
Wed Nov 24 2pm – Fri Nov 26 2, 7 pm – Sat Nov 27 2, 7pm – Sun Nov 28 12, 5pm
Photo credit: Stephanie Berger
Registered Users of American’s BlackAtlas.com Website Can Win Tickets to Meet Celebrity Chef and Sample Food and Wine at Pre-Opening Party on Nov. 15
Grand Prize Includes Trip for Two to New York City with
Airfare, Hotel, $200 Gift Card and Tickets to Event
American Airlines, through BlackAtlas.com, the first online travel community for people interested in Black culture, will host a private music, food and wine tasting for some of its lucky members next month. Registered users of BlackAtlas.com will have the opportunity to join Travel Expert-at-Large Nelson George and celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson on Nov. 15 for a preview of his eagerly-anticipated restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem.
Award-winning chef and cookbook author Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive two three-star reviews from The New York Times, the first in 1995 after just three months as Executive Chef and co-owner of Aquavit, and the second in 2001, also for Aquavit. He has received consecutive four-star ratings in Forbes’ annual All-Star Eateries feature, was named one of the “40 Under 40” by Crain’s, and has been hailed as one of The Great Chefs of America by the Culinary Institute of America. Recently, Chef Samuelsson won out over 21 fellow chefs on the second season of the television competition “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo, and received $115,000 for the UNICEF Tap Project. A video of Chef Samuelsson exploring Harlem, the location of his new restaurant Red Rooster Harlem, can be found on BlackAtlas.com.
American Airlines and Chef Samuelsson will host a pre-opening dinner party at Red Rooster Harlem. The restaurant will celebrate the roots of American cuisine in one of New York City’s liveliest and most culturally-rich neighborhoods. The event will consist of a four-course meal, prepared specially by Chef Samuelsson. Each course will be paired with a South African wine, provided by Heritage Link Brands, the preeminent importer and distributor of wine produced by people of African descent throughout the world. A musical performance by American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele will conclude the evening’s activities.
Currently registered members of BlackAtlas.com, and those who register between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4, will be entered to win a grand prize of one pair of tickets to the exclusive event, which will include round-trip Economy Class airfare for two to New York City on American from anywhere in the 48 contiguous united States, two-night hotel accommodations for two and a $200 gift card. The grand prize winner will be announced on or around Nov. 5.
In addition, 15 users of BlackAtlas.com who live in New York and New Jersey, who are currently registered or who register between Oct. 27 and Nov. 9, will also be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event. Local winners will be announced on or around Nov. 10. See http://www.blackatlas.com for full terms and conditions.
For more information on Black culture, the Red Rooster Harlem Music, Food and Wine Pairing and the BlackAtlas social network, please visit BlackAtlas.com.
I recently made a list of fun things to do in NYC during the Halloween weekend, but the list seems to keep growing and I wanted to make you aware so in addition to my first Halloween fun list both here and over at Babble New York (my new writing gig), here are additional events taking place for you and the whole family to enjoy!
Halloween Boo-Ya! Presented by Lincoln Park Kids
featuring Jeremy Plays Guitar and special guest Oran Etkin!
Saturday, October 30th from 12-3pm - $5/person over 1 years old
Celebrate Halloween with a costume parade, dance party, photo booth and live performances by Jeremy Plays Guitar and Oran Etkin and his friend Clara Net! Delicious kids’ menu and specialty brews for grown-ups too!
Lincoln Park Tavern
49 Lincoln Road (between Flatbush and Ocean)
Q/B/S Train to Prospect Park
This concert benefits the nonprofit Kids Need a Melody, providing music classes, instruments and books to young children living in the shelter system.
Jeremy Plays Guitar (Jeremy Zmuda) is a family music artist and teacher based in Brooklyn. He’s known for his Songs in the Key of New York (with Clare Manchon). For his new Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Award-winning CD Use Your Words, Jeremy teamed up with early childhood specialist Elizabeth Bicknell, along with a host of musical talent. The songs offer “language-based music,” giving children the words to use to communicate their feelings and to handle everyday social situations. Use Your Words features musical styles ranging from jazz to rock, pop to country-folk, and lively performances by Madeleine Peyroux and Kirk Douglas (The Roots). View Jeremy performing his hit song “Jump So High” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXHZylTe5Y4 and visit www.jeremyplaysguitar.com for news and updates.
Oran Etkin, a noted jazz and world music clarinetist, will perform songs from his new Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Award-winning CD Wake Up, Clarinet! Brooklyn-based Etkin has developed a Timbalooloo method to inspire a young child’s intuitive understanding of music through games, stories and songs, incorporating melodies and rhythms from all over the world. Edie Falco, Naomi Watts, Harvey Keitel and Ken Burns are all fans – their kids have enjoyed Oran’s classes in NYC. Etkin’s music was also featured on Putumayo Kids’ CD Jazz Playground. View his “Wake Up, Clarinet” concert here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcmlwSeWko8. To schedule a Timbalooloo music class and get the latest news, visit www.timbalooloo.com.
World Financial Center’s Screamin’ Green Halloween, an afternoon of earth-friendly festivities
Presented by Brookfield Office Properties and Arts World Financial Center
Saturday, October 30, 2010- 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm/FREE
Putting an earth-friendly twist on Halloween Eve, families will be treated to a free afternoon of green-themed holiday festivities at the World Financial Center’s ”Screamin’ Green Halloween” on Saturday, October 30th. Adorned with giant, 30-foot high figures of a scarecrow, witch, and skeleton, the spectacular Winter Garden will be the setting for a fun-filled afternoon featuring everything from games and parades to costume-making and costume swaps.
World Financial Center Winter Garden (220 Vesey Street)
Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by Transportation Alternatives.
Artists will be on hand to help kids make masks and costumes out of funky recycled and repurposed materials, providing them with a valuable lesson in creative reuse. During the costume swap, families can exchange last year’s costumes for gently used and ready-to-wear ones with plenty of time for the next day’s trick-or-treating.
The thrills and chills continue with a variety of fun games whose players will all be rewarded with fair trade and organic treats, and temporary tattoos of pumpkins and ghosts – printed on recycled paper, of course. Games include:
- “Bobbing for Apples” – in a new twist on an old favorite, kids of all ages attempt to snare apples hanging from above without using their hands – harder than it sounds!
- “Bowling for Ghosts” – participants roll balls down a homemade bowling alley towards repurposed soda bottles, craftily remade into ghosts of all shapes and sizes.
- “Toss a Spider in the Brew” – each player gets three chances to toss a spider beanbag into a cauldron made from an old tire.
Mini-parades will take place throughout the World Financial Center including the waterfront (if weather permits) at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, led by the legendary Hungry March Band. The day will culminate with a Ghosts and Goblins Parade to Poets House for a reading of spooky poems and seasonal snacks.
The World Financial Center Shops & Restaurants will offer Screamin’ Green Halloween specials and sales throughout the afternoon. Visit www.worldfinancialcenter.com for details!
On Saturday October 9th, my daughters and I had the opportunity to attend the “Pink Carpet” opening of “Angelina Ballerina- The Musical”. It was a gorgeous day in Manhattan and the girls could barely contain their excitement as they skipped down Broadway on our way to the Vital Theatre Company. When we arrived they were not disappointed as each girl was greeted warmly and presented with a goodie bag that contained mouse ears among other delightful Angelina items. Off to the pink carpet they went, hamming it up for the “momarazzi”!
A chance came up for me to review Lombardi On Broadway. When I am about to review a show, I never do too much reading up on it. My thinking is that I don’t want other reviews or people’s feedback to skew my opinion or experience. So I normally go to a lot of these shows completely oblivious, maybe with some knowledge here and there, but in general clueless.
Lombardi was a complete mystery because as someone who doesn’t follow football, I didn’t even really know who Lombardi was.
I asked my husband to join me as a guest and what came to be was a complete coincidence and surprise.
Most of you, if not all of you, probably know that Lombardi, Vince Lombardi to be exact, was the head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967. During his leadership the Green Bay Packers became the most dominant NFL team in history, having won five league championships in seven years, including two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967.
I realize that the show I was about to watch was a bit more than just another Broadway show from the moment I walked into the theater. The Circle in The Square, where the production is taking place, has been transformed into a museum-like installation featuring Vince Lombardi and Green Bay Packer memorabilia. Photographs chronicling Coach Lombardi’s personal and professional life, quotations, as well as collectibles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were all on display. On that evening most of the theatergoers consisted of fans of football, but also of Lombardi himself. I could tell this by the conversations in the lobby, by the Packers shirts some wore, and also by the pride with which some older theatergoers spoke of the items on display.
My husband, being from WI, and having gone to Undergrad in Green Bay knew all about Lombardi, his legacy and how he affected the community as well as the team. My husband is not a huge football fan per say, but he knew enough to explain to me why Lombardi was a big deal. Despite all of this, I walked into the performance happy that I had brought him as he would appreciate what I thought would surely be a play about football. But I was wrong.
Lombardi is played by Dan Lauria, his wife Marie Lombardi is played by Judith Light. The story is narrated by and comes from the point of view of, reporter Michael McCormick played by Keith Nobbs. The play is based off of author, and Pulitzer prize winner, David Maraniss’ When Pride Still Mattered-The Life of Vince Lombardi.
It was powerful and moving. Funny and inspirational. Profound in a way that touched me and made me understand that this wasn’t about football at all, but about the character of one man, and how this was enough to change and cause to inspire others.
Lauria was Lombardi in every way, at least from what I have since read Lombardi to be. My husband said that his voice and powerful persona on stage was almost identical to who Lombardi was in public. Mr. Lauria captivated me and caused me to feel compassion for a man who was an absolute stranger to me until this very moment.
But Ms. Light’s performance was equally convincing, I couldn’t help but love her and think how much I would have loved to have met the strong, feisty woman portrayed as Marie Lombardi. Her character also resonated with me because she reminded me of what I felt like during my years living in Madison, WI. The role of a wife supporting her husband’s passion and career, the homesickness of all things New York (though I will admit, I wasn’t as isolated in Madison, WI as she seemed to be during her years in Green Bay).
Nobbs was flawless in his dual role as narrator and actor, sewing together pieces of facts, history and the liberties taken in the screenplay (written by Eric Simonson). Without missing a beat he brought us into the story and helped us better understand not only the man Lombardi was, but the great woman who stood by him and the many players he called his family (these were played by Paul Hornung, Javen Johnson, and Jim Taylor).
I walked out of the theater full of curiosity to learn more about Lombardi and “getting it” when I saw fans – many of whom were probably even alive during his time – as they stopped and payed their respects to the images of the man and the legacy he left behind.
Whether you like football or not, are a Packers fan, or not, you will enjoy the production of Lombardi On Broadway. The stage at The Circle in The Square is minimalist and the focus is so much on the acting, which on this night was truly awe-inspiring.
But if you are a fan, and Lombardi means a lot more to you then most, this is an amazing tribute to what I have since learned was a truly incredible human-being.
Disclosure: Complimentary tickets to this show were provided for review purposes. We received no other compensation and no requirements that we express a particular point of view.
Not too long ago I had the chance to visit Orlando. As a matter of fact, I’ve been to Orlando, FL more times this year then I have in a long time.
I had the opportunity to taste some amazing dishes served at many Disney parks. I also had the opportunity to savor the culinary masterpieces I discovered in the Loews Pacific Royal restaurants. But what about outside of these? I was left curious about the culinary scene in Orlando and reached out to the Orlando CVB to help me experience it.
And so, at the end of August, I will be joining a few foodie and travel bloggie friends and taking part in the beginning stages of Magic Dining Month. Like NYC’s Restaurant Week, except this is a month long, Orlando will offer us the opportunity to taste and experience a wide array of the best of their culinary scene.
Surprised? Don’t be. It turns out culinary experts and foodies alike have taken notice of Orlando. Having been a resident there once myself, I believe it. For though I rarely ate at the parks’ restaurant, I also rarely had a bad meal.
During the 5th annual Orlando Magical Dining Month the best Orlando-area restaurants will offer three-course dinners for $30. From Sept. 1 – 30, 2010, locals and visitors alike can indulge in Orlando’s haute cuisine for this amazing value at some of the destination’s most popular restaurants, including Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, The Capital Grille, Luma on Park and Norman’s. There will be a total of about 50 participants in all and this year, $1 of each purchased dinner will be donated to the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida.
I am looking forward to spending a few days in Orlando eating, drinking, photographing, and sharing all the Good Eats I find. Please be sure to follow me on twitter from August 26-30, 2010 for updates, and if your travels take you there in the month of September, be sure to check out Magical Dining Month’s website for more information.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Complimentary tickets provided by production company for John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. The views and opinions expressed here are strictly my own. For more information please refer to the disclosure page.
There are many things that I love about New York City, the vast selection of theater productions being one of them. And it’s not only for grown ups either. More often then not a new show comes around that is brought to life with kids in mind, but in the most magical and creative way possible. My kids and I had a chance to live just such an experience when we saw John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean.
I went with all my kids (3, 4, and 12) on the 12:00 Saturday show.
Currently running in the awesome New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th St, between 8th and 9th avenue. The New World stages is a new facility located where the former Madison Square Garden used to be and the World Wide Plaza, close to many midtown hotels and where you can find eateries such as Mother Burger and Blockhead Burritos. The venue is currently hosting a few of my favorite adult performances such as Naked Boys Singing, Avenue Q, and another kid favorite, The Gazillion Bubble Show. It’s an awesome venue, with two bars, a large lounge, nice, large bathrooms, coat check, and five stages.
We arrived into the stage area where the performance of ImaginOcean are taking place. A dark theater setting, with thin chairs, both tall and average in height, nothing too fancy, which meant all the attention was on the stage itself.
My boys, not really knowing what to expect, quietly sat in their assigned seats and waited.
And from the moment the performace started till it ended they were glued to their seat, clapping, and yelling responses to the characters on stage. The characters, Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are fish and best friends. The story takes us through an underwater adventure in a black-lit, neon world. My boys were captivated right away, as was I, having never seen anything like it before. Musical numbers and a few challenges along their journey brought in the audience as we helped the friends through their journey till the end.
A truly colorful experience, really magical to the senses, I thought it was fantastic. The fact that my rambunctious boys sat through the 50 minute show (with no intermission), not once trying to get up, their complete focus and attention on stage really says it all. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia has been wonderful in all I have seen him do. In my home he is best known for his role in Disney’s Johnny and The Sprites, but on stage I have enjoyed seeing his performances in Avenue Q, Beauty and The Beast, and one I did miss him in, Shrek The Musical.
I highly recommend taking the entire family to a performance of ImaginOcean, especially the little ones. Because if my boys loved it (and are asking to go back again), chances are your kids will love it too!
Wednesday @ 11am & 2pm, Saturday @ 11am, 2pm & 4:30pm, Sunday @ Noon
Beginning May 31:
Wednesday @ 11am & 2pm, Saturday @ 11am, 2pm & 4:30pm, Sunday @ Noon & 3pm. On sale thru September 5
No Performance: Wednesday – June 16 @ 11am & 2pm, Sunday – July 4 @ 3pm
Last year we went to the Hebrew National picnic and it was a blast! I am excited to be going back, and this time as a co-host! The celebrity spokesperson for the event is Cheryl Hines from HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, who will be present at the event till 12:00pm.
Picnic will take place from 11:30am to 2:30 pm. We will enjoy 100% all-beef Hebrew National hotdogs, participate in service projects to make the community a better place and have a ball with special, fun interactive games and even entertainment like local bands and DJs! There will be a big, cool AirStream bus that will be the “kitchen” where the hot dogs are served (look for it upon entering the park).
A total of eight other cities will be hosting picnics, NYC being the first one! So be a part of the fun and join us next Saturday! We hope to see you there. Feel free to RSVP here if we can expect to see you! Come with your family, bring your friends, it promises to be a good time.
Here’s the full list of the fabulous bloggers and friends co-hosting with me:
Isabel, Alpha Mom http://alphamom.com
Jen, Next Kid Thing http://nextkidthing.com/
Suzanne , Mom Confessionals http://momconfessionals.com/
Amy O., Selfish Mom http://selfishmom.com/
Anna, Mommy Poppins http://www.mommypoppins.com
Amy P., Long Island Parent Source http://www.liparentsource.com/
Kimberly, Mom in the City http://mominthecity.com/
Kelsey, Naptime Chef http://www.thenaptimechef.com/
Jo-Lynne, Musings of a Housewife http://www.musingsofahousewife.com/
Whitney, Mommies with Style http://www.mommieswithstyle.com/
Melissa, GirlyMama http://www.girlymama.typepad.com/
Whitney, Mommies with Style http://www.mommieswithstyle.com/
Cecily, Cecily Kellogg http://www.cecilykellogg.com/
Melissa, Girly Mama http://www.girlymama.com/
Jo-Lynne, Musings of a Housewife http://www.musingsofahousewife.com/
Take the 4, 5, or 6 Lexington Ave. trains to 125th St., then transfer on the NW corner of 125th St. and Lexington Ave. for the M35 bus to Randall’s Island.
Or by car, get on the Triborough Bridge at East 125th Street. Stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island, immediately after the toll plaza.
From Long Island and Queens:
Get on the Triborough Bridge from the Grand Central Parkway. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island, immediately after the toll plaza.
From the Bronx:
Take the Major Deegan or Bruckner Expressway to the Triborough Bridge. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island, immediately after the toll plaza.
Take the FDR Drive North to the Triborough Bridge exit (on right). Stay left up to and after the toll, following the signs to Randall’s Island.
From New Jersey:
From I-80 or the New Jersey Turnpike, get onto the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs for “Through Traffic” (on the upper level, stay to the left; on the lower-level, stay to the right) to get onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, then take the Harlem River Drive/Amsterdam Avenue exit. Keep left onto the Harlem River Drive, then stay straight to take the FDR Drive South to the Triborough Bridge. On the Bridge, stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island, immediately after the toll plaza.
Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) southbound. I-87 will turn into the Major Deegan Expressway. Follow signs to the Triborough Bridge, pass through the tollbooth, and stay to the right. Take the exit for Randall’s Island.
You can walk across the footbridge from E. 103rd St. in Manhattan onto Randall’s Island Park during summer daylight hours. Pedestrians can also walk across on the Triborough Bridge from Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx.
For other news and updates, be sure to visit Hebrew National’s Facebook Page too.
I will be heading back to NYC after a weekend of food and wine in Orlando, FL (more on that to come). And though I have had the most amazing time, one of the things that I felt was sadly lacking from this experience was the diversity of cultures, not only in the audience and participants, but also in the cooking.
These are the moments when I miss NYC the most, and when all those things that I might complain a bit about suddenly don’t seem a huge deal.
And it is also when my own cultural pride is most heightened. After a couple of days of eating many different things, all I could talk about was the amazing Latino cuisine, and the many dishes I was starting to miss.
I also talked much about my neighborhood of Washington Heights, highlighting in my conversation its people, its sounds, and its vibes. And all of a sudden, while experiencing the many culinary American traditions, I began to invite others to experience my own Latino culture should they ever want to meet in NYC.
There is talk among the many fabulous writers that I met that this is going to happen this Summer. But in the meantime, while I wait, I thought it would be wonderful to offer an evening of Latino cultural immersion to a lucky reader!
I am offering one lucky winner a $75 gift card for dinner for two at Havana Central, a Cuban cuisine restaurant that I have enjoyed many times for Ropa Vieja and Churrasco dishes, as well as their house mojitos. Please feel free to read my review HERE.
In addition, I am also offering that same lucky winner a voucher for two tickets to see In The Heights on Broadway (tickets are for shows between April 20, 2010 and May 23, 2010, excluding all Saturday evenings). You can read my review HERE.
I love to share and expose my family and friends to the many wonderful things that make the Latino culture so rich and amazing, and am excited to offer the Havana Central and In The Heights Cultural Immersion Giveaway.
- Leave a comment expressing you interest in the giveaway
- Join the NYCityMama Fan Page on Facebook and leave a comment there
- Tweet about this giveaway for an extra entry and remember to @NYCityMama!
Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.