Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Ice Skating

 What: Ice Skating

Where: Various Locations (see below for some in New York and New Jersey)

Who: All ages
Our view: Something fun and active you can do with your family in the winter is go ice skating. Some public skating rinks are indoors. Thus, even places where it never gets cold enough to be sure the ice is safe enough to skate on outside or places where it never gets cold at all, you can find rinks. Other public skating rinks are outdoors. We have even been to a rink that is an indoor rink but has a half open roof so it is like being indoors and outdoors at the same time. When ice skating, always remember to lace your skates tightly so that they provide proper ankle support. We have made the mistake of not lacing our skates tight enough in the past, and we could barely stand up let alone skate. Also, remember that those spins and jumps that look so easy on TV may not be so easy in life if you haven't had the proper training. If you or your child want to do that, you might want to take lessons. Generally, all skating rinks offer some kind of lessons.
 Here are a few public skating rinks in New York:

Chelsea Piers Sky Rink
61 Chelsea Piers #2, New York, NY

Figure Skating in Harlem
1317 Third Avenue, New York, NY 

Laser Ice Rink
110 Malcom X Blvd., New York, NY

Rink at Rockefeller Center
 601 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Wollman Rink
830 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Here are a few public skating rinks in New Jersey:
 
Clary Anderson Arena
41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ

Floyd Hall Arena
28 Clove Road, Little Falls, NJ

Ice House
111 Midtown Bridge Approach, Hackensack,, NJ

Union Sports Arena
2441-A Route 22, West Union, NJ

Ice Land
6 Tennis Court, Hamilton, NJ

 And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tips for Tuesday - Apps, Web-sites, and YouTube Channels

Me - Today I am recommending Rclbeauty101. She is really really funny. Even though she is a beauty guru she does a lot of other videos too. Also, she has a lot giveaways.


Mom - Today I am recommending People Insiders. If you are a fan of People Magazine, you will definitely want to join People Insiders.  Not only will People Insiders, give you the chance to give your opinion about the magazine, you will also have the opportunity to earn points. Points can be redeemed for Amazon gift cards.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Sound of Music Live vs. Peter Pan Live

Me - The Sound of Music Live vs. Peter Pan Live, wow!

What I Liked

The Sound of Music:
Carrie Underwood is a great singer.
The backup cast was amazing.
I loved  all of the music.

I liked the sets and costumes


Peter Pan:
The singing voices were good except Allison Williams was only okay.
I only really liked one song, and I don't remember the name of it.
I liked the littlest boy. He was cute.
I also liked Tiger Lily.

What I didn't like

The Sound of Music:
Carrie Underwood wasn't a very good actress.
 I didn't like Maria's hair.

Peter Pan:
I did not like Allison Williams as Peter Pan.

I didn't like the sets and costume.
I did not like most of the songs.

Overall,
I like the idea of live theater on television but they should do more shows like The Sound of Music and less like Peter Pan. Also, they should try to get more people in them who are both good actors and good singers and not one or the other or neither.

Mom - I am so glad they have started doing live theater on television. However, that doesn't not mean that all theater on television is created equal.

The Sound of Music:
I enjoyed The Sound of Music live.
The Sound of Music is a show for all ages.
The Sound of Music has better more memorable songs
Carrie Underwood has a beautiful voice and did justice to the great score.
(although she is not much of an actress)
The Sound of Music had  a great supporting cast. A lot of them were veteran Broadway performers like:
1)Christian Borle
2) Laura Benanti,
3) the incomparable Audra McDonald.
Every single syllable that comes out of Audra McDonald's mouth is beautiful. She made even  the music at the beginning of The Sound of Music which I have never really liked sound beautiful and interesting.
     
Peter Pan:
I did not enjoy as much.
Peter Pan is more of a children's show. 
Peter Pan only has one or two nice songs.  it.
Peter Pan also had some veteran Broadway actors like Christian Borle and Kelly O'Hara, However, for the most part they has much smaller roles.
Alllison is not much of a singer or an actress or at least she was not in this role.

Overall,
When I heard that Peter Pan was going to be NBC's, second live production after The Sound of Music, I did not think it was a good choice. I didn't think as much people would be interested in it. I was proven right when the ratings were not as high. However, even though the ratings were not as high, they were still good. I am glad about that because even though I didn't like Peter Pan as much as The Sound of Music, I still like the idea of live theater on television. It will never be as good as actual live theater, but it is the next best thing, and I look forward to seeing more of it in the future.

And that's our view. What do you think of live theater on television?

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Scoop 3/1/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

What: Kidzsignments Kids Consignment Sale

Where: NJ Expo Center
             Edison, NJ

When: March 12-14, 2015

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What: Sunny the Bunny's Colossal Carrot Adventure

Where: iPlay America
         110 Schank Road
         Freehold, NJ

When: March 28, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

All participants receive: Easter Basket with candy
                                  coupons
                                  free framed photo with Sunny the Bunny
                                  raffle ticket for a chance to win spectacular prizes

Sunny the Bunny will also be available for families to take their own photos with their children.

This event is free. However, reservations are required

Also  at iPlay America

Tickets available now for these great concerts!

What: Glee Star: Noah Guthrie

When: May 15, 2015 7:00 PM

General admission tickets free and may be downloaded
V.I.P. Tickets $60.00 included with ticket: Preshow Backstage Meet and Greet
                                                            $10.00 iPlay America card
                                                            Exclusive event poster

Noah Guthrie is known for playing Roderick in Glee's 6th and final season. He has also opened for such artists as Ed Sheeran,  Neon, Trees, and Cobra Starship. He is know for his bluesy pop style. He will be promoting his debut album.

What: Laurie Berkner Band

When: Sunday June 14, 2015 12: 00 PM and 4: 00 PM 


General Admission Tickets are $27.50
Reserved Seating Tickets are $35.00
V.I.P. Tickets $75.00 includes: Front row seating
                                            Meet and Greet with band
                                            Facebook photo

The popular children's band will be making a return appearance to iPlay America. They will be playing songs from their nine best-selling, award-winning albums.

For more information go to http://www.iplayamerica.com/
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What: Disenchanted

Where: Westside Theater
            407 West 43rd Street
            New York, New York

When: Previews starting March 19, 2015
            Opening night April 7, 2015

This princess spoof will be transferring to the West Side Theater for an open-ended run. 

The show features: 
             
Music and lyrics by Denis T. Giacino
Direction by Fiely A, Matias 
Musical staging by Matt West. 

Featuring the performances of  
                                            Michelle White (Snow White)
                                            Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella)
                                            Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty)
                                            Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan, Pocahantas, Princess Badroulbadour)
                                            Alison Burns (Belle, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel)
                                            Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog).

For more information see our previous posts: Where-To-Go Wednesday- Disenchanted and  Disenchanted or go to http://www.disenchantedmusical.com/

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News from  O  & M Co. 

What: Carmilla

Where: York Theater Company
               St. Peter's 
               619 Lexington Avenue
               New York, New York

When: March 3, 2015 3:00 PM only 

A one night only staged reading of the new musical Carmilla will be presented. This new musical was inspired by the  1871 novel.

The show features:

Book and lyrics by Joel Gross
Music and lyric by Paul Aleman 
Directed by Gabriel Barre,
Music direction by Nathan Patten 
Music supervision & arrangements by James Abbott, 

The cast features:

Leenya Rideout in the title role
Julia Burrows as Vanessa Warwick
Michael Minarik as Dr. Johan Hoffman
Kaye Tuckerman as Countess Moreth
Nick Wyman as Colonel Warwick.  

What:  Nathan Lane returning to It's Only a Play

Where: Bernard B. Jacobs Theater
           242 West 45th Street
           New York, New York

When: March 31, 2015 - June 7, 2015
  
Nathan Lane will be returning to the role he created of James Wicker in It's Only a Play starting on March 31 and continuing through the end of the run. 

The show was:

Written by Terence McNally 
Directed by Jack O'Brien. 

Other featured performers are:

Matthew Broderick
Stockard Channing
Katie Finneran
Maulick Pancholy,
Micah Stock. 

For more information or to find out how to order tickets go to http://itsonlyaplay.com/

What: Fuerza Buerta Celebrates It's 10th Year

Where: 101 E. 15th Street
         New York, New York
  

The culmination of the De La Guarda legacy, this latest incarnation of Fuerza Bruta takes the audience on a 70 minute thrill ride, including an extra 20 minutes of heart-thrashing, fast-paced fun, rousing live music, and breathtaking aerial displays. With the newly designed giant scenography and scenes set above the audience, the show is sure to present fans of the previous incarnations (and new fans alike) with fresh experiences and guarantee that Fuerza Bruta will deliver theatrical thrills that flood the senses. 

For more information or to order tickets go to http://fuerzabrutanyc.com/.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Funny Friday - House Building

 Me -

When my brother was little, he asked my dad  "When are we going to build a house?"


Mom -

3 year old Aurella asked "Was everything here when we came here?

"Do you mean did the furniture come with our house?" I replied.

"Yes." she nodded.

"No, we brought it all with us when we moved in." I answered.

Oh," she asked. "Did Daddy build it?"

"The house?" I asked in surprise.

"Yes." she said.

"No." I said.


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