Monday, May 25, 2015

Mom time and Dad time


Melia- Parents, wow! My Mom is one of my favorite people in the world. I am closer to her than to anyone else in my family. I like to hang out with my Mom. We talk and watch movies and do surveys and blog together. My Mom is my best buddy. We sometimes like to go to lunch and a movie together. Usually every year, we go to at least one Broadway show or concert together. We have seen Annie, Xanadu and two Glee concerts. I always enjoy Mom time. It is so much fun to be able to relax with someone you love. My Dad and I are not as close as my Mom and I. However, I do have fun with my Dad too, and I love him too. We like to watch How It's Made. We like to go  out to eat together. We used to like to go camping. Aurella came with us camping too. We like to act silly. My Dad likes to tease me and annoy me. He likes to stick his finger in my ear. I like to bake with my Dad. When I was little we took cooking class together. I also took lots of classes with my Mom when I was little like Let's Explore, and Gymboree and Storytime a the library. I love spending time with my Mom or my Dad, and I also, love spending time with them both together.


Mom - My Mom and I have definitely gotten closer since I have gotten older, and I got married and had kids of my own. When I was younger, I remember going shopping with her a lot. My girls and I still go shopping with her sometimes. In fact, I think Melia prefers going shopping with my Mom to going shopping with me. I also remember watching TV with Mom especially those made for TV movies. My Dad was always coming in  in the middle or at the end of the movie and asking a lot of questions. It used to drive my Mom crazy, but I didn't mind answering his questions. My Dad and I were very close when I was younger. We were in the community theater together. My Mom was in the community theater too, but she didn't act in the shows so she didn't have to be there as much until the end. Even when I wasn't in the show I always liked going to rehearsals a lot with my Dad and hanging around. We were always going to see other community's theater productions too. Whenever my Mom didn't want to go I went with my Dad. I can't tell you how many bad community theater productions I have seen over the years. Of course, not all of them were bad. In fact, some were very good. However, it would have to be an amazing once in a lifetime production to get me to see another production of some of the shows I have seen over and over again during those years, shows like Oliver or Fiddler on the Roof. My Dad was always the fun one. The one who played with us. My Mom was more serious. If you had a problem you needed to be solved, you would go to her. I have always been somewhat close to both of my parents I never went through a period in my life when I didn't want to associate with them.

And that's our view. What do you like to do with your parents or what do your kids like to do with you?

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Scoop 5/24/14 - What's Happening This Week or Coming up Soon

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Tea Collection's Memorial Day Sale


In honor of Memorial Day, Tea Collection is offering 20% off everything  Just fill your cart and use the code WEGOTHERE to get your discount. Not only is everything on sale, they are also offering totally free shipping. To take advantage of these great offers, just click on one of the links below to start shopping. Don't wait! Memorial Day weekend will soon be over and so will this sale!


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Now at the Player's Theater

What: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Where: The Players Theatre
             115 MacDougal
             New York, New York

When: Now through June 6, 2015
           Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM

The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams which premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of “The Gentleman Caller.” It won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945. The Glass Menagerie was Williams’ first successful play; he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights.

Tickets: $62 - $32
SPECIAL OFFER
use code PTNEWS for
$12 off Premium
$10 off Tier 1

by phone: 212-352-3101

For more info visit: www.beboldny.com
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Sussex County Miners First Official Game 

What: Sussex County Miners vs. New Jersey Jackals

Where: Skylands Stadium
             94 Championship Place
             Augusta. NJ

When: Monday May 25, 7:05 PM (Gates open 5:30 PM)

Military Appreciation Night including:

-       First pitches to be made by veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq
-       Military trucks will be stationed outside the stadium
-       The B-Street Band will be playing outside the stadium before the game
-       Postgame fireworks

Don't miss this historic opportunity to see New Jersey's newest professional  baseball team in their first home game!

To order tickets click here
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Upcoming at the  Camden Riversharks
Campbell's Field
401 N. Delaware
Camden, NJ

Wednesday, May 27th at 7:05pm, the Riversharks will be offering their May Unused Ticket Day. If you have unused tickets from any home games in the month of May, please bring your ticket to the box office for this game, and we'll happily exchange it for a ticket to this game!

Friday, May 29th at 7:05pm, arrive early for Freebie Friday as the first 1,000 fans will receive baseball totebags (pictured below) presented by Delaware Express!  We will celebrateComedy Night and pay tribute to "Saturday Night Live" as it celebrates its 40th anniversary season.  Check out clips from funny TV shows, movies, and more all throughout the game, and make sure to stick around for Kids Run the Bases presented by The Garden State Discovery Museum after the game.  (TICKETS)

Saturday May 30th at 5:35 PM, celebrate the biggest summer movie releases at our Summer Blockbuster Night.  The Riversharks will also honor hard working local students at ourShining Student Night.  Stick around after the game for Launch-A-Ball and our postgame fireworks spectacular! (TICKETS)
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Kids Concerts at Madison Square Park
225 5th Avenue
New York, New York

Long Island based musician and 2-time Grammy Nominee
His nominated album last year was called  Just Say Hi!

June 18 –  Alastair Moock and Friends
Boston based artist, Grammy  nominee
New album coming in June called  "All Kinds of You and Me" 

June 25 -  Recess Monkey 
Seattle teacher-rockers - tons of awards 
New June release called "Hot Air" 

See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/kids/kids-concerts#sthash.uDgPCqJM.dpuf

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Upcoming at the Trenton Thunder
Arm & Hammer Park
1 Thunder Road
Trenton, NJ



Friday May 29 7:00 PM
Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday May 30 7:00 PM
Post-Game Fireworks
Joe Plumeri Book Signing
Fans at ARM & HAMMER Park will have the unique opportunity to meet Joe Plumeri, the author of the brand new National Bestseller book The Power of Being Yourself: A Game Plan for Success--by Putting Passion into Your Life and Work. Fans will be able to purchase the book and have their copy personally signed during the Thunder game.

Sunday May 31 7:00 PM
Kids Drawstring Bags Giveaway
Kids Run the Bases
All kids ages 12 and under can run the bases after Sunday 1pm and 5pm games.

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Upcoming Events at the Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton Street
New York, New York
(all events take place at the above-referenced address unless otherwise noted)

LYKA’s Adventure
Date: Saturday, May 30 Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Price: $11 per person ages 1-65
Who: All ages
A little robot with a big heart is coming to CMA on Saturday, May 30th for a very special day of storytelling, art-making, play, and learning. Join us for a hands-on activities lead by CMA Teaching Artists and the creator of LYKA’S ADVENTURE, Lance Weiler and his 7 year old son Dylan. Create a coral reef at the Clay Bar, make Lyka’s adventures around the globe and through outer space come to life in the Animation Studio, record a message for Lyka at the Sound Booth, and much more. Young artists who participate throughout the day will be offered the opportunity to have Lyka carry their creations when she blasts back into space! LYKA’S ADVENTURE is an innovative discovery-based interactive platform that teaches 21st Century skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) while sparking imaginative play. Lyka, the cuddliest of robots, is on a mission to save her home planet, and she needs the help of kids on Earth! Powered around the world by the imaginations of children, to date Lyka has logged over 30,000 miles visiting schools and museums around the globe, including Australia, where she stars in a new series of books from Penguin Random House. Lyka is traveling to Manhattan (her first visit!) from the Great Barrier Reef just to meet you!  More about LYKA’S ADVENTURE: www.welovelyka.com

Free Arts Island Outpost 
Dates: Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays
May 23-September 27, 2015 Time: 11 AM – 3 PM
Location: Governors Island, Outside Building 14 in Nolan Park
Price: Free
Who: All ages
Visit our Free Art Island Outpost on historic Governors Island every Saturday & Sunday this summer from 11-3 PM for free hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences! Bring the whole family and join CMA’s Teaching Artists, as we spend the summer making artwork inspired by Governors Island itself! We will create works that show the importance of nature and parks, and our place in between. Influenced by the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Nils-Udo, and Richard Shilling, we will scavenge for what nature has to offer, collaborating with site-specific installations, and showcasing interactions with the sun, trees, water, and rocks. And be prepared to exploit the creative potential of everyday trash, repurposing it away from the landfills and oceans, by making it into clever and meaningful art. 

International Children’s Day Celebration
Date: June 1 & 3, 12-5 PM; June 4 & 5, 12-6 PM; June 6 & 7, 10 AM – 5 PM 
Price: $11 per person ages 1-65; Infants Seniors: Free 
Who: All ages 
Link: http://cmany.org/?p=15444  
Celebrate children and cultures around the world in honor of International Children's Day! Participate in workshops throughout the museum, including creating a collaborative community portrait in the Fine Arts Studio, a collaborative, 3D model of the Earth in the WEE Studio, World Flags & National Flowers at the Clay Bar, a pixilated wall of GIFs, and more! Also, view a special exhibition of puppets from around the world!

Mermaid Parade
Date: Saturday, June 13 Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Price: $11 per person ages 1-65; Infants & Seniors: Free
Who: All ages
Visit CMA's very own Mermaid Parade! Bring the whole family for parades throughout the museum! Make your own mermaid costume and mini parade floats, participate in a collaborative under the sea mural in the WEE Studio, create mermaids at the clay bar, Sing with Sebastian and record Underwater Songs in the Sound Booth, and much more!

Celebrate Father’s Day at CMA!
Date: June 15 & 17, 12-5 PM; June 18 & 19, 12-6 PM; June 20 & 21, 10 AM – 5 PM  
Price: $11 per person ages 1-65; Infants & Seniors: Free 
Who: All ages
Bring dad to CMA for a day of art-making fun for the whole family! Or leave dad at home and surprise him with a unique handmade gift! Throughout the week of June 15-22, create Family Photo Albums and DIY Ties in the Fine Arts Studio, dot marker cards in the WEE Arts Studio, busts of dad at the Clay Bar, "If I Were a Dad..." Found Object Portrait Animation, and more! 

Don't Forget: Dads receive FREE admission on Father's Day, June 21

Far, Far Away… at the Children’s Museum of the Arts On View
Date: May 14-September 6, 2015 Time: During CMA General Hours
Price: $11 per person ages 1-65; Infants & Seniors: Free
Who: All ages
The Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to announce Far, Far Away…, on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. Far, Far Away… is an exhibition that considers the possibility of alternate worlds, dreamscapes and imagined landscapes- places where adventures occur and fantasy takes over. Artworks featured in this exhibition will captivate and inspire us by evoking dreams of places that may only exist in our imaginations. In practice, many of these works highlight the artist’s process of manipulation. At the heart, these works celebrate storytelling and the power of visual art to weave a tale without using any text at all. Some works consist of dream-like fantasies filled with details and discoveries, while others address issues of youthful turmoil, awkward transitions between childhood and adulthood, or of ever- changing identity or illusion. Audiences are urged to fill in the blanks for themselves, identify with the familiar and non-familiar, and venture into the unknown, all before returning home safely. Please join us as we transport you into a world of transformation where anything is possible.
Exhibiting Artists: Meghan Boody,Joe Fig, Julie Heffernan, Gail LeBoff, Ethan Murrow
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Upcoming Events at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA
Twilight Yoga Presented by POP UP Yoga Philly
June 3, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM
Get excited about yoga, health and wellness! All body types and skill levels are welcome for this Yin Yoga Class. 

JuneFestivus
June 18, 2015, 4 -10 PM 
Enjoy some of Philly’s finest food trucks,activities, and a spring beer garden presented by Barren Hill Brewery. Admission is free, with food and beverage available for purchase from participating vendors.

WXPN Father’s Day Music Festival 
June 21, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
WXPN Hosts live music and fun.

Wawa Welcome America presents Philly @ The Movies
June 29, 2015 7:00 -11:00 PM
Bring a blanket and enjoy one of the summer’s hottest movies as part of Philadelphia’s Independence Day Celebration. Games and pre-show activities start at 7, movie begins at 9 pm.
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TADA! Theater One (1) Day Camp for New York Kids

What: One (1) Day Camp

Where: TADA! Theater
             15 West 28th Street
              3rd Floor 
              New York, NY 

When: June 4, 2015
            9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Who: Ages 6-11

Do your kids have off for Chancellor's Day? Then, sign them up for TADA! Theater's one day camp!

For more information or to register go to:
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iPlay America's Inagural Scout Day

What: Scout Day

Where: iPlay America
            110 Schank Road
             Freehold, NJ

When: June 14, 2015
            12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

On June 14, 2015, iPlay America will host its first Scout Day for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  All scouts who attend will receive a patch. Unlimited ride and game passes for just $19.95 each will be offered for this event. The day will also include additional entertainment and fun for scouts and their families.

To purchase tickets in advance go to iPlayAmerica.com/ScoutDay2015
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News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Manhattan Youth Ballet 
 Manhattan Movement and Art Center
 248 West 60th Street
New York, New York

What: With Regard ... In Practice and Performance


When: Friday May 29 at 7:00 PM
            Saturday May 30 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM

In Practice & Performance will feature world premieres by :

Brian Reeder
Marina Stavitskaya
Daniel Ulbricht
Frederick Earl Mosley 
Natalia Boesch 

as well as George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie.

What: A Gala Benefit Honoring Marina Stavitskaya

When: May 31 at 6:00 PM

Featuring:

Special performances by GUEST ARTISTS and alumni from:
American Ballet Theatre
New York City Ballet
WORLD PREMIERES by :
Brian Reeder
Marina Stavitskaya
Daniel Ulbricht
Frederick Earl Mosley 
Natalia Boesch

George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie.
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The School of American Ballet

What: Workshop Performance Benefit 2015

Where: Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center
              155 65th Street
              New York, New York

When:  June 2
5:30PM cockatils in Juilliard's Morse Hall
7pm in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center.
9pm seated dinner at the Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street)

The Workshop Performance Benefit 2015 is The School of American Ballet's most anticipated event of the year. The annual Workshop Performances are SAB's only public performances and a rare opportunity to get a sneak preview of the ballet world's up and coming young stars.

This year's benefit will celebrate the legendary Rudolf Nureyev and commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Scholarship. At the peak of his career, Mr. Nureyev spent many hours in the classroom, polishing his technique alongside SAB's students in Stanley Williams's acclaimed advanced men's class. In 1995, the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation generously presented the School with funding for an annual scholarship to support promising students in honor of Mr. Nureyev's affinity for SAB and Mr. Williams's teaching.

The 2015 Workshop Performances program will include 

19th & 20th Century Masters:
Petipa
Bournonville
Balanchine & Robbins)

Harlequinade ("Ballabile des Enfants")
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Riccardo Drigo

William Tell (pas de deux)
Choreography by August Bournonville
Music by Gioachino Rossini

The Sleeping Beauty (pas de deux)
Choreography by Peter Martins (after Marius Petipa)
Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Valse-Fantaisie
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Mikhail Glinka

Stars and Stripes (3rd Regiment "Thunder and Gladiator")
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay

Fanfare
Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Music by Benjamin Britten.

For more information, please contact the special events office at SAB at (212) 769-6610
Tickets and tables are available at www.sab.org/workshopbenefit.

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News from O&M Co.

The Visit Special Offer

What: Balcony Tickets for only $19.75

Where: The Visit
              Lyceum Theatre
              149 W. 45th Street
              New York, New York

When: Now through June 7, 2015

In honor of Kander and Ebb and the 1975 original opening of their musical Chicago, all balcony tickets for The Visit will be only $19.75 from now through the Tony Awards on June 7, 2015. 
The visit starring Chita Rivera is based on the satirical play by Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt as adapted by Maurice Valency. 

The Visit  directed by John Doyle features:

Music and lyrics by  John Kander & Fred Ebb
Book by Terrence McNally
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Scenic design by Scott Pask
Costume design by Ann Hould-Ward,
Lighting design by Japhy Weideman
Sound design by Dan Moses Schreier 
Orchestrations by Larry Hochman 
Music direction and arrangements by David Loud

Tickets are available at the  Lyceum Theater Box Office (149 West 45th Street, NYC) or on telechargeoffers.com using the code TVTALK520.

We will also be talking more about The Visit in this week's Where-To-Go Wednesday

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Submissions Only Release EP of Original Songs

Submissions Only,” the critically acclaimed webseries created in 2010 by Kate Wetherhead andAndrew Keenan-Bolger, has today released an EP of five original song

The EP  is called "Music of Submissions Only :and includes the following songs:

Kind of Crazy
featuring Rachel Potter
written by Brad Alexander  and Jill Abramovitz   

Where I’m S’posed to Be
written and performed by Kate Wetherhead and Julie Foldesi

“Is it Too Late?” 
written and performed by Julie Foldesi

Uh-Oh
written and performed by Julie Foldesi

Locked Away
written by Julie Foldesi 
performed by Jack Scott  

All songs were produced and mixed by Michael Croiter.

The EP is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com

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11th Annual Neo Concert

What: One Night Only Benefit Concert 
              Celebration Up and Coming Musical Theater Writers

Where: The York Theater Company at St. Peters
                  54 St just East of Lexington Ave.
                   New York, New York

When: Monday June 15 at 7:30 PM

The NEO 11 concert will feature songs by this year’s NEO writers

Christie Baugher (The Fitzgeralds of St. Paul)
Kathryn Hathaway and Benjamin Velez (Afterland)
Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop)
 AnnMarie Milazzo (Pretty Dead Girl)

The evening will be directed by Jennifer Paulson Lee (NEO 7) and Michael Unger 
with  music direction by Matt Castle 

Performers will be announced shortly.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 212-935-5824 (x214) or via the York’s website: www.yorktheatre.org.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.

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The Midtown Men to Perform Homecoming Benefit Concert

Where: The  Beacon Theatre
               2124 Broadway
               New York, New York

When: June 20, 2015

 The Midtown Men  a  vocal group comprised of four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys includes: 
                                Christian Hoff
                                Michael Longoria
                                Daniel Reichard
                                J. Robert Spencer 

They will sing their celebrated arrangements of the greatest hits of the 1960s at the Beacon, on June 20, 2015 their final show of this year’s tour.

They will be joined for this one night only benefit concert by:
                                                                                                                      Ronnie Spector
                                                                                                                      Shirley Alston Reeves
                                                                                                                       Gene Cornish


Tickets can be purchased at  www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000

For more information on The Midtown Men, visit www.themidtownmen.com
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