Friday, June 24, 2016

Funtivity Friday- Art Projects: Paper People

Here is a fun way to make a person out of paper.

What you will need:

Colored paper
Marker and/or crayons
Tape or glue

What to do:

1) Draw and cut a head and hands out of colored paper.

2) Draw and cut hair out of black paper.

3) Draw and cut a shirt out of blue paper.

4) Draw and cut a vest and a crown out of green paper

5) Draw and cut a pants out of purple paper.

6) Glue or tape the hair to the head.

7) Glue or tape the crown to the hair.

8) Glue or tape the vest to the shirt.

9) Glue or tape the head to the shirt.

10) Glue or tape the hands to the shirt.

11) Glue or tape the pants to the shirt.

12) Create details as necessary, such as a face, with markers or crayons.

These directions are for the paper person above. However, any of the colors can be changed, the size of the paper person can be changed (ours was large) or you can make completely your own paper person by deciding on your own clothing etc. that you will need and how you will decorate it. It may help to make a sketch of what you plan to make before you start cutting out pieces.


Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Coney Island Museum

We were given free tickets to The Coney Island Museum for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Me - The Coney Island Museum was decent. They had a bunch of fun house mirrors. It was fun looking at myself in them. One made me look bigger. One made me look shorter. One made me look taller. One made my legs look longer. They had a lot of pictures and things from amusement parks and beaches and stuff. I liked looking like at the prices and seeing how little things cost then. I also liked looking at the old amusement park rides They were cool. The bumper cars were so big and roomy which is ironic since usually things are bigger now. They had postcards that could light up two ways. One way it looked like night and one it looked like day. They were pretty when they lit up. They had a 3D model of the old Luna Park Amusement Park. It was interesting, but it didn't look like an amusement park because there were no rides. They had a lot of old silent films playing. They were documentaries about the way Coney Island used to be. Some of them were interesting.  The Coney Island Museum is a good way to learn about the history of Coney Island.

And that's Aurella's view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Bonnie and Clyde The Musical and Coney Island Museum

We were given free tickets to Bonnie and Clyde for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Bonnie and Clyde The Musical

Where: Kelsey Theatre
            1200 Old Trenton Road
            West Windsor, NJ

When : Friday June 24 at 8:00 pm
            Saturday June 25 at 8:00 pm
            Sunday 26 at 2:00 pm

Who: Teens and older

Mom's view: Bonnie and Clyde did not play very long on Broadway. Despite that it is a decent show, and Pierrot Productions at Kelsey Theatre does an admirable job with it. Bonnie Parker  as portrayed by Jordan Virgil is a wide eyed eager girl who just wants to be famous no matter how she achieves that goal. Clyde Barrow portrayed by Michael Lovett is a desperate man whose cynical view is that there is no other way for him but a life of crime, The music overall is not very memorable, but the show does contain some nice duets. There is a sweet ballad sung by Bonnie and Clyde's sister-in-law, Blanche called  You Love Who You Love. There is another more upbeat duet sung by Bonnie and Clyde called Too Late Too Turn Back Now. Of course, at its heart this is a show about vicious thieves and murderers so of course, the plot does involve violence which makes the show a poor choice for young children. However, in light of the state of the world today and recent circumstances particularly, the violence is downplayed as much as possible. There are no lingering dramatic stage deaths here nor are there any signs of fake blood or anything like it. The violence is presented as quickly and matter-of-factly as possible. The show is more about the love story between Bonnie and Clyde than about the criminals they were.  For more about Bonnie and Clyde or to order tickets go to
We were given free tickets to the Coney Island Museum for review purposes, Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Coney Island Museum

Where: 1208 Surf Avenue
            Coney Island, NY

Who: All ages

Mom's view: The Coney Island Museum is not very big, but it is full of history.  There are old amusement park rides. There are pictures and postcards including postcards that light up. There are fun house mirrors. There is a 3D model of Luna Park from 100 years ago. The original Luna Park amusement park opened around 1903 in Coney Island. The famous Cyclone wooden rollercoaster opened there in the 1920s and still remains open today at the current Luna Park after a complete refurbishment of the ride in the 1970s.There are also plenty of other artifacts in the museum. In the museum,  you can see historic films including short films by Thomas Edison and films about about the history of Coney Island and the amusements there. If you are interested in the history of amusement parks, resort areas, and or specifically the history of Coney Island, you will love this museum. If you are lucky enough to be there when Jay is working, he can tell you even more about the history of Coney Island. If you start talking to Jay, give yourself a long time at the museum. Otherwise, you will not need a lot of time to go through the museum unless you are particularly into history or want to watch all of the films that are running. The museum is located not far from other well known Coney Island sites like the New York Aquarium, Luna Park, and the original Nathan's. I would not recommend bringing very young children to the museum who would probably be bored and want to touch things. However, slightly older children might enjoy seeing the old amusement park rides and seeing themselves in the fun house mirrors. The fun house mirrors are the only part of the museum that is interactive. Most of the items are unable to be touched or photographed because they are so rare and old. For more information go to
And that's Mom's view. For more about the Coney Island Museum. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tips for Tuesday - Misc: You Are Amazing Products

We were given You Are Amazing Products for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
Me - Today I am recommending You Are Amazing Products. I liked the Vanilla Bean scented products. They smell really good. I liked the Lavender Fields scented products too but they smell the same as the Vanilla Bean. These products make my skin feel good. They make my skin feel clean but no more clean than my usual products. However, they smell better than my usual products, and they are fun to use. 
Mom - Today I am also recommending You Are Amazing Products. These products come in the following scents: Lavender Fields, Coconut Water, Eucalyptus Mint, Juicy Grapefuit, Vanilla Bean, Mango Papaya, Lemon Meringue, and Blooming Bouquet. They come in 4 varieties: Hello Beautiful Skin Body Lotion Collection, Final Spritz Body Mist Collection, Smooth It Out Exfoliating Body Scrub and Wash Collection, and Clean Up Body Wash Collection. These products are specifically meant for adolescent girls although anyone can use them. They are paraben and phthalate free, and they are not tested on animals. They smell great and make you smell good and make your skin feel great too.  These products are available at Target for afforable prices of $3.99 and under per bottle. Besides, all that for each product purchased, You Are Amazing donates leadership and development opportunities to empower girls to change the world as part of the United Nations Girl Up Program. For more information or to purchase theese products visit your local Target or go to

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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Father's Day at the Lakewood BlueClaws

Me - On Father's Day, we went to a Lakewood BlueClaws game. It was fun I liked that our team won. The BlueClaws beat the Kannpolis Intimidators 7-1! The coolest part of the game was when this guy hit a 3 run homerun! I have never seen anything cool like that before. I have never seen a grand slam, but I would really like too. My sister got to be mini manager of the day. Next time, we go I get to be, and I will talk about that more then. Every Sunday you can bring your dog to the BlueClaws so there were a lot of cute dogs and puppies. Sundays are also kids day. Kids can get a free hotdog, soda and chips. They also have special events for kids on Sundays. On Father's Day, you could have a catch on the field with your Dad after the game. We didn't do that. They gave out shirts to the men since it was Father's Day. I had ice cream at the game. It was delicious! I really enjoyed spending Father's Day at the BlueClaws, and if your Dad likes sports I would suggest spending your next Father's Day there if they have a home game that day.

Mom - We spent Father's Day at the Lakewood BlueClaws. It was a very busy day at the ballpark. There were plenty of Father's and kids at the ballpark and plenty of dogs. Melia was the Mini Manager of the game. Before, the game, she and I got to hang out in the dugout with the players. We met the manager, Shawn Williams. He seemed really young and made me feel really old, but he was nice though. He told me he had just finished his playing days himself. That only made me feel slightly better. It was very busy in the dugout. People kept coming and going including people who worked there, and people who didn't. The girl who sang the national anthem and was there with her family. She had a nice voice but she sang the anthem about the slowest I have ever heard it sung. The mascots, Buster and a new mascot, that is turtle whose name I don't know were going in and out of the dugout too. I think Melia had fun being the mini manager even though she was nervous about it. Aurella will be the mini manager at a game next month. She will talk more about what it means to be the mini manager and what mini managers do then. The mini managers duties only last until the game starts.When the game started, we went back to our seats. It was a good game. The BlueClaws won 7-1. I can't remember the last time the team I was rooting for was on the right side of a blowout like that. The only bad thing was that it was really really hot at the game. All in all, it was a good day, and a good Father's Day though. Well, at least I think it was, but of course, I am not a Dad.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 6/19/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Neighborhood Movies in Philadelphia Parks This Summer

Movies begin at 8pm or later depending on sundown.

“M” Night at Burholme Park featuring $5 mini-golf at Burholme Golf, $5 cupola tours of Ryerss Museum, and free kid-friendly movies on the lawn by the museum – June 24 “Minions,” July 29“Inside Out,” and August 26 “Zootopia.”

Food & Flick Fridays at The Oval featuring a variety of food trucks and a different movie theme each Friday night, July 15-August 19.

Neighborhood Park Movies

“Minions” – Monday, June 20, Palmer Park 1701 Frankford Ave.

“The Peanuts Movie” – Monday, June 27, Marconi Plaza, 2700 Broad St.

“The SpongeBob Movie” – Wednesday, July 13, Woodside Park, 3910 Conshohocken Ave.

“Aladdin” – Monday, July 18, Pleasant Hill Park, 9201 Delaware Ave.

“The Good Dinosaur” – Wednesday, August 17, Coxe Park, 2132 Cherry St.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – Wednesday, August 24, Hagert St. Playground, 2024 E. Hagert St.

The 8th Annual 
National High School Musical Theatre Awards
Minskoff Theatre
200 W. 45th St.
New York, NY

Monday June 27, 2016
ZACHARY LEVI will host the eighth annual awards ceremony on Monday, June 27th at 7:30PM at the Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street in Manhattan. Sixty-two high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy™ Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the eighth annual presentation. The talent showcase will feature dynamic ensemble and solo performances.

Student performers qualify to compete in the national program by winning top honors at regional high school musical theatre awards competitions presented by Broadway League member performing arts centers. Over 1,000 high schools and 50,000 students participate in these annual events. Since its inception in 2009, the NHSMTA has enabled over $1,000,000 in university and conservatory scholarships to be awarded to talented students at the national and local level—several of whom have already been cast in Broadway, Touring and West End productions.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting NHSMTA.COM or TICKETMASTER.COM and range from $39 to $89. Premium seats are $250.
Luau Pig Roast at First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ

Sunday July 2, 2016
Space is filling up fast for the Pig Roast BBQ Picnic at the BlueClaws Luau on July 2nd.

The Pig Roast BBQ features an all-you-can-eat buffet with a roasted pig, spam with pineapple, hamburgers, hot dogs, and much more. Gates open at 5 pm for a two-hour set from the Parrot Beach Band and the BBQ runs from 6 pm - 8 pm. Space is very limited.

To sign up, click here or call Ashley Lonsway at 732-901-7000 ext 147.
Summer Camps at TADA! Youth Theater

Age 6-8 (at TADA 15 W. 28th St.)

July 5-8        Red, White & The Blue
July 11-15    Pirates & Princesses*
July 18-22    Lost Treasure*
July 25-29    Arr...Me Matey!*

Ages 9-14 (at TADA 15 W. 28th St. or 134 W. 29th St.)

July 5-8        Coney Island
July 11-15    Pirates & Princesses*
July 18-22    The Caribbean*
July 26-29    Swashbucklers*

* Campers will atttend a performance of TADA's original musical ADVENTURES FROM EZRA JACK KEATS performed by kids for family audiences.

2-Week Mini Camps
Ages 4-5 (at 134 W. 29th St.)

July 11-22            Princesses & Pirates or Jammin' in the Jungle
July 25-August 5 Dramatic Dinosaurs or Silly Beans and Sweet Dreams

TADA! Camps on the UWS (at Triad, 158 W. 72nd St.)

July 5-8      Yankee Doodle Dandy
July 11-18  Runway Ready
July 18-22  In the Jungle ...
July 25-29  Christmas in July

For more information or to register your child for camp click here
Circle Line 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Pier 83 W. 42nd St. at 12th Ave.
New York, NY

Food & Open Bar included on an exclusive VIP Boat

For more information or to order tickets click here
News from Boneau Bryan-Brown

Critically Acclaimed Titles
Are Returning to Cinemas Nationally

National Theatre Live is thrilled to announce that a selection of their most celebrated and acclaimed broadcasts will be returning to cinemas in 2016. These broadcasts will feature Tony Award winner & host of “The Late Late Show” James CordenAcademy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, “Elementary” star Jonny Lee Miller, Academy & Tony Award winner Helen Mirren and more! New “live” events will be announced soon for the fall 2016 season. For more information, visit

One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden
·         Encore broadcasts begin June 21, 2016 nationwide.
·         Host of “The Late Late Show” James Corden won a Tony Award for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors. Now catch the future host of the 2016 Tony Awards in his critically acclaimed performance, which was captured at the National Theatre during its original London run.

The Audience starring Helen Mirren
·         Encore broadcasts begin July 19, 2016 nationwide.
·         See Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe in their Tony Award-winning roles in this re-broadcast of the original London production of The Audience recorded live at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

A View from the Bridge starring Mark Strong
·         Encore broadcasts begin September 13, 2016 nationwide.
·         Mark Strong won an Olivier Award for creating the role of Eddie Carbone in director Ivo van Hove’s innovative new production at the Young Vic in London. The production received critical acclaim when it transferred to Broadway late last year for a limited run.

Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller
·         Encore broadcasts begin October 25, 2016 nationwide.
·         Benedict Cumberbatch & Jonny Lee Miller both earned Olivier Awards for their celebrated performances alternating in the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature. One of NT Live’s most popular broadcasts ever,Frankenstein returns to cinemas once again due to audience demand.

Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch
·         Encore broadcasts begin November 15, 2016 nationwide.
·         Benedict Cumberbatch took on the celebrated title role in Shakespeare’s classic play in a sold out run at the Barbican Theatre last year. Audiences have one more chance to see Cumberbatch in this critically acclaimed production directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
A Bronx Tale The New Musical to Open on Broadway December 1, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre

Tickets  on Sale Now!

A BRONX TALE THE MUSICAL will open on Broadway on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). Previews will begin Thursday, November 3, 2016.  The new musical will be co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio TrujilloA BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Group tickets are available now through Dodger Group Sales at 1-877-536-3437. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 24 through by phone at 212-239-6200 and online at

The Broadway Channel

Brings Broadway to households nationwide with

Debut of unprecedented Broadway OTT video content
 on Apple TVAmazon Fire and Roku

The Broadway Channel, featuring exclusive video content provided by, will now make the Broadway experience accessible to millions of households nationwide with the over-the-top (OTT) channel’s debut on Apple TV,Amazon and Roku, answering the call to the way the modern consumer accesses television and video content.

The new Broadway Channel App is the premiere destination for all things Broadway including’s coverage of the 2016 Tony Awards and exclusive behind the scenes footage from the 11-time Tony winning production of Hamiltonfeaturing the weekly video blog series, Aaron Burr, Sir: Backstage at Hamilton with Leslie Odom Jr.’s exclusive video content made its broadcast television debut last weekend with the CBS half hour television special “ Presents At The Tonys with Imogen Lloyd Webber” that aired in 27 markets nationwide and will be further available on The Broadway Channel App.

The Broadway Channel, available at no charge, will launch Wednesday, June 15 on Apple TV and will also be available by visiting the Amazon Fire and Roku online stores.

The Broadway Channel will bring theater fans everywhere unprecedented video content, including red carpet coverage, behind-the-scenes access and exclusive interview features. Highlights include:

-       "One on One" chats between Broadway stars and personalities including Imogen Lloyd Webber.
- #BuzzNow breaking news stories.
-       “Fresh Face” features on rising talents.
-       Documentary-style "Character Study" videos offering an inside peek at the actor’s process.
-       “Building Broadway” stories with creative team members.
-       "Ask a Star" segments with top stars fielding fan questions.
-       Popular talk shows "Show People," hosted by Paul Wontorek and "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell"
-       Backstage vlogs hosted by the stars themselves.

News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Free Access to Downtown Cultural Institutions at
Third Annual Night at the Museums on Tuesday, June 21st
The Downtown Culturals Group presents the third annual Night at the Museums, bringing visitors and locals of Lower Manhattan unique experiences at 15 of the area's most diverse and culturally significant institutions. The event is presented as a part of River To River Festival 2016, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual summer arts festival. Night at the Museums takes place on Tuesday, June 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and many of the sites include special programming and tours.

Visitors of all ages can spend a summer evening exploring New York City's history and heritages. All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another in one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world.

Special this year, visitors can also enjoy Make Music New York, a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs, including Lower Manhattan.

Additionally, beginning on June 21 and every Tuesday until August 20, visitors are invited to experience the growing and vibrant food scene in Lower Manhattan. Sign up at to get discounts, freebies, and other surprises at 35 restaurants across the district.

For complete information, including a map and schedule of events, visit or pick up a free Night at the Museums Guide at any of the participating institutions.

All activities are free but some require tickets or advance reservation: The National September 11 Memorial Museum tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4:00 p.m. Walking tours offered by Lower Manhattan Tours require an advance reservation and a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups. See details below and on the NATM website.

Participating museums and historical sites-and one walking tour company-are:

African Burial Ground National Monument is dedicated to teaching about Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. Visitors can tour the museum, view the film "Our Time At Last," and speak to National Park Service rangers about the history of the site from its creation through its rediscovery to its designation as a national park.

The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, educates and inspires visitors through the diary, spirit, and legacy of Anne Frank. A permanent exhibition enables visitors to learn about Anne's world in hiding and her incredible optimism despite the chaos that was around her. Visitors can see the documentary film, "The Short Life of Anne Frank."

China Institute, celebrating its 90th Anniversary this September at its new Downtown headquarters, is committed to advancing a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business, and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens the global community. Visitors can celebrate China Institute's move to Lower Manhattan with live music, a Chinese calligraphy demonstration, and delicious ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream.

Federal Hall National Memorial serves as a museum and memorial to America's first President and the beginnings of the United States of America. Exhibits present the history of Federal Hall. National Park Service Ranger-led tours will be offered on the hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

Fraunces Tavern® Museum is the only museum located in Manhattan that focuses on the Colonial period, Revolutionary War, and the Early Republic. Discover just how important New York City was during the birth of our nation. Sample a tasting of Samuel Fraunces Ale during this special night and enjoy colonial music and dance presentations provided by historical Balladeer Linda Russell and The Tricorne Dance Ensemble. Kids can dress up in colonial costume and take home a souvenir photo.

Lower Manhattan Tours takes visitors through the historic capital of world finance: the one-square-mile of downtown Manhattan known as "Wall Street."  Mini-Walking Tours (half-hour duration) will take place every 30 minutes, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tours meet in front of 55 & 57 Wall Street and end at one of the museums or historic sites participating in Night at the Museums. Please book in advance at Tours will fill up quickly. A small number of slots will be held for walk-ups.

Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to American finance and financial history. In addition to the permanent exhibits, visitors can see special exhibits including "America in Circulation," which features hundreds of beautiful examples of American money and "Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up," which captivates visitors with the many spectacular and unexpected ways gold has influenced our lives through hundreds of unique and rare objects. Visitors can take part in free tours at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with a limit of 20 people per tour.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers exhibitions that explore modern Jewish history, life, and culture. The Core Exhibition presents Jewish history and heritage from before, during, and after the Holocaust. Special exhibitions on view are: "Stitching History From the Holocaust," which explores the true story of talent lost, and "Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited," a thought-provoking exhibition about the people and events that have sparked more than a century of debate. Guided tours of the Core Exhibition will be offered on the hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

National Archives at New York City invites visitors to connect with history and discover the many national treasures of New York. Begin your journey into family history research/genealogy in the Research Center by examining immigrant arrivals (including Ellis Island), Federal census and naturalization (citizenship) records, plus so much more. The Learning Center offers "Amending America" activities and "Archival Adventures." In the Welcome Center, view select original documents that explore the Bill of Rights, constitutional amendments, and instances in which American citizens have sought to amend the Constitution to attain greater rights and freedoms. Meet Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson (historic reenactors) and witness these famous founding fathers debate our nation's principles.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution illuminates through exhibitions and programs the diversity of Native peoples of the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Patagonia. Special tours will be offered of the museum's collections, Infinity of Nations, Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains, and the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Building Tour on the hour from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Tours of Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed will take place at 6:00 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Spanish. Children can also partake in fun and educational activities celebrating Native People of the Great Plains from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

National September 11 Memorial Museum is the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events, and exploring 9/11's continuing significance. Free admission is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the last admission two hours prior to closing. Tickets are not available in advance and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the museum starting at 4:00 p.m.

NYC Municipal Archives, located in a stunning Beaux Arts building, holds New York City Government's historical records beginning with documents deeding land to the Lady Deborah Moody in 1645. The remarkable archives include early maps of the City, drawings for the Brooklyn Bridge, designs for Central Park, and other municipal records. Visitors can view "Little Syria, NY: An Immigrant Community's Life and Legacy," an exhibit developed by the Arab American National Museum which documents a neighborhood on Manhattan's lower west side that was home to one of the largest and earliest communities of Arab Americans in the nation, as well as records from the Municipal Archives and an exhibit of photographs by Mike Appleton.

9/11 Tribute Center, created by the September 11th Families Association, offers visitors a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community including survivors, family members, rescuers, and first responders. Visitors learn about 9/11 through personal stories told by those who were there. Docents will be available in the museum galleries to speak to visitors about the events of September 11th as well as their personal experiences.

Poets House offers something for everyone in the wide and varied tradition of verse. Visitors can peruse the 60,000-volume poetry library and view paintings from a special exhibition, "Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner." Participate in a poetry scavenger hunt: visitors will be given popular poems with several words missing and will have to find the poems in books in the extensive library. The first person to correctly complete three poems will receive a free, one-year membership to Poets House. Everyone who fills in at least one poem correctly will get a special Haiku pencil, curated by poet Robert Hass.

The Skyscraper Museum, located in the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, celebrates New York City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. The museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. At 5:00 p.m., take a curator's tour with founding director Carol Willis of the museum's special exhibition "GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY."

South Street Seaport Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The museum uses its historic buildings, unique art collection, and ships to provide educational experiences and interactive exhibits. Enjoy free entry to the exhibition "Street of Ships: The Port and Its People." Walking tours exploring the history of the East River waterfront start at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (one-hour duration). Bowne Printers offers live demonstrations on printing presses dating from the mid-19th century.

For complete information, including a map and schedule of events, visit or pick up a free Night at the Museums Guide at any of theparticipating institutions.


presents Two Programs
World Premiere of Cassandra's Curse
NYC Premiere of Polymorphous
featuring Guest Artist Kathleen Turner
The Joyce Theater
June 21-26, 2016

RIOULT Dance NY, a leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, returns to The Joyce Theater from June 21-26, 2016 with eight performances featuring World and New York City Premieres. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at  

An established name in modern dance with a reputation for performing sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works, RIOULT Dance NY performs two programs. WOMEN ON THE EDGE...Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War examines the role of women in times of conflict and features the World Premiere of Cassandra's Curse, set to live music. The second program is distinguished by the New York City premiere of Polymorphous, a piece exploring the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology; Duets, a suite of magnificent duets drawn from some of Pascal Rioult's finest dances; and two repertory works. Kathleen Turner joins the company as narrator for performances on June 21, June 23 and the evening of June 25.

pecial events during the company's Joyce Theater engagement include a Family Matinee on Saturday, June 25 with $10 tickets available for children aged 6-14; a Curtain Chat following the Thursday, June 23 performance with members of the company, as well as a gala immediately following the performance on June 22 at Studio 450, 450 W. 31st Street, NYC.  Call 212-398-5901 for gala tickets.

RIOULT Dance NY Season at The Joyce Theater - June 21-26, 2016

PROGRAM A: WOMEN ON THE EDGE...Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War
Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30pm; Thursday, June 23* & Saturday, June 25 at 8pm; Sunday, June 26 at 7:30pm
*Stay with us for a post-performance Curtain Chat after the curtain goes down on Thursday, June 23.

Iphigenia (2013)
Iphigenia is a dance drama chronicling a young woman's transfiguration from innocent child to transcendental heroine. Based on Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis, it focuses on King Agamemnon's decision to sacrifice his daughter - much to the horror of his wife, Clytemnestra, and his daughter's betrothed, Achilles - and Iphigenia's ultimate acceptance of her fate. Through dramatic dance scenes woven together with a recurring ensemble-the Greek chorus, the part-narrative, part-abstract piece unfolds, reintroducing audiences to this beautifully tragic story.

On Distant Shores (2011)
On Distant Shores...A Redemption Fantasy evokes the ancient myth of Helen of Troy. "I always thought Helen got a bad rap," says Pascal Rioult. In this work he sets out to redeem her, imagining she is brought to Troy against her will, where she encounters four god-like warriors.

Cassandra's Curse (World Premiere)
The world premiere of Pascal's new work, Cassandra's Curse, is set to a commissioned score by acclaimed composer Richard Danielpour and will premiere with live music. Loosely based on Euripides' The Trojan Women, this dance reveals the character of Cassandra, whose gift of prophecy allows her to foresee the unfortunate fate of Troy, though not a soul believes her.  Her curse is a metaphor for a society's tendencies to ignore the voice of reason and to repeat its history of war and violence.

Cassandra's Curse is co-commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Dance and created in part with the support from the Made in Wickenburg Residency program with funding from the R. H. Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, and the Wellik Foundation.

Program B
Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm*; Friday, June 24 at 8pm; Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26 at 2pm

*Gala immediately following this performance at Studio 450.  

Dream Suite (2014)
Dream Suite is a contemporary take on romanticism. The contrasting mood of Tchaikovsky's "Orchestral Suite No. 2 in C Major" is juxtaposed with more aggressive, rhythmic and athletic movement. With a palette inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, this thoroughly contemporary work delves into the surreal as it evolves.

Polymorphous (2015) - NYC Premiere
Set to selections from J.S. Bach's "The Well Tempered Clavier," Polymorphous explores the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology. The work takes on the very idea of polymorphism, referring to the act of something that assumes or occurs in various forms.

A series of duets drawn from Pascal Rioult's extensive repertory captures his knack for distinctive partnering.

Bolero (2002)
Bolero, one of Rioult's most popular works, is a bold and unique interpretation of Ravel's famous musical score. Its perpetual motion and ever-changing patterns build to an inevitable climax, creating a riveting tour de force.

presents Pre-Season Events
at Various Times and Locations June 22 - July 26
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents the company's August 2016 Season Pre-Season Events. Prepare to revel in a world of festivity, sensuality, and high drama in Paris's storied past with fun and engaging activities leading up to the company's season entitled Violetta & her Sisters. Tickets are $20 - 54 and include a discount code for our August festival performances! For more information visit:

Love for Sale:An Evening of Jazz
Wednesday, June 22, Sets at 7 and 9pm
Café Noctambulo at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave.
TICKETS: $20 cover/$20 food and drink minimum per set OR $30/30 for both
Join dell'Arte alum Nicole Zuraitis for two sets (7 p.m. & 9 p.m.) for a smooth and sultry nod to "working girls."  Carmen Staaf, piano with special guest Kimberly Hawkey.

Shady Ladies of the Met Museum of Art
Friday, July 15 at The Met Museum
TICKETS: $49 (includes Met Museum admission). Maximum 20 attendees!
Please note: select July 15 and key in password 'Arte' for this private event
Professor Andrew Lear presents a special dell'Arte edition of his celebrated "Shady Ladies" museum tour.
You will never see them in quite the same light again!

Violetta and her Sisters: Season Preview
Tuesday, July 26 at 6pm, Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St.
TICKETS: $10 cover/$10 minimum.
Talented cast members perform excerpts from August festival programming, hosted by Lisa Flanagan.

The season continues with Violetta & her Sisters featuring Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, Jules Massenet's Manon,a semi-staged Scenes from the demi-monde, with excerpts from Puccini's La Rondine and Leoncavallo's La bohème, and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d'Indy, Loeffler and others.

Violetta & her Sisters will be performed in The Rose Nagelberg Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, with 14 performances from August 13-28, 2016. La traviata will be performed on August 13-14, 25, and 27 at 7:30pm, and August 20-21 at 2pm; Manon on August 20, 22, 24, 26 at 7:30pm and August 28 at 2pm; Scenes from the demi-monde on August 19 and 23 at 7:30pm and a very special recital Chansons de Baudelaire August 27 at 2pm.  
Ardea Arts
Presents Showcase Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera
At Paerdegat Park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

June 25-27, 2016
Ardea Arts announces BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. Showcase performances will take place at Paerdegat Park in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Saturday-Monday June 25-27, 2016 at 6pm. For more information, visit
BOUNCE is grounded in pressing issues facing today's youth. Based on the Greek myth The Flight of Icarus, BOUNCE tells the story of Ike "The Flight" Harris, a high school basketball star bound for stardom. Audiences will see if "Flight" can rebound from the emotional and physical pain of gun violence as the story plays out on local basketball courts across the country.
Pairing diverse casting with a fresh approach to arts engagement, local high school students working along side seasoned professionals are integrated into the production using the powerful medium of basketball. They become the basketball players, the cheerleaders and Flight's classmates and teammates. Local and national community leaders also play a number of the adult roles.

Pairing diverse casting with a fresh approach to arts engagement, local high school students working along side seasoned professionals are integrated into the production using the powerful medium of basketball. They become the basketball players, the cheerleaders and Flight's classmates and teammates. Local and national community leaders also play a number of the adult roles.
Basketball is a simple game - get the ball in the basket. But this 'simple' game becomes complex when outside forces like money and fame challenge team ethics. Isaac "Flight" Harris, a gifted and ambitious young player is on a fast track to stardom until his wings are clipped by the actions of a jealous teammate. We experience Flight's descent, then the powerful epiphany that changes his world forever. Synthesizing the grandeur of operatic singing with the grittiness of street rhythms, electronic dance music and urban hip-hop vocal stylings, BOUNCE asks: how does one rise up after being knocked down? The answer is in the game of basketball itself.
News from DKC/O&M





The new musical Dear Evan Hansen has found its home: it will officially open at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street) on Sunday, December 4, 2016.  Previews begin in November.   With a book by Steven Levenson, score by Tony® Award nominees Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by 3-time Tony® Award nominee Michael GreifDear Evan Hansen had its world premiere at Arena Stage, Washington D.C., this past summer and recently concluded its record-breaking New York debut at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage.  Tickets for the open-ended Broadway engagement go on sale June 19.  For more news and information on tickets, visit


“ B R I G H T   S T A R ”

The new musical from 2016 Tony Award nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, June 26, after 30 preview and 109 regular performances. 

Tickets for Bright Star ($45 - $145) are available by visiting the Cort Theatre box office Monday – Saturday10am – 8pm; online at, or by calling 800-447-7400. For groups of 10 or more, call 1-800-BROADWAY, ext. 2.

The performance schedule for Bright Star is as follows: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

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The McKittrick Hotel’s recently announced The Wizard of Oz-themed Supercinema—which is set to take place during NYC Pride Weekend—will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community and its allies in response to the national tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida this week.  This Supercinema, called The Emerald City Ball, will be held as previously announced on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street, New York, NY), home of Sleep No More.  For more information,
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Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will take to the sea (or at least, the river) when she brings her Greatest Hits Solo Tour home to NYC, with a floating family show at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 on a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise on the Hudson River. This show is part of Circle Line's new Circle Live Summer Concert Series of live, open air performances by notable artists.

WHAT: Laurie Berkner, Solo! "The Greatest Hits Tour" Goes Afloat!

WHEN: Doors open 10:30 a.m. Boat departs 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016.
WHERE: Circle Line Cruises, North River Landing, Pier 83 at West 42nd Street and the Hudson River, NYC 10036
TICKETS: $39, $99*, plus applicable fees
A limited number of $99 VIP tickets are available.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Call 877-987-6487 or visit the Ticketfly website
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the Circle Live music series website or the Ticketfly website.
*VIP tickets include after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the band from Laurie.
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