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Friday, November 16, 2018

Giveaway: Win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to National Ballet Theatre of Odessa's The Nutcracker at NJPAC!


Welcome to  the In All Things Give Thanks Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox

The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite. Every ballet company seems to have their own version of The Nutcracker. Now, there is even a new Nutcracker movie. One version of The Nutcracker currently touring the US is  The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa's version. Their version uses the same authentic Russian choreography as the Bolshoi Ballet. They are dedicated to maintaining a solid tradition of Russian classical dancing. If you are interested in attending the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa's The Nutcracker at NJPAC on December 16 at 7:00 PM., enter our giveaway below.

Giveaway Dates 11/16 - 11/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ WW
Must live in or be able to travel to Newark, NJ area on 12/16/18
to receive prize.*
Giveaway for tickets only
No lodging, No transportation 


Once you have entered our giveaway,  hop around to all the other blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.




Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Theater Thursday - The Office! A Musical Parody and The Other Josh Cohen

We were given free tickets to The Office! A Musical Parody for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: The Office! A Musical Parody

Where: The Theater Center
             1627 Broadway
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

When: Through December 30, 2018






Me - The Office! A  Musical Parody was a really good show. It was really funny! The Office is one of my favorite TV shows. Anyone who likes that show would love this show. There are a lot of references to great parts of the show and different things that happened. The actors were really good. The actor that played the charcter of Michael Scott was actual female but she was especially good. She really captured the essence of Michael. The songs were good too. They were very amusing. There was one song called Threat Level Mid Afternoon  or something like that which was a parody of a screenplay the character of Michael wrote in the show called Threat Level Midnight. That episode was one of my favorite's in the show. Even if you don't watch The Office, you would still be able to follow what is going on in this show. Everyone would probably like this very enjoyable show.




For more information or to purchase tickets to The Office! A Musical Parody http://theofficemusicalparody.com.
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We were given free tickets to The Other Josh Cohen for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.



What:The Other Josh Cohen

Where: Westside Theater Downstairs
              407 W. 43rd St.
              New York, NY              

Who: Recommended for Ages 16 and Up





Mom's view: The Other Josh Cohen is a completely original and unpredictable show. That alone would make it worth checking out. However, there is more to the show than that. It's sweet and funny and romantic. It has fun and unique songs including one about Neil Diamond. It has a talented cast most of whom play a variety of characters as well as a variety of instruments.  It will give hope to anyone who believes in fate and that everything happens for a reason. It's just a really nice show.






For more about The Other Josh Cohen or to purchase tickets, visit http://otherjoshcohen.com/#home

And that's Mom's view. Tune in Saturday for a Saturday Special.

Photo credits: All The Office! A Musical Parody photos by Russ Rowland
                       All The Other Josh Cohen production photos by Caitlin McNaney

Giveaway: Win A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace In the Face of Tragedy by Pati Navalta Poblete in the Gratitude Giveaway!




Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds


This is the season for giving thanks. Be thankful if you have a roof over your head. Be thankful if you have a loving family. There are so many things to be thankful for. However, it is also important at this time of  year to remember others who are not as fortunate as ourselves. There are people who are homeless. There are people who don't have a family. There are people whose families have had to deal with unspeakable tragedy. With all the mass shootings that seem to happen almost every day lately that group of people seems be getting larger and larger. Pati Navalta Poblete is a mother whose son was senselessly gunned down for his car. Although at first, she was overcome by grief, eventually she was able to channel that grief in positive way not only to help herself but to help others as well. A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in The Face of Tragedy  is Pati Navalta Poblete's memoir. It is a very moving read. For more about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy To win a copy of this memoir, enter below and remember in this season of thanks, don't wait for your life to be affected by tragedy to try and make a positive difference in the world. Just do it.

Giveaway Dates 11/15 - 11/30

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US Only


Once you have enter our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.

Disclaimer: Hosts and participating  bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self -sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - The Big Apple Circus

We were given free tickets to The Big Apple Circus for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: The Big Apple Circus

Where: Damrosch Park
             175 W. 62nd St.

Who: All ages

When: Through January 27, 2018

 

Me - I really liked the Big Apple Circus this year. The whole show was very exciting  I have seen it a few times in previous years and always enjoyed it. I like that the Big Apple Circus is in a small tent instead of  a big arena. It puts you closer to the action and makes you feel more a part of the show. Also, there is not a bad seat in the house because none are too far away. A bunch of the acts in this year's show were ones I had seen before and a bunch weren't. For the second year in a row, they had a new ringmaster. This one was female. She was good. They didn't really have clowns. They just had two guys who did comedy acts between other acts. I liked them better. Clowns get on my nerves. The new guys were funnier than clowns. I don't think clowns are that funny. My favorite act  this year was the dog act. They have actually been a part of The Big Apple Circus every time I have seen it. Every time, they are just as good though.  They are so amusing and cute. I love dogs!  They also have a horse act with the same trainer. The horses were pretty, but they didn't do much. They did more just standing around or walking around  in circles. The dogs did more tricks and stuff. All in all, the 2018 version of The Big Apple Circus was a ton of funny, and I would highly recommend going.

 
 

Mom - The Big Apple Circus is back in town and while it is not necessarily better than ever, as it would be hard to top last year's line up which included the world famous Wallendas, it is still worth seeing. This year's line up is  almost completely different but still full of exciting acts including some that you probably have never seen before, such as, a man performing on a ladder (which is a whole lot more interesting than it sounds) and a horizontal juggling act. There also amazing trapeze artists, an incredible wall trampoline act and more. There is even a woman ringmaster. Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to do much. She does not open the show. She does not even introduce all of the acts although she does introduce some of them. There are no clowns per se but there are a couple of guys who do comedic skits between acts. Sometimes they are funnier than other times. This may not be the greatest show on earth, but it is still extremely entertaining and will definitely put a smile on your face. Besides, it is a lot better than other circuses we have seen recently that seem to exist solely for merchandising purposes. We actually saw one circus recently where the intermission was almost as long as the show and both before the show and during intermission they sold animal rides, face painting and various other things to the crowd on the big top floor. It is not that there is no merchandising at The Big Apple Circus. Of course, there is plenty of food and other items available for sale. However, the emphasize is where it should be on putting on an entertaining show, and they do a great job of it.

 
For more information, to purchase tickets and/or to find out when and where else The Big Apple Circus may be appearing visit https://bigapplecircus.com.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tips for Tuesday: Books: Night of Miracles, Movies: Everbody's Talking About Jaime, Misc: Wohome Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

We may have been given one or more of the products lised below for review purposes.This post  may also contain affilate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we will be compensated. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Night of the Miracles by Elizabeth Berg


Mom's  view- Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, a book about a small town and its inhabitants, is the perfect antidote to the divisive world we live in today. The people in Mason, Missouri care about each other, help each other and are there for one another. We would all be a lot better off if the whole world was like the fictional town of Mason. If you need to get a way from the real world and escape into  the world of a book for a while, this one is a great choice.


Movies: Everbody's Talking About Jaime

Mom's view  - Everybody's Talking About Jaime is  hit musical about a boy who wants to be  drag queen currently playing in London. The show was filmed live,  and has already been shown in Regal movie theaters all over on at least two previous dates. It will be in movie theaters at least one more time tomorrow, Wednesday November 14, 2018, and you won't want to miss it. It is a beautiful well acted story both about being one's true self and about acceptance of others the way they are. It is full of memorable songs that you will actually want to listen to again. There are fun effervescent upbeat numbers like the opening number And You Don't Even Know It and the title number. There are beautiful hearfelt meaningful ballads like If I Met Myself Again and It Means Beautiful. There truly is not a bad song in the bunch. All in all, this is definitely a show worth seeing so if you can't get to London to see it live, you are definitely going to want to try to make it to the movie theater to see it tomorrow.

For more about Everybody's Talking About Jaime or to find out where it will be playing near you, visit www.regmovies.com/movies/everybodys-talking-about-jamie

Misc: Wohome Active Noise Cancelling Headphones



Mom's view: Wohome Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are easy to use and work great at eliminating noise. You can use them with any blue tooth device or with a device's own headphone by using the auxiliary cable included with the headphones. Although they do not eliminate all noises, they do eliminate a lot of  noises including those related to commuting on an interstate bus even if you are sitting in the noisest part of the bus. They definitely make life a lot more peaceful.

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

Giveaway: Win a Harry Potter Ravenclaw Bracelet in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!


Welcome to the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop
hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island


It's a Harry Potter World, and we all just live in it or at least sometimes it feels that way. The lastest installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them saga is about to open in movie theaters any day now, there is a new Harry Potter exhibit at the New York Historical Society (more on that in a future post), and there is even a Harry Potter show on Broadway (forgetting for a moment that many people don't consider that real Harry Potter since it was written by a different author, and that is only the least of their gripes about the show). Harry Potter is truly everywhere, but that's okay because everyone loves Harry Potter. Well that may not be exacty true, but what is true is that a large number of people definitely do love Harry Potter. Our giveaway is for them.  We are giving away a prize that any Harry Potter fan would love to wake up and find in their Christmas stocking - a Harry Potter Ravenclaw bracelet like the one pictured above. To enter to win it, see below:

Giveaway Dates 11/13 - 11/27

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US 


Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the other blogs listed below and see what other great prizes you can enter to win.






Disclaimer: Hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Monday, November 12, 2018

More Theater Monday - Durst Case Scenerio: Midterm Madness

What: Durst Case Scenerio: Midterm Madness

Where: The Playroom Theater
             151 W. 46th St.
             8th Fl
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 16 and up

When: Now through November 18 only!



Mom - For many of us the saying we laugh because if we didn't we'd cry has never been more true. That's why late night talk show hosts and their scathing political commentaries have never been more important. They give us a sense of community, a sense of we are all in this together. Will Durst is a political satirist. His show, Durst Case Scenerio: Midterm Madness, now playing at The Playroom Theater in New York City does the same thing only better because not only is it a kind of catharsis but it is one you can actually share with a bunch of like minded people and not just virtually through your television set, computer or some other electronic device. If you voted for Donald Trump and would again and you actually like the direction in which this country is heading, you probably aren't going to enjoy this show. In fact, at the performance I attended one person walked out. However, if are on the other side of the fence, then you would not only enjoy this show, you need it.


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