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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Relative Silence

We may have been given complimentary copies of one or more of the books and/or other products listed below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Book: Relative Silence 


Relative Silence by [Carrie Stuart Parks]

Mom - Today I am recommending Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks. Piper Boone's family has lived on their private island with only one other inhabitant for years. A series of misfortunes has plagued the family leading people to believe that the island is cursed. When Piper returns home after the latest tragedy, she soon finds out that it might not be a coincidence that these things keep happening and someone she knows may actually be causing them. While one big revelation is made fairly early on (although it is not confirmed until later in the book), there is enough left to be revealed that the story still remains intriguing throughout the rest of the book. The early revelation is one that most readers of similar books would probably be able to guess anyway and only adds to the interest of the book and the desire to continue reading and find out more. All in all,  the story is compelling and although in the end so much new information is thrown in that is a lot to take in all at once, the conclusion of the book feels mostly satisfactory.

And that's Mom's view. Tune in tomorrow for What-To-Do Wednesday.

Giveaway: Win a copy of the The Little Book of Doctors Rules in the Feline Good Giveaway Hop!



Welcome to the Feline Good Giveaway Hop
hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island


We have been lucky to have so many caring and understanding doctor's to help us get through the current crisis. Unfortunately, it doesn't always feel like that is the case when we are dealing with a medical crisis. Not all doctors are as understanding as we would like them to be or treat us with as much consideration and kindness as we would like. Sometimes they forget that their patients are actual human beings with feelings and not just medical cases. The Little Book of Doctors Rules is a great book of reminders for doctors to live by that will help them to always be at their best and be not only the best doctor they can be but the kind of doctor every patient deserves and needs. This book would make a great gift for the doctor in your life or anyone who aspires to be a doctor. You may even want to read it yourself to find out what you should expect from a great doctor. For more about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Little Book of Doctor's Rules. Enter to win a copy of this book below:

Giveaway Dates 7/14 - 7/28

Giveaway Open to Ages 18+ US


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Monday, July 13, 2020

Foods We Crave


Me -  I crave cupcakes. I especially crave red velvet cupcakes. People say red velvet is just chocolate with food die, but I think the taste  is different. I love the red velvet cupcakes at Ruby Tuesdays.  I crave tacos. I always crave tacos. I love tacos. I crave burgers. I love my burgers with cheese and bacon. I love the burgers at Wendy's, McDonalds and Five Guys. I crave fresh baked cookies especially frosted sugar cookies. I love the cookies at Mrs. Fields. I crave macaroni and cheese. I prefer Kraft out of the box. I crave smoothies. I especially love  McDonald's Blueberry Pomegrante Smoothies. I crave Trident gum. There are so many foods that I crave. These are just some of them.


Mom - There are so many foods I crave and I am sure all of them are fattening. I love Lindt White Chocolate Truffles. I love Nestle Tollhouse cookie ice cream sandwiches. It has to be Nestle's Tollhouse otherwise it doesn't taste as good. I love Cinnabon with a lot of icing because that is the best part. I love chocolate chip cookies especially fresh baked ones. I love Oreos especially when they are dripping with milk. I love the Blondies at Ruby Tuesdays although I liked them better when they put them all together instead of having each part separate on the plate. I love Dairy Queen blizzards. I love macaroni and cheese and cheeseburgers and tacos and other cheesy foods.  When I was pregnant, I saw the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld and I immediately craved New England Clam Chowder. That was really the only pregnancy food craving I ever got. However, when I am not pregnant there are a lot of foods that I crave just not in any weird combinations. The trick is learning to resist these cravings which definitely is something I am better at some times than at other times.


And that's our view. What kind of foods do you crave?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 7/12/20 Rescheduled Shows and Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

Rescheduled Shows


New York

Second Stage Theater's production of Take Me Out will now open on April 21, 2021 with previews beginning on March 21, 2021 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Abingdon Theatre Company Submissions Fall Festival of Short Play Open 7/13 - 8/17
2) Broadway Up Close Virtual Walking Tours
3) City Center Live at Home Explores New Dance Works
4) Electricity Award Winning LBGTQ + Play Streaming Live From Palm Springs 7/16 ,23, 30
5) Emerson Resort & Spa Reopening 7/16
6) MCC Theater Virtual Benefit Reading of Peter Hedges Good As New 7/16
7) Project Sing Out A Benefit for Arts Education 7/20
8) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents a virtual program 7/16
9) York Theatre Company Storyville Live Panel Discussion 7/13

1) ABINGDON THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES
FALL FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS

A TWO-WEEK VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19-30, 2020
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FROM JULY 13-AUGUST 17
SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 28
FESTIVAL WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED NOVEMBER 6
Abingdon Theatre Company (Chad Austin, Artistic Director) announces a “Fall Festival of Short Plays,” a two-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. Submission period begins Monday, July 13, 2020 and will continue through Monday, August 17, 2020. The selection of six new short plays will be announced Monday, September 28, 2020. The “Virtual Festival of Short Plays” is set to take place October 19 – 30, 2020. For additional information, please contact Beatriz Cavalieri, Abingdon’s New Works Associate Director, at bcavalieri@abingdontheatre.org.

Abingdon Theatre Company continues its mission in creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. With this in mind, the company will produce a Fall Festival of Short Plays, a two-week virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. A diverse panel of judges, theatre professionals who are Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), will select 6 new short pieces created and performed by people of color. At the conclusion of the Festival, the panel will select a winner who will receive a stipend to be used to support further exploration of their piece and will be invited to become an “Artist-in-Residence.” The Abingdon Theatre Company has committed to producing the winning piece as part of their “Around the Table” free reading series. Through the outreach, online readings, and finally the staged reading of the winning piece, the hope is to engage around 1,500 people of color and to create a more diverse environment at the Abingdon.

“FALL FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS”
Schedule of Events
Submissions Open July 13
Submissions Close August 17
Selection Process August 17 – September 27
Selections Announced September 28
Casting/Rehearsal September 28 – October 18
Festival Reading Schedule
Monday, October 19 at 7:00PM
Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00PM
Friday, October 23 at 7:00PM
Monday, October 26 at 7:00PM
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00PM
Friday, October 30 at 7:00PM
Winner Announced Thursday, November
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2) Broadway Up Close
Virtual Broadway Tours 

Every week Broadway Up Close's YouTube page features a virtual tour of one Broadway theater - starting with the oldest and working their way forward through time chronologically. 41 theaters. 41 weeks.  Tim Dolan brings you fun facts, stories, and history - and every Saturday night he'll sit down with someone who has worked at that week's featured theater to chat with them live. 

Wanna follow along? Head over to their Instagram or Facebook for daily videos. And if you would rather watch everything at once at your leisure, subscribe to their YouTube Channel for all of that week's features every Sunday. 

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3) Introducing the Launch of

 City Center Live @ HomeExplore New Dance Works

City Center’s dance programming goes virtual in two online programs launching this summer. Revel in the dynamic choreography and rhythmic footwork of 
Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us, and get up close and personal with your favorite ballet stars Misty CopelandSara MearnsTiler Peck, and other 
esteemed dance artists in City Center’s virtual five-part Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas. 

Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us

New episode every Tue Jul 14 – Aug 25 at 12pm
Tap genius Ayodele Casel and frequent collaborator Torya Beard bring you a mesmerizing mix of rhythm and movement with their tap dream team in Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer V.6: Us
Conceived, curated, and co-directed by Casel and Beard, this City Center-commissioned virtual series features seven different video performances of solos and duets, created and performed by a multigenerational and multicultural group of artists.
Catch each week's video premiere every Tuesday at noon starting July 14 on our social media channels and website.

Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas

Jul 16 & 30 and Sep 16, 23 & 30
All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing
Friends of City Center receive extended access
Watch stellar ballerinas Misty CopelandSara Mearns, and Tiler Peck each work with another dance legend on performance excerpts from the time-honored to the untried in this virtual five-part Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinascurated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay.
Mark your calendar and be sure to tune in to our YouTube channel on:
  • Thu Jul 16 at 3pm | Tiler Peck with Merrill Ashley
  • Thu Jul 30 at 12pm | Sara Mearns with Nina Ananiashvili
  • Wed Sep 16 at 5pm | Tiler Peck with Stephanie Saland
  • Wed Sep 23 at 5pm | Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz
  • Wed Sep 30 at 5pm | Misty Copeland with Alessandra Ferri
All programs are on view for seven days following the first airing
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4) ELECTRICITY
The award-winning LGBTQ+ play streaming LIVE from Palm Springs

Written by TERRY RAY

Starring TERRY RAY and MEL ENGLAND

Directed by STEVE ROSENBAUM

THREE LIVESTREAMED PERFORMANCES ONLY
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 23 AND 30, 2020 AT 9:00 P.M. EST (6:00 P.M. PST)

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT ELECTRICITYTHEPLAY.COM

MAGICAL IGUANA PRODUCTIONS and KAMPFIRE FILMS are pleased to present the award-winning LGBTQ+ play ELECTRICITY which chronicles the journey of two Gay men from Stonewall to today.  The critically acclaimed production and longest running play in Palm Springs stars playwright and actor Terry Ray and Off-Broadway veteran Mel England, is directed by Steve Rosenbaum, and produced for the stage by Michael Darner, Katie Rosin, and Tony award-winning Sue Vaccaro. ELECTRICITY will broadcast three performances only from the studio at Oscar’s Downtown Palm Springs (to an empty house) with the show livestreamed for audiences.

Performances are Thursday, July 16, 23, and 30 at 9:00 p.m. EST (6:00 p.m. PST). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at www.electricitytheplay.com. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ organization. Immediately following the performance Ray and England will host a live Q&A with the viewing audience, answering questions from the chat, and talking about the LGBTQ+ charity’s work.

With ELECTRICITY’s Fall Off-Broadway debut thwarted by the current pandemic, the livestream option seemed like a great alternative  and due to socially distancing requirements, Ray and England are going to self-isolate together for two weeks to ensure they can safely perform the intimate scenes which are integral to the story of ELECTRICITY.

ELECTRICITY explores the relationship between two Gay men who meet in high school, the summer of Stonewall, and continue to meet up in a motel room at their high-school reunion every decade since--as they emerge from living in the shadows of the closet, to the daylight of equality.  Sex, drugs and booze make up the life of Brad Burke, while ex-seminary student Gary Henderson is so closeted, he hides his sexuality behind an invented wife.  When they re-unite in their motel room at their 10-year reunion it is a monumental clash of worlds that sparks an electricity between them that lures them back to that same motel room every decade to today.

ELECTRICITY plays the following performances:



Tickets are $12 and should be purchased in advance at www.ElectricitythePlay.com.

Running Time: 100 minutes

Website: ElectricitythePlay.com
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5) Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskill Mountains to Welcome Back Guests
Starting July 16, 2020


Located Two Hours North of New York City, the 20-Acre Luxury Boutique Property Located along the Esopus Creek Will Reopen with New Social Distancing and Health Safety Protocol in Place
The Emerson Resort & Spa will welcome back guests and reopen on Thursday, July 16, 2020. During this new normal, the Emerson announces several new changes to their daily operations including launching their “Stay Save Pledge” procedure which outlines the details of their new health and safety protocol; offering complimentary breakfast which will feature a variety of options including their farm fresh egg sandwich, oatmeal with Catskill mountain maple syrup and more, which will now be included in an overnight stay prepared by their signature restaurant Woodnotes Grille; and that the Emerson will remain closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice to allow for weekly deep cleanings and sanitizing throughout the entire property.

The Emerson Resort & Spa’s new “Stay Save Pledge” outlines new operational details for the various amenities and experiences at the Emerson, including Emerson Spa which will be open Thursday to Monday with a limited massage treatment menu, as well as the nail salon and hair salon with reduced occupancy to adhere to social distancing; Fitness Center that will be open Thursday to Monday with reduced occupancy; Woodnotes Grille that will be open for outdoor table service starting this week, as well as takeout and delivery of orders to guest’s room, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; Ralph’s Café which will be available for takeaway items; and The Shops at Emerson which will be open Thursday to Monday. At this time, the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, steam room, sauna, hot tub and pool will remain closed until further notice.

Following the recommendations and guidelines from health and elected officials, Emerson’s thorough social distancing and health safety protocol for employees and guests will include and are not limited to:
·       Temperature points of entry for staff, vendors and guests using no-touch thermometers, as well as one entrance for guests checking in via the main lobby of the Inn.  
·       All guests will be given a mask and hand sanitizer for use prior to checking in.
·       Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at key locations throughout the property.
·       Hand washing protocol for all staff, using Theraworx, a cutting-edge hand sanitizer product used in hospitals that provides a protective coating on the skin and kills any virus for up to four hours after applied.
·       Frequent cleaning and sanitizing in all public spaces and individual guest rooms with an increased focus on all high touchpoints.
·       Guests will be advised to practice social distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines or moving around the property.  Physical layouts have been arranged to ensure appropriate distancing. All property venues/departments will comply with, or exceed, local or state mandated occupancy limits.
·       Health, hygiene and social distancing reminders will be placed throughout the property including the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks.
·       Personal Protective Equipment including face masks worn by all employees and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance. Gloves will be provided to employees whose responsibilities require them as determined by medical experts including housekeeping, food and beverage staff and public area attendants in direct contact with guests.
·       Ongoing guidance on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols and training for all staff and staggered employee arrival times.
For more information, visit http://emersonresort.com. Follow the Emerson on Facebook at Emerson Resort & Spa, Twitter @emersonresort and Instagram at EmersonResort.
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6) MCC THEATER

ANNOUNCES 

BENEFIT READING AND

ACTOR/PLAYWRIGHT 


DISCUSSION OF

GOOD AS NEW
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY


PETER HEDGES

STARRING 

JULIANNE MOORE AND KAITLYN DEVER
THURSDAY, JULY 16 AT 7:00 PM EST
PROCEEDS TO GO TOWARD

SUPPORTING MCC 

THEATER’S 20/21 SEASON,

WITH A PORTION OF DONATIONS

GOING TO

THE ARTIST CO-OP AND THE

OKRA PROJECT
MCC Theater (Bob LuPoneBernie Telsey, and Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) announced today a special benefit reading and discussion with the artists of Peter Hedges’ Good As New starring Julianne Moore and Kaitlyn Dever, directed by the author, to be presented on MCC’s YouTube channel on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM EST.
Revisiting this acclaimed work – a brutal one-act comedy about a learning-to-drive daughter who comes face-to-face with the mother she thinks has let her down – Good As New first played in 1993-94 as part of MCC’s (then called Manhattan Class Company) One Acts. It was then extended to a full-length work and presented by MCC in 1997.
Good As New will be streamed via YouTube with live-captioning and can be accessed via a link sent to ticket buyers before the reading. Tickets for the broadcast start at $5.00 (limited allocation). Additional tickets will be allocated and available at $15.00 and $25.00, on a first come, first served basis. Current patrons and current 20/21 season subscribers of MCC Theater can view for free. All information and tickets can be found on http://www.mcctheater.org/tix/good-as-new
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7) PROJECT SING OUT!
A BENEFIT FOR ARTS EDUCATION
To Take Place Monday, July 20 at 7PM EST
In Partnership with the Educational Theatre Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift in education across the country, Tony Award nominee and Executive Producer Hailey Kilgore presents PROJECT SING OUT!, a one-night-only livestreamed event to raise funds for the Educational Theatrical Foundation (ETF) to support arts education, specifically in low-income communities and communities of color.
The livestreamed event will take place on Monday, July 20 at 7pm (EST) in partnership with Playbill.com and can be viewed exclusively on Playbill.com’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. Donations to support the Educational Theatre Foundation can be made at www.projectsingout.org.

Project Sing Out! will feature musical performances, spoken word and special appearances from a variety of Broadway and TV’s biggest names including Broadway legend Chita Rivera, Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (“House of Lies,” Topdog/Underdog), Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty,” Into the Woods),Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (“Private Practice,” “The Good Fight,” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once On This Island), Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles ( The King and I, “All Rise”), Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Primetime Emmy Award NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Hamilton, The Color Purple), Tony Award nominee Hailey Kilgore (Once On This Island), Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables, Anastasia), Tony Award winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Les Miserables), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In The Heights), Jordan Fisher (“Rent: Live,” Dear Evan Hansen), Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee,” Waitress), Peppermint (Head Over Heels), activist Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet), Rodney Hicks (Come From Away, The Scottsboro Boys), Jon Rua (Hamilton), Telly Leung (Aladdin, In Transit), Quentin Earl Darrington (Once On This Island, Ragtime), Jelani Alladin (Frozen), Joshua Castille (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening), Antonio Cipriano (Jagged Little Pill), Ilda Mason (West Side Story). *********************************************************************
8) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents 
a virtual program featuring the premiere of Lisa Bielawa's 
Broadcast from Home Chapter 15 
with Film for Chapter 4 by Anthony Hawley
Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:30pm
Free Registration. RSVP here
Featuring a discussion with Bielawa, Hawley, Broadcast from Home participants violist Oriana Hawley and baritone Gregory Purnhagen, moderated by project archivist Claire Solomon

More information and learn how to participate in Chapter 15 at
On Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheimwill present a virtual program featuring premieres of two new works related to composer Lisa Bielawa's ongoing project, Broadcast from Home, a significant new musical work launched by Bielawa in April 2020, which creates community during the isolation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by featuring contributions from the public. Works & Process has commissioned Bielawa to compose Chapter 15 of Broadcast from Home, as part of their Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions series, a response to the pandemic to provide financial and creative support for artists during these challenging times. Anthony Hawley has created a film response to Chapter 4 of Broadcast from Home. Both new works will be premiered during this free online event. The program also includes a discussion with Bielawa, Hawley, and Broadcast from Home participants violist Oriana Hawley and baritone Gregory Purnhagen, moderated by project archivist Claire Solomon.
The piece requires community participation through testimonies and voices.

TESTIMONIES
How is our world changing? What happens next? What does your heart say? How do you mark time? Everyone is invited to reflect on present experiences, and to submit responses to these questions here. Testimonies will form the libretto for Broadcast from Home.

VOICES
Using testimonies, Lisa Bielawa will write original melodies. Through July 14, everyone is invited to record themselves singing melodies and encouraged to upload the recordings. Submitted voices will become the musical material for "Chapter 15" of Broadcast from Home.

Supported by the Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions fund, this program will take place virtually through Zoom, a free video conferencing software. Audience members should have access to a computer with Wi-Fi.
Suggested donation: $20. All donations will be devoted to Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, with every dollar directly supporting an artist.

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9) York Theatre Company 
Storyville Live Panel Discussion

Monday, July 13, 7:10 PM
STORYVILLE
(2013)
Music and Lyrics by
Mildred Kayden
Book by Ed Bullins
Directed by Bill Castellino
Head back to the red light district of 1917 New Orleans for a discussion of the 2013 York Mainstage production of the jazz-infused musical STORYVILLE, with music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden and book by Ed Bullins. York's James Morgan and theatre historian Charles Wright once again lead a panel of special guests that will include director Bill Castellino, music director William Foster McDaniel, choreographer Mercedes Ellington,and cast members  Debra Walton, and Zakiya Young.

The time, Mardi Gras; the place, Storyville—the red light district, two blocks from the French Quarter. Saloons, gambling joints, brothels, and pervasive political corruption set the scene for a new kind of music. People fell in love, a world disappeared, and the music moved upriver.
A Zoom link will be sent out one hour prior to the panel start.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10550280
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.