I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Scoop 3/8/15 - What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon

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What: Kidzsignments Kids Consignment Sale

Where: NJ Expo Center
             Edison, NJ

When: March 12-14, 2015

Print out the below card for $5.00 off a $30.00 purchase
The Other Mozart
Where: The Players Theatre
           115 MacDougal Street
           New York, New York

When: Now through  April 25 Saturdays at 7:00 PM 

Written by: Sylvia Milo
Directed by: Isaac Byrne 
Starring : Sylvia Milo or Sarah Florence Fellini 

The other Mozart is a show about Mozart's equally talented sister, Nannerl Mozart. She was a keyboard prodigy and a composer who performed all over Europe. However, somehow her talents were lost to history while her brother's were celebrated.

To view a sneak peak video of this show go to https://vimeo.com/101612048 

To order tickets go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/943472 or call (212) 352-3101

For more information go to http://www.theplayerstheatre.com/  or http://www.theothermozart.com/home

 Persian Cultural Festival

Where: Children's Museum of the Arts
           103 Charlton Street
           New York, New York

When: March 8,  15,  22  2015  10:00AM - 5:00PM

Who: All ages

During the month of March, CMA will team up with the Dr. Golbarg Bashi to explore the creative world of Persian culture at the Persian Festival, featuring live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, and art-making workshops! This festival is part of CMA's seventh annual series of cultural festivals that showcase the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. 
See below for a list of workshops and performances:
March 8:
  • In partnership with Yekibood Children, Celebrate Norouz:
    • ​Engage in an interactive story time and play about Norouz,​ Persian New Year, sing with us and learn few words in Farsi!
    • ​Interactive traditional Persian dance workshop with audience participation.
    • ​Persian music and live performance, as well as instrument introduction.
  • Creature Columns: Young Artists will create miniature columns with creatures atop.
  • Accordion Storybooks: Young artists will learn about the contemporary filmmaker Jafar Panahi and have the opportunity to create their own story.
  • Create films inspired by the classic pattern with paisley themed stop motion animation in the Media Lab.
  • Iranian Pop Radio workshops will be running in the Sound Booth. Check out some authentic Iranian pop and remix it!
March 15:
  • Beyond the Light!: Called “Enchanting!” by Jane Henson (Co-Founder of the Muppets),Beyond the Light, is a magical journey, based on Persian folk tales, of one soul, split into two, searching for the healing power of love. Created by Leila Ghaznavi and Pantea productions, this performance combines puppetry, dance, Rumi Poetry, and stunning visual effects. Beyond the Light was created with support from the Jim Henson Foundation, Elizabeth Streb Commissioning artist program, and Puppetry at the Carriage – a residency program created by Jane Henson.
    • Performances run from 1:30-4:15 PM
  • Houses with Arches and Mini Domes: Young artists will learn about influential Architect, Nader Khalili and his Eco-friendly ceramic houses. They will build their own house design inspired by Khalili’s inventions in earth architecture.
  • Paisley Pattern Stamp Print: Young artists will learn about the history and uses of Persian Paisley by creating their own Paisley stamp Print. We will also use Persian Blue as the main color for the prints.
  • Create films inspired by the classic pattern with paisley themed stop motion animation in the Media Lab.
  • Iranian Pop Radio workshops will be running in the Sound Booth. Check out some authentic Iranian pop and remix it!
March 22:
  • Interactive children’s theatre experience based on Iranian literature with award winning Iranian theater director, Mohammad Aghebati, and multidisciplinary artist, Negar Behbahani.
    • Born in Tehran, Iran, Negar Behbahani is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Tehran and New York. She received her B.A. in Music in Tehran. Her main interests are in video art, sound installation and photography. Behbahani has exhibited her videos and installations in locations including #6 Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin, Germany; Women’s Film and Media Arts Festival, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. She has been working and collaborating as a Sound Artist in Serbia, Germany, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran. Behbahani is part of the Global Groove, 1973/2012 at The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, Michigan.
    • Mohammad Aghebati is an Iranian theater director who has been based in NY since 2013. He has received various awards for his plays including the Young Artist Medal of Honor from Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami. Several of his works have toured various international festivals such as Freiburg Theater Festival (Globen) in Germany. His latest work—Hamlet, Prince of Grief—was presented as a part of the Under the Radar Festival at NYC’s Public Theater and received a great review from NY Times. Since, it has been presented at BYU, USC, and Ringling Festival.
  • Iranian Geometric Styling Cut-outs (Koroush Beigpour): Young artists will learn about radial symmetry by creating cutouts and adding details through drawing and collage activities.
  • 3D Sculpture of and Santur: Young artists will learn about the form and shape of famous Persian musical instruments: Taar and Santur. In this project, children will build a small Taarand Santur using paper sculpture method, similar to Cubist drawings and sculpture.
  • Create films inspired by the classic pattern with paisley themed stop motion animation in the Media Lab.
  • Iranian Pop Radio workshops will be running in the Sound Booth. Check out some authentic Iranian pop and remix it! 
For more information go to: http://cmany.org/events/aroundtheworldwithcma/ or contact Anna Dubose at (212) 274-0986 or adubose@cmany.org 
St. Patricks Day Celebration at iPlay America
What: The Nerds

Where: iPlay America
               110 Schank Road
               Freehold, NJ

When: March 13, 2015 9:00 PM

Who:  Ages 21 +

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the nerds will once again be appearing in concert at iPlay America. The Nerds are a cover band whose style includes both comedy and music. They have toured with  such bands as Maroon 5,  Hootie and the Blowfish and Sheryl Crow. While their music appeals to all ages, this event is specifically for 21 and over.

The event will include the following contests:

Irish Jig Dance Off
Leprechaun Treasure Hunt
Best Dressed Leprechaun

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of all contests.

General admission tickets are $10.00 each. To purchase tickets go to iPlayAmerica.com/TheNerds.

For more information contact Jennifer Quinn at (732) 577-8200 or jenniferq@iplayamerica.com

New from O & M Co.

What:  The Cast of Side Show: Added Attractions:
           A concert celebration of the acclaimed revivial

Where: 54 Below
             254 West 54th Street (cellar)
             New York, New York

When: March 9, 2015 7:00PM and 9:30PM

To celebrate the release of the new Broadway cast recording of the musical Side Show, the cast will reunite for a one night only concert of songs from the show. The show will include songs from the show as well as songs cut from the show before it appeared on Broadway and even songs not heard in the original Broadway show.

For more information about Side Show go to  http://sideshowbroadway.com/

 What: Tune in Time
               Featuring Guest Judge: Mara Wilson

Where: York Theater Company
                St. Peter's
                Citicorp Building (entrance on 54th Street)
               New York, New York

When: March 9, 2015 7:30PM 

York Theater's Monday night game show will have a special guest judge this Monday, Mara Wilson. As a child star, Mara appeared in such movies as Mrs. Doubtfire and the remake of Miracle on 34th Street as well as starring in the movie Matilda. 

For more information or to purchase tickets go to http://www.yorktheatre.org/tune-in-time.html

What: (3) Play From Kilroys' List: A Reading Series

Where: The Duke on 42nd Street
                 (229 W. 42nd Street)
                New York, New York
When: Mondays March 9 - March 23 7:00 PM

The Lilly Award Foundation will present (3) Play from the Kilroys' List: A Reading Series. The Kilroys are a group of L.A. based playwrights and producers whose goal is to promote gender inclusion in American theater. The series will feature new works from female playwrights directed by female directors. An "afterchat" reception sponsored by The Interval will follow each performance at Bea Restaurant located at 403 W. 43 Street. For more specific information about the shows in this series see below.

Monday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.

The Comparables
A play by Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Featuring America Ferrerra and Kate Mulgrew

In Laura Schellhardt’s play The Comparables three women vie for power in the cut-throat world of high-end realty.  Bette runs her own female-dominated agency.  Monica is her loyal second-in-command.  Iris is the savvy new hire.  When Bette's reputation falls under attack, the future of the agency is at stake.  Who, if anyone, will survive the ordeal, and to what lengths will they go to ensure success?  A dark comedy that begs the question:  for women in the competitive world, is there more than one way to do business?

Monday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.

What Would Crazy Horse Do?
A play by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Liesl Tommy

Featuring Emily Bergl, Jesse Perez and Madeline Sayet

Set today, What Would Crazy Horse Do?  by  Larissa FastHorse,  is about two Native Americans who are facing the extinction of their tribe while the first female leader of the KKK is poised to bring a gentler version of the Klan into the limelight. When the two groups are brought together, they find that sometimes they are asking the same questions. When is race separation racism?  And when is it essential preservation? It’s a question both sides need to answer before it is too late.

Monday, March 23rd at 7pm

The Tall Girls
A play by Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Leigh Silverman

Featuring Kally Duling, Alexandra Henriksen, Cobie Minifie and Erin Wilhelmi

The Tall Girls takes place in Poor Prairie - the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda. It’s a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girl—until a handsome man with a past arrives, a brand-new basketball in tow. As the town’s girls come together to form a team set on making it out of Poor Prairie, a murky committee of townspeople threatens to stamp out girls' sports altogether.  Inspired by the flourishing and decline of high school girls' basketball teams in the 1930s rural Midwest, The Tall Girls asks: Who can afford the luxury of play? And what is the cost of childhood?
Admission to these performances is free. However, reservations are strongly recommended.
For reservations or further information go to  http://www.thelillyawards.org or https://www.artful.ly/the-lilly-awards-foundation.

For more information about the Kilroys go to  www.thekilroys.org.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.*

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