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, October 4, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/4/2015 - What's Happening This Week of Coming Up Soon

iPlay America's Spooky Spooktacular Halloween
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Now through November 1

A Halloween celebration unparalleled in Central New Jersey, featuring 55 live performances, a trick-or-treat trail, spooktacular décor, costumed characters and many free Halloween themed activities.

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

Every Friday night, iPlay America hosts Full Moon After Dark starting at 7 p.m., complete with a FREE interactive dance party for all ages at 8 p.m.! A cast of your favorite Halloween characters will get the party started with familiar songs like “Thriller,” “Time Warp,” Weird Science,” “Werewolves of London,” and more! Guests will be encouraged to sing-along and will have the chance to win prizes. Free.

Oct. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31-Nov. 1 

FREE shows every Saturday and Sunday. Families can enjoy:

The Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree Show. Every half hour, iPlay America’s Jack-O-Lanterns will sing favorite Halloween songs on the jumbo screen above the Welcome Center. Free.

The haunting sounds of the Phantom of iPA’s organ! The Phantom will perform in the alcove near the mini-bowling alley at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Everybody Scream!” This family friendly live stage show features the residents of Halloweentown who aren’t scary,  they’re just different. Show times are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in
City Square.

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 30-31

From noon-4 p.m. every Sunday , Friday, Oct. 30, and on Halloween, guests can follow a trick-or-treat trail all around thepark with the purchase of a trick-or-treat bag for $5. The bag includes a trail map to guide guests around the park. After trick or treating participants may fill out the entry form on the map and enter to win an iPlay America birthday party! iPlay America Kids Clubs members get a free trick-or-treat bag!

Oct. 2-Nov. 1

Families are welcome to visit the park any day of the week to participate in Halloween fun:

Participate in the “Where’s Danny” contest. Guests may pick up a “Where’s Danny” tally sheet at the Welcome Center and search the park for hidden pictures of Danny iPlay’s face dressed like a pirate. Once finished, participants may fill out the entry form on the bottom of the tally sheet and enter to win in a weekly prize drawing! Free.

Head to Game Time Bar & Grill for a special Halloween themed kids menu with appetizers, entrées and desserts and special Halloween themed cocktails for adults. Every Friday, all kids meals are half price from 6-8 p.m. Families may enjoy dinner and stay for Full Moon After Dark and the dance party.

For more information go to  iPlayAmerica.com/Halloween
TADA Youth Theater's Open Auditions for Boys Only
15 W. 28th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY

  • Wednesday, October 7 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Friday, October 9 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm 
If you have any questions about the audition process, please feel free to contact: mhaws@tadatheater.com or 212-252-1619 ext. 132.

For more information go to http://www.tadatheater.com/auditions.asp
Superheroes in Gotham at the New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
 (between 76th and 77th Streets), 
New York, NY

October 9, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Superheroes are a part of our daily lives engaging our imaginations on the pages of comic books, television and movie screens, as well as across the Broadway stage and the virtual world of gaming. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been societal role models, inspirational and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they navigate the twists and turns of modern life. Through comic books, original drawings, posters, video clips, costumes, early merchandise, and props, Superheroes in Gotham will tell the story of  comic book superheroes in New York City; the leap of comic book superheroes from print to radio, to television, and ultimately to film; the role of fandom, including the yearly mega-event known as New York Comic Con; and explore how superheroes continue to inspire the work of contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in New York City. Organized by New-York Historical’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.

For more information go to http://nyhistory.org/exhibitions/superheroes-gotham

Upcoming at the Strand Theater for the Arts
400 Clifton Ave.
Lakewood, NJ

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 7:30PM

Multi-instrumentalist, Eliot Lewis, has built a unique career most musicians could only dream of. As a solo artist he consistently performs & releases his own brand of guitar featured rock with a masterful, soulful delivery. He is also the only musician to appear on every episode of "Live From Daryl's House" & performs with the most successful duo of all time, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' Daryl Hall & John Oates! Eliot has worked with some of the biggest artists in the music business; Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Booker T, Jewel, Rob Thomas, Keb Mo, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw, just to name a few. He has also performed, The Voice, Conan O'Brien, Today Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel & others. "Eliot is a musician who can do it all, great singer, songwriter & guitarist. He rocks & he's got soul. No one does it quite like him" - Daryl Hall - Tickets are $20 (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

Gail Lionetti - Angels Among Us
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2PM

Gail Lionetti is a spiritual medium with over 40 years of experience practicing the art of healing and receiving messages from the other side for individuals in attendance. Those who receive messages report having a life-changing experience that renewed their faith and brought them peace. Because no one can predict what messages will come through from the other side, attending this event does not guarantee you will receive a message. However, those not receiving messages during these events have also reported renewed faith as a result of witnessing the effects of messages delivered to others. Gail is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual medium, and radio talk show host, author of Survival on a Wing and a Prayer, her memoir chronicling her near-death-experience and afterlife insights that define her life today. Her message is that heaven and eternal love are real and always close at hand. An up close experience with Gail in THE GALLERY. Tickets are $50 (plus fee) GA (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

Fall Youth Musical Theater Classes at York Theatre
619 Lexington Avenue 
(East 54th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue)
New York, NY

Six Weeks
Saturday Mornings
Begins October 17th
Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company

Sharpen your performing skills this fall at the York Theatre Company's Musical Theatre Training Program for Middle School and High School students. Classes will meet on Saturdays for six consecutive weeks and will offer training in all aspects of musical theatre. This class is a terrific opportunity to become the performer you always wanted to be. It can also help you prepare for performing arts high school and college auditions. We can help you choose new material as well as develop songs you are already working on. Classes culminate in a showcase performance in York's Off-Broadway theatre to which family, friends and industry professionals are invited. 
  • All classes taught by working professionals.
  • Classes focus on all aspects of performing.
  • Expand your craft in a creative and collaborative setting. 
  • Gain confidence through the work you love to do.


News From Michelle Tabnick Communications


The 2015 New York State Flamenco Certamen
Dance Competition Finals - October 9, 2015
at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium

Flamenco Vivo also releases dates for 2016 NYC home season at BAM Fisher, free "Flamenco in the Boros" holiday performances across NYC
and nine-state National Tour

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana announces the 2015 New York State Flamenco Certamen, featuring a live dance competition by 10 finalists on the evening of October 9, 2015 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The company has also confirmed dates for other major 2015-16 performances, including its 2016 New York home season, May 3-8, 2016 at Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Fisher Building; free "Flamenco in the Boros" performances in neighborhoods across the city, December 9-16, 2015; and a National Tour of more than a dozen engagements in nine states coast-to-coast, November 5-19, 2015 and February 8-March 4, 2016.

Founded in 1983, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is one of this country's longest-established flamenco companies, dedicated to promoting flamenco as a living, evolving art form. In keeping with that mission, the company last year launched the New York State Flamenco Certamen, a competition for pre-professional dancers living, working or studying in New York. Patterned after regional dance competitions that take place throughout Spain, the New York Certamen drew a standing-room-only crowd to the inaugural year's final competition, held last October 10 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium on the Lincoln Center campus. For the second edition of the Certamen, Flamenco Vivo will return to Bruno Walter for an awards competition by ten finalists on the evening of Friday, October 9, 2015.

The New York State Flamenco Certamen is intended to showcase emerging talent, but it also serves to highlight flamenco's cross-cultural appeal, as well as New York's enduring attraction to artists from around the world.  This year's finalists include dancers born in Spain, Columbia, Mexico, Russia and the U.S., all of whom have come to New York to perfect their art.  "We are thrilled to provide exposure to these dedicated dancers, who sacrifice so much to pursue their passion," remarked Flamenco Vivo founder and Artistic Director Carlota Santana.  "We're equally proud to bring the vibrancy and diversity of New York's flamenco community to Lincoln Center in this way."
In addition to announcing the 2015 New York State Flamenco Certamen, Santana has also released details on some of the Flamenco Vivo's other public performances for 2015-16:

New York Home Season:  Following up on its BAM Fisher debut in May 2015 - the first time flamenco had been featured on-stage at this theater - Flamenco Vivo will return for a week-long engagement, May 3-8, 2016, including two premieres and additional repertory by contemporary flamenco choreographers.  

The company will stage the world premiere of Farruca, a new dance to by Madrid-based choreographer Juan Manuel Prieto, a prize winner at the 2014 Madrid Certamen for Spanish Dance & Flamenco competition; Prieto has been awarded a creative residency in New York City as part of a cross-Atlantic collaboration between Flamenco Vivo and the Madrid Certamen, one of Spain's most prestigious dance competitions.  The second new work for BAM Fisher is the company premiere of Gernika, adapted from the 1988 full-length dance by choreographer Susana di Palma, founder of Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre in Minneapolis.  Gernika is inspired by Pablo Picasso's masterpiece, Guernica, which depicts the 1937 bombing of the Basque city of the same title.

The premiere works and other company repertory will be performed by Flamenco Vivo's international ensemble of twelve accomplished Spanish and American dancers, singers and musicians, including guest artist Ángel Muñoz, whom The New York Times described as "singing with his feet" during his 2013 company appearance; the paper went on to praise the "excitement of his performance...its impetuousness, its unpredictability."  

Flamenco Vivo's 2016 New York home season takes place May 3-8, 2016 at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY. The performance calendar includes evening performances Tuesday-Saturday, May 3-7, at 7:30pm, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, at 2:00pm. The May 3 opening will include a First Night Fiesta celebration for friends of the company, with party tickets including premium seating and a special post-performance reception with the Company artists.  A post-performance artist talk will take place on Thursday, May 5. Additional program details will released to the public later this fall, and tickets for the season will available for on-line purchase beginning in December at bam.org and flamenco-vivo.org.

Flamenco in the Boros: Flamenco Vivo collaborates with community-based partners on this annual public outreach program, which brings free flamenco performances into neighborhoods across New York City.  For 2015, the company's Flamenco Vivo II ensemble will stage Navidad Flamenca, an original hour-long presentation showcasing holiday customs from across the Spanish-speaking world, including music and dance from Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean Islands, as well as Spain. Performances are scheduled for December 9-16, at locations including the Queen Library/Flushing (December 9), St. Joseph's College/Brooklyn (December 11) and the Bronx Museum of the Arts (December 12). Additional "Boros" dates and details will be released at the beginning of November.

2015-16 National Tour: Flamenco Vivo will appear at more than a dozen venues in nine states this season during a two-leg tour that includes stops in upstate New York, New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Missouri and Washington State, November 5-19, 2015 and February 8-March 4, 2016. This year's tour program pays tribute to the unique land and people of Andalucía, the southern provinces of Spain considered the "cradle of flamenco," with works inspired by writers and artists born in the region, as well as by the rich multi-cultural mix of influences that have shaped Andalucían music and dance. More information on the November tour dates can be accessed on the Flamenco Vivo website, www.flamenco-vivo.org. Details on the February-March tour, including the company's first self-produced North Carolina season at Motorco Music Hall in Durham (February 12-14, 2016), will be posted in November.
News from O & M Co.

“ S C H O O L   O F   
R O C K   -   T H E   M U S I C A L ”


 The box office officially opens today for the World Premiere of School of Rock - The Musicalat the Winter 
Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway). Previews will begin on Monday, November 9, 2015, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6, 2015. Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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