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, November 15, 2015

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/15/15 - What's Happening This Week or Coming up Soon

Franklin Square Holiday Festival
200 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 

Now – December 31
Daily 4 - 8 pm, Fri & Sat until 9 pm 
This season, experience the magic of the holiday and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. Dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show, warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben’s Bites & Brews and shop for handmade, artisanal gifts at the Holiday Market. Celebrate the holiday season with Santa Saturdays, Food Truck Fridays, Seasonal Sounds on Sundays, Kids’ Kraftivity Hours, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the Square, and the traditional family-friendly Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party.

For more information go to http://www.historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/holidays-in-franklin-square/
Strand Center for the Arts
400 Clinton Ave
Lakewood , NJ
Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp LIVE!
 Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8PM
 Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live! Starring The Platters' former lead singer Sonny Turner ("Only You", "Twilight Time", "The Great Pretender", "The Magic Touch", "With This Ring") The Flamingos ("I Only Have Eyes For You", "Lovers Never Say Goodbye", "Mio Amore") Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners ("Since I Don't Have You", "This I Swear", "Pennies From Heaven", "It Happened Today") Emil Stucchio & The Classics ('Til Then) and The Del-Satins (Dion hits "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer" & "Ruby Baby" plus their own "Teardrops Follow Me") Presented by Praia Entertainment Group. All Groups feature original members! Tickets are $65 VIP Premium Seating & Post-Show Meet & Greet, $55, $47, & $37. (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

Unforgettable Fire U2 Tribute Band
 Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:30PM
  Unforgettable Fire, or "UF", is one of the first U2 tribute bands created in America, performing over 16 years in some of the most prestigious venues and nightclubs in the Northeast. Based in New York City, UF has formed a reputation among many to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 concert. The members of UF are also very dedicated fans of U2, and strive for complete authenticity when performing their live shows. UF proudly features U2 look-a-like and/or sound-a-like qualities in members of the band, highly respected around the tribute band community for their talents. In addition to playing a very impressive array of U2’s material from pre-Boy era to the most recent studio releases, UF meticulously recreates the live U2 concert setting for their audiences. See Unforgettable Fire, a U2 experience like no other! Opening for UF is The Robert Santa Band! Tickets $45 Orchestra and Loge, $35 Mezz, $25 Tier (Plus $5 fee per ticket).

For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.strand.org/events/event-listing/
TADA! Youth Theater's Dance-A-Thon
15 W 28th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY
November 21 6:00- 9:00 PM
The Dance-A-Thon is intended for kids ages 5-12 (no parents allowed!!) and everyone is encouraged to bring friends, even if they're new to TADA!.  All dancers must set up their own fundraiser by clicking here and give or raise a minimum of $50 to participate. The dancer who solicits the most individual donations (regardless of amount raised) wins special prizes.  (Most dancers raise an average of $300.)

For more information or to sign up go to http://tadatheater.com/specialevents.asp
Upcoming at the DiMenna Children's History Museum
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, NY

Story Time with Samantha R. Vamos, Author of Alphabet Trains!
Saturday, November 21, at 21st, 11:30 am

It’s time for a train ride through the alphabet! Climb aboard the alphabet train and learn all about the wide world of trains from A to Z! Hear author Samantha Vamos read from her celebrated new book, and make sure to get your book signed!

About the Author
Samantha R. Vamos is an award-winning children’s picture book author of an alphabet transportation series including Alphabet Trains (Charlesbridge, 2015, Ryan O’Rourke), the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices-Alphabet Trucks (2013), and the forthcoming Alphabet Boats (2017), as well as The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (Charlesbridge, 2011, Rafael López)—2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor, and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking, 2009, Santiago Cohen)—2010 WA State Book Award. Samantha attended Georgetown University Law Center (L’89) and practiced law in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL.

For more information go to http://www.nyhistory.org/childrens-museum
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

MasterVoices to be honored
by the Martina Arroyo Foundation
at 11th Annual Gala
MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale, will be honored at the Martina Arroyo Foundation's 11th Annual Gala.MasterVoices will be recognized along with American couture designer Joanna Mastroianni and The Michel Maurel award-winner Ernst Rieser. Brian Kellow and Terrance McKnight will host the gala, with performances by the young artists of Prelude to Performance, Michele Angelini (featured in the October issue of Opera News), as well as other special guests.
The Martina Arroyo Foundation's 11th Annual Gala will be held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the JW Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South, New York, NY. 

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.martinaarroyofdn.org/gala2015gray.html. The Gala Dinner Program will feature a Live Auction, and musical selections, including:
  • Michele Angelini: "Ah! Mes Amis" from La fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti
  • Jennifer Rowley: "Pace Pace" from La Forza del Destino
  • Brandie Sutton/Hyona Kim: Flower Duet from Madama Butterfly by Puccini (PTP 2015 summer production)
  • Karolina Pilou/Claire Coolen/Jacopo Buora/Michele Angelini: Lesson Scene and Trio from La fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti (PTP 2015 summer production)
  • Cecilia Violetta López: "Czàrdàs" from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss
BORIS The Christmas Tarantula
Hits the World of Online Bookstores
November 20, 2015
The next Christmas classic, BORIS The Christmas Tarantula will hit the world of online bookstores on November 20, 2015.  Written by New York writer and performer Joel Jeske and illustrated by paper-cutting artist Emmanuel Jose, BORIS tells the story of an innocent giant tarantula that loves Christmas more than anything else.  Using his talents as his guide, BORIS saves the day and finds a place to belong with Santa and his family of elves at the North Pole.  BORIS will be available in hardcover or eBOOK on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powell's Books, and Books-A-Million.  Through the publisher, Bookbaby, BORIS will also be available on a wholesale book network including Ingram Baker & Taylor, Bookazine, and BPDI Corp.
Dance on a Shoestring
at The Dance Gallery
November 20-21, 2015
New York Theatre Ballet will perform Dance on a Shoestring from November 20-21, 2015 at The Dance Gallery, 131 E. 10th Street, 2nd floor NYC, 10003 (at 2nd Av.) inside St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery. Performances are at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at (212) 679-0401. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. 
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Art of Time Ensemble's
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with a concert version of The Beatles' iconic album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, performed by the Art of Time Ensemble, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
All Aboard The Grand Tour:
Big Apple Circus Family Benefit
with Guest Ringmaster Jim Gaffigan
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3:30pm 

Big Apple Circus will host its annual Holiday Season Family Benefit, a special event that raises funds for the nonprofit performing arts institution's community programs, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 under the Big Top in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (62nd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan as Guest Ringmaster.

The event begins with a pre-show reception at 3:30pm, where attendees will learn circus skills, clown around with strolling performers, and enjoy refreshments, followed by a performance of The Grand Tour at 4:30pm. A post-show party concludes the day, with music and dessert in the ring with the artists. Tickets start at $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Eva Koshel, ekoshel@bigapplecircus.org or (646) 616-6845.
Ballet Hispanico to Collaborate with Apollo Theater on Expanded New York Fall Season Programming 

The World Premiere of 
 If walls could speak
by Brazilian Native Fernando Melo,
Co-Commissioned by the Apollo and Set to Live Music

Saturday En Familia Matinee Featuring Repertory Favorites
To Inspire the Whole Family: All Tickets $15

Ballet Hispanico Performances for Young People / Apollo School Day Live Shows Celebrating Latin American Dance and Culture

2015-16 Marks Ballet Hispanico's 45th Anniversary Season
Ballet Hispanico, celebrating 45 years of repertory that reflects the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, makes its annual holiday return to the Apollo stage with additional performances from November 20-21, 2015. The performances are sponsored by Univision Communications Inc. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro in his sixth season, Ballet Hispanico will present the world premiere of If walls could speak, an evening-length work choreographed by Fernando Melo and co-commissioned by the Apollo Theater on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8pm and Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8pm. For the first time at the Apollo Theater, Ballet Hispanico will also present a specially-priced family matinee, Saturday en Familia, on Saturday, November 21 at 2pm. Two Ballet Hispanico Performances for Young People / Apollo School Day Live shows of mixed repertory celebrating Latin American dance and culture will be offered to schoolchildren on the morning of Friday, November 20, presented through the Education programs of Ballet Hispanico and the Apollo Theater.
In keeping with its mission to make the beauty of the arts and Latino culture accessible to all communities, Ballet Hispanico this year introduces Saturday en Familia at the Apollo: a 90-minute, fun-filled journey through Latin American dance and culture featuring Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and Education Director AnaMaria Correa as co-hosts, excerpts from Ballet Hispanico's diverse repertory and a Q&A with the dancers. All tickets for Saturday en Familia are $15. Repertory for the Saturday en Familia matinee includes:

Sombrerísimo - Excerpt (2013)
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
An absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrerísimo references the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats. This athletic work for six male dancers was commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival

El Beso - Excerpt (2014)
Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's first work for Ballet Hispanico is a spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music and featuring original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. 

Club Havana - Excerpt (2000)
Choreography by Pedro Ruiz
The intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a native of Cuba, in this re-imagined nightclub populated by virtuoso dancers. 

If walls could speak - Excerpt (2015)
Choreography by Fernando Melo
Danced to a medley of Brazilian percussive and acoustic sounds, Rio de Janeiro native Fernando Melo's first work for Ballet Hispanico explores his homeland-a land of soccer, samba and sensuality but also inequality and disorder-with abstract and poetic subtlety.

Additional programs at the Apollo Theater will include special Ballet Hispanico Performances for Young People / Apollo School Day Live shows of mixed repertory for schoolchildren on the morning of November 20, 2015. Ballet Hispanico's Performances for Young People (PYP) are interactive 50-minute productions that delight students with a guided exploration of Latin American dance forms and music. Apollo School Day Live provides new generations of theater-goers with exciting opportunities to learn about the arts, history and culture. 

Tickets are $28-$58 for evening performances and $15 for Saturday en Familia. Tickets are available online now at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office at 253 W. 125th Street, NYC.  For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org.
News from Waldmania PR
Mighty Wolf  by Jeff & Paige
  Award-winning children's entertainers and Colorado family favorites Jeff & Page are poised to take center stage on the national scene with their fifth kid-friendly exploration of science and nature, Mighty Wolf, set for release on November 20.Within the setting of a family hiking expedition, Mighty Wolf features songs that touch upon such topics as insect migration, Arctic adaptations, keystone species, ladybug ecology, spider anatomy, lightning safety, scavengers, nature appreciation, ungulates, and the Appalachian Trail, interspersed with colorful, informative narrative.Previous Jeff & Paige albums include Get Outdoors (2013), 21st Century Energy Superheroes (2011), Songs from the Trail (2009), and Rocky Mountain Tunes for Rocky Mountain Kids (2007)
CD Details: Mighty Wolf
Release date: November 20, 2015
For ages 3 - 8
Label: Rocky Mountain Music, Inc.
SRP: $15.00
Run time: 51 minutes
News from O & M Co.
Two time Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris and singing partner Kimberly Kaye, along with their band Loose Cattle, have recorded a country version of “Pony Girl,” the original song written by Fun Home Tony Award-winners Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron for the musical.   Cerveris has created his  own arrangement of the song, which was cut during early workshops of Fun Home, turning the tune into a waltzing cowboy lullaby. The single, mastered for iTunes, is now available for pre-sale, and will receive an  official release on November 23, 2015 at most online retailers Cerveris and Loose Cattle will celebrate “Pony Girl” with a release party and concert at Hill Country Barbecue (1123 Broadway) on Monday, November 23at 8:00 PM.
“ L O S T   G I R L S ”
MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive  Director) announced today the extension—by popular demand—of its hit comedy, John Pollono’s Lost Girlsstarring Golden Globe® nominee Piper Perabo, through Friday, December 4th. It was previously scheduled through November 29th. For more information on MCC Theater, please visitwww.mcctheater.org.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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