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, April 17, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/17/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

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Upcoming at the State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Monday April 18 Brit Floyd VIP Meet & Greet Soundcheck Experience
For more information or to order tickets  click here

Monday April 18 Brit Floyd The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Experience

For more information or to order tickets click here
iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Tuesday April 19 iPlay America to Host NJBIZ Best Places to Work in New Jersey Awards
The prestigious NJBIZ Best Places to Work in New Jersey Awards Ceremony will be held at iPlay America on Tuesday, April 19. Best Places to Work recognizes the state’s top employers who show a dedication to their employees’ professional growth and quality of life.
This year’s event will take place in iPlay America’s brand new, warehouse-styled event space – Warehouse 100. During the award ceremony, guests will enjoy small bites and wine served at their table and a cocktail reception will include passed Hors d'oeuvres, food stations and open bar. Then guests are invited to iPlay America’s amusement park to enjoy dessert and games.
Companies from across New Jersey completed a rigorous two-step survey process through which the 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey were selected to be honored. A majority of the scoring comes from employee experience surveys, as well as an in-depth evaluation of each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The Best Companies Group, who manages the entries and survey, uses the combined scores and data analyzation expertise to determine the final rankings.

The following businesses will be honored for ranking in the Top 100 during the 2016 Best Places to Work in New Jersey:

Small & Medium Companies (15-249 employees)

ADMA Biologics, Inc., AEPG Wealth Strategies, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Applegate, Applied Information Group, Beckerman, BluMarc, Inc., Celldex Therapeutics, Inc., Condor Capital Management, Conover Beyer Associates, Inc., COWAN, GUNTESKI & CO. P.A., CP Professional Services, Credit Union of New Jersey, Damascus Bakeries OPCO, LLC, daVIZta Inc, DefinedLogic, Dittman Incentive Marketing, DMR Architects, Duke Farms, Dynamic Engineering Consultants PC, Exigent Technologies, Fairleigh Dickinson University|School of Pharmacy, FinPro Inc., Franklin Mutual Insurance Company, Global Planners, Inc., Grunenthal USA, Inc., iMedia Inc, InSite Engineering LLC, Internet Creations, JBK Associates International,  JBL Electric Inc.,  JCPR, Kessler Foundation, Kreinces Rollins & Shanker LLC, Lassus Wherley, Launch 3 Telecom, Mariner Wealth Advisors, MassMutual New Jersey-NYC, MetLife Solutions Group, MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyors, MWW Group,New Day Underwriting Managers LLC,  Nisivoccia LLP, Phillip Jeffries, Process Stream, Quality 1st Basement Systems, R&J Strategic Communications, RegentAtlantic, Rising Pharmaceuticals, Rue Insurance, SBS Group, SD Capital Funding,  Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP, Shore Rehabilitation Institute,  Signature Information Solutions LLC, Sobel & Co., LLC CPA's, Spire Group, P.C., Sunhillo Corporation, Talon Professional Services, The Casey Group, Inc., The Conti Group, The Eagle Group, V12 Group, Valiant Power Group, W&H Systems, now part of DMW&H, Weinberger Law Group LLC, Whitestone Associates Inc., Wilkin & Guttenplan P.C., WorkWave, Worldwide Supply.

Large Companies (more than 250 employees)

Advisors Mortgage Group LLC, Affinity Federal Credit Union, Billtrust, Bohler Engineering NJ, Citrin Cooperman, Crowe Horwath LLP, Edward Jones, EMC Corporation, Enroute Computer Solutions, Ferreira Construction Co Inc., Friedman LLP, Gibbons P.C., Goldberg Segalla LLP, Holy Name Medical Center, iCIMS, Insperity, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., Lowenstein Sandler, Maser Consulting, McCormick Taylor, Inc., New York Life New Jersey General Office, O'Connor Davies LLP, QuickChek Corporation, Savills Studley, Sundance Vacations, The Execu|Search Group, Transwestern, WithumSmith+Brown, P.C., Wyndham Worldwide.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Quinn at 732-577-8200 orJenniferQ@iPlayAmerica.com.
Lakewood BlueClaws Flea Market
First Energy Park
First Energy Park2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ

The BlueClaws will host a brand-new Spring Flea Market at FirstEnergy Park on Sunday, April 24th from 8 am - 2 pm! Registration for vendors is now open. 
The BlueClaws host a Flea Market each fall (and will continue to do so). The event brings together more than 200 vendors selling a variety of merchandise into a packed FirstEnergy Park parking lot, and a similar-sized event is expected here. Food will be available for sale at the event. To register, call Kayla Reilly at 732-901-7000 ext 164 or click here
Mary Poppins at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 

Fridays, Apr. 22 & 29, 2016 at 8pm
Saturdays, Apr. 16, 23 & 30 at 2pm & 8pm
Sundays, Apr. 17, 24 & May 1 at 2pm

ALL SEATS $20.00

For more information or to order tickets click here
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

April 22- June 12
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will take place in the Square from April 22- June 12, 2016. The Festival, appearing for the first time in the Northeast United States, is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors. In addition to the gorgeous light installations, festival-goers will enjoy daily performances, culinary exploration, handicrafts by working artists, and still be able to play mini-golf, ride the carousel, and enjoy Center City’s best play place during the spring and all year long.

 For more information or to order tickets go to :http://historicphiladelphia.org/
Mother's Day at the Trenton Thunder

For more information  or to order tickets click here
News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Cirque du Soleil’s First Musical In Previews Now
Digital Lottery Policy Announced
Wednesday, May 25 Opening
At Broadway’s Lyric Theatre (213 West 42nd Street)
50 Cast & Creative Team Members Making Their Broadway Debuts

A limited number of $35 tickets will be made available to every performance of PARAMOUR via the TodayTixapp. The lottery commences Saturday, April 16. The lottery begins each night at midnight and closes four hours prior to the performance. Winners will receive email confirmation to claim lottery tickets. Winners’ tickets are available for pick up from a TodayTix concierge at the Lyric Theatre. Lottery purchases have a maximum of two tickets per person. In addition to lottery tickets, regular priced tickets can be purchased on the TodayTix app. Please note, the rush policy for PARAMOUR will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information on PARAMOUR, visit www.ParamourOnBroadway.com.
For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Tickets for Cirque du Soleil - PARAMOUR are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929,or at Lyric Theatre Box Office (213 West 42nd Street). Ticket prices range from $55- $149 (all prices include a $2.50 facility fee). 

TodayTix is the first and only free mobile app for iOS and Android that provides access to the best prices on last minute theater tickets, booked same-day or within a week’s time. Operating in the world’s most iconic theater markets, TodayTix secures the best discounted and full price tickets available for the hottest shows in New York City, London’s West End, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston. Life-long friends and Broadway producers Merritt Baer and Brian Fenty launched TodayTix in New York City in December 2013. The company now has partnerships with more than 150 theater institutions globally including The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Blue Man Group, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Metropolitan Opera, BAM, Nimax, Really Useful Theatres, Shaftesbury Theatre, SHN, San Francisco Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, ODC Dance Company, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and LA Opera.TodayTix has partnered with St. Ann's Warehouse for their 2016 season (Nice FishA Streetcar Named Desire,Bianco) on their newest technology, daily mobile rush. To learn more, please visit www.todaytix.com or downloadTodayTix for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Manhattan Theatre Club's American Premiere of The Father Now at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Performances now of the new play by Molière Award winner Florian Zeller, in a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard, Les Liaisons DangereusesGod of Carnage), in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (DoubtOutside MullingarCity of Conversation) atMTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

The Father stars three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella joined by Tony Award nominee Kathryn Erbe (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” The Speed of Darkness), Brian Avers (Rock ‘n’ RollThe Lieutenant of Inishmore), Charles Borland (A Man for All Seasons), Drama Desk Award nomineeHannah Cabell (Pumpgirl at MTC, Grounded), and Kathleen McNenny (Fish in the DarkAn Enemy of the People at MTC).

Now 80 years old, André (Frank Langella) was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne (Kathryn Erbe) and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Tickets for The Father are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visitingwww.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Ticket prices are $70-$150.

·         TUESDAY, MARCH 22 – SUNDAY, MARCH 27 (7 PERFORMANCES): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinee on Sunday at 2 PM. There are only seven performances this first week.
·         MONDAY, MARCH 28 – SUNDAY, APRIL 3: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
·         MONDAY, APRIL 4 – SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
·         MONDAY, APRIL 11 – SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (WEEK OF OPENING): Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7 PM; Friday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Opening night is Thursday at 7pm.
·         MONDAY, APRIL 18 – SUNDAY, APRIL 24: Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
·         MONDAY, APRIL 25 – SUNDAY, JUNE 12: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

The 2 PM performance on Saturday, May 7 will be open-captioned.

30th Annual
Easter Bonnet Competition
Set for Monday, April 25 & Tuesday, April 26

Produced by and Benefiting
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Two Performances Only
at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street)

The annual Easter Bonnet Competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will celebrate its festive 30th edition at 4:30 PM on Monday, April 25, 2016, and at 2 PM on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street, NYC), home to Disney’s long-running hit musical The Lion King.

The Easter Bonnet Competition (#broadwaybonnets) is the annual theatre community celebration that ends six weeks of intensive fundraising efforts by dozens of Broadway, OffBroadway and national touring productions.

In addition to magnificent singing, dancing and comedic skits, participating shows present strikingly creative and elaborate Easter bonnets created especially for the event. The companies that raise the most for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are recognized with specialEaster Bonnet Competition honors. Awards also are presented for best bonnet design and best presentation during the performances.

Tickets for Easter Bonnet Competition are available now at broadwaycares.org. Tickets are $375 for VIP orchestra; $250 priority center orchestra; $130 side orchestra and front mezzanine; $50 rear side orchestra and middle mezzanine; and $30 rear mezzanine.
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications


Three artists converge for an evening celebrating remarkable women as subjects or creators of contemporary art.

WHAT: A reception celebrating three groundbreaking artists collaborating to bring attention to the importance of creativity, originality and innovation. Upcycled glass artist Kathleen Plate, famed choreographer Pascal Rioult, and mixed media painter Kristen Jongen will exhibit and discuss their work in the context of the essential culture of creativity.

Kathleen Plate, of Smart Glass Art,  will showcase a collection of custom designed pieces including a 27' glass chandelier made from recycled bottles.  Plate's innovative concepts have been commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum, The Coca Cola Company, Intercontinental Hotel Group and numerous private collectors.  From chandeliers to runway fashion gowns,  she transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary by creating functional and sophisticated works of art.

Pascal Rioult, artistic director of RIOULT Dance NY, will speak about his latest work, Women on the Edge...Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War premiering at the Joyce Theater June 21-26.  The modern dance triptych pays homage to the emotional strength of Iphigenia, Helen of Troy, and Cassandra in three separate abstracted narratives. Rioult gathers inspiration from his mentor, Martha Graham, yet turns it on its ear in these three distinctive and athletic works. On display will be a selection of work by photographer Sophia Negron who has been documenting Rioult's evocative, female-driven creative process spanning the last 4 years and who's latest collection of images will offer a visual sneak peek into the company's upcoming NY season.

Kristen Jongen will showcase a new series of painted cityscapes, which survey the creative visions of the tenants that live inside. These works are a departure from the more lyrical style Jongen is internationally known for. Jongen's work has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and many other North American publications. She has authored two books, Growing Wings: A view from inside the cocoon, and Attempting Flight: Upside down without a net.

WHEN:  Thursday April 21st, from 7-10pm.

WHERE: Bene Rialto, 13 West 38th street, NYC

All artwork will be available for public viewing and sale from April 18-24 at Bene Rialto, A New York City Marketplace, located at 13 West 38th street.  Store hours: Mon- Sat 11am -7pm, closed Sunday. Phone: 212-246-5984  
Rockitaerials presents
the New York City Premiere of
Circo de la Luna
Rose Nagel Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center
April 21-22, 2016 at 7:30pm
Rockitaerials presents the New York City premiere of Circo de la Luna on April 21-22, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Rose Nagelburg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, New York, NY.   Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/calendar/ or by calling Ovationtix at 866-811-4111.
Inspired by Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, Circo de la Luna is a moonstruck circus journey that incorporates flamenco, aerial moon, tissù and lyra, contortion, clowning and boleadoras to tell the story of a disgruntled New York City dweller who receives a mysterious package in the mail and is whisked away on a magical journey to Spain, Cuba, and beyond. Performed in front of a projected backdrop of lush architectural images created by the photographer Thierry Dehove, Circo de la Luna transports audiences with the hypnotic rhythm of an antique carousel slide projector, sharing the beauty of Spanish and Latin music and landscapes, inspiring us all to explore the beauty of other cultures - near or far.

Circo de la Luna is an original hybrid circus created by NYC-based aerialist Amanda Topaz in Partnership with Sonia Olla.  Acts will include comedy by Mark Gindick (Wingman and Big Apple Circus), Boleadoras by AJ Silver (Hungarian National Circus), Aerial Moon and Silk by Amanda Topaz (Rockitaerials), Aerial Hoop by Sarah Sophie Flicker (Citizen's Band), Contortion by Anna Venizelos of the Venizelos Sistersand Olga
Karmansky. Aerial choreography by Sonia Olla and Ballet Hispanico choreographer Pedro Ruiz, directed by Mark Lonergan (Parallel Exit and Big Apple Circus).  

About Circo de la Luna
Circo de la Luna is a cross-cultural circus charged with Flamenco and latin music, created by NYC aerialist Amanda Topaz in partnership with the Spanish flamenco dancer Sonia Olla.  Originally created for a Latin Audience in Atlantic City, Circo de la Luna grew to include the salsa music of Celia Cruz and tango of Astor Piazzolla, making it a circus night for Latin Music lovers of three continents. The idea of Circo de la Luna is to introduce circus acts to traditional dance choreographers to create a thought-provoking circus for Spanish and Latin Music lovers and children of all ages.  The name "Circo de la Luna" was born out of wanting to create the Spanish equivalent to the incomparable Cirque du Soleil.  Circo de la Luna celebrates the love of foreign neighbors, culture, music and dance - especially Flamenco. For more information visit www.circodelaluna.com.
South Street Seaport Museum
Seaport Walking Tours
April 2016

The South Street Seaport Museum announces Seaport Walking Tours, illuminating the hidden, forgotten, and overlooked histories of New York's original seaport. Starting on Thursday, April 21, 2016 there will be two regularly scheduled tours available: The Secret Life of the Brooklyn Bridge and A Wicked Tour of the Fourth Ward.  Several new tours will be introduced after the Memorial Day weekend. Tickets available at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/seaportwalkingtours/.

The Secret Life of the Brooklyn Bridge
Thursdays, 12:15pm - 1:30pm
April 21, 28
May 12, 19, 26
$20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Museum Members, $10 Children

Underneath its elegant and restrained exterior the Brooklyn Bridge holds many secrets. Take a walk as the stories of the remarkable builders and the quirky life of this enigmatic structure are revealed to you.
*Note: this walking tour does not take you over the Brooklyn Bridge.

A Wicked Tour of the Fourth Ward
Fridays, 12:15pm - 1:30pm
April 22, 29
May 13, 20, 27
$25 Adults, $15 Seniors/Museum Members, $10 Children

Home to eccentric and dangerous characters, the Fourth Ward was the city's district of vice and crime. Take a walk back to 19th Century New York's wickedest ward.

Tours will be led by William Roka, Historian and Operations Associate at the South Street Seaport Museum. In addition to working at the Seaport Museum, Mr. Roka is also an independent scholar who has presented at several academic conferences in the United States and abroad. His research focuses on the history of transatlantic travel and ocean liners in the early 20th century. 
News from DKC/O&M 

“ S O M E   O F   T H E   T H I N G S   I N S I D E ”




Waterwell today announced a special command performance at Joe’s Pub of its 2016 New Works Lab commissionSome of the Things Inside, a bracingly honest play by one of the most singular and significant voices in the American theater: Pulitzer Prize finalist and OBIE Award winner Dael Orlandersmith (Forever, Yellowman, Beauty’s Daughter). This year’s installment of the annual developmental workshop series for the senior Drama class at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS), Some of the Things Inside is directed by Allison Talisand will play Joe’s Pub Monday, April 18th at 7:00pm.

Tickets to Some of the Things Inside are $10 and can be purchased online at http://www.publictheater.org/Tickets/.

Some of the Things Inside dives deeply into the interior worlds of today's youth. Told through the individual and collective voices of contemporary teens, the play explores the challenges they face and the ways they rise above. Out of isolation and fear emerge compassion and connection as these young people search for the truth and beauty in resilience.

The cast is comprised entirely of graduating seniors in the Waterwell Drama Program @ PPAS, some of the most promising young talent in the city. 



APRIL 23 & 24

Rolando Sanz and Strathmore, in association with Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus and David Bloch are pleased to present the world premiere of I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milka musical celebration of two American icons, for a two-night engagement on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland). This event marks the first time these pieces will be performed together, and the world premiere of Grammy and Tony Award-nominated composer, Andrew Lippa’s newest work, I Am Anne Hutchinson. Part choral work, part theater piece, this production will feature Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth, reprising her role in I Am Harvey Milk, and debuting I Am Anne Hutchinson’s title role. Joining her onstage will be Andrew Lippa himself. Chenoweth will debut a piece from I Am Anne Hutchinson in January 2016 during a solo concert at the Music Center at Strathmore.
I Am Harvey Milk, originally commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, weaves the story of Milk’s life–from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California, and finally, to his assassination. Andrew Lippa’s soaring melodies and lyrics have already sold out houses in Los Angeles’s Disney Concert Hall and New York City’s Lincoln Center. Now, I Am Harvey Milk makes its Washington, D.C. debut, where so many political opinions, legislative decisions, and, most recently, a landmark Supreme Court ruling, have impacted the LGBT community.

I Am Harvey Milk will be presented alongside the world premiere of Lippa’s newest work, I Am Anne Hutchinson.Hutchinson is widely considered the mother of women’s rights and religious tolerance in America. In 1637, she was tried for insubordination to the patriarchal church, for the “sin” of forming women’s study groups. While she was branded a radical, like Harvey Milk centuries later, her tragic end only strengthened her legend, furthering her cause of women’s independence.

I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, direction by Noah Himmelstein, and music direction by Joel Fram.
For tickets and more information, please visit www.strathmore.org/events-and-tickets/harvey-milk
And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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