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 27, 2016

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/27/16 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

5th Annual The Ride Holiday Edition
November 7, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Come aboard THE RIDE: Holiday Edition as they take a seasonal twist to celebrate the wonder and magic of the holiday season in NYC. Make this your new family tradition for the holidays!

For more information or to book tickets click here
Circle Line Holiday Party Packages
Pier 83
W. 42nd St. at 12th
New York, NY

Party Packages include:

Custome Food Theme
DJ Entertainment
Dessert Platter
Seasonal Beverage Choice
Beverage Package
Champagne Toast

$61.00 per guest

For more information or to book a party click here
Upcoming at the State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunwick, NJ

Handel's Messiah 
Trinity Wall Street
Wednesday November 30, 2016 8:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here

Ralphie May's White Trash Christmas
Thursday December 1, 2016 8:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here

Elf the Musical 
Friday December 2 7:30 PM
Saturday December 3 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday December 4 1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here

Poetry as Memoir: Uplifting People Places and Things
Free Public Workshop with Glenis Redmond

For more information or to register click here
Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Road
Freehold, NJ

Friday, December 2
Andie Case – iPlay America’s City Square
Doors: 6:00 PM – Show: 7:00 PM

YouTube sensation Andie Case is a popular singer and songwriter with over 1.1 million subscribers to her channel. Andie is a loud and unforgiving talent whose music showcases the heart and life of a not-so-ordinary girl. Andie aims to connect with her fans through songs with catchy hooks and a message of empowerment, love, loss, and everything that comes with finding one’s self. This spring Andie released her debut single Coming Aroundand received high praise from critics! Don’t miss your chance to see Andie Case LIVE at iPlay America!

For more information or to order tickets click here
Saturday, December 3

Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn – iPlay America’s Event Center
Doors at 6:00 PM – Show: 7:00 PM

Direct from America’s Got Talent, see the phenomenal Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn perform magic that will delight the whole family! This talented twosome was first inspired while watching their parents headline theaters and cruise ships around the globe. Following in their parents' footsteps, they are developing their own unique brand as they pursue acting, magic, illusion, ventriloquism, music, and dance. Between them both, they have already starred in movies, television shows, and numerous national commercials. Get tickets for the whole family NOW to see the amazing and mystifying Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn!

For more information or to order tickets  click here

Now through November 30

Perfect gifting is right at your fingertips because the BEST gifts are FUN gifts and nobody has more FUN than iPlay America! Purchase iPlay America’s Gift Cards that will thrill and delight friends and family alike! Get in on iPlay America’s HUGE Black Friday Deal: Buy $100 in Gift Cards and receive 2 Unlimited Ride Passes for FREE – that’s a value of $59.90 for FREE!!! Available at iPlay America or online at iPlayAmerica.com! Wow! iPlay America has the deals to make your holiday shopping a snap! This year when you buy $50 in gift cards, you get a $10 bonus game card FREE! You can also purchase 2 Unlimited iRide Plus Passes and receive 2 $10 Bonus Game Cards for just $60! ($10 Bonus Game Cards valid January 1 - March 31, 2017)

For more information click here
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Twas the Night Before Christmas
Friday December 2 7:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday December 3 & 4  2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

The excitement and wonder of the long-awaited midnight visit by Santa Claus, made famous in Clement Moore’s beloved poem, is brought to the stage by The Kelsey Players, in a fun and enchanting musical perfect for even the littlest ones

Tickets: $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors, Students, Children

For more information or to purchase tickets click here
TADA! Youth Theater's Dance-A-Thon
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY

TADA!'s 6th Anual Dance-A-Thon, a kid-fueled fundraiser in support of subsidized theater tickets, financial aid, arts education, and ensemble programs. Participants will join for 150 minutes of dancing, food, games, and giveaways on Saturday, December 36:00-8:30 pm.

TADA!'s Dance-A-Thon is intended for kids ages 6-12 and everyone is encouraged to bring friends, even if they're new to TADA!. (No parents allowed!)  All dancers must give or raise a minimum of $50 to participate. (The give/get minimum goes up to $75 for dancers who sign up after 11/23.) The dancers who solicit the most individual donations (regardless of the amount raised) even win special prizes.  (Most dancers raise an average of $300.) All funds raised make arts education accessible to children in need.

To sign up click here
Historic Houses Filled with Holiday Entertainment, Food, and Family Fun

The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park have a popular longtime tradition of decorating for the holidays and entertaining visitors, and this season, four special days of special programming will be added to showcase what makes Philadelphia a very special place: great music, delicious food, and friendly neighbors. “Christmas in Fairmount Park” celebrates its 45th year of delighting visitors with this year’s theme, “A Very Philly Christmas.” Presented by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, this holiday tradition will feature six of the park’s treasured historic houses – Cedar Grove, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, and Woodford – each decked out in the season’s finest and offering special events on the weekends of December 3-4 and December 10-11


Sounds of the Season: Saturday, December 3, 10am-4pm
Sponsored by WRTI FM
Join the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park as they host Sounds of the Season, sponsored by WRTI, celebrating the musical diversity of the city.

Programming Highlights include:
Lemon Hill Mansion                Mummers All Stars                                                              10:00-10:45am
                                                          AMLA (Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos)  11:00-12:00pm
Cedar Grove                                Mummers All Stars                                                              11:30-12:30pm
Mount Pleasant                          Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz                                         12:30-1:30pm
Laurel Hill Mansion                 Quiet Storm authentic Philly doo wop                             1:30-2:30pm  
Woodford                                     Opera Philadelphia                                                             2:00-3:00pm
Strawberry Mansion Black   Pearl Chamber Orchestra                                                 2:30-3:30pm

A special holiday version of Parks On Tap will be held outside of Historic Strawberry Mansion from 12-5pm. Admission is $8 per house. Payable at the door. Children 12 and under free. Discounted event passes available online at holidaysinthepark.com.

Family Day: Sunday, December 4, 10am-4pm
Celebrate a full day of holiday entertainment and activities for children and their parents at six Historic Houses of Fairmount Park. Children 12 and under admitted free.

Programming Highlights include:
Lemon Hill Mansion                Santa Claus                                                                             11:30am-3:30pm
Cedar Grove                                Please Touch Museum                                                       10:00am-4:00pm
Mount Pleasant                          Mornin’ Music                                                                        10:00am-12:00pm
                                                          Smith Playground                                                                1:00pm-3:30pm
Laurel Hill Mansion                 Spiral Q Puppet Theatre                                                    11:00am1pm2pm
Woodford                                     Blacksmith                                                                              10:00am-4:00pm
                                                          Franklin Institute                                                                 1:00pm-2:00pm
Strawberry Mansion               Revolution Shakespeare                                                  10:30am11:15am
                                                          Walnut St. Theatre                                                1:15pm2:30pm3:00pm

Admission is $8 per house. Payable at the door. Children 12 and under free. Discounted event passes available online at holidaysinthepark.com.
News from John Scher/Metropolitan Entertainment PR

NY/NJ Concert Calender Info.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
A Holiday Celebration Concert
The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64 Street at Central Park West
Showtime: 11:00am.  Tickets $37.50 (plus fees) Ticketfly.com 877-987-6487

A Laurie Berkner Christmas

The Laurie Berkner Band's concerts will celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman," plus originals from Laurie's well-loved album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, like "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight." Laurie and the band will pay tribute to Hanukkah with "Candle Chase" and "The Dreidel Song." They'll also perform an array of Laurie's greatest hits, such as "We Are The Dinosaurs," "Victor Vito," and "Pig On Her Head," along with several soon-to-be classics from Laurie's new album, Superhero. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads), and Laurie hopes everyone will join in the holiday spirit and sing along!

News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture at the 14th Street Y
Mystical Feet Company


December 1-18, 2016

LABA: Laboratory for Jewish Culture and Mystical Feet Company present The Mar Vista, a dance/theater work written and choreographed by Yehuda Hyman in collaboration with the Mystical Feet Company (Ron Kagan, Dwight Kelly, Ryan Pater, Ezra Lowrey, Amanda Schussel and Hyman) at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, from December 1-18, 2016.  Performance schedule: Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22.50 at the door. Tickets are available at 646-395-4310 or www.14streety.org.

The Mar Vista is a comical and heartbreaking new dance/theater work by award-winning Brooklyn-based theater artist Yehuda Hyman and his Mystical Feet Company. A cast of six  performs this unusual Jewish family saga spanning 90 years - a forbidden and passionate WWII romance, the mysteries of Istanbul, a 1960s family of immigrants on the West Side of L.A., gypsy dances, pop songs and water ballets, and above all the enduring memory of lost love.

The Theater at the 14th Street Y
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress
December 2-18, 2016

The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents Hanna and the Moonlit Dress as part of the Theater/Dance Series curated at The Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC from December 2-18, 2016. Performances: Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 10am and noon. Tickets are $18 for a child or adult or $50 for a family (maximum of four members), and are available at www.TheMoonLitDress.com.  

Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is based on the beloved Israeli book Hanna's Sabbath Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el and is adapted for the stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal. Hanna is a fantastical, interactive musical for children about the magic of a good deed. Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit, the cast features actors Case Watson as Hanna, Kate Mulberry as the Mother, and Matt Webster as Zuzzi the Dog and the Coalman, under the music direction of Peter Hodgson.

Works & Process at The Guggenheim
Peter & the Wolf
with Isaac Mizrahi
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 2:30 pm and 4 pm
December 9, 5 pm and 6:30 pm

In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents ten performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, Peter & the Wolf. Reviving the sold-out 2015 production, for the tenth year, renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will narrate the production. Brad Lubman will conduct Ensemble Signal. Mizrahi will narrate, direct, design the set and costumes, and his special cast will perform choreography by John Heginbotham, in which the familiar characters come to life in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. The story brings 30 minutes of suspense, including a happy ending, and allows the young and young-at-heart to hear and learn the various instruments in the orchestra. The performance is recommended for children ages 5.  The schedule is as follows: December 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 2:30pm and 4pm, and December 9 at 5pm and 6:30pm.  For ages 5 and up.

Tickets & Venue
$40, $35 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process
Premium front row ticketing $100, $90 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process Box Office (212) 423-3575, (M-F, 1-5pm) or online at worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

Show your Peter & the Wolf ticket for a special discount on Holiday treats at The Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim. For reservations, please visit http://www.opentable.com/start/home or call 212 427 5690.

News from DKC

Fathom Events and BroadwayHD Partnership Launches With Tony Award®-Winning ‘She Loves Me’ in Cinemas Nationwide December 1 Only

New Agreement Offers Fathom Events a First-Look Option for Showing Select BroadwayHD Titles in Cinemas Nationwide

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of “She Loves Me” will be the first title offered in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. local time. In addition to the performance, this one-night cinema event will include exclusive interviews with the cast (Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski) and creative team.

Fathom Events and BroadwayHD will partner to bring select domestic (Broadway/Off-Broadway) and international (London’s West End) theatre performances to U.S. cinemas. The partnership is expected to bring a diverse lineup of productions to cinemas each year, giving moviegoers an up-close and personal front-row experience.

Tickets for She Loves Me can be purchased beginning online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 500 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
News from DKC/O&M



DECEMBER 1-17, 2016

As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, Target Margin Theater (David Herskovits, Artistic Director; Sarah Hughes & Moe Yousuf, Co-Artistic Producers) presents the Unseen O’Neill Lab. Lead artists Ann Marie DorrKathleen Kennedy Tobin and Eva von Schweinitz revive some of O’Neill’s known but rarely-seen works including Beyond the Horizon, Dynamo, and The Great God Brown. The Lab will also feature a collaboration with alumni, professors and staff from theCity University of New York (CUNY), exploring Marco Millions, with Lead Artists Claire Moodey and Bess Rowen. Plus a theater-making workshop for veterans led by Maurice DeCaul, a panel on adapting O’Neill moderated by dramaturg Amy Jensen, andDurned Queer—a special in-process showing of Mourning Becomes Electra directed by David Herskovits. The Unseen O’Neill Labwill be presented at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY) from December 1 - December 17, 2016, shedding light on yet another dimension of O’Neill’s legacy.


Beyond the Horizon

by Eugene O’Neill
Lead Artist: Ann Marie Dorr

“Her mind already sinking back into that spent calm beyond the further troubling of any hope” is the final line of O’Neill’s horribly well-made, Pulitzer Prize-winning, starry-eyed, naive tragedy with New England home cooking, two brothers, one girl named Ruth, a farm, and whatever the hell is beyond…beyond…beyond the horizon?

December 1st at 7pm
December 2nd at 7pm
December 3rd at 3pm & 7pm
December 4th at 5pm


by Eugene O’Neill

Lead Artist: Kathleen Kennedy Tobin

Who is the more alluring, whose shape more lovely, whose siren song the sweetest: the girl next door? Or a hydroelectric power generator? A play about taking Technology as your God, and breaking your mother’s heart.

December 2nd at 10pm
December 4th at 2pm
December 15th at 4pm
December 16th at 10pm

Durned Queer

by Eugene O’Neill

Lead Artist: David Herskovits


When O’Neill writes the perfect American family, it is the Mannons: off-center, twisted, just plain “Durned Queer”. Our selection of in-progress work on Mourning Becomes Electra drills into the murky contradictions of an all-American tribe.

December 9th at 4pm
December 10th at 2pm & 5pm

Marco Millions

by Eugene O’Neill
Lead Artists: Claire Moodey and Bess Rowen


A Christian, a Magician, and a Buddhist walk into the desert in the 13th Century. What follows is a satirical exploration of big business, of religion, and love. CUNY students, staff and alumni collaborate with TMT to stage an adaptation of Marco Millions, O’Neill’s fictionalized account of the life and travels of Marco Polo. This production is one of the capstone projects of City University of New York’s Translation Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

December 8th at 7pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: 365 5th Ave, Manhattan
December 9th at 7pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: 365 5th Ave, Manhattan
December 11th at 7pm at The Brick

The Great God Brown
by Eugene O’Neill
Lead Artist: Eva von Schweinitz

“I love, thou lovest, he loves, she loves! She loves, she loves – what?”
Yes, what? Can we ever – even in the most intimate relationships – be, and be seen as, our true selves? Dion loves Margaret who only loves him when he’s wearing masquerade. Add a jealous best friend and a prostitute savant to a mix of exuberant exclamations and existential punchlines, and soon questions about truth, failure, and identity arise.

December 14th at 7pm
December 15th at 7pm
December 16th at 7pm
December 17th at 3pm & 7pm

Military Veteran Theater Making Workshop

Led by TMT and Maurice DeCaul


The workshop will be structured around the themes of Eugene O’Neill’s writing and include the reading and rigorous discussion of a play by Eugene O’Neill, the asking of deep artistic questions, writing, movement, playing, laughing and other absurdities that will culminate in a small presentation at the end of the day.

December 12th from 10am to 5pm

S U P E R C I N E M A       



The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street), home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, continues its monthly film-inspired Supercinema dance parties with an evening celebrating Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, fittingly just as the holidays kick into full gear.  The party begins at 10:15PM, just after that evening’sSleep No More performance concludes when, in true McKittrick fashion, the venue will be transformed to recreate one of Tim Burton’s most seductive film worlds.  For info and tickets, visit http://www.supercinemanyc.com.

The Nightmare Before Christmas guests must come dressed in attire inspired by the film: Jack, Sally, Zero, Mayor, Dr. Finkelstein, Lock Shock and Barrel, Oogie Boogie, Santa Claus, Sandy Claws, Elves, Zombie Band, Halloweentown Citizen, Christmastown Citizen, or All Black.  Each Supercinema features scenic installations, pop-up theatrical performances, costumes galore, guest DJs, live music and an all-night open bar. 

Supercinema, a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience told through a cinematic lens, invites guests to a music-and-live-performance-filled dance party inspired by the world of that month’s film or film series, as with recent installments that immersed partygoers in worlds of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet in February, James Bond 007 in March, Alice in Wonderland in April, The Great Gatsby in May, June’s Gay Pride-themed The Wizard of Oz, September’s Clue murder mystery dance party, or October’s Halloween-themed Inferno, an ode to classic Hollywood movie monsters.

Tickets for Supercinema are available in the following packages : 

-       Supercinema starting at $85
-       Late Night Entry to Supercinema only starting at $50
-       Sleep No More followed by Supercinema starting at $225

Premiere Packages are also available, including:  Maximilian’s List, which offers front-of-line access, complimentary coat check and access to Oogie Boogie's Lair- an exclusive bar for the evening that will open at 10:30pm.; and Champagne Tables, with full Max’s List privileges plus a reserved table in our grand ballroom with table service.

A New Version by STEPHEN KARAM
Directed by SIMON GODWIN 

The strict limited engagement will conclude on Sunday, December 4 at 2PM.

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) will conclude its revival of The Cherry Orchard on Sunday, December 4, starring Diane Lane, Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey. This production of Anton Chekhov’s classic play features a new version by Tony Award winner Stephen Karam (The Humans), directed by Simon Godwin (Associate Director, Royal National Theatre) as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.

The Cherry Orchard tickets are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street); Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) and The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street). Single tickets for The Cherry Orchard range in price from $57-$149.

For more information visit www.roundabouttheatre.org
News from Richard Hillman PR



The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, will honor legendary Oscar® and Tony® award-winner Joel Grey with the 25th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at 2016 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at The Asia Society (725 Park Avenue).   The Reception featuring abundant cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the concert and award ceremony beginning at 8:00p.m.  For additional information, pricing and reservations, please visit www.yorktheatre.org, or call Ellen Weiss at (212) 935-5824, ext 214, or via email at eweiss@yorktheatre.org.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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