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 30, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/30/17 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

Celebrate the Release of Rick Riordan's Newest Book:
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy
The Lightning Thief: The New Musical
NYC's Book of Wonder
121 Christopher Street
New York, NY

Tuesday Mary 2, 2017
Off-Broadway’s hit show, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and NYC’s Books of Wonder (booksofwonder.com) will celebrate the release of Rick Riordan’s newest book by creating a Book of Wonder pop-up shop at the Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). They will be selling signed copies of The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy for $19.99 to those with tickets to The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Also available at the theatre, are official t-shirts of the Off-Broadway musical.

Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, featuring live music, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world.

In The Trials of Apollo: The Dark ProphecyZeus has punished his son Apollo–god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more–by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous–and frankly, humiliating–trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships–with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Written by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki, Directed by Stephen Brackett
Choreographed by Patrick McCollum, Musical Direction by Wiley DeWeese, Fight Direction by Rod Kinter
Orchestrations by Wiley Deweese & Rob Rokicki
Playing Now through May 6, 2017  
Performance Schedule
Monday – Tuesday at 7:30pm; Thursday 2pm & 7:30pm; Friday 7:30pm;
Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 3pm
ADDED SHOW: Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30pm

Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street

Tickets are $85-$65 and can be purchased by visiting
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
Aeolus Quartet
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Tue, May 2, 2:00 pm
Tuesday Matinee
Aeolus Quartet
Works by Haydn, Schumann, Copland and Missy Mazzoli.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Blue Moon Mexican Café
Friday, May 5th
Party Starts 3pm – Until Closing

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at all Blue Moon Mexican Café locations on Friday, May 5th for an authentic Mexican fiesta! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Many people may not know that, but everyone does enjoy celebrating this festive occasion with guacamole, tacos, margaritas and more.

The celebration at Blue Moon Mexican Café locations begin at 11:30 AM with a live DJ, drink specials including promo parties that will run throughout the day with giveaways and drinks specials featuring:  Lunazul, Patron, Corona and DosXX , and giveaways. Every day is a fiesta at Blue Moon, but Cinco de Mayo makes for an even greater fiesta. So grab your friends & family and enjoy delicious Mexican food, topped off with a Corona or two!

Blue Moon Mexican  Cafe Locations and Hours:

23 E. Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ  07631
Phone:  201.541.0600
Monday -Thursday 11:30AM - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-Midnight
Sunday 11:00AM-11:00pm

Woodcliff Lake
42 Kinderkamack Road
Phone:  201.782.9500
Monday -Thursday 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-11:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM - 10:00PM

327 Franklin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ  07481
Phone:  201.891.1331
Monday & Tuesday 11:30am - 10pm
Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 11pm
Sunday 10:30am - 10pm

7-27 Pondfield Road (corner of Pondfield & Sagamore)
Phone:  914.337.4000
Monday -Thursday 11:30AM-10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-11:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM-10:00PM

For more information visit bluemoonmexicancafe.com
Upcoming at iPlay America:
2017 USAIGC NJ State Gymnastics Championships
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

May 5, 2017 - Sunday May 7, 2017
The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs will hold the New Jersey State Gymnastics Championships at iPlay America’s Event Center Friday, May 5, 2017 – Sunday, May 7, 2017. The event will be hosted by Freehold Elite Gymnastics and offers New Jersey’s top USAIGC athletes the opportunity to compete for a chance to attend the 2017 USAIGC World Championships in Reno, Nevada where the top qualifying athletes will compete from 9 countries including the USA, Bermuda, Canada, England, India, Mexico, Romania, South Africa & Wales. This event is open to the public and tickets are available for all three days of competition at iPlayAmerica.com/Gymnastics. Half price ride tickets for iPlay America will be available with pre-admission tickets or at the door for everyone that purchased a USAIGC NJ State Competition Admission Ticket.

The USAIGC NJ State Championships will feature 38 competing gyms from across New Jersey. This is a women’s gymnastic competition and open to competitors ages 5 to 18 years. Athletes will compete from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the three days of the championships. Scheduled events include women’s artistic gymnastics, uneven bars, vault, balance beam, and floor exercise. The USAIGC Competitive program is designed to develop gymnasts into strong, intelligent young ladies who are goal oriented, success driven, disciplined, with excellent time management skills and who have learned life’s most important skill; dealing with success and failure. It is the process of becoming a gymnast in a healthy competitive environment that develops these outstanding qualities, not scores, not placements nor competitive levels. This is the core philosophy the USAIGC Competitive Program. 

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey:
Rent 20th Annivesary Tour and Annie
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 

Friday May 5, 2017 8:00 PM
Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour

For more information or to order tickets click here

Sunday May 7, 2017 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre:
From Roots to Wings: The Mercer Dance Ensemble in Concert
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Saturday May 6 8:00 PM
Sunday May 7 2:00 PM
Under new artistic direction, The Mercer Dance Ensemble features a group of MCCC's most talented students, faculty, and alumni, plus guest choreographers and dancers. Together they weave a tapestry of modern dance, ballet and other forms into a fascinating concert of movement and music. 

For more information or to order tickets click here
PR Firm Roundup

Mourning Becomes Electra
Target Margin Theater
Now Through May 20, 2017
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St.
New York, NY

Love, race, money, and war: Eugene O’Neill captured the essence of our country in his great trilogy Mourning Becomes Electra. For our spring 2017 marathon presentation, each of the three plays that comprise the Mourning trilogy will be staged in a different part of the Abrons Playhouse, with audience moving between the three spaces. Part Greek tragedy, American history play, and family romance, with passionate irreverence, this production of Mourning explodes the American project. You will never have a ride like it.

For more information visit http://www.targetmargin.org/.





Seeing You, a new immersive experience, has been announced for a limited six-week engagement beginning May 2, 2017 underneath The High Line at 450 W 14th Street in New York City.  Tickets are now on-sale at SeeingYou.NYC.

At once narcotic and eye-opening, Seeing You is the result of a bold collaboration between Randy WeinerRyan Heffington, and Cantora (Will Griggs and Nick Panama), featuring environmental storytelling from David Gallo and costume design from Desi Santiago.

For more information visit http://seeingyou.nyc/


T H E   M C K I T T R I C K   M A S Q U E R A D E

The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th Street), home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More, continues its next wave of dance parties, The McKittrick Masquerade, with a masked soiree, Mayfair: A Surreal Dance Party, on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  The party begins at10:15PM, just after that evening’s Sleep No More performance concludes when, in true McKittrick fashion, the venue will be transformed into a decadent, must-see world of carnival.  Guests will have package options including various combinations of dinner at The Heath, The McKittrick’s indoor restaurant and lounge; Sleep No More; and the Masquerade.  For info and tickets, visit http://www.mckittrickhotel.com

As with all McKittrick parties, dress code is strictly enforced.  Guests are invited to don their best white attire with a mask and join us in welcoming springtime. Animal-inspired masks are encouraged for the more mischievous souls looking to unleash their wild side as they explore the corners of The McKittrick as they never have before. Come dance on lush meadows, drink delicious libations, and revel in the debauchery of a new season.

Mayfair: A Surreal Dance Party will feature dancing, specially-created one-night-only performances, as well as full bar, boundless live entertainment and McKittrick-inspired surprises throughout the hotel.  Dinner and Sleep No More packages are also available.  Guests of The McKittrick Masquerade should arrive dressed in their most decadent attire.

Tickets for The McKittrick Masquerade on Saturday, May 6, 2017 are available in the following packages :

-       The McKittrick Masquerade starting at $50
-       Late Night Entry to The McKittrick Masquerade 
        (12:00AM/1:30AM check-in) starting at $20/$15
-       Sleep No More followed by The McKittrick Masquerade starting at $180
-       Dinner followed by The McKittrick Masquerade starting at $130
-       Dinner, Sleep No More and The McKittrick Masquerade starting at $265

Tickets are available via www.sleepnomorenyc.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.






The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition, will hold its Annual Gala on Monday, May 8, 2017. The evening will celebrate Emmy and Golden Globe Award®winning actor Danny DeVito, two-time Academy Award®-winner Sally Field, outstanding corporate leader Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP and 21-time Tony Award®-winning theatrical director and producer Harold Prince. Mr. DeVito, Ms. Field and Ms. Jenkins will be awarded The Actors Fund’s Medal of Honor. Mr. Prince will receive The Actors Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event begins with 6 pm cocktails followed by 7 pm dinner and tribute at the New York Marriott Marquis. The evening will include special tribute performances by guests to be announced.

For more information or to order tickets click here
News from Karen Greco PR

OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, musical adaptation of beloved children’s book, makes NYC premiere as the inaugural production for Rebel Playhouse

Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics byDax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliffwith musical direction by Dax DupuyOLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH begins performances on Friday, May 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 21.  The performance schedule isFriday at 6 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 6 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (312 West 36th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues). Tickets are $35 for adults; $25 for children. (Early Bird pricing good for ticket purchases through May 17$25 for adults; $15 for children). To purchase tickets, call Ovation Tix on (866) 811 – 4111 or visit www.rebelplayhouse.org.

Rebel Playhouse’s production transports audiences into the faraway world of the Old Turtle and Little One in this immersive, musical adventure.

In OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again — “you are loved…and so are they” — creating a better world for everyone.

OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH is powerful allegory about accepting and welcoming differences, which will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly at a time when the world is doing otherwise. (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)

Rebel Playhouse will host a 45-minute donation-based workshop for children after each Sunday matinee. Participants will work with the actors to play theater games and explore themes from the show.

For more information or to order tickets visit www.rebelplayhouse.org.

3/Fifths turns 3LD Art & Technology Center into SupremacyLand, an interactive romp through a dystopian theme park that puts white privilege on display

3-Legged Dog (Kevin Cunningham, Artistic Director) presents the world premiere of 3/Fifths, conceived and written by James Scruggs, directed by Tamilla Woodard andKareem Fahmy, with video design by Jon Bremner and Cam Vokey, choreographed by André M. Zachery, and an original score composed by Melanie West3/Fifths begins performances on Monday, May 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 28Press opening is Tuesday, May 9 at 7:20 PMThe performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 7 PM & 7:20 PM; Sunday at 4 PM & 4:20 PM.Please note, the performance time on Sunday, May 28 is at 6:30 PM & 6:50 PMPerformances are at3LD Art & Technology Center (80 Greenwich Street, at Rector, in downtown Manhattan). Tickets are$25 and are available by calling Brown Paper Tickets on 800-838-3006 or visiting www.3ldnyc.org. For more information, visit www.3fiths.org.

3/Fifths, an interactive romp through the minefields of racism in the US, turns 3LD Art and Technology Center into SupremacyLand, a dystopian theme park that puts white privilege on display.

Choose your race when you get to the door, but choose carefully because you cannot change your mind. Once you enter SupremacyLand, you are guided to The Atrocity Carnival where historical and contemporary atrocities are transformed, elevated, and celebrated, as fun, radically interactive games, contests and experiences. Win Supremacy Dollars (good for beer!) at the Noose Making Booth! Climb aboard The Race Ride, where audience members can experience an alternate race! Sing out with Rodney King Karaoke! Take a selfie in a chalk outline! (Fragility nurses are available during the Carnival for short sessions.)

The audience leaves the The Atrocity Carnival through 3LD’s tubular lobby, which is transformed using video mapping into a slave ship in the middle of a transatlantic crossing. The ship deposits audience members into SupremacyLand’s Cabaret, where re-enactments of daily incidents of white supremacy are performed.

Incorporating large-scale immersive video, performance, text, music, and radical interactivity, 3/Fifths is a bold examination of America’s shameful history of racism and a daring commentary on the virtual weaponization of black skin that remains prevalent in this country. James Scruggs’ ethno-theme park presents racism as viewed through a fun house mirror, and offers a close approximation of the smorgasbord of carnage perpetrated upon African Americans simply by virtue of the color of their skin. Shocking, grotesque, and uncomfortably entertaining, 3/Fifths upends the audience's notions of racial identity, safety, and privilege. 

For more information or to order tickets visit https://www.3ldnyc.org/
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Presents the World Premiere of
birds sing a pretty song.

birds sing a pretty song.receives its World Premiere at the Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC, as a LABA second stage production, from May 4-7, 2017.  Performances:  Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 3pm.  Join us opening night, May 4 for a Rooftop Party which will include meet and greet with artists and champagne toast. Tickets are $18 and available online at 14streety.org/birdssing or by phone at 646-995-4310.

birds sing a pretty song., choreographed by Rebecca Margolick (Sidra Bell Dance New York, UNA Projects, Patricia Noworal) and co-created and directed with Maxx Berkowitz, seamlessly fuses dance, live music and interactive media.  Developed last year during their Fellowship at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture at The 14th Street Y, birds sing a pretty song. is back for a much anticipated full-length production.

This full-lengthwork revolves around two dancers, suspended in an environment where our hyper social nature reaches a point in which the lines of virtual and reality are obscured. The audience follows the dancer's wanderings through a world manipulated and influenced by the "curators" (the three live musicians) and projected light structures that move and direct the world onstage. Throughout the piece they encounter an attempt at a relationship, fleeting glimpses of memory, and a fight for connection. Tied in with sound and video reactive visuals, the piece explores how surveillance and confinement through our digital and physical surroundings affect one's sense of reality and self.  Addressing these questions through contemporary dance, interactive/responsive film and live music, all tied together by audio manipulation and seamless integration. 

For more information or to order tickets click here

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents
Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8pm

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2016-17 Jazz series on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8pm with Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet. Blending influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist has created a singular sound, now recognized as one of the most ambitious cross-cultural visions on the contemporary scene.Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat,1pm-6pm).

Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban SextetSaturday, May 6, 2017 at 8pm
Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Tickets: $35
Box Office: BrooklynCenter.org or 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm)
Groups of 15 or more: 718-951-4600 x3327
Discounts are available for seniors, students, children ages 12 and under, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, active/retired military personnel, and groups. $10 student rush tickets are available starting one hour before curtain with a valid ID.

For more information, to order tickets, or for a complete season lineup, v

in partnership with the
Presents the Second
Imagine Ellis Island Arts Festival
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Noon

The National Park Service in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival onSunday, May 7, 2017, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. A full schedule of performances and educational workshops given by notable speakers will celebrate the 2017 Asian American Heritage Month with National Park Service.  The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Asian American Music and Dance, with notable performing artists from the community in New York and New Jersey including the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the Chinese American Chorus of New York, the New Asia Chamber Music Society, the Chinese American Music Ensemble and the Children's Orchestra Society. 

This year, Nai-Ni Chen created new dance, Spring Breeze, in collaboration with Andy Lin of the New Asia Chamber Music Society, Children's Orchestra Society and the Chinese American Chorus of New York.  Spring Breeze is based on a beloved Taiwanese folk song of the same title that is popular in the Chinese American immigrant communities around the world.  In addition toSpring Breeze, the Company will also perform the opening Dragon Dance, the ending Lion Dance as well as two new, contemporary works that reflect the immigrant identity of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.

No admission ticket is required for the event. However, audience members must take a ferry to Ellis Island for the festival.  Ferry tickets are available for purchase at Statue Cruises in Castle Clinton in Manhattan in Battery Park, and in the Liberty State Park of Jersey City, NJ or online at www.statuecruises.com.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Noon
Dragon Dance around the Ellis Island main building to open the festival
Performers: Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
National Anthem
Welcome by VIP Speaker A
Opening Remark by VIP Speaker B
Sponsor Thanks by Nai-Ni and Andy
Opening Dance
Music by New Asia Chamber Music Society
Dance Company "Kalagangothri", Indian Dance A
Choral Music by NY Chinese Chorus and NJ Chinese American Chorus
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company perform "Space Oddity" and "Bamboo Rap"
Music by the Children's Orchestra Society
Dance Company "Kalagangothri", Indian Dance B
Lion Dance to concludes the Festival

For more information click here
News from Polk and Co.


The new musical, ANASTASIA, opens tonight on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street)

Tickets range from $69 - $169. Premium tickets range from $199 - $352. For more information, visit www.anastasiabroadway.com or call 212-239-6200.

Group tickets for ANASTASIA are also now on sale. Groups should contact www.broadwayinbound.com or

For more information visit www.anastasiabroadway.com
News from Richard Hillman PR

“H A I R”
 T H E   A M E R I C A N   T R I B A L   R O C K   M U S I C A L
(441 WEST 26TH STREET – BTWN 9th & 10th AVES)
MAY 5-7  & 12-14, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre’s (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy will present Hair: The American Tribal Rock Musical, the unique musical that changed the face of musical theatre during the late 1960s and became an overnight sensation. With book and lyrics by Gerome Ragniand James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot, the musical portrays the hippie culture of America in the 1960s around the time of the US involvement with Vietnam. This new type of ‘Rock’ musical helped pave the way for other shows in later decades. It was one of the first ‘concept’ musicals and it invited the audience on a remarkable journey.

Directed by Christopher Scott, with choreography by Monica Johnson and musical direction by Evan Alparone, the production will feature 22 members of “The Teen Academy.” Performances will begin on Friday, May 5, 2017 (and continue through May 13) at The Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street – between 9th & 10th Aves). Tickets are$20 (adults) and $18 (students & seniors) and can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visitingwww.amasmusical.org. For group rates please call (212) 563-2565.

The performance schedule for Hair: The American Tribal Rock Musical is: Friday May 5 & 12 @ 7:30pmSaturday May 6 & 13 @ 3pm & 7:30pm; Sunday May 7 & 14 @ 3:00pm.

For more information visit  http://www.amasmusical.org/
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.