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 7, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/7/18 - What's Happening This Week or Comiing Up Soon

Once Upon A Nation Story Telling Benches at Valley Forge
Three locations:
Visitor Center
Muhlenberg Brigade
General Washington's Headquarters

FREE Through October 21, Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am - 4 pm

The Once Upon A Nation storytelling program brings history to life with stories about real people and events. Professional storytellers share these stories, using scripts that are built on careful research to assure accuracy. They cover a variety of topics, including some which speak to issues that connect past experiences with contemporary events and interests. Guaranteed to educate and entertain, these one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are in three locations around Valley Forge National Historical Park.  Storytellers, trained at the unique Benstitute, share riveting stories of the encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Short, 3-to-5-minute stories are told for free at one of the signature 13-foot curved benches.
Trick or Treating at the Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadephia, PA

Every Weekend in October

Visit the Academy every weekend in October and on Halloween, and trick or treat as you visit our exhibits. Each exhibit (Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs and The Big Dig) will have a small treat for you to take home and cool Halloween-themed specimens for you to check out.
All ages welcome! Wear a costume for $2 off admission.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://ansp.org/visit/admission/
A Stable Life Presents
Fall Programs 2018
Meditate! Recover! Communicate! 
1-Hour Group Sessions
Cost: $25/session

Bergen Equestrian Center
40 Fort Lee Rd, Leonia, NJ
A Stable Life at Bergen Equestrian Center provides a variety of non-riding equine programs this fall, focused on meditation, education, healing and assisted recovery guided by qualified professionals.

Equine therapy is a meaningful approach to a variety of mental health, trauma, abuse, medical issues, and more. Meditation in the presence of horses makes it easier to slide deeper and faster into meditative state (deep relaxation, where the mind is quiet). Attendees will experience how perceptive horses can be and how they actually help people heal.

The following programs are all non-riding, and no prior horse experience is required.  All events take place at the Bergen Equestrian Center located in Overpeck Park, 40 Fort Lee Rd, Leonia, New Jersey.

Meditation with Horses

1st & 3rd Monday of the Month, 6pm – 7pm 
A Stable Life presents equine facilitated meditation with Certified Equine Spiritual CoachAnna Gassib. Attendees will experience the teaching & practice of meditation in the presence of a horse. Learn how perceptive horses are, and how they help us to recognize and manage our personal stress and baggage. Meditation events take place the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month. This is a 1-hour group session $25.00.

Women’s Trauma & Domestic Violence Recovery Group

1st Wednesday of the Month, 6pm – 7pm
Come together with other victims and survivors of trauma, including domestic violence and sexual assault.  Experience how horses can aid in healing and recovery in a safe and private environment.  The group will be guided by Certified Equine Spiritual Coach, Anna Gassib and will focus on personal development and spiritual growth. This is a 1-hour group session $25.00.

Mother Daughter Group

3rd Wednesday of the Month, 6pm – 7pm
In the company of horses, mothers and daughters will explore open communication and connection.  Participate in a group setting guided by Certified Equine Spiritual Coach Anna Gassib, a mother of four daughters. Mothers with their teens or young adult daughters will develop new tools to navigate the social and emotional side of their relationship. This is a 1-hour group session $25.00.

For information and registration email bergenequestrianoffice@gmail.com or call 201.336.3370.
Celebrate World Teachers' Day with the Goliath Games Giveaway

Goliath Games would like to recognize educators for their critical role in developing young minds.

Goliath has launched a giveaway for five winners to receive a 14-game prize pack – 7 games for home and 7 games for their child’s classroom.

To enter the giveaway, please visit http://bit.ly/GoliathTeachersGiveaway.

Giveaway ends 10/31
Halloween Happenings at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Halloween Fun For Everyone will feature a trick-or-treat trail, spooktacular décor, photo opportunities, and other Halloween-themed fun.

Check out the 4D movie theatre and watch Panic House. Join them in their restaurant, Game Time Bar & Grill, for a Halloween-themed dessert menu for the little ones. 

Additional Halloween festivities include specials every Friday in October (starting 10/5 until 10/26). Purchase any ride band or game card of $25 or more and get a $10 bonus. Purchase an All Season Pass and get a free Trick-or-Treat Trail. Current All Season Pass holders will receive an email offer to bring a friend for free any Friday during October, as well as one free Trick-or-Treat Trail.

Join the Trick-or-Treat Trail every Sunday from 12 to 4pm. Purchase a Trick-or-Treat Trail Bag and Map for just $5 at the Welcome Center! Follow the map to 6 different stations to find Halloween Treats!  When you have completed the trail, you will have the chance to enter to win a birthday party at iPlay America!
Guests can also take advantage of the Halloween themed cut-outs to take the perfect family photo! After taking your picture, upload them to your Instagram and Facebook and tag @iplayamerica and use #iPlayHalloween to enter to win the #HASHTAG contest! Winners will be chosen at random to win unlimited ride bands and game cards!

On Friday, October 26th, come to iPlay America to Trick-or-Treat around the park! There will also be a costume contest, as well as a raffle. The event will take place from 5 to 8pm. For more information, please visit www.iplayamerica.com/halloween
Upcoming at Feinsteins/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

The Jonathan Larson Project, Muse Match: A Musical and Stranger Sings!

Tuesday October 9 - Sunday October 14, 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
The Jonathan Larson Project

Friday October 12, 11:30 PM
Muse Match XII: A Musical 
Theater Blind Date

Saturday October 13, 11:30 PM
Stranger Sings! An Authorized Parody

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://54below.com/calendar
Upcoming at State Theater New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Tuesday October 9, 8:00 PM
Lord of the Dance
Dangerous Games

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/lord-of-the-dance

Thursday October 11, 8:00 PM
Ballet Hispanico

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/ballet-hispanico

Friday October 12, 8:00 PM
Diana Krall
Turn Up the Quiet World Tour 2018

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/diana-krall
435 Lydecker Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

The Elisabeth Morrow School announces FREE community Events for Fall/Winter.  All of the events are FREE and are intended to introduce children and parents to the Elisabeth Morrow School community through music, arts and academic activities. For more information, contact Kathleen Visconti at kvisconti@elisabethmorrow.org or 201.568.5566.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 1pm-3pm– Fall Festival and Information Session – Come and meet current families and Elisabeth’s Morrow administration while enjoying a family fun day full of games and music. Enjoy Food, music, May Maze, Arts & Crafts, Pumpkin Decorating, Bounce Houses, Field Games. The information session is also a great way to learn more about the Elisabeth Morrow School.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 1pm – 3pm – Elisabeth Morrow School Gives Back Event, this fun-filled “spirit of giving” day is our way of saying thank you to our greater community for supporting EMS for 86 years! Food donations of canned or boxed foods will be given to The Center of Food Action. Children can attend free workshops in the Arts, Nature and more. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, musical coffeehouse, face painting and balloons! Please join us for this very special event on November 4th at The Elisabeth Morrow School.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10am– The Elisabeth Morrow School Open house – which will take place in Innovation Alley in our Little School building. Meet current EMS students and faculty, attend an information session, walk our amazing 14 acres and enjoy a STEAM activity.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 1pm – 3pm Musical Petting Zoo at Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Edgewater- Musical Petting Zoo – instruments for children to sample, face painters, balloons, And FREE Ice Cream. Kids can try out instruments and do FREE STEAM activities 
Upcoming at the Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

October 13, 2018—March 3, 2019

Vikings: Beyond the Legend reveals the captivating story of the explorers who set sail from Scandinavia centuries ago. Engage and amaze your Scouts with 600 fascinating artifacts, a full-size 21-foot replica Viking Ship, intriguing tales of Norse mythology, and multimedia productions with hands-on elements. Set sail now and embark on a journey your scouts will never forget!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fi.edu/exhibit/vikings-beyond-legend
Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway 
New York, NY

Mark Zusak, Bridge of Clay and NPR's Wow in the World

Tuesday October 10, 7:00 PM
Mark Zusak, Bridge of Clay

The storyteller who gave us the extraordinary novel The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, presents his long-awaited new novel – an unforgettable and sweeping family saga. This is Zusak’s only New York City appearance, and he will sign copies of the book following the event, which is produced in cooperation with Strand Bookstore.  

Special bonus: All tickets come with a copy of Bridge of Clay.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday October 13, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
NPR's Wow in the World

The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre explodes with a curious mix of science, live music, and sketch comedy. It’s the new “Wow in the World Pop Up Party,” a live and interactive spin on NPR’s wildly popular science podcast for kids. The show features a live performance by twice GRAMMY-nominated band The Pop Ups, along with short interactive games and foley-infused comedy skits presented by host Mindy Thomas. (Please note: The 11 am show is sold out.)
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.symphonyspace.org/events/just-kidding-wow-in-the-world-pop-up-party
TADA! Youth Theater's 2018/2019 Season
15 W. 28th St.
New York, NY

November 16 - December 2, 2018

Sleepover tackles all the hilarious and hairy situations in that glorious stage of tween-hood.

While Simone frets about not fitting in. Mia worries about whom to invite. As for the boys? They're plotting a way to crash the party.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

January 19 - February 24, 2019
Odd Day Rain

In 2211, the world isn't as we know it. Aurora and her friends live outside witout any adults, computer, cellphones... or even runing water. Meanwhile, Claire continues life alone in the confines of her run by Computer and wonders: is there anyone else out there? 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tadayouththeater.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S6A000001VpnuUAC

July 10 - August 1, 2019
World Premiere
Game Changers

Set in the 90s, Game Changers tells the story of a fictional popular children’s TV game show complete with trivia, mystery food challenges, and an epic final round that no one has ever won. To win, contestants will have to do something that's never been done before. 

For more information or to purchase tickets visit 
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News from Alton PR

Upcoming at the New York International Fringe Festival

Simple Math

In Simple Math, Lisa reflects on a life changing experience that put her on the path to career success, but took advantage of her still-developing sense of self and timidity in the face of sexual pressure from a trusted mentor. In SIMPLE MATH, Lisa explores the complex equation behind sexual assault, acknowledges that “i” exist(s), and finds healing at the end of a confounding calculation.

Performance dates:
Saturday, October 13 @ 4:30 pm
Thursday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 12:15 pm
Friday, October 26 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 28 @ 7:15 pm


In ONAJE, an eccentric hitchhiker, a headstrong cowboy and spirited waitress discover they're all inextricably linked by the past. 

Set against the backdrop of the Cambridge race riots on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in July 1967, ONAJE is an exploration of buried secrets and the journey through the darkest of human souls. This new play is set in two worlds: the open road of the 1980s, and a burning neighborhood in 1967, where a young man, his family and his soul come face to face with the crushing hatred of racism. ONAJE is a journey to understand the past and find a way forward toward a new future.

In keeping with the festival spirit, this year, all audience members will meet at The FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street (Between Charles & Perry) and will be walked to the theatre by a Fringe Ambassador. All theatres are within 3 blocks of the FringeHUB. Subways: A/C/E to 14th Street, 1 to Christopher Street. Tickets are $22 and can be ordered at https://bit.ly/2NcPMhj.

Performance schedule:
Saturday, October 13 @ 7:00 pm (sold-out)
Tuesday, October 16 @ 9:45 pm
Thursday, October 18 @ 9:30 pm
Saturday, October 20 @ 2:15 pm (sold-out)
Sunday, October 21 @ 7:00 pm (sold-out)

More information is available at www.fringenyc.org or www.ThePlayONAJE.com

The War Party

It’s 3 am on election night. Campaign headquarters is outfitted for a huge celebration, but the room is dead quiet. Laura Smith, the Republican incumbent and supposed favorite, lost her Senate race in a landslide. Suddenly without friends, and drunk as a skunk, Laura is thinking of cashing it all in…that is, until one of her loyal and spunky interns, Jesse, rescues her from the brink of disaster and wrestles her, quite literally, back to political life. With the uninvited ghost of FDR, THE WAR PARTY is a modern political parable about our broken two-party system.

Performance dates:
Sunday, October 14 @ 4:30 pm
Monday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 17 @ 9:30 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 9:45 pm
Tuesday, October 23 @ 7:30 pm

For more info visit www.TheWarPartyPlay.com or www.fringenyc.org.

Turing Test

TURING TEST is a riveting sci-fi thriller about life, death, and creation. A poet, on the wagon and soon to be a father, makes a deal to wipe away his debts. All he has to do is teach a young man, locked away as part of a secret government experiment, how to write a poem. But what happens when that secret no longer wants to be kept? TURING TEST is a millennial allegory for the trials of both parenting and coming of age, while also evoking the grace of making art in a fallen world. 

Performances dates: 
Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 14 at 2:45 pm
Monday, October 15 at 9:15 pm
Thursday, October 18 at 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 20 at 5:00 pm

More info is available at www.turingtestfringe.com and www.fringenyc.org.

In keeping with the festival spirit, this year, all audience members will meet at The FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street (Between Charles & Perry) and will be walked to all theatrea by a Fringe Ambassador. All theatres are within 3 blocks of the FringeHUB. Subways: A/C/E to 14th Street, 1 to Christopher Street. Tickets are $22 and can be ordered at https://bit.ly/2NcPMhj.
News from BroadwayCon


BroadwayCon is pleased to announce that Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, HBO’s “Girls”) has joined the BroadwayCon 2019 special guest lineup. Rannells will appear in conversation on Saturday, January 12, 2019, to discuss his career and his upcoming memoir Too Much is Not Enough as part of MainStage programming. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com.

Monday October 15

Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, TBS’ “The Last O.G.,” Signature Theatre’s The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World) and WattsWords Productions present Daniel J. Watts' The Jam: Only Child, an evening of music, dance, spoken word, and storytelling on Monday, October 15th at new NoHo staple SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street).  Doors open at 7pm, the show begins at 8pm. 

A play-on-words, The Jam pays homage to Watts’ great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she was unable to consume herself.  The Jam is Watts’ continuation of that legacy featuring his original spoken word, often set to music and/or dance.  This is Watts’ third instillation of The Jam: Only Child after sold out performances at Joe’s Pub in the famed Public Theater, and as one of the final acts to play the historic Webster Hall.

All advance general admission tickets are $30 through October 7th. Tickets are $40 October 8th through October 15th and can be purchased by visiting SubCultureNewYork.com/event/the-jam-only-child. Standing room tickets will be available upon sold out general admission.
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Glaspell Award-winning HITLER’S TASTERS makes NYC premiere with New Light Theater Project

New Light Theater Project is thrilled to present the New York premiere of HITLER’S TASTERS written by Michelle Kholos Brooks and directed by Sarah Norris.HITLER’S TASTERS begins performances began  on Friday, October 5 for a limited engagement throughSaturday, October 27.  Press opening is Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM.  The performance schedule is Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 3 PM & 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM.Please note the following schedule adjustments: the Sunday, October 7 performance is at 7 PM and there are added performances on Monday, October 8 and Monday, October 22 at 7:30 PM.  Performances are at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich & Washington Streets). Tickets are $25. 

Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. Using an anachronistic retelling of a historical footnote, and stretching from the World War II era to today’s autocracy, HITLER’S TASTERS asks us to consider what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal.

To purchase tickets, visit www.newlighttheaterproject.com

KURT VONNEGUT'S MOTHER NIGHT launches the Fall season at
59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of KURT VONNEGUT'S MOTHER NIGHT, adapted and directed by Brian Katz. Produced by The Custom Made Theatre Company with Executive Producers William & Ruth Isenberg and Leah Abrams, and Producer Jay Yamada, KURT VONNEGUT'S MOTHER NIGHT begins performances on Friday, October 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 3Press Opening is Wednesday, October 10 at 7:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 7:15 PM; Sunday at 2:15 PM. Please note there is no matinee performance on Saturday, October 6. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members).

MOTHER NIGHT tells the story of Howard W. Campbell, an American-born, Nazi propagandist who makes a cameo in Vonnegut's most famous novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. But Campbell's story is much more complicated: a double agent for the Allies, he was passing along secrets coded in his anti-Semitic radio broadcasts heard throughout the Third Reich. But at the same time, these broadcasts inspired and entertained Germans, helping them to believe the racist, totalitarian lies of Hitler and Goebbels.
To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.59e59.o

 Dark comedy GOODBODY premieres at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the world premiere of GOODBODY, written by J.C. Ernst and directed by Melissa Firlit. Produced by The Crook Theater Company, GOODBODY began performances on Saturday, October 6 for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 4. Press Opening is Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Marla wakes up in a barn upstate to find herself standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. Can she trust Spencer, the beaten and bound man cowering in the corner to jog her memories of the events that brought them all here? What heinous acts could she be capable of? What ensues is an ultra-violent, profane fantasia of hilarious and shocking proportions.
 Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org.



 reimagines Dracula, Stoker’s iconic monster tale, in this modern female-focused adaptation

Hunger & Thirst Theatre is thrilled to present YOUR INVISIBLE CORSET, adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Patricia Lynn and directed by Jacob TitusYOUR INVISIBLE CORSET begins performances on Friday, October 12 for a limited engagement throughSaturday, October 27Press Opening is Sunday, October 14 at 2pm. The performance schedule isThursday at 7pm, Friday - Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pmThere is an additional performance on Saturday October 27 at 2pm. Performances are at Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente (107 Suffolk Street. between Rivington and Delancey; F/J/M/Z train to Delancey/Essex). The regular ticket price is $20 $12 tickets are available for all purchases before October 11.  For tickets and more information, visit www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com.

The best horror stories are the ones that not only feature a terrifying monster, they also end up provoking unsettling realizations about society and the human condition. YOUR INVISIBLE CORSET is a modern-day, female-focused adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. By streamlining the plot to focus on the struggles of Dracula’s female victims and weaving in contemporary feminist ideals, YOUR INVISIBLE CORSET takes the iconic monster story in a fresh new direction, highlighting with disturbing clarity how the novel’s subtle themes regarding a woman’s role within Victorian culture are still hauntingly relevant today.

For tickets and more information, visit www.hungerandthirsttheatre.com.

Critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe and audience favorite at East to Edinburgh
returns to 59E59 Theaters 

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) welcomes the return engagement of the East to Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe favorite VIVIAN’S MUSIC, 1969, written by Monica Bauer and directed by Glory Kadigan. Produced by Good Works Productions, VIVIAN’S MUSIC, 1969 begins performances on Thursday, November 15 for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 2. Press Opening is Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PMPlease note the following Thanksgiving week schedule adjustment: there are no performances on Wednesday, November 21 and Thursday, November 22. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org. Please note: After October 28, 59E59 Theaters will transition to a new ticketing system. Beginning October 29, patrons should call the 59E59 Box Office direct: 646-892-7999.

Inspired by true events. In 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl, Vivian, was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her: just her name, her age, and how she died.

This fantasia gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend who’s back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other before the city explodes?

Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org. Please note: After October 28, 59E59 Theaters will transition to a new ticketing system. Beginning October 29, patrons should call the 59E59 Box Office direct: 646-892-7999.
Lincoln Center Kids This Week


Wednesday October 10 - Sunday October 14, 2018 
at various times

This mesmerizing and intimate sensory experience for babies and their caregivers opens in a softly lit installation space that introduces tiny audience members to the rain—its sounds, its shapes, even its wetness. A trio of performers on cello, voice, and percussion act as gentle guides through a brand-new world of wonder, delight, and opportunities for connection through sound, touch, and performance. Rain is designed for infants and babies who are not yet walking. For safety reasons, babies who can walk will not be permitted into the theater.

Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500
News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance Announces 
Fall 2018 Adult Dance & Fitness Classes
New This Fall:
Latin Fusion, Latin Jazz, Sevillanas & Tap

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, announces its Fall 2018 Adult Dance and Fitness Class Schedule, including new classes: Latin Fusion,Latin Jazz, Tap, and Sevillanas with Castanets in collaboration with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana.

The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance offers adult dance and fitness classes that will keep you moving, fit, and energized. Classes are open to dancers of all levels ages 16 and up (no previous dance experience required). Cost: $20 drop-in class, $90 for 5-class card, $170 for a 10-class card. For more information, visithttps://www.ballethispanico.org/classes/adult.

Adult Ballet with Rebeca Maso
Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
This ballet class for adults is a great form of movement fitness, slowly building upper body strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination for the new dancer! Taught by Cuban classical ballet master teacher Rebeca Maso, this introductory level is perfect for novice dancers or for dancers who want to refine their technique.

Adult Caribbean Flow with Winston Benons Jr.

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm
Winston's high-energy style transports dancers of all levels straight to the islands of the Caribbean in this fun and lively class. Each session fuses dance styles of salsa, rumba, soca, merengue, and more. Get strong, get loose, and learn some cultural history while you move!

Adult Flamenco with JoDe Romano

Saturdays 3:30-4:25pm
This class serves as an introduction to the art form of flamenco, covering basic technique. Work on rhythm exercises and full body coordination to engage the entire body through hand, arm and footwork exercises. Have fun expressing yourself through this empowering dance style! 

Adult Latin Fusion with Brett Sturgis

Wednesdays at 7:30-8:30pm
Brett's exciting style of Latin Fusion introduces rhythms through elements of salsa/mambo, cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba and African through contemporary styles of jazz dance, modern, theater and improvisation. A marriage of rhythm and technique, with a cardio/dance movement driven warm-up that will increase the student/performers' ability to gain endurance and stamina, classes include a multi-styled technique base including work on posture, stretch, form & balance, and strengthening through movements from Latin dance stylesDancers can improve their style & performance skills including everything from spatial awareness to facial expressions, and developing confident body language overall.

Adult Latin Jazz with Camille Moten

Saturdays 4:00-5:00pm
Latin Jazz is a style equally rooted in jazz-influenced technique with a Latin-American inflection, infusing styles of salsa, samba, cha cha, and other popular Latin vernacular dance. The movement, expression, and musical accompaniment is pulled from both styles, exploring the fundamentals of both classical jazz and Latin ballroom. Combinations will explore polyrhythmic movement, stylistic textures, and performance development. 

Adult Tap with Raquel Valiente
Mondays 7:00-8:00pm
Tap dance fundamentals will be taught and explored in fun rhythmic patterns. Students will dance to Latin, jazz and Broadway tunes, ending each class with a short combo.

Adult Sevillanas with Castanets with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Saturdays 4:30-6:00pm
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana brings a lively Sevillanas with Castanets class right into the Ballet Hispánico studios! People of all ages and levels will enjoy learning the basic techniques and rhythms of the castanets and will also dive into the Sevillanas; a partner dance that is a "must-learn" for any flamenco student. Led by Maria De Los Angeles, the Sevillanas with Castanets class will prepare you to participate in the Annual Feria Celebration that takes place each April in NYC! No partner necessary.
Note:Adult Sevillanas with Castanets is hosted by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, but takes place at Ballet Hispánico's studios. Ballet Hispánico students can receive a 25% discount on Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana 5-class and 10-class cards with code FVCS@BH. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana class cards should be purchased before October 31, 2018. Cost: $30 drop-in class, $140 for 5-class card, $275 for a 10-class card.



October 11 - 14, 2018
Gala Opening October 11, 2018 at 7pm
Gelsey Kirland ArtsCenter

WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (WHITE WAVE) presentsThe 2018 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL: A FOUR-DAY SPECTACULAR PRESENTING 70 COMPANIES FROM NEW YORK & AROUND THE WORLD at Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201from October 11 - 14, 2018. On Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7pm, WHITE WAVE Dance will celebrate the 18th Anniversary season of theDUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) with a Gala Opening, heralding the most anticipated four-day festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Tickets are $15 - $250 and are available at https://2018dumbodancefestival.eventbrite.com.

Committed to developing dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today's dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend of 11 different programs. For four nights and three days, dance lovers will experience a veritable cornucopia of the best of contemporary dance. DDF is committed to advancing the best of dance by providing on-stage and be-hind-the-scene opportunities for 70 dance troupes from across America and around the globe, allowing audiences to experience, first-hand, the incomparable vitality of the New York dance scene.

October 11, 2018 at 7pm Gala Opening
October 12 - October 14, 2018 - Festival Performances
October 14, 2018 - Family Friendly Program
GALA Opening Night: October 11th at 7PM
The 2018 DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL will kick off with WHITE WAVE's Opening Night GALA Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 11th at 7:00 pm.  The evening will be hosted by a guest celebrity (TBA). We have selected two of our most distinguished supporters to honor the great impact they have had in furthering our mission this year. Their openingremarks will be followed by six stunning contemporary dance troupes: CARMELO SEGURA DANCE COMPANY (Spain), Augusto Soledade Brazzdance (FL), Jennifer Muller | The Works (NY), Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu (Dominican Republic), Buglisi Dance Theatre (NY), WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company (NY). Afterwards, the audience will enjoy a reception with a buffet dinner of exotic Korean cuisine and a fabulous raffle (
including gourmet wine baskets, "dinner for two" at local DUMBO eateries and much more)

Tickets are $100 and $250 (VIP seating) per person; all proceeds raised will directly offset WHITE WAVE's production costs for our 2018/19 Season.
Tickets can be purchased at www.whitewavedance.com

The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater 
the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018

October 13 - 23, 2018

The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater present the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018, a celebration of diversity in butoh featuring 16 artists from Japan, Brazil, Chile, UK, Israel, Italy, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States. Curated by Butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as four nights of groundbreaking performances by fierce female butoh dancers from October 18-21, 2018 at the Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater, 155 1st Avenue, NYC, 10003. Tickets are $15 and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3508983. For more information about the festival or to enroll in the workshop and masterclass, visit http://www.vangeline.com/calendar-of-upcoming-events/.

Nicole Watson (U.K); Natalie Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile); Alana Rosa (Brazil); Melissa Lohman (Italy); Margherita Tisato (Italy); Sindy Butz (Germany); Keren Shavit (Israel); Azumi Oe (Japan); Yokko (Japan); Mariko Endo (Japan); Sophie Amieva (Spain/France); Nurya Chana (U.S.); Will Atkins (U.S.); Raquel Almazan (Costa Rica/ Spain).

Thursday, October 18 at 8pm: Nu Canal (Nurya Chana) in Techne Soft
Featuring: Nurya Chana (USA), Yokko (Japan), Margherita Tisato (Italy), Sophie Amieva and Will Atkins (France/ USA), Melissa Lohman (Italy/USA) and Raquel Almazan (Spain/ Costa Rica).
1 hour and 50 minutes with an intermission

Nurya performs in a spectacular structure that she herself created. In Techne Soft, Nu Canal uses multi-media solidifications of invisible structures to strip down the process of making, peeling mental systems, unfurling the feeling narratives lying underneath.

Friday, October 19 at 8pm: Sindy Butz in Vanished Country-Your own breath
Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.), Keren Shavit (Israel), Mariko Endo (Japan), Alana Rosa (Brazil); Azumi Oe (Japan), and Sindy Butz (Germany).
1 hour and 50 minutes with an intermission

Vanished Country-Your own breath is inspired by the melancholic poem "Am Fenster" (By The Window) by the German writer Hildegard Maria Rauchfuß. The text became a classic through the former East German cult rock band City in 1977. On stage, a video projection represents the emotional state of being trapped in an ideology, gazing through a foggy window onto the other side, into a better reality and freedom. The dancer on stage juxtaposes the feeling of physical and mental narrowness through oppression (video) with nuances of liberation, solidarity, and intoxication of joy. A sculptural element of a window/ portal connects both worlds

Saturday, October 20 at 8pm:
Nicole Vivien Watson - Surface Area Dance Theater - U. K. in The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed
Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.); Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile)
1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission

The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed explores creation myth and Messy Play, made in collaboration between Matthew De Kersaint Graudeau (Sound) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Sculpture). The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed offers a study of the human body as an uncanny object that oscillates between figuration and abstraction, body and material, depicting an object becoming human, a human becoming an object and the protean states between. Nicole Vivien Watson emerges from an industrial bucket, her body covered in dripping, viscous liquid. The work embodies a contemporary creation myth that melds object and subject, abject and sacred, non-human and human. By invoking the narrative imagery of creation myths where humans are formed from the earth, within the aesthetic of the fetish Messy Play and through the language of Butoh, the performance links our understandings of the contemporary body and our imaginings of a primordial past.

Sunday, October 21 at 3pm: Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay inXIBALBA
Xibalba invites audiences to comecloser to the complex world of
thMayan mythology, in performance created by Natalia Cuellar, butoh performer
and director of the Rutadela Memorial company("Cuerpoquebrado"),
who specializes on playbaed on the conceptof GenderMemory and 
Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.); Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile)
1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission

October 13-14: Butoh workshop with Vangeline: Mastering the mind/body connection in Butoh
October 18-21: Four nights of performances at Theater for The New City
October 23rd: Closing night of Festival: Butoh Master class with Natalia Cuellar.

Brooklyn Music School
Masterclass with Colin Jacobsen
Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 12-1pm

Brooklyn Music School (BMS) announces a Masterclass with renowned violinist Colin Jacobsen on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 12 pm - 1 pm at 126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. For more information,visit:https://www.brooklynmusicschool.org/calendar/jacobsen-masterclass.

Colin Jacobsen will hold a free masterclass class with BMS students, who are preparing for auditions. Students of all ages, instruments, and levels preparing for auditions (for example, middle school, high school, college) will play for Colin and he will adjudicate them and advise them on how to improve before the audition. Colin will also discuss tips and best practices for auditions for everyone. This event will take place on the BMS theater stage and is open and free to the public.


Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

in collaboration with Akhilandeshwari Vasudevamurthy of the Kalagangothri Foundation
to celebrate Moon Festival 
at the White Eagle Hall of Jersey City Theatre Center

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 4pm

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will open this new 2019 season with a theme of collaboration and outreach, especially with other diverse, immigrant women choreographers from Asia.  The first major event of the Company will be a celebration of the Moon, a collaboration with the Jersey City arts venue, the White Eagle Hall of the Jersey City Theatre Center that opened in 2013, and have been one of the most popular spots for dance in the diverse city.  The Moon, in Asian traditions, represents the power of the feminine, the family and a source of healing and strength. The concert at the White Eagle Hall will emphasize on these qualities that women bring to the world. Ticket for the festival can be obtained online at:

For this concert, Nai-Ni Chen celebrates the power of sisterhood in collaboration with the acclaimed Bharatanatyam dance master Akhilandeshwari Vasudevamurthy (Akhila) to create a culturally rich Asian American festival that celebrates diversity and womanhood at this historic moment in history where the society is beginning to pay attention to women and girl's stories.  The two choreographers will each present dances that relate to the Moon and invite the audience to join them in the celebration. Akhila and her husband Chetan Hebbar will celebrate the Karva Chauth and Nai-Ni Chen will celebrate the Moon Festival.

For this occasion, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will be presenting some of its most celebrated dances:  

  1. Incense, a woman's prayer;
  2. Raindrops is about the joyous girlhood;
  3. A new dance, Remembrance for Jiao Li by Nai-Ni Chen
Akhilandeshwari Vasudevamurthy will be presenting some rarest compositions in Bharthanatyam style.

  1. Moist Mind - The Mysterious connection between the Moon and the Mind
  2. Lotus Eyes - Beauty and Compassion filled eyes of a Mother
  3. Elegance - Divinity and grace of Womanhood
  4. Bliss - The Liberated Girl
Aside from dances, the festival will also include tasting of the Moon cake, a special food for the Moon Festival as well as Indian Pudding


LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

At the 14th Street Y
Presents Two Weeks of Theater about Israel, Past & Present

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture

At the 14th Street Y
Presents Two Weeks of Theater about Israel, Past & Present
Conversation at the 14th Street Y

At a moment when American and Israeli Jews are increasingly challenged to have meaningful and productive conversations about Israel and Zionism, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture will present three Israeli-themed productions that address hot-button issues from the past and present. These provocative productions will feature works by Israeli and Israeli-American artists wrestling with Israeli and Jewish narratives, history, memory, and experience. This October, each production will be followed by facilitated conversations that allow for audience engagement. Tickets are available at https://www.14streety.org/artsandculture/theater-about-israel-past-present/.

The three productions include:


Monday, October 15th @ 7:30 pm, $12
Gili Getz--LABA-incubated project

Getz reprises his solo autobiographical performance exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel in the American-Jewish community.

THE HEARING - A real transcript, directed by Ronit Muszkatblit

Staged Reading + Talk Back. FREE, RSVP Required
English: Thursday, October 18th @ 7:30 pm
Hebrew: Friday, October 19th @ 7:30 pm
Taken from actual transcripts, this true story follows Adam Verete, a public high school teacher in Israel whose classroom discussion about ethics and the morality of the army inflamed a student with opposing views.

The play presents competing narratives that bring to light allegations, threats and issues of responsibility and asks the vital question: Whose freedom of speech do we protect?
The play will be performed and discussed one night in English and one night in Hebrew.

THEO'S DREAM, by Zohar Tirosh-Polk, directed by Ronit Muszatblit, in collaboration with the Jewish Plays Project, LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, and Highbrow Productions

Staged Reading + Talk Back. FREE, RSVP Required
Thursday, October 25th, Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th@ 7:30 pm

A radical, hallucinogenic trip through the fever dream of Theodore Herzl, the brilliant prophet and founder of the State of Israel.


Works & Process at the Guggenheim


New York Theatre Workshop: Hurricane Diane

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:30pm

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents New York Theatre Workshop: Hurricane Diane on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George, director Leigh Silverman, and cast members Mia Barron, Becca Blackwell, Nikiya Mathis, Danielle Skraastad, and Kate Wetherhead present highlights from George's new work Hurricane Diane, a co-production between New York Theatre Workshop and WP Theater. The production features Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm and supernatural abilities owing to her true identity-the Greek god Dionysus. Diane returns to the modern world to restore the Earth to its natural state, taking to her suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac, and leading a bacchanalian catharsis with her neighboring suburban housewives.

$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

News from Polk and Co.

WICKED Celebrates 15 Years on Broadway with NBC Musical Special, plus Events and Promotions Throughout October


Concert Tribute to “Wicked” To Air on NBC on October 29
Featuring Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande, Pentatonix and More

On Tuesday, October 30th, the blockbuster musical, WICKED, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Broadway, a milestone achieved by only five other Broadway productions in history.   To mark this landmark occasion, WICKED has planned a month of special promotions and events, including the nationally televised concert tribute to the blockbuster musical, “A Very Wicked Halloween,” featuring the show’s original stars, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, global superstar Ariana Grande, multi-platinum recording artist Pentatonix and more.  The special will air on NBC on October 29th at 10pm ET. 


In honor of its 15th Anniversary, WICKED will be celebrated throughout October and beyond with several promotions and fan opportunities

  • New York City will officially become the Emerald City when the Empire State Building will turn green on October 30, the official anniversary of the Broadway opening of WICKED. The show’s current stars, Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper, will be on hand to flip the switch.
  • The NBC Experience Store in Rockefeller Plaza will become a destination for all WICKED fans from October 15 through October 31 with a special display ofWICKED memorabilia and exclusive merchandise. 

  • INGLOT Cosmetics will release a WICKED inspired make-up collection, sold at the Times Square location and online at inglotusa.com from late October till the end of January.

  • Baked by Melissa, the wildly popular bite-size cupcake bakery, has designed an exclusive WICKED cupcake, which will be available at all 14 retail locations and for nationwide shipping at bakedbymelissa.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit BC/EFA and A BroaderWay. 

  • Broadway favorite, Schmackary’s, will premiere Elphaba and Glinda-inspired cookies in-store throughout the month of October.

  • Ben & Jerry’s will premiere custom Elphaba and Glinda ice cream sand-“witches,” available at their Times Square and Rockefeller Center locations from October 26  through November 30.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National School Climate Center's BullyBust campaign
News from Richard Hillman PR




The Drama League (Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Executive Artistic Director) opened its applications today for the 2019 Directors Project Fellowship Programs, which offer unique opportunities for early and mid-career stage directors to advance their artistry, learn new skills, stage new work, and develop their careers.  The only program of its kind in the nation, it boasts 12 different fellowships, including a new initiative in community-based theater and a new immersion in the development of new musicals.  The deadline for completed applications is 12:00 p.m. (US EST) on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Applications are now available at www.dramaleague.org for:

  • The Public Works Directing Fellowship, a partnership with Dallas Theater Center (Dallas, TX) placing directors inside the creative leadership of a large-scale, community-wide theatrical project;
  • The Leo Shull Musical Directing Fellowship, which begins a new partnership with New York Stage and Film, immersing a director in multiple projects during New York Stage and Film & Vassar’s Powerhouse Season, before returning to stage an Off-Broadway musical production of their choice in The Drama League’s festival, DirectorFest;
  • The New York Directing Fellowships, which begin their 36th year of serving talented early-career directors with bespoke training opportunities, mentorship, assistantships at major theaters, and DirectorFest productions of their own;
  • The Hangar Directing Fellowships, embedding directors inside the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, where they direct multiple productions and explore institutional structures as the artistic leaders of the Hangar’s Lab Company;
  • The Classical Fellowship for Directors of Color, a partnership with the Old Globe (San Diego, CA), Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA), and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Coldspring, NY), to bring diverse directors onto the productions in their seasons; and
  • The Directing Fellowship in Film and Television, which places mid-career theater directors into shadowing assignments on film and television projects.

Nkechi was a good Nigerian-American girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, GOOD GRIEF follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania’s suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother, and her immigrant parents. Hailed as a "profound dramatic work" by LA Weekly, this hilarious and heartbreaking new play reunites playwright Ngozi Anyanwu and director Awoye Timpo following their acclaimed collaboration on THE HOMECOMING QUEEN.
More information at www.vineyardtheatre.org.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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