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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Theater Thursday - Fiddler on the Roof - A Fidler Afn Dakh

We were given free tickets to Fiddler on the Roof - A Fidler Afn Dakh for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Fiddler on the Roof - A Fidler Afn Dakh

Where: Stage 42
             422 W. 42nd St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 10 and Up

When: Through January 5, 2020

Mom's view: Fiddler on the Roof is easily one of the most recognizable musicals in history. Now, a new production of this classic story is playing Off Broadway in New York City. This version is spoken and sung entirely in Yiddish.  However, don't let that scare you away from  seeing this excellent production. Even if you don't speak yiddish the show is definitely still worth seeing. In fact, except for a word or two here and there, I myself do not speak yiddish but I still tremedously enjoyed this show. The acting, singing. and dancing led by the award winning, Steven Skybell in the lead role of Tevye, the dairyman, are all terrific. If you are completely unfamiliar with the story or not very familiar with it, there are easily readable subtitles in both English (and/or Russian if you prefer) to help you keep track of the what is going on. If you are more familiar with the story, it is actually kind of fun to see how much you can translate on your own in your head without looking at the subtitles. No matter how you chose to enjoy this production or no mater what is  the easiest or most convenient way for you, reading the subtitles or not, you won't want to miss this show.

For the point of view of someone who does speak yiddish, see the below guest post by my husband:

Dad's view: This version of Fiddler on the Roof is the best I have ever seen. I like the way they modernized the story by using more current Yiddish translations. However, they still remained pretty faithful to the original translations. The acting was excellent. I would highly recommend this show.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://fiddlernyc.com/#home

And that's our view. Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Cruise on the Tugboat W.O. Decker

We were given a free cruise on the W.O. Decker for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Cruise on the Tugboat W.O. Decker

Where: South Street Seaport
              Pier 16
              12 Fulton Street
              New York, NY

Who: Ages 10 and Up

When: Through September 29, 2019


Me- I have never been on a tugboat before let alone a wooden tugboat. I was excited to have the opportunity to take a ride on the W.O. Decker.  It was smaller than any other boat I have ever remember being on. Although, it can take up to 15 passengers at a time, when we went for our cruise, there were only 5 of us. We got to sit in the front of the boat. There weren't seats there, but they had foldable stools that you could use.  You could feel the water a little bit but not a lot. It just felt like little  sprinkles of water. I didn't mind it. The air wasn't too cold, but it was nice and cool. The views of the city were really pretty. For a while, I got to sit with the captain of the boat. That was fun. The whole ride was fun. I enjoyed riding on the W.O. Decker. I really like boat rides.


Mom - If you are looking for something completely unique and fun to do in New York City, you might want to go for a ride on the W.O. Decker. The W.O. Decker is the last surviving New York built wooden tugboat. She was built in 1930 and has been lovingly restored and is now available for rides at the South Street Seaport. Rides are available to individuals, groups, or families with children age 10 or older and include admission to the South Street Seaport museum. Only the 7:00 PM cruise does not include admission to the museum because the museum is already closed by then. On the boat you can either sit in the cabin or outside. Either way, you will want to bring a jacket even if it is not that cold out because it can be colder out on the water. If you really want to get the full experience of the ride, you will definitely want to sit outside. The views of Manhattan, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and more from the water are just beautiful. Even though the seats on the boat are just portable foldable stools which are not the most comfortable that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of of this one of a kind experience. It is definitely something not to miss!


For more information or to book a cruise, visit https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/visit/street-of-ships/w-o-decker/

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Tips for Tuesday -Books: The Story Behind and On the Corner of Love and Hate

We may have been given one or more of the books below for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


Me - Today, I am recommending The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects by Emily Prokop. Did you ever wonder where they came up  with the idea for the paper clip, roller skates, or the traffic light? If so, this book is for you. The book is based on the podcast, The Story Behind, and it tells about the origin and history of these and many other objects and types of technology. It also includes fun trivia about these things. If you are a person who likes to know how things came about, you will definitely enjoy this fascinating book.

Mom -Today, I am recommending On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci. Emma and Cooper were childhood friends. At one time,she may even have been attracted to him, but it didn't work out and their friendship was never the same. Then, suddenly she finds herself the manager of his campaign for mayor and doing everything she can to keep all the old feelings from coming back. Emma and Cooper are a great couple. Right from the beginning, you can practically feel the sexual tension between them leaping off the pages of the book. You won't be able to wait for them to get together so you'll have to read the book all in one sitting.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Monthly Mashup for August, 2019 Scrunchies and The Aftermath of Moving

Me - My topic for this month is hair scrunchies. Lately, I have been really into them. My mom recently got a lot of them in different colors so I have been wearing them a lot. I especially like the silk ones because they look shiny. The colors in the packs my mom got are are really pretty. There are a lot of colors that are very similiar but no two are exactly the same. It is nice because it gives us a lot of varation of colors to choose from. If I wear two outfits in a row that have similar colors I can change things up by wearing a different scrunchie. Scrunchies are simple and yet fancy at the same time. They go with pretty much any outfit since they are not neccessarily fancy. Yet, you can  also use them in just about any hairstyle to make it a little bit fancier. They go with almost everything since they come in so many colors. They can also be used for other purposes besides putting them in your hair. For instance, you can wear them as bracelet or to keep something closed by putting one tightly around it. Scrunchies are great!

Mom - My topic for this month is the aftermath of moving . We recently moved. I actually have never been so happy to move in my life. I really hated where we used to lived.  While I do like our new home a lot better than our previous home, we are still in transition right now where we are really making our new place our home by unpacking and getting everything we need and don't have and figuring out where to put everything. I really hate that transition time. I just want to everything to be unpacked and to have everything we need and for it all to be where it belongs as if we had already lived here for years. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way especially because we need quite a lot of new things including some new furniture since there are things that need to be replaced and things that we didn't have in the first place because our previous home was smaller.  I wish we could take care of everything at once, but that is not possible either financially or timewise. However, right now it feels like it will take forever to get everything we need and put everything they way we want it to be. I hate that. I can't wait for all to be done. I will never be able to feel completely settled  in our new home until it is.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Moving Van photo credit: Seth Granville Al's Moving "Big Bertha" via photopin (license)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/25 What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Franklin Institute Extends Marvel Universe of Super Heroes Exhibits
2) Latin Grammy Winner 123 Andres to Peforms Benefit for Immigrant Families Together 9//1
3) Fall Classes and Auditions at Broadway Workshop

PR Firm Roundup

4) New from DKC/)O&M
    4A) New Block of Tickets for #DateMe:An OkCupid Experiment on Sale
    4B) Red Bull Theater to Present American Moor Off Broadway
5) News from Karen Greco PR
    Time Travel Comedy Tech Support at 595E59 Theatres
6) News from Polk and Co.
    Bes Wohl's Make Believe Extends Run at Second Stage Theater
7) News from Richard Hillman PR
    7A) 10th Anniversary Special Edition Recording of Disenchanted Available This September
    7B) Laughing Liberally Off Broadway 15 Performances Only
8) News from Spin Cycle NYC
    8A) A White Man's Guide to Riker Island Extends Run to 9/29
    8B) Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec Extends Run to 10/30

1) Franklin Institute Extends Marvel Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

NOW OPEN Through Wednesday, September 11

Hurry in to see the most popular Franklin Institute exhibit in over a decade. Experience the final weeks of this blockbuster exhibit, now through September 11.
  • Witness life-size sculptures of beloved Marvel characters!
  • View original Marvel artwork, movie props, and authentic costumes up close!
  • Countless Instagram-able moments to share with all of your friends.
Reserve your preferred time slot today and bypass the lines by ordering online.
2) Latin Grammy Winner,
 123 Andres
to Perform Benefit for
 Immigrant Families Together 
0n September 1

Latin Grammy-winning bilingual duo 123 Andrés returns to New York City on Sunday, September 1st to perform a benefit concert for Immigrant Families Together. The concert is at the Marlene Meyerson JCC at 334 Amsterdam Avenue, beginning at 10:30 am, and tickets are $18.

Immigrant Families Together helps reunite migrant families that have been separated at the border by paying for release bonds, legal services, and ongoing support. All proceeds from this show will help support the effort to bring families, separated at the border, back together. Learn more about their work.

123 Andrés consists of native Spanish-speakers Andrés Salguero and Christina Sanabria. They are known for high-energy, bilingual concerts with an interactive, theatrical style that gets kids and their grownups singing and dancing in Spanish and English. Andrés and Christina bring a diverse array of Latin rhythms and singable tunes, pulling from their Latin Grammy-winning album Arriba Abajo, from their new language learning album Canta las Letras, and from familiar classics, to create a joyful and authentic family party. Audience members will learn new rhythms and dance steps, and by the end of the show, people of all ages will be dancing the cumbia with Christina and parading around the venue with Andrés as he plays his clarinet.

For more information about 123 Andres, visit 123andres.com.
3) Fall Classes and Auditions at Broadway Workshop


Ages: 6 - 8
Dates: Sundays, September 29, 2019 - November 3, 2019
Times: 10:00am - 11:30am 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Avenue 
Tuition: $325

This six-week class will focus on the core elements of musical theater performance (singing, dancing and acting). Students learn popular Broadway songs, as well as music that is specially arranged for this class's age group. In each session of this workshop,they will use theatre games and improvisation to begin the steps of creating characters. Students will also learn music and simple choreography in preparation for the final class showcase where family and friends will get a peek into the fun!

This is a great class for budding stars who are looking for more opportunity to explore performing!

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOMED. This class will be taught by a Broadway 
Professional teaching artist.


Ages: 9 - 12
Dates: Sundays, September 29, 2019 - November 10, 2019
Times: 10:15am - 11:45am 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Avenue 
Tuition: $375

The Musical Theatre Triple Threat class will focus on how to better approach material, sharpen audition & performance skills, understand direction and adjustments, make strong choices, relax and, most of all, have confidence. This class is designed to help unlock imagination and overcome inhibitions. This is an amazing class for students who are ready for the next stage of their training.

ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOMED. This class will be taught by a Broadway performer as well as a professional musical director. This class is limited to 14 students. Students will all have individual attention as we work in this class.


Ages: 12 - 18
Dates: Sundays, October 6, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Times: 10:00am - 11:45am 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Avenue 
Tuition: $325

Broadway guest teacher will work with students on monologue and song preparation in this 4 week advanced level workshop. Each student will work in a small group setting and have the opportunity to build a strong monologue and vocal audition. Students will share in the process of self-discovery and personal growth as they bring their creative self to their material in a fun and safe environment.

This class will be led by Kyle Selig, who is currently starring as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls on Broadway. Students will all have individual attention as they work in this class.


Ages: High School Seniors
Dates: Saturday, September 28
Times: 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 Eighth Avenue 
Tuition: $275

Join us this special ONE-DAY workshop to work through your audition pieces, get you feedback, and suggestions and get as prepared as possible to master your college auditions!

ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com and Broadway Workshop are joining forces again to bring their unique take on preparing for college musical theatre auditions. Over the course of this workshop, the authors of "Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions" - teaching artists David Sisco (voice teacher and musical director) and Laura Josepher (director and audition coach), along with Broadway Workshop Director, Marc Tumminelli, will lead students through the audition process, from cutting and preparing audition material to covering else they need to know  (i.e. - talking to the pianist, slating, and interview questions).

For more information or to register, visit www.broadwayworkshop.com/program/college-coaching-workshop.


A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, HEAD OVER HEELS follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction-only to discover the key to their realm's survival lies within each of their own hearts. This will be the pilot presentation of the all new SCHOOL EDITION of HEAD OVER HEELS.

HEAD OVER HEELS: School Edition will feature ONE cast of high school aged actors and will be presented in workshop style with minimal props and costumes at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. This pilot is presented under special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

For more information or to sign up for an audition, visit www.broadwayworkshop.com/program/hoh
PR Firm Roundup

4) News from DKC/O&M





Tickets for #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment are now on sale through October 13, 2019, at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street).

48 million Americans have tried online dating. #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is the outrageous, true story of one. Robyn Lynne Norris (the show’s creator and writer) is unlucky in love but determined to understand it better, so she logs on to the world’s most popular dating site: OKCupid. Creating 38 “undateable” profiles as an interactive scientific investigation into online dating, Robyn unwittingly sets in motion the social experiment of our generation. Part improv, part sketch comedy and entirely hilarious, RRED BULL THEATER
“AMERICAN MOOR”obyn makes one conclusive result: there’s no algorithm for love.

Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or by visiting the Westside Theatre box office.








AUGUST 27, 2019

 Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Founder and Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) announced today that Keith Hamilton Cobb’s acclaimed play American Moor, will have its Off-Broadway premiere at Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St), in a production directed by Kim Weild and produced in collaboration with Evangeline MorphosFrederick M. ZolloElizabeth I. McCann and Tom Shea. The strictly limited engagement of Cobb’s “spellbinding journey through Shakespeare and race” (Boston Globe) will begin performances on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, with an official opening night set for Sunday, September 8, 2019
An indomitable African-American actor auditioning for the role of Othello must respond to the dictates of a younger, white director who presumes to better understand Shakespeare’s iconic black character. What could possibly go wrong? In this 90-minute, multi-award winning play, this fraught audition turns into an exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America (not necessarily in that order). Fueled by humor and passion, American Moor paints an essential portrait of an American theater unaware of its failures, and of the culture that supports it. You will “never see black characters in the same way again.” (Washington Post)
Tickets will can be purchased by visiting RedBullTheater.com.
For more information please visit https://www.redbulltheater.com/american-moor.

5) News from Karen Greco PR

Time travel romantic comedy 
TECH SUPPORT arrives at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome the Off Broadway premiere of TECH SUPPORT, written and directed byDebra Whitfield. Produced by Chatillion Stage Company, TECH SUPPORT begins performances onThursday, August 29 for a limited engagement through Saturday, September 21. Press Opening is Wednesday, September 4 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). 

Life is too complicated for antique book seller and technophobe Pamela Stark. Pam's world is turned upside down when a broken printer forces her to call tech support. While navigating an endless loop of voice prompts, she accidentally sends herself to different centuries. This reluctant time-traveler is hurled from decade to decade, saving lives during each era. Pam's journey finally ends with one last rescue--her own.

Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office on 646-892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.
6) News from Polk and Co.


Acclaimed Production Now Runs Through
Sunday, September 22

Due to extremely strong ticket demand, Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) will extend its acclaimed production of Bess Wohl’s new play, MAKE BELIEVE, by one week, now running through Sunday, September 22nd

When does real life collide with make believe? For the four Conlee kids, ages 5 to 12, playing house is no longer a game when their parents inexplicably disappear. Thirty-two years later, their search for answers continues. Bess Wohl returns to Second Stage after her funny and poignant play, American Hero, with a look inside the minds of children, their parents and the mysteries of childhood that haunt us forever.  

MAKE BELIEVE tickets are now available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422, visiting the company’s website,www.2ST.com or at the Tony Kiser Theater Box Office (305 West 43rd Street). A limited number of $30 Under 30 tickets are available in advance to those ages 30 and under with proper identification.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
7) News from Richard Hillman PR

D I S E N C H A N T E D! 
Circle Gets The Square, LLC (Brad Cerenzia) announced today the upcoming 10th Anniversary Special Edition recording of Disenchanted!, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning musical with book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino. The album will feature a reunion of actresses from the 2015 Off-Broadway production, the NYC workshops, as well as the out-of-town tryout productions in Orlando and Tampa.

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in Disenchanted!, the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight.

Directed by Fiely Matias, the recording will feature the extraordinary talents of Disenchanted! alumni Andrea Canny, Becky Gulsvig, Michelle Knight, J. Elaine Marcos, Soara-Joye Ross, and Jenny Lee Stern. Musical Director Zach Dietz will conduct a band also including Pete Donovan and Josh Priest.

SEPTEMBER 3-21, 2019
Laughing Liberally, in association with Eric Krebs, will present LAUGHING LIBERALLY OFF-BROADWAY – “MAKE AMERICA LAUGH AGAIN,” featuring a diverse roster of political performers taking back the discourse and bringing joy and intelligent topical humor to the NY stage for 15 performances only (September 3-21) at The Theater at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street- between 9th & 10th Avenues). The run promises a different lineup of artists at each performance – and the return to the NYC stage of the great Elayne Boosler.

“It’s like Woodstock for NYC political comics” says headliner, SiriusXM radio host & Drama League nominee John Fugelsang, who performs every night with a constantly rotating cast of comedians & satirists.

Performers who will share the stage with Fugelsang include the legendary Elayne BooslerJudah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Janeane GarafoloJudy GoldMarina Franklin (“Train Wreck,” HBO’s “Crashing”), Hari Kondabolu (“The Trouble With Apu”) and comedian/SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah – recently awarded $4.1 million in his lawsuit against white supremacists.

Guests also include Ted Alexandro (“Letterman,” “The View”), Chuck Nice (“Star Talk”), Negin Farsad (“Wait Wait Don’t 
Tell Me”), Christian Finnegan (“Chappelle’s Show”), Frank Conniff(“Mystery Science Theater 3000”), Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s “Ask Me Another”), Carmen Lynch(“The Late Show” with both Letterman & Colbert), Liz Miele (AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live”), Carole Montgomery (Showtime’s “Funny Women of a Certain Age”), Gregory Joseph (“New Faces of Comedy”), Mehran Khaghani (“Comedy Central,” “Last Comic Standing”), Leah Bonnema (“Gotham Comedy Live”), and Calvin Cato (“Sketchfest”), with more to be announced. A complete list of performers and dates can be found at www.laughingliberallyny.com.

The performance schedule is: Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 & $40 and available at www.laughingliberallyny.com.
8) News from Spin Cycle NYC

8A) Acclaimed Prison Drama Extends
Now through September 29

After unanimous critical praise and audience demand, prison drama A WHITE MAN’S GUIDE TO RIKERS ISLAND will extend through September 29 at The Producer’s Club, where it began on July 18. Based on a true story, it is written by Richard Roy (Richard III with Denzel Washington) and Eric C. Webb, directed by Thomas G. Waites (Awake and Sing! starring Frances McDormand, King Richard III starring Al Pacino), and stars Richard Roy and Connor Chase Stewart.

When a drunk driving incident leads to an involuntary manslaughter charge, a privileged white actor find himself serving time at Rikers Island, where the population is over 95% people of color. For the first time in his life, Rich is now a minority and his skin color makes him a target. Caught between drug lords, gang members, and his wise trans cellmate, this clueless white man must learn how to survive the violence, horniness, and mind-numbing nothingness that is prison. All while trying to find forgiveness for his crime. Oh, and at the insistence of his Corrections Officer, write A WHITE MAN’S GUIDE TO RIKERS ISLAND for submission to the National Penitentiary Press Competition. Seriously. An eye-opening look inside our broken penal system and a cautionary tale for anyone of any race.

A WHITE MAN’S GUIDE TO RIKERS ISLAND runs thru September 29, Thursday - Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. The Producer’s Club is located at 358 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets are $25, available at 212-315-4743 or www.producersclub.com. For more information, visit www.awhitemansguidetorikersisland.com


8B) Environmental Drama About Legendary Artist
Announces 3rd Extension

Now through October 30

Bated Breath Theatre Company announces a third extension of their acclaimed immersive, environmental production UNMAKING TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. Performances will now continue through October 30 at Madame X in Manhattan’s historic Greenwich Village, where it began on May 8.

UNMAKING TOULOUSE-LAUTREC invites you to discover the bohemian world of the Belle Epoque with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—artist, aristocrat and all-around 19th Century bad boy. Dive into the underbelly of old Paris as you drink innovative house-made cocktails, lounge in a totally immersive Parisian-style salon, and rub shoulders with the dancers, prostitutes and outcasts that inspired the most enticing, elegant and provocative art depicting the decadence and sexuality of post-impressionist France.

Through dance, imagery, vignettes, and text, the production combines modern music and language while exploring the ecstasy of creativity and the agony of the body in the sexiest art history lesson you'll ever have.

Starting Friday, September 13th, UNMAKING TOULOUSE-LAUTREC runs alternating Fridays (7pm & 8:30pm) and Wednesdays (7pm & 9pm) through October 30. Running time is 60 minutes. Madame X is located at 94 West Houston Street, between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street -- accessible from the B,D,F,M trains at Broadway/Lafayette.  Tickets are $45 and includes one complimentary beer, wine or specialty cocktail. Tickets are available at www.unmakinglautrecplay.com. 
And that's the the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's Monthly Mashup.