We are a mother and daughter who both love to write. We decided to start this blog so we could spend time together doing something
we both love and share it with you. We specialize in reviewing fun places to go and fun things to do, but we talk a little bit about everything.
We would love to hear your views too.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Celebrate Purim with the PJ Library!


This is a sponsored post. We have been compensated for this post.


Enliven Your Family Celebrations this March!


The early springtime holiday of Purim, with all of its festive fun, is an especially accessible holiday for children; this year, the holiday falls on March 9th-10th.

On Purim, it’s customary to listen to the biblical Book of Esther (also known as the Megillah in Hebrew), put on comic productions of the story of Purim called purimspiels (Yiddish for “plays”), dress up in costumes as the famous characters from the story, bake (and eat!) hamantaschen, shake Purim groggers (noisemakers), give gift baskets (mishloach manot) to friends and do tzedakah and other good works to spread joy and help the needy.

This Purim, PJ Library wants to help families celebrate in fun and unique ways, so they’ve created 18 great ideas sure to spur creativity and togetherness. Whether your children have never dressed for Purim before or baked a classic, delicious hamantaschen – or you’re just tired of the same old routine – check out these enjoyable activities! And, for more, families are welcome to visit PJ Library’s Purim Hub!


If you currently receive PJ Library books, be on the lookout for the special February mailing, which contains a Purim gift basket to make and decorate!


A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends more than two hundred ten thousand expertly curated books to families raising Jewish children – every month, at no cost to subscribers. Families raising Jewish children may subscribe at pjlibrary.org, tapping in to a wealth of information, parenting resources and community events as well as free books.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Theater Thursday - Seesaw

We were given complimentary tickets to Seesaw for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Seesaw

Where Theatre Row, Theatre Two
            410 W. 42nd St
            New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 15 and Up

When: Through February 23, 2020
         
 



Me & Mom - Another new theater company has been created to bring back limited run revivals of old musicals. As far as we are concerned, there can never been too many of these groups that give audiences the opportunity to see musicals they might otherwise never have gotten to see. This one is called J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company, and they recently opened their very first season with the musical, Seesaw. Seesaw is based on the William Gibson play Two for the Seesaw. The show ran very briefly on Broadway and is known for Tommy Tune's long-legged high kicking dance up a set of stairs. The plot is not the most interesting and the way the show is written it feels like you are starting in the middle of the story. There are some nice although not especially memorable songs. The acting and singing in the current production is good, however. The dancing is especially nice, even though, of course, nobody is even able to come close to dancing up a staircase in such a small theater. We look forward forward to J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company's future shows. Their next production will be No Strings which will run from February 27 through March 9, 2020 followed by their last show of the season A Class Act which will run from March 12 through March 22.




And that's our view. For more information or to purchase tickets to Seesaw or either of the other upcoming J2 Spotlight Musical Theatre Company shows, go to www.j2spotlightnyc.com.

Tune in Saturday for Still More Theater Saturday.

Photo credits: All Seesaw production photos by Russ Rowland

In addition to our regular Theater Thursday posts, more theater related posts can be found in our occasional More Theater Monday and/or Still More Theater Saturday posts.

Where-To-Go Wednesday - A Salute to Black Achievements in Television and A Special Tribute to Kobe Bryant


Where: The Paley Center for Media

Where: 25 W. 52nd St.
            New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: Through March 1, 2020

 
 

Me & Mom - This year's Paley Center Salute to Black Achievements in Television concentrates on comedy and the BET Network's 40th anniversary.  There are costumes from BET shows and a BET award trophy. There are also costumes and props from other comedy shows including the famous Gumby costume worn by Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live and the EGOT necklace worn by Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock. There are monitors playing clips from a variety of different shows. There are tributes to shows celebrating special anniversaries this year including: The Flip Wilson show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Everybody Hates Chris, and In Living Color. There is also a special exhibit of Comedy Central's recurring sketch Trevor Noah Racism Detective which includes costumes, a signed script, a magnifying class and a mug with Samuel L. Jackson's face on it. You can even try your hand at an electronic quiz on  BET history. The exhibit is not very big but it is a lot of fun to go through.

 
 



Another current exhibit at The Paley Center is a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. This exhibit is even smaller than the other exhibit and is mostly located in the Paley Center library on the 4th floor. There are pictures of Kobe, one of his Laker's Jerseys, and one of his US Olympic uniforms. You can also watch film clips of Kobe playing and/or being interviewed from throughout his career.

 

Numerous screenings are also held in connection with Paley Center exhibits. Although all Paley Center exhibits are free to visit and some screenings are free as well not all screenings are free. For more information regarding upcoming Paley Center screenings, visit /www.paleycenter.org/screenings.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tips for Tuesday: Books: Bug Busters

We may have been given a complimentary of any books or other products mentioned below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Bug Busters

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Mom - Today I am recommending Bug Busters by Bernice Lifton. This is an extremely useful book that every household should get! It teaches you how to get rid of every kind of bug and other pest you can think of without using pesticides. It is very comprehensive. It not only tells you how to get rid of these pests, it also goes over what attracts each different kind of pest, how they get into your house (or garden or whatever), and how you can keep them from getting in. If you want to have as pest free a life as possible without risking poisoning your own family to achieve it, this is the book you need!

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

Monday, February 17, 2020

More Theater Monday* - The Little Match Girl

We were given complimentary tickets to The Little Match Girl for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: The Little Match Girl

Where: St. Luke's Theatre
             308 W. 46th St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 8 and Up

When: Through February 23, 2020






The Little Match Girl is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name. It is about a little girl who is forced to stand out in the cold and snow to sell matches to help support her poor family.  Although it is a children's story it is very dark. It is definitely not a show for very young children because they would probably find some parts disturbing. There are some lighter happier  moments in the show when the little match girls lights a match to keep herself warm and dreams about the way her life could have been. These moments are the best parts of the show and these moments contain the lightest happiest most fun songs in the show. The acting and singing  in this production were for the most part good. The dancing was good to. The costumes were very fitting. The set really made good use of the small space of the theater.  If you like your fairy tales to stick very close to the original source material, you might like this show. However, if you are looking for a light happy family musical, this is not it.




And that's our view. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kampfirefilmspr.com/the-little-match-girl.html.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits: All The Little Match Girl production photos by Michael Blase

*More Theater Monday  is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts.  Additional theater related posts can also be found in our periodic Still More Theater Saturday posts.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 2/16/20 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Upcoming at Lincoln Center
    Community Create-a-thon 2/21,VAYA 63 2/20, LC Kids 2/22, Great Performers 2/22 & 2/24
2) Upcoming at BAM
     Teknopolis BAM's Interactive Digital Showcase 2/22 - 3/8
3) Upcoming at Harlem Stage
     The Sweet Spot 2/22
4) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
     Opera Gems 2/22, Orli Shaham's Bach Yard, Only at Merkin w/Terence McKnight 2/23
5) Upcoming at Symphony Space
     Gustafer Yellowgold 2/22
6) Upcoming at New York City Center
     Mack and Mabel 2/19 - 2/23
7) Kids Night on Broadway

PR Firm Roundup

8) News from Andrea Alton PR
    Nothing Here is Real Magic & Mentalism Show Begins 2nd Yr & Move to Last Sunday of Month
9) News from DDPR
     Taylor Iman Jones Joins Cast of Emojiland 2/18 -2/23
10) News from DKC/O&M
       Broadway.com Announces Broadway's Biggest Fan Contest
11) News from JT Public Relations
      11A) A Sign of the Times Starring Javier Munoz Starts Performances 2/17
      11B) Theatreworks Pete the Cat at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center 2/22
12) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
       The Orchestra Now Sight & Sound Series at the Met 2/2/23
13) News from Polk and Co.
       The Inheirtance Loby Series Audience Discussions 2/22, 2/29, 3/7
14) News from Richard Hillman PR
      York Theatre Co. Presents NEO Reading Presentation of New Musical Borders 2/24
15) News from Spin Cycle NYC
       15A) Ms. Pak-Man:Multiple Lives 2/20 - 2/23 at the Laurie Beechman  Theatre
       15B) Generator Pestilence 1: Begins Performances 2/20
16) News from Vivacity NYC
      Dot Marie Jones joins cast of Rock of Ages 2/24 - 4/19
17) News from Waldmania
       Laurie Berkner 2 Shows at McCarter Theatre 2/22
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1) Upcoming at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Invites New Yorkers to Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020

Artists, Community Members, and Activists Come Together to Amplify Awareness of the Census with Undercounted Populations

David Rubenstein Atrium
Friday, February 21
2pm6pm

VAYA 63 2/20, LC Kids 2/22, 
Great Performers 2/22 - 2/24

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces the Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020, calling on creative artists, social activists, and community members of all ages and backgrounds to help spread awareness of the 2020 Census to undercounted communities.

The David Rubenstein Atrium, long a hub for artistic innovation, activism, and civic engagement, hosts the event on Friday, February 21 from 2pm – 6pm. For more information and to RSVP (recommended, not required), visit the Community Create-a-thon event page.

The Community Create-a-thon brings people from across New York together to produce creative content that spreads awareness about the importance of an accurate Census count—creating works of digital media, physical artwork, posters, poems, songs, dance, and more. Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand throughout the day to help facilitate and shape ideas. These vital materials and creative messages will be used to magnify outreach to undercounted populations.

During the four-hour event, participants can connect with city leaders, event partners, and staff knowledgeable about the 2020 Census, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC). The full schedule for the event can be found below and on the Lincoln Center website, HERE. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.


To fill out the Census form online, attain free access to a computer and internet, and learn more information about Census 2020, New Yorkers can visit any NYC public library—including The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on the Lincoln Center campus—for help. Libraries in all five boroughs are conducting community outreach and hosting Census informational sessions, discussions, and gatherings to fill out the forms. Libraries will also offer Census materials and resources in multiple languages. Visit NYPL.org or your local Library’s webpage for additional information and events.

The Census directly impacts representation in government and funding for schools, housing, neighborhood programs, and more. Over 675 billion dollars per year is allocated based on Census data, only occurring once every ten years. One individual, if not represented in the Census count, can lose out on funds impacting direct services like SNAP, WIC, hospitals, transportation, and road maintenance. An accurate count helps ensure everyone has equal access to political representation and federal funding for their community.

For more information on the Community Create-a-Thon and to sign up, visit the Community Create-a-thon event page

*FREE Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 pm 
¡VAYA! 63 
John “Dandy” Rodriguez’s “Dream Team” presents Descargas 2020 
Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez is a salsa legend and world-renown bongocero. Having performed and served as musical director for Tito Puente’s orchestra for 33 years, “Dandy,” as he’s universally known, is a veteran of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Willie Rosario, Celia Cruz, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto and virtually the entire pantheon of salsa’s pioneers. His New York City-based “Dream Team” is a tight-knit unit that performs the band’s entire repertoire entirely by ear. Performing without the boundaries of written music, every rendition of the band’s repertoire of salsa classics and descargas reaches dizzying new heights of danceable excitement. Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab. 
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets. 
FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact access@lincolncenter.org or 212.875.5375. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium

Saturday, February 22 at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm 
LC Kids 
Mumu Fresh: An Acoustic Experience 
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Maimouna Youssef’s lyrical prowess has taken her around the globe as a musician and social justice advocate. Known as Mumu Fresh, her performance blends gospel, jazz, soul, and hip-hop for an awe-inspiring musical experience. The showing at 11:00am is a relaxed performance adapted for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Recommended for ages 5-11. 
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor. 
TICKETS start at $25 (Member Price $18) and are available by visiting Kids.LincolnCenter.org. 

Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 pm 
Great Performers 
Mahler on Film Gustav Mahler: Anatomy of a Genius 
Mahler’s portrait comes to life in this documentary through places and objects: his conductor’s podium, the summer home where he composed, his glasses, baton, musical score, and manuscripts. The film attempts to recreate the soul of a man, rather than of an idol. Featuring commentary by biographer Henry-Louis de la Grange, baritone Thomas Hampson, and conductors Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, and Daniel Harding. Directed by Andy Sommer (2011). Duration: 88 minutes. 
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street. 6 
TICKETS start at $15 and are available by calling 212.721.6500 or visiting LincolnCenter.org/Great-Performers

Sunday, February 23 at 11:00 am 
Great Performers 
Sunday Morning Coffee Concerts 
Russian Renaissance 
The Russian folk quartet Russian Renaissance uses traditional instruments of their homeland—balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso—to perform repertoire ranging from tango and folk to classical and jazz. 
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street. 
TICKETS start at $25 and are available by calling 212.721.6500 or visiting LincolnCenter.org/Great-Performers

Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 pm
Great Performers 
Symphonic Masters 1 
Budapest Festival Orchestra 
Founder and director Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra are known for their definitive performances and for employing elements of surprise that bring fresh perspective to well-known works. This allDvořák collection includes a concerto performed by daring violinist Renaud Capuçon and a radiant symphony in a thrilling, folk-inspired program. 
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. 
TICKETS start at $35 and are available by calling 212.721.6500 or visiting LincolnCenter.org/Great-Performers

Monday, February 24 at 8:00 pm 
Great Performers 
Symphonic Masters 2 
Budapest Festival Orchestra 
In this all-Mahler program, Iván Fischer and his boldly original Budapest Festival Orchestra are joined by German contralto Gerhild Romberger in her New York debut, for the heart-rending Kindertotenlieder, poignant lamentations on the death of a child. The evening concludes with the arresting Symphony No. 5, an enduring monument to the composer’s belief that “a symphony must be like the world; it must embrace everything.” 
David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. 
TICKETS start at $35 and are available by calling 212.721.6500 or visiting LincolnCenter.org/Great-Performers
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2) Upcoming at BAM Kids

Teknopolis 2020


BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Pl) 
Feb 22 & 23; Feb 27—Mar 1; Mar 5—Mar 8
2-hour 30 min timed-entry sessions
Tickets: $18 (children ages 6—8) No VR; $25 for youth (ages 9—17); and $45 (adults 18+) 
Ages 6+

BAM’s popular, interactive arts showcase Teknopolis™ returns for its fourth year with an ambitious new program designed to inspire creativity, connect with the future, and embolden a renewed sense of play for all ages. Teknopolis offers the latest in technology-fueled art and participatory environments. It features work by leading artists and technologists who are pushing the artistic boundaries of VR, AR, mixed reality (MR), 360° films, and sensor-based technology and displays, and whose work sits at the crossroads of art, film, music, and technology. This year, the three-week-long showcase includes 20 highly interactive installations and six 360° films with artists from 12 different countries, presenting their work over five levels of the BAM Fisher building, from February 22 to March 8. Many of the exhibitions allow participants to interact with the installations directly. 

Tickets for Teknopolis are on sale now.
2 hour 30 min timed-entry sessions
Teknopolis tickets are $18 for children (ages 6—8), No VR
Teknopolis tickets are $25 for youth (ages 9—17) and $45 for adults (ages 18+)
Each person must have a ticket to be admitted, regardless of age. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 718.636.4100 or visit BAM.org/kids.

Teknopolis 2020 Installations include:

Colors  By COMPAGNIA TPO/ Rossano Monti (Computer Engineer) (Italy)
SMing By Superbe & Dogstudio (Belgium, USA)

Light Pong By David Åhström, Håkan Lidbo, and Max Björverud (Sweden)
Virtual Growth By Lieven van Velthoven (The Netherlands)

ObOrO By Ryo Kishi (Japan) 

Algae: Lux, Aux, Nox  By Marpi Studio (Marpi, Bent Stamnes, Will Atwood) and Looking Glass Factory (USA/New York)

Style Transfer Mirrors By Gene Kogan (USA/New York)

FIGURATION By MASARY Studios (USA/ Massachusetts)

Ghost Sine By Christopher Short (USA/New Mexico)

Singing Tunnels By Max Björverud and Håkan Lidbo (Sweden)

Color Wheel  By Ligaiya Romero and Nick Capezzera Tribeca Film Institute, Interactive Programs (USA, Korea) Ages 9+

Nature Abstraction 2.0 By Matteo Zamagni in collaboration with Marco Martignone (Creative Developer) and Daniel Ben Hur (Sound Artist) (UK) Ages 9+


Half + Half  By Normal (USA/New York) Ages 9+

BOGO By Oculus (USA/Washington)

Star Jam Street – Musical Cleaning Instrument Reverie  By TETSUJIN - AUDIO VISUAL / Tetsuto Takahashi and Maiko Moshimura (Japan)

Beat Blox By Per Holmquist (Artist), Jacob Stenman (Advisor), and Mårten Hedlund (Full stack Developer) (Sweden)

Aerodrums By Richard Lee and Yann Morvan (UK, Ireland)

Doodle Lens By Aidan Wolf (USA/California)

YoPuppet By Hart Woolery (USA/California)

The Free Fall Dancer Directed by Chloé Rochereuil (France) TARGO films

The Overview Effect Directed by Chloé Rochereuil (France) TARGO films

Armonia Directed by Bracey Smith (USA/New York) Tribeca Film Institute, 

Interactive Programs

Remembering Our Ancestors: Ch'aak' S'aagi (EAGLE BONE) Director by Tracy Rector (USA/New York) Tribeca Film Institute, Interactive Programs

Spirit Robot Directed by Jonathan Dotse (USA, Ghana) Tribeca Film Institute, Interactive Programs

Out of the Blue  Directed by Sophie Ansel (France, Australia) Narrator: Sylvia Earle, Judith Castro Lucero
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3) Upcoming at Harlem Stage

The Sweet Spot 

Saturday February 22, 7:30

The Sweet Spot, created by Ainsley Burrows, is the first ever high energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud, Pop Erotica™ burlesque show in the world. Up and running in over 30 cities so far, this sensational theater production takes you on a lively adventure celebrating the sexier side of life

Get ready to experience the world's best performance poets, live body art models, sultry burlesque dancers, live music, comedy and an electrifying host mixed in with today's top 40 hits. 

TICKETING INFORMATION
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan). 
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19
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4) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Opera Gems, Orli Shaham's Bach Yard, 
Only at Merkin w/Terence McKnight

Saturday February 23, 8:00 PM
Opera Gems: The Art of Dramatic Voices

Join a star-studded cast of internationally renowned singers for an evening of great operatic arias and duets. With Maestro Jason C. Tramm and the MidAtlantic Philharmonic Orchestra.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday February 23, 10:30 AM
Orli Shaham's Bach Yard: Winter Winds

In association with Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect. Kids get up close to musicians and instruments at  interactive classical performances that combine live ensembles, storytelling, costumed musicians, and hands-on activities. Age 3-8

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday February 23, 5:00 PM
Only at Merkin with Terence McKnight: Carol Wincenc, flute

Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight. The "Queen of the Flute" celebrates her 50-year career with premieres by Robert Sirota and Sato Matsui, plus works by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Messiaen and Bach.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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5) Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Gustafer Yellowgold

Saturday February 22, 11:00 AM

A Symphony Space favorite, Morgan Taylor and his full band return with his Grammy-nominated music and gorgeous full-screen animation in this all-ages multimedia extravaganza centered around a character who “comes from the Sun.” Described by The New York Times as “Dr.Seuss Meets ‘Yellow Submarine,” Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly creature who is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. Gustafer’s friends include a dapper Pterodactyl, an eel that is fixated with socks, and countless others who join him on his daily adventures. Since his creation by Morgan Taylor in 2005, Gustafer Yellowgold has become an international phenomenon and a new audio book series from Audible.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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6) Upcoming at 
New York City Center
131 W. 55th St.
New York, NY

Mack and Mabel

February 19 - 23

A tragicomedy about two flawed talents from the silent film era, Mack Sennett and his muse Mabel Normand couldn’t live with or without each otherThe production offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience the late Jerry Herman’s brassy score played by The Encores! Orchestra.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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7) Kids Night on Broadway

February 25

On Kids' Night on Broadway, young people age 18 and under can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult*. A Kids' Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, and more. Select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, activity books, and other events still to be announced. 
*All guests must have a ticket to attend shows; offer is applied as 50% off each ticket; no additional 'free' tickets are added to orders.
For more information, visit or to purchase tickets, visit www.kidsnightonbroadway.com
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PR Firm Roundup

8) News from Andrea Alton PR

Critically Acclaimed Magician and Mentalist Gary Ferrar
Begins the Second Year of His Open-Ended Residency at The Oxbow Tavern
NOTHING HERE IS REAL
Show Moves to the Last Sunday Night of the Month - February 23, March 29 and April 26 at 7 pm

After a nearly sold-out run in 2019, magician and mentalist Gary Ferrar returns to The Oxbow Tavern on the Upper West Side, with his unique and intimate magic show, NOTHING HERE IS REAL.  

Ferrar is one of the country’s most sought after magicians/mentalists. He has performed at over 800 venues in the last decade and made several national TV appearances (NBC & Fox News). His clients include celebrities as well as prestigious companies such as Facebook, Google and Spotify.

NOTHING HERE IS REAL is a mesmerizing parlor show that takes place in a secret room below Tom Valenti's Oxbow Tavern. Part speakeasy, part nostalgic cocktail lounge lined with velvet curtains, plush couches and an old fashion bar, the space is transformed into a place of endless possibilities. With a mixture of humor, charm, and unexplainable magic, what takes place over a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes is a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot exist elsewhere. Be prepared to be mystified by Ferrar and leave wondering how he did it and if any of it was real.

Performances take place at the Oxbow Tavern’s cocktail lounge, 240 Columbus Avenue (corner of West 71st Street), New York, NY 10023. Subways: 1/2/3/A/B/C to 72nd Street.

Tickets are $49 and available at www.ahrealmagic.com/tickets. All tickets include two complimentary beverages (beer, wine, cocktails, soda). Running time: 90 minutes. Recommended for adults and children 10 and up.

Upcoming Performance Dates:
Sunday, February 23 @ 7 pm
Sunday, March 29 @ 7 pm
Sunday, April 26 @ 7 pm

More info is available at www.ahrealmagic.com/tickets
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9) News from DDPR

TAYLOR IMAN JONES JOINS THE CAST OF EMOJILAND THE MUSICAL
FEBRUARY 18 - 23  


Taylor Iman Jones will temporarily join the cast of EMOJILAND The Musical, stepping into the role of Princess for Lesli Margherita who will be away for one week (Feb 18 - 23, a total of 8 performances), fulfilling a prior obligation.  Emojiland The Musical runs through Thursday, March 19, 2020

Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji MovieEmojiland is an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesn’t want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who can’t see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society – and a heart – can face: Who are we? And who matters?


Performances are on Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm, and Sundays at 7pm. Emojiland runs at The Duke on 42nd Street in New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Tickets for EMOJILAND are available for purchase online at Dukeon42.org; by phone at 646-223-3010; or in person at The Duke on 42nd Street at 229 West 42nd Street (Tuesdays-Fridays 4-7 and Saturdays 12-6).

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10)News from DKC/O&M


ANNOUNCES

BROADWAY’S BIGGEST FAN 

CONTEST


CONTEST ENTRIES ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 22 

ENTER FOR CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK

TO ATTEND THE 2020 

BROADWAY.COM AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

BE A GUEST ON BROADWAY.COM’S #LIVEATFIVE


WIN TICKETS TO HADESTOWN, MOULIN ROUGE! 

THE MUSICAL AND BEETLEJUICE


Broadway.com’s  annual “Broadway’s Biggest Fan Contest,” where one Broadway super fan and their guest will win a trip to New York to attend the 2020 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, guest star on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive webseries, and receive tickets to 2019 Best Musical HadestownMoulin Rouge! The Musical, and Beetlejuice. Contest entries will be accepted starting 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12 through Sunday, March 22. 


To enter, contestants must create a video, 60 seconds or less, that proves why they are Broadway’s biggest Fan (major points for creativity). Contestants will upload their finished video on YouTube, Vimeo, or Instagram (with the hashtag
#BroadwaysBiggestFan) and then submit the entry via https://www.broadway.com/biggestfan/.


Fans will vote on 10 semi-finalists from March 30 through April 5. On April 20, a panel of celebrity Broadway judges and SiriusXM’s Julie James will select the grand prize winner.


Entries must be received starting 10:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12 through 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, March 22. Please visit, https://www.broadway.com/biggestfan/ for additional eligibility restrictions, submission guidelines, prize, and other details.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Begins 2/12/20, 10:00am ET & ends 3/23/20, 12:00am ET. Open to 48 contiguous US/DC and Canada (excl. QC), who have reached the age of majority. 1 entry per person. Skill test required for Canadians. Approximate retail value of prize: USD $4,500. Subject to Official Rules: https://www.broadway.com/broadway-biggest-fan-rules-and-regulations/. Sponsor: The John Gore Organization, Inc.
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11) News from JT Public Relations

11A) JAVIER MUÑOZ
To star in the North American Premiere of
A Sign of the Times
Written and Directed by STEPHEN LLOYD HELPER

Begins Performances on Monday, February 17,
Opening on February 27, 2020 

at THEATER 511


New York: Broadway’s Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In The Heights) will star in the North American Premiere of Stephen Lloyd Helper’s A Sign of the Times at Theater 511 (511 West 54th Street) beginning performances on February 17 in advance of its opening night on February 27 through April 4, 2020. Tickets are $49-$69  and can be purchased by visiting www.asignofthetimesplay.com

A Sign of the Times is an epic theatrical exploration of life, loss, hope and time.  At a personal and professional crossroads, a man becomes a Stop/Slow traffic controller outside a construction site in an effort to catch his breath and simplify his life.  With his wit and vivid imagination, he invokes Shakespeare, Einstein and more visionaries on his emotional odyssey.  Though he tries valiantly to distract himself from the pains in his present from his recent past, it’s through the saving grace of time that he reclaims his future. Join him for his entertaining and soulful investigation of life’s meaning in an uncertain world.  Part joyous comedy, part thoughtful tragedy… it is the entirety of life in 95 minutes.
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11B) TheaterWorksUSA 
Continues its Partnership with  
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center with 
Pete the Cat
February 22, 2020 at 11AM 
TheaterWorksUSA is partnering with BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center once again to bring their high-quality family entertainment to New York City. The partnership continues on February 22, 2020, with Pete the Cat at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007). Tickets are $30 (General Admission) and can be purchased by visiting Tribecapac.org or by calling (212) 220-1460.
For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up—so the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.
But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus! 
Recommended for ages 4 and up. 
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tribecapac.org.
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12) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
Upcoming for Orchestra Now

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Haydn’s The Clock: The Intersection of Art & Technology
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 2 PM
Leon Botstein, conductor
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, The Clock
Artwork about Technology from the exhibition Making Marvels

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 1, 2020

Tickets priced at $30–$50; Bring the Kids for $1. All tickets include same-day museum admission. Tickets may be purchased online at metmuseum.org/sightandsound, by calling The Met at 212.570.3949, or at The Great Hall box office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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13) News from Polk and Co.
THE INHERITANCE ANNOUNCES WEEKLY
“LOBBY SERIES” AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS

The critically acclaimed Broadway production of THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez has announced a new community engagement initiative: the “Lobby Series.” For four consecutive weeks, beginning February 15, audience members with a ticket to THE INHERITANCE PART 2 that evening are invited to join a moderated discussion in the lower lobby of the Barrymore Theatre at 6:00pm. The discussions will touch on a different theme from the play each week and will be moderated by representatives from one of the production’s community partners. And, to support the lively discussion, the lobby bar will be open.

The first four “Lobby Series” topics are:

“HIV/AIDS TODAY: WHERE WE’RE AT AND WHERE WE’RE GOING”
A conversation with Kelsey Louie, Chief Executive Officer, GMHC.
Saturday, February 15 at 6:00pm.

“CRYSTAL CLEAR: ADDICTION IN THE QUEER COMMUNITY”
A conversation with Kaitlyn Murphy, Substance Abuse Clinician, and Dr. Joseph S. Ruggiero, Director, Addiction Institute at Mt. Sinai.
Saturday, February 22 at 6:00pm.

“TO THOSE BEFORE AND THOSE TO FOLLOW: INTERGENERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY THROUGHOUT QUEER HISTORY”
A conversation with Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, Dean, Rutgers School of Public Health, and author of Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation.
Saturday, February 29 at 6:00pm.

“NIGHTLIFE NOW: THE STATE OF THE SCENE FROM GREENWICH VILLAGE TO BUSHWICK”
A conversation with Brooklyn drag performers and nightlife personalities, Junior Mint and Brenda.
Saturday, March 7 at 6:00pm.

The “Lobby Series” will take place in the lower lobby at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 W 47th St) at 6:00pm and is open to anyone with a ticket to THE INHERITANCE PART 2 that evening. Doors will open at 5:45pm.
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14) News from Richard Hillman PR
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY’S
NEO READING SERIES
PRESENTS
THE NEW MUSICAL
BORDERS
BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
JANINE McGUIRE AND ARRI LAWTON SIMON
BASED ON THE FILM THE BUBBLE BY EYTAN FOX AND GAL UCHOVSKY
MUSIC DIRECTION BY ANDY RONINSON
DIRECTED BY ROSE GINSBERG
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020 AT 2:30PM
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed NEO Reading Series, an ever-growing, one-of-a-kind program dedicated to helping and propelling new, emerging, and outstanding musical theatre writers, will present a staged reading of the new musical Borders, with book, music, and lyrics by 2019 NEO writers Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon, based on the film The Bubble by Eytan Fox and Gal Uchovsky, for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Admission to the presentation is by invitation only.
Borders tells the story of a disillusioned Israeli soldier and a closeted Palestinian man who fall in love after meeting at a border checkpoint. Adapted from the 2006 film The Bubble by Eytan Fox and Gal Uchovsky, this daring new musical examines the borders we construct within society and within ourselves. The show takes place during the Second Intifada in the early 2000s, a time of intensified Israeli-Palestinian violence. Romantic and provocative, Borders pulses with energy, urgency, and hope for a more peaceful world.
For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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15) News from Spin Cylce NYC


15A) AIDS allegory GENERATOR begins

performances February 20


Allied Productions presents the World Premiere of GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1, the first of a three-part cycle and the most ambitious live performance in the 35-year partnership of renowned artists Jack Waters and Peter Cramer. A meditation on the AIDS epidemic as cultural phenomenon, The Pestilence Trilogy is about how a virus can infect and affect us all. Performances run February 20 – March 1 at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street) where this immersive, environmental production will take over the entire downstairs.
Expressionistic and experimental, GENERATOR: Pestilence Part 1’s narrative begins with a spark of energy triggering life on the planet. A cluster of single celled organisms develop and evolve into clusters of pre-humans. Science and mythology merge to create an origin narrative. Pestilence is a cycle of beginnings and endings. It merges art, social practice, and technology by combining theater, moving image, light, sound, music, choreography, drama, immersive interactive media and even fragrance.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://lamama.org/generator.
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15B) Award-Winning Seattle Cult Sensation Makes NYC Debut 
MS. PAK-MAN: MULTIPLE LIVES!
February 20 - 23 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
Get ready for the New York premiere of award-winning Seattle indie cult performance sensation MS. PAK-MAN. The lovable but messy video game heroine stars in the premiere of MS. PAK-MAN: MULTIPLE LIVES! February 20 - 23 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre inside West Bank Cafe (407 West 42 Street, just west of Ninth Avenue). Tickets are $24, with a $20 food/drink minimum. A $35 VIP ticket that includes reserved seating and a meet-and-greet/photo op are also available. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
With MS. PAK-MAN: MULTIPLE LIVES!, watch as the world-renowned 1980s video game superstar pops power pills while she shares scandalous songs and stories about her life and loves… glitches and all! It’s a hilarious night of comedy, confessions, camp and quarters. Video game geeks, drag fans, 80s aficionados, comedy lovers, and boozy theatergoers will all love this 8-bit diva’s antics. Hold onto your joysticks, it’s going to be a bumpy night!
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16) News from Vivacity NYC


THREE-TIME EMMY-NOMINATED “GLEE” STAR
DOT-MARIE JONES
TO JOIN THE CAST OF ROCK OF AGES
AS DENNIS DUPREE

FOR EIGHT WEEKS ONLY!
FEBRUARY 24 – APRIL 19, 2020

Emmy Award nominee Dot-Marie Jones (“Glee”) will make her New York stage debut as Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree in the 10th Anniversary Production of ROCK OF AGES at New World Stages (340 W 50th St) for eight weeks only, from February 24 through April 19, 2020.

 The first woman to play the role of Dennis, Jones joins the ranks of rock legend Dee Snider and Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin, who have played the role on stage and screen, respectively.  The role was originated on Broadway by Obie Award winner Adam Dannheisser (Beetlejuice, Fiddler on the Roof). 10th Anniversary cast member Matt Ban will return to the role on April 20, 2020.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ROCKOFAGESMUSICAL.com
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17) News from Waldmania PR

Princeton native Laurie Berkner in 2 Family Shows - Including a Sensory-Friendly Show - February 22, 2020

Laurie Berkner Live!
The Greatest Hits Tour Comes to Princeton
with a Full-Band Concert and a Solo, Sensory-Friendly Performance
WHEN: Two shows on Saturday, February 22, 2019
11:00 a.m.: Laurie Berkner Solo, Sensory-Friendly Performance
3:00 p.m.: The Laurie Berkner Band in Concert
WHERE: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
TICKETS:
11:00 a.m.: $15 general admission, plus applicable fees
3:00 p.m.: $25, $30, $40, $75*, plus applicable fees.
A limited number of $75 VIP tickets are available.
*VIP tickets include a meet and greet/photo opportunity with Laurie and the band.

For tickets and/or more information, visit  www.mccarter.org
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.