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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Tips for Tuesday - Game: Betcha Can't & Books: Black Broadway

We may have been given complimentary copies of one or more of the books and/or other products mentioned below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Game: Betcha Can't

Me- Today I am recommending Betcha Can't. Betcha Can't is a really enjoyable game. It is very similar to the game You Bet Your Wife on Ellen's Game of Games. If you are unfamiliar with You Bet Your Wife, it is a game in which husband's bet how many things in a particular category their wives can name. They keep trying to top each other until one person challenges the other. Then,  the wife of the person who was challenged has to name the number of things in the category her husband said she can name. Betcha Can't is even better though because you bet for yourself and if you can't complete the number of things you claimed in your bet that you could, you don't get dipped into food like the wives do in You Bet Your Wife. Although, it can be fun to watch other people get dipped into food,  playing Betcha Can't yourself is even more fun. It is very fast paced and fun game.

Books: Black Broadway

Mom - Today I am recommending Black Broadway by Stewart F. Lane. This book is a really interesting look at the history of African Americans on the great white way. It covers from the Nineteenth Century when Black people could barely come to the theater let alone appear on stage and when they did it wasn't usually in a very flattering manner through the current century when Black people are making huge contributions in all aspects of theater including acting, directing, playwriting and more. Numerous influential figures in the theatrical world are discussed in detail in the book including some that may be less familiar to current Broadway fans and some that may only be familiar to current Broadway fans if they are over a certain age as well as some that will be familiar even to today's young fans. They includes Bert Williams, Diahann Carroll, Debbie Allen, August Wilson, Audra McDonald and more. Numerous shows are discussed in detail as well including (the original) Shuffle Along, No Place to Be Somebody, The Wiz, all of August Wilson's plays and more. Other famous people and events of each time period are discussed in footnotes on each page which helps to set what was going on in the theater world in the context of what was happening outside of the theater at the same time. All in all this is a very engrossing book that can be enjoyed by anyone, but especially anyone who is interested in history especially black history, civil rights history and/ or Broadway history.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for What-To-Do Wednesday.

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy!

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