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.
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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/2/20 - Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Ballet Hispanico August 2020 Watch Scheduke
2) Broadway on Demand Launches 'The Artists Channels'
3) Broadway Workshop Master Class Online Workshop w/ Santino Fontana and Keala Settle
4) Empire Outlet Announces FREE Programming New Yorkers, Families, & Visitors in Aug. & Sept.
5) The Fresh Air Fund Opens Free Outdoor Summer Spaces in Bronx, Brooklyn, & Manhattan
6) In This Life to Air on WNET ALL ARTS August 5 
7) New York Theater Ballet Continues Online Classes in August
8) iPlay America's Arcade is Open With Double Ticket Thursdays
9) South Street Seaport Museum Creates and Distributes Seaport Safety Broadside
10) Two River Theater Continues Their Online Benefit Reading Series With On Borrowed Time


1) Ballet Hispánico 
B Unidos Instagram Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration
August 2020 Watch Party Schedule 

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its video series, with Watch Parties in August 2020, available at www.facebook.com/ballethispanicowww.ballethispanico.org/bunidos/watch-party, or www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBVCPHnWSLKF4c53fAqDRw/.

Enjoy a Company performance from the comfort of your own home, followed by live Q&A sessions with Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico Eduardo Vilaro, choreographers and Company dancers:

Wed August 5 at 7pm: Cada Noche...Tango
Wed August 19 at 7pm: Danzón

"As a community of dancers, artists, and human beings, we are all in this together. We will persevere through this challenging time and we hope that these videos provide a coping outlet, for you, for our followers and the community overall," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. 

Cada Noche...Tango (1988)
Choreography by Graciela Daniele
Music by Astor Piazzolla
Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt
Cada Noche...Tango 
takes a look at the underground nightlife of Buenos Aires in the 1920s and 30s. An endless cycle of violence and conflicting passions ensues as men and women come together to dance late at night - every night.

World Premiere: October 18, 1988 at The Joyce Theater

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Music: "You've Changed" by Carey/Fischer, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
"Danzón" by Paquito D'Rivera, arr. by M. Summer
"A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie/F. Paparelli, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
Reorchestrated by Alex Brown
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston

Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.

The creation of Danzón was made possible through generous support from the Chicago Community Trust. Additional support was provided by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

Ballet Hispánico Premiere: December 1, 2012 at the Apollo Theater

Broadway On Demand, the new theater-focused streaming platform, announces the launch of The Artist Channels, a new section of the platform devoted to musical theatre composers and lyricists. The Artist Channels provide a digital space for theatre fans to explore the incredible talent of the musical theatre songwriters who are creating today’s new musicals.


With over 350 videos, The Artist Channels offer the opportunity to hear fan-favorite songs, as well as discover new writers, new songs, and new shows. Additional composer and lyricist Artist Channels will be released in the coming weeks, with a continuation of exciting new content to come.


The composers and lyricists that will be featured in the initial launch includes Ari AfsarPreston Max AllenChristopher AnselmoMasi AsareChristie BaugherEli BolinCharles Vincent Burwell & James D. SasserAndrea DalyCarmel DeanDrew GaspariniAdam GwonTimothy HuangAnna K. JacobsBritta JohnsonSukari JonesMin KahngKait Kerrigan & Brian LowdermilkMelissa Li & Kit YanDan Lipton & David RossmerTeresa LotzGrace McLeanChris Miller & Nathan TysenThomas Mizer & Curtis MooreCheeyang NgNoisemaker (Scott Gilmour & Claire McKenzie)Ryan Scott OliverHeath SaundersAngela SclafaniRona SiddiquiTidtaya Sinutoke & Isabella DawisWill Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott, Jillian WalkerDouglas Waterbury-TiemanBrandon WebsterBen Wexler, and Zack Zadek. Please visit HERE for more information on the Artist Channels.

Broadway on Demand is available on the web, mobile, Apple and Android app store, AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.


For access to the complete and ever-expanding Broadway on Demand library, subscribe at BroadwayOnDemand.com. 

3) Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
Master Class Intensive
Online Workshop
with Santino Fontana & Keala Settle

Ages: 12 - 19
Dates: Thursday, August 13 & Friday, August 14, 2020
Times: 12:00pm - 2:00pm ET (Eastern Time)
Zoom Online Intensive
Tuition: $275

This special Master Class Intensive is a two-day summer program geared toward students ages 12-19 who have a strong passion for the performing arts and are ready to take their performance and audition technique to the next level. Each day, students will work through musical theater or pop/rock material with both Santino Fontana & Keala Settle in small groups (divided by age). Every student will work with each guest master class teacher during this special program.

Our 2020 Master Class Intensive faculty includes: Tony Award Winner Santino Fontana (Tootsie, Cinderella, Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Tony Nominee Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman, Waitress, Rent: Live, Les Miserables).

Students will have the opportunity to build on their musical theatre performance foundation while receiving feedback from Broadway's biggest stars. Spaces are limited.


4) Empire Outlets Announces 
Free Programming for
New Yorkers, Families & Visitors
August & Sept.

Available starting August 1 with select programming throughout September, Empire Outlets is announcing a variety of FREE new programming on-site (with responsible social distancing required, of course) throughout the week for New Yorkers, visitors, families, wellness seekers and many others.


·       “EO Eats” Daily (Monday to Sunday) –  Empire Outlets partnered with Marie’s 2 and Mandi House on Staten Island and Shake Shack (at EO) to introduce a new contactless dining experience every day from August through September from 11 am to 7 pm to deliver orders straight to a designated dining area to customers to enjoy after a day of shopping. What’s more, the popular Clinton Hall beer garden will open its 4,000 square-foot outdoor space that will overlook downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn in the coming weeks. Upcoming F&B openings include Wasabi, an upscale sushi and hibachi restaurant; Bake Culture, a popular Taiwanese bakery; MRKTPL, Staten Island’s first-ever artisanal food hall; and more.

·       “EO FIT KIDS” – Workouts With Spiderman on Wednesdays in August – Available starting August 5th, Empire Outlets will host a special FREE “Workout with Spiderman” every Wednesday evening throughout the month of August from 6 to 7 pm on the second level promenade in front of Old Navy for a kid-friendly and contactless family workout. Young guests will be able to learn cool new moves, stretching techniques and more.

  • “EO Kids” on Fridays in August – In addition, every Friday in August, families can enjoy FREE local entertainment including “Music With Patrick” sessions, a mystical magician, balloon artists and more. Music With Patrick Sessions on August 7th and August 21st will run from 4 pm to 6 pm and Binx The Magician performances on August 14 and 28 will be from 3 pm to 5 pm. These Family Friday events are being sponsored by Shake Shack. Each kid (12 and under) in attendance will receive a coupon for a free cone or cup of custard.

·        “EO FIT Yoga” on Sundays – For those who need a little R&R on Sundays, Empire Outlets will host a FREE weekly morning yoga session provided by Staten Island North Star Yoga. All levels are welcome for this one-hour session along the waterfront from 10 am to 11 am. Participants must bring their own towels and mats and will receive a special promo code towards their purchase at Nike at Empire Outlets.

Visitors to Empire Outlets can take the FREE Staten Island Ferry, which is located steps from EO.



Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens

The Fresh Air Fund, in response to COVID-19, has created Fresh Air Summer Spaces, fun, free and safe play spaces for New York City children, ages five through 13.

Fresh Air Summer Spaces provides children the chance to enjoy safe, supervised outdoor summer activities where they can laugh, smile, play and make new friends. Fresh Air staff supervise arts and crafts, interactive games and even dance parties! Summer Spaces would not be possible without the support of the local community.

Fresh Air Youth Employment program participants will assist at sites.  The Fund is helping to fill the gap in critical summer youth employment opportunities.   With a long-standing commitment to New York City’s youth,  The Fund will be employing over 200 young people from across the city, ages 18 to 24, to work as counselors and activity specialists in the Summer Spaces program.

Fresh Air Youth Employment program participants will assist at sites.  The Fund is helping to fill the gap in critical summer youth employment opportunities.   With a long-standing commitment to New York City’s youth,  The Fund will be employing over 200 young people from across the city, ages 18 to 24, to work as counselors and activity specialists in the Summer Spaces program.

All activities follow social distancing guidelines. Fresh Air Summer Spaces are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens:


Belmont: Oak Tree Place from Hughes Avenue to Quarry Road

Highbridge: Cromwell Avenue from McClellan Street to Jerome Avenue


Crown Heights: Park Place from New York Avenue to Kingston Avenue

Sunset Park:  6th Avenue from 44th Street to 45th Street


Chelsea: Spur at the High Line at 30th Street & 10th Avenue

Harlem:  150th Street from St. Nicholas Place to Edgecombe Avenue


Jackson Heights: 34th Avenue from 72nd Street to 73rd Street & 34th Avenue from 73rd Street to 74th Street

Jackson Heights:  34th Avenue from 79th Street to 80th Street

Jackson Heights:  34th Avenue from 92nd Street to 93rd Street & 34th Avenue from 93rd Street to 94th Street

For more information about details and how to sign up, please visit:



Fresh Air Summer Spaces are open August 3rd through August 27th, although opening dates vary by location. Children can register online for slots on Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm; 12 pm to 2 pm; and 2 pm to 4 pm.

August 5, 2020

Tony Award Nominee Robbie Fairchild stars, 
working as co-writer and co-producer with director 
Bat-Sheva Guez.
Collaboratively choreographed by Fairchild alongside 
James Alsop, Warren Craft, Andrea Miller, and 
Christopher Wheeldon.

Bat-Sheva Guez's short film In This Life will be released for free on TV and online on WNET ALL ARTS beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. View In This Life at allarts.org/programs/all-arts-performance-selects/life-fvtylu/

In five acts, In This Life explores the language of loss, conveying the complexity of grief in the often-wordless way it impacts our lives. The film is a leap of faith for former New York City Ballet principal and Broadway star Robbie Fairchild as he embarks on an ambitious collaboration with the director, choreographers, and dancers. Sharing the roles of writer and producer with Bat-Sheva Guez, Fairchild imbues this odyssey with the very personal experience of one man going through this rite of passage, which is as universal as it is unique.

The work stands outside the boundaries of genre: part narrative film, part dance film, and part video art. Each act illustrates a different phase of the grieving process, as choreographed by a different choreographer: James Alsop, Warren Craft, Robbie Fairchild, Andrea Miller, and Christopher Wheeldon.
7) Rack Up Rewards with 
and UNLIMITED Video Games 
at iPlay America

Earn more tickets and win awesome prizes as part of THE GREAT RETURN to FUN with DOUBLE TICKET Thursdays and UNLIMITED Video Games at iPlay America. iPlay America features the premier arcade in New Jersey – complete with hundreds of video, skill and crane games – perfect for an any weather get away for the entire family.

DOUBLE TICKET Thursdays make playing your favorite arcade games 2X’s more fun. Play games like Ticket CraneSpongeBob and Jurassic World and get twice the number of tickets every time you play every Thursday. Redeem tickets between September 30 and October 31 and get 2,000 BONUS TICKETS!

Play favorite non-redemption video games FREE with the purchase of a $20 game card. Choose from classics like Galaga and Big Pac Man and fast-paced racing games like Alpine Racer and Need for Speed.

To purchase additional game credits and see what’s open, visit www.iplayamerica.com/


8) New York Theatre Ballet School
Online Classes
August 3-28, 2020

New York Theatre Ballet School continues its online summer classes August 3-28, 2020. Through the program, students receive world-class Cecchetti training from top industry instructors. The classes are intermediate level ballet, with elementary pointe. For more information and to register, email admin@nytb.org. All classes will be held through Zoom in Eastern Daylight Time.

Online August Classes
August 3-28, 2020

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Intermediate level ballet with elementary pointe

Students of NYTB School have appeared professionally on Broadway in the productions of The Lion KingSchool of RockBilly Elliott, and South Pacific, and with New York City Ballet, Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Metropolitan Opera House, Theatre for a New City, and Cherry Lane Theatre. 


9) South Street Seaport Museum 
Seaport Safety Broadside

South Street Seaport Museum announces the release of the Seaport Safety Broadside, created to promote and encourage the practice of CDC-recommended behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask and remaining six feet apart, within the community. The Seaport Safety Broadside will be available for FREE to local businesses for curbside pick-up at Bowne & Co., 211 Water Street, on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 11am-5pm, or while supplies last. Additional requests for free Seaport Safety Broadsides can be sent to bowne@seany.org.

10) Two River Theater Continues Their Online Benefit Reading Series With
On Borrowed Time



Two River Theater continues their series of online benefit play readings with On Borrowed Time, a live two-act event; Act 1 on Wednesday, August 5 and Act 2 with a live Q&A with the artists on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00PM EDT.

Featuring a celebrated cast, under the direction of Academy and Tony-Award winner Joel Grey, Two River Theater will revisit the classic 1939 play, which opened their 2013 season.

The reading will feature Blair Brown (Theater: CopenhagenTV: Fringe), Michael Cumpsty (Theater: End of the Rainbow), Bill Irwin (Theater: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Kevin Isola (Theater: Brooklyn Boy, TV: DeadbeatKarl Kenzler (TV: House of Cards) Bebe Neuwirth (Theater: ChicagoTV: Cheers), Duane Noch(Actor, Two River Theater Master Carpenter), Gregory Noll (Theater: Middle School Mysteries)Steven Skybell (Theater: Fiddler on the Roof), Phillipa Soo (Theater: Hamilton), and Sam Waterston (TV: Grace and FrankieLaw & Order). Oakes Fegley (Film: The Goldfinch, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon) will reprise his Two River debut as Pud, the role which launched Joel Grey’s theatrical career at the Cleveland Playhouse as a nine-year-old boy. 

All proceeds from this reading and the entire series will support Two River Theater. In addition, proceeds will be matched by a generous donor to benefit five organizations with a pressing need due to the impact of systemic racism and COVID-19. The beneficiary partner for this reading, selected by Director Joel Grey, is The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit actorsfund.org.


This rarely-produced American masterpiece is a magical fantasy about the love between a little boy and his Gramps. When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink, Gramps outwits him—trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down. 


Online benefit event tickets are $25 for the reading and include access to live post-reading Q&A with the artists, hosted on Zoom.  Reading series memberships are available at a discounted rate of five readings for $100. The series’ first reading, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine by Tony-Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, will take place on Sunday, July 26 at 7:00PM EDT. Sponsorships start at $1,000, and include additional benefits such as an invitation to a private virtual event with reading artists.

For more information on the Two River Rising series visit: tworivertheater.org/tworiverrising

For more information on the On Borrowed Time reading visit:
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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