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 4, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/5/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Adventure Players Live! Presents Online Interactive Performances for Children in October
2) Be An #ArtsHero Announces #ArtsAreMySuperpower Nationwide Letter Writing Campaign
3) Gibson Give & John Lennon Songwriting Contest Celebrate Lennon's 80th Birthday 10/9
4) Parley for the Oceans and Vortic Launch Parley Collective Virtual Exhibition to Support Oceans
5) Red Pilling of America Hosted by Ciara Renee Evey Saturday in October 
6) Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey Fall Shakespeare Book Club: Rise and Fall Starts 10/6
7) Solo Performers Present Outdoor Pop Up Show this October
8) South Street Seaport Museum's October 2020  Events
9) TheatreworksUSA Virtual Benefit Honoring Paul and Peter H. Reynolds of Fablevision 10/8
10) The Wizard of Oakwood Drive Continues Magical Interactive Home Performances for Families

1) Adventure Players Live! 
Interactive Online Performances 
for Children
on Fridays in October at 4pm

Adventure Players Live! presents interactive online performances on Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, and 30 at 4pm via Zoom, inviting children ages five to nine to join them in the Great Great Forest, an interactive world filled with whimsical characters and wild places. Tickets are $20 per family and are available at www.adventureplayerslive.comAvailability is limited to give each child a fully immersive experience.

Adventure Players Live!'s flagship program delivers music, storytelling and movement designed to involve each child. Adventures in the Great Great Forest depart every Friday at 4pm ET via Zoom. New adventures premiere every week. The company's ensemble of professional artists and educators aims to nourish kidscreativity, imagination, and resilience by connecting them through play. Each child is a vital part of how the journey unfolds.

October Shows

Facing Our Fears in The Great Great Forest
Friday, October 2 at 4pm
Join Adventure Players Live! for our grand return to the Great Great Forest. In this episode, adventurers will meet fun new characters and see what lives behind some of our common fears.

Something's Amiss in The Great Great Forest
Friday, October 9 at 4pm
Drama and comedy ensue when one of our favorite characters from the Great Great Forest falls asleep watching their favorite soap opera. Come along for a wild dream of a show!

Telling Fall Tales, A Playback Show
Friday, October 16 at 4pm
Our audience becomes even more a part of the show this Friday when their own stories are inspiration for some totally made-up-on-the-spot Playback Theater, reflecting on the first few weeks of Fall.

The Not-So-Spooky Spooky Spooky Woods
Friday, October 30 at 4pm
The day before Halloween, venture with us deep into the Great Great Forest, where no Forester has ever before dared to wander. What lurks so far from the comfort of home? Who will you meet along the way?










Be An #ArtsHero, in association with a groundbreaking coalition of Youth Arts Organizations around the country, has launched #ArtsAreMySuperpower, a nationwide letter writing effort to galvanize the more than 6 million youth directly impacted by the coalition’s work. The campaign seeks to educate and inspire youth to use their voices and compel our government to save their future in the arts and culture sector of our country. 

Representing arts professionals, artists and educators employed by children’s theaters, museums, cultural spaces, music venues, arts schools and camps, the coalition includes Theatre for Young Audiences/USA (TYA/USA), The American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), Association of Teaching Artists (ATA), iTheatrics, and New Victory, making up over 20,000 organizations and individual arts workers nationwide. Together, they will supply families with free letter-writing and art-creating templates to express their love of the arts and demonstrate its significant contribution to our nation, offering young people a chance to participate in civic engagement, perhaps for the first time.

The #ArtsAreMySuperpower initiative, taking place throughout the month of October, advocates for Congress to support the DAWN Act (Defend Arts Workers Now), urging the U.S. Government to pass a comprehensive arts relief package in recognition of the Arts and Culture sector’s $877 billion value added contribution to the national economy (which is 4.5% of GDP), employing 5.1 million Arts Workers.  

3) Gibson Gives Comes Together With John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Partnership Celebrates Lennon’s 80th Birthday On October 9, 
With Live Virtual Events and Giveaways

In honor of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) have announced a partnership with Gibson Gives--the iconic American instrument brand’s charitable arm--to support musicianship, music education and songwriting for people of all ages. Among the initiatives, 24 Lennon contest winners will receive an Epiphone LTD Edition Les Paul Quilt Top Pro and an Epiphone Zenith Masterbilt Acoustic Round HoleSongwriters, artists, and bands are encouraged to enter the 24th annual JLSC with over $300,000k in cash awards and giveaways. All entrants will also qualify for weekly contests, offering additional gear giveaways, including a Gibson guitar.

October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His contributions to music, culture, activism, art, and fashion resonate to this day. In celebration, the Lennon Bus and Contest will have a virtual Imagine Party on October 9 on the Lennon Bus’ Instagram Live (HERE)The special show will feature celebrities, JLSC winners, Lennon Bus participants and educators. Tune in to hear in depth stories around John Lennon’s Gibson guitars and the songs he wrote with them, as well as giveaways and promotions.

4) Parley for the Oceans and Vortic
Launch Parley Collective
A Virtual Exhibition
To Support Ocean Protection

Parley for the Oceans, a new form of environmental organisation, and Vortic, the leading XR platform for the art world, are pleased to announce the launch of the Parley Collective. The collective will bring together leading contemporary galleries who will each stage a virtual exhibition on the extended reality (XR) app Vortic Collect to help raise funds to support Parley’s Global ocean protection initiatives. The Parley Collective will launch on 2 October 2020 until 2 November 2020. 
  • Galleries in the Parley Collective include: Sadie Coles HQ, Corvi-Mora, Kasmin, Sean Kelly, KÖNIG GALERIE, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Victoria Miro, PACE, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Sprüth Magers, Almine Rech, and Esther Schipper. 
  1. Each participating gallery in the Parley Collective will donate between 5-10% of the proceeds from its virtual exhibition to help fund Parley’s Global Cleanup Network. The network operates in over 28 countries and carries out vital work around the world including the collection and removal of plastic waste, and the development of programs which support education, communication, and eco-innovation. 
  • Exhibition on view will include: Sadie Coles HQ (Gabriel Kuri); Corvi-Mora (Abel Auer, Dee Ferris, Roger Hiorns, Glenn Sorensen); Kasmin (Bosco Sodi, Ali Banisadr, Theodora Allen, Elliott Puckette, Walton Ford, Bernar Venet, Matvey Levenstein, Tina Barney, Roxy Paine, Mark Ryden, James Nares, Robert Polidori); Sean Kelly (James Casebere, Julian Charrière, Hugo McCloud, Landon Metz, Mariko Mori, Sam Moyer, Shahzia Sikander, Alec Soth, Frank Thiel, Janaina Tschäpe); NIG GALERIE (Karl Horst Hödicke and Fabian Warnsing); Andrew Kreps Gallery (Ricci Albenda, Roe Ethridge, Christian Holstad, Moshekwa Langa, Bruno Munari, Hito Steyerl, Fredrik Værslev He Xiangyu); Victoria Miro (Elmgreen & Dragset, Celia Paul); PACE (Yin Xiuzhen) Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Shara Hughes, Jean-Marie Appriou, Tobias Pils); Sprüth Magers (Andreas Gursky, Gary Hume); Almine Rech (Jean Baptiste-Bernadet); Esther Schipper (Etienne Chambaud, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané) 

5) American civil rights leader Rashad Robinson to join Broadway Stars Ciara Renée, Jay
Armstrong Johnson, Nik Walker, Telly Leung and more in Broadway legend Tonya

Pinkins’ New Fall Series: RED PILLING OF AMERICA

Every Saturday at 5pm EST from October 3rd - October 31 st the new
thought-provoking series RED PILLING OF AMERICA, hosted by TV and Broadway Star Ciara Renée, will be discussing democracy, American politics and our current socio-economic climate through the lens of Tonya Pinkins’ new socio-political horror film, RED PILL, which has been receiving national coverage on Deadline, Playbill, and more. New guest stars will be featured each weekend while participants will beable to chime in on the live discussion, asking any and all questions.

This is a year to remember, and we are facing an important election that cannot pass by without every possible voice being heard. Join this live event every weekend or whenever your favorite guest stars are featured and hear how you can make a change for the betterment of everyone in this country.
6) Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Fall Shakespeare Book Club: RISE AND FALL
Starts October 6

Join Bardo-philes and Shakespeare-novices in this exciting and thought-provoking dive into Shakespeare's plays! For the first time ever, STNJ is excited to offer this class in-person at our support facility in Florham Park or virtually via Zoom! The program is titled "Rise and Fall: The Roman Empire Plays" and includes Julius Casear and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, and Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw. Classes begin October 6!

For more information or to register, visit http://shakespearenj.org/bookclub


A handful of intrepid solo performers are presenting live, outdoor pop up performances of their acclaimed solo shows this Fall. These intimate storytelling events are presented using the LiveTours app and performed for an audience of 14 or less. Ticket buyers must have a smart phone and headphones or earbuds. By downloading the app in advance, patrons will be able to clearly hear the performer while being able to maintain a safe social distance. The exact meetup location (as well as instructions and safety protocols) will be emailed to ticket buyers in advance of the performance. It is suggested that patrons bring their own pillow/blanket/portable chair for seating and wear comfortable shoes. Face masks must be worn at all times -- no eating or drinking during the course of the event. In case of rain, refunds will be issued. Tickets are $20 each, available at SpinCycleNYC.com.

Currently scheduled performances include:

Written and performed by Jessica Sherr. Directed by Karen Carpenter. 
Jessica Sherr channels 31-year old Bette Davis’ fight against the male-dominated studio system. On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Davis returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlet O’Hara, because the press has leaked the winners. Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top, while triumphing over misogyny to win roles and compensation on par with her male counterparts. See what happens when someone who always wins...loses.
•  Sunday, October 4 @ 4pm EDT - Upper West Side/10025
•  Sunday, October 11 @ 4pm EDT - Upper West Side/10025
•  Sunday, October 18 @ 4pm EDT - Upper West Side/10025

Written by Monica Bauer, directed by John D. FitzGibbon, and performed by John Fico.
Jerry and Vincent are deeply in love. But both men have secrets and inner voices reminding them of their unresolved pasts. Will they make it to the altar or will Vincent end up alone in an Alzheimer’s ward like his mother? A surprisingly hilarious romantic dramedy about love, sex, & the power of memory.
• Sunday, October 4 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn
• Sunday, October 11 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn
• Sunday, October 18 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Written and performed by Andrea Alton.
Lady loving, nacho eating, toilet paper hoarding, Molly “Equality” Dykeman spent the first 3 months of quarantine writing her best poems ever. She spent the next 3 months trying to figure out Zoom and trying to steal wifi. Now she is putting all of that behind her and taking to the streets -- quite literally -- for a series of unforgettable live performances.
- Saturday, October 3 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Saturday, October 10 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn

Written and performed by Renata Hinrichs.
RANDOM ACTS is set in the 1960’s at the height of the Civil Rights movement. It is here, in a church on the south side of Chicago that straddles the black and white neighborhoods, that a scared five-year-old white girl finds kindness in chaos. How far can the ripple of one act of goodwill go? Now grown, one girl's story proves that the effect of even a small good deed can reach further than ever imagined. “Well crafted and beautifully written... A story about kindness, about acceptance, bullying, peer pressure, friendship, breaking down of stereotypes and all of it told through the sublime, heart lifting performance of Renata Hinrichs,” notes Front Row Center.
• Sunday, October 4 @ 4pm - Chelsea, Manhattan/10011
• Sunday, October 11 @ 4pm - Chelsea, Manhattan/10011
• Sunday, October 18 @ 4pm - Chelsea, Manhattan/10011
• Sunday, October 25 @ 4pm - Chelsea, Manhattan/10011

Written and performed by Ryan F. Casey.
When Foster Lawrence was eighteen years old he fell from a fifth floor window in Manhattan. And does not know how. This incident served as his coming out as gay/queer. Ten years later, he attempts to find out what happened that night by navigating the New York City terrain and the NYPD. Foster begins to understand what privilege looks like in America; from 2006, to 2016, to this moment in 2020.
• Saturday, October 3 @ 4pm - Park Slope, Brooklyn


8) October 2020 at the 
South Street Seaport Museum

South Street Seaport Museum announces the upcoming October schedule of events, including a mix of in-person and virtual experiences. The Museum, located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, allows entry to 1885 tall ship Wavertree, presents free outdoor exhibitions, and offers free virtual building and walking tours in partnership with Archtober, Open House New York, and Urban Archive throughout the month of October 2020. Tickets are available at seaportmuseum.org/. Museum memberships are also available at seaportmuseum.org/membership.

Visit the 1885 tall ship Wavertree
October 4, and 10, 11am-5pm ET | Free
The South Street Seaport Museum welcomes visitors back to the historic 1885 tall ship Wavertree at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Wavertree is designated on the National Register of Historic Places and represents the thousands of ships that docked along New York's waterfront over the centuries. Entry is FREE and includes access to the ship's outdoor areas, including the main deck (via stairs and an angled gangway) and raised rear deck (accessible via ladder-type stairs). Visits on Wavertree will be self-guided along a set route. Access to
Wavertree requires climbing a small set of ladder-type stairs and an angled gangway. New protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff.
Wavertree Open Days are subject to cancellation in the event of severe weather. Reserve timed entry tickets and find more information at seaportmuseum.org/visitwavertree.

Browne & Co. Demonstrations
October 4, and 10, 11am-5pm ET | Free
Bowne & Co. will also host free, curbside, socially distanced demonstrations. The printers at Bowne & Co., will set up a selection of historic presses outdoors on the steps of 209-211 Water Street. Demonstrations will take place continuously between 11am-5pm, and each will run 5-7 minutes long, illustrating the 19th century printing process with a variety of presses and equipment from the Museum's Printing History Collection. Items printed throughout the day will be given away as tangible reminders of the experience. Alongside demonstrations, select items from Bowne & Co., Stationers will be available for purchase in the open-air stoop shop.

Pier 16 Exhibition
Daily through December 2020 | Free
The Seaport Museum is also offering a new, FREE outdoor exhibition on Pier 16. This series of panels and window graphics celebrates the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today. Using historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings, the exhibition highlights some of the Seaport Museum's collection of more than 28,000 artifacts and works of art, and over 55,000 historic records.

Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Broadcast from the deck of 1885 tall ship Wavertree
October 4, 2pm-4pm ET | Free | Online
South Street Seaport Museum's monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues on the first Sunday of every month, from 2-4pm ET. On Sunday, October 4, Laura Norwitz, Senior Director for Programs and Education, will host a virtual broadcast from atop the foredeck of Wavertree. The October singing session will be moderated by Bonnie Milner of The Johnson Girls; Dan Milner, song collector and author; and other members of The New York Packet, a collection of traditional chantey singers in the New York area. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of
Wavertree, join our round-robin of shared songs, featuring members of
The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

Archtober 2020

Inside Schermerhorn Row: A Virtual Tour of the Seaport Museum's Landmark Buildings
Fridays, October 9, 16, and 23, 3-4 PM ET | Free | Online 
Our annual series of Building Tours return virtually this year! Join us for online tours of Schermerhorn Row on select Fridays during the month of October 2020, as part of Archtober 2020.archtober.org/. These virtual visits offer the opportunity to see and learn the history of Schermerhorn Row, one of the most significant examples of early 19th century commercial architecture in New York and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. Visit the upper floors of these New York City Landmarks, located within the National Register-listed South Street Seaport Historic District. Hear about the buildings' incredible history and developments, and explore the remains of two 150-year-old hotels made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell's "Up in the Old Hotel." Tours will be led by the Museum's Director of Collections with a live Q&A afterwards. Free, but registration required at seaportmuseum.org/archtober-at-the-seaport-museum/.

Virtual Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport
Friday, October 30, 3-4 PM ET | Free | Online 
Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city's main port of entry at South Street. Walk virtually with us to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, and learn about the typography on these historic buildings. Tours will be led by the Museum's Bowne & Co. Art Director and Operation Manager with a live Q&A afterwards.  Free with registration required at seaportmuseum.org/archtober-at-the-seaport-museum/

South Street Seaport Architecture Virtual Walking Tour
Free | Online 
Virtual walking tour of the South Street Seaport Historic District via Urban Archive, a technology nonprofit that promotes historical research and discovery. Several buildings in the South Street Seaport District are considered to be some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From taverns to warehouses, built by the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have big stories to tell. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York's greatness: seaportmuseum.org/seaport-museum-x-urban-archive/

Seaport Architecture Gems Blog Posts
Free | Online 
As part of the Seaport Museum's blog, where Museum staff explores the institution's collections and archives, current exhibitions, programs, and more in rich articles and multimedia features, one of the October entries highlights architecturally significant buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District in honor of the 10th anniversary of Archtober. Other blog posts for the month of October will concentrate on the history of Harlem ports in 1920s-1940s, the care of artifacts and monuments in public spaces, and updates on the Museum's 18885 schooner Pioneer restoration.

Open House New York 2020

Inside Schermerhorn Row: A Virtual Tour of the Seaport Museum's Landmark Buildings
Sunday, October 18, 2-3 PM ET | Free | Online 
We are continuing our annual OHNY's Building Tours series this year by offering a special online virtual tour of the inside of Schermerhorn Row on Sunday, October 18, as part of OHNY Weekend 2020. This special tour with conversation offers the opportunity to learn the history of Schermerhorn Row, one of the most significant examples of early 19th century commercial architecture in New York and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. The program will be led by the Museum's Director of Collections with a live Q&A afterwards. The visit includes selected gallery spaces in the upper floors of these New York City Landmarks buildings, and the remains of two 150-year-old hotels made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell's "Up in the Old Hotel." Free, but registration required at seaportmuseum.org/open-house-new-york-2020

9) Rachel Dratch, Miguel Cervantes, Douglas Lyons, Lilli Cooper and more

Featured in

TheaterWorksUSA Virtual Benefit

Honoring Paul and Peter H. Reynolds of FableVision
Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Rachel Dratch joins Lynn Ahrens, Colman Domingo, Douglas Lyons, Daphne Rubin-Vega, stage manager Ruth E. Kramer, and more for TheaterWorksUSA’s fall benefit, Connecting the Dots, streamed exclusively online on Thursday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. EST. The event will honor twin brothers, creativity champions and award-winning author/illustrators Paul and Peter H. Reynolds of FableVision and International Dot Day for their outstanding contributions to the educational and cultural development of young people around the world. The evening will include appearances and presentations by extraordinary theatre artists, as well as noteworthy performances from Lilli Cooper, Miguel Cervantes, and The Skivvies. Admission to the main programming is by donation ($25 per ticket suggested). 

VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-show experience are available as well. Benefits for VIP ticket holders include a shared luxury cocktail recipe crafted by sponsor American Whiskey, and a surprise guest from the food and television world who will appear only at the VIP pre-show event.

TheaterWorksUSA invites theater artists and appreciators from around the world to join them for an evening of celebration and “dot connecting,” inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ New York Times best-selling storybook The Dot, which TheaterWorksUSA produced as a musical and currently plans to expand for young audiences by including Peter’s creativity storybooks Ish and Sky Color. Every donation made toward the benefit supports providing hundreds of thousands of students annually with transformative theatrical experiences, such as the TheaterWorksUSAcademy.

To register, donate, or purchase tickets, visit: www.twusa.org/fallbenefit
To sponsor this event, contact: Meredith Suttles, Director of Development at msuttles@twusa.org


Acclaimed Immersive Family Show 


Continues Its Magical Interactive Home Performances

By Extending its Sold Out Run Due to Popular Demand

Through November 1, 2020

Tom Salamon ’s acclaimed show  THE  WIZARDS OF OAKWOOD DRIVE , is continuing its run beginning  October 10 through November.  The Wizards of Oakwood Drive  was initially commissioned by The La Jolla Playhouse and began performances in July and ran through this past weekend. The show was seen by audiences from 49 of the 50 states and  Australia, London, Dublin, Brazil, Mexico, Amsterdam, Sweden, Korea, Canada, and Denmark.   The show will play multiple times per day on Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting  WizardsofOakwood.com .  

A successful creator of immerse theatre, Salamon has found an innovative and magical way to make the audiences’ house the stage.  The Wizards Of Oakwood Drive  is a live, interactive, online performance for young audiences on Zoom. It follows two sibling wizards performing spells in a winner-take-all contest, and with a little help from parents in advance of the show, magic will happen in your own home. 

To create the magical encounter with two young wizards, parents are sent a list of simple props and instructions on where to place them; this sets the stage for the sorcery. During the performance, the battling wizards perform magic, which sends kids on a treasure hunt. The panel of kid judges then votes to determine—once and for all—who the best wizard is on Oakwood Drive! 

Performances times are 1 PM; 2:30 PM; 4 PM; 5:30 PM; 7 PM

The running time is 45 minutes, and each show is performed for up to 8 young people.

Ages 5-12

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting WizardsofOakwood.com. 

Parents will be sent a list of instructions upon purchase and set up takes around 20 minutes 

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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