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, May 2, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/2/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) BAM Brings Global Musica Celebration to 5& 9 and 15 & 16
2) Broadway's Best to Honor Rebecca Luker 5/4
3) Dixon Place Presents Unicorn Afterlife 5/5 -5/8
4) Ficto.Tv to Launch Women's Olympic Surf Docu-Series Represent Debuting 5/6
5) George Street Playhouse Virtual Season Continues with Tiny Beautiful Things 5/4 - 5/23
6) Ice of Theatre of New York Presents Pivoting Through the Pandemic 5/6
7) Jody Sperling dancefilm Single Use Featured in 2021 Harlem Film Festival
8) Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Schedule for The Bridge 5/3 - 5/7
9) New Camerata Opera Presents Virtual Premiere of The Brooklyn Job 5/6
10) New York Theatre Ballet Extends LIFT Lab Live Through 5/22
11) Random Acts, Civil Rights Memoir, Returns Live 5/9  
12) The Secret Garden Workshop to Stream on Demand 
13) Seth Bisen-Hersch Live Cabaret Show Returns to Don't Tell Mama 5/4
14) Theatricum Botanicum Annual Event Goes Virtual 5/9

1) BAM Presents

1:1 CONCERTS© at the Brooklyn

 Navy Yard, Curated by Silkroad

Conceived for BAM by Stephanie Winker, 

Franziska Ritter and Christian Siegmund

Featuring Members of the Silkroad 

Ensemble & Guests


The Brooklyn Navy Yard (Entrance: Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn)

May 8-9 and 15-16, 2021


RSVP required: Go to BAM.org or call 718.636.4100 x1

Each concert is approx. ten minutes


BAM and Silkroad invite attendees to reciprocate with a donation to Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center.

Music lovers and adventurous listeners experience a world-class concert for one at the NY premiere of 1:1 CONCERTS© at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Curated by Silkroad. Nestled in secluded corners of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, approximately 45 acclaimed New York musicians—including artists from the Silkroad Ensemble—play a ten-minute, one-to-one performance, creating an intimate and utterly unique concert experience. Each concert must be reserved in advance either at BAM.org (or BAM.org/1-1-concerts), or by calling the box office at 718.636.4100 x1.


The musical program is curated by the world renowned Silkroad collective in their BAM debut and features instruments including: accordion, cello, clarinet, double bass, erhu, flute, Celtic harp, oud, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, and viola. Much of the repertoire will be played from memory and chosen in the moment.

There are nine socially distanced concert sites within the expansive Yard that range from industrial warehouses, to open air rooftops, to a botanic wonderland. Upon arrival to Building 77, a BAM host personally escorts the attendee through alleyways, nooks, and corridors, providing rare behind-the-scenes glimpses of the historic, living landmark.


2) Broadway’s Best-Known Stars Will Honor the Life of Rebecca Luker with “Becca,” a One-Night Only Streaming Concert and Fundraiser to Benefit Target ALS


Target ALS, a nonprofit organization founded by former NYC Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff — who lost his father and uncle to ALS — announced a one-night only streaming concert honoring the life of famed Broadway star Rebecca Luker. Diagnosed with ALS in late 2019, Luker passed away in December 2020, leaving behind her husband, fellow Broadway star Danny Burstein, and countless family members, friends and fans. Affectionately titled “Becca,” the show will feature stories and songs from Luker’s career, performed by Broadway’s best-known stars, and will raise much-needed funds for ALS research.

The lineup of performers featured in “Becca” includes Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”), as well as Laura Benanti (Tony winner, “Gypsy”), Sierra Boggess (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Phantom of the Opera”), Michael Cerveris (Tony winner, “Fun Home”), Victoria Clark (Tony winner, “The Light in the Piazza”), Santino Fontana (Tony winner, “Tootsie”), Judy Kuhn (Tony nominee, “Fun Home”), Howard McGillin (Tony nominee, longest-running “The Phantom of the Opera”), Norm Lewis (Tony nominee, “Porgy and Bess”), Kelli O’Hara (Tony winner, “The King and I”) and Sally Wilfert (“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “All the Girls”).

“Becca” will stream online on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific and UK). Tickets are $20 with 100% of ticket sales and donations benefiting ALS research. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.CelebrateBecca.com.


3) Dixon Place
Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins
May 5-8, 2021
In-Person and Online

Dixon Place presents Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins as part of its Spring 2021 Production Season of puppetry commissions, performed for in-person and virtual audiences May 5-8, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT with video on demand (VOD) streaming available following the live premiere through May 18, 2021. In-person performances will take place at 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY. Tickets are $10.50-$35 and can be purchased online here. (dixonplace.org/productions-2021/). 

Unicorn Afterlife by Justin Perkins
May 5, 6, 7, 8, 2021 at 7:30pm EST (Live performances with limited in-person audiences)
Available to stream through May 18, 2021
A Unicorn, a beast of pure goodness and light, wakes in a black void and discovers, horrified, that it’s dead; but in the hands of a team of puppeteers, it lives again and looks for a way to escape its past, and maybe escape its future too. Unicorn Afterlife is a grimy, synthesizer dream ballet about fantasy, greed, gender, glitter and the power of belief, designed and directed by Justin Perkins. Approx. run time: 60 minutes. Rated E for Everyone.


 New Docu-Series Following US Women’s Surfing Olympic Hopefuls
Debuts on Interactive Mobile Platform May 6th
Ficto.tv, the free video streaming service and interactive content company, announced today the new surfing docu-series “Represent” featuring Olympic hopefuls and professional surfers Caroline MarksCarissa MooreCourtney Conlogue, and Lakey Peterson. The series is produced by Steel Wool Entertainment in partnership with USA Surfing and debuts May 6th. The series documents the journey of what it takes to make the first-ever U.S. Olympics women’s surfing team, with athletes competing against the nation’s best in heats and trials as the women take the sport of surfing to the next level and get ready to compete this summer on the world’s biggest stage.

 The first season contains 6 weekly 10-minute episodes debuting May 6, 2021, with a second season to air later in the year as “Represent” continues to follow the team as they go for the gold in the Summer Olympic Games.


5) George Street Playhouse Continues Virtual Season With 

 Tiny Beautiful Things

Based on the Best-Selling Book by CHERYL STRAYED

Streaming May 4 Through May 23, 2021

George Street Playhouse (GSP) is continuing the season with Tiny Beautiful Things, a heart-tugging production based on the best-selling novel by Cheryl Strayed. Oscar-nominated writer, Nia Vardalos adapts Strayed’s book based on the Dear Sugar advice column into an enrapturing and uplifting play that surges with emotion. The show's stars GSP veterans, John Bolger, Kelly Dulin, Ryan George and Laiona Michelle. Streaming will begin May 4 and will run through May 23, 2021.

Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. Sugar uses compassion and empathy to comfort her readers and provide them with guidance on how to navigate life transitions. This uplifting production takes its viewers on a journey to understanding the ups and downs of life- as sad, confusing or frustrating as it may be at times, Strayed’s book reminds its readers to enjoy the Tiny Beautiful Things. This show is about reaching when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. 

Tickets are available for $33 per household at GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org. Tiny Beautiful Things is recommended for mature audiences. Conscientious viewing is advised due to references to: Sex, Drugs, Abuse & Explicit Language. 

6) Ice Theatre of New York
Pivoting Through the Pandemic
a streaming broadcast
Hosted by Jason Brown
Featuring ice artists Kaitlyn Weaver, Elladj Balde and Adam Rippon
May 6, 2021 – 8PM

Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents Pivoting Through The Pandemic featuring the Company and champion ice artists Jason Brown, Kaitlyn Weaver and Elladj Balde, with a special appearance by Adam Rippon on May 6, 2021 at 8:00pm ET. The evening will include two new ITNY repertory pieces, a reflection on the past year and a look forward to the 35th Anniversary Celebration of the Company. For more details and to RSVP for the evening, visit icetheatre.org/support.

The broadcast will be followed at 8:45pm ET by a discussion with the artists, open to supporters who make a donation of $125 or greater at icetheatre.org/support. Suggested donation levels include Friend $125, Sponsor $250, Patron $500, Ice Angel $1,000. All donations will benefit ITNY’s future programming, including ITNY’s 35th Anniversary celebrations in the spring of 2022.

8PM – Broadcast – FREE Streaming 
8:45PM – Discussion with the artists moderated by Doug Haw

7) Choreographer Jody Sperling’s dancefilm “Single Use” 
to be featured in the 2021 Harlem International Film Festival. 
Opening Night In-Person Screening with Audience Q & A 
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 5:50pm
Virtual Screenings Friday-Sunday, May 7-9

Jody Sperling’s dance film “Single Use” is an official selection of the 2021 Harlem International Film Festival, with screenings May 6-9, 2021. The opening night screening on Thursday, May 6 at 5:50pm will be an in-person red carpet event featuring an audience Q&A at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters (2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd). Following the premiere, “Single Use” will be available for virtual screenings Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 9, 2021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Harlem Film Festival website.

Sharing an environmental theme, “Single Use” is a kinetic response to the problem of plastic pollution. The Covid-era film shows Sperling donning an outfit fashioned from over 150 reclaimed plastic bags to romp and roll down a normally bustling stretch of Broadway, here eerily free of traffic due to the pandemic. Skittering and careening across the asphalt, she transforms into blossoming organic forms. Demonstrating the beauty of that—and who—our society throws away, the piece offers a meditation on the nature of disposability and resuscitation. The film’s subtle score is by environmental composer Matthew Burtner.

A hybrid event, the 16th edition of the Harlem International Film Festival presents a celebrated showcase of relatively undiscovered international cinematic gems and local New York filmmaking talent and lead into virtual screenings of 71 films and more (31 features, 32 shorts, 2 VR/360 projects, and 6 webisodes) representing over 17 countries. 

Due to Covid precautions, the seating-capacity for the festival’s in-person screenings was reduced to only 50 live attendees. To accommodate viewing demand, the festival’s live-screened films will be available for online viewing after the premiere date.

The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
 of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Class on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
May 3-7, 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge.  The Institute’s aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website: https://www.nainichen.org/thebridge.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

The Bridge Class schedule are as follows: 
Week of 5/3/2021
Monday Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Tuesday Kerry Lee (Chinese Dance) at 11am
Wednesday Nai-Ni Chen (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Thursday Akhila Chetan (Classical Indian Dance) at 11am
Friday Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am

9) New Camerata Opera
the Virtual World Premiere of
The Brooklyn Job

New Camerata Opera presents the virtual world premiere of The Brooklyn Job on Thursday, May 6, 2021 and Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8pm EDT. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at https://www.newcamerataopera.org/events.

The Brooklyn Job is an interactive, virtual museum heist written and directed by New York comedian Sarah Morgan Ashey. Under the music direction of Dan Franklin Smith, this thrilling narrative is set to wide-ranging repertoire selections performed by a cast of ten singers. On-location shoots, professionally recorded audio, and live performance elements converge with engaging audience polls to create a truly unique and exciting story. Guests (in the NYC metropolitan area) can enhance their at-home viewing experience by opting into chic cocktail kits and themed party favors for a fully immersive experience.

For more information, visit newcamerataopera.org.

10) New York Theatre Ballet
LIFT Lab Live
Extended through May 22, 2021
at St. Marks’s Church-in-the-Bowery

New York Theatre Ballet is adding six performances to its SOLD-OUT LIFT Lab Live
Tickets are on sale now for 
May 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, and 22

LIFT Lab Live presents studio performances of solos and duets for socially distanced audiences of 10. NYTB first produced LIFT Lab Live in October and November 2020, providing emerging and established choreographers with a safe space to create and audiences with strict Covid protocols and a rare opportunity to enjoy live performance.

The extended dates are May 12-22, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 7pm. LIFT Lab Live features 12 choreographers in six distinct programs, each anchored with works by Sir Richard Alston and Jose Limon. 

Location is St. Marks’s Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (entrance on 11th Street), 2nd floor. Tickets are $20 general admission, available at https://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/SPRING-LIFT-LAB-LIVE/Tickets must be purchased in advance online and will not be sold at the door.

11) Solo Drama Finds Kindness in Chaos
May 9 – June 27 at the cell theatre

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre hosts RANDOM ACTS, a solo play written and performed by Obie Award winner Renata Hinrichs. Directed by Jessi D. Hill, performances begin May 9 at the cell. Performances will be presented open air for a strictly limited audience of 18 with masks and social distancing required. Opening is set for May 23.

RANDOM ACTS opens in the 1960’s at the height of the Civil Rights movement. It is here, on the south side of Chicago outside a church 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.

RANDOM ACTS runs Sundays May 9 & 23 at 4pm and Sundays, June 6-27 at 5pm. Running time is 75 minutes. Patrons are required to follow all city-mandated COVID-19 precautions including mandatory mask wearing, limited capacity, filling out a contact-free survey for symptoms and potential exposure, and a digital temperature check upon entry. Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre is located at 338 West 23rd Street. Tickets are $20, available at www.SpinCycleNYC.com.














The much buzzed about workshop for the first-ever revival of the Tony Award®-

winning musical, The Secret Garden, will be presented on the industry-leading 

streaming platform, Broadway on Demand from May 6 at 8pm ET through May 

9. The never-before-seen work, Inside The Secret Garden: Workshop and 

Livestream Experience, will be the first-ever workshop available to the

public and will benefit The Dramatists Guild Foundation and The Actors 

Fund. The stream is dedicated in loving memory to Rebecca Luker, the original 


Tickets to this workshop broadcast event will be $10 beginning May 6th

with unlimited access in a three-day window through May 9th. To purchase 

tickets, please visit HERE

With book and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winner Marsha 

Norman and music by two-time Grammy Award® winner and Tony Award 

nominee Lucy SimonThe Secret Garden workshop was directed, 

choreographed, and reimagined for a new generation by Tony Award 

winner Warren Carlyle. The cast of the workshop featured Clifton Duncan as 

Archibald, Drew Gehling as Neville Craven, Sierra Boggess as Lily, Amber 

Iman as Martha, Adam Chanler-Berat as Dickon, Brooklyn Shuck as 

Mary, Cameron Mann as Colin, Matt Doyle as Albert, Sally Ann Triplett as 

Medlock, Jim Norton as Ben, Anoop Desai as Fakir, and Kuhoo Verma as Ayah

For an additional donation, viewers can join the livestream experience, which will 

include an exclusive virtual red-carpet event featuring Marsha Norman and Lucy 

Simon on May 6, 7 PM prior to the premiere. Norman and Simon will chat about 

their creative process, insider anecdotes, and their continued love of The Secret 

Garden. Purchase includes this pre-show Red Carpet event, workshop stream, 

and access to the virtual post-show “Come to My Garden” Party, an interactive 

Q&A with the Tony Award-winning director Warren Carlyle, May 6, after the 

premiere broadcast.

13)Live Cabaret Returns to Don't Tell Mama
 on May 4th

Award-winning off-Broadway composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh is thrilled to announce his return to the world-renowned cabaret venue Don’t Tell Mama this May.  

After a 15 month hiatus, his long-running weekly talent showcase resumes on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  The first show will also be the first indoor cabaret at the club in over a year

The lineup for the first two weeks is: Sarah Grace, Lily Lewinter, Jessica McCuish, Jim Reilly, Jr, Mikaela Salcedo and Sklenny Senat on May 4th; Katie McConaughy, Clare McKelway, Maddie Larson, Jack Roden, Alexander Wright and Meghan Wilmott on May 11th;  Performers for future shows can be found at: www.sethbh.com/showcases

Shows are Tuesdays at 7PM at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 w. 46th St.  There is a $20 cover and 2 drink minimum per person, and the venue remains cash only.  Due to space limitations, reservations are required and can be made at: https://www.donttellmamanyc.com/shows.  Don’t Tell Mama is complying with all CDC safety guidelines and regulation

For more information about Seth, please visit: sethbh.com and follow him on FB/Twitter/IG: @sethbhdotcom.

14) Celebrate Mother’s Day with ‘MOMentum Place,’ an
uncommon afternoon of aerial and performance delights

Theatricum Botanicum’s annual event goes virtual in 

Every year on Mother’s Day, “MOMentum Place” creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians in the rustic outdoor amphitheater at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. This year, audiences across the country and around the world can be transported to the magical event via Zoom when “MOMentum Place” goes virtual on SundayMay 9 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.

Coming to your living room: an uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are kid friendly and full of surprises.

Curated by aerialist/dancer Lexi Pearl, this year’s event will feature astounding performances by circus artist Elena Brocade, contortionist and acrobat Georgia Bryan, aerialist and stilt dancer Jena Carpenter of Dream World Cirque, ventriloquist Karl Herlinger, hand balancer Tyler Jacobson, stilt walker and acrobat Aaron Lyon, aerialist Kate Minwegen, cyr wheeler Sarah Moser and Cirque du Soleil alum Eric Newton, plus Dance Dimensions Kids and Focus Fish Kids.

Sit back, relax and travel to Theatricum’s breathtakingly beautiful outdoor Topanga setting from the comfort of your home. Tickets are $35 per household at theatricum.com/momentum-place.
And that's the scoop. Talking Topics will be closed tomorrow. Tune in Tuesday for Tips for Tuesday.

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