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

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Theater Thursday - Kimberly Akimbo


What: Kimberly Akimbo 

 Where: Atlantic Theater Company
              336 W. 20th Street
              New York, NY 

Who: Recommended for Ages 12 and Up

When: Through January 15, 2022

Kimberly Akimbo is an unusual musical about an unusual girl. Kim suffers from an aging disease and although she is only a teenager she looks like a 72-year-old woman. The role is played by Tony-winning actress, Victoria Clark. She is terrific in the role and really does a  really convincing job of playing a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood trying to find her place in the world. She is joined by a handful of other actors doing an equally impressive job playing an array of other unique and interesting characters including Steven Boyer as her alcoholic father, Alli Mauzey as her pregnant mother, and Bonnie Milligan as her unsavory aunt and more. There is a lot more to all of these characters than meets the eye. They may sound like your typical family but they are definitely not. The show has some nice but not very memorable music. It doesn't necessarily add that much to the show which was originally a play of the same name. Overall, it is a quirky and engaging show that is definitely worth seeing for the performances. 

And that's our view. For more about Kimberly Akimbo or to order tickets go to atlantictheater.org/production/kimberly-akimbo/

Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Head to Toe Exhibit


What:
Head to Toe Exhibit  

Where: Museum at FIT 7th Ave. & 27th St. New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up

When: Through May 8, 2022




Head to Toe, the current exhibit at the Museum at FIT is extremely comprehensive more so than the typical exhibit at the museum. In addition to the usual items like dresses, skirts, and tops, there are a lot more hats shoes, and handbags as well as numerous accessories including sunglasses, jewelry, and more. The styles range from old-fashioned bonnets and parasols to leather dresses, denim boots, and a handbag shaped like a corset, and more. The exhibit illustrates the role accessories play in fashion and how they complete a look. 




If you are particularly interested in shoes The Museum at FIT has an online series completely devoted to shoes called Stilettos to Sneakers. This series includes four episodes ranging from just over 15 minutes to just under 30 minutes long focusing on footwear. It includes episodes on the shoe collection of the Museum at FIT, the Head to Toe exhibit, high heels, and sneakers. We may possibly talk more about this series in a future post.




The Museum at FIT is now open Wednesday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum/index.php.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Great Second Acts and Misc: Mary's Gone Crackers

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

Books: Great Second Acts


Today we are recommending Great Second Acts by Marlene Wagman-Geller. Even though society often greatly underappreciates older women,  many older women have excelled and achieved great success in their later years. Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 72 and was just hitting her stride then. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still serving on the Supreme Court in her 80s. Sister Megan Good was leading protests against nuclear weapons in her 80s. These women are only a small sample of the amazing women covered in this book. The book is chock full of the true stories of incredible women whose lives and achievements will inspire you. If you want proof that not only is there no cutoff age for women's success but that women can definitely attain greatness in numerous fields in their later years, you will want to read this book. 

Misc: Mary's Gone Crackers


Today we are talking about Mary's Gone Crackers.  If you are looking for a healthier snack option, you might want to give these crackers s a try. They are plant-based, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO. They come in several different flavors including  Olive Oil + Black Pepper, Tomato + Basil, Herb, and Sea Salt. The flavors vary in intensity but none of the flavors are too overwhelming. If you are looking for healthy crackers with just a hint of flavor, you might enjoy these.



For more information about Mary's Gone Crackers or to purchase some, visit https://www.marysgonecrackers.com.

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

Winter Break vs Spring Break


Me- I love Spring break not only because it's time off, but because it's warm so I can go outside. I don't really like Winter break. I like that I get to be off. I don't like that it's cold. Most of the time, I just sit inside under a blanket. During, Spring break I don't have that problem, and I can go outside. Also, more places are open so there are more options of what you can do during Spring break then during Winter break. What I do like about Winter break is that during Winter break, it's New Year's so we get to start off new with a New Year. What I don't like about any break is that since it's time off, it's time where we have to get stuff done around the house like cleaning my room. I hate having to do that! The thing I like best about Spring break and Winter break is getting to spend time with my family!


Mom - It's been a long time since I've been in school and had a Spring break or a Winter break, but I do remember the excitement of both. The nice thing about Winter break is that when it's cold out you can stay home in your pajamas all day and not feel guilty about it. During Spring break the weather is usually nicer, and you can go outside more. Winter break always seems longer and usually is. Spring break does by quicker even in the years when both breaks are the same amount of time.  After Winter break, there is still half of the school year left, and it goes by slowly especially when it is a particularly cold winter. After Spring break, the rest of the school year goes by so fast. I love the summer but every time the summer comes and my kids are another school year older, I just keep thinking that my kids are growing up so fast. It makes me kind of sad.

And that's our view.  Do you prefer Winter Break or Spring Break?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday. 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 12/26 - What's Coming Up This Week and More

Showing Closing Announced 

Jagged Little Pill will not reopen on Broadway following Covid-19 suspension

Shows and Events Coming Up This Week and More

1) A Sherlock Carol Announces Plans to Return in 2022
2) Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Kwanzaa Celebration 12/ 26 - 12/30
3) Bad Kids Production Company Launches Year-End Preview Party 12/30
4) Centenary & American Patchwork Quartet Launch #AmericanPatchworkProject
5) DJ Squirm-a-lot Hosts Story Pirates New Year's Eve Party
6) The Green Room 42 Announces Additional Covid-19 Protocols
7) Jurassic Quest in Edison, NJ 12/29 - 2/2
8) The McKittrick Hotel Presents New Year's Eve: The Grand Hotel
9) Music Man Starring Hugh Jackman Begins Preview 
10) New Year's Eve at Let's Meat in Rivervale
11) The Seeing Place Presents Wit 12/30 - 1/16
12) South Street Seaport Museum Monthly Virtual Sea Chantey and Sing-Along 1/2


1) A SHERLOCK CAROL 

PLANS HOLIDAY RETURN IN 2022

 

ONLY ONE MORE WEEK

OF PERFORMANCES

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

FINAL PERFORMANCE OF LIMITED ENGAGEMENT IS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2022


A Sherlock Carol, the new holiday play that is a New York Times Critic’s Pick, announces plans to return for the 2022 holiday season.  ​​Written and directed by Mark Shanahan (NPR’s Ghost Light Series), the show is currently playing an eight-week limited holiday engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street), and has one week of performances left, with a final performance on Sunday, January 2, 2022

Tickets are $39-119, and on sale through Telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200 or 800-447-7400, or visiting the box office at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm.  Please visit ASherlockCarol.com for complete preview and holiday performance schedules. Regular performances will be Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm.

New World Stages is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers, and staff. Based on CDC and state guidelines at the time of performance, protocols may include mask enforcement, increased cleaning and ventilation/filtration enhancements, vaccination or negative test verification, and more. These are subject to change. Ticket holders who do not comply with venue policies will not be admitted. You will be updated within fourteen days of the performance with the policies that will be in place at the time of the performance.

 

For more information, visit ASherlockCarol.com

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2) Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation 
announces
Kwanzaa Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
December 26-30, 2021

Brooklyn, NY - The Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation announces Kwanzaa celebrations and djembe drum classes for the third consecutive year at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, December 26-30, 2021. Join Asase Yaa at the Museum’s 14th annual Kwanzaa celebration—the largest family event in the city—and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles with vibrant performances, workshops, art projects, and celebratory cuisine throughout the week. For tickets and more information, visit brooklynkids.org/kwanzaa/.

Umoja - Sounds and Movements of Africa
Sunday, December 26, 2021
AM Session: 10am – 1pm
10:20am – 11:00am: Asase Yaa presents The Story of Kwanzaa and African dance workshop
11:00am – 11:30am: Djembe drum and rhythm class
11:40am – 12:20pm: Asase Yaa presents The Story of Kwanzaa and African dance workshop
12:30pm – 1:00pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
10:30am – 12:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

PM Session: 2pm – 5pm
2:20pm – 3:00pm: Asase Yaa presents The Story of Kwanzaa and African dance workshop
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
3:40pm – 4:20pm: Asase Yaa presents The Story of Kwanzaa and African dance workshop
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
2:30pm – 4:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

Kujichagulia - The Beat of Kwanzaa
Monday, December 27, 2021
AM Session: 10am – 1pm
10:30am – 11:00am: Djembe drum and rhythm class
11:00am – 11:30am: Djembe drum and rhythm class
12:00pm – 12:25pm: Kwanzaa performance featuring the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
10:30am – 12:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

PM Session: 2pm – 5pm
2:30pm – 2:55pm: Kwanzaa performance featuring the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
2:30pm – 4:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)
 
Ujima - Redefining Drums of Passion
Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 10am-5pm
AM Session: 10am – 1pm
11:00am – 11:30am: Djembe drum and rhythm class
12:00pm – 12:30pm: African dance workshop
10:30am – 12:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

PM Session: 2pm – 5pm
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
4:00pm – 4:30pm: African dance workshop
2:30pm – 4:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

Ujamaa - Voices of Our Youth
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 10am-5pm
AM Session: 10am – 1pm
10:30am – 10:55am: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican Folktales
11:00am – 11:15am: African dance class lead by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
12:00pm – 12:25pm: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican Folktales
12:30pm – 12:45pm: African dance class lead by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
10:30am – 12:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

PM Session: 2pm – 5pm
2:30pm – 2:55pm: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican Folktales
3:00pm – 3:15pm: African dance class lead by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
4:00pm – 4:25pm: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican Folktales
4:30pm – 4:45pm: African dance class lead by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation
2:30pm – 4:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Unity Cups and community mural (drop-in program)

Nia - Traditions of Carnival 
Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 10am-5pm 
AM Session: 10am – 1pm
10:30am – 10:55am: JouvayFest Hearts of Steel rhythm section procession
11:00am – 11:30am: Djembe drum and rhythm class
11:40am – 12:05pm: JouvayFest Hearts of Steel Rhythm Section Procession
12:30m – 1:00pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
10:30am – 12:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Carnival accessories (drop-in program)

PM Session: 2pm – 5pm
2:30pm – 2:55pm: JouvayFest Hearts of Steel rhythm section procession
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
3:40pm – 4:05pm: JouvayFest Hearts of Steel rhythm section procession
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Djembe drum and rhythm class
2:30pm – 4:45pm: ColorLab art workshop – Carnival accessories (drop-in program)

For more information, visit: https://www.asaseyaaent.org/
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3) The BAD KIDS Production Company 

Launches with its

Year-End Preview Party for

HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART

December 30, 2021 at 8PM 

Hosted by Tik Tok Star JJ NIEMANN


The newly launched production company, The Bad Kids (“a new way to Broadway”), will present a year-end listening party of the concept album for the new musical, HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART, on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 8 PM. The special event will be hosted by Tik Tok star JJ Nieman  (Broadway’s Book of Mormon) and will feature cast and creative team members. The event is FREE. To reserve a digital ticket, please visit  www.thebadkidsarehere.com and will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart is an original musical based on the novel by J.C. Lillis. A modern, queer twist on a classic romantic musical comedy, this witty and warmhearted show is about first love, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Brandon and Abel, two very different guys, met in an online fanfiction group devoted to their favorite sci-fi TV show, Castaway Planet. During a weekend adventure that changes everything, the guys—along with Brandon’s best friend and nerd skeptic, Bec—hit the road in an RV to attend a fan convention for Cast- away Planet. Along the way, Brandon and Abel uncover secrets about each other, spar with an online community of fanfiction writers, meet their TV idols, and maybe possibly fall in love. But as Brandon’s conservative upbringing and Abel’s painful romantic past conspire to keep them apart, the two have to find a way to repair their own hearts—and each other’s. 

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4) CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY AND AMERICAN PATCHWORK QUARTET LAUNCH #AMERICANPATCHWORKPROJECT  

Centenary Stage Company and American Patchwork Quartet are partnering together to collect heritage stories for the #AmericanPatchworkProject. This project will culminate with A Conversation with American Patchwork Quartet on January 22 at 3:00 pm where American Patchwork Quartet will share about their own heritage, their music, and their mission. For more information on how to share a story, go to centenarystageco.org and to make a reservation call Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900.  

There are no requirements as to what a heritage story is in order for it to be submitted. The story can be anything; an immigration story or that of parents / grandparents, a simple tracing of ancestral roots, a specific moment, experience, or story passed down or perhaps even a continued tradition that is part of an inherited sense of family identity. These stories will be collected now through January 21, 2022 and shared across Centenary Stage Company’s social media platforms as part of the #AmericanPatchworkProject 

There are two (2) formats for submitting a heritage story. The first is a video submission of the story being told. The second is a written submission. Written stories can be submitted digitally or dropped off at the Centenary Stage Company box office between 1:00 and 5:00 pm starting January 3, 2022. Centenary Stage Company will also have a station set up to record stories in the Lackland Center between 1:00 and 5:00 pm on January 5, 12, and 19, 2022 to help anyone who would like to record their heritage story. 

To submit a heritage story digitally visit https://forms.gle/JM16iem2KpUKfrF17 . This link goes directly to the #AmericanPatchworkProject google form in which files can be directly added to.  This form will accept document, pdf, image, video, and audio files.  Through this form up to five (5) individual files for a total of 1GB can be uploaded.  Alternatively, submissions may also be sent directly to the associated e-mail address which is CSCHeritageStories@gmail.com. 

For more information, to make a reservation for A Conversation with American Patchwork Quartet and to purchase tickets to see American Patchwork Quartet visit centenarystageco.org org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram.  Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers. 

Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey.  For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies and policy updates, visit centenarystageco.org/faq. 

Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey.  For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies and policy updates, visit centenarystageco.org/faq. 
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5) DJ Squirm-a-Lot
Hosts Story Pirates NYE Party

DJ Squirm-a-Lot is hosting the second annual Story Pirates New Year's Eve Party ... from the moon. Kids everywhere are invited to join the interactive adventure, which will involve story creation, songs, games and special guests from the award-winning Story Pirates Podcast. This is festive comedy improv for all ages.

At the party, DJ Squirm-a-Lot will launch a fireworks show so big everyone will be able to see it back on Earth. It's like a million fireworks shows for the price of one! This big New Year’s Eve party definitely WON’T be interrupted by DJ Squirm-a-Lot’s old nemesis Yorma the Ice Dragon, who is definitely NOT living on the moon now, and definitely WON’T be mad at having her peace and quiet broken by a big New Year’s Eve party. 


Advance registration is required at: https://www.storypirates.com/nye .Family passes to the virtual event are $15, and Creator Club members get a discounted admission. Confirmed attendees receive a downloadable VIP party pass that doubles as a coloring sheet to commemorate the celebration.

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6) THE GREEN ROOM 42
ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL 
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

ALL SHOWS TO BE LIVE-STREAMED

As the severity of New York’s rise in COVID-19 cases as it relates to the Omicron variant, and in addition to vaccine mandates, temperature checks, and mandatory masks in public areas, The Green Room 42 announces the following other ways they are adjusting and adapting for the safety of their patrons, performers, and staff:

  • Effective immediately, in addition to the live in-person experience, ALL SHOWS will be live-streamed. This enables guests who may feel uncomfortable, have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms, or have tested positive to watch from the comfort of their homes until this wave passes.
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  • All in-person tickets to our shows come with a $10 food and beverage voucher that may be used in the room. If a guest feels uncomfortable being unmasked and/or eating and drinking while watching the show, they may choose to remain masked for the performance and enjoy their credit while dining in our adjacent outdoor space, heated tented area, or other outlets on the 4th floor of YOTEL.

  • If a guest purchases an in-person ticket that they transfer to a streaming ticket, the food & beverage voucher can be collected at a later date and used throughout the year.

These steps are in an effort to keep The Green Room 42 running, artists employed, in a safe and adaptive way that meets the moment that we are all experiencing.


If you have special requests regarding upcoming orders, please reach out to tickets@thegreenroom42.com.

Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest, most spacious, and funkiest cabaret club. For tickets and more information, please visit TheGreenRoom42.VenueTix.com.

The Green Room 42 COVID-19 Policy
All guests are required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter our venue. For help providing proof of vaccination, we recommend NY State Excelsior Pass, linked here. Our staff is required to be masked and they are fully vaccinated whenever possible.

Food & Beverage Voucher
While food or beverages service is now provided inside the theatre, the ticket price includes a $10 credit to be spent inside at The Green Room 42 or outdoors at Social Drink & Food, the largest rooftop of any hotel in New York City.
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7) RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH JURASSIC QUEST! NATION’S BIGGEST DINOSAUR EXPERIENCE MIGRATES TO NYC METRO AREA

Fans can walk among the dinosaurs as North America’s most popular, can’t-miss dinosaur adventure stomps into the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center Dec. 29-Jan. 2

The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to delight New York City and New Jersey area families and ring in the New Year when Jurassic Quest® heads to the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center December 29 - January 2.

Jurassic Quest is one of the first indoor family edutainment shows to re-launch since March 2020 due to the pandemic and will come with its most beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions (socks required), photo opportunities, and more. Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops and, you may even catch one of their star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty!  

TICKETS & LOGISTICS 

Tickets start at $19 at www.jurassicquest.com or on-site, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Some venues may have wheelchairs for use, but please contact the venue in advance to make arrangements.

General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket (the best value for children ages 2-12). Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost. Entry is free for children under age 2. 

Admission:  Tickets available online: https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/edison-nj

Cost for entry (OFFPEAK / PEAK): KIDS & ADULTS: $19 / $22 SENIORS: $18 / $20

KIDS UNLIMITED RIDES (INCLUDES ENTRY): $33 / $36 for all-you-can-ride access to dinosaur rides, inflatables, fossil dig 

General admission includes live shows, arts and crafts activities, dinosaur and marine exhibits. Tickets for individual & premium activities available on-site (from $6). Offpeak hours are weekdays (all day) and weekends after 3pm. Free entry for children under 2. 

 Where: New Jersey Convention and Expo Center Halls A-E (97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837)

When: Wednesday, Dec. 29 (9am-8pm)

Thursday, Dec. 30 (9am-8pm)

Friday, Dec. 31 (9am-6pm)

Saturday, Jan. 1 (9am-8pm)

Sunday, Jan. 2 (9am-6pm)

Jurassic Quest care about the safety of their guests and crew. So guests can focus on the fun, they have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the event. They continuously monitor and implement public health recommendations and local regulations. All guests and crew are subject to any governmental or venue restrictions. Some experiences may not be available in all cities due to capacity, health, or safety regulations. For more information: https://www.jurassicquest.com/covid-message
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8) THE McKITTRICK HOTEL, 

HOME OF SLEEP NO MORE

PRESENTS

N E W  Y E A R’ S  E V E:

T H E  G R A N D  H O T E L


The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC) today announced its grand reopening with the return of legendary celebration, NEW YEAR’S EVE: The Grand Hotel on Friday, December 31.

Guests are cordially invited to don their most decadent attire for a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration with dancing, open bar, midnight countdown, and live performances throughout the evening.

 

Revelers can enhance the evening on Maximilian’s List for expedited entry at any time and access to Oz’s Boudoir bar for the evening, or reserve a Champagne Table exclusively for their party.

 

Attendees are welcome to dine at the hotel’s rooftop garden bar and restaurant, Gallow Green, before the event. Visit www.mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green for menus, reservations, or to customize a private gathering.

 

The McKittrick Hotel is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities both for audiences and performers. Guests attending New Year’s Eve are required to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test for entry to the event. Everyone must be at least 21 to attend.

 

The McKittrick Hotel looks forward to welcoming guests back to its award-winning Sleep No More experience in February 2022. Tickets are also on sale for the dazzling Speakeasy Magick and New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” The Woman in Black.

 

The McKittrick Hotel is located at 530 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001. Tickets and schedules are available at www.mckittrickhotel.com or by calling the Box Office at 212-904-1880.

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9) MEREDITH WILLSON’S


QUINTESSENTIAL BROADWAY MUSICAL COMEDY


THE MUSIC MAN

STARRING


HUGH JACKMAN


AND

SUTTON FOSTER

BEGINS PREVIEWS

OPENING NIGHT IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2022

On December 20, 1,526 very lucky souls were in attendance at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre for the historic and long-awaited first preview performance of the hugely anticipated revival of Meredith Willson’s The Music Manstarring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill, and also starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, The exclusive first footage of Mr. Jackman and Ms. Foster in their respective roles has now been released and can be downloaded here. The performance was paused three times for mid-show standing ovations, with a thunderous ovation at curtain call, capping an evening signifying that Broadway remains open through the Holiday season.  Opening Night for The Music Man is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.Musicmanonbroadway.com
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10) NEW YEAR’S EVE AT LET’S MEAT STEAKHOUSE IN RIVERVALE

TWO SEATINGS

5PM & 8PM

With Live Music by Jersey’s Own J. Mickens

 

Let’s Meat Steakhouse

625 River Vale Road

Rivervale, New Jersey

www.letsmeatsteakhouse.com/menu

@letsmeatsteakhouse


Let's Meat Steakhouse in Rivervale will be ringing in the New Year with two seating’s and live music performed by Jersey’s own J. Mickens- an acoustic guitar player and songwriter. The 5PM seating will be four courses and the second seating at 8PM will be five courses. Guests can enjoy Chef’s Amuse Bouche; first course selection choices include a Trio of Chilled Jumbo Shrimp – bloody mary cocktail sauce or a Trio of Iced East Coast Oysters served with shallot-yuzu mignonette and sturgeon caviar. Guests can enjoy a Little Gem Wedge Salad with nueske bacon lardons, maytag blue cheese, heirloom grape tomatoes or Prime Dry Aged Beef Tartare with truffle mostarda, quail egg, house made potato chips with the option of Shaved black winter truffles. Entrée selections include a choice between Pan Roasted Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with tarragon remoulade, broccolini, sea salt yuca fries or a Prime Dry Aged New York strip accompanied with truffle pommes puree, broccolini, fermented peppercorn au poivre. For dessert indulge in our house made Cheesecake served with a mixed berry compote or enjoy a delicate Chocolate Mousse Cake with vanilla chantilly crème.

The 5PM 4 Course dinner is $100.00 per person and the 8PM 5 Course dinner is $185.00 per person and will include a champagne toast and celebratory hats and favors. 

Let’s Meat Steakhouse is open Tuesday – Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and on Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. for game day!

Bar 4:00pm – Close Every Thursday live entertainment starting at 8:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested 201.660.7960.

Serving:

Serving: Bar 4:00pm – Close | Happy Hour Tuesday – Sunday | Happy Hour 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Let’s Meat Steakhouse |625 Rivervale Road, River Vale, N.J. | 201.660.7960

Let’s Meat Steakhouse: located in Rivervale, New Jersey is a Steakhouse with authentic Italian specialties. The contemporary, casual ambiance brings today’s modern social life to the neighborhood. Dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients and diverse flavors. Guests enjoy top-quality meats and farm-fresh produce paired with internationally curated wine selections. Serving: 

Happy Hour Tuesday – Sunday | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bar 4:00pm - Close

Dinner 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Let’s Meat Steakhouse | 625 River Vale Road, Rivervale, N.J. | 201.660.7960. For reservations, visit our website letsmeatsteakhouse.com, @letsmeatsteakhouse
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11) THE SEEING PLACE THEATER

Proudly Presents

Pulitzer Prize-Winning 

WIT

THREE-WEEK LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

DECEMBER 30, 2021 – JANUARY 16, 2022 

THE SEEING PLACE AT PARADISE FACTORY

 

OPENING NIGHT IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 2 AT 2 P.M.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THESEEINGPLACE.COM


THE SEEING PLACE THEATER is pleased to announce their production of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, WIT, directed by Brynn Asha WalkerWIT will play a three-week limited engagement at The Seeing Place at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003). Performances begin Thursday, December 30, 2021 and continue through Sunday, January 16, 2022. Opening Night is Sunday, January 2 (2 p.m.).  Tickets are $25-$35 and are available at www.TheSeeingPlace.com.  Press are invited to all performances.

Margaret Edson's powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence's unifying experiences ― mortality ― while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships.

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne, and her cancer, is aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

In this carefully crafted stylized rendition from The Seeing Place Theater two of the performers have their own unique experiences with Cancer. Erin Cronican (Vivian Bearing, PhD) is currently battling Stage 4 (metastatic) Breast Cancer. She was diagnosed with this terminal disease on November 6, 2018. She's on weekly systemic chemo under the care of doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Robin Friend (Dr. Jason Posner) is a Testicular Cancer Survivor, who was diagnosed and treated in early-mid 2021.

The Seeing Place Theater works to inspire audiences to "social justice action" by using the themes of its plays to educate and incite change, particularly for women, LGBTQIA+, Global Majority (BIPOC), immigrants, and the disabled/those with chronic illnesses. Working with members of the community and empowering their voices is an important component of their work. In addition to Edson’s membership in the LGBTQIA+ community, members of the company include Brynn Asha Walker (Susie Monahan, RN) who is a Trans actress bringing an interesting layer of complexity to the patriarchal "office politics" routinely seen in medicine. (She is also the caregiver to Cronican whom she married in August 2021). Brynn is also a member of the Global Majority (BIPOC). Christopher James Murray (Dr. Kelekian, and others) is both a member or the LGBTQIA+ community and the Global Majority (BIPOC).

WIT plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, January 16: 

 

 Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 

 Thursdays at 7 p.m. 

 Fridays at 7 p.m. 

 Saturdays at 7 p.m. 

 Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Tickets are $25-$35 and are available at www.TheSeeingPlace.com Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater a half-hour prior to the performance.

 

Running Time: 100 minutes, no intermission

 

Website: www.seeingplacetheater.com

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12) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly Virtual
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 2pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 2pm ETFrom our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead 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. 
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And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.