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

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Spyscape

What: Spyscape 

Where: 928 8th Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 8 and Up

Me - I was really excited to go to Spyscape. I had wanted to go there for a long time. I was not disappointed, it was worth the wait. It was really fun! Plus, it was very interactive, which I love. For one thing, there were these stations where you answered questions. Also, there were activities to complete that were things that a spy would do in their job. At the end of your visit, all the information from your answers and how you completed the activities was processed, and you were given three words to describe yourself and told what kind of position you would do well in as a spy.  If you are interested in finding out more about their assessment of your strengths, there is a way to follow up on the website and see what career path they would recommend based on your strengths. 

Also, in the museum, there was a lot of information on movies about spies as well as actual spies. They had machines that were used for breaking codes and descriptions of how they worked. Plus a lot of other interesting objects and artifacts. It was especially cool to see regular objects that were used for different things like a domino with a secret compartment or a baseball that is really a camera and things like that. They had a whole exhibit on hackers as well. Some of the hackers were only teenagers. 

They have the most interesting things at spy museums. They are really exciting! They are one of my favorite types of museums to visit.

Mom - Spyscape is an extremely exciting museum. Not only can you learn things about spying and what it is like to be a spy but you can learn things about yourself as well through the personalized profile you will be given at the end of your visit based on your performance on the numerous interactive exhibits throughout the museum.  This very extensive museum not only covers actual spies but also covers some of the movies based on actual spies cases as well. For instance, not only can you find an actual Enigma machine, but you can see posters and costumes from the movie about the man who cracked its code, Alan Turing. 

There is so much to see and learn about in this truly engrossing museum. There are gadgets galore including everyday objects with hidden compartments that conceal secret documents or a camera, various machines, and many seemingly simple objects that played an important role in some famous spy cases as well.  There are also numerous photographs and documents and so much more.

You can learn general things about spying like the art of disguise, everything you ever wanted to know about hacking, and more. You can learn things about specific spies including those who worked against us like Robert Hanssen and those who worked for us like Virginia Hall. You can learn about specific spy cases like the Edward Snowden case or a case involving a group of reporters who helped crack a slave trade ring, and more. You can even participate in some fun simulated clandestine activities yourself.

The museum has been created with the input of people who were actually former members of the intelligence community, and it shows. It is definitely one of the most fascinating and engaging museums you could visit. 

And that's our view. For more about Spyscape or to purchase tickets, visit spyscape.com.

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Evening Hero & Infographic Guide to Creating Stories

We may have been given complimentary copies and/or access for review purposes to any products, visual media, and/or audio media mentioned below. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: The Evening Hero and Creating Stories

Today we are talking about The Evening Hero by Marie Myung-Ok Lee. As a young man in Korea, Dr. Yungman Kwak's family is torn apart by the war.  Hiding a shameful secret, he manages to escape to medical school in America, with his pregnant bride.  However, the American dream isn't all it's cracked up to be and somehow, he needs to reconcile the events of his past.  This is a very dark book. It really makes you think about the real effects of the Korean War and America's for-profit medical system. Yet. it is also very touching in many ways. Dr. Kwak is a far from perfect character. Still, you can't help rooting for him because he cares so deeply, and he wants to do what's right even if he isn't always able to do so.

Today we recommend Infographic Guide to Creating Stories by Hank Quense. This book provides everything you need to know about writing in a short easy-to-read format. It covers such topics as character building, plotting, writing voice, and much more. Any aspiring writer will definitely want to have this book on their shelve of writing references.

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

Monday, May 23, 2022

More Theater Monday - Ride the Cyclone

We were given complimentary tickets to Ride the Cyclone for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Ride the Cyclone

Where: McCarter Theater
             91 University Place
             Princeton, NJ

Who: Recommended for Ages 13 and Up

When: Through May 29, 2022

Ride the Cyclone is a dark musical about a group of choir kids who are killed in a roller coaster accident. One of them will be given a second chance at life, but they have to agree unanimously on who will be chosen so they compete for the chance by singing songs that reveal their characters. Although the characters are a bit cliched there is the tough guy, the popular girl, the popular girl's best friend, the nerd, and the closeted gay kid, there are things about them that make them unique, and the actors do a good job of portraying these characters.

The most unique character in the musical is a mysterious girl named Jane Doe whom none of the other kids seem to know or remember even though she allegedly went to the same school as them and was in the same choir as them. Ashlyn Maddox plays the role, and her performance is particularly noteworthy. She simultaneously manages to invoke both an overwhelming sense of creepiness that makes you want to stay away from the character and a sad vulnerability that makes you want to take her in and care for her as if she were a scared and lonely stray puppy. 

Different characters are represented by different song styles. Song styles represented in the show include hip hop,  torch song,  pop, and more. The songs work well in the context of the musical  and the characters but they are not particularly memorable except for one catchy pop number What the World Needs which is sung by the character of Ocean. That song is particularly upbeat and catchy, and there's a good chance you won't be able to get it out of your head.

This is obviously not a good show for young children due to the subject matter, but if you are looking for a unique musical, you may enjoy it.

And that's our view.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mccarter.org/season/2021-2022/PDP/Ride-the-Cyclone-The-Musical

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits:
All Ride the Cyclone production photos by Charlie T. Erickson

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/22/22 - Now Playing, Beginning Previews, What's Happening This Week and More

Now Playing in New Jersey

Ride the Cyclone

This thought-provoking musical follows six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir who take one last ride on a rollercoaster that changes their lives forever.

McCarter Theater (91 University Place, Princeton)
Through May 29, 2022

Final Week

Birthday Candles

Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. 

American Airlines Theatre (227 W. 42nd St., New York, NY)
Through 5/29 only

Beginning Previews This Week

Snow in Midsummer

Snow in Midsummer is a thrilling murder mystery adapted from the classical Chinese drama The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing. When a wealthy businesswoman takes ownership of a factory in a remote drought-devastated town, she learns of a curse placed on the town by a woman executed for a crime she did not commit. Weaving together parallel stories in a community torn apart by injustice and ecological disaster, Snow in Midsummer is a spellbinding ghost story that explores the weight of generational trauma and restorative justice. 

Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13th St., New York, NY)

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.classicstage.org/current-season/snow-in-midsummer

What's Happening This Week and More

1) American Kennel Club Opens Nominations
for Me and My Canine Award

2) Andre De Shields Final Performance in Hadestown 5/29

3) Ann Kittredge Debut Album Celebration
Laurie Beechman Theatre 5/26

4) Centenary Stage Festival Young Performers Workshop Spring Festival of Shows
5/27 - 6/5

5) Charitybuzz Launches Massive Broadway Themed Auction and Sweepstakes

6) Company, World Documentary Premiere's on PBS

7) DanceAfrica Festival 2022: Homegrown
5/28 - 5/30

8) Emerson Resort and Spa Summer Experiences

9) George Floyd Memorial Concert

10) Kaatsbaan  Cultural Park 2022 Summer and Fall Festivals

11) Kelsey Theatre at Mercer  and the MTM Players Production of Present Laughter
5/27 - 6/5

12) The Legend of the Waitress Makes New York Premiere
Dixon Place 
5/25 - 5/29

13) Music Man Announces Standing Room Only Policy

14) The OPC Season Finale Now Released

15) The Schubert Foundation/s 2022 High School Theatre Festival

16) The Show Must Go on Documentary Released on Apple

17) Story Pirates Launch Announce Podcast Season 5, iHeart Radio, and
Webby Awards

18) Wicked Broadway Welcomes New Cast Members

1) American Kennel Club Opens Nominations
for Me and My Canine Award

Nominate a K-12 student today in one of four categories who have made a positive impact on the world with their dogs.

To learn more, visit AKC.org.














André De Shields, who has enraptured audiences with his award-winning portrayal of Hermes in Hadestown, Broadway’s Tony Award®-winning Best New Musical, will play his final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) on Sunday, May 29. 







Award-winning vocalist Ann Kittredge's debut recording reIMAGINE (King Kozmo Music, a subsidiary of Jazzheads), a specially curated collection of songs uniquely re-imagined and produced by award-winning songwriter and record producer Paul Rolnick, is available on all digital platforms as of today, May 16, 2022. For more information, visit www.annkittredge.com.

n celebration of this new release, Ms. Kittredge, will appear at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm with her Musical Director Christopher Denny (piano), Sean Harkness (guitar), Robbie Kondor (accordion), Jennifer Vincent (bass), Rex Benincasa (drums) and special guest Steve Ross. The evening will be directed by Barry Kleinbor.t There is a $20 cover charge ($25 food/beverage minimum.) Tickets are available here or by calling (212) 695-6909,

n celebration of this new release, Ms. Kittredge, will appear at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues) on Thursday, May 26th at 7pm with her Musical Director Christopher Denny (piano), Sean Harkness (guitar), Robbie Kondor (accordion), Jennifer Vincent (bass), Rex Benincasa (drums) and special guest Steve Ross. The evening will be directed by Barry Kleinbor.t There is a $20 cover charge ($25 food/beverage minimum.) Tickets are available here or by calling (212) 695-6909.

Ann Kittredge reIMAGINE Track List:

1.Unwritten2 by Natasha Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois & Wayne Rodrigues, from the album, Unwritten, 2004
Piano & arrangement: Wendy Cavett, Bass & Electric Guitar: Sean Harkness Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa
2.Before I Gaze at You Again2,3 by Lerner & Loewe, from Camelot, 1960
Arrangement: Sean Harkness & Christopher Denny, Piano: Christopher Denny, Guitar: Sean Harkness
3.Before the Parade Passes By2 by Jerry Herman, from Hello, Dolly!, 1964
Piano & arrangement: Wendy Cavett, Bass: Mary Ann McSweeney, Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa
4.Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life1 by Victor Herbert, from the opera, Naughty Marietta, 1910
Arrangement: Alex Rybeck, Guitar: Sean Harkness
5.Another Day of Sun1 by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul from the movie, La La Land, 2016 Piano & arrangement: Alex Rybeck, Guitar: Sean Harkness, Drums & percussion: Dan Gross
6.Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo/Love Makes the World Go ’Round2 Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo by Bronislau Kaper &
Helen Deutsch from the movie, Lili, 1953; Love Makes the World Go ‘Round by Bob Merrill from the musical, Carnival, 1961, Arrangement: Tracy Stark, Jon Delfin & Ann Kittredge, Piano: Wendy Cavett
7.Make Them Hear You/Keep On Standing2 by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, from
Ann Kittredge: Fancy Meeting You Here, An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty, 2018. Make Them Hear You originally from the musical, Ragtime, 1996; Keep On Standing originally from Rocky the Musical, 2012 Piano & arrangement: Alex Rybeck, Bass: Mary Ann McSweeney, Electric Guitar: Sean Harkness, Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa
8.Snow3 by Irving Berlin, from the movie, White Christmas (1954)
Piano & arrangement: Alex Rybeck, Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa
9.Berlin Monologue3 Piano: Alex Rybeck
10.Free3 by Irving Berlin, cut from the musical, Call Me Madam, (1949) Piano & arrangement: Alex Rybeck, Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa
11.The Power of One2 by Mervyn Warren & Mark Chait, from the movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000 Piano & arrangement: Christopher Denny, Bass: Mary Ann McSweeney, Drums & percussion: Rex Benincasa String orchestration: Tom Kochan, Violin: Robin Zeh (CM), Paul Woodiel, Joyce Hammann, Viola: Katarzyna Bryla, Cello: Deborah Assael
12.Time in a Bottle2 by Jim Croce, from his 1st album, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim, 1972 Arrangement: Wendy Cavett & Ann Kittredge, Piano: Wendy Cavett, Bass: Mary Ann McSweeney, Accordion: Robbie Kondor

Bonus: Edelweiss2,3 by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, from The Sound of Music, 1959 Vocals: featuring Steve Ross, Pianos & arrangement: Steve Ross & Christopher Denny, Keyboard: Alex Rybeck



Centenary Stage Company’s Young Performers Workshop will present their Spring Festival of Shows from May 27 through June 5. This season will feature performances of The Robber Bridegroom and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Performances will take place in Centenary Stage Company’s Little Theatre located at 400 Jefferson Street, Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. Tickets for these performances are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Registration for the Young Performers Workshop 2022 Summer Session are also open. For more information, or to schedule your interview, call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900 or visit Centenary Stage Company on-line at centenarystageco.org

The Spring 2022 Festival of shows will feature performances of The Robber Bridegroom and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? From Pulitzer Prize winning author of Driving Miss Daisy!, Alfred Uhry, and a score by Robert Waldman, The Robber Bridegroom is set in eighteenth-century Mississippi and follows Jamie Lockhart, a robber of the woods, as he courts Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the country. The proceedings go awry, however, thanks to a case of double-mistaken identity. 

Focusing on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? captures the antics of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence.  

Performances of The Robber Bridegroom will be Friday, May 27 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 pm; Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 pm. Performances of Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? will be Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 pm; Friday, June 3 at 8:00 pm; Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 pm; and Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 pm. Tickets for both shows are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information about these shows, or about the Young Performers Workshop, visit the Centenary Stage Company website at centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979-0900. 








This May, ahead of the 75th Annual Tony Awards, Charitybuzz, the leading impact marketplace for people to live out their wildest dreams while supporting great causes, has announced their biggest live theater initiatives yet, the Broadway Curtain Up Auction, full of once in a lifetime Broadway experiences, and the Broadway’s Biggest Fan Giveaway, which grants one lucky winner the ultimate Broadway getaway. 

The Broadway: Curtain Up Auction and Sweepstakes support the remarkable revitalization of Broadway as it continues its triumphant return, engaging the Charitybuzz community of philanthropic supporters in this massive effort to benefit important causes, performing artists, and theatrical organizations and celebrates the positive social activism efforts of the community at large with auction lots of all sizes and types.

Broadway’s Biggest Fan Giveaway grants one lucky winner the ultimate Broadway experience: 1 week, 8 shows, plus once-in-a-lifetime bonus events like dinner at a trendy Times Square restaurant (where you’re bound to bump into theater people), a meet and greet with a star, autographed merchandise, and sit-downs with theater makers and more, complete with travel and accommodations. 

This sweepstakes is all to support one of the organization’s that continues to support so many of the theater industry's members: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is the philanthropic heart of Broadway, helping ensure those affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses nationwide receive medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance; awarding annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. 

Each auction bid and sweepstakes entry generates important charitable impact in partnership with more than 4,500 non-profit organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSThe Actors Fund, and theater organizations including the Broadway Green Alliance, A Is For, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Roundabout Theater Company, the Freestyle Love Supreme Scholarship Fund and more. 

For more information, visit charitybuzz.com 
















 “Great Performances” presents a new documentary exploring the legacy of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company, part of the series’ fifth “Broadway’s Best” lineup. Filmed over two years, the broadcast takes an inside look at Tony Award®-winning director Marianne Elliott’s creative process of bringing the reimagined gender-swapped production to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a cast including Tony and Grammy® winner Katrina Lenk and two-time Tony and two-time Grammy winner Patti LuPone.


Featuring rehearsal and performance footage, plus new interviews with Elliott, Lenk, LuPone, Sondheim, and members of the original 1970 cast, “Great Performances: Keeping Company with Sondheim” (w.t.), a #PBSForTheArts program, premieres Friday, May 27 at 9 PM ET on PBS (check local listings), www.pbs.org/broadwayonpbs  and the PBS Video app.


7) DanceAfrica Festival 2022: Homegrown

The joyous Memorial Day weekend tradition returns with performances by Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa, Harambe Dance Company, LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theater, BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble, and DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers—May 27-30


The sights and sounds of DanceAfrica take over Brooklyn

Saturday, May 28-30

with the annual outdoor bazaar


Also includes the Tribute to the Ancestors, Community Day, dance workshops, FilmAfrica, and more

DanceAfrica 2022: Homegrown

Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater

Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble

Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa

Harambe Dance Company

LaRocque Bey School of Dance Theater

BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble

DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers

Produced by BAM

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)

Fri, May 27 at 7:30pm; Sat, May 28 at 2pm & 7pm; Sun, May 29 at 3pm; Mon, May 30 at 3pm

Tickets start at $25 (half-price for ages 16 & under)


BAM's annual DanceAfrica, the country's largest showcase of African dance, returns to the Howard Gilman Opera House this May with DanceAfrica 2022: HOMEGROWN. Under the artistic direction of Abdel R. Salaam, dancers, drummers, and musicians take the stage together in a unique program that features five popular companies making return visits. Each company will offer their homegrown vision of traditional African dances. Companies include

Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater (Brooklyn), Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble (Bronx), Farafina Kan (Washington, DC), Harambee Dance Company (Bronx), LaRocque Bey School of Dance (Harlem). In five performances, each company brings to the stage movement and musical styles from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, and the Caribbean, supported by Arkestra Africa, created by members of each company. All will be joined on stage by the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers and the BAM RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble, celebrating their 25th anniversary. An integral component of the Festival, the Ensemble symbolizes DanceAfrica's commitment to education and community outreach.

Visit BAM.org/danceafrica2022


DanceAfrica Teen Event

Water Your Roots: Youth Dance Expo & Talent Show

Fri, May 20 at 6pm

BAM Fisher (Hillman Studio, 321 Ashland Pl)

Free with RSVP

Teens from grades 9 to 12 are invited to join this unique event hosted by BAM's very own Brooklyn Interns for Art and Culture. This talent expo aims to connect youth and extend the legacy of DanceAfrica to teen community members. For teens of color living in Brooklyn, this event offers a creative social atmosphere to share culture and roots and connect with peers through creative artistic expression.


DanceAfrica Community Workshop

Co-presented by BAM and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Sat. May 28 at 11am

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 6 Liberty Lawn)

Free (Pre-registration is required)

All ages

Caregivers and children deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop with BAM teaching artist Adia Whitaker on the fundamentals of Haitian movement and music. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Visit brooklynbridgepark.org/danceafrica to register.


DanceAfrica 2022 Bazaar

Sat, May 28, 12—10pm; Sun, May 29 & Mon; May 30, 12—8pm

Ashland Pl/ Lafayette Ave.


DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.


Late Night Dance Party with DJ YB

Sat, May 28 at 10pm

The Adam Space/BAMcafe (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue)


Keep the DanceAfrica celebration going after hours with DJ YB, who brings a mix of Afrobeat, funk, soul, rock, jazz, and hip-hop stylings to the dance floor of BAMcafé. Called “The General of Afrobeats,” he has played across the globe, including in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, London, Paris, and more.


Council of Elders Roundtable: Legacy & Preservation

With members of the DanceAfrica Council of Elders

Facilitated by Camille Lawrence

Sun, May 29 at 12:30pm

The Adam Space/BAMcafé (Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave)

Free with RSVP

Since its inception, the DanceAfrica Council of Elders has been an instrumental part of the Festival. In this roundtable discussion, members of the Council will discuss preserving the DanceAfrica legacy and how their personal work creates connections between the ancestors, the art and culture of Africa, its diaspora, and the community that gathers at BAM each year. In conjunction with the DanceAfrica Oral History Project launch, this conversation serves as a gathering point and opportunity for the DanceAfrica community to ask questions.


DanceAfrica Family Workshop

Mon, May 30 at 10am

Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)

Tickets: In-Person ($12 adults; $15 family of two; $20 family of three; $25 family of four) &

Virtual ($10 Pre-registration is recommended)

All ages

DanceAfrica featured company Farafina Kan invites caregivers and children to explore the fundamentals of West African dance movement and music in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop.


DanceAfrica Physically Integrated Movement Workshop

Led by Pat Hall

Mon, May 30 at 11am

Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)

Tickets: In-Person: $12; Virtual: $10

Acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and teacher Pat Hall leads this inclusive, interactive class designed for persons with or without disabilities. Choose to participate in person at the Mark Morris Dance Center or through livestream and discover how African and diasporic dance forms celebrate community and aspects of daily life, providing a unique window into its people's culture, history, and traditions. For adults, all levels of experience are welcome. When you register, we invite you to share how we can make this class as accessible to you as possible and any other information that will help us best support your experience.


DanceAfrica Master Class

Mon, May 30 at 12:30pm

Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)

Tickets: In-Person: $12; Virtual: $10

A member of Farafina Kan leads this immersive workshop in the music and dance of West Africa, introducing participants to rhythmic traditions and teaching the fundamentals of traditional movement styles. For intermediate to advanced dancers.


Choreographers’ Conversation

Tue, May 17 at 6:30pm

Vimeo - Virtual Broadcast


Choreographers from this year's festival come together for a conversation about honoring and celebrating the legacies of Africa and its diaspora through their practices. DanceAfrica artistic director and founder of DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers Abdel R. Salaam is joined by Yao Ababio of Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater; Jewel Love of Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble; Lesina Martin of Farafina Kan; Sandella Malloy of Harambee Dance Company; and Jerome Hunter of LaRocque Bey School of Dance for an informal discussion. Moderated by choreographer, dancer, educator, and arts presenter Sandra L. Burton. Watch the conversation here.



BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave)

May 27—Jun 2

Looking back at more than a decade of FilmAfrica at BAM, this series gathers recent work with hits from past festivals to celebrate the incredible cinema New York African Film Festival brings to BAM each year.


Tickets: $16 per screening for adults; $11 (seniors & veterans); $8 (BAM Members Level 1-3); free (BAM Members Level 4 & above). Tickets are available starting April 27, by visiting BAM.org/film.


8) New Summer Experiences at the Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskill Mountains

Located Two Hours North of New York City, the Destination Luxury Resort Prepares for Summer Visitors by Introducing New Experiences including Pickleball and an Outdoor Garden, as well as Bringing Back Old Favorites

The award-winning Emerson Resort & Spa is gearing up for summer with an array of special activities from live Shakespeare performances to outdoor gardening classes. Just two hours from New York City, the Emerson Resort & Spa’s summer programming offers an idyllic escape in the tranquility of the Catskill Mountains.

New and highlighted Emerson Resort summertime experiences include:

·  Pickleball Courts (NEW) – Pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport with 4.8 million people now playing since 2021. That’s why The Emerson is excited to introduce a new 800 sq. ft. pickleball court on property located near the Catamount Dog Park, which will be free for guests to use, starting early July 2022.  

· On-Site Outdoor Hotel Garden & Gardening Classes (NEW) – The Emerson is building an innovative 5,312 sq. ft. on-property garden to sustainably source select produce at Woodnotes Grille and Spa Bites, growing seasonal vegetables including tomatoes, squash, peppers, and pumpkins. The Emerson is also offering a series of monthly gardening workshops focusing on sustainable and eco-friendly garden design and care, starting mid-May 2022.

· Catskill Mountain Shakespeare (RETURNING) – Enjoy culture beyond the city with outdoor Shakespeare performances this summer. This year, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare is returning to the Emerson in July for “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM."  Catskill Mountain Shakespeare brings world class theater to the region, against the backdrop of a lush and natural landscape.  Performances are scheduled for July 16 to 31, 2022. Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for students and go on sell June 1.  Tickets will be available at https://www.catskillmountainshakespeare.com/2022-main-stage-show.

·   Annual Car Show (NEW) – On Tuesday, August 7, the Emerson Resort & Spa will once again host the Annual Car Show benefitting The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.  Each year this beloved Car Show features over 75 well-preserved vintage cars of all makes and models.

·  Green Goat Landscapers (RETURNING) – As a true green method of land management and fire prevention, the Green Goats Landscapers are returning to the Emerson this spring, who work hard to eliminate invasive plant life growing along the streamside banks. @GreenGoats

· Pet Portrait Watercolor Classes (RETURNING) – Available on Mondays, the two-hour Pet Portrait Watercolor Class has become a popular opportunity for pet lovers to capture special photos of their pet in an artistic format. Furry friends are welcome for inspiration. $75 per participant which includes a glass of wine or draft beer.

· Create an Aromatherapy Scent (RETURNING) – In this self-care workshop you'll learn about botanicals, their skin benefits and how to distill using an alembic copper still. At the end of the workshop, you'll take home a one-of-a kind 2 oz. spray bottle of your own hydrosol mix.

· Fairly Door Workshop (RETURNING) – Craft your own very special Fairy Door with help from the Emerson’s fairy design team. Take your door home or add it to the enchanted Emerson Fairy woods.  For children from 4-104, because you’re never too old to believe in magic.

·  Guided Nature Walk (RETURNING) – Overnight guests are invited to join a tour of the property’s 20 beautiful acres surrounded by majestic hillsides, tranquil forests and rushing waters of Esopus Creek. The guide teaches about local history, geology, wildlife and more – all free of charge.

· 87th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open (RETURNING) –The Emerson Resort & Spa is thrilled to host the 87th Annual Open on Monday, July 25, 2022. The Woodstock Open is the nation’s  longest running golf tournament for both professionals as well as top amateur.

Inspired by the resort’s location in the Catskills, as well as its namesake, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, the luxury boutique hotel features 53 rooms and suites, a luxury destination Spa, the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, on-site shops/boutiques, and more.

For more information, visit http://emersonresort.com. Follow the Emerson on Facebook at Emerson Resort & Spa, Twitter @emersonresort and Instagram at EmersonResort.



May 24, 2022 at 7:30pm

(123 W. 43rd Street)

A Soulful Heart (ASoulfulHeart.org)will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its 1st Annual George Floyd Memorial Concert, to be held on May 24, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at The Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street).

This star-studded concert will include singing greats Melba Moore, Karen Clark Sheard, Pastor Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Bobby Sanabria, Tenishia Toussaint and Demarcus Hughes, Juggernaut War Party, Mike & Aleksi Glick, Nan O’Brien, the Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, and the Paul Robeson School For Freedom.

Honorees for their outstanding contributions to the community include Ms. Melba Moore; Ms. Irene Gandy; Bishop James Pullings, Jr.; Rev. Clinton Miller; Ms. Elinor Tatum; Mr. Rome Neal; and AB Money, Easy Mo Bee, and JR (“RIF”).

Tickets for The 1st Annual George Floyd Memorial Concert concert are $60.00 at the door on the day of the event; $50.00 in advance.

Streaming tickets for a livestream of the show are available for $9.95.

Please visit www.TheTownHall.org for tickets, information, and how to log in for the livestream.


10) Kaatsbaan Cultural Park announces Full Programming for
2022 Summer and Fall Festivals
Annual Summer and Fall Festivals to Showcase International Stars from Dance, Music, Poetry, Sculpture, and Culinary Art Worlds in the Scenic Hudson Valley

General admission tickets now on sale
To purchase tickets visit: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36035

Continuing its mission to be a home for artists across disciplines with its Annual Summer and Fall Festivals, Kaatsbaan kicks off 2022 with a Summer Soirée concert and dinner on June 3 featuring an evening with legendary singer-songwriter/pop music icon, Natalie Merchant, and celebrity caterer/lifestyle expert/author Mary Giuliani

The Summer Festival runs over consecutive weekends, from June 4 to 19, opening with three new works from Live Arts Global, the dance/music project from Joanna DeFelice and Melanie Hamrick; rising stars from ABT JKO School, The Juilliard SchoolSchool of American Ballet, with the acclaimed Neave Trio in classic repertoire as well as a new Kaatsbaan commissioned work from rising Juilliard choreographic talent Haley Winegarden, recipient of the first Kaatsbaan Playing Field Choreography Award; New York darling Taylor Mac previews a special evening of all new work; and closing the Summer Festival, a day of music and dance with Tyrone Birkett and his ensemble Emancipation in collaboration with New York City choreographer/dancer Robert Rubama, and poetry featuring multi-award-winning poet Patricia Smith joined by poet laureate of Los Angeles Lynne Thompson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess.

On September 16, the Fall Festival opens with a once-in-a-lifetime celebratory dinner from world-wide culinary star chef, Francis Mallmann, in honor of Philip Glass’s 85th birthday. The Fall Festival runs over consecutive weekends, from September 17 to October 1, and continues the Glass birthday celebration, featuring new commissioned dances in partnership with Pomegranate Arts. New works by Lucinda ChildsChanon JudsonJustin PeckLeonardo Sandoval, and Bobbi Jene Smith with Or Schraiber with pianists Timo AndresAnton BatagovConor HanickNoé Kains, and Maki Namekawa as they perform and interpret the composer’s Glass Etudes throughout Kaatsbaan’s lush 153-acres in the Hudson Valley. 

Rounding out the Fall Festival includes a special music concert from Australian singer-songwriter RY X; a mixed dance bill featuring Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, by Trisha Brown Dance Company, curated specifically for Kaatsbaan, Dorrance Dance, and Mark Morris Dance Group; and a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s film version of West Side Story, with choreography by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer and Kaatsbaan Advisory Board member Justin Peck. ​The film screening will be followed by a performance and dance party led by Ricky Ubeda (Flaco) from the West Side Story film, closing out the 2022 Festival season.

Throughout the 2022 Festival season, Kaatsbaan will exhibit the work of dynamic Hudson Valley based artists across its beautiful 153-acres. The list includes Emil AlzamoraTristan Fitch, Jared Handelsman, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Portia Munson, Shelley ParriottEileen Power, Gregory Steel, Christina Tenaglia, and Millicent Young.

“Kaatsbaan’s 2022 Festivals represent our commitment to provide an extraordinary environment for 
cultural innovation and excellence as a cultural park and to presenting multidisciplinary works.” said Sonja Kostich, Chief Executive & Artistic Officer “As such, we are proud to continue contributing to the Hudson Valley’s vast cultural landscape as well as the economic health of our Dutchess County community. Through innovative partnerships, we continue to present unparalleled artists from dance, music, culinary, poetry, and visual art, providing our audiences opportunities to engage with today’s leading artists.” 

“We are thrilled to once again convene such notable artists for our upcoming 2022 Festivals,” said Stella Abrera, Artistic Director. “Staying true to our mission of being a year-round dance sanctuary, we also look to support a diverse range of artists both as performers and creators and we strive to ensure that our programming accurately reflects today’s society by supporting performers who advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.”

Kaatsbaan 2022 Festival Curators:
Jeff Gordinier, culinary, poetry, and music
Hilary Greene, visual art
Oliver Ray, music 

Kaatsbaan Annual Summer Festival
Week 1
June 3: Summer Soirée dinner by celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani plus a very special intimate concert with Natalie Merchant.

June 4 & 5: World Premiere by Live Arts Global
This new work will be created in part during a Kaatsbaan residency and will feature live musical accompaniment. 
Directors & Creators: Joanna DeFelice and Melanie Hamrick
Choreographers: Danielle Agami, Jessica Castro, and Kristin Sudeikis
Music: The Rolling StonesAmy WinehouseAlabama Shakes and more
Music Director: Gabe McDonough
Producers: Joanna DeFelice, Melanie Hamrick, Lauren Marrus, and Christine Shevchenko
Music concert: Jesse Woods 

Week 2
June 11 & 12: ​​Classic and New Dance from Rising Stars
Featuring rising stars including Grace Curry and Vince Pelegrin from ABT JKO School, Juilliard wunderkind Kayla Mak, Olivia Bell and Philip Duclos from School of American Ballet Theater, will perform classic and contemporary works plus a new Kaatsbaan commissioned group work from rising Juilliard choreographic talent, Haley Winegarden, recipient of the first Kaatsbaan Playing Field Choreography Award. Live music featuring the acclaimed Neave Trio.

Week 3
June 18: An Evening of New Songs by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray
Taylor Mac and friends pay homage to queer icons of the past and present in this work-in-progress concert, slated for a 2023 NYC premiere. Featuring a selection of all-new original songs co-written with composer/music director Matt Ray. Taylor Mac is reunited with longtime collaborators co-director Niegel Smith, choreographer Faye Driscoll and costume designer Machine Dazzle and creative producers Pomegranate Arts. Mac, who is a 2017 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, and collaborators will create the work during a month-long Kaatsbaan residency, culminating in this performance celebrating Pride month in the Hudson Valley.
June 19: Community Event Commemorating Juneteenth 
Saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett and his ensemble Emancipation, perform his Postmodern Spirituals and a new composition in collaboration with New York City-based dancer and choreographer Robert Rubama. The weekend includes a specially curated poetry lineup curated by multi-award-winning poet, Patricia Smith, joined by poet laureate of Los Angeles Lynne Thompson and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Tyehimba Jess. This event is sponsored by the award-winning Sorel Liqueur, the original red drink from Jackie Summers.

Kaatsbaan Annual Fall Festival

Week 1
September 16Annual Gala Playing Field Dinner with world renowned chef, Francis Mallmann in honor of Philip Glass’s 85th birthday. Kaatsbaan festival culinary curator, Jeff Gordinier, will moderate a conversation about Philip Glass’s work, and its impact, with a panel of esteemed guests close to Glass’s life and work.

September 17 & 18The Glass Etudes at Kaatsbaan – celebrating Philip Glass’s 85th birthday
Glass’s Etudes for Piano are some of the most personal and popular works of Philip Glass’s storied career. The Etudes will feature world premieres of newly commissioned works by choreographers spanning generations and genres accompanied by live interpretations on piano. Presented by Kaatsbaan and produced in collaboration with Pomegranate Arts. New commissioned works by choreographers Lucinda ChildsChanon JudsonJustin PeckLeonardo Sandoval, and Bobbi Jene Smith with Or Schraiber. Pianists include Timo AndresAnton BatagovConor Hanick, Noé Kains, and Maki Namekawa. Official Kaatsbaan Sponsor, The Natori Company, providing costumes by award-winning fashion designer, Josie Natori.

Week 2
September 24 & 25: Special mixed dance bill featuring Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, by Trisha Brown Dance Company, curated specifically for Kaatsbaan; Dorrance Dance; and Mark Morris Dance Group in the acclaimed Morris work, Gloria.

Week 3 
September 30: Special music concert from Australian singer-songwriter, RY X – as part of his long- awaited U.S. tour, following sold out concerts across Europe, including shows with the London Philharmonic.

October 1: Film screening of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, with closing night West Side Story themed party to include a new work commissioned by Kaatsbaan featuring choreography by Ricky Ubeda, (Flaco) from the film.

Kaatsbaan 2022 Festival Artists: Emil AlzamoraTristan Fitch, Jared Handelsman, Kenichi Hiratsuka, Portia Munson, Shelley ParriottEileen Power, Gregory Steel, Christina Tenaglia, and Millicent Young. The public is invited to stroll the grounds and take in the magnificent views of nature and art.

*All programming subject to change

Summer Festival general ticket now on sale
Fall Festival pre-sale ticket sales for members begin June 20, 2022
Fall Festival general ticket sales begin June 30, 2022
*pre-sale does not include June 3 and September 16 events

Kaatsbaan Summer and Fall Festivals take place at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park (120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583). Tickets can be purchased at kaatsbaan.org. For questions boxoffice@kaatsbaan.org.


11) Kelsey Theatre at Mercer  and the MTM Players Production of Present Laughter
May 27 - June 5

Fridays, May 27 & June 3, 2022 at 8pm
Saturdays, May 28 & June 4 at 8pm
Sundays, May 29 & June 5 at 2pm

Noel Coward's totally-irresistible and semi-autobiographical comedy follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late, the theatre’s favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists. We welcome The MTM Players to the Kelsey Theatre family as they bring you this crazy British farce. 

For more information to purchase tickets, visit 

Kelsey Theatre at Mercer is located at 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor, NJ


the groundbreaking creative 
collaboration between Concrete Temple Theatre, Seoul, Korea-based Playfactory Mabangzen and Yellow Bomb Inc., in partnership with Korean Cultural Center New York,
makes NYC premiere at Dixon Place

Concrete Temple Theatre, Playfactory Mabangzen, Yellow Bomb Inc., and Dixon Place, in partnership with Korean Cultural Center New York, are thrilled to present the NYC premiere of THE LEGEND OF THE WAITRESS & THE ROBBER, written by Renee Philippi and directed by Ms. Philippi and Eric Nightengale, with an original score by Lewis FlinnTHE LEGEND OF THE WAITRESS & THE ROBBER begins performances on Wednesday, May 25 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 29Press Opening is Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, NYC, between Rivington & Delancey Streets). The performance schedule is Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for Students/Seniors). To purchase tickets visit DixonPlace.org.

Set in a dystopian society, The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber is a comic-book-style mash-up inspired by Friedrich Schiller’s play The Robbers and the Korean novel The Story of Hong Gildong, both Robin Hood-style stories of individuals betrayed by their families. With nods to Weill and Brecht, the characters sing and dance as they fight for what they believe, challenging the timeworn concepts of family and perceptions of ownership and justice.

The NYC performances follow a three-week residency at PS21- Chatham, culminating in two premiere performances of The Legend of The Waitress & The Robber on May 21 & 22 at PS21's state-of-the-art green-energy theater, a leading vanguard of international collaboration.










The producers of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man are proud to announce that a limited number of standing room tickets will be available for every performance beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17. Starring two-time Tony Award®, Grammy Award®, and Emmy Award®-winning star Hugh Jackman as Professor Harold Hill and two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster as Marian Paroo, The Music Man is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.


A limited number of tickets will be available for same-day purchase, subject to availability, beginning 2 hours before performances at the box office of the Winter Garden Theatre for $76 each. Limit 2 tickets per customer.






The OPC – short for The Old People’s Channel – an original scripted podcast series created and written by Richard Curtis has released its 13th episode, the Season Finale, now available on all streaming platforms.

The OPC, portrays 83-year-old Bernard Bentlee, who has launched a daring and breathtaking project – a television channel offering provocative content to senior viewers. Lillian, his alarmed wife, and Annette, his daughter, are convinced that he has become dangerously senile. But his twenty-year-old granddaughter Ashley, who dotes on her grandpa, passionately supports his enterprise. Annette has been scheming to put a stop to her father’s efforts to launch the channel. To her shock, she discovers that not only is Ashley working for Grandpa, but her older daughter as well – Madison, from whom she has been bitterly estranged.

To listen, and for additional information, please visit TheOldPeoplesChannel.com.







More than 100 talented young NYC public school theatre artists will make their Broadway debuts in The Shubert Foundation’s 2022 High School Theatre Festival for NYC Public Schools on Monday, May 23 at 7:30pm at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Broadway. This annual high profile and high energy theatre education experience for NYC students is presented by The Shubert Foundation and the NYC Department of Education Arts Office.

Shuler Hensley (The Music Man) and Tony Award nominee LaChanze (Trouble in Mind) will host this year’s eighth annual event, which returns in-person following the last two virtual festivals. Additional guest presenters, supporting public school theatre education, will include Denée Benton (Into the Woods), K. Todd Freeman (The Minutes), Jessica Hecht (The Price), Mateo Lizcano (Dear Evan Hansen), Nathaniel Stampley (Paradise Square).

This year, student presentations from the following schools will present excerpted scenes and musical numbers in order as follows:

The High School Theatre Festival showcases the ongoing excellent theatre work currently taking place in NYC public high schools, as well as highlighting the positive effects of theatre study on skills for the stage and in life: collaboration, artistry, discipline, focus, literacy, student voice, self-awareness, presence, and empathy. The evening focuses on the impact that a full theatre program can have on students and school communities and enables students to see theatre and the arts as a potential career path.








Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Dori Berinstein (ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway) and theater and film director Sammi Cannold (Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment), in association with executive producers WYSIWYG Studios Korea (CEO Kwan-woo Park) and Elizabeth Armstrong, announced today their new documentary feature The Show Must Go Onwhich premiered in August at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre, was released in all territories on Apple TV TODAY. The film, set primarily in South Korea, is about the survival of theater in the midst of the global pandemic and features Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as the World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and the South Korean Tour of Cats as they strive to make it to opening night against all odds. The Show Must Go On is co-directed and produced by Berinstein and Cannold and is a Dramatic Forces productio

For more information, please visit  https://tinyurl.com/TSMGOAppleTV.


17) Story Pirates Launch Announce Podcast Season 5, iHeart Radio, and Webby Awards

The Story Pirates Podcast, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times since its launch in 2019, announces the launch of Season 5 on Thursday, May 26th. Stream the Season 5 preview HERE.

Just since the start of 2022, the Story Pirates Podcast has won a Best Podcast for Kids & Family by iHeartRadio Podcast Awards and a Webby Award for Top Family & Kids podcasts.  

Coming up this month are various live performances in the "Cats Sit on You" tour, including a benefit for Story Pirates Changemakers on May 15 at the Manhattan Center in NYC. Story Pirates will also appear at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival on May 27. 









The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this summer.  Beginning Tuesday, May 24, Talia Suskauer will assume the role of Elphaba; Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks will take over the role of The Wizard; James D. Gish will become the production’s new Fiyero; Tony Award nominee Clifton Davis will step into the role of Doctor Dillamond; and Broadway newcomer Mikayla Renfrow will assume the role of Nessarose. Ms. Suskauer, Mr. Derricks, and Mr. Davis all come to the Gershwin Theatre from the show’s National Tour. Mr. Gish and Ms. Renfrow will be making their Broadway debuts.

They join a cast which currently includes Brittney Johnson as Glinda, Sharon Sachs as Madame Morrible, and Jordan Barrow as Boq.  Lindsay Pearce (Elphaba), Michael McCormick (The Wizard), Sam Gravitte (Fiyero), Mili Diaz (Nessarose), and Michael X. Martin (Doctor Dillamond) will play their final performances on Sunday, May 22.   

For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.


And that's the scoop. Tune in Monday for More Theater Monday.