Archive for Entertainment

Entertainment for Kids in New York

There is a lot going on at the moment in New York for kids.  And there are many upcoming fun events in the area too.  As part of a weekend-long, one-of-a-kind Lego Live NYC event early next month, Pier 36 is going to be transforming into 65,000 square feet of Lego wonderland.

Featured there will be areas for kids to build their own Legos along with Lego movie models from Star Wars and Ninjago films. So for kids who have always dreamed of meeting these guys as well as true experts in the field (known as Master Builders), or for younger Lego fans wanting a piece of the action (playing a real-live version of Minecraft), this is the place to be!

Other local fun and educational entertainment for kids can be found through the Gwinnett County Public Library’s North Georgia Reads program. While initially not too excited by ‘just a storyteller,’ NYT bestselling children’s author and storyteller Deedy received an incredible welcome when she joined the program.  A partnership involving 46 north Georgia library systems with bestselling authors “in an effort to increase library participation and interest” – especially in today’s world of mobile device addiction – it seems to be working.  Deedy began her “cuento” (Spanish for story) as she sprinkled Spanish through her tale, creating quite a riveting and enchanting performance.  Her Havana background enabled her to add a taste of Spain as she performed at the King Lutheran Church at Peachtree Corners’ Christ.

Events this Month

Every Wednesday night go pub crawling with the East Village Pub Crawl.  Featuring the very best of Greenwich Village, participants get to enjoy four of the village’s “hottest drinking establishments,” and enjoy beer pong, karaoke, DJS and live music! Check it out next Wednesday – 17th – or the week after (24th). Free to enter (with FREE shots), there are awesome drink deals for “pub crawl only” merrymakers at each bar.

The first Epicurean Nights series will be held on February 20 at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust.  Featuring artists, chefs and musicians, the two day long event will be a truly delectable dining experience, with a four-course meal prepared by Frederic Robert (pastry chef) and Patrick Connolly (chef).  As well guests will be privy to the musical talents of the following artists:  Anthony Roth Costanzo (Opera singer); Eric Epstein (video projection artist) Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto), Stéphane San Juan (drummer).

If neither of these events appeal then check out New York City Events February 2018 Calendar featuring a slew of various concerts (Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Blues Traveler among others) shows and special events.  These include: the Westminster Dog Show and New York Tennis Open. Make sure you check the calendar for each day though since between February 19 and 23, due to NYC School MidWinter Recess, the calendar is subject to amendments.

Cold Weather Activities

Yes it’s very cold.  But if you’re anything like a typical New Yorker, you’ll know how to bundle up and not have to miss out on anything the city that never sleeps has to offer, come rain or snow!  There are of course some great local cafes and other eateries for those who want to go out, but don’t want to go out and for tourists and locals alike this is a great way to people watch and enjoy the best hot cocoa.  Because that’s always fun too and will sure to please all the family.

For the braver among us, go ice-skating!  It seems crazy (and perhaps that’s why it’s free), but Bryant Park’s Winter Village features a wonderful 17,000 square-foot outdoor rink.  The only fee is the $20 for renting skates but if you have your own it’s a great free day out!  Just bundle up and think about the hot cocoa you’re going to enjoy afterwards.

Those wanting to do something a bit more meaningful, go along to the Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now in its 32nd year, the event features a keynote speaker, gospel legend musical performances and more.

And to express your gratitude (because we should all be doing more of that), the House of Yes puts you back in the New Year’s spirit with an evening of circus acts, jubilant dancing and psychedelia.

Don’t be afraid of the cold….get out there and enjoy NYC and all it has to offer this January.

New Year’s Eve in New York City

Christmas has come and gone. But there is no doubt still that festive feeling in the air.  Perhaps it has to do with the super cold weather, or the mega store sales. Maybe it’s the fact that wherever you go you seem to come face to face with yet another spectacular Christmas tree, adorned with tinsel and lights, brightening up the entire area.  Because truly, even though the season comes but one time of the year, as B.B. King told us back in 1961, we can truly “let the good times roll.”

This year NYC seems to have outdone itself once more.  Even for those who don’t like to party so much, there’s nothing quite like Prospect Park’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Another non-party event is the wonderfully-guided Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year.  What could be more awesome than seeing the new year in with that spectacular view?  Tours start at 10:30pm and are given in a variety of languages.

But now on to the parties.  NYC certainly has no shortage of bars and clubs and the managers there know how to throw a good party. Some ideas include: London’s Hot Chip + Simian Mobile Disco – a collaboration of “delicious disco beats with genuine heart and humor.”  Head out to Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot for the annual Glitterballnyc NYE and party together with Joakim, DJ Shaif Laffrey  and Andi & Chase Smith.  For ravers who find themselves in NYC see the new year in with Rinsed, MeanRed, ReSolute and DJ Sprinkles among others.

And, if you partied a little too hard, there’s always the NYC Recovery Plan to get you back on track!

New Exhibit at NYC’s Botanical Garden Annual Holiday Train Show

The New York Botanical Garden’s annual holiday train show is underway, featuring a range of model trains scattered throughout the greenery. But this year’s exhibit has a new holiday-themed feature: life-like replicas of NYC’s landmarks, all made and decorated with wood chips, leaves, flowers and other plant parts.

The new exhibit includes Coney Island, Manhattan Skyscrapers, the Empire State Building, the Hudson River and many more sites from throughout the five boroughs.

This year, the train show also includes several new locomotive models as well as a half-mile track, bridges and train sounds to create a multi-sensory experience for families.

NYC Preps for A Concert for Island Relief

NYC is getting ready to host Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio Band for a concert in support of hurricane relief efforts in the US and the British Virgin Islands.

The concert, called “A Concert for Island Relief”, will take place on January 6th at Radio City Music Hall. Other performers will include Aaron Neville and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Radio City is owned by the Madison Square Garden Company, who says it plans to donate the use of the venue as well as all related expenses to benefit the the victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, including residents of Florida and Puerto Rico. Ticketmaster has also stated its intention to contribute proceeds from its service fees as well.

Star Wars Bar Opens in NYC

A Star Wars-themed bar has popped up in NYC, with drinks like Red Force, Blue Force and the Mindtrick. The Darkside Bar has two sister bars in Washington D.C. and L.A.


Opera Diva Sings Highest Note in History

Opera singer Audrey Luna has broken a 130-year old Metropolitan Opera record by singing a high A note during her performance in The Exterminating Angel.

Luna is a Grammy-winning Soprano who plays Leticia in the show, which is based on the 1962 film by Luis Buñuel. After her feat, she interviewed with The Times and revealed:

“I’ve practiced up to a C above high C in the past, so I know it’s in me. But it’s just nothing I’ve performed on any stage before.”

Though it is possible that another singer has hit the note in the past, there is no known record of such an accomplishment.

Other divas have sung notes almost as high, such as a high A flat sung by Rachele Gilmore, the understudy for the role of Olympia in The Tales of Hoffman. She reached the note during her performance of “The Doll Song.” Luna has also hit the note in that very same role.

Pretty Woman Coming to Broadway

Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway next fall. The film, released in 1990, was an international hit, grossing $463 million. Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the story captures an unexpected romance between businessman Edward Lewis and a woman named Vivian.

The stage-adapted musical will be produced by Paula Wagner of The Heiress, with music and lyrics written by Canadian star Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The show will be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, who has won Tony awards for his work on La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots.

The new musical will feature a book by the film’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Cast includes Tony-winner Steve Kazee of Once as Edward Lewis, and Samantha Barks as Vivian. Ms. Barks played Eponine in the film Les Miserables in 2012.

Get Ready for Summer Streets NYC 2017

Summer Streets NYC is one of the biggest, most exciting summer activities in New York, and the 2017 happening is expected to make a real splash. Planned for three consecutive Saturdays in August, this outdoor event will turn 7 miles into a pedestrian playground complete with walking tours, dog parks, art exhibits and misting stations.

Last year’s event boasted 300,000 visitors including local families and tourists. Activities are free of charge, and this year’s event will include a 270 foot waterslide, a water park shaped like a dishwasher, 165-foot long zip line, a rock climbing wall, fitness classes and more.

Check out last year’s Summer Streets NYC event: