I’m not a big fan of Italian food, that is, American Italian food. I’ve never actually tasted authentic Italian food so when I recently had dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, a new Italian restaurant in Garden City, Long Island, I was completely blown away. I’m happy to report that I am now a big fan of Italian food. At least if it’s authentic, like at Spuntino. Read the rest of this entry
I love watching shows that combine different types of art forms. I find that the bigger the difference between the two art forms, the more interesting the performance. HyperISH, currently playing at The New Victory Theater combines ballet with breakdance, contemporary dance with hip hop and acrobatics with street dance such as popping. I attended a performance at the New Vic this past weekend and love how the styles mashed together into a beautiful mosaic. Read the rest of this entry
In a few days we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day. The holiday always gets me thinking of my own mother and other moms I know who love their kids unconditionally. I recently saw the critically-acclaimed play Mothers and Sons on Broadway and found it captivating, funny and most of all, touching. Read the rest of this entry
Going to see one of Shakespeare’s comedies is a real treat for me, although not all of his comedies are created equal; “Measure for Measure” is more of a dark comedy and doesn’t really have many of the elements of a Shakespearean comedy. Last weekend I saw Fiasco Theater’s interpretation of it at the New Victory Theater and thought it was thoroughly entertaining, funny and thought-provoking. Read the rest of this entry
Autumn is in full swing. Soon we’ll be seeing our kids in costumes going trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and then the holidays will be upon us, with formal sit-down dinners, cocktail parties and holiday gatherings. I like to prepare ahead as much as I can, rather than rush to the stores to buy last-minute holiday dresses and hope my seamstress can hem them in time. Here are some of my favorite holiday dresses which I found on DressFirst and are flattering on any body type: Read the rest of this entry
It starts with a big, wooden crate. There’s is nothing but a yellow light flickering inside it. Suddenly, a man appears on stage; his name is Louis Lovett and he, single-handedly, tells the tale of Peggy O’Hegarty, her parents, and how she saved them and all of the people in her town. The New Victory Theater’s latest show, The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, is a funny and slightly bittersweet tale in which you will find out how Peggy saved her parents and the entire town and what exactly is in that big, wooden crate. Read the rest of this entry
I always love trying to figure out how things work. For example, if I’m watching a magic show – even though I enjoy the tricks – I like to try and figure them out. A few weeks ago I attended Chamber Magic, an exclusive parlor magic show performed by Steve Cohen, a.k.a. the Millionaire’s Magician, and tried to understand how he does his tricks but was left baffled and impressed. Most of the tricks were like nothing I’ve seen before!