Alrighty, I realize now I’m a few months behind on this incredible little discovery called Serial. I had heard people talk about it before the holidays, but never really had time to start a new series of anything until now. So the other night I began my google search with “cereal”, (oh, jess). If you happen to be one of the clueless like me, here’s a little background on this podcast gem, taken from The Guardian:
“What is Serial? It’s a podcast that comes out in weekly installments, hosted by Sarah Koenig, an experienced This American Life producer/journalist. For the past year, Koenig has been looking at an old, cold murder case. In 1999, in Baltimore, a young woman called Hae Min Lee went missing. After a few weeks, her body was found in Leakin Park. She had been strangled. Her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was charged with her murder, convicted and sent to prison for life plus 30 years. He has always protested his innocence.”
Alright, so I knew going into it I was going to be hooked. A little unknown fact about me: along with a slight obsession of all things Law & Order, I was on the jury of a murder case right here in NYC a few years back. It was a tumultuous ordeal, cause when there’s no witnesses at the scene, where exactly do you draw the line of “beyond a reasonable doubt”? Especially when you’re talking about locking a person away for life? This wasn’t just some TV show, this was the rest of a man’s existence we were talking about, and there was no solid, 100% proof to justify anything. At the end of the day, it was looking at the evidence, and going with your gut, and praying that your gut was right.
“We are so used to murder when it’s all sewn up. What Serial does is remind us that murder and the investigation of it are human, messy, not simple, not clear. Extraordinary, bad things happen to ordinary, good people. We do not wish them on anyone. And yet, because of their extraordinariness, their awfulness, they are fascinating. They bring a thrill. We want to work out murder, order it, get the right villain… because we are scared. This is real life. This actually happened.”
I binge listened. I commuted and listened, I went to bed and listened, I cooked and listened…I couldn’t turn it off. If you haven’t jumped on the Serial wagon yet, go on, you won’t regret it. Did I mention it’s free? If you’ve listened, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
And please share other podcasts/books/articles you’re hooked on at the moment!
It’s rare that a piece of theater can be equally appropriate, not to mention adored, by audiences ages 7 to 77+, but The Little Prince is precisely that show. Based on the classic French children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Hang a Tale takes this timeless story of love and friendship and transforms it to magic on the stage.
Now, as some of you long time blog followers may recall, as a favorite book from my childhood and also the epicenter of my now-husband’s proposal story, The Little Prince has a special place in my heart–so if anyone is going to be particular about the reproduction of this show from page to stage, it’s going to be me. It’s a tricky thing–to take a well-loved story and make it come to life even more in the theater than it does in one’s own imagination, especially a tale so well-known and read as this one. Was Hang a Tale Productions able to do it? The answer, my fellow theater lovers, is not only did they do it, they nailed it. It’s like they were able to get into my own head, how I had visualized the story to unfold during every read over the years, and they projected that right onto stage–truly magic and magical.
If you’re not familiar with the storyline, I encourage you to run out and read the book–but in the meantime will do a quick story overview. A pilot is stranded in the middle of the desert after his plane crashes. Suddenly, a small little person appears from another planet, asking the pilot to draw him a sheep. (Thankfully, our pilot was once a budding artist, before he grew up and went for a more practical career in aviation. Ahh, grown-ups.) A friendship quickly emerges, in which the pilot asks the little person, (who we learn is the little prince), what led him to earth. The little prince tells him the adventures that led him to where he is–recounting stories of friendship, love, and perhaps most importantly, tales that remind you to never forget the wonder and awe of life as you get older. The key theme of the story can be broken down into one line: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Tarah Flanagan, who plays the role of the prince, seriously seemed as if she was born with the sole purpose to execute this role to perfection. She reminded me of a little pixie bouncing around the stage, wide eyed and filled with curiosity, reciting lines about how “all grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” The aviator was also played by a human actor (strange to say it that way, eh?), Christopher Gerson, and the rest of the characters were depicted by the ensemble of actors and actresses navigating giant puppets around the stage.
Such a gorgeous production–I encourage you to run, not walk, to the box office and scoop up tickets to this timeless story. Bravo, Hang a Tale Productions, bravo!
p.s. in case you missed it, here’s our visit to The Morgan Library last year when The Little Prince was on display!
^^Currently having a lovely time in Key West! I’ll bring some sunshine back to NYC, promise!^^
1. Learned about some new veggie friendly restaurants in the city I’m excited to try! (via AM New York)
2. 21 ways NYC can learn from London…so on board with that subway etiquette! (via Buzzfeed)
3. I’m at that age where the exhausting topics of babies/IVF comes up at every social gathering. This article is a beautiful reminder that lifestyle choices don’t need to look the same for everyone. (via Harper’s Bazaar)
4. Micro apartments are coming to NYC! Would you pay the 2-3K a month for one?! (via Business Insider)
5. A gorgeous roundup of unexpected hotel rooms around the world. I’ll take the underground igloo in Finland, please! (via Refinery 29)
What’s been inspiring you this week? Link up or share below!
Nope, you totally don’t have to be celebrating nuptials of any kind to enjoy this hysterical performance! I’m all about interactive theater, and in this spoof of romance reality shows, the audience mixes, mingles and dances it up to their favorite radio hits, spun by star Guest DJs, as the Bachelors vie for votes. (Seriously, The Bachelorette Show is like watching The Bachelorette but YOU get to decide who she ends up with, so much fun!) Taking place at the gorgeous 42West venue right in the heart of the theater district, you’ll be delighted to watch the cast compete in dance contests, ab-offs and more. And over the course of the show, they’ll slowly be eliminated until only one remains, who will walk off into the sunset with Adriana. The rest are up for grabs, ladies.
Every Thursday and Saturday night, join Nai Tapas Bar for live music and spicy flamenco performances! You can sit at the bar, or request a table close to the dance floor–and if it’s your birthday, you can even get on stage and perform a number with the dancers! Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of liquid courage in the form of their house made sangria.
We all had our favorite bands back in the day, and when I heard about a tribute to the fabulous George Michael and WHAM! taking place at 42West, well, I was all “wake me up before you go-go!” If Georgie isn’t your jam, a quickie Google search will fill you in on any other tribute bands you’re dying to see!
From chocolate pizza, to chocolate fondu, to chocolate shots–Max Brenner has it all.
Bluestockings is a volunteer run bookstore on the Lower East Side, hosting regular readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films catering to women (you can check out current events on their calendar). And ladies, their coffee is only $1, which is a steal in this city!
Wishing all you ladies a very happy Women’s Month, and do share your favorite activities to do with girlfriends below!
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As soon as the overture began, I knew I was going to love Honeymoon In Vegas. Rather than the below-the-stage variety we’re so used to in Broadway productions, the orchestra actually slid out onto the stage–the musicians playing so lively and spirited, it was a mere introduction to what awaited. This show will have you saying that what happens in Vegas should certainly NOT stay in Vegas, it should come straight to Broadway!
Seriously, I think this one has staying power on the Great White Way, a hard thing to say about many shows these days.
The story goes like so: Jack is a Brooklynite with an extreme fear of marriage, thanks to the dying
wish curse of his mother that he should never get married, because what woman could possibly be as wonderful as she? When he finally gets up the nerve after 5 years to ask his girlfriend Betsy to marry him, they waste no time, jumping on the first plane out to the marriage capital of the world, you guessed it, Vegas!
Ahh, but never did the course of love run smoothly. Before the elopement, Jack ends up loosing a hefty hand at poker, and in turn commits his future bride to spend the weekend with smooth-talking gambler Tommy (played perfectly by Tony Danza of “Who’s the Boss?” fame), who falls head-over-heels for Betsy at first sight. From here, Jack must go to extreme heights to win back the love of his life.
Now, the story line had me scratching my head a bit…if my future hubby pimped me out for a $58,000 gambling debt, I can guarantee you the musical wouldn’t have ended the way it did! And yet…the show was positively brilliant, filled to the brim with deliciously memorable show tunes (I went right home and replayed every last one on my computer!), dazzling Vegas-inspired but Broadway-approved dance numbers, and the energy buzzing from the actors left me giddy even at 11pm on a Wednesday night as we got home from the theater. Which you know is saying a lot, as a night owl I’m not!
Honeymoon In Vegas is a dazzling ray of sunshine in an otherwise dismal NYC winter. Seriously, I think this one has staying power on the Great White Way, a hard thing to say about many shows these days. So do yourself a favor and scoop up a ticket sooner rather than later–you’ll be pleased you did once the Tony’s broadcast the show’s fabulousness, I promise.
p.s. we’re teaming up with the show to offer 40% off ticket prices with the code HONEY1, when you purchase here!