Make me a Song!

December 19, 2007

“Make Me a Song” is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of about 20 individual songs and some musical vignettes from a number of William Finn’s most well known musicals and from a newer project yet to be produced.  It should prove to be an extremely exciting experience for those who are familiar with Finn’s work and a wonderful exposure for others.  Furthermore, my own knowledge of William Finn has been greatly enhanced by seeing this show.  It is filled with wonderful material about interpersonal relationships, often within families, and love relationships between women and men, and between men and men.  It also powerfully examines with the realities of illness, death and loss.  The songs in “Make Me a Song” express life experiences that are extremely sophisticated; sometimes surprising; often hilarious; sometimes tragic. Among the themes of the songs presented are: memories of family gatherings long since past along with somber remembrances of so many family members no longer living (“Passover”), one of the most powerfully moving pieces in this show called “Anytime (I Am There)” is a song in which a dying mother tells her children that no matter what they do or where they are, she will always be there with them.  While some of the themes may perhaps seem difficult or challenging to potential audience members, I feel that this aspect is what gives Finn’s music so much power.  There are some joyful songs too, especially the opening songs, “Make Me a Song,” and “Heart and Music,” which are very upbeat and heartfelt.  There are four performers, two men and two women, who are fine singers, and who can also act, which is extremely important for songs such as these, that express a myriad of human experiences and feelings. I do highly recommend it!

By Sae na Park (Korea)


Queens: a diverse community!!

December 17, 2007

The county of Queens is one of the original counties in New York City. It was created on November 1st, 1683. Not many people know what to do or where to go in Queens because it’s a fairly huge borough. However, it was literally three times it’s present size and it extended all the way into Nassau and Suffolk. Originally governed by the Dutch, Queens became ultimately “English” when the British took over in 1664. Queens is known for its many neighborhoods, diverse communities and original foods. Some of the neighborhoods you can find are:

  • Astoria (good food and Hookah/Shisha)
  • Bay Terrace (visit the Bay Terrace Shopping Mall or go to the movies)
  • College Point (movies, shopping and more)
  • Douglaston (just a long stroll in a park might be good enough)
  • East Elmhurst (diverse foods and much more including the popular Queens Center Mall)
  • Flushing (good Asian food and home of the annual US Open, Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
  • Jamaica Estates (known for some of the nicest houses in Queens)
  • Jamaica Avenue (shopping and more shopping)
  • Roosevelt Avenue (food and one of the hugest Indian and Mexican communities along with tons of shopping.
  • …and much more

Here are some events you can attend in and around Queens:

Kwanzaa Crafts: Adults create African-American traditional crafts
Monday, December 17 at 6:00pm
Queens Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard in Rooms A&B

– A Christmas Carol Holiday Performance
December 21 – December 22
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing

– Holiday Beaded Ornaments. A Crafts Workshop for Adults
Saturday, December 22 at 3:00pm
Queens Library
Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14 Road


– Hands-on-History: Winter Holidays
Saturday, December 22 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Rufus King Park, 150th Street & Jamaica Avenue

December 28, 2007, 8pm
Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights
Reservations 888 286 5557

– College Roundtable
December 29 from 10-2

Epsilon Pi Omega, the Queens
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
144-04 Rockaway Blvd. South Ozone Park

Along with some awesome things to do, you can also visit some awesome places. For example;


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If you are a native New Yorker, you get off the subway or the LIRR and you are handed the daily AM NY paper. Even more helpful is the AM New York website. They cover everything such as: NYC Real Estate, New York City News, Entertainment, etc.

You can subscribe to a number of the topic blogs.

Whether you want to know about:

You can also chose to download the daily issue in a .pdf form, if you are trying to stay GREEN.

If you are are visiting New York, you might want to pick up a copy of AM New York for what the natives are doing. There is an excellent roundup of news and events every day.


Disney Loves NY

It’s that time of year again when all the tourists come to NYC to see some of the famous shows and decorations we have to offer for the holidays. This year seems to be the most tourist flocking season yet as everyone crowds around popular areas so tight that the locals are moving only an inch per minute. However, there are so many things in this city that’s worth seeing and should not be missed. So here are just some of the highlights of the holiday spirit that shines throughout the city.

Skating at The PondBryant Park has just about everything. Feel free to shop at the quaint holiday village, dine at an indoor/outdoor restaurant that provides outdoor heating lamps, take pictures of their grand Christmas tree and ice skate at The Pond right by the tree and restaurant with the Empire State Building overlooking the park. Admission to the ice skating rink is free. To rent skates is about $7 and an extra $3 for a lock for the lockers. This is the one area where people can spend their whole day in the heart of NYC.

Grand Central Terminal light showAlso, within the area you should visit is Grand Central Station. They also have their holiday market, perfect for holiday shopping on the go. The food courts below the main station have a variety of cultural foods ranging from American to Indian, from fast food to sit in, along side with newsstands, bakery and much more. But around this time of year, people come racing to grand central for two reasons: 1) to take the train home to see their families for the holidays and 2) to see the newest Kaleidoscope show grand central station puts on. Year after year Grand Central Terminal has had laser light shows on the ceiling. But within these last two years, they have expanded the light show from the ceiling to beautiful moving images on the walls all coordinated to holiday music. The show is every half hour from 11am to 9pm and it’s free to the public.

Lord & Taylor Holiday WindowFrom 42nd Street you can either go up or down along 5th Avenue. If you go down along 5th Avenue, you will come across Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. That’s a building you can’t miss due to the entire building being lit up with Christmas lights. Once the well-lit building allures you, hop on line to see the elegant Victorian Holiday window display. This year’s window shows the holiday spirit around the world during the Victorian era.

Macy’s Holiday WindowIf you go a little further down, before you know it, you are on 34th Street, a great spot to take pictures of the Empire State Building displaying the colors of the holiday season. You can take the tour and then continue onwards to Macy’s, the department store that set the standards as far as holiday celebrations. View their well-known window displays featuring this year’s theme of Santa’s journey around the world in one night. After that, feel free to shop inside and find numerous sales. As for those that have restless kids, don’t forget to treat them with a visit to Santa land and be able to meet Santa himself. If Macy’s and all of 34th street gets too crowded, journey a little further down to Union Square and their holiday market as well as their farmers market. The crowd intensity is much more subdued and you can still shop for your loved ones with a little bit more peace of mind.

Saks Holiday WindowIf you are traveling uptown along 5th Avenue from 42nd Street, you will be hitting the most popular and famous of all attractions in New York City. Walking along 5th Ave. from 42nd street, there’s not much to see visually until you hit Saks 5th Avenue. There you can view this year’s window display of “Snow People” from a children’s holiday book. Also, Saks is now notoriously known for their LED dancing snowflakes on the building. Go across the street from Saks to best view the snowflakes. Also across the street from Saks 5th Avenue is the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Walk around the promenade to view the lighted angels and a closer look at the new LED lit Christmas tree. You can also take the time out to ice skate around the ice rink under the beautiful tree and right by the golden statue. Also within Rockefeller Center area are tours to the NBC Studios & Store, Top of the Rock and Radio City Music Hall where the Christmas Spectacular show is currently playing.

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday WindowHoliday sights and attractions don’t end there. If you still walk north of 5th avenue, you can still see stores like Cartier, Fendi, Disney and Bergdorf Goodman with their holiday window displays and lights that make 5th Avenue looks like it’s been covered in glittering diamonds. Also along 5th Avenue is the famous UNICEF crystal snowflake that hangs in the middle on the intersection on 57th Street. And on 59th Street on view is the 5th Avenue menorah right by the Plaza Hotel. On the west side of 59th Street is Columbus Circle where there is a holiday market as well as a visit to the Time Warner Building with their stars that light and change color to music. Also a few blocks north of the Time Warner/ Columbus Circle area is Lincoln Center. Currently playing at Lincoln Center is the holiday show “The Nutcracker” ballet as well as many other operas and shows currently playing. Also, Lincoln Center is showcasing their holiday spirit with a beautiful blue Christmas tree right by the fountain with snowflakes and music instrument ornaments on the tree.

Time Warner Building Holiday Stars

Hopefully this will help you on your holiday journey in and around our Christmas town. Maybe all the decorations will help you get more into the holiday spirit if you haven’t been feeling that much into the season. In any case, may every local and tourist have a great Holiday Season and much joy and prosperity to you in the upcoming 2008. Happy Holidays!

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Skate For Free at Wollman Rink

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Location: Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Prospect Park (Enter Park at Lincoln Road & Ocean Ave., Parkside & Ocean Aves., or Flatbush Ave. & Empire Blvd)
Cost: Skating is Free, skate rental is $6

Just in time for the holiday season comes the opening of the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park. And in honor of that opening today, there will be free skating all day long! I’m sure that most of you don’t own skates, so skate rental will cost ya 6 big ones!

More things to do in Prospect Park:

  Park Activities
  Dog Walking
  Horseback Riding
  Ice Skating
  In-line Skating

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Various Galleries in Williamsburg
Cost: Free

Growing up in Philly, First Friday was kind of a tradition ingrained in me from a very young age. So I’m glad to be telling you Williamsburg’s Every 2nd Friday. This month you can hitch a ride across the river to BK from when the Art Bus, a moving video art exhibition will run its shuttle route between the Chelsea Museum and the Williamsburg galleries (shuttle runs at 6pm and 8pm). Once in Williamsburg head to Oulu (170 North 4th) and pick up a WagMag gallery guide to help you find your way around town! Then at 9pm head back to Oulu for an art crawl after party.

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The Good Foot

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: The Royale (508 5th Ave, P’Slope)
Cost: Free

Park Slope was very sad in November when they were deprived of their monthly (and possibly only) dose of dance party. Have no fear though Good Foot is back and better than ever! Tonight, DJs Morsy, Jess Jubilee and Cousin Cole take to the tables at The Royale. Should be a fun night, so stop by and say hello!

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: 66 Water Street, DUMBO
Cost: $5 with RSVP
Open Bar: Heineken 10:00pm – 12:00am

The Taste Crew is at it again, this time with we get a taste of circus life! Hidden Circus pops up their big top in Dumbo tonight with burlesque, hula hoops and body painting. Plus of course musical stylings from DJ Equal, Dhundee, Stimulus, and Jamin. It is $5 with RSVP but that gets you two hours of free Heineken!


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The NutcrackerI love watching the New York City Ballet from the fifth ring seats, where you’re actually at the same level as the elaborate ball-shaped chandelier hanging from the ceiling.

It doesn’t sound like an appealing view, but from this lofty vantage point, I can see everything. I can see who really points their feet when in those spectacular arabesques and how those lines and patterns are actually straight when seen from above. I can see the vibrant colors in thier costumes. And most importantly, I’m the one who acknowledges the dance aficionados in the cheap seats with even a glance all the way up at the fifth ring.

It’s somehow amusing to me to watch the Snow Scene, in which realistic looking flurries gently drift onto the stage making the scene look magical. And I continue to marvel at the sure-footedness of the corps de ballet who fit across the stage with speed and confidence, leaving strange little footprints behind as if they were in real snow.

Sugarplum FairyIn the first act of Balanchine’s “Nutcracker”, the well rehearsed children from the School of American Ballet are amazing and always the real stars and they deserve special mention for their passion. Teresa Reichien makes a gracious Sugarplum. Her solo dance, which Balanchine places at the beginning of the second act, leaves a definite impression of a sparkly fairy, with such so intricate footwork, as if she were marking out a delicate, sacred ground for the festivities to take place upon. She presented a fairy with such warmth, and showed she is the queen. I am happy to report that her welcoming smile in the promenade around the stage encompassed the whole theater including the cheap seats. Fairy magic, though, was not just to be found at the feet of the Sugarplum Fairy. As Dewdrop, Megan Fairchild has not only crystalline and piquant technique but also a radiance that made the viewer sigh with satisfaction. Even from above and possibly the most unforgiving angle a dancer could ever been seen at, she looked perfect. And not just perfect, she looked lovely. Also notable were the impressively resilient jumps of Adam Hendrickson in the Tea divertissement, and the ever-courtly partnering of Stephen Hanna as Teresa’s cavalier. They look wonderful together and have the same feeling for the music and the gracious manners that make the pas de deux seem quite regal.

New York City’s The Nutcracker is as much of NY holiday tradition as pumpkin pie and a glittery tree with ornaments. Why don’t you round up your kids, your neighbors and your neighbor’s kids and take them all with you to see The Nutcracker.

By Sae Na Park (Korea)

December 2007 Events in NYC

November 30, 2007


DECEMBER 2007 EVENTSKaleidescopeStarting December 1st
Grand Central Kaleidoscope Show
Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street & Park Avenue, 212-340-2345,

Holiday MarketStarting December 1st
Holiday Markets
Holiday Market at Columbus Circle begins Dec. 1st and is located at the South West entrance of Central Park. Holiday Market at Union Square has already begun and is located on South end of Union Sq. on W. 14th St. Both markets end on Dec. 24th. For more information, please call 212-529-9262.

December 4th thru 11th
5th Avenue Menorah Lighting
Lighting will take place on 59th street and 5th avenue. Time of event is around sundown. For more information call 718-778-6000.

All Month
Holiday Lights at World Financial Center
Winter Garden – street level, 200 Vesey Street – 3 World Financial, 212-417-7000,

December 7th thru 9th
Anime Festival
Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street on 11th Avenue, 1-888-605-6059,

Seaport ChristmasNow thru December 24th
Seaport Chorus Tree
South Street Seaport – Pier 17, Fulton Street & South Street, 212-SEA-PORT,

Tuba XmasDecember 9th
Tuba Christmas
Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, from 49th St. to 50th St on 5th avenue, 212-332-7654, to register for event call 812-824-8833, event starts at 3:30pm,

The PondNow thru Mid-January
The Pond at Bryant Park
Bryant Park, between 40th St & 42nd St and in between 5th & 6th Avenue, 212-382-2953,

December 15th
NYRR Holiday 4-Mile Race
’Tis the season to be running! Crank up your holiday cheer with this festive family affair. A run for the adults, while the kids play? It’s our present to you—happy holidays! For more information and course details, check out

December 15th & 16th
The 5th Annual Gingerbread Homes for Animals
Event also happens on the weekends of 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th
Chelsea Market, 16th Street & 9th Avenue from 10am – 6pm,

Tango FireDecember 18th thru Jan. 6th
Tango Fire at Joyce Theater
Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue (on 19th Street), 212-691-9740,

BX Zoo LightsNow thru Jan. 6th
Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
’Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard – Bronx, 718-220-5100,

December 24th
Matzoh Ball
The largest Jewish singles event will be held at 3 venues simultaneously. It will be held at Suvet, The Park and Hiro & Slate. All events starts at 8pm. For more information please visit

NYBG HolidayNow thru Jan. 13th
Holiday Train Show at NY Botanical Garden
’The New York Botanical Gardens, 200th Street & Kazimiroff Blvd. – Bronx, 718-817-8700,

December 29th thru Jan. 6th
NY National Boat Show
Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street on 11th Avenue, 1-888-605-6059,

December 29th
Kwanzaa Celebration at AMNH
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100,

SnowglobeNow thru December 31st
Crystal Winter
New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street – Queens, 718-699-0005,

December 31st
Emerald Nuts Midnight Run at Central Park
Party location is at Central Park Bandshell just South of 72nd Street transverse. The course starts on Central Park’s East Drive going North to 102nd St. Cross over transverse to west side and then back down south on West Drive to 68th St. For more information please check out

Times SquareDecember 31st
New Years Eve at Times Square
Times Square – 43rd St to 50th St on Broadway & 7th Avenue,

Gates of ParadiseNow thru Jan. ’08
The Gates of Paradise
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, 212-535-7710,

Now thru Jan. ’08
Asher B. Durand, Dean of American Landscape
National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), 212-369-4880,

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