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We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

ZEALnyc, March 16, 2017

As we near the middle of March, many of us look in our closets for something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you’re not of Irish decent, there is something fun in taking part in the tradition of ‘wearing of ...


Celebrating Mardi Gras in the Big Apple (when you can’t be in the ‘Big Easy’)

ZEALnyc, February 24, 2017

Merely the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of parades, masquerade parties, and liquor-laden bacchanals. The Mardi Gras/Carnival season technically begins on January 6 with festivities culminating on “Fat ...


‘Outside the Box’ Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2017

Are you and your partner tired of the standard old candlelit dinner for two on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you’re looking to meet somebody new this year. You might even be celebrating ...

The Price  

Mark Ruffalo  Victor Franz Tony Shalhoub  Walter Franz Jessica Hecht  Esther Franz Danny DeVito  Gregory Solomon 

Arthur Miller  Playwright   Terry Kinney  Director 

Derek McLane—Set Designer
Sarah J. Holden—Costume Designer
David Weiner—Lighting Designer
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen—Sound Designers

Review: 'The Price' Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017 What makes life a success? In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in the Depression. His ...

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Jazz Notes: Review of Kevin Eubanks' Superb New Recording: 'East ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer ZEALnyc, March 23, 2017 Too often, jazz concept albums are so dedicated to their premise that the music suffers. The tunes aren’t interesting, the rhythm section doesn’t groove, and the soloists are phoning it in. With East West Time Line, ...

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Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up 'The Little Foxes'—With A ...

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017 Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street. This ...


Review: 'Beneath the Gavel' Interrogates the Art World Via the ...

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 “I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at ...


Review: 'Chess Match No. 5'—A Tribute to Composer John ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017 Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He (Will Bond) and She (Ellen Lauren), and ...

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Review: 'How To Transcend a Happy Marriage' Is, Well, Transcendent

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 21, 2017 We are all so confused. Here are the headers of the first two Show-Score member reviews of the new Sarah Ruhl play, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. The first says: “Boring, Excruciating, Overrated, Overwritten, Overbloated writing.” The second: “...

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Review: Paul Taylor Presents 'Soup To Nuts' and More at ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017 I hadn’t seen Paul Taylor’s signature dance, Esplanade, for many years, and I’m happy to report that it is still the joyous experience that I remembered. Beginning with everyday movements—walking, skipping, running, and even crawling—...

New York, New York - March 13, 2017 :  The LoftOpera production of Rossini’s opera Otello, Directed by John de los Santos, performed at LightSpace Studios in Brooklyn  

	Bernard Holcomb (Otello)
	Cecilia Lopez (Desdemona)
	Thor Arbjornsson (Rodrigo)
	Blake Friedman (Iago)
	Isaiah Musik-Ayala (Elmiro)
	Toby Newman (Emilia)
	John Ramseyer (Lucio, Gondolier)
	Lucas Levy (Doge)  

Credit: Robert Altman

Review: Rossini's 'Otello' In Literally an 'Underground' Production by LoftOpera

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, March 21, 2017 LoftOpera, a young, edgy enterprise based in Brooklyn, started up a few years back by asking itself, “What kind of show do we actually want to see?” The answer, they realized, was obvious: ”We want to see music in ...

Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Esa-Pekka Salonen
Cello Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma and Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique at David Geffen Hall, 3/15/17. Photo by Chris Lee.

Review: Salonen's 'Stunning' Cello Concerto 'Creates a Glimmering Sound Tapestry' ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017 One of the highlights of 2017's classical music season was undoubtedly this Thursday's sold-out concert at the New York Philharmonic with the inimitable Yo-Yo Ma playing the New York premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's stunning new cello concerto. Continuing the ...

L to R – Juri Henly-Cohn (as Nader)

Review: 'The Strangest' Addresses Family and Political Strife With Poignancy ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017 Inspired by Albert Camus’ classical novel, The Stranger, and coupled with playwright Betty Shamieh’s fascination of Middle Eastern storytelling cafes, we have a dynamic immersive production about a murder mystery on the brink of the revolution in French ...

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Celebrate Winter with Festivals in Canada!

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, February 2, 2017

As the winter season continues, a great way to break away from your regular routine is on a weekend or for a short-getaway. Come check out what your nearby neighbors in Canada are up to with their many ...


Get Ready to Crow—It’s the Year of the Rooster

ZEALnyc, January 27, 2017

December 31st/January 1st is the day that a large percentage of the world celebrates the beginning of a new year. But for those of us in metropolitan urban areas hosting large enclaves of Chinese, we all look forward to the festivities ...


Winter Blues? Restaurant Week to the Rescue!

ZEALnyc, January 19, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but this coming summer the institution that we all know and love as ‘Restaurant Week’ will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Starting out as a ‘lunch-only’ event for one week in ...

during the first round of the Billings Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Where’s the Beef? Come See This Weekend at Madison Square Garden

ZEALnyc, January 4, 2017

There’s gonna be a lotta “bull” goin’ on at Madison Square Garden this weekend. City slickers and cowhands alike will have the opportunity to see some big-time bull riding when the Professional Bull Riders ...

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What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? We’ve got some ideas….

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 26, 2016

As the holiday season winds down, you’re left with the proverbial question: ‘What am I doing for New Year’s?’ Many people find themselves reflecting on the past year’s events and ...

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Holiday Wishes and New Year’s Resolutions (and what we’re looking forward to next year!)

ZEALnyc, December 23, 2016

It’s one of those unique years when the Hebrew calendar aligns with the Gregorian calendar, so when the first candles are being lit on menorahs signifying the start of Hanukkah, Christians will be making their way to Christmas ...

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The Insider’s List for the Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, December 21, 2016

Winter is here. We’ve made hats and scarves part of our daily wardrobe and cursed the freezing temperatures every time we’ve had to step outside. But this chilly season isn’t all bad when you’ve ...

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Escape to the North: What’s Going on this Holiday Season in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2016

Winter conjures images of hot mugs of cocoa, sleigh rides and crisp white snowflakes floating in the air. What better way to fully enjoy the best of this holiday season than in the Great White North? ...

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Holiday Shopping — Pop Up Style!

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 23, 2016

Shopping conjures up a variety of emotions in people—they love it, hate it, or learn to cope with it. With the onset of the holidays you have new levels of anxiety thrown into the mix—the illusive ...


Giving Back or Paying it Forward — opportunities for volunteering on or around Thanksgiving

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to volunteer and give back to the community, and spots can fill up fast. But if you find you have a couple of hours to spare on and around November 24, ...


Finding your inner Olaf at all the NYC area ice skating rinks

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 15, 2016

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re staycationing in NYC with friends, family or out-of-town guests and in search of new ideas and sources of inspiration for fun-filled ...


Millennial Madness — Deals for Thrifty ‘Thirty-somethings’ (and under)

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 2, 2016

Living in New York and exploring all the wondrous cultural opportunities the city offers can satisfy even the most voracious appetite for entertainment; yet, it can also deplete your bank account in the ...

Thrift Store Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costume Challenged? Here are a few budget-conscious ideas…

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, October 26, 2016

Halloween is right around the corner, but don’t worry if you haven’t bought a costume yet. Maybe you’re stuck on an idea, or maybe you just don’t want to spend $60 on a ready-to-wear one from Party ...


Things to do on and around Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 43rd annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from ...

Rose Reading Room

Library Lions Gala to Honor 50th Anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball

Restored Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library; photo courtesy of

ZEALnyc, October 24, 2016

The New York Public Library will fête the celebrated artists ...


If the ‘rat race’ is getting to you, then why not run one—of the ‘marathon’ kind

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, October 21, 2016

Do you have a slight obsession with running? Do you feel euphoric when you’re out there on a track or on trails? Do you find that races only heighten that feeling? Well you’re in luck, because ...


See ‘hidden NYC’ through Open House New York Weekend — October 15-16

Have you ever marveled at some architectural wonder here in New York and thought ‘I wish I could see the inside of that building’?  Well, for two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering ...


Annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 10th

Yes, we all know there are lots of parades in New York City, and usually consider them more of an annoyance than anything.  But the Columbus Day Parade is a really wonderful parade to attend, as it’s usually held on one of those beautiful fall days, the cool air just beginning to kick in, ...

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Java Joints To Get You Jivin’ — 5 great places for coffee all around the city

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2016

Coffee is life—plain and simple. Here in New York City, you’re never far from a Starbucks. But if you’re willing to hunt a little, you’ll find some amazing coffee shops where the baristas will ...

Little Italy

Be Italian — It’s ‘San Gennaro’ Time!

All New Yorkers know about the San Gennaro Festival. Although technically ‘The Feast of San Gennaro” is a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, it has grown to become a much-loved time to celebrate all things Italian. This will be the ...

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New York City Wine and Food Festival Brings World-Renowned Chefs and Cuisine To You — all for a good cause

Are you a real “foodie,” or do you love the idea of rubbing shoulders with celebrity chefs whom you’ve been watching for years on the Food Network?  Well, your wait is over, because on October 13-16 the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) presents a ...


Top 5 NYC Rooftops That Aren’t Bars

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 31, 2016

Is there anything that sounds better than spending your remaining summer days on the rooftops of New York City? I didn’t think so. And while a rooftop bar may be the first thing that comes to mind, there ...

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Summer’s Last Hurrah: No Plans Yet? Here’s a few suggestions…

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, with Contributing Writers: Caitlin Leonard, Joanne Lessner and Danielle Zickl, August 31, 2016

Labor Day has its beginnings dating back to the 1880’s, and by 1894 it was an official U.S. Federal Holiday set aside to celebrate ...

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‘We All Scream for Ice Cream’—These aren’t the flavors you grew up with, but they may become the ones you crave

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, July 31, 2016

There’s nothing better than the cool, sweet taste of ice cream on a hot summer day. But sometimes you have to ditch the ‘same old, same old’ for something a little new and daring. So head to ...


A Trip to Prince Edward Island and the Charlottetown Festival Provides a Charm All Its Own

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2016

Summertime often brings out our wanderlust and we look for reasons to travel to slightly out-of-the-way places to enjoy nature and all its beauty, and often there is a festival of some sort or other ...

The Hills

‘The Hills Are Alive’ and they’re opening on July 19th on Governors Island

Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. Yards away from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it's easily accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer.

Be one of the first to experience The Hills on Governors Island by going out on opening day, July 19, 2016. Ferries will begin running at 9:00AM and will be free for all visitors. Picnic Point and the entire 2.2 mile promenade will also re-open to the public at ...


The 9 Best Places to Enjoy Nature in NYC

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, July 8, 2016

Whether you’re going for a run, working on your tan, admiring the sunset, or just people watching, summer is the perfect season to spend time outside. Though all that may come to mind are tall buildings and ...

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A New Miss Nigeria-USA is Crowned at the Culmination of a Weekend of Festivities

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, June 21, 2016

On May 28th, 2016, the Miss Nigeria USA Charity Pageant was held in New York City at Symphony Space. The Miss Nigeria-USA Pageant Event festivities included a weekend of international ...


Summer on the Hudson: Events and Programs Designed to Get You Out of the House

Summer on the Hudson

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Summer on the Hudson, sponsored by the NYC Parks department, features an unbelievable number of special events and full day festivals for individuals, as well as the whole family.  By dividing up Riverside Park into sections, each area sponsors a whole range of performances and ...

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Looking for a Weekend Getaway? There’s ‘New Hope’ for you (and Lambertville, too!)

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, Summer 2016

I had been to New Hope, Pennsylvania before and have always considered it a charming getaway from New York City, but on this trip I found there are always new ...


Better Than A Drive-In

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, May, 2016

What could be better than summer and movies?  How about a whole summer of outdoor movie choices available in every part of the city, from park to park and river to river, and almost all of it ...

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Top 5 Tourist Destinations Native New Yorkers Should Experience

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2016

I recently had the experience of showing some friends around NYC who had never visited before. I have to be honest when I say I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea, because, of course, they wanted to see ...