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He, She, and Charles Busch

Rex Reed | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Rex Reed

If you need a good laugh (and these days, who doesn't?) you can always count on Charles Busch. In or out of drag, he's a movie-obsessed queen of comedy. His new romp, produced by New York's Primary Stages, is called The Tribute Artist. It's a hoot.

Extra Hours in the Week! Atlanta's Snow Slam 2014

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My city -- the city of Atlanta -- shut down yesterday. I love it when that happens. I admit that its no picnic for everyone. Getting stuck on the in...

It Takes Two: A Short Interview With Murder for Two's Joe Kinosian

Danny Groner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

The people behind Murder for Two don't want you to take the show too seriously. Not only is it light-hearted in nature, the actors roam (and prance) around the stage with a persistent wink and nod to the audience.

John Patrick Shanley Discovers Ireland

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

John Patrick Shanley has finally gotten in touch with his Irish roots and the result is a delightfully funny, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable play titled Outside Mullingar that deals with life, love, and the land in the Irish Midlands.

Outside Mullingar: An Irish Good Time

Danny Groner | Posted 03.25.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

The new play from Patrick Shanley, Outside Mullingar, covers some familiar themes of love, family, old age, and the ups and downs that come with the combination of the three. But where this story rises above others is in how packed it is with humor that both delight the audience and endear the characters to one another.

Know Thy Avatar: Good and Evil in the Gaming World

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's all good fun. But is it possible that such complete immersion in novel and extraordinary identities might have unintended consequences?

I'm Keeping This Kid I Found Lost on the Streets of London!

Laura Wellington | Posted 03.09.2014 | Women
Laura Wellington

Many moms inadvertently misplace their own inner-child as they endeavor to raise their own children. Playfulness gives way to responsibility. As such, we begin "growing up" beyond what is good or healthy for us -- truly to the detriment of ourselves and our entire families.

A New Twist on the Old Resolution

Chris Waddell | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris Waddell

To struggle is human. I don't just want to do what obligation tells me to do. I want to live, and that means finding the balance to play -- to do what a body is not obliged to do. Last year was physical, and this year is mental. Next year, I'll add another layer to the work in progress.

Dancing in the Streets: A Short Interview With Motown's Saycon Sengbloh

Danny Groner | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

In addition to offering a host of new songs to go alongside the nostalgia, the show gives a wonderful glimpse into the ups and downs of Berry Gordy's quest to make this "black music" transcend and be accepted by audiences of all races, ages, and locations.

Restoring the Playground

Gwen Gordon | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

My dog Macy is normally a pretty happy-go-lucky mutt. On our daily walks she greets every stranger like they're her long lost buddy -- all wags and ki...

'My Daughter Needs to Make a House for Her Fairies... Right Before Bed!'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Before the advent of electronic diversions -- video games, ipads, cell phones and "educational" computer games -- children's imaginations provided hours of entertainment.

The Key to a Successful Relationship: Have One With Yourself First

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

In short, you want to get on the path to loving yourself. Do things for yourself that feel good. When you feel good, you radiate goodness. Everyone else wants to be around you and you do not lose yourself in relationships.

Let's Play Shopping!

Molly Rosner | Posted 01.30.2014 | Media
Molly Rosner

Perhaps ironically, the toys that parents are pushing each other out of the way to buy are themselves aimed to train the shopper in the fine art of mayhem and competition.

An All-Star Cast In Beth Henley's Macabre New Play

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If you like Southern Gothic with a large helping of murder and mayhem, shrouded in mystery, and expertly acted by an all-star cast of four stage veterans and one newcomer, you won't want to miss Beth Henley's new play The Jacksonian.

Turning Traditional Learning on Its Head Through Play

Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary

The Atteridgeville I know deserves the world's attention once again. In particular it deserves the attention of educators, policymakers and, of course, parents for the advances it is making in the area of quality learning.

Kid's Sports Are a Time for Learning Not Fighting

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

It's not just the coaches. Sometimes parents misbehave too. Yelling from the sidelines to "trip him" or "kick his ass" as their youngsters are on the field. Not cool. Especially when kids are so young.

I Love This Bard: A Short Interview With Improvised Shakespeare's Blaine Swen

Danny Groner | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

On the spot, at each of the five performances, the troupe will perform a fully-improvised and original play in Elizabethan style to the audience's delight.

'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': A Review

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdis...

The Snow Geese: Fighting On

Danny Groner | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Those drawn to The Snow Geese for the star at the center of it, Mary-Louise Parker, might be disappointed to discover a vulnerable, careless woman whose demons have been exposed after the untimely death of her husband.

Playing Our Way to Wisdom

Gwen Gordon | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Gwen Gordon

Like meditation, after play the world looks brighter, clearer and more delightful.

Dr. Toy's 10 Tips for Learning and Fun©

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 12.11.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Children benefit from having a wide variety of activities including reading, playing games, solving puzzles, doing creative projects, building with construction toys, listening to music and being active outdoors.

Yoga for Kids: No More Zombies!

Rowan Lommel | Posted 12.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rowan Lommel

I've taught lots of kids in my life. I think I've taught kids of all ages, from 3-year-olds to teenagers. Everyone is different. But kids naturally want what yoga offers: a sense of clarity, a sense of peace. And we can't have peace with zombies about.

Bad Jews: Family Matters

Danny Groner | Posted 12.09.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

When written and performed at their best, plays are brutally honest and raise critical and complicated issues. That's why so many plays take place within a tight family unit -- on a small, cramped stage, all of the secrets come out.

Play Ball! The Lifelong Power of Play

Rachel Adelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

What can we do to support our ability to play well into old age? Isn't it time to develop new games for older adults that go beyond such stimulating staples as Bingo?

Help Is Near

Christine Eilvig | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

At the certification party for my Spiritual Mentoring Program in June I got very beautiful gifts from my students. And my helpers were also celebra...