Live in NYC. Save your marriage
Tue Sep 29
We know you don't need another reason to live here, but we've got one. New census data shows that New York state had the third fewest divorcs in the nation last year. The only states that beat us? North Dakota and New Jersey (so no, our superiority is not feeling too threatened). And guess what? The divorce rates in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island were even lower than the state average of 8.4%. Even the Bronx and Manhattan fared better than the national average, at 9% and 10.4% respectively. The national average is 10.7%. So what makes NYC couples stay together? Is it the cuisine, the culture, the diversity, or, ahem, the quality family time that Time Out Kids bolsters? Some seem to think the numbers are a reflection on New York's difficult divorce laws (we're one of the few states without "no-fault" divorce) and the fact that New Yorkers are just plain fickle (fewer marry in New York than in other states). But having met hundreds of happily married parents—who...
Streaming: "Where the Wild Things Are" Soundtrack
Tue Sep 29
Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are hits theaters Oct 16. But you can check out the movie's soundtrack, All Is Love, now—streaming in its entirety on imeem.com. The album has a sweet, offbeat lullaby quality—soft melodies carried by tinkling piano and mellow acoustic guitar. Singer/songwriter Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who used to date Jonze) croons on all 14 tracks. She's accompanied vocally by "The Kids," a humble moniker for some big names from the indie music world, like The Raconteurs' Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence, and The Bird and The Bee's Greg Kurstin. Queue up the soundtrack in the twilight hours this evening with your brood, take a peek at our slide show of stills from the flick, and let your mind run wild with the big-screen possibilities. Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack
What to do tonight
Tue Sep 29
If you missed Saturday's screening of The Wizard of Oz at the New York Film Festival , you can make up for it tonight—and without spending a dime. In celebration of the movie-musical's 70th anniversary, The Wizard of Oz will be shown this evening on Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. We wish this were happening on a weekend afternoon (is anyone in the Parks Department reading?) instead of pushing into well-past-bedtime territory. But hey, every kid deserves a bend in the rules once in a while, right? Plus, there's a live pre-show that parents are sure to love: Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Hough and ?uestlove of the Roots will sing songs from the film. Remember to pack a picnic, but be sure to leave the bottles of Witch's Brew at home—glass is prohibited at this event. And don't forget your Lollipop Guild--approved suckers—they'll never taste sweeter than on this fall evening.
Mary Poppins has a new star
Tue Sep 29
Hold on to your umbrellas! New York City is finally getting an authentic, British version of the ultimate nanny, Mary Poppins . The West End's original Mary, Laura Michelle Kelly, is coming to Broadway to reprise the role that won her an Olivier award (the equivelent of our Tony). In London, she earned raves for playing the prim and pleasant governess for 400+ performances. Kelly starts chim-chim-cheeree-ing at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 12 at 7pm, just in time for the show's third anniversary on November 16th. Also joining the cast is Christian Borle, who played the lovable, loyal Emmett in Broadway's Legally Blonde . He'll be taking over the part of the tap-dancing chimney sweep Bert. We hope they find their stint in the show to be a jolly holiday!
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