The Baby Borrowers
Mon May 5
Have you heard about NBC's upcoming show, The Baby Borrowers? It premiers June 25th and follows five young couples (ages 18-20) for three weeks, as they move in together and a "raise" a child. Real-life parents have actually volunteered to let these strangers raise their children for a few days at time (the couples will watch a baby for several days before trading up for a toddler, tween and teenager). Watch the preview below and tell me if you would ever surrender your kid for the "good of the show." I sure as hell wouldn't...and yes, I realize the parents are watching on a monitor and can step in at any time. Still, no thanks!
Tribeca Film Festival: 90 Miles
Fri May 2
I’m sure you shook your bonbon at some point to one of Gloria Estefan’s dance-inducing beats (you know you bought the “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” single, don’t lie!). But have your kids been introduced to her songs yet? If not, this documentary about the making of her latest album, 90 Millas, is the perfect introduction. Mrs. Estefan and Latin music pioneers like Chocolate Armenteros, Jose Feliciano and Carlos Santana reminisce about the early days of the genre's music with tales that will make you wish you had inhabited Cuba to jam with the masters themselves. While their stories and mini-biographies give you a sneak-peak into the artists' lives, it’s the music featured throughout the documentary that makes you feel most connected to their stories. The film includes both English and Spanish subtitles, making it easily accessible to both language speakers, but unfortunately very inaccessible to younger audiences. However, the tween set will be entertained (and certainly...
Baby tossing for good luck?
Fri May 2
We’ve all done crazy things in the name of luck and good fortune—forwarding annoying chain mail letters, wishing on eyelashes/flower petals/pennies, throwing salt over our left shoulders. But tossing a baby off the rooftop ? Um, that seems a bit on the extreme side. Devotees at a Muslim shrine in western India's Maharashtra state, however, believe this is a necessary step to insuring a new baby’s good health, fortune and strength. While the tradition has been around for more than 500 years, a short video clip of infants being tossed down three stories and onto a sheet held taught by people in the town has just gone viral. Check it out on CNN. Responses to the story range from outraged parents to devoted religious leaders who standby the practice. I, personally, am having some trouble really wrapping my head around this and taking a stance. Do we have the right to interfere with a country’s longstanding traditions? Just how dangerous is this practice? The babies in the clip...
Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair
Thu May 1
The Tribeca Film Festival is the obvious go-to for local film lovers, but the Festival’s Family Street Fair (located on Greenwich St between Hubert and Duane Sts ) celebrates the neighborhood of Tribeca itself and the city’s culture—as well as film. On Saturday, May 3 from 10am-6pm, more than thirty local restaurants, merchants, dance companies, schools and choruses will entertain festival-goers, along with the 50-100 clowns, stilt walkers and specialty actors lining the streets. But with Verizon’s green screen, performances from Broadway shows and Music for Aardvarks, a bubble garden and appearances by star athletes, this ain’t your ordinary street fair. Check out what original festivities are in store for this year’s outdoor party:The Broadway Hour, plus more! Kids get a taste of live performance during the 11am Broadway Hour on the main stage, which will feature performances from Grease, Legally Blonde and Xanadu. Little ones get to perform, too—by becoming a star from...
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