Kid drives Escalade
Mon May 12
This weekend, I headed out with some friends in the East Village. On our way to a bar (around 10pm), we're walking down St. Marks S (between First and Second Aves) when I hear bump of a car bass. I look around to find a black Esclade coming toward me on the sidewalk--driven by a kid that couldn't have been more than six. I assume his parents were ten paces or so behind him, and no, the SUV wasn't actually life-size (it was more the extra-large Power Wheels variety), but everything about the boy driver was completely authentic. He was standing up the seat, jammin' to his blaring tunes, wearing a white shirt with collar popped on one side, acting like he owned the sidewalk. Living in the EV, there's not too much that makes me do a double take anymore, but this was something new entirely. I cursed myself for not snapping a photo as I stood there, staring--gawking really at the coolest kid on the block. Have you seen this Cadillac kid? Would you let your kid cruise St....
High School Musical talent contest to premiere on ABC
Fri May 9
If you're already dreading sitting in a theater packed with tweens watching High School Musical III: Senior Year this fall, then I've got some bad news for you. On July 20th, ABC will premiere quite possibly the most obscure TV-talent contest to date (yes, it's even more specific than 2007's major flop, Grease! You're the One that I Want! on NBC). Newly titled High School Musical: Get in the Picture, the show features teens and young twenty-somethings vying for...get ready for it...the chance to appear in a music video that will be shown in the credits of the new High School Musical movie. Is it me, or is that prize incredibly lame? The winner doesn't even get to be a character! As far as I can tell, the show is a summer-long ad for the feature film, replete with catchy songs that will stick in your kids' heads no matter how hard you try to get them hooked on something else. What do you think? Is Disney riding its movie-musical's popularity too far?
Featured event: Get grubbin' with chef Christina Pirello
Fri May 9
Got some picky eaters in your brood? Always looking for new recipes to satisfy the whole fam? Run a vegetarian household? Fret not: Chef Christina Pirello has got you covered. This Saturday at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the PBS vegan guru of Christina Cooks shows families how to eat and cook in healthful ways, whipping up tasty meals in a flash as part of the museum's We Can! Cook Healthy series. Audience members who want to get in on the fun can join Christina onstage for some hands-on food prep and advice from the pro herself. After the workshop, your whole clan can munch on the creative concoctions together. Get your grub on this Saturday, May 10th at 2pm at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The workshop is free with museum admission, but tickets are limited so arrive early. Recommended for ages 5 and up. For a few ideas on how to please every palate in the house, check out these quick, yummy recipes from Christina.
Movie Review: Speed Racer
Thu May 8
Bring the whole family to this dizzying live-action/CGI remake of the 1960’s cartoon. Writer-directors the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix trilogy) have said they set out to make a movie their young nieces and nephews could enjoy. The result is a hypervivid, frantically paced tale of cool cars and family drama with a satisfying moral about cheating—that it’s not just wrong, but it spoils all the fun. The film is incredibly faithful to the original cartoon—down to the actors’ anime-like facial expressions and Racer X’s robotic voice. In fact, despite the vertigo-inducing action sequences and psychedelic production design (is that wallpaper available to the public?), I was a little bored. With the exception of one bloody beating that had me itching to put a Band-Aid on the victim’s split lip, this is kid stuff all the way.Speed Racer’s all-star lineup includes Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and Matthew Fox. But the most charismatic performance belongs to...
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