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For Upcoming Events: Fall 2011/Winter 2012

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for information on exciting upcoming events. Sometimes readers feel I post a blog about something they wish they would have known about so that they could have participated. Going forward, maybe every season, I will try to post what is on my calendar, and what should be on your radar.

Plays

Baby It’s You- This play tells the true story (my favorite kind) of the Shirelles and how a housewife turned them into stars singing hits like “Duke of Earl” and “It’s My Party”. This play is closing on September 4.

Catch Me If You Can- I do not have tickets or an interest in this show, but if you do you better go soon. It is closing on September 4 as well.

Death of a Salesman- It was just announced that Phillip Seymour Hoffman will play Willy Loman directed by the famed Mike Nichols. No dates for this production have been announced yet but I will be keeping a close eye on this.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying- I already saw this gem with Daniel Radcliffe (http://bit.ly/rgiT9T) and if you want to also you need to go before January 2012. Taking his place for a three week run, from January 3-22, 2012, will be Darren Criss, aka Blaine Anderson on Glee. For dates after that there have been no announcements.

The Mountaintop- I have been aching to see this. Samuel L. Jackson will be portraying Martin Luther King Jr. on the eve of his assassination. This story is fiction but ever since I went to Memphis earlier this year (http://bit.ly/nuwGyH) and visited the Lorraine Motel where it happened, I feel more connected to these events. Angela Bassett also stars. This show is a limited run, preview begin September 22, with the show officially opening on October 13. It is set to close on January 15, 2012.

For coupons to these shows and more:

Exhibits

Diana: A Celebration- THIS IS A MUST SEE EXHIBIT! I saw it when it was at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia two years ago and it left such a mark on me. These are donated items from Princess Diana’s family from her childhood until her death. Her wedding dress, tiaras, and personal belongings are laid out in a tasteful way. I won’t give away what the last room holds but you will leave breathless. This exhibit goes back and forth to the U.K. and doesn’t come around often. It will be at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Hartford, Connecticut from September 16- January 15, 2012. I suggest this for everyone who has not seen it. It also makes a nice mini-vacation.

Pompeii- Next to a trip to Italy, this will due (http://bit.ly/nma1mG). This is a great place to see any exhibit but Pompeii is so well done. It truly takes you back to 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted capturing this small town in ash, as it was that day. It is truly breathtaking. I am still in shock that there were able to preserve these artifacts and ship them to the U.S. This exhibit is closing on September 5.

Comedians

From November 9-13, your favorite comedians are coming to town! Some of the best and funniest stand-up performances will be seen during this time. You can see Kathy Griffin, Tracy Morgan, and the list goes on and on.

The only down side is that they are playing simultaneously and at different venues so pay close attention to the dates, times, and locations before buying tickets. If the schedule works out for you, you can see someone different each night.

I already have my tickets for Bill Maher on November 12. I saw him two years ago during this event and he is always a show stopper for me.

If you are interested, most tickets go on sale this week, so be sure to book yours before they sell out.



Lectures at 92y

This facility always has something interesting going on. Whether the topic is art, music, theater, or law, I am continually impressed by who will be here. There are even great classes to take and guided tours to go on. This season is no exception. They are really booking up my calendar.

Here is who I have to see:

Anne Frank’s Family http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=75151

Annie Leibovitz http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=74967

Caroline Kennedy http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=74477   


Paula Deen http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=74984

Sandra Day O’Connor http://www.92y.org/Event-Class-Detail-Pages/Simon-Center/12-Simon-Lectures/Events/Sandra-Day-O-Connor.aspx

Waldorf Astoria http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=70223

For a complete list of class, lectures, and tours:

Concerts

I don’t have any concert tickets at this time. I am keeping a close look out for the next Alicia Keys tour. She usually tours every two years or so when a new album comes out. I am thinking maybe next March or so.

I also want to see Beyonce, but she only had a one-night show in NYC this week. I am hoping she too will tour this new album sometime soon.

Book Signings

These are perhaps my favorite type of events after plays. I love hearing an author/celebrity read from their book, describe the private stories behind them, and then ultimately have that one on one exchange. That kind of face time can be very rare depending on the person and I value all of the hidden gems in my city.

Some of these topics will tie into the above mentioned lectures at the 92y.

These are the signings I am interested in attending:

Cupcake Diaries- By the women that own and operate Georgetown Cupcakes in Washington D.C., a beloved place and show on TLC.

Momofuku Milk Bar- This is one of the best places to pick up a cookie or pie that will brighten your day. The owner shares recipes and what led to her successful business.

New, New Rules- Bill Maher’s latest list of rants, I am MOST excited for this one and if you go I will see you there. This signing will be fresh off his performance at the Beacon Theater.

Out of Oz- This author also wrote the book that the Broadway play Wicked is based on.

Pilgrimage- Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s newest book chronicling the places she most wanted to visit.

For a complete list of book signing and events in your area:

As of now, this is my complete list of things I want to do. Of course, as I find out more information on the above list, as well as the cool stuff I don’t even know about yet, you will be the first to know.

Does anything on this list look good to you?? What are your plans for Fall 2011 and Winter 2012?

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