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Remember years ago, when we went here to see young musicians before (and my kids loved eating ribs?)

Well now Ezra is actually one of the performers!

Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is an excellent program that Ezra loves and takes part in every Sunday.  The kids practice in the a.m., then a quick break before getting right back to the stage on Sundays 2-3pm.  It’s so fun watching this group of kids grow together and work together to make the music happen.  One ‘yelp’ reviewer said it best in his review of the Sunday performances:

“As the great jazz trumpet player, Albert Camus, said, “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Today I saw kids showing generosity toward the future by giving all to the present–on stage at the Jazz Standard. 

I attended a kids jam session at the Jazz Standard on a Sunday at 2 PM and I believe it’s a regular gig. The kids ranged from 10-15 year old. That’s significantly above the other jazz lovers I know who range from 100-150 years old.  And the kids were terrific. Yes, they were nervous, but in the best way possible, because they couldn’t hide their passion for the music. Here’s the best part…they organized themselves, offstage and onstage without adult supervision. Another impressive part was seeing how they learned to communicate with one another and coordinate the music so it didn’t run away from them. 

The food was pretty good too featuring bbq brisket, burgers, mac and cheese and other stuff kids like. Kudos to the Jazz Standard for supporting the kids by giving them a platform at one of the world’s great jazz clubs.”

You can see a clip here on Ezra’s open instagram feed (gotta love the 2 kids tag-teaming on the piano, the one performing is only 11 ys old!)

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Every Sunday, Ezra plays drums with this cool band at Jazz Standard .  And every Sunday we have a few hours to hang out in Manhattan waiting for his show to start at 2 pm (free for everyone who wants to come by and see them perform!)

 

On this particularly cold Sunday, we went further downtown to the new Whitney space to check out the Andy Warhol exhibit with Zoe.  I thought I had seen all the Warhol pieces there were to see (think: Campbell’s Soup Can or Marilyn Monroe) – but I was so pleased to see the curator added some rarely seen pieces that we could enjoy.  I love his early drawings of shoes… and apparently Zoe does too!

 

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This New Year’s Day Ezra and his friends (and his dad, behind the camera in this case) decided to do the Polar Plunge at Coney Island.  Despite the fact that it was a balmy 58 degrees in NYC area, the dip was still cold so I’m still so very impressed that they went through with it!  Hope your year is starting off with a splash:

 

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before jumping in …

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and after! brrrr

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the gang gets ready

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Zoe and I are happy to take in the sights instead

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E and his friends since 6 months old… in it together!


and my iphone pix:
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During Veteran’s Day we stumbled on the new Hunter’s Point coastal walk … one of many new and improved ‘coastlines’ of Queens.  There are others around Manhattan and Brooklyn – see here: (https://ny.curbed.com/2018/8/9/17667488/new-york-domino-park-hunters-point-south-photo-essay.)  When I first came to NYC in 1989 it seemed liked so much of this land was used for tossing trash, or vacant and ignored.  It’s so great to see it now is used as recreation area and more saliently, landscaped in a way that’s good for promoting ‘run off’ to keep city toxins out of the soil.  I love how the grasses here were planting to facilitate this – while at the same time avoiding land erosion.  Best of all it seems to last year round (colors looking good in the fall, and perhaps even staying around for the winter).

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.. then came the colder winds, and blew the leaves all away.

Oh well, it was so nice while it lasted.  One blustery but sunny day in Kissena Park in Queens, we got to walk around and enjoy all the color before it all blew down.  Autumn is so brief this year, and yet it came late (first week of November).  Our cheeks were rosy and kids were tired after being blown around on their scooters, and then daylight savings time ended and we all got a good night’s sleep.

How is your week going?

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Want to know where your recycled goods go?  We did!  So we took a trip to Brooklyn to see the SIMS Recycling Center, where all our glass, plastic, metal and paper end up.  This center has a cute little area of educational info for kids (and adults like it too!)  Here we learned that our glass, plastic and metal are all put on one conveyer belt that smashes glass (which falls through the belt in tiny pieces), then a giant magnet collects the metal, and only the plastic is left on the belt.. to ultimately all separately get bundled up and reused.  Pretty smart, eh?  They even used the glass bits on the walkway out front.   There was a small exhibit of clever art made of recycled objects and a whole display on how this industry supplies jobs.  Who doesn’t love more jobs?!  I’m just glad we didn’t go in the heat of summer – as that trash pile would’ve smelled a lot more strong then it did in the fall.

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Ezra and Zoe both took part in theater camp this summer (Zoe’s post soon to come..!)

Ezra had to audition for this Wingspan program.  He went into a casting call in the spring; drumming and singing ‘You Know I’m No Good’ by Amy Winehouse and wowing the crowd.  When he was accepted, we were so proud but also excited to see what new Manhattan “acting kids” Ezra would get to know.

They were a fun and kind crew, and – as it turns out – so thoroughly jazzed about theater that they do this kind of thing all year ’round.  For Ezra and I it was fun to catch the E train to Times Square every morning to get him to the theater district (although my feet wore out quickly with the arduous commute, it’s pretty rare that a kid goes to camp in Times Square every day!) For Ezra, it was exposure to more creative middle school-aged kids, who don’t mock each other for wanting to sing and dance.

‘Dancing’ – it turns out – is the hardest thing Ezra had to do.  He can sing, he can drum, he can act… but all that dancing nearly broke him.  In a sense he was happy to rise to the challenge but it was challenging for him to stick with it in the beginning of the summer.

The end result was this delicious little rendition of ‘James and the Giant Peach’ – a favorite Roald Dahl book brought to life on the stage with some fun singing and dancing.  I love the very ‘Wes Anderson’ costumes and props, and in the end Ezra got a glimpse of theater life on the great White Way. I’m proud of him for seeing it through – and next year he claims he wants “race car or drumming camp”.

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