Drama with Heart Unfolds Onstage at “Fun Home”

Broadway musicals usually come from a few sources. You might see a movie end up adapted for the stage, which seems like a natural step. Spoken-word plays might accumulate a few songs and evolve, like melodic butterflies, into musicals. What you don’t usually expect to see is a graphic novel turned into a musical. (Take a look at Spiderman. No, on second thought, don’t.) “Fun Home” is one of the few shows that started its life as a graphic novel, and it’s done so to critical acclaim! You can see it at Circle in the Square (1633 Broadway).

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From Page to Stage

Alison Bechdel’s family is a strange one, but it’s the family she has. The play introduces us to her mother, her brothers, and especially to her father. He is a dynamic man, one of volatile moods and enigmatic ways. He’s a powerful force in the family, but he devotes his attention to decorating their home and maintaining his antiques.

From the vantage point of adulthood, Alison has the perspective to wonder how her choices affected her father. He committed suicide soon after she came out as a lesbian, and later, she learns he’d struggled with his own hidden homosexuality.

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Award-Winning Drama

The production shows us three periods in Alison’s life. They are presented as a patchwork, yet they all come together so we can see the bigger picture. Audiences have the opportunity to experience the play from an intimate viewpoint, as it is performed entirely in the round. While the subject matter is heavy, the play leavens it with humor and heart, making this a show worth the tissues you’ll use to dry your eyes.

When you’re ready to head back to your own fun home, let Seastreak get you there! Relax on our luxurious ferries and enjoy a comfortable ride.

 

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Don’t Chicken Out! Try New Tastes at Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem

All right, whippersnappers, you may not remember this, but once upon a time, there was a dance called the Funky Chicken. (Although given how it looked, not remembering might be the best thing for you.) There’s been at least one modern take on the dance, but it’s possible that chicken moves are best left to the birds. However, Harlem’s got a funky chicken everyone can enjoy! Sink your teeth into delicious chicken dishes at the new Streetbird Rotisserie! It’s at 2149 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, right at the corner of 116th Street.

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For the Birds

Marcus Samuelsson’s already a touch famous for his first restaurant, Red Rooster. Streetbird Rotisserie is a sister restaurant to this first endeavor, and it’s a highly worthy addition to the family. The variety of ways in which Streetbird Rotisserie prepares this venerable fowl will entice you back for many visits so you can try one of everything.

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You’ll find reliable favorites on the menu, like rotisserie chickens served fresh and in quarters, halves, or whole. Pick a sauce to go with it, such as a sweet soy sauce, the distinctive Jamerican, or the specialty Streetbird hot sauce. Or grab a platter of wings with all the fixings, including their house wing sauce.

Something a Little Different

For all the more traditional dishes on the menu, you’ll find some pretty odd birds, too. Try the Swediopian, with doro wat, injera, fresh cheese, and boiled egg. If you’re not in the mood for chicken, test out the Hot Splash, with piri-piri spiced catfish, pickled cucumber, and avocado.

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Streetbird is open for walk-in dining, and they have a walk-in takeout selection, too. Delivery’s coming soon!

When it comes to customer service, Seastreak rules the roost! Our comfortable catamarans, with indoor and outdoor seating as well as full cash bars, will give you something to crow about.

 

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Anne Hathaway Takes the Stage for a Limited Engagement in “Grounded”

Broadway, and off-Broadway, is often full of happy songs with catchy tunes that stick in your head and laughter at the antics of characters on the stage. Other nights, it’s drama on the stage, and you’d best pack tissues. Sometimes, though, the stage is an incredible venue for exploring the important topics of our day. Productions have explored heavy topics such as mental health, racism, and troubled families. For a very limited run, you can see an intense exploration of the consequences of drone warfare in Anne Hathaway’s one-woman show, “Grounded”. It’s at Anspacher Theater (425 Lafayette Street) until May 24!

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War from the Homefront

Once, war meant sending pilots overseas to fly missions in dangerous combat zones. The use of drones has changed the way battles are fought. When an F-16 pilot falls pregnant unexpectedly, she’s reassigned to flying drones from an Air Force trailer in the Nevada desert. After her 12-hour shift hunting remote targets has ended, she goes home again to spend time with her family.

As time passes, the computer game-like attacks she executes begin to take a psychological toll. The disconnection from the violence she’s perpetrating gnaws at her, and she finds it more difficult to balance her deadly day job with her family life at night. The play explores this pilot’s life, as well as meditates on the result of this new manner of waging war.

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A Return to the Stage

Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway returns to the stage for the first time since her role as Viola in “Twelfth Night” for Shakespeare in the Park. She’s known for her talent both on stage and screen, having played Fantine in “Les Miserables”, Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises”, and Amelia in “Interstellar”.

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Seastreak wants you to take a starring role as one of our passengers! Let us roll out the red carpet and treat you like big-screen royalty with a ride on our luxurious catamarans!

 

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Take in the Best of Polish Cinema at the New York Polish Film Festival

Hollywood has earned an indelible place in all our minds. Movies and even movie theaters have become symbols of Hollywood’s influence on our culture. Even in other countries, Hollywood is synonymous with films and the movie experience, with millions spent each year on watching American cinema. (And let’s not forget Bollywood, whose name borrows heavily on America’s movie capital.) Given all this, it’s easy to overlook the thriving film business in other countries. You can find out more about Poland’s cinematic talent at the New York Polish Film Festival! It’s taking place May 1 through May 3 at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue)!

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Glimpses of Far Away Places

Polish film makers are known for their broad travels and diverse subject material. These cinematographers make their influence felt around the world, from America to Africa, India, and beyond. Celebrating these creative and bold individuals not only seems obvious, but it means a fantastic event for New Yorkers to enjoy!

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A broad array of films offer windows through which to glimpse Polish life, culture, and history. “Bogowie” (“Gods”) tells a story based in the true-life events surrounding Professor Zbigniew Religa, who performed Poland’s first successful heart transplant. It confronts the ethical issues surrounding the operation, as well as more mundane troubles, such as the fight for funding and equipment. “Papusza” shows in lyrical style the tale of the first Roma woman to have her poems published.

Speaking Your Language

Don’t worry about understanding the films at the festival. All Polish films will be subtitled in English, so you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate them all. Be sure to check the schedule so you can get tickets to all the shows you want to see!

Seastreak speaks a language everyone wants to hear: luxurious ferry rides and exceptional customer service! It doesn’t matter where you’re from. Seastreak will get you where you’re going.

 

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Plan a Summer Getaway to Historic Nantucket, MA with Seastreak

Back in the early days of our great country, when the land was newly settled by brave pilgrims who came over the sea to start a new life, folks had to resort to some pretty rugged ways to travel. Carriages and wagons ruled the roads, which was pretty danged inconvenient when you hit water. (Convincing horses and oxen to wear life jackets is a real pain in the neck.) These days, we’ve got a far more civilized way to travel! This summer, you can take a trip to charming Nantucket, MA on a luxurious Seastreak ferry, and save yourself a ferry-load of time!

Nantucket in Style

Nantucket Island is an ideal destination for a summer weekend getaway, but many people are put off by the time it takes to get there. You’ll spend eight hours in a car between the New York and New Jersey area and Nantucket. Seastreak shaves hours off that trip. In just over six hours, you can be walking the historic streets and admiring the gorgeous Georgian-style and Greek Revival homes.

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A Unique Island Getaway

Nantucket has a variety of wonderful things to see and do. See beautiful sunsets at water’s edge on Madaket Beach. From there, it’s just a short walk to Millie’s Restaurant.

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Observe amazing wildlife at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, where giant red cedars offer shelter to deer, horseshoe crabs do slow motion arthropod ballets across the sand, and shore birds make nests. Don’t forget to visit Great Point Lighthouse while you’re there! Or hike along the 16 miles of beach trails so you can take in the water and woods.

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Seastreak wants to make your summer vacation memorable and stress free! Our ferries are equipped with all the amenities you want to make your journey pleasant and easy. Sit back on the deck with a drink from our cash bar, and watch the water slip by!

 

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Learn More about Japanese Culture at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Celebration

Cherry blossoms have a deep and layered meaning in Japan. The cherry blossom, or sakura, has a deep connection to life, either through powers of reproduction, or through the symbol of life, death, and rebirth. In this, it symbolizes the impermanence of things, and the transient nature of life. What isn’t complicated is their beauty. The simple elegance of the flowers, pink and with five petals, blooming in great clouds, can take the breath away. Head out to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (150 Eastern Parkway) this weekend for Sakura Matsuri! It’s a celebration of Japanese culture and cherry blossoms.

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Flower Power

Since it’s a botanical garden, you know there’s going to be flowers. The cherry trees should be in bloom for the weekend, and for weeks to come. Get out in the fresh air, now that winter’s finally calling a truce, and enjoy the gorgeous show nature’s putting on.

Sakura Matsuri is about more than the flowers, however. It’s an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, both traditional and modern. From the ancient tea ceremony, to the popular manga comic style, this weekend’s festival presents a bit of everything.

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The Old and the New

Some of Japan’s most enduring traditions will be on display throughout the celebration area. Hear the thunderous sounds of taiko drums, and watch the fascinating kabuki style of dance. As samurai identified often with the symbol of the cherry blossom, no festival would be complete without a display of samurai swords.

But there’s modern works as well. See the comedy stylings of Tokyo’s rising comedic star Kaori, or the otaku comedy of Uncle Yo. Cosplayers will want to see the cosplay crafting panel, and fashion show, too!

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All things in life are transient except Seastreak. We’re a New York institution, providing luxurious and reliable service to and from Manhattan!

 

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Dust Off Your Southern Accent at Porchlight

It might not be so popular in New York City, where real estate’s at a premium, and peace and quiet just means your neighbors aren’t screaming at each other. But down in the South, sitting on the porch can be a highlight of the evening. Head outside with a cool drink and a snack to go with it, settle in, and unwind from a long day. Sounds like a little bit of paradise, doesn’t it? There’s a new bar in the city where you can find a feeling much like that. Head to 271 11th Avenue, and you’ll find Porchlight!

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No Bug Zapper Needed

The famous Danny Meyer, and his partner Mark Maynard-Parisi (of Blue Smoke fame) have brought a touch of Southern charm to New York City with Porchlight. Simple décor creates a relaxing atmosphere where you won’t worry about coming underdressed. There’s a completely indoor porch for sitting, and rocking chairs for kicking back in. Porchlight even has a game room where you can play a round.

Drinking on the Porch

People looking for froofy drinks or fancy food might not find what they’re looking for, but anyone looking for an honest drink and bite to eat may discover a new favorite place to hang. The chef from Blue Smoke, Jean-Paul Bourgeois, makes top-notch bar snacks to eat as a base for the outstanding drinks.

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Whiskey and cola may sound easy, but Porchlight makes their own cola syrup to turn it into something special. Their Sazerac is made with Cognac, to put a spin on the Southern favorite. Eats include jalapeno cheddar cornbread, boiled peanut hummus, and fried frog legs, too.

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Seastreak puts on the Southern charm every day! (If we’re talking about the southern part of Manhattan.) Let us treat you to some old fashioned hospitality on one of our luxurious catamarans!

 

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See Your Favorite Films at the Tribeca Film Festival

The ability to tell stories sets humans apart from other animals. No other creature on our planet (that we know of) has the ability to create and share tales, or to communicate their imagination. In scientific terms, it’s called “episodic memory”, but that clinical phrase saps the romance from one of the best parts of being human. We’re all storytellers, and connoisseurs of tales told. See stories unfold on the big screen at the Tribeca Film Festival! It’s going on until Sunday at various theaters across New York City! Here’s a couple of the highlights.

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Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26 at Various Theaters – Monty Python Celebration

There’s never been another comedy group like Monty Python. The legendary troupe taught generations what elderberries were, and why we should always look on the bright side of life. Spend the closing weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival laughing at the irreverent humor of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”, and “Monty Python: the Meaning of Life”. Also catch “The Meaning of Live”, a history of the group and its material. Check out the schedule for more details!

Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM at the Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway) – Closing Night “Goodfellas”

For 25 years, this organized crime classic has drawn accolades for its sensational action and excellent plot. Now, Martin Scorsese has supervised a remastering from the original camera negative, so it looks better than ever! After the showing, the cast and creators will reunite for a conversation, so get your tickets early!

For as long as we can remember, we wanted to drive ferries. To us, that was better than being President of the United States. To drive ferries was to own the world – or at least to give passengers the most luxurious ride we could! Catch a Seastreak ferry next time you’re headed to or from Manhattan.

 

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Video Games Take Center Stage at the Games for Change Festival

Video games started out as a few points of light on a screen, darting back and forth in a digital game of ping pong. They progressed through weird yellow monsters eating ghosts, giant apes hurling barrels, and extremely bouncy plumbers, until they became a whole new art form. One capable of presenting sprawling epics and deep philosophical messages. Learn more about the enormous possibilities in video games at the Games for Change Festival, part of the Tribeca Film Festival! It’s going on April 21-24, and April 25 at various locations around the city!

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Game On

Video games, and the gamers who love them, are now capable of tremendous positive influence on us all. Those skeptical of this may be interested to know that a United Nations program used a video game as part of their development process for urban development in Kenya. Games help us visualize, communicate, and interact in ways we would never have anticipated twenty years ago.

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Games for Change presents three days of games, networking, and talks about this fascinating industry. Anyone who is involved in game creation will find opportunities to meet and speak with prominent game developers, as well as the chance to learn about new techniques and theories on game design.

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Playing for Change

It’s not all about industry professionals, however. Gamers will enjoy the chance to play board games, see the Games for Change Award Ceremony, and learn more about games they might never hear about otherwise.

The best event has to be the public arcade opening for the closing day on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. On Jay Street, between Greenwich Street and Hudson Street will feature both digital and live games from a variety of developers. Get out there and play!

Seastreak doesn’t play games when it comes to our passengers’ comfort. We’re all business when it means giving you a convenient, luxurious ride!

 

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Enjoy a Day on the Waves with Sea Horse Fishing

Two things in life have a tendency to inspire what we’ll call less-than-truthful statements: income taxes and fishing. (Did you submit your taxes Tuesday?) Anyone who’s ever picked up a pole has fudged the result of a day hunting up fish. Whether it was the amount of fish one caught, or the size of the one who got away, fishing has inspired fibs throughout the ages. You might not need to resort to creative exaggeration when you head over to Atlantic Highlands, NJ and spend a day with Sea Horse Fishing! They’re at 1 Simon Lake Drive.

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Fish Tales

Saddle up and ride the seas on the Sea Horse, a party fishing boat that calls the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina its home corral. Deep sea fishing is an exciting way to spend an afternoon. Toss your line beneath the waves and see what takes the bait!

You don’t need any experience with deep sea fishing to spend a day aboard the Sea Horse. They have fishing equipment available for rent onboard. Their crew has plenty of know-how when it comes to broken lines or getting your hook baited, and the coastline here is a fabulous spot for actually getting some bites.

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Over the Bounding Main

Not much of a fisherman? Rather spend a day tooling around on the water without the fuss of poles and lines? The Sea Horse is available for all sorts of trips on the waves. Have your birthday party on the boat, take a pleasure cruise, or plan a unique bachelorette party! The Sea Horse can accommodate up to 75 folks per trip.

Seastreak has the most comfortable ferries and the best customer service, and that’s no lie! None of our passengers need to tell fish stories about our luxurious catamarans and excellent service.

 

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