Winter Wandering

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Last week, I had the opportunity to enjoy my last few morsels of vacation with some friends. Getting in a little culture with Bloo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wandering around on the east side with Kendra. It was nice to walk around the galleries and get lost on the East Side. It made me realize how busy I had been over the past few months and how much I missed this version of New York. I hope you enjoy the pics!

       

   
Happy Friday 😊

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Thursday Thoughts

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jazz lilts out the window every day around this time.

as the notes make their escape out of the mystery saxophone player’s apartment into my ears

i can’t help but applaud their diligence and ponder about their age

a college student perfecting his homework? a seasoned professional going through the set list they’ll be playing at a smoky nightclub or bar in the Village?

Practice is something we are all taught at one point or another

but it is only truly harnessed by the impassioned and dedicated individuals who understand its power

Individuality is something we are all born with, something we all run away from eventually discover is the most vital attribute we have.

how hard it is to sometimes grasp that some carry that dedication for status, or things; items that are fleeting and, in the end, inconsequential

for these accolades and things can’t hold you when you cry

dance with you in your joy

or look you in the eye and utter “i’m proud of you”

Hot and Steamy Like Mississippi

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Greetings, from heat-wave plagued Harlem! Man, it’s been a little like home these past few days. Even on hot days like these New York still has plenty to offer in terms of free, air-conditioned fun!

Last week, I found myself at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art (amazing Sargent exhibit), and the Studio Museum of Harlem (where the artists in residence had new exhibits up), drinking in the art of classical and contemporary artists alike.

Wandering down Museum Mile and 125th street, I stumbled upon Albertine, a French/English bookstore, and a sidewalk reminder that gave me the push I needed to finish a passion project I have been working on for a few months now.

Maybe it’s because I’m a June baby, maybe it’s because I love summer and heat (to a certain extent) but summer 2015 is pulling out all the stops and I am blissfully chugging along.

Ciao 🙂

#AboutLastMonth

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June is here, and I realized that I wasn’t very consistent with my April May posts. Oops. But, luckily there are photos that I can plaster up NOW, to give you an idea of what I was up to. In all honesty, I was a pretty bad blogger. There were a lot of amazing things that happened in May: my Adler ladies brunch, performances, reunions with friends, walks in new neighborhoods, that I just didn’t record or photograph.

Talk about awful bad. But, even if I don’t have an image to go along with these moments, the memories are good enough for me. After all, I didn’t always have a Facebook. Instagram, Xanga, blog as a resource for all of the internet-world to see and relive my life, so it’s kind of fun for me to have a few things for myself. 😉

Below you will, however, find a May slideshow chockfull of photos from Andrew’s New York City art debut, roomie night out with Alicia at Apotheke, Lauren’s graduation from NYU, a day at the Whitney with Kyla, drinks after a busy casting day with Glen, Pierre, and David and more!

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Ciao 🙂

My Second Family

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I have been so fortunate, thus far, to have been involved in a project or production since the first of the year. With this momentum, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with such beautiful people in talent, spirit, and joy. I think what appeals to me so much about the theatre, are the comrades I interact with along the way. I have been unable to post the many photos I have taken behind the scenes since The Fire This Time Festival, and I thought it would be a great post to publish today in light of Private Lives’ closing on Sunday.

I have had oodles of fun with each person you see in these photos and my heart has a place for each and every one of them. You see, they are not just cast mates and co-collaborators, they are my friends.

This photo collage includes photos from Cafe Le Monde, Private Lives and reunions with cast members from The Fire This Time Festival and Ivanov.

Ciao 🙂

Disappearance of Melissa????

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Bonjour one and all!

I am alive! I have just been extremely busy/uninspired/overwhelmed/creatively empowered this month. So much has been happening in April that I haven’t been able to focus on a theme for the month, much less take a deep breath!  Between rehearsals, performances, a quick trip home, to dog sitting, living in Queens for a week, taking tons of behind the scenes photos, to seeing amazing shows, supporting friends, planning brunch reunions, teaching in jail, and catching up on sleep, I have not been able to put all of my adventures down in the blogosphere!

So, since the month is almost up, don’t expect too many posts in the near future. I have to double down and figure out my time management skills more efficiently to bring you awesome content.

Don’t fret the New York Dreamer is still dreaming and is, in fact, involved in tons of amazing adventures. Recaps, catchups, photo galleries, dance videos and more will come, just not now!

Thanks for hanging in and check out my older posts and Instagram page to keep up with me until then.

Ciao 🙂

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Fall Firsts: DUMBO Art Festival

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This weekend, I got to cross off item number 3 on my bucket list by attending the Dumbo Art Festival in Brooklyn! Since I waited until Sunday to attend, which was the last day, I decided to make a day of it. As I was getting ready I headed over to Saskia’s website to see if she would be selling jewelry in the area, and to my delight not only did she have a booth at Atlantic Antic, but she herself was selling at that location! So Sunday turned into Brooklyn Day!!

I wandered with thousands of other New Yorkers up and down Atlantic Avenue, on a very warm September afternoon listening to live music, checking out the vendors’ various wares and food options. There were a lot of people (strollers, bikes, and pups, Oh My) but I had a great conversation with Saskia at her booth and even made a connection with a vendor working for a young handbag designer based in Brooklyn.

After getting my fill of that excitement, I traipsed to the river for the Art Fest, picking up my friend AJ along the way. This bucket list item included a lot of firsts for me: I’d never been to Dumbo or Brooklyn Bridge Park, so in between the art and location it turned into a stupendous day. AJ and I headed to Shake Shack for vittles, A/C, and football chatting about upcoming plans and an acting project I’m thinking of producing. (ooooo, mystery) I was incredibly tempted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan, but with a full tummy and tired feet, I’ve decided to postpone that item. As I know you’ve come to expect I took some great photos along the way and have included them below!

Fall has begun and I already have one item checked off! Can’t wait to see what I knock out this week.