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Think NJPAC for the Holidays… and Save with NJPAC Promotional Codes on Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats

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Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, I’ve been running a weekly feature called Roxy Saves, where I’ve gathered promotional codes from online retailers and made suggestions for unique and inexpensive holiday gifts. Here at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of local New Jersey retailers, highlighted throughout the Roxy’s Best Of… community of local sites with a “Shop Local NJ!” tag.

While I don’t mind explaining to London and Maddie that even Santa needs to cut back on the excessive amount of Barbies and plastic toys this holiday season, I have been searching for one or two meaningful, magical gifts that would keep Christmas special for my girls. As my most loyal readers know, Rex and I believe in encouraging our daughters’ passions (music, dance, gymnastics and tennis) and exposing them to a wide range of child-friendly art and culture. Just in case we have the next Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers musical talent hiding in our basement, London and Maddie have asked Santa for an electronic drum set for their girl band, the Butter Bites. Add that to the keyboard Santa left under the tree last Christmas, a second-hand guitar that needs to be re-strung, two microphones and a karaoke machine, and the Butter Bites will be all set to explore their musical passions over the long cold winter.

I have also found an amazing local opportunity at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for a special holiday gift that promises a child-friendly cultural experience at a great value. Over the past year, London and Maddie have enjoyed three different performances at NJPAC: Rex and the girls took me out to see Alvin Ailey on Mother’s Day and we were all so impressed that we’re headed back for this season’s Mother’s Day performance; we introduced the girls to a bit of Mom and Dad’s history through Twyla Tharp’s interpretation of the music of Billy Joel in “Movin’ Out”; and most recently experienced the magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Cats. I’ve just committed to celebrating London’s 8th birthday with three of her closest girlfriends and their moms at the Cirque Eloize performance at NJPAC in January. The girls and I will be posting all about it as our plans come together.

In the meantime, I’d like to share with all of you the chance to treat the young person in your life to the magic of live performance with a sweet holiday discount from NJPAC. Use coupon code TREAT to purchase tickets online, by phone (1-888 GO-NJPAC) or at the NJPAC box office by December 24th and you’ll get one free child’s ticket for each adult ticket purchased for Giselle, Cirque Eloize or Golden Dragon Acrobats.  Discount is valid for Sections A, B, C, and D (no G or P) and expires December 24, 2008.  Subject to availability and not valid on prior purchase.

Giselle at NJPAC:

Using the choreography created by Marius Petipa in his definitive revivals, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs Adolphe Adam’s beloved ballet – the timeless tale of a lovely yet fragile maiden, whose death from a broken heart dooms her to eternally roam the earth as a restless spirit. This sumptuous, traditional staging will be performed with full corps de ballet. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings Giselle to the stage at NJPAC on Sunday, January 18th at 4:00pm. Purchase tickets online, by phone (1-888 GO-NJPAC) or at the NJPAC box office by December 24th using NJPAC coupon code TREAT and get one free child’s ticket for each adult ticket purchased for Giselle.

Cirque Eloize at NJPAC:

Experience the sights and sounds of a European circus in a vibrant, fully-staged production that brings together a company of acrobats, clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists and musicians to create a rich, fast-paced tango of emotions. Last seen at NJPAC with their eye-popping spectacle Rain, this world-renowned company returns with Nebbia, a brand new acrobatic extravaganza. Cirque Eloize passionately pursues artistic perfection – and achieves absolute magic. Our gang will be celebrating London’s birthday at the Saturday matinee, but there are three magical Cirque Eloize performances of Nebbia scheduled: Saturday, January 31st at 2:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, February 1st at 2:00pm. Use NJPAC discount code TREAT to purchase tickets online, by phone (1-888 GO-NJPAC) or at the NJPAC box office  by December 24th through December 24th and get one free child’s ticket for each adult ticket purchased for Cirque Eloize in Nebbia.

Golden Dragon Acrobats at NJPAC:

From bending into improbable shapes to forming human pyramids on moving bicycles, this internationally acclaimed troupe celebrates Chinese culture with time-honored traditions that date back 25 centuries. The Golden Dragon Acrobats come to NJPAC on Sunday, February 22nd at 3:00pm. Use NJPAC promotional code TREAT to Purchase tickets onlne by phone (1-888 GO-NJPAC) or at the NJPAC box office through December 24th and get one free child’s ticket for each adult ticket purchased for the Golden Dragon Acrobats at NJPAC.

Warm wishes to all of you as you head out for another weekend of holiday shopping.  Don’t forget to Shop Local NJ!


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