Game Party 3 great for family fun

Game Party 3 great for family fun

Anyone who knows me well knows I am a klutz.  If it's five miles out of the way, I can trip over my shoelace, somehow bump into the coffee table and raise a nasty purple bruise. 

Still, I persist with the notion that I am sporty. One of the reasons I love the Wii is that it enables my fantasy.

The fantasy  lives on with Game Party 3's pick-up-and-play games like Croquet, Bocce Ball , Racquetball and Mini Golf. 

After creating our own players (even with all the customization options, I wasn't able to get the zaftig look I possess in the real world), we were ready for the challenge of six different game zones - lounge, sports, family fun, rec room, back yard and country club.  

We aren't ready to join the Shuffleboard set, but instead are more of the Root Beer Tapper sort.  Feeling frustrated with our scores, we played a little Smack-a-Troll to vent. I liked Croquet but my son was bored quickly. 

We clearly have different gaming styles. I'm a casual gamer but my son is serious about his gaming. The higher the stakes, the better he liked the game.

The best thing about Game Party 3 is that it provided a platform for my son and me to play together, to do something he likes a lot without having to attempt to learn a million different signature moves.  Yes, I love the Wii intuitive remote.

Developed by Warner Bros. Interactive,Game Party 3 is perfect play for the family or for a crowd - up to four can play or in tournament mode up to 16.

Ranging from Billiards to Trivia, there are 19 games to appeal to everyone in your crowd. Retails for $29.99.

It's rated E for Everyone, but if you're squeamish about hitting then Smack-a-Troll is not going to be for you.

Halloween costumes a click away at Buy.com

 A comely wench outfitted at Buy.com for under $30

No time to make a costume for the Halloween parade or party? 

Need inspiration?

Buy.com has a huge range of costumes, masks, make-up and accessories ready to wear.

With a quick click of your mouse, Halloween tricks and treats will be on their way to you.

Whether a superhero, a celebrity, a monarch or an old-fashioned ghoul, there is a costume to fit every budget.

See Fela! on Broadway at deep discounts

Enter the extravagant, decadent, rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

FELA!, the award-winning new musical that The New York Times called "a show that melts walls" is coming to Broadway.

Based on the life of groundbreaking African composer and performer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, FELA! uses Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) to explore his controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician.

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones, FELA! is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre.

For more information, go to: www.felaonbroadway.com/public.php


10/19/09 - 11/21/09
$52 (reg. $99)

12/1/09 - 01/31/10
$67 (reg. $112-$122)

Nintendo DSi entertains travelers of all ages


All my life I've heard idle hands are the devil's workshop.  To that I say, "Hand that kid a Nintendo DSi please."

We log more than a few hours commuting each week and travel pretty regularly.  Having good reading material for our daily travels and holiday trips is essential, but sometimes you hanker for a little silliness.

From the newly released Starfy, the wildly popular Prince of Pufftop, to the addictively adorable Rhythm Heaven or just taking silly portraits (see the silliest above), the Nintendo DSi has been a peacemaker, lifesaver and goofy good time for us.

Put a smile into your daily commute or next vacation. The kids (big and small) will be happy and you will too.

Win tickets to the NY Asian Film Festival

Taking place June 19 to July 5 at IFC Center and Japan Society in NYC, the New York Asian Film Festival features over 50 films, shorts, and special events, and more than a dozen guest filmmakers.

The New York Times says it's "one of the city's most valuable events", The Village Voice says it's the "city's favorite volcanic pulp-film festival", and Time Out New York's stated "paradise is found at the New York Asian Film Festival."

The New York Asian Film Festival packs together over 50 of Asia's biggest, best, and most bizarre films, and whether you're a serious cinephile or just looking for something cool to do, you've got to check it out. Skim through this year's films right here.

The New York Comic Con and the New York Anime Festival, supporters of the event, are raffling off a pair of tickets to both YOROI SAMURAI ZOMIBE and 20TH CENTURY BOYS – PARTS 1 AND 2.

YOROI SAMURAI ZOMBIE features a unch of rotting, samurai zombies who rise from the grave and go after a happy little family on their vacation. Throw in some heavily-armed crooks on the run and a gaggle of mentally-unbalanced cops and garnish with hard-rocking horror action. For a pair of tickets to the June 26th screening at 9:45 PM at IFC Center, just click here to enter before the midnight June 21. We'll be picking the winner on June 22.

Imagine the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy with giant robots and religious cults instead of wizards and orcs and you've got 20TH CENTURY BOYS. It's the story of a gang of seventh graders in 1969 who hide in their secret clubhouse and listen to T. Rex while making up stories about saving the world from super villains. Flash forward to the future and their imaginary stories are coming true, and the broken down salarymen and convenience store managers they've become realize they've got to come together to save the world. For a  pair of tickets to the 11:45 AM double feature on July 4 at Japan Society,  click here  to enter before the end of June 30. We'll be picking the winner on July 1.

Japanese actor Eiji Okuda and director Sion Sono will be making an appearance at Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas) on July 3 at 4:30 PM.

Both Okuda and Sono will be in NYC as guests of the New York Asian Film Festival, and they'll be at Kinokuniya to speak about their careers and their work together on their newest film, BE SURE TO SHARE, which will receive its World Premiere on Sunday, July 5 at 8:15 PM at Japan Society. The film is being co-presented as part of Japan Society's JAPAN CUTS Festival of New Japanese Film.