Still waiting to thaw out? Between the spring equinox, daylight saving time and exiting the last of the zodiac signs, Pisces, and entering into Aries, warmer weather can’t be far behind. I tried as hard as I could to fight off a cold, much less the flu, but finally had to succumb. With both Charles and Julia bogged down with colds, what’s a mom to do? Hot ginger tea with lemon and honey, plenty of chicken soup and orange juice—it’s my remedy for everything. Plenty of tissues, peppermints to suck on and rest—what else can you ask for?

If spring is on the way, then you know what that means. It’s time for spring cleaning. Armed with trash bags to throw away, give away, get rid of the old and make room for the new is really the best elixir. There is really something cathartic about moving furniture around, emptying out closets and drawers and getting rid of the clutter. Evidently, the Bronx isn’t the scary place it once was. The downtown art crowd gathered at the Lehman College Art Gallery Museum for an opening reception for their current exhibit, “Tick Tock: Time in Contemporary Art.” 

Although no one we know was there, if you know what I mean, in attendance was Peter Rockefeller. A Rockefeller in the Bronx! Wow, times have changed. As if that wasn’t enough, the after reception was held in Harlem at The Cecil. I am not sure about the significance of it all. I will leave it up to your imagination. After all, isn’t that what art is all about?

Cipriani 55 Wall Street was all aglow and decorated with table favors of children’s books for guests to take home as Literacy Partners hosted their annual Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner Dance. More than $1million was raised to further the Partners’ mission to end illiteracy “one adult at a time.”

Literacy Partners was conceived 45 years ago with a mission to provide critical literacy services to adults. To date, more than 25,000 New York City adults and their families have been assisted in their struggle with what so many take for granted—the ability to read and write. Continuing in their efforts, the organization now takes a dual-generation approach to education and has begun to focus on parents of young children. Classes throughout the city are free, and parents are encouraged to improve their reading, writing and English skills while learning more about child development to boost their children’s early learning and school readiness. At last count, more than 2 million adult New Yorkers are still struggling to read and write English at an eighth-grade level. Proceeds from the gala will benefit Literacy Partners in expanding its high-quality, community-based literacy programs so that adults are empowered to reach their full potential as individuals, parents and citizens.

Also reading and wanting others to do the same is Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis, who has written the book, “Corduroy Takes a Bow.” It is a follow-up to the book “Corduroy,” by Don Freeman, which was published in 1968. The first book told the story of a teddy bear in search of a missing button. In Davis’ version, the Corduroy will be going to the theater for the first time. Davis delighted in writing the sequel. In a statement to People magazine, Davis stated, “When I was a little girl, it wasn’t often that I found myself reflected in the pages of a book. ‘Corduroy’ was an exception, and I adored flipping through it. To be able to introduce a new generation, including my daughter, to this character that was so special to me in my childhood is an incredible honor.” The book will be released in September 2018.

It is not too soon to purchase tickets and prepare for an evening of culture and ballet at its best. Dance Theatre of Harlem presents its 2018 New York season at New York City Center, April 4 to April 7, and it promises to be so much more than one can imagine. The opening night Vision Gala will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The evening’s performance program will feature “Brahms Variations”—Robert Garland; “Change”—Dianne McIntyre; “Pièce d’ Occasion”— Robert Garland for the DTH School; “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux”—Marius Petipa; and “Dougla”—Geoffrey Holder. The after-party will be held at the Park Hyatt. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at the NYCC theater and box office, 131 W. 55th St. (between Sixth and Seventh avenues) or by calling 212-581-1212.

While we’re speaking of entertainment, according to my 12-year-old, “A Wrinkle in Time” has got to be one of the best movies ever (along with “Black Panther” of course.) Performing “Flower of the Universe” on the soundtrack is Sade, who hasn’t recorded in seven years, so this performance is exciting. The award-winning director of the film, Ava DuVernay, has been credited with expressing her desire for young girls to see themselves as brave and heroic in the work. She stated, “[This] isn’t just merely putting out great art on film, but seeks to inspire young girls.” Well, she definitely won over Julia.

Ryan Coogler, the second Black director to bring in the billions, after F. Gary Gray, director of “The Fate of the Furious,” according to Ebony magazine, said about DuVernay, “I watched closely from across the hall at Disney while working on ‘Black Panther’ as my big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors. But above all, it’s a film about a little Black girl with glasses—like my mom, like my wife, like my big sister Ava—who refuses to accept that her dad is lost.”

In honor of Women’s History Month, NBA reporter Rosalyn (Ros) Gold-Onwude announced the launch of a new scholarship program for young women designed to assist young Black women in breaking into the sports and sneaker industry. Gold-Onwude plans to give scholarship recipients access to online certificate courses offered by Columbia and FIT, which will be taught by faculty affiliated with the schools. Let’s get it on.

Until next week … kisses.