Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mixed Masala - Annual Family Potluck Picnic - Coming up!

Hi MM Friends!
Hope you are all enjoying summer in full swing!
Thanks to the NYC Parks Commission, we have a new date for our annual Mixed Masala Family Potluck Picnic:
DATE: Sunday August 3rd, from 1-5pm
Location: The Tennis House in Prospect Park

This has typically been Mixed Masala's most well-attended event, and we expect a great group again this year!
We are planning for a fun afternoon in the park, and encourage you to bring your family, friends and something tasty to share. There will be kids activities and games too!
Don't forget to RSVP on the event page so we know how many people to expect, and what you're planning to bring. (No idea what to bring? Check out this potluck picnic recipe list for ideas!)
If you have any questions about the event or want to volunteer to help, please post a comment on the event page. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mid-June Mixed Masala Update: 6/18

Summer has gotten off to a rip roaring start, and the Mixed Masala 2014 Holi event on May 31 was a wonderful success! Thanks to all the participants and organizers who made the event so much fun. And did you take photos? Please share those photos and videos with us, on Mixed Masala! Email them to, and we'll post them up in our 2014 Holi photo album.
Looking for something fun to do TOMORROW?
Rohi is offering tickets to a special advance screening of Humshakals on Thursday, June 19 at 7pm. If you're interested, contact her for details.

This weekend 6/21 - get your groove on with Red Baraat in Grand Army Plaza!
As part of the Make Music New York one-day music festival, NPR has asked Sunny Jain (drummer, composer and founder of Red Baraat) to create a new work called 100+ BPM. Amateur musicians and professionals are invited to join him at Grand Army Plaza, Saturday at 4:30pm for a giant group performance!

Join Mixed Masala for a 'Girls Night Out' hangout next week !
Next Week, we are hosting a girls-night-out chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, while enjoying the beautiful Brooklyn sunset. Be sure to RSVP on the site, and let us know what you'll bring in the comments.

Save the date 7/19 for the Mixed Masala Mid-Summer Potluck Picnic!
Mark your calendars for July 19 in Prospect Park, at the Picnic House. We'll be getting together with the whole group and enjoying a gorgeous day in the park. It's a potluck afternoon, with games and activities for the kids. If you have great ideas for the event, please volunteer in the comments section!
We hope that everyone tries to stay cool through this heat wave. As always, let us know if you have any suggestions for upcoming events and improvements to the site!

Last Shout Out for HOLI 2014: Mixed Masala Style‏

Hi everyone - one final shout-out for our upcoming Holi 2014 event.  If you are interested in attending, please respond directly in the event page and confirm your attendance with payment to our treasurer Amrita.  Our style Holi is a fun afternoon in the park with an arts and craft events, some get to know you activities - can't be shy both kids and adults, Holi snacks, and ending  with a dancer.  We also need some volunteers to help set-up, including carrying water-filled buckets from 9th street to the event site, folding tables and other assorted items...and then for clean-up.  In between lots of Holi fun.  

Activities: Music, Bandana painting, henna, temporary tattoo-ing,  get-to-know one another games, colored water play with foam based water splashers, toddler water table, special dancer
Food: Assortment of Holi snacks and water provided
BYO: Other food to share, picnic blankets, and additional water play toys
Volunteers required for:  Providing folding tables/chairs for the day, carrying supplies to park, help with activities during the day, clean-up and any of the planners
Mixed Masala does not charge annual membership fees. We do have the annual expense of paying for this Ning site and other residual expenses for running events. If you'd like to put in a few $ extra for this that would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
2014 Holi organizers

Mixed Masala Update 5/2/2014‏

Hey everyone:
Hope everyone's getting ready to enjoy some true Spring weather this weekend- quite a mixed bag here so far..
Here are some updates from the MM world:
"Holi" is still in the air... Catch up on some belated Holi celebrations this weekend..
& if you want to celebrate Holi - the "Mixed Masala style", don't forget to make it to our very own
HOLI 2014- MIXED MASALA STYLE on May 31st  in Prospect Park! 
For those of you looking for Indian Classical Dance & Music classes for your kids right here in Brooklyn, we have plenty to choose from.. 

MM Special Dispatch - NY casting call for 10-12 year old south asian boy‏

Hi MM'ers!  Our Mixed Masala member shared the casting call request below -- and we want to spread the word in case the next "Smith" is hiding somewhere within our network! If interested, please follow the submission details below.
Casting Call, see below, if interested, send current pics, age, height, weight 
Looking for Actors & Non-Actors.
NEEDED RIGHT AWAY: Casting the LEAD role for the upcoming Hollywood film "GOOD OL' BOY" starring Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl"), Brighton Sharbino("The Walking Dead") & Anjul Nigam ("Bad Words"). Shoots in New York, starting in less than a month.
Genre: Family Film, Coming-of-Age, Feel-Good Comedy.

The role is of "Smith", a 10-12 year-old South Asian boy to play Anjul Nigam's son (see picture:
Must be handsome, charismatic, innocent with a sense of bewilderment & have the ability to express a vast range of emotions. The whole film revolves around the role of "Smith".
More on the film:

(See details on the site) 

Mixed Masala Digest 4.14.2014

Summer is here... finally! Which means a multitude of fun, outdoor family events and festivals.... Including a few that spotlight talented local South Asian entrepreneurs!
Read more about the brains behind Tayzz Foods  and Brooklyn Delhi in this piece about Smorgasburg.
And hardcore devotees of the Brooklyn Flea will already know about vendors like "A Little of India" and Dosa Royale.
Also -- Did you catch the recent NYT blogs piece on "Raising a Hindu Kid in NY"? The author writes about her family's experience with Bal Vihar, which has also been profiled on the Mixed Masala site here.
Several fun events coming up:
Enjoy this warm week ahead!

Mixed Masala Digest 4.2.2014

Happy April Everyone!
Get your yoga on!  Asha is the featured yoga teacher for donation-based classes on Friday afternoons in Aprilat Bend & Bloom studio.  More details on our site.
April is for music and dance!
Little Ustaads just started a class that meets on Tuesday evenings - details on our site
One member is starting a Kathak class for 5-7 year olds - details on our site.
Navatnam is holding a Brooklyn Open House at Spoke the Hub on April 13th - discussion on our site, and Facebook event listing too!
A member is doing an Indian-flavored storytime on Saturdays - next up on April 26th - details on our site!
A member has a lovely Hindi-speaking babysitter who is looking for more hours - details on our site!

Make sure you've saved the date for our annual belated Holi celebration.  A great opportunity to enjoy some warm weather at Prospect Park with lots of fun for the kids - May in Prospect Park - RSVP on our site!
Have a great week!