Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 289-Lauderdale by the Sea at the Plunge Beach Hotel- Gems to “Plunge” into a Beach Getaway



As the summer commences there is nothing better than a quick  beach  getaway that does not break your  piggy bank.  From Pittsburgh there are reasonable and sometimes down right cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale.  When I think of Fort Lauderdale, I have flashbacks of my college crazy spring break days but  I recently discovered a quaint area to relax, Lauderdale by the Sea, just 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and a great boutique hotel located  on the beach, The Plunge Beach Hotel. This is a great combo that lets you  literally “Plunge” into it all!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Day 288 Immersive Encounter-The Clearing-Stay Curious-Bricolage Theater




In this quest for new things I came across Bricolage Theater which is synonymous with adventures theater (see Days 256- Midnight Radio and 279- WordPlay). The Clearing is a personal immersive theater experience where you are part of the story. My Blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book" recommends that we “Stay Curious” so I was ready to explore my first  immersive encounter (IE)  and venture into The Clearing!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Day 287 -On Your Feet, Musical- Dance in Your Seat-Pittsburgh CLO -Benadum Theater


As an 80’s girl, I loved dancing to the beat of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. That Cuban rhythm just makes you want to move! The musical, On Your Feet  tells how this pair overcame adversity to land “on their feet” in the music business.  This show will have you either on your feet or like me, dancing in your seat but it  also wonderfully celebrates Cuban Americans.

Day 286-William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)- Fancifully Hilarious Ride through Shakespeare –PPT-O’Reilly Theater



I  must  admit that I subscribe to the group that is not “Shakespeare savvy”.  During my school days, I used the  CliffNotes  to get through my required Shakespeare readings. I  enjoy  a good comedy  so I was willing to try The Reduced Shakespeare Company's comic  parody of  Shakespeare’s most famous characters and speeches in William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged). I was  intrigued to see how this three man show would mash-up  the tales and cover over 70 characters of this notable writer in 2 hours! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June/July Preview

Brigadoon Pittsburgh CLO- July 17-22, 2018-Benedum



Brigadoon is a classic musical about two American gentleman on vacation in Scotland who discover a mythical Scottish village that appears only for a day every 100 years!  During their exploration they find love but love in this mysterious world has a price. I remember watching the movie Briagdoon as a child  and being mesmerized by Gene Kelly’s dancing and the dreamlike scenes in this world.
 
Join me in visiting this mysterious Scottish village from July 17-22 ,2018 at the Benedum Center. For tickets go to pittsburghclo.org.

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Florida bound/Lauderdale by the Sea/Underwater Experiences 

 



Why not try a summer Florida vacation? The off season offers less crowds and better hotel prices.

 I recently discovered a quaint area to relax, Lauderdale by the Sea, just 7 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and a great boutique hotel located  on the beach, The Plunge Beach Hotel. I decided to go back to explore and try snorkeling and diving because this  area  boasts of a great off shore coral reef about ¾ miles from the beach and a nearby SS Copenhagen ship  wreck which is located in only 15-30 feet of water. 

Join me in trying a summer Florida excursion with  new underwater experiences at Lauderdale by the Sea.


Blog Post on area  Day 298 here
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The Art of the Brick-Lego Art Exhibition (Nathan Sawaya)-

Carnegie Science Center-June 22-August 30, 2018




Lego’s are not just for kids anymore. Artist Nathan Sawaya’s medium is the common building blocks known as Legos. He turns them into amazing works of artistic expression and encourages all to create in this exhibit.

Join me at the Carnegie Science Center from June 21-Aug 30, 2018 and enjoy the world’s largest  Lego art exhibition. For tickets go to carnegiesciencecenter.org.


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Day 285-Perfect Wedding -Finding Love in Confusion-CLO Cabaret


On the day that many were  glued to the TV to watch the royal “perfect  wedding” between  Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, I ventured to a hilarious “not so perfect wedding” at the CLO Cabaret  In  Perfect Wedding  the groom wakes up next to a stranger on the day of his nuptials and he has no idea who she is!  A Perfect Wedding is a romantic comedy where whatever could go wrong does go wrong but it spite of it all, everyone finds love.              

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Day 284 Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella-Partners in Love and Life-Heinz Hall



Everyone knows the Cinderella fairy-tale story where the prince rescues the mistreated girl and she lives happily ever after.This  Rodgers and Hammerstein musical version of Cinderella  not only has  humor, amazing music, and an  extravagant set, but also an  independent updated Cinderella.  This version  beautifully  celebrates equal partnership in love and life. It is the perfect treat in this month of  the real fairy-tale wedding of England’s Prince Harry and Megan Markle which broke some traditions and is a real life royal partnership love story. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Day 283 Storm Large & the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS-Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll-Wild Ride Honoring Love



The Pittsburgh Symphony POPS merges  the symphony with the diverse talents of  other artists giving us symphonic music “with a twist”.   Last weekend,  Storm Large, a 2006 finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova , brought her wild spirit to the show Love Lust and Rock n' Roll.   Her passion and sultry show was a fantastic wild ride honoring  love!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Day 282 Resonance Works-Opera-Dvorak's Rusalka-Charity Randall Theater- Innate Nature



 Rusalka is an opera based on  Slavic mythology which is similar to the Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. It's a love story of  a water nymph who falls for a prince and decides to transform into a human in order to  experience love in the human world but she can not change her innate nature.   I was excited to experience this transformation and the  Resonance Works production of this Czech opera  in the intimate setting of the Charity Randall Theater.   

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Day 281-Pittsburgh Ballet West Side Story Suite+Fancy Free+In the Night-Hybrid of the Arts




For the last show of the 2017-18 ballet season, the Pittsburgh Ballet premiers three dances in celebration of the  100th  birthday of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Suite, Fancy Free and In The Night.   In West Side Story Suite, the Pittsburgh Ballet combines classic dance with the iconic music of  the musical West Side Story. I was excited to  see  these premier dances and  experience “a little rumbling”  with some singing in  West Side Story Suite. This was an interesting hybrid of the arts!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May Preview of Events

Cinderella-May 22-27, 2018 at Heinz Hall              




Dreams really do come true in the  tale of Cinderella. The Broadway musical, Cinderella , is a  perfect treat in the month of  the real royal wedding of England’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This Rodgers and Hammerstein version with some humor, amazing music, and an  extravagant set  is sure to be a fairy tale evening.

Join me for a night where dreams come true in Cinderella  at the Heinz Hall on May 22-27, 2018. For tickets go to TrustArts.org.

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 A Perfect Wedding- May 10-August 12, 2018 -CLO Cabaret Theater 


A Perfect Wedding  should be the “perfect” romantic comedy  as wedding season approaches. (I am going to 2 weddings in June). The day of the  nuptials the groom wakes up next to a stranger and has no idea who she is.  This sounds a little like the move The Hangover that had me in tears laughing.

Join me for a Perfect Wedding at the Cabaret at Theater Square from May 10-August 12, 2018 and see how the groom gets out of this one. For tickets go to TrustArts.org.

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Storm Large with The Pittsburgh Symphony POP- May 11-13, 2018-Heinz Hall

  
Storm Large, a 2006 finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova , will bring her  wild spirit to the show Love Lust and Rock n' Roll  with the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS. I love how the symphony brings a variety of artist and conductors to entertain. Under the direction of Michael Krajewski, this should be an interesting  rock 'n' roll spin on her tribute  love!

Join me at Heinz Hall on May 11-13, 2018 for a passionate and sultry Storm Large with the Pittsburgh Symphony for a little Love, Lust and Rock n' Roll. For tickets go to https://pittsburghsymphony.org.

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Resonance Works Opera- Dvořák’s Rusalka May 11 and May 13, 2018-Charity Randall Theater


I have never seen a production of Resonance Works. Rusalka is an opera based on  Slavic mythology which is similar to the Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid . It's a love story of a mermaid that falls for a prince and must decide to give up her voice and immortality to become human.

Join me for this love story  at   Charity Randall Theater, 4301 Forbes, Ave on May 11 and May 13, 2018. For tickets go to http://www.resonanceworks.org.

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Decades Rewind-Music of 60's 70's and 80's-May 5, 2018-Byham 


Decades Rewind is a musical  party of sound and visuals of the  60’s, 70’s and 80’s (see Day 189).
When you’re a child of these decades you know all the hit songs and when you hear the music, you sing the words, you add a little dancing, and then bingo-you’re in your own special flashback memory. I saw this show last year and it was  non-stop fun! 

Join me for a musical celebration  of three decades  in Decades Rewind on May 5, 2016 at the Byham Theater. For tickets go TrustArts.org.

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 West Side Story Suit+ Fancy Free+ In The Night with PBT Orchestra May 4-6, 2018-Benedum



For the last show of the 2017-18 ballet season, the Pittsburgh Ballet premiers three dances in celebration of the  100th  birthday of collaborators Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story, Fancy Free and In The Night.  

West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals. The Pittsburgh Ballet combines classic dance with the iconic music of this musical and the dancers even sing!

Join me for  Pittsburgh Ballet 's three premiers and  experience a ballet with some singing on May 4-6, 2018 at the Benedum Theater.  For tickets go to https://www.pbt.org/.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Day 280 WordPlay-Storytelling With a Musical Spin-An Intimate Experience




The Bricolage Theater  is synonymous  with “adventurous theater”.  It  is a forum were art can be  pushed to new limits.   In the show WordPlay, actors, writers, and just ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music.  This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin as a  DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. I recently saw this show which was an entertaining yet intimate experience as strangers shared their lives.   


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Day 279- Potted Potter-A (Harry Potter) Whimsical Parody



I always loved reading the Harry Potter books with my son but I must admit that I have not read all 7 books.  These books are not just for kids. We all know someone who ran out at midnight to get the  first edition of each book in the series that takes readers to the   magical world at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Potted Potter is a whimsical parody that covers all 7 books in 70 minutes!  I was excited to experience this condensed comedy on the adventures in these beloved books.   

Reflection

There seemed to be more adults than kids in the audience. This show appealed to both the young and mature as the comedy was layered. The first  layer was for the kids and then they kicked in something for the adults. It was like the Disney movie Shrek, where some of the donkey’s “side lines” were more for the adults.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Day 278- Happy Earth Day- Rachel Carson Challenge-Training Hikes- Endurance



What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to try a 7.5 mile training hike for the Rachael Carson Challenge.  Rachel Carson was one of the first "nature writers" whose book, Silent Spring (1962), is credited with fueling the environmental movement. The Rachel Carson Challenge
 is a 35 mile one day hike on rugged terrain on June 23, 2018 (the longest day of the year which makes sense because you need all the daylight that you can get to finish it). Since  this  blog is all about trying new things and obtaining your personal best, I thought admitting with some trepidation, that  I would  at least attempt  the first 7.5 mile training to see if I had what it takes to endure.

Reflection
  My initial reaction to this  daunting Challenge was that attempting it would be crazy because 1) I am really not in superwoman shape and 2)  walking from sun up to sun down seems a little too "Forest Gump like" to me, not  to mention feet aching, muscle burning, literally never ending.   The weekly training hikes  progressively increase in length to prepare you for the mother-lode hike.  The training hikes seem to be a better choice for me.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Day 277 Carnegie Science Center's Rangos Giant Cinema-Hollywood Experiences and 3D Films-Immersive


*The Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Giant Cinema is literally a giant theater. They have started evening movies or “Hollywood Experiences” and also have 3D educational films. I recently viewed the  80’s iconic Prince film, Purple Rain  as part of the Hollywood Experiences and the 3D Amazon Adventure  that chronicles Henry Bates’ 11 year exploration of the Amazon rain forest. I have not viewed a movie on this mega  screen in many years but  was excited for an immersive experience!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Day 276- Midtown Men with Pittsburgh Symphony POPS-Nostalgic Night


I have recently made the Pittsburgh Symphony part of my empty-nest repertoire (Day 266 and especially the POPS, that pair an array of artist  with our Grammy award winning Pittsburgh Symphony (Day 229). The Midtown Men are four original cast members from the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. I was excited  to experience a little Four Seasons, Beatles, Motown, and more, as they harmonized, accompanied by our fantastic symphony.  This was a nostalgic night through the 60’s.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Day 275 Mummenchanz-Imaginative Swiss Theater Troup


My blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book recommends that we “use [our] imagination”.  Mummenchanz is an imaginative Swiss theater troupe  that really thinks outside of the box. I saw them once in the 1980’s and I was amazed with their ability to use ordinary objects in very extraordinary ways. It was a visual explosion of acrobatics, mime, imagery, puppets, lights, props and more.  I have waited three decades to see them again and I could not wait to experience their recent Pittsburgh show, You and Me.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April Preview of Events


Potted Potter –Byham Theater- Friday April 27 to April 29, 2018 



I always loved reading the Harry Potter books to my son. So many of my friends ran to get the first editions of each book enjoying  the magical world of the Potter series. Potted Potter is a parody that covers all 7 books in 70 minutes! This should be a cleaver adventure of laughs based on these beloved books.   


Join me at the Byham on a whimsical parody for Potter buffs of all ages.     For tickets go to https://trustarts.org/production/59276.

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Word Play- April 13-14, July 27-28, November 16-17, 2018- Bricolage Theater



The Bricolage Theater  is synonymous  with “adventurous theater”.  It  is a forum were art can be  pushed to new limits.   In the show WordPlay, actors, writers, and just ordinary people, tell their own stories with the injection of music.  This is grown- up storytelling with literally a spin as a  DJ spins real-time soundtracks during the dialogue. This should be an intimate experience as  these strangers  share their  lives.   

Join me for the creativity and intimacy of  WordPlay at the Bricolage Theater on Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh. For tickets go to Bricolagepgh.org. 
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Midtown Men with the Pittsburgh Symphony- April 13 and 15, 2018-Heinz Hall



The Midtown Men are four original cast members from the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys.  They bring the music and style of the 1960’s to the stage. I can’t wait to experience a little Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown, and more, as they harmonize with  our award winning  Pittsburgh Symphony.  This should be a nostalgic night through the 60’s! (preview here)

Join me for a  little 60's nostalgia with the Midtown Men and the Pittsburgh Symphony at Heinz Hall. For tickets go to Pittsburghsymphony.org.
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Day 274 Good Friday Stations- Revisit to St Anthony's Chapel -Troy Hill


On this Good Friday I am re-posting  the Station of the Cross experience at St. Anthony's Chapel. I revisited this Chapel again last week. The beauty of trying and sharing new things is the discovery of "new likes" on this journey.

During  this  Easter season, I venture to the little chapel in Troy Hill that I discovered last summer (see Day 35 )  and experience the Stations of the Cross. I have been to the stations of the cross, (the telling of the story to Calvary),  but it was a new experience at St. Anthony's Chapel  with life sized sculptures.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Day 273-Rent-PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh-Power of Love




Rent in 1996  was one of the first rock operas to hit Broadway. It chronicles an unforgettable and inspiring year  of seven poverty struck artists in a NYC Greenwich Village flat determined to follow their dreams (art for art’s sake) but  they can’t  pay  the  rent.  Being a practical person, my first thought about this plot was “get a job, so you can pay the rent” but, when I first experienced this  show, I  became immersed in the music. This rock opera  emulates the power to overcome adversity in the shadow of  HIV/AIDS with diverse forms of love.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Day 272- Pittsburgh Opera-Moby Dick-A Powerful Tale, A Powerful American Opera


I have recently added the Pittsburgh Opera to my empty- nest repertoire but I have only experienced one other American Opera (see Day 212 Summer King). Moby-Dick  is an American opera with music by Jake Heggie and lyrics by Gene Scheer.  It is based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. I have to admit that I never  read the book but I know the story of  Captain Ahab’s feverish pursuit of the great white whale that took his leg. It's the story of the whale’s defeat of  man. I was excited to see if the musical strength of the predominately male cast would match the power of this man versus beast story in this Pittsburgh Primer of Moby-Dick.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Day 271- Heisenberg-Pittsburgh Public Theater-Unpredictable Romance/Predictable Needs -O’Reilly Theater


  

 Heisenberg is a romantic comedy named after physicist Werner Heisenberg who pioneered the “Uncertainty Principle”- a particle’s position and momentum can  not be  measured at the same time.  The play applies this scientific unpredictability to the development of a relationship between a spirited 40 something year old American woman, Georgie Burns, and a 75 year old Irishman, Alex Priest. Heisenberg, by Simon Stephens, reminds us that although relationships may be unpredictable, human needs are the same at any age.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Day 270 Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Event “A Song of Thrones”-Medieval Meets Modern




The recent Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Event, "A Song of Thrones” featured some of their ornate operatic  costumes in conjunction with fashions by Diana Misetic of Shadyside fashion studio and boutique, Little Black Dress. What I enjoy most about the opera experience is that it’s  an extravagant production of set, costumes, and of course sound.  Mixing the pageantry of  the opera with  fashion is a dramatic way to display clothing. Since the theme for this fashion show was based on the epic television series “Game of Thrones,” the experience was a dramatic mixing of medieval and modern worlds.   

Friday, March 9, 2018

Day 269- Waitress- Pittsburgh Broadway Series-Savor the Flavors


The musical Waitress,  similar to this blog,  is about a  woman’s  life journey.  Unlike me, who struggles with cooking and baking, Jenna is an expert pie baker who used this delicious skill to cope with a burnt life in a small town.  Jenna and her two friends, Becky and Dawn, are waitresses who through friendship and love eventually  savor the flavors of a better life (culinary puns are intended).   

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Day 268 Bodyguard-Pittsburgh Broadway Series-Punches With Music and Suspense


The musical, The Bodyguard, is based on the iconic 1992 movie with the same name that skyrocketed Whitney Huston's career. The movie was packed with record billboard hits: So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My love, and the song that always gives me goose bumps- I Will Always Love You.   Who can forget the romance between singing superstar, Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) and Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), who was the former secret service agent  hired as Marron’s bodyguard to protect her from an obsessed stalker/assassin. It was a thriller and a love story. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Day 267-Pittsburgh Ballet-Swan Lake-Masterful, Classical, Beautiful –A Fairy Tale



My blog inspiration book, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book” reminds us to “Take in some culture once in awhile”. There is nothing more cultural than the  ballet Swan Lake. In fact, this love story is the pinnacle of classical ballet with the demanding technique of the dance for the principle dancer  who takes on the roles of both  Odette (White Swan) and Odile (Black Swan). With the  additional pairing of  Tchaikovsky’s  score which was performed  live by the  PBT Orchestra, this was a masterful performance!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Day 266 Dave Bennett -“From Swing to Rock” with Pittsburgh Symphony POPS-Musical Journey

Dave Bennett, Multi-talented repertoire

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra collaborated with  Dave Bennett to bring the  legendary  swing sound of Benny Goodman and the rock n’ roll sounds of   Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, and Johnny Cash to Heinz Hall  in the show “From Swing to Rock”this weekend.  Dave Bennett, a self-taught jazz clarinet player, also played the electric guitar, piano, drums and sang, taking everyone on a musical journey with the Grammy winning Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Sarah Hicks.
 
Sarah Hicks
Refection

Dave Bennett with his multi-talented repertoire had the audience on a musical ride from the 1930's big band swing era to the 1950's rock n' roll beginnings. Opening with "In the Mood", he played the clarinet in the famous Benny Goodman style. He then slid into a "Swing Medley" adding five more big band favorites with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. “Serenade in Blue” with the  full sounding orchestra  was “dreamy” but during most of this set, I wanted to jump up and do a jitterbug. I joined many in the audience who were tapping their feet and bobbing to this music.     
 
Bennett playing Jerry Lee Lewis Medley with PSO
Then Dave Bennett transitioned into  piano playing  Jerry Lee Lewis with a medley of six songs which ended with “Whole Lot of Shakin Going On”.  He injected  energetic key pounding adding his foot to the keys, which is characteristic  of “wild man” Lewis!

It was a fun ride.  Bennett even produced that smooth low tone “Elvis voice” with his  guitar riffs  which made the Elvis Medley from “Heart Break Hotel” to  “"Blue Suede Shoes" bounce. He then cruised into “Love Me Tender” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” which was impressive with the added symphonic sound.  


In the second half, there was a  Johnny Cash set and Bennett performed his original “Lonesome Highway” . The jazzy "Wichita Lineman" allowed his band to jam  and then “Sing Sing Sing”  gave us all a little more big band sound near the conclusion of the show both of which are on  Bennett's new CD, Blood Moon.


Sarah Hicks was wonderful to watch as she conducted the PSO down this musical  highway.   Bennett  and his jazz band with the Pittsburgh Symphony gave us a  fantastic whimsical  musical journey from swing to rock n’ roll!

I will definitely keep the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS 2017-2018 season in my survival tool box. I am looking forward to  Midtown Men, with the  four original Broadway singers  from Jersey Boys, continuing the musical journey  through the 60’s with this  Grammy winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Spiritual Reflection
And the priest said to them,"Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord"  (Judges 18:6)

Other Sources
POPs https://pittsburghsymphony.org/pso_home/web/subscribe-pops-17-18
Wichita Lineman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIRudfrOPfo


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Day 265 Multiple Choice Events at Wilson Center- (Meetings) Anthony Hamliton, Experimental Dance




Movement  performed to the sound of 64 miniature robotic devices that  produce  rhythms for the  show Meetings is definitely thinking outside the box which is just what Austrian choreographer, Anthony Hamilton is known for, and is  just what this blog is all about.  I was excited to experience Hamiton's collaboration with dancer, composer and sound engineer, Alisdair Macindoe, which brought  a unique performance duo for  another Multiple Choice Event to the August Wilson Center. I was ready for Meetings, my first  “experimental dance/sound instillation” experience!  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

March/February Preview of Events and Posts

Since this blog is  all about keeping a forward trajectory in midst of change and reaching your personal best, I wanted to preview some of my planned experiences in  the hope  that it will inspire some to join in. As Dale Carnegie once said, "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Let's all get busy!

RENT-PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh-March 27-April 1, 2018- Heinz Hall 


Rent  is a 1996 rock musical about poverty struck artists living in a NYC Greenwich Village flat who are determined to follow their  dreams but  have problems paying the  rent.  Being of a practical mind, my first thought about this  plot was, “get a job so you can pay the rent”.  After experiencing the show  several years ago, I was hooked by the fantastic music that emulates the power of love.  Rent chronicles an unforgettable  and inspiring  year of  these individuals in the shadow of  HIV/AIDS .  

Join me and experience the power of  love in all forms in this rock musical at the Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. For tickets go to TrustArts.org.

RUSH: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is sponsoring $25.00  tickets on a first come in- person bases  2 hours before the show at the Heinz Hall box office.   Tickets for the RUSH are  for the  first three rows of the orchestra section available for cash only and  limited to two tickets per person

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Pittsburgh Opera -Moby-Dick - March 17, 20 23, 25, 2018- Benedum Center


I have recently added the Pittsburgh Opera to my empty- nest repertoire but I have only experienced one American Opera (see Day 212 Summer King). Moby-Dick  is an American opera with music by Jake Heggie and lyrics by Gene Scheer .  It is based on the classic novel by Herman Melville. With the strong male cast  and a story that  chronicles  Captain Ahab’s feverish pursuit of the great white whale that previously took his leg, this should be a powerful musical night!  

Join me and experience this Pittsburgh premier of the American Opera Moby-Dick at the Benedum Center March 17,20,23,25, 2018. For tickets go www.pittsburghopera.org.

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Pittsburgh Opera Fashion show-“ Songs of Thrones”- March 19, 2016-Opera Headquarters, Strip District 



The Pittsburgh Opera Fashion Show, "Songs of Thrones"  is going to feature some of their ornate costumes in conjunction with fashions by Diana Misetic of Shadyside fashion studio and boutique, Little Black Dress. How fun to mix the pageantry of operatic fashions with life fashions!  I have never watched the epic series “Game of Thrones” but know that it has medieval  plot. I can’t wait to see how they combine the past with the present in this night of song and fashion.

There will also be resident opera artist molding the costumes from the vault, hair and make up styling by Studio Booth, and jewelry designed pieces for the show and for purchase by artist Deborah Phillips and Murial Spitz.  

Join me and support the Pittsburgh Opera at this evening of  fun and fashion with a medieval twist at  at the Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters in the Strip District. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres  are at 6:30 with the show  at 7:30.  For tickets  click here

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Heisenberg, March 8 to April 8, 2018 Pittsburgh Public Theater

It’s always fun to laugh at romance and Heisenberg  is a romantic comedy named after physicist, Werner Heisenberg that pioneered the  “Uncertainty Principle”- that  particles position and momentum  can not be  measured at the same time.  The play applies this scientific unpredictability to a relationship between a spirited 40 something year old American women and a 75 year old Irishman.  I can’t wait to see the stages of this seemly mismatched relationship  as it is performed in the round with the audience on all sides.

Join me for a little Irish/American unpredictable romance in Heisenberg at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.  For tickets go to  https://ppt.org/production/51429/heisenberg.

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