A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Happy New Year. I hope that you will start the new year off by joining me in person or vicariously as I explore these January events and more.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -January 29 through February 3, 2019 -Benedum Center
The 1971 movie Willy
Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my all time favorite childhood movies. My son loved the Tim Burton 2009 remake with Johnny Depp. Whichever
version you prefer, the story takes you to a world of imagination when Charlie Bucket and his grandfather find the golden ticket to tour the eccentric Willy Wonka’s chocolate
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will bring those Oompa-Loompas, inventions and featured songs
from the original film “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden
Ticket” to the stage.
Join me for a night of pure imagination at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from
January 29, 2019 to February 3, 2019 at the Benedum Center. For your golden ticket go to trustarts.org.
Idomeneo Reimagined-Pittsburgh Opera- January 26, 29, and February
1, 3, 2019- CAPA Theater
AfterWARds-Mozart's Idomeneo Reimagined is an opera sung in Italian to the words
and music of Mozart. It is set on the island of Crete following the Trojan
War. This 80 minute opera collides the words of four
strong characters; the King of Crete, his son, the Princess of Troy and
Princess of Argo. The Princess of Troy is rescued from a shipwreck
by the King’s son and love, betrayal, and eventually forgiveness results.
Join me for
AfterWARds and enjoy Mozart’s music sung by Pittsburgh’s resident artist in the intimate setting of the CAPA Theater. For
tickets go to pittsburghopera.org
Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center-3D films and a Free Movie Day on Jan 21, 2019
Rangos Gieant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center is a great way to beat the Pittsburgh winter gray sky blues. This larger than life cinema gives you a burst of color that uplifts the spirits. The theater shows Hollywood movies but I enjoy the 3D experience of the educational films. The enormous screen size, explosive surround sound technology and 3D visuals, takes you on an excursion without leaving your seat.
There are two new 3D educational films. American Musical Journey, narrated by Morgan Freeman, covers the history of jazz, blues, country, soul and rock as you travel from Nashville to New York and more. Backyard Wilderness focuses on the hidden world of nature in your own surroundings.
On Martian Luther King Day, Jan 21, 2019, Duquesne Light is partnering with the Science Center to offer a free movie day of Tiny Giants. This 3D educational film explores the miniature world of nature.
Join me and fill your day with color by enjoying a 3D immersive film experience at the Science Center. For tickets go carnegiesciencecenter.org.
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Heinz History Center-Hamilton Remix: History Meets Show Biz-Lecture
January 10, 2019
Pittsburgh is going Hamilton crazy with the Broadway musical playing for almost the entire month of January at the Benedum Center. Even if you don’t have a golden ticket to the musical, Hamilton-Remix:History Meets Show Biz should be an interesting night to learn the real historical facts and discover where Broadway hits the target or falls short. I really don’t remember much from my high school history classes so I am looking forward to Dr. Bell’s presentation on Alexander Hamilton’s American story. I am also quite curious to understand what is behind the mania surrounding this show.
Join me on Jan 10, 2019 for a fun history lesson on Alexander Hamilton or for a little historical preparation if you have one of those golden tickets to the Broadway show. For tickets go to heinzhistorycenter.org.
We Shall Overcome, A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring Damien Sneed-January 15, 2019-August Wilson Center
We Shall Overcome is a musical and poetic production. A repertoire of music that ignited civil rights activist and defenders will be performed with excerpts from Dr. Martian Luther King’s recorded speeches. This should be a night of music and inspiration with Damien Sneed. Damien Sneed has collaborated with jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and has toured with Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and the Clark Sisters.
Join me for We Shall Overcome and enjoy an inspirational night of music on Jan 15, 2019 at the August Wilson Center. For tickets go to trustarts.org.