Category Archives: awkward celebrity encounters

I Met Temple Grandin

Happy New Year!  What?  Is there something wrong with celebrating the new year mid-March?  Deal with it.  OK, OK.  I thought if I came in “Wrong But Strong” I could bully you into forgetting how wayward I’ve been with my blogging.  But seriously, you guys?  I’ve had tons of RL shiz popping off.  Lots of life changes, and exciting goings-on.  This awesome story happened a while back, but I’m so happy about it, I had to share.  And, I wanted to start off my new year of blogging hopefully inspiring you folks a bit.

Temple Grandin (film)

Temple Grandin (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here’s the tea:  my good friend, S, is a superhero who works with kids with autism spectrum disorders.  If you don’t know, I am very interested in autism and I really don’t think it gets enough attention.  S and I talk about autism all the time, and we are both huge fans of Temple Grandin, one of the leading animal behavior experts, autism advocates and a high-functioning autistic.

I first learned about Temple when I watched a biopic of her life , simply called “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes.  If you haven’t seen this movie, it needs to go on your list.  Claire Danes is incredible as Temple.  After meeting Temple in real life, I can safely say that she perfectly captured her idiosyncrasies, humor, and feisty spirit. As a young woman with a little-understood disorder in the 1950s, this story of “the woman who thinks like a cow” is so inspirational to me.  Seriously.  She overcame crazy odds to earn advanced degrees and innovate autism therapies.

Long story short, S asked me to speak at an annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.  I was going to offer tips on interpersonal communication (what my degree is in), as well as grooming and dating tips.  BUT, the conference wrapped up way early, so I didn’t get to speak.  Ah well.  I still got to hang around, meet people, and hear Temple speak at that night’s dinner.

How did I meet her? Well, S was Temple’s escort for the evening, so she had to drive her back to the hotel at the end of the night.  She asked me to tag along, and I made it my mission to take at least ONE pic of S with Temple since she hadn’t gotten any.  At first I was so nervous to chat with Temple, but she was great.  Very funny.  I asked her about her squeeze machine (!), which she said she no longer needs.  Awesome!

Here’s a pic of Temple and me.  Those are little animal pins on her lanyard.  I love her!

Isn’t this cool?  I know, no need to tell me.  It’s rare to meet one of your heroes and she is exactly the same in person.  Meeting Temple Grandin was killer, but it was just one of the dope things that happened while I’ve been away.  Stay tuned.  I’ll fill you guys in ASAP! Thanks for stopping by! xx

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HAIR- A Peek Inside Opening Night!

2009 Broadway revival poster

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As proof of my profound laziness and to introduce you to a good friend of mine, I’m linking to an awesome post about the recent Opening Night of HAIR on Broadway.  My good friend, Shaleah Adkisson, has been on tour with the production, which is making a pit-stop on Broadway for the summer.  Our good buddy, Alex, represented at Opening Night- and the fabulous party afterward. Ch-ch-check it out!

Musical Theatre Guy:

“Celebrating A Broadway Debut. . .”

Hope you’ve all had a great week! I’ll be back next week with fresh reviews, recommendations, and a new project! xx


Humility: It’s What’s For Dinner

Whoopi Goldberg, during dress rehearsal at Com...

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I love Whoopi Goldberg.  When I was three or four, I saw a clip of her pretending to be a little girl who wore a pillowcase on her head because she wanted “long, luxurious blond hair.”  I would crack my mom up by walking around the house wearing a pillowcase on my head because I wanted long hair, too.

I watch “The Color Purple” at least once a year (usually two or three times), and watching either “Sister Act” movie is probably really annoying with me because I say all of the lines aloud.

My mom likes Whoopi Goldberg, too.  Growing up, we had a huge “Ghost” movie poster at the top of the stairs in my house (along with a “Five Heartbeats” poster for some odd reason).

Why am I telling you these (mostly embarrassing) tidbits?  Because I want you to know that what I’m about to say in this post comes from a place of loveWhoopi, you lost your mind last week.  I’m  glad you got it back, though.

Lemme back up real quick.  Last Monday on “The View,”  Ms. Goldberg lost her shiz over a New York Times article that she claimed left her off a comprehensive list of black Oscar winners.  She lashed out at the paper, calling the piece “sloppy” and “shoddy.”  Check it out below (she seriously goes on for, like, five minutes.  Sorry about the title of the video- I couldn’t find another one!):

I love the part when she brings out her Oscar!  That’ll teach those haters over at the NYT to forget Whoopi!  Burn!  Or, it would have been.  If the NYT had actually effed up.

In fact, the article never claimed to list all black Oscar winners.  It was a critique of the lack of black stars in Oscar nominated roles this year.  Even worse, many of the films released in 2010 had no black characters in them at all.  This is actually a really important issue that should be discussed.  Instead, we were all talking about Whoopi Goldberg.

I get it.  Whoopi is a cultural icon, and if the NYT had left her off a comprehensive list, she’s got a right to be pissed.  But they didn’t, and when she realized she was wrong, she took two days to apologize (and even then it was kinda raggedy).  I’m sorry, but getting an Oscar doesn’t mean you get to throw hissy fits whenever you want.*  Maybe if she hadn’t been so caught up in needing to be mentioned, she would have read the article correctly.

I guess I just feel like a lot of artists let their egos get in the way of reality.  What we do is so important, but inflating oneself somehow takes away from the artistry of it, and makes it a game.  Winning an Oscar is a big deal.  I just wish that  Whoopi had acted more like an Oscar winner, and less like a sore loser.

*Okay, fine.  Maybe it does.  But the rest of us don’t have to like it.

Thoughts??  How do you feel about Whoopi?  Do you agree with the NYT article?  Do you love the movie “Clara’s Heart” as much as I do?  And can I play somebody if they make a “Color Purple 2?!”


My December (or Why I Didn’t Write)

You know, I started this blog over a year ago to discuss many things, but also to document my crazy life.  But that’s the thing with having a crazy life:  sometimes it’s too crazy to write about!  Don’t believe me?  Well, I’ll tell you about the  other things I’ve been doing that have made me too busy to write this month.  (Excuses, excuses. . .)

So, I didn’t write because. . .

“I was reconnecting with friends at the theatre.”

My friend, the beautiful Erin Wegner Brooks is currently on tour with the musical Young Frankenstein, and they came through Orlando December 1st.  Some friends and I got together to watch her, and even got a backstage tour afterward!

Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reunion: Iriann, Me, Erin, and Tyler

“I was trying to get on TV.”

Photo courtesy Andre D. Brown

Ever year, Disney films performances for its Christmas Day parade just a little bit in advance.  So, early this month, I joined the Encore! Cast Choir to sing with America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho.  Did you see me Christmas Day?  Yeah.  I thought not.

“I was helping plan an epic party.”

Work hard, play hard, right?  That’s what I like to think.  So, last year when my friend Terennce had the amazing idea to throw a dance party for other Entertainment peeps, I was definitely on board.  The 2009 party was such a good time, we decided to do it again this year.  Expectations were way high for us, but I think we pulled it off.

Party planning committee: Me, Alex, and Terennce

The best part?  We had a surprise guest!  My old buddy Bruno Mars was in town for a show at House of Blues, and he came with a friend of ours to check out our happenin’ fiesta.  I was wearing monster heels, so I took the prize opportunity to make him feel like a major shorty- which I hadn’t been able to do in YEARS.

Me: "Way to ruin our reunion photo, nerd." Him: "That's what you get!"

Jingle Ball 2010 was definitely a highlight of my December.  But there’s more!

“I was hanging out with my family.”

Mom, Dad, and Little Sis’ flew in from Hawaii to hang out in the theme parks.  Which were absolute INSANITY this time of year.  I spent a week hopping from park to park- in between working!  I also finally got to go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a guest (I’m busy!) and go through the queue line for the Forbidden Journey ride.  It was the business!

Hoping I get sorted into Slytherin by the Sorting Hat.

So, can’t you see how many other things were going on?  Isn’t it completely plausible that I might have taken a quick break?  Oh. . . who am I kidding?  I was just being lazy most of the time!  I promise to do better in the coming year.  Hopefully, I’ll have more amazing experiences to share with you.  2011, Here I come!

Happy New Year, everyone!  How was your 2010?  Will you be making any resolutions for 2011?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a safe NYE!


OH SNAP!

This was on PostSecret this morning, and I’m like, “Whoa!”  I hope it’s one of the Weasley twins.  Hahah!

Written on back: The world thinks you're perfect but our daughter deserves better

No, but seriously- that is kinda crazy to write in to PostSecret, no?  Hopefully this mom can get it together and let homeboy know he has a kid (if it’s true).  Sigh.  I wonder if the daughter has any special powers. . .?

Do you have a secret?  Good for you!  Don’t tell me what it is. . . but DO tell me what you thought of this post in the comments.  Have a great day!


Singing Out of Turn

 

"Your love is like BAAAAAD MEDICINE!"

 

Sometimes I wish life were like a musical.  Not all the time, because I wouldn’t want people breaking out into song while I’m shaving my legs or whatever, but still.  Sometimes I do wish I could sing my order at a restaurant.

And a lot of the time when someone is talking to me their words trigger songs titles in my head.  (Once, The Boyfriend was telling me a story about an ailing relative, and I accidentally started singing Run-DMC’s “You Be Illin'” under my breath.  I apologized for an hour.)

Still, I can’t imagine singing during some of life’s more. . . real moments.  Until now.  A few weeks ago I saw this video a friend posted on Facebook:

Bahahahaha!  That’s Deitra Hicks, star of several of Tyler Perry’s stage plays, and my new idol.  She really let out some Gospel riffs while defending herself at the People’s Court (or whatever that show is called)!  I mean, is that really the time to flex your vocal stylings?  Sigh.  I guess her insanity is our gain.

I’m gonna need this trend to continue.  I mean there’s already these crazy people who surprise Midwestern tourists in time square, but I want to see YouTube vids of soccer moms krumping at the DMV.  I need a little US Postal worker “Pippin,” or someone to bust into Mariah Carey at the drive-thru.

Let’s all pull together to make the dream reality.  I’ll do it, too.  Just don’t expect me to sing here, umkay?

What do you think?  Do you wish life was a musical?  Let me know in the comments, and have a great day!


Awkward Celebrity Encounter: Robert Pattinson

Check out this vid I saw on X17. Seems like Robert Pattinson is definitely in the “celebrity circle of life.” It starts out all cute with the paps following your every move. They compliment you. They ask you how your day is. They fill up your gas tank. Then, slowly but surely they start to annoy the eff out of you. One of two things happens next: either you stay indoors and refrain from hitting up the clubs, or you freak out on them and go off the deep end, a la Lindsay Lohan.

Which one will Rob choose? The jury’s still out, but he does try to get the cops (who could really care less) involved.  My favorite part is the psycho fangirl young lady who asks him about. . . being a keynote speaker?  What the eff?  His face is priceless.

Homegirl missed a golden opportunity there. If I happened upon RPatz in an alley it would not go down like that.  I’m not sayin’ I’m just sayin’.


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