Category Archives: out and about

I Went to NYC

I’m trying to be better at updating.  We’ll see how this goes. . .

Greetings, all!  I’m trying my best to catch you up (quickly) on what I’ve been doing (read: why I haven’t been updating) so far this year.  Here’s a quick look at my recent trip to NYC.  There are only highlights- there were no lowlights. LOL A bunch of my friends from all over (Hawaii, Florida, California) were going to be in the city at the same time, so it was a perfect storm of fun.  I got to see friends from high school, college, and performer friends I had been missing terribly.  I squeezed in an audition (it went OK!  They had nice things to say)

My friend Alex was kind enough to let me stay with him and show me around.  We had a blast eating and walking (and walking) our way around Manhattan.  Check out my trip in pictures:

My first visit to MoMA. I love modern art. No, really.

Alex won us tickets for the Book of Mormon lottery. The show was fantastic. I was inspired.

It snowed the second day! Hadn't been in snow since I was a toddler.

A and me about to see some bones at the Natural History Museum.

I'm mad he didn't come to life.

On our way to a night out with some of the Hawaii crew.

Me and A dancing it up at Barracuda.

Me and T living at Barracuda.

On the way to brunch in the village.

I think this was a lesbian bar? I dunno. It was near our brunch spot in the village.

Freezing on our way to see Lady Libs.

She's so pretty.

Being goofy in Times Square.

Exhausted! My last morning. Waiting for Alex at his audition at Chelsea Studios.

I had an absolute blast during my trip.  I didn’t want to leave (but then, I never do.  Wherever I go on vacation is usually awesome).  Where should I go on my next trip?  Suggestions are welcome.  Also,  check out Alex’s blog about living and auditioning in NYC here.  Thanks for stopping by! xx


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


Music Monday: Death Cab For Cutie

Way WAY in the back!

Howdy, all!  Now, normally I would use Music Mondays to bring you an artist that is new(er), or at least new to me, but today I’m taking a different track.  I saw Death Cab live on Saturday, and it was the balls.  So, I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about them.  ‘Cause I can.  Yay! Go me.

So, my friend Trevor and I braved the deluge we got here in Orlando on Saturday to catch their show at House of Blues.  This tour is to promote their newest album, Codes and Keys.  That album, which came out in May, is way different from anything I’ve heard from them before.  It’s very. . . happy.  I’m thinking that marriage agrees with lead singer Ben Gibbard (he’s hitched to super cutie Zooey Deschanel).  I’m still trying to gather my thoughts about it.  I like Codes for the most part, though.  Especially the lead single, “You Are A Tourist.” The video is funky and cute:

Luckily for me, I didn’t have to think to hard at the show.  They started off with a rocking 9-minute jam version of one of my favorites, “I Will Possess Your Heart” off their album Narrow Stairs.   They even played “Photobooth” off The Forbidden Love EP.  I think this might have been the first song of theirs I ever heard.  Hearing it live took me waaaay back.

That was probably the best thing about this show- remembering where I was when I heard those songs, or who I dedicated them to in my mind back then.  That and they sounded so great live.  Gifted musicians and well crafted songs are always a good time!

Death Cab for Cutie is on tour now- catch them if they’re in your town.  Click here for tour schedule.  And check out Codes and Keys.  Let me know what you think! Have a fantastic day.  Thanks so much for stopping by! xx


HAIR- A Peek Inside Opening Night!

2009 Broadway revival poster

Image via Wikipedia

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


The HAIR, The HAIR, Is Everywhere

Photo Credit: The Rock River Times

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (which you probably haven’t) you know that I have a deep love for the musical HAIR.  I grew up listening to many of the songs with my mom, and I fell in love with the New Cast Recording from 2009’s Broadway revival.  You can imagine my joy, then, when one of my dearest friends, Shaleah Adkisson, joined the 1st National Tour.  She’s been traveling the country for the last 9 months, but HAIR finally came to Orlando and I got to see Shaleah do her thing as a member of the Tribe.

It was such a wonderful week!  The roomies and I saw the show twice, and both times it was so powerful and such fun.  If you haven’t seen HAIR on stage, please do!  Be warned: people get butt naked in it.  For some reason, several people in the audience seemed not to know that, and were freaked out.  I feel like that is common knowledge, but whatevs.  So now you know.

"Duh DUNK!" Giving "Law & Order" intensity.

The best part about Shaleah being back in town is getting to take her to all of her favorite haunts.  Namely, Seito Sushi in Celebration.  I think we’ve spent hours there just talking, drinking plum wine, and gorging on their delicious sushi.  We might have single-handedly kept them in the black in 2008.

I’m definitely sad to see her go (boo!) but totes excited to celebrate her Broadway debut when the tour cast of HAIR goes to the Great White Way for 10 weeks this summer!  SQUEE!

Have any of you seen HAIR?  What did you think? A big Congratulations to Shaleah!  Click here for tickets to see HAIR on Broadway this summer. Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day! xx


Lauryn Hill Came to House of Blues Orlando

That’s right!  And- SPOILER ALERT!-  she was great!  There’s been a lot of talk around her new tour.  Folks are saying that she can’t sing anymore, that she freaks out on stage, and that the show isn’t worth the ticket prices.  In my experience, that just wasn’t true.  She sounded awesome, her arrangements were fire, and the whole live experience was soooo BOMB!

I went with a couple of friends from work, Trevor and Shawna;  as well as Trevor’s wifey Sumie.  We had a blast jamming out to the opening act, Hot 8 Brass Band (NOLA was well represented!).  After Hot 8 was a kind of annoying DJ who screamed “WHAT’S UP ORLANDO, CALIFORNIA?!!!!” at us.  It was embarrassing for him.

Me, Shawna, and Sumie, waiting for the show to start.

Trevor and I love Lauryn Hill!

Around midnight, Lauryn finally came out.  I was a little loopy by then.

 

A little out of it by midnight

Once the actual show got on the road, it was hot!  She did a couple of newer songs, and gorgeous versions of her hits from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, including a groovy version of “To Zion.”  She played pretty much non-stop, except for a couple of times when she had to make the band jam out while she fixed some sound issues.  I heard a lady in front of me say, “I think she might be a diva. . .” which cracked me up.  I don’t think folks realize how much bad sound impacts a singer’s performance.  Check it:  if your sound isn’t right, you could sound a hot mess, and even hurt yourself.  I loved watching her take charge of her band!

Probably the best part was a medley of Fugees songs that she did.  She sang and rapped everyone’s part!  It was bananas.  And I really liked her performance of “Killing Me Softly,” which is forever my jam.

Such a good night!  I’m so glad I didn’t listen to some of the chatter about Ms. Hill, because it was so worth it to see her live.  Definitely check her out if she comes to your area!  xx


I Went to the Circus!

Oh Lord!  It’s been forever since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a good reason:  I’ve been ill with the plague.  While in and out of my feverish delusions I had only one thought:  “MUST BLOG!”  Okay, fine.  I really didn’t think about it at all.  What I did think was, “how many doses of NyQuil I can take without slipping into a coma?”  But that’s beside the point.  The point is:  I went to the circus!  Here’s the story:

"FULLY CHARGED!"

Last week Thursday (before the onset of my personal plague) a big group of Disney friends and I headed down to the new Amway Center to catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

I was really excited because it has been years since I’ve been to the circus, and I really wanted to see some elephants.  There were protesters outside while we waited to get in, which made me feel bad.

But then I got over it, because there were elephants!  Standing on tiny stools and walking trunk-to-tail!

There were some really cool animal acts, including a Spanish-speaking tiger, and gorgeous horses.  My favorite part, though, had to be the acrobats.  There was a thrilling high wire act that had me on the edge of my seat.  There was also the Fernandez Brothers, a pair from Mexico who perform on giant swinging pendulums.  It was really exciting.  Mostly because they kept messing up and we all thought they were gonna die:

Yeah, it was a mess.  Still fun, though.  I’m glad I went, and I think I’d take my kids if I had any!

Have a good week everyone! xoxo



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