Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday post

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 The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead. Join in weekly, bi-weekly or for a monthly wrap up. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


 

LOOKING FORWARD to August



This week I planned for my trip to Philly for an improv retreat and connected with some people who will be in my cabin. You can't imagine how close you feel to people who do improv so meeting a few in person will be like the cream on the cake!

I took a pic of this bus advertisement because it reminded me of my friend's mom

Ate this chocolates while writing this post




 I also found a swim pool near my home to take my son. Yesterday, my son was at the playground and the rain clouds started rolling in.  We raced home and made it before the  drops fell(so grateful).

I also made it to Five Below and bought some five pound weights and incense and a few random things.  I was going to try and make it to Bath and Body to get some Lavender perfume because I guess it's an aroma that people really love but I may just have to buy it online.


My son and I got pizza near Phoenix Theater this week


Upcoming Fringe Shows

By Ripped Nylons Productions
8-15th(theater in the Round)








Readers please comment below

 

ON THE BLOG


Reading
I went to Barnes and Noble to get some inspiration (unbearable heat this week)

I came across this Stephen Hawking book, "A Life From the Beginning to End". A lot of physicists look at him as average but most recognize that they didn't have to do great work while also juggling the task of a voice synthesizer.





Sunday, July 31, 2022

Sunday Blog post

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 The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead. Join in weekly, bi-weekly or for a monthly wrap up. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


 

LOOKING FORWARD to JULY


This week went fast. I wrote some comedy sketches. I usually take  two hours in the week to stop and make time for this.  I went shopping for some shirts at the thrift shop. I also started shopping on a site called Shein.  The site ships from China and I got some skirts, and this cute renaissance belt.  (very affordable:)





I bought my son a Huggy Wuggy from Amazon, and when he got it it was in a  space saver bag, but it was so air tight I could barely recognize the stuffed Wuggy and wondered if it could possibly be in there, but rest assured it was (picture below).




Upcoming Fringe Festival Shows


Shoe Night @MN Fringe Festival, Theatre in the Round, August 5-14

The Witchy World of Luna Muse @MN Fringe Festival August 4th






Readers please comment below

 

ON THE BLOG


Reading
I'm in Love with Sarah Hogle after this novel.  She really knows how to write an emotionally intelligent character and one with flaws. In this one, a character was catfished by her best friend who she works with at a hotel (both females) and the picture of the male she uses to catfish is actually someone whom the protagonist will later fall for and boy does that guy have anxiety! I just couldn't get enough.  I loved the setting of the hotel and the secret hiding spots. It reminded me of hide-and see games I used to play with my brothers.

Things We Never got Over was my second fav this week.  I usually love more softer chic lit but I did like how the protagonist has to rescue the daughter of her twin sister and I love how the male romantic interest was pretty rough around the edges sometimes downright insulting the heroine as he also showers her with gifts because get this! He's got some money stashed away. So much to love about this novel.



Sunday, July 24, 2022

Interview with Curvee B #MNfringe

photo of Curvee

 

Karaoke meets improvisational burlesque at this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Audience members will have the chance to sing their favorite songs, along with a rotating cast of burlesque performers as they try and make it sexy. 

I have with me Curvee B, a burlesque performer and producer.

Curvee B, how did you get your start in burlesque?

In 2018, I was looking for a new activity that complemented the body positivity journey I was on. As a fan of personal growth work, I believe in stepping outside of my comfort zone and found burlesque offered a supportive space to bring these things together. I started taking classes at Minnsky Theater and later The Rose Academy of Burlesque. In August 2019, I competed and won Nudie Newbies, a local burlesque competition show. In the fall of 2021, I leveraged my background in project management and passion for making more spaces available for individuals to perform and started co-producing a monthly cabaret show: TC Cabaret. And now, here I am producing my dream show: Karaoke After Dark, with Orthogonal Productions.

 

What inspires your own burlesque performances?

When I begin putting together a new act, yes, music, costumes and choreography are the tools I use, though the inspiration comes from creating pieces that celebrate my body. As someone who never thought a body like mine deserved to be seen, let alone shine on a stage, I am challenging those old scripts about what I/society thought me and my body could do. I’m reclaiming my space and transforming it into a powerful and positive force. It’s also important for me to feel like it’s making a difference. I’m hopeful that others can feel inspired to do things that step them outside of their comfort zone, encourage them to grow and bring them joy.

 

How does it feel to have live audiences and theater back?

As a self-declared extrovert (okay, other people know it too), I am thrilled to be back on stage. It’s also been enjoyable to be an audience member and support talented individuals and their art. Creating memorable experiences together is life-giving and live theater offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else.

 

This show is a mixture of karaoke and burlesque, can you give us some songs you will be performing or talk about themes?(correct me if I’m wrong)

This show combines three of my favorite things. Karaoke, Burlesque, and Improv. How do those things work together? Well, let me tell you. 

 

Karaoke. At each show audience members will sign-up to sing a karaoke song of their choice (from the curated list of 100+ songs). They will be on stage, have a rockstar mic, karaoke lyrics at their fingertips, and will perform vocally while the burlesque performers make it sexy. 

 

The karaoke list has songs that meet the criteria of being an excellent karaoke song, are fun to burlesque to, and work within the length of the show. While most karaoke lists are broken down by song, artist, or genre, we leveled it up with some pretty fun categories. There are too many to share here, so you’ll have to come and see what we have selected! With that said, here are my top 4 categories:

  1. “What Are You Wearing?” only makes sense to have since the burlesque performers will be taking theirs off. Songs like: “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and “Thong Song”.

  2. In “Dating Apps Made Me Do It” we have the breakup songs everyone needs. Songs like: “I Will Survive” and “Bye, Bye, Bye”.

  3. “Body Positive AF” songs are to remind you of the awesome human you are. Songs like: “All About That Bass” and “Juice”.

  4. “Sorry (not sorry)” are those songs that sound like apologies, but, we all know they really aren’t. Songs like, “Oops, I Did It Again” and “It Wasn’t Me”

 

Burlesque. Each night has a star-studded rotating cast of 6 performers from the Twin Cities and St. Cloud area. So, you’ll definitely want to be there to see ALL of their talents. *wink*

 

Improv. The burlesque performers will not know what karaoke song they are performing to until they hit the stage. Their outfits range from classic gowns and boas to nerdy and kitschy costumes. No matter what the song, they will make their outfits work. Each performer is excited to embrace the artistry of creating a live theater moment that feels authentic, inspired, sexy, and fun. 

 

What do you hope the audience will take away from this performance?

Ultimately, I want them to feel like they’ve had a fun, sexy, and memorable evening. For the audience members who don’t sing, I want them to feel like they are part of a unique experience made just for them. For the audience members who sing, I want them to feel supported and empowered to be their rockstar selves on the karaoke mic. It’s important to create an inclusive and supportive environment. If even one person comes away from the show inspired to begin doing karaoke, burlesque, chair, dance, or improv, I will be happy. It takes courage to perform, period and I want everyone to feel like a star!

 

What is the funnest thing about the Fringe Festival so far?

The excitement of creating a really unique experience, booking such an amazing cast of talented performers, and feeling the anticipation build to see what stage magic will be created at each show. 

 

Do you have any upcoming performances?(outside the fringe)

Yes. I am co-producer of TC Cabaret. Our show is at the Brass Rail on the first Friday of the month. Each month we book an inclusive and diverse cast of performers who perform burlesque, drag, pole, dance, sing, and more, from the Twin Cities area and beyond. Check out @tccabaret and @curvee_b_burlesque on Instagram.


Contact Curvee B
Instagram: @curvee_b_burlesque 
Facebook: Curvee Bea


Come see the show @ the UofM Rarig Arena
Aug 4, 6, 9, 13, and 14
(18+ only)
Tickets and additional information at:

Friday, July 22, 2022

Shoe Night by EnCompass Theatre #MNfringe

 


A chat with the cast of Shoe Night on this years Minnesota Fringe Festival.


How does it feel to have live audiences and theater back?


  •  It feels amazing! It’s like I’m a fish back in water after a long time on shore. - William Edson/Actor

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Review: Much Ado About Nothing at Mounds Theater



Two years ago Fearless Comedy shut down their production of William Shakespeare’s classic Much Ado About Nothing . Instead of tiptoeing around like most theaters, Fearless is braving through with this play and more ahead.

Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with themes of honor, shame, and court politics. The play revolves around two romantic pairings that emerge, when a group of soldiers arrive in the town. Captain Benedick(Phillip D. Henry) and Beatrice(Suzanne Victoria Cross) are tricked into confessing their love for each other and Claudio(William Edson) has a misunderstanding about his love interest, the Hero(Nicole Laurenne). 

It's a brave move for any theater to take on a play by Shakespeare, as the texts take a great deal of focus, to perform. In this adaptation, actors did not use a stage, but instead performed on the floor at Mounds Theater with the audience sitting in a semi-circle of chairs. Being that the audience is in such close proximity, it's almost as if the actors were speaking directly to patrons, as if to say: we know you’re there, I hope you like what you see.

Setting the play during 16th century Shakespeare's time limits what a director can do. This adaptation was set during wartime, made clear by ragtime music and dancing. Lights were dimmed with a hint of blue (light design by Steffen Moeller). The characters wore military uniforms, berets and rayon dresses.

The set consisted of a chandelier and a few hanging stars. The characters didn’t seem to need many props or backgrounds. Instead they used their entire bodies, laying under benches with their heads peeking out to show an exaggerated form of spying. Or inching their way across the stage in an army crawl hiding behind something as simple as a lantern. They completely took the audience by surprise as they dropped buckets to create a ruckus. Their scuffles behind closed curtains created a sense of mystery. They often shouted lines off stage from balconies, or entered a scene with a massive amount of energy and vigor (fight and intimacy choreography by H. Ashley).

By the second act, I was able to adjust to the classic language and became familiar with each character and their role. The audience is allowed to hear the dialogue exactly as written but actors spoke with their own nuanced interpretations, often putting emphasis on single words that mean something entirely different nowadays. A line like this is especially funny: “You have to put him down my Lord, you have to put him down.” In this line Don Pedro is encouraging Beatrice to entrap her lover. 

Fearless did an amazing job of adapting their play for a modern audience, and the energy in this production was unlike anything I've seen before.

Come and see the play Much Ado About Nothing, upcoming shows May 12th,13th, and 14th. Tickets at moundstheatre.org Fearless will also be continuing their Murder on the Mississippi show on June 24th and 25th and July 15th and 16th.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate #sunday post, , #minnskytheater

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO JULY


I had a great week. I started juicing.  I guess I indulged too much in October, around my birthday, and wanted to lose a few pounds so I started on fruit juices. Any kind really; orange, pineapple, apples even star kiss fruit.  

I also started driving for Grub Hub and that's pretty much all I did yesterday.  It's actually quite addicting.  Much like Uber, you pick up food for one customer and then the next customer and then the next and all the while you're calculating your pay and tips and shooting for goals, and then the night is over.  Yesterday, was a high demand day so I got an extra $2.75 per customer. Needless to say, it was fun.

I also went to see a cabaret at Minnsky theater. (The picture above is from all the cast members) It was a Star Wars themed. So it had droids and space ships, dancing and a wide variety of costumes. I'm hoping to interview a member of the cabaret later this week so stay tuned.

CURRENTLY

Reading:  Jane Doe, by Victoria Helen Stone, (thriller) Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (YA)


Listening:Clockwork Century (Sci-fi) by Cherie Priest 

Watching: My Brilliant Friend


ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

(Not a whole lot so I'll talk about last week)

Saturday: Weekend Warriors


Sunday: The Sunday Post

Up Coming:
Sunday:Weekend Warriors and Sunday Post 

Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.





Picture from my Grub Hub trip

Friday, July 15, 2022

Bootstrapped, My TV Film Fest Week #amjoy

Flashback post from three years ago




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme
Today's post will link up to The Sunday SalonThe Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves for weekly updates.

           LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER


As I mentioned last week, I went to an independent TV festival in Duluth called the Catalyst.



Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Happy Halloween and Twin Cities shows including 'A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with The Griswolds' (Hennepin Trust)





           LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER

Where there's a will, there's a way-English Proverb


This week I read an article about how NASA has taken an interest in
Venus as a possible planet for us to colonize vs Mars.  The article talked about the possibility of floating blimps above the acid rain. 

I also drive for ride-share. A lot of the homeless are being shuttled to hotels in Bloomington. Thank God! It’s too cold to be homeless in the Twin Cities.

I also learned about the winter carnival this year and how patrons will be able to see the ice sculptures and so forth from their car. I've been writing more than ever and doing my best to post to Medium.com I also did improv this week.

I read an article from Jimmy Carraine, an improviser, who stated artists need to be Just Good Enough, not perfect.  In his blog he states: For most artists, creating is the fun part. The problem comes when they want to get their work out in the world. ...If you have been slaving away for decades writing a play, a book, or a film/TV script, at some point you are going to have show it to someone who actually could do something with it like produce it or publish it or at the very least represent you.



Pictures from my week


My son with two friends

Shows I'm Excited about 




Twin Cities Horror Fest



HUGE Improvathon






 A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with The Griswolds: An Evening with Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. (CT).  Tickets at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.



That was my week, please tell me about yours in the comments below.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Sunday Post #amwriting

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LOOKING FORWARD TO MARCH

I thought I'd share some more fun ride-share stories I've heard.




Extreme Habits

An extreme habit that my ride-share client told me about is a friend of hers who is about to get married -he goes to the gym straight after dinner and exercises for 2 1/2 hours and during the day he only eats one meal and drinks 1 gallon of water.

Some other habits I’ve heard are people who never sit down at work and will have a standing keyboard at the desk.

I know I manager who invites all of her employees to come and do kickboxing with her during their lunch break and encourages Yoga at work as well.




Awkward conversation starters

“Are you a mechanic?”

“No , why?”

“Because you’ve got a snowsuit on. “

“No, I just like staying warm,” says my ride-share client.

Then there’s the times where I point something out on the road and I get radio silence like this time:

“It says on his bumper sticker ‘ I’m not a 👮‍♂️ cop.’

And my ride-share client says “oh yeah (and then silence)

"I just thought it was kind of funny because his car looks like a cop car”( a former cop car, a crown Victoria, black and white)

Usually I get in my head and think shit why did I say that to my ride-share client?

But you can't beat the awkwardness like this next thing that happened. 

 My client said this to his female companion when she asked him “Do you wanna get in the hot tub-it’s upstairs?”

And he said, “No, I don’t like hot tubs.”

Then he kicked himself because he didn't realize that it was a hint for a date.

(Like a George Costanza moment when The date asks him up for coffee)

“ I should’ve known!” 🤔 he said, “Who turns down an offer to get in a hot tub with a beautiful 😻 woman?!”

(But these days I don’t overthink what I say to ride-share clients because of improv- most of my thoughts after an awkward conversation go back to the improv scene that I had the previous night)




That's my week. Tell me about yours in the comments below.

ON THE BLOG


I started reading "The Duke and I," and began noticing the difference with the TV series. And what I find different is the discussion with the maids and some of the interactions with the enemies in the show do not come off nearly as brute in the book.
I picked up this YA chic lit, because the synopsis sounds great and you have to love that cover. Synopsis Girl meets boy. Girl likes boy.Girl gets friend to help win boy.Friend ends up with crush on boy..

The Rebound Synopsis: She’s feeling all out of luck. Until the first person she meets after she touches down is an absurdly hot guy called Luke, who offers her a lift home. Gazing deep into his sparkling emerald-green eyes, Abby knows instantly that he’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off everything. The perfect rebound.

 

It’s a flawless plan. Until the next day, when Abby realizes who he actually is. Not just a stranger. He is, in fact, Luke Bailey, aka the boy next door. Luke Bailey who—so help her God—she’s pretty sure she once shared baths with, back when they were kids. Not that she can allow herself to imagine him in a bath now, not without blushing from head to foot.







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