I wanted to give you little tease today for what we are doing in NYC tonight, we are seeing the musical Sunset Boulevard on Broadway, starring Glenn Close. SB is an Andrew Lloyd Webber production that first appeared on Broadway 23 years ago in 1994. Today the musical stars Glenn Close as Norma Desmond, silent screen star that time has forgotten, leaving her to live out her days in her Los Angeles mansion on Sunset Boulevard. The musical of course is based on the 1950 movie of the same name that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. I am so excited we are able to see this production, especially with a talent like Close. I’ll let you know about the show more next week after I get home. Enjoy!!! (above image via, below image via)
April 20, 2017
March 22, 2017
I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)
March 13, 2017
One thing you may have picked up about me from the blog is how much I love the movies, I always have. Michael and I go to the movies quite a bit here in Oklahoma City to see all the new releases, but one of the things I truly love are old movies, so whenever the opportunity arises to get a behind the scenes look at where the movies are made and how they’re made I embrace it. Before when we’ve been to LA we’ve toured the Warner Brothers studio so on this recent trip I decided to book a guided tour of Paramount Studios and of course, Universal Studios is very popular, especially with the amusement park attached to it so we did that tour as well. We had a great time on both of these tours, the Paramount tour was more intimate as there were only 6 tourists and our guide and we were escorted around the Paramount lot on a golf cart. The Universal tour was fun but less intimate with 60 to 75 people on a big tram touring the Universal Studios lot seeing where the magic happens. I wanted to share some pics of our two days and two tours with you today and encourage you to do these tours when you have a chance, the only one we haven’t done is the MGM/Sony tour, but it’s on the list. Enjoy!!!
January 9, 2017
Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lights that premiered Saturday night.
October 31, 2016
Happy Halloween to one and all, one of my most favorite things about this time of year is that you can find almost any monster or horror movie available on TV at one time or another. I’ve always loved scary movies when I was a kid I loved to watch them but would pay the price when it was time for bed, or perhaps I should say my parents paid the price when I was hollering for them in the night because I was positive someone or something was in my closet. Today, of course, we own all the great monster movies on BluRay and can watch them anytime we want, but it’s extra special to do it during the build-up to Halloween. I suppose the original Frankenstein is my favorite movie monster with his bride running a close second. Dracula is always good for some old world glamor and romance and of course the newer serial killers like Michael Meyers from the Halloween movie franchise or Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th. When I was in high school my friends and I would get together on Halloween to rent and watch the latest slasher movie that came out on video accompanied by wholesome snacks like nachos, chips, and dip and of course candy. Today in celebration of All Hallows Eve we are taking a look at famous movie monsters, both past and present, and celebrating their looks and design. Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 3, 2016
The Smithsonian Institute is often referred to as “America’s Attic”, the place where some of the greatest treasures of our country are kept. As you probably know the SI is located in Washington, D.C. and it is made up of a group of several museums that cover all subjects from fine art to Native Americans and Space Travel. The Smithsonian was founded in 1846 following the 1829 death of British scientist James Smithson who had left his fortune to his nephew but wanted the fortune to be used “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Andrew Jackson was President of the time and he sent a representative to England to collect the legacy, the diplomat returned with 105 sacks containing almost 105,000 gold coins worth around $500,000.00 (today’s worth is more than $11 million dollars). The SI started out as a center for scientific research but very quickly it also became the repository for American collections from the government, this has continued to grow over the decades into the Smithsonian we know today. The Smithsonian Institute is made up today of 19 museums as well as the National Zoological Park, eleven museums are on the National Mall with others located elsewhere in D.C. and other states. If you’ve never been to the Smithsonian I hope you are able to make it someday, there are so many amazing things to see that make up who we are as Americans, objects from favorite TV shows and movies, rare gems and a look at the history of all the peoples that have inhabited our great country since before its founding up to now, until you get there here’s a peek at what you might see. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 18, 2016
Last Thursday the 14th we drove to Tulsa to see Madonna in concert in her new Rebel Heart Tour and I wanted to share with you what we thought as well as some images. Michael and I were joined by our friends and traveling companions Donna and Geoff, the four of us being children of the 80’s were excited to see one of the icons from our teenage years live. Let me say that the show was AMAZING!!!!!
Madonna has never looked or sounded better, the costumes were amazing whether it was the beautiful red and black number with an Asian theme in the opening of the show, that slowly disappeared to reveal a 57 year old woman that’s in amazing shape, the bullfighter ensemble she wears while singing several of her songs that have a Latin influence or the silver and black flapper costume towards the end of the show they were all gorgeous. Read More
October 19, 2015
I’ve always been a fan of Gothic Fiction, I read all the greats as a teenager from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster. Gothic Fiction is defined as literature that combines fiction, horror, death, and Romanticism. I’ve also enjoyed many of the versions of Gothic Fiction novels that have made it to the big screen, so I was excited this weekend for the opening of the Guillermo del Toro Gothic movie Crimson Peak.
The movie stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain and starts out in America, in the film we get a great look at so much design from the turn of the century (19th to 20th), the clothes are beautiful and the homes are beautifully furnished but the brilliance of the set design comes out when we are transported to England for the latter part of the film and more specifically to Allerdale Hall.
June 30, 2015
For 30 years, Cirque du Soleil has been bringing smiles and magic to people around the world. Taking elements of the circus from around the globe and combining them into what’s grown into more than 30 different shows. Along the way photographer Véronique Vial has been given unfettered access by Cirque founder Guy Laliberté, a constant backstage presence, Vial is busy capturing performers as they prepare to go on stage and in their off time, finding a moment to relax.
This book allows us to go backstage at Cirque du Soleil, meet the artists and see them perform the balancing act of personal and professional lives. Backstage Cirque Du Soleil is a beautiful tribute to this modern day circus and the performers, artists and tradespeople that make it happen. If you are at all into Cirque du Soleil check out Backstage, in the meantime join me and have a look at some of the gorgeous images captured by Véronique Vial and assembled by Assouline Publishing. Enjoy!!!
June 29, 2015
This week as the final installment of my collaboration with Assouline Publishing we are going to look at a book they’ve put out entitled Backstage: Cirque du Soleil, but you have to wait until tomorrow to see and hear about the book, today we are going to talk about Cirque du Soleil itself. Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 in Montreal, Canada by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté, and Gilles Ste-Croix and has gone from one show in 1984 to more than 30 in 2015.
The name Cirque du Soleil translates to Circus of the Sun, and each of the shows is a combination of circus styles from around the world, with each show having a theme and telling a story. The shows use live music, sometimes singers and bring in performers from around the world. The design aspects of Cirque are a little overwhelming if you think about it from the stage and sets, costumes, equipment and it goes on and on. The first Cirque show I ever saw was Mystere in Las Vegas, I remember being utterly amazed and have seen a few more over the years