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THOMAS SCHULTHEIS has performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! as well as the National/International tours of Grease!, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago and South Pacific. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia. Additionally, Thomas has worked for The Walt Disney Company for 12 years and is the Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland® Resort. A choreographer for over 20 years, his credits include Off-Broadway productions of original work with the cast of the Broadway’s [title of show], and productions for over a dozen High Schools & Colleges. Thomas has served as a Teaching Artist and Adjudicator for numerous Academies, Competitions, Festivals, Invitationals, and Showcases. Thomas continues to write his blog myweeklyfascination for 4 years and counting. The blog motto speaks to his own philosophy: “life has much to offer, find inspiration.”

Johannes Vermeer

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Caught an article on CBS Sunday Morning with a feature on Johannes Vermeer. It was truly fascinating.

From wikipedia: Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Born: October 31, 1632

Girl with a Pearl Earring is clearly his most famous work. Check out the feature below and a sample of some of his work.

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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vermeer-and-the-dutch-masters-of-genre-painting-national-gallery-of-art/

 

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The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.

It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.

The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.

It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

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“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is arguably one of the best, well-known songs for New Year’s Eve and end of year celebrations. Perhaps, trailing second to the old standard, “Auld Lang Syne”.

This lovely song of love, longing, and romance stirs up just the right kinds of emotions as a year comes to a close.

I’ve gathered up a few of the best recorded versions of the song for everyone to enjoy.

Happy New Year!

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

People have all sorts of expectations on what the film should be. As we often approach much of life with expectations.

However, if you just approach Star Wars: The Last Jedi without expectations, it has a lot to surprise, delight, move, and entertain.

We see A LOT of movies. Some are dreadful, some middle of the road, some better than average, and some amazing.

It’s always rare to find the amazing ones. And while I’m not saying The Last Jedi is amazing. I will say there are moments I have never seen before. Directions that are unexpected. Plotlines that are surprising. And parts that are, indeed, amazing.

And what do we go to the movies for? To be entertained, to be challenged, to enjoy ourselves.

I’m the Star Wars fan who looks to the light side. Finds the good, and fights against the dark. I’m thrilled by a saga that has lasted for generations, one that continues to provide a reason to run to the movie theatre to see what happens next.

And I’ll be seeing it again soon.

May the Force Be With You.

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Pac-Man Connect and Play

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Clearly nostalgia has hit. At least it has hit me.

Pac-Man Connect and Play is the newest way to play the oldest classic video games. This device allows you connect to your TV. So simple.

It has a total of 12 games you can play: Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Pac-Man 256, Mappy, Rally-X, Bosconian, Xevious, DigDug, Galaga, Galaxian.

It’s also only about $20.

Perfect for that last minute holiday gift.

Now, where is Ms. Pac-Man?

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Lady Bird

poster-largeLady Bird is sure to be up for Best Picture. It’s a quirky tale of an adolescent catholic high school girl finding her way in life. Comical and touching, it delves into relationships with parents, siblings, friends, and lovers. Looks at identity, friendship, sex, ambition, religion, loyalty, and love.

There are wonderful performances from Saorise Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges (who basically makes me cry in every film he is in), Lois Smith, Timothee Chalamet, and Tracy Letts.

I’m betting it gets better and better in repeat viewings.

Time to fly, the slogan says…

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