Today Tix is a website and application based theatre ticket company. Basically you can get last minute tickets for shows at discount prices in a variety of cities including: New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.
They have made it streamlined and user friendly. The options are usually listed for shows up to a 30 days in advance.
It elimiates the need to run to the box office, or TKTS. Especially convenient if you are out of town and traveling into town.
Another example of technology moving things forward, this time for us theatre nerds.
It’s a little unusual for me to post about something I haven’t seen yet, but making an exception for COCO, the new Disney Pixar film.
Based on Dia De Los Muertas, Coco folows the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician and his journey to the Land of the Dead. The real family history is revealed through this musical journey.
Additionally, the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertas is celebrated in the film. Family who have passed on are only able to return to the Land of the Living if someone there remembers them. This is why efforts are made to remember and honor the dead so that they can return during the holiday. It is also supposed to help with their spiritual journey.
It’s supposed to be wonderful. What an incredible concept Dia De Los Muertas is in celebrating and honoring loved ones who have past. And now there is a film which celebrates this same idea.
Below is the entertainment offering at Disney California Adventure called, A Musical Celebration of Coco.
From Wikipedia: Stitch Fix is an online subscription and personal shopping service in the USA. It was founded by Katrina Lake in 2011.
From my Mother’s suggestion I just recently gave Stitch Fix a try. I’d always dreamed of having a personal stylist, but that was always going to be too much money. Stuff of dreams…
As it turns out, Stitch Fix cleverly makes this dream a possibility. While you’ve got to consider you are still going to pay for nice clothes, it takes some of the drudgery out of in store shopping.
You sign up and complete a profile with all your color, size, and style choices. You also pick the frequency of shipments based on your need.
Then, their stylist puts together looks for you based on all the factorsl, and any other information you share about your clothing needs.
The items arrive at your house, you try them on, keep what you want, return the rest in a pre-addressed shipping bag.
My first experience was fun. While I am only keeping 2 items out of 5, it was interesting to have someone else bring their perspective to my wardrobe.
We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.
What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.
It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.
Brene Brown is an auther and scholar who’s latest book is called, Rising Strong. She has previously completed notable work on vulnerability in Daring Greatly. This book was originally published in 2015, and I’m just getting around to reading it now.
Her work really challenges the reader to examing ones life, learn from her knowledge, and move forward in the world a little bit stronger, more self-aware.
She is also skilled at embracing the challenges of living a whole hearted life. Never says it is easy, but encourages everyone none-the less.
If you are interested in self-help books, this is certainly one to read.
Some quotes from the book below.
On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I discovered Roulette for the first time.
And I won! (Just a little, but I did double my money!)
Of course it is clearly a game of luck and chance. The odds of a single number win are 35:1. And that’s what I did. Perhaps to never win like that again.
What I liked about it was the ability to randomly choose different betting scenarios. You get your own colored set of chips and can place them anywhere as long as your minimum is reached either insdie the grid or outside.
Here is the basic premise from Roulette30.com: The rules state that players are supposed to place their bets before the ball starts dropping, but it is possible to wager when the wheel is in motion. The dealer is the one who calls the end of the betting phase, and once the ball stops in its final resting place, the winners are paid and a new round begins
For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.
Nancy is a podcast created by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low.
From the website:
BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay…
Produced by WNYC Studios.
On a recent trip to Las vegas we listened to most of the first season of the podcast Nancy. The stories and interviews were compelling, interesting, infromative, and sometimes moving.
If you fall under the LGBTQ initialism, then it’s a must listen. For everyone else, it may not feel relevant at all times, but you are certainly going to learn something.
What it helps most with is…empathy.
And that’s a good thing.