The Original Fish Company

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Posting about The Original Fish Company will shock my family. Mostly because we grew up NOT eating fish. In fact, a few of my siblings still avoid the stuff.

This restaurant, in Southern California, is excellent. And it has made me a convert. Their halibut is some of the best I have ever had.

The last visit included: Cesar salad, Warm Sourdough Bread with Butter, Grilled Halibut, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Grilled Vegetables.  It was totally mobbed with a 90 minute wait. So we went to the bar where they offer full menu service and ordered immediately.

If you are in the area, consider a visit. It really is excellent.

https://www.originalfishcompany.com/

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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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MoviePass

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MoviePass does feel too good to be true. So, I’ll say that upfront. However, for $9.95 a month you get a movie a day at participating movie theatres. Cannot repeat movies, but it’s basically amazing.

You sign up, download the app, wait for your card to come in the mail. Once all this in in place you can start selecting movies when you get within 100 yards of the theatre you choose.

Select movie and time.

Confirm.

Go to the box office.

They swipe your card.

They hand you your ticket.

And you’re good to go!

It’s so exciting!!!

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https://www.moviepass.com/

 

Dia De Los Muertos

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Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, also know as Day of the Dead. It’s a beautiful and colorful event that goes from October 31- November 2.

From wikipedia: Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexicanholiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

There are many aspects of the holiday that have become recognized parts of the 3 day experience:

Cemetery visit
Alfeñiques (sugar candies)
Literary calaveras
Day of the Dead bread
Altars
Sawdust and grain carpets
Mexican marigold
Papel picado (paper craft)

At the core of the celebration is honoring the dead. Remembering them every year at this time. The holiday is growing in popularity around the world due to this message of rememberance.

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Blink

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From the blinkcincinati.com website: BLINK, October 12th to the 15th 2017, is expected to be one of the largest light, art and projection mapping events in the nation. The four-day event will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, media light and interactive art in Cincinnati, OH. BLINK will span 20 city blocks, from Cincinnati’s Banks to Findlay Market. Food and beverages will also be available. BLINK is free and open to the public – no tickets are required.

Had the fortuitous opportunity to witness this event on a recent visit to the Cincinnati area. My Aunt Kathy was determined to show me this and experience it herself. It was really cool and would seem to be the kind of event cities all over the world would like to have.

It is this massive digital projection art installation filled with incredible moving images and inspirational and thought provoking content. It really is simple in concept and epic in scope. Take a look at the videos and stories below for more information on this cool event.

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http://www.blinkcincinnati.com/

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/blink-cincinnati-will-the-queen-city-ever-be-this-lit-again

 

Today Tix

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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.

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https://www.todaytix.com/

Coco

 

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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 Muertos 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.

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Below is the entertainment offering at Disney California Adventure called, A Musical Celebration of Coco.