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
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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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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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Roulette

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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

Source: http://www.roulette30.com/2014/04/how-to-play-roulette-beginners-guide.html

For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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call me by your name

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Call me by your name is a novel by Andre Aciman. It is set in the Italian Riviera and is about a romance that forms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest. It is set in 1983.

It first got my attention when I saw the trailer for the upcoming film, based on the novel. It stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet and is directed by Luca Guadagino. Currently,  the film sits at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is not released until November 24th, 2017. So there is just enough time to get and read the book before the film is released.

Was curious about the novel because of the storyline of gay characters meeting each other unexpectedly, and via a romance. Plus, the film looks lush, well-made, and well produced. That it is starring Armie Hammer, was also intruiging as he is a fairly well known actor.

As it turns out, the novel is so well written in exploring and exposing so many emotions which come from love, lust, and romance. It unabashedly goes to the heart and body. It’s fascinating to me when gay stories are becoming more mainstream. Bigger directors, actors, and producers are geting behind different projects like never before. Perhaps the Oscar Best Picture winner, Moonlight, signaled a new future of more inclusive and diverse stories.

The novel evokes such longing, such desire, such passion. These are universal human experiences, and through the story of Elio and Oliver, we get a chance to swoon with the warmth of a summer romance in a little Italian town.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is a new musical based on true events from September 11th, 2001.

It tells the story of how 38 planes were diverted to Newfoundland, Canada with a population of around 7K and about that many passengers decended on the town.

This musical is a story about kindness in the face of tragedy, openness in a time of fear, effort in a time of panic.

It’s moving, heartfelt, memorable, and important.

If you get to NYC or have a chance to see it on tour, do it.

It will be worth the trip.