Monday, December 11, 2017

Practicing my translations #German #Korean #HarryPotter


저는 천하의  멍텅구리임을 엄숙히 맹세합니다.

Ich schwöre feierlich, dass Ich nichts gut machen.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Madeline's Christmas @HorizonTheatre #ad #hosted #family


My daughter and I were invited to attend a final dress rehearsal of the show.

"The beloved family traditionMadeline’s Christmas returns to Horizon Theatre December 2 – 31A festive treat for parents and children alike, families are invited to join Madeline and friends for a magical musical adaption of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic children’s tale! Featuring 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company, this merry production is a holiday classic for all."

There are 2 teams of girls for the play.  Each team will perform on alternating days, so if you attend more than once you may see a different group of girls each time.  This is a wonderful way to allow more girls the opportunity to participate in a great little production.  

I have never had the opportunity to watch a production at the Horizon Theatre before, so this was an irresistible chance.  The performance stage is ground level with the seats stadium style surrounding it.  There did not appear to be a bad spot to view the performance.  The show itself was only about an hour long, just right for young ones to be able to sit and watch.

My daughter has loved Madeline since she was little.  She and I both agreed this production was well done.  The girls in the show did an awesome job, even as a final rehearsal.  I believe they'll do a great job for the regular performances as well.   If you have a child that loves Madeline (or even if it's just you), we both recommend the show.  Good luck to all the girls (and adults) in the production!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lindsey Stirling #WarmerintheWinter tour #Atlanta


My daughter and I went last Tuesday evening.  We had a wonderful time watching Lindsey perform.  A bit of humor mixed in with her wonderful playing and dancing made for a great night out.  It was awesome, too, that she used a local orchestral group in her show.   I've uploaded a couple of videos from the performance to my YouTube channel.  Feel free to check it out.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A Christmas Carol @AuroraTheatre #Gwinnett #ad #hosted


I was invited to attend an afternoon showing of the performance in exchange for my review.

"Captivating patrons young and old, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will bring the true meaning of Christmas to Aurora TheatreNovember 24-December 23! The entire family can prepare for another year of seasonal sensations with the return of this Christmas classic, now in its 11th year. Follow cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge (Anthony Rodriguez) as he undergoes recognition, realization and remission while journeying through the past, present and future of Christmas. Audiences will revel in the spirited truth that unfolds within this timeless tale, commonly recognized as the greatest Christmas story to date!

Featuring the work of multiple Suzi Award-winning set designers Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay and costumes by designer Alan Yeong, A Christmas Carol stars the acting of Anthony Rodriguez as the classic characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts."

Sometimes it's hard to imagine a story like this being told by a single actor.  Mr. Rodriguez returns for his 11th year to do just that.   With some audience involvement and a powerful way of telling stories, he pulls it off wonderfully.  He manages to quickly pull everyone in to a tale most of us have heard before.  He then adds his own quirky way of making sure the audience stays involved.  My daughter attended with me and was duly impressed by his work.  

We have yet to see a performance at the Aurora Theatre we haven't enjoyed.  This one lived up to our expectations easily.  For more information about the performance, you can check out the Aurora Theatre's web site.  

They also currently have Christmas trees up, created by various groups/companies in the community, around the lobby for you to drop off your unwrapped gift or packaged food.  If you can bring a donation, please do.


Some cool news we learned while there is that the Theatre will be expanding it's campus.  By summer 2020, it will take up the rest of the block it's sitting on.  The city of Lawrenceville approved construction of a new Performing Arts Center that will be a gathering place for the community. This expansion is another innovative partnership between the City of Lawrenceville, Aurora Theatre and the educational community, and will boast a 500-seat theater, classrooms and lab space for new work development  

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday in the Park @sixflagsovergeorgia #HolidayinthePark #hosted #ad

I was invited to attend a media event this past Tuesday evening to check out the special happenings and decorations at Six Flags.  I took my son and some of his friends as they can ride the majority of the rides where I can't. (That and my son's birthday was this past Sunday, so I thought he'd enjoy going to celebrate with friends.)  Anyway, the park is decorated with lots of Christmas and holiday cheer.  You can ride the train to the North Pole and see some lovely decorations as well.


At 6:00pm each evening they have a tree lighting.  When we visited, one of the special families getting to throw the switch was a military serviceman.  Thank you, sir, for serving our country.




I'm not fond of heights, but to get a chance to see some of the decorations from above I went ahead and rode the Sky Buckets.


I also was given the opportunity to check out their holiday show at the Crystal Pistol.  A heart warming story of two children who only want their military service father to come home for the holiday and their adventure with Jack Frost, elves, and Santa.


The boys did their own thing and enjoyed the roller coasters for the most part.  They did check out the Hall of Justice ride for me (I can't focus on 3D pictures).  Other than getting stuck on the ride twice, they thought it was cute.  The four boys agreed that it was probably more interesting for the younger crowd.  Goliath was their main thing and rode that 3 times during the evening.  For my part, though, I checked out the carousel.  Just my speed and nothing to make me ill.  A little boy with his mom was amazed that I, an adult, would ride one of the horses.  He was too cute.

All together a wonderful evening.  Six Flags is having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale -
Buy your 2018 Passes during our once-a-year Cyber  Sale and get bonus benefits, including:
• FREE upgrade to exclusive Combo Gold level
• FREE White Water Season Pass 
• FREE visits for the rest of the 2017 Season
• FREE parking for 2017+2018
• FREE bonus friend ticket for select days 

You can get more information from their web site.

Thursday, November 23, 2017