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2011 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Review

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Honestly, I'm glad I didn't have to pay for this one. I would have felt really let down. Like I did after I saw the first Twilight movie (Never, never, never again! The books were bad enough).

The show is alright, I suppose ,when you are under ten. I have been wanting to see a Christmas Spectacular for a pretty long time and I carried a huge basket of sky high expectations with me on Wednesday Nov. 9th to Radio City. The show started at 8:30pm and I got to my seat at 8:45pm. Because I was a bit late I had to wait for the first performance to end before I was allowed to go find my seat.

I enjoyed the rockettes for a bit; it's amazing how their awesome legs strike the air with such identical grace.  Also, I found the extreme chase advertisement funny (it isn't enough that they are everywhere. Now they have to be a fixed background for the Christmas Spectacular show. Everywhere you look you immediately think "sponsored by Chase"). I was yawning pretty quickly, …

Cyber Monday Equals New Epilator For Me

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If you are a masochist, or you just really hate having to shave every other day, you have probably tried out an epilator and either love it or hate it but still use it because you like the results.


I am not a masochist, but I hate shaving every other day, hence my love and hate relationship with my Panasonic Es2045. My skin hates shaving blades and waxing takes too long, plus it's too messy. So I bought the Panasonic thing without doing any research. It was cheaper and it has the dry/shower options as well as the shaving/epilator head options so I got it. If only I can go back in time.

I have been torturing my skin with this stupid epilator for a year now. Sometimes I have to go up and down the same spot like ten time before one hair falls out.  However, Cyber Monday (I don't do Black Friday) will make things better.  I will be investing in a new Braun epilator and hopefully there won't be a need for too much repetition because those horrible evil tweezers don't only …

Broadway Review: Seminar

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Snape's on Broadway! Okay, but he's blond and has lost the long cape and the wand. But he's still a bitter teacher doing good in an awful sort of way that makes the people he is trying to help hate him.
At the John Golden Theatre, I saw a screening of Theresa Rebeck's Seminar on November 2nd.  I am still elated about how awesome the performance was.  Mate, I heart plays, and heart them extra if they are comedies.  Seminar is a perfect cake. Alan Rickman (Snape) plays Leonard, the once popular writer turned editor and private teacher; appears heartless and arrogant but isn't.  Hettienne Park is Izzy, the "I will sleep my way to the top" kind of writer we love to judge.  Lily Rabe is Kate, an angry rich girl whose writing is predictable and lacks depth. Then there is "the charming-name-dropping" Douglas, played by Jerry O'Connell, and the very sensitive Martin, played by Hamish Linklater.

It speaks my language, being an aspiring poet and all, …

Broadway Review: Man And Boy

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A few days before I left for Ghana, I saw Man And Boy. In my excitement about traveling I forgot to write a review. When I got back, my head was very full of Ghana and I was a bit depressed about missing an opportunity to see Billy Elliot and totally forgot all about the wonderful play I saw a few weeks earlier.  If you care to see this play, you must do so quickly.  November 27th would be its last day on Broadway.

On September 14th at the American Airlines Theatre, I watched Frank Langella rule the stage in Man and Boy. The setting is a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, NY, on a fall evening in 1934.  Langella was soo good, I forgot he was on a stage.  I felt genuine pity for his character Gregor Antonescu, the mastermind behind a Ponzi scheme that was about to put him in jail or perhaps not.  Gregor chose money over everything and he was about to pay a prize for it.

Man And Boy is a devastating play that reveals humanity in a man who seems a monster to his family and the worl…

MFA Statement of Purpose

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I am writing one of those cows and oh how it hurts. I have been doing so, lightly, for months now but I am trying to sit down and just finish it already. It's one of the reasons why I didn't  write here  yesterday.

Because I'm applying for an MFA, I have been reading The Creative Writing MFA Handbook like a goat chews paper. No matter how I write it, it just never feels right. But I think I am getting somewhere though.



For tips on how to write a statement letter, visit the Creative Writing MFA Blog by clicking here, or check out this awesome advice I found on line from Vince Gotera of the University of Northern Iowa by clicking here. And click here for some tips from Purdue Online Writing Lab.  You must, however, read  this sample from Inkandbeans.com, I found it very helpful, just click here.

Good luck mate, and if you've got something that can help me, do let me know in the comment box below. Thank you!

New Favorite TV Shows

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I have been following Whitney (NBC, Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c), Pan Am ( ABC, Sundays 10/9c), and Once Upon A Time (ABC, Sundays 8/7c) like a cute dog chases a ball.

Hint: You can watch them all on Hulu.

I find Whitney Cummings in Whitney entertaining and Chris D'Elia aka Alex, sooo gorgeous, and funny too, of course!

In Pan Am, I can't get enough of Christina Ricci as Maggie Ryan. I love how she plays the intelligent and stubborn feminist, with a charge-bull like determination.  She will do anything to get to where she wants to be. It's disturbing yet exciting to watch and keeps me wondering what she will do next.

I'm a tad bit on the fence about Once Upon A Time, so I won't say anything here now.

Charlie's Angels, I was eager to see until I saw the pilot. In my opinion if the first episode sucks, the rest of the series is likely to be on the same train.

-J

Art Photography/Poetry Blog

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A real bee, that's what I have been in the past few hours. In the future, if I am unable to post for the day, do visit my Art blog. It's a semi portfolio of my photography and poetry. And do tell me what you think. Pretty please. As always, thank you for reading!