This is going to be a really interesting post as this show left me with a lot of mixed feelings. I am not an Avatar lover by any means, however, I like to consider myself a Cirque du Soleil connoisseur. … Continue reading
We cannot express our love in words for Cirque du Soleil here at Second Blog to the Right, but we will try very hard (& try even harder to not be biased). Tampa’s Amalie Arena hosted Cirque du Soleil: Varekai for … Continue reading
Cirque du Soleil is returning to Tampa Bay! Varekai will be taking over Amalie Arena from August 5-9 for 8 shows. We here at the Second Blog to the Right have become huge Cirque du Soleil fans & are very … Continue reading
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
Well, it’s true. It seems 2015 is going to be quite the year for Star Wars and your’s truly will be riding that golden X-wing through every Star Wars event possible all the way up to December!
In just two weeks, I will be participating in RunDisney‘s Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort. I am very excited to be running in the Rebel Challenge (a back to back 10k and half marathon) and earning my Coast-to-Coast medal, as well!
In April, I will be attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 and representing Second Blog to the Right as a member of the media. With the new movie coming out this year, I am hoping I will have some pretty awesome insider info right here for you to check out. We certainly know I will have plenty of photos to share! Celebrities set to appear so far include James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Clone Wars), Freddie Prinze, Jr (voice of Kanan Jarrus in Star Wars Rebels), and Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Star Wars Rebels).
So if you’re a nerd like me and love Star Wars, stay tuned to the SBTTR for all your Star Wars needs!
“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.” – Yoda
Click here for the Official Trailer of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
“If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
~ Michael Jackson
All the feels. ALL. THE. FEELS.
I could try to write an unbiased post about this show, but my love for Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil won’t allow me to do so.
Just like any other Cirque show, from the very moment it begins, it encompasses your attention like no other. The show begins with a highly energetic dance performance by five MJ super fans along with some amazing video graphics. Cirque’s brilliance in telling a story is incredible. From here, the story transitions to the beginning of Michael’s life and career…
…with a scene accompanied by “Childhood.” (Personally, this brought me to tears.) In the style of Cirque, the mime plays the comic relief part in between highly energetic numbers. The mime, played by Mansour Abdessadok, has moves that can’t be reenacted by just anyone. It’s incredible to see him act in the form of Michael throughout the show.
As always, a Cirque show includes acrobatic ballet…
The show includes some of Michael’s biggest hits. The choreography is made up of some of Michael’s most popular dance moves. The message is Michael’s message. You can’t help but feel all the “L. O. V. E. Love.”
While I loved each and every performer in this show, I feel the need to highlight Jean “Bboy Hourth” Sok. What makes him special? He’s been performing in this show since it opened in 2011. What I haven’t mentioned is that Jean performs with only one leg. I am in awe of his abilities and talent as a dancer. You truly have to see it to believe it, but with a huge heart for those blessed with life’s challenges, I am determined to learn more about him.
What I will say is this, if this is your first Cirque show, please don’t let it establish your opinion of the magic that is Cirque. This show makes you feel like at any given moment Michael could walk out on stage and join right in without missing a beat. As much as I loved it (and I LOVED it), it was not the caliber of a Cirque performance that I am used to. Above all, it is essentially what Michael wanted This Is It to be with the only missing piece being the King himself.
Good news Tampa Bay, you still have one more chance for this! Tonight at 8pm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to see one of the top ten top-grossing shows of all time!
For information and tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
For more information about all things Cirque du Soleil, click here.
“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to HOPE.
In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to COMFORT.
In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to DREAM.
And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to BELIEVE.”
~ Michael Jackson
…met. That night Jo Koy & I met. Geez, where was your mind headed?!
Looking for a good time? Well look no further.
When I was growing up, my parents never gave my brother and I any kind of restrictions on what we were exposed to. Some might consider it bad parenting, but considering we were good kids who graduated high school & never got caught doing anything illegal (I can’t speak for my brother, but there’s probably a few things I could plead the fifth about.), I’d say they didn’t do too bad of a job. Aside from R-rated movies (My movie of choice at 5 years old was Boyz N The Hood, scout’s honor. Isn’t that what little girls are supposed to watch?!), my dad LOVED comedy. Some of my fondest childhood memories were made with my dad & uncle sitting around a campfire listening to all the great comedians. We’d listen to George Carlin and his seven dirty words (I’ll choose to filter my blog this time & not include ####, ####, ####, ####, ##########, ############, and ####. Although, that last one is not that bad. You can click on the link and discover them yourself). I’d giggle away knowing full well I’d get in trouble for most of those words if they’d come out of my mouth. Then of course Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Red Peters, and the list goes on and on. To this day, my dad will share new comedians with me along with his own brand of humor & jokes (“Have you heard the one about the 12 inch pianist?” “Yes, dad. I’ve been able to recite it back since I was 7.”). Naturally, I have continued to carry my interest in comedy well into my adulthood. From my own quirky, quick-witted, sarcastic sense of humor, you can easily see that I love to laugh, often at the most innappropriate times, & find enjoyment in making others laugh.
One thing I had always wanted to do was see stand up at the Improv. If you’re a fan of comedy, you watch Comedy Central over and over and see all these great comedians performing there. Back home (in Massachusetts), there weren’t many places to catch comedy acts aside from the Hukelau (woooooo, Chicopee!). I did get to see Jim Breuer there once. While it was good, it’s not the Improv. I’ve also seen Dane Cook at Boston Garden 3 times and while it was fun & I was a huge fan at the time, it’s not the Improv.
I had lived in Tampa for over 4 years & finally one day I did a search to see who was on the schedule at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City. Much to my surprise, one of my favorite comedians was scheduled to be there in a few months, so I immediately recruited one of my girlfriends who had never done the Improv or even knew of the comedian. That comedian was Jo Koy.
[For a little taste of Jo’s comedy, click here.]
I can’t remember where I had seen him first (his first Comedy Central special or on Chelsea Lately), but I have always loved his comedy. Jo’s style of comedy is very easy to get into, because his jokes are based on real life events which makes it relatable. He is also extremely animated which makes it difficult not to get into his jokes. The Improv’s atmosphere is amazing. It’s very intimate, while it still holds quite a few people. We did have the VIP package tickets (hairflip, just kidding), because I splurged with it being my first time and all. Our table was right up against the stage and we went to the first of 5 shows.
First off, the music that was playing while everyone was being seated was off the hook. Classic 90’s hip hop & R&B (I won’t deny the fact that I grew up a hood rat. Do we remember Boyz N The Hood?!) I later discovered that the music was arranged by DJ Ryan Live. The opening act was a comedian by the name of James Ponce. I had only known of James from listening to The Michael Yo and Jo Koy Show podcast [available on iTunes: download & subscribe]. He was great. He got the crowd pumped up with his original material and definitely made me a fan with that single performance. Then, it was time for Jo. My biggest worry (due to previous comedy experiences) was that he would have material that would repeat and I’d know most of the jokes. This was definitely not the case. He came out and killed it. He performed for well over 2 hours. I won’t give away too many details, because I think people should certainly experience it for themselves. That night will remain in my memory bank for a long time to come.
If you’re in the Orlando area, Jo Koy will be back in town for a 5 show engagement, May 29 thru June 1, at the Orlando Improv. For ticket information, visit http://www.orlandoimprov.com. I’m sure Jo will be bringing the rest of his friends along as well (James Ponce, Beau Bowker, & DJ Ryan Live). You can find more about Jo Koy here and also on Twitter & Instagram @jokoy.
So, let me set the scene for you…
It is a beautiful, breezy, 90 degree afternoon here at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. I am sitting here, Macbook on the table, a Lauryn Hill Pandora station as my music of choice. Walt Disney World vacationers are everywhere as it is Spring Break for many, but this here, is my everyday life.
Why am I starting a blog?
That’s a great question and I don’t know if I necessarily have one specific answer for it. I’d love to say it was for the purpose of world domination or something just as exciting, but that would be far too much work and responsibility. I enjoy writing. Sometimes my thoughts and ideas take over and I feel the need to shout them from the rooftops, so I guess the keys can work just as well. The thought of being an inspiration to someone, a bright ray of sunshine in a cloudy day, or even just a little giggle inducer…I’m pretty sure those are some great reasons.
What content will I include?
There will be Disney! BUT there may also be motivation, inspiration, recipes, tips, music, comedy, movies, events, or just about anything else possible. The possibilities are endless…literally. Not to mention, I tend to be the queen of random from time to time, so don’t be surprised by my crazy antics when they occur.
Who am I (in a nutshell)?
For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Kira. I live in Central Florida. I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts (& no, you’re right, I do not have a Boston accent). I work in the healthcare industry, but still have no idea what I really want to do in life. Well, hold on, let me rephrase that. I know what I want to do, but for some reason, continued learning of new material for the rest of my life is not necessarily a wise career choice. With that, I am exploring different avenues all the time and perhaps this blog could somehow assist me in that journey. I love everyone with my whole heart and I hope that if you were to meet my friends, they would tell you the same.
Well that’s where I will end for today. I hope that with my little introduction, you will feel intrigued to come back and check out future content. Have a magical day!
Never stop dreaming.
“Second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning!” ~ Peter Pan