Enjoying the Golden Girls

Growing up I loved watching the Golden Girls. I mean I wasn’t the obvious target audience, being a kid and all, but I enjoyed it never the less. Blanche was my favorite, with Sophia being a close second. The friendship these women had and the story lines were heartfelt. Even as a kid I related to some aspect of it. For instance the relationship between Dorothy and Sophia reminded me of my relationship with my mother. Being that I’m an only child and my parents are separated, I always wondered how it would look like taking care of my parents and we bickered constantly. Also the crazy relationship with Dorothy and Stanley resembled my parents at times.

Anywho, I decided to go with my friend Adrienne to ‘The Unofficial Golden Girls Musical’ in early February. The plot was  absolutely ridiculous -Ricky Martin became their new neighbor and had crazy sex parties that the girls found disturbing- and the actors were in drag but it was hilarious.

Since it’s the ‘unofficial’ musical, all the names were changed. Blanche became Blanchet, Dorothy became Dorothea, Rose to Roz and Sophia to Sophie. Again the plot was absurd but they made all important ‘Golden Girl’ references and I applaud how these men got the mannerisms of these ladies down to a tee. They added a special sub plot about ‘Dorthea’ that I didn’t really enjoy but it was still fun.

The show itself was only $20 but you had to spend a minimum of $15 on drinks or food; which I didn’t mind. We sat closer to the stage and could see everything the only negative part was that I was right under their A/C system and was freezing. Don’t know why air conditioning was on in February but I had to cover myself with my coat.

Don’t have a picture to share and wouldn’t go again but it was a funny night of sh*t and giggles with Adrienne.

Off to the ballet…

I recently got the chance to enjoy a beautiful ballet at Lincoln Center.

I first heard about the experience through Urban Girl Squad, a social networking group for women, they had tickets to Swan Lake this past September. I took the opportunity to go since not everyone is into ballet and I was able to meet new people flying solo. I had such a great experience that once I saw another ballet opportunity they had planned, I signed up immediately. This time around I got to view three pieces choreographed by George Balanchine: Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2 and Who Cares?

The experience included a backstage tour, a Q&A with a dancer and seats to the show. I ran late so I missed the backstage tour but I didn’t feel so bad since I already got the backstage treatment when I saw Swan Lake. There really isn’t much to see, sure it was kinda cool to see the dancers warming up, but the best part was to walk the stage. I studied ballet up to high school so it was a powerful feeling being up on that stage, it made me miss performing.

I arrived in time to take part in the Q&A session with a dancer named Troy. He did a great job talking about the three pieces we were going to see and how different they each were. He also gave us tips on what to look out for (mostly formations, which happens to be great to see at my location, third ring) and answered all our questions. The big whammy everybody wanted to know was how he got into ballet. I think stories like that are especially interesting when you don’t expect people to do what they do and I was always fascinated on how men got into the industry. He apparently started on the path due to a love of tap.

After Q&A we were given binoculars as a parting gift and an option to purchase food for intermission in advance. The sweet bonus was we also got a coupon for a discount on food and drinks but guess who forgot to bring cash. Would you believe it, vendors only take cash and there is NO ATM in the building. Seriously WTF is up with that! I was starving and thirsty but couldn’t do anything because I had less than 5 minutes to get to my seat and the ATM was apparently blocks away. It’s totally my fault though, the squad warned me about the cash situation but I didn’t read the confirmation email properly.

I got to my seat and quickly made fast friends with the women sitting next to me. I used to be really scared of going places alone and starting conversations and talking to people but I think with age and experience I got over it. The performances were absolutely beautiful. I would describe Conceto Barocco as a traditional ballet piece but what made it special was how the dancers wove in and out of each other. There were also so many lovely formations that were made. I was glad to be up in third ring, I totally would have missed it if I had orchestra level seats. Kammermusik No. 2 was def. a bit modern. What I found very interesting with this one was that the dancers made very abrupt movements and used their heels. I’m sure it was choreographed this way but at times it felt like the dancers were off from one another. Troy mentioned that this particular piece was also heavy in percussion but I felt it was heavy on flute. I am not a musician so I have no idea. Who Cares? was very interesting. What I loved about it was that it was very whimsical. The dance was choreographed to be very Broadwayish and it def. was, including all the glitter. It was fun to see the movements the dancers made. My only criticism for the last piece, it was way to long. There were 16 songs and you can only take glitter for so long, other than that I thought it was fun.

Overall I had an amazing time. I’m proud that I went by myself and enjoyed myself. Although I did end up talking to my neighbor, I could have easily been by myself and I would have been fine. It has taken me awhile to be that comfortable though.

I obviously didn’t take any pictures of the performances but here are some pics of the night:

Private Q&A session with a dancer with my group

My view during the private group Q&A session with a dancer. Isn’t it haunting empty??

Troy giving us details on what we are going to see.

Troy giving us details on what we are going to see.

Me by a statue...sadly my photographer didn't know how to get it in the picture.

Me by a statue…sadly my photographer didn’t know how to get it in the picture LOL.

Street Artist JR did an amazing installation of the dancers on the lobby floor.

Street artist, JR did an amazing installation of the dancers on the lobby floor. How cool is that??  I totally would have laid down for a pic but I was in a dress.

In total I spent approx. $68 that night ($48 for the ticket and $20 for a cab), not bad for a ballet!

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812

I first heard about the show through my boyfriend, Andrew. I got tickets to see Sleep No More in October and he mentioned a couple of interactive shows he heard of that would be great to attend, this show being one of them. I finally got tickets to see it with him and two of my friends, Adrienne and Christine, on a Friday night.

The show is actually inside a pop-up space with the best outdoor bathroom trailer I’ve been to so far :). The atmosphere is very dark, clubbish, with old school paintings everywhere to set the mood and show timeline of Russia in the 1800s. Seating is a combination of bar stools, tables and lounge tables. I paid for bar stools but once we got there, we were given a table, BONUS.

The show is based on the novel War and Peace, which I never read but overall I enjoyed my experience. It was very interactive, the performers dance and sing all around you. Due to our location, we always had a performer near us and  we also had a few sit at our table as part of the show. The performers and wait staff also do there best to try to get you to understand who is who.  I also like how they modernize the music and how they give you some what of a small summary to follow if you want via the program. It might have been too whimsical for Andrew but the ladies and I enjoyed it.

Here are some pictures:

Program...you'll need it

Program…you’ll need it

Atmospherics

Atmospherics

The Ladies

The Ladies

Ghostly painting

Ghostly paintings

Pricey food snacks

Pricey food snacks

I spent about $134 per ticket. We received some snacks (perogies, bread and pieces of vegetables and olives) but we bought a cheese and charcuterie plate, shrimp cocktail and plenty of drinks. Andrew, I believe, spent around $200 on us ladies.  I don’t regret my night trip to Moscow, it was quite entertaining,  but I’ll pass on the food and drinks next time.

Holiday Train Show

I have been wanting to see the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Garden for some time now and I thought it would be fitting to start the new year with an adventure.

I went with my friend Adrienne on New Year’s Day. I met Adrienne on the D train, we then took the bus to the garden.  I don’t normally ride buses so I was amazed to find out that you could actually track the bus by accessing a QR code at the bus stop. People must use the service as Adrienne and I were the two lonely birds at the bus stop but as soon as we saw the bus 10 people magically showed up. It’s a great tool to use in the future to beat the cold, lesson learned.

We got there around 3pm but had to wait to enter for 3:45pm. We found the holiday food court, while we waited, and ate but it was pretty expensive and there was a just a small selection.

The train show itself was great. All the materials used were apparently plant based. All around were NY bridges and mostly well known buildings and landmarks. Here are few pictures of my favorites:

Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge

Building with train

Building with a train

MET

MET

Frick Museum

Frick Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

NY Landscape

NY Landscape

Spent a total of approx. $40 ($25 admission, $10 for food, $5 for transportation). I would definitely go again but next time I might go at night, when they have ‘Bar Car Nights’. The garden had a couple of nights in Dec, where adults can go and see the show and have cocktails. Probably more my scene and hopefully a lot less crowded.

Happy New Year!

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a very long time now but I was always worried about what I would write and who would really read it. I finally decided the hell with it, I’m just going to to write! So here I am…

I love to explore new things, new places and meet new people. Culture, art, food, traveling, family and friends keep me going. The idea is that this blog will be my diary of all my daily explorations through life and for me to share my moments with family and friends.

Enjoy!

-M