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Health Alert: Ventura Fires

05 December 2017

hi loves. if you are like me with an impaired immune system and suffer from an invisible illness, please be advised smoke and fire season is no joke. several years ago i had valley fever and was at least 10 miles from the fire. you never know and it can be very crippling!

so here are just a few hints for how to help yourself during fire season:
- keep indoors unless necessary.
- stay HYDRATED! you need to flush out your lungs.
- wear a mask or cover your mouth/nose when outside but know those won't help with fine particles!!
avoid burning candles, frying meat, even vacuuming, which can all add more tiny particles to the air.

and please remember dogs, horses and livestock are also susceptible to catching valley fever and other smoke induced illnesses. for info on valley fever in dogs - check out VCA.

Brilliant!: Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

01 December 2017

Last night the non equity tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder opened in Thousand Oaks for a brief weekend stay thanks to Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Theater League. And what a riot it was! If you recall, I absolutely loved the great equity tour that came through LA last year but wow this show was tremendous too with an A+ cast, all the same terrific sets and costumes and projections and fabulous direction from tour director Peggy Hickey.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder won the 2014 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design. They also won the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Projection Design (Aaron Rhyne). And after seeing last week's opening night performance I am convinced each of those awards was well deserved.

What makes the tour so incredible has to be the fresh and talented cast led by Blake Price as Monty and James Taylor Odom as the D'ysquith Family. And there was not a weak member of the cast! Ensemble member Kristen Antoinette Kane's turn as Miss Shingle helped introduce the plot to the audience with her A+ comedic timing, hilarious voices and flat out sensational singing sure set the bar high for the rest of the cast and boy did they deliver. Price and Odom were both on point 100% of the time with great chemistry, fabulous comedic timing and sublime solos such as Act II "Sibella". Their leading ladies (Colleen McLaughlin and Erin McIntyre) sang like angels, in particular Ms. McIntyre whom is just now making her U.S. Debut after performing in Europe. I would have paid good money to see Ms. McIntye's Christine Daae. 


The cast truly seemed deserving of the standing ovation they received last night at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where they are performing through Sunday. I just regret that not all the jokes seemed to be comprehended and appreciated by the audience and yes the crude humor remains and seemed even more awkward the second time. Oh well.

If you are concerned about the quality because of the fact it is a non equity tour, the only weakness I found to be was that there was a very sparse orchestra. But thankfully there were at least some professional musicians unlike that ghastly Ragtime tour that used prerecorded music.

Only 5 more performances in Thousand Oaks before heading to El Paso!
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Decmeber 2, 2017: 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: 7:30 p.m.

Show: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murderj (Non Equity Tour)
Current Location: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Prices: $34-89 + fees
Parking: $8 Cash Only
Age Appropriateness: 13+, thematic elements and some crude humor
Accessible: YES! Read my review of the TOCAP's accessibility here.

Countdown 2 Xmas: Joyce Giraud's Elixir Collection

Less than a month until Christmas morning. Wow. Where does the time go? Welcome to my limited time series on several places you can buy gifts that will both please the intended recipient and also give back to the less fortunate!! Monday we focused on World Vision where you can help folks in 3rd world locals,Tuesday on Soi Dog Foundation where you can support Thailand dogs that have had a tragic start to life, Wednesday on Purpose Jewelry that helps women escape human trafficking. And today...


RHOBH alumni Joyce Giraud, who has to have some of the most gorgeous locks known to mankind, is offering to give 30% of all sales on her website to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

So if you are looking for beauty supplies for your favorite ladies or yourself (!) check out Joyce Giraud's miracle elixir collection knowing you're giving to a good cause too. And if these products provide 10% of the great hair Giraud has I would be such a happy customer. Her shampoo and conditioner duo (currently $36) and volumizing and thickening hair mist ($23) promise shine and volume and are cruelty free.

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This Weekend: Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

30 November 2017

HI guys!
Cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.
Don't forget... this weekend the non-equity tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is stopping in Thousand Oaks, CA, for 6 performances:

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017: 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 1, 2017: 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Decmeber 2, 2017: 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017: 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017: 7:30 p.m.
Starring a young and energized cast, many of whom are on their first national tour, the 2017 is the follow-up to the 2016 equity tour that was at the Ahmanson Theatre last spring that had audiences cracking up with laughter non-stop at all the great jokes and pranks and the fabulous projections and sets.

Show: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murderj (Non Equity Tour)
Current Location: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Prices: $34-89 + feesParking: $8 Cash Only
Age Appropriateness: 13+, thematic elements and some crude humor
Accessible: YES! Read my review of the TOCAP's accessibility here.

Countdown 2 Xmas: Purpose Jewelry

29 November 2017

Less than a month until Christmas morning. Wow. Where does the time go? Welcome to my limited time series on several places you can buy gifts that will both please the intended recipient and also give back to the less fortunate!! Monday we focused on World Vision where you can buy anything from a goat to a bag of soccer balls in someone's name for those less fortunate and Tuesday on Soi Dog Foundation where you can support Thailand dogs that have had a tragic start to life.

Today I want to introduce you all to PURPOSE JEWELRY a fabulous organization that uses your purchases of their gorgeous jewelry to help bring women out of human trafficking and into the light of freedom in partnership with International Sanctuary. In the company's own words:
We work with survivors in Mumbai, India and Orange County, CA. From creation to shipping, these young women are playing a critical role in every step of the process. They are able to earn a fair wage and gain employable skills for the future. 

The options in their catalog are practically endless and the craftsmanship by the ladies is stunning with market competitive prices. So perhaps this year you'll buy those special ladies in your life something truly special -- a gift of beauty for one and a gift of freedom for those ladies you haven't met yet. Here are just a few of the beauties to be found on their website:

and my favorite...
Until next time... God bless you...
 

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