It’s ok to feel down

It’s ok to feel down. It’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to feel discouraged. It’s ok to feel disappointed. It’s ok to feel slighted. It’s ok to feel upset. It’s ok to feel anxious. It’s ok to feel nervous. To feel these is human… Society compels us to always be happy – this is not reality. Through these feelings, we grow to understand others and these feelings’ opposites – joy, love & calmness. Marvel at the tapestry of feelings we experience.

~ DBR

Flora Cash @Neptune Theatre

Flora Cash

Swedish-American husband and wife indie pop duo Flora Cash opened at Neptune Theatre last week in Seattle. The members discovered each others’ music on Soundcloud 6 years ago while living on opposite sides of the earth. They have yet to reveal the meaning of their catchy band name.

Their music which brought them together turned into a hit single (top 10 on the charts) ‘You’re Somebody Else’ and a sold out show. Their onstage chemistry captivated the audience. Watch their Neptune performance below.

Flora Cash @ Neptune Theatre

Children of Eden | PERFORMING ARTS SAN ANTONIO (San Antonio, TX.)

Children of Eden Imparts Values to be Cherished Forever

The Children of Eden was initially penned in 1986 by Youth Sing Praise, which was a high school theatre camp that placed great emphasis on religion. Back then it was titled Family Tree, with its first performance at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. It was Stephen Schwartz who adapted the script and music of the original story and conceptualized the delightful musical fare we see today.

Brief History

Developed as a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) workshop and directed by John Caird.  After severe budget cuts, it opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End on January 8, 1991. Unfortunately, it lasted only a little over 4 months due to poor reviews, dampening all dreams of a switch to Broadway. Even the original London cast album being released on CD and LP, faced problems as the CDs were full of manufacturing glitches rendering the discs unplayable.

Revival of the Musical

Till date the only reminder of the original cast of the show exists in a playable copy of the disc that features Stephen Schwartz playing the piano. Very few people have the CD or a digital copy in possession, which includes Schwartz himself and Michael Kol. This rare recording was done before the Paper Mill Playhouse production, so all rewrites and revisions could be reviewed properly. During the 1990s, there were several production houses that tried to revive Children of Eden with revisions, editing, and introduction of songs and scenes. Papermill opened the play in Millburn, New Jersey, featuring Stephanie Mills, which is the licensed version for production in the United States. It is also referred to as the Paper Mill version.

Life lessons and more…

The story revolves around biblical stories of Genesis interweaved with personal interactions within a family. This is an amazing musical that has featured up to 60 members at a time! It starts with the creation of the universe, where Father gives life to his children Adam and Eve, and is faced with the pain of sacrifice when he has to let them go. The same lesson is integrated into the parenting of Cain, Abel, and Seth and Noah when it comes to his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The musical teaches you various emotions, evaluates choices you make, risks that have to be undertaken, and consequences that can’t be avoided.

This musical is coming to San Antonio in October, so make sure your tickets are booked well in advance.

Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions Now showing at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas

Illusion or Reality – Can you tell the Difference?

Illusionists have a very difficult job – not only is it nerve-wracking to perform in front of hundreds, but they also need to convince the audience regarding the authenticity of illusions, or else they will be booed off the stage. Magician Dirk Arthur is a renowned illusionist who has been in showbiz for over 2 decades. He has appeared on national television and starred in his own widely acclaimed primetime special “Big Cat Magic” on Animal Planet.

Why is Wild Illusions special?
His show, known as Wild Illusions, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, consists of some intriguing and unusual cast members – it features grand cats like white, orange and snow-white tigers and African and snow leopards. It also includes a bobcat along with a few birds. Dirk has worked with rabbits, doves, large birds such as emus and ostriches, and exotic cats for a long time, which have helped him to sharpen his skills in this area. People enjoy this show even more as it involves a certain degree of audience participation along with a combination of dance and comic elements.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a freaking helicopter!

He holds the honor of the infamous “Helicopter Illusion” – Dirk is the first magician to make a helicopter appear out of nowhere. He admits it was (and is) his most challenging trick because conjuring a real, 26-foot-long helicopter out of thin air, on the edge of the stage right next to the audience, is no ordinary feat. It is extremely tough to pull this off as the illusion relies heavily on timing, and a split-second delay can totally spoil the act.

Sharing and caring comes naturally to him…
Dirk is not just an accomplished performer but an avid lover of wildlife. An educational video is screened before every show that covers the subject of preserving wildlife and provides information about endangered species. His goal is to integrate this idea into young minds by working with school kids. All the revenue from merchandise sales at his shows are donated to various animal care and conservation programs, and also used to fund educational programs in schools to create awareness about endangered animals.

To put it in a nutshell, his performance comprises his trademark illusions like escape tricks, levitation of a vehicle, making animals disappear with the aid of sparks and lightening, etc. It is a family-friendly show, so please attend with your kids as they will enjoy it immensely.

Learn more: Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions