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Jun
20

I wrote about 10 Places Where You Can Do Yoga with Goats! for USA Today 10Best.com. It was one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had. Just check out the photos!

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“wonder woman” movie review

Wonder Woman

Let me start this by saying I have never been into the whole Marvel/DC comics thing. The only comic books I read when I was younger starred Betty and Veronica, and the superheroes I admire are real-life human beings whose super power is kindness.

I have little interest in the testosterone-driven stories of good men fighting bad men to save the world. At some point, they all blend into each other, alienating female audiences who know that, really, the world could be saved if regular men just stood up for what’s right.

But then Gal Gadot came along as Wonder Woman, and the world has suddenly become a little bit brighter. [Read more…]

“escape to margaritaville” at la jolla playhouse

Escape to Margaritaville

Rejoice, Parrot Heads!

It’s always 5 o’clock at La Jolla Playhouse — at least through July 9, now that Escape to Margaritaville has once again extended its record-breaking run.

Escape to Margaritaville is basically Jimmy Buffett’s Mamma Mia!  It’s a story created from his most beloved songs, and you’ll just have to see for yourself how the writers manage to hilariously incorporate “Cheeseburger in Paradise” into the narrative. [Read more…]

“beatriz at dinner” movie review

Beatriz at Dinner

Every one of us who joined the Women’s March, wore a pussy hat or is simply doing everything in her power to resist the current Administration will recognize themselves in Beatriz in Beatriz at Dinner. [Read more…]

“the spitfire grill” at north coast rep

Aurora Florence Spitfire Grill

North Coast Rep has raised its own already-high bar with its stunning production of The Spitfire Grill, a folk musical inspired by the 1996 movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden and the subsequent 2001 off-Broadway show presented by Playwrights Horizon.

From the moment Aurora Florence, above, appears onstage as Percy, a young woman just released from prison after serving five years for manslaughter, you know this is going to be a magical show. [Read more…]

“beauty and the beast” giveaway!

Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time. True as it can be.

Barely even friends, then somebody bends unexpectedly.

Ha ha! You really just need to read that first line and I bet you’re already humming along. [Read more…]

“a quiet passion” movie review

A Quiet Passion

As a writer, I’ve always been enamored with Emily Dickinson. so I was really looking forward to learning more about the reclusive poet — and her beloved Newfoundland, Carlo — in A Quiet Passion.

Well — spoiler alert — Carlo never appears in the movie, which pretty much ruined it for me and made me wonder just how much, uh, poetic license was taken by director Terence Davies about her life.

Okay, that’s a little dramatic. But I do think the dog-loving Emily would agree.

There’s no question that Cynthia Nixon is outstanding, showing us the Emily Dickinson we always hoped for: not a mousy wallflower but a fiery, rebellious woman who was complex and smart and surprisingly funny. If she were alive today, she’d be wearing a pussy hat even though she might not join the march.

We’d all want to be her friend. [Read more…]

“the dinner” movie review

The Dinner

There’s a really fascinating, thought-provoking plot line that’s finally introduced late in The Dinner. It’s shocking and timely and worthy of intense discussion.

If it were actually the focus of the movie, I would have been hooked. Unfortunately, by the time they got to it, I was so disgusted with the unlikeable characters that, like a few other uncomfortable dinners in my life, I just wanted it to be over. [Read more…]

“the zookeeper’s wife” movie review – plus a giveaway!

The Zookeeper's Wife

I’m finding it harder and harder to watch movies about the Holocaust and I can’t bear to watch anything bad happen to animals so, in theory, The Zookeeper’s Wife should not be a movie I’d want to see.

But I love Jessica Chastain, I adore animals and I’m finding it more important than ever to learn as much as possible about the Holocaust.

With too many similarities happening today, I wish everyone would see The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is based on the true story of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Jan, who oversaw the Warsaw Zoo and who hid hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust.

It is an astonishing story of heroism and proof that every person has the power to make a difference in the world. [Read more…]

“going in style” $100 visa giveaway!

Going In Style

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opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Three of my favorite actors are starring together in a new movie, and I can’t wait to see it!

Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up  in director Zach Braff’’s Going in Style, a comedy about lifelong buddies who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Amazingly, this sounds like a very timely story and one that we will likely all be cheering. [Read more…]

“beauty and the beast” movie review

Beauty and the Beast

Although I’m going to write 399 more, there’s really only one word you need to know about Beauty and the Beast, and that’s “magical.”

Watching the new live action version of the Disney animated classic in IMAX was one of the most enjoyable and deeply satisfying theater experiences I’ve had in a long time. There were so many times I wanted to burst into applause. Or tears. Or simply with joy.

The movie is just magical. [Read more…]