Dance Gear? Get it here…

On September 24th, from 8am-2pm, there will be a fitness wear sale over at the Zohar Dance Studios.  I have been in need of some more dance wear. I don’t know how many of you are in the same boat, or if you just happen to enjoy getting new stuff to add to your collection, but when Daynee made the announcement I must’ve looked like a meerkat.

I hear that the selection is really good, and the seller doesn’t only have dance attire.  They also sell some stuff to wear at the gym.  Stop by and pick up some great gear at discounted prices.    I know we all like a good deal, so the first place that I usually think of to shop is an online discount dancewear shop like Dancewear Solutions, Discount Dance Supply, or Dance Outlet.

The drawback of shopping online like this is that sometimes, I personally can never tell if I am going to like the feel of the fabric or if there’ll be enough stretch to something.  Then, what happens if it is all wrong?  Shipping something back is a beast in itself.  I’ve even had to pay to ship something back a few years ago.  Nowadays, the return shipping is a little easier, but it’s still a pain in the glutes if you have to exchange.  So, why not skip some of the hassle and stop by the Zohar Dance Studios this weekend?  You can touch and feel, maybe try on, I don’t know about that part for certain, but why should that deter you from coming on down.  Not only will your purchase save you some green, but the company that is selling the merchandise will donate a portion of its proceeds to Zohar!

And while you are there, why not join the modern class that begins at 9:30.  I think Lisa’s class is terrific.  When I can make it, I usually try to attend the Thursday morning class.  I can’t think of a better way to start my day off.

So come on out this Saturday from 8-2 and score some new gear. The studios are located at Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road next to the Charleston Shopping Center, between East Charleston and San Antonio Road.  Click here for some better directions.

 

Hope to see you there!!!

Please forward this to anyone you think may want to attend.  Thanks a million!!!

 

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Kim Kay, You are a genius…

In my last post, I whined about not having a solution to look all slick and shiny in the hairdo department for H2$.  I wrote of some of the various attempts that left me feeling so let down.  I asked for your help, dear reader, and you did not let me down.  I wanted to go from poofy and full to slick and shiny.  Here’s how it went down.

Kimberly Kay sent me a link for the styling secrets for a mohawk.   Egg Whites.  Really?  Well, let’s give it a try shall we…

This is my hair after a dance class and a drive down 101 from Palo Alto to Santa Clara…

 So I got home around 11:30 or so and I debated if I should just go ahead and do this, or try and go out and run some non-specific errand.  I always have to think about that decision on my day off.  I think I get stir crazy in the house.  Since it was a non-specific errand, I figured I should save some gas and the environment and just stay home.

At noon, I gathered the ingredients? No, tools?  That’s not quite right either. Well, everything that I would need for this test.   Three things: a blowdryer, a comb, and two egg whites.  That’s it.

Wet your hair to help the egg whites absorb into the follicles.  Make sure you don’t get it wet, otherwise you have a nice gooey mess.  Too dry and you have to use a lot of the egg whites.  I actually think I would have been fine only using a single egg.   With a fork, beat the egg  until it begins to mix together  evenly.  Next, add egg whites to hair until the hair feels slightly saturated.  I found that by using my fingers, I could get it closer to the scalp and get better coverage.    Style hair as desired then blowdry.  If needed, comb hair while drying to help keep the look in place.  Once the drying begins, simply hold the hair in its place.

Then Ta-da!! My wild mane of hair has been tamed.

 

 

It held in place for 6 solid hours!  Of course I didn’t have a chance to do the “Sweat Test” to see how that will change the strength of the egg whites.  The only down side that I found was that there was a slight smell to the egg whites.  It’s not a bad smell but it’s noticeable.  I am very excited to see how this will all work out once I actually get a haircut.  At least for the time being I know that I can create a helmut with this stuff that will keep my unruly madness in place with ease.  Thank you, Kimberly Kay for the idea.

One of the other suggestions I heard while at rehearsal the other day was to use Elmer’s White Glue.  That’s a test for another day.  Maybe I’ll try a mohawk with it…

Have you tried using egg whites for hair product?  Did you have any success, failure, or other observations?  For example, is there a long term benefit to using egg whites in your hair?  Lemme know in the comments below.

As always, thanks for readin’!

Baby, Baby, I got the feelin’…

James Brown’s music has always made me want to dance.  It’s infused with this energy that just fills every cell in me and either I have to sing or dance.  But I gotta do SOMETHING!

Similar to the energy of the late, great James Brown’s music, is that of the cast of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, hereafter to be referred to as H2$, okay?  That title is just too long to keep typing.

There is a lot of talent in this cast, and I for one am very lucky to be a part of it.  Everyone is nice and has a sense of humor.  I haven’t come across anyone that isn’t having fun.  Our J. Pierrepont Finch, played by the mischievous John Eubank is a perfect blend of smarmy and charming.  They make me want to dance and sing too!  If there were enough people, I would say that my character definitely wouldn’t dance.

So as I am building my character and looking through the script, I find that I want to create a super ridiculous backstory for Bert Bratt.  I have a ton of ideas, and I am always reading about playing the stakes at the highest point you can, but I am beginning to wonder to myself if they are too over the top.  I’m sure if they are, our director will say I need to chill.

The look of the character is a whole other beast that is developing.  I am trying to figure out how to get the “look” that the staff of the show are going with, but my idea is a bit extreme when it comes to the hair.  The producer wants this:

Which I love, but my hair doesn’t do that.  It just physically doesn’t do it.  Also, no gel that I have ever found has the cement hold I would need to maintain a well groomed look after dancing what our choreographer says will be our deaths.  I believe her words were: “You are gonna die.”   So in order to get that tight to the scalp look on the sides like the picture above, I offered this:

The sides and back are shaved very close to the scalp.  Now, I know that the shaved look isn’t appropriate, but after a week or so, the hair will fill in and be dark enough so that you can’t tell that it’s shaved until you are close up.  Sadly, my producer swears that he can get my hair to work, even though I know after YEARS of trying to do it, I can’t.  But, he’s shut that idea down.

I know the stylist on Mad Men uses American Crew products, but I’ve tried that and there is no way that it’ll hold after a single dance step.  Let’s see Garnier is out.  Bed Head holds well, but once you start sweating, there’s trouble.  D:Fi is good but once you break the style by taking off a hat, for example, you have to reapply to readjust the misplaced hair.   Short Sexy Hair is great for creating a spiky look, but it flakes and breaks easily.  LA Looks, yeah, I am going WAAAYYYY back.  No strong enough at all.  Do they even still make that stuff?  My sister once got my hair to stay for about 20 minutes. Once.  She used her LA Looks gel, some mousse from a white can and a ton of Aqua Net.  20 minutes for all of that.  Sad days my friends, sad days.

I am toying with the idea of glasses as well.  Since I have to be clean shaven, I will look all of 20 or so.   How does a 20 something become the head of the Personnel department of a giant corporation that quickly?  Hopefully, I can find some mature looking ones that help and not hurt my case.

Have you found a gel that can withstand a hurricane?  Please let me know, cuz I’ve tried a ton of stuff to no avail, as you can see.  Suggestions are highly encouraged.  Does your hair not do what you tell it to?  Let’s share stories. Leave a comment below.

Have a great day!!

A big story that made a little wave…

The MOChA (Museum of Children’s Art) organization has cancelled an exhibit of Palestinian children’s Art of their life in the midst of conflict. The exhibit was scheduled to open on September 24 and close in Mid-November.  The name of the now hostless project is “A Child’s View From Gaza.”

The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) and MOChA have been planning this event for a number of months.  Sadly, some community groups have pressured the museum to drop the project.  Now, I don’t want to say that the decision was racially biased, but given the history between the “groups” and the place the children are from, one has to wonder…

Of course the reason being “offered” was that the subject detracts from the museums mission of children’s exposure to Art.  Here’s where I have a problem: Their past has shown two exhibits of this nature already.  That’s right…TWO.  So what makes this one different?  I refer back to the previous paragraph.  Although, if the shoe were on the other foot, I think I can 90% guarantee that it would be shown with a crap-ton of hype and hoopla.

The other thing that one has to wonder about is why this little story didn’t make the news.  Granted, it’s not a big huge deal, but I think it would have made a great “human interest” story that the networks are always trying to find.

I credit KPFA radio for making this story a little blip in their newscast.  When I tried to find info about when the exhibit was supposed to open or what would be in it’s place, there is absolutely nothing on the MOChA website.  How interesting!  So then, I tried to find out what MECA was all about.  And sure enough, thanks to it being a foreign organization, there was an article up on their site.  To read the whole story, just go HERE. Read this one and you’ve read them all.  They almost say the same thing, verbatim. While the organization is aimed at humanitarian rights, their focus is on children.  So don’t be overwhelmed if you visit the site and see all the world news on it’s front page.  Nearly every other country in the world reports all the news.  Not just the stuff that affects their country’s interests.

I just think it’s so sad that these little works of Art from children won’t be seen.  Not just seen, but seen by other children.  I really think that seeing these works would make other children more open minded.  This, in the future, if we are to have one, is one more step closer to true peace.

 

 

It’s a hoot so far, AND I got a very iiinnteresting proposition…

So day 2 of rehearsals has come to a close.

Day 1 was orientation.  We got the welcome speeches from the designers and producer and director, then just jumped right in to vocal work on “Secretary Is Not A Toy.”  Our vocal director, Ms. Carolyn Lamcke, I think is a HOOT!! She is very straight forward but not in a mean way.  But like they say, the truth hurts.  Like, when she said she couldn’t understand what I was saying.  No big, I have been getting sloppy wif muh werds.  I think its from not being in a show in almost a year.  So, getting back to our music director, I love that when we get things right she claps her hands together and shrugs her shoulders and says “Hot Stuff!”  I can’t help but to giggle every time.

Today, when we were getting ready to move on to another song “Been A Long Day,” she called it “Dong Day.”  So then little innocent (at least I thought he was all innocent) Ronnie Misra began to describe a musical number, under his breath to the tenor section, featuring a certain “tool” if you will, and I thought I was going to stop the rehearsal because I almost couldn’t contain my quiet giggle.  I was terrified that I would burst into my witch’s cackle!  I was wiping my eyes by the time, we decided that we would have one of those inflatable wavy peopley thingys that are at car washes and stuff.  Of course, they would be a little different than the car wash ones.  I say we, because we began throwing in ideas while the bass section was going over their parts.

We worked through 2 new songs and reviewed “Secretary” just for kicks and still got to leave an hour early.   I tells ya, Carolyn is a card!  Oh and then she told us this story of her pet turtle.  Funny but sad.  It was so out of sync with the rehearsal, but I think she used it to trick us into forgetting about what we just worked on so when she brought us back into the music, we could concentrate and hit the accents and consonants the way she wanted us to.  I don’t know how to explain this technique any better.  When you learn something, it takes a few minutes for the brain to process and break it down and then you are good to go.  I think the story gave us time to break it down, because when we sang it again, I thought we sounded really good.  And I am super judgey.  My friend Tom likes to call me Judgey McJugderson.

Tomorrow is blocking with our fabulous director Meg Fisher, so I am excited to get the ball rolling on that.  Pictures are coming.

Now as for my interesting proposition:  Ms. Samantha Stidham, who you may remember from Episode 5 of the podcast said “You know, I want to interview you for TheActorvist Podcast.”  Say what?  I think it would be so cool to have a guest on the show every now and again that is doing something other than allowing me to pry into their lives and stuff.  So I am toying with the idea.  I love her to pieces so I think it’ll be fun.

For now, it’s dream time.

Have a wonderful day!

On to the next…

It’s that time again…Yup, you guessed it, 110 shopping days til Christmas!  KIDDING! Kidding!  It’s time to start rehearsing for a new show!

Tonight is our first rehearsal.  I finally get to meet everyone.  There are some people in particular that I am SO excited to see in their roles.  For example, mistress to the big wig, Hedy Le Rue will be played by the adorable Amanda Garley.  She is a faboo performer and I think it was an awesome choice by the staff.

If you haven’t seen the show, a quick summary is an eager young man manipulates his way to the top of a large corporation in various ways. On that path, he must overcome a jealous rival, to be played by Brett Carlson (Yay!), deal with a love sick secretary, and best the other managers of the company.  Will he do it?  Can he do it?  Come and see the show to find out!  However, I don’t recommend the movie.  There’s a lot left out, BUT you should take a peek at the Bob Fosse (my hero) choreographed “Coffee Break”.  I tried to find it on Youtube really quickly, but I have to get to work.

Until next time…