Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: The Private Life of Chickens

Company: Scott Lyons and Company
Run Time: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Appropriate for Children?: No

Very loosely based on the "Chicken Little" fable, this multimedia five-piece follows hens Henretta (Amii LeGrendre), Mary Beth (Anne Bloom), Ella Louise (Lindsay Gilmour), and Gretta (Scott Lyons) through their paranoid romp, in search of salvation, all while followed by a BBC narrator (Bradford Scobie). 

The whole thing starts off like a nature documentary and then transforms into a chicken themed drag performance, with one hen lip syncing to a song, while two other hens flank her, and a fourth chicken, sitting off to the side like some kind of beatnik.  Following the narrator's initial direction, the story goes from "the sky is falling" into "implosion from unreleased eggs" with a whole lot of sexual connotation here and there.

The long and short of it is, the piece is funny, however it seems to say inconsistent with it's main focus, which gets lost during the show.  Are the chickens afraid that the sky is falling, that they may explode, or just the fact that they're on the road to their doom?  The story plays to segmented extremes that run anywhere between Julia Child's cooking show to repentance by self dildo flailing.  The frantic acts make it difficult to invest in any of the characters or their fears, and even though the piece is imaginative, for something of this length, it has to be more than the occasional laugh and chuckle.

48 minutes into the show, the pacing slows down and by the end, from the view of some other audience members, including myself, the yawns are unmistakable: a sure sign that the 1 hour and 4 minutes show runs far too long. 

The story needs to be tightened up as well as the pacing, and the audience should be well warned in advance that it's definitely not appropriate for children.  Because it's based on a very popular children's fairy tale, the title is quite deceptive.  If you do catch the show, take advantage of some alcohol prior, it'll loosen yourself just enough for this feather filled escapade.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Remember to Hydrate

With the temperatures soaring and the humidity level on the rise... its important to hydrate your body and skin. I've switched my moisturizer to a lightweight oil-free moisturizer to Boscia's Oil-free daily hydration with SPF 15 (its important to wear at least SPF 30 everyday) and then I always top it off with my Kate Somerville's Serum Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 55. My skin doesn't feel greasy or heavy.


Kate Somerville's Serum Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 55
I love this sunscreen because its lightweight, non-greasy, doesn't clog pores, goes on smoothly, and does not have that weird white chalky residue. Its my all-year around go-to product to prevent premature aging.



Boscia's Oil-free daily hydration with SPF 15
I only started using this and I like that it doesn't feel heavy. I have combination skin and when the weather changes dramatically from cold to hot to cold to hot (you get the picture)...I get some dry patches that become sensitive and splotchy. So far, this moisturizer just gives my skin enough hydration.


Hydration from the inside is also incredibly important and water is your friend. Sometimes you need an extra boost of vitamins + caffeine to perk you up in the sluggish muggy weather. I'd recommend mixing Eboost in Pink Lemonade to your water.

Eboost in Pink Lemonade is my favorite flavor out of the Eboost vitamins. Add this in a nice cold glass of water or water bottle and sip throughout the day. It contains green tea and is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to also keep you from feeling under the weather. I also drink this a lot during the cold/flu season to literally boost my immunity. 

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sale of the Day - December 30th, 2011

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sale of the Day - December 29th, 2011

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sale of the Day - December 28th, 2011

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays from Media Mind Candy


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Rock and Rose (karaoke review series 3)


Think of the old CBGB's vibe, or something like Arlene's Grocery, with walls papered with old news articles on rockers or rocker babes, and hot models, but take out all the graffiti and years of band stickers and old beer and whiskey stains, bring it to the Upper East to 53rd street and you've got Rock and Rose.  Part of my karaoke review series, this former Japanese style karaoke haunt went through a transformation in late Summer 2011 when it switched owners and became a brash, no nonsense, punk rock style karaoke stop, with live band karaoke (courtesy of Crash Course Karaoke, hosted by Brandon Bain).  It sports a small stage in the back where all the magic happens, with two mics, screens for your sing-a-long pleasure, and lighting, so anyone with a camera/cameraphone can document it for YouTube posterity. 

Outside of the bar, there is a side lounge area with generous seating, but no view of the stage, and some seating with full view of the stage.

The food menu is small, but you're not really there to eat and the drink menu is pretty decent, as well as the drink prices for the area.

You've got to pay per song, cash.  No exceptions.

Now for the aficionado's breakdown...
  • The sound system is pretty good, so you don't have to worry about screaming into the mic.
  • The song list (non band) is the same offered in Pulse & Karaoke Cave.
  • They do not offer pitch shifting.
  • They do offering a catering menu, which is different than their bar menu.
  • Live band karaoke happens on Thursday nights.  Their song list is available here.
They tote themselves as a live band venue as well, so head over to their website and take a look at their calendar for a listing of all their upcoming events, and go check them out.