A tri-weekly blog about gaming, entertainement, and food.

Entertainment

The Night Before End Times

‘Twas the night before End Times
And all through the city
No sane man was fearful
Not even a bitty.

The work keys were hung
On the key rack with care
In hopes that the End Times
Meant they would stay there. (more…)

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Harry Dresden, Books, Talks, and Creative Motivation

Back in 2008 while I was still living on the East Coast, I was lucky enough to play a part in the student-run SciFi convention known as MadiCon.  That spring we were proud to play host to Jim Butcher, New York Times Bestselling author of the Dresden Files.  At the time, he had just published the ninth book in his contemporary fantasy/mystery series… and I hadn’t read a single one of them.  Not that I wasn’t interested, of course, but I was more along the lines of not-on-the-up-and-up when it came to new(er) books and movies.  As a courtesy to our guest of honor, and so that the Con-Chair didn’t have to, I bit the bullet and buckled down to read a book or two before the con.

Harry and Sue

Harry and Sue

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Top 10 Guide to (possibly offbeat) Holiday Flicks

With the Xmas season in full swing, it’s only appropriate to put on a few flicks to get into the spirit of the season.  So next time you’re stuck with your family and they insist on putting on a “holiday movie” I’ve put together a list of some of my personal favorites that still fall into the “holiday” categories for you to choose from.  Maybe you’ll find some on here that you can put in your holiday collection for easy access by the family when they’re itching for the holiday cheer!

10. Edward Scissorhandsedward-kim

Year: 1990

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin, Anthony Michael Hall

This Burton film begins with a grandmother telling a story about why it always snows on Christmas in their California hometown.  Her cookie-cutter culdesac is peppered with a sense of weirdness, like many of Burton’s films, and when a strange young scissor-handed man is brought into town after being found alone in the spooky mansion at the edge of town it brings more than just gossip. She recants to her grandchild the offbeat and unlikely love story between Mr. Scissorhands and a young woman in their quiet 50’s suburban town, and how their love keeps it snowing each Christmas.  Sounds sappy, I know, but how sappy can it be with Johnny Depp in a leather body suit and scissors for hands awkwardly falling in love with a blond Winona Ryder teenager?  Either way, it’s a Christmas classic for sure! (more…)


Bi-Trektual

Voltaire

Voltaire – photo by Alas Vera, featured on http://www.voltaire.net

You may or may not know, but the incredibly talented Aurelio Voltaire has recently come out with his latest album: Bi-Trektual.  Until recently, I was in the grouping of people who “did not know” that this highly entertaining album was even in the works.  For any of you who are unfamiliar with Voltaire’s work but are familiar with the Burlesque show that we recently put on, my solo number was to Voltaire’s “When You’re Evil,” a dark cabaret style piece with almost a gypsy feel at times.  Back to the geek side though, his newest album Bi-Trektual is a hilarious compilation of songs mainly comparing and combining Star Wars and Star Trek, but also include other fun little references to other sci-fi series and movies as well.

As usual, the whole album is a fantastic mix of quality music, raunchy and infectious lyrics, and also this time incorporates any geek’s wet dream of being able to connect with everything Trek and Wars related.  It has so many moments of “OMG-SO-TRUE!” shout outs for sci-fi fans that I stopped counting after the second track.  It combined these so well, in fact, that it caused my non-Trekkie fiance, Joe, to crack a smile and even stifle a snort on more than one occasion when I subjected him to the first listen of the album.

I decided to download the digital copy because I couldn’t stand to wait for the physical copy to come in the mail, but would highly recommend purchasing this album if you haven’t already.  The physical CD is already on my Xmas list even though I own the digital copy, if for nothing else than the fantastic album artwork.  If you’re still not convinced, take a look at the track list below and see if you still have any reservations!

Buy it on Amazon!                                            Check out Voltaire’s Page!

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Your Cure For the Mondays – Burlesque: A Day in the Life

Photo by Brian J. Matis
Photo by Brian J. Matis

Lauren and Baby Snake “Madness” – Photo by Brian J. Matis

I felt it fitting to start off and christen my new blog by writing a bit about a fantastic show that I was lucky enough to be a part of this past weekend.  This was SLO Tease‘s third of (hopefully) many Burlesque shows to come and continues to have a massive impact on audience and performers alike, though often in very different respects.  For the audience it’s typically a mixture of seemingly endless anticipation, uncontrollable excitement, and being witness to mesmerizing moves, though not necessarily in that order.  Not to be confused with stripping, Burlesque focuses on the art of the tease, anticipation, and the leaves the question of “wow, what else?!” on the mind of the entire audience.  More often than not, it also tends to inspire a number of girls (and boys!) to come up after the show fervently asking how they can sign up to perform in the next one.  A fraction of the eager fresh meat potential performers commit to a future show, but those that do are always a fabulous addition!

Not so surprisingly, I was one of the fresh meat initiates after the first SLO Tease show and got to experience firsthand the fun and empowering transition from audience to troupe member.  As far as prior experience goes I had about 15+ years of musical training, but as you can imagine that does little to nothing in regards to choreographing a dance with the happy balance of incredibly seductive yet non-trampy.  Whenever I was at a loss, the troupe came to the rescue and helped in any way they could, even if that meant helping to dispel self conscious worries by enacting every school boy’s fantasy and comparing various body parts during rehearsals…  Keeping true to the “tease” of burlesque I’ll let you interpret that as you will.

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