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Vampire Loving-Is the Theatre World Ready?

Supernatural romance is defined simply as any romantic fiction featuring ghosts, werewolves, vampires or similarly otherworldly characters. Tweens all over the world are going mad for it, but could the West End handle a spooky love story of its own? Should Theatreland be expecting one?

Twilight is, of course, the most famous of the supernatural romance novels but the genre’s popularity goes far beyond the antics of Bella and her sparkly undead beau; entire supernatural/gothic/paranormal romance sections are starting to pop up in bookshops. Books with moody black and red covers are flying off the shelves and young women just can’t seem to get enough of them, but how does this relate to London’s world-famous theatre district?

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Theatre has a habit of picking up trends from other art forms: The recent spate of book and comic-based movie adaptations and remakes of classic films can be easily seen reflected in Broadway and the West End. For example, ten years ago the idea of a Spider-Man musical would be dismissed as ridiculous. Fast forward to 2011 and a multi-million dollar Broadway musical starring everyone’s favourite wall-crawling web-slinger is causing quite a stir on Broadway.


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A great many of the shows currently in the West End are film adaptations. We’ve got Betty Blue Eyes, Billy Elliot, Ghost The Musical, Legally Blonde The Musical, Shrek The Musical, The Lion King, Cool Hand Luke, Driving Miss Daisy and The Ladykillers all running or about to run. With that many film adaptations running (and doing rather well) despite the gloomy economic climate, it surely can’t be long until Twilight or a similarly cult dark romance story finds its way to the West End.

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Until then, shows like Wicked and Ghost The Musical will continue to fill the gap and entertain audiences comprised mainly of young women.

Wicked features a green-skinned witch who, among other things, falls in love with a mysterious prince from a far-off land. Admittedly, the love story is a sub-plot but it is still has a very strong supernatural romance feeling. Unsurprisingly, Wicked has one of the most dedicated fan groups of any West End show.


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Elsewhere in the West End, Ghost The Musical is also catering to the supernatural romance crowd. The story sees a man murdered, but his love for his girlfriend and his wish to protect her prevents him from passing over. The show also features incredible special effects and some truly enchanting songs. Fans of Twilight will adore the powerful love story between a couple who occupy different worlds.

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Wicked and Ghost The Musical have whetted the theatre-going public’s appetite for supernatural romance on stage but the West End is crying out for an unashamed spooky love-fest. Twilight may be too popular to make it on stage, but Linda Lael Miller’s novels would work just as well. As would Christine Feehan’s Carpathians series or pretty much anything by Teresa Medeiros.

The West End is ready, bring on Sexy Vampires: The Musical!

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10 Artsy-Fartsy Films

Artsy films don’t necessarily mean someone in it is a painter or an artist of some sort. These movies are great and tend to have a certain following. Whether it is in the script, the characters, or the soundtrack – these films have formed a whole new genre Louisville painters call artsy-fartsy!

1. 500 Days of Summer
The story is about love, but it is not a love story, first of all. When greeting card writer, Tom meets Summer he falls madly in love with her. Summer is a modern woman with 60s style who does not believe in love and doesn’t want to be anyone’s girlfriend. The film’s soundtrack sets every scene and the creative cinematography makes the film like no other.
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2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The film tells the story of the relationship between Joel and Clementine and their extremely difficult breakup. When Joel finds that Clementine has erased him from her memory with a new found technology, Joel immediately decides to have her erased from his. The film goes through the psyche of a man who realizes that he does not want to forget the love of his life, even if he can’t have her.
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3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky and Cristina are best friends with two very different views on life and love. When they travel to Barcelona and meet the ravishing artist, Antonio, the romance begins and all rationale is thrown out the window. The film is beautiful with it’s amazing cinematography and landscape shots of Barcelona.
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4. American Beauty
When suburban business man, Lester Burnham loses his job, he takes a new approach on life. After being shunned for years by his rebellious daughter and neurotic wife, he gets back into shape, takes a job at a fast food restaurant and begins fantasizing about his daughter’s best friend. The film dives into a bored man’s psyche while he is going through a midlife crisis and a teenage girl’s struggle between being ordinary or a much older man’s mistress.
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5. Blue Valentine
The courtship of high school dropout, Dean and pre-med student, Cindy begins beautifully and full of love. When we see their married life several years later you see that the romance has turned to boredom for Cindy. The film shows the process of romantic love fading.
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6. The Royal Tenenbaums
Royal and Etheline Tenenbaum have three genius children: Chas, Richie, and their adopted daughter, Margot. Though Royal no longer lives with the family he has never divorced his wife, and as an attempt to get back into the house and family he fakes cancer. The dark comedy tells the story of the family you thought you wanted to be a part of with perfect character analysis and top of the line dialogue.
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7. High Fidelity
Probably the oldest movie on our list was released in 2000. When record store owner, Rob is dumped by his girlfriend we watch him go through the grieving process, beginning with anger. Rob’s lost boy mentality and depressed outlook on life begins to change as he realizes he may have been the one who was wrong and finds that he grows a little from the process. The movie is also known for the “top 5” lists that Rob makes and the great soundtrack.
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8. Garden State
After the death of his mother, Andrew Largeman goes home to New Jersey and is welcomed back into his old group of friends. When he meets the eccentric funny girl Sam, Andrew begins to realize what he wants to do with his life and accepts the dark elements of his past.
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9. An Education
Sixteen year-old school girl, Jenny is a promising student and very cultured. When she attracts the attention of an older man, he feed her hunger for adventure, but with a price. Jenny learns the importance of self and education, and the hardships of love.
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10. The Tree of Life
The film seems to display the thin line between religion an spirituality by examining humanity. The film mostly focuses on a young boy’s life: his relationship with his father, mother, and brothers, and how a child sees the world. The breathtaking special effects and emotional character revelations, make this movie one of a kind.
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Kristina Carpenter is a writer for CertaPro Painters of Louisville, which speicalizes in commercial and residential painting.


Finding Things To Do In Oklahoma City

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When traveling through the USA this year, persons may want to make a stop in Oklahoma City. While there, travelers may want to find some things to do in Oklahoma City. There are plenty to be found in this city of over a million people which offers entertainment to meet nearly anyone’s taste.

Food and Drink

There are many cattle ranches in Oklahoma, so this is a good place to find a great beef. Red Prime Steak offers many different types of cuisine, but steak it the leader. This is the perfect place to enjoy a filet mignon, ribeye with the bone in or even Kobe beef. For the beer drinker, plan a visit to TapWerks offering an English pub atmosphere and over 200 different beers, all on tap.

Cultural Events

Travelers will find a wide variety of Oklahoma City attractions. These theaters show everything from art films to the mainstream movies. For a blast from the past, try a movie at the Winchester Drive-in. The Museum of Art offers a more high culture experience which offers a very nice film program. The Oseology Museum features skeletons and skulls from around the globe. These exhibits place their focus on the diversity, form and locomotion of vertebrates. They welcome cameras for so that the fun can travel home with you.

Sporting Events

The Oklahoma City Arena has been home to the All College Basketball Classic for over 75 years. This is the oldest basketball tournament in the world. On December 17 of this year, there is a scheduled double header with OU playing Houston and OSU playing New Mexico.

If searching for things to do in Oklahoma City, there should be plenty from which to choose. Families with children as well as couples in search of a romantic dinner will find that there are many options available for them.

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How To: Create Your Home Theater For Under $5k

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A home theater was previously a luxury only the rich could indulge in, but is readily available for your home today. A beautiful, well-appointed and comfortable home theater can be had for well under $5,000. This is especially true if you’re the DIY type.

There are several compelling reasons to have a home theater. Statistics show that American families are returning to bonding by dinner together in the dining room. A home theater is similar in setting aside a formal space for getting together to watch a movie, educational program or sitcom.

Another fun advantage of a home theater is its application in gaming and other media. It becomes the hub of both home recreation and learning. In addition, a well-designed home theater can raise the value of your home. Even though a home theater is affordably within reach, it is still impressive to step into a nicely appointed one.

There has been – and continues – rapid growth in the technology of home theater systems. The evolution of Plasma and LCD televisions has brought a superior audio-visual experience into the home, inclusive of 3-D application. Sophisticated projectors are capable of showing wide-screen beautiful films you shot yourself, that people really do enjoy watching.

DVDs can be shown at home on a large screen television with the same viewing ratio as sitting in the best seat in the house in the movie theater, with stunning clarity and amazing surround-sound.

So, if you’re convinced that you’d like to have an affordable home theater, the place to start is with the basic decisions of where to put it, how to lay out the space, how to decorate it, along with the decisions of which audio visual equipment to purchase.

This first stage of arriving at the goal of a home theater for under $5,000 requires careful planning. Sit down with pencil and graph paper and draw up some plans. Even if you’re going to hire someone to do some of the work, the more you do yourself, you’ll save money and the end result will be what you want. Don’t forget to include storage space for equipment and media, which needs to be both easy to access and attractive.

It’ll be helpful and fun to take a look at home theaters. Visit a Street of Dreams housing development to get ideas of what professional designers have done. There are also many resources and examples of beautiful home theaters online.

Do comparative shopping for the audio and visual equipment. You’ll easily save hundreds of dollars by doing so.

In addition to the quality of sight and sound, other factors that make a home theater a place everyone loves to be are the lighting and decoration. Again, savvy shopping can provide an absolutely first-class environment on a shoe-string budget. Consider fabric for walls. It can be purchased at mill end stores for pennies on the dollar and adds to the acoustics. Places like Habitat for Humanity have all kinds of lighting and decorating components. You might go to a retro or antique hardware store and find gorgeous period light fixtures that make you space look just like an Art Deco period theater.

The important point is that you have as much fun designing and constructing your home theater as you will have during the many hours of entertainment with your family and friends. And don’t forget the huge savings you’ll realize on concession stand goodies.

Pass the popcorn, please!

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Oklahoma’s Annual Fair Features a Rodeo and Horse Show

There are many exciting happenings in Oklahoma but nothing compares to an Oklahoma City Rodeo at Oklahoma’s annual fair and spending the day there. If you intend on going to the rodeo or to the Oklahoma Horse Show, you are guaranteed an adventurous day.

If you take pleasure in watching a horse who or rodeos, you will wish to get right up front to watch these events. This year, the Xtreme Bulls circuit is even larger and more enjoyable than it ever was before. You could take the whole family or invite a friend or two along to watch bull riding that like never seen. It is sure to jump-start the hearts of all the audience. If you, your friends and relatives enjoy thrilling barrel races and/or roping, you are sure to have a ball. If you have gone before but did not seat up front, the events will be even more exhilarating than the prior year. You can get an up-close-and-personal experience in a front-row seat, especially when the draft horse appears in the Oklahoma Horse Show. Now if your opportunity. These tender giants put on such a spectacular show. The draft horse competitions are the greatest, the overload horse-pull. It surely is a scene to watch and have embedded in your memory forever. You will enjoy the mini-donkeys as well, as there will be a mini-horse show at the Oklahoma fair this year as well. Oh, and the ponies, they are exciting to watch as they race. There is so much entertainment with the Oklahoma City Rodeo and Oklahoma Horse Show, you will not be sorry you went. Did we mention the ranch sorting? If farming intrigues you, you will love the ranch sorting as it consists of everyday farm work and is it extremely fun to watch. Since the dressage race is such a favored event, you might wish to purchase tickets prior to the events.

If you enjoy spending time with all the farm animals at the fair, take pleasure in tasting free food samples or like to look at the selection of wines in the wine day festivity, you will have fun and so will your family and friends. Your children will be so excited when they see and ride on different rides and play some popular children’s games, the favorites of little ones during fair time in Oklahoma. You could take the entire family through all the exhibits as well and allow your daughter(s) or son(s) to learn what exhibiting consists of and what it looks and feels like to be an actual farmer for the day.

The Oklahoma State Fair opens in September, from the 15-25, and is usually chocked full of outstanding, interesting and exciting events. You can purchase your tickets when you reach the fairground gates or you can buy tickets now. Adults pay $9 each. Children can get in for $5 each. You probably do not want to miss opening day, so head on over to the state fairgrounds on September 15 and you will only have to pay $2 to go to the fair. If you wish to take pleasure in the celebrations, you could purchase a pass for the whole season, which only costs you $25.

Obtain your Oklahoma Fair tickets today, take some friends and/or your family, and enjoy a full day, quality time, going on rides together, playing games, eating delicious food and watching the Oklahoma Horse Show and Oklahoma City Rodeo and so much more.

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Zen MP3 Speakers – Solutions for Creative Zen Media Players

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The Creative Labs Zen media players such as the Mozaic EZ300, offer an alternative to the market dominating iPod. The Zen player is both stylish and capable and can play a wide variety of media formats. The Zen software is designed in a logical manner that provides for greater ease of use and more power to the owner, however like most MP3 players, the Creative Labs Zen media player is designed for use with ear phones and so if you wish to play your music out loud you will need to invest in a set of Zen MP3 Speakers or a set that is built to accommodate the Zen player.

Once such example of Creative MP3 speakers are the Creative labs Travelsound Zen Mosaic Speakers, that are capable of producing a large sound in a small-sized package that is convenient to take from place to play, whether you are off to the beach, to work or on a field trip. The Zen Travelsound speakers utilize a USB connector that charges both the speakers and the Zen Mosaic player (if docked) when connected. The speakers also feature an FM antenna, that boosts the performance of the Zen player, allowing you to better tune into the radio as well as playing MP3 tracks. The Zen X-Fi MP3 player system is another Zen speaker system that accommodates the Zen X-Fi MP3 and video player and has a similar set of features to the Travelsound for the Zen Mosaic.

For an expensive and more compact set of Creative Zen MP3 Speakers, you might look into one of the generic folding speaker sets that can fold up into a convenient cube. The sound quality produced by these types of devices is not the highest, but if you are looking for something adequate for a very low price, then a set of foldable speakers that can accommodate the Zen Player will fill this gap, while not breaking the bank. Foldable generic speakers can also support a variety of other players and has a docking platform of sorts that can accommodate the Zen.

The Travelsound Zen V Creative Zen speakers are designed for the Creative Zen V player. They produce a beautiful acoustic sound in a sleek and modern case design that is highly portable and great for outdoor use. These speakers also come with a remote control device, allowing you to control the playback of your music from the comfort from a home lounge chair. While these are great options for the Zen players, there are many Zen MP3 accessories that can enhance your audio experience with the Creative Zen devices.

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