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Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

Creative Close-Up: Why I Love DC & Marvel….

November 30 / 17

With the third installment of Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, Marvel, and DC are busy whipping up superhero films left and right….well, Marvel is. DC is just catching up. You have people who love DC, like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and then there are those who love Marvel, such as Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, and the Hulk. Me? I simply love both Marvel and DC. Yeah, I said it. Why? Well….

Both Have Created Complex Heroes

DC has their god-like superheroes with their fair share of problems. Let’s look at Superman. For at least the past several decades this Kryptonian has become the fixture your typical boy scout hero, with the power to destroy Earth, but he chooses to not to. Even though he’s forbidden to get involved with Earth’s affairs, he chooses to do the opposite. He wants to be the solution instead of the problem. While people embraced him, some have not. Even though he has his adoptive mother, Martha Kent and the love of his life, Lois Lane, he still feels alone. You have to remember this man is an alien from another planet, while just trying to do right in the world. Batman, Bruce Wayne, is just your average regular guy, well, a very wealthy guy I might add, who decides to fight crime in the city of Gotham. We all know how his parents died and who is responsible. I think he hasn’t fully healed from that tragedy in his life. It’s an open wound, almost a reminder of why he does the job anyway. Which reminds me of a scene from Justice League. How much longer can Bruce continue as the Dark Knight? He’s not like Superman or even Wonder Woman. Diana, Princess of Thymescra, knows the ways of the Amazons, but she also had to learn the world of men.

While DC has their complex heroes, Marvel has them also. Stephen Rodgers, the man behind Captain America is a man out of his time. He’s adjusting to a world different from the one he left behind. Like Superman, Rodgers is always up to the challenge to do the right thing. I always think that Rodgers is one of those guys who always have morals and sticks to them. That’s why people respect him. Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the Hulk, is a man I have sympathy for. Banner, who was exposed to gamma rays during an experiment, becomes the Hulk in emotional distress or sometimes against his will. When you really think about it, the Hulk represents an almost dark psyche persona of Banner.

The thing is these heroes have their share of problems no matter how super or tough they are.

Both Have Crazy Cool Villains

With every protagonist, there is an antagonist. That is the staple of a great comic or graphic novel right? Both Marvel and DC have given us plenty of that. You got the Joker, Catwoman, Lex Luther, Thanos, Ultron, Loki….I can only say that these villains have reasons for what they do, but they are just as complex or more as the heroes.  You know their bad, but you want to root for them, well some of them. Lex Luther, that one foe of Superman…a man with a plan. He hates what Superman stands for yet, he’s intrigued by what makes the Man of Steel who he is. Joker, on the other hand, he’s just plain crazy. The polar opposite of Batman, both were created from tragic events. He’s unpredictable, almost one step ahead of the game and downright dangerous. You really don’t want to mess with him or his main squeeze Harley Quinn. Shes just as crazy as he his, a psychopath really, but she does have a heart, in her own crazy way.

Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki has issues…deep-seated issues, daddy issues. He craves love and attention. Magneto, a survivor of the horrors of Auschwitz and Nazi Germany, is willing to use force to protect mutant kind. Thanos, well he’s just dangerous and threatening. Sometimes you just can’t place a finger on to why these guys are just crazy cool. They just are. You do sympathize as to why they do the most despicable things. There is always a reason to the madness.

 

The Best of Both

To sum it up, the world of DC and Marvel have created a universe that will continue to new generations of fans. DC fans, Marvel fans, or both. I’ve followed both from a very early age. Wonder Woman has always been my favorite so to see her on the big screen was a great thrill. I’m expecting the same for Captain Marvel.

Marvel has up the ante with the whole Cinematic Universe. Now that Avengers: Infinity War trailer has arrived, the expectations are high! We waited a good long while for this didn’t we? The solo films of Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and Captain America gave us an introduction to the characters. I can’t wait to see Black Panther and let’s hope that Black Widow gets her own solo film. I don’t know how many more films Marvel has planned, but we’ll see how far they can go.

DC has a lot of catching up to do. I was very excited about Justice League. While I thorouly enjoyed the film, I was disappointed that some scenes were left out. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I wanted to know a little more about the Flash and Cyborg, but I can only hope that a director’s cut will be available when it hits digital and Blu-Ray. Again, DC has some catching up do to. The DC Extended Universe still has some bugs, but I’m positive that we can still see some great storyline and character developments coming soon.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as DC vs Marvel. Nope, there is room for all.

 

 

 

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Fall Reads 2017

Fall Reads 2017

September 22 / 17

Happy, Happy Friday! First day of Fall. My second favorite time of the year. That means it’s time to see what good books are there for Fall 2017. I read an article from Elle, 27 Best New Fall Books to Read this Fall by Estelle Tang. Here are only ten, the rest you can click on the link above.


Credit source: Elle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<p>This tale of how Chez Panisse came to be must be as close to an origin story as modern American culinary culture&nbsp;could have. Legendary chef Alice Waters tells her own story, which is one of '60s counterculture, rebellion, passion, and—of course—the sheer pleasure of food.&nbsp;(<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Coming-My-Senses-Making-Counterculture-ebook/dp/B01MRWE0A4" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 5, Clarkson Potter</a>)</p>

 

 

 

 

 

<p>One of the central lessons of the 2016 election and its aftermath was that America is divided: in its beliefs, in its media, and in its experiences. Writers including <a href="http://www.elle.com/culture/a45920/roxane-gay-profile-hunger-memoir/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Roxane Gay</a>, Edwidge Danticat, Joyce Carol Oates, and more&nbsp;survey our troubled times, telling real stories about the America they live in. (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Two-Americas-Stories-Inequality-ebook/dp/B01NCZ3ITB" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 5, Penguin Books</a>)</p>

<p>Joanna Walsh's stories have earned praise from <em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em">I Love Dick</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> author Chris Kraus, practically the bat signal for experimental-fiction dabblers; and&nbsp;their brevity and witty curiosity make them perfect for fans of Lydia Davis. Take the one-page tale that investigates the mysterious symbol&nbsp;"x" ("his initial or a term of endearment," the narrator ponders), or the abrupt epistles from a disgruntled traveler in "Postcards from Two Hotels." (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Words-End-Joanna-Walsh-ebook/dp/B06XCHZMZT/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 7, And Other Stories</a>)</span></p>

<p>The&nbsp;duality of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's book title&nbsp;seems to weigh&nbsp;twice as heavily as business, political, and&nbsp;religious leaders publicly reconsider their support of Trump and white supremacists double down on theirs. We do know some of what transpired during&nbsp;Clinton's&nbsp;unsuccessful political bid, but&nbsp;those still wondering what&nbsp;<em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em">did&nbsp;</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">happen behind the scenes will want to read her account of those fateful months. (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/What-Happened-Hillary-Rodham-Clinton-ebook/dp/B01MYE7QP0" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 12, Simon &amp; Schuster</a>)</span></p>

<p>Celeste Ng enchanted readers with her debut novel about the unexpected death of a teenage Chinese-American girl,&nbsp;<em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em">Everything I Never Told You</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em">.</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> Now she returns with another tale of a quiet town slowly devastated by mystery, this time in Cleveland's Shaker Heights, where the arrival of a&nbsp;single mother and her daughter&nbsp;begin to complicate the decisions of the families around them.&nbsp;(<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Never-Told-You-Awards-ebook/dp/B00G3L7V0C" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 12, Penguin Press</a>)</span></span></p>

<p>A story of a woman and her dog. Poet Eileen Myles pays tribute to her pitbull, Rosie, in this memoir covering the 16 years of her canine companion's life. But this is no <em data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="em">Marley and Me</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">; Myles' storytelling is as unconventional and allusive as ever, ranging from an imaginary talk show featuring Rosie as a guest to the more quotidian joys of loving an animal.&nbsp;</span>(<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Afterglow-dog-memoir-Eileen-Myles-ebook/dp/B074N8FYHM" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 12, Grove Press</a>)</p>

 

<p>Who could be a better literary companion than a Spanish princess who grew up in exile, endured a loveless marriage, and crossed the seas to the United States (to publish her scandalous autobiography, of course)? The defiant, adventurous spirit of Eulalia gleams throughout this historical novel, based on a real woman&nbsp;who lived in the late 19th century.&nbsp;(<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Living-Infinite-Novel-Chantel-Acevedo-ebook/dp/B01N6N1OCP" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">September 12, Europa Editions</a>)</p>

Plenty of good books to keep you busy this autumn, I see a few that interests me. Enjoy your Friday, be blessed.

 

 

 

Image source: Elle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@ The Event: Phoenix, Arizona

@ The Event: Phoenix, Arizona

September 15 / 17

Friday is here….yea! This month is going pretty fast, isn’t it? Our next stop for @ The Event is Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to Visit Phoenix we can get a glimpse of what you can be doing while you visit the Valley of the Sun.


Credit source: Visit Phoenix

Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo

  • Phoenix Art Museum
    1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ

  • September 14, 2017, to December 31, 2017

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

  • Phone: (602) 257-1880

  • Time: See website for Phoenix Art Museum hours

  • Price: $5 for all ages, plus general admission (required)

 

Of God and Mortal Men

  • Heard Museum
    2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ

  • October 7, 2017, to April 15, 2018

  • Recurring daily

  • Phone: (602) 252-8840

  • Time: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm

  • Price: Included with museum admission

 

Artlink First Fridays

 

Herberger Theater Festival of the Arts

  • Herberger Theater Center
    222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ

  • November 4, 2017

  • Phone: (602) 254-7399

  • Time: 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Price: Free

 

Grand Canyon Grandeur Exhibition

  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
    3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ

  • September 14, 2017, to December 31, 2017

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

  • Phone: (480) 686-9539

  • Price: Included with museum admission: $13, adults; $11, seniors (65+) and active military; $8, students (full-time with ID) and children (6-17); free to museum members and children 5 and under.

 

Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts

  • Avenue of the Fountains

    12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ

  • November 10, 2017, to November 12, 2017

  • Recurring daily

  • Phone: (480) 837-1654

  • Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Price: Free admission and parking

 

 

 

 

Lost Lake Festival

October 20-22, 2017

The festival will take place at central Phoenix’s Steele Indian School Park, located at 3rd Street and Indian School Road, and just a 15-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Friday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Three-day general admission passes are $224.50 plus fees through September. Starting October 1, the price jumps to $239.50 plus fees. As of publishing this blog post, a limited number of VIP tickets are currently available for $574.50 plus fees.

Single-day tickets will go on sale Friday, September 8. They’ll cost $89.50 plus fees for general admission and $224.50 plus fees for VIP.

Get your tickets here.

 

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • Hale Centre Theatre

    50 W Page Ave, Gilbert Gilbert, AZ

  • September 14, 2017, to October 7, 2017

  • Recurring daily

  • Phone: (480) 497-1181

  • Time: Show times vary, see website for details.

  • Price: $18-$32

 

Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Old-World Magic

  • Multiple Locations
    2400 E. Missouri Ave Phoenix, AZ

  • Dates: September 16, Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16 Jan 20, Jan 26 – Jan 27, Feb 2 – 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 17, Mar 24, Mar 31, Apr 7, Apr 14, Apr 21, Apr 28, May 5, May 12 – 13, May 19, May 26, 2018

  • Phone: (480) 359-7469

  • Price: See website for availability and ticket information.

 

 

Heard Museum

  • 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    • Phone: (602) 252-8840

    • Fax: (602) 252-9757

 

Phoenix Art Museum

  • 1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85004

    • Phone: (602) 257-1222

    • Fax: (602) 253-8662

 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

  • 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050

    • Phone: (480) 478-6000

    • Fax: (480) 471-8690

 

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

  • 215 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    • Phone: (602) 253-0501

    • Fax: (602) 307-9833

 

 

 

Arizona Broadway Theatre

  • 7701 W. Paradise Lane Peoria, AZ 85382

    • Phone: (623) 776-8400

 

Arizona Theatre Company

  • 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    • Phone: (602) 256-6899

    • Fax: (602) 256-7399

 

Arizona Opera

  • 75 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

    • Phone: (602) 266-7464

And so much more……Go to www.visitphoenix.com to get even more information about all the events listed here and on their website. Enjoy your Friday, be blessed!

 

 

Fashion: Spring Summer 2018

Fashion: Spring Summer 2018

September 13 / 17

Fashion Week is here again. It’s been awhile since I posted anything in Fashion, but today I get to play catch up. Here are several fashion catwalks that have got us wanting for Spring and Summer to come, courtesy of FF Channel and Fashion Feed.

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. Enjoy your Wednesday, be blessed!

 

 

Image source: 8Backgrounds.com

 

Wednz Scene: TIFF 2017

Wednz Scene: TIFF 2017

September 13 / 17

Hello! I almost forgot about the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF going on at this minute. Shame on me! Lots of great films are being played and you can now check out their YouTube channel for live streaming. Directing Actors and Actors Directing is now live. Here are a few other moments and films that are being viewed from TIFF…..

 

 

 

 

See….just a few films and moments from this year’s festival. There will be five more live streams for today. Go to www.tiff.net/tiff/ for more updates.

 

 

Image source: Toronto International Film Festival

Shadow Spotlight: New Faces In Music

Shadow Spotlight: New Faces In Music

September 11 / 17

Hello! This month’s Shadow Spotlight takes a look at new faces shaking up the music industry. Here are 10 new artists you might want to hear….


 

Sudan Archives

 

 

Santa Cruz

 

 

Kacy Hill

 

 

J.I.D.

 

 

Sigrid

 

 

Choker

 

 

Blondage

 

 

Joji

 

 

Chace

 

 

Pinegrove

 

Good collection isn’t it? I think it is. Enjoy your Monday, be blessed!

 

 

 

 

Image source: Billboard

Music Festivals for September 2017

Music Festivals for September 2017

September 6 / 17

Hello again….now we are concentrating on music festivals. Thanks to Music Festival Wizard, we now have the opportunity to see what festivals are playing this month.


Credit source: Music Festival Wizard

 

 LouFest 2017   St. Louis, MO September 9-10, 2017

Russian River Jazz & Blues 2017   Guerneville, CA September 9-10, 2017

Hopscotch Festival 2017  Raleigh, NC  September 7-10, 2017

Dancefestopia 2017  Kansas City, MO  September 7-10, 2017

Middle Waves 2017  Fort Wayne, IN  September 15-16, 2017

Nocturnal Wonderland 2017  San Bernardino, CA  September 15-16, 2017

Ellnora The Guitar Festival 2017  Urbana, IL  September 14-16, 2017

KAABOO 2017  San Diego, CA  September 15-17, 2017

Riot Fest Chicago 2017  Chicago, IL  September 15-17, 2017

FreshGrass Festival 2017  North Adams, MA  September 15-17, 2017

The Meadows Music Festival 2017  New York City, NY  September 15-17, 2017

Telluride Blues and Brews 2017  Telluride, CO  September 15-17, 2017

Grand Point North 2017  Burlington, VT  September 16-17, 2017

Music Midtown 2017  Atlanta, GA  September 16-17, 2017

Americanafest 2017  Nashville, TN  September 12-17, 2017

Cayuga Sound Festival 2017  Ithaca, NY  September 22-23, 2017

High Elevation Festival 2017  Denver, CO  September 22-23, 2017

Imagine Festival 2017  Atlanta, GA  September 22-24, 2017

 

 

 Life is Beautiful Festival 2017  Las Vegas, NV  September 22-24, 2017

Pilgrimage Music Festival 2017  Franklin, TN  September 23-24, 2017

Bourbon & Beyond 2017  Louisville, KY  September 23-24, 2017

Pygmalion Music Festival 2017  Champaign, IL  September 20-24, 2017

Music Tastes Good 2017  Long Beach, CA  September 30-October 1, 2017

Sugarlands Mountainfest 2017  Gatlinburg, TN  September 28-October 1, 2017

Meeting of the Minds 2017  Schuylkill Haven, PA  September 29-October 1, 2017

 

 

Just click on the links to get the info you need. Come back this Saturday for more new stuff! Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be blessed.

 

 

 

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