Friday, April 13, 2018

Last Night Was Weird!

Last night, the hubby and I drove up to Wabash to see Weird Al during his 'Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour' The concert was at the Honeywell Center, which the Ford Theater reminded me of my high school auditorium.



This tour is unlike previous shows that I've seen Al do (this is my 5th time seeing him). But I knew that going in, as Al said when the tour was announced:

"By design, it has extremely limited appeal. Instead of doing festivals, fairs and arenas, we’ll be doing small, intimate theatres. Instead of putting on a big flashy production, we’ll be trying to go for something very informal and low-key… kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe. Like we’re just hanging out, playing in your living room. So if you’ve really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn’t the tour for you. Chances are we’ll be doing that kind of show again sometime in the future, just not THIS time." Weird Al

As a HUGE Weird Al fan (I did ask him out my prom after all), I had no problem with the lack of costumes and parodies. Granted some of the songs I knew better than others, but I still sung along the entire time. The set list is different every show, which makes sense considering how large his music catalog is, even once you take out the parodies*. The vibe was definitely more calm, unlike the more party atmosphere at previous shows. But everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I saw lots of Hawaiian shirts.

Set list
Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
Traffic Jam
Generic Blues
My Baby's In Love With Eddie Vedder
Good Enough For Now
Craigslist
Close But No Cigar
Airline Amy
CNR
One Of Those Days
I'm So Sick Of You
Don't Download This Song
I Remember Larry
She Never Told Me She Was A Mime
Christmas At Ground Zero
The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota
Unplugged Medley: Eat It/I Lost On Jeopardy/Amish Paradise/Smells Like Nirvana/White & Nerdy/I Love Rocky Road/Like A Surgeon
Secret Never Before Heard Cover
The Saga Begins

*There's a spreadsheet on Reddit that is keeping track of every song that's been sung during the tour.






Emo Philips was a fun opening act (Al normally doesn't have an opening act so this in itself was unique). Chauncey and I made sure to watch UHF the night before. 


I wish I had a chance to see this tour again, just to see and hear for myself some of the other songs that are in rotation. But alas, it's not in the cards for now. But as Al says in 'The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota'..."but at least we got our memories."

Friday, March 23, 2018

TCM Sports Legends Experience Preview


The $38.5million, 7.5 - acre Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, outdoor and indoor experiences. Enjoy this drone footage to see the magnitude: https://vimeo.com/childrensmuseum/review/260178104/3ba30318e1
12 immersive outdoor experiences 
  • Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever Basketball Experience gives families a chance to take their best shot and practice basketball skills on courts with hoops that just their size (fitting adults and little legends).
  • Indianapolis Colts Football Experience sets the scene for kids and their grownups to practice offensive and defensive moves like the pros do among large Colts tackle dummies and take part in passing and kicking challenges.
  • Indy Fuel Hockey Experience provides opportunities to pass, shoot, and score street hockey style. 
  • Subway Soccer Experience engage in soccer fundamentals and multiple goal-kicking opportunities.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pedal Car Racing Experience and Church Brothers Collision Repair Drag Strip Experience encourages families to get their heart pumping and feet moving on the pedal tracks with kid-sized and adult-sized cars.
  • Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam invites legends in the making to play some of the Dye’s most famous course and hole designs in the world on a smaller scale. 
  • Wiese Field donated by Elizabeth Bracken Wiese and J. Frederick Wiese Jr. allows baseball fans to pitch, hit, run bases, and catch the ball on a miniature baseball field.
  • Seymour and Rheta Holt Tennis Center encourages adults and little tykes to serve and be served on tennis courts in different sizes.
  • Dr. Cory SerVaas Fitness Path boasts several fitness pads where families are able to practice healthy habits by doing activities and using exercise equipment that improves muscle strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
  • Jane and Steve Marmon Run-Walk Experience hosts a track with one lane for jogging and one lane for walking that follows the perimeter of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. 
  • The Children’s Museum Guild’s Fantasy Tree House of Sports, which stands 60-feet tall is a magical place for little tykes to develop curiosity, confidence, and persistence as they climb inside and explore a tree that is filled with fantasy and sports.
  • Old National Bank Avenue of Champions allows visitors to meet a legendary character, hear their story of greatness, and learn the drills and skills that helped them succeed along the Old National Bank Avenue of Champions. Bronze figures will be installed in June. The avenue will feature 12 life-size, bronze sculptures (representing 16 sports legends) with which visitors can pose for photo memories and learn about the athlete’s accomplishments. It will feature some of the greatest athletes sports names of all time while helping visitors discover their own paths to greatness. Legends include: DaMarcus Beasley (soccer), Larry Bird (basketball), Tamika Catchings (basketball), Indianapolis Clowns baseball (Hank Aaron, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, Marcenia  Lyle “Toni” Stone), Pete & Alice Dye (golf), A.J. Foyt (racing), Wayne Gretzky (hockey), Bobby “Slick” Leonard (basketball), Reggie Miller (basketball), Oscar Robertson (basketball), Wilma Rudolph (track), Reggie Wayne (football), and Barbara Wynne (tennis).
Each miniature sports experience offers age-appropriate equipment and hands-on activities designed to get the whole family working together as a team. “We wanted to take a holistic view of family health and fitness through the lenses of sports and sports legends. The goal was to create an outdoor and indoor experience to promote an active lifestyle in an immersive experience that would bring families together,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “We believe this extraordinary experience will motivate families to work together to create healthier habits that stay with them a lifetime. In the process, we will provide educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through sports.”

Three brand new indoor experiences
The National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) captures the eternal spirit, endurance, and resilience of humankind.  It’s amazing to think about how artists capture the spirit of sport and how they portray motion and emotion in their artwork. Visitors will be inspired by the surrounding artwork and then encouraged to create their own at special creation stations.
The World of Sport will introduce children and their families to the key factors that elevated a diverse range of sports figures (both women and men, amateur athletes and professionals, coaches, and other associated careers) to legend status – hard work, training, opportunity, and perseverance. An NCAA Training Facility focuses on the student athlete and the Church Brothers Collision Repair Shop provides an opportunity to challenge each other in a pitstop challenge and learn the history of women and blacks in the sport.
In History of Hoops, visitors learn what it takes to be successful on the court. Children and families learn about athletes’ statistics and percentages; then, they get to try out their own basketball skills to see how they measure up. An area that is sure to be a hit is the interactive in which visitors can practice their footwork with 4x gold medalist and Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings. 

Health expertise
A key to the success of these immersive experiences is the ability to draw on the expertise of Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health. 
“Children today face serious lifestyle-related health risks such as obesity, heart disease and type II diabetes, and reversing that trend requires a community-wide effort,” said Matthew Cook, President of Riley Children’s Health. “As Indiana’s only statewide pediatric health system, it is our job to keep kids healthy and out of the hospital. The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is designed to get families outside to enjoy the fun that comes with being active together.”
It’s only fitting that visitors to Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience will be greeted by statues of Nike (Greek goddess of speed, strength and victory) and Discobolus of Myron (discus thrower) in the Efroymson Pavilion. Ancient Greeks believed Nike could grant strength and speed to humans to be victorious in any task they undertook. Add the harmony and balance of Discobolus and visitors can walk away with ideas for a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. 

SLE text courtesy of the Children's Museum

Disclaimer: Styles and Smarts is part of a group of bloggers/YouTubers/media peoples that The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis invites to exhibit openings, in exchange for live tweeting and social media coverage. All opinions and comments are 100% mine, and are in no way influenced by the Children’s Museum.

Friday, March 9, 2018

My Harry Potter Themed Birthday Party

I haven't had a birthday party in years, so when I was facing turning 35 I figured why the heck not. After visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal in December and rereading the entire book series, I had Potter on the brain and decided that would be the theme of my party.

Of course, these days the best resource for any sort of party planning is Pinterest. While I don't mind being crafty, I was also on a budget both monetary and time wise. So I had to pick and choose what I wanted to do. Relevant links are below.

With almost 20 people in attendance, I wanted a lot of simple "finger foods" so that people could graze while socializing. I got several compliments on the food, and considering I'm not much of a cook I'd say that's a win! (Thanks to Costco!)

Charcuterie: Costco
Cheese: Costco
Chips: Aldis

Fruit pastries: World Market
Berries: Costco
Roasted potatoes: Costco

Fizzing Whizzbees: Sour gummies
Cockroach clusters: Chocolate covered peanuts
Jelly slugs: Gummy worms

Treacle fudge: Double chocolate brownies
Polyjuice potion: Sprite and rainbow sherbet
Chocolate digestives and Tim Tams: World Market

Hogwarts plates, napkins and cups: Oriental Trading Company



I kept the decor fairly simple, as I wanted to keep in fairly neutral house affiliation wise. Black is always a good background, but I did add a few colored accents to bring in some house representation for some Hogwarts pride. The colored tissue balls are from Dollar Tree.

Streamers: Dollar Tree
Platform 9 3/4 sign: Google

Thanks to everyone who showed up! Getting older is so much better and more fun when surrounded by family and friends!





Sunday, February 25, 2018

Random Vlog #34: The Flu, Driving Through Pea Soup, Goodwill Finds



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