Chances are, you have heard of Shear Madness, perhaps from a friend, or relative, and are considering attending a performance. My recommendation is that you should not attend, unless you would like to feel physical pain, and suffering from extreme laughter. However if you feel like you cheek and stomach muscles are in healthy enough shape, you may be able to endure this marathon of laughter. Opera glasses are very necessary for a performance of this type.
As we begin the performance we find ourselves in unisex hair salon. We see that the stereotypical gossip is happening in this salon, just as it happens in real life. As the clients sit to get their hair cut, their deepest secrets seem to fall with the hair trimmings. We listen to the stories of the performers, and we get our first tastes of comedy, much of this play is improvised by the actors. As you watch Shear Madness, you begin to see the all too stereotypical characters, you have the ditsy blond, a gay hairdresser (played wonderfully by John McGivern in the performance I saw in Milwaukee.) a police officer, high class women, and of course, the all American hunk which makes McGivern's character giggle.
This play is ever changing as the topics of interest revolve around current events going on around the city Shear Madness is open in and the United States hot topics. The current events are twisted into a funny light. The characters use a lot of improvisation and sometimes the actors cannot contain their own laughter which only makes you laugh even harder. To make sure you see each actor slip up trying hard not to giggle, bring your Opera glasses.
Unexpectedly during the play one of the actors will speak directly to a person or people in the audience to ask for opinions. You may even find yourself yelling out the answers. You must understand that you answer may vary from your neighbors, which adds an exciting new element to this wonderful performance. I do advise you to be careful if you find yourself in the first two or three rows, as you may become the topic of one of the jokes, remember though this is all in good humor.
Besides running a beauty salon and all of the gossip that it entails, Shear Madness' plot pertains to a murder. The person murdered is the owner of the salon. The owner lived upstairs of the salon before she was murdered. As a member of the audience you are enthralled trying to figure out who the murderer is. Looking back at the play, each character in the play could possibly be the correct killer. You will find yourself squinting your eyes and eyebrows and scratching your head trying to figure out who committed the murder. Use your Opera glasses often to help you choose who the guilty murderer is.
What makes this comedy play different than any other play is that the guilty murderer is different each time. The characters in the play will talk to the audience and ask them questions. The audience actually votes and chooses who the murderer is. As odd as this may sound, it is really a very clever concept. Some people even see this play more than once and usually see a different ending.
The play Shear Madness is actually one of the longest running non musical plays being attended today. Many very popular critics such as The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and reviewed this play, and have written wonderful things about it. There is no doubt you too will love this play, and want to see it again and again.
You will want to bring your Opera glasses as you will not want to miss one entertaining moment of Shear Madness. Opera glasses will ensure that you will capture each and every laugh.
Devices to improve eyesight in general have been around for hundreds of years. It was not until the 1800's that opera glasses achieved their position as a status symbol among theater-goers of the day.
Opera was becoming an increasingly popular social event. But not everyone was able to afford the high prices for seats with a close view of the stage. To get a good view of what was happening on stage it became necessary to find a compact way of magnifying it. Scientists found a way to combine telescopic lenses with stereoscopic prisms and invented a method by which a clear three dimensional view of the stage was available.
Opera glasses quickly became more than just ways to see the stage. A night at the opera was simply more than just an evening out. People came to the opera to be seen, and to make important social connections. It was critical to be able to see who was sitting with whom and what people were doing during the performance. Many people spent more of the evening scanning the audience than they did watching the drama onstage.
Because they rapidly became status symbols and signs of wealth, opera glasses rapidly became very ornamented. They were often made of valuable materials and featured gold, painted enamel and expensive inlay work. There were different styles of opera glasses. They ranged from the familiar lorgnette version with one handle to a compact folding version that would fit will into a handbag or a pocket.
Modern opera glasses are much the same as they were in the beginning. They still come in several different models. Opera glasses are still popular as well. They are not hard to find but it may take a bit of looking on your part. You should start your search in stores which sell binoculars. A camera store may have some or they may be able to order them for you.
One thing to look at when selecting your opera glasses is what the level of magnification is. Unlike a telescope or high powered binoculars, you will want to make sure that there is a fairly low level of magnification. A 3x magnification factor is considered ideal. This allows you to get a large field of view and it will keep shaking from hand movement as low as possible.
The actual style you choose is a matter of preference. Do you like the traditional look of the lorgnette? Are you interested in a style which folds down very small? You can also look at the accessories that are out there including straps and carrying pouches.
If you are someone who wants to view theatre performances but are not able to pay high prices for your tickets, then opera glasses might be a good solution for you. It will allow you to feel in touch with the past and still enjoy the fine details of modern performances from anywhere in the theater.
Prepare yourself for an awe inspiring event and treat yourself to a night of The Phantom of the Opera, this performance will fill you with feelings ranging from sadness to ecstasy. As always, when attending any performance, remember to bring your opera glasses.
Our Story begins in the nineteenth century, and the curtains open to reveal that two business men have purchased an old theater house which is haunted by a spirit. This spirit is that of a genius construction worker who helped build the opera house by the name of Erik. The reality of the matter is that Erik is not in fact a phantom but was one who was disfigured from birth. To cover the disfigurement of his face the Phantom of the Opera wears the mask that we all know so well today.
As time goes on the Phantom come to one of the performers; Christine, and tells her that her father who has passed away, has sent him from heaven to give her voice lessons. The Phantom begins to train her through the walls of her dressing room, as these take place over the course of time Christine becomes a remarkable singer, and takes the leading role in the opera.
During a performance one day, while on stage, Christine passes out and Raoul, a childhood friend of Christine who happens to be sitting in the audience comes to her rescue. Raoul falls in love with Christine, and begins to visit with her and bring flowers to her after many performances.
Erik begins to become jealous of Raoul, and their relationship. Erik can no longer hold himself back from seeing Christine and meeting her in person. Of course, Erik is wearing his famous mask. Erik brings Christine to his area where he hides out and lives under the opera house.
Our heroine becomes angry and scared as she finds that Erik will not let her leave his world. After some argument Erik promises that he will release her after five days. He then gives Christine a tour of his lair, which is bizarre and twisted. Make sure you have your opera glasses at this point to make sure you don't miss a think
Christine desires to see the man behind the mask, and wonders who he really could be. In an amazing duet she pulls the mask by surprise from his face. We recommend using your opera glasses at this point to see if you can catch a glimpse of the Phantom's face. After this amazing pinnacle of the duet, Erik feels betrayed and angry and vows to never release Christine from his underground lair. The Phantom, simply loves Christine, and more than anything wants this true love to be returned.
As the storyline carries on you will continue to be mesmerized by the music and wonderful performance that is given. But to see how The Phantom of the Opera ends, you will have to see it for yourself. This is one performance that you will want to see again and again. The wonderful storyline of the Phantom of the Opera with opera glasses is highly recommended.
Truly one of the most majestic and magical of all the mythical beasts the dragon demands the attention it constantly receives in the world of tattoo designs. Dragon are prevalent design and symbolic elements throughout Asia including Chine and especially Japan. This has lead to a great deal of Japanese and Chinese artwork to use this mythical beasts as a central theme in their tattoo design work.
Dragon tattoos are amazingly flexible and the look, feel, and design choices you make an give a totally different symbolism and feel to the dragon. A fierce fiery red dragon with a red body wrapped around a large samurai sword will symbolize strength and power. Whereas if the dragon where high in the sky flying above some beautiful mountain lake then the design might represent freedom and peacefulness. So the symbolism and what the dragon design portrays is really dependent on the stylistic choices you make when designing the tattoo such as look, feel, location and etc.
The History Of Dragons In Japan
Dragons are one of the most important of all the mythological beats in Japanese culture. The Japanese of course have their own word for the dragon, they call them "Ryu" or "Tatsu". They are typically depicted as very long, skinny and full of scales very similar to a serpent. They also frequently are believed to live around large bodies of water. These creatures are so powerful that they are a god and to be revered. In fact the Japanese believed that their first emperor had descended from a dragon and therefore is partially a god and infallible.
Like many of the east Asian countries dragons have a long tradition in Japanese culture, art, architecture and literature. There are numerous stories, temples and shrines where dragons play a central role.
One can see the long history and importance role that dragons play in the prevalent use of dragons throughout Japan. Today it is very common to see dragon sculptures at alters, temples and other places of worship. Miyajima is probably one of the most famous temples dedicated to the dragon. Miyajima means The Isle Of The Temple and is a popular place for religious pilgrimage, tourists and travelers to come and pray to the dragon god for good luck and good fortune. Another famous spot can be found at the Sonsoji Temple in Asakusa Japan.
Each spring the dragon is taken and paraded around the grounds of the Sensoji temple. During this festival thousands of people come from all over Japan to drop coins into a wooden box as a donation and gift to the temple and an offering to the dragon in hopes that the dragon will give them good luck. This festival is done each spring to commemorate the finding of the gold Kannon, an image of the goddess of mercy. It is believed that in 628 AD two brothers were fishing in the Sumida river at the time they discovered this beautiful statue of the Goddess of Mercy Kanon. At the time they discovered this legend states that gold dragons flew up out of the river and in to the sky to celebrate the discovery.
Followers of both the Taoist and Buddhist religions believe that the dragon can also represent some of the hardships that one must face in their journey towards spiritual enlightenment.
The dragon can also be found throughout Japans great literary works and is a prevalent image. For example there is the famous tale of Yamata-No-Orochi (an eight headed serpent) and Susanoo (the man). Yamata-No-Orochi is an evil beast that devours young women whole. Until Susanoo is able to trick the serpent. He gets the serpent drunk and then is able to successfully kill him.
It is pretty easy to see that dragons are prevalent throughout Japanese culture. You can see statues, architecture and temples all dedicated to the dragon. Tattoo designs are no different and there are thousands of wonderful looking dragon tattoo designs. In terms of location one of the most common places is to get a dragon tattoo on your back. The back makes a great place for a very large tattoo with a lot detail. However if you are not ready or willing to get such a large and detailed tattoo then there are also options for you. Many people today get dragon designs on their shoulder, calf area and a sleeve tattoo design.
Almost everyone has a television and they are known to be the source of entertainment for many families as the options now available relating to channel choices are getting more interesting and varied. There are some draw backs in that you can find you have 60 plus channels, in some countries a lot more, but you still can t find something to watch!! But you will still find that almost every home has minimum one television and they are one of the most common electronic items in homes still today. The computer is catching up very fast but until the computer screens are all coming in huge options at a good price most will still hold on to the television as the main source for their entertainment.
I know in my house the evening after dinner when all the homework is done and the traffic outside is getting a little less hectic the whole family will sit together and watch the television. This usually last for about 20 minutes until the children can t stand what is on offer and retreat to their own rooms to watch their favorite shows. Yes my house is one of those houses with a television in almost every room. This is better for peace and harmony in my house however there are restrictions on when they are permitted to be turned on and what time they are to be turned off as well as what is being watched.
The advance in television technology has grown greatly over the last few years and there are so many different options to choose from. The prices have also dropped significantly which is why you will often find homes that have a television in every room! There are no more sophisticated televisions and they come in so many shapes and sizes that you can almost incorporate them into your home as a feature of your decorating. They are also in some cases easy to use giving you automatic channel searching and allowing you several AV ports to connect all your other attachments.
You will find that every year new televisions are on sale in the shops as new and improved models hit the markets. It is said that the average life of a television is between 6 to 7 years so if yours are older than this you are doing well. In many cases the moving of a television that has been in the same position for an extended period can impact on the life of the television at least that was the case with my last television. Never had a problem until I moved it around in the room!
With all the advances in technology we now have Flat screen LCD televisions and Plasma sets and they are streamlined and available in so many sizes and the actual viewing of these kinds of sets is far superior to the older options. A lot of people will upgrade their television based on these aspects alone, or what the neighbors have just bought, but some of us can not jump to that phase straight away and must wait for our trustee set to expire first. These days one can find highly advanced TVs on the market.
You find in many countries that a television, if not more than one, is a requirement in hotel receptions, restaurants and bars and especially sports bars. Those in the sports bars are usually of the highly oversized variety as the bigger the screen the better the sport! That is of course not true but who wants to watch their favorite game or team on a 24 inch ancient television at home when they can watch the huge television at their local hotel or bar.
So when your television does expire, what will you go for? The latest and greatest model or upgrade to what was the latest and greatest model this year because that is still in your price range. Whatever your choice is you will get numerous hours of entertainment from your television, even if it is only to drown out the noise from outside or to just sit and stare at without noticing what is even on you will find that it can provide great relaxation. I can t live without mine.
One of the factors and the very first to consider when thinking to get the services of an expert video producer, is determining who your target audience is. For instance, if what you need is just a basic demonstration or training video to present to your colleagues on how to use particular equipment, then you may consider producing the video yourself. However, if the video production involved training process, or it is required to keep people's interest, it will rather be a wise decision to look for an expert for the project.
While considering to hire the services of an expert for video production, the factor of cost and budget has to come into consideration. The tools for the production may be relatively cheap; however, a video production requires a high quality skill set. There exists a huge difference between editing software, camera and the rest of hardware that contribute in ascertaining the final quality of the production.
One of the things to guide you in selecting an expert for your video production project is the years of experience of the company. You need to ascertain how long the video producer has been on practice. Great wealth of experience acquired over a substantial period of time promises to deliver the quality of job you seek. You also need to research on who the clients of your potential video service provider are. If the company has been working for clients of high status, then there are high chances that you will get the best services. Find out their turn around; will they be able to deliver completed job at the agreed time?
The useful tips above will help you in determining when to use the services of an expert and also how to find and select a professional video producer
With a little knowledge in video editing, you can create flicks of your own in a good way. You simply need to employ a program that will help you with the various video editing jobs. In no time, you can create funny video memories, clips and action movies.
Video blogs are also fairly popular today and with the help of the program, you may also develop your own video blog and post it on the internet.
Functional programs or editing software will help you with different functions. One of these functions is to edit videos.
Thru timeline editing, you can mix or mix and rearrange video clips. With some clicks of the mouse, you can already prepare the files you need. Most programs allow video editors to add menus, text, and titles to their video creations. Most programs have many title and menu templates. Text and sound effects as well as music are also possible.
Editing videos is actually fun since you can create memories with humorous clips birthday or wedding videos, and many others. Modifying programs permits users to share their videos on the internet.
Another function of editing programs is capturing videos.
A good program often captures videos from digital recorders, HDV, DV, AVCHD, MicroDV, and even analog camcorders. Other programs also capture videos from Computer and digital cameras. With the use of a suitable hardware, you may also capture videos from normal formats like VCR and Television recordings.
Having your own personal space online is a good way to share your videos or movies. You may also save the videos on DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Total programs permit users to upload filed from QuickTime, Media Player, or Real Video. When looking for editing programs, you must consider the things that you wish to achieve with the use of the program. Easy programs perform easy jobs.
Working with video files needs a large amount of drive space. Ensure that your PC can handle all of the jobs and run a certain program efficiently. Select a program that is straightforward to use particularly if you are a newbies. Editing videos involves a large amount of complicated and complex steps. Except for that, you also need to think about the capture feature of the program and the editing tools.
Good programs should also have filters and editing effects. Photograph and audio editing features can also help when you are working with numerous kinds of videos. With this feature, you can do resizing, cropping, color saturation, and adjust the lighting. Other programs offer features like disc creation, tech support, and documentation. If you need to work like a professional in the video editing jobs, select the editing program well.
With today's modern technology and video camera, you can create your summer vacation videos, or maybe your own film and office presentation.
Making a flick or a simple video is not that straightforward. Software programs might be of serious help but if you get the too advanced ones, getting started could be an enormous problem.
Maybe you already used video recorders, right? There are tons of gizmos out in the market that permits you to capture special events or scenes on video. If you try and view the raw video recording, you may easily see some issues.
This is where video editing comes in. With the use of quality editing software, you can take away the failings and enjoy quality videos or pictures along with your folks.
These are some of the things that you are going to need apart from the software and video recording gadget capture card, a video recorder, a P. C. with big storage space, or simply your PC monitor to view the final video. The method of video editing is straightforward. With your capture card, transfer the video from the camera or any other video recording gadget to the PC. Edit the raw recording using quality software. Remove pointless parts which make the video uninteresting and too lengthy and add some effects.
After the final touches, you can download the video or picture and burn or tape it.
PCs play a crucial role in video editing. You'll need at least a 1g ( RAM ). Video editing consumes a large amount of space so it might be best to get a drive of 60GB and divide it into 2 separate partitions. Drive C should have at least 20GB and this is where you will store the editing software.
Video, audio, and other editing projects can be stored in drive D. Do not forget to get a 64 Meg AGP graphics card.
The storage of video files is commonly confusing and it relies on the individual doing the editing jobs. For those that need to create DVDs, big cupboard space is required. A 4.7 GB single sided DVD can only store 2 hours of movie or video. DV photos needs even more space since a video that lasts for an hour can take up about 13GB ; so for 2 hours, you must have 26GB and naturally, additional pictures needs extra storage space so you may as well use 39GB space.
That is not all. If you want to add other options like MPEG and graphics, you need to make it around 50GB. Before you begin with any video editing task, ensure that you have enough storage space in your PC. The capture cards are also generally available and a few of these are Matrox, Height , adverts, Dazzle, Digital Origin, and Canopus. The cards use software or hardware compression. The video is then digitized to your PC's hard drive.
This will enable you to edit the video and play it back again. MP3 converters can add music to your videos so try and get an MP3 Encoder too.
How To Start Video Editing isn't that difficult. Just learn the fundamentals and use simple editing software at first.
Sometimes it isn’t always feasible to do activities with your child outside, due to the weather, allergies, or illness. You may also be having money problems so sometimes doing fun activities can be hard. Listed below is a list of cheap indoor activities that you and your child can take part in.
1. Cook and bake with your child.
Kids love to have the opportunity to do things with you. Helping in the kitchen is a great option to consider when looking for some cheap activities to do. Making pie crusts, pizza, and biscuits can be some of the most fun things for kids, because they enjoy the feeling of the squeezing of dough through their fingers.
2. Make roads for toy cars using colored tape on floors.
This activity will keep your child busy by playing with their toy cars on the makeshift “road” you built for them. It will keep them busy for hours and is a very cheap entertainment idea that takes little time in making.
3. Have fun with arts and crafts.
For many kids, finger painting and coloring is a great activity to do to fill their time. It can obviously be messy so ensure that if painting, you put some old newspaper down on your table to prevent messes and any hassle.
4. Play some board games.
This is especially cheap if you already own some board games to play. This type of activity can be a lot of fun and is a great opportunity to bond with your child.
5. Transform an old box into a slide.
If you have a set of stairs and a big enough box, simply take the box apart and lay it flat on the set of stairs. This will act as a fun slide for your child to slide down on and is a very cheap alternative to purchasing a playground. Be sure though, that if you do decide to make this type of a slide, you’re careful that no one gets hurt. Ensure that there isn’t anything your child can bump into on the way down or any other dangers that could be looming.
6. Make some tie-dyed t-shirts.
This activity can be cheap if you have any plain t-shirts that you aren’t wearing. All that you may need to buy is the dye for the shirts. This activity is a fun thing to do with each other and is something that, once the shirt is dry, can be worn together.
7. Make a fort.
Drape some blankets and pillows over some chairs in the living room and make a fort. Then have a picnic lunch inside your fort.
Sometimes Mother Nature has different plans for us, so having some fun things to do indoors is a bonus. It’s an even bigger bonus when the things you do inside are fun, cheap, and offer you the opportunity to bond with your loved ones. These activities can provide hours of creative entertainment for even the tightest of family budgets.
We all run into money issues in our lifetime. Sometimes it’s especially hard because all you want to do is hang out with friends and spend the money you don’t have right now. And, sometimes friends just don’t seem to understand what it is that you’re going through.
So if you’re having trouble convincing your friends to do things on the cheap side, be upfront with them. Ensure that if you don’t want them to pay for you that you are straightforward about this. Offer up some alternative solutions which are more cost effective for you. Listed below are some cheap things to do with your friends when money is an issue.
1. Host a spa day.
Give each other manicures. Do each other’s hair. You can also try some face masks and exfoliate your skin. This activity is very inexpensive as long as you have nail polish and hair products.
2. Binge watch TV shows on Netflix.
There are thousands of different TV shows on Netflix. You can all decide on a TV series and watch as many episodes as time allows together. All you’ll need for this is Netflix and maybe some popcorn.
3. Go to the park.
There’s so many fun things that can be done at a park. You can have a picnic, play on the playground, or just watch the people as they all pass by with their busy lives. You can play sports together in the park like baseball or basketball, or throw a Frisbee or football around or fly a kite. You can play friendly games or be competitive. Check for parks that are doing concerts, for something fun to do on an evening out with your friends.
4. Play board games.
Dust off those boxes of Monopoly and Scrabble from your closet. You can all hang out and play these games in small or big groups. You might even consider competing against each other.
5. Get the bikes out and go riding around the neighborhood.
This provides you with a great chance at getting outside and getting some exercise together.
6. Go to the beach.
Not all beaches require you to pay to get in. So grab those bathing suits, the sunscreen, and the flip flops. You can simply go swimming, lay out and get a tan, or play in the sand and build sandcastles.
Go on a walk through the woods, parks, and nearby towns. Ensure that you have the proper walking wear because if not, you’ll be complaining not even halfway through the walk.
It’s always an important part of our lives to hang out with our friends. Sometimes, though, spending time with the people you care about can get very expensive. This list of activities are all offered in your towns and cities and can save you lots of money.
These activities are all fun and might be something you guys do more often, despite the availability of money or not. Your friends might even appreciate the extra cash they end up with at the end of the week because they weren’t spending it on movies and alcohol.