A Bachelorette at Rocky Horror. A great night out.

I remember the first time I saw Rocky Horror. I was about 14 and I was at my then-best-friend’s family’s farm in Stellenbosch for the weekend. I’m pretty sure it was around the same time that The O.C premiered, so the time frame seems right. We had gone to bed and switched on the TV, and well, Rocky Horror is what was on. We decided to watch it, not really knowing what it entailed, but loving watching something-we-probably-shouldn’t-have-been-watching in secret. The truth is, I don’t even know if I stayed awake to watch the whole thing.

So we were all naturally excited that Rocky Horror was coming to the stage in Cape Town and the bunch of us decided it would be the perfect place to celebrate my friend’s bachelorette. After pre-drinks and many male-genitalia oriented clothing accessories, we escorted the (already drunken) bride-to-be to the Fugard Theatre to watch the show. I mean being greeted into the cinema but the usher lady saying “I don’t want to see your ticket, but I’d love to see what’s under your shirt…” may have had me feeling somewhat uncomfortable, but at least we knew with our Partici…pation packs in tow, we were ready for a night of fun and obviously lots of laughter.

I love the theater. I loved the actors, the characters, the dancing, the singing and especially the special touches such as the awesome graphics. You really have to see it to understand what I’m talking about. I won’t lie about feeling particularly uncomfortable during a certain scene, but the rest was great. Except when you don’t realise what is going on at the end because you haven’t seen the full movie… but upon some Googling, I academically understood the show as a tribute the B-movie horror genre (sorry, film major geek right here).

It’s a fantastic production, so, well, if you haven’t booked your tickets yet – well, why haven’t you?

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What Disney are REALLY trying to say.

Disney have often been berated about their politically incorrect-ness, especially in terms of the Disney Princess. I don’t remember the reasons, but I do remember touching on the topic way back in one of my many film classes at University. There’s actually a spoof animated “reality TV” show, called Drawn Together (which I really recommend, though not quite for conservative viewers). One of the characters is a spoof of a Disney Princess, and gosh she says some of the stupidest things.

Anyway, so when I saw this online on one of my very favourite blogs, Hurricane Vanessa, and simply could not help but share this. I posted a series not too long ago about what if Dr Seuss books were named according to their underlying messages. It’s interesting to look at these messages, at every one I nodded internally to myself in agreement. While I could recognise  these messages I’m sure children wouldn’t. I don’t know if this is something they would notice, or consciously pick up. I don’t know how quickly kids pick things like this up, so it would be interesting to note whether a little child would get the notions about “make overs” and “changing for your man” as some of these posters show.

While those are more “serious” I did have a laugh at the Lion King and 101 Dalmations. The Lion King being compared to Hamlet – genius. Now I need to go brush up on my Shakespeare, to fully appreciation this comparison.

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When your feelings after a movie confuse you.

Last night we took a night off to see a movie called Identity Thief. Reading the description it was about a man who’s identity is stolen by a woman across the country, who lavishly uses up his credit cards and he eventually goes out after her. I was expecting a cool, racy, thriller, but somehow missed the “comedy” label of this one.

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Either way it was actually a good movie, if you’re out there to just relax and not think too hard. It was funny, drew emotion to the characters, a typical “hero’s journey narrative”. I’m not going to give away the ending, but it left me feeling a little unsettled and confused.

Let me say this – it was a happy ending. You know how a movie is meant to direct your emotions in a certain way, makes you feel things towards particular characters etc. It did that. And I thought this Identity Thief woman was a complete psycho for most of the movie, and I seriously couldn’t wait for him to get home, turn her in, and sort this whole mess out that she created.

Somehow, at the end of the movie, and how the end of the narrative goes – I felt sorry for the “psycho” lady (who no longer seemed so psycho). Shame, she had a bad childhood and upbringing. I actually landed up feeling sorry for her. And I was just very confused by the feelings Hollywood made me feel. When you watch this movie, and the crazy things this woman does, the amount of money she spends, how she just doesn’t care and how she speaks and treats people… it didn’t correlate how suddenly we like her.

I know it’s just a movie. I know it wasn’t real. But it was interesting to see how movies can guide your thoughts and feelings, even if it’s just towards their characters. I was just annoyed to see how my view of this woman, despite the things she’d done, had changed. I still like the ending! But somehow don’t like myself for liking it. Interesting, I know.

I’m sorry if this comes across as confusing. Has anyone else seen this movie, or understand what I’m talking about?

Do you remember being a teenager?

I don’t watch much series these days. Life is much busier than when I was a student, and the urge to procrastinate from assignments isn’t there anymore. My time is taken up by menial daily chores like fitting in gym time, making dinner, doing dishes and hanging with my +1. There are very few shows we actually watch together, mostly it’s reality TV like Survivor and at one point there was even Hells Kitchen. I don’t expect him to watch the girly stuff.

There are only so many shows you can make a guy watch with you. Shows like Glee or Gossip Girl do not make the cut, and by the same logic, neither (really) is Sex and the City. I’m a huge fan. I love Charlotte. So when news broke of The Carrie Diaries, featuring Carrie in her teenage pre-New-York days, I needed to watch it. It’s not the best show I’ve ever watched, but it’s one of those light girly shows that keeps your brain full of air – and sometimes that necessary.

So I found this series of gifs on the Huffington post, and literally just pasted it all here because it was so great and true to the show. So have a read about “What it’s like to be a teen – as told by The Carrie Diaries”.

Falling in love (and breaking up) for the first time can be pretty dramatic in high school… to say the least. But here’s a tip: when you feel lost and confused, just ask yourself, “what would teenage Carrie Bradshaw do?” Seriously, this girl might be the smartest fictional ’80s teenager you’ve ever seen — and she definitely has the best hair.

Let’s face it, the best part of every school day is spotting your crush in the halls

You can’t help but feel excited

Hearing his voice makes you smile

And so does hearing those three magic words

Especially when the feeling is mutual

His smile makes you swoon

Even if other people in your life are jealous

You love every little thing about your crush

Because you’ve never felt this way before

But sometimes, love doesn’t always work out how you want it to

And there’s little you can do to fix it

Sometimes, love just ends

And it sucks

After endless hallway run-ins

And lots of soul searching

And over-thinking

You’ll wipe away the tears

And open your eyes to the realization

That it’s all a part of growing up

Even though being in love feels great

Nothing is more important than loving yourself first

And being comfortable with who you are

Is what makes life really great

Granted, I didn’t feel or experience many of these things in my teen years. But I guess a lot did.

A night with the Madame is always a pleasure.

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For our first wedding anniversary this past Wednesday, I decided to book us tickets to go to Madame Zingara. We went back in 2010 when they were at Century City for Greg’s grandfather’s 80th birthday and had such an incredible time we couldn’t wait to go again! The massive MZ outside only increased my excitement every time we went to the Waterfront.

We arrived to the lovely Theater of Dreams and had to soak up the atmosphere that is so beautifully created. Giant pink lollipops, a fortune reader’s hut with beautiful hanging teacups, the trademark lit up heart and the crazy characters all dressed up. When we signed in and were told our table number, I was a bit worried as with such a high number, I thought it would be on the outskirts. We payed the highest price because it was the only seating area available for the date and the difference was only R100 p/p.

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A punky little Floor Fairy (as they call they waitressing staff) happily took us to our seats: right in front of the stage. I actually think we had the best seats in the entire tent. Right in front, and stage facing (while the stage is round, and you could probably see well from any angle, most of the acts faced our way for most of the show). “You guys are going to be getting wet tonight”, the floor fairy told us. I suppose that goes with sitting in the front.

The acts, of course, were incredible. I love acrobatic/gymnastic acts and there were plenty of those! I’m not going to give too much away but the physical strength of these people blew my mind. We were sitting so close we could literally see their muscles moving and each deep breath they needed to take. So many times I was scared they would hurt themselves, but these guys are experts and just so incredibly talented.

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I can’t comment on the food, as we ordered kosher, but it was so fantastic that an establishment such as this offers to make provisions for dietry requirements for minority communities. Little things like this mean a whole lot to us, there’s nothing like not being able to attend an event/show because you can’t eat the food. Our Floor Fairy Ashley was ever so sweet in handling us and our kosher food, bringing us all our triple-foil-wrapped meals and our handful of cutlery for the course of the night. She said we shouldn’t let anyone take them from us, as it’s all we’ve got for the night, we joked about becoming possessive over them. I think Greg took this literally when he suggested I put them in my handbag when we went out between courses to take photo’s… (“you’d rather be safe than sorry, Lee-Ann.”)

We know the menu at places like this are very fancy, dining experiences we’ve unfortunately never been able to have. We knew the restaurant (and owner) where our food would be coming from and have been there often for meals. We’d never experienced a 4-course meal. We had a salad, napolitana pasta, our steak with sides and a pavlova and brownies for dessert which we shared – I have no idea how we fit it all in our tummies! We were so impressed with the food, and so impressed with the quantity. Yes, we paid extra for kosher, but our portion sizes were far larger than what anyone else received that night.


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After they mentioned everyone who was celebrating (something, which was practically everyone: birthdays, 80ths, 50ths, anniversaries) a man from another table came to congratulate us. He told us he and his wife had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, which was so special. It’s a milestone so many don’t reach these days, and his kindness put a smile on my face.

It was an incredible night. The acts, the hosts, the floor fairies, the food, the decor – were all fantastic and (I would say) completely world class. The Theater of Dreams are in Cape Town til June, so I really recommend booking. Tickets vary between R375-R475 and it’s really worth every cent (even the extra for kosher!). Call the box office to book your tickets on 0861 623 263. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our first anniversary.

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Oh, and as a side-note: we hardly got wet in the second act 😉

I just love me some Oscar (not of the Pistorius type) gifs

There was this time in my life where I was determined to persue a career in the film industry, where I would wake up in the early hour of the morning to watch the Oscars. I’m well past that phase now, and I couldn’t be bothered to wake up at 2am (or not sleep at all) just to watch the awards when I can catch the results online.

Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for the Silver Linings Playbook. I only know of Jen from The Hunger Games. I haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook and I hardly know what its about, who her character is, or what she does. But this chick won (may I mention that she’s roughly my age? Hows that for perspective on your life!). Kudos to her.

I’ve seen plenty gifs of her from Oscar night (including her trip when collecting the award, and subsequent laugh at herself before beginning her acceptance speech) and I just feel they show so much about her personal character and how young, chilled and unpretentious she seems. Oh, and that beautiful dress, of course!

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Loving this gal!