Curtain theater – Abajo El Telon http://abajoeltelon.com/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://abajoeltelon.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Curtain theater – Abajo El Telon http://abajoeltelon.com/ 32 32 New James Earl Jones Theatre: Magnificent Inside and Out https://abajoeltelon.com/new-james-earl-jones-theatre-magnificent-inside-and-out/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/new-james-earl-jones-theatre-magnificent-inside-and-out/ On September 12, the old Cort Theater was renamed the James Earl Jones Theater in honor of this phenomenal theater and film legend. Many celebrities were present that day to celebrate this great occasion, including James Earl Jones. Although I was unable to attend this event, I recently received a personal, private tour of the […]]]>

On September 12, the old Cort Theater was renamed the James Earl Jones Theater in honor of this phenomenal theater and film legend. Many celebrities were present that day to celebrate this great occasion, including James Earl Jones. Although I was unable to attend this event, I recently received a personal, private tour of the theater from Robert E. Wankel, President and CEO of the Shubert Organization, who deemed Jones worthy of this honor. I was taken into the theater and shown all of its $47 million renovations and magnificence by Wankel and Mark Schweppe, VP of Theater Operations.

From the moment I entered the building, I was captivated by the stunning, detailed and delicate designs. Renovated by Kostow Greenwood Architects, the theater is truly something impressive to behold. A modern annex really gives the theater a nice expansion.

They built the 5 story building to give the theater a public space and it is accommodating in many ways. From the first floor there were five dressing rooms for the stars of the productions, as well as a bathroom. From the dressing rooms, I was taken to the extra wing space on the stage. From the stage, when you look up, the room is lit with 400 LED lights, which was not the case before. When you stand in front of the stage, you can see the restored scene of Marie Antoinette painted above the stage. The theme of Marie Antoinette has been restored throughout the theatre, from the delicately placed paintings of her on the walls along the stairs, to the bust of her in the lobby entrance. They replaced the Tiffany glass that was originally part of the main theater interior, and there are now wheelchair accessible places in the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony as well as an elevator that can take people. There’s a brand new rigging system, and the stage has been lowered five inches to solve a visibility issue: the original stage was too high for some of the audience to see the performers’ feet; this is no longer a problem. Each level now has a bar to serve customers.

“We bought the neighboring land and built this building there,” Wankel proudly shared. Taking the elevator to the fifth floor, we exited into the mechanical areas. Descending to the fourth floor, we entered a huge, beautiful rehearsal room with brand new hardwood flooring and a straight wall completely covered in mirrors, along with more changing rooms. To the side on any level of the theater there are windows to give you a view of the events outside. A pretty floor lamp illuminates the staircase and reaches the height of the five floors. It’s absolutely stunning and it gives the space a warm and inviting feel.

Entering the theater from the balcony, you could clearly look down and see the stage, and the seats were incredibly comfortable to sit on. (In case you were wondering, there are 1,047 seats in this enormous theater).

There are female rooms on all levels (and I had to check those of course). The theater originally only had restrooms on the lower level with a total of four female restrooms, and three urinals and one male restroom. There are now bathrooms on every floor of this jaw-dropping theatre, which will definitely help those queues before performances or intermissions move faster.

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Give a man his flowers: It’s high time to give Jay Harbaugh his due https://abajoeltelon.com/give-a-man-his-flowers-its-high-time-to-give-jay-harbaugh-his-due/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:32:56 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/give-a-man-his-flowers-its-high-time-to-give-jay-harbaugh-his-due/ Michigan’s special teams unit is elite and has been for some time. I don’t think it’s hyperbole or another episode of “hot take theatre” to say that. The Wolverines have been consistently good on special teams for years. The group is well trained, rarely makes mistakes and has been reliable with kicking and punting play. […]]]>

Michigan’s special teams unit is elite and has been for some time. I don’t think it’s hyperbole or another episode of “hot take theatre” to say that. The Wolverines have been consistently good on special teams for years.

The group is well trained, rarely makes mistakes and has been reliable with kicking and punting play.

Take Saturday’s victory over UConn for example. The punt blocking unit blocked a punt and AJ Henning returned a punt for a touchdown.

Of course, it takes great, willing players to make special teams work. In our age where varsity teams change every year, there has always been a consistent one with each one.

They were coached by Jay Harbaugh.

Now, this column doesn’t have to gush about special teams play. Instead, it’s about bringing home a long-awaited simple fact.

It’s time to give Harbaugh his flowers, it’s high time to give the credit the man deserves.

For years young Harbaugh was asked what it was like coaching his father. How it’s like learning a new position and if he feels ready for the job.

Dismissing the discourse on nepotism, which is the main subject of rivalry, he no longer needs to answer these questions. The results speak for themselves.

Harbaugh could easily say no when asked to change his position. He might say he likes where he is and doesn’t want to change it. Instead, he stuck it out and improved as a coach because of it.

That selfless attitude permeated the Michigan program and is a big reason why the Wolverines are where they are today.

He marked the program in his own way. Not just the Harbaugh way, the Jay way.

The talk of nepotism and doubt has been brushed aside. Now the conversation should center on how long the Wolverines can keep him. As he is certainly on track to one day lead his own program or even coordinate a side of the ball that does not include special teams.

He has repeatedly said he wants to be in Ann Arbor for as long as the program has him, which should be a lifetime contract as the program is in better hands with him.

Dismiss last name, dismiss handy fruit insults and fodder and watch the results.

These speak for themselves and Harbaugh has worked hard to rise above that talk and legitimize himself among college coaches.

The work he did on Special Teams and almost every roster position group while in Ann Arbor speaks for itself.

He will continue to be asked questions about learning a new band, why he changed jobs, if he’s ready for it, and what it’s like to work for his dad. Questions to which he is, no doubt, tired of answering but which he will never show publicly.

For now, Harbaugh’s selflessness and results-oriented approach to coaching is to be applauded.

Don’t take good coaching for granted once you have it. You don’t know how good you have it until it’s gone.

Jay Harbaugh, bow down, you’ve earned your recall.

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An effort to honor American POWs leaves far too many behind https://abajoeltelon.com/an-effort-to-honor-american-pows-leaves-far-too-many-behind/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:30:00 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/an-effort-to-honor-american-pows-leaves-far-too-many-behind/ Today, on National Prisoner of War/MIA Appreciation Day, we pause to remember the suffering of all American prisoners of war. The Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Gold Medal Act (S. 1079), currently pending in Congress, seeks to award Congressional Gold Medals to some of those prisoners of war who fought the Japanese in the first […]]]>

Today, on National Prisoner of War/MIA Appreciation Day, we pause to remember the suffering of all American prisoners of war.

The Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Gold Medal Act (S. 1079), currently pending in Congress, seeks to award Congressional Gold Medals to some of those prisoners of war who fought the Japanese in the first months of World War II. Thank you to Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) for championing the bill and working to honor these men and women whose stories and sacrifices must not be forgotten.

But the law in its current form is insufficient.

As written, it would only honor those who served on Bataan and Corregidor in the Philippines. This leaves out the Americans who also tried hopelessly for resupply and obsolete weapons to prevent Japan’s lightning advance through Southeast Asia from August 8, 1941 to June 10, 1942 – at Midway, Wake Island , Guam, Java, all the Philippine Islands, the Aleutians and at sea.

It was the Americans who, according to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August 1943, when the outcome of World War II was still uncertain, “will be remembered as long as men continue to respect bravery, devotion and determination “. This is always true.

The Philippines is often at the heart of the most common stories of American POW suffering and survival, in part because it was where so many endured the infamous Bataan Death March. The Americans held there for months in 1942 on the Bataan Peninsula in Luzon and finally on the tiny fortress islands of Manila Bay, the best known being Corregidor, until they could no longer hold off the Japanese in supply. .

But stories of survival and subsequent Japanese brutality are no less notable in other parts of the Philippines or the Pacific theater.

On December 10, 1941, the few hundred Navy and Navy sailors left to defend Guam were overrun by the Japanese within days. Guam was the first American territory to be occupied by the Japanese during the war. The survivors of the battle will suffer almost the entire war as prisoners of the enemy.

On Wake Island, more than 400 Marines, 1,200 unarmed civilians and 45 Chamorro Pan Am airline employees heroically held off a Japanese armada for nearly two unprecedented weeks, from Dec. 8 to Dec. 23, 1941. Airman from the Marine Corps Maj. Henry T. Elrod —a.k.a Hammerin’ Hank – was the first American pilot to sink a warship from a fighter plane. Elrod was killed on the last day of the battle and was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.

Hundreds of miles south of the Indonesian island of Java, on March 1, 1942, the USS EdsallThe captain of the, Lt. Joshua Nix of Memphis, Tennessee, laid down smoke screens and followed a series of evasive maneuvers that so frustrated four Japanese warships that air support had to be called in to sink her . It took two hours of fierce fighting to end the Edsall. A small number of the 187 men on board were rescued. Their decapitated bodies were discovered in a mass grave in Celebes after the war.

Seventy-seven years ago this month, American rescue teams freed American and Allied prisoners of war scattered in the 775 Japanese POW camps across the Pacific. In Japan, one of them was Hirohata Camp 12-B, south of Osaka. Hirohata was home to 300 Americans, an Australian and an Englishman. The men were survivors from Guam, Wake Island, all over the Philippines, USS Yorktown and USS Penguin.

When news reached the camp in late August that the war was over, Marine Gunner Earl B. Ercanbrack herded the Americans into the camp yard, where for the previous two years they had counted in Japanese every morning before to leave for a grueling slave. work in a Nippon Steel factory and on its wharf. Civilian overseers treated them like criminals and subjected them to cruel and capricious mockery and punishment.

According to what Ercanbrack later told his hometown newspaper, The monitor in McAllen, Texas, he ordered camp guards to remove the Japanese flag from the 75-foot flagpole in the yard. It was replaced by a hastily sewn American flag using a white parachute, a red curtain and two blue Japanese shirts.

As the makeshift American flag rose above the camp, someone began to sing “God Bless America.” Others joined in, until 300 American POWs—freed at last—crescendoed in unison with the song’s final line: “God bless America, my home sweet home.”

Think of those 300 men – tortured, starved and condemned to work as slaves for years – coming together proudly to sing “God Bless America”. Now imagine awarding Congressional Gold Medals only to those 300 who served in Bataan and Corregidor.

It would be wise for Congress to follow the Hirohata prisoners’ example of unity and revise the bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to all Americans who served in those desperate early battles of World War II. in the Pacific.

Ercanbrack, who fought and was captured on Guam and organized the raising of the American flag in Camp Hirohata, would not be eligible for the gold medal currently under consideration. It’s just not good enough.

Patrick Regan and Mindy Kotler Smith are members of the American Defenders of Bataan and the Corregidor Memorial Society and are descendants of men who fought in the Philippines. Regan’s grandfather, US Army Air Corps SSgt Donald Regan, survived the Bataan Death March and Nippon Steel’s Hirohata POW camp in Japan.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Mama Mia!” plays at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield until October 16 https://abajoeltelon.com/theater-review-mama-mia-plays-at-the-majestic-theater-in-west-springfield-until-october-16/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 03:27:28 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/theater-review-mama-mia-plays-at-the-majestic-theater-in-west-springfield-until-october-16/ Marty Bongfeldt, Cate Damon and Lori Efford. Photo by Lee Chambers. Mama Mia!Majestic Theater in West Springfield, MassachusettsBook by Catherine Johnson, music and lyrics by Benny Anderson & Bjorn UlvaeusDirected by Danny Eaton “Here I am again… Why? Why?” First of all, I love “Mamma Mia!” Brilliantly made, amateur made, fine or mediocre, I love […]]]>

Marty Bongfeldt, Cate Damon and Lori Efford. Photo by Lee Chambers.

Mama Mia!
Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts
Book by Catherine Johnson, music and lyrics by Benny Anderson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
Directed by Danny Eaton

“Here I am again… Why? Why?”

First of all, I love “Mamma Mia!” Brilliantly made, amateur made, fine or mediocre, I love this show. Play me the music, sing me the songs, say the dialogue, that’s all I ask. In the new production at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass., they speak the dialogue, play the music and sing the songs. I had a good time. It was early in the race and there were issues, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed, fixed and improved – I hope. There are enough professionals in the cast to make a difference. There is excellent talent in the design team, and the director, who is the artistic director of the company, has obviously seen at least one major production of this show in the past. He gave us what the show calls for.

Sam Snyder, Vivienne Damon. Photo by Lee Chambers.

The major difficulty of this production was the sound. The balance was off; the band was too mic, drowning out the vocalists, and the background chorus was almost inaudible. Not all microphones were working either, causing characters to be heard. A few vocals were insecure and missing notes and sometimes losing melodies. Still, this is a show whose songs come from the disco era – defined that era really – and they’re all so familiar you can sing them in your head and if the actor on stage missed a note or a sentence, you already have it in your inner ear and therefore hardly miss anything. That’s the joy of this show: even if you don’t know it, you already know it.

There are eight protagonists: Donna Sheridan, played by Cate Damon; his daughter Sophie, played by Vivienne Damon; Donna’s friends and former backup singers Tanya and Rosie, performed by Marty Bongfeldt and Lori Efford, respectively; Sky, Sophie’s fiancé, played by Sam Snyder; and the three men Donna slept with twenty-one years before the show began, Sam, Bill, and Harry, played by Ben Ashley, Gene Choquette, and Russell Garrett, respectively. They are the game.

The main eight are doing well. Vivienne Damon is wonderful and Sam Snyder too despite his microphone problems. Cate Damon is extremely good, as is Lori Efford. Ben Ashley plays his role wonderfully and Gene Choquette is funny and touching.

Gene Choquette, Ben Ashley, Russell Garrett. Photo by Lee Chambers.

The performers of the chorus and the minor roles do remarkably well; some are delightfully funny. Michael Garcia is particularly good as Father Alexandro in the wedding scene.

The show is set to a well-designed and executed set by Greg Trochlil, and the Dawn McKay-designed costumes are everything they should be down to the flippers (it’s in the first act finale). Russell Garrett, who plays Harry, is also the show’s choreographer and his zesty, exuberant dances are about to stop the show, they’re so well done. They are aided by the excellent lighting designed by Daniel D. Rist, who, unlike so many other designers, actually knows that night is different from daylight. Musical director Mitch Chakour gets the most out of his five musicians.

“Mamma Mia!”, with its iconic ABBA score, will have you tapping your feet and wanting to sing along almost every moment of the show. It’s hard not to when the band strings together “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Does Your Mother Know”, “Chiqutita”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and many more. And don’t leave during the curtain call, people; you will miss the most beautiful and funniest moments of the series. If you do, it will be your own Waterloo.

“Mom Mia!” plays at the Majestic Theatre, 131 Elm Street, West Springfield, through October 16. For more information and tickets, call 413-747-7797 or go online at the theater’s website.

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This week at the Lincoln Theater https://abajoeltelon.com/this-week-at-the-lincoln-theater-4/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:51:35 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/this-week-at-the-lincoln-theater-4/ The Lincoln Theater presents two “hot” events on the big screen. First, a documentary about the love story between two volcanologists and the hundreds of hours of footage they left behind. “Fire of Love,” opens Friday. Second, Ralph Fiennes directs the cast of David Hare’s “Straight Line Crazy,” from National Theater Live. A flamboyant tale […]]]>

The Lincoln Theater presents two “hot” events on the big screen. First, a documentary about the love story between two volcanologists and the hundreds of hours of footage they left behind. “Fire of Love,” opens Friday. Second, Ralph Fiennes directs the cast of David Hare’s “Straight Line Crazy,” from National Theater Live. A flamboyant tale of New York’s most powerful man and master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. Mark your calendars for this one-night-only event on Thursday, September 22.

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” – (PG; 1h55) – In partnership with Maison Dior, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a Dior couture dress and decides she must have one of her own. After working, starving and playing to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure in Paris that will not only change her own vision, but the very future of the Maison Dior Last screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 15

‘Fire of Love’ – (PG; 1 hour 33 mins) – Fire of Love tells the story of two French lovers, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died in a volcanic explosion doing what brought them together: drilling the mysteries of our planet, while simultaneously capturing the most explosive volcanic images ever recorded. Along the way, they changed our understanding of the natural world and saved tens of thousands of lives. Unseen hours of pristine 16mm film and thousands of photographs reveal the birth of modern volcanology through an unlikely lens – the love of its two pioneers. Play at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday September 16, Saturday September 17; at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, September 21; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 and Thursday, September 22.

‘Straight Line Crazy’ – National Theater Live – (R; 3 hours) – For 40 uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in place through a mixture of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a desire to improve the lives of working people in New York, he created parks, bridges and 627 miles of freeway to connect people to the great outdoors. Faced with the resistance of protest groups campaigning for a completely different idea of ​​what the city should become, will the weakness of democracy be exposed in the face of its charismatic conviction? With Ralph Fiennes. Only one session on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 adult, $13 member and $5 youth 18 and under.

Coming soon: River Company presents: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” – September 23 and 24; “The Good Boss” – September 24

Tickets are available at the door starting 30 minutes before showtime or online in advance on the theater’s website at www.LincolnTheater.net. Movie tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for members and youth 18 and under. Event ticket prices vary. The Lincoln Theater Covid protocols are available on the website. The Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater St. in downtown Damariscotta. Curtain rising!

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Lil Nas X concert review: The rapper takes his horse (and other paraphernalia) to an Uptown show that’s as much a game as a concert https://abajoeltelon.com/lil-nas-x-concert-review-the-rapper-takes-his-horse-and-other-paraphernalia-to-an-uptown-show-thats-as-much-a-game-as-a-concert/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 19:16:00 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/lil-nas-x-concert-review-the-rapper-takes-his-horse-and-other-paraphernalia-to-an-uptown-show-thats-as-much-a-game-as-a-concert/ Opening the poster handed out at Lil Nas X’s concert on Saturday night at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, attendees were told, “This isn’t your usual show.” Truer words have never been spoken. The Atlanta rapper has never done anything conventional from the start, so his first tour should be no different. After kicking off […]]]>

Opening the poster handed out at Lil Nas X’s concert on Saturday night at the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, attendees were told, “This isn’t your usual show.” Truer words have never been spoken.

The Atlanta rapper has never done anything conventional from the start, so his first tour should be no different. After kicking off in Detroit on Sept. 6, leg two is a double-header in Chicago (returning Sunday night) where Lil Nas X transformed Uptown’s historic ballroom into a supernova musical theater stage. .

The three-act performance sits somewhere between Shakespeare’s bawdy fairy tale “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a classic rock opera, with a dose of Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” tour, thanks to the eight talented dancers who are as cheeky as them. are skilled and just begging to have their own backstage rock doc.

Since 2019, Lil Nas X – born Montero Hill – has come to define virality in the digital age. His wildly unexpected country-trap hit “Old Town Road” still holds the title of longest-running No. 1 song ever on the Billboard chart. He is also the only artist to come out as gay while having a #1 record and the only black LGBTQ+ artist to win an award from the notoriously conservative Country Music Association.

The epitome of an underdog success story, this trip is at the heart of the “Long Live Montero” tour. The artist explained the idea in the poster, through a personal letter on the front page. “Hello ladies and gentlemen and non-binary and bottoms: welcome to the Long Live Montero Tour. So much has led up to that time in your life where you somehow decided that you wanted to see a gay of 6 feet 2 inches perform on stage.

The letter continued, “You will see me in a play about me, featuring me as me, with music by me. …This piece is about my journey, what I’ve been through…and my aspirations to continue on my path in life. Through three acts – “Rebirth”, “Transformation” and “Becoming” – audiences have the unique chance to see the artist’s evolution up close and personal.

The setlist fits well into this narrative plot. In Act I, we see Lil Nas X come to terms with identity on the vulnerable ballad “Sun Goes Down,” then watch the social media makeover of “Old Town Road” that inked his stardom. In Act II, a more confident character emerges behind the assertive pop punk anthem “That’s What I Want”. As the song ends, the curtain drops, superimposed with the silhouette of Lil Nas X and one of his dancers kissing.

In Act III there is the loss of an alter ego to reveal his true self in “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” as he wears a pair of giant butterfly wings (a motif from the tour) to signify the complete transformation. It ends with the song that became her new identity, “Industry Baby”.

Dancers support Lil Nas X during his Saturday show at Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom.

It’s hard to imagine that at just 23 and on his first tour, Lil Nas X already has a show that feels like a big Vegas residency. It takes a village to raise an artist of this caliber and the rapper thanked many in the poster with five full pages of credits. Two more were devoted to costumes by Stuart Vevers, creative director of luxury brand Coach, who provided the looks, described as “the romance of the American West”, the splendor of Versailles and “college glamour”. All lived up to Lil Nas X’s exponent as a style icon who consistently rocks every red carpet.

We can’t say enough about the dancers and choreography on this tour that mixes genres as much as Lil Nas X does in his music. Gymnastic hijinks, formal ballet and twerking were combined in a display of the sheer power of the human body. Each of the eight talents had their own introduction towards the end of the show, as a backing band might be recognized at a traditional concert. Without a live band, they were the backbone Lil Nas X needed for the multi-sensory feast.

There were some technical difficulties throughout the night with cues and props (such as an awkward entry and exit of a giant metal horse during “Old Town Road”). Lil Nas X apologized for the snafus, but no one seemed to notice as the sold-out crowd was swept away every moment of the short hour-long set. First impressions always count, and with his inaugural tour, Lil Nas X emerges as an icon in the making.

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A love letter to Jungle Jim’s https://abajoeltelon.com/a-love-letter-to-jungle-jims/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/a-love-letter-to-jungle-jims/ I park my car in the back of a full parking lot. As I cross the grounds, I hear the sound of rushing water and screaming monkeys. In front of me, I see heads of giraffes, gorillas and elephants. The old monorail hangs above our heads, and I wonder: was it always just a decoration, […]]]>

I park my car in the back of a full parking lot.

As I cross the grounds, I hear the sound of rushing water and screaming monkeys. In front of me, I see heads of giraffes, gorillas and elephants. The old monorail hangs above our heads, and I wonder: was it always just a decoration, or did the families before me enjoy a short ride in the small cars ?

Finally, I walk through the automatic doors and am greeted by the one and only can of Swinging Campbell’s soup.

And it doesn’t even scratch the surface.

Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio is exactly what it says: an international market. What’s missing from the name are all the quirks inside that make it more than just a grocery store.

Oxford is in the middle of nowhere, Ohio, and if you’ve lived here for a while, you know it can be quite easy to run out of things to do in town. If you’re like me and only like nightlife during the night (sorry dartties), then Jungle Jim’s is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

I have a long-standing love for the store. Every year since I was a kid, my family goes to Jungle Jim’s around Christmas to get the ingredients for a Colombian classic – hot chocolate with cheese (and bread for dipping). My father is Colombian, so it’s a treat to enjoy together around the Christmas tree.

But of course I can’t walk to the Colombian alley. Jungle Jim’s is a journey.

First thing: I give a little wave to the Campbell’s soup can hanging from the ceiling. Then I head to the cheese aisle to buy some Oaxaca, a melty Mexican cheese perfect for hot chocolate.

I usually skip the alcohol section, although they do have an entirely dedicated section AND a separate cashier for alcohol, so I’d recommend it if that’s your thing. At this point, even if I don’t need to go to the bathroom, I at least make a stop to marvel at its beauty (I won’t spoil the fun, but let’s just say a porta-potty in a store is ironically funny).

Next is the candy section, where you can browse through a slew of classic and crazy candies, while being serenaded by an animatronic big ape Elvis.

Right next to this small concert stage is the bakery. This is the best section of the whole store.

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So much bread. So many cakes. So many cookies.

Heaven.

Anyway, after I stop drooling and limit myself to one baked good, which is usually a slice of Jungle Jim brand pumpkin roll, I go to the produce section. I usually fly over this area because I have been there so many times, but on a first visit I would recommend checking out all the exotic fruits and vegetables they offer.

Next is the seafood department, which I also skip because I don’t like the smell of fish. Although it’s a bit like walking through a small aquarium (the fish are still alive).

Finally, after the fish section, you can break into the truly international part of this international store. With lanes organized by country and/or region, this is where you can kill an entire day.

I can’t offer much concrete advice on how to navigate the lay of the land, but I will offer this:

Take. Your. Time. Have fun!

I can’t read most of the items on the shelves. I’m not fluent in any language except English, so when choosing ramen and cookies, I use contextual cues and hope for the best. It’s the fun of the store – go with friends, buy a random assortment of foods, then come home and try them. Or, like my boyfriend and I, have mysterious ramen nights for dinner (no, not all of them are winners).

As you walk, remember to soak up your surroundings. There are obvious animatronics throughout, including The General Mill and Jungle Jim’s “Cereal Bowl Band”, featuring the Trix Rabbit on keyboard, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun on a four-leaf clover guitar, and the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee on a honeycomb battery.

And that’s on top of the fact that they’re sitting on a gigantic boat called the SS Minnow.

Yes, in the middle of the store.

There are also tons of hidden gems in the store, like the Michael Jackson button (as I call it) that plays a new MJ song every time you press it. Or the small movie theater, with a curtain and seats and sponsored by Kraft, which tells the origin story of Jungle Jim’s.

By the time you’ve arrived at the cinema, you’re about to come full circle around the store, but there’s still plenty to explore.

One of my favorite sections to browse is the, shall we say, unique drinks/soft drinks. Some standouts include the Dictator line of sodas (Stalinade, Nuclear Orange Bomb) and Butter Soda. There are also more “normal” sodas, such as chewing gum and tart green apple.

At this point, I’m usually almost ready to go. The only sections left are organic (not my vibe) and frozen. I usually check the frozen aisles, but then I head to the checkout.

I always end up spending more than I wanted to and always come away with way more snacks than I would like. But the joy I feel from being in this store and the memories I create every time I go there are worth it.

Whether you’re a new student looking for something to do or you’re a senior cherishing your final year at Oxford, Jungle Jim’s is the place to go.

Recommendations:

  • Jungle Jim Pumpkin Roll

  • Cacique brand Oaxaca cheese

  • Sol or Corona brand Colombian hot chocolate

  • Colombina Arequipe brand (dulce de leche)

  • La Fe brand obleas (spread Arequipe on one and add another to make a delicious sandwich!)

  • Ichiban brand ramen

  • Jaffa Cakes (British cookie)

  • Icelandic brand water (the bottle is cool and the water is really delicious)

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The curtain rises for traditional theater on high definition TV https://abajoeltelon.com/the-curtain-rises-for-traditional-theater-on-high-definition-tv/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 02:24:00 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/the-curtain-rises-for-traditional-theater-on-high-definition-tv/ An alliance for the integrated development of traditional Chinese opera media has been launched in the city. The local Opera Channel, a television platform for traditional Chinese opera, will offer high-definition streaming of all its programs from August 30. The channel, under Shanghai Media Group, will also cooperate with streaming services and performing troupes nationwide […]]]>

An alliance for the integrated development of traditional Chinese opera media has been launched in the city.

The local Opera Channel, a television platform for traditional Chinese opera, will offer high-definition streaming of all its programs from August 30.

The channel, under Shanghai Media Group, will also cooperate with streaming services and performing troupes nationwide to spread the brilliance of Chinese culture.

As the city’s only professional TV channel for traditional Chinese theaters, the channel has presented many influential programs. It has also discovered and cultivated outstanding directors and performing artists through television contests.

Liang Hongjun, director of the Shanghai Yueju Opera Company, noted that the channel has been an integral part of the development of traditional Chinese operas over the decades, and many famous artists have shown their versatility and rose to fame through its performances.

Valuable video footage has been digitally restored for a high definition presentation of classic performances by past artists. Among the footage is opera artists Yueju Fan Ruijuan and Fu Quanxiang’s collaboration in the play “The Legend of Li Wa” when they wowed audiences in Hong Kong in the 1980s.

Additionally, audiences are offered restored interview footage with the late masters, including Shanghai pranksters Yao Mushuang, Zhou Baichun and Peking Opera artist Tong Shouling.

Over the next two months, classic plays and modern makeovers covering Peking Opera, Yueju, Kunqu, Huju, and Huaiju will also be featured on the channel to showcase the charm and innovation of the arts.

Meanwhile, an alliance for the development of integrated media of traditional Chinese opera has also been launched in the city. The alliance will bring together performing companies, theaters, streaming platforms and TV stations nationwide to explore new avenues and opportunities for the revival of traditional theaters in the new era.

BesTV Vice President He Kongyong likened high-definition broadcasting to upgrading theater seats from the back row to the front row to ensure a better viewing experience. As early as 2019, Shanghai Media Group’s streaming platform partnered with Shanghai Yueju Opera Company to launch a mobile app – Chinese Opera Yueju to showcase classical plays and feature art lectures by opera celebrities Yueju.

“We presented 28 traditional Chinese opera cloud performances in the first half of the year, attracting more than 10 million households in total,” He said. “People’s enthusiasm for traditional theaters is on the rise. We will provide more customer-oriented services to make art forms more accessible to people.”

The curtain rises for traditional theater on high definition TV
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New musical about adopting pets to wag tails and win hearts in Hollywood – NBC Los Angeles https://abajoeltelon.com/new-musical-about-adopting-pets-to-wag-tails-and-win-hearts-in-hollywood-nbc-los-angeles/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 04:20:16 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/new-musical-about-adopting-pets-to-wag-tails-and-win-hearts-in-hollywood-nbc-los-angeles/ What there is to know “The Great Homecoming” Will Include a Reading, Adoptable Dogs, Prizes, and More Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood; pet adoptions begin at 3 p.m. each day $27 to $40 per ticket Spying on a furry sweetheart on a big stage isn’t too uncommon, […]]]>

What there is to know

  • “The Great Homecoming” Will Include a Reading, Adoptable Dogs, Prizes, and More
  • Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood; pet adoptions begin at 3 p.m. each day
  • $27 to $40 per ticket

Spying on a furry sweetheart on a big stage isn’t too uncommon, not if you love and frequent musical productions, especially shows that boast a canine cameo or two.

Sandy, the sweet scene-stealer in “Annie”, comes to mind, and Toto too, whenever “The Wizard of Oz” appears on a stage set. (It can hardly be a faithful adaptation of the whimsical story without the brave presence of Toto.)

But finding a moving theatrical event inspired by pet adoption, with multiple adoptable dogs on site?

Talk about reaching our handkerchiefs before the curtain barely rises.

Better dab wet eyes, though, and look towards the Montalbán Theater, where “The Great Homecoming” will take place, with heaps of puppy pathos in tender tow, on September 10-11, 2022.

Dubbed “Los Angeles’ first musical pet adoption event,” the event will feature daytime dog adoptions and a “concert-style live reading” of “Pup! A Chew Story.” nightly.

“A true friendship is put to the ultimate test” in the tail, uh, tale, “…when two companions – a reckless three-legged pit bull and his risk-averse chew toy – embark on a quest for glory dangerously weird in Hollywood” is the intriguing premise.

Marcus Terrell Smith wrote the book and lyrics for “Pup! A Chew Story” and Robin Schäfer created the music.

Adoption events will start well before curtain time on Saturday and Sunday, with other dog-centric events as the day heads into the evening, with an opening night mixer on September 10 , the presentation of “Pup! A Chew Story” and awards.

Fifteen percent of ticket sales will be donated to animal rescues.

Your own pup should stay comfortably at home if you plan to watch the show, as dogs will not be allowed in the theater (look for the adoption event which will take place around the venue’s mezzanine).

Absolutely skip and jump for a ticket? There’s no need to bark or fuss; they are available for purchase now. Consider it a wonderful way to celebrate National Dog Day, August 26.

Want to communicate with a dog that needs a home as soon as possible? You can help NBC4 and Telemundo 52 clear shelters in August.

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Mastodon Share THE MAKING OF HUSHED AND GRIM Documentary https://abajoeltelon.com/mastodon-share-the-making-of-hushed-and-grim-documentary/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 15:51:17 +0000 https://abajoeltelon.com/mastodon-share-the-making-of-hushed-and-grim-documentary/ Unveiling yet another dimension to their latest chapter, iconic heavy rock band Mastodon, GRAMMY® Award winners, share a full 90-minute documentary titled “THE MAKING OF HUSHED AND GRIM” to be streamed via Loudwire. It chronicles the creation of their critically acclaimed ninth studio album, HUSHED AND GRIM, which was largely influenced by the untimely death […]]]>

Unveiling yet another dimension to their latest chapter, iconic heavy rock band Mastodon, GRAMMY® Award winners, share a full 90-minute documentary titled “THE MAKING OF HUSHED AND GRIM” to be streamed via Loudwire.

It chronicles the creation of their critically acclaimed ninth studio album, HUSHED AND GRIM, which was largely influenced by the untimely death of the band’s longtime friend and manager, Nick John.

Directed by Bryan Bankovich and produced by Newmerica, the film draws the curtain on one of the most enigmatic groups of this era. The Atlanta quartet talk about making their epic HUSHED AND GRIM. The members refer to the “unspoken” pact between them to honor the memory of “group dad” Nick John with the offer of 15 tracks.

The filmmakers followed Mastodon as they put together their first body of work without a Nick to fall back on. For the first time, they not only recorded in their own West End Sound studio and headquarters in Atlanta, but they also endured collective tragedy and a pandemic together.

With producer David Bottrill [Peter Gabriel, Tool] at the helm, the musicians shed every drop of blood, sweat and tears in a definitive anthem to their most devoted champion and biggest fan, with no shortage of twists and turns, as the footage shows. Between the two, “THE MAKING OF HUSHED AND GRIM” intersperses moments of lightness with sketches marked by a very discreet humor and a lot of clowns. It’s humorous, sincere, honest and wholeheartedly HUSHED AND GRIM.

This week, Mastodon hits the road again, accompanying GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band Ghost on their North American tour kicking off at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, Calif., on Friday, August 26. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below. Click here for tour ticket and VIP upgrade details.

Watch the new trailer here:

GHOST tour dates with Mastodon

# indicates newly confirmed date

August 26 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena

August 27 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center

# August 28 Alb, NM – – Sunshine Theater (main date with Spiritbox)

August 30 – Austin, TX – – Moody Center

August 31 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center

September 02 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Civic Center Arena

September 03 – Duluth, GA – Southern Gas District

September 04 – Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville.com Arena

September 6 – Tampa, FL – Yuengling Arena

September 9 – Trenton, NJ – Cure Insurance Arena

September 10 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena

September 12 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center

September 13 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Arena

September 15 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Center

September 16 – Laval, QC – – Place Bell

September 17 – Toronto, ON – Coca Cola Coliseum

September 19 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center

September 20 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center

September 21 – Peoria, IL – – Peoria Civic Center

Holiday dates:

September 23 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival

September 25 – Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest

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