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Monday, May 1, 2017

Final Chance to see Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC


It is the hottest ticket in town. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at Hirshhorn Museum has proven that the art of hysteria is alive and well. Each Monday since late February, as many as 50,000 hopefuls log onto the Hirshhorn Museum's website to claim 6,000 or less available passes that can go as quickly as one minute. If you do the math, well, this exhibit is nothing short of popular.
Weeks ago, I started setting my phone's alarm to go off just before noon. I sat down at the computer (I prefer this method over the phone) and continuously refreshed the supplied link to free timed passes until the the option to select a date appeared. With a rather flexible schedule, I opted to choose the first available time for two passes. I believe this helped increase my chances of getting passes because I didn't waste a lot of time with selections and I wasn't as specific with my requests. Some weeks I was successful; other weeks not so much. For the favorable attempts at visiting this exhibition, I could barely contain my excitement. I was fortunate enough to get through, not once, but three times (it's possible, people. it really is.). Get this: in the picture above with my son and I standing in front of the pumpkin, I was so eager to visit that I went on the wrong date. I had to wait patiently for 24 hours so that I could return the next day.
I won't rehash the same details that you see flooding the Internet. By now, most of you have read an article on this experience. You've seen thousands of the same pictures posted on various social networks with the tag #InfiniteKusama attached. You've scanned through opinionated updates by both the bummed out, unlucky ticket-seekers and the successfully, persistent ones. You've probably also gained a new appreciation for polka dots and pumpkins. No matter your intrigue level, there is no denying that the cultural phenomenon known as Infinity Mirrors has caused a spike in Google searches on all words associated with it and increased web traffic to the Hirshhorn's site.
 Monday, May 1st marks the last chance you will have to visit on dates from May 8th through May 14th. Sadly, May 14th is the final day of this exhibition's run at Hirshhorn Museum. Minutes before noon, log onto the site and familiarize yourself the page. Wait for the link to go live and pray the polka dotted gods are on your side.
If you snag a free timed pass, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect (nothing compares to seeing and experiencing infinity Mirrors for yourself):
The rooms are receiving most of the attention, but there is more to Yayoi Kusama's collection. Sculptures and paintings serve as strategic pauses from beginning to end. Speaking of end, when you reach the infamous white room covered with circle stickers, you have finished your journey through Infinity Mirrors. The Obliteration Room is the highly popular and most photographed portion of the exhibit. It may have something to do with the unrestricted amount of time museum-goers can spend in here (the other rooms allow only 20-30 seconds). This room will leave you feeling bubbly and focusing on the significance of how a dot occupies and contributes to a space. It is a metaphor to how we as humans are each important to the overall composition of the world that we live in.


Besides being the ultimate backdrop for endless selfies to fill my phone's camera roll, Infinity Mirrors served a greater purpose. I was thoroughly introduced to the fascinating world of Yayoi Kusama. My curiosity to research more artists and their creation peaked significantly. I discovered a new world of exploration for my toddler besides the typical visit to the zoo, park or playground. And once again I was reminded just how fortunate I am to live so close to Washington, D.C. with gems such as the Smithsonian museums to visit for free.  
If you are not able to get through to secure a free timed pass, remember that artists from all walks of life need your support. Continue to visit museums, attend art shows, discover new talent and even make your own visions come to life.
Art is not a trend – it's a lifestyle.

For more information about Infinity Mirrors, visit here for details.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Farewell, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus! #FFA #SPON



One hundred and forty-six years. That's how long the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been around. But come this May, there will be no more years to celebrate; the show is shutting down.
It feels quite weird seeing these words in print. Who would have ever imagined that such a staple to family traditions would say "so long" after such an amazing run? It's safe to say that fans of the show are sadden by the news and are flocking to the nearest arena to catch one last show.

I am fortunate enough to have attended several shows over the years and created a host of memories for my family to hold onto. In fact, my date for the night was my youngest son who was just shy of two years old when he attended his first circus. It shows you just how much can change in a few, short years.
Thanks to MacKidBaltimore, my little guy and I had the chance to experience our final show EVER. Here is a recap of all the fun that was had at the most recent show here in Baltimore, MD about a week ago – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This WorldTM.

Head on over to Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore for the complete review. Thanks to Shae for allowing us to review the show for her site and receive complimentary tickets.


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

{spon} Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL® Hits the Verizon Center in D.C. from January 28th to January 29th + Giveaway


Washington, D.C.,  Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL® is headed your way in a couple of weeks!

Monster Jam will be performing at the Verizon Center on Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 p.m. That's three opportunities to take you and your family/friends on a great adventure. I know someone who can't contain his excitement (see below).
The AMSOIL series can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Washington D.C. fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These premier athletes vying to be the nation’s capital champion are:
  • Grave Digger
  • El Toro Loco
  • Pirate’s Curse
  • Shark
  • Alien Invasion
  • Zombie
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler
  • Blue Thunder
*Trucks/drivers subject to change

I've mentioned before how much of a fan my youngest son is of the Monster Jam brand. Liam wakes up looking for his Monster Jam trucks and goes to bed with at least one of them in his hand. We can't even leave the house without his favorite truck (this changes often) in tow. To say that he is obsessed would be an understatement. Take a look some of his collection:


How fun are these trucks? Here is some cool information for you to share with your Monster Jam enthusiasts:
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.
Are you ready to get your tickets? Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.comm and the Verizon Center box office.

The Pit Parties on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

OK! Who's ready for a giveaway?! You can win a family 4-pack of tickets to Monster Jam for the Saturday, January 28, 1PM show at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Enter through the form below. Good luck!!
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®Monster Jam®Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
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I am a Feld Family Ambassador. In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows. Opinions and views are my own.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Season 2 of BORN THIS WAY Premieres Tuesday, July 26th on A&E Network #BornThisWay #spon


screen grab courtesy of A&E Networks
Last year, I fell in love with a group of people who I only knew through a television show. I know that this happens more than most would like to admit; our infatuation with complete strangers is a real thing. However, this love was something special and completely genuine.

It was a feel-good love.
A the-world-could-use-more-people-like-this love.
An all-we-need-is-love love.

It's called, "Born This Way".
BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.
Unlike most "reality" shows that are filled with disturbing behavior and distasteful storylines, "Born This Way" is a breath of fresh air. It makes you feel like you should be doing more to make the world a better place instead of stinking it up with your silly hang-ups and minor problems. It's a show that needs to stick around to dim the spotlight that is so often placed on negative programming.

During last year's premiere, I immediately shared on Twitter just how enamored I was with this inspirational group.
It wasn't long before others begins chirping the same sentiments on Twitter while watching each episode live. The amount of joy experienced during this hour could fill a lifetime. I looked forward to watching each week.

Enough of me telling you about this wonderful show. Here is a teaser for Season 2 of "Born This Way" airing on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 PM on A&E Network:



How can you walk away from this and not want to be a better person? You can't! It's the power of being positive. It's infectious and inspires you to do more because you can and need to. Some people just have that quality about them.

I know a woman who is an inspiration. She is a caring wife and mother. Her professional life exemplifies her ability to be great at just about everything is life. She always carries a smile. Her spirit lights up a room. She is always willing to help and never wants the recognition. For that, I won't share her name. But, I will be partnering with A&E to send her a special gift just to let her know that she is appreciated.

With all of the madness going on in the world, it's nice to know that change can start at anytime to stop this war on humanity. Kindness, honesty, love and respect can shoulder a lot of the pain that we are carrying around. Most of our problems are small if we just face them with the confidence that trouble won't last forever. We are all given life to leave a footprint on Earth. Our story belongs to us. Tell it with a purpose.

If you're seeking inspiration, start by watching "Born This Way" when it airs on Tuesday, July 26 at 10 PM on A&E Network. You won't ever be the same again...and that's a good thing.

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