"Breaking Pointe" Review

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Currently watching CW's brand new docu-drama about the ballet world, "Breaking Pointe"...
It's incredibly refreshing to see ballet being presented that way it deserves - HARDCORE! Intended to be "an antidote to Black Swan" the show immediately establishes that ballet is not for pansies, and it certainly isn't easy. The men they spotlight are quite masculine, and the women seem kind and balanced, yet competitive.

The first episode focuses on the dancers waiting to see if their contracts will be renewed. It's realistic and honest. The class scenes are inspiring and lovely.
I wish they spent a little less time on the relationship stuff. I'm just not interested! The nightclub scene is also silly. I want to know about their pointe shoes, their rituals, their superstitions, the subtitles and histories of the variations and ballets their working on - dancer stuff. The mindless minutes they waste on dancer relationships gives a slight blandness to the first episode and leaves me a little disappointed. I only hope the next few episodes are better! 

San Francisco Zoo Adventures [The Trailer]

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last Friday, The Duke and I finally went to the San Francisco Zoo! We had been waiting all winter until the time and the weather was right. We had a nice season of showers, so all the plants were green and fresh.

We headed out a little later than we would have liked, and ended up at the front gates around 11:00am. Just in time for the grizzly bear feeding, in which the bears came right up to the glass! The grizzlies have a pretty neat enclosure with a pool and waterfall. However, the other bears are still living in the original bear grottos built in 1935 by the WPA. The old architecture from this period fascinates me, and even though it's not the best thing for the animals (the enclosures are far too small and sometimes boring), it gives the zoo a wonderful sort of decrepit-deco feeling.

We watched the sea lions swim in circles while a plump mallard sat on the rocks, smugly overseeing the repetitive ritual. Next we headed into one of my favorite buildings, the 1938 aviary, which sadly has far fewer birds in it than it used to. In fact, we noticed that the zoo seemed a little...tired. No where near its busy, bustling, exciting state when I visited it has a child. There seemed to be fewer animals. In fact, the back portion of the zoo (with enclosures for rhinos and various ungulates) was completely shut off and empty. No more elands, either!

Most tragic of all was the seeming abandonment of the treasured Mother's Building which opened in 1925. It was originally a refuge for mothers and their young children. The inside is adorned with wood paneling, benches, and opened with a tea room on one side and a nursery on the other which provided milk and water for making formula. A gorgeous painting spreads out along the top of each wall, and the entrance is flanked by two mosaics on either side. It's a real treasure, but it seems to have been forgotten...

However, the day was still exciting and incredibly fun. I was delighted by all the tame ducks in the petting zoo, and Duke played with some ravenous and slightly terrifying sheep. In fact, I think the children's zoo was one of the highlights of our day!

We had lunch in a quiet spot of meadow next to the stream (a rare area that was not fenced off!), and then had a rather bizarre encounter with a crane in the South American area. As Duke walked by, this giant crane would breathe loudly, flap his wings, and arch his neck so far backward that it touched his back. His neck feathers spayed out impressively as he breathed in a rhythmic pattern. He did this each time Duke moved next to his pen. How strange!

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We had many other adventures at the zoo that day, which I am slowly compiling into a video. However, I have created a short "trailer" of our zoo adventures. ENJOY!


Fanime and Clockwork Alchemy! 2 days!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm now in full convention mode as I gear up for Fanime and Clockwork Alchemy! It's going to be tricky dividing my time between both an insane anime convention and a brand-new steampunk convention, but I'll manage!

While I'll still be doing a little cosplay, I will probably be focusing more on my vintage, Victorian, and steampunk ensembles. My boyfriend, Duke, and I have never had a proper photoshoot done with us in our Victorian outfits, and we intend to change that this year!

Look for me at the Princess Tutu cosplay gathering on Sunday at 11am. Not sure if I will attend the Kuroshitsuji gatherings, however.

The highlight of the con will certainly be The Emperor Norton Ball at Clockwork Alchemy. It's going to blow Fanime's Black and White Ball out of the water, to be sure. I've written a little blurb about it over at my DA journal, so take a gander if you're interested in this dance event: Thinking about attending the B&W Ball at Fanime?

So excited! Can't wait!

IKEA Madness

Sunday, May 6, 2012



















So IKEA had this deal where if you spend a certain amount of money on stuff, you can get your entire meal for free. WHATEVER YOU WANT. AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. ANYTHING IN THE RESTAURANT.

Needless to say, we all went a little cray-cray. :)
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