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Who Doesn’t Love a Block Party?

Diva Dana is putting on this bad boy and she could use our support.  It’s going to be a great event and we can all help her make it a success. Proceeds raised support the Desert Foothills Library which is the only privately funded library in the company.

More info at www.dflaevents.org

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Hamilton

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First of all,  I don’t like musicals.

Who fast forwards through the music numbers during the TV show Glee?

I did.

What a weirdo.

So that gives you an idea.  Pretty bad.

So when my friend could get a fabulous deal on Hamilton tickets, one would think that I would turn that down.

But noooo.

I have heard people rant and rave about Hamilton, I’ve read the reviews, I know how tickets were thousands of dollars in New York and very hard to come by. It’s the hot thing since 2015 when it opened.

So you need to know I also have a bad fear of missing out.

So my dislike of musicals combined with my fear of missing out.

I tried it.

And…oh I looooved it!!!

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(The set. Photo credit: Gayle Bass)

Great singing, amazing music and funny.

Love funny.

Not only did we get to see this fantastic musical, but we got to tour backstage too.

My friend Gayle (who I can never repay for the great tickets as I have no social status in the Valley, nor good hook ups) has a friend who works with the tour.

So we got to go tour backstage.

Pinch me, right?

It’s amazing to see the amount of people that put a show like this together.

Here’s a complete rip off about the musical on Google.

An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American  Founding Father Alexander Hamiltonwith music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Notably incorporating hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music, soul music, traditional-style show tunes, and color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, the musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.

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(Here’s Louis and Gayle watching Hamilton)

It’s a definite bucket list item.

There is supposed to be a movie adaptation, but when that’s happening, no one knows.

Find tickets for a show near you.

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Cavalia – Odysseo

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As I soaked in these amazing creatures and performers, I realized just how important the arts are during times like these.  With news story after news story telling us about people harming people, seeing something so beautifully created and executed really brings your faith back into humanity.

I sat in awe watching Cavalia’s Odyseeo.

Then the guy behind me started kicking the back of  my chair.

To the beat of the incredible music.

And we’re back.

That faith restored may have been brief.

Well this post is not about educating people about proper etiquette in public situations, but believe me, I could make the case of how people that wonder how world wars occur are the same ones that can’t even say hello when they pass you on a hiking trail. (See how not be an a$$%#@* while hiking in the Valley.)

But this post is to focus on this incredible production of Cavalia’s Odysseo that puts your faith back into people at least for a little while and makes you forget for a few hours about the turmoil going in in the world.

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(No special filter was used taking this photo of Gayle Bass and her co workers at :Right This Minute.” It was a dirty lense.)

You just wonder how someone could even imagine such performances let alone actually create it.

Odysseo is the current production of Cavalia – which is an entertainment company out of Quebec, Canada that specializes in equestrian and acrobatic techniques. It was founded ion 2003 by Normand Latourelle in Montreal, Quebec. Wikipedia informs me that this performance is often compared to Cirque de Soleil  and that Latourelle was one of the original founders of Cirque.  Odysseo has been touring since 2011 and is an entirely separate entity.

I googled more information on Cavalia is a fabricated word, inspired by the Spanish and French words for horse (caballo and cheval) and the French and English word cavalier.

It’s nothing short of amazing, inspiring and moved me to tears.

And with my faith restored, I drove home and didn’t mind as much when someone cut me off on the way out of the parking lot.

And we’re back.

It’s progress.

Thank you Gayle Bass for bringing me.  Louis loved it as well.  Below is a photo of Louis, Gayle and her co-workers from Right This Minute.

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Here is some of the artwork you see as you’re walking to your seats.

I was thisclose to pulling out my credit card to buy either of these gorgeous pieces, but I had to remind myself that I’m going to Sicily, Italy.

The show runs in Scottsdale from February 21, 2018 for two weeks.

You can get your tickets here.

For those of you in the rest of the country, check for a show coming near you.

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Phoenix Police Citizen Academy

If you ever want an incredible experience full of adventure, we encourage you to enroll in the Phoenix Police Citizen Academy.  Not only do you learn all about the police department which is nothing short of fascinating, but you go through part of their training.  Diva Diane and Diva Lisa took part in media today and got to experience the tactical village.

Contact Phoenix Police Sergeant Joel Leavitt for upcoming classes and to get an application. They are holding at least six academies a year. It’s one night a week for six weeks.

Joel.Leavitt@phoenix.gov

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New Year, New Adventure

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Saw this great quote this first day of January from my dear friend Jamise; “12 New Chapters, 365 New Chances.”

Love it. It’s a big day. Not only the first day of the year, but….

Bucket List Divas launched today.

Were we ready?

Nope.

Were we on time?

Not really.

Do we know what we’re doing?

Haven’t got a clue.

But just like life, we’re diving in anyway.

So how did this adventure start? Well…with women going through big life changes realizing we have to start over. We have to rebuild. We have to start over, we have to rebuild and we’re tired.

We’re not spring chickens.

We’ve been through some shit.  Look we’re even putting two spaces between sentences so that should give away our age. We’re trying to keep up with today’s society that’s really not geared for “women of a particular age.”

Maybe you’re the woman who’s kids left for college and you realized you’ve put every waking moment into the lives of your children. What the f&%$ are you going to do with the rest of your life?

Maybe you’ve gone through a split and your married friends think you’re contagious and they stay away for fear your divorce-itis may spread?

Maybe you’ve been dumped for the umpteenth time while your friends are now turning into grandparents and you haven’t even gotten past the dating stage but AARP is already sending you crap in the mail? WTF happened?

Maybe you want to go have some fun and adventure and you call your friends and you get so many “no” answers that you wish there was a 1-800-Dial-a-pal?

Whatever the case, we’ve got the rest of our lives to live and maybe…just maybe… it’s time to start having some fun while we’re doing this re-building.  It’s not about “getting your life back,” it’s about creating one.  Even better than before.

And the fun is not going to come knockin’ on our doorstep …so we’re making it ourselves.

We’re going to be trying out life.  We’re going to be sampling different experiences, local events, restaurants, spas, sports, travel and so much more in hopes it inspires, it motivates, it makes you want to come adventure with us.

We got your back Girl!

Thanks for joining us on this Adventure

-Bucket List Divas

 

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Bucket List Divas

Life sprinkled with Adventure, Humor and maybe a little alcohol.  We’ve only just begun!

Bucket List Divas is geared toward women going through big life changes and  rebuilding their lives.

Our goal is to inspire, motivate and introduce women to all life has to offer from local events, restaurants, spas & sports to world wide travel and experiences.

Please check back for our reviews, videos and how to join in on the she-nanigans!

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New Year, New Adventure

Saw this great quote this first day of January from my dear friend Jamise; “12 New Chapters, 365 New Chances.”

Love it. It’s a big day. Not only the first day of the year, but….

Bucket List Divas launched today.

Were we ready?

Nope.

Were we on time?

Not really.

Do we know what we’re doing?

Haven’t got a clue.

But just like life, we’re diving in anyway.

So how did this adventure start? Well…with women going through big life changes realizing we have to start over. We have to rebuild. We have to start over, we have to rebuild and we’re tired.

We’re not spring chickens.

We’ve been through some shit.  Look we’re even putting two spaces between sentences so that should give away our age. We’re trying to keep up with today’s society that’s really not geared for “women of a particular age.”

Maybe you’re the woman who’s kids left for college and you realized you’ve put every waking moment into the lives of your children. What the f&%$ are you going to do with the rest of your life?

Maybe you’ve gone through a split and your married friends think you’re contagious and they stay away for fear your divorce-itis may spread?

Maybe you’ve been dumped for the umpteenth time while your friends are now turning into grandparents and you haven’t even gotten past the dating stage but AARP is already sending you crap in the mail? WTF happened?

Maybe you want to go have some fun and adventure and you call your friends and you get so many “no” answers that you wish there was a 1-800-Dial-a-pal?

Whatever the case, we’ve got the rest of our lives to live and maybe…just maybe… it’s time to start having some fun while we’re doing this re-building.  It’s not about “getting your life back,” it’s about creating one.  Even better than before.

And the fun is not coming to us so we’re making it ourselves.

We’re going to be trying out life.  We’re going to be sampling different experiences, local events, restaurants, spas, sports, travel and so much more in hopes it inspires, it motivates, it makes you want to come adventure with us.

We got your back Girl!

Thanks for joining us on this Adventure

-Bucket List Divas