Archives for October 20, 2019

A must-buy for Halloween! Popcornopolis Halloween Popcorn Snack Packs Debut at Costco Locations!

 Popcornopolis is pleased to announce that their hauntingly-good popcorn Mini Cones will ‘pop-up’ at select Costco locations this fall, just in time for trick-or-treaters & spooktacular snacking!

Looking for a treat other than candy this Halloween? The Halloween Snack Pack of 12-mini cones includes four of Popcornopolis’ best-selling popcorn flavors: Zebra®, Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese, and Kettle Corn. My favorite is the Zebra®! These fang-tastic treats will be available at select Costco store locations including Southern California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arkansas, Montana, Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, and Kansas for a retail price of $9.49.

The mini cones are just the perfect size to pass out to trick-or-treaters this Halloween!  

Enchant your trick-or-treaters and party guests the Popcornopolis® fan-favorite: Monster Mini Cones($69.99 for a case of 40 at popcornopolis.com). The perfect candy bar alternative, each mini cone is dressed in its own adorable Halloween-themed costume and comes in one of four delectable flavors: Zebra® Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, and Kettle Corn. Crafted with big flavor, Popcornopolis® Monster Mini Cones are certified gluten-free with no high fructose corn syrup or added preservatives.

Bewitch friends and co-workers with the Mini Cone Gift Cauldron ($39.99 at popcornopolis.com), this fang-tastic gift basket features 8 Monster Mini Cones wrapped in cellophane and tied with a wickedly-striking dark ribbon. I received a sample of this one and can’t wait to take it to work! If they last that long. These flavors really are a hit with my family!

Elevate your monster mash with a bewitching 18″ Cauldron with 60 Monster Mini Cones or 2-Gallon Halloween Bats Popcorn Tin ($46.99 at popcornopolis.com), or cast a spell on your loved ones with the Halloween Spiders 5-Cone Popcorn Gift Basket ($44.99 at popcornopolis.com). Back by popular demand, Popcornopolis® limited-edition Pumpkin Spice Popcorn returns to swoon all pumpkin pie lovers with the out-of-this-world seasonal treat.

Look for them at your local Costco this month!

Happy Halloween!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to review. Top photo and information provided. Bottom photo: SoCal City Kids.

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Celebrates Disney Frozen 2 Movie with Inspired Furry Friends

New Disney Frozen 2 Inspired Furry Friend Collection Available at Build-A-Bear Workshop
including Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven

Build-A-Bear Workshop® announces the launch of the enchanting collection of Disney Frozen 2 furry friends, outfits and accessories inspired by the highly-anticipated film, Disney “Frozen 2,” in theaters November 22! Beginning today, fans can join Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven on their magical journey by making their own Disney Frozen 2 furry friends in the Workshop. Guests who visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop will also get to experience fun, interactive activities based on the movie and an extra-special Frozen 2 heart ceremony when making a Frozen 2 stuffed animal.

Theater-ready Disney Frozen 2 Furry Friends and Accessories are just too cute! I received a sample of Anna Bear and she is just adorable!

Disney Frozen fans of all ages will find an exciting assortment of adorably realistic make-your-own Frozen 2 furry friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Join the group on their epic adventure North on a journey for truth through the enchanted forest into the unknown and bring your new furry friend to watch the Frozen 2 movie in the theater.

  • Disney Frozen 2 Anna Inspired Bear: You’ll make lots of frozen memories with this bear’s sparkly purple fur and paw pads. Add Anna’s signature Arendelle outfit, wig and accessories to dress this fearless friend for her adventure to the North.
  • Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Inspired Bear: This teddy bear has white fur with sparkly specks and icy blue paw pads. Prepare for an unforgettable journey together by dressing your soft toy in its own outfits and accessories.
  • Happy Hugs Teddy Disney Frozen 2 Kristoff Gift Set: Happy Hugs Teddy looks like a true outdoorsman in this Disney Frozen 2 Kristoff gift set! This classic teddy bear is ready to explore the kingdom of Arendelle in its bear-sized Disney Frozen 2 Kristoff outfit, which includes boots, pants and a detailed vest.
  • Disney Frozen 2 Olaf: The friendliest snowman in all of Arendelle is here to give you a great big hug! Disney Frozen 2 Olaf is naturally outgoing with a smile that will melt your heart. This Disney Frozen 2 Olaf stuffed animal keeps it cool with a fun snowflake pattern on his fur.
  • Online Only Disney Frozen 2 Sven: As Kristoff’s loyal friend and sleigh-puller, Sven the reindeer is known for his lovable personality and big heart. This online only Disney Frozen 2 plush has big antlers with soft fur and he wears a colorful harness.

Guests can also add several clothing items and accessories to their Frozen 2 furry friends fit for a long, enchanting adventure North. This collection is also available online at buildabear.com and buildabear.co.uk.

For more information about Build-A-Bear, visit buildabear.com, and follow the brand on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram. As Olaf might say… 10/4 little buddy.

Self Disclosure: I received a sample of Anna Bear and top image was provided. Bottom photo credit: SoCal City Kids.

The Addams Family * Thoroughly Hilarious. Excellent Voice Acting. Funny Script!

Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family — Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma — are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams’ eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Arjun N. comments, “The Addams Family is a thoroughly hilarious watch for families. Even adults can have fun as the film boasts humor for all ages. Excellent voice acting and consistently funny script impress. It truly has something for everyone. However, the animation does leave a bit more to be desired; as I felt elements lack refinement and detail, especially compared to current animation.” See his full review below.

The Addams Family
By Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

The Addams Family is a thoroughly hilarious watch for families. Even adults can have fun as the film boasts humor for all ages. Excellent voice acting and consistently funny script impress. It truly has something for everyone.

The story follows the iconic family in their first animated adventure. Being the kookiest family on the block, several homeowners lend massive disgust for their unconventional ways, teaming up to bring them down. Amidst this is a funny and iconic tale about what it means to be a good neighbor.

The Addams family cast all boast great performances. Oscar Isaac, as Gomez, presents his patriarchal side and his interactions with Pugsley provide great humor. Likewise, Charlize Theron, as Morticia, who cares greatly for Wednesday. Pugsley and Wednesday, played respectively by Finn Wolfhard and Chloe Grace Moretz, are a lot of fun to watch together as they do not get along. Wednesday is my favorite character because her over-analytical self is always enjoyable to watch. Also, Snoop Dogg’s cameo is well worth price of admission; it’s truly unexpected and works.

Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, known for films such as Shrek 2, aptly direct this film. However, the animation does leave a bit more to be desired; as I felt elements lack refinement and detail, especially compared to current animation. My favorite scene is when Lurch, a creature alike Frankenstein, sings. It’s truly hilarious and works amidst his roster of piano playing. The film loses traction once, focusing on the homeowners who lack the characterization of the Addams. Also, Pugsley feels rather undeveloped when compared to Wednesday. I feel that more time could have been devoted to characterizing him.

The message of this film is about accepting others for who they are and learning to resolve differences. Even though The Addams Family is played for outlandish humor, the film realizes the importance of this message and hopes for everyone to accept one another. I give The Addams Family 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 due to its macabre humor. The movie releases in theaters on October 11, 2019, so check it out.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Presents CIRCA: HUMANS

Circa: Humans. Photo by Ali Cameron

 Internationally acclaimed Australian company CIRCA makes its debut as The Wallis’ first foray into contemporary circus with Humans on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30 pm, in The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater. In a thrilling and heart-stopping performance, ten acrobats from this award-winning contemporary circus ensemble push the boundaries of circus to take audiences on a stirring journey of what it means to be fiercely human. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies, they lead viewers to reflect on life’s burdens and find redemptive power in the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. Created by Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble, Humans premiered in 2017 at Australia’s Sydney Festival and has toured throughout Australia as well as to Romania, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, France, Hungary, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and Spain. According to The GuardianHumans is a “five-star favourite… a clear demonstration of the artistry of circus.”

Circa Contemporary Circus is one of the world’s leading performance companies, blurring the lines between movement, dance, theatre and circus. From its base in Brisbane, Australia, Circa has toured the world since 2004, and its works have been greeted with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents. Circa is at the forefront of the new wave of contemporary Australian circus, pioneering how extreme physicality can create powerful and moving performances. Its reputation for fearless, boundary-pushing new circus is borne out in every one of its shows, which combine physical virtuosity with an expressive humanism.

Humans is directed by Yaron Lifschitz, with Jason Organ as Technical Director and Costume Design by Libby McDonnell.

Humans, the latest of over 50 shows created by Circa, has never before been seen on a professional stage in Southern California,” says The Wallis’ Artistic Director Paul Crewes, “and we expect this groundbreaking ensemble’s stunning athleticism to leave audiences with the joy and the artistry of circus.”

Tickets, $29 –  $79, are on sale now. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 310-746-4000 or visit thewallis.org/Circa.

About the Artists:

YARON LIFSCHITZ (Director) is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), where he was the youngest director ever accepted into its prestigious graduate director’s course. Since graduating, he has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre, and circus. His work has been seen in 40 countries and across six continents by over one million people and has won numerous awards including six Helpmann awards and the Australia Council Theatre Award. His productions have been presented at major festivals and venues around the world including Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barbican, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Chamaleon and all the major Australian festivals. His film work was selected for the Berlin and Melbourne Film Festivals. He was founding Artistic Director of the Australian Museum’s Theatre Unit, Head Tutor in Directing at Australian Theatre for Young People and has been a regular guest tutor in directing at NIDA. Lifschitz is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Circa, Creative Director of Festival 2018: the arts and cultural program of the 21st Commonwealth Games. In 2018, he directed four new Circa creations, and a new production of Idomeneo which opened in Lisbon at The Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.

JASON ORGAN (Technical Director) graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1988. He has worked as a technician, rigger, lighting designer and production manager. During this time he has lit all manner of productions from pantomimes and product launches to ballet, festivals, military tattoos, circus and live television, contemporary dance and circus being his favorites. Organ was co-founder of JLX productions, a lighting design and technical consultancy, based in Brisbane. Since January 2010, he has been working exclusively with Circa, lighting and production managing their international tours.

LIBBY MCDONNELL (Costume Design) works across disciplines as a designer, choreographer, director and performer and has an Associate Degree (Dance) from the Queensland University of Technology. She has co-directed for Ballet Theatre of Queensland and has been resident choreographer and designer for Blue Roo Theatre Company. As Associate Director with Circa, McDonnell has designed costumes for all of Circa’s major creations since 2010 and has show directed and managed tours in Australia and abroad.

CIRCA CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS, under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, features an ensemble of exceptional, multi-skilled circus artists who have been a regular fixture at leading festivals and venues in New York, London, Berlin and Montreal with seasons at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Barbican Centre, Les Nuits de Fourvière, Chamäleon Theatre as well as major Australian Festivals. It is leading the way with a diverse range of thrilling creations that “redraw the limits to which circus can aspire” (The Age). Circa has also been hailed as nothing short of “a revolution in the spectacle of circus.” (Les Echos). Circa, committed to fostering the next generation of circus artists, runs a Training Centre from its studio in Brisbane. Circa also runs regular circus programs with communities throughout Queensland and around Australia. As a champion of live performance, Circa manages arTour and was the Creative Lead for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program. circa.org.au

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind. Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 275 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013. Hailed as “au courant” (LaLa Magazine), The Wallis was lauded by Culture Vulture, which proclaims, “If you love expecting the unexpected in the performing arts, you have to love The Wallis.” Its programming has been nominated for 48 Ovation Awards and seven L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Awards. The campus itself, a breathtaking 70,000-square-foot facility, celebrating the classic and the modern, has garnered six architectural awards. Designed by acclaimed architect Zoltan E. Pali (SPF:architects), the restored building features the original 1933 Beverly Hills Post Office (on the National Register of Historic Places), which serves as the theater’s dramatic yet welcoming lobby, and includes the contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater; the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater; an inviting open-air plaza for family, community and other performances; and GRoW @ The Wallis: A Space for Arts Education, where learning opportunities for all ages and backgrounds abound. Together, these elements embrace the city’s history and its future, creating a performing arts destination for L.A.-area visitors and residents alike. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is led by Chairman of the Board Michael Nemeroff, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer Rachel Fine and Artistic Director Paul Crewes.

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