Archive for January, 2016

Jan
25

Incentives Explores!

This weekend we had 30 degree weather in Chicago. While the rest of the nation was getting pummeled with snow, I was enjoying the sunny, balmy weather compared to the -15 degree weather that we’ve had. So I decided to go explore in Chicago for a bit. I’ve been here for almost four years but it’s so easy to forget how many cool things are around here. So my best friend and I went ahead to go have a tourist-y day and see some things that we’d never seen before.

Our first stop was the Chicago Architectural Center.

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A view of the Lake including the Adler Planetarium.

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A better view of Millenium Park and the Magnificent Mile.

After that we popped down a couple of blocks to go over to the Chicago Cultural Center.

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I was obsessed with this ceiling.

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And this light.

I was just very obsessed with the Cultural Center in general. The decor is beautiful, and the architectural is wonderful, and I wish that I could live there.

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I was also obsessed with the lighting at Gilt Bar.

And then we popped by Gilt Bar for drinks because my friend decided that the ambiance was great. He was right, and the drinks were amazing!

See you guys next week!

-A

 

Jan
19

What to Watch in 2016

So, this post is a little bit different, but with the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, and with ballerina, Sarah Hay up for an award for Flesh and Bone, I thought that it would be cool to do a little review on dance shows to watch in 2016.

Flesh and Bone (2015):

If you are under 18, do not go for this one. Heck, if you are over 18, I still don’t know if you’d like to watch this one. The cool thing about Flesh and Bone is that it goes back to the Center Stage days of using actual dancers to play dancers; and while refreshing, that was about the only thing that I enjoyed of this one. The ballet was beautiful, not going to lie. It’s so nice to see dancers en pointe who are actually over their boxes and great at what they do, but this one slid down the Black Swan tunnel quickly. Incest, strippers, mafia relations, and competition drove this show into a strange place, and I’ll admit that I was happy when it was over. 4/10

Ballerina (2006):

It’s not a new movie, but it is on Netflix which means it’s available. Again, real dancers who are even playing themselves this time means that there is gorgeous dancing in this one. Another big plus is that it includes many of the big names that we’re used to seeing in ballet.  Zakharova, Lopitkina, Vishneva,  Samova, and Obraztsova are huge names and I was only too happy to get to glimpse into their lives. 9/10.

Ballet 422 (2014):

Allowing us to glimpse into the lives of those at the New York City Ballet, Ballet 422 allows us to take a glimpse as dancer Justin Peck creates a new piece and showcases Tiler Peck and Sterling Hyltin. There is that suspense in that Mr. Peck only has two months to create and set the piece and there is the beauty in the rehearsals that allow us behind the scenes peaks. I loved it, particularly because I’ve followed NYCB through Sarah Jessica Parker’s Yahoo series with the company. I’ve been following Mrs. Peck for quite a while and was even more excited to get a sneak peak behind the scenes. 8.5/10

*Bonus: Check out The Royal Ballet’s Youtube channel which gives you sneak peaks into actual rehearsals! Watching corrections has never been so fun!