Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Fantastic News About The Best Movie Fest Ever!

I hope you didn't think that I was finished, blathering about the upcoming My Favorite Musicals installment of Cinemark's Best Movie Fest Ever! (The exclamation point is part of the title. I mean, I am excited, but I don't want anyone to think I'm losing my mind. I also need to clarify that "My Favorite Musicals" is also part of the title; they're not MY personal favorites. Not that there's anything wrong with them, it's just semantics. But they're THEIR Favorite Musicals.)


I said in my last post that I would be hosting the Tuesday, July 29th portion of the festival at the Tinseltown Cinemark theater in Oklahoma City, but now I can also happily report that I will be there for the Saturday segment, too! (I may not host the first movie, but I'll be there the rest of the day.)

Here's the schedule again, so that you can rearrange your lives around it...
Hello Dolly – 11:15AM
Moulin Rouge – 2:20PM
Oklahoma – 5:00PM
Hello Dolly – 1:00PM
Moulin  Rouge – 4:15PM
Oklahoma – 7:00PM
So, now you don't have to worry if you can't make the Tuesday movies...I'll be there Saturday, as well! (Although I may not be introducing Hello, Dolly on Saturday. But I'll be there the rest of the day.)
Come out and enjoy some fabulous musicals, and take a chance at winning some prizes! We'll have fun! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Best! Movie! Fest! Ever! (And Some Shameless Self-Promotion)

Who doesn't love a movie festival?

If you have a Cinemark theater in your area, you need to check out the upcoming celebration of that high art form, the musical, that is going to be occurring at your local Cinemark this Saturday, July 26th and Tuesday, July 29th.

Specifically, here's the schedule...

Hello Dolly – 11:15AM
Moulin Rouge – 2:20PM
Oklahoma – 5:00PM

Hello Dolly – 1:00PM
Moulin  Rouge – 4:15PM
Oklahoma – 7:00PM

And if you're in Oklahoma, you need to get yourself to the Big City (Oklahoma City's Tinseltown Cinemark theater) on one of those dates, to view not one, not two, but THREE wonderful musicals. (Oklahoma! Moulin Rouge, and Hello, Dolly! Did you notice that two of these titles contain exclamation marks? Does that give you any glimpse of the excitement that this particular BEST MOVIE FEST EVER! holds?)

But I want you to take particular interest in the Tuesday portion of the festival, because the host will be...me.

Yes, I will emcee that portion of the BEST MOVIE FEST EVER! and I can promise you that I will bring my A game. (I started to put a dash between "A" and "game", but then it looked like "A minus Game", and I don't want anyone to think this will be anything but my best effort. Can't guarantee A+, but I will definitely shoot for solid "A".)

You can attend one single musical screening, or you can purchase one $15.00 ticket that will get you into each showing, AND provide concession discounts! And Tinseltown has fantastic concessions! Why on Earth would you not want to go?

So, plan on making it to the BEST MOVIE FEST EVER! or, if circumstances won't allow this time, plan on making it to one of the future BEST MOVIE FEST EVER! installations. (Find out more about upcoming fests here. And yes, each one really is the BEST MOVIE FEST EVER! I'm guessing that each one is the best until...the next one happens? That each successive movie fest is more superlative than the last? Or just the best in its own particular class? Anyway. They couldn't say it if it weren't true. And I DARE you not to get excited when you look at the website. Even the graphic design bursts with enthusiasm.)

Spread the word, and bring your friends! Let's revel in our love of musicals, together!

(Get advance tickets at cinemark.com or at the Tinseltown box office, 6001 Martin Luther King Blvd, OKC, OK, 73111)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last night, in the car...

Me (speaking into the backseat, to my 9 year old and his buddy): "Y'all don't hit me with that laser..."

"Peep" #5 (very serious voice): "It's not a laser."

(I don't know if this was simply to correct my terminology--I couldn't think of the phrase "plastic light saber" under duress--or if he thought I somehow believed it was actually a laser and was concerned about my perception skills and/or my grip on reality.)

Me: "You could still poke me in the face with it and cause us to die in a crash. Whatever it is."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nature or Nurture? A Math Tale

I've often wondered if my children's tendencies to shy away from math have more to do with something they've inherited from me, biologically, or if it's due to being homeschooled, and falling under my leadership, which is more focused on, say, reading, or jabbering about history, or the natural world, or really anything other than math.

I TRIED to get my younger kids to be more "mathy". In an interesting aside (which I may or may not explore later), I noticed that my most mathematically inclined child did a lot of exploring with numbers on her own...but once formal instruction was started, immediately professed a distaste for it. (I tend to be pretty "unschoolish", but...you have to eventually do math.)

That said, we had a family interaction at dinner tonight which brought the question up again; is it inherent, or is it learned?

Peep #5: "What year was PaPa born?" (He's referring to my maternal grandfather).

Me: "Gosh, I don't know."

Mr. Crib Chick: "Well, how old is he?"

Me: "Um...86? I think?"

Mr. Crib Chick: "Okay, so, if you take 100, minus his age, that leaves 14."

(All three children who are at the table--"Peeps" #3, #4, and #5--and myself look at each other and him as if he's suddenly started speaking Greek, or performing a magic trick.)

Mr. Crib Chick (looking into the air with an expression like one that Pythagoras must have worn): "14+14 is 28, so...he was born in 1928."

Me: "Could we not talk about math at the table?" (I just want to mention that four of the kids and I had an interchange at lunch about a bathroom happening that is so disgusting I can't even relate it to you.)

"Peep" #3 starts pretend retching. (Children learn what they live. As the poem says, if they catch a whiff of mockery, they will take the opportunity to jump in. And if they live with wry humor, they will become irritatingly good at it, at a tender age.)

Mr. Crib Chick (looking around for some glimmer of interest, from anyone): "Did you understand how I did that? It's easier to assume he's 86 in the year 2000---"

"Peep" #4 (fake wailing): "My food looks like numbers!"

"Peep" #3: "I feel sick!"

"Peep" #5 "My green beans look like ones!"

I snicker uncontrollably and all three of them make gagging noises. Upon seeing that I am laughing, the children begin basking in the glow of having amused me, since that is one piece of initiative that is often rewarded richly at our house. I make the mistake of musing aloud that this episode would make a good blog entry, which enlarges the children's delusions of grandeur even more. Quickly, the communal reveling turns to bickering, as it often does.

"Peep" #3: "I'm funny!"

"Peep" #4 (never one to be outdone): "No, I'm funny!"

"Peep" #3: "I could be a comedian!"

"Peep" #4: "No, I could be a comedian!"

"Peep" #5: "I am a comedian!"

After assuring them that everyone is funny, in their own special way, I remark that "Peep" #4's theme song should be "Anything You Can Do", which leads to them asking about the song, which leads to me singing a few stanzas, whereupon they ask what musical it's from, which takes us to the computer, where we look up a recording of the song from the 1950 movie version of Annie Get Your Gun (sung by Betty Hutton and Howard Keel), which leads me to wonder if they'd like to see it, which leads me to ask (they did) and also leads me to expound on the story of the libretto, which was changed for the 1999 revival with Bernadette Peters, in order to be more sensitive to Native Americans and eliminate the sexism of the ending. But I don't tell them specifics, instead getting the spark of an idea for a writing project, which is to have them watch the 1950 movie, and then offer their own ideas about rewrites, before showing them the reworked scenes from YouTube clips. Then I decide we'll follow that up with a nice discussion about rewriting stories for modern ears, and whether or not it's a bad or good idea, in the literary long term. (They know very well my thoughts on making a tale like The Hunchback of Notre Dame palatable as a kids' story, so we can work this into that ongoing conversation, and ask and answer questions like "Does it matter if it's a novel, or a musical?" and "Can culture change art, the way art can change culture? Should it?")

Because THAT'S how you work in teachable moments about things that matter. And I even did it with all that crazy math talk floating around! Yay, me!

(Yes, I'm being facetious about the last part. Mostly. We listen to Daddy and we work at math. I promise.)