Cirque Du Soleil Presents Varekai Amway Center Giveaway

DISCLOSURE: I was given tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at the Amway Center in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.

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Cirque Du Soleil presents Varekai

at the Amway Center Giveaway!

Win two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at Amway Center on September 17, 2014, dinner certificate for the Magic Grill, and one parking pass.

Today my husband Dave and I are celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary, and one of our most favorites dates of all time was a fun and romantic night of dinner and seeing Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai!

Cirque du Soleil Vareki Amway Center

To keep the celebration going, we are offering you the chance to win two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at Amway Center on September 17, 2014, dinner certificate for the Magic Grill, and one parking pass.

Cirque du Soleil Vareki Amway Center

Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai is an absolutely beautiful show!!!

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

Cirque du Soleil Vareki Amway Center

 

The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins an inspired incantation to a life rediscovered and to a newly found wonder in the mysteries of the world and the mind.

Cirque du Soleil Vareki Amway Center

 

The word Varekai (pronounced ver·ay·’kie) means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.

The Magic Grill is conveniently located on the northwest corner of Amway Center, Magic Grill is open to the public and features two large bars, outdoor seating and more than a dozen flat screen TV’s. This all-new restaurant is the perfect spot for fans to gather in a relaxed setting to enjoy traditional sports pub fare with a modern twist.

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The Magic Grill is reasonably priced and open before, during, and after events at the Amway Center. We make it a point to get to events on the earlier side so we can pop in for a bite before we go in (through their own entrance to the Amway Center!). My favorite thing to order is the Barbacoa Chicken Quesadilla, but the burgers are Dave’s favorite!

And now for the fun part!!!

Win two tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at Amway Center on September 17, 2014, dinner certificate for the Magic Grill, and one parking pass.

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Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen(18) years and older.  We will be giving away Win two (2) tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at Amway Center on September 17, 2014, dinner certificate for the Magic Grill, and one (1) parking pass.Void where prohibited by law. We use Rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets on the day of the show at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID. Good luck!

Tickets to see Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai at the Amway Center are still available!

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  • $35 to $150 | All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.

  • Door opening times for the Amway Center vary according to each event. Guests may enter the arena one hour prior to the start time of each event, unless otherwise specifically noted. Guests may check door times in advance by calling 407.440.7900.

  • The show reserves the right to approve camera use at any time during and/or before the event and to prohibit the use of any camera that is deemed unacceptable. Cameras with a detachable lens and/or 6” or longer, tablets and the use of flash photography are prohibited at all Amway Center events. Check amwaycenter.com or call the administration office at 407.440.7000 prior to the event for any camera policy updates. Camera policy is subject to change at any time at the show’s discretion.

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Holy Guest Stars, Batman!

Batman box setIf you grew up like me watching the Adam West version of Batman on tv, you may have heard that the series is being released on blu ray and dvd later this year. This show has been at the top of my list (along with The Wonder Years) of series I’ve been hoping to be released for years now. Who doesn’t love the campiness of the Pow! Sock! Blam! Zap! Splat! onomatopoeia that came along with Batman and Robin laying waste to the villainy that plagued Gotham City?

This classic series ran from 1966 to 1968, but has lived on in pop culture and in syndication for the decades since.  I have owned Batman: The Movie for years, which was also released in 1966, but wasn’t put out on dvd until 2001. The Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder have long been some of my favorite super heroes and I cannot wait to buy this box set of all 120 episodes with bonus features when it is released on November 11th.

What I thought I’d take a look at today is some of the awesome guest stars, usually in the forms of villains, that graced the small screen in Batman’s two year run. Some became series regulars, but others were only in a single story arc. To the Batmobile!

Some of my favorite roles of guest stars were simple cameos in the form of what is commonly known as the Batclimb. This is when Batman and Robin must scale the side of a building for one reason or another, and out of one of the windows pops a celebrity, or Kato and the Green Hornet thanks to Bruce Lee and Van Williams. This is how we encountered acting legends like Edward G. Robinson, pop culture mainstays like Dick Clark, singers Don Ho and Sammy Davis Jr., tv regulars like Art Linkletter, Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink from Hogan’s Heroes, and Jerry Lewis.

Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Art Linkletter
Art Linkletter
Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis

Fans of stage and screen may appreciate some of the parallels like Gypsy Rose Lee and also Ethel Merman who was famous for portraying her on stage in Gypsy. Mary Poppins fans might spot Mrs. Banks actress Glynnis Johns and one of the maids for the Banks family who was played by Hermione Baddeley. Stars of tv and music from the 1960s were pretty prevalent in the show’s almost three year run. Jerry Mathers aka Beaver Cleaver had an uncredited role in one Batman episode. Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island, showed up too.

Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers

Women who were popular at the time had brief roles in Batman as a variety of lethal ladies. Zsa Zsa Gabor played Minerva in two episodes, which I had not seen until this year. Shelley Winters, probably best known for her roles in A Place In The Sun opposite Montogmery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, and the 1970s disaster flick Poseidon Adventure, also put in time as the villainous Ma Parker. Singer Lesley Gore, diva Joan Collins, stage and screen legend Tallulah Bankhead, and later Bond girl Jill St. John made appearances on Batman as well.

Check this out: Tallulah Bankhead was directed in the film A Royal Scandal by Otto Preminger. He was one of the actors who played Mr. Freeze, and he fathered a child with Gypsy Rose Lee. And as we already have learned, Gypsy was played on stage by Ethel Merman. And all of them were guest stars on the show! Holy tangled web of stars, Batman!

Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead
Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger
Gypsy Rose Lee
Gypsy Rose Lee
Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
Vincent Price
Vincent Price

There are so many more stars who made their way to Batman over the years, but I can’t list them all here. I will list a few more of my favorites though. Tv host Steve Allen, tv/film actor/director Rob Reiner, the voice of Fred Flintstone Alan Reed, Honeymooner’s star Art Carney, Gomez Addams/Patty Duke’s ex husband/Sean Astin’s father John Astin, classic film character actor Eli Wallach, Liberace, Milton Berle, actors Roddy McDowall, Cliff Robertson, James Brolin, master of macabre Vincent Price, and Nat from Beverly Hills 90210 Joe E. Tata.

These guest stars don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the fantastic list of people who acted on Batman from 1966 to 1968. I tried to highlight some of the more popular names, and ones that I found fun connections between. I didn’t even get into some of the most popular characters like Cesar Romero as the Joker, Burgess Meredith as the Penguin, Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt/Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, Victor Buono as King Tut, and tons more.

Hope you enjoyed this look back at some of the famous faces the Dynamic Duo encountered in their time on screen! For those who get the Independent Film Channel (IFC), Batman is airing six or seven times a day every day right now. Check your local listings for times. Tune in next week – same Bat Time and same Bat Channel for more fun! I will leave you with this one parting image, as all things should end, with the Batusi.

Batusi

 

 

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O-Town MacDown Competition This Saturday

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Saturday, August 23
11am – 4pm
Orange County Convention Center
Hall D2 West Concourse

Online Ticket Sales End Friday at 5pm
($10 Adult, $5 Kids)
Tickets Available at the Door
($15 Adults, $10 Kids)

*There is a discounted community parking fee of $9.00 if you choose to park at the Convention Center.

Come see the O-Town MacDown, a delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants as well as home cooks and non-profit organizations who will duke it out to the very end to be named Orlando’s Mac-n-Cheese Champion.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live performances, a kids’ fun zone including face painting, bounce houses and macaroni art station, theme park character meet-and-greets and vendor booths.

Presenting sponsor SeaWorld along with Give Kids The World invite the general public to come sample the cheesiest mac-n-cheese that area culinary combatants have to offer at this cooking challenge.

Attendance and participation benefits Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

For more information visit the website.

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