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July 26, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS Coming to Honda Center July 25 - August 3

*I received  free tickets for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

We got to attend opening night at the Honda Center to watch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Show. The kids were beyond excited. Although this is my 3rd year taking the kids to see the circus performance there, I am still just as impressed by it all as much as I did before. The show was different enough from the precious years that we were still surprised by some of the it.

All in all, we thought the show was fantastic. If you live in Southern California, we highly recommend taking your kids to check it out. For more details, please go to the bottom of this post.







Tickets go on sale Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail outlets and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale at the Honda Center Box office beginning Monday, June 9.


Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®!  Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries.  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth! 


Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries, plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:
  • China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills
  • Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!



Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive Ringmaster Zone experience. Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.



Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!
  
For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

A N A H E I M Friday, July 25 - Sunday, August 3 Ticket Prices: $139.00, $129.00, $79.00, $46.00, $32.00, $22.00 Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)

Friday, July 25  7:30 PM
Saturday, July 26  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 30 1:00 PM &  7:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 10:30 AM  7:30 PM
Friday, August 1 1:00 PM  7:30 PM
Saturday, August 2  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &  7:30 PM
Sunday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &  7:30 PM

 



    
               
   
            
               
 
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

July 22, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is looking for a few good clowns!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is looking for a few good clowns! Please click on the flyer below for more details.



July 21, 2014

Smithsonian Channel: Shark Collection DVD Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.



Dive in for a look under the skin and into the mind of the ocean’s perfect predator in Shark Collection, available on  DVD July 22 from Inception Media Group.

Sharks are universally feared, but also widely misunderstood and suddenly endangered. Marine biologists, shark experts and conservationists are doing everything they can to reverse the tide of public opinion before it’s too late … Even if it means diving into infested waters where sharks hold every advantage.

The Smithsonian Channel’s Shark Collection includes three exciting programs that take you from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the remote shores of Africa’s east coast to the operating room of a shark autopsy to explore what makes these fish so unique.

In Great White Code Red, two scientists dissect a shark to reveal what drives this fearsome animal to attack. Shark Girl follows activist Madison Stewart’s mission to save the creatures she loves by changing people’s minds about them. Death Beach investigates an abnormal string of shark attacks off a South African coast.

Shark Collection is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 digital surround sound.

Our Review:
When I take my kids to the aquarium, one of their favorite things to do is to visit the shark tank. To be honest, most of the time, the sharks aren't not even moving at all. But when they do swim back and forth, my kids get really excited. The Shark Collection DVD is a great movie because it shows my kids how amazing sharks are, but it also shows that sharks are creatures we need to respect and fear as well. The film contains wonderful footage of sharks in their natural environment. Parts of it was scary for my kids because there were discussions of shark attacks. However, I thought the DVD was educational and worth watching.

To buy it, please visit Amazon.com

July 20, 2014

$ELLEBRITY: Fame has its Price DVD Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

“$ELLEBRITY” COMES TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 24TH 

Kevin Mazur’s feature documentary on the subject of paparazzi and celebrity culture. “…nimbly conceived and constructed…” – Los Angeles Times “…a docu that’s unafraid to get dirty digging into the subject of celebrity journalism…”-- Variety 

Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing $ELLEBRITY on DVD on June 24th. $ELLEBRITY was made available nationwide on VOD and other digital platforms in January 2013. 

With candid interviews from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kid Rock, $ELLEBRITY offers unique insight into America’s intense fascination with celebrity culture and the ever-changing face of fame. Directed and produced by veteran rock-n-roll photographer Kevin Mazur, the film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews. Featuring interviews and clips of more than 20 well-known faces, $ELLEBRITY is a must watch for those interested in the symbiotic relationship between the press, the public’s obsession with fame, and the business of it all. 

 Synopsis: Renowned Rock n’ Roll photographer Kevin Mazur has pulled together an impressive team for his first feature-length documentary about the changing face of celebrity and the many ways that the media has conveyed, defined and even demeaned what it means to be famous today. Taking a historical ride through the early days of Hollywood and the rise of the paparazzi, $ELLEBRITY explores how fame has changed from the highly-structured studio system to the current free-for-all press and paparazzi frenzy. 
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA2f35fGyzk 

DVD Product Information 
Studio: Random 
Media Item #: RM3235 
UPC: 883476132358
 Order Date: 4/29/2014 
Street Date: 6/24/2014 
 SRP: $24.99 
Rating: NR Screen Format: WS 1.78:1 
Language: English 
Subtitles: None 
CC?: Yes 
 # of Discs/Runtime: 1 / 89 Minutes 
Genre: Documentary 

Our Review:
I am a huge fan of documentary films, so I was excited to check out $ELLEBRITY. I like that the documentary offers different perspectives of celebrity photography. You get to hear first hand accounts from not just the celebrity themselves, but also from the photographers and even consumers who are fascinated by celebrities. I thought the film did a great job mapping out the complex relationship between the tabloids and the celebrities they create (and sometimes help destroy too).

To buy it, please visit Amazon.com

July 19, 2014

THE GARFIELD SHOW: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER DVD Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

“THE GARFIELD SHOW: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER” COMES TO DVD 

JULY 22nd Cinedigm is releasing THE GARFIELD SHOW: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER on DVD on July 22nd. Based on the iconic American comic strip, THE GARFIELD SHOW premiered on Cartoon Network in 2012. This CGI animated series is led by executive producer and Garfield creator Jim Davis. Garfield has seen over 35 years of success as a world famous cartoon, starring in two feature films and millions of products! 

Synopsis: Laughs are a cat’s best friend! Where he goes, fun and great times are sure to follow—along with his group of hilarious pals. Join Garfield’s furry adventures in these six animated episodes from the sidesplitting hit series. Whether he’s chasing mice, being blamed for Odie’s blunders, searching for his favorite teddy, or helping the neighborhood critters avoid a new dog-catching robot, Garfield guarantees a silly good time will be had by all! 

Episodes included: A Game of Cat and Mouse, Little Yellow Riding Hood, Nice to Nermal, Out on a Limb The Last Word and T3000. 

Our Review:
I remember reading the Garfield comic strips in the Sunday papers when I was a teenager and thinking that it was pretty funny. When the Garfield show became available on TV, I never thought of watching it. My daughter did not show any interest in watching it when she was younger either. Now a days, things are quite different. When Garfield comes on TV, she would insist on watching it (even though her little brother would argue with her because he wants to watch something else). Having the Garfield Show: Best Friends Forever DVD in our possession is wonderful because now she could watch the Garfield show whenever she wants on her little portable DVD player. I hope that the company will release more DVDs in the future because my daughter has already watched this DVD more than a dozen times, I think she might get tired of it soon, lol.

To buy this DVD, please visit Amazon.com.

July 18, 2014

National Zoo Keeper Week Children's Books Review & Giveaway

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.



The Zoo is Closed Today written by Evelyn Beilenson, illustrated by Anne Kennedy:

It was a warm sunny day
with not much to do.
So Sue and John walked
to the Kalamazoo.

But when John and Sue arrive at the zoo, they are in for a big surprise! What is wrong with all of the animals? From Edward the elephant to Marcel the monkey, the animals have tummy aches and toothaches, runny noses and sore throats. Pete the zookeeper can barely keep up with taking care of them and has to close the zoo. And the next day, John and Sue are in for an even bigger surprise! This charming tale, illustrated with humor and warmth, demonstrates the value of sweet friendship.

At The Zoo Scratch & Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers by Lee Nemmers, illustrated by Martha Day Zschock

This fun and easy Trace-Along art activity book allows budding artists (5 and up) to use the wooden drawing tool enclosed to trace the white outlines of favorite animals on black-coated scratch art pages. Kids will be delighted to see lions, tigers, bears, seals, and more come alive in swirls of colors and glittery foil! They can also use the sketch pages in the back to draw their own pictures of favorite animals. At the Zoo Scratch & Sketch Art Activity Book includes a wooden stylus for drawing on black-coated paper to reveal glittering, gleaming colors beneath, wire-o-bound hardcover binding and 20 scratch off, 20 illustrated and 20 sketch pages. 

My kids love these books. At the Zoo Scratch & Sketch is a great book that keeps my 8 year old daughter entertained for hours. The activity section of the book is fun for her to do, and she has been reading it to her baby brother. The Zoo is Closed Today is a cute book too. It is about how the animals at the zoo were sick so John and Sue did not get to see the animals there while they visited. But, when the animals got better, the kids were sick, so the animals visited John and Sue instead. 

To help my readers celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week, July 20-26, Peter Pauper Press is offering a giveaway opportunity that celebrates zoos as well as zoo keepers and their dedication to animal care, conservation and education. One of my lucky readers will receive the same books we received to review as giveaway prizes. This giveaway ends on August 1st, 2014. 


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July 17, 2014

Smithsonian Channel: Aerial America - Southwest Blu-ray Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

Take off for a sky-high tour over breathtaking vistas and surreal landscapes in Aerial America: Southwest Collection, flying onto Blu-ray July 22 from Inception Media Group.

The Smithsonian Channel special Aerial America: Southwest Collection showcases the striking beauty of the region while revealing a history that is equally captivating.

Start in Arizona where the Grand Canyon is just one of many magnificent marvels. Explore the Copper State’s remarkable history and its awe-inspiring landscapes, spectacular sunsets and infamous gunfights.

Next, in Nevada, discover the highs and lows of the state’s history that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers. From mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush to the Hoover Dam, there’s more to this desert land than the City of Sin.

Take flight over 121,000 square miles of timeless beauty and national treasures, from the Rio Grande to adobe structures and dormant volcanoes in New Mexico. Known as the Land of Enchantment and famous for its cowboy tales and UFOs, see what makes this state so special.

Take flight over 121,000 square miles of timeless beauty and national treasures, from the Rio Grande to adobe structures and dormant volcanoes in New Mexico. Known as the Land of Enchantment and famous for its cowboy tales and UFOs, see what makes this state so special.

In Utah, take a journey over the Beehive State, a land that offers endless surprises and possibilities. From the pinnacles of Arches National Park to the blinding white terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats and the tragedy of the Donner Party to the arrival of Brigham Young, the state has a history uniquely its own.

Lastly, head to Colorado to soar over some of the highest peaks, tallest sand dunes and largest single-site brewery in America. From its stunning Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater to the slopes of Aspen, this visual feast will leave you on a Rocky Mountain high!

Aerial America: Southwest Collection is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 digital surround sound.

Our Review:
I must admit that although I have been living in the United States since I was a teenage, I haven't travel to many parts of the country. I love this blue-ray because I get to see many beautiful, breathe taking scenery from different Southwestern part of US. I am especially in love with the the landscapes of Colorado and Utah. I hope that I will get to travel to these places in a couple of years with my family. In the mean time, I get to enjoy the amazing views from watching this great movie.

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com