Fiesta Del Sol, Solana Beach, CA

Posted on: June 5, 2011
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Live music, arts booths galore, food, beer, rides for the kids and more…all by the beach on a spectacular sunny day. This annual June event at Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach reminds us why living here is so great!

A wonderful used book store right here in San Diego/Carlsbad.

Posted on: May 22, 2011
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Kindle is fine, but there’s nothing like holding a real book in your hands. Even better is discovering that rare find in a used book store — and those are a real rarity these days. Fortunately we have Fahrenheit 451 in Carlsbad, a block from the beach and sooooo cool! Please, save real books and treat yourself to some fine, discounted, used reading. Come in on a sunny day, buy a book, then read it on the beach!

 

Their website: http://www.farenheit451books.com/

 

Google Place Page: http://www.farenheit451books.com/

 

Happy reading,

Ron Marcus

Review: “Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse”

Posted on: October 6, 2010
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Limelight

Oh. My. God. Just experienced one of the best productions I’ve seen in quite a long time: “Limelight” — a musical about the life of Charlie Chaplin, playing at the La Jolla Playhouse through October 17. (http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/the-season/plays/limelight). This musical tracks Chaplin’s life from a poor childhood in the streets of London, to his rise to stardom, first in Vaudeville in London, then in silent pictures in Hollywood, and on to talking pictures with his comedic depiction of Hitler in “The Great Dictator” and finally, his fall from grace during the ugly years when there was widespread fear of communism and the “red threat” in the U.S. Everything was there, including his steady succession of marriages and divorces (this WAS Hollywood after all) and his return to the U.S. in 1972 to receive his honorary Oscar. The cast was amazing; all talented actors and fantastic singers, and none were more amazing than the man who played Chaplin himself, Robert McClure, mimicking all of Chaplin’s slapstick antics to perfection. The choreography was breathtaking and complex; the music was melodic and with great lyrics; the sets were extremely clever and elaborate, and the costumes and props were very authentic. I see Broadway in this musical’s future, without a doubt. Perhaps the best compliment I can give this production is that not only did it make me tap my toes, sing along, and even shed a tear once or twice, not to mention smile with glee, laugh and clap my hands…but it inspired me to want to know more about this man Charlie Chaplin and his amazing life. I’m not surprised a production of this caliber is at the La Jolla Playhouse; this IS after all where “Jersey Boys”, the story of Frankie Valli and Four Seasons debuted, which now has a permanent home in Las Vegas. And what an amazing production THAT was as well. All I can say is, GO SEE LIMELIGHT.

Reviews: One Rock Superstar, One TV Movie

Posted on: July 27, 2010
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Music Review

Elton John
In concert at Cricket Amphitheater,
Saturday, July 24, 2010

A few of us were fortunate to have box seats at Cricket for what I might call the concert of a lifetime — to witness in person a living legend of the singer/songwriter/piano man genre (my all time fave is Billy Joel, and my other all time fave, on the guitar, is James Taylor).

Elton is in his 60s. His vocal chords won’t let him hit the highs like they used to. He’s not as thin as he once was. And this particular night, he was suffering from a stomach virus that had him running off stage for a moment after gamely finishing one of his songs.

But, Elton was very much in top form.

His piano playing was top notch, soulful, beautiful. He played just about every hit you could want, right on up to his coup de grace, Song for You (Your Song). Tunes included “Candle in the Wind,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Daniel,” “Saturday Night’s Alright,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “Benny and the Jets,” and a lot more…too many to list here.

His band was as tight as can be, with an all-star group that included his original drummer (since 1969) and his guitarist since 1971. That’s a long time to be making hits together!

Here’s a clip from the show. If you get the chance to see Sir Elton the next time he comes around, we wholeheartedly recommend it.







Television Movie Review

“Within”
Airing Saturday, July 21, 9 PM Pacific Time on Lifetime Television

When representatives for Lifetime asked if we’d review their upcoming movie for you, our audience, we said, “Sure, why not!” In fact, you can count on more movie reviews, as well as reviews of arts and culture, to help you with the scene.

Today’s review is of a movie about a young girl named Rachel who tragically sees her mother murdered right in front of her — and also sees evil spirits in people. Not a happy place to be! After losing her mom, her dad takes her out of LA to live in a small town to get away from it all. Unfortunately, they don’t get away from it, they instead right back into it. Rachel is befriended by Michelle at school, who turns out to be inhabited by the evil spirit of her own dead sister. It’s a dark and a little scary of a movie, and if you’re a fan of this genre, you might enjoy this.

Honestly, our group of reviewers found the movie a little formulaic and forced in its approach. I personally thought the acting and cinematography were pretty good, and the little girl actors were very good for their age. At the same time, we couldn’t escape the feeling of a “made for TV movie.” It’s a respectable effort, and if you’re settling in for a Saturday evening on the couch, this just might be your thing. Just don’t expect “The 6th Sense.”

More information:

Lifetime ››

Official Movie Website, with trailer ››

Comic Con 2010 Day 1 Highlights

Posted on: July 22, 2010
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Shindy.TV got its geek on at Day 1 of Comic Con 2010 at the San Diego Convention Center. Here are just a few of the highlights of our day.



Stay tuned for a full recap episode coming soon!

Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant

Posted on: July 11, 2010
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Bluefin Fusion Japanese Restaurant, UTC Shopping Center next to Cozymels on Genessee (map ››)
4305 La Jolla Village Dr. Ste. #L-2  |  San Diego, CA, 92122  |  858-677-0558

(On Facebook ››)

By Ron Marcus, Producer

I ate here on a Friday night with two friends. The basic rolls were 50% off, which was a treat. I asked the spritely server how many a guy of my size should order and she said she could eat three rolls, so I ordered three.

Only two rolls came out though. Which is a good thing, because at eight pieces each, I was just able to finish the two. I don’t know how this small-framed woman server could mac down three, but more power to her.

She came back and when we told her about the missing roll order, she apologized, but I asked her to cancel the order so I could avoid over stuffing myself. She did…but of course, the item was still on our bill when it arrived. No problem; she quickly and courteously reprinted the correct bill for us.

OK, so how was the food? Pretty tasty, I thought. I’m not a sushi expert, so I can’t tell you really good sushi versus not so good, but I thought it was fresh, tasty, and I liked the consistency of the rice.

The decor is modern, in several shades of gray with color accents, and quite pleasant to my eye. The crowd is young and the overall ambiance is hip and sophisticated…while remaining very reasonably priced.

I would come here again.

Bon apetit,

Ron
Producer,
Shindy.TV

Have you eaten there? What did you think? Let us know!

Mama’s Day 2010

Posted on: May 12, 2010
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By Whitney Grossman, Shindy.TV Crew Member

Everyone’s stomach and heart were filled Friday night at the 19th annual Mama’s Day! This event is the first of its kind, a food fundraiser, and all of the proceeds go towards an outstanding cause, Mama’s Kitchen. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day to people that are living with AIDS or cancer. Many people affected by AIDS or cancers are unable to cook for themselves, so through Mama’s Kitchen and its wonderful volunteers, those people can still enjoy this basic necessity of life.

Mama’s Day 2010 was a huge success! Tons of people came out to support the cause, try delicious foods, and meet new friends. There were 71 of San Diego’s top chefs represented at the event, all bringing something unique. From Urban Mo’s pulled pork “Mini-Mo,” Fleming’s Steakhouse filet and potatoes, to Elizabethan Dessert’s delicious Peanut Butter Wags and everything in between. Shindy.TV was there and lucky enough to try it all!! Eating amazing food while supporting an equally amazing cause — does it get any better than that?

Along with food and fun, Vic Salazar was in attendance as the emcee for the evening, as well as nationally known Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien. They were both excited to be there and we were able to catch up with both of them.

If you were unable to attend this year’s Mama’s Day event, you won’t want to miss out on the fun next year! And stay tuned for Shindy.TV’s special Mama’s Day 2010 episode!

Click here to view pictures from the event >>

Interested in volunteering for Mama’s Kitchen? Visit their website at www.mamaskitchen.org.

REVIEWED: PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Posted on: April 5, 2010
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Pirates of Penzance is a fantastic display of fun, charm and wit. Shindy.TV was in the scene to take in the opening night of the show. We were blown away with the incredible talent that the show offers. We were among a crowd of all ages, and all shared the same excitement for the show. From the very beginning, the show captures your attention with the beautiful sounds of the orchestra, the outstanding costumes, and the exceptional singing voices of the characters. This is definitely a show you won’t want to miss!

The music and dancing in this performance are top-notch and helps the audience fully engage in each scene. Mabel, played by Megan Weston, seems to have come right out of an opera and onto this North Park stage. Her beautiful voice will give you chills and warm your heart. The first act closes with one of the best performances in the entire show. Major-General Stanley, played by J. Sherwood Montgomery, delivers an exquisite, “I am the very model of a modern Major-General.” Walking around at intermission, everyone seemed to have this song stuck in his or her head!


Pirates of Penzance is playing at the Birch North Park Theatre and has three performances left –
April 9, 10, and 11th.

Birch North Park Theatre
2891 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104

Click here to buy your tickets now! >>

Photos taken by: Craig Deutsch

Barbarella

Posted on: March 30, 2010
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Barbarella

Barbarella
2171 Avenida De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7373

Hello Shindy Land,

We were in the scene at Barbarella on Thursday, and what a great day it was! Located in a picturesque building with a beautiful garden, Barbarella promises friendly people, delicious food and a “yappy hour” to boot (yes, folks, a happy hour for your dogs — bring ’em in for doggie treats!). We enjoyed pizza that was cooked to perfection, and lamb that was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. To top it off we tried “Barbarella’s Favorite” cocktail, which was refreshing and delicious (we can’t divulge the recipe — just come in and try it!). With their menu changing almost daily, you’ll want to be sure to visit frequently.

Not only was Shindy.TV in the scene, but so was a great cause: The Princess Project. This nonprofit promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. They were collecting dresses for the cause and taking in the delightfulness that is Barbarella.

As if incredible food and specialty drinks weren’t good enough, Barbarella in La Jolla treats you like royalty with their very genuine staff. Barbara herself (the owner) was there to spoil us with her hospitality and humor. Everyone was very welcoming and made us feel at home!

Looking forward to going back in the near future.

Stay tuned for our Barbarella Spotlight Episode!!

Legally Blonde musical comes to Broadway San Diego

Posted on: March 24, 2010
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San Diego Goes Blonde on March 30, 2010.
Legally Blonde the Musical Debuts at the Civic Theatre.


Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!