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 ››

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!

REVIEWED: RIVERDANCE!

Posted on: January 6, 2010
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Last night, Shindy.TV took in the opening night of the farewell performances of RIVERDANCE in San Diego. We were unprepared for what we were about to see. And we were among many exclaiming that this was the best show they’d ever seen as we exited after the performance. Words cannot describe how over-the-top amazing this performance is. The talented musicians, the moving Irish-themed music, the beautiful set, the fantastic costumes, and the superhuman athletic prowess of the dancers -– this show has it all.
The dancing redefines tap. All-out speed and military precision combine with grace and flow to present a vision of beauty that has to be experienced live. We gasped, cheered, yelled, laughed, smiled, clapped, tapped and ultimately gave a rousing standing ovation to this performance –- the whole packed house of us. We must invoke the cliché, “If you see only one show this year…” -– make it RIVERDANCE, and make it this week, because after that, it’s gone from San Diego. Now playing at the Civic Theater, San Diego Concourse, in Downtown.

Learn more and get tickets here »

PERFORMERS
Opening Night – 1/5/10

Principal Male Irish Dancer – MARTY DOWDS
Principal Female Irish Dancer – ALANA MALLON

Performing in the number “SHIVNA”
Female Dancer, Moscow Folk Ballet – EVGENIYA STARODUBOVA
Male Dancer, Moscow Folk Ballet – SERGEY BUKREEV

Performing in the number “TRADING TAPS”:
Lead Tapper – KELLY ISAAC
Tapper – JASON E. BERNARD
Irish Dancers –
MARTY DOWDS
ANDREW O’REILLY
DAN TRIGGLE

Of Pizza, Eggs, and Noses

Posted on: June 28, 2009
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Hello everyone in Shindy Land,

This weekend I had the pleasure of sampling two great places to eat, and seeing a great play.

Restaurants

PIZZA:
Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza

www.pizzicatogourmetpizza.com

2420 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101-1613
(619) 232-9000

(on 5th between Laurel and Kalmia)

This is the cutest little pizza joint, in Banker’s Hill next to Balboa Park. The fact that it’s a chain did not detract from its neighborhood feel and charm. They have a delectable selection of thin-crust pizzas. My friend and I had the Thai chicken pizza. Fantastic! And, the happy hour can’t be beat — $3 glasses of wine and beer pints. Of course I had my favorite beer style — IPA, brewed by Stone.

EGGS:
Zanzibar
www.zanzibarcafe.com

976 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-4762

(corner of Cass and Garnet)

Yes, this place has been around a while (and also has a location in East Village). But, coming here is like discovering something new all over again. My companion and I had breakfast at 1 PM; my tomato basil omelet, with potatoes, multigrain toast and fruit cup, was delicious — as was my acai smoothie. I’d never had one before and it was really tasty. To make it a truly perfect experience, the service was super friendly and prompt. The staff put on a genuine smile…and that makes all the difference.

Theater

NOSES:
Old Globe Theater

www.oldglobe.org

1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101-1696
(619) 234-5623

Lowell Davies Theater
“Cyrano De Bergerac”

This weekend my friend and I were dazzled by the verbal sword play and poetic eloquence exhibited by the legendary 17th century French soldier and playwright with the out-of-this-world nose who is the subject of this famous play by Edmond Rostand, not to mention the 1987 movie adaptation “Roxanne” starring Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah. This production did not disappoint, replete with stunning period costumes and well-constructed set. But truly standout was the performance by the lead actor — Patrick Page. His vocal delivery was AMAZING. And his expressions were so poignant and so captivating…his is one of the best live performances I can recall seeing, ever. He led a fantastic cast, and the three-and-a-half hour production just flew by.

Seeing it in an outdoor theater is fantastic. I highly recommend this experience.

See you in the scene,
Producer Ron