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Just a normal Saturday night @gainbridgefieldhouse! โ € Singing with @andreabocelliofficial alongside the @indianapolismenschorus & @indysymphony! Some things you just canโ€™t say no to when they come your way! โ € Swipe to the last slide - We even got Andrea himself singing Nessun Dorma in a Pacers jacket! ๐Ÿ˜† โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € #indianapolisblogger #indycreatorsociety #midwestblogger #visitindy #indyfluencer #indystage #thingstodoindy #indianapolis #lifeinindy #indylocal #indywoman #indyblogger

The words โ€œWait for meโ€ could NOT ring more true tonight! Braved @butleru sportsball traffic to get here! Finally checking HADESTOWN off my list โœ…โœ… Best time of today! Definitely WAS NOT going to miss this one in #Indy!

Cheesing my way right into BIRTHDAY MONTH! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅณ April is always the most fabulous month, in my opinion! Let the festivities begin! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽˆAlways a privilege for another trip around the sun โ˜€๏ธ ๐Ÿ™Œ Thanks to @reesephotogenic for capturing me in this silly moment!

DID YOU KNOW: Today is World Theatre Day!?!? โ € How can I round up 30 years (really - Iโ€™ve done A LOT OF SHOWS ๐Ÿคฏ) worth of images or words to sum up all the things Iโ€™ve been able to do because of my time in theatre?!?! I simply canโ€™t! Itโ€™s crazy! โ € Iโ€™ve been able to sing and perform with some incredible people, called live TV, stage managed all kinds of shows, adjudicated some great competitions, worked backstage, produced shows, and been able to teach & direct some incredibly talented kids. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜–๐˜™ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜“๐˜๐˜๐˜๐˜•๐˜Ž. โ € Spending your life in theatre (as a kid or adult) teaches you so much - motor skills (gross & fine), patience, empathy, connection, story, history, beauty, and new perspectives. โ € It continues to change my life, and I couldnโ€™t be more thankful. โ € ๐ŸŽ‰ HAPPY WORLD THEATRE DAY! ๐ŸŽ‰

Planning out my show calendar for the next few weeks (finally getting to see some stuff and NOT JUST work it), and WOW, Iโ€™m always in awe of the talented people I know all over this town and I wish I could see & fit everything in my calendar! ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Indianapolisโ€™ cultural scene is as diverse as its people. AND Iโ€™M SO HAPPY ITโ€™S THRIVING THIS SEASON! Whatโ€™s your favorite way (or stage/place) to experience Indyโ€™s artistry?

Guess whoโ€™s back on headset for the @indyopera production of ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ ready to rock the show like never before? ๐ŸŽง Itโ€™s meeeeeeeee! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ... โ € February is always short, but sweet for certain and this one was full of all the things I love: shows, dogs, trips, music, more shows! โ € Who could ask for anything more!!?!?! ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐™๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฌ, ๐™—๐™ช๐™™๐™™๐™ฎ! ๐™„๐™. ๐™„๐™Ž. ๐™๐™๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡๐™‡. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ โ € Itโ€™s been a great month of being booked & blessed, but I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve really stopped!๐Ÿ˜‚ โ € Lots of theatre, lots of rehearsal, lots of show prep, not enough dogs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ € Some snaps to catch us up: โ € 1) Spent some QT @walkertheatre to get ready for a show next month! 2) Saw BEAUTIFUL @beefandboards! Probably one of my all time favorite shows that Iโ€™ve ever seen there! 3 & 4) Day trip to Chicago for @illinoiseonstage @chicagoshakes! 5) Thanks to @fueledbyaf for the perfect snack for these busy AF days! #partnership 6) So many costumes for 83 (๐Ÿ˜ณ) kids! 7) The perfect fried chicken dish for a dreary day from @publicgreens โ € Howโ€™s your February? Yโ€™all hanging in there?! โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € #fueledbyaf #indyhummingbirds #indianapolisblogger #indyblogsociety #midwestblogger #indianapolis #lifeinindy #indylocal

ILLINOISE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater - more below! Thanks @chicagoshakes for letting me come out! If thereโ€™s a #newmusical, we all know Iโ€™m there for it. If itโ€™s a jukebox musical, I can be more hesitant. That said, ๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ is so so much more than just another jukebox musical - and you should see it! If youโ€™ve ever listened to this particular Sufjan Stevens album (itโ€™s a good one - no skips), itโ€™s easy to see how the lyrics could craft a cohesive throughline. That said, thereโ€™s no spoken dialogue, and itโ€™s completely dance-based. Yep, all vocals are provided by musicians on raised platforms surrounding the dancers. โ € The CST production takes this album thatโ€™s beloved by many and puts it in front of a new audience that likely hasnโ€™t been exposed to Sufjan Stevens or even this album thatโ€™s dedicated to the state of Illinois. Songs about John Wayne Gacy, Jr. (yes, that serial killer), Jacksonville or Decatur (if youโ€™ve ever been there, you know) help craft a story about the characteristics of the state. Stevensโ€™ music is notorious for a blend of styles and unique instrumentation which was obviously evident in the score, but also in the actual dancing we saw onstage. The skeletal frame/book of the show starts with friends gathered around a campfire sharing stories (through dance) and eventually tells the story of a young man sharing about the people in his life - which easily ties back into the lyrics of this acclaimed concept album. Filled with moments of joy for the whole ensemble and poignant reminders of grief (we may have cried), the choreography by Justin Peck is beautiful to watch. โ € ๐˜๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ features 12 dancers (with ALL kinds of dance backgrounds), a large band of 14 that includes three superstar singers. This show was my 1st time in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and it was the perfect venue for this kind of show - the industrial vibes of the space were perfect for this. Itโ€™s 90 minutes with no intermission, so you can still make a full day of it when you see a show. Illinoise runs through February 18th in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier and itโ€™s perfect for a day trip up to Chicago.

I have a friend who sells bagels, aka @sidedoorbagel heโ€™s making a lot of dough! ๐Ÿ˜‰ *๐š‹๐šŠ ๐š๐šž๐š– ๐š๐šœ๐šœ* ๐Ÿฅ โ € I got to try one of the SOLD OUT garlic stuffed bagels (pic 3 ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿคค) and it did ๐Ÿ‘ not ๐Ÿ‘ disappoint๐Ÿ‘! Apparently everyone had the same idea on ๐™ต๐š›๐š’๐š๐šŠ๐šข morning and there was already a line out the door at 10:30am! ๐ŸŽ‰ โ € If you havenโ€™t checked out Sidedoor Bagel yet, itโ€™s not far from #MassAveIndy and you can order online in advance. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € #partnership #indyhummingbirds #indianapolisblogger #indyblogsociety #midwestblogger #visitindy #thingstodoindy #indianapolis #lifeinindy #indylocal

๐™ณ๐š˜ ๐šข๐š˜๐šž ๐š ๐šŠ๐š—๐š—๐šŠ ๐š‹๐šž๐š’๐š•๐š ๐šŠ ๐šœ๐š—๐š˜๐š ๐š–๐šŠ๐š—?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ โ € Embracing the winter vibes on #MassAveIndy tonight! Who else, besides me, actually likes the snow? โ„๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ #inwx

Monthly Moments - January 2021

Been blessed with TONS of work lately, so Iโ€™ve been ignoring this, but Iโ€™m excited to share today! Iโ€™ve recently finished A Wedding in Maine (cheesy romance novel, but short & sweet) and I Have Something to Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg (a memoir). I havenโ€™t missed cooking much in the last few weeks, simply because I donโ€™t want to make any more decisions, and Iโ€™m so glad that Iโ€™ve gone that direction lately. Iโ€™ve also got a few meals from Herculean Meal Prep since theyโ€™re right across from the street.

Quick Finds from the Macy's One Day Sale

Today through December 20th, enjoy up to 60% off of select items and free shipping on orders over $25 as part of their one day sale. If youโ€™re on the hunt for a few items for those โ€œhard to buy forโ€ friends and family, Iโ€™ve listed a few things from the sale that I would love to give and receive if I were on the other side. Currently $25.00 If weโ€™re going to be stuck inside and safer at home during these winter months, might as well put on a face mask or two! * Spend $100 or more on, and fill out the rebate form for a $30 rebate.

Get #VoteReady on National Voter Registration Day!

Every year, there are millions of eligible voters of all ages who canโ€™t make their voices heard because their registrations are out of date, theyโ€™ve missed the registration deadline, or the BMV didnโ€™t update their registration, etc. Itโ€™s making sure you know where to vote, whoโ€™s on the ballot, and where to find reliable election information. If handling the front lines on Election Day isnโ€™t for you, I highly suggest reaching out to your local election board (you can Google โ€œ They may need help on Election Day or the days leading up to the election sorting ballots, picking up mail, etc.

Monthly Moments - Summer 2020

Lots of lovely evenings, HEAT and A/C, one woman parades down Mass Ave, long hours of work (of all kinds), global pandemic โ€“ just another typical summer! ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m trying a little something new with the Monthly Moments section Iโ€™ve started (but recently neglected), so enjoy some of my highlights all wrapped up into one short post! Iโ€™m still deep into my CSA season, and Iโ€™m always overflowing with vegetables of all kinds. Iโ€™ve got a box for Indy Animal Control, the Julian Center, and Iโ€™m even hoarding some books at the moment that I intend to drop when I can get to the new Indy Reads Books.

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