David and I went to see Cirque du Soliel’s Kooza this evening. Chloe stayed with good friends of ours. I thought my mind would drift to her often, but instead my attention was riveted to the performers on-stage (and in the audience – at one point we had to stand and let a comedic pickpocket through our row, followed by two energetic policeman).  It was wonderful – a fine balance of storytelling, humor, and remarkable stunts. Pretty much action-packed eye candy backed by live music. Our only disappointment (if you can even call it that), was seeing only two out of the three contortionists, but we were no less amazed. A ticket costs a small fortune, but worth it, especially if you’ve never been. Kooza will be showing in Portland through May 23rd.

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Cirque du Soliel's "Corteo"


Yay! We just purchased tickets to see Cirque du Soliel’s Corteo when it comes to Portland in March 2008. It sucks to have to buy tickets so far in advance, but they sell out so quickly! I’ve been lucky to see several Cirque du Soliel performances in my life including Allegria, Quidam, Varekai, Dralion, Mystere, and my absolute favorite show of all time, “O,” which I saw last year at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The acting, colors, props, costumes, music, stunts… all of it is mind blowing! They create this whole other world, and transport you for a couple hours into an alternate reality of beauty, action and sound. It’s magical – truly the best show on earth.

I can hardly wait!

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Wedding Reception "Shoe Game"

bride and groom shoes

One of the most entertaining games I have ever seen at a reception is the “Shoe Game” or “Marriage Test” which I witnessed here for the first time. It’s easy, fun, and the only props needed are already being worn by the bride and groom—their shoes.

After removing their shoes, the bride and groom either sit or stand, back to back, each holding their partner’s shoe in one hand and their own shoe in another. Someone (preferably with a strong clear voice to be overheard by the crowd) acts as the speaker, and asks about 20-25 prepared questions. For example, the speaker might ask the couple “In your relationship, which one of you made the first move?” Then the couple would answer by holding up either the bride or the groom’s shoe, depending on who they thought made the first move.

Other typical questions might be “Who is the better cook?” “Which one of you is more frugal?” “Who is the better driver?” “Who is more romantic?” It’s a lot of fun for the audience to see when the couple agrees and when they don’t. Even better is to mix in a bunch of personalized questions, in our friends’ case, since an Ikea recently opened in our town, one question was “Who is the first to want to go to Ikea?” and so on.

Here is a good link to another blog that includes a video example, and here is a version seen on youtube.

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