that time we time traveled (a PlayhouseSquare Jump Back Ball 24 event recap)

I had high hopes for myself in planning our attendance for this year’s PlayhouseSquare‘s Jump Back Ball. With our previous years’ visits in 2011, 2013 and 2014, I knew my over-scheduled life usually leads to last-minute planning tendencies. As much as I reminded myself that “Jump Back Ball is coming”, unfortunately my time management skills were tested again… so much so, it even felt like we were the ones time traveling — quite fitting for this year’s theme, Back To The Future. How the day flew by…

2:30PM Starting my day at the yoga studio, I finish leading my sankalpa workshop — by going a half an hour over… this should have been my first indicator of how the day would go. Clean up, wrap up and am on my way home…

4:00PM At the gym, I’ve got one last attempt to get those Michelle Obama arms to round out my  new Ralph Lauren dress, picked out by Hans and purchased in the past 72 hours.

5:30PM After one last errand to TJMaxx to buy a handbag, it’s time to curler it up. (These are my mom’s — she received them as a wedding shower present in 1980.)

JBB24 curlers

6:30PM Hair done and fully dressed, we jump in our car and head on north towards downtown… with one quick stop.

6:40PM Drive-by my mom’s to borrow a pair of dangly earrings — and let her take a photo of us similar to one that she used to take before our high school dances. She’s the cutest! 

7:10PM We arrive at PlayhouseSquare, find our way to the State Theatre and meet our friends up on the stage.

JBB24 TWC

We then head right over to the buffet tables featuring the delicious offerings from Driftwood Restaurant Group. From their signature cornbread, I loved all the options like trout, chicken ala king, cornbread, whipped potatoes and broccoli. I could have gone for seconds, but I knew they’d had treats later on in the evening to enjoy.

7:40PM Time to take a moment for a formal picture before things got going. This threw one of us for a loop.

JBB24 collage

8:00PM As the snacks are one of Hans’ favorite parts of Jump Back Ball, we stop for Pretzel Check Number One. Won’t be ready for awhile — come back later we were kindly told. We wander around a bit and head back to the stage.

JBB24 trio

9:00PM Pretzel Check Number Two — still not ready. Come back at 10PM. To the bar we go… We run into a little bit of everyone — one of Hans’ coworkers, CLE blogger and social media users, many of the hard-working staff members of PlayhouseSquare that I’ve gotten to know over the years… plus complete strangers that become fast friends. I adore this part of events like this — getting to catch up, to chat and to connect again.

9:57PM It’s a well documented fact that we’re suckers for a photo booth:

10:05PM PRETZEL TIME for Hans! Driftwood dessert table time for me! #MiniCheescakesFTW

JBB24 pretzel

I might have grabbed a tater tot or two as well…

10:15PM I borrowed someone’s hover board and met up with Doc Brown and the rest of our friends in the State Theatre lobby for the last night dance party — and selfie session. #sorrynotsorry

JBB24 lobby

We danced. We sang. We laughed. The late night dance party is always our favorite part of JBB.

11:40PM Hans and I meander back into the State Theatre for a bit more photo fun.

JBB24 fun

On the left: At the clock tower. On the right: you can take the yogi out of the yoga studio…

12:00PM With big smiles and sore feet, it was time to jump in our DeLorean and head home for the night, but not without one last moment soaking it all in.

JBB24 end of night

LONG STORY SHORT: Great Scott, did we have a great time enjoying ourselves at this year’s fundraiser! Congrats to all the PlayhouseSquare Partners, the volunteers who worked so hard to create a fun night for Clevelanders to enjoy. Thanks again to the entire team at the non-profit — I love working with them on so many projects and being able to support an organization that has provided so many memories over the years.

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Disclosure: I was asked by PlayhouseSquare to serve as an official blogger for the 2015 Jump Back Ball event and to help promote the event and related happenings. In exchange for sharing  information and purchasing one event ticket, I received one complimentary ticket to the event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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An Interview with Michael Lanphear from PIPPIN (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

As I serve as PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education’s blogger department this year, I will take you behind the scenes of each KeyBank Broadway Series show and interview a member of the show’s cast, crew or creative team. The fourth show in the 2014-2015 series is PIPPIN The Musical

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Michael Lanphear, the show’s Acrobatic Coordinator.

Pippin the Musical

My next Broadway-inspired confession: The first time I saw Pippin (at my high school the year after I graduated), I walked out incredibly upset at the close of the show — I hated the ending! Which is mildly hilarious when I look back on the second time I saw it — a year after I graduated college, at Cain Park. And which is why I was so excited to see it again.

After attending this past Wednesday night’s performance, I say this production is a MUST SEE. The addition of the circus arts as a concept takes this musical to a new place, heightening audience members’ enjoyment from start to finish. The skill of the entire cast — the singers, dancers, circus performers — is top notch. Plus I was reminded just how much I love the score — such catchy songs embedded throughout!

…As for the ending? It makes a lot more sense at the age of 31 than it did at the age of 18… 

PIPPIN the Musical is in Cleveland February 3 – 15 at the Connor Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks yet again to the fantastic staff at PlayhouseSquare for including me as a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up:  Dirty Dancing…  

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sights and sounds {new year’s edition}

I realized I forgot to share one last resolution on Thursday: I’d love to get in some regular “day in the life” blogging again. Little bit of structure, run-of-the-mill, top-of-my-head ramblings. Maybe even kick around a few vlogs from time to time — we’ll see where 2015 takes us…

Like 99% of us, the end of the holidays means the beginning of a return-to-normal dietary regimen, which I happily have already been embracing with green smoothies since Christmas. But knowing a dinner at one Cleveland’s most celebrated restaurants was on the calendar for the first weekend of the new year, I left room for one more splurge at Pier W this past Saturday night.

pier w full collage

A sampling of the food served ordered that night — I’m on a salmon kick at the moment, forgive me.

I do love dining with a group of close friends you know so well — the conversation is lively (℅ a few random Cards Against Humanity cards) and they are down for sharing the infamous Pier W seafood tower. Check one off the bucket list! Our server Erin was phenomenal, the food was spot-on across the board and the complimentary champagne (& flutes to take home) in celebration of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary was the perfect surprise! Now when can we go back for happy hour…

Speaking of those smoothies, an orange a day keeps the doctor away:

smoothie

I’ve been keeping my annual & dreaded beginning-of-the-year cold at bay with a combo of vanilla almond milk, protein powder, greens (either kale or spinach), frozen berries and one orange. The burst of vitamin C is working!

As for the current yoga playlist selections to adore: I just stumbled upon James Vincent McMorrow and I must say I’m in love with the soul coming out from his music — or just the fact that there’s a flamingo on one of his album covers.

You also have got to check out his Higher Love cover. It’s my new favorite tune to start out class as we get grounded and moving.

As for something more lively, I’m still grooving to this mashup:

Two of my favorite songs from last year, all in one fab track. The Evolution Yoga yogis had a blast flowing to this during my Christmas morning Holiday Sweet Heat Flow. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two weeks since then! Our Christmas tree came down town — I must admit I miss the twinkle lights in our family room.

But don’t get me wrong: I’m very content it’s January. Based on the conversations I’ve had with my yoga students, friends and family, it seems like most of us are ready for some routine and normalcy again — all while figuring out what changes await us in the new year. I’m processing the process myself, but I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of finding that sweet spot in a new situation. Here’s hoping the balance comes to us all sooner rather than later!

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