Dear Readers: I watched the Eddie Murphy movie, “Coming to America” for the tenth time last night with some friends…which got me to think about New York and Christmas.
I had the pleasure of talking to New York’s most delightful and creative entrepreneur, Christine Cox of A Princess Visit (specializing in children’s parties) who is now promoting “The Amazing Max Magic Show“. Click HERE for a CANTO TALK podcast of a truly special holiday program, with a guest appearance by Captain Capitalism, Aaron Clarely — who gamely shared one of his most entertaining dance experiences.
Christine is working with Max, her boyfriend of 5 years, to promote his show. As we discuss how magical New York City is this time of year, any of my readers who go there will want to check out the program:
Bursting with striking visual magic, laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing juggling, and loads of audience participation, this magic show is an out of control roller coaster ride designed to make you and your kids laugh harder than you ever have.The Amazing Max Show
In the last ten years, The Amazing Max (Max Darwin) has become one of the most sought-after magicians in the children’s magic world. He performs hundreds of shows a year for notable celebrity clients such as Uma Thurman, Diana Ross, Ethan Hawke, and Tommy Hilfiger.
During the Canto Talk program, we discussed how under-served children were in this country, in terms of wholesome entertainment. Christine noted just how special it was to have children come up and participate in performances, and shared some of the funny observations that they had. It was a blast!
I worked up a story that actually used my knowledge of Bollywood yesterday, for College Insurrection. It seems that a group of New York University students have created a “New York University Hook Ups” Facebook page — where, theoretically, students can arrange for a little relationship-free intimacy for the holiday season. Be of good cheer — it seems the students are unimpressed, and have taken to putting up fake posts, as I uncovered after a detailed look:
However, there is no need to despair the sensibilities of all the posters on NYU Hook Ups! There is some hope that students are not taking the premise of this social media experience seriously. As evidence, here is a profile:
The “student” pictured may seem familiar — he is Dev Patel, the star of that Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire” and no NYU student.
Hot Air is having a poll of favorite Christmas movies. My #1 pick is “A Christmas Story”. However, I was reminded of “Die Hard”, and thought I might pop that into the DVD player tonight.
- WC Varones shares his thoughts on the GOP “Plan B” failure: Boner FAIL!
- And KT Cat his, with an appropriate feline reference: The Fiscal Cliff – Meh
- Beers with Demo has another in his series on California’s High Speed Rail Fail: Your California high speed choo-choo update
- Charles Caesar opines on Gun Control: Progressives Need Control
Other Shrine Friends:
- Lonely Conservative: Obama Referred To Himself More Than 60 Times During Sen. Inouye’s Funeral Service (Mut Note – Not even his personal best).
- Edge of the Sandbox: The 1% Psycho
Finally, in honor of the Apocalypse that wasn’t, I wanted to feature “Bad-Ass of the Week” from one of my favorite history-based sites: Yuknoom the Great
For being a hardcore society of club-swinging, pyramid-building, jungle-dwelling badasses that went around in the 3rd Century AD building gigantic structures out of soft, usually-unworkable limestone and making incredible achievements in art, science, astronomy, and mathematics, it’s a goddamned tragedy that the only thing your typical Real Housewives mouth-breather knows about the Mayans involves a shaky, dubiously-unverified link to an out-of-control obnoxious John Cusack movie. If it’s not the annoyingly-ubiquitous eschatological insults to the collective human intelligence that are being posted on every Facebook wall on Earth today, it’s some other inane Ancient Aliens bullshit about Pakal the Great – the 68-year ruler of the city-state of Palenque who was so beloved by his people that they worshipped him as a living deity – actually being a time-traveling cybernetically-enhanced ubermench astronaut from the future teleporting through the space-time continuum on a motorized rocket car made out of autopsied Grey aliens and jet-fuel-soaked dragon bones salvaged from The Predator‘s spaceship.