Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Funniest photo EVER

My sister took this photo in the Antarctic. Love the peguins!
Today I am going to see "Happy Feet Two".

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Who Shot Rock and Roll?

Tucson Museum of Art has a great exhibit called "Who Shot Rock and Roll". This is an exhibit originating in Brooklyn of predominately black and white photographs of rock and roll musicians from about 1955 with the Everly Brothers and Elvis until the present with Eminem
and Justin Timberlake. I was at first impressed and in turn surprised by who was left out = Prince, Stevie Nicks, The Grateful Dead until it struck me that: This exhibit is about the Photographers and their art and not the musicians.

Through January 15, 2012 Don't miss it! Stop in at the Cafe for a great lunch afterwards.

Photos from google images.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Intergenerational Activities

Casa Community center in Green Valley, Arizona prides itself in offering quality programs for children and seniors. Ninos de Valle is a certified day care for preschool children. All day programs provide schedules activities that include a meal and snacks.

The Adult Day Care provides socialization, activities and food for seniors in need of care so that their loved ones can get respite from the 24 hour care needed for these people.

Kids and seniors get together on a regular basis.
Today they made Turkey cookies together.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Successful Festival for Olli

We just completed an eight week series of feature films about
undocumented immigrants. Since we live in Arizona we are familiar with the plight of Mexicans therefore these films featured immigrants from other countries.

Crossing Over was a an excellent movie to finish on.
It portrays 5 intersecting stories of immigrants from
Iran, Bangladesh, Korea, Australia and Africa residing in
Los Angeles.

Harrison Ford is an INS officer and ties the various
stories together.

Class participants listed the following commonalities seen in all eight of the complications these people face.
victims of exploitation, rape, murder
separation of families
imprisonment without charges
The above is only a small example of the plight
of these human beings.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Review of "The Women on the 6th Floor'

Les Femmes du 6e etage is a French Comedy set in 1961 in Paris. Escaping Franco's austere measures, Spanish women come to Paris to work as maids for well-to-do French bourgeois couples. Maria ends up working for Jean-Louis Joubert and his starchy sophisticated wife and their two arrogant teenage sons. What results is a LOL situation as Jean-Louis finds out that he is more comfortable in the company of these women than he is with his conservative upper class.

This is Upstairs Downstairs turned up side down with the servants on the 6th floor above those that they serve. A comedic example of class differentiation in French society in the early 60's. Could be considered a French version of The Help.

Seen yesterday at the Loft film festival but I feel confident it will get a wider distribution soon.
5***** a must see.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tower Heist - movie review

Regardless of the many reviews, some
positive and some negative, I loved this movie.
So did the 3 other women attending with me.

It is LOL funny. A clear take off on Bernie Madoff, this spoof features a cast of characters who lost their money to a money swindler, take revenge and plan to steal the money back with the help of a real crook.

Great casting, with Ben Stiller as the Tower Manager, Eddie Murphy as the thief and Alan Alda as the Wall Street swindler.

Interesting new information, the producer of this film Brett Ratney was recently excused from his production of this years Oscars because of an anti gay slur he made in public.
Consequently His friend Eddie Murphy withdrew as Oscar MC. Buzz is that Billy Crystal will take the job.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mysterious Plant

My friend, Mag, has a plant she got as a start from a neighbor's plant.
She calls it her "stupid" plant.

Blooming in the fall it starts as a long green tube and blossoms
into a lovely pink trumpet flower about 6 inches across.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Margin Call - The movie

Be First
Be Smarter
Or Cheat

This is the message of the CEO of the Investment Banking
Company portrayed in the movie Margin Call.

Billed as a financial Thriller it tells the story of a company who realized
their assets were less that the sales. Faced with this information from
an underling in the company they work all night to decide what to do
about it. It won't be a spoiler to say that they decide to sell the bogus

An interesting film about what we all expect can go on on Wall Street.
Interesting but in spite of a sterling cast, as a movie it didn't work for me.

They look at money as numbers on a computer screen that can be manipulated.
They have no concept of what it is to take a $5.00 bill to the grocery store
to buy milk and bread.

Stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore.

2** Just OK

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

El Dia de los Muertos

The day of the Dead is a Mexican remembrance of those that have passed. It is a merging of the Aztec and Catholic celebration of All Saints Day. To the Mexicans it is a day celebration and death. A number of years ago I took a trip to Patzcuaro, Mexico, a village with a lake that has a Island where the Day of The Dead is truly celebrated. Ofrendas (altars) are built near or on the grave of a loved one. On this ofrenda, families bring the things the deceased loved, be it bread, beer, flowers etc. Photos of them are placed at the center. People moan and cry and laugh and generally celebrate the life of the passed loved one. My trip there was long before digital cameras but I include here photos from the Day of the Dead Tucson. Calaveras or skull or skeletons are a bog part of the celebration. Brides and grooms are a favorite depiction. Sunday at The Good Shepherd Church we celebrated this day with particular attention to the 182 undocumented immigrants that perished in the desert of our back yard of the Sonoria Desert.