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SisterFest: Almost Birthday Fail

Best laid plans, or not so much …

As my Sister’s 35th birthday was landing on Thanksgiving weekend, I planned well in advance for the two of us to have a night on the town together a la Cirque du Soleil! I actually ordered the tickets in July using Aeroplan points and arranged fancy pants VIP treatment. Needless to say we were both pretty excited.

Being that I’m an exceptional planner, it was not exactly expected when as we attempted to enter the Grand Chapiteau we were informed that our tickets weren’t for that evening – they were for the prior Friday. Fail! My jaw hit the floor and we shuffled over to the box office to see what, if anything, could be done.

Box office is maybe a generous term, considering that Cirque is a traveling show and all facilities are mobile. Thusly, we stood in front of a mobile ticket booth as I told my sob story. Thankfully the Customer service woman was helpful and determined that not only were my tickets not for the day I had purchased but they weren’t even in my name. Thanks Aeroplan, so glad I paid that extra fee so you would make my reservation for me. Bunch of jerks.

In the end Cirque issued us re-invitation tickets for another night, including the VIP addition! Extremely pleased with how helpful they were, minus a couple of points for it taking an entire hour and us standing outside in the rain during the process.

Thankfully Sister was manning the phone during this time and got us a reservation nearby at Gilead Wine bar, so libations and sustenance were not far off. Dinner was wonderful and we were able to salvage an otherwise awkwardly cancelled evening.

Entertainingly, our dinner was at a restaurant that sat directly across from some modern town homes that had giant glass windowed kitchens. Throughout dinner we were able to semi-creepily be amused by the goings-on in the various kitchens.

The most interesting events occurred in one particular unit where a handsome (from a distance, at least) man carefully made what I could only imagine to be the most delicious popcorn. He had one of those fancy popcorn makers with the red bottom and large glass top, which he placed in front of a large white bowl. Once the popcorn was popped, he slowly poured butter over the bowl and then added THREE further toppings – two shaken, one more poured. He then carefully tossed the ingredients in the bowl with two wooden spoons!

I was far too intrigued by the whole process, but the waiter stopped by and admitted that we weren’t the first guests to be mesmerized by the popcorn routine!

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Despite the giant clusterfuck that our evening began as, we managed to have a great night out and had even more birthday goodness in the weekend – which is another story.

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Theatre Nights

Toronto 'Live with Culture' Campaign

It’s easy to be in love with Toronto, after all, it IS the Centre of the Universe!  This week was a great example of why I love this city so much – getting to see both a Cirque du Soleil show and some excellent live theatre!

On Monday, Peggy shot me an email with a 40% off deal for the Cirque Du Soleil show Totem that was playing at the pop-up Grand Chapiteau in the Port Lands.  I hopped on the deal and picked up tickets for us for Tuesday evening.  Cirque never fails to entertain, and Totem was no exception.  The experience at the Grand Chapiteau is marvellous, the feeling of actually being under a Big Top really emphasizes the Circus genre of the entertainment.  We were technically in the ‘cheap seats’ – which at 40% off were still over $60 – but there honestly isn’t a bad seat in the house!

The show was phenomenal.  The aerialist and unicyclists stole the show in my opinion.  Even though one of the tricks was flubbed by a unicyclist, she quickly attempted again, with a perfect result.  I think that’s half the excitement of Cirque, they truly are performing unbelievable acts and since they are only human, errors can – and do – happen.  When you watch some of the Aerial acts, it can be nerve racking – especially with the knowledge that they aren’t attached to anything and there is no safety net!

On Wednesday night, Peggy and I had tickets to the second show of our Mirvish 2011/2012 Subscription Season – Private Lives, starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross.  Even though Paul Gross is a bit of a Canadian Legend, Kim’s stardom was palpable – confirmed by the applause she received during her first stepson the stage.

I honestly can’t say enough about Privates Lives.  The acting was impeccable – I can’t imagine keeping up with that dialogue, and I’m a self proclaimed Chatterbox!  The set design was beautiful, which included a balcony scene on the French Riviera and a hipped out apartment in Paris. The whole thing was a riot, absolutely hysterical.  It was also refreshing to have another non-musical act (after Railway Children) included in the Subscription Season, as it is usually heavy handed with Musicals.

I could easily top off my week of loving the Culture in my city by attending any number of the Nuit Blanche projects tomorrow night – but instead, I’m going to don a trashy outfit and drink Malt Liquor out of 40oz bottles.  Malt Liquor Party Weekend!! 

Expect next week’s posts to be distinctly less dignified.

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