Top Minnesota Thanksgiving traditions infographic from Neighbors, Inc.
This year I am participating in the Walk To End Hunger on behalf of Neighbors, Inc. on Thanksgiving morning at the Mall of America. If you’ve enjoyed any of my content over the years, either at this blog, or at my e-Strategy Marketing Blog or my Videolicious.tv or Audiolicious.tv blogs or at my Minnesota Vikings Chat blog, please take a moment to show your appreciation by sponsoring my walk for at least $25. Everyone who sponsors me will get a report on the insights I gained and the lessons I learned marketing the Walk. CLICK HERE To Sponsor my Walk!
Dr. Zahi Hawass presents “Egypt Past and Present” at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday, June 10th at 8:00 p.m. For the first time publicly, since the recent Egyptian revolution, esteemed archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer in Residence and newly appointed Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass will present how the recent events have impacted Egypt’s antiquities. He will also share the latest scientific findings about King Tut based on the recent forensic studies as well as provide insight into his latest discoveries in Egypt. [DETAILS.] Found at YouTube from heritagekeymedia.
OptumHealth Performance (a client of Tunheim, my employer) trains endurance athletes, from novice to elite, through personalized coaching, scientific testing and analysis, and group classes for running, biking, and swimming. This Sunday they host the Manitou Triathlon in White Bear Lake, so all you runners, cylcers, swimmers and, of course, tri-athletes, here’s a chance to put your ironman suit on. [REGISTER.]
I finally got to see OVO by Cirque du Soleil at the Mall of America on Sunday.
It was amazing.
If you’re not familiar with it, Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) is a theatrical take on the circus, minus the animals. It’s a remarkable mix of gymnastics and choreography and theater, featuring trapeze artists, jugglers, tight-rope walkers, trampolines and contortionists and climbing walls and stilt-walkers amidst an artfully-designed set and backed by superb musicians.
One of the joys of athletic performance is the feeling of command one has over one’s body when you’re able to make it perform the athletic feats necessary to excel. If you can appreciate that, you cannot fail to appreciate the phenomenal athletic performances Cirque du Soleil offers.
As if that weren’t enough, take that athleticism and throw on top of it a layer of unbelievable choreography that synchronizes a handful of performers juggling oversized kiwi, and themselves, without missing a beat.
The set design was both subtle and heavy handed at the same time. During the song Cacoon, a performer is suspended above the stage swathed in sheer cloth, mimicking the metamorphosis into a butterfly so seamlessly, with the help of stage lighting, that the whole thing reminded me of animation by Gerald Scarfe.
Likewise, the set featured a giant, phallic stalk of vegetation and an oversized, unfolding flower that made their appearances during key romantic scenes. These, two, reminded me of Scarfe heavy-handed sexual imagery. Found at YouTube from floydiantheo.
Wrap all that together and it amounts to an amazing experience.
This year’s Grand Old Day is this Sunday, June 5, from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and, as usual, there’s a full slate of bands to choose from. Here’s a sampling of the lineup. [DETAILS.]. (Visit Audiolicious.tv for daily music videos.)
Grand Old Day 2011 Trailer
Arc Flash Hazard: You’re My Home
Church Of Cash: Folsom Prison Blues
Tim Sigler Band: Free and Easy
Hookers & Blow: Led Zeppelin
White Iron Band: Minnesota Song
GB Leighton: Lonely Long
The Arms Akimbo: Giving Up For Good
Communist Daughter: Not The Kid
Chris Koza: Redwood Skyline
No Bird Sing: Devil Trombones
Mayda: Get Loud
Phantom Trails: Real Savage
Dead Man Winter: Victory
The 4ontheFloor: On Tuesdays
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is now playing at Mall of America and runs till Sunday, June 12. I’m going to see it next weekend, so I’ll report back. [OVO by Cirque du Soleil DETAILS at Mall of America.]
Here’s the official trailer for OVO by Cirque de Soleil…sounds sorta like a salsa version of the Flintstone’s yabba dabba do. Just sayin.
OVO Video – Official Trailer
OVO Video Highlights
Found at Washington Post.
OVO Video – Dress Rehersals
UPDATED: 5/28/11: I participated on the Civil Rights, Civic Discourse & Civic Responsibility in a High Tech World panel for the Hubert H. Humphrey Centennial Reunion & Policy Discussion held May 27, 2011, at Minneapolis City Hall.
Hubert H. Humphrey Centennial Reunion Invitation From Vice President Walter Mondale
Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Speech Before The 1948 Democratic National Convention
Kathleen Sebelius: Health & Human Services Celebration Of Hubert H. Humphrey
Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses Hubert H. Humphrey’s legacy and a screening of excerpts of The Art Of The Possible, a documentary about Humphrey, and a discussion with filmmaker Mick Caouette. Found at YouTube from USGOVHHS.