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Tuesday:) Talkin’ ‘Bout The Texas Bluesmen

24 Apr

“We’re gonna go in, and see the penguin. Elwood: Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don’t fail me now. Elwood: We’re on a mission from God. Elwood: There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.” Jun 20, 1980

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Saturday night, a group of friends stopped over to Delaney’s Irish Pub in McKinney to catch an amazing performance by the Texas Bluesmen. “The Blues Brothers” movie has always been a favorite of mine, mostly because it took place in Chicago, but it was hilarious… a classic. If you never saw the movie, you need to check it out. Here’s a synopsis.

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) — collectively known as the “Blues Brothers.” Jake’s first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

Release date: June 16, 1980 (USA)

Saturday, we were entertained by Justin Clark (Elwood) and Paul Andrews (Jake) and they were hilarious, talented, great singers and dancers, and all around cool guys. They had Jake and Elwood down to a tee, voices, songs, dancing, and harmonica. So cool!

They took a short break outside to cool off and recover from all that dancing and singing. Justin and Paul also happen to be the DJ’s who alternate hosting the Thursday night karaoke nights at Delaney’s Irish Pub. It’s always a blast. Come on down and join us around 7:30. You don’t have to sing, but if you like to sing, all the better. Great food and fun and friends. Bring your own friends or make some new ones.

6150 Eldorado Pkwy in McKinney on the other end of Market Street

You should check out their Facebook page. They might be coming to a town near you. If ya run into dem, make sure to tell dem, Toni, dat nice lady from Chicago, says “Hi!”

Wednesday:) Wow! What a Wonderful Performance~ Shen Yun

8 Feb

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

~ Chinese Proverb

鸟儿唱歌不是因为它们有了答案,而是因为它们有歌要唱。

niǎor chànggē bú shì yīnwèi tāmen yǒule dáàn ,érshì yīnwèi tāmen yǒu gē yào chàng 。

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Sunday afternoon, my friend Dorrie and I went down to Dallas to the AT&T Performing Arts Center to see The performance, Shen Yun. I don’t watch much TV lately, so I didn’t know anything about it, but she showed me some video clips on her phone, and I was all in. The costumes and dancing and music looked spectacular.

I drove and Dorrie navigated. It wasn’t hard to get to, but those of you who know me, know that I can get lost at the far end of my own subdivision. We arrived in about fifty minutes, found a great place to park on the street under a tree only a block away. Cool!

We walked around looking for a place to eat, but most places weren’t open until 5 pm, and the show started seating at 5:30. It was only 4 when we started searching and feeling hungry. I asked a police officer, who was coming out of the Seven Eleven, for any suggestions. He had none. So, Dorrie and I had a gourmet picnic lunch with fantastic finds and a Big Gulp Slurpee. It was a glorious sunny afternoon, so we sat at an outdoor table and feasted on our snacks. 


Now, doesn’t that look like a fabulous before the theatre dinner? Actually, it was pretty good.

We were pretty lucky that we had tickets for the Sunday evening showing because, guess what? It was Super Bowl Sunday, and the earlier performance was sold out, and the 6 pm seating was half full. (Did you notice I didn’t say half empty? I’m a half full kinda gal.)

From the very beginning, the narration, the orchestra, and the performers, everything was amazing. We weren’t allowed to take pictures. I found out the hard way when I tried to just get a selfie of me and Dorrie before the curtain even went up. A nice usher lady tapped me on the shoulder and said “No Photography” in a stern voice and pointed to the sign reflected on the closed curtain. Jeepers! I didn’t think you couldn’t take a selfie beforehand. Here’s my illegal photography….

The meaning of Shen Yun: Shen (神) is a general term for divine being, indicating the myriad deities, Buddhas, and Taoist immortals in Chinese spiritual traditions. Yun (韻) means rhythm and conveys a person’s entire bearing. … Shen Yun means: the beauty of divine beings dancing. (Or something like that.)

There were 19 different segments with colorful dancers or singers portraying or telling a different story. My favorite was Yellow Blossoms, with intricately choreographed dancers with fluffy yellow fans that undulated across the stage. No pictures of that, of course, but here are some Google approved photos.


Well, it was a fantastic evening. My senses and spirit were certainly stimulated and elevated. I think it was the best performance I’ve ever seen. A true cultural experience.