Remembering The Living Memorial To The Holocaust

The living memorial to the Holocaust provided a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom.

I toured the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. As the permanent exhibits start, we were given an “identification card.” The card provided biographical information and a photo of a real person who lived during the Holocaust. The entrance to the exhibit resembled a gas chamber door. At each floor we paused and read a page from the id card with a detailed description of the individual’s birth, life through World War II and his and her fate. It literally felt like we were there witnessing all these atrocities.

The living memorial to the Holocaust provided a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom.

The museum left little to the imagination with displays of shoes and hair from Holocaust victims, description of the gas chamber’s methods, and a freight train like those used to carry Jews from Warsaw to the Treblinka death camp.

After walking through the permanent exhibit we made our way to the Museum of Remembrance where volunteers and members of Jewish community groups read the names of the men, women, and children killed in Auschwitz.

The male and female described in our identification cards did not survive. They were killed during the Holocaust.

It was a very somber and moving experience for us.

 

Never Again.

 

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

 

Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

 

Alvin and The Chipmunk – Road Chip, the fourth movie in the series of live action CG movies bring together Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and a trip to Miami.   Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.   Along the way they confront obstacles and an infamous air marshall.  The movie is in theaters December 18!

The movie cast includes   Jason Lee as Dave,  Justin Long as voice of Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as voice of Simon, Jesse McCartney as voice of Theodore,  Tony Hale as Agent Sugg, Bella Thorne as Ashley Grey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Samantha, Josh Green as Miles, , Kaley Cuoco as voice of Eleanor, Anna Faris  as Jeanette and Christina Applegate as voice of Brittany and Stefan Kendal Gordy as RedFoo.   The movie is directed by Walt Beck.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Trip is a fun, music filled movie with lovable and endearing characters.  It is a great movie for  familes.  No matter what age you are you will walk away from the movie with positive lessons and catchy songs in your heart.   The movie is full of trendy music and dance routines which guarantees to have you dancing during and after the movie.   The relationship between Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, live action and trendy music  such as “Juicy Wiggle” by Redfoo, Iko Iko, Uptown Funk are a winning formula for this series.

 

Movie Trailer

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premier Red Carpet – In Pictures

The stars came out for the World Premiere of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS at the Dolby, El Capitan and TCL Theatres in Hollywood, CA on December 14th.  R2-D2, C3-P0, the First Order Storm Troopers and Captain Phasma in all of their glory, attended the red carpet premier with BB-8 and cast of characters.  This was BB-8s first red carpet affair and destination trip across the universe.   There was a major commotion at the beginning of the red carpet as tech savvy fans were requesting autographs, selfies, periscopes and snaps of the droid and his partners.  A star was born at the red carpet!  The energy at the red carpet world premier was electric.

The cast and crew took the stage to speak during the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a standing ovation for BB-8.   Star Wars:  The Force Awakens premiers worldwide in theaters on December 18.

Here are the most memorable moments from the intergalactic premier:

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Stormtroopers attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** R2-D2;C-3PO

R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

BB-8 arrives as Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's presents "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere in Hollywood, California on Monday, December 14, 2015..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

BB-8 arrives as Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s presents “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premiere in Hollywood, California

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Sphero BB-8 attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Sphero BB-8

Sphero BB-8 attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's presents "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" World Premiere in Hollywood, California on Monday, December 14, 2015..(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Captain Phasma arrives at “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” World Premier

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actress Daisy Ridley attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Daisy Ridley

Actress Daisy Ridley attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor Adam Driver attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Adam Driver

Actor Adam Driver attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Director J.J. Abrams attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** J.J. Abrams

Director J.J. Abrams attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong’o attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actors Oscar Isaac (L) and Anthony Daniels attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Oscar Isaac;Anthony Daniels

Actors Oscar Isaac (L) and Anthony Daniels (R) attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors Gwendoline Christie (L) and Andy Serkis attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Gwendoline Christie;Andy Serkis

Actors Gwendoline Christie (L) and Andy Serkis attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Gwendoline Christie

Actress Gwendoline Christie attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson (L) and director George Lucas attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Mellody Hobson;George Lucas

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation Mellody Hobson (L) and Director George Lucas attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** R2-D2;C-3PO

R2-D2 (L) and C-3PO attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor Oscar Isaac attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Oscar Isaac

Actor Oscar Isaac attends the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors Harrison Ford (L) and Calista Flockhart attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** Harrison Ford;Calista Flockhart

Actors Harrison Ford (L) and Calista Flockhart attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actors John Boyega (L) and Carrie Fisher attend the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** John Boyega;Carrie Fisher

Actors John Boyega (L) and  attend the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor John Boyega attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** John Boyega

Actor John Boyega attends the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  The cast and crew speak onstage during the World Premiere of ?Star Wars: The Force Awakens? at the Dolby, El Capitan, and TCL Theatres on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The cast and crew speak onstage during the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens Red Carpet World Premier LIVE

What You Need To Know About StarWars: The Force Awakens

As “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, the seventh film in the series, premiers, we explore movie influences,  new character names and design of the costumes.

The  Star Wars Force Awakens cast include Carrie Fisher as Leia,  Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver  as Kylo Ren, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata,  Harrison Ford as Han Solo, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma.   The movie is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan.  JJ Abrams Directed and produced the film.

30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Influences

All the movies of Akira Kurosawa have influenced The Force Awakens screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan throughout his  career. According to Kasdan, “Akira was sort of the Shakespeare of cinema, he did comedies, he did action films, he did Shakespearean drama, and all of life is contained in each one of his films.” “Seven Samurai may be the greatest film ever made, it’s a personal drama, it’s an action picture.”  he said.    When JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were preparing for the movie they also kept referring to great American movies that they loved and things that had influenced the first Star Wars which is Howard Hawks, John Ford and Flash Gordon. According to Lawrence Kasdan, “when George [Lucas] made A New Hope, he was influenced very much by Kurosawa, and by Flash Gordon, and by the Wizard of Oz and that all those movies, you can feel them in A New Hope, and everything that’s in A New Hope has come down through the movies, to this day.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens New Character Names

When it came to naming the new characters of the Force Awakens, the character names for Finn,  Poe and Rey had the most iterations.   According to JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, ” A lot of names came and went, and some names stuck. When we put down BB-8, it was a name that – it was the first and only name that droid ever had, but we called him BB-8 and we still do. Rey and Finn and Poe went through many [naming] iterations. Kylo Ren was Kylo Ren fairly early on, and there was a sort of backstory. Maz Kanata was always Maz Kanata.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Costumes

JJ Abrams and cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens  shared a lot of insight into costumes designed by Michael Kaplan.   Michael Kaplan has a long history of working on multiple films including Star Trek: Sorcerer’s Apprentice,  Flashdance, Pearl Harbor and I am Legend. Michael Kaplan has won awards for his designs on Blade Runner and nominations for costume designs for Mr & Mrs. Smith and Fight Club.

JJ Abrams  said, “The costumes are  extraordinary and unlike anything we have seen for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  The most difficult costume was Kylo Ren which has thousands of iterations before final costume.”

 

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Kylo Ren Costume portrayed by Adam Driver (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

Kylo Ren Costume portrayed by Adam Driver (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

When they finally saw the mask at the beginning of design it was clear it was the winner.

Captain Phasma costume (Photo credit: Eva Smith)

 

The Captain Phasma costume was originally pitched as a Kylo Ren costume, and turned out to be  the greatest-looking costumes as well as JJ Abrams favorite costume.  According to Abrams, the character for Captain Phasma was originally a role for a male, but turned out to become a role for a woman.   The Helmet is made of Chrome vaccum- 3D printed nylon.   The cape is made of Cotton Canvas coated and painted with binder.   The armor was designed with Chrome vacuum-plated molded polyurethane.   The Under suit is made of cotton lycra.  The boots are made with chrome vacuum-platedpolyurethane over leather.    The Gussets are made with molded rubber and cotton lycra and the gloves are made with rubber.

Costumes: Finn and Rey (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

The amount of time to prepare for their roles varied by actor and the complexity of the costume.  Daisy Riddle costume took about 20 minutes as the arms things on and wraps  for Rey takes a while.

 

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Costume: Rey (Photo Credit: Eva Smith)

 

When Adam Driver originally prepared for his role it took about an hour and a half to complete his costume for Kylo Ren.  Eventually his team was able to take it down to 20 minutes.

Lupita Nyongo’o’s character Maz Kanata didn’t have a costume as her character is a motion capture character.   To get suited up for the character it took about  two and half hours, maybe three. And then by the end we had it down to about an hour or an hour 15.     Lupita’s character had dots everywhere, including her teeth.  She is still finding them in everything including her shoes. Motion capture, also referred to Mo-cap for short is the process of recording the movement of objects or people.  In filmmaking and video game development it refers to recording actions of human actors and using the information to animate a digital character in 2D or 3D computer animation.

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens premiers in theaters worldwide on December 18th.  Follow the conversation at STAR WARS on Facebook or the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS website.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Trailer

 

 

 

 

 

Surviving an Active Shooter Videos

With recent reports of an active shooter in San Bernardino, there are a couple of videos circulating the internet with tips to survive an active shooter in the workplace and education environment.   I saw a similar video with my daughter when she was in college  and even then the video made me uncomfortable.   Her videos were geared towards a college environment.

Do you think these are good videos?  Do you think they provide good tips on surviving active shooting incidents?

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Active Shooter Videos

 

Los Angeles Sheriff’s  Surviving An Active Shooter Video

The following video contains graphic content of a violent nature. Viewer discretion is advised.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has created this video to help people answer the question


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LA Phil Spectacular Upcoming Fall 2015-16 Season At Disney Hall

The creative arts are a great way to celebrate special occasions and inspire your senses with loved ones.   As summer comes to a close it’s time to start planning entertainment for 2015-16 season.  There are several upcoming events for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016 to choose from at the L.A. Phil Disney Hall, including classical music, arts, latin music & holiday performances.  The LA Phil 2015/16 season  Walt Disney Concert Hall  has classical concerts, jazz, world music, holiday programs, and more, featuring performances by Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as acclaimed artists from around the world.  Great programming for daydreamers and thinkers.

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This season’s highlights include:

  • Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic joined the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela for the Immortal Beethoven festival, a highly anticipated taking place September thru October.

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  • Exciting programs such as La Santa Cecilia • Buika,  Eddie Palmieri • Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40, and a tribute to Mercedes Sosa.  I’ve seen La Santa Cecilia in concert several time and she is an amazing artist.  You don’t want to miss it.
  • Deck the Hall holiday concerts like the Holiday Sing-Along, Holiday Organ Spectacular, New Year’s Eve with Natalie Cole and more.

I’m looking forward to taking my family to Walt Disney Concert Hall LA Phil.  There are too many great artists to choose from.  Buy your tickets now and enjoy yet another season of incredible music at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

xoBesos!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

Hispanic Heritage Month | Favorite Hispanic Soups

It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with favorite latino soups.   Whether you are latino or not, Hispanic Heritage month is a great way to learn and celebrate latino culture, traditions and history.

My favorite traditional recipes include Caldo de Pollo, Caldo de Res and Red Chicken Pozole.  Caldos served with condiments are full meals.  Just add tortillas and your ready to enjoy and celebrate Hispanic Heritage with your favorite soup.
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Caldo de Pollo – Chicken Soup – Chicken soup truly warms your soul.  A great way to welcome guests to your home or welcome neighbors into the neighborhood.

Caldo de Res – Beef Soup – With ingredients like fresh cilantro, carrots, bright orange carrots, cabbage, green beans and a medium Chayote your Beef soup will be flavorful and hearty.  A perfect soup to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

Pozole – Red Chicken Chile Pozole  – Pozole is a a soup to make when you are celebrating a special occasion.

 

Buen Provecho!

 

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

Remembering 9/11 | The Story of the Survivor Tree

Today on the anniversary of September 11 we honor the memory and service of all men and women who lost their lives and the families affected by this event.  We also honor the men and women and families who protect our freedom.

I visited the memorial a couple years ago and shared a Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.  Whenever I think about 9/11 I remember my visit to the memorial and the survivor tree.  The survivor tree left such a lasting impression on me because it withstood the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The calleary pear tree was found among the rubble of the WTC and was badly burned.

 

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During the attacks the WTC collapsed and fell on the tree. The remaining tree trunk was charred, but still had a live branch. The tree was salvaged and nursed back to life at the NYC Parks and Recreation and returned to the 911 memorial site in time for the grand opening.  It was named the Survivor Tree because of the tree’s willingness to stay alive despite being crushed under tons of debris from the WTC attacks.

The survivor tree is a symbol of strength and the spirit of resilience, healing, survival and rebirth . The tree is a fighter and thriving today at the 9/11 Memorial site.

 

The Story Of The Survivor Tree

2016 Lincoln MKX Will Be First To Offer Revel Audio

The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be the first to offer Revel Audio. I first listened to the Revel audio elevated sound a couple months ago and fell in love with the quantum logic surround sound.

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With QuantumLogic, Lincoln owners use a touchscreen to select from three distinct listening modes: Traditional stereo,  Audience, for an intimate concert experience where the boundaries of the vehicle seemingly disappear  or On Stage, a 360-degree experience that puts listeners seemingly in the middle of the soundstage, arranging individual instruments and musical elements throughout the cabin.

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The Revel audio has a vivid sound.  The sound is very clear, smooth and feels like you are sitting in the front seat of an orchestra or on stage with a live band.  I’ve never experienced anything like it.  The next best thing to this type of quality audio is a very expensive and high-end home stereo.  However, 2016 Lincoln owners and their occupants will get the experience from the comfort of their vehicles.   I highly recommend the On Stage listening mode.

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Revel, HARMAN International’s most exclusive loudspeaker brand, worked with Lincoln engineers and designers to craft a 13-speaker Revel audio system and a 19- speaker Revel Ultima™ system for the all-new Lincoln MKX.   All 19 speakers are tailored uniquely for Lincoln MKX.   The audio system went through rigorous testing, including 100 listening tests to obtain listening status.

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The Science of Sound: Revel Audio

“‘Science of Sound’ means the placement, tuning, calibration and number of speakers are unique to each Lincoln model to ensure superior sound quality and audio accuracy,” Voecks said. According to Revel audio engineering team “It blends precision technology with the human element of psychoacoustics to deliver a rich experience.”

View the Science of Sound: Revel Audio video for more details:

It is great to see audio and science converge to create a memorable experience.

For more information about the Lincoln Motor Company, please visit www.lincoln.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/lincoln.

Alex And Irina Bring Their Comedic Duo And 16 Poodles To Ringling Bros Circus XTREME

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME in Southern California.  The circus is guided by Ringmaster David Shipman and pushes the limits of excitement to feature over 100 artists and performers who redefine the word extreme in everything they do.

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The 145th edition has several unique acts including an Xtreme Sports display featuring Bungee Skydivers, BMX freestlyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack like gymnastic tricks, a Comedic Duo and mixed animal act and more.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME in Southern California.  The circus is guided by Ringmaster David Shipman and pushes the limits of excitement to feature over 100 artists and performers who redefine the word extreme in everything they do.      The 145th edition has several unique acts including an Xtreme Sports display featuring Bungee Skydivers, BMX freestlyle riders, energetic parkour performers, trampoline acrobats and slack like gymnastic tricks and more.

 

 

Alex & Irina “Dogs of the City” Interview

I interviewed  Irina of “Dogs of the City” Comedic Duo and Mixed Animal Act.  Alex and Irina have spent several years creating acts never before seen.  They are the first comedians to work with animals.  Their performances are full of comedy, animals, magic, tap dancing and dynamic athleticism.   Alex and Irina take the audience on an adventure to explore and discover the world of extreme circus through artistic acts and comedy.

Alex was born in Moscow in a working class family. His uncle was a circus clown and Alex was excited when he saw him make his actions. “It looked good and my eyes were open to the possibility of opportunities in the circus, “said Alex.    Soon after, Alex traveled to Ukraine to attend an elite professional circus school which  was hard and included several competitive students. He excelled and was invited to Nikulin Circus, where he impressed the director and was immediately hired as an artist.

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Irina and her brother, were born in Moscow, are second-generation circus artists, and follow  in the footsteps of their famous father and animal trainer. “As a child, I wanted to have my own act” reflects Irina. While touring she admits, “I can not remain in one place for long; I think there is nomad animal in my blood. ”

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Alex and Irina met while acting in circuses. She was performing her act with monkeys and Alex was a clown.   After several years traveling, Alex decided to pursue his own creative performance and was looking for an assistant. Alex and Irina have not been apart since then, 15 years ago.   Alex and his partner have been  recognized by fans and teammates with several awards.

Despite their success, Alex and Irina returned to Russia to create a new animal act.   They spent several years training poodle puppies. Once the act was complete, they performed with his family working with the Moscow State Circus. During this time, Alex, who understood the importance of acquiring new skills, studied at the Russian Academy and ended graduating with a degree in Circus Production.   The couple then decided to take their performance with 16 poodles to America.   The comedic acts has traveled around the world including Germany,  Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden and France.   Their passion for American culture and movies is so strong that they named their poodles after famous actors.  The youngest poodle is 3 years and the oldest is 7.

International award winning entertainers, performers and artists, Alex and Irina have 2 daughters, Alexandra and Valentina.   Their daughters are always with them and have a school and nursery that travels with them from city to city.  They also give their children as much as a normal life as possible in between shows by spending time as a family touring the city.   Her teenage daughter is 16 and wants to be a beauty and fashion blogger and  Youtube channel sensation.

“This is my life.  We love what we do.  We consider our dogs part of our family and want everyone to walk away from our performance happy and with a smile. “, says Irina.   Alex and Irina hope to have the same success in America as they have had in Russia.  Their international success is evident by their talent, passion and hard work and the desire for their daughter to follow in their footsteps in the field of entertainment.

 

Plan Your Trip

Ringling Bro and Barnum & Baily Circus is coming to a town near you.  Make sure to check out their website, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME for locations near you.  The circus is currently in California with shows in Los Angeles, Ontario, Anaheim and San Diego.

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If you plan to attend the event, make sure to go to the Preview which starts about 1 hour before the event.  At the preview you can meet the performers and artists before the event and get autographs from your favorite entertainers.   Ringling Bros XTREME circus is unlike any circus performance you will ever see so make sure to get there early to enjoy the Pre Show festivities.

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My favorite performers were Alex & Irina and their 16 poodles, Tabayara Maluenda a six-generation Chilean circus performer who knows how to build trust with tigers, the BMX bike riders, the Danguir Troupe and Mongolian Marvel.

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Current Locations & Ticket Prices

A N A H E I M
WHEN: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
WHERE: Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
**All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

SAN DIEGO
WHEN: Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9
WHERE: Valley View Casino – San Diego
**All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $25, $30, $42 (VIP), $70–$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP/Front Row seating)
*Prices vary between weekday & weekend performances

See You At The Circus XTREME!

Eva Smith Tech Life Magazine

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