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Bernie Memes are Everywhere!  

A photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders, sitting at the Presidential Inauguration, practicing more than 6 feet of social distancing, wearing a mask and oversized mittens has gone viral and is popping up everywhere and we absolutely love it! Here he is with a few of our favorite friends!

 

Candi Gomez

 

Like a Bat out of Hell, Toronto was on FIRE!  

by: Peter Ferreri

Bat out of Hell, Toronto was on FIRE! 

I would do anything for LOVE…. Including going to TORONTO to see BAT OUT OF HELL: The Musical. Instead of on a “hot summers night” it was on a cold New Years Day, I decided to make the trip from Chicago to Toronto to see the much talked about Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman inspired musical featuring the hit songs of Meat Loaf which were written by Jim Steinman. 

As a fan of some of the classic hits of Meat Loaf, such as Bat Out of Hell, 2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad, Paradise by the Dashboard Light and Dead Ringer for Love (only to mention a few) it was with initial sadness that the musical was debuting in the UK, and was staying there without any thoughts of coming to the States. On a random Saturday I heard it was coming not to the states, rather, to the great north of Canada. Now, it may seem exponentially farther from most of the major cities in the US, but a drive from Chicago (with what the current weather conditions were) was 8-10 hours. Well worth it to see the spectacle that was getting rave reviews. 

The MIRVISH Theatre was a nice antiqued site to behold of itself. The staff was MORE than accommodating for getting there a bit earlier than normal doors and there wasn’t a bad seat from what I could recall. The patrons sitting around my wife and myself were more than pleasant prior to the show and during intermission, some generous Canadian hospitality. 

The song choices for the musical were mostly the well known hits of one Meat Loaf, with some other throw in from other albums but most were noticeable. In the playbill it was noted it would be an understudy for the day for the lead role of “Strat” and 2 other main characters. With that being said the performances were delivered with the passion and fire one would only expect with Steinman lyrics. I at one point expected former wrestling legend Hulk Hogan himself to walk out to his TV theme written by Steinman as an encore. At times I would wait with baited breath to see WHICH of the hits were going to be performed next, or which “deep cut” may he throw in for storytelling purposes. The stand out performance of the night was “Objects in the Rear View Mirror” as it truly embodied the ability of Steinmans music to be sung by a choir of angelic faces and voices with the pain and agony of a long lost love. 

Whilst in my angsty teens while others turned heavily into Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Aerosmith and others, I turned to Meat Loaf. It wasn’t by design, nor by accident, it just happened. My mother had been a fan of his work from the original Bat out of Hell through Dead Ringer for Love (primarily caused by the female voice being Cher of that single), and her passion for his music reignited with the early 90’s smash return hit “ I Would Do Anything for Love.” Once I’d Lie for You (and that’s the truth) came out, and I purchased the single on cassette tape, and I was hooked as a fan. Long, hot summer nights, were often me driving in an 1986 Cadillac Cimarron wishing there was someone that I could sing these songs to and have it mean something instead of going to work and wondering when my braces would come off of my teeth and I could get contacts for my eyes instead of big framed glasses, before they were cool. 

While driving these nights I would often imagine and visualize the scenes of the songs that were dreams of metal shining on motorcycles and the thirst of young and hopeless love. Where were people driving, who was singing, what did they look like in the cast of these teen hymns? I would sometimes think as well what if a woman sang this to a man, or what if the roles were reversed or a group sang instead of a solo. This musical depicted just that. 

The set design brought to life a story of a place where once you turn 18 you become the “LOST” which is an ode to Peter Pan and the lost boys. You didn’t age past that. Never grew old. Never grew up. It was a post apocalyptic journey where Hard Rock met the Terminator and the Running Man all melted together by the music of the Meat. Your head would turn as the music and voices would bounce from wall to wall, and the actors would be high in the sky as sets were everywhere. 

The choreography was unique. It would be hard for anyone to imagine how in advance of the show the dancing may look like. You wouldn’t have tap shoes or spats like musicals of the past, but firm, aggressive movements, that still allowed the actors to sing with fervor and vigor when necessary. 

Some of the blocking at times seemed forced during the routines, and I wish they would have at these moments let the voices shine like the “metal” altar of which we were brought in front of to witness, instead of pre-pubescent frolicking. I feel the actors and actresses pushed through the momentary obstacles but some of it was unnecessary. 

Danielle Steers for me was the highlight and blazing star that shined from her first moment on stage until the end. Amongst the thousands of shows and musicals I have seen, a constant of those that got “it” is how they act through the music with their facial expressions as a focal point. When she sang the lines “I want you, I need you, but there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you,” You TRULY felt she meant it. My heart was racing in anticipation that maybe just maybe her mind would change (as if I hadn’t heard the song before). Another word I would use is “easy.” Now that is not to say her character was that of someone that was easy, far from it. Rather she made singing these notes and the personification of someone who truly was hurt by saying she couldn’t love the other was just easy. All the actors for the most part hit every note perfectly on key. But the ability to perform without foreseeable effort was exemplified in its purest form by Steers. 

Simon Gordon, Sharon Sexton, Christina Bennington and Rob Fowler were beyond solid in their vocal performances, having me capturing the essence and nuances of the work that was being presented. For being an understudy, Simon delivered a lead-worthy performance with his embracing the character of Strat of young and free but gripped as though running his hand over the glowing metal on the edge of a knife. Bennington’s pure power as Raven to hit the notes is something that young actresses should watch for inspiration, and the duo of Folwer and Sexton was magic during “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Fowler is a villain that you want to jump on stage and punch for yourself. 

As for the supporting cast, Emily Benjamin truly was a stand out with her dancing performance. Her enthusiasm through every step and beat was contagious and had me smiling every time she took the stage. 

All in all the performance was outstanding. I hope the run was successful enough for the powers that be to bring back to North American at some point, and even the US. They found a way to take the music of Steinman and bring the stories behind the songs to life in an epic performance. I feel it fitting that the set ended with “I would do Anything for Love” as they were finally united together in peace. If you are in the UK and have the chance to see it, see it! If it ever comes back to North America, I would run to see it once again…. Like a Bat out of Hell.

(Pictured below with Steers and Gordon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should women ?‍♀️invest in real estate??  

by: Jennifer Sanchez

Why should women ?‍♀️invest in real estate?? We just interviewed Tanya Flores fromhttps://academiatriunfadores.com/ to discuss this important topic. She is a real estate investor, trainer, speaker, writer, and a serial digital entrepreneur. Tanya will shares how investing in #RealEstate was her saving grace? when her husband had a stroke. ?‍♂️ Watch the playback on Facebook to learn her three simple tips on how you can get started! 

Did you know that even if you are a #DACA recipient you can still purchase a home? We had Eva Sanchez, a Real Estate Broker from http://www.seeyourhouserighthere.com/ discuss the options? and what can be done??! 

Also, have you ever wondered what is a #Sanctuary City? Did you know that Chicago has been a ⛪Sanctuary city for more than 30 years?? We had an amazing conversation with ⚖️Attorney Salvador Cicero from http://cicerovargas.com/. He discussed the difference between law enforcement in cook county and their viewpoint about a Sanctuary city. In addition, we discuss what to do with your assets in case you are in fear of deportation. 

Make sure to tune in to our FB live this Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30. Culture Impact Show on EvolutionPOP will be part of 

Join me Jennifer Sanchez from The Culture Impact Radio show on EvolutionPOP this Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 on #FBLIVE. We will be live with Lisa La Boriqua at BBMC Mortgage, Sandra Rodriguez, and Jose A Rodriguez during their Salsa Speed Networking Event for #Businesses! We will get to broadcast the entire event, as well as, interview some guests at TJam Kitchen. Have any questions about our show, contact Jen Sanchez at thecultureimpact@gmail.com.

Your Culture IMPACT update! 

We will meet three phenomenal women during our show on 2.26.2018 at 9:30 a.m. on Culture Impact Radio on EvolutionPop. 

We will be meeting with Candice S. Chism who is a published author, as well as, a dancer, singer, fashion designer, artist, songwriter, and choreographer. She is also the owner of a clothing and accessories business called "@tunikdesigns." We will be talking about her book called "Too Much of Something Aint Good For You." Purchase her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Too-Much-Something-Aint-Good/dp/1548652954/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519618798&sr=1-1. 

We will also be meeting with Dr.Makeba C. Butler, an author, entrepreneur, coach, and speaker. She is the owner of EliteMinds Educational Services (EES). A full-service educational company committed to enhancing the family dynamic through education. Their primary focus is to increase student performance while educating parents on ways that will assist them in building better, more sustainable academic relationships with their children. She will be sharing with us some tips on what parents can start implementing at home to help their children be successful. Visit her website at https://www.e-es.co/. 

Finally, we will have the amazing Lynn Miller who is the CEO and co-founder of Growth Stage Tech (GST)--a diverse community of experienced entrepreneurs, corporate business partners, investors, and influencers who are taking success to the next level as they build successful, sustainable companies. The mission of GST is to provide opportunities for members to grow relevant relationship capital as we communicate and deliver content through our meetings and events, and facilitate collaboration and introductions to strategic connections. We will be sharing information about Lynn's next event "Scaling for Steady Revenue and Profitable Growth" coming up this Tuesday in Chicago. Register for event at https://www.growthstagetech.co/women-in-tech-event-2/gst-events/ 

Make sure to invite your friends and family to watch our interviews on FB live (https://www.facebook.com/evolutionpopradio/) and like Jennifer Sanchez page at https://www.facebook.com/THECULTUREIMPACT/

Here's what's happening on the Sesh! 

Hello!

Hopefully you had a great weekend. Here's what's going down on this week's show!

We'll be talking about the closing of the Winter Olympics and what sports we enjoyed most.  

Plus, with winter ending, what are we looking forward to most come spring and summer?  How will you focus on getting your summer body back? 

Anthony will also be sharing tips from the healthy lifestyle program called “Hello Fresh” that he just started.

A new year means news guests and features! Interested in becoming a future guest?  We'll let you know how to get involved.

Now that we've graduated, we'll be sharing the takeaways and what we have enjoyed most through our journey and where we see ourselves headed.

Tune in!