Creativity is also about breaking constraints. Even if your idea doesn't cross the borders of the possible, it's at least crossing the borders of the typical. And so you might wonder whether a mental visit to a magical place would free your mind to think more creatively.
What do L. Ron Hubbard, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Dunsany, Alice in Wonderland, M.C. Escher, John H. Conway, Roger Penrose and Oprah Winfrey have in common? The same thing as Isaac Asimov, Vladimir Nabokov, and Salvador Dali.
A lesser known, at least to me, United Solo Theatre festival of performance pieces, almost blew into town without noticing. So far, I've seen only two shows, but the commitment, intensity and charm of the shows makes it a very worthwhile platform for talent.
Three magical women are captivating, because they transcend the simple positive/negative dichotomy. They aren't enemies in a "good witch" v. "bad witch" scenario, but are a force to be reckoned with as a collective.
I suppose Keith Barry's magic show was entertaining, though far from exceptional. But TED audiences expect more for their money than to be simply entertained. They are expecting to learn something. What were they supposed to learn from Barry's performance?
Here's what I learned: Wedding dresses have transformative powers. Seriously. I'm not even in a relationship, and still my appearance seemed to drastically change before my eyes all because of a beautiful white dress.
When I had kids, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to encourage them to love reading. I knew firsthand that lectures wouldn't work. They didn't work on me. Instead, for the first time in my life, I embraced reading.
Kinky Boots is loud, mundane and best suited for suburbanites who consider drag risqué. It's another movie turned Broadway musical, sans the great score and story. Bullet Catch, however, featuring the multitalented Rob Drummond, is a clever show.