Shelly Vitanza's archive

Forget your notion of a circus. Erase memories of three rings with elephants and tigers, swinging trapeze artists, tightrope walkers and especially jugglers.

Enter the world of Cirque du Soleil, the circus of the 21st century, a magical combination of the world’s most talented artisans, original musical score, elaborate, custom-made costumes, enriching story line and exotic performances that defy the laws of nature.

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Boys want combat. Look no further than video gaming entertainment for proof that battling sells. Call of Duty, Halo, Resident Evil, Dead Island – these are games of warfare and survival. Add to this list the physical combat game WWE All Stars.

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Just dance and you’ll just laugh, especially if you get the whole family to just play the latest in the Ubisoft’s Just Dance video game series, Just Dance 3.

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The heartiest little tea room in Texas is Two Magnolias in the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET).

We know what you’re thinking. “Tea room” means salad and quiche. And yes, Two Magnolias has an extensive selection of salads with homemade dressings and regular quiche offerings, but the restaurant and catering company also offers daily meal specials like stuffed chicken breast and chicken spaghetti; on Fridays, they serve up a plentiful buffet for the hungriest among us.

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If you only have 60 seconds to go green, you need a lot of help from your friends. Just ask Liz Shivener.

Shivener knows what it takes to be transformed from a fair-skinned, radiant princess to a startling troll-ish green, the kind that only the world’s favorite ogre, Shrek, can love — and she does it in just under a minute.

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