Giveaway: Tickets to comedy show at Walton Arts Center

second city nut crackingNo matter what’s going on in your life, it always feels a little more manageable when you can laugh a little. And you’ll be laughing A LOT if you win the four tickets we’re giving away to the opening night performance of this show: Second City’s Nut-Cracking Revue. This famous sketch comedy troupe will be live on stage at the Walton Arts Center on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Second_City_Nut_Cracking_TNEWThese comedy performers have been SO popular with audiences that this is their seventh time to perform at the Walton Arts Center. Part of the reason the group draws such huge crowds is because they are known as the training ground for some of the most famous names in comedy — names like John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

This is grown-up humor, so this show is not intended for kids. But it’s perfect for a double-date with fun friends. (This ticket package is valued at more than $140!)

To make it even more fun, we’re including dinner at our favorite pizza place on Dickson Street — U.S. Pizza. It’s known for its award-winning pizza and their salads and sandwiches are phenomenal, too.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the four tickets to this show, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us something that has made you laugh recently. (Your kid’s joke? Your favorite show on TV? Your dog’s quirky habit?)

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the Second City tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

If you don’t want to leave your tickets up to chance, get them online now before they’re gone. Click HERE to reserve your seats for the show online. (Tickets range from $15 to $35, depending on seat location.)

Looking forward to reading your comments, mamas! Remember that winners for giveaways are ALWAYS chosen at random. Watch your email inbox because we’ll notify the winner next week. Good luck!

 

Giveaway: Tickets to see Elf the Musical at Walton Arts Center

elfRaise your hand if your family ALWAYS watches the movie Elf around the holidays!

If so, you know it’s hilarious (the movie is rated PG, FYI). Well, good news, Elf lovers! The Broadway show Elf the Musical is coming to Walton Arts Center and it’s based on the beloved 2003 movie with Will Ferrell.

We’ve got four tickets to give away for opening night on Nov. 25th!

ABOUT THE SHOW: This delightful Broadway musical is for all ages. Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole where he is welcomed into Santa’s household. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to find his birth father and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Elf the Musical “is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” says Variety magazine.

This modern-day Christmas classic will help you embrace your inner elf.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these FOUR Elf the Musical tickets click on the words “post a comment” below tell us about your favorite scene in the movie Elf. If you’ve never seen the movie, tell us which movie is your favorite watch as a family around the holidays.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the Elf tickets, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll choose a winner on Friday!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Hey mamas, we’ve got another date night brewing!

bordinos21This time we’re giving away four tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It at Walton Arts Center PLUS dinner at the ever-popular Dickson Street restaurant Bordinos.

Can I get a heck yeah? The show is on Oct. 21 and would be so much fun to go laugh along with the show next to your honey and another couple — or three girlfriends!

This glamorous show is guaranteed to make you laugh.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) , NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

Here’s a little tv spot to give you a feel for the show:

bordinos cocktailABOUT THE FOOD/DRINKS: We adore everything about Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar, from the amazing brunches to the romantic dinners to the dazzling desserts. Bordinos is consistently voted “Best Date Night” in our Mom-Approved awards every year. We know why!

And this classy show just calls for a cocktail, don’t you think?

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to win these FOUR show tickets + dinner at Bordinos, click on the words ‘post a comment’ below and tell us about either your favorite theatre show — or one of the best meals you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

We absolutely adored Blue Man Group at Walton Arts Center and we’re so excited to see Bill Engvall this Friday night! (Click here if you want to grab tickets, too!) And every meal we’ve ever had at Bordinos is our fave :)

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas!

Classes on tap for adults at local start-up Nerdies

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Should the kids have all the fun?

We don’t think so and neither does local start-up Nerdies/Arties. They’ve added some classes for the grown-ups, too! Woo-hoo!

In our 5 Minutes with a Mom interviews, we often ask local mamas what they would like to learn if they went back to school. Everyone has something they would love to learn more about. The Nerdies (and Arties) classes give adults a way to dip their toe back into the classroom.

It’s always fun to learn something new and it’s good to give your brain a workout.

These adult classes are on tap right now at Nerdies/Arties:

Trashleys logo.jpgTurn trash to treasure with Trashley’s Junk. DIY, mamas! Bring in an old piece furniture — or something else that needs a new paint job — and turn it into something incredible. Ashley Henry will fully assist you in a “Junk Paint Makeover”. Click here to read more.

Build a computer. Seriously, they’ll teach you how to build your own computer. This class is in cooperation with the local non-profit Free Geek. Click here to read more.

Self Publishing 101. Who wants to publish their own book? Learn how to do it right (and on a shoe-string budget) in this 4-week course. Click here to read more.

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Photoshop and lightroom. Professional photographer Maliah Pinkleton (remember that time she shot the mamas in fashionable dresses from Maude Boutique?) will help you take your photos to the next level, ladies. Click here to read more.

Tech 101. Head Nerd Brad is teaching this class and will help you with all things techy. Topics could include things like: How to use my iPhone, What is Minecraft and Why Do My Kids Love It So Much, Internet Safety, Easy Ways to Take Great Photos with Your Phone, All Things Social (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter). Click here to read more.

Minecraft Server Building. Speaking of Minecraft, this class will take you right to the motherboard. It’s in cooperation with Free Geek and adults are encouraged to bring their Minecraft-loving kids along for some great family bonding. Click here to read more.

Check back often because they keep adding sessions. Also? You can join a session anytime, which is awesome.

CLICK HERE to visit the Nerdies website to see what classes are available for kids this fall!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Robin Hood on stage at Walton Arts Center

robin hoodIf you didn’t win — or get a chance to throw your name in the hat — for the Home Free Vocal Band last week, we’ve got another giveaway starting today!

We’ve got FOUR tickets to see The Adventures of Robin Hood on Oct. 16th at Walton Arts Center. Since you’ll have 4 tix, you can go with another couple or take the kids (this show is recommended for ages 7 and up).

ABOUT THE SHOW: Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice, seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice-seeking machines!

Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest. But one thing is for sure…no rogue is safe!

Join the internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions cast for a silly and unexpected take on this classic story. This presentation for youth and adults is an equally memorable and powerful experience, mixing things up and turning the story of Robin Hood on its head. Prepare to unleash your imagination!

(Content considered suitable for children ages 7 and up.)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to see this FUN, SILLY show for free, click on the words ‘comment’ below and tell us about something that made you laugh out loud recently. This just happened to me: I was in one of those creepy Halloween stores a few days ago and suddenly a large (automated) spider jumped out at me. I screamed first, then laughed loudly enough that the whole store probably heard me! Your turn!

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas!

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