October has come and gone faster than you can say, “Boo!” It was an exciting month for both of us full of unique opportunities, travel, and time with family.
Ryan directed the Minnesota premiere of the Off-Broadway musical “Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!”. Yes, it’s a musical based on the George A. Romero zombie classic. A musical about zombies? It was just as campy and fun as you’d expect garnering plenty of laughs at each performance. What made the performance run extra special is that Ryan flew in the show’s writer from New York City to see his musical and surprise the cast. They loved having him in the audience, and he seemed elated to see his show reach an audience outside of the New York theater scene. Paul moderated a “screen to stage” themed Q&A with the cast and crew after one of the performances. It was the first time Paul and Ryan got to blend their hobbies together for a fun event.
Paul flew out to Los Angeles in early October to interview the cast of the new movie “Jojo Rabbit”. The movie studio flew him out to see the movie on the Fox Studios lot, attend a post-screening reception with the director, and offered interviews with the cast, including Scarlett Johansson, the following morning. The interviews were featured on his YouTube channel and on KSTP-TV’s “Twin Cities Live”. Paul also attended the Twin Cities Film Fest, which was celebrating its tenth anniversary. He loves attending each year and got to interview various filmmakers and actors throughout the fest.
One of the many events Paul and Ryan look forward to with their children is taking them to the Minnesota Orchestra. We recently attended their performance of “The Empire Strikes Back”. The Orchestra played the classic John Williams score as the film played above them. It was a phenomenal experience as their “Movies and Music” series is a great way to introduce families to the orchestra. They make the entire evening accessible and entertaining allowing the audience the cheer along, quote the movie, and get swept away in an amazing film score.
We had a fun Halloween as we got to spend some quality time with friends visiting from out of town on their way to a vacation. Dinner at the Mall of America meant seeing kids trick or treating from storefront to storefront. It’s a really clever non-traditional idea, especially for us Minnesotans. The Mall provides a safe environment where kids don’t have to be all bundled up with coats over their costumes. It’s always a disappointment when you cover a clever costume with a puffy coat.
Our dog, Channing, continues to be his cute and cuddly self. He loves to snuggle on our laps as we wind down from a busy day watching “Jeopardy!”, the news, or his favorite, “Dancing with the Stars”.
November will be a month of giving thanks. A joyous time to make some traditional family recipes and do some minor Black Friday shopping. Until then…
Thanks for reading,
Paul and Ryan