Wonder Woman movie inspires social gathering in Polk County

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The new “Wonder Woman” movie opening on Friday has inspired a special social gathering for women in Lakeland this weekend.

LAKELAND — Friday marks the opening of the new Warner Bros. movie “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot as Diana, princess of the Amazons, who is trained to be a warrior that can’t be conquered. Her life is dramatically altered when she meets an American pilot who tells her about the terrible war going on in the outside world.
The movie, based on the DC comic book created by William Moulton Marston, has inspired more than 50 women in Polk County to gather on Saturday for a special event marking the film’s opening.
It’s all a celebration of the talent in Polk County’s world of successful business women.
The plan is to watch the movie at the Lakeside Village open air shopping mall. The women plan to gather at the mall around 1 p.m. for a celebration lunch at Grillsmith’s on Saturday, then catching a 3:45 p.m. IMAX 3D showing of the film at the Cobb Theater.

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The event was organized by Merissa Green, a former news reporter at The Lakeland Ledger. Green said during the lunch, the women plan to talk about their own unique Wonder Woman experiences, as well as doing some networking.
At least one of them will win a Funko Pop Wonder Woman in an invisible jet, courtesy of the Arcade 80s, a video game store in Winter Haven. Continue reading

Freelining with Mike Freeman: What is it about eggs?

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May was National Egg Month, and as Mike Freeman notes, there’s good reason to celebrate them.

ORLANDO — About a week ago, I was chatting with my sister Kerri when we first got on the subject. I was getting concerned, I said, but my sister brushed off my fears with a quick wave of her hand.
“They used to say that,” Kerri noted, “but now they don’t believe that anymore.”
It was music to my ears.
In these turbulent times, when so much in the world seems to be going miserably wrong, we had shifted away from all those horrors to settle on a far more pleasant subject: eggs. More specifically, the fact that I had become a major egg fan late in life, but often found myself wondering what strange allure eggs held over me.
May was National Egg Month, and checking around, it seems I wasn’t the only one doing some celebrating. The Egg Nutrition Center has been urging the un-eggthusiastic to grab a carton during their next visit to the supermarket and find out how many glorious things can be done with them.
“May is a perfect month to celebrate the arrival of spring, mothers, and the Incredible Egg,” the Egg Nutrition Center noted. “While eggs are commonly associated with breakfast and protein, many aren’t aware of the nutrient package the whole egg provides. Continue reading

Fringe Review: “Molly’s Comedy Cabaret”

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“Molly’s Comedy Cabaret” is a hilarious show by Canadian singer and entertainer Molly Wilson.

ORLANDO – Watching singer and entertainer Molly Wilson perform her cabaret show at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, I thought for a moment about what it takes to create a really first-rate solo act.
I had already seen quite a few solo shows at Fringe this month, ranging from singers to dramatic readings to intense dramas.
Molly Wilson’s show has a fairly simple and straightforward concept: Molly’s stunningly beautiful voice is used to great effect on some well-chosen songs, and she has great comedic timing. By the end of the hour, as Molly joked with the audience and thanked them for coming, I couldn’t help think about how much work she must have done creating this show; because while it can be summed up as songs and comedy, Molly Wilson is wonderfully entertaining, and truly knows how to reach an audience.
In the beginning of the show, Molly does a particularly effective job of not only introducing herself, but also touching something heartfelt in so many of us: the idea of the small town kid with big dreams. A native of the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Molly noted that the locals often asked her why she couldn’t pursue a practical profession, like being a dentist, rather than aiming to become an actress and singer.

Her response: to turn to her mom and say no, singing is her true goal in life. Continue reading

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