Cirque du Soleil Show, Delirium

Last week, we went with a bunch of friends (some old, some new) to the Cirque du Soleil show, Delirium. It was wonderful! Our seats were *exactly* at eye level with the stage (it’s performed in the round) – there were some tickets that I think probably went for more money that were on the floor of the arena, but I think those people had to actually look ‘up’ the whole time to see exactly what was going on. Our view was perfect….and the whole show was just amazing.

Before Cirque du Soleil comes out, Nitza performs a 20-minute preshow – she was okay – I think I was just so hyped about getting to see another Cirque show that I couldn’t wait for it to start. When the Cirque show starts (after about another 20-minute intermission), it’s just fabulous from beginning to end, and everybody we went to it with, I think, enjoyed it just as much as we did! We had 14 tickets, so we practically had our own row! 🙂

I’ve been looking forward to seeing another Cirque show ever since Av and I went to Alegria, which was at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi – I had never seen *anything* like Alegria, and was talking about it for days. Okay, I’m still talking about it! hahaha!! When we were in Montreal last summer, we wanted to see one of the shows there (because Montreal’s the home of Cirque) but they were in a break.

Right now, Cirque is doing six traveling shows and has five ‘resident’ shows – I would loooove to see any of them, except maybe Zumanity, because it’s a 18+ show and I’m just a prude that way. But anyway! We had a wonderful, wonderful time. We want to get to Las Vegas sometime later this year to see Barry Manilow at the Hilton and any/all of the other three Cirque shows there. Fun!

Randy Newman Concert & Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Av and I had tickets to the Randy Newman concert last night in Birmingham at the Alys Stephens Center. We decided to have a nice supper beforehand so we made reservations at Fleming’s, at the Summit. Even though it’s a chain, Fleming’s is supposed to be *really* nice, so we decided to give it a try. Supper really was very, very good.

We started with the ‘smoked Norweigan salmon bruschetta’. The nova was served on toast crisps with a dill cream cheese underneath and diced sun-dried tomatoes on top.

We decided to pass on having salad, so the next course was our entrees. Av had the New York Strip and I had the Beef Flemington, which is a fillet wrapped in pastry. Both of these were excellent……..for wine, I had a glass of the Penfolds South Australia Kalimna Bin 28, 2002 shiraz. Av had a glass of Girardin pinot noir (I think also 2002) – and these, too were wonderful. Our side orders were shoestring potatoes (which they served in a big paper cone) and asparagus hollandaise.

Dessert was a chocolate lava cake and a chocolate/walnut/caramel pie. We both had a little of each, and they were *also* amazingly good.

Everything we had was wonderful. The service was great, and we still had plenty of time to make it to the concert.

This was the first time either of us had seen Randy Newman in concert. We had tickets to go, but Av was a little surprised that I was so happy about having the tickets. Although I think most people remember him for the songs he sang in the ’70s, he’s really done *so* much more – songs for movies like Parenthood, Toy Story 1&2, A Bug’s Life, Babe, Pleasantville, Meet the Parents, Monsters, Inc., and Seabiscuit (that’s not even all of them!). He also did the intro music for the show ‘Monk’.

Last night he played lots of songs I’d never even heard before, he did some sing-alongs, and he did some of the songs we all expected, like “I Love L.A.”, “Short People”, “Louisiana”, and “Birmingham”. It was really, really nice. I noticed just now that he’s doing a concert in NYC called “Bringing Back the Music” with the NY Philharmonic to benefit the Louisiana Philharmonic (his mother’s family is from Louisiana, and he still has cousins there). Nice!