Yikes! I am working through a backlog of posts and have started to nix some of the more outdated ones, but while the 2011-12 season at the Citadel Theatre is over, I feel a post about one of my favorite Edmonton institutions is still relevant, especially since they are selling subscriptions to the 2012-13 season.
I have been going to the Citadel ever since high school when students were able to get super cheap tickets to attend shows as part of the student club. I didn’t get to see every production they did back then but Shakespeare was always a must and while I enjoyed the shows, I never considered myself a fan of live theatre until I saw “Into the Woods” at the Citadel. That was when I experienced this beautiful moment of ‘live theatre is not just Shakespeare and “old” plays ala Tennessee Williams and company’ – to this day, “Into the Woods” remains one of my favorite productions of all time. There was a small space in time where university took over both my time and wallet, but after graduating, one of the first things I did was get myself a theatre buddy and Club Friday season tickets (they don’t have these anymore but they were cheap tickets for 18-29 year olds on the first Friday performance of each show). After my theatre buddy stopped going, I also stopped going – apparently I ran into a period where I had no theatre loving friends (how can this be?). But thankfully I met mickyfine and we’ve had season tickets since 2010…
Since my usual weekend cohorts were all planning to be out of town or spending time with their family over the long weekend, I thought I would be spending a non-social four days at home, but it turns out that lunches with others were in the works, starting with a tweet up at Shanghai 456. Carmen (@foodkarmablog) started things off by tweeting that she wanted to go for Shanghainese and everything snowballed into a small tweet up with Jerry (@Zoomjer), Joe (@stirfryjoe) and Susan (@mollyseats). Let’s just start off by saying I love tweet ups! I’ve gone to a few now and met some really awesome and interesting people. And I haven’t had a bad experience yet – although the first one was a little nerve-wracking (felt like the first day of school = “what if no one likes me???”) – but I would still definitely recommend going to one if you have the opportunity!
I’ve been horrifically sick for the past week or so and have been slipping off the blogging bandwagon a little bit, but now that I’m feeling like a human being again, let’s talk about my first trip to The Manor Casual Bistro where we celebrated JP’s quarter life crisis aka Priscilleighfest 2012. As I was (am?) still sick, I missed the after party at The Druid (they have amazing onion rings!), but I still had a great time at The Manor.
The Manor is in this (for lack of a better word) manor off 124 Street and has two floors of dining space. I didn’t know what to expect since a manor makes me think of little old ladies and fussy table settings, but the inside was pretty sleek with dark tables and chairs – the white plates and napkins provided some lovely contrast. JP’s party was on the second floor where we essentially had a little room for our group of 25 people. I loved the room and the little pops of red and with the sun just getting ready to set, there was beautiful light coming in the windows – I also really loved that my seat on the banquette was right next to the red cushion (I like feeling special!). But why read my description when a picture is worth a thousand words (do four pictures equal four thousand words?)
Second floor room... looks beautiful no?