Posts

App We Love Right Now: Quist

By Callie Leahy 

App we love right now: Quist

Website: www.quistapp.com

Available: On the App Store and on Google Play Android Market

About the App 

Quist, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history app, highlights the events of the past that have made the future of LGBT what it is today. Quist reports historical events on any particular day in history from all around the world, from historical marches and legislature to not-as-well-known historical acts.

Their Mission 

According to their website, Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBT community, make LGBT history more engaging and relevant, and let LGBT youth know that others have shared their struggle.

Features and Usability 

Whether you’re a history buff or you’re just looking to get to know more about the history of the LGBT community, this app has the ideal features and simplicity for users of all ages.

Events are featured by day in history, but users can also search by country or explore the database of nearly 800 historical events by date. The interactive interface is both easy to use and visually appealing with photos and historical facts listed on each event.

Why We Love This App 

In short, we love Quist because it portrays the same values of Turtle Creek Chorale. TCC has a long-standing history in the city of Dallas for their work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) charities, outreach, and pride groups, as well HIV/AIDs funding and awareness groups. Throughout the organization though one thing remains clear — their passion for history and LGBT outreach.

Submerge yourself in the unique history of the LGBT community and download the Quist app today or check them out on Facebook.

All reference and source information provided by Quist app website, www.quistapp.com

Ask a Turtle

By Todd Camp

Lucky for us, we get to talk to the Turtles all the time, but we wondered if there were any burning questions out there that you lovers of all things Turtle might have for the members of Dallas’ most celebrated singing ensemble.

So we reached out to 10-year veteran Chorale member Troy Heine, an Irving-based computer programmer by day, to answer the question, “Do you ever get pre-show jitters, stage fright, or even worse, forget the lyrics — any performer’s worst nightmare?”

“Being onstage with 200 other guys does a whole lot to mitigate stage fright. We are perceived as a whole and as long as enough of us are singing the right notes we come across the right way to the audience,” Troy says. “We all endeavor to sing the best we can, and most of the time we’re all pretty decent on the whole. So no, I don’t have much problem with stage fright. I’ve done enough acting on stage to not have any problems with that.”

Before joining the Chorale, Troy says he used to act in high school and early college and was in choir prior to that. His first major stage production was in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. He also credits his early stage experience with teaching him a valuable lesson about avoiding onstage jitters. “I learned early on that as long as I knew my material, stage fright was not an issue,” he says.

Of course, singing along with an ensemble is certainly not as intimidating as tackling a solo, something Troy says he regretfully has never done.

“If I go through my entire time with the Chorale and never step forward to sing a solo, I’ll feel like I’m missing something,” he says. “But most times, what stops me is not competition but time. There’s a whole lot I would like to do in the Chorale that I can’t because of time. You can get oversaturated really fast.”

Meet the Cast: Rickey Phoummany

By Todd Camp

Being in the Turtle Creek Chorale family already calls for a tremendous amount of giving on each member’s part. You give of your talents, your voice, your energy, your soul, and, of course, your time.

Which is why it’s always inspiring to meet Turtles who still manage to find room to give just a little bit more. Rickey Phoummany is one of those people. Rickey took home the title of Mr. Charity America 2015 on Oct. 5 at the Round Up Saloon.

Mr. and Miss Charity America hosts fundraiser events and benefit shows for Home for the Holidays Texas Inc., an organization that helps provide travel services to people living with HIV/AIDS in order to allow them to go home to be with their families for the holidays.

“It’s [a charity that is] near and dear to me because I live and am surrounded by people who have HIV/AIDS who are struggling and need help, but sometimes are too shy or afraid to ask for help,” says Rickey, a Watauga native who also works as a substitute teacher for Grand Prairie ISD and Arlington ISD when not performing with TCC, and he choreographs for local high schools, working with show choirs and dance/drill teams.

“Having heard the story of how the Chorale went through the AIDS crisis in the documentary The Power of Harmony truly opened my eyes!” he said. “Knowing I can use my talents to raise money and awareness to help out my community is why I love this organization and the Turtle Creek Chorale.”

The charity itself already has a history with the Chorale, with the winner of TCC’s annual Miss Big Thicket fundraising event regularly going on to compete in the Miss Charity America Pageant. Not surprisingly, several former Miss Big Thickets have gone on to become Miss Charity America.

Rickey says that raising funds for an organization like Home for the Holidays Texas is rewarding enough considering the great work they do. In addition to providing much-needed travel funds for the holidays, they also fund emergency trips, trips for families to come to when someone is too sick to travel, funding for people who might be making a final journey home, as well as providing transport for funerals.

They also support other charitable organizations in DFW, including the Fort Worth and Dallas Chapters of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA), The United Court of the Lone Star Empire, the North Texas Council of Clubs, and many others.

“This title means a lot because knowing the community came together and helped donate funds to help me win my bid for Mr. Charity America, I feel it’s natural to give back to a community that supported me,” says Rickey.

Rickey encourages anyone who would still like to contribute to this very worthwhile cause to do so at HomeForTheHolidaysTexas.org. Donations are accepted year-round.

Why Do Turtles Love Being Turtles? Let us count the ways.


By Augusta Neal

It would be hard to count exactly all the reasons why singing members love being a part of the Turtle Creek Chorale. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t try to narrow down the top 10. We asked Turtle Creek Chorale members what they loved most about being Turtles. Enjoy!

10. The opportunity for new experiences. 

“I love the opportunities for new experiences and new learning that being a Turtle provides.” — Jamie Rawson

“I enjoy any place that puts me in heels for the first time and makes me learn to run and jump in them on stage in front of thousands.” — Tri Truong

9. The joy of synchronism.

“The only thing more moving than hearing voices in sync is being a part of creating the experience. I love the pure, unalloyed joy that one can experience when singing with others.” — Jamie Rawson.

“Making a difference in the world. I am proud of the many causes we have championed. My single voice could never have made such an impact on the world, yet when joined by the many other voices we can accomplish a lot!” — Stephen Wade Price

8. The undivided acceptance.

“I finally found my family of choice. I can be who I am without worrying about what other people think.” — Kevin Stone

“The Chorale helps me feel like I’m part of a family away from my actual family. I like that support and community because I know there are moments where it just makes my day and gets me through things.” — Danny W. Lippert

7. The “doin’ it for the thrill” of it.

“I love the thrill of an especially outstanding performance.” — Jamie Rawson

6. The “little things.”

“My favorite part about being in the Chorale is the little life-affirming moments. Last night we were singing the “Brokeback Mountain Suite” — my favorite piece for our “Brave” concert. I turned to the row behind me and saw my Turtle brother Stephen Sanchez, and he mouthed, “Happy birthday … love you.” I became simultaneously emotional and overjoyed.” — Russ Weeks

5. The discipline through presence.

“When making music, one must be fully present. Rehearsing music provides a benefit akin to extended meditation, with the added benefit of interacting with others.” — Jamie Rawson

4. The undeniable talent.

“I love how singing can give palpable expression to emotions and convey them to those who listen.” — Jamie Rawson

3. The strength in similarities.

“TCC is filled with people who are like me. Funny, creative, musical, and more. We aren’t different when we’re together. We’re stronger.” — Bob McCranie

2. The feeling of experiencing the audience’s energy.

“I love to experience the energy of an appreciative audience.” — Jamie Rawson

1. The realization that, in the end, it’s all about the music.

“We are so blessed to create these beautiful soundtracks to enrich our lives. And our audience’s lives.” — Russ Weeks

“Going back and listening to our amazing work and saying, ‘Yes, I was a part of that.’” — Jess McDowell

 

Dallas’ Pride Parade

 

By Todd Camp

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, it’s not Christmas, yet. But it is time to start planning for the 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, Dallas’ massive annual celebration of LGBT pride!

That means colorful outfits, pets on parade, and a long day of floats, fun, and fabulousness. Of course, the Turtle Creek Chorale will be there front and center, so I spoke with Chris Campbell, one of the co-chairs of this year’s TCC Pride Parade Committee, to find out how the Turtles will be celebrating this year’s festivities.

“We’ll have a float in the parade showcasing some of the fun music we’ve produced over the past 35 years, and we will have members walking alongside tossing beads out to the crowd,” says Chris, a Joplin, Mo., native who joined the Chorale in February of 2013. “We are going to be using the parade to let the community share in the celebration of our 35th season.”

Considering that TCC outdates the parade by four years, they certainly have plenty of accomplishments to be proud of this year. But anyone who has ever tried to attend the parade knows that finding a good place to watch can be challenging, especially with the throngs of attendees. Any suggestions on where I should perch this year?

“Personally, I always watch the parade from Woody’s or TMC’s [Throckmorton Mining Company’s] patio,” Chris admits. “Both have great vantage points for the parade and great people-watching as well. These are both good places to meet up with friends before heading to Lee Park for the after-parade events.”

I asked Chris if he had any favorite parade participants I should keep an eye out for when I get there.

“Cathedral of Hope always seems to have a great float and participation from their group,” he says. “Then there are always floats with lots of eye candy — family friendly, of course — and those are always fun.”

Thanks for the reminder. Better grab the camera, too. See you there!

This year’s 31st annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 on Cedar Springs Road, starting on Wycliff Avenue and preceding on to Turtle Creek Boulevard. For more information, visit dallaspride.org.

25 Reasons to Give $25 on North Texas Giving Day

 

By Caroline French

On Thursday, September 18 your gift of $25 or more is eligible for bonus funds during North Texas Giving Day. Since lists are so on trend right now, we came up with our 25 reasons that you should contribute $25 to Turtle Creek Chorale on Thursday!

Let the countdown begin!

25. Keeping a world-class jewel in Big D’s crown! There are over 21,000 nonprofits in Big D, but not all of them *sparkle* the way Turtles do! Our award-winning combination of quality and entertainment make us one of Big D’s most unique nonprofits!

24. Two words – bonus funds. Who doesn’t love a bonus? On North Texas Giving Day, gifts of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds. Communities Foundation of Texas will enhance, on a pro-rated basis, the total of donations made during North Texas Giving Day.

23. Singing across the generations. We’re not just talking about the fact that TCC has survived parachute pants, hair scrunchies, and Furbys. Our members range in age from 21 to over 75! That’s more than six decades of experience, history, and incredible stories.

22. All boats rise. TCC is one of the many fabulous local arts organizations in North Texas. When you support TCC, you are helping to support ALL of the North Texas arts!

21. Honor a musical angel. Since our founding in 1980, TCC has lost more than 200 members to AIDS/HIV. We honor those Turtles who have gone before us and whose shoulders we stand upon and sing today. Give your gift in honor of a musical angel.

20. Sammons – one word for creativity. Most office buildings look identical. You walk in and see desks, phones, and little cubes. When you walk into Sammons Center for the Arts to visit the TCC office, you might see a dance rehearsal, a youth orchestra, a yoga class or a cabaret! This is the creativity and inspiration that we are continuously surrounded by!

19. Music is expensive. The average octavo that the Chorale purchases for each member for each song we sing is $3.50. That means that for 150 men to sing one song at a concert costs approximately $525. Multiply that by the number of songs TCC sings in a concert season, and you’ll see the dollars adding up.

18. Setting an example. Did you know that 7% of the singing members are also teachers? These incredible members are leading the next generation of musicians, performers, and even mathematicians! Teaching is an art, and we love our teachers that love the art of choral music.

17. Better than a bar tab. When you wake up after a night at the bars, your wallet won’t be the only thing that hurts. Save yourself the headache and support TCC!

16. Your gift is needed. Annually, 40% of TCC’s funding comes from supporters like you! Your continued support allows us to continue producing such incredible music!

15. Building bridges. Ok, not literally. We are much better with high notes than hammers. TCC is committed to building meaningful relationships with our fellow nonprofits and our community.

14. Singing isn’t our only talent. Our small ensemble, SoundBytes, is comprised of 15 men who love to sing AND DANCE! Other Turtles write plays, act locally, make pottery, and even play the tuba!

13. Your gift is tax-deductible. Let’s be honest. Come April 15, you and your tax accountant will be scrambling to find every deduction possible!

12. Singing in the streets. And the park. And once even in a grocery store. Each year TCC presents more than 30 outreach concerts in our community. These performances afford TCC the opportunity to present free entertainment to those unable to attend our concerts.

11. Pay it forward! There are over 1,000 alumni in TCC’s database. Support the organization so that thousands more may have the same incredible experience!

10. “C” is for commitment. Singing members annually volunteer more than 100,000 hours for rehearsals, performances, and outreach events. When you support Turtle Creek Chorale, you support our many commitments to the music, to the membership, and to the Metroplex community and beyond.

9. Diversity. It’s not just a word to us. Our singing members are as diverse as the musical selections we present. From the U.S. Army Chorus to Sandi Patty to Liza Minnelli and even the late great Joan Rivers, TCC opens our arms to diversity.

8. Sharp dressed men. Tuxedos usually mean stuffy events. If they were comfortable, silk pajamas wouldn’t have been invented. But for a TCC singing member, a tuxedo is one of the many expenses of membership. Our financial assistance scholarships ensure anyone can be a part of the organization – and look good doing so.

7. Giving begets giving. When your friends see you giving to an organization, they similarly want to give and be a part. Some call this peer-pressure. We call it “awesome-sauce.”

6. Not all libraries are filled with books. Did you know that there are over 4,000 songs in TCC’s Music Library? This library allows TCC to be a resource for our chorale community, regularly lending pieces to other choruses and commissioning new arrangements.

5. Double your gift in under 5 minutes. Many companies offer matching gift programs. Ask if your company will match your gift to TCC, and you will have doubled your gift and the impact of your gift in under 5 minutes!

4. Alpha Omega Turtle. Though we aren’t technically a fraternity, the brotherhood of TCC offers a supportive family for like-minded individuals. For many individuals, we ARE their family, their support network, their big brothers, and their sense of security.

3. Nonprofits need lightbulbs too. Everyone loves to talk about education, ROI, and numbers served…but nonprofits also need those pesky mundane items like letterhead, postage, and yes, lightbulbs.

2. It feels good to give! You know that instant gratification you feel when you support an organization you love? That’s because you are participating in something larger than yourself.

1. You know the gift of song. TCC performances take you on a musical and emotional journey. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you cry. But every time you leave knowing the gift of song.

On September 18 from 6am to midnight, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org to make your gift to Turtle Creek Chorale. Gifts of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds only on September 18 when made through the North Texas Giving Day site.

The Healing Power of Music

 

By Todd Camp

Our nation has faced a number of difficult challenges lately. Anyone who has turned on the nightly news in the last few weeks can relate to the notion that sometimes the pain faced by others can be overwhelming.

No anniversary brings that point home more than the somber annual remembrance of the national pain we all experienced after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Thankfully, music can often be a soothing salve for troubling times, and its healing powers are in high demand these days.

We reached out to a few Chorale members to find out what songs culled from the group’s 35-year history still have the power to uplift the soul while healing the spirit.

For 21-year Chorale veteran Jamie Rawson, his unforgettable song came from the 2006 TCC collection of American music, Songs of Our Nation.

“In the later 19th century, almost every well-appointed American home had a piano or a pump organ. And the people sang. Gentle, popular ballads were the Gold and Platinum records of the era,” Jamie says. “Yes, they were sentimental, but the country needed time to heal and to treasure the peace and rising prosperity they had found.”

“The music of this period brought them all together. Regardless of geographical location, the simple beauty of these tunes made the American people one,” he continues. One of the best of those, was the traditional American folk song “Shenandoah.” “The simple, haunting melody has remained a favorite to this day. I loved singing this for my nephew at his bedtime when he was quite young.”

For 17-year Chorale veteran Doug Mitchell, the song “Loving Kindness,” from the 2007 TCC recording Serenade, hits home the best.

“The text, based on a Buddhist scripture, is simple and beautiful: Put away all your hindrances, let your mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world, and so, too, the second quarter, and so the third, and so the fourth. And thus the whole wide world, above, below, around, and everywhere, altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought, abounding, sublime, beyond measure, free from hatred and ill will.”

Doug says those words have always resonated with him, “but, in retrospect, the closest I have ever come to feeling them as a reality was in the few days immediately after the tragedy on Sept. 11,” he recalls. “For a few days, it seemed as if the world was united in sorrow. And within that sorrow, there was a genuine outpouring of love-filled thought, free from hatred and ill will.”

Turtle-approved fall 2014 fashion trends

 

By Augusta Neal

It’s September. The days of lying by the pool and riding with the top down jamming to Sam Smith are soon coming to an end (okay, maybe that last part will continue).

But don’t fear fall. These Turtle-approved men’s fall 2014 fashion trends will keep you hot when the temperature’s not.

Colors of Fall 2014

Designers embraced head-to-toe tailored getups in shades of olive and forest green. Call us biased (because, you know, Turtles), but it’s hard to dismiss how effortlessly handsome slim green pants look tucked into chestnut brown biker boots, as styled by Gieves & Hawkes.

If greens wash you out, you’ll be excited to know that orange is the new black for fall. We suggest donning bright orange accessories (beanies, scarves, gloves) with your favorite basics (sweaters, trousers, V necks).

For Turtle Creek Chorale singer Danny Lippert, fall accessories are a must. “Each fall/winter, I’ve gotta grab at least one new beanie to add to my collection.”

Items to Buy and Try

Turtleneck (or “rollneck”) shirts were among one of the most sought after items on fall 2014 runways. Before you shudder at the idea of a rollneck shirt, you should see how Topman Design crafted this look into the chic city-dweller you always dreamt of being.

Taking a note from the classic Chanel handbag, this season’s trends introduced a modern, chicer version of the quilted jacket. Although it may not get cold enough in Dallas for this puffy alternative, TCC members believe in the power of both statement jackets and basic cardigans.

Said singing member Jess McDowell on the subject, “I love a good sweater. The problem is I can’t wear them that often in Texas. Here’s to having a cold winter.”

Here’s to cold weather (and hot style), indeed.

A Season Snapshot

 

By Todd Camp

Rehearsals are already underway and the 2014-2015 season for Turtle Creek Chorale promises to be a memorable, as well as transitional, one for the group as they search for a new artistic director. Associate Conductor Sean Baugh will take the reins in the meantime, so we decided to twist his arm and see if we could wring out a few more details about what to expect beyond the traditional season announcement.

Turtle Creek Chorale returns Oct. 17–18 with Brave, a powerful collaboration between the Chorale and local community artists. “Joining us will be local actress and singer Patty Breckenridge along with Chris Chism, contemporary music leader for the Cathedral of Hope,” says Sean. “The music will be very inspirational; about overcoming obstacles, being brave, facing challenges, finding hope. Expect all kinds of music, from pop to gospel.” Shows take place at the Latino Cultural Center (LCC).

One show not mentioned in the season announcement will be How Firm a Foundation, an evening of hymns performed as a collaboration between the Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and Camerata along with the Cathedral of Hope Choir and the Royal Lane Baptist Church Choir. The show takes place Nov. 8 at Cathedral of Hope and Nov. 9 at Royal Lane Baptist Church.

With the arrival of the holiday season, TCC unwraps its most popular — with audiences and Turtles alike — present of the season, the annual holiday concert. Jangled is scheduled for Dec. 13 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and Dec. 18–21 at DCPH and features a selection of traditional (and not so traditional) holiday standards. Asking Sean what would be special about the show sparks an explosion of enthusiasm. “There is sooooo much special about that show! It’s everything you love about a Turtle Creek Chorale holiday show,” he says excitedly. “Tears, laughter, and all kinds of wonderful, beautiful moments.”

The New Year brings a celebration of TCC’s 35th year, and a special 35th Anniversary Concert on Feb. 7 at DCPH that includes the return of Turtle royalty, Dr. Timothy Seelig. Conductor Emeritus Seelig led the Chorale for more than 20 years and currently serves as the artistic director and conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Sean says the concert will feature many familiar TCC favorites and a staged packed with both current and past members.

April puts the “great” in Great Britain with Britten, Beatles & Bond April 23–25 at DCPH, featuring anglophile favorites from pop legends like Elton John, the Fab Five, Spice Girls, and Adele, to more traditional heavy hitters like Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. “This is just going to be a lot of fun with some serious British composers, with a little Queen thrown in alongside Gilbert & Sullivan,” Sean says. “There’s seriously something for everybody in that concert.”

Details get a bit thinner at this point, suffice it to say that if the Spice Girls aren’t spicy enough for you, you might enjoy the all Latin-themed Musica de Mayo May 1–2 at the Latino Cultural Center, featuring music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain.

And finally, to maintain the irreverent, playful spirit of the group’s season enders, Turtle Creek Chorale closes out the season with a trip in the Wayback Machine to the decade that birthed the Turtles. Turtle-ly 80s, pulls on the parachute pants June 19–21 at DCPH. Audiences can don their snazziest retro togs and, for the first time ever, join in a full-fledged sing-along with the Chorale, complete with karaoke-style lyrics over the stage, Sean says. Expect timeless tunes from the likes of Lionel Richie, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, the Pet Shop Boys, and Pat Benatar.

Hit us with your best shot.

BRAVE

October 17–18

Latino Cultural Center

Our first concert of the season. BRAVE, will be a poignant and powerful statement of courage, faith, and perseverance you won’t forget. The concert will feature men of the Turtle Creek Chorale and community artists as they share, through music, their personal stories of bravery and hope.

“JANGLED”

December 18–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Each holiday season we are inundated with messages, noises, pressures, and commitments that can sometimes leave us … well … “Jangled.” Join TCC for our traditional and beloved holiday concert as we rediscover the true spirit of the holidays and celebrate this truly magical season.

*Children’s matinee concert on December 20*

35th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

February 7

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a concert joined by our alumni and Conductor Emeritus Dr. Timothy Seelig as we present the amazing music that made the TCC the most renowned male chorus in the world.

BRITTEN, BEATLES & BOND

April 23–25

Dallas City Performance Hall

TCC presents selections from our favorite friends from “across the pond” — The Beatles, Elton John, Adele, and, yes, even the Spice Girls! We won’t forget our more “serious” British composers, with works by Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

MÙSICA DE MAYO

May 1–2

Latino Cultural Center

Chamber Chorus and members of TCC present a festive concert of sizzling music celebrating the Latino culture. This concert will feature choral music from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexican, and Spain.

TURTLE-LY 80s

June 19–21

Dallas City Performance Hall

Join us as we celebrate our founding decade of teased hair, baggy pants, and more! It’s also your chance to sing along with TCC for many of the songs. You know you’ll want to anyway.

Summer Cinema that Really Sings

 

By Todd Camp

We’ve had some unseasonably cool days so far this summer, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been heating up at the box office. Summer’s onscreen offerings have run the gamut from big-budget, giant monster/robot films like Godzilla and Transformers: Age of Extinction to goofy comedies like Tammy and 22 Jump Street. Recent tent pole films like Marvel’s comic book space-opera Guardians of the Galaxy or Scarlett Johansson’s mind-bending actioner Lucy are continuing to earn audience buzz, but some of the Turtle Creek Chorale members we talked to have their own picture picks in mind.

“Maleficent has been my favorite movie so far,” Tri Truong admits. “I’m a little partial to Angelina Jolie, but really it’s because it’s interesting to see Maleficent’s side of the story, like how Wicked is to the Wizard of Oz. The movie was just beautifully done. I wouldn’t mind living in a world like that.”

Andre Cruz was taken with Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater’s quiet, yet engrossing Boyhood, a 12-years-in-the-making drama which allows audiences to literally grow up with young newcomer Ellar Coltrane. “I think the acting can lose some consistency when you use different actors at different ages, especially children,” Andre says. “I think being male, it also stirred up memories of my own boyhood.”

For Brian Carey, he was all about the DVD release of Spike Jonze’s Her: “Great acting, great visuals and topics. There were themes that made me think, with no judgment on whether those topics or themes were good or bad, right or wrong,” he says. “I like exploring gray areas.”

Marcus Overton was excited about another DVD offering, Easy A. “I loved that movie with a passion, “ he says. The film centers on Emma Stone’s average high school student whose life is overturned thanks to a few well-placed sexual rumors within the school grapevine. “I related really, really heavily to it,” Overton says.

Eric Ramsey was all about Pompeii on DVD right now, saying he loved “epic settings and historical dramas.” But he was also looking forward to Hercules and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

See you at the concession stand.