Thursday, October 30, 2008
A's in the ensemble. T is on the tech crew...
Curtain at 8:15 both nights. Tickets $5, at the box office. Be there.
Hands inside the sweatshirt? It's a musician thing.
Some other great videos for earth science include:
Ring of Fire
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Eyewitness Rocks and Minerals
Have fun with earth science!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
So, is 400 year old French satire worth seeing? Yes, in a PG13 sort of way. If you might be put off by gold lame 2-piece swim suit, and a 20 minute flirtation scene with Celimene and her shirtless suiters in a pool, don't bother. It sounds gimmicky, I know, and when I read the preview in the Juilliard Journal, though my curiosity was piqued, I had my doubts. Moliere, for all his verbal brilliance, did not leave stage directions, so any production lends itself to some odd and unexpected variations in scene and setting at the whims of those who make such decisions. (I have a fear of modern theater...will I be treated to Shakespeare on roller skates? Sophocles on stilts? Moliere...in a pool?) The set has some of the expected elements: French doors, long drapes, winding staircase, fine upholstered furniture; and then there sits the pool, front and center, on stage, complete with a monkey-fountain. The play begins, and...
The pool works seamlessly as an integral part of the set; and it works not just because of the unexpected swim scene, which enhances the comedy, but because of the comedic timing of every word and motion, in, out, and along the edge of the pool. The students have an uncanny sense of space and matter--solid, liquid and gas--and use it all perfectly. Those audience members seated in the "splash zone" were a bit surprised, I suspect, but it was all in good fun. The play, pool and all, is perfect. The lines, an English verse translation by Richard Wilbur, come so naturally to each actor, you'd think they spoke in rhyme all the time.
I am reluctant to post reviews of the individual cast members, as they were all unique and well-suited to their respective roles. I will say that the young man who played the dark and brooding lead character reminded me of a cross between my son Trip and Keanu Reeves. And we all know how misanthropic Trip can be sometimes (like when he played the demonic tempter in Milton's Comus)...
Oh! The costumes...can we talk about costumes? Is there anything more fun than French fashion? The frills! The embroidery! The shoes (on the men)! The hats! The unmentionables!
I just want to add a bit about the ending, without giving it away. After all the lines are said and the main characters have left the stage, the supporting actors are left, and together create silently, and with minimal movement, the most comedic moments of the play. Thank you, Group 38.
See it if you can.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thought this might be of interest...haven't read it yet, but is sounds good. Here's a bit of background from Publisher's Weekly:
After Gág’s artist father died in 1908, the 15-year-old used her artistic talents to support her ailing mother and six younger siblings. She went on to win a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York and to become an accomplished painter, before breaking into children’s books with Millions of Cats...
Millions of Cats has always been a favorite here. Remember film strips? This was a classic. I can still hear the narrator's voice on the record that went with it...and the "beep" when you are to move the strip to the next frame. Isn't it bizarre that rather than read a book aloud teachers would play these film strips and advance the frame, or have a student work the machine?
I finally changed the setting on the radio alarm dial so that I do not wake up to the news. Yup. Got tired of hearing someone read the headlines from a newspaper I would not read anyway. Maybe it's just a woman thing, but I would rather awaken to lovely music.
We also have Sirius radio in the car...but with more channels to listen to than I have discovered (did you know that they have sci-fi radio plays??), dh still puts on that same news channel--regular old AM--every time he gets into the car. Go figure. Lucky for me I do most of the driving.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
So, if you’re at all open to difficult music well performed — and performed by musicians who seem unconscious of its difficulty –, I recommend watching for performances by the Julliard School’s Axiom. Even if you don’t happen to like a specific composition being performed, you can delight in the skill and dedication displayed by the performance. And if an eloquent performance leads to an appreciation of the work being interpreted, it certainly won’t be the first time in music history that such a thing has happened.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What sparked this post? I have two trees that need to come down, and one that needs a heavy pruning. I know, I know...but this is serious. The apple tree I planted 7 years ago has produced crummy apples. I have tried everything, and still the only happy harvesters are the yellow jackets. The other tree I need to take down is the walnut hanging over the driveway. Things that go bump in the night here are mainly walnuts falling onto the cars. Bad. So both trees, neither of which is terribly tall, go. I bought a saw...
Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008 8:00 PM
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
at 155 West 65th Street, NY 10023
AXIOM: A Tribute to Luciano Berio
Sequenza I (flute) (1958)
Sequenza VII (oboe) (1969)
Sequenza XIV (cello) (1980)
Points on the curve to find (1974)
FREE tickets available 9/29 at the Juilliard Box Office
Libby is playing the Corale portion of the program. Come on in and see the show!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Mission accomplished: We now have a house full of avid readers. Which is a good thing, as we also have a houseful of books to be read.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The world is a funny place...or not so funny. When Roe v. Wade passed, it was supposed to be a victory for women. Women were free! Women were now in charge of their own bodies! Women would no longer be subjected to the trauma of an unwanted pregnancy. So imagine my surprise at some of the reactions we got at the "Stand Up For Life" last Sunday.
For the record, most reactions were unremarkable. As we stood, block after block, along a major north-south route holding the usual signs, chatting, cheering, and praying together peacefully, most people who drove by ignored us. Quite a few, both men and women, of all races, cheered, gave us "thumbs up," waved, or honked (including one guy driving an 18-wheeler who honked all the way along the line). It was encouraging, and heartwarming on an otherwise chilly day.
Then, of course, there were the dissenters. They were, in fact, very few, but those that I saw all had something in common: They were all young men. One young man threw something at us as he drove by. Luckily, his aim was poor, and the object fell short of its target. Another few gave us the thumbs down. Another rolled down his window and shouted, "Your ideas are stupid." Later, as we pulled out of the parking lot after everyone had left, we saw another group of three young men with hand made "pro-choice" signs walking on the other side of the road, jostling each other, each trying to make the other be the first in line for their counter demonstration, such as it was. Frankly, it would have been comical, as the folks to whom their message was aimed had all left, if the subject were not so serious. But the entire time I was there, from the beginning to the end, not one woman protested our message. Granted, I could have missed someone, or a woman could have protested down the line where I did not notice, but all the negative reactions I saw were from young men.
Here is my "stupid idea": Roe v. Wade benefits young men who wish to do whatever they want without consequences. Roe enables men to be abusers of women.
Years ago, I was at a college student government meeting where some radical women discussed their experiences at a "peace encampment" (the US was not at war at the time). At the encampment, it seems, some young men in suits (as the women described them) came into the camp and started asking questions and arguing with the women. There was no violence, no yelling, just discussion. During the report to the student government on the encampment, one woman, hysterical and crying, stood up and said, "And I wonder how many of those men went home and raped their wives that night!" I suspect the answer was, "none."
Would asking a similar question about these young pro-choice men be fair? Did they go out that night and randomly "hook-up" (as they say) with women they barely knew, free from any consequences because of Roe? Have they paid for their girlfriends to have abortions, or convinced them that abortion was the best thing to do? And how, oh how, does this benefit women?
ETA: Row to Roe. Yeah, I cannot spell. I know. I need a secretary. Did I spell that correctly?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Where else but Alice's cottage can one find a lovely decorative box to capture...
...some unblessed invaders:
And no visit to the Cottage Garden would be complete without meeting Maj: