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May 20, 2003

Whirlwind Weekend

We drove into the city on Saturday, a rare event, both driving in and Scott taking a rare day off. Did the record show, picked up some used cds. Afterwards, Scott went off on a movie binge - the documentary Only the Strong Survive and Guy Maddin's Dracula.

I met up with Mike and we caught a performance of La Boheme, as envisioned by Baz Luhrmann. Absolutely amazing. I've never been to an opera before, so it was my first experience with supertitles. Beautiful and garish, manic and tragic - the production just took my breath away. However, I did refrain from purchasing a pink beret [the token Rodolfo bestows upon Mimi when love was first in bloom] at the souvenir booth. Thanks, Mike, for going to see this with me. Otherwise I'd probably have missed it and then sorely regretted it.

Just as soon as that was over, I hoofed it down to the parking garage, where I met up with Scott and we headed off to West Nyack, an area north of the city, for a surprise party at Dave & Buster's for our friend Adam, who's just finished his master's degree. It was so cool - all his family flew in from out of town, and he was totally, totally surprised. We ran late, so we didn't get to see the look of shock on his face, but we did get to hang out for a bit.

I've never been to a D&B. I really, really suck at most of the games, although I did find one video game that could turn me into an addict. Something called Chip Away, which is sort of like Tetris. I could totally blow tons of money playing that one. After that, a bite to eat, and then the trek home. Unfortunately, my navigation skills went AWOL, so that I directed us into Jersey instead of Long Island. Fortunately we had just enough money for all the tolls.

Sunday, I headed into Brooklyn to meet up with Jen to stroll around her neighborhood. Brunch at a new French cafe/bistro in her neigborhood, where the staff was French and people went out of their way to speak varying degrees of French. We also saw Down With Love, which was adorable. Renee Zellweger is still way too scrawny - if she still had some curves she wouldn't have had to exaggerate her strut as much. She has a scene near the end in which she delivers at least a five-minute monologue without any cuts - wow. Ewan Mcgregor has been sending my heart aflutter for some time, and he succeeded once again. He really does have a lovely singing voice.

Yours, &c., LC | 04:01 PM | | Comments (2)

Comments

Now that you've seen it on Broadway, you might want to try it uptown at Lincoln Center sometime...

Posted by: Frankenstein at May 23, 2003 09:53 AM

It certainly whetted my appetite for more. The eye-popping visuals of Baz's interpretation were pretty amazing, though. It really was like watching a Fellini film.

Posted by: mrw at May 23, 2003 11:23 AM