February 21, 2007
Back from spending a long weekend in NYC. Mainly I was there to see The Coast of Utopia, which was wonderful. There were dazzling performances and dizzying dialogue. Highlights for me were the various turns by Jennifer Ehle, especially as Natalie Herzen, Billy Crudup as Vissarion Belinsky, Martha Plimpton, and Ethan Hawke as the loud, obnoxious, unruly, undisciplined Michael Bakunin.
In the bit of spare time we had, there was a trip to MoMA, dinner at Otto (including olive oil gelato for dessert), brunch with Zeebah and Lauren, and drinks and nibbles with Paul F., who was game enough to meet up with us on a last minute's notice. There was also some wandering along Avenue A for shopping in little boutiques. In one of them I overheard the shopgirls talking about spotting members of The Strokes, including what appeared to be one of them with Kirsten Dunst on a double date. This is about as close as I'll get to spotting anybody famous, so it was a minor shallow vicarious thrill.
I was in the subway when I spotted someone reading the Daily News, whose front page headline was "Britney Shears." And every time we waited on the platform for the L at Sixth Avenue, there was a cute little blonde with a boombox, singing 80s Madonna songs. She had the right voice, but it drove me a little crazy that she was messing up the lyrics. But I was happy enough to give her some change, since she's much braver than I am, singing and dancing on a subway platform.
Minor travel delays. No one confiscated my toiletries and there were no unreasonable sojourns on the tarmac, so it all worked out and we made it back home Sunday night.
Had the day off on Monday, so it was good day to recuperate and do some laundry.
February 14, 2007
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February 07, 2007
Next weekend I will be immersed in nine hours of theater when I attend performances of The Coast of Utopia. The trilogy explores a group of friends who come of age under the Tsarist autocracy of Nicholas I. Playwright Tom Stoppard says it's not necessary to do any pre-theater study, but I'd like to have a fighting chance of taking in as much as I can when I actually attend the plays. Of course, I've had the tickets for some time but only now am I doing any reading.
Stoppard appears in tonight's Charlie Rose. Check your local PBS station for listings - the episode airs here at 12:30 a.m.
At some point I'd picked up a book on Russian history, but I've misplaced it during the move. It will suffice as post-theater reading.
September 22, 2005
This Weekend in Burlesque
Professor Jo Boobs & Torchy's Traveling Charm School, Sept. 23, 24 & 25 Several events are going on this weekend. Of particular interest to me is a presentation at eyedrum on Friday night called The Art of Burlesque - a multimedia presentation about burlesque - yes, with live demonstration. On Saturday night is a burlesque revue at the Earl featuring the Traveling Charm School as well as live music. Support includes music by Sophisticats & Sophistikittens (from New Orleans) and performances from Jo Boobs (from NYC), Panty Raid (from Nashville), Atlanta's own Doll Squad, the debut of the Steam Heat Dancers, and another local, Torcy Taboo, from Human Heat Wave.
August 18, 2005
Kylie Minogue Costume Exhibit Now Online
January 27, 2005
Oakhurst One-Off Art Show
PostSecret is a project that collects postcards from people who reveal something they have never admitted to anyone before. A blog has been set up with images of the cards and comments about responses to cards that have been exhibited as part of the project.
July 13, 2004
Spiderman, the Musical?
Wonders, or at least oddities, never cease. From today's Lowdown by Lloyd Grove [NYDN]:
Spidey on stage?: Award-winning "Lion King" director Julie Taymor is apparently in negotiations to stage a Broadway version of "Spider-Man." Yesterday at the Ischia Film and Music GlobalFest on the Italian island off Naples, Taymor revealed that she's talking about a stage adaptation of the famed cartoon strip - which has already produced two hit movies. She said a Broadway production, if it happens, is two or three years in the future.
Checked out Spiderman 2 a few weekends ago with the usual suspects, and it was a pleasure to watch something that was both fun and really good. I know one has to lower her expectations when it comes to summer movies, but it's nice not to think of a film as "well, that didn't suck."
Alas, that was not quite what I got out of seeing King Arthur with some of my New York gal pals. Clive Owen, royally yummy. Check. Ioan Gruffudd speaking in his natural Welsh accent, dashing and pretty and fighting with two swords. Most assuredly a check. We even have Stephen Dillane as Merlin, but blink and you'll miss him. Blue paint isn't so hot on him as it is on Keira Knightley (Guinevere, Warrior Princess - how many times is this quip going around?). And I even thought the battle over the ice was kinda cool - under-ice camera shots and all. I'm not so up on the history to know what's been flubbed or made simplistic, but overall it just struck me as very drab. I think what appeals to me about Arthur, as the literature has shown, is the legend, the mythology, the romance that has captured people's imaginations for centuries. King Arthur is the story of the birth of England, but in this rendering of the story, we seem to be going for a faux History Channel/CSI recreation of what might have really happened. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
That said, I knew what I was in for, so I don't really have an actively hostile opinion about it - except on one point. Where was the hot love scene? Where was the bodice-ripping, the breaking of furniture? Some howls of ecstatic pleasure would have been nice. But no, we just have some timid kissing and Guinevere's hand guiding Arthur's up the outer length of her thigh. Surely Arthur has had some experience with women? No chemistry or heat, whatsoever.
December 24, 2003
Lenny Bruce Pardoned
Governor Pataki issues the first posthumous pardon in state history to Lenny Bruce, who was convicted in 1964 on obscenity charges - essentially for the profanity of his standup act. Good to know that the First Amendment still has some power.
June 23, 2003
Tom Stoppard's Jumpers is currently on the boards in London, and I hope it will come here at some point. Simon Russell Beale is in it! If the production comes to New York (and why shouldn't it?), I will fly up to see it, most definitely.