Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Nice one, Reid. Can't rally the troops even in a majority.
Also, don't worry about Ted Kennedy's life long passion being realized. I'm sure his health will hold out another month while you guys take a vacay.
Go on grab your water wings and towels. We'll be waiting right here.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
This week's feature is a preview of sorts since this play will not open on Broadway until October. But because writer Tracy Lett's is still fresh off the astounding success of August: Osage County, I thought it might be nice to get ready for his next venture with a short peak at this new play. Donuts has been playing/previewing out of town at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago to rave reviews and much anticipation in New York. Take a look at this short piece which gives a great feel for the new piece.
Superior Donuts will open October 1, 2009 at the Music Box Theatre in New York with previews beginning September 16, 2009.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We'd have marches and car flags and t shirts and ribbons...
Instead, we have the Republican party interested in "breaking the president" but not helping it's own citizens.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
As an politically aware adult, Walter was a reminder of where journalism came from, and how most of us wish it had remained; pure, honest, sincere, and valid. Modern "news channels" have sensationalized and cheapened our news experience to the point that it's easy to confuse the 6 o'clock nightly news with Entertainment Tonight. We are fed a direct line of news all day long, if we choose to plug in, and that direct access makes what Walter Cronkite did even more special. Each night he brought a nation together to listen, laugh, celebrate, mourn, and think. It is my hope that he will continue to guide and watch over the industry.
After all, Fox News needs a strong guiding hand.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I must must must shout my outrage, horror, disbelief and overall WTF-edness at how on earth did #13 Kathie Lee Gifford come in above #15 Rachel Maddow? I mean that is just wrong on every front.
Stupid vs. Brainy. Old Hat vs. Cutting Edge. Annoying vs. Adorkable.
I don't think I need to go on.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Last Thursday night on her MSNBC show she proved her awesomeness again by very nicely putting Pat Buchanan in his place as he had yet another case of Racist Tourette's.
Just look at how Rachel takes Uncle Pat's arm and guides him ever so gently into the venue that makes him all tingly inside: bigotry
The segment ran over 10 minutes, but honestly it is pure joy to watch and I won't even mention her adorableness, sigh.
Friday, July 17, 2009
You'll all be relieved/excited to know that the nut-job church featured in this story has no plans for taking the sign down, in fact, more will be erected featuring more button-pushing topics such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Something tells me I will be linking back to this story a lot.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Did I say pathetic already?
Most of the time I am bathed in the love and acceptance of our town and how incredibly open and inclusive we can be to everyone.
Then there are times when I just think we will never pull ourselves up from the muck of fundamentalism.
I just keep thinking, if Gainesville, Florida can't get it right, who ever will?
I had a link to an awesome video on this story and how great Gainesville residents can be, but the story has been taken down. All that remains is the bickering between sides on a rickety bulletin board. Sorry. Watch the one above for a good idea of what is going on.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I guess this means that I can go ahead and make my 16-year-monogamous-lesbian relationship legal now and get all those great benefits, right?
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
"The FL Turnpike billboards have been hijacked by right wing-nuts. Hell, damnation, abortion scare tactics and conspiracy theories."
I was immediately honored by a follow from these guys.
Should I be worried? Scared? Looking over my shoulder? Or what I really am...laughing hysterically! Now to just get the Pope to follow....
Monday, July 06, 2009
The original production of this famous show starred a trio of Broadway greats in John Raitt, Janis Paige, and Eddie Foy. Standard musical fare of "Hey There" and "Hernando's Hideaway" are melodies that still linger on radios, elevators, and supermarkets! Talk about staying power! The original production opened in May 1954, ran for 1,063 performances, and won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Choreography by Bob Fossee.
In 1973 and 2006 it was revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The latter production featured the marquee power of Harry Connick Jr. and Kelli O'Hara. The combination of Harry and Kelli's voices rivaled, if not surpassed, the original recordings in depth, richness, and all out sublime ear candy!The revival production opened at the American Airlines Theatre, ran a limited engagement of 129 performances, and garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography by Kathleen Marshall. The revival also boasted three new songs written by Richard Adler who penned the original score.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
One of my first LP's as a teenager was "Off the Wall" which of course was Michael's solo venture and it gave us only a taste of what was to come. Many argue that this release was equally as important as "Thriller". Take a look at the track list and you may feel the same. By the time "Thriller" was released most of America was hooked, or at least intrigued, and the awesome career of the cute little frontman of The Jackson 5 had been launched.
We all had Michael wannabees in high school. I remember everything from the skinny black guy who really could have been a double, to the awkward white kid who just couldn't leave that single white glove at home. Admit it....at least once you've tried the dance steps and belted your best "Billie Jean". At one time we were all a little enamoured. Back before the media ruined everything with a "Sneak Peek" at a world premier, we sat with mouths agape as Michael moonwalked across the stage at the Motown 25 celebration. Watching that was a wonderful surprise moment in television history. It was Michael at his best. The next day at school the cafeteria was filled with kids practicing the famous moves. I imagine high schools across America had similar scenes.
The stir that Michael made with that Motown performance was nothing compared to the elated eruption after the groundbreaking "Thriller" video premiered. At the top of every hour for the entire day, MTV played "Thriller" and it was the most awesome thing ever. Just think of it: 15 minutes of entertainment followed by 45 minutes to recuperate, practice dance moves, and eat some Cheetos or a Steak-umm sandwhich. Heaven.
I'd love to talk to our former teachers and find out just how manageable we all were the next day!
One of my favorite features Michael did was a 3D movie called "Captain EO" that played at Disney's Epcot. It was, at the time, the best 3D venture available and well worth the wait time in line. It was groundbreaking as well, just like everything Michael lent his name and expertise to. These are just a few of my memories and I have played them over in my mind during the past week. Things may have gone awry personally, his life became a bit of a circus, and he is mocked endlessly for his cosmetic choices, but behind all that is the boy who altered our musical landscape for the good. Nothing can change that.
Thank you, Michael.