The Gallery Players' production of Les Misérables opens Friday evening in Burlington, NC. It's going to be wonderful! Here's the performance information:
Paramount Theater of Burlington Feb.21-23 and Feb.27-Mar 2 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2PM 336-222-8497 to reserve tickets (Call between 12 and 3pm or leave a voice-mail with information)
We did notice that one of the sculptures, based on Dance at Bougival, stayed in front of the Arts Council even after the exhibit closed (two years ago). A few weeks ago, when we went to the Lego exhibit there, we finally had a chance to see the sculpture, Turn of the Century by J. Seward Johnson, in person (rather than from the van window):
It was a beautiful, though chilly, day today. Very unusually, I didn't have any errands I needed to run on the way home from Zumba so I stopped by the Botanical Garden for a very peaceful walk. There were almost no other visitors there.
This exhibit has been at the Arts Council in Graham (1/2 hour away from us) since right after the summer musical ended. I kept putting off going to it because we had so much else going on. After not going last week because of my allergic reaction, I was about to give up on getting to it since it closes tomorrow. However, I looked up more on the artist, and found this video:
After watching it, both younger son and I decided we wanted to go see the exhibit. We also watched a fun Stephen Colbert interview (not embedded because it autoplays).
I'd heard that the exhibit has been very crowded so we wanted to get there when it opened. We did get there that early - along with 160 elementary school students. The exhibit is in three rooms of the old house that the Arts Council is in and in one room of the Children's Museum next door.
Tomorrow is the last day so if you don't get a chance to go, here is some of what you missed:
He does portraits of his wife in Legos.
One of my favorites - The Kiss
Mount Rushmore: I was the most surprised by this because it seemed the least unusual and creative work there. It turned out that it was voted on in a "What Should Nathan Make" adventure.
Another one of my favorites. I wish it didn't have the reflections, but it was getting pretty crowded at this point, and it was difficult to get photos without someone in front...
...or someone behind. I (clumsily) Photoshopped a small Snow White and her mother out of the back of this photo. I love the reflection in this one!
I'm currently reading Summerland (very good!) so this went along well.
I'm so glad a friend had a Facebook post about the choreography performance on the Emmys since I hadn't seen it.
They got the nominated choreographers to get together and choreograph a dance for the show, and it had to include the host, Neil Patrick Harris. Apparently, for the first time, they were going to announce the award for best choreography on the evening show.
The only TV show I even try to keep up with is So You Think You Can Dance (surprise!), and I didn't even get through the whole season this year because it takes place at the same time as the summer musical. More than half of the nominated choreographers were from SYTYCD so I actually knew something about this category!
Other than SYTYCD, I'm pretty clueless about what's on TV (except for Sherlock and that doesn't happen all that often). Oh, I have heard of a number of the shows - Breaking Bad, Black is the New Orange, Mad Men, etc. I'd heard of Game of Thrones, but I didn't know it was a TV show.
I have watched one episode of Downton Abbey. I loved it, but nobody else was watching it with me so I didn't have anyone to discuss it with. Maybe someday. In general, we end up watching more movies than anything else, and there are so many of them to watch (or rewatch with our kids - this week, we rewatched Harvey, and X Men, both of which younger son was seeing for the first time).
Back to the choreography performance: I loved seeing all the different styles (the dance itself starts at 2:00):
I always enjoy Neil Patrick Harris so, after watching this, I wondered why I hadn't at least taped* the Emmy Awards to watch later. When I watched the opening skit, which was fun, I realized why I hadn't. I looked at the actors & actresses in the audience and realized that, unless they're from movies or Broadway, I don't know who they are. This is unlike the Tony Awards, where I know who lots of the performers are, even though I haven't seen a live Broadway performance since older son was born!
I also found it interesting that they started the dance with a Broadway song!
* Yes, very old fashioned. However, as little as I watch, why get the current technology (which will be outdated in five years anyway)?!
The illustration was from a manuscript of Froissart, a medieval, French, chronicle writer. We couldn't easily find the artist who painted the illustration, but the Froissart article mentioned that one of his manuscripts was illustrated by Brugeois artists of the day - from the Flemish city of Bruges. I will show the Wikimedia photo for Bruges (below), which makes me really want to go back to Europe some day.
Getting back to the Seven Deadly Sins, while I was looking for the Latin names, we ended up at the post about sloth, at The Starry Cave. The post goes into depth on sloth (socordia):
...Sloth has turned into absolute selfishness where one become a burden to ones surroundings where one’s own misery and hopelessness becomes the ominous worth of one’s sorry excuse for a life. A life where one feeds upon others goodwill and favors, where one expect the world to listen to one’s putrid lament while one is not giving anything to anyone – not even to oneself. Sloth can work as a darkened scale where one pleases others because one has renounced ones centre or that one like a beast of pestilence demands the world to attend to the suffering void of one´s painful existence. In both cases one has sacrificed ones soul to the realm of Hypnos and has taken greedily the chalice of Lethe’s waters of forgetfulness to mend ones pain and self-inflicted soul-sores. This is true sloth; a denial of love both its coming and going...
The post concludes with Edgar Allen Poe's poem, A Dream Within A Dream:
Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand- How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?
We finally were able to go to the Paperhand Puppet Intervention show, City of Frogs, a week ago. We went opening night, when daughter was here, but the show got rained out. We had a few other nights open - all rainy.
I was glad to finally get a chance to see it. It's one of my favorite shows of theirs. If you live in the Triangle and haven't had a chance to see it, it will still be at the Forest Theater in Chapel Hill the next weekend (Sept. 7/8/9) and at the outdoor theater at the NC Museum of Art the following weekend (Sept 14/15/16). You can check the Paperhand calendar here.
I'll post one photo above the fold - it's from the first minute so I'm not giving much away. I'll put the rest below the fold so that anyone who's going in the next few weeks can avoid them.
The story of a puppet...
[DON"T go further if you're going to go see it!!!!!]