As a writer, I’m always trying to fill in the gaps, no, the chasms in my knowledge. Although I am not going to take up an instrument, I am studying musical notation, for example. All night, musical notes dance in my head. It’s fun and it will help me hear the complexity in the music. I’m now tackling Greek myth. Tried before with Bullfinch, which were written in such a cumbersome, academic matter that I had to force myself to memorize what I could. Edith Hamilton was better, but not much. Now I’ve found HEROES & MONSTERS by Evelin, Evslin, & Hoopes, which is written with such aliveness that the stories are in my dreams along with the musical notes. Greek myth is the basis of so many psychiatric terms, literary illusions, and history. We all can benefit.
Imagine a book written so well that you’re in tears over the death of Icarus?
“The wax bonds of his wings were melting in the heat of the sun. He felt the wings sliding away from him. As they fell away and drifted slowly down, he gazed at them, stupefied. It was as if a great golden hand had taken him in its grasp and hurled him toward the sea…”
Here’s the link should you want to take the plunge.
Stage 42 at The Little Shubert Theater (422 West 42nd St) envelops you in a psychedelic setting that readies you for this Sixties dance musical spectacle, TRIP OF LOVE.
“I’ve seen this show ten times,” the woman next to me confided before the curtain went up.
“What did you like about it?” I asked.
“The music, oh, this music brings me back to Woodstock, to my youth,” she said, and hand-jived through the performance. It wasn’t just folks her age that caught the beat. Young people were bopping to the music, the seats rocking. Who could stay still during Wipe Out, Born to Be Wild, These Boots Were Made for Walking, and dah-dah-dah-dah, Batman?
There were heart-tugging moments for me. It was as if Sandra Dee was alive and young again when KELLY FELTHOUS sang Where the Boys Are. And TARA PALSHA did a passionate rendition of the first feminist song about relationships that I’d ever heard–You Don’t Own Me. The scene of soldiers in Vietnam (AUSTIN MILLER, DAVID ELDER, JOEY CALVERI) singing Blowin’ in the Wind made me, as my grandma would have said, verklempt. (Choked up, Yiddish-style). The question, “How many deaths will it take till we know that too many people have died?” is one that we, unfortunately, continue to ask.
Created, directed and choreographed by James Walski, TRIP OF LOVE stars Joey Calveri (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Kelly Felthous (Flashdance, Nat’l Tour), Dionne Figgins (Broadway’s Motown), Brandon Leffler (Broadway’s On the Town), Austin Miller (“Grease: You’re The One That I Want”), Tara Palsha(Vegas! The Show, Las Vegas), and Laurie Wells (Broadway’s Mamma Mia!), with Yesenia Ayala, Colin Bradbury, Bo Broadwell, Kyle Brown, Ian Campayno, Whitney Cooper, Alexa De Barr, Daniel Lynn Evans, Lisa Finegold, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Steve Geary, Daryl Getman, Jennifer Gruener, Colby Q. Lindeman, Connor McRory, and Kristin Piro.
TRIP OF LOVE is directed and choreographed by James Walski (Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express) and features scenic design by Tony Award winner Robin Wagner (The Producers, Dreamgirls), and costume design by Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (Aladdin, Kinky Boots). TRIP OF LOVE is produced by Makoto Deguchi (Blue Man Group: Tubes), and had its world premiere in April of 2008 at the Theatre Brava! in Osaka, Japan.
Tickets for TRIP OF LOVE are available now at Telecharge.com. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
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Please do NOT blame those poor parents for the killing of Harambe. My husband, who is 71, ended up in a hippo cage at the zoo when he was four. There were no parents as diligent as my in-laws. They had a one-year-old at the time who they must have had to help him at that moment. Maybe the answer is that kids under six need to wear kid-leashes even though I wince when I see kids wearing them. I’m sure all of us have memories of one of our children getting away from us, the terror until you find them. And in this case, the terror when the mother did find her son and watching him being dragged by the Silverback.
For over forty years, internationally know artist, MIZUE SAWANO, has sat behind her easel at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, painting the cherry trees and waterlilies. I have seen her at it many times, but try not to gawk. Gawk I did at her exhibition. Please gawk with me.
Really, don’t we look as if our ancestors came from the same sthetl? Here’s where to find info on the illustrious Lynn Cohen.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0169565/ Now if I only knew how to rotate us!
It’s always weird to me to see Amazon credited for a film on the screen. It makes me want to re-order my bamboo-handled toothbrushes. But Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman and based on Jane Austen’s epistolary novel, Lady Susan, is a treat. You’ll meet Lady Susan Vernon, Kate Beckinsale, the widowed villain you’ll love to hate. In the face of rumors about her scandals, she ruthlessly finagles to snag a rich husband for her and one for her neglected daughter. The title was taken from a childhood letter by Jane Austen to amuse her family. Enjoy the shameless social climbing, the affairs, the gossip. Oh, I love gossip. Especially if it’s Austen-esque.