February 10, 2007

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney's made a movie version of Bridge to Terabithia. that opens next week I just saw the trailer and couldn't believe it was the book I remembered reading, and being completely traumatized by, years ago. Somehow I carried around one memory from it all these years, and it wasn't the kind of thing they show on the trailers... I guess I'll have to go see it though and find out...

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January 29, 2007

Miss America!

Mom just called to let me know that Miss America is on tonight!! How'd I manage to miss that news???

8pm on CMT

8:20 update - my net connection is down (i'm blogging from my phone) but sitting here in my tiara of course. my early money was on tn and wv...and of course i'll cheer for ca, ct, and wa and the 3 emily's. we'll see if they even make the top 10

8:40 update - the net's back up and there were nice emails from Mom and Lisa (who of course got to see the whole thing 3 hours ahead of me...) So I got a few home states to root for and 1 of the Emily's... Mom has promised a tap dancer for later as well...

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December 08, 2006

Tonight on KTEH

Somehow we've made it to Friday, mostly by trying to keep pretty busy (book sorting Wednesday night for the book drive, wrapping presents for the adopt-a-family drive yesterday and letting my hairdresser do whatever she wanted to try to cheer me up -- nothing radical, but a slight "chocolate cherry" reddish tint, etc.) Tonight I'm back at KTEH for another pledge shift. Here's what will be on:

7: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
8: New Tricks
9: Cadfael

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December 03, 2006

The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

Yeah, its probably no surprise what I'll be watching tonight -- TNT's The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines.

Apparently, "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" was basic cable's most-watched movie in 2004, making a sequel all but inevitable.

And apparently in this one we add a character named Emily Davenport who can match Flynn degree for degree (actually she's supposed to have one more PhD than he does) -- probably still all those degrees and not an MLIS (sheesh).

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December 02, 2006

Tonight on KTEH

KTEH pledge time still -- another shift tonight, 6-10. Looks like I'll be on Camera 3 (which usually means lots of opportunities to get shots of the phone volunteers, and which doesn't require me to stand on a box like camera 1 sometimes does...) Here's what will be showing:

Country Pop Legends
Roy Clark hosts this mix of current and archival footage of country stars performing their hits of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Included: Bill Anderson; the Bellamy Brothers; Glen Campbell; Crystal Gayle, Hank Locklin, B.J. Thomas; and the Browns.

6:30: Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! A Gold 50th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of his 50th year as a recording artist, Johnny Mathis performs many of his hits in an October 2006 concert in Atlantic City, including “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth of Never” and “Misty.”

8: Celtic Woman: A New Journey
The vocal group Celtic Woman and classical singer Hayley Westenra perform a concert at Slane Castle near Dublin, Ireland.

(but Friday night I'll be back there for Mystery night, which is always fun)



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November 19, 2006

KTEH This Morning

Its pledge time again -- we're into the November-December pledge at KTEH. I'll be there today from 9-1:30 and then back again Saturday 12/2 and Friday 12/8 for shifts. Here's what's on this morning if you're flipping through the channels:

9-10: Yoga for the Rest of Us
10-1: America's Home Cooking: Appetizers (Recipes for hors d'oeuvres, canapés, dips and tapas items. Included: miniature egg rolls, chicken on a stick, layered Mexican dips and roasted ravioli.)

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November 12, 2006

Flushed Away

flushedawayposter.jpgWe went to see the very silly new animated movie Flushed Away, complete with very funny singing slugs. Voiced by Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet as rats.


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November 03, 2006

Blue Man Group

I've always wanted to see the Blue Man Group perform, but didn't really appreciate how amazingly cool they were. We just saw their How to Be a MegaStar Tour 2.0 here in San Jose (tickets through a contribution to KTEH) and I was totally blown away. It was the most multi-media theatrical experience I've seen -- the songs were illustrated with beautiful animations (complete with all the lyrics) -- and they even sent text messages to the audience (if you signed up and paid $1.99) throughout the show. One of the instructions in the text messages was to hold up your phone like a lighter when they put question marks on the screen on the stage -- the photo below with all the little lights shows how many people were following along.

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October 22, 2006

Live and Become

l_live_become.jpgWe saw the film Live and Become this afternoon as part of the San Jose Jewish Film Festival. It was a really interesting tale of a young Ethiopian Christian boy sent by his mother with the airlift of Jewish Ethiopians to Israel in 1984 and who spends his whole life pretending to be Jewish and trying to fit into that society and his new adoptive family. I felt it was a bit slow at times, but really engaging and definitely worth seeing -- both for the story of the boy and his family and for the history it portrays. I don't think we'll be able to make any of the other films of the festival, but hopefully they'll be available on NetFlicks eventually.

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October 14, 2006

Man of the Year

f10.jpgWe went to see Man of the Year tonight at the local movie theater and I loved it. The reviews seem pretty bad, and maybe its not as good as it could have been or the best of the political movies out there (I'm partial to American President, Dave and Wag the Dog among others of course), but tons of laugh and great political campaign digs and all my political friends and family really should go and see it...

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September 20, 2006

Now playing...

I wish I had more time... look what's playing locally!

Tick, Tick....Boom!
Bus Barn Stage Company
September 6-September 30, 2006
A musical look at the courage it takes to follow your dreams, TICK, TICK... BOOM! is Jonathan Larson's autobiographical tale of a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical.
Saw this one years ago and loved it -- and I think it's one of Eduard's all time favorites.

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches
City Lights Theater Company
September 14-October 15, 2006
Set against the AIDS crisis in the mid-80's, this award winning epic tale of heaven and earth takes aim at many of humankind's most immediate and troubling issues. It exposes our weaknesses, extolls our strengths, and weaves a magical, inspiring tale of suffering and survival.
I've never actually seen this on stage -- just the HBO version which I was totally engrossed by.

But this weekend is booked up with services and the Taste of Morgan Hill (come by Sunday and say hello to me at the Friends of the Library booth from 10-12)

And of course I still want to get to the Renaissance Fair before it leaves...

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September 18, 2006

Studio 60... and other tv shows

Lisa called to say it was worth watching Studio 60, so I'm staying up for it (rather than just letting Tivo get it and watching it tomorrow) so that I can compare notes with her, Mom, and anyone else who watched it tonight...

Here's my current (if slightly random) collection of must-see (or at least Tivo) shows:
Veronica Mars (we're almost up to date on DVD and ready for the new season!)
Daily Show -- sometimes its the only way to face the news
Extreme Makeover Home Edition - a guilty Sunday night pleasure... Busdriver, move that bus!
Project Runway - Brian convinced me to watch the episodes I had storing up on Tivo and now I'm up to date and ready to find out what the next challenge will be!
various HGTV shows (just can't resist... even if I'm completely DIY-impaired)

If there are other must-see new shows this Fall that I'm missing, feel free to clue me in... thanks... its been a while since i had so many to look forward to!

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August 26, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Another lovely Saturday here. We rode our bikes to the farmers market again, did some other errands, took a nap, and then went to see 10m.jpgLittle Miss Sunshine late this afternoon. Its a very funny family road trip movie with a pretty crazy family of characters.

The movie's web site is great and takes advantage of YouTube, MySpace page, Wikipedia, 43 Things and all sorts of other good social networking features.


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August 15, 2006

Chris Botti

p55795otbng.jpgI'm not usually so easily star struck, but I think I'm going to be a big-time fan of Chris Botti after watching him in the studio tonight at KTEH (I was on camera one tonight for the live shoot, 7-9). It was an amazing concert (with guests like Sting) and the guy was really wonderful in the studio -- he even played happy birthday on his trumpet when someone called in with a pledge and told us it was her birthday. (And yes, he's a total heart throb in person)

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August 04, 2006

Renaissance Fair Phone Ops

Its pledge time again at KTEH. I worked Camera 2 on the 6:30-11pm shift tonight and had a great time. The volunteers answering the phone were all players from the Northern California Renaissance Fair and they all came in full costume. The fair runs weekends from September 9th-October 15th (10am-6pm). I've always wanted to go and this year I'm definitely going to make a bigger effort to get there! They must have so much fun doing it -- though I could see how it could be a hobby that would eat your entirely life.

The queen (shown here at the fair) was one of the volunteers answering phones:
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July 24, 2006

Harry and the Potters!

I finally got to see Harry and the Potters perform (plus Draco and the Malfoys of course). I've been hearing about them for ages (kinda hard not to in library-land). The concert was at the Milpitas Library and was SO much fun -- I was the oldest person in the t-shirt line but that didn't stop me from screaming and dancing along with all the crazy Harry Potter fans as they seriously rocked the library! And of course there were other librarians there... a few photos from the night -- librarians, Dracos, a true fan, the librarians who made this all possible, Harry & Harry, and lots of dancing fans...

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July 23, 2006

Veronica Mars Marathon

Since its clearly too hot to do much of anything, we indulged in an afternoon long Veronica Mars Marathon (since the DVD of Season One is available from the library...)

For those of you tuning in late, here's the show's synopsis:

In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries. Veronica used to be one of the popular girls, but it all came crumbling down around her after her best friend, Lilly, was murdered, and her then-sheriff father, Keith, was removed from office for naming Lilly's rich father as the lead suspect. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling, new private investigator business--and what she finds may tear the town of Neptune apart at the seams.

Now available for the first time, this 6-disc collection includes all 24 episodes from the first season of the hit UPN show.

Of course we're only 1 dvd through the 6-dvd set but I'm loving it. I've only caught a few of the episodes here and there so I really wanted to start back at the beginning and get the whole experience. I hate it when I'm so many years behind the curve -- why didn't anyone make me watch back in '04 when it started! Sheesh.

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7 Brides for 7 Brothers

We headed over to Hollister last night to see S's colleague John in the San Benito Stage Company's production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. We had gone to see him in Man of La Mancha in Oct 04. He played Mr. Bixby, one of the townsmen who go after the stolen brides. He also was very involved behind the scenes, so much so that the company awarded him the "Gypsy Robe", awarded to a cast member who has made a special contribution of time and energy to benefit the production. Congrats John!

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July 03, 2006

Cars

We finally saw Cars, the new Pixar movie, and absolutely loved it. I wasn't expecting much given the luke warm reviews, but it was fantastic. The landscapes are so realistic and it's hard not to get excited for the big race even if you don't usually care much about cars... The riffs on their other movies during the credits had us all rolling in the aisles.

It was a lovely 3rd of July -- I did some work in the morning and then we all went searching for civil war costumes for the party Mom and Bill are going to next weekend. Then the movie, dinner, and we walked around the amazing street party the town was having to celebrate the 4th of July. Tomorrow's the parade, and a BBQ.

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July 02, 2006

Word Play

Mom and Bill are here visiting for a couple of days, so what better thing to do than see Word Play, the fantastic new documentary about crossword puzzlers. Its like Spellbound with grownups and has great cameos from people like Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, and the Indigo Girls -- all doing the NY Times Crossword. The sound track is great too (especially the song about "If You Don't Come Across, I'll Be Down")

And, one of the coolest things was that the Indigo Girls are sitting at the Montalvo concert venue where we saw them last July! Other sites also noted that it was in fact their July concert there in Saratoga. Super cool!

Great movie -- especially if you're a crossword fan. I'm a crossword wannabe... I can only get through Monday and occasionally Tuesdays, but I appreciate a good puzzler when I see one.

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June 11, 2006

Hairspray

poster0506_hairspray.jpgSaw the matinee of Hairspray today. I thought it was the best of the shows we've seen this season at AMTSJ. Its one of my favorite movies and I thought they did a great job turning it into a musical.

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June 10, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

We saw the much-talked about new documentary from Al Gore today, An Inconvenient Truth. If you haven't seen it already, go out and see it. I thought it was really well done, gripping, and ultimately extremely disturbing (although a lot of it did feel like an extended advertisement for Apple Powerbooks and Keynote :))

I filled out the Carbon Calculator on the web site and was very dismayed to see that I have a larger than average person impact - the result of a long commute (though relatively decent gas mileage) and a lot of cross country flights. We do take a lot of the steps they recommend -- our light bulbs are energy efficient, we bought energy-efficient appliances, we recycle heavily, we try to choose products with less packing when we can, we try to turn off the lights when we're not in the room, etc. but its hard not to feel overwhelmed by the scope of the problems and how we each contribute to it.

There was a lot in the movie to make me mad... and worried. Hopefully it will get more people to sit up and take notice of this important issue.

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June Plege, part 2

One more shift this pledge season. I'll be there 9-1:30 today getting camera shots of the volunteers answering the phones.

What's on:

Magic Moments: The Best of 50s Pop
Saturday, June 10, 9:30am
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH)
Performers include Mel Carter, the Four Aces, the Chordettes, the Four Lads, Patti Page, Don Cherry and the Crew Cuts. Hosts: Pat Boone, Phyllis McGuire, Mary Lou Metzker, Patti Page and Debbie Reynolds.

Andre Rieu in Concert: The North America I Love
Saturday, June 10, 12:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH)
Dutch violinist-conductor Andre Rieu leads the Johannn Strauss Orchestra in a program ranging from Viennese waltzes to music of the Big Band era, including tributes to Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters. The 1997 concert was taped in Detroit.

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June 03, 2006

Over the Hedge

Saw Over the Hedge, the new Dream Works animated flick this afternoon. Gorgeous animation and very funny. The tie-ins everywhere are a bit much, but we enjoyed the movie.

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June 02, 2006

Tonight on KTEH

Its pledge time again at our local public television station. I have a shift tonight from 8-11:30pm. I love doing the Fridays because they show Mystery! Here's what's on tonight:

Mystery!
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw
Friday, June 2, 8:00pm
Part 1 of two. “What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw,” an old friend of Miss Marple's, Mrs. McGillicuddy (Pam Ferris), sees a young woman being strangled aboard a train. Trouble is, she saw it through her window on another train, and no body was found.

and then part two is on at 9:15.

I haven't been there since they announced on May 2 that KQED, Inc and the KTEH Foundation intend to merge and create Northern California Public Broadcasting (NCPB), in a significant move to consolidate the strengths of public broadcasting in the Bay Area.

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May 17, 2006

Israeli Film Fest

5841.jpgSaw 39 Pounds of Love (documentary) and Sliding Flora (12 min short) tonight as part of the The Second Silicon Valley Israeli Film Festival in San Jose (we went last year too). Interesting films -- I loved the short, the documentary was good but pretty heartbreaking.

I'm definitely going to have to go visit the monster (Mifletzet) slide (where the short film takes place -- they turned it into a restaurant!) when we finally get to visit Jerusalem.

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May 14, 2006

Last West Wing

For the last 7 seasons, The West Wing has been my favorite show on television (even when the plot got way off track when Zoe's kidnapping and when it lost its nice Wed night time slot). Its really sad to see it go!

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April 20, 2006

Sisters Rosensweig

Sisters-Rosensweig.jpgTina and I saw an excellent production of The Sisters Rosensweig at TheatreWorks. Its a very funny, wordy play about three sisters who meet up for the eldest's 54th birthday in London. The actors were excellent, the set fantastic and I laughed through the whole play.



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April 16, 2006

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

We hadn't been to the movies in ages, so we took a break from unpacking and saw Ice Age 2: The Meltdown at the theater down the street. Very cute -- we had liked the first one a lot and this was fun as well. Very satisfying movie going.

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March 12, 2006

On the Verge

Verge.jpgJust got back from an excellent matinee performance of On the Verge at The Westport Country Playhouse. The description reads, "This delightful comedy takes us on an exploration of Terra Incognita with three sister sojourners who hearken from 1888. These ladies yearn for and experience the future encountering modern marvels such as Mr. Coffee, Cool Whip, egg beaters and trousers!" It is great fun and full of intereting words and cultural references. The production was great and such fun to watch!

If you happen to be in Westport for... oh, perhaps another event next weekend, the play runs from March 9 – 25, 2006 and would be a fun thing to do if you're in town early (there's a Saturday matinee on April 18th at 4pm)

Mom and I saw it a million years ago somewhere (we think perhaps 1985/1986 at Empty Space in Seattle?) and always remembered really liking it (what's not to like about a time traveling set of women explorers with eggbeaters and cool whip!!!)

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March 04, 2006

This morning on KTEH

I have a 9-1:30 shift today at the tv station for pledge. Here's the shows we'll be pledging during:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad With Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad's Guide to Wealth with Robert Kiyosaki
Andre Rieu: Live in Tuscany

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February 22, 2006

Number One Song

The number one song on the day I was born?

"Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy

For S, it was:
"Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin

via pop watch

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February 11, 2006

The Clean House

Saw TheatreWorks production of The.Clean.House.title.jpgThe Clean House

Here's the official description from the web site:

There's a Brazilian maid who hates to clean but loves a good joke. There's a tidy house and a chaotic marriage, a brace of battling sisters, and a desperate doctor snowshoeing the Yukon in search of cures. And there's a unique wit illuminating this infectious dark comedy, offering laughter as an antidote for the mess we inevitably make of love. A boldly original tale of loss, change, and redemption, it features a gallery of beguiling characters learning to connect in the stress test of daily life.

Somehow I thought it would be funnier, but it was interesting and different and, as always, they do a really good job on the production design. I'm sorry I missed the discussion Wednesday (had to change all my tix because of my wednesday Hebrew class) because that often helps to make the weirder productions a bit more enjoyable.

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February 06, 2006

The Ads

In case you missed all the ads yesterday, you can watch them all on Google Videos. I love the new Ford one with Kermit!

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February 05, 2006

Ehud Banai

After work we drove up to SF for an awesome concert at the Eugene & Elinor Friend Center for the Arts at the JCC of SF. Ehud Banai gave an amazing, sold out concert with people dancing in the aisles. At the Israeli music awards in 2004, Ehud Banai made a clean sweep, winning best singer, best lyricist and best album of the year for his latest release, Aneh Li (Answer Me), which we've been listening to in the car. Lots of Hebrew overheard in the audience (with a word or two actually sounding familiar).

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February 02, 2006

Survivor

It turns out that Survivor is pretty much mandatory watching on my team at work (they're all participating in a pool even). I only was paying a little attention because I saw on am'erst that one of my classmates from college Bobby Mason is a contestant. So maybe I'll try to watch tonight and see what this season has in store, if only so I can participate in the inevitable staff meeting conversations on the subject...

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January 30, 2006

Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein, Chronicler of Women's Identity Crises, Dies
(NY Times, 1/30)

Playwright Wendy Wasserstein Dies
(AP)

I only learned about Wendy Wasserstein's illness a few weeks ago from a mailing from Theatre Works informing ticket holders that they were postponing the world premiere of her musical Pamela’s First Musical, scheduled in April (they will be performing The Sisters Rosensweig April 5-30 instead)

Last November, Mom shared the stage with Wendy Wasserstein to announce the Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Our library owns 9 of her works

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January 29, 2006

ALA Award

In a cross of family, movie and library news, apparently my step-sister-in-law Laurel’s film “Busting Out” received an award from the ALA! Congrats!

Video Round Table Announces 2006 Notable Videos for Adults
The ALA Video Round Table Notable Videos Committee has compiled its 2006 list of Notable Videos for Adults. The selections were made during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio.

Hopefully that will mean my library will buy a copy!

(thanks Jane for sending the word along)

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Lion King

Saw the matinee of Disney's The Lion King at AMTSJ this afternoon. Amazing costumes and sets -- definitely a theater experience. lionking.jpg

On the way we got to see a bit of the Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade downtown and went out for pretty decent falafel.


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January 23, 2006

Hoot - Coming Soon

Ooh! They've made a movie of Hoot! There's no date on the preview, but I'll definitely be adding it to my list. I really enjoyed the audio book version.

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No more West Wing

Apparently, "NBC will end two of its most successful series of recent years, "The West Wing" and "Will & Grace," at the conclusion of the current season" (NY Times) According to the Seattle PI, "Sunday morning, NBC entertainment president Kevin Reilly officially announced the show would end Sunday, May 14, with a hourlong retrospective from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by the last episode at 8."

The next new one isn't until March 12th (post Olympics) and currently the election is too close to call...

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January 22, 2006

Cirque

As we had hoped and expected, Cirque's new show Corteo was awesome last night. Its pretty hard to describe if you've never seen them live, but the combination of amazing feats of acrobatics and contortion and with the art of the thing -- images like an upside down trapeze walker, a flying bed, angels everywhere, the spinning stage, etc -- is just breathtaking.

Its in San Jose until Mar. 5, so there's still time to go! Its going to New York, Boston and DC too...

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January 21, 2006

Miss America

They're showing Miss America at 5pm pacific (8 eastern) on Country Music Television. I thought I was going to have to miss it since we're see Circque Tonight (yay!!!!) but at least I'll get to watch some. Poor Mom is apparently going to miss it, but I'll be calling Lisa at the first commercial to check her picks (a long time tradition).

Update 5:10pm: Here are my top ten picks: AL, HI, LA, MD, MS, NV, OK, TX, VA, WY
There seems to be an awful lot of business majors this year. And I just found out that Lisa won't be home until 9 so we can't compare notes :(

Update 5:27: Here are the actual top 10: DC [Lisa!?!?!?!!? You get a home team, choice to vote for! What fun!], SC, OK, VA, GA, TX, AR, PA, AL, FL.
(last year only one of my picks made the top 15, but she won!)
Already the host is SOOOO much better than last year's (not that that would be hard at all)

Update, the next morning: Yay! One of my top picks won!
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December 25, 2005

Fun with Dick and Jane

funwithdickjane.jpgAnd of course we had to go see the traditional Christmas movie (though we did vary from tradition by doing the bbq thing instead of Chinese afterwards). We saw Fun with Dick & Jane (since Tomer is a big Jim Carrey fan). It's a fun, silly anti-Enron caper with Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni as a great comedy pair driven to desperation. Not steller, but light and funny and enjoyable, imo.


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December 22, 2005

Nutcracker

Tina and I saw a matinee of Ballet San Jose's Nutcracker today (conveniently showing directly across the street from my office). Mom used to take me and my friends to the Nutcracker each year for my birthday, especially when we were all taking ballet lessons at the Pacific Northwest Ballet school. I was awful at ballet (despite having Linda as a teacher one year) but my friend Anne lasted long enough to be a soldier or a mouse or something in the production. I was definitely spoiled by the Seattle production complete with Maurice Sendak sets and costumes, but this was a nice, classic production with some amazing highlights like the snowflake dance scene and the Chinese Performing Artists of America doing a fantastic ribbon dance.

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Nice review from SF Gate.

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December 14, 2005

Into the Woods

BobbiLynn and I saw TheatreWorks' production of intothewoods.jpgInto the Woods, which I had remembered seeing and loving in NY a million years ago (1987 I guess?) It was a great production and just as much fun as I remembered it being. Sadly, we were too tired to stay afterwards for the discussion, which is usually great (it was easier to stay up for them when the drive home wasn't as long).

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December 11, 2005

Miki

miki-gavrielov.jpgS and I went to see Miki Gavrielov in concert tonight at the Bayside Performing Arts Center in San Mateo. He's apparently one of Israel's most influential songwriters, known for songs like Ani V'Ata, Uf Gozal, Ima Adama, Cafe Turki and many others. The music was lovely and the crowd enthusiastic (though no crowd beats the one for Rita the Diva when she performed around here).

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Narnia

narnia.gifWe managed to sneak in a showing of the new Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I had meant to reread the book(s) before hand, but never got around to it. I thought the movie was fantastic and would definitely recommend it. I'm going to have to flip through my copy of Companion to Narnia since most of the talked about religious imagery flies right over me.

Last night we had watched BBC's 1990 version of The Silver Chair on DVD to get into the right frame of mind.

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December 05, 2005

White Barn/Playhouse Partnership

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Congrats to Mom for facilitating this fantastic agreement!

Here's a bit from today's press release:

White Barn Theatre Legacy Continues at Westport Country Playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse announced today that it has been awarded a $2 million capital grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation to name in perpetuity the building adjacent to the theatre as "The Lucille Lortel White Barn Center." In addition, the Lucille Lortel Foundation will provide a $500,000 operating grant, over 10 years, to create The White Barn Theatre Program at the Playhouse for continuing the legacy of The White Barn Theatre mission.


Update: Westport Now coverage. Interesting camera angle there...

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November 27, 2005

Rent (The Movie)

We went to the morning showing of the new movie version of rentmovie.gifRent. Overall I liked it and was singing along to most of it, but I was disappointed that they turned a lot of the dialog into regular spoken word instead of song (like the answering machine messages, which was always some of my favorite parts of the musical -- and Alexi Darling doesn't even go "ker-ching ker-ching") Roger in New Mexico looked like a bad Van Halen music video, but otherwise the real gritty NY locations worked and it was wonderfully familiar yet adapted into a movie well. Anyone else see it (can't wait to hear what BobbiLynn thought...)

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November 18, 2005

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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S stopped by our local theater after work and picked up 2 tix to the 8pm show. I got home from the library around 7, gobbled up dinner, and off we went!

It was SOOOOO good. Go out and see it. Right now.

Now I just need to find a time to go see it again on the imax at The Tech...

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November 09, 2005

Auction Again

Live TV can be quite stressful.

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November 06, 2005

No spin

westwing_120x90_anim.gifI thought tonight's live (for those of you on the East Coast anyway) debate was great fun, but missed getting the spin afterwards. Is that sad? But I went to the web site and saw that currently 70% of the voting viewers thought Santos won ;) The site could use some help -- I like that they have blogs for the candidates, but they're lame. And usually I love Ellen, but was not impressed with her extended Amex ads.

I was just telling Jean how much I wish r.l. politics were more like WW (especially when our Supreme Court picks are so depressing, and the ones from last year's episode were so inspiring...) Even though the show isn't as sparky as it used to be, it still sure beats r.l. politics these days. Sigh.

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November 05, 2005

Auction!

art_wine2005.gifIt's auction time again at KTEH! This weekend is the Art & Wine Auction. I'll be on Camera 2 this afternoon from 3pm-midnight (well, every other hour of that). And then back Wednesday night for some of the holiday auction.

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October 28, 2005

I want Groovelily at my library!

I was telling Mom about how awesome Groovelily is, and I just realized that they're playing at the Greenwich Library tomorrow. How cool is that!

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October 23, 2005

Little Women

poster0506_littlewomen3.jpgS and I saw Little Women the Broadway Musical today. Jo was played by an understudy, but it was a good production and fun to see the book come to life in this way.


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October 22, 2005

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Since everyone has been talking about it, after a day of working on my paper and S's upcoming presentation, we treated ourself to a night out seeing Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I think it was a bit silly for S's taste, but I laughed through the whole thing. Love those bunnies!

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October 19, 2005

Baby Taj

babytaj.jpgEmy and I saw another wonderful production at Theatre Works, Baby Taj. Here's the blurb:

The romantic Taj Mahal is the next assignment for Rachel, an American travel writer whose failed romances have led her to ask: Why not have the baby she craves - on her own? She finds an unexpected answer among the glittering legacies of India's past, discovering new truths about love, family, and commitment. Alive with the vivid sounds and vibrant colors of a remarkable country, this comic tale of mischievous matchmaking is by the author of the Bay Area hit Let My Enemy Live Long.

Leslie Fera (who I thought I had recognized -- and it must be from CSI) was great as the American travel writer visiting India. The scenes swept from the present into tales of the past with great sets and style. I loved it!

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September 27, 2005

Commander in Chief

Don't forget to watch Commander in Chief tonight at 9pm on ABC. (of course I forgot to set my tivo to catch it and work until 9, but hopefully S will start the recording for me --- thank you thank you)

I was so glad I caught West Wing on the plane on the way back Sunday night (I LOVE Jet Blue!)

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September 21, 2005

Selected Shorts

After having dinner with Aunt Susan, S and I went to the Playhouse for Selected Shorts being taped for NPR. It was a collaboration between the Playhouse and the Westport Arts Center (that's so cool that they are doing programming together!)

You've heard it on the radio, now see it in person! Selected Shorts features some of the finest artists of the American theatre, reading contemporary and classic short fiction - the most distinguished works from a broad array of literary talents. Join host Isaiah Sheffer as he brings the renowned Symphony Space program, as heard on NPR, to the stage of the Playhouse. The reading will be taped for broadcast nationally on public radio, and will feature some of the Playhouse's favorite actors.

We heard:

Pie Dance by Molly Giles, read by Kate Burton
Learn a Trade by John Updike, read by Paul Hecht
and
Towel Season by Ron Carlson, read by James Naughton

They were all great stories and really wonderful to listen to. After intermission, there was a sing-along-quiz where Isaiah Sheffer (no relation) sang the first line of an old song (on the theme of transportation) and the audience had to all sing the next line.

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September 20, 2005

Change of Venue

I clearly haven't been paying attention, which makes the article's comments about no one missing it all too clear ("Today, America should miss Miss America, but we'll hardly notice she's gone."), but I was looking back over my September blog archives to see if there were any anniversaries or anything coming up, and realized that we should be crowning Miss America right about now (a long time tradition among my family/friends). So I just noticed that they've not only moved out of Atlantic City, but moved the pageant to January? Did everyone else notice this (Lisa?) and I just missed it?

By the Boards: Miss America Has Gone Away And Atlantic City Is on the Rebound, With Some Big High Heels To Fill (Washington Post)

So I guess we'll be tuning in to Country Music Television in January.

Miss America Pageant Two-Steps Over to CMT (Washington Post)

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September 07, 2005

Intimate Apparel

Intimate.Apparal.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw Theatre Works production of Intimate Apparel. I have to say I didn't love it -- and we were too tired to stay for the discussion afterwards (which often redeems the plays I am unsure of). We rewrote some of it on the way home in the car though. The set and staging were wonderful, the actors impressive... but we just wanted it to all turn out a bit differently (which I guess isn't a bad reaction to have to a play, at least we left thinking about it).

There's a nice review here.


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August 19, 2005

Penguins!

We finally got to see March of the Penguins at the local movie theater. What an amazing documentary! It was heartbreaking though.

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August 18, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

As I was waiting for Julia to walk over from The Tech for lunch, I realized that today was really my last day of summer vacation from school since we get those research paper topics tomorrow and I'll have to use any free time from work writing those. So, to take advantage of this relatively carefree state (and instead of driving home and back for the meetup tonight), I ducked out of work for a bit this afternoon and walked over to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the imax screen.

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I liked it -- but boy is he weird.

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August 03, 2005

Harold and Maude

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Tina and I popped up to Palo Alto to see TheatreWorks' excellent production of Harold and Maude. I have to admit that I've never seen the 1971 movie that it was based on, but the musical was wonderful and fun and funny and the audience just loved it.

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Joseph Thalken
Based on the screenplay by Colin Higgins
WEST COAST PREMIERE
July 20 - August 21, 2005
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

"From the author of The Fantasticks comes another offbeat and altogether charming musical full of life, death, love, and laughter. Based on the 1971 cult film shot here on the Peninsula, this wacky black comedy captures the sweet but unconventional relationship between a sedate and self-destructive teen named Harold and a vivaciously original octogenarian named Maude as they set about to defy a world gone mad. A quirky love story for anyone even remotely eccentric, this is one life-affirming musical gem."

There are some great photos of the production here. The scene when they're driving around in the stolen truck with the tree in the back was just fabulous and Sunshine had us all rolling in the aisles.

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July 23, 2005

Bruce Hornsby

Thank you to Emy & Ray for a fantastic summer concert outting to see Bruce Hornsby at the Mountain Winery, a wonderful venue in Saratoga.

Here's the view of the valley from the parking lot -- it was even more amazing on the way out with the orange moon over all the city lights.
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There was a "chocolate bar" giving "shots" of really yummy chocolates.
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The stage:
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Emy (in the pink shirt) went up to make a request:
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A big crowd got up on stage to dance at the end:
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June 27, 2005

Higglytown Heroes

While we were visiting Seth, we got to watch some of his favorite cartoons with him before bed. I was completely enchanted by the Higglytown Heroes

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We watched one with a Tow Truck Driver Hero) [oddly prescient of my encounter with a variety of helpful tow-truck types today when I got a flat on the way to work) and "Great Un-Expectations", where a librarian (voiced by Tim Curry) helps the kids learn about interesting creatures in their backyard.

Paul had told me that the hero was always played by some cool guest star, but I didn't realize that the theme song was sung by They Might Be Giants! v. cool

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June 19, 2005

The Next Food TV Star

Ok, I'm completely caught up in The Next Food TV Star, a new reality show on the Food Network. I watched the first two episodes (1 hour each) on the plane last week (gotta love Jet Blue) and am watching the next one tonight. I love Dan and Steve and would totally watch Hans if he gets a show (posting this pretty much assures that some of them will be eliminated before I finish watching my tivo'ed episode).

(and yes, it's hard to miss those Food Network Caters Your Vegas Wedding contest ads.)

Any of the rest of you watching?

Update: Phew, my top picks lasted another week! But I'm slightly bitter that the login and play and home thing on the web site doesn't support Macs. Boo.

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June 05, 2005

KTEH tonight

Yes, it's pledge time again on KTEH. Tonight I'll be the shader, so you won't catch any glimpses of me on camera. Tonight they'll be showing "Andre Rieu: Royal Albert Hall" (8-9:30) and then "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" (9:30-11)

Tomorrow I'll be there for "Andre Rieu: Royal Albert Hall" (again), "Amici Forever: In Concert" and "60's Experience", but it's a "virtual" shoot so I'll be the only camera person (so no shots of me).

I try to sign up for Friday nights so I can be there for Mystery, but this Friday I'll be in CT for Eduard's graduation weekend!

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May 28, 2005

Empire Falls

Don't forget to watch or TIVO Empire Falls tonight on HBO!

(I have TIVO set to get it since I'll be out, but someone just asked for the book here at the library which reminded me)

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May 27, 2005

Mad Hot Ballroom

madhotballroom.jpgWhen Lisa saw this movie a couple of weeks ago in movie-church (aka Sunday morning Talk Cinema), she said that I HAD to go see it. So when it finally opened here I moved it to the top of my list.

The review for Mad Hot Ballroom says its "a kind of Spellbound crossed with Strickly Ballroom" -- two of my all time favorite movies. I'm a sucker for good dance movies, and boy does this one make you want to leave the theater and go dancing!

Points for Emy for being spontaneous and available on very short notice (and for braving downtown!)

I just wish I could find the soundtrack on iTunes, but they don't seem to have it there yet [boo]

You know... there are lots of places to dance around here....

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May 26, 2005

Outdoor Summer Movies

It's starting to feel like summer (what with Memorial Day around the corner and all). I saw an article about some of the outdoor movies being shown around here and thought I'd blog it so I can find it later since I think it'd be a lot of fun to go:

In Campbell
Every Friday begining June 17th at sundown (around 7:30pm). Series will end in September. Presented in the parking lot of “The Kensington Art Center” and “Orchard Valley Coffee Roasting Co.” in downtown Campbell, CA. FREE, just bring a chair, and a cozy blanket.

Movies & Dates:
06/17/05 - "Grease" (1978)
06/24/05 - "Love Story" (1970)
07/01/05 - "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966)
07/08/05 - "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1969)
07/15/05 - "To Catch a Thief" (1955)
07/22/05 - "The Seven Year Itch" (1955)
07/29/05 - "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971)
08/05/05 - "Yellow Submarine" (1968)
08/12/05 - "Giant" (1956)
08/19/05 - "The Magnificent Seven" (1960)
08/26/05 - "Singing in the Rain" (1951)
September - "Popular Demand" - The audience gets to decide!

In San Jose
All Wednesdays, June, July and August. San Pedro Street between St. John and Santa Clara streets. Concessions are available starting at 7:30 p.m., pre-show begins at 8:00 p.m. and the films begin at dusk. All screenings are FREE.

Wednesday, June 1 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) G
Wednesday, June 8 - The Philadelphia Story (1940) G
Wednesday, June 15 - Young Frankenstein (1974) PG
Wednesday, June 22 - Grease (1978) PG
Wednesday, June 29 - Psycho (1960) R
Wednesday, July 6 - All About Eve (1950) G
Wednesday, July 13 - Animal House (1978) R
Wednesday, July 20 - Top Gun (1986) PG
Wednesday, July 27 - The Road Warrior (1981) R and Super Speedway (1997) G
Grand Prix Night at Cinema San Pedro!
Wednesday, August 3 - Dirty Harry (1971) R
Wednesday, August 10 - Moonstruck (1987) PG
Wednesday, August 17 - This is Spinal Tap (1984) R
Wednesday, August 24 - Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) G
Wednesday, August 31 - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) PG-13

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May 22, 2005

Film Fest

Saw two really good Israeli movies today as part of the Bay Area Israeli Film Festival: "Something Sweet" and "Turn Left at the End of the World"

A heart warming romantic tale of inopportune love between Tamar, a witty, beautiful pastry baker and the oldest of three daughters in a Jewish-Moroccan family, and… her youngest sister’s fiancée. Set against the backdrop of a small MOSHAV (agricultural village) in northern Israel, on the day of the middle-sister’s wedding. Maya (Avital Abrajill), the youngest, arrives to the celebration with Alon, a sharp Israeli businessman living in London. Alon’s enchantment with the close-knit family, the simplicity of village life and serene landscape, opens his heart to an almost unattainable closeness with Tamar, and re-acquaintance with his alienated father.

and

Commencing just after the Six-Day War and amidst the turbulent climate of social change and post-colonialism in the '60s, "Turn Left at the End of the World" chronicles the relations between two communities -- Indian and Moroccan Jews -- in a remote Israeli desert town through the eyes of two girls coming of age. Nicole (Netta Garti) is a mouthy, flirty, but also naïve Moroccan teenager, and Sarah (Liraz Charhi) is thoughtful, intelligent, if quieter and more removed, whose family has just moved in next door.

I'll definitely want to see their main film fest, October 23 through November 20.

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May 21, 2005

Star Wars!

Heather and Jared are here visiting (yay!) and we all went to a special showing of Star Wars this morning (work had rented out the place) and then sat around at lunch trying to decide what we thought of it. Overall I liked it -- we all agreed it was better than the last two, and we're trying to figure out what it will be like for the next generation to see them in this order rather than in the order we were introduced to them... It is crazy to think that this movie saga has been going on for my entire life and it is now come full circle. I thought that the NY Times Review raised some interesting points but that this one nailed it. Any of the rest of you see it yet?

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May 20, 2005

Muppet Alert

The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz is on tonight (ABC, 8pm)

... and speaking of puppets, check out StoreWars [grin]

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May 06, 2005

Missed out

So I was supposed to get a sneak preview of some tv show tonight and then get to give my opinion about it (I mean really, how could I resist an offer like that?) So I carefully made sure I was sitting here at 9pm (I was sitting here anyway since I'm desperately trying to work on my two big final projects before the semester ends), they called over and over again over the last few days to remind me to watch... and then ... nothing! The channel that it was supposed to be on continued to play QVC instead. They called at about 9:05 to say they were having technical difficulties, that I should hang on and they would get back to me. No one got back to me, so I just muted it and went back to work on my paper. At 9:45 they called to get my opinion of the show and I had to explain again why I hadn't been watching. Sigh.

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May 04, 2005

Sing Along

This just makes me smile: So Long and Thanks For All the Fish

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April 30, 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Shachar and I saw the new Hitchhiker's movie tonight. I loved it, now want to reread all the books again, and definitely want to get the "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish" theme song!

Lots of changes from the original, but it was nicely done -- I'll definitely want to see it again...

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April 20, 2005

Crowns

BobbiLynn and I saw Crowns at TheatreWorks tonight.

The description explains it better than I can:

Hats. Fabulous, flamboyant, and fantastical, the church-going "crowns" of black women proclaim their heritage, identity, and joyous way of life in this exuberant, soul-stirring celebration of family and fortitude. Part revival meeting, part fashion show with a sassy "hattitude" - that's one part faith and five parts hallelujah! - it fills the stage with stories of struggle and triumph, raising the roof and the temperature with glorious gospel songs cried, stomped, and testified from the heart.

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It was an excellent production and, as always, a great discussion following the show. It is based on the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry called Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats. It apparently got its start through the McCarter Theater (where Carrie H is now the dramaturg) and one of the first productions was at the Arena Stage in DC (where Carrie also used to work -- it's going back there this summer if any of you DC folks want to see it). I'll have to write to Carrie and see if she's seen it, since it seems to be following her around (hmmm, now that it has had its Northern CA premiere, maybe Carrie will come visit!) There was a great deal of imagery that I missed, so it was great getting some clues afterwards and I'll definitely have to read up on Orishas and some of the other elements used.

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April 14, 2005

KTEH Travel Auction

KTEH TRAVEL & LEISURE AUCTION
LIVE ON TV AND ONLINE
APRIL 14-17, 2005

Going live April 14-17, 2005, the KTEH Travel & Leisure Auction will offer a variety of exciting adventures spanning all over the world! Whether it’s a beautiful trip to a tropical island, a breathtaking mountain ski resort or a leisurely road trip to a local bed & breakfast, the KTEH Travel & Leisure Auction has something for everyone’s budget and interests! Keep checking back as items will soon be up for viewing and bidding online prior to the televised event.

I'll be there doing camera tomorrow night (friday) from 5:30-11:30 (we do hour shifts and then switch with another tech crew) If they're short-handed I may be answering phones on my off hours, so be sure to call and bid! (or you can bid online)

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April 06, 2005

Great TV

I hope you all watched West Wing!

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March 19, 2005

Ice Princess

IP_poster.jpgJulia and I saw Ice Princess, the new Disney movie we've been anxiously awaiting. An excellent skating movie (Lisa, you're going to have to go) with a smart lead character, good mother-daughter issues and resolution, and a great cast. Michelle Trachtenberg (from Buffy) is Casey, Joan Cusack plays her Mom, and Kim Cattrall is her coach.

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March 18, 2005

Tonight on KTEH

This is my last shift of this pledge drive. The Travel & Leisure Auction is coming up in a couple of weeks which should be a lot of fun.

Tonight we have:

Mystery!
For Love Nor Money
Friday, March 18, 8:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
A schoolmarm disappears from a Victorian living-history museum. Hetty (Patricia Routledge) and company don period garb to investigate. Oddly enough, the solution involves a passion for cheese. In other action, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan) proposes to Janet (Suzanne Maddock). But does he really mean it?

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13 Gantry Row
Friday, March 18, 9:09pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
A couple get some nasty shocks after moving into a mass killer's former home.
(An Australian horror movie that sounds a bit too scary for my taste)


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March 11, 2005

Tonight on KTEH

Tonight I'm the shader (this time on my own). Here's what's on:

hetty.jpgMystery: Mind over Muscle
Friday, March 11, 8:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
Posing as Hetty's (Patricia Routledge) weakling nephew, Geoffrey (Dominic Monaghan) enrolls in a gym to investigate a muscleman with an illegal steroid scam. Seems the tough guy is blackmailing the husband of Hetty's hairdresser. In the climactic chase scene, Janet (Suzanne Maddock) comes to the rescue with a forklift. Meanwhile, Robert (Derek Benfield) gets hired as an opinionated newspaper columnist.

jonathancreek.jpgJonathan Creek
The Wrestler's Tomb
Friday, March 11, 9:09pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
The wife of a philandering artist is suspected in his murder, and Creek and Magellan team up to figure out how she could have done it. Creek: Alan Davies.

(which is very exciting because Hanna introduced me to the show when I was in London last time and its v.v. fun)


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March 04, 2005

Shader

Tonight I'm off to KTEH to learn how to be the shader. According to the web site, this is what the position entails:

Video Shader The Video Shader sits at a Camera Control Unit (CCU) console, located behind the Production Control room. The "shader" prepares each of the three studio cameras, before the Director needs that camera on-line, by adjusting the peak-video level and black level controls. The level of preparation is moderate.

Tonight on KTEH is Mystery!

mrsbradley.jpgEmmy and Tony Award-winning actress Diana Rigg does a quick change from Mystery! host to heroine as she plays crime-solving psychologist Adela Bradley in The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, based on the delightful whodunits by author Gladys Mitchell. Set in the 1920s, Bradley and her chauffeur, George Moody (Neil Dudgeon), go wherever their Rolls Royce carries them to investigate murders that people are too embarrassed to report to the police.

Tonight's episodes are:

The Rising of the Moon
A slasher slaying at the circus gets pinned on Castries the knife thrower (Francis Magee). But then Archie the clown (Ken Collie) is implicated. Mrs. Bradley (Diana Rigg) probes the murderous resentment within the troupe and in the town where the circus has arrived.

Laurels Are Poison
The Ghost of the Soldier haunts the estate of Mrs. Bradley's (Diana Rigg) old friend Lady Isabel Marchmont (Phyllida Law); first the cook and then the gardener are poisoned. Mrs. Bradley probes the paternity of Isabel's grandchild, which may hold a clue to the killings. Meanwhile, George (Neil Dudgeon) quizzes the man who may know the details of his brother's death in the war.

Update: The phone volunteers were from the Mystery Writers of America group, and only two brought teenage daughters so I didn't get to make any observations for class. It was fun to be in the control room but I think I miss being out where all the people are. Sunday I'll be on camera again though.

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February 27, 2005

Oscar Night

So what was up with making all the nominees for art director all come up on stage? And the makeup folks accepting from the back of the theater? Our guess was so that it saves time (since no one has to walk up to the stage) but its a little strange?

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February 24, 2005

Teen TV, part II

Ok, so I sat through the TIVOed TRL Awards. The show is certainly filled with screaming teenagers (in the studio and out on Times Square hoping for a chance to peak at their favorite stars), so it seemed like a good choice, but boy was every moment of it painful to watch.

TRL's 1ST LADY AWARD: Lindsay Lohan
BEST NEW ARTIST AWARD: Kanye West
ROC THE MIC AWARD (Best performance): "What You Gonna Do" Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz
QUIT YOUR DAY JOB AWARD (Best Guest Host): Mischa Barton
BEST MALE ARTIST AWARD: Usher
WALK THIS WAY AWARD (Best Entrance): Destiny's Child by Helicopter
FAKE ID AWARD (Best Guest Under 21): Jesse McCartney
BEST BAND THAT ACTUALLY PLAYS INSTRUMENTS AWARD: Good Charlotte
WET YOUR PANTS AWARD (Funniest Guest): Will Ferrell
MOMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD: Ciara & Vanessa's Limbo contest
and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Eminem (and they showed his Mockingbird video which features home videos of his daughter and niece growing up.)

There was even a "Just Lose It" award where they featured fans who totally flipped out when they won a chance to interact with one of the stars.

Ah! The official word from my brother is that TRL is more middle school -- and that it used to be passible but has gone downhill. That's quite reassuring since it was so awful to watch.

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February 16, 2005

April 29

Oh so very exciting! Hitchiker's opens April 29th (Amazon's doing a big promotion with the new trailer). I must say it's going to take some getting used to the new look since I love the old BBC one so dearly (and what's up with Zaphod's 2nd head?) but I'll definitely be waiting in line for it opening weekend with the other geeks! (and then there's Star Wars on the IMAX May 19th...)

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February 10, 2005

Million Dollar Baby

milliondollarbaby.jpgI thought I would get out of the house for a few hours and see a movie (since obsessively reloading the center page of the conference or checking how many people are logged in every few minutes is not really healthy.) Million Dollar Baby, the new Clint Eastwood/Hilary Swank/Morgan Freeman flick was playing down the street and I've been eyeing it for a few days now (but talking myself out of going and staying home and working instead). But at 6:30 I IM'ed Emy and asked her advice about whether I should go. Her comment that Rush & crew were protesting the film decided it for me and I ran down there for the 6:45 showing.

It was NOT what I expected (since I hadn't actually bothered to read any of the buzz, just knew that there was buzz) but it's a good movie worth seeing. Only had to hide for a few scenes. I'd recommend it (not to you Mom) but its not the escapist sports-flick rah-rah thing I was expecting at all.

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February 02, 2005

Shakespeare in Hollywood

Shakes_in_Hollywood.jpgJust got back from a fun production of Shakespeare in Hollywood at TheatreWorks.

The story surrounds the filming of the 1935 movie version of A Midsummer's Night Dream, complicated by a bit of magic that has Oberon and Puck playing themselves (or, as one review puts it, "Puck goes to Hollywood, wreaks havoc.") It draws heavily on Shakespeare quotes (apparently drawing from at least eight different plays or more) while twisting and turning them.

I'd agree with Spinnity's comment below (posted before I had a chance to write anything more than a placeholder here), that there were moments of genius but also some weak points. It fits nicely though into my favorite literary genre of characters from books having adventures outside of their stories and was a lot of fun to watch.

The best part, as usual, was the discussion with the cast afterwards. Its always fun to see them out of character and they had some great insights into how the different audiences on different nights really play a role in how each performance goes (we were apparently a particularly good audience of course).


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January 29, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

hotelrwanda.jpgShachar and I went to see the movie Hotel Rwanda tonight in Monterey. Its an amazing, powerful, important, tough film. Its hard to watch but I think everyone needs to go and see it. The description explains that, "Don Cheadle stars in the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda." Don Cheadle was amazing and deserves his award nominations for this (he's up for best actor), and Sophie Okonedo who played his wife, received a supporting actress nomination.


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January 21, 2005

Foul Play

foulplay.jpgToday Tivo found an old goofy movie on TNT with Goldie Hawn as a San Francisco librarian, Foul Play (1978). Its on this list of movie librarians, but I hadn't ever seen it (or even heard of it). She even knits -- and defends herself against one would-be assasin with a pair of knitting needles! Chevy Chase and Brian Dennehy are cops, Dudley Moore is a hysterical swinger with a majorly tripped out bachelor pad. Apparently it has a bunch of Hitchcock references, but they were lost on me. Its fun in a creepy 70s mystery movie way and was a good way to decompress after a day of work and committee meetings.

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January 17, 2005

Sideways

sideways.jpgSo after that book, I decided I needed to get out of the house for a bit and since I've been meaning to go see Sideways for ages, I finally went out and saw it. Of course just as I was leaving the house I got email from Mom who just saw it and thought it was pretty awful, so I didn't go in with very high expectations -- besides, the posters all promote it as being from the director of Election and About Schmidt, neither of which I particularly liked. The place was packed (apparently I'm the only person who didn't watch it win 2 Golden Globes last night) and it was a good crowd that laughed all the way through it. I actually really enjoyed it -- especially since I was just visiting vineyards this weekend too.

Hmm, looks like Carrie saw it this past weekend as well!


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January 12, 2005

Chicago

BobbiLynn and I saw the AMTSJ touring production of Chicago tonight (thank you BLA!!!) It was a great production and we left singing and tapping our toes... poster_chicago.jpg

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January 06, 2005

Way Behind

Dad and Jane, who have the excuse of having been out of the country for the last few months, called to ask me to fill them in on some of the things that have been happening on West Wing and I realized that I completely forgot to watch the last 2 episodes (which is not at all like me to do!) But it makes another great opportunity to thank my Tivo for having automatically saved and stored the episodes. So much for getting to bed early tonight!

In case anyone else is behind, there are summaries from 12/15, 1/5, etc.

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January 05, 2005

Ice Princess

I love a good skating movie (The Cutting Edge, anyone?) and so I was really excited to see the preview for Disney's upcoming "Ice Princess" which comes out on March 18th. One description is that, "An ugly duckling tries to follow her dream to become a champion figure skater with the help of a disgraced coach and the cute boy who drives the Zamboni." It stars Michelle Trachtenberg from Buffy, Joan Cusack as her Mom, and Kim Cattrall as her coach! And the story is by Meg Cabot who wrote the Princess Diaries. The main character is also super-smart, and uses her knowledge of physics to figure out the amazing turns and things.

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December 23, 2004

EOS in the Times

Another EOS news alert today to an article in PlayBillArts that references today's NY Times piece:

Eos Orchestra Folds

The Eos Orchestra, an acclaimed New York ensemble that put on unusual and theatrical concerts like stripped-down versions of Wagner operas and the nonfilm music of Bernard Herrmann, has shut down, its artistic director and conductor, Jonathan Sheffer, said yesterday. Mr. Sheffer cited financial problems as the main reason. The group, which was founded by Mr. Sheffer in 1995, had about four productions a year with up to 20 performances, and "at its peak" had an annual operating budget of about $2.5 million, he said. It had eight full-time employees including Mr. Sheffer and used 14 to 60 musicians per concert. Mr. Sheffer said he would continue to perform with another orchestra, Red, in Cleveland. BEN SISARIO

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December 20, 2004

End of Eos

PlayBillArts has a piece today on EOS which quotes from the orchestra's 12/17 announcement that it will be ending its 10 year run.

New York's Eos Orchestra Shuts Down
By Ben Mattison
20 Dec 2004

"The Eos Orchestra, which has presented new music and unusual stagings of older works in New York for the last ten years, has played its last concert."

I only made it to one concert and a benefit gala (one of the problems with living 3000 miles from things) but it has been wonderful following the adventures of the orchestra from afar. I'm sure Jonathan will be up to all sorts of other cool things in the future, and I'll keep you posted...

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December 18, 2004

Hostess with the Mostes'

I've heard the phrase "hostess with the mostess" a million times, but never thought about where it came from. A patron today asked for information on Perle Mesta to prepare to introduce someone who is also a super-hostess type.

Mesta, Perle Reid Skirvin (Oct. 12, 1889 - Mar. 16, 1975), political hostess, diplomat, and advocate of women's rights

I learned that:

Because of her special style and prominence, Mesta, who was called "Madam Minister" by her staff, became the inspiration for the successful 1950 Broadway musical comedy, "Call Me Madam," a story about an American woman ambassador. The phrase "The Hostess with the Mostes'," from an Irving Berlin song in the show, provided a sobriquet that Mesta carried for the rest of her life. ("Perle Reid Skirvin Mesta."Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9: 1971-1975. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994.)

According to Women in American History, "During the 1950s Mesta remained Washington's premier hostess, as the informal charm and gaiety of her entertaining attracted the cream of international society."

Here she is on the cover of Time magazine, Mar. 14, 1949.

The lyrics to the Berlin song are here.

She sounds like someone Mom would have heard of, but it was fun to discover her today and learn a bit about what she's known for.

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December 15, 2004

Striking 12

Striking_12.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw the Theatre Works production of Striking 12: The GrooveLily Holiday Show tonight at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto -- and loved it!

GrooveLily totally rocks (hey! if you live in the places they're going to tour to, I'd definitely recommend going -- including the Greenwich Public Library, October 29, 2005.) Thank you to BobbiLynn for the amazing CD to I can now listen to them again and again!

It was part retelling of The Little Match Girl, part rock concert, part behind-the-music documentary... felt a little like Rent but less angry and more dependent on a very snazzy viper electric violin. Anyway, I thought it was great -- the music is wonderful, the lyrics hysterical and the band is now one of my favorites. Bravo!

We stayed for the Q&A afterwards, and one of the cool things they talked about was their participation in Raw Impressions Productions short film Festival (RIPFest) where 6 teams come together for 16 days to produce 10 minute musical movies. I love intense collaborations like that!

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December 12, 2004

Tune in Tonight

Tonight on KTEH... Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! Woohoo!

Update: That was so much fun! It was an all-star crew (some of my favorite people to work with there) and the show was as great as ever. And yes, I am standing on a box.
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2 of the hosts did a great Zaphod-life two-headed moment but Tivo missed that bit so I don't have a screen shot of it. It was really funny in person though.

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December 10, 2004

Tonight on KTEH

Now we're talking! I love being able to work on Mystery nights -- since they're shows I actually like to watch (plus, its a full crew which is more exciting than being the only tech person there) I'll be there from 8-11 tonight if you want to call and pledge. They need to raise almost $1,000,000 to reach the fund raising goal by December 31st to enter the New Year with the 2005 program schedule selected and paid for.

Tonight on KTEH:

missmarple.jpg8pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In Part 1 of "Murder at the Vicarage," a squire is found dead.

9:05pm Agatha Christie's Miss Marple
In the conclusion of "Murder at the Vicarage," a suicide attempt throws a twist into the murder investigation.

10pm Rumpole of the Bailey

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December 05, 2004

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

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I feel like we've been hearing about this movie for months, but tonight is finally TNT's The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

22 advanced degrees and one of them couldn't have been an MLS?

What did you all think? We're actually enjoying it quite a bit!

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November 25, 2004

Finding Neverland

neverland.jpgMom, Bill, Eduard and I (after a nice post-thanksgiving nap) ventured out to see Finding Neverland, which has been on the top of my movie todo list for a while. I thought it was wonderful and magical. Bring kleenex. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet were fabulous, the kids were great, and Dustin Hoffman (as the play's producer) was perfect.

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November 22, 2004

Tonight on KTEH

Yes, its pledge time again on KTEH, so I'll be back there a couple of times over the next month doing camera.

Tonight's fare:

Andre Rieu: Royal Albert Hall
Monday, November 22, 8:00pm
CHANNEL 54 (KTEH/Channel 54)
The violinist and conductor leads his Johann Strauss Orchestra in this Strauss-heavy “gala millennium concert” at London's Royal Albert Hall.

I pick my slots by what's open and when I'm available, not what's on tv at the time, so I don't always get shows that are ones I would likely be watching if I wasn't there... but I just noticed this banner on their web site and am very excited that I signed up for this night in December!!!
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There isn't any other info yet on their site, but I'll keep an eye out. Plus its a live shoot so there is a full crew of tech volunteers including some of the cool people I've worked with before (hi Radi!) Tonight I'm the only techy, but the phone volunters are always fun and interesting too.

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November 11, 2004

The Incredibles

incredibles.jpgSaw The Incredibles today with Shachar -- and, as promised, it was pretty incredible. I may have to go again in a few weeks when they add in the outtakes (always one of the funniest things about Pixar films) but the movie itself is definitely worth seeing, the voices are great, and the animation is of course amazing.

jackalope.jpgI especially loved the little Pixar short that they showed before hand -- featuring a JACKALOPE (which of course always reminds me of the crazy 'humorous taxidermy' Lisa and I saw on our trip to Wyoming years ago.)

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November 07, 2004

Dallas Reunion Tonight

Ooh! Mom just called to remind me that the Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork special is on tonight at 9! I used to beg to stay up late enough to watch when I was a kid.

More than 25 years ago, the cast took up residence at the famous Southfork Ranch just outside Dallas, Texas. When they meet there again, they'll tour the grounds, discuss the series' most infamous storylines and reminisce about their time together on the show. Larry Hagman will also share his own home movies that were shot when "Dallas" was actually being filmed.
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November 05, 2004

Alfie

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Emy and I saw the new Alfie movie this afternoon. It stars Jude Law as a very well dressed "philosophical womanizer... who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence." Jude Law is pretty irresistable, and there are some other power castmembers like Susan Sarandon and Marisa Tomei. The clothes are awesome, the sound track good, and I was definitely left wondering what was going to happen to him (Emy had her own views on what should happen...) I haven't seen the original 1966 version, but it would be interesting to compare.

And despite the fact that my horoscope on the Alfie movie web site says "Your disgustingly responsible attitude is keeping you from having any fun. A wild night on the town is just what the Alfie ordered," I'm now going to attempt to sit down and finally focus on starting my collection development paper...




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October 30, 2004

Man of La Mancha

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Shachar took me to see one of his colleagues from work starring in Man of La Mancha down in Hollister. The San Benito Stage Company was performing at Hollister’s Granada Theater. Definitely community theater, but a good production and its a great show.


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October 25, 2004

Red

red-logo.gifJonathan's in the Cleveland Plain Dealer again (and now that I know he checks my blog, I'll definitely be blogging some of his press clippings when I see them!) It sounds like it was a great performance and it got a very nice review:

Red (a boldly innovative, fascinating evening)
Monday, October 25, 2004
Wilma Salisbury
Plain Dealer Music Critic

"Sheffer and the orchestra gave the piece a fine performance, and the crowd responded with enthusiasm. The program, the first of Red's third season, showed that the innovative ensemble is achieving its goal of rediscovering classical music, redefining orchestral programming and redesigning the concert experience for an appreciative and growing audience. "

You can learn more about Red {an orchestra} on their website.

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October 24, 2004

Shark Tale

sharktale.jpgI finally made it to the movies! I dragged Shachar to Shark Tale. I enjoyed it -- particularly all the pop culture references and bad fish puns, but it wasn't as good as Finding Nemo or other recent animated adventures.

There are still a ton of other movies I want to go see though!

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October 19, 2004

Broadway

Aunt Susan wrote last week to let us know to be sure to watch Broadway, The American Musical on PBS, October 19th-21st (check local listings). She says that it is supposed to be great.

And check out the fun trivia game, which I just did really badly at.

(NY Times Review)

Update: What she forgot to mention, which I only found out while searching for clips to add to the birthday posting above, was that the EOS orchestra had a role! From the credits:

Incidental Music performed by the Eos Orchestra
Jonathan Sheffer, Conductor

Another update: Turns out that a) the show is great and I highly recommend it and b) not only did EOS do some of the music, but Jonathan is interviewed!

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October 15, 2004

REM

Saw one of the best concerts I have ever been to tonight -- REM at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. I forgot that it would be cold in Berkeley so I wasn't as prepared for an outdoor concert as I would have liked, but its a great venue, the band was AWESOME, and it was just very very cool to see them live.

They mostly played songs from their new album (which luckily I have been playing nonstop in itunes for the past few weeks). Plus, Michael came out in the end wearing a Kerry tshirt!

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October 13, 2004

Good News

goodnews.jpgTivo, ever on the search for librarian movies, caught an old musical movie "Good News" (1947). The description:

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane (June Allyson) falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe (Peter Lawford). Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.

From Turner Classic Movies:

Good News (1947) is not a movie which is often written about or even remembered today, which makes it a total delight to discover for the first time. It's an unpretentious, colorful, simple little musical which thankfully never tries to be grand or overblown; the subject matter - a frothy college campus story - just wouldn't support that kind of weight. In fact, the story is flat-out ridiculous. Peter Lawford is a football hero who can't make his grades, so June Allyson, who's working her way through college as a librarian, tutors him in French and falls for him in the process. Patricia Marshall, meanwhile, plays the college sexpot who wants Lawford for herself. Can Lawford pass French, win the big game and wind up with the right girl? The answers may be obvious, but the story is completely serviceable as an excuse for some charming song-and-dance numbers.

"Quel fromage!"

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October 07, 2004

QVC on the Apprentice

Paul, my super amazing business school partner and roommate, called to make sure I was watching The Apprentice tonight because they're going to QVC! We did two projects there in school -- one on the quality control process of their jewelry for our operations management class and one for our marketing class on how they were expanding into international markets or something. We didn't get to do anything quite as cool as the TV teams, but it was a fun case study to work on.

I haven't been watching much this season, but am interested in seeing how the Apprentice teams do there ...

I was just thinking about Paul today anyway because Mom and Bill are off in Hershey for the weekend, and we had done our big risk management project on Hershey.

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September 27, 2004

Tonight on KTEH...

I know, I know, I was going to stop signing up to do things, but Auction at KTEH was SO much fun that I couldn't resist when the ask came for this pledge drive. I do have to remember to look up the TV schedule before I commit to shifts though.

Tonight's fare:

Tim Janis: Beautiful America
A musical tribute to America's national parks

Dr. Wayne Dyer: The Power of Intention
America's best-selling author and speaker on transformational wisdom, Dr. Wayne Dyer, returns with a new special based on his new book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way. Dr. Dyer transforms conventional thinking about how things happen in our lives into an exploration of the power of intention and an understanding of how each person possesses the power to co-create the life he or she desires.

(BTW, here's what Dr. Wayne Dyer has to say about public TV:

Q:  You've committed so much time to public television and its viewers - why do you feel so strongly about public broadcasting?

A:  I think there's no better place on the TV dial than public television. The television sets that everybody has in their homes are really just energy systems. And when we allow into our homes low energy, negative energy, violent energy, we exacerbate that in our lives, and in the lives in the people in our community, and in our country and in our world and in our universe. But... negative [programming] isn't something that you see on public television. On public TV you see something that is enriching and uplifting and I believe that we can use this medium and these frequencies that public television has been granted to help raise the energy and consequently make very dramatic positive shifts in our lives.

.... ooookkkkaaayyy....)

Next time I'll try to hold out for the next Red Dwarf Marathon (doh! that's what was on last night!) or Friday nights for Mystery. But I'll be there from 7-10:30 if anyone wants to call and pledge...

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September 26, 2004

Rent

poster_rent.jpgBobbiLynn and I saw the American Musical Theater of San Jose's touring production of Rent tonight. My favorite songs are still the Tango: Maureen and Santa Fe (especially when they sing "Do you know the way to Santa Fe" to our local song) and of course all the answering machine messages. BobbiLynn leant me her original cast recording CD (which for some reason I can't get to play on my computer) and its been fun to get to read the lyrics in the album insert.

"Life's too short - babe - time is flying
I'm looking for baggage that goes
with mine."


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September 13, 2004

On no, not Emily!

ohnoEmilylogo.jpgStumbled across this goofy operetta called Oh no not Emily! and now I'm completely hooked (and listening to the CD in iTunes)

"Oh No Not Emily" is a Gilbert & Sullivan-like operetta based very loosely on actual events. It is the story of Molly Writerblock, an aspiring poet, as she enters a graduate English program. There she meets another newcomer to the department who is attempting to sell a hitherto unknown original poem by Emily Dickinson. Add supportive parents, older, helpful grad students, an extremely knowledgeable professor and an unseen Dean who communicates entirely through memos, and you have the recipe for a show that will have your entire campus buzzing.

There are some great grad school lines. Plus, it has the classic "Yellow Rose of Emily" which sets Emily Dickinson poems to the tune of a Yellow Rose of Texas (because, as you know, almost all her poems can be sung to that tune)

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September 09, 2004

KTEH Auction

Apparently KTEH does a big auction fundraiser each year (though I admit I haven't watched it yet) and September 9-12 is the "Travel & Leisure" part.

9/9 AND 9/10: 6:00 PM –
9/11 AND 9/12: 2:00 PM –
Local and exotic getaways plus other fun leisure activities are up for bid.

I'll be doing camera for it tonight, Saturday and Sunday. It should be fun, they wrote to let us know that all the volunteers should wear "Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, or travel t-shirts." I found an old Hard Rock Tokyo shirt for tonight, but am still trying to track down a good source for cheesy hawaiian shirts around here. Any ideas?

Update: Auction was a lot of fun, but it made for another very late night (my shift was 5pm-11:30). I stopped by a thrift store on the way and got two very cheesy hawaiian shirts to wear and almost everyone was dressed up and in the spirit of the thing. I was on camera 4 this time (which was probably the least interesting of the cameras) and mostly had shots of the auctioneers. Its a crazy system where you do an hour on and then have an hour break and someone takes over your camera. I got quite a bit of knitting done in between, but the hour on the air goes by in a snap!

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August 26, 2004

Vanity Fair

cinearts.jpgThe Tech had a benefit tonight at the brand new CineArts Theater at Santana Row, so Amytha and I went. They wouldn't tell us in advance what the movie was going to be, but we were hoping it might be Vanity Fair and were super excited when that turned out to be it!martini.jpg It was a really nice party with good food and watermelon martinis that were poured through an ice sculpture into your glass (Amytha is shown here catching her's) We ducked out for a quick peek at Anthropology and then met up with Candace for desserts and popcorn and the film.
cinearts1.jpgvanityfair.jpgcinearts2.jpgThe movie was excellent -- I've been seeing the previews everywhere and was so excited to see it! Reese Witherspoon was great and apparently a much more likable character than in the book. I'm a sucker for a good period piece, and the costumes were wonderful and it was just a beautiful movie to watch. Lots of twists and turns in the poor girl's life, and never a dull moment. It was so much fun to get a sneak peak (complete with red carpet and spotlights).


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August 23, 2004

Garden State

gardenstate.jpgSaw Garden State tonight, the new film written, starring and directed by Zach Braff. He was great, Natalie Portman was adorable and its a sweet & sad story (with some very strange scenes thrown in). The music is great too.


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August 21, 2004

Pledge drive continues

campbellmythvideo.jpgIf you're watching KTEH this morning, Moyers: Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth : The Hero's Adventure will be on. I'll be there filming the pledge breaks from 9-1:30, so call in and join! :)


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August 18, 2004

De-Lovely

delovely.jpgThe thought was to escape reality & work for a bit by seeing a light hearted musical. Someone forgot to warn me, however, that De-Lovely, the Kevin Kline/Ashley Judd telling of the life of Cole Porter, was going to be so sad and depressing. The songs were great (Elvis Costello singing Let's Misbehave was my favorite), the costumes, cars, houses, dancing, etc. were great... but well, I guess I wasn't prepared for it enough.

Oh well, back to work.

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August 16, 2004

Outfoxed

Saw outfoxed.jpgOutfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism tonight. I wasn't sure if I should go -- I was afraid it would just be too depressing, but Carrie said it would be good to further my education on the subject. We were both right, it was very educational, but very depressing.

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.

I can't believe that the clips they showed were actually "news" coverage. I'm glad I saw it and would recommend it to the rest of you (especially Carrie, after studying what journalism should be like). Certainly we need media reform, but I'm not filled with any great hope that we can do much about it right now.

One of the people in the documentary quoted the famous line from the film Network, which seems more appropriate than ever:

"So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!"


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August 14, 2004

Manchurian Candidate

manchuriancand.jpgTo reward myself for finishing my summer classes (turned in my last paper this morning), I took myself to see The Manchurian Candidate. I wasn't sure what to expect and have heard quite mixed reviews. But someone on NPR yesterday spoke highly of it and it seemed time to actually go and see it.

I thought it was fantastic and definitely an excellent remake. Denzel Washington was fantastic. Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and the greedy corporation taking over the country were quite scary. Of course lots of people have written about the parallels to our fears about Halliburton...

My favorite part was a line you could barely hear on a news report in the background about a protest about the new electronic touch-screen voting machines where the protesters had dropped thousands of chads onto the crowd, forcing people to hide under tables or something. I'm hoping to find the full quote somewhere.

And the preview for Vanity Fair (out 9/1) was quite intriguing... I think I may have to go read that before then.

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August 13, 2004

Pillow Talk

Caught a little of Pillow Talk on TCM, I'm a sucker for a good Doris Day movie. I wish people still went out for dinner and dancing like that... sigh...

But now its time to watch The Olympics!

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August 11, 2004

Hitchhiker's Guide

Brian sent along info about a new blog about the upcoming Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie.

"Although it's still a year away, Robbie Stamp, executive producer of the upcoming flick Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and his team have launched a weblog to promote the upcoming Buena Vista Pictures flick while it's still in production. Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" has a long following. It started as a BBC radio series in 1978 and has since spawned a series books, theater productions, a BBC TV series, an award-winning computer game and now a movie."

It is, of course, one of my favorite books (all his books are fantastic) and I'm always telling other people to read it (I finally convinced Eduard to recently!) I love being in a class where the teacher makes some reference to the books. I love the BBC television adaptation (and Hanna was always a big fan of the radio series), so will definitely be interested to see how the film turns out!

(an rss feed would be helpful on their blog though so we don't have to remember to visit it again, sigh) Thanks for passing that along B!

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August 09, 2004

Harry Potter... yes, again

techparkinghp.jpgEmy and I saw Harry Potter tonight -- yes, AGAIN. It was my third time and her fourth... but this time it was EVEN BIGGER because it was playing at the huge domed IMAX theater at The Tech. It was a special showing for staff and volunteers, so there were tons of people I knew and we sat by Cynthia and Eric and Laura and Peggy and Julia. It was definitely a magic evening -- we got the very best parking spot I've ever had going to The Tech, and it even had the exact amount of time left on the meter! The movie is just so good - and it was fun to see it so big (though the closing credits, which I have always loved, made me a bit dizzy by the end). Then we met up with Ray for dinner.... and now its back to grant writing (or something).

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August 08, 2004

Twelfth Night

cupertinoshakespeare.jpgWent to see a very Magritte-looking Twelfth Night by Free Shakespeare in the Park at Memorial Park in Cupertino. It was a decent production and a really nice venue, but I guess I had higher expectations for the evening. I do love outdoor summer theater though, and was glad to finally get to go before the summer is over! I checked out the play from the library today and will have to reread some of the parts to get all of the jokes :)

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August 05, 2004

KTEH Tonight

If you're channel surfing tonight between 7:30 and 11:00 and stumble across Nova on KTEH, call and become a member! I'll be on camera 3 tonight again -- so I'll be getting those shots of the people answering your calls.

7:30pm: The Elegant Universe: Einstein's Dream
8:47pm: The Elegant Universe: The String's The Thing
10:10pm: The Elegant Universe: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

I'll be back there Saturday morning if you'd prefer the thank you gifts associated with Piano Guy: Tips, Cheap Tricks and Professional Secrets.

Update: Turns out I was on camera one, which isn't as much fun because you're only focusing on the lead talent so you don't get to move around much. The other challenge is that the camera has to be ALL the way up on its pedestal for the shot, so I had to stand on a box to reach! How embarassing!

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August 04, 2004

Bet Your Life

So I've tuned in a couple of times to Next Action Star, the NBC reality show where people were auditioning to be in a feature film (hey, there isn't a whole lot on in the summer season). I was flipping through the listings tonight and saw it was on so I thought I'd see how they were doing. I had no idea that the whole thing was already completed and that tonight WAS the action movie. Its pretty awful but gripping. As the NY Times Review points out, it is another reworking of 'The Most Dangerous Game' by Richard Cornell, what they call "the short story that launched a thousand high school lectures on the man-versus-man-conflict."

All I have to say is that don't people ever learn that when you're being chased by people trying to kill you and they seem to know exactly where you are at all times, that you've probably been bugged and you should immediately trade all your clothes with somebody heading on a plane in the opposite direction? Wasn't there a Wil Smith movie where they replaced all his personal effects (watch, phone, etc.) with bugged items? This time they just slipped something into his jacket and pants pockets -- you'd think he'd at least check to see if he had anything strange in there?

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August 02, 2004

Another librarian movie

Tivo tried to record another librarian movie for me tonight, Miranda with Christina Ricci and Kyle MacLachlan, but it turned out to be on a channel I didn't get. I don't think I've ever even heard of this one, but guess I'll add it to my list for the future.

The synopsis is: Frank (John Simm) works as a librarian and is searching for love. He falls for a beautiful stranger named Miranda (Christina Ricci) and then gets drawn into a strange world of deception and intrigue. Miranda sees to have a number of identities, including a con artist and a dancer, but is soon pressured by her mentor for money and is tauted by a sleezy millionaire for sex, as she struggles to break free with her new lover.

but the reviews seem pretty grim or mixed at best. Anyone see this one? It came out in 2002.

I miss Kyle McLachlan in Twin Peaks, the roles he gets these days are so weird (ok, not that he wasn't weird in Twin Peaks, but at least he was the good guy!)

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July 30, 2004

Napoleon Dynamite

napoleon.jpgAmytha and I saw Napoleon Dynamite tonight at the cool new downtown Century 12 (with good stadium seating).

The official description is: "Teenage misfit Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) lives in a remote Idaho town with his older brother (whose only happiness is an Internet relationship), ATV-loving grandma, and sleazeball uncle. Napoleon's life gains direction after he decides to find a date to the big dance and help his new classmate become class president."

It was quite strange, but funny. Not sure I would recommend it to most people, but if you like highschool misfit movies, some of you might enjoy this. The music is great and it has one of the best opening credit sequences I've ever seen. Amytha described the film as a cross between Donnie Darco and Welcome to the Dollhouse, neither of which I've seen yet.

Oh, and if you do go, remember not to leave until all the credits are over because there's a whole extra scene afterwards. Apparently we were the only people who didn't know about it, because we stood up after all the credits were over and no one else was moving.

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July 22, 2004

The Pagemaster

pagemaster.jpgIn an effort to catch up on my librarian movies, I'm having Tivo autorecord anything with the keyword librarian. Today, it found The Pagemaster (1994), a mostly animated film with Macaulay Culkin, Christopher Lloyd (as the librarian!), Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart and others. In the movie, Macaulay Culkin plays a boy who is absolutely afraid of everything. According to the description, "While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he has to try and get home again. Along the way he meets some interesting characters, like Fantasy, Adventure, and Horror." And of course, through reading, he finds he can actually face his fears and start living his life.

"Welcome to the library young man. Don't tell me... you're here for a special book.... Allow me to guess. I have a talent for guessing what people need. You're in need of.... a fantasy! Brave knights, mythical fairies, ferocious dragons..."

"Look, all I want..."

"Adventure! Of course! You're a boy who loves adventure! Brimming with wicked demons, cut-throat pirates..."

"No, no,that's not it..."

"Horror! Ah, horror! Evil demons, wretched monsters... haunted houses... graveyards... yes, it's horror for you boy, I'm sure of it. Your library card please."

"I don't have one"

"You do now... sign here... Richard Tyler, consider this your passport to the wonderful quite unpredictable world of books!"

I definitely remember seeing it before, but its a fun escape (rather like The Neverending Story or Alice and Wonderland. And a bit of The Wizard of Oz -- "Are you fiction or nonfiction?" (why I'm not a book at all)

"And remember this! When in doubt, look to the books!" :)

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July 18, 2004

A Cinderella Story

cinderella.jpgAmytha and I saw A Cinderella Story (the new Hilary Duff movie) tonight - a very enjoyable high school bubble-gum flick. I felt really old when I realized I had lived through at least three generations of high school flicks (letsee... I was in high school during movies like Say Anything (1989)) and that in the previews, I thought the teachers were cute (John Corbett's in Hilary Duff's next flick, Raise Your Voice). But you can't help rooting for Duff (especially when her dream is to go to Princeton -- because that's where her dad told her that princesses and princes go... right before he dies in the Northridge earthquake)

We were discussing movies on the way home and realized I had never seen Party Girl with Parker Posey (who I love) and so it seems that I need to catch up on lots of movies with librarians in them!



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Another new design show

Saw this new design show listed in the tv listings and thought I'd give it a try, but the pace seems pretty slow so far. Its called Find & Design and it bills itself as "part treasure hunt, part decorating show." The concept is that "experts help real people re-decorate a room using only items from yard sales and flea markets" so its kind of a combination of a bunch of the different shows already out there. I love tag sales -- I just never seem to be able to get myself out early enough on Saturday mornings (or already have something else planned then) and really I already have way to much "stuff" and no where really to put it... The best part of this episode was the pillows made out of vintage hawaiian shirts (another argument for getting a sewing machine one day...)

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July 17, 2004

India: Kingdom of the Tiger

india_poster.jpgSaw one of the new Imax movies playing at The Tech this morning (one of our volunteer perks are free preview showings of the new films) It was a double feature but I only stayed for the first, India: Kingtom of the Tiger. According to the description, the film "follow in the footsteps of Jim Corbett, the famed English hunter-naturalist, as he races to save an Indian village from the terror of a man-eating tiger." I wasn't blown away and wished I had held out for Forces of Nature which sounds more promising. I'll have to go to that another day.


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July 16, 2004

Indigo Girls

Its crazy that for someone who never goes to concerts or listens to much music, I got to see two of my absolute favorite groups back to back! Tonight, BobbiLynn, Laura, Julia and I saw the Indigo Girls at Villa Montalvo, which is just right up the street from me (though I've never been up there before). It was an incredible venue (including crepes and good seats and the noise of crickets behind us) and the concert was of course utterly fantastic.

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I just wish it wasn't SO close so we could have spent more time singing in the car!

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We picked "box seats" up in the back against the hill under a little tent that The Indigo Girls said made them feel like they were at a polo match

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It was a great spot for a concert, and the sun set over the trees making the sky all sorts of great colors during the concert

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So yes, I did sneak one photo during the concert. Here they are with the opening guy, Shawn Mullins (he sings Lullaby), who joined in for a few of the songs

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Thanks for coming everyone!

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July 12, 2004

Music Inspired by Literature

One of my professors posted this link to Artists for Literacy today and it has this amazing list of songs inspired by literature.

I'm not a big music buff -- most of you know that I never know who sang what -- but there are groups I do love (Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, B52s, etc.) and mostly in the car I'm an NPR addict. But I go through stretches where I love listening to my iTunes, and you can usually see what I've been listening to most recently at the bottom of the left sidebar (when its working).

Anyway, I think I may have to track down some of these songs and check them out (I love that you can preview them in itunes) because the concept is just too cool.

I couldn't resist getting the Bangles singing The Bell Jar... And The House at Pooh Corner song always reminds me of a guy I went to college with...

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July 11, 2004

Domestic Showdown

Martha hasn't even been sentenced yet and already there's a new reality show where people are competing to be the next domestic goddess!

ABC's The Great Domestic Showdown pitted six wanna-be Marthas against each other to see who cook out-build, out-cook, out-decorate, out-whatever each other.

domesticshowdown.jpgFirst, they had 2 hours to create something useful out of a dumster full of trash. Then they had to go head-to-head in a cook-off where they had to make a gourmet meal in 1/2 an hour with 7 of 10 ingredients they were each given (not as much fun as Ready Set Cook, but similar). Third, they were broken into two teams and had to throw parties in different rooms of the house on a $1000 budget. Then three got kicked off the show and the remaining three had 24 hours to completely redo a wreck of a trailer.

The host guy was awfully annoying, insulting and not at all amusing... the contestants seem whiney -- and I bet Martha would have cleaned the floor with any of them.


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July 08, 2004

Today Throws a Wedding

Lisa pointed out today that the Today show is starting up their annual wedding segment. For the past few years we've both watched it religiously and checked in with each other every week to compare notes on which options we each voted for. For those of you who don't follow it, each year the Today Show lets viewers pick a couple and then plan every detail of their wedding (dresses, reception location, cake, honeymoon destination, etc.) and then the couple is married on live tv and flown off to an amazing honeymoon somewhere. We were a bit worried that it wasn't going to happen this year (since its usually would have started by this point in the summer), but Lisa noticed today that entries are being accepted this year from July 7th-24th.

Would you like to get married on the 'Today' show?

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July 04, 2004

The Music Man

musicman.jpgABC is showing The Music Man tonight with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth. It was posted on some library blogs (because of Marian, the Librarian, of course). So far its not living up to the original movie version, but its one of my favorite musicals so it is still fun to see (and sing along to, since I think I know it all by heart). And Molly Shannon as Mrs. Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn is a kick (though still not as good as the original, Hermione Gingold)

A good 4th of July movie pick, though my all time favorite is probably Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney (which was on earlier today but I forgot to Tivo it)

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July 03, 2004

Double Feature

Emy, Ray and I went to see Harry Potter this morning -- this time BIGGER! The Tech was supposed to get the IMAX version but a last minute change made them cancel, so we drove up to Dublin to see it. Very satisfying.

Then we had lunch at Fuddruckers, which I didn't even realize was still around. We had one in Westport when I was in high school, but I only remember going a handful of times.

Then, since we couldn't figure out what to do next, we went BACK to the movies and saw Spider Man II!

Now I definitely need a nap! All that action-movie action wore me out...

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June 29, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

fahrenheit911.jpgYes, Fahrenheit 9/11 is as good as everyone says it is and yes, you should all go right out and see it. I've never seen so many people at our local movie theater -- there was a long line to get in, almost every seat was filled (on a week night!) and there was a long line for the late show when we got out.

What's amazing (and incredibly depressing) is the utter enormity of it all. How did we let this all happen?

The link on Michael Moore's site to "Okay, I've seen the movie, what do I do now?" has some good stuff on it -- I just wish the rest of his site was updated (like his blog...)

Swing state anyone? We could take a road trip to Oregon (Ilona was talking about moving there anyway...) And Nevada is always fun... though Arizona has a lot more electoral votes...



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Picture Pages

I was reading Ilona's last posting and then went back to work mindlessly copying the Chautauqua archives to our new site when I realized had the picture pages song stuck in my head (you know, "Picture Pages, Picture Pages, Time to get your Picture Pages, Time to get your crayons and your pencils..." [listen]) and I had to retrace my steps to figure out why (and of course that's the section on Ilona's blog with her photos)

And of course now that I went and looked it that up, I have the Pinwheel song stuck in my head instead ("Pinwheel, pinwheel, spinning around. Look at my Pinwheel and see what I've found..." [listen])

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June 20, 2004

Quest for King Arthur

There was a four page ad spread in today's paper for The History Channel's new documentary, Quest for King Arthur and I wanted to be sure to catch it tonight (it doesn't hurt that its narrated by Patrick Stewart!). It reminded me that my very first reference question that I remember asking was about King Arthur. I think it was third or fourth grade, and I called the library to find out when King Arthur had lived for a paper or something I was working on. I'll never forget how the librarian told me when King Arthur lived -- if he lived. I remember being rather shocked and appalled at that. I don't think it had occurred to me before then that it could all just be a myth...

Plus there was a preview for the new King Arthur movie (Keira Knightly as Guinevere! Cool!) before The Terminal tonight (I also got to see a preview for Fahrenheit 9/11, which I definitely want to see as well!)

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The Terminal

terminal.jpgI know, I know, I should have been home working (or cleaning up the apartment for Tuesday's stamp workshop) but I got home from knitting group and couldn't concentrate (and didn't have the right needles to start my knit-along sweater) so I went to the movies again. I really wanted to see Tom Hanks' new movie, The Terminal. I loved it! Its funny and sweet and very airport-y. I know its getting pretty terrible reviews, but its a feel good, happy, nice film to go see. And Tom Hanks was just great.


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June 19, 2004

Stepford Wives

stepford.jpgI saw the new Stepford Wives tonight -- after all, I lived in the town next door to Stepford for eight years and had to see what they would do with it. I totally expected to hate it, but I didn't. I enjoyed it quite a bit (and can't tell if I should feel guilty for liking it or not). I never actually saw the original, which may have helped.

Don't get me wrong, there's a ton of things not to like about the movie, but if you look past the overall messages and issues, there are some great lines as well. I'd love to find the one about Connecticut being the obvious choice for a place you could replace everyone with robots without having anyone notice... Another favorite was when Walter (Mathew Broderick) is trying to get Joanna (Nicole Kidman) to wear colored clothing: “Only castrating Manhattan career bitches wear black. Is that really what you want to be?” she responds, “Ever since I was a little girl."

For a review of it as a light, fluffy movie, try this review here. For a much more serious, biting criticism of the messages in it, try this one instead. Joel Siegel points out that it was supposed to be a dark comedy but that test audiences didn't like it so it made it light and fluffy instead. There are apparently three different versions of the ending even. So maybe originally it would be clearer if one should hate it or laugh at it.

I do have to weigh in and say that I did NOT like the ads where they morph Hilary and Condoleezza Rice into Stepford Wives. If you haven't seen them, the screen shots are linked in the story.

Any one else see the film?

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June 12, 2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

harrypotter.jpgI was going to wait until Mike and Susan could find a babysitter, but decided this morning that I just HAD to go see it today (and besides, I figured it was more than likely that I'd want to see it a second time). So I took myself to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at 12:30 and it was as wonderful as I had hoped. I was a bit annoyed by the woman behind me who not only hadn't read any of the books, but hadn't seen the first two movies (her friend's eight year old was trying to explain all the books to her before it started), but I promptly forgot everyone else and was drawn back into the wonderful world of Hogwarts.

The movies are still not nearly as good as the books of course (how could they be!) but it reminds me of how wonderful the books are and how much I love being lost in them along with Harry, Ron and Hermione!

(I love Emma Watson's list of hobbies: Her other hobbies include: Brad Pitt; socializing with her friends; Brad Pitt; music with favorites including Alanis Morrisette and Justin Timberlake; Brad Pitt; modern dance, ballet and tap..and Brad Pitt! )

So if anyone does want to go again... I'm certainly game! (though first I'd better do my homework so I can reread the book...)

Mischief managed.

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June 08, 2004

So trendy

On Queer Eye tonight, Jai brought straight-guy David to a glassmaking session where he made a bracelet made of handmade glass beads. They showed beadmaking exactly how we're doing it in class! (I'm up to 48 in total -- though not all of them count as "round" -- still short of the 50 I was supposed to have for tomorrow's class, but more than I expected to get done!)

They made a mean looking noodle kugel and pomagranite spritzers on the show as well....

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June 06, 2004

Tony Awards

wicked.jpgAh, so much fun to watch the Tony Awards. Of course I haven't seen any of the shows this year (well, except for other revivals of Fiddler)... or for years now. When Mom wore her Wicked t-shirt at The Tech's Gizmo fundraiser no one even seemed to know it was a musical (they may after tonight...) I just wish the web site didn't already have the winners so I could go and look at nominees without having it given away...

The Tony's always remind me of my friend Alison from college who always seemed to know so much about all the Broadway shows.

I would like to see Wicked and Avenue Q though... (I mean, really, how cool to have 20 and 30-something puppets and friends singing "It sucks to be me")


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June 05, 2004

June Pledge Drive

peterpaulandmary.jpgJust got home from working on the KTEH pledge drive (I was camera #3 again -- my favorite). Got to watch Entertaining the Troops and Peter, Paul & Mary: Carry It On: A Musical Legacy and got to knit with Suzanne (camera #2) again. She's working on the most amazing sweater!

Earlier this afternoon I went book shopping with Amytha, who also showed me some of the amazing crafts she's working on. We've decided to try to explore one off-the-beaten track odd San Jose site a week -- including some rather odd-looking restaurants with particularly weird signs and cows and things.

I also set up my bead making stuff and made my first 12 beads (I only have 12 mandrels). They're cooling overnight and we'll see in the morning if they come off of the mandrels or not... The hardest part of making them was getting the torch to light...

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June 01, 2004

Reading Rainbow

readingrainbow.gifI didn't realize that Reading Rainbow was still on the air. (Carrie says she knew it was, but her siblings are younger -- and read more)

It was mentioned in one of my homework articles on the history of children's literature (Multiculturalism takes root (Part 2) by Barbara Bader in The Horn Book Magazine, March-April 2003 v79 i2 p 143-63) I don't remember actually watching the show (it didn't start until 1983, so I suppose I was too old already) but to my amusement I found that I did know all the words to the theme song. I had Tivo grab a few episodes today (it seems to be on at least twice a day) and enjoyed LeVar Burton and all the little kids. In today's, they read Three by the Sea, watched people build sand sculptures, did some improv, and sang quite a nice song about making your own books out of cardboard, construction paper and a whole lot of glue. And if you liked that book, you might like these: Regards to the Man in the Moon, Frog and Toad Together, and Come away from the water, Shirley -- but you don't have to take my word for it (you can watch quicktime movies of the cute little kids giving reviews).

... butterfly in the sky... I can go twice as high... take a look, it's in a book... a reading rainbow...

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May 30, 2004

Mean Girls

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Calling someone fat will not make you any thinner.
Calling somebody stupid will not make you any smarter.
And you've got to stop calling each other sluts and whores.
It just makes it all right for guys to call you that.

-Math teacher Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey) addressing a student assembly of all the junior girls

Thank you to Emy who organized today's outting to Mean Girls (which I've been dying to see for weeks!)

Emy, Ilona and I ducked out of knitting group early (which was too bad because we were 3 of the 4 people there this week) and treated ourselves to some wonderful summer movie fun.

I absolutely loved it and am SO glad not to be in high school anymore!! Plus its hard not to want to see movies written by SNL's Tina Fey!

I wonder if Betty and Liz have seen it yet...

Check out the web site for the movie as well -- my horoscope on it says:
"Capricorn, I don't know what to tell you. i think you should drop out of school and be a runaway, go to Hollywood or Tokyo or something. That would be crazy. I mean, I'm sure it would have a terrible ending, but I don't think your life is going to leave you many options. Maybe try marrying a Leo? This week, concentrate your hard work on making yourself better for others." Huh.


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May 24, 2004

Shrek 2

I decided that I wanted popcorn for dinner, and since there wasn't anything on TV I decided to see Shrek 2 (mostly for cultural literacy and since Emy recommended it -- I can't say I really even liked the first one). But it was cute and funny and while there is still a certain amount of 3rd grade bathroom humor (for which I have a very low tolerance), there were some great lines and its definitely a feel-good movie. Plus, they added some great cast members (Julie Andrews as the Queen, John Cleese as the King, Jennifer Saunders from Ab Fab as the Fairy Godmother, etc.)

And the popcorn was excellent.

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May 23, 2004

Reversible Errors

Tonight and Tuesday CBS is showing a made-for-TV movie of Scott Turow's Reversible Errors starring Tom Selleck and William H. Macy! The CBS site has an interview with Scott. I read the book of course when it came out (in 2002?) (Dad gets to read them in proofs since he and Scott were roommates at Amherst) and look forward to see how the TV version comes out. It certainly has a great cast!
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May 18, 2004

Front Row!

An update on my friends BobbiLynn and Glen on Ellen today:

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Front row!!!

Can't wait to hear all about it when I see BobbiLynn on Friday!

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May 17, 2004

BobbiLynn on Ellen?

BobbiLynn and Glen are down in LA this weekend and today got to go watch a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show! I asked Tivo to record it so I could see if we could see her in the audience, but it didn't manage to change the channel! Oh no! Did anyone see it? Luckily, it looks like Oxygen will be rerunning today's episode in a couple of days, so I should have another shot at it (and I bet BobbiLynn's extra-cool Direct TV Tivo caught it).

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May 13, 2004

Super Size Me

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Emy, Ilona and I saw the documentary Super Size Me this evening -- definitely worth seeing (especially after reading Fast Food Nation - which Carrie had recommend as a must-read) and definitely disturbing. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonalds for three meals a day, tracking his progress, visiting doctors who are increasingly alarmed by what's happening to his liver and heart, talking to nutritionists and others. And if watching what he goes through isn't enough to put you off fast food forever, there's also some all-too-up-close-and-personal gastric bypass surgery. The stats are extremely depressing...


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May 11, 2004

Wrinkle, II

Ok, I stayed up late and watched the rest of my Tivo'ed Wrinkle in Time -- and, while I can see there are some problems with the adaptation, it really is hard to beat a brother-and-sister pair saving the world from darkness. It has all the great elements of jr. high girl fiction -- the girl that feels like she doesn't fit in but finds that she actually is special, manages to save her little brother, fix her family, and even get the coolest boy in the class (who secretly worries that he's too normal and not different like her). I can see why I would have loved it when I first read it. Sigh.

Now I'm going to have to go reread the rest of the series...

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May 10, 2004

Wrinkle in Time

Got home from class too late to watch very much of A Wrinkle in Time (which I had of course immediately asked Tivo to tape for me once I heard about it). It got pretty terrible reviews, but its always so interesting to see books I loved as a kid be made into TV movies... Brian had heard the NPR piece about it and also reminded me to watch tonight. There's also a Newsweek interview where Madeleine L'Engle didn't exactly say positive things about the production either...

Any of you watch?

I was doing research today at the library for my report on gazeteers, and looking through the Dictionary of Imaginary Places, but was very sad to see thay hadn't included Camazotz in it.

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May 04, 2004

13 Going on 30

13goingon30.gifEmy and I saw 13 Going on 30 which I thoroughly enjoyed

It was part be-careful-what-you-wish-for, part appreciate who your real friends are, part Big, part romance, part magazine editor dream-job...

"One minute you’re celebrating your thirteenth birthday. Then, one day you wake up…and you’re thirty." -- hmm....

The web site has lots of cheesy 80s stuff as well, including romance quiz and magic 80s ball. I took the career quiz and it said I should be:

Magazine Editor-In-Chief
Ambitious. Driven. Valedictorian. Do these words sound familiar? Calling you an over-achiever would be a huge understatement. Besides, you’ve probably known what you’ve wanted to do since you were like twelve and were the first person in your class to get a PalmPilot. Someone like you would never waste their time in a dead-end field. You need a fast-paced environment with lots of room for advancement and personal recognition. And what better way to show everyone just how much you rock than with your own byline and eventually your own magazine. You could so rule the world – of publishing, that is.

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May 02, 2004

TV Quake

Hmm... got back to the West Coast just in time to watch NBC shake up the place in their new 10.5 miniseries. Eek.

Of course I'm only watching in case visitors to our Earthquake exhibit at The Tech ask :) It certainly has an all-star cast though!

CNN reports that "Seismologists who have previewed "10.5" expressed both alarm and mirth." Lucy Jones, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena says "It's complete science fantasy, but as long as people know that nothing about it could be true, they can sit back and enjoy it."

I do like how the news people pop into to reassure us: "We hope that you are enjoying tonight's fictional drama about earthquakes. To learn more about real earthquakes, you can visit our web site at nbc11.com.

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April 23, 2004

Iron Chef America

ironchef.jpgIron Chef America has begun! I'm of course a HUGE Iron Chef fan -- but I think the appeal was that it was such a goofy Japanese thing (though when I was in Tokyo, everyone I asked about the show laughed at me). The really awful time they did one in New York was so utterly painful (including Bobby Flay standing on his cutting board -- after almost electricuting himself during the cooking) that I really didn't think they would bring it here. But I'm impressed that Alton Brown (BobbiLynn's favorite) is the commentator, and the celebrity judges include Ted Allen, the food guy from Queer Eye.

I'm watching the behind-the-scenes preview special now, and will reserve judgement until tonight's first battle between Bobby Flay and Iron Chef French Hiroyuki Sakai (who has won more battles than any other Iron Chef) -- and Sunday night we'll get to see Wolfgang Puck go head to head with Iron Chef Japanese Masaharu Morimoto!

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April 22, 2004

Bon Voyage

bonvoyage.jpgSnuck out and saw Bon Voyage (in French with subtitles) at the neighborhood movie theater tonight. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but I did enjoy it.

According to the MovieFone synopsis, "In this comic drama set during the early days of World War II, the lives of several Parisians intertwine: a Resistance fighter, a femme-fatale movie star (Adjani), a professor with the key to a terrible weapon, his beautiful student, and a French politician (Depardieu). All struggle to save their country and sort out their lives and loves."

Bon Voyage to Lisa and John too, who are about to head off for an anniversary vacation to France!

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March 21, 2004

Eternal Sunshine

spotless.jpgDad, Jane and I saw Jim Carrey's new movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind -- very strange, but I liked it. Left feeling rather lonely though :(


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March 20, 2004

Good Bye Lenin

goodbyelenin.jpgSaw Good Bye Lenin with Dad, Jane, Laurel and (Bigger) Brian. It was on the top of the list of movies I've been wanting to see (kept seeing previews in other independent flicks). Its the story of a family in 1989 Berlin -- the mother has a heart attack and goes into a coma for 8 months, missing the fall of the Wall and collapse of communism. When she wakes up, her kids are told that she can't have any excitement or shock or she'll have another heart attack and die, so they recreate life as it was, creatively explaining away things like the large Coca Cola billboard that appeared on the building next door.


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March 07, 2004

Trading Spaces Home Free

There's a new twist to Trading Spaces (one of my favorite TV shows) starting this week, where its now a competition between different sets of neighbors and the audience votes on who wins and gets their mortgage paid off! Plus, one set of viewers get their's paid off too (BobbiLynn! You should enter!) I especially love that there's one gay couple in the mix (I hope they do a good job so we can vote for them next week!)

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March 06, 2004

Monsieur Ibrahim

ibrahim_poster1.jpgSaw Monsieur Ibrahim this afternoon at the local theater. I LOVE having a movie theater in walking distance that shows foreign and art flicks!

This is a lovely French movie about a young Jewish boy and older Muslim man who become friends in late 1960s Paris. It will have you wanting to dance in the street (with absolutely fantastic music). Omar Sharif was great and Pierre Boulanger is the world's cutest 16 year old.


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March 03, 2004

West Wing meets Sesame Street!

I'm so excited for tonight's West Wing episode with the Sesame Street folks!
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And I found this fabulous Muppet Site which has exciting news like a book signing with Big Bird here in San Jose later this month! Sadly its the day after Eduard leaves or I'd make him come with me!

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February 29, 2004

Oscar Night

Came home, made popcorn, and watched the Oscars. It was great that they were on at the same time here as back East so I could chat with Carrie during the commercials and not have to wait while everyone else knew who won (like with Miss America... sigh...) Of course I didn't realize this in advance, so I didn't TIVO it or get home in time to watch any of the red-carpet or hours and hours of pre-show.

The best thing though is not having to stay up so late to last until Best Picture. The whole thing was over by 9!

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February 26, 2004

Tupperware

brownie.jpgI don't know why, but I've always been facinated by Tupperware. I heard a piece on NPR a couple of weeks ago about a PBS documentary which talked about Brownie Wise, the saleswoman who revolutionized selling Tupperware through parties. I finally managed to watch the show tonight, complete with tons of vintage footage from training videos and advertisements.

Here's the blurb on the show:

American Experience premieres "Tupperware!," charting the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon. Narrated by Kathy Bates, this funny, thought-provoking film reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. At a time when women, who had been celebrated for working in factories during World War II, were being pushed back to the kitchen, self-taught marketing whiz Brownie Wise showed them how to defy the limitations they faced by starting up their own businesses. Their funny, browniecover.jpgstraightforward and often poignant stories tell us a lot about the history of selling, the changes in expectations for women, and the importance of recognition and applause in all of our lives.

Among other things, Brownie was the first woman to make the cover of Business Week! Sadly, things fell apart for her at the end and Mr. Tupper fired her and they pretty much wrote her out of the company history.

Plus, the KTEH Pledge drive has started so I had a chance to see the camera shots! (They warned us that we wouldn't be able to watch without wanting to critique the shots -- and yes, they could have used a bit more headroom on camera 3) If you pledge now, you can get the video or DVD of the show...

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February 22, 2004

No!! It can't be over.

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Thank you Sex and the City for great TV. We'll miss you :(

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February 21, 2004

The Best Week Ever

I have to admit that one of my secret TV obsessions these days is VH1's I love the 80s, which is like one big you-know-you're-a-child-of-the-80's-if test (not that I needed any additional TV shows to keep track of). Tonight I watched their new scary show, The Best Week Ever, which is the same format -- but just reviews the entertainment news of the past week with commentary from strange current TV personalities like Mo Rocco and the weird guy from Ed. And of course, they have a blog where they discuss the week as it happens. I think I just like their concept of the best week ever being the past seven days, every week.

And yes, I should be doing my homework.

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February 15, 2004

Iron Jawed Angels

IronJawedAngels.jpgWatched Iron Jawed Angels on HBO (after Sex and the City). I wish I had heard about it in advance and could have had a viewing party. I'm excited that Betty's doing a voter registration drive at her school and hope that she gets a copy of the film to show there, it seems clearly aimed at young women and hopefully will get them excited and involved. The cast is great and the production is modern-looking, it rings some off-notes and some crazy anachronisms, but I'm glad I got to watch and hope others did!


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February 14, 2004

Charlie Brown

cbavalentine.jpgIt wouldn't be Valentine's Day without Charlie Brown waiting by the mailbox. [sigh]

Chocolate chip cookies are red.
Chocolate chip cookies are blue.
Chocolate chip cookies are sweet
So are you.


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The Company

the-company.jpgTina and I went to see The Company starring Neve Campbell and the Joffrey Ballet company at the Los Gatos theater. While seriously short on plot, it is beautiful and the dancing is wonderful. There's a fabulous dance on a swing to music by Angelo Badalamenti (right out of Twin Peaks).


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February 06, 2004

Love Letters

laura54.jpgTonight Lifetime showed a tv version of one of my favorite plays of all time, A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, starting Laura Linney and Steven Weber. I've seen it performed a couple of different times on stage (my favorite is still when Mr. Decker and Ms. Luster -- two of my high school English teachers -- performed the play for us.) It always makes me cry.

Thanks Mom for calling and telling me it was on tonight!

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February 01, 2004

Big Fish

wp_bigfish_800x600.jpgRather than staying home and watching the Super Bowl, Ellen and I went out and saw Big Fish. I'm so glad I finally got to see it! I thought it was great and really beautiful to watch.

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January 19, 2004

TV Tonight

I'm planning an evening in to watch the very strange juxtaposition of American Idol and the returns from the Iowa Caucuses...

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January 18, 2004

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Time for a Sunday afternoon matinee: 06m.jpgSaw Girl with A Pearl Earring. I really liked the book -- and think it worked better than the movie did. The movie looked great, but was painfully slow at times and really missed the perspective the book allowed us on the girl's feelings.

The movie did fit in well with what I'm reading now, which is Home: A short history of an idea by Witold Rybczynski. He uses art and literature to show the evolution of the idea of home and comfort through the ages. Of Vermeer, he writes:

Jan Vermeer, another Delft painer, was predominantly interested in the female human figure and less in the domestic interior, but since almost all his masterly paintings are set in the home, they also convey something of its character. His subjects act with a concentration that is mirrored in the still atmosphere of the room and its furnishings. Through Vermeer's paintings we can see how the house has changed: it has become a setting for private acts and personal moments. (71)

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December 25, 2003

The Last Samurai

For our Christmas movie, Eduard and I saw The Last Samurai. Followed, of course, by going out to Chinese food with the whole gang.

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December 22, 2003

Double Feature

eowyn.jpgSpent A LOT of time at the movies today! Saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King with Eduard and then Mona Lisa Smile with Betty and Mom. LOTR was amazing! I came home feeling like we had just returned triumphant from saving Middle Earth. There were a lot of things that they had cut from the book -- I just wish I could convince Eduard to read it so we could compare notes! I couldn't get the music out of my head.

MLS was pretty good -- certainly the costumes and design were fabulous (the 50s always look so great).

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December 21, 2003

Love Actually, again

Saw Love Actually again tonight with Mom and Bill but hope to see some of the other ones on my list while I'm here (especially LOTR and Mona Lisa Smile)

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December 17, 2003

Santa vs. The Snowman

snowminion.jpgSaw the Santa vs. The Snowman IMAX movie tonight at the Tech's 5th Birthday party/staff holiday party. It was SO much fun -- I really didn't expect it to be that funny! We'll have it at the Tech for the next two years around the holidays, and it definitely should be part of everyone's holiday tradition.

This morning was my last Tech shift of the year, and my last time working in Grossology (since its leaving 1/4).

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December 14, 2003

In America

Saw In America earlier today and am now watching part II of Angels in America on HBO.

"Anything can happen -- any awful thing."

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December 13, 2003

Young Black Stallion

blackstallion.jpgSaw a sneak preview of The Young Black Stallion Imax movie at the Tech today.

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December 08, 2003

Angels

angelsinamerica.jpgStayed up quite late watching HBO's absolutely amazing Angels in America. I never managed to see the play, but everyone always said how wonderful it was. I think they did an amazing job with the movie and can't wait to see the second part next week!

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November 14, 2003

Love Actually

Not me personally... but after a day where nothing seemed to go right -- my DSL went down for hours (over an hour and a half of which I was talking to the tech support folks), my computer died again (luckily I now know how to reset the PMU), my heat stopped working (but they're coming to look at it in the morning), and I had to wait for the bus in the rain (though I only have a few more days until I can drive again!) -- I decided to take myself out to the movies and saw Love Actually which just opened at the theater down the street.

Not only did it cheer me up quite a bit (It even stopped raining for the walk back :)) but I'm now definitely looking forward to arriving at Heathrow Airport at the end of December (you have to see the movie to understand)

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November 09, 2003

Runaway Jury

runawayjury.jpgRunaway Jury today at the movie theater down the street. I wasn't going to go, but my computer is not working (luckily I can work from my laptop) and it was a yucky rainy day, so I decided to go for it. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon escapist film! Great cast, lots of surprises... I really liked it!

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October 25, 2003

Pieces of April

april.jpgSaw Pieces of April at the Pruneyard. Katie Holmes makes thanksgiving dinner for her dysfunctional family.

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October 11, 2003

Intolerable Cruelty

Saw Intolerable Cruelty at the local movie theater. Not bad but not as good as the last movie I saw (Lost in Translation). Still, a nice way to spend an afternoon...

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September 21, 2003

Lost in Translation

Saw Lost in Translation this evening (by myself - possibly only the second time I've ever gone to the movies on my own) at the movie theater that's walking distance (of course). Great movie! Fabulous scenes of Tokyo!

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September 20, 2003

Miss America

crowning.jpg One of the hardest things about living on the West Coast is that they tape-delay Miss America so I can't call Mom and Lisa during the commercials to compare notes! This year, Lisa's without power anyway, so Mom's taping it for her, but Mom and Betty watched, and Carrie called in at the end.

Some highlights:


  • every christmas, miss arkansas and her family play hot potato with a ball of fire!
  • miss ct was a former member of the us tap dancing team!
  • miss iowa is fork-lift safety certified...
  • miss kansas is a baton twirler!! (we love the baton twirlers... and the one year that one contestant walked on broken glass... watching singing as everyone's talent just isn't as interesting)
  • miss kentucky says she likes watching trading spaces (there are two new ones on tonight! luckily they're replaying them later so I can Tivo them too)
  • miss west virginia is an expert bargain shopper
  • miss wyoming is also a fork lift driver!
  • miss hawaii is a roller-skating limbo queen!

Tom Bergeron may have been the world's worst host -- but Carrie warned me that he goes on and on and that I should just fast-forward to Clay Aiken singing (I love Tivo!). I think we could have done without Trista and her friends as well. I guess there's a reason I don't watch many ABC shows. I'm still not sure who the strange people on the chairs giving the individual scores were (but they were pretty painful to watch!) The casual wear was a bit odd -- not sure what was up with some of those hats and the goofy parading around in them).

My picks from the quick intros were FL, MS, OR, TN. The top 15 ended up being MO (amber - who must be 8 ft tall), MI (madonna), VA (nancy), IN (bryn), MD (marina), RI (laurie), CA (nicole), FL (ericka), AL (catherine), HI (kanoelani), NH (candace), GA (andrea), OK (kelley), WI (tina), and NJ (jenniefer) -- so I only got one of my picks that far.
Of course, the Miss America web site gave the winner away East Coast time (grumble, i only went to the site to look up the contestant bios) So it looks like I picked right afterall! Yay!

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