April 30, 2011

Playtime

Last night, because I apparently have trouble progressing past a mental age of eight, I went to a puppet theatre to watch a show.

Actually, though the play had a few shadow puppet skits throughout, it was for the most part a "normal" play, "The Misery Play", starring real actors from Emerson's acting department (and directed by a graduate of Emerson's theatre education program).

Now, usually when I see Emerson acting students it's in the writing classes I teach, and to be honest I didn't have much idea what to expect — so I was pleasantly surprised by the genuine talent onstage, particularly Lindsay HR, who managed the difficult task of playing a mature, emotionally exhausted character despite being a baby-faced, wide-eyed twenty-something herself (the latter I may be projecting slightly, but still, playing older ain't easy).

Mostly, though, I enjoyed the play's aesthetics: an evocative soundtrack, interesting staging, creative props and costumes, and of course, despite a few technical glitches, the shadow puppets. (There's also a sock puppet, if you like that kind of thing.)

It's one for one more night — Sunday May 1st at 7pm, at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline Village — so if you don't already have plans for celebrating the international labour movement, well, what could be better than supporting those most downtrodden and under-appreciated of workers: actors?

April 29, 2011

April 26, 2011

Trumped Up

From AOL News: Trump Bashes Obama as 'Terrible Student':
Real estate mogul Donald Trump suggested in an interview Monday that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended....

"I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard," Trump said.
I'm not going to legitimate Trump's "campaign" by responding seriously to any of the silly things he's saying here. I'm not even going to make a joke about his hairpiece. I just wanted to share this quote:
"The last guy [Obama] wants to run against is Donald Trump."
Yup, and I think we're all with him on that. Please don't sully electoral politics any further by actually putting your name on a ballot. Thanks.

April 24, 2011

Where There's A Wills...

In a stroke of genius this evening, Mallory and Betsy and I decided to watch the Lifetime William & Kate movie. (Betsy's gentleman friend Dan reluctantly joined us.) We spent most of the time coming up with funny euphemisms for William's genitals, e.g.:

His Tower of London
His Big Ben
The Royal We(iner)
Prince Willy
His heir to the bone

We also decided that the only thing better than the Lifetime Wills and Kate movie would be a movie about Wills and Kate watching the Wills and Kate movie.

April 22, 2011

April 15, 2011

April 14, 2011

Maybe He Realized He'd Left His Pork Offal Meatballs In The Oven

From ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for directing gay slur at ref
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a gay slur that commissioner David Stern called "offensive and inexcusable."

After receiving a technical foul during Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant stormed to the bench, hit his seat before sitting down, threw a towel and then yelled "Bennie!" toward referee Bennie Adams. Bryant then leaned back and muttered a gay slur.
Okay, Kobe. Quite apart from the fact that it's embarrassing to watch a grown man act like such a fucking baby, you are a grotesque example of a human being. What's your excuse for this again?
"My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period," he said. "The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."
Oh, right. So you're saying that if that lanky white guy the Celtics have now gets frustrated during the playoffs and calls you a [racial slur beginning with N redacted], you'd be okay with that? Because he'd be frustrated? And because it totally wouldn't perpetuate a cultural environment that legitimates discrimination against minority groups? Frankly, Kobe, I'm pretty frustrated with you right now, but I'd still never dream of calling you that — because it's fucking offensive, period. And if there's one situation, actually, when using slurs is probably the worst thing you can do, it's when you're angry. Because, um — hello? — it's anger towards minority groups that ends up getting people killed.
"The comment that I made, even though it wasn't meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it's important to own that," Bryant said.
Well, at least you're taking responsibil—
...He also said that he will appeal the fine.
Oh, FFS.

April 12, 2011

Annals of Microsoft Incompetence

The spellchecker on my version of Word doesn't recognize "dystopia". You're not fooling anyone, Gates.

April 08, 2011

April 01, 2011