Archive for November, 2011
My youngest brother Charlie is acting in his first High School play this weekend, and I couldn’t be prouder. He’s starring in a One Act, which holds a special significance for me. Back in my High School days some of my favorite times involved a One Act. I met my wife in a One Act play in 1994, and a year later she was the Assistant Director in the One Act I directed, The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco.
Directing this One Act was one of the highlights of my senior year. Back then I was enthralled with the idea of the absurd in comedy. I was drawn to the Theater of the Absurd movement based on my love of Month Python. I loved the idea of comedy that wasn’t apparent to the masses. I thought The Bald Soprano was one of the funniest things I had ever read, and I was determined to stage it as play. I knew right away that I wanted Meg as my Assistant Director; and I was lucky enough to hand pick my ideal cast from our Hazelwood West’s theatre department. So for this week’s Wayback Wednesday, here’s a picture of the full cast complete with a full cast listing:
Captain as Director
Meg as Assistant Director
Vince as Mr. Smith
Melissa as Mrs. Smith
Doug as Mr. Martin
Mikel as Mrs. Martin
Tonya as Mary the Maid
and Grellner as the Fire Chief
The One Act itself was poorly received, and probably one of the highlights of my Senior year of High School. Despite the tepid response, the cast gave it their all and put in a hell of a performance. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope my brother Charlie has a similar feeling in his first One Act this weekend.
Last week I was surprised at the response that 2 For Tuesday received, so this week I’ve got a couple of songs that are surprising in how unsurprising they sound. First up is the Common Burn by Mazzy Star.
This track itself is unsurprising; it sounds exactly like I would assume a new Mazzy Star track would sound. The surprising part is that it represents the first new song by the band in 15 years! My college roommate Eric was big into Mazzy Star and I listened to them quite a bit back in my Springfield days. Their general moody disposition was perfect for my teenage years.
They’ve been MIA up until a couple of years ago when singer Hope Sandoval released a surprisingly upbeat solo album. Last year she teamed up with Massive Attack for one of the best tracks of 2010, Paradise Circus. And now she’s back with the band for a highly anticipated album due next year. I can’t wait to hear the whole album; bring on the melancholy!
Next up is What You Were by The Drums.
Again, the track itself is unsurprising. It sounds consistent with the band’s debut album from 2010. What’s surprising is that I like this song despite my best efforts. Last year I had a hard time accepting that I enjoyed their pretty-boy-surfer-pop-rock debut single enough to include it on Modern Rock 2010. Here it’s a year later and I once again find myself head-nodding to this upbeat little toe-tapper. While I’m not ready to admit I like pretty-boy-surfer-pop-rock, I guess it’s time to begrudgingly admit that The Drums are a good band. Damn you surfers!
A couple of weekends ago I finally got to see Martha Marcy May Marlene, the movie I’ve been anticipating since May. It lived up to my expectations and then some. The film is one long creepy slow burn that had me squirming in my overpriced Plaza Frontenac seat for 101 minutes. John Hawkes was great as the folksy cult leader, but the best performance was definitely Elizabeth Olsen as the title character. She definitely deserves an Oscar nomination, which would be awesome if she gets one before her billionaire older twin sisters. But don’t just take my word for it. My sister went to a theatre for the first time in 2011 just to check it out, and Secretly Stephie also wrote up a glowing review. Check out the preview again and go see this film NOW!
Hard to believe it, but it’s been two years since my furry little son came into my life. On Black Friday 2009 we went to pick out a Toy Fox Terrier puppy from a breeder in central Missouri and came home with Desmond. To celebrate 2 years with my good little dog, I thought I’d post my favorite pictures of him for Friday 5.
Top 5 Pictures Of Desmond’s First Two Years.
1. Desmond is my Constant
2. Birthday Boy
3. Zombie Captain eats dog brains
4. Desmond in the closet scene from E.T.
5. Dudes watching some baseball
I have lots of things to be thankful for this year, like my beautiful wife, my wonderful home and my loving little dogs. But today I thought I’d say thanks to the 2011 Cardinals one more time. Two nites ago, I had a chance to say thank you to the Cardinals in person at the premier of the 2011 World Series Film at the Peabody Opera House with D and Sherriff Tim.
This being my first time at the Peabody, I was quite impressed by the massive restoration that took place. As you can see, the place was packed with Cardinals fans.
They had lots of cool little touches, like an ice bar that served collectors bottles of Budweiser like this
As well as World Series logos all over, like the one Sherriff Tim is under.
MVP David Freese made an appearance before the film along with the Championship trophy.
The hometown crowd was hyped up from the beginning to the end of the film, cheering at every highlight. It was a great nite to say thanks and goodbye to an unbelievable season. Before I say farewell to the 2011 Cardinals I wanted to share a few more favorite images of the season. Here’s the damage we did at Sherriff Tim’s house in October.
Here’s my favorite tweet from the nite the Cardinals won Game 7.
And here’s my man D running into Tony LaRussa the day he managed his last game.
Thanks for all the great memories. Now, the long 4½ month wait till opening day…