Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Nearly 12 Years Old, "Rent" Is to Close

Producers said that the musical phenomenon, one of the longest-running shows on Broadway, will end on June 1.

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**************************Read on for my own comments! -Dale

June 1 will mark the closing of Rent after almost 12 years on Broadway, according to Campbell Robertson’s article in today’s New York Times. I still remember reading that article in the New York Times: an amazing new musical about artists and AIDS has just opened off Broadway, and the 35-year old author/composer has just died. What was it? AIDS? Drugs? Well, he was straight and it was an aortic aneurysm, we learned. Since then, I’ve never actually seen a stage version. But I have learned to sing “Seasons of Love” with my chorus (not my current one, my last one), and seen my LGCSF buddies perform “Tango Maureen” and “Seasons of Love. I’ve also seen it on the big screen, the small screen, and bought the recording. So tonight I’ll play it loud on my cool new speakers. There will always be people who will say that Rent isn’t reflective of their art/music/politics/life. OK people…it’s musical theater, right??

I found that the most the most joyful and intimate relationship was between Angel and the guy played by Jesse Martin. Here are a few lines from the song they sing to each other (and which Jesse sings again after Angel dies, really sad and slow at first, and then really big and bringing in the rest of the cast, so the energy comes up again and everyone can have one more big song about Living and Dying in America at the End of the Millenium ("What You Own").)

I’ll Cover You

(Angel)

Live in my house. I’ll be your shelter.

Just pay me back with 1,000 kisses.

Be my lover, and I’ll cover you.

(Jesse)

Open your door. I’ll be your tenant.

Don’t got much baggage to lay at your feet.

But, sweet kisses I’ve got to spare.

I’ll be there, and I’ll cover you.

With a thousand sweet kisses I’ll cover you. Oh lover, I’ll cover you, yeah yeah yeah.

Thank you, Jonathan Larson, for Rent.
“No Day but Today”

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Wet weather riding

Timely video from the bicycle coalition.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Climbing nasturtium has a baby?

While watering the climbing nasturtium last week I found this in the pot. I thought at first something had fallen in from above, but then realized the plant had stored its energy in this ... tuber? It was laying on top of the soil, and was connected to the main plant only by a few thin strands of branches. I decided to remove it and relocate to a box containing our thunbergia vine, which has room for it to grow.
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Obama is in the 'hood!

Across the street from us...
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008