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  1. On a tangent: The thing that drives me nuts about football is the amount of time spent on time out, half time, the constant stop and start of getting from one play to the next. I hate watching the players standing around, it makes me feel like nothing is happening.
  2. I wonder if there weren't any words for outdated technology that they could have replaced instead of the flora and fauna. Where does Superman change his clothes these days?
  3. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $45.00 for orchestra seating for the performances of Bright Star in the Eisenhower Theatre on Tuesday Dec. 15, Wednesday Dec. 16, Thursday Dec. 17, Friday Dec. 18, and Sunday Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are regularly as high as $109. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "216554." See you at the Kennedy Center! Bright Star: http://m.kennedy-center.org/home/event/tqtsc?promotionno=216554#tickets Bright Star From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. · Eisenhower Theater · About · Bright Star Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement! Inspired by an astonishing true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past. Together they discover a long-buried secret with the power to transform their lives. From Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes this hopeful and heart-swelling new musical, directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie. Don't miss this powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there's always one Bright Star. Carmen Cusack reprises the role of Alice, which she originated in Bright Star's world premiere production, and will be joined by co-stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Tony Award nominee Michael Mulheren, A.J. Shively, Hannah Elless, Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus, three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Tony Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz, along with Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks and William Youmans. Recommended for age 12 and up. Performance Timing: Act One - 65 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Two - 55 min. · TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER 216554 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
  4. http://www.amazon.com/Swan-Lake-Mark-Helprin/dp/0395498589
  5. Happy Turkey Day, everybody! This offer for tomorrow just came in:
  6. You're right, Dirac. They were showing "Line" and "Truth" one after the other, including vintage commercials. :-)
  7. I caught BUZZR recently during my insomniac hours. They were showing To Tell the Truth complete with Kitty Carlisle, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf.
  8. Didn't she marry Herbert Ross after Nora Kaye died (another ABT connection)?
  9. The time change for performances this season is an attempt to control the flow of traffic during the garage phase of the construction for the KenCen expansion project. The South entrances to the garage will be closed for an extended period. Curtain times are 7:00 for the Opera House, 7:30 for the Eisenhower, and 8:00 for the Concert Hall.
  10. It reminded me of the skit Darcey Bussell did with French and Saunders.
  11. On one of my grandmother's soap operas, way back when, one of the "bad girl" characters was named Raven.
  12. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=video&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCkQtwIwA2oVChMIz-fPhLXKxwIVzRGSCh1NigYo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fi-want-to-be-a-ballet-dancer%2F&ei=8pzfVc-mIc2jyATNlJrAAg&usg=AFQjCNF9BJ5JayTMjlsIrvgXhIBUyyy1XQ&sig2=hiBn7ToWE1GrjL_vqyIvOA I finally got around to watching the segment on Misty Copeland and found this little gem on the 60 Minutes Overtime setion of the website. Here's the catalog entry from the NYPL: News report on American Ballet Theatre School, New York, focusing on the school's auditions for admission and scholarships. The school's director, Leon Danielian, discusses the criteria for selection, the low success rate for aspiring dancers, and the difficulty of ballet as a profession. He and balletmistress Patricia Wilde are seen working with students in the classroom. A student's perspective is provided bysixteen-year-old Jane Hickey.
  13. The Joffrey Nutcracker will be at the Kennedy Center over Thanksgiving weekend this year. Wed. 11/25 at 7:00 and Friday-Sunday at 1:00 and 7:00. Remember, DC empties out for Thanksgiving. I guess this is the last chance to see it on tour.
  14. I'm actually a fan of Moreno's. It's just the wish that someone who is primarily known for their involvement in dance, say Ann Reinking, cold have gotten the nod.
  15. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/george-lucas-carole-king-rita-moreno-selected-for-kennedy-center-honors/2015/07/15/24f527ac-2a60-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html No dancers again this time. :-(
  16. van Hamel has been very involved as a founder and faculty member at Kaatsban International Dance Center. http://www.kaatsbaan.org
  17. I won't be in NY for this season, but here are my thoughts: I've been craving the chance to see Monotones live for years. It's been waaaaaay too long. The Mariinsky toured with Spectre just a few years ago. I saw it a couple of times and I have no desire to see it again in the near future. I want to see something that features more dancers. If ABT has to dance Balanchine, I wish they would do pieces that are not concurrently danced by NYCB, except for T&V. (Coals to Newcastle, local audiences have no incentive to see something they just saw or will shortly see.) It's not the quality at ABT that I object to for their Balanchine choices, it's the lack of exclusivity in what they dance. I'd rather see them do a rarity than another Allegro Brilliant or Tchai. PDD.
  18. Christopher d'Amboise in Song and Dance. Stephen Hanna in Billy Elliot.
  19. Another wish: Petrushka with Simkin as the title character and Lane as the ballerina.
  20. ITA. Tamm leaving was the absolute low point of the season for me. I am still in mourning.
  21. My impression of ABT marketing over the last several years is that it's aimed at potential donors rather than ticket buyers, with no recognition that marketing is not just development. Language alert: I've seen some institutions have started using "organizational advancement" instead of developent, witch replaced the perfectly accurate but obvious findraising.
  22. If the box office won't cooperate, check with the House Manager, in a very polite innocent manner, if anything can be done to accommodate you. I tried to copy your emoticon, but I couldn't.
  23. Never mind the shoes looking different. Today's dancers would probably have to wear some padding to approximate the look of the original SB cast, if the production was really trying to offer an experience as close as possible to what Petipa created. ;-)
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