Friday, April 18, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, the culture continued, this time with me taking my Sister-in-Law to the Museum of Latin American Art. The museum's less than a mile from my apartment -- and provides free access every Sunday -- so I convinced her to join me for the Frida Kahlo exhibit, featuring roughly 200 photographs from her personal collection at La Casa Azul. The images were of people and places that inspired her or showed her in various stages of her life: as a child; in traction at the hospital after one of her many surgeries; dressed in traditional Mexican clothing; with Diego Rivera. Some were from her own camera, others from her photographer father Guillermo. We wandered through the rooms for two hours, admiring the glimpses into both her personal and creative lives, stepping back into Mexico of the early 20th Century.
Afterwards, the museum staged a portion of their private collection featuring images of fantasy from Latin America ranging from dark political images to lighthearted flights of fancy. We had a wonderful time, and it dawned on me during lunch a short time later that this was the first time that just the two of us had done anything together. Usually, she and my Brother would drive up for dinner with Caesar and myself, or we met at family functions. This was a nice opportunity to talk and laugh.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Definitely not your typical fodder for a musical, but this turned out to be a fantastic experience. The score from Adam Guettel felt folksy and haunting, with some bluegrass thrown in for good measure, and all the voices -- especially Mark Whitten as the title character -- brought it to miraculous life. Tina Landau's book intertwined the family heartache with the news frenzy surrounding the rescue attempt, making for a compelling tale. And the smaller stage added to the claustrophobic quality of Floyd being trapped and allowed for some clever staging that would have been lost on a much larger audience.
We both enjoyed the intimacy of being on the stage, in the thick of the action. It felt more as though the show was being performed just for us and was such a refreshing change from sitting with a thousand other people in a big cavernous auditorium.
Image from Cast Album Review.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The situation goes from bad to worse when Chris is knocked to the ground by a woman who begins clawing and biting him. With some effort, Eddie frees his partner and they manage to escape for a time. All the while, Chris begins to show signs of sickness and quickly deteriorates. It's only when he dies then comes back to life that Eddie realizes how truly horrific the situation is.
Racing against time -- and a horde of the waling dead -- Eddie's only thought as he fights his way across San Antonio is for his wife and newborn son's safety.
Dead City is full of a relentless (and gruesome) zombie goodness. Just when you hope Eddie's safe, more of those slow-moving terrors somehow rat him out of his hiding hole, and you wonder right along with him where the hell they keep coming from. The story moves at an incredibly fast pace, keeping me riveted at this one night in the life of Eddie Hudson trying to reach his family. And I wouldn't want to run into Eddie -- any survivors he found wound up as zombie food.
If you're in the mood for a quick zombie fix, this is a great book to satisfy your cravings.
by Joe McKinney
mass market paperback, 288 pgs.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Saturday, April 05, 2014
What does all this have to do with iTunes? Well, my choice for this week is a song from Cole Porter that thought it fit into the Jazz Age feel for tonight's festivities. It's from his hit 1934 musical set aboard the S.S. "American" headed for London. The song: Anything Goes performed by Sutton Foster from the 2011 Broadway revival.