Yep. Here’s some to catch you up, in reverse chronological order of composition. For real time haikuing, follow me on Twitter.
Solo Walk Haiku
Sun roars out from gray
Charges carv’d clouds + colors
Fall Glorious Live
Neruda Inspired Haiku
By sign + street light
Reading Neruda, dreaming
Night Touch Starlight You
3:17ish a.m. Haiku
Moon seems very far
Tonight so do you near yet
Nowhere I can touch
Elementary > Sleepy Hollow > Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. although the third episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. did seem like they’d finally taken the training wheels off. I don’t think Hart of Dixie fits in the above equation but we happened across the Season 3 premiere and enjoyed it. They are having so much fun with those characters.
Colder weather is making me miss Bomb Girls. Too bad they couldn’t get it together for a third season. Haven’t heard about when the two hour wrap up movie is filming or airing.
Disney: Flash’s (our Disney loving fluffy orange cat TV critic for those new to the blog) new favorite show is Liv and Maddie, which has improved from its pilot. Not watching Wolfblood as it doesn’t coincide with my schedule and hasn’t seemed interesting enough to track down On Demand. Wander Over Yonder is wonderful visual fun but not impressed with the plotting/writing. Back on board the Phineas and Ferb train; enjoyed this year’s Halloweenish episode with multiple Scarlet Pimpernels (including Stacy, the under the radar cool character aka Candace’s best friend) at a masquerade party thrown by Vanessa.
Have been watching Sabrina The Teenage Witch on DVD, Flash’s other new favorite show — Teen Nick was playing it at 10 p.m. for awhile and it distracted her from grief, I think. TeenNick was also playing Radio Free Roscoe on weekends for too brief a time and needs to start airing episodes again. Sabrina is fun, although I am sensing that some of the Wizards of Waverly Place writers found episodes inspirational.
The Cooking Channel is developing too many hidden camera and/or competition shows. More Tripping Out With Alie and Georgia please. And another season of Bitchin Kitchen, although the first episode of their travel show erred on the side of not funny. Eden Grinshpan of Eden Eats brings her curiousity and style to another show, debuting this week, Log On and Eat With Eden Grinshpan.
Pacific Rim is coming out on DVD tomorrow. Really enjoyed it in the theatre (MONSTERS! ROBOTS! FUNFUNFUN!). Halestorm has Re Ani Mate 2.0 out now, an ep of covers — Judas Priest, Pat Benatar, Daft Punk et al. Need to pick up that and the first Re Ani Mate. Lizzie Hale is one of the great rock and roll screamers, I think. Her voice was having a raspy night when we saw her in concert but it’s amazing the power and control and punch she gets with her voice. She’s up on my list with Robert Plant. Seeing him in concert kicked off a Led Zeppelin-Honeydrippers fanatic listening phase one hot NJ summer
Right now, I’m mostly listening to The Dollyrots (join in the fun of making their latest album), mixed with a few songs off the Gloria Estefan Standards album. I love her versions of “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “Call Me Irresponsible” and a few others, but the tempo on most of the songs seems too slow. Haven’t really been listening to the new Joan Jett as I can’t get the mp3 version to burn to a cd I can play in the car : /
Working on costumes for Sleepy Hollow has been fun but time consuming. Looking forward to getting my weekends back. Arranged a Poe night that I couldn’t participate in but it went off well and I had fun revisiting the poems. Ran into some friends while having tea out today who asked how it went. That led to a discussion of finding my one act adaptation of Murders in The Rue Morgue and restaging it sometime/where.
Have been participating in #drawlloween on Twitter. My inspirations vary widely — or perhaps not, based on these two fairly random choices. Good night. Thanks for stopping by.
Have been working on the costume crew for Sleepy Hollow at DreamWrights in an effort to reclaim my craft skills. Had fun trying to figure out the best way to make a throwable pumpkin for The Horseman. Here’s a mid way through the effort picture:
You can stream Joan Jett’s soon to be released (Tuesday) album Unvarnished at USA Today for at least a couple more days. Give it a listen. I’ve been enjoying the sneak peek.
The Dollyrots are raising money for their next album. Kick in some, darn it.
Gloria Estefan has a Standards album out. Like what I’ve heard so far.
Cher also has a new album out. Busy early Autumn for many.
Liking Sleepy Hollow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. On a Sabrina the Teenage Witch kick and there’s a new animated version coming out in Mid October, although I do not like the previews of the animation Archie Comics has been showing for upcoming projects. Lack of details in the background and no grace in the character design. Wander Over Yonder has grace and visual imagination but still not sold on the writing and plotting. Shake It Up is really hitting the comic bullseye, Ant Farm is tanking, the universe is lacking a third season of My Babysitter’s A Vampire.
In a pumpkin mood. So here’s two more to share. And a non pumpkin haiku:
2:11 a.m. Haiku:
It can’t be the dark
This sad left touching silence
Dark happens always
Playing Radio Ahmad Jamal on last.fm. My favorite jazz performer thus far. His ‘Jeff‘ is an amazing joy.
No movies out this past week. Next one to see in the theatre…I’m not sure about that. The Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs sequel looks fun. I’m a sucker for monster food + obvious puns. Have to watch the first one sometime. I am looking forward to George Clooney’s non astronaut project, The Monuments Men, coming out later in the year, where our heroes try to rescue art from the Nazis.
Reading: Archie comics, newspapers, not so many magazines these days, although I did hit Barnes and Noble for a magazine meander a couple of weeks ago. Found a cool new soccer magazine called Howler. Liked the style and that they included the US Women’s National Team as well as the men’s.
Kickstarter seems to be an interesting place to wander around for inspiration. Discovered one raising money for a documentary on Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female director of movies. Looking forward to seeing how the movie develops.
You can still get in on the talented + inventive Jill Thompson’s quest to make a Scary Godmother doll. Any and all of the Scary Godmother books or comics are perfect mood: Autumn, October and/or Halloween reading so I am very glad that Thompson has the rights back and will be creating more of them.
Here’s today’s @blinkkittylove Wednesday art for you. I’m in a Joan Jett mood. Good night.
Neither of my teams (Boston Breakers, Seattle Reign) ended up in the NWSL playoffs, which got a Portland-Western NY final. League front office probably thrilled. Fox Soccer did a bait and switch on the semifinals but have decided to carry the final on Fox Soccer proper.
NBC Sports has decided to carry the entirety of the Barclays Premiere League and I’ve opted to root for Cardiff City since it’s their first year back in (so I haven’t missed out on recent rivalries or anything like that) and their owner seems entertaining. Plus, am developing a suspicion that Wales is the new Australia.
Still watching Elementary, not happy with how Warehouse 13 chose to end their season, watching TeenNick more — Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I really am in an Archie mood…Radio Free Roscoe is back, which is good to see. Miss Bomb Girls and The Fosters, but both should be back at some point this winter and Bomb Girls, Season 1 will be available in the USA on DVD.
New shows: Sleepy Hollow sounds intriguing, I’ll give the Rebel Wilson show a shot, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sounds exactly right.
Connie Willis is amazing. Finally read Blackout and All Clear and although the middle was a bit slow, the whole of the stories and characters involved came to an amazing payoff. Just got Lorna Doone from the library. Going to give that a reread.
The World’s End was great fun, so well done in every detail and Nick Frost dominated. Want to watch Hot Fuzz again and must try Shaun of The Dead. Have a stack of movies to rip the wrap on and sad that I haven’t been able to see Pacific Rim on a big screen again yet. Robots won the summer movie sweepstakes for me, even if they didn’t at the box office. Have been reading interesting things about the international version of The Grandmaster and Zi Yi Zhang’s performance. Might have to track that down.
Joan Jett’s Unvarnished still coming out in October, The World’s End played The Sisters of Mercy over their end credits and I liked it, The Dollyrots continue working on their new album, I actually have to stop being cheap and buy a The Band Perry album (Target is not putting it on sale), and there is a Halestorm concert on the schedule.
Enjoy your weekend. Good night.
If you want to know how The Tempest went, this is the blog post for you.
Found some haikus on my iPod touch (bedside writing implement of choice) I haven’t posted here (in chronological order):
Insomnia Haiku n + n = 1
Weaving other’s words
No time for mine surging through
Neglect stirs fever
Full Solstice Haiku:
Super bright moon lights
this night’s silence, treasured cool
pauses, Solstice breeze.
Summer Of The Snake Haiku:
Step in shadow. Fears
weight sleep, bewilder reason.
Sweep under bed. Stand.
Just finished one of the most difficult summers I’ve had as well as the most excellent Tempest, which exceeded my ambitious vision. I’m so proud of the work everyone put in. From the bursting energy of the storm to Prospero commanding attention (and applause) from the audience every night, the Theatre Under The Trees Tempest was an amazing run of theatre, Shakespeare and wonder.
Joan Jett has just released ‘Any Weather’, a single from her upcoming album, ‘Unvarnished,’ which is the perfect song for the summer/year I’ve had and Gayle and the people who chose to be right there with me. Thank you.
Other news…hmmmm. The Dollyrots are having a baby and creating a new album. The Dollyrots seem to be the band Gayle and I most overlap about. Couldn’t catch their last two StageIt concerts because of The Tempest but looking forward to next week’s.
In a music mood. Hoping we can swing Halestorm tickets in September. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are coming to town. Enjoyed her book. Doesn’t look like Joan Jett’s doing anything local besides the Shindig Festival, which is too costly and crowded for a date day.
I will leave you with a couple of storm photos so you can get a feel for the energy and my Director’s Note from The Tempest program:
The night I’m writing this is the first time we put music and acting and dance together. And there were some glitches, some stumbles and some moments when I thought ‘this might work.’ And moments when I thought the opposite and shredded a few pieces of paper. But the entire rehearsal, I was in the middle of a group of people working very hard to put together complex and ambitious ideas. Inspiring. And so, even after a difficult day, I have faith that what you see on stage tonight will connect you to these amazing characters of William Shakespeare’s on a very human level.
Theatre is a collaborative genre. This year, I’ve made an effort to invite other artists into my creative process. It started with writing about The Nutcracker, watching Bunheads and thinking seriously about dance. Then Gayle agreed that New Orleans might work as a musical mood and my Twitter buddy, @KristynBurtt gave me some advice on choreographers to take a look at. After that, I asked Kim Greenawalt to return for another summer and she agreed to work her movement interpretation of The Tempest around my vision. It’s been a #teamtempest effort since January or so, with Rebecca, Paula and then the cast, dancers and crew all adding their energy and talents to create the Theatre Under The Trees vision of Shakespeare’s magical isle and its inhabitants.
Our hope is that the stories and characters you hear and see tonight will make you laugh, touch you with a moment of sadness, bring forth memories of people who helped (or hindered) you on your journeys. William Shakespeare in his plays left a treasure of knowledge about human character, good, bad, silly, callow, striving, loving, et alia. Tonight, we are honored to present one of his brightest dark chapters, a lyrical adventure that takes you from storm tossed to rescued.
Michelle Denise Norton
It’s my favorite holiday. Miss watching fireworks over Lake Michigan, but glad to celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Reread the beginning…still a solid view of the rights of citizens and the responsibilities of citizens to keep oppressive governments in check.
Very glad the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 didn’t leave me considering applying for asylum in Canada. There is still a long way to go, especially in the states that don’t allow marriage equality but it was a nice feeling to wake up and read that DOMA had been overturned.
Thinking about various things American today and remembering my favorite poet, Robert Frost and how I wore out his complete works as a teenager. Googled him, clicked on a site and didn’t have to go far down the alphabetized list to find one that always resonated (thank you poetry.org):
Acquainted with the Night
by Robert Frost
I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right
I have been one acquainted with the night.
The Tempest is taking up so much time and brain space. Incorporating the dancers and another creative voice is a complexity added into one of Shakespeare’s most complex plays. Which is fascinating because The Tempest plays out pretty much in real time, but there are so many textures and emotional swings involved. And pronouns. Don’t get me started on the pronouns. Antecedent hunting is a constant actor activity.
Have been watching the NWSL when I can. Megan Rapinoe is back in the USA and playing for the Reign, which is fun to watch, but I have become an even bigger Seattle Reign fan from watching Jess Fishlock and Kaylyn Kyle making huge efforts early in the season, when the Reign were getting no breaks at all(and those two are still out there, pushing, but the goals and wins are finally coming). The Boston Breakers have been erratic, but I’m still cheering. And I still don’t understand why Sydney Leroux seems to be underrated by professional soccer pundit types.
Saw Despicable Me 2 today. Fast moving, sleek, fun comedy, nearly as much fun as the first. Laughed more than I did at Monsters University. Also enjoyed Epic, which is beautifully done. And The Internship cheered me up. Want to see White House Down but haven’t had a chance. Sorry that Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing isn’t in town, but I sometimes have a bad reaction to watching Shakespeare when I’m directing Shakespeare so maybe it’s for the best.
Finally have a Tempest logo I like. Going to switch it to purple and gold ink on a green shirt, Mardi Gras colors for the New Orleans mood.
Good night. Thanks for stopping by.
The Fosters: really sharp cast, two moms, wry humor, variety drama, warmth — liked it a lot. Still want Bunheads to get another season to grow but I’ll be checking out The Fosters again.
Warehouse 13: H.G. Wells on tonight, another good episode in a solid season. Black and white noir episode from a couple of weeks ago is on my favorite episodes of anything list.
Bomb Girls: so much happened in the two hours of the season finale. It’s such a stand out show, damn shame the future only holds a two hour movie and not a couple more six episode arcs (THIS SHOULD CHANGE!).
NWSL: Watching Boston Breakers games, would really like to do it on my TV and not my computer; Seattle Reign games happen when I’m in my office anyway. Solid play.
The new Star Trek movie: loud, not well written, wasted cast, really taking women leagues and fathoms backwards from the classic Trek series. But Cumberbatch is a force, he always does so well, his turn in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a class in small moments.
Epic: gorgeous, fun, nice voice work, lots of action, cute pug, little silly, saw it on my birthday, made for a nice afternoon : )
Finally acquired Season 1 and 2 of The Tick (animated). Having a blast.
Imagine Dragons: like ‘em.
The Dollyrots: love their Stage It concerts, enjoying hearing about the making a new album process.
Lesley Roy: nice raw sound.
The Band Perry: love their music videos, always pushing an edge.
The Tempest. Bought a copy of Living With Shakespeare, want to sort through it so I can use some of it in rehearsals for discussion + inspiration.
Philippe Petit has a book about knots. As much about him, it sounds fascinating.