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PRE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

May 22, 2010

On the schedule, in theory, is an Agatha Christie play, the first disc of the first season of The Muppet Show, an ecumenical concert in honor of Pentecost, finishing the first Kiki Strike book, reading The Merchant of Venice again in prep for upcoming rehearsals, and maybe, just maybe spending some time AWAY from my computer.

What have I been doing on my computer? Well, designing a superhero, thanks to Ugo.com’s HeroMachine 2.5. Meet Cruise. Turns out I like picking clothing colors. And space.

Spent some time at the alternate office and discovered a new favorite magazine: The LODOWN Magazine. Some great visuals, a bunch of different styles and movie reviews in German. #70 had a wonderfully funny interview with Ulrich Haarbürste, who is the creator and obsessor responsible for anything you hear about Roy Orbison and Cling-film. His comic insanity is a pitch perfect thing of wonder.

What else have I been up to? Hmmmm…cooking, a lot. It’s fun, although I am currently in search of a good chicken + barley casserole recipe. We’ve really cracked roasting asparagus; the key is to cover them for 10 minutes first (with foil, not Cling-film aka Saran Wrap.)

Finalizing The Merchant of Venice logo colors with designer, artist, illustrator, animator, man of many talents Topher Davila of Davila Draws. We’d been getting into Shakespeare conversations on Twitter — why aren’t you on Twitter? — and I thought it would be fun to include him on Merchant. He was up for the challenge and I’m very excited about the art he’s come up with.

Music mood. Hmmmm, not really in a zone. Need to download Lady GaGa’s “Telephone” before auditions, make a dance playlist and start carrying my iPod around the theatre.

Quick reviews:

No idea what’s going to happen in the Chuck season finale, which is a good thing. Congratulations on the renewal for Season 4.

iWon’t Cancel The Show was classic iCarly mania.

Never got back into the Smallville mood.

Want to see Just Wright. I like Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad; don’t mind the occasional romantic comedy. Occasionally, and only occasionally, I verge on the almost sentimental.

Iron Man 2 was better than the first. Mickey Rourke impressed and it’s always good to see Gary Shandling grump his way through things, especially when he has something fun to play like a senator. Prince of Persia looks like fun, although the Financial Times reviewer only gave it one star. I don’t think he’s in the summer movie mood yet.

The Legion of Superheroes is back. I have yet to pick up my most recent pile of comics, but I am very excited about Paul Levitz’s return to the future.

And there’s your weekend update. Have fun with your own Saturday/Sunday doubleheader.

Oh and did I mention there’s a shiny glow in the dark robot shirt in the world.

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