Will over at Soliloqueer posted a inspiring, yet sad, piece of opinion. Please take a moment and go read his “I Have a Dream” post.
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We’ve often marveled at the way NY1’s Donna Karger reads the theater news on NY1’s weekly On Stage program. She’s constructs some really odd sentences and delivers them in a cadence that you don’t often find on TV news.
This morning she offered one of her funniest deliveries yet.
During a story on the new sound system that was installed this past week at the Majestic Theatre for The Phantom of the Opera, Karger said that they had no footage of the show using the new system.
Even if NY1 was in HD and 7.1 sound, they could never replicate, for the home audience, a sound system that uses 155 speakers.
What exactly was she hoping to show? Talk about making no sense?
Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten turned 17 this week! This is one of those albums whose release I distinctly remember. It came out the same summer I’d graduated college, a big summer to be sure. I was blown away by the music. It was the first I’d heard of the new “Seattle grunge” sound (Nirvana’s Nevermind wouldn’t come out for another month still).
“Alive” was a great anthem the spoke about getting through life. “Jeremy” was a dark, foreboding song about a very disturbed student. “Black” was simply amazing: a perfect alchemy of music, lyrics and Eddie Vedder’s distinctive voice. Every song was rock perfection. It’s no wonder the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame put Ten at #11 on its Definitive 200 list, a list of albums that the Hall of Fame says should be in every music collection.
To this day, this album is in it’s entirety on my iPod (and there are not many complete albums on my iPod… not even the Rent original cast recording has that distinction).
I’ve remained a Pearl Jam fan over the years, but they never recaptured the magic of Ten. Vedder came very close though on his recent solo album, the soundtrack for Into the Wild.
I had the chance to see Pearl Jam in 1995. They played Golden Gate Park in San Francisco as part of the tour where they were shunning Ticketmaster. Unfortunately, the concert was cut short after just a few songs because Vedder was ill with food poisoning and couldn’t continue. The trip to the concert was one of the first (and maybe the first) Will and I took when we started dating… he was awesome with the trip. He got high marks for enduring the event since Pearl Jam was not his thing (which I didn’t know at the time). We did have a great time over the rest of the weekend though.
Here’s a little anniversary celebration of Ten: a fantastic live performance of “Black.”
It was announced this morning on Good Morning America! Here’s the cast for season 7: N*SYNC member Lance Bass (he’ll dance with new pro Lacey Schwimmer), Grammy winner and Broadway star Toni Braxton (dancing with Alec Mazo), actress/host Brooke Burke (paired with Derek Hough), chef/reality star Rocco DiSpirito (partnered with Karina Smirnoff), Olympic track gold medal winner Maurice Greene (with Cheryl Burke), reality TV star Kim Kardashian (dancing with defending chamption Mark Ballas), 82-year-old actress Cloris Leachman (dancing with newcomer, and Mark’s father, Corky Ballas), Hannah Montana’s Cody Linley (dancing with Julianne Hough), All My Children Star Susan Lucci (with Tony Dovolani), beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor (paired up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy), Ted McGinley (partnered with newcomer Inna Brayer), entertainer Jeffrey Ross (dancing with Edyta Sliwinska) and retired Super Bowl champ Warren Sapp (paired with Kym Johnson) .
Of this cast, I’m excited to see Lance, Susan and most of all Cloris. Good for her, over 80 and doing DWTS. But, let’s face it, a lot of this cast scrapes the bottom of the barrel in terms of stars. Dipping into the reality category with Rocco and Kim. Snooze… And Ted McGinley , who is usually brought into a show as it completely jumps the shark. Oy!
Oh well… I’ll still tune in, albeit via Tivo so I can jump the commercials and Samantha’s tedious interviews . The new season starts with a three-night “event” on Monday, September 22.
What a wonderful thing to get on a Monday… The
Show: Episode 10, complete with a season finale cliffhanger!
And if you haven’t seen
yet, what are you waiting for???? Get your tickets! We’re going back for our anniversary in a couple weeks. Can’t wait!
I first heard of Matthew Mitcham when he turned up on the cover of the August 26 issue of The Advocate. He was part of the Olympics/Sports Issue coverage (you can read that cover story online).
When we got home from vacation on Friday night, diving was on, and there he was in the qualifying and semifinals of the 10m platform competition. Not only did he dive great, but he was completely adorable. Of the six or so divers that NBC paid attention to, he was the only one who seemed to really enjoy being there. Every time he got out of the pool, he was smiling and waving to the camera.
Last night, Mitcham performed the upset of the diving competition, grabbing the gold away from the Chinese. He continued to be adorable in that last dive as he acknowledged his solid dive and fantastic scores, while not quite realizing that he’d just won. It wasn’t until the final diver had completed and someone came up to him and said “You’ve just won the Olympics!” that it sunk in for him.
NBC, for whatever reason, didn’t show the medal ceremony, but he was awesome there too. After he got his medal, he sprinted up in to the stands kissed his mom, gave her his bouquet and kissed his partner. You can check see the complete medal ceremony with this link on NBCOlympics.com.
Here are some other examples of Matthew’s adorableness from Entertainment Weekly, who proclaimed him Saturday’s Olympic Stud of the Day.