Readers of Spo Reflections know that Harper’s Other Dad is off for a weekend of education, networking, and socializing in Southern California while Harper and I hold down the fort in the Valley. Between the airport runs that book-end the weekend my time is my own. What’s a boy to do when all alone in the big city?
Yesterday evening I met a friend for some Happy Hour libation. There were a couple other familiar faces in the pub so it was a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours and start the weekend.
Phoenix has its Art Walk on the first Friday of every month. It was a little too warm to spend much time walking around on the sunny sidewalks but I stopped by a galley owned by an acquaintance. He kicks off his new shows on “First Friday”. June’s show is the work of a local photographer named Gregory Triandafilou. I liked his work but didn’t buy anything. (Sorry Greg!)
I didn’t drink excessively at the pub. I left about 6:45 for the gallery where I displayed prudent virtue by opting for diet root beer rather than mixing their wine with the pub’s vodka in my otherwise empty stomach. When I got home I took Harper for a walk and was in my ‘jammies watching Legally Blonde for the 27th time by 9:00 PM. (“Don’t stomp your little last season Prada shoe at me, honey.”) Despite all that clean living, when Harper woke me at 5:40 this morning the first thought that came to mind was “Gently darling.,..Auntie Mame is hung”.
The long-awaited, and much-anticipated highlight of the weekend will be this evening at 8:00 PM when Idina Menzel takes the stage with the Phoenix Symphony. I saw a PBS broadcast “Barefoot at the Symphony” a few months ago which was wonderful. I am not expecting this concert to be a repeat of that event. Sadly Marvin Hamlisch cannot appear as music director. I doubt Taye Diggs will drop in for a couple of tunes in the second half. Even so, she is a charismatic performer and a strong vocalist who can hold her own in front of a full orchestra.
I think parts of the concert are predictable. Ms. Menzel has a strong following in the gay community (go figure!) so I am expecting that the male/female ratio in Symphony Hall tonight will not be too close to 50/50. There’ll be some misty eyes after she sings “For Good” from Wicked. There’ll be some silent lip-synching along when she sings “No Day But Today” from Rent. There will probably be a standing ovation after “Defying Gravity”. And that’s just in Row 13 Seat 7. I imagine some of the other folks in the audience may like her too.