While Harper’s Other Dad is basking in the luxury of the Delaware beach communities at Bloggerpalooza II, Harper and I are keeping the home fires burning in Arizona. Am I jealous?…. No I am not! Am I bitter? …. Not a bit! Am I a Christian martyr? Please fill my room with jonquils immediately. In lieu of the blogger festivities I am enjoying a bachelor weekend that is a multi-media extravaganza.
Last night I attended Ballet Arizona “Studio Spotlight” for their upcoming production, Masters of Movement. The Studio Spotlights are previews of the upcoming production which include excerpts as well as interviews with members of the company. Masters of Movement is my favorite production each season. They present three shorter pieces rather than one full-length ballet. The dance is usually more modern and the choreography is usually more abstract.
This year they will be presenting two pieces choreographed by Ballet AZ’s Artistic Director, Ib Andersen. Set to Prokofiev’s “Symphony #1″, Symphonie Classique is choreographed in a more classical style. It was first performed in 2011. In a more modern dance style, Indigo Rhapsody, set to Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The third piece; Off Screen, choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo is described as; “a dance inspired by film. It’s sexy and modern with eccentric moves.” Based on what I saw in the preview it will be sexy, modern and eccentric but also funny and wonderfully athletic.
Tonight we had tickets to a Phoenix Symphony concert; Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with Fabio Bidini at the keyboard. I had not found a home for the extra ticket and I do not enjoy the Symphony as much when I go alone so I exchanged our tickets for a “Pops” Concert in May. It is a joint production of the Symphony and Phoenix Theatre and is a concert staging of My Fair Lady. Harper’s Other Dad did not get a vote on the selection but he won’t be too shocked to learn that I sacrificed Brahms for Learner & Loewe. He was going to miss the Brahms anyway. Besides, this late in the season there are not many selections available for exchanges. I could have chosen the Symphony’s “The Music of the Rolling Stones” concert but that seemed guaranteed to annoy both symphony and Stones fans alike. Perhaps next season they will do an evening of The Sex Pistols. Now that I would see!
To fill the space vacated by Herr Brahms, I picked up a discount ticket to Southwest Shakespeare Company’s production of EQUIVOCATION. Bill Cain’s 2009 play is set in London in 1605 and tells the story of a down-and-out playwright who receives a royal commission to write a play promoting the government’s version of the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot. I know nothing of the play except a couple local people whose taste I respect said they enjoyed it. Review to follow.
For the remainder of the weekend I shall bounce between two items checked out from the Harper’s Valley Public Library. I am finishing Carl Hiaasen’s latest novel Bad Monkey which I am thoroughly enjoying. Like Hiaasen’s other novels, it is awash with quirky people and strange doings in the Florida Keys. The references to places in Key West with which I am familiar lends it an air of verisimilitude as well as a little feeling of nostalgia. Review to follow.
My other Library loaner is Season 3 of the Danish television series Borgen. I became aware of the series from a rave review on the NPR series Fresh Air. It is a 21st-century political drama featuring as its central character a fictitious Prime Minister. It reminds me of The West Wing. After watching Seasons 1 & 2, I actually like it more than The West Wing. Coming from me that is high praise because I loved The West Wing.
There are two inconvenient aspects of watching Borgen. It is not available in a streaming format so I had to get the DVDs from the Library. Secondly, the program is in Danish with English subtitles. I usually multi-task while watching television but that is almost impossible when I have to read the screen. That makes it a perfect project for ‘bachelor weekend’. Review to follow.
Other than that there are the usual ‘work-to-be-done’ activities. Harper wants to go to the Dog Park and she usually gets her way, at least on weekends.