Sunday, May 27, 2018

Quote from Arianna Huffington's "Thrive"

Arianna Huffington in Thrive

Music, sculpture, photography, cinema, architecture, literature, drama, poetry, dance - each can ignite the deeper truth, and awaken the sense of wonder that slumbers within us. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Danai Gurira in "Black Girls Rock!"

Danai Gurira in Black Girls Rock!:
It's been pretty clear to me that a big part of my calling or my purpose is to give a voice to women who are often marginalized and never heard from...I've recently been researching and paying close attention to Miriam Makeba for a project...I was watching a clip of her on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1960s. I wept as I watched this pioneer perform on American television in Xhosa, her native tongue. It couldn't have been easy...Yet there she was...That's what inspired me.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Quote from Jenifer Lewis' "The Mother of Black Hollywood"

Jenifer Lewis in her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood:
I am a great entertainer. Look, it's just a fact: I can sing you a song and tell you a story. I can make you dance and shout. I can hold you in the palm of my hand and make you feel alive. I can get you weak in the knees, catch you, say I'm sorry, and then rock you to sleep. But above all things, I can make you laugh, and I mean laugh your ass all the way off!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Quote From Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days"

Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days:
One cannot sing just to please someone, however much one loves them, no, song must come from the heart, that is what I always say, pour out from the inmost, like a thrush. 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Regina Taylor's "Crowns" - A Perfect Show for Easter Weekend

Inspired by the coffee table book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, Regina's Taylor's coming of age gospel musical - Crowns - takes the audience down south and introduces us to a group of Hat Queens and their tradition to adorning their temples with crowns. A perfect musical to take in during Holy Week. 

As always, strolling around the McCarter Center at Princeton University, you never know what you are going to find...

Like a photo of the Crowns premiere 15 years ago tucked in a corner 

Or a display of precious crowns outside the theater

Monday, March 26, 2018

Leslie Odom Jr Reads from His New Book "Failing Up"

I haven't read Leslie Odom Jr's book - Failing Up - yet. But after checking out his reading and chat with director Kenny Leon earlier tonight at Barnes & Noble Union Square, I think my takeaways are:

Love whatever I choose to do. 

Don't give in to perfection. It is okay to fail. Just pick myself up and continue pursuing what I love. 


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Theatre Lovers ---- REJOICE!!

Well, rejoice if you are also a cruise lover. 

I just stumbled on this Road Scholar learning experience - Best of London Theatre on Queen Mary 2Voyage across the Atlantic to England on the Queen Mary 2 with theatre expert Giles Ramsay and then binge on theatre in London. Luscious! Expensive no doubt but worth it. This one will be added to my theatre bucket list...

Day 1 - Arrival Day - New York, NY
Day 2 - The Queen Mary 2 - Queen Mary II
Day 3 - Giles Ramsay’s Lecture Series - Queen Mary II
Day 4 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 5 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 6 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 7 - The Lecture Series Continues - Queen Mary II
Day 8 - Your Final On Board Lecture - Queen Mary II
Day 9 - Disembarkation & Transfer to London via Winchester - London
Day 10 - State of the Nation & Theatre Performance - London
Day 11 - The V&A, The Rehearsal Room & Theatre Performance - London
Day 12 - Meet A Theatre Critic & Enjoy A Final Performance - London
Day 13 - Program Concludes - London

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Bhi Bhiman - Carnegie Hall - March 10th

Regrettably, I can't make it to Bhi Bhiman's concert tonight at Carnegie HallSo, instead, I am going to enjoy the hilarious Moving to Brussels video.

Bhi Bhiman’s songs traverse R&B, power pop, socially conscious folk, and even hints of country and rockabilly. His sweetly lilting voice conjures the late Curtis Mayfield, while his insights into the human condition recall Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan at their best. He has covered Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” (a performance immortalized in an Apple Watch ad) and sung his soulful “Moving to Brussels” in a video with comic Keegan-Michael Key. Bhiman continues to explore political and personal issues in deeply human songs that are witty and wise. Hear him and become a fan for life.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

I Tasted Some Madeira Then I Tasted Some Revenge

Every so often I leave the theater feeling like I just returned from an adventure - sort of like I just came off a thrill ride at an amusement park. 

That is how I felt a few Sundays ago after experiencing Aleshea Harris' revenge play Is God Is at Soho Rep

Now just maybe the wonderful tasting of 10-year Madeiras I had beforehand at the luscious terroir in Tribeca had something to do with it...but I don't think so... 

I truly went on a badass adventure and my head was wildly spinning. 

Once my head settled down a little, I looked for meaning in Ms. Harris' play - "a modern myth about twin sisters who sojourn from the Dirty South to the California desert to exact righteous revenge." 

What did it mean? 

I struggled with all sorts of situations (presently and historically) where people would justly want retribution. And what was Ms. Harris saying about these situations. And was she exploring any one in particular. 

And then I thought to myself - Maybe the play is simply a play about revengeScrew reconciliation!

And maybe sometimes, that just needs to happen...