Sunday, October 28, 2007
Went to the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City Saturday night to see their new production of "En Un Sol Amarillo." The show dramatizes the aftermath of the 1998 earthquake that struck Bolivia.
Performed in Spanish (with English super-titles shown above the stage) the show is performed by members of Teatro de los Andes from Bolivia.
The visual illustrations of the earthquake itself are arresting and the description of government bungling following the event is fascinating.
Furniture suspended from ropes (that drop to illustrate collapsing homes) create startling images.
Unfortunately, since it was early in the run, there were problems with the English super-titles. They stalled while the actors kept talking and then they ran so fast to catch up you couldn't read all the words.
I'm sure they'll get the kinks worked out. In the meantime I enjoyed the show because it was so uniquely theatrical.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Went to see "Third," the last play written by Wendy Wasserstein last night at the Geffen Playhouse.
"Third" examines the clash between a feminist professor and a college student she accuses of plagiarizing a paper for her class.
In Wasserstein's unique contemporary style the play takes on issues of political ideology, racism, sexism, ageism and other isms along the way.
Wasserstein, who died from lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 56, includes a character fighting her own fight against cancer.
Some have said if Wasserstein had lived longer she could have made the play better. None of us lead lives of perfection. I think it's touching the play is as it is.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I buy all my stamps from the Post Office in Keeler, California. I have ever since the Los Angeles Times ran an article about the Postmaster of Keeler struggling against mighty odds to keep her Post Office open.
The folks at L'Enfant Plaza (USPS HQ) want to shut it down because it loses money. Keeler (pop. 50) is a dying town wedged between the Owens Lake dry lakebed and the western edge of Death Valley. Pretty much all the town has left is its Post Office.
I figure the Los Angeles Post Office won't miss my business. They probably lose more stamps in one day than I ever buy in a whole year.
So whenever I needs stamps I write a check and mail it to: Postmaster, Keeler, CA 93530. 3 or 4 days later my stamps arrive in the mail delivered Priority Mail. And I've done my little part to help keep this Post Office open.
But I'd never actually BEEN to Keeler until Tuesday. I was in Inyo County and decided to swing over and check out the town for myself. Pretty intense.
You can help keep the Keeler Post Office open by buying your stamps there too.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I wasn't about to miss a second USC home football game.
Spirits were up on campus before the game, despite last week's defeat.
Fortunately, the Trojans came through and beat the Arizona Wildcats 13 to 20.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Spent Monday and Tuesday at a client meeting at the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara.
That hotel is about as sweet as it gets.
The weather was stunning, especially Monday. Driving up on 101 along the coast I had the clearest view of the Channel Islands I ever remember.