Stumbled on this one; had to share. Much like this mind blowing performance of “Rose’s Turn” I found a few months ago, this girl, 16 year old Amira Baigina, demonstrates her impressive set of pipes in this number — one of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite shows. Yes, the riffing at the… Read More Filed under ‘amazing high school musical performances’
If you only know Ms. Lansbury from her days as Jessica Fletcher, than you don’t know the half. Here she is selling it in a Jerry Herman flop musical. “If music is no longer lovely, If laughter is no longer lifting, If lovers are no longer loving, Than I don’t want to know!” Trite, but… Read More Angela Lansbury Works. It. Out.
Make sure your volume is way down (especially at 2:27): The reaction when Miss Philippines was announced as a finalist at this year’s Miss Universe. I love them. Courtesy of my neighbor and friend Steve.
I think it’s time for some show and tell. Show: Tell: I noticed this sign on my way to Frost/Nixon Sunday afternoon. Have you been to Friar Tuck? I have, years ago. For those uninitiated, you walk into a building that resembles a beer barrel, get past a meathead bouncer, and are then greeted by… Read More Show and tell
A typical Saturday morning in the Bullen-Karpo household. Coffee in a homemade mug and HGTV: A step outside on the patio, to be greeted by an uninvited guest (I can’t believe I took this picture): It’s like the Battle of Gettysburg around here: Gator playing around with Google Sites: Alley, unamused:
I rarely have time to pleasure read. I literally have books I’ve been working on for a year on my bed-side stand collecting dust. On top of that, I actually think I have undiagnosed literary narcolepsy, because every time I crack open a book, I’m guaranteed to be drooling on it 10 minutes later, dead… Read More Book worm
Michigan Ave. at dusk, taken after work recently. Maybe it’s this string of lovely weather we’ve had lately combined with the fact that I have no funds to go elsewhere for fourth of July weekend so I’m forced to make due, but I’m feeling strangely sentimental about this town I’ve called home for the past… Read More Why I (currently) ♥ Chicago
Promises, Promises Broadway revival cast recording: It’s like bubble gum for the ears! Ok, not the best metaphor, but gosh, this is one darn enjoyable cast recording. Surprising, as I wasn’t expecting much. Sean Hayes has a delightful singing voice, and Jonathon Tunick’s orchestrations sound crisp and bright. I love that they kept the “vocal… Read More Odds and ends
As I type, mom and dad are journeying nine hours from northern Michigan to the windy city. What’s on deck: 1) The Chicago Blues Festival. The primary reason for the trip — my dad’s a blues hound. 2) Billy Elliot. I’ve seen it, and now my mom wants to — while we leave dad to… Read More Parental visit plans, and a request
I’m jumping on the bandwagon of Rue McClanahan blog honoring, because how can you not? Strangely, on a whim, I watched two hours of back-to-back Golden Girls last night (thanks, WE tv!), including my favorite episode: B Plot: Rose and Dorothy team up to compete to win $10k for writing a winning theme song for… Read More God bless you, Rue.
Things I want: A never-ending supply of Kurig K-cups. Fortune and fame — minus the fame. And in place of fortune, the ability to enjoy Milk Duds without the fear of losing a filling. My cat to not eat the outdoor plants and then puke on the furniture An iPhone app that kills that solitary spider… Read More Things I want/things I need
(I promise this blog will return to its regularly scheduled Chicago theatre programming in the very near future — starting off with Porchlight Music Theatre’s Into the Woods tomorrow…but today is wedding day, so bear with me.) Who knew the role of Male of Honor (MOH) would be so crafty? Lucky for all of us,… Read More The makings of a MOH
This week is weddin’ week, and as Male of Honor, I have duties from Thursday through Saturday: bachelorette party, rehearsal and dinner, and then the Big Day. It’s all very exciting. However, it also means I’m theatre-free until next week. To see what’s coming up, check out the “[CTA] Show Tracker” in the upper left-hand… Read More Odds ‘n ends
Hi. It’s Friday. And my brains must resemble something akin to scrambled eggs these days. To exemplify: After I did my Male of Honor (MOH) duty last night of meeting with Jamie and Eric (the happy couple) for a walk-through of the venue (followed by a very nice dinner here), the Best Man and I… Read More Five Friday thoughts
Sometimes a day at the zoo — even a rainy, grey, les misérables day — can revive you. Thank goodliness we have the glass between us and mother nature. Who says we’re too old for the carousel? My mother sure doesn’t! I just like this photo of my darling Sarah. Taken while waiting. A graceful… Read More A soggy day at the Brookfield Zoo