Because random_flores tagged my butt...
First: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Second: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you -
Lots of pillows or just one?
I have four on my bed. Of the two on my side, I generally prop one against the wall as a make shift head board and sleep on the other.
What kind of books do you read?
Mostly Young Adult although I venture into almost anything. Detective, Horror, Romance, Mystery, autobiographies... bring it on.
What's the weirdest thing you've seen today?
Hm... I haven't really gone anywhere today so I'd have to say the following TFLN:
(330): this is going to sound stupid but when I was drunk and thought I was a stripper where I did toss my pants?
ZOMBIES OR ROBOTS: Which apocalypse is more likely?
Zombies. Robots wouldn't be stupid enough to kill off their minions (us).
What are you doing right this second (besides answering this meme)?
I am killing the last hour at work and eating the second half of my Subway sandwich.
What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
I am really into reading again at the moment. It comes through in waves.
Cake or cookies?
Cookies. They don't require plates and utensils and can be split with a loved one for almost no guilt for indulging. =)
What's the last website you visited?
TWOP. I was reading about the American Idol episodes I haven't had a chance to watch yet. Go Crystal!
What was the last thing you bought?
Subway - Club (no ham) footlong with chips and drink. Yum.
How do you think you'll die?
In my sleep when I'm old and gray. I lead a fairly conservative life to I don't think it will be anything news worthy.
Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave?
What do you do to change your mood?
Depends on the mood. Some can be changed with a well chosen song, others require the endorphins of a workout.
What was the last meal you ate?
Subway (see above)
Do you want to learn another language?
I would love to learn Spanish and Italian
Five things near you right now:
1) Otto - my stuffed otter
2) water bottle
3) softball schedule
4) cell phone
5) Body Intelligence - book I'm reading
Find the closest book currently sitting near you and flip to page 24. What is the first sentence of the second paragraph?
Think about your childhood experiences.
What's the last thing you said out loud?
"You too." - after my co-worker told me to have a good night.
What are you looking forward to?
My trip to the Grand Canyon/Sedona for my girlfriend's birthday. Hoping we don't freeze while camping. Heh.
I tag no one. I'm not positive anyone even reads this thing anymore. ;-)
Teresa and I went to Opening Night of STOMP at the Pantages last night. This is a show I have wanted to see for over a decade and I am happy to say that it surpassed my expectations.
I was a little apprehensive about the noise level and hoping for the best with our seats.
Is STOMP loud? Yes. It's also surprisingly quiet at times. The props they use to create the sounds range anywhere from boxes of matches to plastic bags to plastic tubs and many more besides. I left the theater feeling like I wasn't having nearly enough fun with my trash and workplace supplies.
Should you venture to say there is a plot, I would say it is this: working class people (there are two females and 6 males) who are possibly janitors that play around a lot when they are on break. The show has no words but sounds abound. There is the picked on one, the leader, the cool guy, the pretty boy, the sexy woman, etc. Everyone has a distinct personality and I'm at a loss to decide if the grumpy leader or the court jester of the crew was my favorite.
There is plenty of crowd participation, so be prepared to clap and stomp on command. Also, be wary of making noise out of turn. If the people on stage don't glare at you, the person sitting next to you certainly will.
STOMP is a beautiful cross between dance and percussion. These eight performers are sweating their hearts out for your entertainment and will still come back and perform an encore if they feel the love from the audience.
I ordered our tickets through Goldstar and for less than $35 we had center Mezzanine tickets only five rows back. We couldn't have asked for better seats. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of this site and buy about 80% of my entertainment tickets through them. So if you're wondering how I can go to the theater so often, the answer is Goldstar.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention how funny this show is to watch. I cannot tell you how many times I was cracking up at their antics and amazed at what they could project up to the balcony with their body language alone.
If you have a chance, I highly recommend checking it out while it's in town. It's only here until Feb 7th, so hurry up and get your tickets now!
I have become absolutely horrible about posting to LJ lately so I've decided I need a theme to my posts. Teresa and I have been going to a ton of theater so my goal is to do a review of everything I see on stage.
For any of you who think this is a light challenge... well, screw you. Baby steps people! Besides, I have noticed that I'm really bad at describing WHY I like something so I'm hoping that if I practice with reviews I can have more animated discussions in person. That would be awesome.
Okay, so February may kill me. Nothing like trial by fire.
Last night my girlfriend and I went to see a play in Los Angeles called Block Nine. It's a comedy noir, which is rare enough, but it also featured a same sex cast. Eight women and romantic entanglements all over the place and they did not shy away from the sex. The lead blond and red-head, especially, got to make out with most of the cast and it was HOT.
The plot was super quirky and fun and the actresses were fabulous. We went on "Dames" night but they also have an all male cast for "Fellas" performances. I'm almost tempted to go see the guy's version too but I don't have time as it closes on Oct 3.
It was really nice seeing same-gendered couples in a live performance. It was by no means a coming out story. Just a whole bunch of women who had the hots for the bad girls and weren't afraid to do something about it.
The ending left me a little, "what?", but since I can't come up with a different way it could have been done I'll let it go. Heh. I will say this, the dead people in the play were so freaking hilarious. I was chuckling so much.
Another nice thing that I didn't actually expect was how mixed the audience was for the performance. I was maybe one of two gay couples in attendance. Everyone else appeared to be straight. I was happy to see that it wasn't quite the niche audience that I was expecting. I know it's still theater where a gay lifestyle is more accepted, but it made my heart happy to see how comfortable the audience was with all the lesbianism happening up on stage. =D
Among other things, I have been busy seeing plays this summer. Small plays, big musicals, free theater in the park... I'm pretty much for anything taking place on a stage. I love theater.
Gross & Indecent: A series of 1 acts written and rehearsed within 24 hours. Total zaniness and fun.
The Little Foxes: Period play. Intense, intense drama. Not my favorite as there was no real character to root for kind of like a Scorsese film.
The Tempest: Shakespearean comedy I had never seen performed. So I changed that by going to see it twice at the free "Shakespeare in the Park" held in Hollywood every summer. =)
iGhost: A staged reading of a brand new musical based off of a story by Oscar Wilde called Ghost of Canterville. Amazing cast and it has a lot of potential if they can get it to look right on stage.
Oleana: My first play at the Mark Taper! I'm still not sure how I feel about this play, especially the ending, but it was amazing to see Bill Pulman and Julia Stiles do there thing live and in person.
Hurricane Season: Short original plays in a playwright competition that is wrapping up soon. Allie was hilarious in hers.
Fiddler on the Roof: A classic. Topol was amazing as the father. So funny and such a unique voice. The first half is ridiculously long, but it was a fabulous production.
On the books for this week are The Roaring Girl and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Yay free theater!
Angela and I volunteered at LA Pride on Saturday. It was the first time I'd been and I honestly don't know if I'd go back. It felt like any other street fair but with more outrageous outfits. I was quite impressed with the turnout considering we left by 6pm. I'm sure the real partying didn't start until nightfall.
I did, however, get to time one of our breaks so that we got to see the Upright Cabaret perform. They ended their set by letting Eden Espinosa sing a couple of songs. She closed with "The Wizard and I", which made me extremely happy for the rest of the day.
I took a few pictures, which you can look at here. Unfortunately there is no audio on my video clips. Sadness.
This is probably the gayest week I've had in a long time, and I don't just mean watching From Justin to Kelly on Wednesday.
I went to a Power Up party with a couple of friends last night and there is just a completely different vibe to a place when 95% of the people there are gay. I don't know how to describe it, but it's definitely a unique feeling.
This weekend is LA Pride. I am volunteering with Angela on Saturday afternoon and I'm really excited about it. I've never gone before because no one else ever seemed interested. I've been curious, but afraid of the crowds. I'm hoping being a ticket taker for a few hours before I go exploring will help alleviate that concern.
I am not the best LGBT example in the world. I don't read afterellen.com unless someone links me to an article. I don't have a rainbow sticker on my car. I don't dress butch, or femme for that matter. I just kind of am who I am and the people who know me are fully aware that I prefer women over men (although some men are nice).
I've noticed that there's an almost required allegiance to all things queer among the LGBT community. I think that's sweet, but not everything with a gay theme is going to rock my world or deserve an accolade.
I don't know that I will ever fit into the LGBT community any more than I fit into the straight one, but I am finding myself more curious than I used to be. Hopefully tomorrow won't disappoint. =)
I somehow missed this yesterday:
Can I just say again how much I like this administration?
Today my friend Laura and I made our way up to Fresno, CA, for a "Repeal Prop 8" rally called Meet in the Middle. Prop 8 was near and dear to my heart, which anyone should know if they read my LJ at all, but this was the first group event I have attended. I felt that protesting after Prop 8 had already passed was too little too late and while I did intend to go to the rally right before it went before the California Supreme Court my life was pretty much completely fucked up at the time and I didn't want to risk going and having a mental breakdown in the middle downtown LA.
The event today was all about hope. I found it inspiring, truthful, and a beautiful thing to watch unfold.
An initiative is being held to repeal Prop 8 in 2010. The LGBT community is still debating whether to rush it onto the ballot next year or wait until 2012 when there will possibly be more resources available and more time to get a grass roots effort out to the areas that voted in what I consider a horrible civil rights violation.
I'm not in a relationship. The chances of me getting married are actually quit slim because it's not something I aspire to or need from anyone I may end up with be it a man or a woman. However, I absolutely do not believe that it is okay to deny someone that priviledge. I find it ridiculous that who my heart tells me is the right person to marry isn't enough for my statesmen if it doesn't fit in their safe little box of who they think I should end up with.
I know that many people struggle with the religious aspect of this issue but I'm tired of having the same argument with them because most will agree that it doesn't make sense under any logical reason. They simply believe it's wrong because their priest, or men who lived thousands of years ago, say that God said it was wrong and therefore it must be so.
Marriage is a State right and as such should be held to the same equality rights as any govermental program. Civil marriage licenses are issued by the state and are legal documents. If that union should end in divorce, then that is handled by the State court system. The marriages in the churches of California are a ceremony. Most often very joyous and revered events and should be honored as such. They are not, however, legal in their own right. Without a marriage certificate approved by the state, then you may be married in the eyes of God but you will not be able to file joint taxes or make life and death decisions in an emergency for your spouse or possibly even your children if you did not bear them directly.
All of this to say, please keep your church out of my state.
Allie and I went to go see two 1-act plays last night. The first was called Marry Me a Little and pretty much just reaffirmed the fact that I don't care for Stephen Sondheim that much. It's a confusing tale of two people spending the night alone in their apartments but the apartments overlap so you're never quite sure if these two have actually interacted at one point and it went wrong or if they're thinking of other people as they sing their tales of hope and despair in the world of love.
The second play was The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown. I have a new crush and it's on this musical. The songs are amazing and the actors killed it. There was a piano player, a guitarist, and a couple of chairs on stage. That was it, but it was riveting. If you have a chance to check it out, I would highly recommend it. Oh, and if you YouTube the show you'll find the guy lead was originally played by Norbert Leo Butz so I can't help but imagine it being performed by him and Idina now (because everything comes back to Idina).
The play is a he said/she said but the twist comes from the fact that the female character (Cathy) starts at the end point and works her way back to the beginning of the relationship and the male (Jamie) goes in the normal chronological order so halfway through the play they switch at their engagement so there is always the juxtaposition of the build up to their relationship with the end of it. Brilliant.
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