September 2007

Friday Feast #162

Appetizer
How are you today?
Good. Tired. It has been a busy and full week that has flown by.

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.
Heroes & Grey’s Anatomy are the only shows I actually am starting to tune into. I don’t normally watch TV, unless I rent a previous season of something and watch it at my leisure.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
Been a little close for liking to some twisters on the prairies.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?
Scotland. Or England. Oooh – maybe France. Or Spain. Or Italy! Ooh! Or New Zealand. So many options….

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep?
Well, that seems like an awfully personal question. I think I’ll decline to answer.

Opening Night for Opera NB’s "La Traviata"

I love the energy of a show on opening night. They had a great house and things went smoothly on all fronts. I watched a bit of the show from backstage and what I saw looked fantastic. I will try to catch the entire thing on Saturday night! That’ll be the next show. Opera is every second night so the singers can rest their voices in between…

Opera Week: La Traviata

I like to be prepared and organized. I get stressed out if I’m not, so the week started of with a bit of a stressful start as I got the opera makeup kit pretty much right before the tech dress rehearsal. I had about half of what I needed to work with and wound up putting in an order and doing a bit of shopping on Tuesday. Also, by Tuesday, I had even more help (thanks to a great crew of gals) and more supplies to work with so things went a lot more smoothly.

Tonight was a night off before the opening night, and I worked a bit late and was about to head out to pick up a few last supplies for the show when Colleen called and wanted to know if I was up for meeting up with her and Doug for a quick drink. It was great to catch up with them! After that, it was off to run my errands.

I’m watching the new Bionic Woman on TV at the moment and it’s not too bad, if perhaps a little mellowdramatic. I think it’ll be an early night….

Weekend Update, Belated

It’s been one busy week and I haven’t had a chance to update, so I will try to remember how the weekend went… Friday I spent a bit of time trying to track down the Opera makeup kit, and went to see the early show of Resident Evil: Extinction. I’m not usually a fan of horror-type films, but I enjoyed the series, and found the third one to be rather amusing.

Saturday was errand day, I think. That evening was Jay M’s b-day dinner at the Ale House. A few of us went out after to see Eastern Promises which was great. After the movie I stopped in at the Blue Olive to hang with Kizzy and listen to Bruce Guthro, who was performing. I wound up sticking around and hanging out afterwards and enjoying some stories and beverages and tunes, finally arriving home at around 6 AM.

with Bruce Guthro

with Bruce Guthro, a very talented gentleman

Sunday was a rehearsal for Shakespeare, They had a full run so I went to check it out and pick up the makeup kit. After that I napped and then grabbed a bite to eat and then headed out to Jay & Lisa’s for a bit.

Friday’s Feast #161

Appetizer
What is your favorite type of art?
I find that I’m quite fond of portraits, or at least images of people.

Soup
When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?
I’ll be getting one today. My old team that I used to work with is treating me to a farewell lunch at the Ale House.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you?
Maybe a 6 or 7.

Main Course
Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails?
That’s a pretty tough tihing to estimate since it’s an activity that’s scattered through my entire day between work and home. I guess it can range from 5 minutes to a couple of hours.

Dessert
To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat?
I don’t have a thermostat – I just have hot water radiators.

Stage Makeup for La Traviata

Opera NB’s production of La Traviata is next week at the Imperial theatre and I’d offered to help with costumes – sorting, quick changes, etc… I’d had a couple of friend ask me if I was going to do stage makeup for them again (two years ago I was head of makeup for Tosca), but I hadn’t been asked so I assumed they had someone doing it for them. Turns out, they do need me for makeup after all, so I’ll be helping with that instead of costumes. I’m really looking forward to the show – from what I’ve seen of the costumes, and what I know of the performers, it’s going to be fantastic!

And so ends my break from theatre…

I took a bit of a break from theatre over the summer as I focused my energies on finding a new job. Now that I’m settling in to my new job, I’m once again feeling a lot more energetic and creative. It’s a good thing, because I am just starting to get back into theatrical commitments. I have volunteered to help out with costumes for Opera NB’s upcoming performances of La Traviata, which is September 27, 29, and October 1 at the Imperial Theatre.

I’m also once again helping out the Saint John Shakespeare Society and will be heading up the makeup crew for The Tempest. That’ll be at St. Mac’s October 17th – 20th. (If anyone is interested in helping out on the makeup crew for this, please let me know! It’s a great group of folks to work with and it’s a lot of fun – and only a week’s commitment!)

I didn’t try out for SJTC’s Dracula, which will be at the Imperial November 15th – 17th, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it because it looks like they’ve got a great group of folks working on it. Perhaps I’ll lend a hand some way once I wrap thigs up with The Tempest… :-)

Consuming Great Media

Reading:
I just finished reading Game of Thrones: Book One of A Song Of Ice And Fire by George RR Martin. It’s the first in a series of books that revolve around political intrigue set in a fantasy realm. The nice thing about this story is that it’s gritty and realistic, and I don’t think you have to be a fan of fantasy novels to enjoy it. Each chapter is written from a character’s point-of-view and each chapter moves the story forward. The chapters aren’t long, so it keeps things moving at a good clip, and makes it easy to pick up and read even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Four of the novels are already published, and it looks like there may be 6 or 7 in the series. I’m ready to start the next one, A Clash of Kings… if only I had more time to read!

Watching:
I recently purchased the DVD set of Season 1 of Heroes. I’d heard great things about it and never got a chance to watch it last year. Now that I’ve finished watching it, I can understand why so many of my friends were fans of it. Extra bonus is that I don’t have long to wait until season 2 starts: next Monday!

Playing:
I got so sucked into BioShock last week and was glad to have finished it so I could get on to other things in my life. Great design and story with wonderful atmosphere adn music and voice-acting. I’m not normally a fan of 1st person shooters but I really enjoyed this.

Weekend Update

Friday evening was a really nice little gathering of a few friends at Stephen and Snadra’s to wish Kristi a happy 30th birthday. It was good to see a few friends that I hadn’t seen in a long while.

Saturday was a blissful day of hibernation. I was feeling a bit run down and really wanted to catch up on some rest and wasn’t in the mood to socialize or even leave the house. I did, however, manage to finish BioShock (the happy ending) and season 1 of Heroes. I probably should have done some of the Freelance logo work that I need to get done. It’d be nice to get that out of the way. With all of the design I’ve been doing at work, I really haven’t felt like doing any extra design outside of it. This may very well be the last bit of freelance for a while. But I digress….

Sunday turned out to be a full day… I found a new winter coat and a nice autumn trenchcoat, each for a good price, got a few groceries, cleaned my apartment and had Matt and Keith over for dinner (grilled chicken, asparagus, and roasted potatoes and root vegetables) and played a bit of BioSphere with them before we headed out to the late show to see Shoot ‘Em Up, which was very entertaining!

Inspiring Talent

I just went to see Loreena McKennitt at the Immperial and once again I was blown away by the quality of the entire production. I’d seen her in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium over 10 years ago, and she was just as fabulous last night. Besides the fact that hearing her spectacular voice live sends shivers down my spine, the talent of the remaining 9 members of the musical ensemble was notable. She is self-produced and travels with her own sound and lighting people and I have to say that I was really impressed with the technical quality of the show – especally the sound. The atmosphere was wonderful and I felt transported to another time.