We caught Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) Thursday night. It’s a Julie Taymor production, not new to the Met, though the previous version had used the English libretto.
I may be one of the few New Yorker’s who has never seen The Lion King. This was my first Taymor experience and it was pretty wow. The costumes and sets suggested everything from ancient Egypt (supported by many references in the libretto to ancient Egyptian gods) to Asia and Africa. The three spirits, played by boys whose voices had not yet broken – looked like Dr Suess characters. Monostatos reminded me of the head blue meanie from Yellow Submarine. There were giants puppets too including ominous gigantic figures with Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve taken down the post I wrote yesterday afternoon regarding my terrible, very bad customer experience at the Met. This has now been resolved. Read on:
Briefly, here’s a non-dramatic summary of the initial incident:
I won the lottery (Full disclosure, I object to the lottery for a number of reasons and miss the rush ticket line, but that’s another post.)
The way the lottery works is you get an email telling you that you won. You click a link from the email and you purchase your one or two $25 tickets up to two hours before the show.
When I pressed proceed to cart, I found someone else’s name, address, phone number, type of card, last four digits of card and order. I couldn’t remove that information and I couldn’t order my tickets.
I was spooked by seeing someone else’s stuff, and frustrated because I couldn’t buy my tickets.
I called Customer Service who could not help to buy the ticket, but advised me to print my “you are a winner” email and go to Read the rest of this entry »
This is not a review of Blood Diva, but a blatant plug. The ebook is currently on sale for 99 cents. And if you head over to the book site, there are other giveaways, review copies, buy links, etc. Full disclosure: I have a personal relationship with the author, so I won’t say anything about it, lest I be accused of bias. But here are some links to what others are saying about it on the intertubes:
Persephone Magazine (review AND paperback raffle end tonight)
Opera Candy (They think it’s a must read for all budding Violettas)
Book Muse (Best accompanied by dark chocolate and champagne in a well-lit room)
Let’s celebrate the 522nd anniversary of the naqba of the Americas by staying in our houses and reading stuff on the internets — like my review of the latest episode of Homeland. You can find it over on Happy Nice Time People, which is like the next best thing to Television Without Pity, now that TWP is no more.