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Happy November everyone! How about some of last month’s greatest hits?

— Desperately want two (or ten!) of these darlings! They are so cute, and I’d be able to spin my own yarn! I just need a house where I can have a fenced yard…

Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep. Yes, that is actual, adult size!

— This recipe. Also, I just really love this blog. So funny, and sweet, and home-y. It’s a joy to read. And I love the dogs.

— Halloween was brilliant, as always. I made some awesome Star Trek costumes for The Boy and myself. Here’s a really terrible picture of me to prove it!

Looking into the stars! Apparently they are really funny.

— And speaking of Halloween, I want to throw this party next year!

— Also this. Hands down, the BEST family Halloween costumes in the history of EVER.

I think I can still recite most of Where the Wild Things Are. I want to be this family when I grow up :)

–The other exciting event of October what The Boy’s birthday! We had a lovely time. The celebration started as soon as he woke up with a scavenger hunt for his presents and ended with an awesome party and a rather sharp-looking cake!

Battlestar Galactica Crest Cake

Battlestar Galacticake!

— And I’ll leave you with a little bit of music: The Corries — Twa Corbies. A Scottish tune sung by some Scottish gents. Points if you know what the song is about without looking it up!

That’s what was important to me this month! How was your October?

<3
DH

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This week is weird, but I saw a really nifty play two weeks ago so even though it wasn’t in the plan, I’d like to share my review of it. Enjoy!

There is always an element of risk when attending a theatrical workshop performance. How complete will it be? Has it moved past the staged reading phase or is it to be a performance with little in the way of production values? Will it even make sense? These questions could make even a seasoned theatre patron wary of spending a few hours at the theatre, but sometimes a workshop performance exhibits more than a bare bones concept. Sometimes you get a diamond in the rough.

Oglethorpe University’s theatre department and Georgia Shakespeare, the professional theatre company in residence, joined forces to create a musical adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus, entitled blind.Ed. Richard Garner, artistic director of Georgia Shakespeare, along with professional artists Neal A. Ghant, Eugene H. Russell IV, and Jahi Kearse, lead the creative team that has been planning for over a year with the goal of having a finished product to show in the fall of Georgia Shakespeare’s 2013 season. The collaboration with Oglethorpe University afforded both groups a unique opportunity: Oglethorpe theatre students were able to work with a group of professional artists, learn about devising and workshopping an original adaptation, and have input in the development of a professional work, while the Georgia Shakespeare team was provided with a creative space to actively experiment and craft the play, a crucial resource that is typically unavailable until much later in the creative process. The adaptation they have created is just as unique as its origins.

Blind.Ed finds its musical inspiration in the hip-hop and rhythm and blues genres, lending an urban, edgy quality to the piece. This approach is surprisingly effective with the source material as the play is presented in a combination of song, rap, and traditional spoken dialogue. The content of the piece is obviously updated from Sophocles’ words, but the choice to infuse the performance with these rhythmic elements evokes the classic text, originally written in verse, and ancient performance concepts of the group-speaking Chorus, call and response, and chanting. In the storytelling there was little surprise for a well-versed audience member as the plot closely adheres to the original Oedipus story, but it was not without fault. Though sticking to the original plot can be important when adapting a well known work, the artist must walk a line between plot fidelity and the ease and clarity with which the story can be transposed into a new setting, especially when the shift is as radical as it is with blind.Ed. The Oedipus story was told in its entirety, but issues that plague the classic text seemed to bleed into the interpretation, primarily in a lack of efficiency in the language. A complaint about classic theatre, especially translations of ancient work, is that it is difficult to wade through all of the information because of the complicated verbage. For a studied patron these plays might not be too confounding because they are known, but if the same lingual flaws are placed in an unknown setting, the audience might find it a bit Greek. Blind.Ed, even with its updated language, suffers from a lack of streamlining in the information provided and the words chosen to relay it. This is not a deal breaker, however, as we must keep in mind that it is a workshop production performed with the first iteration of the script, and even with these issues there are strong choices in the piece. Many of these choices are not pulled from the source material and though they do not alter the plot, they amplify aspects of it in interesting ways. One of the more striking choices was to have three actresses play the Fates. They spoke prophecies like an echo and sat weaving – and cutting – threads throughout the performance, highlighting the importance of fate in the story.

The performance itself was exemplary. There was a true sense of ensemble connection within the cast as they worked the stage with a focused realism that held the audience in constant connection with the emotion of the piece. Pristine harmonies and precise rhythms dominated the musical aspects of the production and the directorial and design choices brought themes to life in new ways. Though unfinished, the work that was crafted in those five weeks is inspiring. Garner’s team is on to something something new and exciting that will be make a musty classic relatable in ways that many would not have thought possible. Urban, raw, and real, Ed will take Atlanta by storm next October.


Tomorrow is Leap Day!  I think to celebrate the end of this extended month we should have another Favorites list.

It is rather shocking to me that I have been working on this blog for over three months and have not once mentioned music. Music has always been a huge part of my life and every so often I find something new that really sticks with me.  Two great finds this month: Of Monsters and Men and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

How could anyone resist a line like "You are a novel in a sea of magazines"?

I am also up to my neck in music that I am learning.  My favorite piece that I am working on at the moment is Ach, Ich Fuhl’s from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. 
Just a little classical voice training.  No big deal. (Not true at all. This is a ridiculously difficult piece of music.)
But in all seriousness, I absolutely love Lucia Popp’s version of this aria.  As a vocalist, it is intimidating and inspiring. As a listener it moves me every time.

Another project: exploring Atlanta yarn shops. I have not been yarn shopping in ages and since I am teaching a new friend how to knit, I’ve decided that taking her out to buy supplies is the perfect excuse!  I will probably check out a shop called Needle Nook since it is close by.  Anybody have any suggestions for good yarn shops in the Atlanta area?

Pinterest. This is a truly wonderful thing, especially for this blog. I have more writing fodder and inspiration for photo projects than I can shake a stick at! I joined up less than a month ago and I am hooked.

This glorious thing. I’m not sure if any food stuff will ever be able to compare to this level of perfection.
This recipe, however, might be one I make for dinner before I become one with a pretzel ice cream cone.

And lastly, Liam Brazier.
His artwork is abstract, reminiscent of pop art, and has some pretty nifty subject matter. I think my favorites are the Batman (titled Caveman) and Spiderman (Hangman) pieces. Because I’m a geek.

"Hangman"

"Caveman"

I am looking forward to Found Photo Friday this week — it will be a fun one! Besides that I’m working on a post that is oh-so-meta and a new photo project, both of which will be posted in the coming weeks. I might even shake things up and throw in a gallery review!  It will be good times, without doubt. As always, thanks for reading!

Wishing you the happiest of Leap Days,

-DH