Apr 30, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
Remember how, not so very long ago, I was getting all excited about the new revival of La Cage aux Folles? Sadly, with the ridiculous number of weddings and such I need to attend these days, my spare cash is pretty much committed, so it was looking like I wouldn't be shelling out any extra for Broadway shows any time soon. (Damn friends with their weddings and registries and whatnots. I don't see why they can't all elope like we did. Bah. Yeah, I think I'm turning into the wedding Scrooge.) Anyway, back to my point. I was excited but not likely to see La Cage any time soon.
...and along came my knight in shining ice cream truck. Yep, Doug (of Big Gay Ice Cream Truck fame) was giving away some free La Cage tickets. Long story short(er), I won a pair! The voucher arrived yesterday and I'm totally psyched. Even Afshin is mildly interested. Yes, he understands that men in dresses will be singing and dancing (to clarify, it's the singing and dancing he finds off-putting, not really the men in dresses), but he would like to see Kelsey Grammer.
So, as if I needed another reason to be enamored of Doug and his fabulous ice cream truck, there it is: he gave me La Cage tickets!
As my good fortune does not directly affect you (sucker), here's another reason for everyone to recognize the awesomeness that is Big Gay Ice Cream/Doug. Coincidentally, I was listening to Cyndi Lauper for the first time in months about 10 minutes before I read that announcement. Now you're intrigued, aren't you? Now you're gonna have to click the link.
Apr 26, 2010
And now we have the conclusion of Doctor Octoroc's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game. (I'm way more on top of things this time—Part 3 was just posted today.)
Also, you can apparently download the soundtrack here. For free, which is pretty awesome. Or you could, you know, donate something for all the enjoyment you're getting out of it. Oh, and if you have a spare $10-$12, check out Doctor Octoroc's 8-Bit Jesus, too. It's one of a pitiful few Christmas albums I own. And the only one that doesn't feature Judy Garland sounding a little drunk and bungling her lyrics.
Apr 23, 2010
Can I possibly begin to explain how badly I would love to own this necklace? Of course, it's a one-of-a-kind diamond and sapphire creation by Marc Newson for Boucheron inspired by fractals—more specifically the Julia Sets of fractals discovered by Gaston Julia in the early 1900s. The Julia necklace contains 2,000 individual stones, took Boucheron craftspeople 1,500 hours to fabricate, and is the most expensive piece of jewelry the house has ever produced.
I have never claimed to have cheap taste.
Apr 22, 2010
Sad news: One of the few surviving Munchins—the legendary Munchin coroner, no less—Meinhardt Raabe, died at the age of 94 last Friday. There's an article in the Times about his life—he sounds like he was a lovely, remarkable man.
Apr 20, 2010
I've always had a soft spot for La Cage aux Folles—the original French film, The Birdcage, and the 1983 Broadway musical. Yes, I went to see it when I was three. This is probably why, to this day, I have an odd fascination with drag. So I was delighted to read that the new revival has been getting great reviews. (And it stars Kelsey Grammer; now that's a bit of casting I never would have considered!)
The Times also has an interesting article about the process of creating the poster for the show, complete with a nifty slideshow. Naturally, I like several of the rejected poster options better than the final selection, which I find a bit generic and not at all cleverly suggestive of the gender-bending aspects of the show in the way that most of the other posters are. Still, at least it's not the weakest of the options. Rounding out the Times' coverage is this profile of actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Albin in the newest iteration of La Cage (and won an Olivier for his portrayal of the same role in London last year).
It's all rather exciting and makes me want to kick-step over to the Longacre Theatre pronto. Ticket info is available on the show website.
Apr 19, 2010
So the second part of Doctor Octoroc's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game was posted last week (I know, I'm a bit delinquent). Anyway, go watch it. Even the little pixelated version of Captain Hammer is amusingly smug.
Interesting side note: You'd be surprised how many totally irrelevant (but completely SFW) hits you get when you search for images using the phrase "the hammer is my penis."
Apr 16, 2010
Why oh why are all of Joshua Petker's exhibitions in California? His first solo show in over a year opens this weekend and it's in LA. I know he's based in California, but surely he could travel east once in a while! I've adored his paintings for years and keep checking his website for new work and new shows, but I've never so much as glimpsed one in the flesh (in the canvas?).
Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in LA any time soon, the exhibition runs from April 17 through May 5 at the Corey Helford Gallery. If not, here's a nice (albeit brief) article about Petker's newest works.
Apr 15, 2010
I happened upon this skirt today and must say that I think it's fantastic—a clever combination of girly with an edge. I've discovered that I have sort of a thing for nice lace skirts (though I'm quite particular about them), so I'm rather tempted by this one, but I'm just not sure about the elastic waistband. Too many gorgeous skirts are ruined by elastic waistbands...they twist and bunch and give even the skinniest girls little rolls of pudge around the midsection. Sometimes one small detail—say, an elastic waistband—can make an expensive, otherwise beautiful garment look cheap. I will probably err on the side of caution and fiscal prudence in this case, but a different waistband would totally have won me over. Still, you might not have the same issue with waistbands that I do. In which case, carry on! Buy it, wear it, look fabulous!
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
I cannot wait till my wallpaper glows. That's all I've got to say about this amazing OLED wallpaper. Okay, so I'll say a few more things.
1. It should be available in about two years.
2. I have no idea how much it'll cost.
3. It's both more energy-efficient and more decorative than regular lighting.
4. I don't know anything about the logistics involved, but I'm really curious.
Apr 12, 2010
Apr 6, 2010
I haven't had time to watch more than the first minute and a half or so, but I'm greatly looking forward to checking out Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Game, Doctor Octoroc's 8-bit tribute to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. (I know, that's a lot of doctors in one sentence.) And no, it's not an actual game. You can read more about it here, but I'd suggest just watching it. Looks amazing.
Apr 5, 2010
Happy day after Easter, people! Or should I say peeple? Yes, this is a post about Peeps. While I find them gastronomically gross, they're awfully cute, and once a year some overly ambitious folks get mighty creative with them. Some of the entries in this year's contest are pretty freaking awesome, particularly "Creating a Masterpeeps," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents 'The Peeps,'" and, of course, the winning "Eep," (based on Pixar's hilarious and surprisingly touching Up).
Apr 2, 2010
At first I thought it was an April Fools' Day joke, but it appears that William Shatner has been cast to play the titular dad in the sitcom version of Shit My Dad Says. (If it had been posted on April 1st, I'd still be convinced it's a hoax, but I just happened to learn about it yesterday.) This could be great, or it could be terrible. I'm not sure which. Either way, I'm still excited for the book. Yes, the dude got a book deal, which I've also just discovered. And it sounds like it's getting good advance press. I'm certainly intrigued. I'm also dying to know what they'll retitle the show, since Shit (or, per the book cover, Sh*t) My Dad Says isn't exactly the family-friendliest of names. I hope they don't come up with something horribly inane and generic. (See my suggestion above. Royalties, please!) Could be very funny if done right.
If anyone reading this post is horribly confused, go follow Shit My Dad Says on Twitter. Pure genius.