Managed to snag tix to the sold-out run of No Man’s Land at the Berkeley Rep after the theater released some seats Friday afternoon. Three seconds after word went out on Facebook and Twitter, I jumped on the horn—screw trying to get through on the website! By the time I got through to a live person, there was literally one ticket left that hadn’t already been placed in someone’s online cart. So I snatched it up! Row E, a bit pricey for me, but stellar view. And the experience was bound to be epic.
After the show…
Look, look! It’s Sir Ian McKellen! Of course I can’t help grinning like a foo.
Charles Xavier…er, Sir Patrick Stewart.
Several times during the performance, I had to pinch myself and be like, I cannot believe I am watching these two thespians live onstage. My mind would flash to images of Gandalf and the Balrog, Magneto and Jean-Luc Picard, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice before audience laughter pulled me back into my seat.
Made my decade.
P.S. Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen’s friendship is the best friendship in the world.
There’s a guy—an artist, a pianist—by the fitting name of Mauro Ffortissimo who, with the help of some friends, recently rolled out an aging baby grand piano onto the bluffs of Half Moon Bay, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, so that during the day passersby might plink away at the keys. But during the past few successive sundowns, he’s sat down to play a half-hour recital of Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann—partly for pure pleasure, but also to demo how exposure to sun, wind, and fog is rapidly changing the way the piano plays the same pieces.
He has no permit, so city officials have told him the piano has to clear out by Thursday (Valentine’s Day). But what a cool moment, right? Imagine bundling up, mug of hot toddy in hand, and listening to this unexpected and yet wonderful bit of whimsy as the sun sets and waves roll ashore.
Read more at SFGate and UPI.
(photos by Jessica Olthof for the San Francisco Chronicle)
When it comes to holiday lights, some people don’t mess around. This place is perhaps the most famous of the famed lighted houses along Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos, California.
The owner was recently featured on Yahoo! News. “Walking Eucalyptus Street during the holidays is a magical journey. The twinkling lights, the decorations, the music, the sound of people enjoying the show in English and other languages — it’s festive enough to cheer up the most committed Scrooge. I overheard a little boy tell his dad, ‘This is blowing my mind!’ with typical 6-year-old enthusiasm.”
I’ll never get tired of that glee in seeing fun holiday lights, either.
Though I should note that for all the dazzle and fanfare, there was no actual nativity scene anywhere (that we saw) on the block.
…here’s the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine interview “Dialed In” with Mindy Kaling, who graduated in ’01, as well as a Dartmouth Independent Q&A she and her best friend, actress & playwright Brenda Withers ’00, did in 2009. It’s all about roots (or at least as far as the online ones go)! Plus here’s today’s “Thirty-Three Facts You Learn About Mindy Kaling by Hanging Around Her” along with the September 17, 2012, cover story from New York/Vulture, in case you didn’t see it on newsstand.
A couple of blurbs from today’s “Thirty-Three Facts”:
Apparently what impressed her father the most about her having her own show was her parking space, right outside her office door and adjacent to Dick Wolf’s. Says co-star/writer Ike Barinholtz (formerly the Russian pitcher on Eastbound & Down), “He visited the set and then wrote her an e-mail after he left, like, ‘Mindy, it was so great to see you and your wonderful writers and your actors and congratulations on your show and your premium parking.’ That was a big deal for him: ‘Wow, my daughter has parking right next to her office.’ It’s really touching.”
Kaling plans on using her character as a conduit for expressing her strong opinions on, well, everything. “In one episode, my best friend is like, ‘I have such a girl crush on Tina Fey.’ And I’m like, ‘Just say you have a crush on her, or that you really like her.’ I take issue with the phrase ‘girl crush,’ and I take issue with someone being like, ‘Oh is she your bestie?’ I’m an adult woman. She’s my best friend. I don’t have a bestie or a BFF. Don’t infantilize me.”
Go, Mindy! Bet her mom would be so proud. Actually, I’m sure she is.