Sunday, October 31, 2010

007 "Politrick or treating?"

Here's Greg aka Tim Occhipinti/Peter Cammarano out in Hoboken on Halloween afternoon to remind 4th Ward voters in the commuter crowd returning from NYC to vote in the Tuesday Nov. 2nd election. Our friend and local blogger Kurt (who is quite fly on the dance floor) took the great pictures above and has the story on his blog: Hoboken Journal Exclusive! Peter Cammarano campaigns for Tim Occhipinti!

Greg was handing out cards to promote his political commentary video

A Trekkie Halloween 2010

Here's Pierce as a Star Trek red-shirt with his phaser at the Wallace School Halloween Parade and below with friends Tori as Anakin Skywalker and Austin the Skeleton. For the uninitiated (don't laugh I was one but I now know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars) the red-shirts in Star Trek are the disposable crew members that die in each episode. I'm happy to report that Pierce will live to die another episode!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Art and Architecture in Chicago

Eric and I spent the afternoon in suburban Chicago visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright family home, the first home he designed. The guided tour of the home was terrific and highly recommended. Unfortunately no photography was permitted inside. Hard to believe it was designed in 1889! It still looks contemporary - it must have looked shockingly modern at the time. Sprinkled around the neighborhood were a number of FLW's commissions. Home owners were clearly inspired by the architect's home and wanted something special for themselves as well. Sadly, in today's era of cookie cutter suburban development there's very little room for individual architectural statements.

In the evening we trekked into the city to see the Alexander Calder and Luc Tuymans exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Calder exhibit was comprehensive and provided a good overview of his career. Tuymans was refreshing as I haven't seen some really "serious" painting in a while. His work reminded me of Gerhard Richter's.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Afternoon at the Opera - with Popcorn!

Desperately curious to see the Met's new production of Wagner's Das Rheingold but unable to get tickets for it (reasonably priced tickets sold out for all performances - the only tickets left cost $1000 or more!) we decided to try attending a live HD performance at the local Hoboken cinema. The irony of being only a mile or so away from where the actual performance was taking place was not lost on us.

I went with some trepidation but it ended up being an enjoyable experience.  For starters, the seats in the cinema were far more comfortable than at the Met. This was most welcome given that the performance ran 3 hours (the next installment in Wagner's ring cycle runs 5 hours!). The sound was fantastic. The Wagnerian voices, horns and strings were clear and loud.  Intense HD close ups of the (often sweaty) performers provided an experience that one could never get at the Met. And prior to broadcasting the performance, we were treated to a backstage interview with Bryn Terfel (Wotan) and some clips from an upcoming documentary about the production showing the actors being introduced to the intricate and intimidating set. One downside was a subway-like rumble emanating from a neighboring theater. Presumably this was a planet blowing up or some such, which wouldn't be out of place in Das Rheingold but, unfortunately, it wasn't synchronized with the performance.

I expected a small audience but was pleasantly surprised to see the theater was 3/4 full by the time the performance was underway. It's interesting to consider the effect of this technology. During Bryn Terfel's interview, he said a few words in Welsh to people watching live in Wales. And speaking with my Mom yesterday, she said that the performance was being broadcast to the local theater in Duncan B.C. on Vancouver Island, a small city with a population of approximately 5,000. As Mom said, the world keeps getting smaller.