Sweet Endings

For the record, Carolina Crown’s 2008 show Finis looks and sounds like it will be amazing. Mom saw an article in the Herald Times (yes, the parent creatures are visiting, yay!) so we dropped by and watched ensemble last night at Bloomington High School South. We walked into the stands to Clair de Lune (which was partnered with Somewhere for their ballad, le sigh!) and were later treated to a full run through.

For anyone interested (if you’ve never seen a drum and bugle corp perform, check it out), Carolina Crown will be at BHSS tonight at 8pm (and word from the lead mello indicates that they will be doing a full dress on Friday night around 7pm as well). The staff didn’t seem particularly opposed to spectators, should you happen to arrive earlier. I was rather opposed to those parents who couldn’t keep their offspring from running/clomping back and forth on the bleachers during run through. Resisting. Rant. Concerning. Performance. Etiquette. Do not be THAT spectator. Ever.

If I wasn’t already ridiculously psyched that 40 or so of the best corps in the world are going to be within hearing range of my door step (literally), I sure as hell am now. Seven weeks!

2008 DCI World Championships

Tempestuousness in the Park

Last night, I saw a tech rehearsal of The Tempest, directed by Ben Aldred and produced by our very own Monroe County Civic Theater. I’m a fan of Ben’s work (Marx Bros. meet Will in Twelfth Night, 2006) and was intrigued by his concept for The Tempest. Roy (Prospero) continues to bowl me over with each new role he tackles. Congrats to the entire cast and crew.

Be sure to catch a FREE show (donations are appreciated):

June 6-7, 13-14 @ 7pm
Third Street Park Stage

Bring a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare in the open air!

*** A note on tempestuous weather: if there is lightening, Parks and Rec will cancel the show; however, shows have been known to go on in spite of a passing drizzle. ***

Obfuscation is My Guilty Pleasure

“I bet Jon Stewart has a huge right frontal lobe…” -Dr. Katherine P. Rankin


The quote, on the very quotable and snarktastic JS, is from a New York Times article on the comprehension of sarcasm in the brain. Some, due to head injury or certain types of dementia, cannot detect sarcasm. It’d be interesting to hear about where in the brain snark originates (rather than where and how the brain processes it).

I wonder too about the social dimension of sarcasm. Why is it used? What demographic uses it? It doesn’t seem to be limited to geographical area (although I thought so when I first moved to the Midwest and have since learned to appreciate different… flavors of snark) or education level (I’m sure we can all think of some painfully dull academic-types). I think my environment was to blame. I grew up in a cult of sardonic humor. Dad- king of deadpans. Sis- quite the snarkypants. The friends I am close to are all sarcastic to some degree- but those are the sort of people I find interesting.

Nonetheless, I realize that it is my responsibility to communicate effectively with those around me. I should have been issued with a translator or a warning system to alert those nearby of impending snark. Here’s a very simple exercise in an attempt to align people with my warped thinking.

The inverse of the following statements is true:
I didn’t watch Rainbow Brite and She-Ra just for the dumb equines! I watched those shows for the well-rounded and complex title characters.

I like dark. Does that makes me a dark person? Meh.