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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Theatre or Theater?
Greek Theater

A quick google search doesn't really help with the spelling of the word. Some sites say 'theater' is the building whereas 'theatre' is the art. But then you've got the Broadway Theatre in NYC which refers to the building. Who knows. Point is, I did not see a show at the above theater last night, although the weather would have been perfect for it. I imagine the raising and lowering of sets is difficult in an open outdoor theater. (I've decided to stick with theater since I feel it most accurately reflects my status as someone not fancy enough to use the word theatre)

However, I did see a play last night courtesy of the Walton Arts Center and their blogging contest. If enough people vote my review best I win a Broadway season package. Score. (follow this link http://bit.ly/bNKlKP and click "like" on my comment if you'd like to help me win!) Since cameras are not allowed in the theater I thought I'd include a shot of a different theater - the Greek Theater at the University of Arkansas.

But I digress, the real reason for this post is to review South Pacific, the musical I saw at the WAC last night. If you know me well you probably would wager that I've never heard of South Pacific before. You'd be right. But I went, and I enjoyed. The story follows a group of marines in the South Pacific during WW2. A nurse has fallen in love with a French plantation owner and the Lieutenant has fallen in love with a young islander girl. On the side you've got a rowdy group of sailors who operate a laundry business, make grass skirts, and serve as the comedic relief of the show. The singing, dancing, and acting was top-notch. I'm still amazed at people that have the talent to do all three simultaneously live. It was funny, it was sad, and you see a bit of unexpected male behind - which is cool if that's your thing. And if you were expecting a intelligent review, you obviously don't come here often. I take pictures folks.

If you'd like to see the show, the WAC may have some seats left, but from the looks of the theater last night the show looks to have sold out. However, even if you can't catch it at the WAC, you can always find a copy of the DVD which stars Reba McEntire and Alec Baldin. Want.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Stupid powerlines
I mean I understand why they're necessary, but it'd be nice if we could just bury them. They're quite the eyesore.

It's been a pretty interesting week. On Friday we had beautiful weather, I went out to Lake Fayetteville for a jog after work wearing shorts and a t-shirt and was quite comfortable. It then proceeded to snow 12" the next day - the first day of spring. Two days later and we're supposed to hit 69 degrees. I can't help but think this fluctuation is the culprit behind my current cold.

Speaking of sickness, we got health insurance reform passed this week. While I'm honestly pretty disappointed with much of the bill, I'm very happy with the protections that citizens will now have with regards to pre-existing conditions and the fact that those with serious health conditions will be able to get insurance and will not have it canceled. No one should go bankrupt to pay hospital bills, and no one should be denied care. Seems like it should be pretty simple. Unfortunately there are way too many selfish people in this country.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Lake 6
Can you imagine having this in your back yard? I don't know about you, but I think I'd get a lot less accomplished. Of course when you're 89 like Jess's grandma - you don't have to get a lot accomplished. Just relax and watch the ducks.

Speaking of ducks, you probably can't see it but the duck in the front has this crazy afro. I'll post a picture of it sometime soon.

Duck Crossing
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Monday, March 8, 2010
My Sundown
For the longest time I never named any of my pictures, just put them up as img_1034 or whatever they happened to be. But lately I've been trying to do more quality work and less quantity. Gone are the days of uploading every shot from a trip or from a party (I don't even remember the last time I uploaded a picture to facebook). The unfortunate thing is that I'm terrible at naming things. I think I participated in the naming of Wes and I's fish Frijol (it means bean). But that was probably mainly Wes. I always hope that something in the shot will inspire the name, but usually it's just whatever pops into my head first - which is sometimes (most times) pretty lame. Maybe one day I'll get better at it... or just find someone else to name them. This one I stole from a Jimmy Eat World song. Woo for originality!

My Sundown
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Monday, March 1, 2010
The Snow Remains
Seemed like for a while there we always had snow on the ground here in Fayetteville. Not that the ground was covered, but the piles where the snow had been shoveled remained for weeks. It's no DC, but still.

It looks like those days have come to an end and if the precipitation trend continues, we're looking at a really wet spring. Good news for farmers, bad news for the rest of us (stormy skies = good pictures, water + camera = very bad).

One of these days I'll get out there and re-shoot the WAC without the snow, but I haven't been taking enough pictures lately and my post-per-week goal sometimes necessitates posting some backups.

Walton Arts Center
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