This Week at the Theatre Job
I spent a big chunk of my week organizing auditions and callbacks for On Golden Pond, so I was rolling home around 9:00PM all week.
However, everything was centered on preparing for our two-day event celebrating International Women’s Day. There were SO MANY moving parts to what was titled “Athena Unbound.” Friday night we had a concert featuring female bands. Saturday was packed with events: we had workshops about the arts led by women, an exhibit of women artists opened, and a panel discussion (of women) about problematic songs in musicals (that were sung by women).
This Week in TV & Film
While I didn’t watch much TV or any movies due to a full week of auditions for On Golden Pond, I was saddened by the news that Alex Trebek has stage four pancreatic cancer and that Luke Perry, dreamboat in my beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), died.
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
This Much Space by K.K. Hendin: a new adult novel about a fat girl and baseball player who hook up in college and face bigger challenges than most. Highly recommended.
Magic’s Promise by Mercedes Lackey: twelve years have passed since we last encountered Vanyel, and he’s tasked with solving a mystery before war breaks out. Highly recommended. Review will be posted on Monday.
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar: I’m back and working more diligently at finishing this collection. Check out the wonderful alliteration in “A Lazy Day” — read it out loud:
The day is one to drowse and dream
And list the thrush's throttling note.
When music from his bosom bleeds
Among the river's rustling reeds.
Roots by Alex Haley: Shell @ Books by the Cup shared our conversation post about chapters 81-100. The book is supposed to reach Haley’s own generation, yet we’re still on Kunta Kinte’s grandson. Next week is our last!
The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan: So far, I’m not getting into these short stories. One is set in Greenwich Village and the other during WWII England. Neither has anything of note happen in a horse stable, which readers were promised in the synopsis! I hope the stories improve. I’ve only read two.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: Famous murderess Grace Marks tells her life story to a doctor who focuses on the brain and nerves. She’s come to the point when she begins work at the household in which the two people who will be murdered live. Unlike the Netflix show, which I loved, there are extra letters and notes in the novel. I’m enjoying both mediums of storytelling.
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith: Once we finished our Trekkie book, I chose Highsmith to read aloud to my husband. Her thriller-noir style is magnificent, and she twists your emotions easily. Focusing on a pimple — or is it a boil?? — so much that you hate a character, for example. Currently, she’s turned our dagger eyes on the promiscuous, manipulative Miriam, who surely must die.
Next Week in Reading:
I plan to completely finish Roots and the Lesbian Horse Stories. I’ll start Magic’s Promise, the final book in THE LAST HERALD MAGE trilogy. Alias Grace will go on for a couple more weeks, and Highsmith’s thriller will certainly take some time to get through, given I read a chapter per night aloud to my sweet, sweet man person. I had to put off Fahrenheit 451 because I was giving myself too much to read per day. It’s still on the schedule for March, just moved to the end of the month!