I just attended probably the single greatest Northwestern Alumni event, ever. We saw a stunning production of “Our Town” at Lookingglass Theatre, followed by a talkback with the directors and cast. Lookingglass Theatre was started 21 years ago by a group of earnest kids from Northwestern and has grown into one of the most influential, acrobatic, literary playhouses in the country…they truly explore theatre without a net.
Tonight was one of those wholly fulfilling artistic experiences and made me feel proud to be part of so many communities…Northwestern, Chicago, Theatrical.
Growing up my mother was militant about nightly ”family dinner.” She somehow managed to keep 5:30-6:30pm sacred, which is no small feat with a business-owner husband, over-committed daughters and a son who attended a school almost an hour away from our home.
Looking back on it, the time we spent around the dinner table sharing stories, joys, and fears may be the most influential practice of my childhood. I attribute this dinner-hour to our family’s closeness. To this day, I have an exceptionally open relationship with my parents…and while we sometimes border on “over-sharing,” I wouldn’t trade our open lines of communication for anything in the world.
Here’s a quote from the Obama dog press release, also coming out in the next issue of People:
She said she and her husband rise at 5:30 a.m., exercise in the White House gym and typically have breakfast together. The White House chefs cook “mean waffles and grits,” she said.
“We have dinner as a family together every night, and Barack, when he’s not traveling, tucks the girls in,” she said. “We haven’t had that time together for (years), so that explains a lot why we all feel so good in this space.”
“I don’t talk trash; I talk smack. They’re totally different. Trash talk is all hypothetical like ‘Your Mama’s so fat she could eat the internet’ but smack talk is happening like right now, like you’re ugly and I know it for a fact cause I got the evidence right there.”—Kelly Kapoor, The Office (via jackiegarlich) (via caseyculture)
It is a lot like your average (pagan) ”book club,” only…we will actually READ books!
It is a perfect Lenten resolution because it will require discipline, promote self-improvement and encourage camaraderie.
You create a list of as many or as few books as you would like to read and just commit to getting them read by Easter Sunday (and the beauty of this whole idea is that you can totally recruit your non-catholic friends to hike down literacy-lane with you.)
I know I am a little last minute about this but I am trying to come up with the perfect sacrifice for lent.
Following Laney’s lead and going on a hardcore spending moratorium- no new clothes or shoes. The one problem with this is that I will be travelling to NYC and Miami during the Lenten season and there is no way I won’t do a little shopping both while I am there AND in preparation for my trips.
Giving up candy/cookies/pop/sweets/junkfood/etc: This feels like a lame resolution given the fact I am still on a version of detox during the week meaning I really only eat treats on Saturday & Sundays.
Give up facebook (but aren’t we kind of over facebook, anyway?)
Go to church every week
See a play every week
Go to bed earlier
Stay up later
Workout like 130 hours/week
blah, blah…none of these feel particularly inspired. Suggestions?
“The problem with being told you are going to change the world, she suddenly realizes, is that anything less is certain to feel like a disappointment.”—All They Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown (via katoleary)
I went on a date with one of nominees from tonight’s Academy Awards. He had the coolest apartment I have ever seen with funky/intricate/gorgeous chandeliers hanging in every room and his other academy award perched as a bookend.
I have a really special place in my heart for one of the nominees, Michael Shannon (Supporting Actor - Revolutionary Road). When I was 16, I saw Michael in a production of the brilliant play “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” in the impossibly cool, 60 seat Red Orchid Theatre.
It was one of the three most significant theatrical experience of my life. This sexy, griping, intimate performance of the 17th century text taught me that real emotion and sexuality exists in the theatre. Before that night, I had primarily consumed musical theatre where the performance style is purposefully larger than life…with this show, I was introduced to a whole new (and life-changing) world of performance.
Michael’s performance has remained with me for over ten years, and it brings me joy to see that he has found continued success in the arts.