Friday, April 7, 2017

#Randomosities: The "Is It Spring Yet?" Edition

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Ah, it's been a while since I did one of these!  

After the dreary, bleak climate we've been having these past couple months or so (both weather-wise, and...er, otherwise), I've been looking for some much-needed inspiration to see me through to Spring.  For one thing, the constant prettiness and overall positivity that is Instagram has certainly helped bolster my energy -- if you've been following me here, you'll have noticed I started a separate one for my literary blog starts & stops, here.  (Give a girl a follow, will ya?)

Some other items of interest tiding me over 'til Spring kicks in:

Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Announce Residency at 59E59 Theaters.   Yesterday, after a crazy-making (for fans like myself, anyway) Facebook campaign surrounding the mystery behind the announcement, composers Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, gave away the exciting news.  The three-year residency, during which they will premiere a new musical each year, is in collaboration with the aforementioned 59E59 Theaters and Prospect Theater Company.  The first of these musicals will be a long-awaited New York production of The Mad Ones -- previously known as The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown (which had a successful run in 2011 at Goodspeed Musicals and starred Meghann Fahy and Melissa Benoist).  via Playbill

The Before Trilogy and the Art of Collaboration.  The great people at The Criterion Collection put together a couple of excerpts from the supplemental features on their recently-released edition of Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy, including one from Chevalier director Athina Rachel Tsangari's behind-the-scenes documentary,  After Before, wherein we see the actors rehearsing the climactic hotel scene for Before Midnight.  (You can read my #FilmStrips essay on the first two installments of the Before Trilogy here.) via The Criterion Collection

One of the World's Rarest Films Just Showed Up on YouTube.  Un Femme Coquette (a rare early work by the godfather of French New Wave himself, Jean-Luc Godard), the AV Club reports, is now available for viewing on YouTube.  Once considered the "holy grail" for many art-house fiends, a copy of Un Femme Coquette recently surfaced on various digital sources before eventually finding its way on the popular video streaming website.  Definitely giving this a watch when I'm jonesing for an avant-garde cinema kick!  via AV Club

How Playwrights are Changing The Way We Think About TV.  Speaking of collaboration, David Canfield over at Slate deconstructs the oft-complicated relationship between Playwrights and the ever-elusive creative medium that is Television, and how this has changed in the wake of its newfound Golden Age.  Shameless writer Sheila Callaghan states: "Because a lot of people were trained on writing spec scripts … it’s harder I think for somebody to deliver their own voice, when they’ve been busy replicating other voices." An interesting read, for sure -- and one I may or may not write some thoughts on in future. via Slate

Critics Should Learn the Language of Disability.  From diverse voices to diverse descriptions: Howard Sherman, director of the Arts Integrity Initiative and US columnist for The Stage, wrote recently on the various ways critics can (and should) write, in terms of disability depicted onstage.  via The Stage

The Dark, Twisted Fairy Tales Beauty and the Beast is Based On.  Like everyone else, it seems, I saw the recent live-action version of the Disney classic Beauty and The Beast, a couple of weeks ago.  As always when seeing an adaptation of a literary classic depicted on celluloid, I became curious as to what the original Fairy Tale version was like.  Here, Huffington Post compares how Disney's well-known version fares against La Belle et Le Bete, its original counterpart.  via Huffington Post

Lin-Manuel Reads from The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  And finally, something to listen to on those rainy days: an excerpt of Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating Junot Diaz's The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, upon the recently-updated release of its audiobook.  You're welcome, internet.  via Time

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