Bansky

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Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist who continues to elude the world. He was featured in the film Exit Through The Gift Shop, and has displayed his work all over the world. Because of his elusiveness his works are commanding top dollar in the art world.

A few noteable projects include his time in NYC last year where everyday there was a new work that was on display somewhere around the city. It became a sensation and scavenger hunt to locate the work, and to be the first one to do so.

Currently, his work is on display in the Middle East on broken buildings and rubble.

From the UK he continues to surprise, delight, and challenge. His works are often commentary on social issues, pop culture, politics. Usually the works juxtapose controversial iconography with non-threatening images.

His efforts continue a conversation about art, history, politics, and the parts we play in it all. His website is below.

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http://banksy.co.uk/

The Wiz

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The Wiz. This landmark show has followed me ever since I performed the role of Scarecrow in a sell-out production in high school. It started as a Broadway show in 1975, winning 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Then the show became a film in 1978 starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Our high school production took place in 1986 (see how I added my production to The Wiz timeline, lol). And now NBC has announced it will be it’s next Live production and I couldn’t be happier. The music is fantastic, the story is based on The Wizard of Oz, the dancing is terrific. It will be a can’t miss. At least for me. Ease on Down the Road…

From Wikipedia:

The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum‘s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of African-American culture. It opened on October 21, 1974 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to the Majestic Theatre[2] with a new cast on January 5, 1975.

The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical was an early example of Broadway’s mainstream acceptance of works with an all-black cast. The musical has had revivals in New York, London, San Diego and the Netherlands, and a limited-run revival was presented by Encores! at New York City Center in June 2009. A film adaptation was released in 1978.

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Broadway Cares Gypsy of the Year The Wiz Reunion:

Michelada

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Recently during a recent trip to Cozumel, Mexico, we ordered 2 beers and were given a plate with limes, salt and chile molido. Coincidentally, a friend of ours had mentioned Micheladas and also serving cerveza (beer) with spices. One can either sprinkle the salt, chile molido, and squeeze lime into the beer directly, or put it all on the rim of the glass. It offers a kicky approach to drinking beer, especially with Mexican food.

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From Wikipedia:

A michelada (Spanish pronunciation: [mitʃeˈlaða]) is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers.[1] It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass.[2] There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America.[1][2]

Some people in Mexico believe micheladas are a good remedy for hangovers.[3][4][5] There are different variations of micheladas; for example, in Mexico City, the most common form is prepared with beer, lime, salt, and particular hot sauces or chile slices. There are several other optional ingredients, such as Maggi sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Chamoy powder, serrano peppers, Camaronazo, Clamato, or slices of orange.

Carrie The Musical

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Ok. Maybe you have heard of Carrie The Musical, adapted from the Stephen King novel (1974) and subsequently the film by Brian De Palma (1976). This infamous Broadway flop of 1988, according to Wikipedia: Hampered by scathing reviews, and despite the fact that the theatre was sold out every night,[2] the financial backers pulled their money out of the show, and it closed on May 15 after only 16 previews and 5 performances, guaranteeing its place in theatre history as one of the most expensive disasters of all time. According to The New York Times, the “more-than-$7 million show…was the most expensive quick flop in Broadway history.”[8]

However, there is now more to this story. In 2012 there was a revival that’s goal was to bring new life to the show. Reworked book and score. The run was decent, but it was not a smash success. The tide was changing for this most notorious flop of a show.

Cut to now at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and somehow they have turned this show into a stunner, a complete shocker of a show. It is one of the more memorable stagings of a musical I have ever seen. Set in an intimate recreation of a high school gym, the show happens all around you. In fact, parts of the audience moves throughout the production, changing perspectives, opening pathways, dynamic and audacious.

And yet the surprises continued. The voices in the production are stellar. The acting more naturalistic. The dancing organic and meaningful to the story. Some of the theatrical tricks were just enough to wow, and some reveals were big enough to produce gasps. In fact, a day later and I am still seeing images from the show in my mind. So surprised.

And here’s another thing that happened, thoughts of relevance of current social topics kept popping up including; bullying, religion, sexuality, regret, self-acceptance.

Somehow this production of Carrie The Musical gets it right. The biggest flop in Broadway history has new life. This may very well be the definitive production.

Playing through this weekend. Run, don’t walk.

Oh, and we are seeing it again tonight. BTW.

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http://www.experiencecarrie.com/

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