Archive for January, 2007

Mini Munchie Rice Cakes, Apple Cinnamon
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Hain Pure Snax Mini Munchie Rice Cakes, Apple Cinnamon, 3.17-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)

First thought: Hmm, these kind of smell like sugar and feet.

Second thought: What? These taste like weed. Like, not just a little, a whole lot.

Third thought, a few seconds later: Oh my god! Dirt aftertaste! With the flavor accuracy you’d expect from Jelly-Belly!

So, basically, if you’ve ever left a bunch of pot in a bowl of sugar and rice, walked around outside for a while in Birkenstocks, then put your feet, shoes and all, into the bowl, and then you ate it and thought it was awesome, this is the snack for you!

Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 2
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

It looks like we don’t get nearly as much theatre junkmail as I think we do. In the last week, we’ve only opened our mailbox to find the following two, and one of them is technically from a mailing list I legitimately signed up for about 5 years ago, so I’m not convinced it even counts.

BAM Spring 2007 BAM Spring 2007 (Chris)

Advantages:

  • BAM is the most respectable art-driven theatre organization in town: for my tastes, far more so than Lincoln Center.
  • This schedule advertises a 3-week run of the Matthew Bourne ballet of Edward Scissorhands, one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had in the theatre, which we saw in London last year.
  • As always, the art direction in BAM’s season schedules rivals the Royal National Theatre for the best I’ve ever seen, with a consistent outlook, branding, and arresting visuals on every page.

Disadvantages:

  • It’s a mixed bag in here, as a number of the shows don’t appeal to me. For example, after seeing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at BAM a few years back, I’m not in any hurry to see the all-male Shakespearean Propeller company again.
  • There’s an extremely confusing description of the scheduling of Ian McKellan in King Lear and Chekov’s The Seagull. It’s very unclear as to whether all the shows he’s in sold out to subscribers, or if only the three performances of The Seagull he’s in are sold out, or if he’s in King Lear for more than three shows.
  • It says “sponsored by Bloomberg” right on the front.
Company Company (Anni)

Advantages:

  • Sondheim
  • John Doyle’s still-fresh gimmick of actors playing the instruments
  • Raul Esparza
  • A straightforward ad, pretty much telling me exactly these things and not a whole lot more.
  • Kills far fewer trees as a folded one-pager than BAM’s 8 pages.
  • The biggest advantage of any of these, though: I know for certain I’m going to go see Company, as opposed to anything in the BAM season.

Disadvantages:

  • This is “THE BEST MUSICAL OF THE YEAR” already? Come on, it’s January! Kind of funny when said ironically, never anything more than annoying hyperbole when done sincerely.
  • There were actually copies of this addressed to both of us, which somewhat negates the tree-friendliness advantage mentioned above.

Today’s winner (just barely): Company

Automatic Subway Info!
Monday, January 15th, 2007

Holy crap!

It’s only been 4 years of near-constant disruption on weekends and nights, and the automatic message boards are finally working! It’s like we’re using any other major world city’s transport system, except years ago!

Lorimer St Announcements

Oh, wait, never mind…

Just Kidding!

They were also testing the automated robot-woman-voice announcements while we were down there (Lorimer St. L, on Sunday, January 14). Hopefully they’ll figure out the volume control better than they had it working yesterday, as it was deafeningly loud, to the point of being incomprehensible, and was skipping and looping on words constantly.

Theatre Junkmail Wars – Battle 1
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

I get a lot of junk mail, most of it from theatre companies. Anni also gets a lot of the same kinds of junk mail.

Our theatre junk mail needs to fight it out in (semi) daily battles.

Wake Up Mr. Sleepy!  Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead! The Little Dog Laughed
Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead! (Chris) The Little Dog Laughed (Anni)
Advantages: indie cred, at the Ontological, cheaper seats Advantages: it looks warm where these people are
Disadvantage: really creepy fat baby Disadvantages: overproduced poster, creepy smile, why are they all judging me?

Today’s winner: Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead!