“In their zeal, lawmakers got careless with the wording of the measure, known as Amendment One. It would constitutionally prohibit recognition not just of same-sex marriages, but of other legal arrangements like civil unions and domestic partnerships. That could harm all unmarried couples, imperiling some children’s health insurance benefits, along with child custody arrangements and safeguards against domestic violence.”—New York Times editorial on North Carolina’s Amendment One
The Drama Desk recognized the work of orchestrators long before the Tony Awards took up the cause. This year they have inexplicably eliminated the category. Please sign this petition (and join this Facebook group) to add your voice to the symphony of people asking the Drama Desk to reverse their decision.
Planned Parenthood is excited to be launching our new Tumblr that’s all about sexual and reproductive health – bodies, birth control, relationship issues, “is it normal for this to do this?” type things. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing what we know, answering questions, and just… tumblring.
Amendment One proposes to change the state constitution in such a way that not only would ban same-sex marriage, it would prohibit the law from offering any accommodations to any couples of any configuration, which could have such far-reaching effects as, for example, nullifying any domestic violence protections for unmarried women.
In other words, even people who oppose same-sex marriage should vote against Amendment One.
However, the campaign to get this message across to the state seems to be falling short, and as we approach the final week before the vote, that’s really fucking scary.
So click through this link and vote in this meaningless television station poll. And then make sure you tell everyone you know who votes in North Carolina, and everyone you know who knows someone who votes in North Carolina, why they should VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT ONE.
On the one hand, it’s nice to sync my bookmarks and auto-fills across different computers.
But I just realized that also syncs browsing history and auto-completes for URLs. Which means that when I start typing a URL at work, websites that I exclusively visit at home start showing up, if you know what I mean.
None. I had imbibed one glass of questionable chardonnay hours before taking the picture, but any sense of being out of it I may be giving off is merely the result of the last couple of weeks I’ve had.
Yesterday I dove deep into Spotify’s Dionne Warwick collection to discover she did an album of showtunes. It’s fantastic. Here’s “One Hand, One Heart” from Dionne Warwick On Stage and At The Movies. You’ll note that I actually bought the MP3 to share with you because I know you don’t all have Spotify and I love each and every one of you. And also I love Dionne.
You guys, this album is just SO GOOD. You should hear her “(S)He Love Me” and her “I Believe In You!”
I don’t remember which of the gazillion upcoming cast recordings I have already pre-ordered. I know I pre-ordered Porgy & Bess. Did I remember to place an order for Merrily We Roll Along yet? hmmmmmmmm
When I went through my “spinning” phase (about 3 weeks long) I couldn’t sit for about two of those weeks…
Thankfully, my behind is just fine thank you very much. I’m just noticing that my legs are stiff and I’m not biking as fast today as I was at the beginning of the week. That’s fine, but I’d like to eventually not feel like the grandma getting passed by every other biker on the road.
I am ready for biking to start getting easier rather than harder. Parts of my legs that I do not know the names of hurt. Maybe a weekend of not moving at all will help.
I am glad it’s Friday, so I can wear jeans to work, especially since these new jeans actually fit my newer, svelter self, but jeans aren’t great for biking.
Boloco’s coffee makes me want to wax rhapsodic about its finer points, which is surprising given they are a burrito place. Maybe I should have eaten breakfast before biking to work. Maybe their coffee just complements the flavor of black beans really well.
I use the phrase “wax rhapsodic” too much.
I should move to New York. I could do amazing things with a regular slot in a cabaret space. Particularly if staylorellis will team up with me. I talk about her a lot. If I wasn’t gay my friends would totally think I have a crush on her.
Why did I get coffee with breakfast? I have a coffee meeting at 10. I guess I’ll have tea at that meeting.
My morning commute thoughts aren’t really all that interesting. I’d better post them to Tumblr.
The Broadway-bound production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” has found a leading lady who fits the glass slipper – as well as the actor to play her prince. Laura Osnes, who starred as the outlaw Bonnie Parker in the Broadway musical “Bonnie & Clyde” last year, will play a re-invented Cinderella in the production aiming to open during the 2012-13 theater season, while Santino Fontana
I like everything about this except that Cinderella neither needs another overhaul nor a Broadway production.
I do love the way the R&H Organization seems to have taken Laura Osnes under their wing, reminiscent of the way Dick Rodgers himself used to look out for the careers of his ingenues like Shirley Jones, Florence Henderson, et al.
I just discovered the incredible depth of Spotify’s Sesame Street collection, including the “Best of” albums originally released by Golden Music. I had both the Jim Henson and Joe Raposo collections on cassette when I was in high school (yes, high school) and one or the other was always in my car. I never found them on CD, so I am really excited about today’s find.
You’re joking, but the first blog we’ve been hired to manage is on Tumblr. When I launched Fuck Yeah Stephen Sondheim two years ago, it was in part because I wanted to share my favorite music, in part because I was getting over a bad breakup and needed a project, but it was also in part a way to develop some marketable skills. Done and done and done.
I’m sorry but has Murray reviewed anything positively lately? It seems like he’s on a streak of hating everything in his reviews. I haven’t read this yet (I agree that Smash is disappointing) but he was even negative on Starcatcher.
Ann (the TB Webmaster) ran the numbers on Matthew’s reviews and they make a pretty decent bell curve - with more than fifty percent B- or higher.
I haven’t seen Peter and the Starcatchers yet, but I thought his criticisms were specific and valid. The things that bothered him might not bother other theatergoers, but that doesn’t make his calling them out less valid.
My friend Matthew Murray (Broadway critic for TalkinBroadway.com) has been working on this piece for a week. Here’s his opening paragraph:
Despite having a reputation for being a tough (and sometimes overly tough) critic, I love theatre at least as much as anyone—and, given the sheer amount of it I see and write about each year, I would argue more than most people. The benefit of operating at that level is that you meet and get to know lots of people who are at least as into the whole practice of theatre and theatre worship as you are, and share your habits and pastimes with them. In the past few months we’ve all adopted one that’s both strangely fun and astonishingly depressing: hating on Smash.