So Cinematic Titanic has announced an additional date as part of our East Coast “tour” – we’ll be in Northhampton on April 15. So get your taxes filed and come celebrate with Cinematic Titanic at the Calvin Theater. Then we’re on to Princeton, NJ and then Broadway, baby, Broadway! The Nokia Theater on the 17th of April.
So I was looking on a map to see where in Massachussetts Northhampton was. Mostly I was hoping to be close enough to the coast to visit a maritime or whaling museum. I can’t imagine that a lot of whaling activity occurred in Northhampton, seeing as how it’s pretty far inland, but I was hoping. But what I DID notice was Rhode Island. Now, my sense of geography is pretty sound, but I have to admit I completely lost track of Rhode Island. And no wonder – have you seen how small it is? It’d be kind of fun to live in a state where you can just seemingly WALK everywhere!
I tease Rhode Island. I know it’s a fine state.
So is anyone on Facebook? I am, and you know who keeps coming up as a “Friend suggestion?” David Hockney. That just cracks me up. Like – why is David Hockney coming up in my possible friend que?! What are the six degrees of Facebook separation?
It puts me in mind of when I lived in New York and was a member of the Chelsea YWCA. Every month in the lobby they’d put up a tripod stand thingy with a posterboard declaring “Member of the Month!” with a photo and a typed piece of paper of the member’s biography. I don’t know what the criteria was to become Member of the Month; I can’t help but feel I didn’t lobby hard enough or take out enough ads in variety to be awarded the distinction, but in any case –
One day I walked in and guess who was the YWCA Member of the month? Edward Albee. I didn’t think it could be the same Edward Albee, what are the chances? The little bio thingy typed piece of paper did indeed confirm it was THAT Edward Albee. Now it figures that a famous American playwright has to workout somewhere, so why not the Chelsea YWCA?
Apparently a staff member would interview the MotM and type up the bio. What made me want to laugh and cry was how bitter Albee’s bio was; he described the pain of his early childhood, being adopted by parents who didn’t love him, and continued to elucidate certain resentments on his part… and allllll under this cheerful, bright construction paper lettering of “Member of the Month” and a headshot of him. And by the way, Albee swims several miles each day in the YWCA pool.
Anyhoo… where was I??
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