New Ideas wrapped

Hey all – check out my recent post on the New Ideas Festival week three reading:

As I mention in that post, I got to see Two Weeks in Normandy a second time. Photo courtesy of playwright David Nicholson: Derek Perks and Linzee Barclay.

Re sexy moments in that play: Lovely chemistry between these two actors. And, I gotta say, I seriously loved actor Derek Perk’s lead-in to that kiss (and this coming from me). I’ve definitely gotta try that sometime.

More New Ideas adventures

Mornin’, chickens. Very tired today – getting too old for these mid-week opening nights, and last night was a relatively early one too!

Check out the fun at the week three opening of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival, which I just posted this morning:

Super moon

So did y’all catch that ginormous full moon on Saturday night? Man, she was beautiful! I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.

Didn’t manage to see it till I was on the road, travelling back to T.O. with my sister and bro-in-law after my nephew’s 12th birthday party in Burlington. It was hanging low in the sky at that point – and it hadn’t been dark out for long. And every time I looked away, I had to look back at it again.

And you know what the craziest thing was? One of the first things that popped into my head was that it looked like a giant, glowing communion wafer.

Just goes to show ya: you can take the girl outta the Catholic Church, but you can’t take the Catholic Church outta the girl.

Born This Way photo essay

About a week ago, I submitted a photo and essay to the Born This Way blog. You may have heard about this site in the news – it features photos of gay folks when they were children, along with short essays about the photo, their coming out experience, where they’re at today, their first same-sex celebrity crush and a message for gay youth. Here’s my photo essay, edited by the blog creator Paul V.:
And here’s the CNN coverage of the blog site:
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in submitting, visit:

Family drama & baroque music

Big artsy fartsy day yesterday, chickens, starting with the New Ideas Festival week one noon reading of Mythmaking up in the Alumnae Theatre Studio. Not to worry, the family drama was all on stage – at least, for me it was. For the scoop on that, check out my ‘New Ideas: week one reading’ post on the Alum blog:

Last night, it was off to Calvin Presbyterian Church – no, not for the religion, silly – for I Furiosi’s Baroque to the Future concert. I guess I should explain that these guys are not only exquisite musicians, but big, big fun – and come up with big fun themes and titles for their recitals, not to mention excellent costumes (e.g., guest violinist Edwin Huizinga dressed as the Professor and violoncellist/viola gambanist Felix Deak as Marty McFly from Back to the Future)! As always, I enjoyed myself a whole bunch. Check them out at:

Besides the usual program listings of music, bios and sponsors, they also included a brief Q&A with the musicians: Which invention/advancement in technology could you never live without? Most of the gang came up with two things.

That got me thinking – how would I respond to this? In the end, I have to go with Felix on the indoor plumbing. I’d also have to add: a coffeemaker.

Characters reimagined

The washing machine in my building has broken down, which meant I had to schlep my laundry to the neighbourhood laundromat last night. Not such a bad thing, though, as going to the laundromat affords the perfect excuse to catch up on some reading.

I took Dancing with Mr. Darcy with me; it’s a collection of short stories inspired by the writing and life of Jane Austen, and Chawton House Library. The various tales place Austen’s characters and themes – and even Austen herself – in some thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking situations. The collection was assembled following a writing competition, and features an introduction (and was selected by) author Sarah Waters. A must-read for Austen fans.

Today, I picked up a copy of Linda Griffith’s play Age of Arousal and have been reading that as well. I’ve seen it on stage twice: the Nightwood production at Factory Theatre in 2007 and the Shaw Festival production in 2010. The play was inspired by George Gissing’s novel The Odd Women, and I fear that I may do it a disservice in attempting a description here, so I’ll leave that up to the folks at Coach House Books:

What can I say – there’s something very sexy about intelligent, independent, forward-thinking women in period costume.