More amazing TV

It’s Thursday and I’d normally be hunkering down to watch Grey’s Anatomy tonight, but instead I’ll be at Alumnae Theatre working the final set painting shift for GuineaPigging. And, anyway, Grey’s is a repeat tonight.

Last week’s music event episode was incredibly moving and displayed an amazing array of vocal talent. Here’s one of my favourite songs/scenes – Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol. The trio of voices at the end just give me chills (WARNING: graphic ER trauma): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMVFmRiPifY

For the more squeemish among you, here’s the song without the scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AMleHZMT-8&feature=related

Republic of Doyle had a very exciting season 2 finale last night. I love this show. I just wish Jake and Leslie could catch a break.

If you missed either of these, you can probably catch them on-line: Grey’s Anatomy on www.ctv.ca and Republic of Doyle on www.cbc.ca 

For my ongoing GuineaPigging set painting adventures at Alumnae Theatre, see the Alumnae blog: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

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Some new TV jazz

Listening to the Glee season 2, volume 4 soundtrack CD right now. I find it stifles the urge to kill.

Anyway. In less disturbing news, did ya catch the premiere of The Borgias on Sunday night? It’s got everything: money, power, sex, murder. And it all takes place in the good ‘ole Vatican in 1492. And, sweet Jesus, it’s good to see Jeremy Irons and Colm Feore on the small screen together. Fabulous cast all around. It’s airing at 10 p.m. on Bravo – and if you missed the double-episode premiere (apparently, Bell satellite customers were shaking their fists when service went down Sunday night), you can watch it on www.bravo.ca 

Also just recently caught Endgame (on Showcase, episodes run several times a week) which is interesting (and shot in B.C.), as well as Dana Delany’s new show Body of Proof (ABC or City TV on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.). Crime/murder mystery stuff with neat twists: a Russian chess champion (played by Canadian actor Shawn Doyle) traumatized by the murder of his fiancee, is terrified of leaving his hotel and solves crimes without ever leaving it (presumably to pay for the huge hotel tab he’s running); and a former neurosurgeon turned medical examiner after a car accident left her unable to do brain surgery solving murders/suspicious deaths. Both darkly funny – and a good mystery is always a good time. Plus, Delany’s legs are to die for. Literally.

Friends, food & scenic painting

At long last, got a day off this past weekend amidst busy times at Alumnae Theatre and my office job: Saturday – and it was lovely.

After getting some chores out of the way, I accepted an invitation from my neighbours Terry and Phyllis (who live in the loft building next to my house) to join them on their patio for a late morning coffee. It was gorgeous out in the sun – and a light jacket was all I needed to feel comfy outdoors, relaxing over coffee and conversation. We were soon joined by their neighbour Randi, who shared a tall boy of a lovely Swedish cider with us; it had Elderberry in it, and tasted like champagne and flowers. Terry and Phyllis brought out some snacks shortly before I left – and the only reason I left was because I was meeting two friends for a late brunch at Zocalo.

Zocalo is run by life and business partners Paul Hardy and Heather Braaten (who I met at Alumnae Theatre) – and I met two other Alumnae pals there, sisters Catherine and Martha Spence. It was our first time having brunch there – and Catherine’s first time there, period – and we were very excited to be there, not to mention finding a time/date when we could meet. We started with mamosas (Martha and I had the version made with pink grapefruit juice – a lovely change from o.j.), then I had the squash and sweet potato soup, followed by the quiche with greens – the latter I had with a crisp Chardonnay. Relaxed dining over the course of about three hours left room for dessert; I had a feeling there was something with pumpkin and spices (I smelled the heavenly aroma  when I arrived) and the pumpkin loaf was delicious! The atmosphere is welcoming and cozy, our server was lovely – and we even got to see Paul and Heather before we left.

Zocalo’s website is still under construction, but you can get info (including press coverage) at Urban Spoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1534373/restaurant/Junction-Triangle/Zocalo-Toronto

The rest of the day, I vegged and made a meatloaf (which I’ll be consuming this week). Saturday was a lovely, languid, relaxing oasis in some very busy times.

Part of those busy times included Friday night and Sunday on the painting crew for Alumnae’s upcoming show GuineaPigging. Not counting travel time, between the office job and painting, Friday was a 14-hour day for me; Sunday was only about seven. We got tons done – with small crews of four or five people. Check out my post on the Alumnae blog, as well as the Alumnae website, for more on that, as well as info on the play: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com and www.alumnaetheatre.com

PGC workshop: Linda Griffiths on visceral playwriting

Man, where is my head at these days?!

I was just reading Theatromania’s review of the New Ideas Festival week three program and nosing about some of their other posts – and was reminded of a very cool, fun and informative playwriting workshop I attended a week and a half ago: playwright Linda Griffiths on Visceral Playwriting. Jeez – guess I’ve been distracted by all the Alumnae work (blog coverage and set painting), as well as the day job.

Anyway. The workshop was organized by the folks at the Playwrights Guild of Canada as part of a series of workshops under the name The Locomotion. It was the first one I was able to attend and I had a blast.

And, because I’m exhausted (not to mention lazy) – and I really like their blog too – see the March 31st post on Theatromania for the details of the workshop: http://www.theatromania.ca/

I partnered with a really nice guy named Peter – and somehow managed to find the guts to get up and present his story, in character and with as much detail as possible (phrasing, body language, tone). And it was great! Folks in the group were very supportive and responsive, and I had a good time telling Peter’s story. I will not divulge his love story – but I will say that I enjoyed it very much, from a storytelling perspective, as well as from a personal perspective. It gave me hope.

I’ll be attending another Locomotion workshop this spring: with playwright Judith Thompson on How to Do Exceptional Readings of Your Own Scripts.

For more info on the PGC, check out their website: http://www.playwrightsguild.ca

New Ideas wrapped

Hey all – check out my recent post on the New Ideas Festival week three reading: www.alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

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.

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.