Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
The Toronto production of Miss Saigon had some potent voices on stage and some bare-chested fun to entice boys and girls, but overall, as a play, I wonder if it should continue being produced.
The musical (based on Puccinni’s opera Madame Butterfly) is one of the Broadway juggernauts from the 90s, and therefore is a little pandering and racist, and maybe should be put to sleep like Cats.
But since it is still around, this production was pretty competent. The sets were well done, specially the embassy fences that moved around the stage to change narrative perspective. Unfortunately, the much-lauded helicopter scene was a little underwhelming, with a dummy in the cockpit and some jerky mechanical maneuvers. When a prop is your major claim to fame, make sure you're going to blow the audience away.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
His name is Paul and he lives at Sea Life Centre, an ocean-themed attraction in Oberhausen, Germany. So far, Paul has correctly predicted the scores of all the games involving Germany in the World Cup (and he says that Spain will win the final). It's not clear who had the idea to start asking Paul for oracular advice, but apparently he isn't the only octopus able to divine the future. There's another psychic cephalopod operating in South Africa too.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
What a better way to start Pride if not getting to know "the man with a pussy." Buck Angel is a very personable character and delivered a great talk before stripping naked and making out with half of the transguys in the audience.
The funnest part of this Pride, however, was an event that wasn't even part of it. The Toronto Jazz Festival brought Chaka Khan to Dundas Square for a free show. The concert was very upbeat and confessional, with Chaka telling us lots of interesting personal stories. Her voice was amazing and could be heard three blocks away.
On the other hand, the Pride-related concert was a total bummer. Cyndi Lauper forced her corralled audience to listen to her boring new Blues album for an hour, before playing barely recognizable versions of Time After Time, Girls Just Want To Have Fun and Money Changes Everything. Indeed. It actually made the people there not want to buy her album.
The performance I was most excited about was by Laura Landauer's, Céline Dion impersonator extraordinaire, who always brings the house down. Laura not only looks like a dead ringer of the most famous chanteuse in the universe, she also has the voice and Dion-isms down to the last wink and twirl. Despite sound problems, her show was still one of the most entertaining of the weekend.
But overall, from all the Pride activities, the gayest one was waiting outside St. James Cathedral to catch a glimpse of the Queen on sunday morning. Not sure if she made down to the parade on time, but she looked fabulous as usual.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Which made me think of this video, by French electronic wiz Breakbot.