Dear Gentle Reader,
My how the last two weeks have flown by!
The Ghost Light Project was kicked off… It was announced that there are plans to cut funding to the National Endowments of the Arts and of Humanities… The circus is going to pack up the tent for the last time… A Chorus Line rehearsals have started to get intense… Went out dancing at the local Goth club… They call today super bowl Sunday (but I like to think of it as mini Gaga concert day)… welllll maybe the circus thing was a little longer than two weeks. I actually believe it happened before the Ghost Light Project.
I am not a big sports fan, so I watch “the big game” for the commercials because, well, they are like mini-mini movies and some of them are VERY clever, well done, or even moving. And when I say watch, I totally mean that I fast forward the game on DVR. 😀Then of course, there is my Gaga rocking out the halftime show! I was shocked that there was no Doritos commercial. Usually they have one of the best spots so it made me a wee bit disappointed. Maybe they aired it during the pregame time, but all that stuff doesn’t need any extra real estate on the DVR.
For the brief time that I have this evening, I just want to take a moment to talk about the GLP. Then later in the week I will write about some of the other things I mentioned.
Aaaannnd moving on…
Well, as I was doing my errands on January 19th, I just happened to find myself near the downtown San Jose area around the 5 o’clock hour, so I joined the party at the Hammer Theater. I was so jazzed because I thought this was going to be a big event based on the message it was sending. When I arrived, honestly, I was taken aback that the gathering was rather small. However, that being said, I do have to mention that the publicity was a bit on the down low.
After some opening remarks, there was some mingling, and sadly I use that term loosely, it was more like people keeping close to those that they knew. I was trying to find representatives of the other companies that are near the area but was having a really hard time. I was curious to know what plans the companies had for the GLP. I was surprised that this task was proving so difficult. Surprised and a little saddened. However, Dear Reader, I do have to have to say that one of the representatives for the Hammer Theater was a great host. I feel terrible that I lost the paper on which I had written her name. She was great at checking in with the guests that were there and making sure that everyone had a chance to fill out the GLP “I Am” pages, making small talk and offering up refreshments.
I did love all the “I Am” pages. It was a beautiful sight.
All of the pictures I took of the “I Am” pages had the same effect thanks to that doggone wonderful disco ball’s reflections, so the top is all wonky. So bummed about that. Sadly, the above is the best one that I can share. My “I Am” page said “I Am a son, brother, and husband. I Fight for the Arts, all of those that can’t fight, and Equality for ALL” (and based on that sentence, the Oxford comma. LOL)
There was a great little jazz combo from San Jose State University that was jamming in the corner. They were fantastic. On the first landing of the stairs that lead up to the balcony there was a ghost light and people could snap a shot of themselves with it, but I didn’t see many people taking up that offer. I did like the visual though.
Gentle reader, I so wish that I had been nearer to the Saratoga Theater so that I could attend the event with my friends there. I still have designs on finding out what the theaters in downtown are planning for the project. I also still want to talk about the circus and the NEA but those will have to wait for another time.
Did you celebrate the Ghost Light Project? If you were to fill out one of the “I Am” pages, what would you write? Oh, not sure what the “I Am” page is… well..
Now that you know, what are you gonna write? Who do you fight for? Let me know in the comments below.
And until next time, Gentle Reader, I wish you a good night. I need to get to bed, I think learning the bows for A Chorus Line has left my personal tank on E.