Thursday, March 22, 2012

Streep on Stage

Today, my friend Trent texted me to let me know that he had officially completed Meryl Streep's entire filmography (a feat I had accomplished in the summer of 2006) and his recent interest in the Great One has renewed mine as well.

I admitted that I booked a trip to NYC in April with the sole purpose of participating in a Devil Wears Prada drinking game, and today I found out that there are two other Streep events in April as well — she is performing at Carnegie Hall for the Rainforest Foundation concert, and the documentary Joe Papp in Five Acts premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Of course neither of these events take place when I'm actually in town.

To soothe my disappointment at missing yet another (and another) Streep event due to me not living in NYC, here are some pictures of the Great One from her Public Theater beginnings in the 70s — events I never got to attend either because, well, I wasn't born.

I was lucky enough to see her in the Public's production of Mother Courage (twice!) and let me just say that if you haven't seen Meryl Streep perform live, on stage, in the middle of Central Park, then you haven't seen theater at its absolute best.

I've also seen this all-sung version of Alice at the Palace, and you can too — it's available on DVD — but I can only imagine how amazing she was in Measure for Measure, Henry V and Taming of the Shrew.

I managed to track down a PBS documentary about the making of Taming of the Shrew back when I was in college, but it doesn't seem to be available anywhere else. Watch this clip and I'm sure you'll agree that Shakepeare's words have never sounded as sweet

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Shop Update!

I've updated the shop with more than thirty new items, including a few more cameras, things for the kiddos and some items that make me practically drool in anticipation of summer. So go check it out if you haven't already (and why not again, if you have) and stay tuned for more exciting updates, coupon codes and thrilling stories about my cat.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blue Carrot Bits

I had my first hot-off-the-conveyor-belt Krispy Kreme yesterday. The first three bites were absolute heaven and then I felt a little queasy. Then, I ate another one.

Does your cat leave a toy in her food dish every single day? How about two toys? How about two toys and a sock? I'm pretty sure there's food under there too.

Sometimes for work I get to Google things like "cartoon ham" and then draw my own cartoon ham. Sometimes I can't believe I get paid for this.

Entertainment Weekly did a feature on all of the Streep looks created by her make-up man of 30 years, J. Roy Helland. Yep, I've seen them all.

Also, you know what would be a better job than drawing a cartoon ham? Making the layout that accompanies this story.

Oh, hi there.

It's mini Cadbury egg season, y'all. In case you didn't hear that scarfing sound coming from my office, that is.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Have Spring Fever, Will Travel

Although I certainly can't complain about our incredibly mild winter weather this year, I still managed to get a bit of spring fever. Currently, that fever has one prescription: vacation planning.

A few weeks ago I booked my first trip to California, for a week in June — one of my best friends moved there earlier this year, and I couldn't wait any longer to see what all the fuss is about. The furthest west I've been is Las Vegas and I couldn't be more excited to finally dip a toe (or ten) into the other ocean.

I, of course, have a million things I want to do, and fitting it all into just seven days will be quite the feat. There are a few non-negotiables, though, including:

The Redwoods

I'm not sure if there are "official" redwoods or if one forest is better than another, but all I know right now is that I need to see them. I would also like to touch one, if you're allowed. Think we can find one you can drive through? I want to go to there.

Big Sur

I'm not even sure what Big Sur is exactly. Is it a park? An area? Whatever it is, I've seen pictures and it looks amazing. It's also halfway between Los Angeles and...

San Francisco

My friend lives in Santa Monica, so after picking me up at LAX, we're going to embark on a road trip to San Fran. Everyone who's been there tells me that I'll love it, and from everything I've seen, I'm inclined to believe them.


Surprisingly, this is lowest on my list of California priorities, but I figure since we're close I may as well put my hands in Meryl Streep's prints and maybe even have a few real-life celebrity sightings.

Then, today, I booked an April flight to NYC to visit my friend Trent as he finishes watching every Meryl Streep movie (he invited me especially to celebrate!) and participate in a sure-to-be-epic Devil Wears Prada drinking game (I missed the Death Becomes Her one earlier this year).

In addition to the liver damage, we're going to scout out the Sophie's Choice Pink Palace (it's no longer pink!), attend a midnight showing of Rocky Horror and see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman (directed by Mike Nichols!) — if we are lucky enough to scrounge up tickets.

This will be somewhere around my 16th ish time in NYC, but I still get just as excited as if it were my first time — here's hoping the drinking game doesn't make it my last.

Monday, March 12, 2012

She likes goooooold.

So, I'm dreadfully late on posting this news, but hey did you hear? Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her performance in The Iron Lady a few weeks ago — her first Best Actress statue in 30 years (she won in 1982 for Sophie's Choice, and picked up Best Supporting Actress the previous year for Kramer Vs. Kramer).

In case you're just joining this blog already in progress, to say I love Meryl Streep is a grave understatement. I adore Meryl Streep. So, as you can imagine, I was pretty excited to watch her win, especially since her two other wins were, you know, before I was born.

I had a good feeling throughout the ceremony, and when her make-up man of 30 years won for his work on the Iron Lady, I thought her win was all but guaranteed. And, win she did. Her speech was amazing (as her speeches always are) and everything from her dress to her earrings to her shoes screamed "I'm going home with an Oscar, and I deserve it."

While I thought her performance in The Iron Lady was certainly deserving, I can't help but feel as if this award is a bit cumulative — she's been nominated a record 17 times and, as she is quick to point out, 14 resulted in a loss.

So, for your consideration, I present to you the Streep performances that I think should have also resulted in a Best Actress win:

Plenty (1985)

Streep wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for this screen adaptation of the acclaimed stage play, or any other award, for that matter.

Bridges of Madison County (1996)

She was at least nominated, but didn't win for her heart-wrenching performance as a tortured, mid-western housewife — the prize went to Susan Surandon for Dead Man Walking.

Julie and Julia (2009)

Streep was nominated for a slew of awards for her impeccable turn as Julia Child, and won a few — but not the Oscar, which went to Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side (groan).