Sunday, January 24, 2010

Notable Updates

I've just got a lot to say so here's a mish-mash of some of the mad-house I claim as my life.



First of all, A Thousand Cranes is coming up! We open on February 2nd, so soon! You can still get tickets here.
Also, the lobby display is going up right now. The artwork and artifacts are all in place and the cranes are still in the process of being hung up. It looks STUNNING. Seriously, if you're not going to come see A Thousand Cranes, at least come see the lobby display, it's worth a trip to Provo on its own merit.



On February 4th, we are having an open house for the Topaz Museum. Here's the description from the news release:
"There will be a pre-performance reception Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. featuring special guests, speakers and musicians, including BYU political science professor Byron Daynes, who teaches a course on the TOPAZ Internment Camp; Jane Beckwith, board member of the TOPAZ Museum in Delta; Michelle Reed, co-pilot of the 123,000 crane project; Ty Imamura, a descendent of Sadako’s family, who also had an uncle in the TOPAZ Internment Camp; and musicians Hatsumi Bryant and Kimiko Osterloh, who will play the Koto, a traditional Japanese instrument. The public is welcome to attend."
If you want tickets to this (Feb. 4th) performance, let me know IMMEDIATELY!

Here are some more links regarding A Thousand Cranes:
Official News Release
The Daily Universe (BYU on campus newspaper)
BYU Broadcasting Radio Show
BYU Weekly
Daily Herald
The Salt Lake Tribune
Deseret News
The Covey Center
Utah Theater Bloggers Association
Now Playing Utah
Facebook
The Daily Universe article on Topaz
Topaz Museum
BYU Arts (tickets)

Rehearsals for this show as well as my rehearsals for As You Like It are keeping me busy. Wait, what did I just say? As You Like It? Oh, yeah. Well, that's the other thing that's keeping my life going at a hundred miles per hour. I'm in two shows at the same time. Yes, it eats away all of my time. Yes I'm always sore and exhausted. Yes more info on As You Like It will come in the future. Yes I have no time for homework, work, real classes, or a social life. Yes, I'm loving every minute of it.

In other news, I am now the only single guy living in my apartment. Is that awkward you ask? Yeah. Yeah it is. Oh well. I have no plans of changing that. All I have time to do there now is sleep anyway.



Last night I had a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon. This was my first time watching the third film. To be quite frank, that was one of the worst films I have EVER seen. I really didn't think it could've been as bad as I had heard, but yet indeed, it was worse.



Tonight I watched a Japanese film, Kabei. It came out in 2008 and displays the life of a family living through WWII. The honest reality of it was really unsettling. Movies like this haven't been made before mostly because people have not been ready to discuss what really happened during the war. It's a beautiful film, highly recommended.


I saw the BYU production of Tartuffe this week as well. I have yet to see a show here that hasn't impressed me in one way or another. The Tim Burton-Cirque du Solei style gave this play so much edge and so much relevance. It made the classsical language so much more bareable, using original music and stunning imagery. This is another winner, go see it.

I think that's gonna be all for now. I need to do these jouranlistic posts more often. I'm sure I'll love reading them in the future.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sometimes I'm ashamed to live in Provo.

Everyday, there is at least one party invitation or flyer on my front door. This one is insulting. It's really quite self-explanatory.

The Hot Spring Fling


What is there to do when it's so freakin' cold?
I know, take off all your clothes and come join the fold!

A night of socializing & dancing at the Heber Hot Spring,
It's not BYU regulated so if you'd like, just wear a string!

Whether you just want to have fun or are looking to tie the knot,
Everyone is welcome as long as you're smoking hot!

If you're still a lil uneasy, just imagine a giant tub,
Now add 200 people who are ready to rub!

If the water isn't to your liking we will provide a roaring fire,
Either while bathing or dancing - our wish is your desire!

With loud speakers and lights the party will be bouncing off the rocks,
Just a forewarning if you're from Belmont because nobody here docks!

No matter what is going on this night our people will be hotter,
You can choose to chill on land or take a dip in the water!

So go mark this night and be sure to come single,
But only come if you're fun, outgoing, and ready to mingle!


Yeah. So I bet you're just itching to go to this party, aren't you?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beyoncé


Go ahead. Think whatever you're going to think. Judge away. Judge me. However, before you decide to judge or make any sort of evaluation on the artist being presented, please do yourself the pleasure of watching this video that I have had on repeat for weeks:



Can we all at least just agree that she's insanely talented? This video comes from Beyoncé's newly released concert DVD "I Am...Yours" which I highly, highly recommend viewing. Anyway, this DVD is a concert of her's, filmed at the Wynn in Las Vegas. This concert was prepared by Ms. Knowles herself while she was on her 100+ stop worldwide tour. However, this concert was special. Each song was rearranged in one way or another and the setting was an intimate theater instead of a massive stadium. Also, she is noticeably hoarse throughout the concert because she worked herself sick in order to prepare this once in a lifetime experience, yet she still makes it just that, a truly once in a lifetime experience.

To be perfectly honest, I've been a fan of Beyoncé for over half of my life, more than any other artist. I remember first seeing her on a 1998 episode of Smart Guy. I was 7 years old. I wouldn't go as far as calling her my "favorite" but she's on the list. I cannot ever fully elaborate on what I see in Beyoncé as an artist. I almost feel as though I'm prepared to teach a college course on her. Not only on her life story, but how she is an excellent vocalist, and how every step in her career had it's artistic motivations. Oh, and has anyone ever seen her perform live? With all that energy, aren't you afraid that one of her appendages is just going to come flying off? I could show you video after video, demonstrating her ability both as a vocalist and an artist but I get it, some people just aren't going to believe me. I'll just say this: She sings live, she dances live, she has songwriting credits on nearly every one of her songs, she's classy, she pays tribute to the greats before her and she's not afraid to be vulnerable. She is the closest thing our generation has to an "icon" and she makes sure of that with every performance. Now go watch yourself some videos.

I have just ONE more to show you. Here's the video description the YouTube user provided:

 "This is some powerful stuff! At a concert in Sydney this weekend, Beyonce picked a very special girl from the audience to come on stage with her as she sang the touching power ballad Halo.
Little Chelsea is suffering from Leukemia and the lyrics to the song took on a much deeper poignance as Beyonce sang them.There was not a dry eye in the house!Watch the very very very touching moment that has left us sobbing and teary-eyed mess (above).
P.S. Music can heal. It can!"

 

When I see this, I see an act of Christ-like love and concern. It also encourages me to be more Christ-like. Sure, I don't necessarily enjoy that her legs are having social hour, but does that mean that I shouldn't appreciate the fact that Beyoncé just gave little Chelsea the highlight of her life? No. Yeah, some of her songs (although they do have their artisitic value 97% of the time, really) are a little raunchy and indicative...but in this moment, I can put those differences aside and bask in the love. I suggest you do the same.

Friday, January 8, 2010

People Are Great

So lately, I've just felt overwhelmingly appreciative of the people I'm surrounded by. This extends far beyond my few close friends. There are plenty of people that I truly feel blessed to be associated with, even when it's a very small association.

For instance, I just got my hair cut. This has only been my second time cutting my hair in Provo. Yes, I should probably be more frequent to keep up with the honor code...go ahead, call me a rebel. Anyway, the same girl cut it as the time before. She rocks. I can tell it's not in her personality to converse with people she doesn't know and to be outgoing, but she makes a huge, sincere effort to do so. It was almost like our conversation from October was continued. She remembered what we talked about, how I cut my hair, talked in that very soft but brave voice,  and had that nervous giggle after everything she said. Bless her.

I almost feel like I can't go into detail about other people because I will write for hours. It hasn't been until this semester that I've really felt like I'm in the right place. I think I came with the wrong expectations. I didn't find friends where I thought I would and I didn't find the type of friends I thought I needed. However, I have found and associated with the type of people that keep me going. I'm surrounded by people that have a sincere desire to get to know me and work with me. I've met people that have the innate ability to tell me exactly what I need to hear when I need to hear it and to compliment me how and when I need it the most. I've also met people that just have a great aura about them. I'm drawn to them for really no reason in particular. Some people are just plain nice. I know I've encountered certain people for certain reasons and for that I'm extremely grateful.

This doesn't mean I don't have trouble dealing with other people; I certainly do. But it's the good that makes the bad worth it.

I feel like this is starting to become a recurring theme for my writing. I thought about it...should I be conservative or ashamed to be grateful for other people? Um, no. If you want me to write continuously about how amazing I am, I guess I don't have much to offer you. Until next time.