This week has been full of crazy…and the arts. But with that is coming so great planning, and reading, and more planning of life and fun. Tuesday involved a New York City Ballet working rehearsal for donors, and tonight will be a NYCB performance! I am pretty thrilled to watch some ballet while I imagine what life would be like if I could still do that.
- This man who is a waterslide master. If it was me, we would have been looking at a second hip surgery.
- Blue Zones: The secrets to living to 100 in locations that I’d be happy to just live in for a year of two.
- Carpool Karaoke with Ed Sheeran. Need I say more.
- Since we’re on to YouTube videos, watch this trailer for Coco. Because it looks amazing and the voice cast the Mouse has lined up sounds amazing!
- “Maine sends a beer box to Iceland. It takes up a lot of the cargo hold.” (enough said)
- The history of pink doughnut boxes, aka, the only way doughnuts should be boxed.
- Isabella Boylston teaches Crossfit men ballet. It’s harder than it looks ya’ll.
- So on that note, “Pain, satin and paper towels: What it takes for ballerinas to dance on their toes” — The Washington Post knows where it’s at
- Salt: So I’m a little bit obsessed with Briny Sea Dry Goods. It’s my recommended hostess gift these days.
- Indoor Fruit Trees: When I turned 30 I brought a bunch of succulents home from CA, and decided if I could keep them alive for a year clearly I could keep anything alive. It’s been over a year and a half, and now I’m dreaming big…olive, pomegranate, so many options!
This week has been rough. Like in the sort of way that makes you question humanity. By Wednesday, Ann and I had developed a list of what we had learned via the internet and the never-ending (literally) 24-hour news cycle: 1. You can say/feel racist things, but apparently that doesn’t make you racist. 2. People legitimately believe you can rape, but you’re not a rapist. (I can’t believe Lena Dunham and I agree on something) 3. Broadway stars are awesome at carpool karaoke. 4. It’s okay in TX to use deadly force to get $150 back from someone. So, none of that is something anyone wants to read, and so with that, I devote this weeks links to realization #3 and the greatness that is the Tony Awards this weekend. But before we get there, let’s take a brief segue to this amazing Jess Connelly article on the topic of the intentional idea of coming undone. Because in all the mess, we spend a lot of time holding in what should be part of living life abundantly. Now, back to It’s Broadway Week! of weekly links.
SUPERSIZED!!: All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).
- Carpool Karaoke goes Broadway. And it is as amazing as you think it might be.
- LATE ADDITION!: The Hamilton Illustrated Pamphlet. (I can’t believe I forgot this).
- Chris Jackson, aka General Washington, talks life in…what else…Hamilton
- The very FIRST All-Lady Creative team behind a musical, or in this case Waitress will have their moment to shine this weekend at the Tony’s! If you haven’t listened to the Original Cast Recording, it’s out and on all the iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, or whatever the kids are listening to these days
- Also, the New York Times broke down women on Broadway. Diversity numbers are up, so now, we talk about the ladies, for a gdod reason.”
- Daveed Diggs is working on new and awesome projects (#Bars) that combines Rap and Music of the life, movies, and musical variety. And it’s amazing, and not just because he’s my hair twin.
- Phillipa Soo, aka Eliza Hamilton, goes on Broadway.com’s Side by Side by Susan Blackwell where she gardens, does impressions and it pretty much amazing.
- On something not Hamilton related, Jamie Camil (who you know as Jane’s father on Jane the Virgin), is playing the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago for the duration of the summer. Let’s add that to the list.
- There is a Hamilton camel at the Chicago Zoo. It’s officially everywhere now, touching all the areas of life (don’t worry, it asked permission first).
- The Atlantic gives us an Atlantic-length article (which is only comparable to the New Yorker) on Hamilton, the Constitution, Originalism, the Supremes (Court), and government in general.
- Renée Elise Goldsberry does a Broadway.com Role Call…which is to say she talks about how she has been being awesome in shows for forever…even soap operas.
- Jonathan Groff gets all emotive about being King George III the II and being nominated for a TONY
- Wait for it.
- Lady Hamilton and Sisters Hamilton talk the greatness. They are so delightful.
- Ensemble casts are the glue that holds a show together, which the LA Times was so nice to remind us of in advance of Sunday. Which mostly makes me remember how much I loved being in the Corps in ballet; it was the best feeling ever being part of a group and the feelings that came with that. I never wanted to be the star, I just wanted to be part of the story. (And yes, that could practically be the motto of my life).
- Wouldn’t it be nice if I didn’t have to buy tickets via resale channels that our out to steal all of your money? Wouldn’t it be great if people could handle having nice things.
- I don’t know if Paul Tazewell will win in his category on Sunday (costume design), but I would like to know when he will sell me a replica costume from the show
- Every Broadway show concept has to start somewhere. This concept album (An American Victory) has some heavy hitters on it, though I’m still not totally sure about the premise.
This week I made the horrible discovery that all of The Americans is available on Amazon Prime streaming. This was how I avoided getting sucked in, now I’m just telling myself that I can’t watch before bed because then I won’t sleep. That being said, Orphan Black just started back on BBC America, so good bye sleep…hello creepy dreams of clones and my never-ending mourning of Paul. RIP Paul. As for the rest of this work week:
- My love for the foodie world is known. My favorite D.C. chef just became the new Executive Chef of Toki Underground! Now I can say I knew him when…”
- I may follow a lot of corgis on insta. I love corgis. They are short. They are weirdly proportioned. They aren’t a purse dog. They will cuddle. They are perfect. Also perfect, Piper the Airport dog. He isn’t a corgi, I don’t hold it against him.
- Friends know if they want me to like anything sports related they need to make it real. And by real, I mean don’t tell me about stats about baseball, tell me why I should want to love and marry that man on the field. Or, tell me about their kids…and in the case of Adam LaRoche, I was sold because a child…who he apparently chose over baseball.
- Obsessing over a couch is totally normal, right? Great…I want this green sectional, did I mention it’s cotton velvet.
- Most people have seen this, but I finally caught up on some missed Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon, and J.Lo was a rockstar.
- Changing directions, would like to spend a few minutes shaking your head at society…well then I give you ‘I Don’t Know Whether to Kiss You or Spank You’: A Half Century of Fear of an Unspanked Woman from the great team over at Jezebel.
- This girl decided to travel to see the Seven Wonders of the World…in 13 days. I need to step up my travel game.
- I was about to place an order online for Naked Infusions salsa (they got their start at an LA Farmers Market!), only to discover I can now get it on Amazon! #victory #prime
All Things Hamilton (or all of Broadway).
Hamilton might be staying on the front of the $10 bill. People who want women on the money are kinda unhappy (though everyone would prefer Jackson gone), but 15-year-old Whitney, who used a $10 bill to convince her AP U.S. History class that A.Ham was the most fly man in U.S. History, well she’s happy. Also, to continue that last thought, about how I thought A.Ham was super-fly so did this woman who wrote a whole article on the Erotic Charisma of Alexander Hamilton in the Journal of American Studies. Clearly, I was ahead of my time.