commented on Dear Academy, You Know How You Rarely Give Oscars to Black Film Artists?
Mr. Mudede, I agree on all of your comments in this article, with one exception: Janelle Monae deserves more credit that you give her. It matters not that "she is one of the most progressive soul singers of our day." What matters is that she gives a superlative performance. With very few lines, she conveys so much with just a look, a glance, or a touch. It is a very understated but eloquent performance.
Dec 20, 2016
commented on Fuck The Nutcracker: Why You Should Go See Every Ballet But This One
"Waaah, my mommy tortured me by making me take ballet lessons!"
Sydney, I am not the world's biggest "Nutcracker" fan myself (although it would be nice if David Schmader would review it under the influence), but just because you had a lousy childhood doesn't do a very good job of persuading the rest of the world to boycott it. Dredging up the hoary old anecdote of teachers hitting their students with canes? That should be relegated to the dustbin of old ballet stereotypes.
And as proud of your mom as you are for her incorporating a hip-hop number into her own "Nutcracker," a simple Google search will show you that there are approximately 70-bajillion different versions of "Nutcracker" incorporating jazz, tap, satire, burlesque, magic, hip-hop, and ad nauseum.
Mar 22, 2016
Why, oh why do performers need to be wearing head mics when performing in a space as intimate as 12th Avenue Arts?!? Have all audiences gone totally deaf, or do actors nowadays not know how to project their voices? UGH.
Apr 14, 2015
commented on Restaurant Servers Say Eliminating Tips May Hurt Wait Service
"In order to better compensate their lowest-paid employees, restaurant owners could accept lower profit margins." What kind of inane comment is that? Unless they are part of a national chain like Applebee's, the profit margins for most restaurants are razor thin. Nobody goes into the restaurant business with dreams of striking it rich, and with smaller - or possibly negative - profit margins, even fewer will. Enjoy your TGI Fridays, Seattle!