commented on Street Harassment
W. Kamau Bell and "Totally Biased" had a great piece on this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH7b4QCPuXc
And, like some of the sloggers, some of the men featured stubbornly clung to the idea that this kind of unwanted attention is a compliment. An aggressive, aggressive compliment. Sigh.
commented on Swan Lake Is So Goddamned Boring
It seems like each PNB season in Boal's tenure has three full-length ballets and three rep programs. Unfortunately, I often find the full-length ballets boring, in part because the same ballets have been performed frequently at PNB in the last ten years. I am a subscriber, but I skipped Cinderella and will be skipping Swan Lake: I've seen both quite recently and...the bloom is off the rose for me. (Seattle Opera's "Cinderella" was a revelation, though.)
I'm glad to hear a little discussion opened up about what attracts ballet newbies (and what might end up turning them off) and what enchants subscribers. Not that the comments feel much like "discussion" at the moment. From what I hear around me at the ballet, I suspect I'm in the minority of subscribers in my preference for new works and maybe my preference for shorter works...but we're out there, too. It's difficult to please everyone, and I have to give Peter Boal credit for trying to balance the often-competing needs of his constituents while attracting new ballet fans.
Oct 18, 2012
commented on What Is The Seattle Times Company Really Measuring With Its Experiment in Bankrolling Political Ads?
This is why my 74-year-old mother called me at 8:30 this morning to tell me that she had just cancelled the Seattle Times. To be fair, she was partially irate because she mis-read it and thought they were also taking out ANTI-marriage equality ads; but this admission that journalistic objectivity is a farce was the last straw for her. She'll miss her crosswords.
She also felt a little bad for the employee on the phone.