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There is Life Beyond The Cinema…

There is Life Beyond The Cinema...

… even though I sometimes forget it.

I haven’t blogged about the many other things going on in my life right now, and I’m sure most of you don’t care… But for the interested, here are the non-film items that are capturing my interest at the moment. Enjoy!

1. The University of Michigan Football Team

We’re 2-2. We lost to Notre Dame and Wisconsin (Wisconsin!). We have a lot to prove this weekend and who do we play? Only the 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans! Michigan is out of the Top 25 for the first time in eight years (grrrr), and Michigan St. is 4-0 and rolling. We need this win badly. This is Michigan, the winningest program in college football history! Let’s go get it done.

Get In There My Son! : Braylon Edwards scores the game winner in last year’s Michigan- Michigan State 3 OT thriller.

2. Liverpool FC

We just played Chelsea to a 0-0 Champions League draw on Wednesday, and now we get to host the Russian mafia’s favorite sons for the second time in 5 days on Sunday. This time, we need a win and honestly, Chelsea really need a loss. I’d be happy to have Liverpool be the side that hands it to them. This game is going to be quality.

Let’s Do It Again: Champions League goal scoring hero Luis Garcia is ready for Chelsea

3. On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Really enjoying her new novel. Not done yet, but it’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed reading fiction this much.

4. Poor Theater by The Wooster Group

Saw this show last weekend, and it is really a lot of fun. I love the way this group operates; they deconstruct everything in such a playfull yet meaningful way. In all honesty, I take the opposite opinion of Ben Brantley in the NY Times; I loved Ari Fliakos’ ‘Interpreter’ and his performance in Polish. Just the energy on display, the creative use of multimedia, and the fact that the group are so cinematic; they draw me in every time. I know I’m REALLY late to the party, but after HOUSE/LIGHTS and now Poor Theater, consider me hooked on The Wooster Group.

Climbing Akropolis: Scott Shepherd and Ari Fliakos in The Wooster Group’s Poor Theater

5. Prague and The Perfect Medium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

There are two shows at the Met I am dying to see. The first is Prague, which looks beautfiful and strangely modern. And then there is The Perfect Medium, which looks like it was designed just for me. I haven’t bought a catalogue at an art show in ages, but this one might get me back on track. Full report after I visit.

Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright (British, 1908

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