Kurt Weill Cabaret

With Kurt Weill’s career as her guide, Elise LaBarge steps through the bawdy Weimar Republic of the 1920’s, the romantic, frivolous Paris of the 30’s, and the stylish, swinging New York of the 30’s and 40’s in this cabaret concert. Stephen Hargreaves joins on the piano, and Rebecca Richey on violin.

The show is Sunday, November 16th at 7pm. Please reserve a table ahead of time to guarantee a seat in the music room by calling 773-465-9801.

Uncommon Ground‘s delectable dinner, drink and dessert menu will be available throughout the evening, and the $15/person cover charge will simply be added to the final bill.

Please note: this is at the Devon location!
http://www.uncommonground.com/

Weddings, Expense, and Love

I spent my Monday at the Art Institute, listening to and chatting with folks in the wedding industry. Wedding Wire hosts its educational event in multiple cities throughout the country, and I was fortunate to attend the Chicago stopover. We heard several wonderful speakers who shared their wisdom about marketing, blogging and technology, which will be of use and assistance to small and large businesses alike. We all ate breakfast and lunch together and swapped business cards and told our stories. It was lovely.

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Poetry Break

I am currently working on the supertitles for Union Avenue Opera’s 20th anniversary season. For those unfamiliar, supertitles are the live version of subtitles. The opera’s words/English translations are projected above or next to the stage so the audience can more specifically understand what’s going on during the performance. Creating PowerPoint presentations of these lengthy libretti (the words of an opera) can be tedious, but sometimes I get to do Google searches to inform my titles.  Today’s search started because Blanche and Mitch are quoting something in the 3rd scene of Act I of A Streetcar Named Desire by  André Previn. “And, if God choose, I shall but love you better after Death.” Sounds familiar, but what is it?

And for a moment, I am transported back to English class and am looking at a poem I’ve heard a million times. Today, however, I’m reading it at my own pace and because I want to read it. Sometimes we all need a poetry break.

How do I love thee?
Snagged from http://www.poets.org/

February

I spent this February working on a production of “The Marriage of Figaro” in Quincy, IL. I usually hate February, but this year, stepping into little Cherubino’s shoes, his many costumes, and his thoughts about ladies…well, I had a hard time hating anything. Even February.

Cherubino