Playing Dice With The Universe

Saw the first installment of the Metropolis Arts Center’s New Play Festival. Today’s play was a reading of “Boxes” by a playwright from Indiana named Doug Bedwell. It was a very interesting piece that covered life, love, quantum physics (seriously), and why “nice” people always get hosed. Afterwards, the playwright, actors, and director were on stage holding a question and answer session.
The most poignant moment of the Q&A was when someone asked the playwright where he got his ideas. His answer: “Ideas are presents that your brain gives you when you feed it.”
I decided at that moment to start feeding my brain a more healthy diet.
By the way, I’m writing this at the Schaumburg Starbucks, and for the very first time there aren’t loads of screaming teenagers here. Could also be all that snow we’ve got coming down.
Finally, check out this error message.
And remember, God doesn’t play dice with the universe.

Jo

Saw Joao Gilberto at Ravinia last night.
He is a true legend. Here’s a guy who would just sit in his robe and play his guitar and sing for hours and hours, sometimes in the bathroom (where the acoustics are perfect, of course) and he came up with an entirely new musical style.
My one regret is that I didn’t get to hear him sing “Garota de Ipanema.” That would have been awesome.
It also amazes me that one guy and one guitar could fill the space that they did.
If only I could be that cool at 72.

Fourth of July Recap

The Fourth was pretty cool.
We saw American English at Frontier Days. I’ve seen these guys at various festivals over the past 10-plus years, but this is the first time I ever saw their entire show. They pull the Beatles thing off really well.
After the show, we bought their latest CD, “What If… 1971.” It’s the band performing the solo Beatles’ material that came out in 1970-1971 as if the band was stilll together (as in, the Beatles performing “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and “Instant Karma.”) They recorded the CD last year at Abbey Road Studios, which must have been a real trip for them.
The interesting thing was that the guys stayed in character as they were signing autographs after the show. [“Sure thing, mate.”] I wonder if they use the Liverpool accents as they go through the drive-through at McD’s in Schaumburg.