Rantings of a Spoo
This is a blog reflecting the various views, interests, and quirky things that I would like to share.
Welcome to my rantings.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
As I posted in my blog last year, when James Doohan died, his ashes are now scheduled to be sent into space on October 21st by the company Space Services. However, it seems that his ashes won't be released into orbit until a second flight in December or January, where he will then join fellow "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, who was sent to space in 1997. Click here if you would like to write and launch a message of tribute to Jimmy.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Tonight, we saw a great performance at Wolf Trap of the National Symphony Orchestra playing, with Leonard Nimoy narrating, some of the greatest science-fiction music of all time. During the first half, the NSO played music from some great films with well-known themes, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Twilight Zone, and King Kong (1933). During the second half, Mr. Nimoy came out to narrate about each planet, as covered by Holst's suite The Planets, which were enhanced by planetary images from NASA on large screens. Of course, when he came out to the podium, there was some lengthy applause, and he quietly acknowledged it and waited for it to die down. But as he was looking at his notes before they began, not even looking at the audience, he snuck a Vulcan salute, which caused the audience to uproar in more applause and hoopla, while he was grinning all the time. :) Of course, he ended his narration on the last planet they played (Jupiter) by wishing all to "live long and prosper."
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Happy 4th of July from the National Mall!!
Monday, July 03, 2006
Today, we attended the performance of Monty Python's "Spamalot" at the National Theatre, a birthday present for me and my husband from a friend of ours. Being a fan of the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," I was really looking forward to the performance. I had already blogged before about the play when it was nominated last year for 14 Tonys, and won 3 of them. It was great--in the Monty Python style of humor. :)
Some of the scenes they kept intact, essentially verbatim, like the European/African-laden swallow carrying a coconut debate, the French taunting, the "Bring out your Dead," the Black Knight, the Knights who say "Ni," the saving of Prince Herbert, and the Killer Rabbit scenes; other scenes were omitted entirely, like the Castle Anthrax, the Bridge of Death, and "Burn the Witch!" scenes. However, they did expand on and add some completely new things, like having the Lady of the Lake as a diva character, creating a "relationship" between Lancelot and Prince Herbert, showing more of Camelot, and making the story into a Broadway play.
The actors, though not the original Broadway cast, did a superb job with their acting and singing, some even looking and sounding like the characters right out of the movie (Herbert, his Father, the French Taunter, and Tim the Enchanter particularly come to mind). Everything was outrageous, but that's what one would expect from a creation of a Monty Pythoner (Eric Idle).
If you are a Monty Python fan...don't miss "Spamalot" if it comes to your city.