Weekly Updates: Hedwig, Android, Numenera

Weekly Updates: Hedwig, Android, Numenera

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch with John Cameron Mitchell

Broadway: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Although I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway last July, I was still excited to see it again. This time with John Cameron Mitchell, the original Hedwig. At the first show, I missed some of the on-stage shenannigans from my balcony seat and was pleased that I was able to see all of the stage from the mezzanine. Also, sadly, the tickets were much cheaper overall since the big name Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t starring.

John Cameron Mitchell was amazing! The entire show was just as amazing as the first time. The Origin of Love is one of my favorite songs and I loved how they set-it up in the show.

Now, this second viewing was actually quite different from the first. I saw the show on a Tuesday but while performing the previous Saturday Mitchell hurt his knee causing some following shows to be cancelled. The Tuesday show I saw was the first one he performed in after the injury. He performed with a knee brace!

Because of that, a lot of the stage presence was modified but not in a hindering way. Mitchell fully incorporated the injury into the act making fun of it while also making special accomodations to not injure himself further. There were some disappointments, like the introduction wasn’t nearly as epic as it should have been. But it was a much more raw performance and actually fit in well enough with the show. Broadway actors always impress me and even more so in situations like that.

Even after seeing Book of Mormon recently, I would easily recommend Hedwig over any other show on Broadway right now. It’s just that good.


NYC: Friends + Booze

Commonwealth Bar, Brooklyn
Commonwealth Bar, Brooklyn
Rabbit Club's Bathroom, West Village
Rabbit Club’s Bathroom, West Village

Part of my grieving process last fall was to sit at home alone watching college football; and it was exactly what I needed at the time. Now on to phase 2 of grieving, which involves spending time with friends and/or alcohol. Thankfully this is pretty easy to do in the city.

I went to two new-to-me bars recently, Commonwealth Bar in South Slope and the Rabbit Club in the West Village. Commonwealth had a $4 drafts happy hour. The bar itself was alright. The location is convenient, the first bartender was surly, and the place was fairly quiet. I’d go back. Rabbit Club is a fairly discreet bar on MacDougal Street without a clearly defined entrance. It has fancy beers and is super dark and I think they played a lot of Sleater-Kinney. I don’t remember a ton about that bar, which is slightly embarrassing considering it was a Sunday night. But I had a lot of fun with my friends and that is the important part.

I also visited two of my favorite bars, MacDougal Street Ale House also in the West Village and Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace Brooklyn. MacDougal Ale House is a basement bar with great deals on drafts, is good for groups, and lets you bring in food. It’s empty earlier in the night which is when I’m usually there. Double Windsor is a large bar/restaurant right off the F/G near Prospect Park. It’s cash only and both the bar & the kitchen are separate & self-serve. It’s a little weird at first because there is no table service but that just means no surprise check at the end of the night. The only downside of this place is that it’s really popular at almost all times of the day so coming here with a group is tough.


Cats: Scarface’s Upcoming Surgery

Scarface cat

After discovering that my 3-year old cat Scarface has a bladder stone, I have scheduled a surgery to have it removed early next month. It seems to be the most guaranteed option at the moment. I know he will be much more comfortable to have that all taken care of as well. The vet quoted the surgery costs ranging from $725-$1,025 so I’m guessing it will be in the middle. I already received my Federal tax refund and am planning on using that money for these expenses.

I know it sounds like a lot of money. And I used to say that I would never spend that much on a cat. But this is my cat and I love him so much. I do have limits, though I really don’t know what they are. He is my responsibility and I accept that. Besides, this cutie totally has my heart. Who am I kidding? I’d do anything for these little guys.


Editing NaNoWriMo is painful
Editing NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: Editing Complete

For the first time, I completed the initial editing process of one of my NaNoWriMo stories. It was actually very interesting and even eye opening. There is a lot of work that needs to be done if I want to turn this into an actual story. Even though I have no plans for it, I will continue the process of editing & revising. Character development and timelines is something I really need to work on. It’s difficult to get a sense of how slowly or quickly a character is changing while you are writing it. Taking a step back to read through everything really helped me see where I need to focus. I may not do anything else with this but the fact I finished editing it all is a pretty big accomplishment for me, so I’m happy about that.


Androids

Tech: Android

Late to the game as always when it comes to technology, but I’m finally using my Android Moto X phone that I actually bought several months ago. I never really bothered to learn Android and stubbornly continued to use my iPod Touch. Well, after losing the cable for a few days, I surrendered to Android and haven’t looked back.

So far, I’ve fallen in love with Fenix as a Twitter client. Chrome on Android runs smooth and I love having the synced bookmarks. All Google app (Maps, Mail, Calendar) runs far smoother than on iOS, which is a nice surprise. I was thrilled to learn that I can install third-party keyboards and am currently using SwiftKey. It is perfect. A few other apps I’ve grown to love is ereader Alkido and file manager Astro. I don’t quite understand Launchers. Maybe Android Kit Kat is better and those aren’t needed now? Anyway, I’m totally happy with Android now and glad to be able to have both options of mobile operating systems at my fingertips.


numenera core book

Games: Numenera Table-Top RPG

I am currently in the middle of my first table-top role playing game campaign. We are playing a Monte Cook game, Numenera. Although I have played computer RPG’s before, this style of playing is very different. It’s so open-ended which is really fun yet also overwhelming at times. The GM really has to be on-point, but what an amazing way to be creative. We have only done one campaign so far and plan to do six, so I’m looking forward to how I will feel about the whole thing when we’re done.

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4 Replies to “Weekly Updates: Hedwig, Android, Numenera”

  1. Best of luck to Scarface. You’ll both be happier when that’s over with! I had seen the Hedwig movie years ago and was really surprised when I saw the play in Toronto, how stripped down it was, which seemed to make it even more powerful. It must be tough to edit your own work, but maybe better than asking for an outside opinion too soon?

    1. I am such a baby when it comes to getting criticism sometimes. However, I do plan to take a writing class later in the year which should help me get over that!

  2. Ohhh, you did the editing! That’s awesome :-) I can’t see the forest for the trees when I write things… sometimes months later I see posts and wonder what was wrong in my head when I wrote them.
    Good luck with the cat surgery, drawing lines in the sand is really difficult with these things. I trust Scarface will be just fine :-)

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