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This journal is mostly friends only. In which I nerd out about shows and books and movies, awesome theatre and music. Sometimes there are recipes and poetry and art.

I do reviews of local theatre (Los Angeles/Santa Barbara) and other theatre news at surabaya_johnny.

(Art by me, more at my DevArt.)

Apr. 7th, 2012

Apropos of nothing, a random Hamlet poll. Because I'm curious.

Poll #1832085 Folio vs Quarto Smackdown

Hamlet Act 1 Scene 2 Line 129. Which do you prefer?

"O that this too too solid flesh would melt..." (Folio)
"O that this too too sullied flesh would melt..." (Quarto)

I do wish I still had one of my Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead icons for this post.

(ETA: I'm on the "sullied" team, btw. I realized after making the poll that the whole reason I like "sullied" better is how it relates more directly to the themes of the rest of the soliloquy, but since I'm asking only about the one line it seemed pointless to include more text. Oh well. And for completeness sake- Quarto 1, the famous "Bad Quarto" gives the line as "griev'd and sullied.")

Oct. 24th, 2010

So I went to the farmer's market this morning, got some artichokes, and made this:

SO easy, and quite possibly the tastiest artichokes I've ever had (and I love artichokes!!). I've been wanting to make this for a long time; it's actually the very first thing I ever bookmarked on TasteSpotting. I really shouldn't have waited so long to make it!

True Story

original link here

I’ve been reading the webcomic True Story for almost a year now and always wanted to participate. Well the artist asked for creepy and/or Halloween stories for October and I had just the thing. The appearances are obviously made up, but this story is 100% true and happened to me in February 2008. No, I don’t know what happened to the mystery man from Seattle. Yes, I still occasionally get calls for Sheri.

Casting Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union for picspammy
Contains descriptive text from the novel, but no spoilers

The Holy Land has never seemed more remote or unattainable than it does to a Jew of SitkaCollapse )




I got a package on my birthday and it's almost gone. They'd better have them at World Market. What else would I have with my Earl Grey?!

Picspammy: Fashion Illustration 1770-1930

I joined picspammy recently, so here's this months offering of something different: a picspam of some of the beautiful fashion illustrations, cartoons, and advertisements I've collected while working in my Costume History class. Here are some favorites:

50+ large images behind this cut; not in any way, shape, or form safe for dial-up!

Fashion Illustration 1790-1930Collapse )

I hope you enjoy it!

Art: From Gallifrey with Love

Aaaaart. Wait, what?! What are these shenanigans? Yep, it's an art post because I'm not done with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival recap yet, but I'm working on it on and off. So here's some art that I actually did finish.

It's Three-era Bond-inspired art for stunt_muppet, inspired by this series of posters from the 1967 "Casino Royale". I started it way back in, um, spring break, and just kept putting off doing the watercolor-ish backgrounds because I was soooooo nervous. I had to do a test first.

From Gallifrey with Love by ~GinaInTheKingsRoad on deviantART

What do you think? I really like how they turned out!


Art: Time and the Conways

I've been posting some of my original art to my DevArt lately...

Last quarter I worked costumes on the student production of Time and the Conways. (By the way, this play is allegedly the inspiration for "Carnival of Monsters"!)

For a closing night gift, I drew the cast in their Act II (1937) costumes.

Time and the Conways by ~GinaInTheKingsRoad on deviantART

More arts this weekend! :)


15 Books

Meme meme, memeity meme.

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. (In no particular order)

1. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury My parents read this to me at an impressionable age. Some of the most beautiful, haunting prose I've ever read.
2. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley I will forever associate this book with my trip to Scotland for WorldCon in 2005. And waiting in the Toronto Airport for an eternity.
3. Arcadia - Tom Stoppard I decided to become a theatre major because of this play and this play alone. In short, Arcadia changed my life.
4. Cordelia's Honor - Lois McMaster Bujold Favorite science fiction heroine of all time.
5. Time and Again - Jack Finney I once heard a rumor someone was trying to adapt this time travel novel into a musical. Strangely enough, I think it might work.
6. The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon Favorite recent novel, I'm sure I'll reread it many times to come. I hope the Coen brothers can do this justice. (I have already cast the entire film in my head.)
7. The Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula K. LeGuin Call me heretic, but I prefer Earthsea to Middle Earth.
8. The Lady's Not for Burning - Christopher Fry Christopher Fry's modern verse plays are stunning. Here's a clip from the Kenneth Branagh version because the Richard Chamberlain is not on YouTube. :/
9. Travesties - Tom Stoppard Absurdism, Dada, The Importance of Being Ernest, and the true meaning of revolution. "I learned three things in Zurich during the war..."
10. Life Among the Savages - Shirley Jackson Something about this has always reminded me a little bit of my own family.
11. The Witches of Karres - James Schmitz Speaking of a family resemblance! My parents have compared me to the Leewit for about as long as I can remember. Likewise, Alison is Maleen and Rachel is Goth.
12. Amphigorey (et al) - Edward Gorey Master of the macabre, and one of my artistic inspirations. Doubly so for the PBS Mystery! credits.
13. Company - Stephen Sondheim and George Furth Hand in hand with #3 on this list, this would be the work that made me realize I wanted to analyze musicals as much as I wanted to analyze plays.
14. Wit - Margaret Edson This play is so sad and beautiful. Not only is it a wonderful work on its own, it gave me a better understanding of the John Donne sonnets at the centre of it.
15. Harry Potter - JKR I was hesitant to include this, but it got me into fandom and lead me to create new worlds. Most of what I wrote was rubbish and I'm glad I didn't post more than an 1/8 of it to the internet. But it got me writing and drawing and adapting her world into my own. So for that I'm grateful.

Mystery! Picspam

Many months ago, I made a suggestion in the Hot Daily suggestion post for a picspam of lovely people from British mystery series. Then I decided to make it myself, just in case. The current monthly picspam poll is Write-In Votes. I don't have a JournalFen account, so I can't vote, but I would like to put my support behind Hot Crime Fighters because it is an excuse to finally post this picspam and maybe some of them will make it to Hot Daily!

I decided to narrow this picspam down to British crime series that have been broadcast on PBS's Mystery! or Masterpiece: Mystery. This is by no means comprehensive, either, but it was fun!


I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I have over the past months putting it together off-and-on. Support Hot Crime Fighters and Spies at Hot Daily!

Time and the Conways

First off, hullo to the new people from the Classic Who Friending Meme!

I've been really busy the last three weeks with a lot of theatre stuff, and thus no updates. I have been running costumes for the student production of Time and the Conways (J. B. Priestly, 1937). It is about an English family's hopes and loves at the end of WWI and a glimpse of their bleak future-- or is it one of many possible futures? There is a flowing nature to time, similar to later plays like Stoppard's Arcadia and Pinter's Betrayal. One of the actors described the play in his bio as "wibbly wobbly timey wimey!" :D

The costumes are really nice-- party gowns and tuxedos of 1919; sleek late '30s dresses and suits. The designer, Marcy Froehlich, is really sweet, and we've gotten our routine down enough so we'll never be working past midnight. Our biggest challenge is some quick time-period changes for hair!

I have compiled the doodles I did for fandom_stocking onto my DevArt. Check out the bottom left corner's text-- I've used to make a font out of my handwriting! As you can compare with my real chicken-scratch dedications on the drawings, it's sort of an ideal version of my handwriting. Which is probably for the best.
I've been going to cons since before I was born, but this was probably the first one-fandom-specific convention I've ever been to. It was at the hotel which is the current site of the annual LA-area convention, LosCon, so I felt right at home.

Right off the bat at registration, I was disappointed that they didn't have LJ badge ribbons for guests to add their usernames. Going to conventions alone can be pretty lonely, and even though there were probably kind people I know online about, I had no way of recognizing them.

The first panel I attended was Notes from the Virtual Trenches. It turned out to mostly be about moderation of online fandom, at the OG, LJ, and the Podshock forum. There were some interesting points brought up about the more public nature of fora and the more personal/private rss feed that is the LJ Flist.

Selection of Old Who DVDs in the dealer's hall was abyssmal! Maybe there were more that were all snatched up on Friday? I'm not into the Target novelizations, or DWM backissues, so the majority of the rest of the merchandise was New Who or other media. (Still waiting for a Three action figure. Hiya!) There was decent selection of Big Finish audios. I didn't spot the UNIT miniseries, so I went with your other suggestion, The Harvest. Colin Baker was signing at the main BF booth while I shopped, and we briefly exchanged eye contact and a smile before the next person in the signing line moved forward. CB was wearing lime green Crocs. O____o

I saw most of the celeb actor guests in some form. Also signing in the dealer's hall was Fraiser Hines, grinning and laughing. I caught the second half of Nicola Bryant's interview, where she bemoaned Peri's era's wardrobe designers and how her initial opinion of the new series's debut was what she would have given for a comfortable, sensible wardrobe like Rose's. Later in the evening, just as I was going to meet my ride home, I walked up the stalled elevator behind Wendy Padbury, John Levene, and Kai Owen. They were all going out to dinner together. I think the only actor I didn't see about was Gareth David Lloyd.

A lot of the fare in the art show was typical stuff, from local pro and fan artists and such. Most of it was work I'd seen before at LosCons. However, I did love getting to see van's clay Doctors in person. They were SO CUTE. I think his Four and Five were my favorites.

There were a lot of cosplayers, of varying degrees of skill. I know I saw brewsternorth as Eight, and I've fairly sure I saw van as Two. Some of the companion costumes were very good, including someone in Sarah Jane's Andy Pandy overalls and an excellent recreation of this outfit of Jo's. I got a picture of myself with the TARDIS (forthcoming), so I was satisfied. :)

In the afternoon, I went to the writing for comics panel. I arrived a few minutes early and the previous group was still wrapping up. So I stood outside with Paul Cornell and this other guy. I said hi to Cornell, told him I'd enjoyed his Shakespeare panel at WorldCon. He was very nice and then turned to the other guy and said, "May I introduce you to Javier? He's joining the panel because Pia Guerra couldn't make it." JAVIER GRILLO-MARXUACH. Holy unexpected Middleman, guys! There may have been a lot of restrained fangirling in that handshake. Just maybe. :D

That panel was really entertaining- I don't think I learned anything about the technical side of writing comics that I didn't already know from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and Making Comics, but for me it's fun watching creators discuss their craft. An interesting note is that Grillo-Marxuach writes all his comics scripts as teleplays, letting the artist create the panel structure.

The final panel I attended was the much pre-discussed "Girl!Fandom" panel. It was a bit of a history of women in DW fandom and a bit of a rehash of some of the material about online fandom. There was much time spent on reclaiming the right to "squee."

In the row in front of me at that panel, I finally spotted an RL name that I recognized, calapine's. I think I startled her a little, and we ended up talking very quickly while we walked. Unfortunately I was heading out to meet my ride home. It was nice to meet you, calapine, I hope you had a good con!

I did! &hearts

Feb. 9th, 2009

At long last, the dw_historical banners are done!

See Four, Harry and Sarah Jane terrorized by a Maschinenmensch-Cyberman through the streets of Berlin!

See Amelia Earhart get a ride from One, Steven, and Dodo!

See Six and Mel face off with Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Alexander Woollcott of the Algonquin Round Table!

They are HERE!

Feb. 8th, 2009

Happy birthday, macbeemer!

And now, to scan a bunch of art, including the dw_historical banners! Huzzah!

Art: Nyssa & Tegan, Black Orchid

I finished a drawing of Nyssa and Tegan in the Black Orchid party outfits in time for Day O' Classic, huzzah!

For some reason, it scanned kind of funny, making Nyssa's light brown hair auburn and her blue shoes aqua. Not happy about that. :/

Jan. 26th, 2009

Happy birthday, eponymous_rose!

Also, I made this for orange_fell, but you all might enjoy this as well.

Dinner from the internet, Obama, theatre blog

Whee, this is a catch-up post full of all sorts of delicious things, like theatre, presidents, and recipes!

First of all, I have thinky and analytical thoughts on Frost/Nixon and Doubt at my theatre blog, surabaya_johnny, HERE. Film adaptations of plays totally count if I say they do! I'd love to discuss them with you guys if you've seen 'em.

Today is Obama Day, hooray! I'm really excited for the next four years. I realize that change does have to come gradually and there will be compromises and setbacks and damage hand in hand with progress. But I'd like to think we're on the right track.

On most Tuesday/Thursdays, I have tea at the coffee shop and study while I wait for my 9:30 art history class. We got an e-mail over the weekend from the prof saying we were welcome to come early and hang out in the lecture hall where they were screening the inauguration on the HUGE SCREEN. So I had my tea there and it was awesome. We all clapped and cheered, 3000 miles from DC-- but welcoming a president who sees himself not only as a leader of our country, but as a citizen of the world at large, encouraging nations to work together. Yes we can, guys. <3

Around two weeks ago, my sister and I were watching an episode of Rachael Ray for some reason. I don't really like her, but we were intrigued by what she was cooking: Turkey Cacciatore Burgers on Portobello buns. So we printed out the recipe and made it. It was really good! I love portobellos, and the burgers were quite tasty.

I have been a fan of TasteSpotting for a few years now, it's an archive blog of recipes from other foodie blogs around the 'net! (Beware, TasteSpotting is almost as much time-sucking browsing fun as TV Tropes!) Last night we made a recipe I'd saved a while ago, Ezra Pound Cake's Rosemary Potatoes. We had them with a Polish sausage and some veggies. The roasted flavor rosemary was delightful, with a slightly crisp outside and fluffy inside texture. Mmmm!

My good friend megalomaniageek is returning to the US today, after four months studying in Japan. I cannot wait to see her this Saturday, which will be doubly exciting because that will be my 20th birthday. :D

It's been forever since I updated, I know. How have you been? How's the weather? After a week of a really glorious heat wave (80F at the beach) designed just to make the rest of the world jealous, we're back to the SB winter usual, cool and overcast.

Paid time, OMG!

First of all, a major thanks to drho for randomly selecting me to receive her remaining paid time after getting a permanent account. It's almost 10 months, wow! Thank you so much.

And now, because all that is standing in between me and winter break is a costume design presentation, let's have a meme!

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

A December Day

"That's no December sky!
Surely 'tis June
Holds now her state on high
Queen of the noon.

Only the tree-tops bare
Crowning the hill,
Clear-cut in perfect air,
Warn us that still

Winter, the aged chief,
Mighty in power,
Exiles the tender leaf,
Exiles the flower."
- Robert Fuller Murray (1863-1894)

I did end up finishing that paper, and then escaped straightway for Thanksgiving shenanigans with my family. I was thankful I survived the paper! (I got it back this week- B! Woo!) It was a small family Thanksgiving meal, but we had a good time, eating great food and later watching movies about fictional rock bands.

On Saturday, I went to LosCon. I went to part of a design in SF panel and that was interesting. I guess I'm growing out of my love of conventions: nothing in the dealer's hall or art show really interested me. I'm just over the the cutesy knickknacks, and absolutely anything with both kittens and dragons on it at once. But I got to see some of my friends and we went back to LA, got burgers, and played Scrabble. Good times!

Right now I am studying and catching up on things that are due at finals. Whee, research project!

I made cookies today. I hear they help you study better.

Finally, I just prepped a Christmas card with an Emperor Palpatine stamp. CLASSY.

Good night!

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