This will be old news for some people, but since I know that a whole group of people watches this blog for information JUST LIKE THIS, I'd share it anyway. Plus, as a bonus, I've included a picture of me in a tuxedo. You don't see that everyday!
This past Sunday was St. Louis' annual "Arts for Life" best performance awards show. If you don't know what that is, this is where all the St. Louis theater people dress up in tuxedos and fancy dresses, then show up at this big dinner party and hug each other endlessly while acting surprised to see everyone there! It's tremendously fun, actually.
Oh, and then there is the awards show portion of the evening. This part is like a local "Tony" awards show...or any other awards show you've seen on TV. Local amateur musical theater groups are nominated in a number of categories for their shows of the previous year. So this particular event was honoring the musicals that were produced in 2009.
Our production company, Christ Memorial Productions (CMP), was honored to have received 16 nominations for our fall 2009 production of "Annie." Out of those 16 nominations, we took home 2 awards: one for Actress in a Cameo Role - Kristen Heard as "Star to Be", and another for outstanding juvenile performance - Marissa Pineda as "Molly."
There are three things that I am very proud of for CMP related to these awards:
In the past two years, we've received a breathtaking 28 nominations!
In each of the past two years, we've been nominated for Best Large Ensemble Musical Production - the coveted "Best Musical" award!
As of the last Sunday, our show "Annie" had won the popular vote on the Arts for Life website for best show! People like us! They really like us!
I think this is a great testament to the hard work and dedication that all of our cast, crew, and volunteers put in for each of these shows. Putting on our fall production every year is certainly the high light of my year.
Since we were nominated for one of the "Best Musical" awards, we get to perform at the show, too! This year, a portion of the orphans (those who could attend) and Burt Healy performed (by request) the number "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile." I just stumbled on a picture from this performance at the awards show on the website, too. If you click here you can see Rachel on the very left (partially cut off) and Rebecca 4th from left.
It is a cliche, but it IS actually an honor to be nominated. These shows that are put together are incredible. You can't complain about who actually GETS the awards each year, because everyone is so deserving. St. Louis has an amazing and prolific theater community, and I'm happy to be involved with local theater.
As promised, here is the picture of me (oh, and the rest of the family) all dressed up. I don't do this for many things, so enjoy it while you can! Believe it or not, I actually own the tux!
Left to right, myself, Gregg, proprietor of "One Dad's Life", my youngest daughter Rachel, my wife Dianne, and my oldest daughter, Rebecca.
That's it for now, see you next year at the show. HUGS!!!
Last night, my first born, my baby, my Rebecca graduated from 8th grade! How in the world did this happen so fast? Non-the-less, we are so proud of her! I'll share more on Monday, but I wanted to share at least one picture with you today. Click on the picture for a bigger version.
This is a "still life-ish" type shot from our kitchen counter. The other day, I was casually strolling through our kitchen and liked the way this scented oil container was lit up by one of our under-cabinet lights. This one smells like grapefruit, by the way. And yes, our kitchen is just exactly this cool looking. Be envious.
Nikon D60 dSLR, 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 kit lens, no flash, hand-held. Click for a larger view with less jaggies!
A couple of weeks ago, it was my amazing and beautiful wife's birthday. The trick was that she was performing in a show during the past couple of weeks, making celebrating the birthday ... difficult.
So, one week ago Sunday, I prepared her favorite meal, to be ready when she got home from a matinee performance. Here's the pic of our highly colorful dining room and dinner! Click on the picture for a bigger version.
Fun details in the picture (note all the color!):
Plates and bowls are all different patterns, with the same color scheme
Salad with cheese and garlic croutons.
Two different color place-mats (new that day from Pier One)
Fresh Red Roses (well, already a few days old. I gave those to her ON her birthday)
The "I Love You Mommy" handmade poster on the server.
Coral Walls - real plaster. Coral, not "pink".
Cool wood window blinds (courtesy of my parents)
Cool wood old time windows with wavy glass (original!)
Cool wood floor (courtesy of my grandparents, who built the house!)
Cheese encrusted marinated and grilled flank steak.
Horseradish sauce. Spicy!
Christmas Tree candles left over from Christmas. Last time used, they started dripping really bad. Lit by the eight year old pyro.
Hand-blown iridescent glass vase from the glass blower in Silver Dollar City.
Silk flower napkin rings
Neat-o accent lighting
Beautiful wife and daughters! (patiently waiting for me to stop taking stupid pictures of the table)
Yesterday, for some DUMB reason, I mentioned to someone how odd it was that we really didn't get many flies in our house, considering how we almost always have doors and windows open. (And no, this doesn't mean we live in a barn!)
Naturally, you can fill in the blank about what happened next. We returned home, got the kidlets in bed, and Dianne settled into bed playing Zelda - Spirit Tracks on her DS and I played a bit of Animal Crossing on the Wii. Oh, and THE FLY made it's appearance.
At first, I only heard the fly. It was loud. It buzzed. It sounded like a cell phone on "vibrate" laying on a piece of plywood. I could hear the buzzing circling the room, but couldn't actually find the fly. I thought this was odd, as a fly with THAT kind of buzz just about had to be the size of a VW bug. Finally, I did spot the beast, and it WAS huge...just under the size of a VW bug.
I thought perhaps I should swat the fly.
Then I thought that MAYBE a fly that was almost the size of a VW bug and apparently had some kind of cloaking system, may not take getting swatted as a favorable thing. So, it was time to think.
What is it about flies that make us think we have to swat them? I mean, really, what have they done to us?
Also, why is it that Greenpeace will spend millions protecting whales, and not a cent on preventing the hundreds of thousands of senseless fly killings every year? As far as I know, there aren't any miniature Greenpeace air vessels that swoop in out of nowhere and put themselves between me and my fly prey. Greenpeace only wants to save animals they find cute, I think.
Maybe this fly killing "sport" should end. What do people do with the flies they kill? Nothing. No one assembles millions of tiny fly exoskeletons to make a jacket or even a stole, do they?
Are people preparing delicate and delicious meals from the fly?
Are people using the crushed fly carcass to somehow advance medicine?
So, fly killing is senseless. The best I can figure out, people kill flies because they find them annoying. That's not a good enough reason, in my book. If it was, the world would not have any infomercial spokespeople. That's right, I've connected fly killing to infomercials. I've also written an entire post about a fly. It's my blog.
My daughters are both taking violin lessons. If you have been reading this blog for any time, you know that my family is into music and performing arts BIG TIME. So, it's natural that our daughters would be taking some kind of musical lessons. I think their are two very universal instruments, that are used in just about every style of western music: the piano, and the violin. I personally took piano, but for my oldest daughter, violin was more appealing. She's been taking a few years, now.
Rachel, the youngest, couldn't wait to start taking violin lessons, either, and has been taking since September.
Last night was their spring recital, and naturally I was there to take pictures...oh, and to listen, of course.
I took probably 50 or 60 pictures, all under kind of tricky situations to get any really good shots: under horrid and dim green fluorescent lighting, kids blocked by music stands, and the need to take the shots using a telephoto lens, which really compresses the image.
All pictures where taken hand-held, used Auto-white balance in the camera, then Auto-white balanced AGAIN in GIMP, which sometimes made a very slight adjustment. I also used GIMP to reduce the saturation a bit. The combination of these steps made for some unique looking portraits, I think!
Nikon D60, no flash, 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens. Some pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
This is Rachel, sitting in her seat after playing the first time in the recital.
Rachel, on the left, performing!
Rebecca performing, shot between the stands and audience! Cropped to square format. I like the bow action on this one.
A week ago, my youngest daughter, Rachel, spent the night at a friends house. They apparently had a great time messing up someone else's house! One of the things they did was draw all over this large bathroom mirror with Crayola Glass Crayons. Admittedly, it actually looked pretty good. In fact, it LOOKS like marker, the lines and colors are so bright.
I had a feeling that Crayola Glass Crayons were in our future, and THIS weekend, it came true when I bought a set for Rachel. We limited her to drawing on our storm door and HER mirror in her room. I'm not certain that the storm door will ever be the same, again!
Last night, though, the artwork SIGNIFICANTLY spread out. Dianne was helping Rebecca with a project for school and I was helping a neighbor with some physics studying. Rachel was loose with the crayons. She decided that she wanted to "write nice things" on our car windows. We agreed...but were nervous about it.
It was late evening and I didn't get pictures of the artwork right away. This was a mistake as we had a heavy dew last night, and most of the writing is one big smear, now. I've tried to enhance it a bit in the photos below. The first couple of pictures look good, as that side of the car was protected a bit from the dew.
I fared pretty good, actually, on my car:
And even with:
But where I really hit the jackpot was in my back window, where I got poetry! (This one was pretty demolished by the dew, so I will translate after the photo)
The poem is title "I Love Dad"
I love Dad, yes I do
I love Dad, don't you?
He is nice
He is best
I love Dad, don't you?
Oh yes, Oh yes I do!
Pretty awesome, right?
Unfortunately, my wife didn't get EXACTLY the same treatment.
It was her birthday last week, so there was naturally a birthday theme on the artwork. Some quotes are:
"Happy Birthday Mom!" (with 44th squeezed in there, even). Then:
"You are pretty" Also quite nice. Then comes the somewhat questionable part:
"You are young looking for your age!" (Emphasis added by me)
Of course, Rachel was seeing this as a compliment, but it does have kind of a zinger in there, doesn't it?