October 27, 2007

urinetown

i guess I was so distracted that I didn't take seriously the title of this... I came to the theater expecting traditional musical theater tap/jazz dance spectacular, powerful ballads with meaningful "deep" lyrics...

characters so black and white but in the end, they showed gray variants of the world- I was amazed by this...

weird feeling- I don't understand this feeling- the show was so blunt, but the effect is subtle

tongue-in cheek, allusions, breaking the 4th wall, explaining- comical


it's awesome!

unsustainable/unsuspected... once I got out of the mold, I enjoyed it more, in the 2nd half, the show got wittier, the song got better (especially the freedom song)... a long time ago, I heard that musicals rarely have good songs and dance scenes simultaneously, this musical, for the most part, had neither BUT it had a great (satirical) message, so I guess musicals can have a third genre, musicals with a message

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October 21, 2007

I'm horrible, I haven't kept up with my blog

Last week is USU's fall break, which means a three day weekend... it was just an extra day for me to grade papers and catch up on my own readings...

I did attempt to do something, like explore the downtown area... I found several bookstores (not the chains like Barnes, or Borders, more like book exhange, collectors etcs), some thrift shop (for more used books and other treasures).... and local cafes...

It's getting cold here... there's already snow in the mountain tops, it doesn't stay too long, usually by the middle of the week, the snow's melted off, but then when the weekend comes, old man winter reclaims the mountain... this morning there were hail showers the size of candy nerds... as a compensation for the cold weather, sunsets are really pretty... for example today I spent at least half an hour walking in the cold trying to capture the warm hues of red, magenta, mango with my digital camera...

back to grading- I 'm finding that all those peeer-reviews and copy-editing I did at SHU are helpful- they help me justify the grades I give my students (who, sadly, don't take to heart the suggestions I give them)... my students surprised me, their concept of modesty is different from mine, I have to be careful when I plan activities which involves the media (with this said, it doesn't mean I have to censor everything- I rarely censor, but I do give warnings, caveats, disclaimer, etc.)... I still find it weird when some of my students call me either, Mr. Diezmos, prof. Diezmos (even though I told them repeatedly that I'm an instructor), sometimes Instructor Mike, and I even get caught by surprise whenever I'm addressed as Michael....

this week everyday, I'm reading at least one article for my hypothetical abstract and prospectus...

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