Sunday, July 24, 2011
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Yesterday evening, my mom and I braved the heat and headed out to Clack Park , in University City to see an open-air performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. What I loved most about Saturday’s event was the ambiance created by the venue, the audience and, of course, the performance of the actors.
Shakespeare in Clark Park annually presents a play of Shakespeare’s in the summer for free. Audience members come with lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and a huge sense of community. All ages and ethnicities are represented and it’s just plain fun to people watch. There are vendors and kids playing and just a very jovial atmosphere. That’s not to say that the intrigues between Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero aren’t just as compelling. In fact, I believe the best way to experience Shakespeare is not reading his work in a classroom, but acting it out and seeing it performed, especially live. You can have this opportunity tonight.
Directed by Alex Torra, tonight’s performance, Sunday, July 24th , is the last for this season. Come out tonight and enjoy and remember-it’s free.
Shakespeare in Clark Park Presents
Much Ado About Nothing
43rd and Chester Streets
There’s a methadone clinic not far from where I live. It’s on the edge of Fairmount Park, not far from where people picnic, play old world games like cricket, where children touch the world with their hands and where the music from the Mann Center is not strong enough to muffle demons. We pass this opiate addiction treatment center often and see the patients make their daily trek to save themselves. It’s not always a pretty sight, but I imagine addiction is a horrible beast and to fight it requires all your soul. Some people, I guess, aren’t up for the fight.
I was sad, really sad, to learn today of Amy Winehouse’s death, which occurred yesterday. I love her sound, her style and her seeming disappointment with the world. What I appreciate most about Amy was how her sound and style opened my ears to other singers I might have not discovered so easily on my own-Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke.
May she rest in peace.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I count the Video Scribe Center and the projects it produces and the learning it facilitates as having a major impact on how I open myself to the world. Last summer my brother and I took a great filmmaking course for young people at Scribe. As part of its Storyville series, Scribe will present on Friday, July 8th, a series of short films exploring the ideas of culture and identity of Muslim and Arab Americans.
Click the following link to learn more information about this event. http://scribe.org/events/talesarabamerica
To learn more about the amazing events, courses and workshops sponsored by Scribe, click this link: http://scribe.org/
See you at the movies!