Updated with Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton!: Theater X-Net
Featuring: Ida Rubinstein Belle Epoch Russian/Parisian beauty.
Read more about Ida in Sisters of Salome by Toni Bentley
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Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
Charity Alert: Keep that resolution in February too! Click on The Hunger Site every day.
In The Community: Lecture by Denny Kellogg -- he will discuss Herman Schnitzmeyer’s work and show additional photographs of Wyoming, Montana, and other photos from the Northern Pacific Railroad collection. Friday, February 24, 3:00 pm
I'll be setting up the data projector for his Powerpoint presentation, plus bringing a microphone -- this guy's a QUIET speaker.
Media Watch: I completely missed Skating With Celebrities last Monday -- watched the Olympics instead. Their token grumpy Englishman, John Nicks, is Sasha Cohen's coach, and she skated a KILLER short program. Hey! Look at this -- there was no Celebrities show this week -- the finale is Monday the 27th! Skating With Celebrities
MY Olympic Highlights -- I have enjoyed the Japanese ice skaters, men and women. Their choreography and presentations have been pleasantly original. Silvia Fontana of Italy skated a hot dance number to a jazzy blues, but was second-to-last among the qualifiers. I think the music was a touch too tricky. I mention her because I liked the performance, and because she's married to John Zimmerman of Skating With Celebrities and was on Queer Eye with him a year or two back.
Speaking of GRUMPS! -- Local favorites Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy fell at the end of their ice-dance on Sunday. Barbara indulged in an icy, glaring, grumpfest for the next twenty-four hours that was right out of a bad soap-opera. They performed brilliantly on Monday, nevertheless, but it was alternatingly funny and terrifying to see their emotional jack-hammer ride.
I was VERY sorry to see the Canadian lady Marie-France Dubreuil fall so hard that she couldn't skate the next night.
An observation, not a complaint, about ice-dancing costumes -- They are "cut" like standard ballroom outfits, which means the women look half-naked. On the ice, they use a lot of skin colored nylon, though.
My wife is a skier, and we've enjoyed seeing the downhill events, including those scary stunts where they flip up in the air thirty feet or so -- better them than me! We try to endure the various skate and sled races, but we use the fast-forward feature quite quickly.
Middle Foy's Lake February 21, 2006