SGLC had our concert "Queer Idols, at the York Theatre, in the Seymour Centre in Newtown last night and it was a blast. Weeks of practising, choralography, angst over ticket sales and all the assorted brouhaha which goes into the production and staging of such a concert paid off. The theatre, a great venue, not too big, not too small, with good facilities to rehearse etc was packed and we gave them a show they won't forget in a long time.
The idea for Queer Idols as a theme was to pay due homage to some of those people who are and and indeed some who are not gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/intersex or polysexual, but whose music and performance magic have made the icons in our community.
It was a different experience for us as well, because it was mostly upbeat, syncopated, with some tricky choralography. But we seemed to pull it off so it was great.
We started the tech rehearsal at 2.30pm and apart from a short break were pretty well on the go right through until just after 10pm so it was a long, but adrenalin driven afternoon.
Our programme was enhanced by the inclusion of our MC (and choir co-patron, the bubbly, effervescent Julie McCrossin, as well as guest artists Belinda Lemon (channeling Bette Midler) and Courtney Act (channeling who is an incredibly gifted performer on the Australian telent scene.
Belinda has performed in her own Caberet "Outrageously Divine at festivals across Australia and Courtney has performed on Australian Idol, was the DIVA 2002 Rising Star, and in 2004 was listed as one of New York Out Magazine's Most Influential People.
Our program paid homage to Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Doris Day, Elton John, George Michael. Indigo Girls, Johnny Farnham, Judy Garland, kd lang, Kylie Minogue, Prince, Sister Sledge, Tanita Tikaram, Village People and the Weather Girls,
It was a truly amazing evening and special kudos and heart felt thanks go to our new Musical Director, the lovely and talented Sarah Penica. Thanks heaps Ma'am.
Its not that I'm a control freak. I just like to "Be Prepared" . Its a combination of the ex Boy Scout and ex sailor. In the Navy (segue if you wish) we'd always be at parades etc way early before anything happened. For inspection and I think to give the troops the willeys, just have them hanging around. We'd march to parade grounds and "linger" out of site until it was time for the spiffy grand entrance. I'm still very early for choir practice and most concerts, getting to venues etc hours before I need to. Just in case there's an emergency, the bus is late, I miss the connection etc.
Of course the flip side to that is my "forgetfulness". Mr Forgetful that's me. Point in case. Without giving too much away tomorrow's concert requires a different wardrobe, so I hit Gowings, for men last weekend and bought what was needed. Put them into a laundry bag to get washed etc and tonight picked up the bag from the laundry and when I arrived home opened the bag to iron said clothing. Eeeeek. It was my laundry allright, but it was the stuff I was going to do this weekend, henceforth the stuff still needs washing before wearing, and ironing. So tomorrow, rather than relaxing before the 2oclock call time for tech rehearsal etc I'll be running around like a madman. A quick trip to the laundromat. I've got the iron in a small bag so I don't have to come back home and iron, and then I'll catch a ferry (forced relaxation) across to Sydney, before lunch and a bus trip out to Newtown. The adrenalin should be pumping by the time I get to practice/rehearse, which isn't really a bad thing.
Missed last night's weekly choir rehearsal due to a silly calamity at work, which saw me doing someone else's shift in the afternoon. Still we had a bass sectional the night before so as they say in the song "Its Now or Nedver".
It'll be right on the night. Just do your best sweetie, etc etc, are thoughts that are going through my head at the moment.
And Mod's got a brand new toy. I got to pick up my shuffle today so will charge it tonight, download tomorrow morning and take it with me. Joe Cool eat your heart out.
Things are pretty good at the moment. Lets hope they stay that way for the next 25 1/2 hours. Have a great weekend people.
Just wanted to publicly thank Brad, of Blogosphere News, for vamping up his page. His move to Wordpress, and subsequent redesign make reading BN a pleasure. I'll take a heck of a lot more notice of the content now that I can read it. Thanks mate.
Also thanks to BMW for a bit of supplementary information on something I'm waiting for. More about that when i get it.
Work thus far this week has been fine. My Scorpio stars said, be patient, so I've been patient, and things that have been causing me grief and anxiety for a while seem to have dissipated. The next few days will be hectic, but thats choir stuff, preparing for Saturday night's concert. Lots of sectionals, rehearsals, tech rehearsals etc.
At the moment it's raining by the bucketload. After raining of the night last night, it eased off this morning and was fine, but humid until about 5pm this afternoon. This afternoon, at about 2.30pm I wandered down to Victoria Park, for the Mardi Gras Fair Day. Met quite a few people I don't get to see that often. Lots of ex choir members and other mainly nocturnal acquaintances. It was fun. I was rostered on the choir's stall from about 4.30pm and the plan was to pack up at about 6pm, but just after I got to the stall, the clouds started gathering and after a few warning drops the torrents came down. We quickly dismantled verything and I ran for the bus. Was absolutely drenched so now I have wet clothes stewn around the cabin, attempting to dry.
Fairday was its usual visual feast. Look but don't touch.
Back to work tomorrow, before a choir sectional Wednesday night, practice Thursday night and the concert next Saturday afternoon. I'm really looking forward to it. Just have to get some of the tricky phrasing down pat.
Last night, Friday night, I toddled along to Three Tenors and a Diva which was a Twilight concert at Taronga Park Zoo, I'd been meaning to buy the ticket all week so made time to go to Ticketek on Thursday, after work and before Choir. Saturday night's performance was sold out, which is great for the organisers and artists so I happily purchased a ticket for the Friday night performance. Finished work about 4pm and made my way down to Wynyard Station. Caught what I thought was the bus to the Zoo, but it ended up going to Balmoral Beach, so caught a cab from there to the zoo, which wasn't all that far.
I settled myself on the grass, front row centre, near the outdoor stage in Taronga Park, just after 6 and waited around for the 7.30 start. Lots of Volunteers (Friends of the Zoo) who were directing people from the entrance down to the stage area, so not much channce to see any exhibits, which had closed for the night. Had my mp3 player, a weeks worth of podcasts, some water, a Mars bar and some madeira cake, so I was set for a great night's entertainment.
It was a fabulous concert. Tenor Australis have been together for ten years so they fit together like three holes in abowling ball, and the Diva, Amanda Farrugia, is a featured artist with Opera Australia. She is fantastic and the photo in the link doesn't do her justice. Tall, slinky with long flowing, exquisite red hair, a wonderful voice, happy, exhuberant personality, and no attitude. And the boys were great too. Lots of Opera, Musical Comedy, quite a few ensemble pieces where all 4 joined, mixed with sets for Amanda, and the Tenors separately. It was a great nights entertainment, in a perfect setting.
And this evening, its raining cats and rats and elephants, forlorn so forlorn, so I picked the right night.
Tomorrow is supposed to be New Mardi Gras Fair Day, at Victoria Park, in Chippendale, just south of Sydney. If its still raining it will probably be cancelled, so I suppose a decision will be made tomorrow morning. Usually it goes from about 11-6. Lots of stalls, a stage, a pet show called Doggywood. drag queens in daylight, lots of beautiful people, and lots of people just having a good time. Hope the weather is OK. Choir has a stall so I'm due to staff it from 4.30pm until about 6pm, when I'll help dismantle etc. Before 4.30 I'll do a promenade, take a few shots with the camera (if its fine) and see wbat, or who I can pick up.
This entry was going to be about a whole different topic, but basically it's the first since the Six ApartTypepad redesign.
Sorry folks, I don't like it. As a single "Sorry Mum, No Grandkids" kind of guythe first thing that should go is the picture of the cute kid at the box. Perhaps make that an optional input area for us to upload our own favourite photo onto what is effectively the header page of our website. Don't get me wrong, I have nephew and nieces (should that be nieces and nephew) in ages ranging from 22 down to 8 and I love them all dearly. If I have to look at a cute kid photograph, I'd rather look at one I have some connection with.
Next as a partially colourblind person white on a yellow background, or yellow on a white background does absolutely nothing for me, besides making text extrememly difficult to read. I've taken this up with Blogosphere News, and I'm on the verge of cancellling that RSS subscription, eeven though they've made their orange a little darker, as a contrast to the white. Its still dang hard to read, so I generally skip it. If it looks ultra interesting I'll print the article, but I shouldn't have to do that.
The T/APP page which lists your blogs and other options looks cluttered to me, but I guess they're just displaying all the different functions.
The Safari browser still doesn't have all the bold/link/etc options which Firefox and other browsers have, but that's obviously a Safari hiccup, rather than anything to do with Typepad.
We'll see how we go.
Content beats design anyday so I'll just have to try to make (keep) it interesting.
A fair bit going on this week. Work was hectic Mon-Wednesday because of some testing a few of us are doing and then Thursday and Friday was just busy, as opposed to hectic.
Choralography practice today at the Seymour Centre, venue for our forthcoming QUEER IDOLS concert which is in two weeks. So today we sang, and moved at the same time, with plenty of clapping, swooshes, shoop shoops etc. The trick of course is to get the movement synched with the vocals, because generally the trickier movements mean we ease back on the vocals, whereas the tricky vocals don't necessarily need movements. But our erstwhile Fearless Leader, the lovely Sarah is going to great pains to ensure we're ready. This is Sarah's first big concert as Musical Director and we're all really looking forward to working with her. Thanks heaps Sarah, for having the willingness and fortitude to persevere with us.
Tomorrow, if it remains clear will be another beautiful day. I've got a bit of shopping etc to do, but hope to find some time to point and shoot.
And finnally, having not audioblogged since December, I dusted off the microphone and speak about all sorts of things.which are going on in my neck of urban sprawl.
I've been "flat out like a lizard drinking" at work for the last couple of weeks. Madly writing scripts (test programmes) for a new piece of computer architecture we're testing at work. I'm not the most astute of people as it generally takes me a couple of go-rounds to ponder some of the intricacies that are being placed in front of me. And all the while the other day to day stuff mounts up. I've tried to remain cheerful but can feel myself geting testy occasionally, especially when people seem to be not thinking before asking what to me seem to be occasionally the most bizarre questions. These things will be with me for a few weeks and generally occur for the first few days of each week. So it takes the last couple of days to calm down, prove to my peers at work that I'm not an ogre and then the wheel of life starts all over again. Deep breaths and count to ten, answer the phone, do the script, file the paperwork, smile, and lots of cofffee.
My home time has been taken up reading blogs and watching LOTR DVD EV which is absolutely fantastic. Really love those movies and books. I've still got to see the LOTR Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Its on until March. A group of us are supposed to be going, but I might sneak in a week or two early.
Apart from that there's choir practice tomorrow night, and all day Saturday for our concert at the end of February. It feels a bit like walking into a tunnel seeing an ever increasing bright light speeding towards me.
But life is good and I'm generally healthy, as I hope all of my loved and loyal readers are (is that grammatically pure?). I don't think so. Then again, I was never the purist (or est).
After volunteering at the genie library yesterday, I made my way down to the Sydney Harbour foreshore, and the Opera House to kill some time before the Bugs Bunny on Broadway performance in the Concert Hall. Its amazing the number of people who are drawn to this location, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens. Lots of weeding parties, tourists gawking, and people enjoying the outdoor cafes all give the place a spark of life and prove it is truly a venue for everyone. Because the tickets had to be picked up at least an hour before the performance I had a light cheese platter for dinner and then made my way upstairs for the performance. Great seating, in the stalls (Row N). Far enough back to get a good view of the whole stage area, but not too far back so you have to strain to catch the view. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra were seated in front of a large screen and under the baton of .George Daugherty, who is on his third Australian tour it was a geat night's entertainment.
The orchestra played at least two pieces without the cartoon backdrop. The evening started off with The Flying Dutchman, and later on during the performance they played "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna" which is also the theme for one of the cartoons. But they played the whole piece so it was interesting to compare it to that played in the cartoon.
And there were lots of cartoons. What's Opera Doc, The High Note and lots of others.
Lots of family participation with a heck of a lot of young children, so it was enjoyable hearing the laughter which still persists, despite these cartoons being generations old. mostly being made in the 1940s.