101 in 1001


101 in 1001
June 7, 2010, 9:32 am
Filed under: Goal List, Progress
9 / 101 goals completed
    Travel/Events

  1. Visit the Grand Canyon
  2. Drive cross country
  3. Visit Ireland
  4. Complete the Appalachian Trail in all New England States
  5. 93 / 730 miles hiked
  6. Meet 10 LJ/flickr folk
  7. 6 / 10 People Met
  8. Stay for at least 24 hours in 13 states
  9. 6 / 13 States visited
  10. Proactively seek out 10 museum exhibits I’m interested in, and see them.
  11. 1 / 10 Exhibits Seen
  12. Visit 2 other continents
  13. 0 / 2 Continents Visited
  14. Visit New Orleans
  15. Go to 13 National Parks
  16. 2 / 13 National Parks Visited
  17. Travel to Europe with no planned housing, or via couch surfing
  18. Visit Niagara Falls
  19. Ride the oldest Roller Coaster in the us
  20. Go to a professional hockey game
  21. Attend an Oktoberfest event. Anywhere.
  22. Attend 35 concerts
  23. 7 / 35 concerts attended
  24. Spend a day at the Met.
  25. Health/Sports/The Great Outdoors

  26. Complete a Triathlon
  27. Bike commute every day for 2 months
  28. Complete a 125 mile bike ride
  29. Ski somewhere that is not new England and does not touch new England
  30. Complete a 5.12 [inside]
  31. Must take stairs for flights < 5 floors, when traversing a building on my own
  32. Go to at least 6 Parkour jams
  33. 0 / 6 Jams Attended
  34. Bungee jump
  35. Learn how to do a WallFlip
  36. Learn to ride a half pipe, bike or skate.
  37. Drink only water for 3 months
  38. Go to the gym 3 days a week for 3 months
  39. Learn to lead climb
  40. Play on an organized sports team
  41. Creative Goals

  42. Finish a play
  43. Show my photography in a gallery
  44. See a photo series to fruition, or at least to a highly developed place
  45. Have a set design be used in a show
  46. Get a photo pass to a concert
  47. Learn how to screenprint
  48. Write 25 Short Stories
  49. 0 / 25 short stories written
  50. Pick and document a photojournalistic story.
  51. Shoot a roll of film every week for a year.
  52. Complete a NaNoWriMo
  53. Learn how to make color film prints
  54. Miscellaneous

  55. Brew my own beer
  56. Pose nude for a photographer
  57. Host a BBQ
  58. Make Breakfast in Bed
  59. Get on Spike’s Hot dog wall [6 is fine]
  60. raise $1000 for charity
  61. Ride a motorcycle
  62. Finish a New York Times Crossword Puzzle with no help
  63. participate in a flash mob
  64. Get Inked
  65. Cinema/Literature/Theatre

  66. See every one of the movies on Lewis’ list of the 101 best foreign films
  67. 0 / 101 Movies Watched
  68. See every Academy Award Winning Movie for best picture
  69. 0 / 81 Movies Watched
  70. See all of the AFI’s greatest movie musicals
  71. 0 / 25 Movies Watched
  72. See rocky horror picture at a theater, the tame, and the crazy viewing
  73. Read all Pulitzer prize for fiction winners
  74. 0 / 56 Novels Read
  75. Read all Pulitzer prize for drama winners
  76. 10 / 80 Scripts Read
  77. Read all best plays tony awards winners
  78. 5 / 61 Scripts Read
  79. Read all best drama desk best play winners
  80. 5 / 37 Scripts Read
  81. Listen to all cast recordings for the tony winners and nominees of best musicals
  82. 37 / 220 Albums Listened to
  83. Listen to all cast recordings for the tony winners and nominees of best score
  84. 25 / 176 Albums Listened to
  85. Listen to all grammy winners for Best Musical Show Album
  86. 10 / 51 Albums Listened to
  87. See 5 Broadway Shows
  88. 1 / 5 Shows Seen
  89. See 5 off-broadway shows
  90. 0 / 5 Shows Seen

    Music

  91. Learn to play the drum set
  92. Learn to play the banjo
  93. Learn Aurally 4 T-bone solos.
  94. 0 / 4 solos learnt
  95. Attempt stand-up at an open mic night
  96. Take one dance class
  97. Be in one show
  98. Personal/Mental Improvement

  99. Go to a religious practice or ceremony for 8 different religions/faiths
  100. 2 / 8 attended
  101. Read the news section of a legit paper newspaper every day for 2 months.
  102. Send a card/letter to both grandparents once every other month
  103. 0 / 64 notes sent
  104. Complete 101 hours of community service
  105. 0 / 101 Hours Volunteered
  106. Learn basic ASL
  107. Learn basic Spanish or Japanese
  108. Let 10 friends pick something I said I would never ever do, and do it. [within limitations]
    0 / 10 tasks completed
    • Brandon
    • Jeff
    • Mike
  109. CPR/Law Enforcement/EMT/Fire fighting course
  110. Listen to NPR on commute and 3hrs during the workday for 3 months
  111. Attend a national protest
  112. Wake up at 6:30 AM every weekday for 3 weeks
  113. NOMS!

  114. Eat French Toast in 20 states
  115. 2 / 20 French Toasts Eated
  116. Eat Pizza in 20 states
  117. 3 / 20 Pizzas Eated
  118. Don’t eat fast food for 3 months
  119. Must order something I have not had from the menu of every restaurant I go to for 4 months
  120. 0 / 3 4-month sections completed
  121. Cook a meal I have not made once a week every week I am in Arlington
  122. 12 / 143 Meals Cookeded
  123. Try 10 cuisines I have never had
  124. 3 / 10 Cuisine’s nommed

    Technology/Geekery

  125. Learn javascript
  126. Learn PHP/some form of SQL
  127. Build the NES-PC
  128. Establish a concert/theatre photo blog, link to website
  129. Make one project from each MAKE magazine that comes
  130. 0 / 8 MAKE Projects completed
  131. Attend a defcon
  132. finish website project with jeff
  133. Learn how to, and install a Car Stereo
  134. Learn to solder, and do a project that involves soldering a board
  135. Practicality

  136. Save $2,000
  137. Pay off at least 1/2 of my car
  138. Write a basic will
  139. Make a budget and stick to it for 6 months
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Original Cast Recordings Round 3
June 4, 2010, 6:36 pm
Filed under: #61, #62, #63, Cinema/Literature/Theatre

I have not posted about this in a while.  I had been doing it by year, and already did a post for all the 2009 and 2008 nominees I listened to.  I have listened to many since then, and I am going to do a brief version of many of them here.  I have heard many more on the list, but not in order since beginning this project, and it only counts in that capacity.  This list is mostly for me, but if you’re a huge theatre dork like me, you may have fun?

Please note: These are my opinions.  I state them boldly because I feel them as such – please don’t take them personally.  I’m not interested in arguing about musical quality- you are more than welcome to disagree and express it, I’m all about dialogue, but I’m not all about getting into a stupid fight about musicals.

2007:

Show: Spring Awakening

Links: Bitch of Living [VIDEO]Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]Touch Me [AUDIO]

Thoughts: This is one of my all time favorite musicals, without question.  Somewhere in between stephen sater’s writing, and duncan sheik’s music, I am invigorated, alive, and released from some kind of bonds.  This is the first musical I saw with the entire original broadway cast, and I went back twice.  Those of you who watch the videos will recognize Lea Michelle and Jonathan Groff from Glee, where they play Rachel and Jesse, respectively.  I know a lot of you find this show unimpressive, and that’s fine.  But I find the music a refreshing note on broadway, and in my mind the first show to bring real grit and “rock” to the stage.

Show: Curtains

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]

Thoughts: This is the most meh I’ve felt about a cast recording in a long time.  It wasn’t good by any stretch, it wasn’t really terrible, either.  It just… exists.  Don’t get me wrong.  Kander & Ebb.  They’re amazing people.  Maybe if it had come out 30 years ago it would be amazing, but coming out now, nothing makes it stand out. This show’s music is: in a word, forgettable.

Show: Grey Gardens

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]

Thoughts: The music in this show is delicate and beautiful.  It does a great job of pulling you in, and pulling you back to an older time.  It’s really very intricate, I’m surprised the show got less notice.  It’s not the kind I’d play for car sing-alongs, but it is well written, pretty, and a good listen.  I will listen to it again.

Show: Legally Blonde

Links: Chip on my Shoulder [VIDEO]So Much Better [VIDEO]

Thoughts: Okay.  Hear me out.  This is terrible.  It’s a musical based on legally blonde.  It’s stupid, and it’s based on a movie.  It is everything  I hate in the recent trend in musicals.  That all out of the way, some of the songs are STUPID fun to listen to.  It’s absurd.  But there are just some songs that when you get over your “this show is so god awful terrible and tacky” you find stuck in your head days later.  Like a tack.  A sharp deadly tack.  But once you give in to the pain, it feels mildly delicious.  The composer honestly has talent.  And I know that, because he wrote Bat Boy: The Musical!  Which is brilliant.  He shows the musical brilliance in the score for this show, it’s just wasted on a pink glossy subject.  Some of it’s shit- but there are some definite gems.

2006:

Show: The Colour Purple

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]

Thoughts: There is nothing.  Nothing.  More wrong.  Than a musical based on The Colour Purple.  I’m sorry.  No: I’m not.  There is no way you can convey this sincere and powerful story correctly in a musical.  I had a hard time putting that aside when listening to that.  If you ignore the travesty, it is a swell bit of music.  There are beautiful soaring melodies, and all the deep rich gospel sound you would expect.  As a listening experience, bias aside, I must say I truly enjoyed it.

2005:

Show: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO] I Speak Six Languages [VIDEO]

Thoughts: I confess, once upon a time, I hated William Finn.  With good cause, he deliberately creates cacophony.  But he also can make beautiful lines and songs.  This musical is a great example of him writing beautiful, fun, listenable songs.  The show is cute, touching, and playful.  And the music is just in line with that.  I love the music from this show, and could and will listen to it several times.

2004:

Show: Avenue Q

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO] Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist [VIDEO]

Thoughts: Who doesn’t love Avenue Q?  It’s got fantastic music that I could sing for hours, and god knows it’s witty beyond all reason.  Need I say more?  This music rocks my socks.  It’s got it all.

Show: Wicked

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO] For Good [VIDEO]

Thoughts: Soaring music.  My friend pointed out that this show would be brilliant if it ended at the first act.  This actually applies to the music very well.  The music is at times soaring, at times fun, often wonder inciting, and at very rare times, tiring.  But for the most part this is a show I could listen to over and over.  [You can tell I mean it because I hate this show and how it butchered the book so horribly.]

2002:

Show: Urinetown

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO] Act One Finale [AUDIO]

Thoughts: This is another one of my all-time favorite musicals.  It is hilarious and the score is nothing short of brilliant.  The cast is amazing, and the lines are written so carefully that everything.  EVERYTHING fits together seamlessly.  Every chord, every note, it just works.  The first time I listened to it, I liked it, but I knew I wasn’t recognizing it fully.  A few more listens and I really began to grasp just how in-depth and sensational this music is.  It’s clever and silly, but don’t let that distract you from how amazingly well done it is.  One of the best composed musicals I’ve ever heard.  Oh, and note that most songs are making fun of other musicals in the best way possible.

1997:

Show: Titanic

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]

Thoughts: If you like Nine, you’ll like the music from this. Same composer, same style: less female singers.  I loath Nine with a fiery passion, but Titanic I only dislike strongly.  That being said, I recognize that it is very beautiful, very well done music.  It is simply beautiful, well done music I hope to never listen to again.  Stunning composition work on boring, repetitive songs.

1996:

Show: RENT

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO] Another Day [VIDEO]

Thoughts: You guys are expecting something scathing, aren’t you?  Probably.  Guess what?  I love RENT.  RENT stands out to me in many ways.  It’s a compelling story told simply through music, and the music is reasonably uncommon in style for broadway.  It was a show that made a lot of differences for me, so I can’t remove that bias.  I obsessed over the music from this show for a good year and a half of my life  and I still love it now [though I think it closing was appropriate].  Tragic, passionate, overwhelming, powerful – the music carries it all.  I’m not sure it will age well, but I hope it will.

1992:

Show: Falsettos

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]Unlikely Lovers [VIDEO]

Thoughts: This is the show to which I referred above that made me think I disliked William Finn initially.  The first time you listen to it it’s just insane dischord.  And you think “I know why he’s doing this, but god.  Why?”  And then you listen to it another time.  And you skirt over the dischord, and you note the tunes like Unlikely Lovers, and Father to Son, and you realize the full beauty in the show.  Those moments alone, pure simple and Beautiful, make you see something special.  And you open your mind a little more, and suddenly the show is beautiful.  Even the dischord.  Weird.  But true.  And then you start laughing at the little jokes, and soon enough it’s all stuck in my head.  Did I even state an opinion? I mean.  Basically.  Now, I really like it.  Alot.  But it took me a long time.

1988:

Show: Into The Woods

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]No One Is Alone [AUDIO]

Thoughts: I am a bad theatre person.  By this I mean I do not worship at the feet of Stephen Sondheim.  I think he has beautiful, intricate work, but he isn’t the fucking theatre Jesus.  There.  That felt good.  Once upon a time, I hated this show.  Because the music is often repetitive and redundant, and because there are seldom good performances.  HOWEVER.  Having relistened to this show this year, I am officially on it’s like side.  I can now listen to selections from it at any time and not feel bothered.  There are some truly, truly beautiful songs in it.  And these songs are unbelievably wonderful.  Yarp – so I like it alot now, mostly, sometimes.  [Hehe.  Who can tell me the two links between this and falsettos without using google?]

1985:

Show: Big River

Links: Worlds Apart [VIDEO]Free At Last [VIDEO]

Thoughts: I Love Big River.  It’s one of my favorite musicals.  It’s so rarely mentioned by people.  It makes me a little sad.  The music is fun, and often really quite beautiful.  It’s captivating, and mostly it’s just really well done.  I Love this show.  ‘Nuff said.

1977:

Show: Godspell

Links: All For The Best [AUDIO]On The Willows [AUDIO]

Thoughts: There is no way to not have fun while listening to this cast recording.  Mmkay?  Solid music, well done.  The only issue is the guy who sings all good gifts.  Ugh.  He’s terrible.  Everything else is awesome.  Love it.

1976:

Show: A Chorus Line

Links: Tony Award Performance [VIDEO]The Music and the Mirror [AUDIO]

Thoughts: Sometimes there are shows I assume I will hate.  This was one of them.  It just seemed like it would be one of those cheezy annoying  shows.  You know what, for the most part, I am in love with this cast recording.  It soars.  It’s really catchy and wonderful.  I could listen to it over and over.  Beautiful music and a compelling story.  The only flaw in this score is the song everyone seems to know.  “One” is probably the most annoying song ever written.  I understand it’s necessary for the story.  But good lord, aren’t we all just a LITTLE exhausted of this tune?  There are so many brilliant, beautiful songs in this show, it’s sad this song gets so much notice.  So, long story short: I love this score. [except One] [sidenote: it’s worth noting that the revival cast sings much better.]

1975:

Show: The Wiz

Links: Everybody Rejoice [AUDIO]Home [AUDIO]

Thoughts: The Wiz.  It’s like this gospelsplosion.  It’s pretty damn awesome.  There aren’t many songs I feel like skipping, and it’s really well performed.  The music makes me really happy.  I can re-listen to it with no issue what-soever!

Lord.  That’s it for a while.  That was exhausting.



#64: See 5 Broadway Shows
May 6, 2010, 9:07 pm
Filed under: #64, Cinema/Literature/Theatre

HAIR - Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Show: HAIR
Theatre: Al Hirscheld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.
Date of Show: 12/16/09 – 2:00 PM
Book and Lyrics By: Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music By: Galt MacDermott
NY Times Review Link: Click Here.

Thoughts:

  • This was without question one of the best theatre experiences of my life.  The cast was astounding – the acting and singing was beyond amazing, and the way we as the audience were brought into the production was unforgettable.  It felt like you were part of the tribe, and the interaction worked perfectly.  It did not in any way get in the way of the emotional lows of the show – every piece came together fluidly.  I was not a big fan of the original cast recording of HAIR, but I gave the revival recording a listen and fell in love.  I recommend you open your mind to it, as well.  It is populated with amazing talent. and skill.  Going on stage at the end with the cast was something I was in no way expected, and it left me trembling for at least a half-hour after I left [in a good way].  I mean.  I can’t oversell it.  It was awesome.  Yes.


#87: Cook a meal I have not made once a week – round 16
April 30, 2010, 3:54 pm
Filed under: #87, Noms!

Asparagus Taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 10 6″ corn tortillas
  • 10 thin stalks asparagus, trimmed and cleaned
  • 1 15oz can of black beans -Drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 3 scallions sliced
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • olive or vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Put the beans in a microwave until heated through – about 1 – 2 minutes depending on your microwave.  When they’re warm, take them out, add salt and chili powder to taste, and mash them up with the bottom of your fork ’til you have  a paste.
  2. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 20 seconds so that they are pliable and won’t tear when you roll them up
  3. Using the fork or a spatula, apply a thin layer of the bean paste to each tortilla.  I applied a smooth steady amount to one half, and then a line down a middle to the other end so it would stay rolled using the paste
  4. On top of the beans, add one of the stalks of asparagus, and a sprinkling of cheese and scallions, and then roll that bad boy up tightly, trying not to tear the tortilla.
  5. Repeat until ingredients are used up.
  6. Heat up about a 1/2 inch of oil in a frying pan at medium-high heat.  Cook the taquitos rotating them with tongs until all the sides are a lovely golden brown.  I could do two at a time.  When they are cooked, let them drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve them with salsa, sour cream, a bit of chili powder and the left over scallions, if there are any.  I also added some cheese, because I like anything that has more cheese, really.

Results: This is probably my favorite or second favorite recipe I’ve done so far.  It is amazingly tasty.  Like.  I am in love with these little asparagus taquitos.  I can’t wait to make them again.  I highly recommend you give them a shot.  The flavors work so well.  Mm mmm good.

Recipe from: Broke-ass Gourmet



#87: Cook a meal I have not made once a week – round 15
April 30, 2010, 2:34 pm
Filed under: #87, Noms!

I’ve been remiss in my posting of these. I have been doing them for the most part of the time in between my last posting, but I haven’t been documenting, so I’m going to just start posting again, and do two a week a few times to reach the correct number, cool? cool.

Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 10.75 oz Condensed Tomato Soup
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil

Directions:

  1. Place Chicken in slow cooker
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and mix it all up, then pour them over the chicken, making sure everything is covered up right nice.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Results: I love how easy this is.  I mean.  Does it get any simpler?  No.  It does not.  It didn’t taste great, though.  It wasn’t bad, just far too tangy.

Recipe from this little slow cooker circular I picked up at the book store.



#16: Attend 35 Concerts : Part 4
April 26, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: #16, Travel/Events

State Radio

Band: State Radio
Venue: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
Date of Concert: 01/28/10
First Opener: American Fangs

  • I have to be honest, guys.  A lot was going on this day, and I showed up late.  I literally strolled in as SR was doing their first song.

Set List:

Encore:

  • Time Served [Dispatch Cover [front-man chad was one of the members of Dispatch]]
  • Held Up By The Wires
  • Man in the Hall

Second Encore:

  • Black Cab Motorcade
  • Olli Olli

Main Act Thoughts:

  • Wow.  Am I glad I dragged my ass to Providence for this show.  They did an amazing live set, and I was reminded about how much fun it is to see a show with people I like.  We danced and sang, and rocked the fuck out from the back of the venue.  Two encores was unbelievable, and it was made a bit more exciting by the fact that it was being recorded for a live album.  They played a really good mixture of old and new songs, and the audience was great.  I have yet to regret seeing a show by this band.  I don’t really think I ever will.



#87: Cook a meal I have not made once a week – round 14
December 21, 2009, 9:01 pm
Filed under: #87, Noms!

Chicken Bacon Roulades

Ingredients:

  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 10 bacon slices (about 1/2 pound)
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • Lemon pepper seasoning to taste (or ground black pepper with a little lemon zest)
  • 6 Tbsp grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 Tbps olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream [Now get She’s So Heavy by the beatles stuck in your head.]

Directions:

  1. Working in batches, cook the bacon over medium heat in an ovenproof skillet [if you’re me, you can use the pan you have, and unscrew the meltable handle and put the parts that won’t melt in the oven. Yup. I’m crazy], until lightly brown but still flexible (not crisp). Place the bacon on paper towels to drain.
  2. Cook the shallots in the remaining bacon fat over low heat, stirring, until softened. Transfer the shallots to a bowl or something that lets the fat, oil, grease, etc stay in the pan. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  3. Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. With smooth side of a meat pounder pound each breast to 1/8-inch thickness. [If like me, you do not have a meat pounder and the stores are all closed, a sherry bottle works surprisingly well.] Discard plastic from boned side of each breast. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper (or ground black pepper and a little lemon zest) and salt. Place 2 1/2 slices of bacon lengthwise (parallel with grain of flesh) along middle of each breast. Top with shallots and Parmesan. Using plastic wrap to help you, tightly roll up each breast lengthwise, tucking in the ends to enclose the filling. Secure seams with wooden toothpicks.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to reserved fat in skillet and heat over medium high heat. Brown roulades on all sides, about 5 minutes total.
  5. Transfer the skillet to middle of oven and bake roulades until just cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. [You could totally put them in a different container if you’re not insane enough to unscrew the handle and your pan isn’t oven safe]

  6. Transfer chicken to a plate with tongs and keep warm, covered with aluminum foil. Pour off fat from skillet. (The handle is hot. If you couldn’t figure this out, I can’t help you.) Add wine to the skillet and deglaze over medium high heat, scraping up brown bits. Boil wine until reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Add garlic and butter. Cook mixture over medium low heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add flour and cook roux, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth and cream and bring to a boil, whisking. Simmer the sauce, whisking, 2 minutes.
  7. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a small saucepan. Keep sauce warm. Remove the wooden toothpicks from roulades and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Spoon some sauce in center of each of 4 plates and arrange roulade slices decoratively on sauce.

Results: This is the best recipe I have made so far. It was so delicious my mouth smacked me. In it I learned I need to learn the best way to cut chicken, and also how to pound it without destroying it. But It turned out deliciously, both the night of making and lunch the next day. I highly recommend giving it a shot. So tasty. I am salivating at it’s memory.

Recipe from Simply Recipes