Tuesday, May 05, 2015


Standing in the kitchen, it's the subtle sounds that are important. Like, after hours of fruitless labor, hearing the bathroom sink clog suddenly give way.

[UPDATE: Then again, who's to say the clog won't come back?]

Monday, May 04, 2015

Completely Knocked Over By The Fabulous "Clouds of Sils Maria"!

I got tired of doing plumbing so decided to go see a movie. The movie I wanted to see at the Tower was unavailable ("Salt of the Earth"), so ended up seeing "Clouds of Sils Maria". It is advertised as a character study of three actresses, one of whom is grappling with age, but I interpret it quite differently, as history's most-subtle-ever horror film. If you like acting, you'll like this! Kudos to the fabulous Kristen Stewart!

I've been checking out some reviews of the film "Clouds of Sils Maria" and finding them close to useless. Most reviews state the movie ends on an ambiguous note. To me, the opposite is true. I glimpsed something exceedingly dark; something horrible, but masked so well that many don't see it at all. The film is a unique specimen in the history of cinema - a subtle horror movie.

For example, this reviewer, Sandra Hall:

Sils Maria is a valley in the Swiss Alps where Nietzsche was inspired to come up with his theory about the cyclical nature of time.

Much is made of this in the publicity for French director Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria – which sounds ominous, I know. Fortunately, however, these musings don't find their way into the film, which is left to speak for itself, helped along by its stars, Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.
That's just great! The director tells the reviewers what the movie is all about, and provides them with all that information in their media packets, and the reviewers still ignore everything he just told them!!!

The 19th Century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent many summers at Sils Maria. Certain concepts he coined have become familiar over the years. His '√úbermensch' became a foundational concept in the rise of Naziism, for example. But he had another concept too, one less familiar, called 'eternal recurrence'. This movie explores that concept (without actually saying so, of course - the mask is firmly in place), and places it in its true home (the theater).

Most interesting movie of the decade, so far. Stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloe Grace Moretz. Now showing at the Tower Theater in Sacramento!

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

CO Redux?

I'm intrigued by these developing weather forecasts showing a low pressure system parking itself in the West and bringing lots of rain over the next two weeks to the Colorado Rockies, reminiscent of the rainfall calamity in September, 2013.

That Jade Helm Horse Left The Patriot Barn Long Ago

In regards to Rand Paul and this Jade Helm exercise, I saw the headline: "Rand: I'll look into whether military is planning to takeover the Southwest." News flash: the military took over the Southwest, or at least those parts that mattered to it, during WWII, and shortly after. That is all.

Baltimore Notes

I hear a lot of talk on CNN about 'outside agitators' in Baltimore, but the youth of the rioters suggests not them. Plus, less than a third of the police, and only a third of the firefighters, actually live in Baltimore. So, maybe outside agitation is an issue - just not among the rioters.

I'm bothered about these repeated warnings from the BPD that the Bloods and Crips were planning to unite against them. This need not be correct and advertises weakness. This 'Purge' memo thing is interesting - I wonder who's responsible for that? CNN seemed surprised that rioters appeared to be coordinating with each other. Well, duh, it is the era of Twitter, etc. Last year, they very nearly had riots in Albuquerque, but there, what was most striking was the outsized role of Anonymous, and very perplexing, almost idiotic demands. Here, I have the impression we haven't yet heard of who is coordinating all this, and how agile they may be. Intriguing that the focus appears to be on corporate pharmacies. Maybe it's just where CNN could travel. Every riot is different, of course.

It's very difficult to understand what happens in riots. Even the microcosm of an individual's head is terra incognita. I remember Sacramento in 1992. The riots in LA had just occurred, and a large protest march against police violence was planned. I thought this was a very bad idea under the circumstances. I started talking to a passing pedestrian, who was walking down to join the protest. I tried talking him out of it. He said that in the wake of the murders of JFK, MLK & RFK, it was important to take a stand. I replied that this didn't make any sense: it was 1992, not 1968. But off he went anyway (and fortunately the protest was peaceful). What each participant in a riot thinks is happening, and what's actually happening, may be two different things entirely.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Luther, Obama's Anger Translator

Surprised That Lydia Went All The Way To Rome And Did A Musical There

When in Rome? Is that what Romans do? (Well I guess they do operas there - musical theater is similar.)

Lydia Smith as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family" (Zach Dagneau as Pugsley, April 21, 2015 at John Cabot University).

Jordan Jonas, and the Descanso

Of all the examples of "Breaking Bad" fan culture, Magician Jordan Jonas' photo at the Walter White descanso (which my sister made, with the assistance of myself and her son, and which we placed near the site of Walter White's demise) is my favorite.

Scott and Jessica Do a Hilarious Advertisement For "Good Day, Sacramento"!

"Into The Woods" - Sierra College

Beautiful show and an amazing cast! Scott Adams and company are to be congratulated. I really liked Jack (Warren Cain), Jack's Mother (Judith Boreham), and the phenomenal Witch (Sidney Raey-Gonzales).

"Hairspray" - Berkeley Playhouse

Excellent set!
We were there for the second preview performance on Saturday afternoon.
The Dynamites (Janelle LaSalle, Majesty Scott, and Kimille Stingily) were solid!
Monica Turner made a superb Tracy Turnblad.
Taylor Bartolucci (Velma Von Tussle), Berwick Haynes (Motormouth Maybelle), Monica Turner (Tracy Turnblad), Glen Riggs (Edna Turnblad), and Khalia Davis (Li'l Inez).
Bidding a fond hello to Scott Woodard (Corny Collins) after the show!

"The Wizard of Oz" - Davis Musical Theater Company (DMTC) - (And Tylar's Secret Birthday Surprise!)

Friday, April 24, 2015


Love Me Some Toles

Osmani Garcia Ft. Pitbull, Sensato - El Taxi

California Skiing These Days

How To Wine

Went to dancehall class last night. Gaining confidence, but still a ways to go.

How to wine - feminine & masculine styles.

Favorite Song From Disco Days

Funeral Service For Marie Petersen

On Sunday afternoon, many theater friends and others gathered in the Rosemont neighborhood to bid bon voyage to our friend, Marie Petersen.

Chris Petersen sends this remembrance video:

Marie Petersen's Memorial Slideshow

Here is the video slideshow that was played at my mothers memorial service. Thank you so much Uncle Ricky and Aunt Christi for putting this beautiful video together!

Posted by Chris Petersen on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"The Little Shop of Horrors" - Woodland Opera House

On Friday April 17th, "The Little Shop of Horrors" opened at Woodland Opera House.

Fun show. Certain things were notable. A visible female (Deborah Hammond) as the plant voice. Unusually dark lighting. Quirky characters. I liked the Georgia O'Keefe symbolism of the female plant (Fellow DMTC clan members thought my interpretation was daft.) Gil was great as Mr. Mushnik.

Spencer Alexander as Seymour.

Candy Cuts A Cake Celebrating Her Upcoming Nuptials


Egads! Gary is dropping temptation on me! A 7-day Zumba cruise from Ft. Lauderdale next January. 137 instructors. (I wonder if it comes with luxury buffets too, like more decadent boats?) Boat tix from $1,700 to nearly $10,000.

If you are determined to work out a lot, why not do it on a boat far from shore?

A Word Or Two About Britt McHenry

Despite Britt McHenry's disastrous public stumble I can't help but sympathize with her vigorous candor and refreshing lack of hypocrisy. Her directness reminds me of some Australians I've met. Britt has been working very hard on her skill sets. Very, very hard. She has mastered modern media, invested in teeth, and kept her weight appealingly low. Yet, she is subject to the misrule of an overweight, uneducated, inert woman with no media skills and bad teeth who collects tolls like a modern-day troll and bakes away in the metallic heat of some remote trailer. Is this fair? I'd say not. The world is a hard and unfair place. Even bovine cretins get a say.

Beginning To Crawl Out The Book Hole Again

Submitted my final draft for "A Guidebook to 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations (Including first season of 'Better Call Saul').

Friday, April 17, 2015

Viewing and Funeral Information For Marie Petersen

Viewing Saturday 04/18/15 from 1-5

Herberger Family Funeral Home
9101 Elk Grove Blvd
Elk Grove CA 95624


Marie's service will be held this Sunday, April 19th @ 3:00 at Emmaunel Baptist Church, 9350 Kiefer Boulevard, Sacramento.

A potluck reception will follow at the church.

Monday, April 13, 2015

RIP, Marie Petersen

Tonight, sad news arrives that Marie Petersen has lost her battle for life. We will miss her terribly!

Even though Davis Musical Theater Company was founded in 1984, and Marie started volunteering with the group in 2006, the Master Cast List shows she made so many contributions that she is the fifth-most important person in the entire history of the company. In her time with DMTC she revolutionized the Props Shop and created some marvelous props. She loved taking unlikely-looking pieces of junk and converting them into lifelike facsimiles of other objects. Her manufactured food items, in particular, were mouth-watering to behold!

Here is a summary of her contributions to DMTC, from the Master Cast List: