Friday, May 1, 2020

Frankenstein on Stage

Fathom events featured this 2011 stage production in movie theaters last year. We missed getting to see it. We watched Benedict Cumberbatch as the monster last night and tonight is Jonny Lee Miller. They switch rolls as Frankenstein and the monster every night until May 8. The actors took different approaches to the roll of the monster. Fun to compare and contrast the performances.

The staging is beautiful. The National Theatre does not have a large performance space and yet they make incredible use of it with a revolve and elevator. A cyclorama wraps the back of the stage for a wash of light. The house, audience, lighting that extends up on to the stage is hundreds of incandescent old fashioned light bulbs that are pixel mapped. That might have been my favorite design element. The full body make up is a work of art.

Directed by Danny Boyle this adaptation of the book runs 2 hours. The productions are a delightful treat and I hope you get to watch one or both on YouTube. Please consider supporting either the National theatre or local theaters in your area. Working in the arts is difficult under normal circumstances. It will be a difficult comeback for many regional theaters that employ hundreds and pump millions in to local economies with tourism.

Friday, April 3, 2020

National Theater UK-Free Plays

A real treat weekly from the National Theater on youtube. This week is One Man, Two Guvnors staring James Corden. We watched it last night and it was delightful. Great set and costume design along with a talented cast. Next weeks production is Jane Eyre.

While we were are in Quarantine mode I will be posting things from the arts, artists, and projects around the house.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Supporting Artists

It is going to be a bumpy ride for artists during this difficult time. Galleries are closed and live art shows are being canceled. I wanted to share an artists work that is full of texture and attention to detail.

This set arrived today from TarargonStudio.

The vase/pot is so tactile and looks beautiful on my desk. The mussel geodes were a delightful add on to my order. Tried to get a close up in the sun so you could see how gorgeous they look.

With my husband home from teaching we are crossing projects off the list. Once we get through house projects we might add a new Halloween project. I don't know if Halloween will involve trick or treating this year or not. We will still decorate the house interior and exterior.

With a compromised immune system we are taking great care to avoid contact with the outside world. I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

A holiday Reunion-All the Feels

New commercial out reuniting Elliot and E.T. This was a beloved movie for me and my sister.

Happy Turkey Day everyone.

Saturday, November 16, 2019


Link to Youtube is here. The dining room and a few extra photos were added to the Halloween album.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pumpkin Lights

Sorry for the gap in posting.

The pumpkins lights were a success. They have 4 LED's with a subtle flicker effect. They looked bright for 2 weeks at 6 hours a night. I changed most of the batteries a few days before Halloween so they would show up in photos. They would have made it 3 weeks only much dimmer.

The down side is they do take 3 AAA batteries. Even with recycling that is a lot of batteries used. I bought them in mega packs of 72 on Amazon. Most of the lights came from Amazon. Tried to pay $4 each only as Halloween got closer the price kept going up. The light pucks come in a solid white case or orange. Both colors are the same lights and the white ones are cheaper at Halloween. They measure 3 3/4 inches. Search for Pumpkin Lights and they come up under multiple sellers on Amazon.

The lights worked well and looked good. Bright light for at least 2 weeks. The pucks are being used year round in candle holders and lanterns. The remote control is the biggest selling point. Turning 20 lights on and off instantly is such a time saver. The lights are not water proof. A ZipLoc bag worked to keep them dry.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Video Clips

The final video editing is still in progress. Two quick clips. More photos are up in the Halloween Album. A few more interior and exterior photos are in the pile to edit. A good portion of the Halloween decor is stored. The post Halloween blues have set in.

Trying to go back and comment in blogs about the various Halloween activities and decor!