Play Review – Gunfighter

My review of the latest production at SBCC, as it appeared in the News-Press:
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Unfriendly Fire
Gulf War drama suffers script weaknesses

Mark Medoff’s “Gunfighter: A Gulf War Chronicle,” which opens Santa Barbara City College Theatre Group’s fall theater season, is based on the true story of Lt. Col. Ralph Hayles, whose career was ruined in a friendly-fire incident during the 1991 conflict.
Despite the apparent culpability of others higher up, and the number of similar incidents that went unpunished, Lt. Col. Hayles was singled out, his life made miserable by the media upon his return home. Through the help of an investigative journalist, Rob Johnson from the Wall Street Journal, Lt. Col. Hayles was allowed to clear his name just before the Army reneged on his retirement funds.
It’s a classic story of the little man scapegoated for the sins of the higher-up, and a mainstay of war drama.

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At last! Eurythmics remastered

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I’m going to be poor this year end. What with the Talking Heads reissues, Sony/BMG in the UK have at last got around to remastering the Eurythmics catalog, and including all sorts of bonus tracks and such. I’m a big fan of the entire Sweet Dreams album, most of Touch (except for Here Comes the Rain Again, which I heard too much growing up), and–despite what critics say–Savage. But hold on–where’s the 1984 soundtrack and the extra dub tracks from TouchDance? Oh well. But I’m sure the remasters will sound great–the CD releases date from the late ’80s and have virtually no bass.

That Chaucer is a Bad Mutha–

But I’m just talking about Chaucer.
Lyrics to Shaft translated to Middle English. To one who studied Chaucer for my A-Levels and wound up writing in Middle English for a while, this is giggle-inducing.

A Townie’s Tale
Wha be tha blake prevy lawe
That bene wantoun too alle tha feres?
SHAFT!
Ya damne righte!
Wha be tha carl tha riske is hals wolt
Fro is allye leve?
SHAFT!
Konne ye?
Wha be tha carl wha ne wolden flee
Whan peril bene all aboughte?
SHAFT!
Verray!
Alle clepe tha carl ane badde mooder-
SOFTE!
Speken of Shaft bene I.
THAN KONNE ALLES WE!
He be a man konne unnethes
Namo save is mayde konnes im.
JOHN SHAFT!

Bumrocks Rocks!

Bumrocks is an mp3 blog that posts a single mp3 every couple of days or so. The tracks are either spacerock circa 1978 or retro new stuff that sounds like 1978 in all the good ways (Moogs, Clavinets, oh my). It certainly is filling my head up with good stuff this last month. Try Metropolitain by Hydravion, as an example, light up a spliff, and don those ‘phones, man. All tracks stay up for about a month.

Suffer the Little Chickens

So, wait. Does this mean the mother slept with…A CHICKEN???

BBC Tributes left for a dead chicken
Flowers and tributes were left in an alleyway where the body of a mystery dead baby was found – before police realised it was only a chicken foetus.
A member of the public discovered the remains in a back alley in the Anfield area of Liverpool.
Police cordoned off the scene but soon realised that it was not a human but a chicken foetus.
Well-wishers had laid more than a dozen bunches of flowers at the scene, along with cards and teddy bears.
One of the cards read: “RIP Little Baby. Safe in the arms of Jesus. From someone who is a loving mother xxxx.”
Merseyside Police told the community on Monday to “stop grieving, it’s only a chicken”.

Hey, you tell that to the poor mother. Precious.

Latest Albums – Week of 10/17 – 10/23/05

I get so much music these days, either buying, dowloading, or ripping, that I think I should just list it. I won’t even begin to list individual tracks.
Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase
The Kinks – The Ultimate Collection (2 CDs – What’s with all these Kinks comps and no Village Green excerpts?)
Carl Cox – Back to Mine (Cox chose the tracks on this mix CD, downtempo funky stuff, which all flows well, except for a rap song dropped in there.)
Actually, that’s it for this week!

Can the ChimpFascist Do Anything Right?

Hilarious. The Bush Motorcade snarls traffic, delays everybody, and worse of all ruins a Kindergarten’s field trip to the theater. Ho ho ho.

Bush Motorcade Leaves Other Folks Fuming
One hundred Brentwood kindergartners, many dressed in costumes, were all set to go see “The Wizard of Oz” on Friday when their first-ever field trip was blocked by the nation’s 43rd president.
They never got to see the wizard.
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For the children of Kenter Canyon Elementary who had planned to see “The Wizard of Oz” at Pepperdine University, their buses were 90 minutes late. They missed the last performance and will not be given a rain check on $6 tickets.