The tales of yore
Come prancing to-wards this day
With stuffed codpieces.
Tonight, at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune (105 North First Street, Mpls.), five theatrical groups are banding together to retell the story of Romeo and Juliet in an effort to help out the MN Fringe Festival. It's part of their annual Five-Fifths fund-raiser. This year, the main-stage cast of the BNW is taking part in the festivities. This, of course, means that I am just hours away from putting on a pair of tights and making a damn mockery of the Bard and his most famous work. Delightful? I thinkest so. If you're a supporter of the Fringe and/or would like to see at least one very interesting interpretation of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, you should consider leaving your hamlet and swinging on by as youmight like it. You will leave without the slightest (lover's) complaint. Actually, after looking at the other four companies performing tonight, it should be one tempest of a night. It's truly a midsummer night's dream of a line-up. Henry VI, Part 2.
I apologize for the end of that last paragraph. It was unnecessary.
In other news, this past weekend, if I were to describe it in just one word, was "babylicious." I went to a baby shower for a friend, visited Babies ARE Us several times (mostly to break the strollers that were on display), and started the baby registry. The only times not spent with young children at the forefront of my mind were whilst I was sleeping or performing at the BNW. It's a sign of many weekends to come and, in September, many weekdays to come. I am super excited for the kid to come along, but I must say that it's certainly odd to have this little tyke on the way and a laundry list of items to take care of before the big birth day. It's like we're awaiting the arrival of a tiny king or queen. I'll bet most actual kings or queens don't throw up on everything though. Do they?
Hey! Obama beat Clinton in Guam by seven votes. Seven! This race keeps getting more and more exciting! It's a shame they have no actual say in the November elections. Sure, they have a straw poll, but doesn't mean anything. It's like they always say, "The only people that go to Guam are tourists and people that like to vote without having their voices actually be heard."
Anywho, I should be off. I have a codpiece to pack. Before I depart, here's Today's Joke:
Lights out for huge electric map of Battle of Gettysburg
For decades, visitors willing to shell out a few extra dollars at Gettysburg National Military Park could be entertained — or bored — by an electric light display showing troop movements in that pivotal Civil War battle.
With the opening of a new museum and visitor center that offers a bigger "wow" factor for the park's nearly 2 million visitors each year, the National Park Service has decided that its 1960s-era electric battlefield map is obsolete.
As patrons of the new $103 million facility learn about the battle by immersing themselves in new technology, the old center stands vacant, awaiting demolition next year. Before that happens, the 30-by-30-foot electric map — embedded with more than 625 colored lights — will be dismantled and placed in storage.
In its place, a small museum dedicated to the history of the Gettysburg electric map will be erected, featuring a state-of-the-art holographic image of the dismantled attraction. Park officials are hoping the new display will help spur interest in the field of historical ways of retelling history.
Psst! Happy Cinco de Mayo!