Stumax 2

Digital Boogaloo

We went to see the play Familiar, by Danai Gurira, last night at Seattle Rep. (Very good play and production; emotional, funny, cathartic.) At the end of the show, they played a song I recognized but couldn’t quite place, so I SoundHounded it. Turns out it was Emabhaceni by Miriam Makeba, which I knew from the Northern Exposure soundtrack. Curiousity about the artist led me to this Wikipedia page about Makeba, and she sounds phenomenal.

Born in South Africa in 1932; endured untold hardship at an early age; survived an abusive marriage, breast cancer, and cervical cancer; became an international music star; married Hugh Masakela and Stokely Carmichael (at different times, natch); protege of Harry Belafonte; recorded with Belafonte, Nina Simone, and Dizzy Gillespie; UN goodwill ambassador and civil rights activist; died on stage in 2008. What a remarkable, rich life.

So, two things:

  1. Ain’t the modern age marvelous? Technology enabled a chain of exploration that satisfied my curiosity, enhanced my recall, and led me to an unexpectedly delightful discovery. And this happens all the time, and we take it for granted. Every once in a while it’s nice to acknowledge what marvels we have access to.
  2. There are so many great life stories to be discovered; I’m inspired by Miriam Makeba’s. Who inspires you?

P.S. Danai Gurira, playwright of Familiar
and several other successful plays, is also a kick-ass human with an interesting background. Not only is she an award-winning playwright, she’s an accomplished actress. You may know her as Michone from The Walking Dead or Okoye from Black Panther.

Now, that’s more like it! Two straight wins, two good, physical games where the Lightning shut down the Bruins’ top scoring line and controlled the flow. If they can keep this up, they have a real shot at the cup… especially if the Stamkos line starts producing. Go, Bolts!

From my theatre days, I know the different kinds of feelings you can get before opening a show. Sometimes you know nothing is quite working and the show is going to flop. (And sometimes you’re wrong, which is nice.) Sometimes you’re oblivious to the flaws in the thing you’re working on, but you know something’s not quite right. And sometimes, you feel like everything is clicking. Sometimes you just know: this is going to be a good one.

I feel the same nervous/excited energy about IA Summit that I felt before a good show.

The work is done (or nearly so), we’ve planned as much as we can plan, and all we can do now is open the house, do our best, and adapt as necessary. I really can’t wait for Wednesday to come so that we can get this show on the road.