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Alexandre Abdoulaev
Works at Hanover Theatre
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You had me at "Hedwig."
 
V.F. Portrait: Neil Patrick Harris. 

The How I Met Your Mother star poses for Annie Leibovitz ahead of his lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch: http://vnty.fr/1non1qM
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Ummm.... what exactly are you implying by "hood," +Chipotle Mexican Grill

[taken 4/4/2012, on the Fenway, Boston, MA]
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fuck that
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Savoy: Reassessing the Role of 'The World's Finest Ballroom' in Music and Culture, 1926-1958

As of 12:35 today, I am officially Dr. Alexandre Abdoulaev, PhD in Musicology and Music History. I have successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, and that pretty much concludes my commitment at Boston University. 

Thanks to all of you for a fun ride. It's been... emotional ;)

[Pictured: Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.]
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Well done! Congrats.
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+Francis Delaney, this has "this is your jam" written all over it.
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My jam. Both that it is what I prefer and that I cannot get images to embed. First world problems. 
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This was me, upon learning what the finale of HIMYM is actually all about. 

Seriously, how do you fuck this kind of thing up? Are you unaware of Writing 101? In the event you are not, it clearly states that

a) if you have a subplot, then dragging it out for three seasons and resolving it by not fucking resolving it is not a good way to resolve it. At all. And

b) if you have a fucking bazooka mounted on a mantle piece, then it needs to be fucking fired, and not, say, allowed to die of an unspecified disease, off screen, in the final episode, as an afterthought.

OK. I'm cool. I'm cool. But seriously...
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Yay for the most civil disagreement on the entire Internet!
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Exposure.

You realise people die from it, right?
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reminds me of "You are an architect? Can you draw me a house?/design me a kitchen, etc.."  ;)
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The Solution to All Our Problems, in One Simple Step.

Dear Mr. President of the United States,

I have the perfect solution to America's obesity problem. Please speak to Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, about the possibility of invading and subsequently annexing the United States in the near future. Hopefully, McDonald's will catch wind of this and pull out of the United States, too. 

Feel free to send the check to my usual home address.

You're welcome,
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2001 is definitely one of my top 3 Kubrick movies. 
 
One hundred production stills from 2001 A Space Odyssey

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Full Metal Jacket and Shining.
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Everyone can calm the fuck down, I'm sure it's just Cthulhu awakening from his aeon-long slumber in R'Lyeh.
A magnitude-8.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile has sparked tsunami warnings and watches in countries throughout the Pacific, including Peru and Ecuador. Potential threats to Hawaii are currently being evaluated
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How I Fucked Aunt Robin After Your Mother Kicked The Bucket

Sharing this for +Jon Eric's benefit.

My sense after reading this, and having a discussion with Jon over the course of the day, is that I can at the very least concede that the show How I Met Your Mother was ultimately a success. Why? Because good fiction typically generates a lot of disagreement, and fosters discussion and analysis. 

Personally, I watched HIMYM until season 5, but stopped caring after 3. I read up (slash occasionally watched) seasons 6-8, and basically rejected season 9 as the appendix of the whole production, essentially treating it as though nothing good could ever come of it. To some extent, I still think that's true.

Anyway, Jezebel has published a pretty good (if somewhat militant) synopsis of all the major points on which I judge HIMYM harshly. I still stand by my assessment, but will conditionally allow that people who enjoyed the ending aren't wrong about the show having a decent conclusion.

It's just not the conclusion I, personally, would consider to be good.
A divorce. A maternal death. An array of terrible wigs. All of these tragedies and more capped off the nine-year-run of one of the most beloved sitcoms in recent memory. And many. People. Are. Pissed.
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As one addendum, the Big Bang Theory has been continuously tweaking the formula as the show has continued. It's like the endless pot of stew where new ingredients are added as people keep dishing out bowls and so even though it still tastes like a great pot of stew, even though it's been good, it's constantly churned. Nothing has gotten old and gamey. If it's losing a bit of spice, more is added. If it needs a little more water, pour that in. The cook is making sure it's fresh and tastes good. You can keep a pot like that going for months without ever going bad. 

I'm actually quite pleasantly surprised with what they've done. Never thought they'd keep it good for so long. A lot of people are pissed with the other show that guy does, Mike and Molly. This season they retooled the Molly character to be more like the idiot the actress plays in the movies. She's gone from being a good person with a few flaws to an insufferable loon. That's the kind of retool people hate. And this was done to capitalize on her movie success. 
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Pianist, music director, researcher, collector of old-school jazz
Employment
  • Hanover Theatre
    Assistant Music Director, 2012 - present
  • Emmanuel College
    Lecturer in Music, 2012 - present
  • Lasell College
    Lecturer in Music, 2012 - present
  • Performing Arts Center Metrowest
    Music director, 2010 - 2014
  • Boston University
    Adjunct faculty, 2007 - 2012
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
    Faculty, 2008 - 2009
  • Washington National Opera
    Faculty, 2004 - 2006
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Boston, MA
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Moscow, Russian Federation - Frankfurt-am-Main - Gainesville, FL - Washington, DC
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Tagine (n.) a North African stew of spiced meat and vegetables prepared by slow cooking in a shallow ... oh. Tag LINE. Hmm. Don't have one.
Introduction
I only care about offending people I respect.

I play piano professionally and banjo recreationally.

From time to time, I conduct operas and theatre musicals.

I occasionally do an atavistic dance to 80-year old jazz music. Because I love it so much, I also ended up doing a doctoral dissertation in musicology about it.

In 2012, I married one of the brightest individuals I've ever met. She is a NASA scientist, and is far more interesting than I am: https://plus.google.com/+MeganDamon/posts.

I hold no partisan affiliation, but lean liberal on issues of human rights. 

And that's about all there is to say about that.
Bragging rights
Co-author, "Value and Judgment in Medieval Music" (Boston University Press: Boston, 2010). Champion of the All-England Summarize Proust Competition, 1972. In absentia, lead the New York Philharmonic in a command performance of John Cage's 4'33".
Education
  • Boston University
    Musicology, 2007 - 2014
    PhD Dissertation: "Savoy: Reassessing the Role of the 'World's Finest Ballroom' in Music and Dance, 1926-1958."
  • The Catholic University of America
    Music History, 2003 - 2006
    MA Thesis: "Nationalist, Neoclassical, or Both: The Examination of Nationalist and Neoclassical Trends in Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin."
  • The Catholic University of America
    Piano Performance, 1999 - 2003
  • Peabody Institute
    Piano Performance, 1998 - 1999
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