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Last night, I basked in LA History at the wonderful L.A. NOW AND THEN - A new musical revue​ at the LACC Theatre Academy​ at the Los Angeles City College - El Caminito Theater​. Bruce Kimmel​ did a wonderful job creating this revue, and the veteran and student acting and production team executed it well. It brought back loads and loads of memories; too bad I can't refer more folks to it as we saw the last performance.
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The first part of my sample ballot, wherein I explore the federal races and the reasoning behind my choices. Covered in this post are the offices of US President, US Senator, and US Congresscritter, 30th district. My recommendations (at the present time) are: Hillary Clinton​, Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate​, and Congressman Brad Sherman​. Rationale is in the post, and as I note in my intro: I’m only going to listen to positive argument based on your candidate’s positions, not negative arguments about why my candidate or choice is so bad.
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One of the remaining themed chum posts from last week. This one deals with food. Articles on Italy decriminalizing food thefts when done due to hunger (trigger the Les Miserables - Musical​ music); the importance and contents of Care packages; the story of Fred Harvey Company​ and the Harvey Restaurants; when to use fancy salts; and alternatives when you are craving common migraine trigger foods.
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Here's the news chum collected so far over the trip that wouldn't theme (two themed posts are forthcoming). Articles included touch upon the following subjects: the passing of Remo Belli (think Remo Drums); teachers that commute from Las Vegas to Baker; Hacking the Vagus Nerve in the brain to reduce pain; Tylenol reducing emphathy; Barium problems in Porter Ranch; a TV weather reporter is handed a grey cardigan because some viewers think she is showing too much skin; cell phones and theatres; what they are doing with the Ikea space in Burbank; and Yiddish in Poland.
I've been on travel for my daughter's graduation, and so I haven't had a lot of time to write about the articles I've seen. I've got two themed collections of chum that I'll write up after last night's theatre review (not sure when I'll post them). But first, here's the stuff that wouldn't theme ...
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Clearing out some more news chum -- this time, "Decision 2016" related. This one expresses my positive support for Hillary Clinton. She may be wrong about many things, but (to paraphrase P.J. O'Rourke​: "she’s wrong within normal parameters.”). She's also the candidate with the most experience (and experience is not a bad thing).
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Last night: "Endgame" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre​ of Center Theatre Group​. Interesting play, with nuances of Facebook political discussions and dealing with aging parents with mental impairment. While there, we got to meet and talk with Isabella Petrini of BAE Theatre​, who has a show (Matt and Ben) at Hollywood Fringe Festival​; she led a great post-show discussion. Today was CARNEY MAGIC: Return Engagement!​ at The Colony Theatre​. The show was a good sleight-of-hand magic show, but it was sad to see the Colony lobby devoid of character.
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And the rest of the ballot: The state, county, and city races and measures.
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The last of last week's news chum, this time on technology. Articles on how Windows Update can screw up your Windows 7 installation; how to preserve the option of a free Windows 10 update; how Microsoft is now scheduling you for a Windows 7 to 10 update without asking first; why Windows 10 was free. Moving off Windows 10, there are articles on how to boot from a USB drive, and when the "Buy Now" button doesn't really buy anything.
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A somewhat brief (for me) writeup of The Last Five Years​ at American Conservatory Theater​ (San Francisco), which we saw last night. This is a simple show that depends on the quality of the performances; the performers here were excellent and brought a lot of personality to the show. Kudos to Zak Resnick​ and Margo Seibert​ for their wonderful performances, and to Michael Berresse​ for his direction.
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As you are probably aware, Celebration Theatre​ isdoing "The Boy from Oz" in Los Angeles. We'll see that in June; last night we saw Landmark Musical Theatre​'s version of the same show in San Francisco. Two vastly different cities, with vastly different venues and performance budgets. You've heard about the raves for the cast in LA. Those of you who can't get up to see it in San Francisco will be missing an equally talented cast.
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Some musings about the future of music and music recording, of the iPod Classic​ and iTunes​, of Apple Music​ and streaming, of #DigitalRightsManagement, the W3C​, and their proposals. Own the music you love -- don't lease it. Don't let the streaming companies control your music; you should be in control of your music library. Read on, McDuff...
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Prompted by Colin Mitchell's post over on Bitter Lemons​ (echoed to Pro99) on problems with Goldstar Los Angeles​'s Comp Train, and my experiences speaking up for the audience to the Hollywood Fringe Festival​: A post exploring how to service the needs of the various "customers" of theatre in Los Angeles.
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Daniel is a mild-mannered computer security specialist with interests in a wide variety of things, especially live theatre, highways, Judaism, history, and off-beat news. His primary home is on Livejournal, but you can also find him on Facebook and G+.
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