As I mentioned in my last post, I have been admittedly distracted this week, as a lot of us have. But the world has kept on turning, things happening in the A&E world, so here are few items that have come across the culture desk:
~ The Cannes line-up is out, complete with George Clooney's latest.
~ Monday night was bowling night for Broadway. Laura Bell Bundy played a little 10 pins along with folks like Cynthia Nixon, Alec and Stephen Baldwin and Max Crumm, winner of Grease: You're the One That I Want. Playbill had a nice little photo album from the event, which was a fund raiser for Second Stage Theatre in New York. There's a teriffic little feature on Laura in the New York Post today. The Post also has a story about the handbags Laura designed for Legally Blonde, calling her, "the multitasking Broadway Star."
~ Speaking of Grease: YTOTIW, I got a nice not from Derek Keeling last night. I had dropped the UK grad a note asking if we could catch up with him when we're in New York for the Blonde opening, and he said, "Anything for the people in Lexington." So, hopefully we'll be bringing that story to you, also.
~ Closer to home, Actors Guild of Lexington is hosting a sort of get-to-know Equus Run event to help familiarize people with Equus Run Vineyards where it is staging Love's Labour's Lost this summer. The event at 2 p.m. Saturday will feature Shakespeare at Equus Run director Anthony Haigh discussing the show, AGL technical director Scott Sherman discussing the amphitheater and how it will be used and Paragon Music Theatre stage director Michael Friedman talking about AGL and Paragon's production of Kiss Me Kate. All that, wine-tasting and spectacular weather.
By the way, tomorrow we are going to get back into the swing of things telling you why the director of Anton in Show Business, who hails from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, isn't such a visitor after all.
~ Back to Virginia Tech for a moment before I go. My sister sent me the link to a cool slide show from the University of Virginia's website showing campus activities in honor of Virginia Tech. (The copyrighted AP photo of UVa.'s Beta Bridge, left, is by Matthew Rosenberg of Charlottesville's Daily Progress.) Maroon and Orange at UVa. is about as unheard of at Tech as an outbreak of Cardinal Red at UK, but even the strongest athletic and academic rivalries stand down in moments like these. Karen, a Virginia grad herself, titled her e-mail, "We're all Hokies this week," but admitted she'll have to work a bit to find maroon and orange in her wardrobe to wear the prescribed colors of the day nationwide Friday. It was a lot easier for me to recolor this site than it will be for me to come up with that, too. My alma mater, Old Dominion University, also has been showing its support for the Hokies, though we also had to endure a security lockdown, thanks to copycats, apparently.
We are Virginia Tech.