Monday, March 25, 2013


Monday==>Good morning to all of my loyal and faithful readers and followers out there in the hinterlands, wastelands and boondocks. I hope that each and everyone had a great weekend because your favorite blogger certainly did.

Yes, Sunday’s doubleheader was AWESOME, and I know I use that word too often ... but it was a terrific ending to a fabulous week for Billi Pod here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In the World.

During the past week Billi Pod attended 11 entertainment events: 1 Broadway show (The Big Knife); 8 Off Broadway shows; and 2 classical music concerts. He celebrated his 23rd year of continuous sobriety and renewed his lease on PHC for 2 additional years. The week had 4 doubleheaders.

I hope you will agree with me that it was, in truth and fact, an AWESOME week.

So ... with that awesomeness in mind, let’s move on with today’s posting, beginning with report cards on yesterday’s entertainment events ... first ... 

ENCORES!: IT'S A BIRD...IT'S A PLANE...IT'S SUPERMAN, the caped hero attempts to protect Metropolis from villains==>A

Despite having a TDF seat that sucked (very rear of the mezzanine) I found this to be a totally enjoyable experience. As usual the orchestra and the orchestration was outstanding.

Edward Watts as Superman/Clark Kent, Jenny Powers as Lois Lane and Will Swenson as Max Menchken, the gossip columnist, headed a stellar cast of talented performers, who gave their all.

The house appeared to be sold-out and the audience was very much into the production, especially during Superman’s flying sequences, which were portrayed by a cartoon cut-out crossing the stage on a wire.

Yeah, I left City Center with a smile on my face.

My second entertainment event wasn’t until 9:00pm, so I had plenty of time to have my usual fruit and cheese plate and to finish reading the 3 Sunday papers.

Then it was time for another show, a part of the Midtown March Medley, 4 plays written by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley ...

ART AND SCIENCE, about an estranged student who visits his former voice teacher, who is in declining health==>A+

This drama, with a comedic touch, has a totally engrossing and believable storyline and amazing performances by John Tartaglia and Tony Sheldon.

Their interaction(s) was a master class on making characters and scenes realistic. I don’t want to sound overly dramatic, or like a shill, but, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, this was one of the best pieces of acting that I have seen in a long long long time.

In yesterday’s blog I wrote that Sunday was the final performance in the Series. Well, I was wrong. ART AND SCIENCE has the following remaining performances ...

Monday @ 8:00
Tuesday @ 7:00
Wednesday @ 3:00
Friday @ 2:00

Tickets and the schedule for the other shows for the upcoming week are at ...

To his theater-nut buddies in The Tri-State area Billi Pod says==>get thee to this show ASAP!!

Moving on to Billi Pod’s entertainment schedule for tonight ...

7:00==DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS - The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere @ Avery Fisher Hall. - “Using the famous Longfellow poem, ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,’ this concert is a riveting and thrilling work of modern choral music, invoking the excitement of the horse ride as well as the quiet of the streets, the beauty of the night, the history of the rickety old bell tower, and the breathless excitement as the message is delivered. (concert - complimentary ticket)

Featured are the Distinguished Concerts Singers International and the Gay and Lesbian Big Apple Corps.

As you loyal and faithful readers and followers know, today, being Monday, it will be my usual errands and stuff day ... so ... I will need to close this posting with some observations on the sports scene (just for you Marty) ...

I think it is pretty amazing that 3 Florida teams have made it to the Sweet Sixteen, University of Florida, University of Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers). FGCU is the first 15-seed team ever to advance to the final 16.

Would love to see them advance further but ... dammit ... they are playing my Gators at 10:00pm on Friday.

On the baseball scene there continues to be very bad karma from the Yankee spring training headquarters, this time focusing on Derek Jeter’s status. His left ankle remains a problem and he may go on the DL and miss the Opening Game on April 1.

Trust me on this, folks, it’s gonna be a long and painful season for The Bronx Bombers. Your favorite blogger will give his predictions on the upcoming season later on this week, so you loyal and faithful readers and followers need to stay tuned.

Yesterday was another decent walking day.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.27 miles (or, 11,529 steps)

Total mileage for week==>26.99 miles (average 3.86 miles per day)

Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,273.21 miles (average 4.77 miles per day) 


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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