Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy 31st Birthday to My Grandson Chris Falletta

Saturday==>A major HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to my youngest grandson, Chris Falletta aka Topher, who lives in Apopka, FL. Topher is celebrating his 31st.

And, speaking of Topher, hopefully, he will be able to visit me this summer up here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World. We are working on the details now, so stay tuned.

I am happy to report to all of you loyal and faithful readers and followers that yesterday’s doubleheader was pretty AWESOME, and, yes ... your favorite blogger obviously made it safely to and from the wilderness known as Queens

So ... let’s get started with the first entertainment event ...

db, the staged reading about the infamous DB Cooper, who hijacked a Boing 747 on November 24, 1971==>interesting and educational.

After receiving the $200,000 ransom Cooper parachuted from the plane and has never been seen since.

I saw this with my theater-buddies Dian Crystal aka My Lady and Marty Kosarik aka Numnutz.

When the reading was over, as planned, Marty and I began our Out-of-Manhattan Adventure by catching the N train up to a venue located on Crescent Avenue in Astoria ... gasp ...  Queens.

We made great time. It was 9 stops from Times Square and it took only 16 minutes. It was only 5:05pm when we got to our subway station in Astoria. The show didn’t start until 8:00pm, so we had, obviously, plenty of time to get acquainted with the ‘hood.

The first thing we did was find the Astoria Performing Arts Center, which is actually in the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on Crescent Street, not that far from the subway station.

After accomplishing this task we then walked around the immediate ‘hood and I have to admit that I was very impressed. It was not ghetto-like as I had erroneously mentally pictured.

We found a nice restaurant, Grand Cafe, where we had a leisurely early dinner and it was great. There was such a positive vibe in the restaurant from a youngish crowd.

Then it was time for the reason for our Out-of-Manhattan Adventure, the  musical ... 

BLOOD BROTHERS, Willy Russell’s 1983 tear-inducing musical is about twin brothers separated at birth and their subsequent interwoven lives, one wealthy, the other poor==>A

The theme explores the classic debate of nature vs. nurture through the story of twin brothers raised under very different social and economic circumstances.

The cast is exceptional, especially Collean Hawks in the difficult role of Mrs. Johnstone and Rowan Michael Meyer as Mickey, one of the twins.

There is a 7-piece orchestra, plus two trumpets played by members of the cast.

The staging and choreography is outstanding, especially for a small and confined performance space.

As I reported yesterday, the show ran for 24-years in London. I didn’t mention that it ran for only 2 years on Broadway. The reason for its rather limited run has been attributed to the difficulty American audiences had in dealing with the central theme of the effects of class on our development as individuals.

Yes, my loyal and faithful readers and followers in the Tri-State area, it is a production that is definitely worth making the extra effort to see.

It was 11:15pm when I opened the door to PHC, thus ending an AWESOME doubleheader==>it was great being with you Marty.

Moving on ...

Tonight’s entertainment event is an Off Broadway play ...

8:00==>BROKEN FENCES - “A contemporary play set in an African American neighborhood in Chicago. Two neighbors, one black, one white, must find a way to protect their families without destroying their community.” (Off Broadway - $9.00 TDF ticket)

This World Premiere is playing at the Shetler Theatre Complex on West 54th Street.

Last night the Bronx Bombers got shutout 2-0 by the Oakland A’s. Our ace CC Sabathia made basically one mistake during the game, a game leading-off, first-pitch homer by Adam Rosales.

This afternoon @ 1:05pm at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed And Ego Built, it will be Phil Hughes (0-2) on the mound for The Yankees vs. former Yankee Bartolo Colon (3-0) for the A’s.

Actually, I am working on this posting while watching the game on the tube ... so ...

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.30 miles (or, 11,592 steps)

Total mileage since 7/1/12==>1,440.15 miles 


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