Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pop Quiz - A-Rod - Abundance - Lives of the Saints - Upcoming Schedule

Wednesday==>OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers ... it is pop-quiz time ... so ... answer the following question in 30 seconds or less ...

Question: In The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, which is more important to the news media: 

(1) The unrest in the Mideast/ISIS; or,

(2) Alex Rodriguez aka A-Rod?


The correct answer is ... tada==>#2 Alex Rodriguez aka A-Rod.

Here's how things developed ... 

Yesterday, the disgraced Rodriguez released a handwritten apology note to fans, his New York Yankees teammates and the league for his doping and other mistakes. A-Rod said he was sorry he took performance-enhancing substances and also apologized for his often combative actions in fighting the process that led to his season-long suspension.

This action brought about a firestorm of media coverage and generated the following front and back page headlines in this morning’s papers ...

MY BAD! A-Rod’s handwritten letter of apology to fans.
front page of The New York Post

Dear Alex, WE DON’T ACCEPT - Sincerely, Yankees fans.
back page of The New York Post

Fans rip A-Rod apology letter. Cheat’s ‘handwritten’ sorry strikes out.
front page of The Daily News

DEAR ALEX, Disgusted Yankee fan pens letter back to A-Rod.
back page of The Daily News

and, even in The Gray Lady ...

To the Readers: Rodriguez Is Not Going Away. Sorry - A slugger’s actions may have rendered his words meaningless. Trying to move on, the Yankees may no longer want him, but they might need him.
front page of the Sports Section of The New York Times.

Only in New York, folks, only in New York!

So ... let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

ABUNDANCE, about two mail-order brides who are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of a new beginning. Their adventure and friendship spans 25 years, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship==>B+

This show grew on me as the story line developed. At first I was totally put-off by the unlikeability of each of the 4 main characters but the emotionally involving story line overcomes this by the end of the show.

I won’t give more details on the story line out of fear of injecting spoilers. Trust me, there are a lot of plot twists and turns.

The acting is stellar as is the staging and sets.

This was the opening performance and the audience was filled with family and theater-related folks.

Billi Pod says==>worth seeing if you will be patient and let things on stage develop.

It is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:00, including intermission, and runs through March 28th.

Now ... moving on to tonight’s entertainment event, the Off Broadway show ...

7:00==>LIVES OF THE SAINTS - “A collection of six delightfully funny and unforgettable short plays by David Ives.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

I have been unable to dredge up more details on the individual plays ... but ... no matter because I have enjoyed Ives’ work in the past, which can best be described as “brainy and loopy.” Yeah, just the kind of humor that Billi Pod loves.

This show is playing at The Duke Theatre on West 42nd Street, has a running time of 2:00, with intermission, and runs through March 27th.

Moving on some more ...

Your favorite blogger has a very AWESOME and diverse entertainment schedule for the remainder of the month ...

Wednesday - 7:00==>LIVES OF THE SAINTS (Off Broadway)

Thursday - 8:00==>ROCKET TO THE MOON (Off Broadway)

Friday - open at the moment

Saturday - 8:00==>THE BIG CONCERT @ Carnegie Hall (classical music concert)

Sunday - 3:00==>ROTTERDAM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall (classical music concert); and,
7:00==>ACADEMY AWARDS, carried on ABC

Monday - 8:00==>THE HEIDI CHRONICLES (Broadway)

Tuesday - 7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC: Chinese New Year Celebration @ Avery Fisher Hall (concert)

Wednesday - open at the moment

Thursday - 7:30==>NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall (classical music concert)

Friday - open at the moment

Saturday - February 28 - 7:30==>Demetri Martin @ Town Hall  (comedy show)

Yeah ... pretty AWESOME isn’t it? But ... remember ...

I report - you decide.

In closing==>at 11:00am it is sunny, blue skies, puffy clouds and 27º, wind chill down to 20º. Manageable ... but ... snow is the forecast for tonight. Oh well ...


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.35 miles (or, 7,329 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>197.82 miles (average 4.12 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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