Friday, August 10, 2012


It is a gray and gloomy TGIF in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

And ... speaking of gray ... let’s begin this posting with Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s entertainment event ... tada ... 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, A WORLD-PREMIERE ADAPTATION, about how a pure soul is ultimately destroyed by an obsession with self-image and youth==>A<== an awesome theater experience.

The show has a stellar performance from an outstanding cast headed by young and gorgeous Sam Underwood in the role of Dorian Gray. 

The staging and direction is terrific and the British accents are understandable. Yes, if you are a theater person you know the storyline but, trust me, you will be totally focused on every word of this production. The running time is 2:30, with one intermission.

The show is produced by the Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Inc. which is dedicated to “classic theatre for the modern planet.” Thank you for bringing us this gem!

Folks, if you are a theater-nut like moi, this is a “must see” ... not joking ... a “must see.” 

It runs through August 19th and is playing at the Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street. Tickets are also available on the TDF website.

So Billi Pod says==>get thee to this show!

Yesterday afternoon Billi Pod stayed in the cool confines of PHC to watch the final game of the 4-game YANKEES/DETROIT series. It was a nail biter from the very beginning.

The Yankees won 4-3 on back-to-back homers from Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez and split the series 2-2.

BTW==>Billi Pod hates Tigers!!

Tonight @ 7:05pm is game 1 of the 3-game YANKEE/TORONTO series, in Toronto.

Freddy Garcia (5-5) will be on the mound for The Bronx Bombers vs. Ricky Romero (8-8) for The Blue Jays.

Speaking of sports ... Billi Pod has deliberately avoided becoming involved in the nonstop media-fueled “drama” known here as Sanchez vs. Tebow. Training camp and preseason means nothing. Billi Pod says==>Let’s wait until the regular season begins and then see how things work out.

Tonight’s entertainment event is ...

8:00==>GETTING THE BUSINESS - “An executive with more on his mind than work meets a vivacious assistant who gradually reveals an agenda of her own.” (Off Broadway - $9.00 TDF ticket)

The show is in very early previews and is playing at a theatre on my block.

Today marks the beginning of the NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL (FF), featuring over 180 national and international theater and dance troupes at various venues in downtown Manhattan.

This has become one of Billi Pod’s entertainment standards and it runs through Sunday, August 26th. I already have tickets for 5 shows.

Yes, sometimes the shows can be pretty dreadful but sometimes you will hit a gem ... like URINETOWN, which I saw in its Fringe Festival iteration.

I want to share with you loyal and faithful readers and followers what Billi Pod’s entertainment schedule is for the upcoming 10 days ...

Friday - 8:00==>GETTING THE BUSINESS (Off Broadway)


Sunday - 2:00==>LOVE DEATH BRAINS: A PETE RYDBERG MUSICAL MEME (FF); 9:00==>SLEEPOVER (FF) This is being produced by my friend Julie Miller.

Monday - 7:05==>YANKEES/TEXAS @ Yankee Stadium

Tuesday - 8:00==>MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA @ Avery Fisher Hall.

Wednesday - 7:05==>YANKEES/TEXAS @ Yankee Stadium

Thursday - 6:30==>DOGS: A BITING COMEDY (FF)

Friday - 7:05==>YANKEES/BOSTON FUCKSOX @ Yankee Stadium

Saturday - 2:00==>NATIONAL PASTIME - THE MUSICAL (Off Broadway)

Sunday - 8:05==>YANKEES/BOSTON FUCKSOX @ Yankee Stadium.

Summary for the 10 days: 4 baseball games; 1 classical music concert; 5 Fringe Festival shows; and, 2 Off Broadway shows. AWESOME!!

Yes my loyal and faithful readers and followers, this is why this 78yo reverse snowbird loves living in New York City, The Greatest City In the World.


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>6.23  miles
Total mileage since 7/1/12==>164.73
Mileage remaining until 4/23/13==>914.27


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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