Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Haiku #303 - Inner Voices

inner voices sing
to an audience the words
we can't say out loud

Running only thru Sun Dec. 2, 2012 - 3 1-act solo musicals, work of Nilo Cruz, Hunter Foster, many more talented writers and performers. Info & tickets here

Monday, November 26, 2012

Haiku #302 - NY Pizza - Little Luzzo's

delicious pizza
and if you still have some room,
a Nutella treat

Little Luzzo's - E 96th between Lex & Park:
I've only eaten here a couple times, and both times been surprised at how good (and cheap) this place is - it's a non-fancy Upper East Side joint on the same block as the train. My pizza disappeared before I could get a picture (whoops), but here's a pic of the Nutella roll:

it's not much to look at, but it was yummy
They must go through a lot of Nutella; the tip jar is an enormous Nutella jar.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Haiku #301 - Book of Mormon in Chicago

they know the show now
time to add lights and costumes
off to Chicago!

The Chicago company of The Book of Mormon, for whom I had the pleasure of playing rehearsals here in New York, will soon be off to Chicago for a run beginning December 11th. I was sad to say goodbye to everyone after spending 3 1/2 weeks in rehearsal with them, but look forward to visiting them and seeing the show in Chicago!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Haiku #300 - Thanksgiving

perfect autumn day
walk in park and brunch with friends
reasons to give thanks

Lysa and I pose next to Girls' Gate,
which evidently was created when people knew how to use apostrophes.

Kurt manages to channel Gene Kelly
and Donald O'Connor at the same time.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Haiku #299 - Linus & Lucy

Gary (drums) and John (conductor-Book of Mormon's Chicago company)
rocking it out at the end of rehearsal
Linus and Lucy
might sneak into rehearsal
on a little break

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Haiku #298 - El Centro

with Alex, hanging before she rejoins the Book of Mormon tour next week!
nachos and girl talk
with honorary seestor
before she leaves town

Haiku #297 - NY Pizza

Bear strikes a pose!
pushing through the crowds
to meet a friend for pizza
on a quick lunch break

Siena Pizza - 40th St and 8th Ave
Just plain ol' greasy New York pizza, cheap, unpretentious, filling, convenient.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Haiku #296

there are weeks like this
remember to breathe when life's 
planned to the minute

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Haiku #295 - Freelancer Weekend

couple of cocktails
plus two-and-a-half hour nap
freelancer weekend*

*file under "good problems to have" and "at least I got my nap!"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Haiku #294 - Volunteer

could be an everyday part
of our nation's life

...and other vaguely socio-political thoughts to be fleshed out another time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Haiku #293 - Sandy Amazon Registry

supplies sent through the Sandy relief registry on Amazon,
stockpiled at a church that has offered its space for sorting and distribution
Photo courtesy Natalie Wilson

help from far away
send exactly what's needed

There are a couple different registries on Amazon (and probably elsewhere) - so if you want to help with the recovery effort by sending supplies, this is a great way to send exactly what's needed to a place where it'll be distributed to the people who need it most. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Haiku #292 - Patzeria Friends & Family

Monday pizza day!
I forgot to take a pic
of my brocc'li rabe

I'll blame busy-ness and general hurricane discombobulation for my lack of a pizza haiku... I'll get back next week. But Patzeria on W 46th St I already mentioned as my favorite slice (I get the Grandma slice or the tomato-basil)...this is the sit-down Italian place on 48th and 8th that they opened about a year ago. I went in this evening between gigs and had a beer and a broccoli rabe at the bar and a friendly chat with the owner. Great place, great food, great people.

Back to normal pizza haikuing next Monday!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Haiku #291 - Broadway Impact

The Broadway company of Book of Mormon celebrates Brian Sears and Nick Spangler, who were to run the NYC marathon and raised thousands of dollars to advocate for marriage equality through Broadway Impact. They were taken on a "cool-down jog" through the theater district and led up to the mezzanine where many company members were waiting to surprise them.

you can run away
or run to create the world
you want to live in

Props also to marathoners who ran supplies and volunteered in devastated neighborhoods today, and to my friend Dodd who ran his own marathon through affected areas, and raised thousands of dollars in pledges for the Red Cross recovery effort.

Nick (left), me (silly pose), and Brian (right)
Why yes, those are handmade "mylar" blankets!
I love theater people!

Haiku #290 - Roommate

long conversations
about how to fix the world
small-kitchen summit

Friday, November 2, 2012

Haiku #289 - Hurricane Recovery: 3-2 Clave

one two three, one two
this music knows me so well
and carries me home

Today after rehearsal, trudging through New York City's partially-restored subway system with thousands of other hurricane-weary New Yorkers, I flipped through the limited music on my phone for something to drown out the din in and out of my head. I chose In the Heights - a show that's been an important part of my life for over four years, especially last year when I was on tour with it. I haven't really played it or heard it since tour ended in June, and today it was like putting on a really comfortable, comfort-ing hoodie. Just what I needed to put a smile on my face and make it home.

In the Heights is a show about community and family, and I think anyone who worked on it can say they were touched by the sense of family that prevailed in the company. Maybe I chose to listen to it because earlier today, I found out that two (separate) people from the Heights family lost everything in the hurricane. Another member of the original company has set up a donation page here. If you can spare "one dollar, two dollar, one-fifty, one-sixty-nine", or 96000, please visit.

...You know that makes you want to watch the 96000 Tony awards performance ;)

Haiku #288 - Discipline

discipline's your friend
it makes you write haikus when
you just want to sleep