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The Laughing Academy
A Life of Noisy Desperation
“...I wonder where the birdies is” 
23rd-Mar-2009 12:33 am
Wonder
Spring came this weekend, and things were busting out all over.

Friday night was the finale of Battlestar Galactica, in which four years of death and horror ended in reconciliation, peace, and hope. Although I have reservations (technophobia and the Chariots of the Gods thing: two of my pet peeves) I was able to set them aside while I was watching.

Saturday was the dancesofvicenyc “Le Sacre du Printemps” Spring Ball at the Montauk Club. I didn’t dance as much as at previous events, since I arrived too late for the waltz lesson and the rest of the evening was crammed with events. However, I did enjoy the various performances, particularly Melora Creager (Sweeney Todd mini-set FTW!) and Company XIV (the piece they danced, which seemed to draw on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, isn’t listed in their online repertory; I wonder if it was new?). There were many beautiful ensembles with a fairy-tale flair; I wish I’d managed to get a good picture of one lady who was wearing what looked like a cross between a pannier and a trellis. My own outfit was inspired by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and Hollywood’s cheerfully anachronistic 1935 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, topped with the Nancy Storace Mob Cap of Topsy Turvy Design; it went over well, especially the hat.

Then it was up (relatively) bright and early for a “Meet the Programmers” brunch at Film Forum. I was pleased to hear that both a Shakespeare series and a science fiction series are in the works. Afterward, I bought a ticket for the 2 p.m. showing of Z, a fantastic cinema à clef about the 1963 assassination of Gregoris Lambrakis and the subsequent investigation that uncovered the right-wing conspiracy behind it. The film is running through March 31; if you’re a fan of political thrillers, check it out.
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