Happy New Year!!!!

Fleegle
For those of you who are looking for love - I wish it for you in every shape, gender and size you desire.

For those of you who are hoping for children - I wish the stork to deliver bouncing, sweet smelling cherubs to you with easy deliveries.

For those of you looking to change and or find new jobs - may you find the perfect fit for your skills and aspirations which will pay you gobs of money with heaps of vacation time.

For those of you who are sick - speedy recoveries with no repercussions.

For those of you who are feeling blue - happy days right around the corner.

For those of you starting or going back to school - may all the courses you take be taught by interesting professors who challenge you and help you achieve whatever it is you want to do in life.

For everyone - I wish health, happiness and everything you ever wished on a star.

May the road rise to meet you - and may it be made of Nerf so it's soft and spongy.

Happy New Year!!!!

Karen Elson
For those of you who are looking for love - I wish it for you in every shape, gender and size you desire.

For those of you who are hoping for children - I wish the stork to deliver bouncing, sweet smelling cherubs to you with easy deliveries.

For those of you looking to change and or find new jobs - may you find the perfect fit for your skills and aspirations which will pay you gobs of money with heaps of vacation time.

For those of you who are sick - speedy recoveries with no repercussions.

For those of you who are feeling blue - happy days right around the corner.

For those of you starting or going back to school - may all the courses you take be taught by interesting professors who challenge you and help you achieve whatever it is you want to do in life.

For everyone - I wish health, happiness and everything you ever wished on a star.

May the road rise to meet you - and may it be made of Nerf so it's soft and spongy.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Bling Bling by LaT
For those of you who are looking for love - I wish it for you in every shape, gender and size you desire.

For those of you who are hoping for children - I wish the stork to deliver bouncing, sweet smelling cherubs to you with easy deliveries.

For those of you looking to change and or find new jobs - may you find the perfect fit for your skills and aspirations which will pay you gobs of money with heaps of vacation time.

For those of you who are sick - speedy recoveries with no repercussions.

For those of you who are feeling blue - happy days right around the corner.

For those of you starting or going back to school - may all the courses you take be taught by interesting professors who challenge you and help you achieve whatever it is you want to do in life.

For everyone - I wish health, happiness and everything you ever wished on a star.

May the road rise to meet you - and may it be made of Nerf so it's soft and spongy.
Chun Li Lady
You really need to read the whole thing because the author is one of those whiny “nice guys” who doesn’t understand why women don’t like him despite the fact that he went to Yale.

Long, ranty rage at glorified street harassment and the horror of Nice Guy SyndromeCollapse )

I would like to ask the media as a whole to please not book these guys on talk shows. Do not give them a television show. Do not do anything to encourage this type of behavior, it’s enough that women have to deal with this and are told that it’s harmless and we should be thankful that men are paying attention to us, we don’t need to see it glorified anymore than it already is.

First gay, Jewish wedding on City Island

Karl Bear




For someone who has been gay since he was a little kid, picked on, lost jobs, had trouble coming out and has been through health issues, the fact that I was able to look the man I love in the eye and legally get married and celebrate it in front of friends and family in this lifetime is incredible to me,” says Binder, (the couple legally married in New Canaan, CT, last Wednesday opting to rush the ceremony instead of waiting for the N.Y. state law to take effect this Sunday. “I have never encountered anything but support since I moved to this island. It’s a village, and it’s in New York.”




From The NY Daily News story about the first gay, Jewish wedding on City Island.

City Island is a small village that is technically part of the Bronx, thus making it part of NYC which means it's full of New Yorkers and therefore, awesome. Any trip to NYC demands a trip here for a day as it's full of great seafood restaurants and plenty of charm.

Alex Wong explains his injury,

Alex Wong
I've had a Tumblr for years, only recently started using it in earnest: http://benitah.tumblr.com/



How ridiculous that he hurt himself at a Step Up 4 audition, how ridiculous that there is going to be a Step Up 4....le sigh. It's pretty obvious that he has not interest in going back to ballet but if he had stayed at Miami City Ballet, he would be in Paris now getting standing ovations every night. Had he stayed in ballet, I'm sure that one day the guesting gods would have thrown him in with OSIPOVA and Vasiliev for a night of leaping magic.

Step U 4?! Never has one sacrificed so much for something so crappy. Paris you fool, PARIS!!!!!

SYTYCD Hits two out of the park.

Romeo & Juliet
This is how you choreograph sexy, powerful women. This is what the Wilis would be, if I had my way.




After watching this number, Mitchell immediately became my favorite guy in the show. I cannot say enough about how gorgeous this piece is, absolute art. I'm not sure if Mandy Moore attached a story to this but, as in all great dance, the DANCE is the story. So very beautiful. Forgive my corniness, but after seeing this I said it looked like Romeo and Juliet being reunited in heaven.


Alex Wong
Typing this up super quick but last night's SYSYCD's final group dance was actually based on a true story from one of my favorite documentaries! It's called The Angel Makers of Nagyrév. Yup, in a village in Hungary a group of women took to poisoning men, the number varies from a believable 45 to a rather unbelievable 300. If you can track down the documentary, it's well worth seeing.


Posting because it was well done and I fell in lust with the song used, it's haunting and I immediately bought it.




I was disappointed to find out that the judges watch rehearsals, that can only serve to prejudice their take on the actual performances. It seemed like Kristen Chenoweth was hell bent on saying the Foxtrot was her favorite dance going back to when she saw it in the rehearsals. Tyce Diorio continues to be an ass and taking every chance he can to reduce the female dancers to little more than on stage sex objects. The number he choreographed for Miranda and Robert had Tyce gleefully saying that Miranda was playing the role of a hooker for no good reason because the dance worked without that piece of information. I don't know what Lil C was saying about isolations needing to be performed with the whole body, isolations by definition, are all about isolating the movement of one part of the body.


My favorite, after sleeping on it, was Melanie and Marko's sweet lyrical hip hop, followed by the mattress routine so it was a Nappy Tabs sweep. Still, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the samba was easily THE BEST SAMBA EVER! The hip action both dancers showed was off the charts great. I just can't with the level of talent on the show this year, THESE KIDS ARE SO GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Atonement
I do not have deep thoughts about True Blood, that would be a waste of depth and thought but I do thank the tv gods for blessing me with one hell of a new Summer TV Girlfriend in the form of Vedette Lim. She's a Moon Bloodgood/Phoebe Cates mashup with a little Kristin Kreuk around the mouth and her bod is banging!






There are some lovely clips here of Sarah dancing the lead in Giselle from when she guested with LakeCities Ballet. She has never danced the lead with ABT, as a matter of fact, she has barely danced at ABT at all this season. Some people have been speculating that she is being "punished" for being so outspoken about her role in Black Swan because she was all over ABT's roster last year.

Something I noticed in this video, Sarah's profile is a dead ringer for a young Lynda Carter who, incidentally, always show up for ABT's Opening Night Gala.
Alex Wong
As you can see from the inspiration the underrated classic Cry Baby, SYTYCD took it pretty literally.



What the hell happened to Amy Locane? Such a pretty girl, she got kicked off the original Melrose Place and apparently out of Hollywood.

Some thoughtsCollapse )

Count your blessings girl!

Swan Kick
In the next few weeks I will be seeing Ballet Nacional de Cuba, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet (aka: The Kirov Ballet) along with ABT's premier of Ratmanky's The Bright Stream with OSIPOVA and soon to be Mr. OSIPOVA, Ivan Vasiliev (he's here because Herman Cornejo (aka: The Rabbit) is injured)!!!!!!! Then OSIPOVA again in Coppélia and The Queen of Balance, Alina Cojocaru in (unfortunately in ABT's version and not The Royal Ballet's version) of The Sleeping Beauty. One must count one's blessings and to be in NYC this summer is like getting your ballet passport stamped many times!

The incomparable Ms. Viegnsay Valdes of Ballet Nacional de Cuba



To add to our ballet riches.....next summer The Australian Ballet is coming to perform Graeme Murphy's Swan Lake!!!!!! I have been dying to see this Swan Lake since I saw bits of it in Mao's Last Dancer!


How gorgeous is this?????? The Australian Ballet's Swan Lake:


Amanda Road
Ya'll can keep McAvoy and Fassbender (even though they were excellent in their respective roles), I'm all about the hot ass Spaniard who doesn't say a word. Mmmmmm Álex González!

What else did I learn?

Miniskirts are always proper attire. Ditto for all of Rose Byrne's close cut blazers.

The mirrored paillette dress that Zoe Kravitz wears once she's all evil needs to be mine.

The importance of great lingerie at all times.

Jennifer Lawrence is luminous, she absolutely glows from within. Her hair deserves its own credit.

Betty Draper needs to embrace the 60's jumpsuit immediately on Mad Men as January Jones pulls it off flawlessly.

I really need to learn how to do a proper cat eye with eyeliner.

The short boots that Fassbender wears....guys need to adopt that look ASAP.

James McAvoy runs like a lady. I'm still laughing.

Just because, Álex González.

May. 26th, 2011

Carrie Shoe message
It sucks that this devolves into a stupid flash mob because Sir werkin it in his platform heels is all I want to see.




Meeting S for drinks, what are the odds that I can convince her to see The Book of Mormon with me? She traditionally hates musicals but she loved Avenue Q so that means she'll love BoM, right?
Yanet
This is where I've been fortunate enough to spend the worst part of the winter for the past few years: Old San Juan in Puerto Rico. The streets are cobblestone and the homes are brightly colored....it's like Candyland came to life. Joan Smalls is a Puerto Rican native as well as one of the biggest high fashion models on the scene and it's abundantly clear why: SHE"S GORGEOUS!

Romeo & Juliet
Life imitates tv, the house used as the Kent Farm on SV is really up for sale. Pa Kent platitudes not included, years of gawking fans angling for pictures are.

Jasika Nicole from Fringe wrote a kickass essay on the differences in how her and her partner are treated in the US versus how they are treated in Canada.

The dead as a doornail Wonder Woman show released a picture of Adrienne in the so called classic costume. They fucked that up too.


ABT's Ethan Stiefel proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Gillian Murphy after she performed in ABT's opening night gala. She looks genuinely surprised, I hope wedding photos make it online.



If they do have dancing kids, I hope they inherit Gillian's constitution because for the past seven or eight years, Ethan has spent more time injured than he has spent actually dancing. That woman is a fucking warrior, I don't think she has ever missed a performance.
Dancing Duck
Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of Jim Henson's death, here's my hands down favorite Muppet Show performance. It's so joyful that even and Waldorf had no choice but to join in.




Harry Belafone sang this song at Jim Henson's memorial service and he gave a beautiful elegy about Henson's legacy of humanity. You can watch it here.

May. 11th, 2011

Alessandra Carmen
There are many things to love about commercial with NYCB's Principal dancer, Ashley Bouder and SYTYCD's Twitch but the best is that it doesn't force the ballet to become hip hop or the hip hop to become ballet. They exist as their own disciplines and *that's perfect*.

She's just a girl, Take care of it.

Zoe Biting Lip
Zoe Saldana in Colombiana making all of my dreams come true.



PS: I need an icon of her sucking the lollipop now!!!
Addams Family


Go ahead and "aw" when he/she/it hugs the little kid.
Johnny Weir
The best thing I can say about it is that it's inoffensive which is also the worst thing about it. It's not creative, it's not interesting and it looks really cheap. I feel talkative today so let's go through the looks which you can see here.

Ranked from best to worstCollapse )

I love you Johnny and if you want to be a designer you need to go to school for it. You aren't Victoria Beckham who has a team of actual designers working for her, you are going to have to do this the hard way. Good luck kid.

Big Planet on the Horizon, what do you do?

Mom/Daughter
I've long been enchanted by the idea of being able to look into the sky and see a planet big and full, hanging there. I understand that a view like that would mean big trouble for our own planet but I enjoy seeing in movies and there are two films with that very sight on the near horizon. The odd coincidence is that these are both independent films where the planets are catalysts for small, personal stories.

Lars von Trier's Melancholia in which Kirsten Dunst decides that if a planet is going to hit Earth, one might as well get married.




The slightly more introspective Another Earth.

The Ballad of the Polar Bear Sweater

Pandas
Back in October (or whenever Urban Outfitters sends out its winter catalog) I noticed an adorable polar bear sweater within the pages of the UO catalog. It wasn't festooned with polar bears, no it was the face of the bear on a fitted, cream colored, lightweight sweater with black claws right at the wrists. Not too hipstery, not too cutesy, in a word it was perfect. Since it was holiday time, I was trying to save cash so I figured I would wait until after Christmas to see if it went on sale, if it did I would buy it, if not, hey, I have a lot of clothes. One time, while shopping with my mother, we saw it at Urban Outfitters and she offered to buy it for me but I told I was waiting until after the holidays to see if the price dropped.

So...after Christmas I checked the website and the sweater was gone, same deal in the store. Fuck.

A few days after the ridiculous storm we had after Christmas, we went to party at my cousin S's home. We exchanged gifts and lo and behold, she got me the sweater. I started to sputter the story to her and she thought that I already had the sweater until I could explain that it was pretty much the only sweater I wanted that season. This is a roundabout way of saying that my cousin buys the best gifts in the world, my birthday gift was a sexy trench coat with a ruffled hem. As today was a sort of lovely day, I wore them both and I was thankful to have fashion wise family members who can read my wardrobe like an open book.

Cute, aint' it?

My childhood tv rocked hard.

Fleegle
Sid and Marty Krofft have always been personal heroes of mine. One of their many fantastic children's shows was H.R. Puf n Stuff. Like all kids' shows, there is an underlying message of self acceptance (no, Lady Gaga didn't invent that shit) but unlike most kids' shows, this one is delivered by the bad guys and the bad guy singing this little ditty is Mamma Cass.



In case you can't tell that these are villains, the rat is wearing a Nazi uniform. So glad that I had this back in my day and not Yo Gabba, Gabba.
Lauren Cohan
Considering how that Red Riding Hood film bombed at the box office, perhaps this means the end to the out of nowhere fairy tale craze that has gripped Hollywood. There was absolutely no need for that movie since the DEFINITIVE take on Red Riding Hood was made 27 years ago and it's called The Company of Wolves based upon the story by Angela Carter. It speaks to all the scary/magical things about going from girlhood to womanhood and does so beautifully that it looks like the most gorgeous high fashion editorial that has ever been shot. This movie embraces it's studio location and makes it work for the atmosphere of the movie, which is a feeling that is simultaneously boundless and claustrophobic. There is a scene where Rosaleen climbs a tree and finds a bird's nest filled with more symbolism of a young woman's adolescence than you can shake a stick at.

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If you know a young girl, you must show her this film. It's got a feminist streak a mile wide, girls are expected to save themselves (imagine that in this whiny, Twilight obsessed age). There is gore and it's lovely in its own way. All of the effects are practical, no CGI trickery. This movie is about stories, the telling of them and the need we all have, to hear them told to us. Like all fairy tales, there is sex all over this movie but it's never salacious. There is horror and not all of it is perpetrated by the so called monsters. The wolves are mesmerizing, terrifying and sympathetic. My absolute favorite story is the one about a female wolf who comes up to the surface world, to meet the best and worst that humanity has to offer in one night. It contains the single most beautiful shot in all of cinema.

This shot makes me almost wish I was a wolf girlCollapse )

One of the actors in this movie, Micha Bergese, is a noted modern dancer and it shows in his performance. His menace is all physical grace and coiled power, you could never teach that to a non-dancing actor.

Casting KK is a double edged sword.

KK Men's Fitness
I'm happy that Kristin Kreuk booked a role on a new show, I'm unhappy that it's one of the ten thousand "fairy tale" shows that are all over pilot season. The 17th Precinct is one of two supernatural police department shows on NBC which means that at most, only one will make the air. Grimm has, to me at least, the more interesting story with actual Grimm's characters walking around in the world but The 17th Precinct has, so far, the better cast. Another bad sign is that these shows are on NBC which does not have a great traffic record with supernatural/sci-fi shows and with the much higher profile Wonder Woman a certain go, how many shows like this can it handle? In all honesty, I'm not a fan of magical themed shows, of course, if the show surprises me (as Starz's Camelot did with Eva Green playing a proto-feminist villain with a wardrobe right out of McQueen's earliest work) I will happily sign on as a viewer.

In news that is nothing but awesome, these two cuties have announced their engagement!!!!



That's Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev to those of you who aren't in the ballet loop.

Gotta love a big Russian wedding! In last Sunday's performance of Don Quixtote, in the last of the three overhead, one handed lifts, Vasiliev went up on demipointe and lifted his right leg into a arabesque that seemed to surprise Osipova and she responded with a happily shocked smile on her face that made the entire ballet for me. To take such joy in what you do and to be able to share it with the person you love has got to be an amazing feeling and that they can share that joy with an audience makes them a truly magical dance pairing. I feel so lucky to be alive now and I am looking forward to watching them grow as performers and artists.

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