Monday, November 5, 2007

1st\NW Quadrant 11/12 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 12, 2007

Morrissey Shirt Removal

Matt wrote on the blog EAR FARM, "Night four [October 27, 2007] of Morrissey at the Hammerstein Ballroom was the best show of the series so far - a 9.5/10. Morrissey wore a tuxedo, was in high spirits, went off on a rant about Canada in regards to their killing of baby seals, and delivered his strongest vocals of perhaps any show I've seen him perform to date."

Sheridan Whiteside posted in the forums on the site Morrissey-Solo, "Before leaving the stage, he removed his sweat-soaked navy shirt and threw it into the crowd."

Seinfeld on Letterman

Jerry Seinfeld said on the Late Show [October 29. 2007],"So a billionaire comedian's wife writes an Oprah-approved cookbook about hiding brussel sprouts in your kids' mac and cheese, and some celebrity-stalking lunatic [Missy Chase Lapine, the author of "The Sneaky Chef"] accuses her of plagiarism, just because the book she already wrote on that topic contains 15 identical recipes!" Seinfeld also accused the author of being a potential serial killer. (Defamer)

The premise of Ms. Seinfeld's book ["Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food"] is that meals kids enjoy, such as lasagna, tacos and pita pizzas, can be tweaked to be more nutritious. She sneaks carrot and spinach purees into a recipe for brownies, while a recipe for chicken alphabet soup includes cauliflower puree. In her introduction, Ms. Seinfeld notes: "This book is nothing more than one mom's coping skills."

Missy Chase Lapine has gone from feeling "uncomfortable" about the uncanny similarities between the two titles to "concerned and troubled." (Jezebel)

JKF Cat Roundup

To the alarm of cat rescue groups, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has started rounding up feral cats that live in a colony deep in the secured cargo areas of Kennedy International Airport. The several dozen cats have been tended for years by sympathetic airport employees.

The cats sleep in makeshift cubicles made of plastic packing containers nestled in cargo carts that once carried transcontinental luggage but have been long retired from Kennedy’s runways. They gather under and around a rusted old fuel tanker truck.

He [Pasquale DiFulco, an authority spokesman] said the cats were creating “an unsafe and unsanitary” environment. “You’ve got a situation where the cats are being fed, which then attracts rodents and, far more seriously, birds,” he said. Gulls attracted to the food could end up colliding with sensitive aircraft parts, he said. (New York Times)


"LES MISÉRABLES" is the third longest-running show in Broadway history and will, on October 8, pass the 21 year old record of "Cats" in London to become the longest-running musical ever on the West End or Broadway with 8,372 performances; a run nearly three years longer than Broadway’s record-holder "The Phantom of the Opera," all three shows having been produced by Cameron Mackintosh. "LES MISÉRABLES" has been seen by over 54 million people in 38 countries and 21 languages since its first London performance in October 1985. The original Broadway production opened on March 12, 1987, at the Broadway Theatre, winning seven Tony Awards that season, including Best Musical. The show went on to play a total of 6,680 performances. (Les Mis)

"None of the Above"

Wilborn Hampton of the New York Times writes in his review of the play, "There may be a) drama, b) humor or c) romance in the teenage trauma known as the SATs, but in Jenny Lyn Bader’s play “None of the Above,” it is the title that is the correct answer, at least in the uneven revival being presented by the fledgling South Ark Stage Company."

"Ms. Bader’s two-hander takes the situation of a tutor’s being hired to coach a bratty high school senior for her SATs, then gives the characters so much improbable back history that her score on the test becomes a life-and-death struggle. "

"The playwright has updated a version staged in 2003 (with Alison Pill, now appearing on Broadway, as the senior) and set in 1995. The play now takes place in “the present,” but it still feels behind the times, a slight comedy that wants to be taken seriously."
(Photo courtesy of Carol Rosegg via NY Times)

However, Matthew Murray of Talkin Broadway said in his review of the play that it was a,"... highly enjoyable comedy..."

"Lost Book of Nostradamus"

In 1994, Italian journalist Enza Massa was at the Italian National Library in Rome when she stumbled upon an unusual find. It was a manuscript dating to 1629, titled: Nostradamus Vatinicia Code. Michel de Notredame, the author's name, was on the inside in indelible ink. The book contains cryptic and bizarre images along with over eighty watercolor paintings by the master visionary himself. Follow the investigative trail of how the manuscript was found in the archives and exactly how it got there. New insight is given into the life of Nostradamus and his relationship with Pope Urban VIII, who knew about this manuscript and in whose possession it was for many years. (History)

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“Tell Me You Love Me”

Despite the fact that HBO describes “Tell Me You Love Me” as a provocative and honest exploration of intimacy, it appears that every sex scene has a simultaneous orgasm.

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