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In March 2013, D. A. D. took a vow of poverty, liquidating his 401K, ended up losing out to ‘storage war’, and failed to maintain life insurance payment. Although not in-debt, he has been afraid to be a burden to his family.
May God bless us and the U.S.!
The first two rounds have produced the most amazing results in the history of NCAA college basketball. Including the improbable 20-point upset of #1 Virginia, by the #16 University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, among the survivors are two #11 seeded teams and two #7 seeds.
In the opening round alone, there were nine upsets. Most notably two #13 seeded teams – the Bulls from the University of New York at Buffalo and outplayed higher #4 seeds.
If the madness continues, perhaps the #9 Seminoles from Florida will win the West, the #3 Red Raiders of Texas become the East Regional Champ, the Midwest will be represented by a group of #5 Clemson Tigers from South Carolina, and #11 Loyola University of Chicago ramble away with the South title on the way to the Final Four this Easter weekend.
There remains four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, four of the Big 12 Conference (that really only has ten members – whereby it seems that everyone but Iowa State got chosen from that Big [Roman-numeral] XII Conference to be in this year’s tournament), and two of the only four nominated Big Ten Conference (that has 14 major colleges) basketball teams are in the running to be this season’s national champion.
So, what is it going to be?
Big Ten teams must defeat colleges from the state of Texas to advance. Out of 68 schools selected: Yes, two teams from Michigan and Indiana remain after two dropped during the Round of 32; granted when only four of 14 colleges made the class of March Madness’ selection judges.
These are Texas schools from different conferences making their way in the tournament with two more wins in-a row to play in the Final Four deep in the heart of Texas (not in Dallas, Arlington, or Austin, but near the Alamo). Texas Tech or Texas A&M would be rewarded with a home court advantage because the Final Four will be played in San Antonio.
The immature Kentucky Wildcats might be thinking that it owns the South Region that begins play in Atlanta this Thursday evening, because the four higher ranked teams from that bracket have already been upset and eliminated. Or is Kentucky’s number coming up. After all, look the Lexington Wildcats’ starting lineup is filled with freshmen.
Given that a school from the Washington D.C. beltway has already hit the biggest upset in history – overcoming 315 to 1 odds – can the Bulldogs from the Washington state zag their way to the Final Four.
The state of Kansas still has two chances to win the title; Note that is more than the number selected from the state of California. The Selection Committee picked more teams from Florida and Kansas to be in the tournament than from California or Illinois or Indiana . . . go figure.
One, only one of the sixteen remains from the state of North Carolina and it is not a Tar Heel, Wolfpack, or Deacon… the Duke University Blue Devils.
How is it luck? There are two designated #11 seeds and another two #7 seeds in the running for the national championship. It is impossible that the teams from Reno and Chicago can both become part of the “Elite Eight” because they face off against one another this Thursday evening.
Check with my listing tomorrow for my predictions in this round of the “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight”.
The UTOPIA THEATRE PROJECT Presents
The World Premier of
March 9 – 24, 2018
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7 p.m.
At the PianoFight
144 Taylor Street, San Francisco
The Utopia Theatre Project is concluding their inaugural season with the world premiere of “Seeds.” This original work explores the contemporary themes of sexual identity, masculinity, and sexual assault, all through the lens of World War II.
The world premiere of Seeds, written and directed by emerging
Japanese-American playwright and company founder, Anne Yumi Kobori.
Emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori spans America, England, and France in the telling of Seeds, which follows a group of allied soldiers who become bound by a terrible secret. Nine actors embody four women and five men all who are struggling to make sense of their wartime experiences. They are conflicted on whether or not to keep their disturbing memories in the past in order to move on with their lives. They find that even the deepest buried secrets have the capacity to sprout and come to light. This ensemble-driven play weaves in and out of time to unearth the painful truth at the center of each character.
Playwrite Kobori says, “My artistic impulse with Seeds was to write into the paths ordinary people take to rebuild their lives after cataclysmic acts of violence – both global and personal. I hope to create a dialogue about the possibilities of forgiveness for the perpetrators of violence as well as the victims.”
“Seeds” takes a compassionate and sometimes humorous view of not only the soldiers who are impacted by war, but also the women who are their family, lovers, and casualties. In the exploration of the impact of war on human relationships, Seeds joins in the movement to listen to, and believe in, women’s stories.
Maryssa Wanlass says, “As the artistic director of Utopia Theatre Project I take great pleasure in bringing together diverse and talented artists. “Seeds” is an ensemble-based play which follows more than one storyline set in WWII. I’m intrigued by the way Anne and her talented team bring this community of interconnected characters to life.”
“Seeds” features performances by nine Bay Area favorites Laura Jane Bailey*, Ella Francis, Linda Maria Giron, Elliott Hanson, Jeremy Alan Howard, Melissa Ortiz*, and Christian Haines*.
Laura Jane Bailey as Betsy
Laura Jane Bailey* most recently performed with Aurora Theatre in Luna Gale (Cindy) and Mud Blue Sky (Angie), TheatreWorksSV in Crimes of the Heart (Chick), San Francisco Playhouse in Man of LaMancha (Governor), City Lights Theatre Company in Fat Pig (Helen), Crowded Fire in Juan Gelion Dances For The Sun (Abbess), Boxcar Theatre in Equus (Dora/Hester), Arabian Shakespeare in The Message (Lylee), Dragon Theatre in Les Laisions Dangereuses (Merteuil), and Bad Dates (Haley Walker) and Impact Theatre in Crevice (Kathleen) for which she won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award.
Originally from Chicago, she performed in Famous Door’s Cider House Rules and with Cobalt Ensemble Theatre’s Tattoo Girl, I Am Yours, and Raised in Captivity. Jane studied at Actors’ Center Chicago, Second City, Improv Olympic and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Ella Ruth Francis as Carolyn:
Ella Ruth Francis is making her Utopia Theatre Project debut in Seeds. She is currently playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). Ruth is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre on the central coast.
Linda Maria Girón as Emma:
Linda Maria Girón past credits include: María in La Posarela (SFBATCO), Jennifer Sanchez in How To Be A White Man (Faultline Theater) and Feste in Twelfth Night: Acoustic Rock Musical (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley). A rising playwright, Girón extends her passion for exploring Latinx identity in her works: white iris and Memoria del Silencio.
Elliott Hanson as Corey:
Elliott Hanson performed in Parade with the Huntington Theatre Company, Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Soap Myth alongside television legend Ed Asner in a Marin Theatre Company co-production. He organized and performed in a traveling musical theatre showcase throughout Madrid.
Jeremy Alan Howard as Matt:
Jeremy Alan Howard performed in Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of The Normal Heart. He performed in numerous shows at Chapman University, most notably Intimate Apparel, Picnic, and RENT. Other significant credits include: Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County), Spring Awakening (Top Hat 8 Repertory), and Left Behind, Waiting (OC Centric).
Christian Haines* as Jake:
Christian Haines* Is the winner of 2016 TBA Award for Outstanding Male Actor in Value Over Replacement at PlayGround. He performed in The Moonrisers, The Seagull (Utopia Theatre Project) Jihad Jones, Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth and many more.
Christian Haines has also directed Ross Valley Player’s Bus Stop which was selected as one the “Top 10 Theatrical Experiences of 2017” by TwoOnTheAisle and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle selected Bus Stop for their “SFBATCC Go See!” program.
Melissa Ortiz* as Masha:
Melissa Ortiz* past credits include Masha in The Seagull (Utopia Theatre Project), Emily in Value Over Replacement, Julie in Miss Julie, Rhonda in Surf City, Shirley in 5th of July, Edward/Victoria in Cloud 9, and Echo in Eleemosynary. She received her MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado.
Anne Yumi Kobori – Playwright and Director:
Anne Yumi Kobori founded Utopia Theatre Project in 2014 because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection. In 2017 Kobori adapted Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull for Utopia Theatre Project’s inaugural experiential production. Kobori’s performance credits include: The Seagull, Stories from Silence (Utopia Theatre Project), The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet on Tour (SF Shakespeare Festival), the title role in Hamlet, Othello, Tempest (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Woman’s Will), Miss Saigon (Palo Alto Players), and numerous ShotzSF comedy shorts.
Her plays The Flapper and Seeds have been performed in the New Playwrights’ Festival at Santa Clara University. She has directed shows with SF Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre, Utopia Theatre Project, and Greenwood Players. http://www.anneyumikobori.com
Maryssa Wanlass – Artistic Director:
Maryssa Wanlass is a Bay Area based actor, director, and teaching artist. Wanlass* has been seen as an actor across the stages of the Bay Area and also carries her social justice theatre work into the correctional system and with at-risk young adults. Performance highlights include As You Like (CalShakes), Hamlet, Winter’s Tale (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Persuasion (San Jose Stage) and Crime and Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre). Her directing work has been showcased with The Free Theater, ShotzSF, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. http://www.maryssa-wanlass.com
More About the Utopia Theatre Project:
Utopia Theatre Project uses the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories. Seeds is the third production in Utopia’s inaugural season.
The first production was Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Maryssa Wanlass* and adapted by Anne Yumi Kobori featured a diverse and gender imaginative cast, as well as immersive and intimate staging, The Seagull was performed from May 6-19, 2017.
Their second production was Stories from Silence – an American Dream Play which was a series of original works by Bay Area artists responding to the epidemic of sexual abuse and assault. Stories from Silence was performed November 30 – December 9, 2017.
About the Playhouse PianoFight:
A nightlife hub located in the heart of San Francisco’s theatre district boasting two stages, a cabaret space, and a popular bar, and restaurant, Attendees are invited to come early for light jazz and dinner in the cabaret space, and stay after the show for excellent cocktails and more musical acts. http://www.pianofight.com
WHAT: Utopia Theatre Project presents Seeds
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, March 9 to 24, 2018.
All performances at 7:00 p.m. No intermission.
Talkback with artists following the show.
WHERE: PianoFight – 144 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA. 94102. (415) 816-3691
TICKETS: $20 Advance / $25 at the Door / Students and Seniors – $12.50 / VIPs – $35.
Morgan Freeman (voice over by rapper Missy Elliott) and Peter Dinkage (rappin Busta Rhymes) took the first half ad lead and were upset by the loss of Alexa’s voice. Google had the best ad featuring billionaire Jeff Bozos with absurdly funny Alexa comments.
Super Bowl ads, there were 65 of them selling for over $5B each.
Check out: http://admeter.usatoday.com/commercials/alexa-loses-her-voice/
The Alexa voice over by Anthony Hopkins was really creepy.
What Tide did deserves honorable mention.
Besides the upcoming movie trailers, the automobile industry came up with most of the best. Honda’s CRV’s talking yearbook and 84 Lumber’s immigration story were the most inspirational.
Kia’s ad with Melissa McCarthy scored big in USA Today’s annual meter. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ad-meter/super-bowl/2017/02/06/melissa-mccarthy-kia-ad-captures-2017-ad-meter-title/97540302/
“If that car is a Buick, my kid is Cam Newton,” remarks a parent as his child morphs into last year’s Super Bowl quarterback.
Avacados fr0m Mexico featured a member of a Secret Society streaming their activities during a meeting on his cell phone.
Busch beer placed a man disturbing nature while opening up his hissing beer can.
It’s a 10 Hair Care had over a dozen attention-getting styles flashing during their 30 second spot.
The Fabreze commercial reminded viewers to get the air freshioners set up for the rush-to-the-bathroom halftime break.
Skittles showed a young Romeo tossing candies through a second floor window not only to his love but members of her entire family.
This year, for once in the 51 year history of the Super Bowl, the game itself was the highlight of the day! Whether you like the Patriots or not, you have to admit that their comeback was the greatest comeback of all times.
Credit for this should be given to Holly and Dan Dailey, who worked tirelessly in Minneapolis on this project between 1980 and 2005:
Step 1: Make time for reading with your children.
Step 2: Create an environment for reading.
a) Read aloud to kids everyday,
b) Discuss stories, events, and the world around them,
c) Encourage children to learn letters and words,
d) Take children to libraries and bookstores, and
e) Encourage reading and writing as free-time activities.
Step 3: Read good books and talk about them
This information came from Becoming a Nation of Readers – A Simplified View
from the editors of The Five Owls.
St. Dan Louis’ Web-Blog from Estella Vista, West Texas (written by St. Danny in 2009) fyi: DLD passed away on 11-22-2016
My older brother had a thing about numerology, anniversaries (Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, etc.), justice particularly for minors with a real rough childhood, and establishing a safe haven for those that could benefit from “getting away from it (rat races) all” where the southwest Texas desert air and mountains offer a respite that will last an improved lifetime.
If you have never red any of his writings, now is the time to also pray that Dan L. has no more time to spend in purgatory, which he believed was only a Catholic myth. Enjoy his style and messages often hidden within the paragraphs and diagrams:
HC-65, Box 243 A
Alpine, TX 79830
Factors of Senior Health . . .
Item #A – “Seniors”, for lack of a better term, have some commonalities:
- Set in own ways
- Know what they like.
- Some level of frustration with their loss of skills and physiological facilities:
Physical, psychological, cognitive thinking, and others
Item # B – Issues: What is real?
Is it time to embrace change?
Item # C – Solutions may be a combination of these eight dimensions of wellness ^ ^ ^ (courtesy of the I.U. School of Public Health).
“What is the greatest of these,” Jesus Christ might ask?
Item # D – Whatssup?
- Senior ingenuity,
- Veteran skills,
Item # E – Senior Ergonomics
Use of tools, techniques, resources, and cognition to make living tasks easier.
- Loss of hand strength >>> easy open bottles, cans, medicines
- Loss of teeth>>>> select recipes that can be easily chewed and digested; cut foods into smaller bites;
- Loss of mobility >>>> walkers, canes
- Loss of cognitive skills >>>> use of wisdom, experience, senior ingenuity
- Loss of taste>>> spices
- Loss of dexterity >>>> tools, methods
- Loss of sight >>> glasses, virtual reality goggles,
- Loss of hearing >>>> aids, signage, vibrations
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Celebrating the 800th Jubilee (1216-2016)
Three major Dominican saints are celebrated this week.
Thursday, April 28th is the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716). He was ordained in 1700 in France and entered the third order of Dominicans. He preached the rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout France.
If you are looking forward to a special spiritual journey, pick up the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. The next Preparation period is July 13th for Consecration on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th.
April 29th is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). She was born the 24th of 25 children in Siena, Italy. She went on to counsel popes and princes in war-torn Northern Italy. She helped to end the Babylonian Captivity when the pope was in Avignon, France. She died in Rome and is buried there in the church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva. We will visit her on our pilgrimage. Her famous work is The Dialogues and she is a Doctor of the Church, one of the first women so honored.
April 30th is the feast of Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572, pope: 1566-1572). He became a Dominican priest in 1528 and taught in Italy for sixteen years. He spoke and wrote against the Protestant reformation and became inquisitor for Como, Italy.
Pius V became Cardinal, but fell out of favor with Pope Pius IV. He was elected pope after Pius IV and continued the reform of the Church after the Council of Trent. He is famous for seeing in vision the defeat of Islamic forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.