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Summertime, and the fandom is easy...

The whole family, plus friends, is heading out to San Diego Comic-Con in a few days. I’ve got an extra 4-day + preview night youth (17 and under) pass available for $50 if any of you wants it, but if not, I’m just going to request a refund. I expect to be completely overwhelmed by the Total Fandom Experience of it all. Wish me luck.

It’s already begun, in some ways. On Thursday (Friday?) I attended the midnight show of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with MiAmor, McDiva, and ten of her friends, most of them in costume. Naturally, this put us in the mood for more Alan Rickman, so we watched Galaxy Quest this evening to feed the craving. It’s just as marvelous as I remember, but I noticed Robin Sachs’ name in the opening credits this time. Did y’all know it was Ethan Rayne playing the villain Saris underneath all those prosthetics? I sure didn’t. That, of course, reminded us to watch the second Torchwood Miracle Day, but alas there was no Robin Sachs talking head shots to thrill us this week. We did get Dichen Lachman (Sierra from Dollhouse), so the massive Fandom Collision of 2011 continues unabated. ¡Yay!

I’ve been having a wonderful summer, after a pretty darned stressful spring. I’ve been to lots of plays, all of which have been amazing on some level. I finally got to see Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which two theatre companies staged in San Francisco this year. I guess I can see why people think it’s too weird, but it’s right up my alley, what with the history, the comedy, the tragedy, the amazing self delusion, and some fantastic female characters. My sister-in-law took me to Hugh Jackman’s one man show, and that was a hoot and a half. I took her to see an incredible dance performance while she was here. Keep an eye out for Darius Drooh, if you’re a So You Think You Can Dance watcher. He’s one of McDiva’s classmates and an amazing artist.

In June, McDiva and I headed up to Oregon, and got to see a terrifically funny production of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival the day before they had to shut down the theatre due to a support beam failing. On the night of the summer solstice, a very cool Portland group, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, put on A Midsommer Nights Dreame in a park three blocks from Dear Old Dad’s place. It was the most rollicking, fresh version of the play that I’ve ever seen, taken directly from the First Folio, I’m told. Their generator ran out of juice with a few minutes left in the show, and the audience lighted the performers with their cell phones. That’s what I call audience participation.

McDiva and I went with my very cool aunt and uncle to see an entertaining klezmer band, called Vagabond Opera while in Portland, which I highly recommend. They do a Weimar-era cabaret sort of thing, complete with very chaste burlesque dancers and dueling cellos. I suppose I must now cop to taking my 15-year-old to a bar to watch strippers. It was an all-ages show! I swear! (Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m in the clear, as McDiva decided it was cool, and her easily embarrassed sensibilities were not threatened. Whew!) I’m still hoping to get it together to see Tales of the City, the Musical before the end of the run later this month.

McDiva went to New York City with Dear Old Dad for two weeks, and they went to many, many plays, including How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe. “He should’ve got the Tony,” grumbled McDiva afterward. She also liked Jerusalem, in which the lead actually did win a Tony, I think. She really didn’t like The Addam’s Family, which she pronounced “for tourists”. She also got to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit as well as Harry Potter: the Exhibition, which was chockfull of props, sets, and costumes.

In addition, she got to spend quality time with my sister, her husband, and my only nephew. I wish I could have gone. But while she was away, MiAmor and I got through most of Season 3 of True Blood, which McDiva is not allowed to watch, a few more Farscape episodes, went out to a dinner wherein we actually sat down rather than ordering at a counter, and we went to a couple of R-rated movies! Who says we old folks don’t know how to party? Oh yeah.

Also, I just found out that a couple of my things have been nominated at Round 24 of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards. My Harmony fic, Haven’t Seen Your Face For A While, was nominated in the Songfic category, and my Ring On It ‘verse was nominated for Best Series. It’s so very kind of someone to think of me! A couple of my favorite ‘verses are also nommed in the Best Series category, so it’s a real honor to be alongside them. The deadline for nominating is July 31, btw. 


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Jul. 16th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
One of these times you go down to SoCal for these cons I need to make you stop in Monterey and take me with you! I love these chatty posts about the family and cons, so don't skimp on your Comic-Con reports next week! Have lots of fun!
Jul. 16th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
I was so over/underwhelmed last year that I didn't to a con report for San Diego. We'll see what happens this year.

I'd recommend you plan to come to WonderCon in SF next year. It's easily train-accessible, and still of an almost manageable size!

Thanks for the good wishes!
Jul. 16th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
Have a great time at the comic con. I envy you all your cultural goings on. I never seem to get to do stuff like that.

Also, I did know that was Robin Sachs in Galaxy Quest. The voice is a dead giveaway.
Jul. 16th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
We have long dry spells where I think, "Why do I bother to live in the big(ish) city if I never leave the house?" Then, there'll be a whirlwind of activity, like lately. After that I feel all virtuous for taking advantage of the cultural amenities, and go back to the internet with a clear conscience. Heh.

I only really see the birds that are in my backyard, which include no ducks or swans, so you have the best of it there! Thanks for the good wishes!
Jul. 16th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
I love the Oregon Shakespearean Festival! We used to go every year; I try to go every couple of years these days as it's a bit of a drive now. You must have been in one of the indoor theaters if there were support beam problems; I love the outdoor one best!

Jul. 16th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I went a lot as a kid, and then started up again once McDiva was old enough to go. It's really amazing what they accomplish in repertory. I hope this year isn't too much of a blow for them. They were already having sales on summertime Shakespeare productions, which was unusual, and then they lost the Bowmer Theatre for a couple of weeks over the busiest July 4th play-going season. So sad. I really want them to be around so I can take my grandkids, you know?
Jul. 16th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
I really want them to be around so I can take my grandkids, you know?

::nods:: I think a lot of my love of shakespeare comes from seeing the plays performed instead of just trying to read them. It makes so much difference!

I had planned to go down this august, but didn't have a specific play in mind. I guess I'll have to see what's available, but now I kind of want to go to the help keep shakespeare festival going!

Did you guys go see Coraline? I had no idea that they'd set it in Ashland (I'd read the book, but didn't hear the details of the movie until I went to see it) but it was fun to see things like the festival ticket office in cartoon version! I gather from PDX friends it's because Phil Knight (of Nike; Oregon is a small, small world! His sister is a good friend of my mom) donated money to make the movie.
Jul. 18th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
We did see Coraline. The studio that did it is in Portland, so that's why all the Oregon references (subtle though they were) and the Phil Knight investment. The success of that film has been good for the animators in the area, who had been hard hit when Will Vinton Studios collapsed (partly due to Phil Knight, if I'm remembering correctly). It is indeed a small world!

I definitely recommend The Imaginary Invalid if you head to OSF. I've heard good things about Pirates of Penzance, too. I suspect you'll enjoy whatever they have on offer.
Jul. 16th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Man, you've had a fantastic summer so far. I've already informed Craig that we're going to Comic Con next year no matter what. I have to experience it at least once.

Don't be fussed about not realizing that was Robin Sachs. I've known for ages, but must not be too attuned to his voice because I can't tell it's him. I only know because sadbhyl pointed it out.
Jul. 16th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
It's been almost as fun as yours, I think! (Looks like you survived the Cat ride. Hurrah?)

The Comic-Con experience has turned into a logistical nightmare. 4-day passes that include preview night for this year sold out at last year's con, for instance. We go under MiAmor's professional credentials, but even so, it took whining and string-pulling to get me in this year, as they had run out of space for adult guests of professionals in February.

In addition, hotel rooms are ridiculously expensive and hard to get. We have been staying with friends for the last few years, but I don't know how people do it, otherwise.

Also, there is a slight problem in the way the programming is set up, in that everybody attending is into exactly the same thing that you are, and it's gotten to the tipping point, I think. Three years ago, we ran into Felicia Day in the registration area and chatted. The next year, we didn't quite make it for her first-thing-in-the-morning Guild panel, and missed getting into the small room by a couple dozen people. Last year, they had the Guild panel in a room that holds +1,000 people, and the line was triple-deep all up and down the wharf beside the hotel where it was held. So, unless you enjoy spending a lot of your day standing in line, I recommend trying out WonderCon in SF next spring instead. /rant

This year, I plan to attend only the smallest panels with no lines, and spend the rest of the time gawking at people in costume. Wish me luck!
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