Pirates of Penzance at Lake Harriet – July 16

I attended the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and Minneapolis Pops Orchestra‘s concert version of The Pirates of Penzance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell as part of a friend’s birthday celebration, and I very much enjoyed it. The company were all dressed in beach attire and did a fairly low-key dramatization that was nonetheless high quality.

Lake Harriet Bandshell

This was my first time ever attending a production of a Gilbert & Sullivan show. Because of my encyclopedic knowledge of 90’s cartoons, I was familiar with many of their tunes, so it was nice to see them in context and with their original lyrics – which are rumored to be super witty. Unfortunately, the acoustics at the bandshell aren’t the most conducive to lyrics, but, from what I caught, the rumors were true. Wit abounded.

The event was made even more enjoyable because its sponsors, Larabars, were handing out as many mini bar samples as you’d wanted. And I wanted several handfuls. Delicious, healthy, organic, and generally-expensive-but-this-time-free!

Here’s a German-language Animaniacs rendition of I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual, lifted (and taken liberties with) from The Pirates of Penzance.

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The Simpsons – Every night while in the Dominican

Homer Simpson, ladies and gentlemen, as seen on main street, Monte Plata.

When I was a kid, my mom would make us watch The Simpsons every Sunday night because she hated our alternative Sabbath tradition (full-family wrestling). We would have watched it voluntarily if she hadn’t found it offensive viewing for the Sabbath. We did watch reruns every weekday, though, right before Seinfeld. Anyway, I hadn’t watched it since high school, at least, until I went to the Dominican Republic, where it played for hours every night on their English HBO. I’m happy to say that it’s still really good. As is Futurama.

Other things I watched which were less good included Kristen Stewart and Corbin Bleu’s debut performance in Catch that Kid, the Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore downer Everyone’s Fine, the final half of 27 Dresses (which maybe is good if you see the beginning, hard to tell), edited There’s Something About Mary from my roommate’s iPod on the couch at sex hotel, the first half of edited The Ugly Truth, or probably any other partial movie, for that matter.

I was really excited when my Christian classic, Fireproof, came on (I told you that’s how I roll), though. The show House is good, too.