TRAVEL HERE: WHAT I DID WHILE OCCUPIED ELSEWHERE
Though I didn’t have time to tell you about it, I did manage to have some fun while I was missing in action. Here’s a sample.
Kaleidoscope of Homes Viridian in Irving (Oct 12) – It’s no surprise that we’re in the midst of building a home, so a tour of homes was right up our alley. We were thinking it would be more like the Dream Home events that used to be held in Plano and Frisco. Not quite on that scale, but it did firm up some of the ideas we were contemplating for our house. If you like decorating, then this might be a good event for you to plan to take in next year.
Driven by Design, Museum Tower (Oct 23) – Thank you Cadillac and Architectural Digest for inviting us to this spectacular event. We joined other Cadillac fans for brunch at the top of Museum Tower. What a spectacular sight! After a tour of one of the homes inside the Tower, we were ushered into a fleet of Cadillac Escalades to see several other amazing edifices. What’s even better is that rather than merely being chauffeured around, everyone got the chance to drive the amazing machines!
The homes we saw were out of this world and the architects who designed them were on hand to show us around and answer our questions. Then, back at Museum Tower, we were served a delicious snack buffet and given wonderful swag. Not just samples, coupons and candy, like I’ve gotten at another vehicle manufacturer’s events (I won’t name any names but their initials are MB), but a unique gift box that I love filled with back issues of Architectural Digest and a beautiful coffee table book from Cadillac. We’re sure glad someone put us on that guest list!
The Dallas Opera (The Marriage of Figaro Oct 26) – So it was my bestie’s birthday and my bestie loves opera. Last year we also went to the opera, but we sat in the nosebleed section, because I waited too late to order the tickets. This year I scored Terrace Right and we loved it.
I have a bit of a confession to make about my bestie. She studied opera at SMU, so she’s a bit picky about performances. This year everything was so perfect, from the sets to the voices, that she had nary a complaint.
Still to come this season are a pair of operas that I know nothing about (La Wally and Everest), but the ever popular La Boheme comes in March. In April, look for Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. The Dallas Opera has been my favorite ticket for a long time and continues to be so. I’m always amazed how many people don’t realize that they are one of the absolute best opera companies in the world. Go see what I’m talking about!
The Dallas Museum of Art (Bouquets) – To my everlasting regret, I missed the Partners Preview for Bouquets on October 24. Finding the unanswered invitation on my desk about a week after the event is all the evidence I need to prove to you that I’ve been way too busy.
Though I didn’t get to the preview, I did make it to the museum to see the exhibit. What words would be adequate to describe it? Beautiful still life paintings of elaborate floral displays in gorgeous ornate frames. Each offering was a riot of rich colors painted by the delicate hand of master. Still, I’m not doing it justice. You absolutely MUST go to this exhibit. It is truly one of the most beautiful collections of paintings I’ve seen in one place since I visited the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Please go before it closes. It will be here through February 8, 2015.
The Bald Soprano at UD’s Margaret Jonsson Theater (Nov 5) – Talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous. Bouquets is one of the most amazing exhibits I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. The Bald Soprano was also amazing, but on the opposite side of the amazement scale.
OK, so it says right on the program that this is an “anti-play”, so I knew it was going to be a little out of the ordinary. I can enjoy a good farse as well as the next girl. Opera is rife with farses. The Bald Soprano is beyond farse.
Still for most of the play, I was having a good time. It was silly and it didn’t make much sense, but the world is a lot like that this day and time. Then we got to what the audience thought was the end of the play and so we offered an appropriate measure of applause. Unfortunately, the play continued for another half hour or so and it wasn’t nearly as much fun as it had been before. The final applause was a little more tepid than the previous response. Afterwards folks wandered to their car wondering exactly what had just happened to them.
I do want to say this. In spite of the fact that we didn’t particularly enjoy this play, I want to give credit where credit is due. The problem was not the actors or their acting. The sets and costuming were good. The problem was the play. We eagerly await our invitation to the next offering by University of Dallas, because we’ve enjoyed several of their productions. This just wasn’t our cup of tea.
There’s more fun to come! Check back next week for Part Duex!