We have lined up a few good shows over the next month. Starting off with a girls outing to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center for a matinee performance this weekend. Here is a link to WashPo’s review. I have never seen it so am excited! We are having lunch at District Commons, another first for me.
We will head to the beach for a long weekend and return in time to deposit son back at school. I hate to say it but I am ready for him to be back in college.
In September, we will see Little Feat at the Warner Theatre, I really like this venue for a show and we have pretty good seats.
And then in the same week, on to Celebrate Virginia in Fredericksburg for ZZ Top and Govt Mule.
Today we are headed to the ballpark to see the Nationals face the Giants again.
Yesterday, I went with a gaggle of girlfriends to see Bright Star at the Kennedy Center. We had lunch at Clydes of Georgetown, crab cakes again!
I have been anticipating this musical for a few months, as it combines two favorites of mine, bluegrass and a musical. Steve Martin and Edie Brickwell wrote the story and all the music and lyrics. I LOVE Steve Martin, and have seen him play bluegrass with the Steep Canyon Rangers. His talents are amazing, a comedian, actor, musician, writer… seems he hit the motherlode.
And I absolutely loved it! The music, the sets, the actors, the story = a musical that exceeded my expectations. I read the Wash Post’s review here and so was not expecting to be wowed. Act 1 ended with a stunning scene that left me feeling sad and upset, even though I had figured out the ending. No spoiler here, you will have to go see it!
One of my favorite parts was the cabin set holding the musicians that whirled around the stage with actors dancing and singing through it. I admired the musicians and their ability to NOT be dizzy.
Bright Star closes at Kennedy Center today and moves on to Broadway. Vanity Fair has an article on it this month here. Enjoy!
I woke up Monday morning, the first working day of 2016 and didn’t have to get up and go. An unusual feeling for me still. With 10 months of retirement down, I have drifted into somewhat of a schedule that includes working out, pursuing hobbies, lots of reading, and consulting work.
Not being big on New Year resolutions, I haven’t made many as my resolve doesn’t seem to stick much beyond mid-January. In the past, I found energy in the idea of new beginnings at the first of the year and often spent time on setting my house, literally and figuratively, in order over the holiday break. I experienced that same energy again this year and have a great list of things to work on in 2016!
One thing I am doing is letting go of one consulting job that has not met my expectations as planned and picking up another one. Developing my consulting company became one HUGE opportunity to learn new things in 2015 and hopefully will continue in 2016. I find myself doing things and facing situations where I have no experience, and casting about for answers, guidance and resolve!
Speaking of new beginnings, we went to the Dead and Co show at Verizon Center back in November. We had a stellar time, one of the best shows of 2015.
For the first time in several years, we went out on New Years Eve. For Christmas, I gave hubby tickets to the Infamous Stringdusters at RamsHeadLive in Baltimore, booked a room at the Marriott Renaissance. Turned out to be such a fun night. We met some friends for dinner at Peter’s Pour House and then on to hear some great music. The crab cakes were delicious as to be expected in “Bawltimere. Cabinet opened the show.Obligtory “selfie”!
And not a bad view in the venue! We traversed between the main floor and the general admission balcony, ending up the evening in VIP balcony. What a great show, I have not located a setlist, still looking, and I am lousy at remembering.
So we rung in 2016 in a fun way, and I have lots in the plan for 2016.