Last night, thanks to the generosity and connectedness of Miss Kati Voluntine, I got to enjoy the California Shakespeare Festival's excellent production of Anton's Chekhov's The Seagull. At first, I was surprised at how funny the show was, and at the end, impressed again by the poignancy. Part of that is probably due to Tom Stoppard's translation, and part due to the excellent production. Even the set and lighting were excellent (in my uninformed, inexpert opinion) - the moonrise is a wonderful effect. As an added bonus, I got to sit next to, and converse with Marcia Fulk, better known as Ash Lee's mom. The Seagull runs through Sunday afternoon, so check it out.
While I'm raving about works of art, y'all should try and acquaint yourselves with the Flaming Lips' masterful album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots . It's sort of a concept album, sort of not, as many but not all of the songs concern a Japanese girl named Yoshimi and her battle against the seemingly unbeatable killer pink robots that are terrorizing her city. Sample chorus: "Oh Yoshimi, they don't believe me, but you won't let those robots eat me." There's also a song about a robot attempting to learn to love.
My previous experience with the Flaming Lips was limited to the novelty single "She Don't Use Jelly." This album is a lot different than that - a lot more sophisticated, and complex, and... heartfelt. The Flaming Lips are yet another band that I've discovered recently, and that Dustin was already listening to back in high school. Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk At Cubist Castle was the first album in which I noticed this Dustin-Sean-five-year musical time lag. Does this mean I'll be listening to the Inflatable Supermodels and lots of punk rock in 2007?