The Grandest Illusion / Throw Some Flowers

The Nutcracker

The remarkable thing about The Nutcracker is that it does with music and dance what we, as a global society, often cannot. It transcends religion and geography and tells a story full of cross cultural fantasy and spectacle and fear and joy and when it’s over everyone throws or delivers flowers to the stage where it happened. How cool is that?

Here’s the deal. The Nutcracker is supposed to be about Clara, a little girl who dreams her dreams of faraway magical lands that she shares with a brave, handsome prince. But what makes the music come to life, what makes the principle dancers from the best ballet companies in the world look so spectacular, what makes people cheer year after year is that the stage where it happens is packed with ageless little girls’ dreams, not just Clara’s. Dreams so big and real they fill up a theater with their hope and that inexplicable magic of belief in something bigger than reality.

So if it’s your neighbor’s kid or your kid or grand kid or your wife, or even if no one you know is in The Nutcracker playing in your part of the world this year, go see it. Talk to a stranger in the lobby, toast the season. Take some flowers with you and give them to a dancer who might be famous, might have been famous, might have been hurt, might even be a grandmother. This season, no matter what you believe, make yourself part of something bigger and better and more magical than what the nightly news would lead you to believe is our world.

 

In North Texas? Chamberlain’s Nutcracker at the Eismann Center is my choice. My wife is in it.

http://chamberlainperformingarts.org/

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Looney Lunes #120

Winning at Football Requires a Deep Understanding of Strategy

“Peyton Manning threw it to his receiver’s hands on purpose!”

Football commentator and two-time Superbowl winning quarterback Phil Simms

“It’s third and twenty. They need a good play here.”

Football commentator, Superbowl winning coach and Hall of Famer John Madden

Like, uh, DUH, dudes…Maybe I’ll just turn the sound down and listen to music.

Looney Lunes #119

Particularly More Than Headline Writers

PEOPLE THINK ALIENS MUST BE MORE SMARTER THAN US

Headline, AP story

 

Looney Lunes #118

And it might be contagious…

ILLITERACY AN OBSTABLE, STUDY FINDS

Headline, Washington Post news service story

 

Washington? We have a problem.

Looney Lunes #117

Religion is so confusing…

“We want to be as open and as opaque as possible.”

vestry member, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

Maybe obfuscation and mixed messages are the point of stained glass?

 

Window by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
From the Victoria and Albert William Morris Exhibition

Looney Lunes #116

Holy Mackerel – Seriously?

“Let this socialist country resound with Song of Big Fish Haul and be permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other seafoods!”

official Kim Jong-un slogan

I’ll bet it was just the rockets that made you think he was a whack job…

Looney Lunes #115

I’m sure it does…

Former Vice President Joe Biden – addressing a group of student athletes while campaigning for President Obama at Newport HS, New Hampshire: 

Football, soccer, lacrosse, and cross-country. Any others?

Students: Cheerleaders!!

Biden: Guess what? The cheerleaders in college are the best athletes in college. You think I’m joking. They’re almost all gymnasts. The stuff they do on hard wood, it blows my mind.