The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. ~ Stella Adler
Blogging From A to Z – P
“P” is for phantom; as in Phantom of the Opera.
When my daughter graduated from high school she requested a trip to New York City, in lieu of a graduation party. Obviously, the trip cost more than I would’ve spent on a party, but it was something we both wanted to do together as a way to celebrate her graduation. It was also a great excuse to travel!!
One of our many experiences was seeing Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. With 1,645 seats, it’s one of the largest Broadway venues and has traditionally been used for major musical productions.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece is the longest running show, which is in its 25th year. This haunting love story continues to wow audiences and is well worth the price of the ticket. If you get the chance be sure to see it!
Click the link for more information on Phantom of the Opera.
The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates
Blogging From A to Z Challenge
“D” is for Death of Socrates, as in the famous painting by Jacques Louis David.
This oil on canvas creation is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This photo I took isn’t the best, as the detail isn’t readily visible. However, a better quality picture, as well as some information about the artwork, is available by clicking on this link.
Socrates was the ancient philosopher born circa 470 BC, in Athens, Greece. He emphasized the importance of the mind over body and believed that ultimate wisdom comes from knowing oneself. He asked questions of his fellow Athenians in a dialectic method (the Socratic Method) which compelled the audience to think through a problem to a logical conclusion.
He spent most of his time going around Athens and questioning everyone from the elite class to the commoners, seeking to arrive at political and ethical truths. Because Socrates attacked the values that Athens held dear, he fell out of favor and was accused of corrupting the youth and failing to acknowledge the gods.
At trial Socrates had the chance to request an alternate punishment other than what the prosecution and jury recommended. However, his defiant tone and suggestion that he be honored for his contributions got him a death sentence that he readily accepted.
The portrait above depicts Socrates accepting the hemlock drink while gesturing and continuing a diatribe, possibly targeting the government that was prematurely ending his life. You’ve got to give the guy credit for standing up for his beliefs… all the way to the bitter end!
I took an impromptu trip to visit friends in West Palm Beach and took my laptop, since I wanted to keep up with all things online. Unfortunately, they were having problems with their Internet, so I’ll have to catch up with letters D, E, F & G. I’ll also try to catch up with all of your posts, as well! Letters A through C serendipitously took on a Travel/Places of interest theme, so I’ll try to stay with that. However, I may have to veer off course on occasion!
Rock & Roll is here to stay. ~ Neil Young
Blogging From A to Z Challenge
“H” is for Hard Rock Cafe.
My only two visits to a Hard Rock Cafe both occurred in New York City. The first was in April or May of 2000; only a few short months before 9/11. I volunteered to chaperone my son’s eighth grade field trip, a whirlwind three day excursion with a raucous group of young teenagers. At one point in our tour, we were waiting for the ferry to take us to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. I asked someone to take a picture of my son and I with the NY skyline behind us and, more specifically, the Twin Towers. Little did I realize the significance that picture would come to have.
The Hard Rock Cafe was one of our stops and we enjoyed a meal and the Rock & Roll memorabilia on display. Currently, there are 191 locations in 59 countries, including 157 cafes, 22 hotels and 11 casinos. For more information on the Hard Rock story click this link.