Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Starting Out In the Evening

I watched Starting Out in the Evening the other night. Usually, movies about writers make me want to switch to professional hockey, but this one gets it right. Frank Langella is perfect as the aging NY writer whose career has stalled, but whose reputation might be brought back by an ambitious young grad student. Langella's daughter, played by the always superb Lili Taylor, has her own troubles. The grad student is played by Lauren Ambrose, and she is fine, but it is not a difficult role. For me, it was the interplay between Langella and Taylor that made the movie. Oh, and the fact that the writing life is portrayed in all its inherent misery and joy.

Directed by Andrew Wagner, screenplay by Brian Morton and Fred Parnes, from the novel by Brian Morton.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Man of Aran at St. Mark's, Friday 7:30pm

The Irish film Man of Aran will be shown at St. Marks' Episcopal Cathedral on Friday evening, 7:30 pm, in Leffler House. 1245 10th Ave East, on Capitol Hill. Movie, popcorn, and lively conversation for a small donation.

More information at the Saint Mark's Film Night.
April 25: Man of Aran (1934) - Director Robert Flaherty's first sound film is a brilliant dramatized documentary about the Herculean struggles of a community living on the remote island of Aran, off the Irish coast. The island is so barren that the soil has to be collected from rock crevices and mixed with seaweed before crops can be grown. Flaherty also wrote the screenplay. The film was named Best Picture of the Year (1934) by the National Board of Review. This Irish film is Not Rated with a runtime of 77 minutes.


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Yarn Harlot at Third Place Books Monday, 4/21 7pm

Stephanie Pearl-McFee, aka The Yarn Harlot, has a new book out, and will be reading and knitting at Third Place Books this Monday.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

yessiree, that was a good workshop

The Hugo House workshop from Anna Balint was excellent. Good examples, good handout, and insightful commentary from Anna and the rest of the class. One of the other students was Jane Cater, whom I had last seen in 1980, when I directed her as Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest, at the Conservatory Theatre Company. Hugo House occupies the building that used to be the Conservatory Theatre Company. Strange, but true, and delightful to reconnect with Jane again.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Anna Balint at Hugo House

Tomorrow I'll be taking a class at Hugo House from Anna Balint. The class is called "Dressing Up in the Language of Others." I'll let you know how it goes.

from the class description:
"In this class we will try on language borrowed from an array of brilliant authors and poets - their rhythms, syntax, sentence structures and more - and in the process expand and revitalize our own language usage. Come prepared to do lots of writing experimentation and reading out loud, learning to truly hear the sounds of words on the page as you pen your way to amazing sentences, astounding paragraphs and invigorating word choices."


Thursday, April 03, 2008

New writing workshops at 826 Seattle

826 Seattle now offers adult writing workshops, called How to Write Like I Do. Teachers include Cody Walker, Catherine Wing, Kathleen Alcala, Stewart Stern, John Jacobsen, Garth Stein, Christopher Frizzelle, Jim Lynch, yeah, I noticed it too, lots of men and few women. Hmmm. Makes me somehow less interested in volunteering here.