Wednesday, June 30, 2004


Today's theme is the opera. NOW BEFORE YOU LEAVE to read something more interesting, consider the following:

In Berlin, The Komische Oper just opened a new production of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio complete with sex, murdered prostitutes, drug abuse, a furious audience shouting "Scandal!" and a horrified corporate sponsor threatening to pull the financial plug.

Oh, and there are a couple of kick-ass arias in the thing, too. Songs of love, hope, anger and betrayal that swirl a mile-a-minute or hang forlornly in the thick air in utter desperation.

In Ocracoke, North Carolina, tonight is Opry night. It's pickin and grinnin, singin and dancin, and lots of stories of island life and lore. The performers ranging in ages from their early 20s through their mid-80s, each contributing to this thriving creative island community.

Oh, and there are a couple of kick-ass songs in there too. If you go visit Roy Parsons on Ocracoke Island, he'll be glad to tell you a story, sing you a song, and play some of his CDs.

In Los Angeles, on CBS and floating around the Internet is the news that the Hamsters have been revealed for Big Brother 5 -- the great summer soap opera. This gives us Hamster watchers over at Hamster Time a full six days of analysis and pre-love / pre-hate discussion before it airs on Tuesday, July 6th. That, along with fifth season of The Amazing Race means we'll have plenty of love, hope, anger, betrayal and story telling for the next few months.

Mozart -- Ocracoke -- Hollywood.
A little slice of heaven.

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