Sunday, January 18, 2009

Musical Sunday #2 - Kiss Me Kate!

Ah... the Cole Porter masterpiece based on the Shakespeare play "The Taming of the Shrew" starring Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson as Petrucio and Katharina.

The kids picked this out (after seeing Howard Keel in the movie last Sunday) and Aaron and Aimee liked it (Alex got bored and Andee fell asleep).

They liked the music and the dancing (Aimee's favorite was "I Hate Men" while Aaron liked "Brush Up On Your Shakespeare") but the intertwined stories got them confused. I had to pause it every once in awhile and explain things to them (i.e. the gambling debt, the flowers being delivered to the wrong person, etc.), but they enjoyed it.

I was surprised to see that this one of Bob Fosse's first films (he played Hortensio). Fosse went on to direct and choreograph some of the best Broadway shows ever (ahem, anyone ever heard of Cabaret?).

Anyways, we'll see what happens next time... the kids want to see Newsies next, but we might throw in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Third times a charm...

... and this time it was so smooth, I might actually want to do it again. ;)

During the last 4 months of 2008, Alan Hashimoto and I completed the 3rd edition of our book Visual Design Fundamentals: A Digital Approach.

Here's the cover:

We had a new editor and project manager this time around and they were very helpful.

You'll notice that I'm moving up in the world. On the first edition, my name wasn't on the cover. For the second edition, my name was on the cover under Alan's but smaller and had the word "with". This time around, I get an equal size and an "and"... cool uh?

It's a joy to work with Alan on these projects and we are considering doing another one (a different title), but for this one I would do two to three chapters of the book, not 11 like this one.

Just thought I'd share.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Musical Sunday #1 - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

We've decided (since we have early church now... yah 9:00 AM!) that we are going to sit down as a family on a Sunday every once in a while and watch a musical.

Min wanted to start out with the beloved Sound of Music, but I wanted a show that was shorter, catchier, and might entertain the kids a bit more without going over their heads... so I recommended Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

I'm a big fan of Howard Keel (may he rest in peace) and have seen his musicals numerous times (some of my favorites being Annie Get Your Gun, Show Boat, and Kiss Me Kate).

The story is simple, Adam Pontipee goes to town to get supplies and a wife. He always gets what he sets out for. He meets Millie, and while she's milking the cow, he "proposes."

Once they get married and arrives at the farm, she meets the six other Pontipee boys: Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephram, Frank, and Gideon.

After a bit a shaping up and cleaning up from Millie and a barn raising, the Pontipee boys long for wives of their own... cue the "Sobbin' Women" song and set the final plot in motion.

Anyways, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the movie and can't wait to see another one.

Maybe next time, we'll get a little more modern and watch one of Min's favorites: Newsies.