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Somehow we’ve made it to Friday, mostly by trying to keep pretty busy (book sorting Wednesday night for the book drive, wrapping presents for the adopt-a-family drive yesterday and letting my hairdresser do whatever she wanted to try to cheer me up — nothing radical, but a slight “chocolate cherry” reddish tint, etc.) Tonight I’m back at KTEH for another pledge shift. Here’s what will be on:

7: An Unsuitable Job for a Woman
8: New Tricks
9: Cadfael

Yeah, its probably no surprise what I’ll be watching tonight — TNT’s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines.

Apparently, “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” was basic cable’s most-watched movie in 2004, making a sequel all but inevitable.

And apparently in this one we add a character named Emily Davenport who can match Flynn degree for degree (actually she’s supposed to have one more PhD than he does) — probably still all those degrees and not an MLIS (sheesh).

Yeah, its probably no surprise what I’ll be watching tonight — TNT’s The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines.

Apparently, “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” was basic cable’s most-watched movie in 2004, making a sequel all but inevitable.

And apparently in this one we add a character named Emily Davenport who can match Flynn degree for degree (actually she’s supposed to have one more PhD than he does) — probably still all those degrees and not an MLIS (sheesh).

KTEH pledge time still — another shift tonight, 6-10. Looks like I’ll be on Camera 3 (which usually means lots of opportunities to get shots of the phone volunteers, and which doesn’t require me to stand on a box like camera 1 sometimes does…) Here’s what will be showing:

Country Pop Legends
Roy Clark hosts this mix of current and archival footage of country stars performing their hits of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Included: Bill Anderson; the Bellamy Brothers; Glen Campbell; Crystal Gayle, Hank Locklin, B.J. Thomas; and the Browns.

6:30: Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! A Gold 50th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of his 50th year as a recording artist, Johnny Mathis performs many of his hits in an October 2006 concert in Atlantic City, including “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth of Never” and “Misty.”

8: Celtic Woman: A New Journey
The vocal group Celtic Woman and classical singer Hayley Westenra perform a concert at Slane Castle near Dublin, Ireland.

(but Friday night I’ll be back there for Mystery night, which is always fun)

Its pledge time again — we’re into the November-December pledge at KTEH. I’ll be there today from 9-1:30 and then back again Saturday 12/2 and Friday 12/8 for shifts. Here’s what’s on this morning if you’re flipping through the channels:

9-10: Yoga for the Rest of Us
10-1: America’s Home Cooking: Appetizers (Recipes for hors d’oeuvres, canapés, dips and tapas items. Included: miniature egg rolls, chicken on a stick, layered Mexican dips and roasted ravioli.)

flushedawayposter.jpgWe went to see the very silly new animated movie Flushed Away, complete with very funny singing slugs. Voiced by Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet as rats.

I’ve always wanted to see the Blue Man Group perform, but didn’t really appreciate how amazingly cool they were. We just saw their How to Be a MegaStar Tour 2.0 here in San Jose (tickets through a contribution to KTEH) and I was totally blown away. It was the most multi-media theatrical experience I’ve seen — the songs were illustrated with beautiful animations (complete with all the lyrics) — and they even sent text messages to the audience (if you signed up and paid $1.99) throughout the show. One of the instructions in the text messages was to hold up your phone like a lighter when they put question marks on the screen on the stage — the photo below with all the little lights shows how many people were following along.

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l_live_become.jpgWe saw the film Live and Become this afternoon as part of the San Jose Jewish Film Festival. It was a really interesting tale of a young Ethiopian Christian boy sent by his mother with the airlift of Jewish Ethiopians to Israel in 1984 and who spends his whole life pretending to be Jewish and trying to fit into that society and his new adoptive family. I felt it was a bit slow at times, but really engaging and definitely worth seeing — both for the story of the boy and his family and for the history it portrays. I don’t think we’ll be able to make any of the other films of the festival, but hopefully they’ll be available on NetFlicks eventually.

f10.jpgWe went to see Man of the Year tonight at the local movie theater and I loved it. The reviews seem pretty bad, and maybe its not as good as it could have been or the best of the political movies out there (I’m partial to American President, Dave and Wag the Dog among others of course), but tons of laugh and great political campaign digs and all my political friends and family really should go and see it…

I wish I had more time… look what’s playing locally!

Tick, Tick….Boom!
Bus Barn Stage Company
September 6-September 30, 2006
A musical look at the courage it takes to follow your dreams, TICK, TICK… BOOM! is Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical tale of a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue, yet Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical.
Saw this one years ago and loved it — and I think it’s one of Eduard’s all time favorites.

Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches
City Lights Theater Company
September 14-October 15, 2006
Set against the AIDS crisis in the mid-80’s, this award winning epic tale of heaven and earth takes aim at many of humankind’s most immediate and troubling issues. It exposes our weaknesses, extolls our strengths, and weaves a magical, inspiring tale of suffering and survival.
I’ve never actually seen this on stage — just the HBO version which I was totally engrossed by.

But this weekend is booked up with services and the Taste of Morgan Hill (come by Sunday and say hello to me at the Friends of the Library booth from 10-12)

And of course I still want to get to the Renaissance Fair before it leaves…


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