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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Entertainment on First Week of Lent

As I'm writing this blog post, I've been watching the 84th Annual Academy Awards (better known as The Oscar) since 8:30 p.m. with actor-comedian Billy Crystal hosting it. I enjoyed the first five minutes intro of the Academy Awards show. Crystal, to me, is a much better excellent host than his previous counterparts. He's funny and hilarious, as always, with his antics.

So glad and thankful (to our Almighty God) that my wife and I arrived home, safely, before 8:00 o'clock p.m. from C-ville where we spent the night together last night, Saturday, with our daughter (who's been studying there for almost four years by May this year) and our son (who drove all the way from The Capital where he currently works). Minutes after we arrived home, our son called us, informing us he arrived safely, too, in DC. A week ago, our son, my wife and I agreed that we'd be "meeting" there altogether in C-ville, Saturday, to watch his sister, our daughter performing, along with her 17 fellow college students-dramatic and comedic performers, in The Vagina Monologues at UVA. Started February 24 and ending tonight February 26, this show is a) a series of dramatic and comedic performances written by Eve Ensler and performed worldwide, b) a global, non-profit movement to end violence against women that has raised over $75 million in the last fourteen years, c) a show that challenges viewers with funny, moving, poignant and heart-wrenching performances. 

In connection with the show, V-Day 2012, according to flyer or informational sheet, is a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery. What they do? They 1) create dialogue and shatter taboos around violence against women and girls through thousands of events in over 140 countries, 2) inspire and support activists who are working to create a world where women and girls are nurtured and protected through grassroots activism, public education activities and support services for survivors, and 3) create new opportunities and resources for women and girls.

What can I say about the show The Vagina Monologues directed by Mia Haruko Logan and co-produced by Katie Ryan and Marta Hansen? You bet, it was entertaining, hilarious and informative, yet thought-provoking and moving. All the performers did great! Our daughter was the last to do her "I Was There in the Room", a dramatic monologue, or "gravitas" per our son, who has a background or minored in drama. Actually, both our kids got actively involved in drama and forensics when they were in elementary and high school. Thanks to Mrs. Sears for her creative and artistic mentorship and commitment  to our students. may her tribe increase!
By the way, today is the first Sunday of Lent. Thanks to God that our family was able to attend Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church  in C-ville. How's your observance of the 40 days of Lent going so far, my friends? Hopefully, and prayerfully, you're doing well. Well, after the Mass, we had lunch at Wood Grill Restaurant. Then, afterwards,   our son drove back to DC, while my wife and I brought our daughter back to her dorm, after doing grocery for her and, finally, we left C-ville for 757.

Well, the Academy Awards is almost finished, as I'm signing off. (Update: Christopher Plummer of The Sound of Music fame garnered the Best Supporting Actor for his role as a gay man in Beginners. Octavia Spencer won as Best Supporting Actress for her role as one of the housemaids in The Help. Best Actor Award went to Jean Dujardin in the silent, black and white film The Artist that also won Best Picture and whose director Michel Hazanavicius won the Best Director trophy. Nominated for 17 times, Meryl Streep was Oscar's Best Actress for her portrayal as then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thacher in The Iron Lady.)

Until next time around, folks. Thanks for your time. Congratulations to all the Oscar winners and all the rest of the nominees! To me, they're all winners! God bless us all! Have a goodnight, everyone!-chris a. quilpa, 26February2012

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