POSTED ON DECEMBER 23, 2009:
Love Letters/ Hate Mail
(In response to "Falling in Line" in the Dec. 17-23 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
What is driving this new generation of directors and choreographers that make them think that they can reinterpret classics? For 20 years we and our children have been thrilled by the fantasy magic that is the Nutcracker. The artistic interpretation and editorial opinion delivered by dance fails miserably to live up to the tradition that is Nutcracker. This liberal rewriting of tradition needs to end. Angelini is nothing more than a third rate hack when it comes to interpretation in dance. This presentation is stiff, without emotion and definitely without soul.
- Mark Scieszinski
I think this rendition of the Nutcracker was a horrible idea. They ruined the Nutcracker. He says that Christmas is not about candy canes, dolls, and imaginary kingdoms...but those are the things that make the Nutcracker what it is and appealing to children. I thought it was very boring and uncolorful. Previously, since I was a child, I was glued wide-awake to the edge of my seat. But this year, the first I have seen it in a long time, I was falling asleep. I will not be taking my children to see this because it would be extremely boring to them. They have ruined a 20 year tradition for me. I was in the Nutcracker as a child, so this depiction of it really upsets me.
Get It Together
(In response to "Are You Pissed Off?" at urbantulsa.com)
Why don't you write some real stories? Like what it is like to live in gang ridden North Tulsa. What about the city money spent on a ball park that has no parking? What about a new city hall that has driven the city into debt? What is really going to happen to the old city hall? The way the cops are cooking the books on crime statistics. The increasing number of boarded up houses in Tulsa. When was the last time you said anything about the growing number of homeless in Tulsa?
Let's get some real stories out here and stop the sticky sweet BS.
Why can't I see what's going on in the bars around Tulsa. In the paper, I can. There are ads, but on (the Web site) I have no idea. I was looking for a new place to try out but there is no help on here. Why doesn't someone do their job and give us some news?
Glimmer of Hope
(In response to "Give a Hoot but We're Still Doomed" in the Dec. 17-23 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
After reading Ted Rall's latest rant, "Give a Hoot but We're Going to Die Anyway," it actually gave me hope. Maybe, just maybe, if Rall thinks we are all going to die soon, then perhaps he will give up and stop writing his cynical, depressing, ultra left-wing diatribes.
On the other hand, if we are all still here 20 years from now, and the Earth is still intact, maybe he will have to eat some humble pie.
(In response to "Recycle That Building" in the Dec. 3-9 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
Muy Bien! I love it!
I'm glad that Tulsans are finally being exposed to another way of thinking ... plus wasn't it Benjamin Franklin that said, "Lighthouses are more useful than churches." I love it.
In the land of a church on every block it's about time they get put to better use of and for the community!
More on Cuisine
(In response to "A Steppe Up" in the Dec. 3-9 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
Yes baby corn comes in the fried rice. Just like with all restaurants you will have mix ups in food, it is normal. The wait staff there is very nice and takes good care of you. The silver bowls look small but if you listen to the server you will make enough. I have never finished a bowl. For ten bucks you can get all you can eat, that's a good deal. It does get crowded but what restaurant doesn't on a Saturday night on Cherry Street. This lady is crazy Genghis Grill is soooo good!!! I go at least twice a week.
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