Saturday, 12 October 2019

Northwood, Toronto, ON

After seeing Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gord and I stopped in at Northwood (Bloor Street W/Crawford Street) on our way home for a drink and a snack.

It's a small cute spot.  They have a good beer selection.

I ordered hummus.  Gord ordered German potato salad but they didn't have any so he ordered salt cod.  The hummus was just okay.  There was a layer of olive oil on top of the hummus which was kind of weird so I mixed it in so I could get at with the hummus.  Gord said his salt cod was okay.  We both ordered more bread.  When I followed up with our server about a half hour later, she said the kitchen was closed ... um, thanks for letting us know instead of keeping us waiting!  So we ended up finishing the hummus and salt cod with spoons.

The bathrooms are in the basement and a nasty smell will hit you as you heading down the stairs.

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"Priscilla Queen of the Desert", Randolph Theatre, Toronto

This evening Gord and I saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert ... I love the movie and have see the musical a few times.

Based on the Oscar-winning movie, "Priscilla" is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. 

This smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including "It's Raining Men", "Hot Stuff", "I Will Survive", "I Love the Nightlife", "Finally" and many more!

It recently opened and is playing until November 3.  Though it's a Lower Ossington Theatre production, it is at the Randolph Theatre.

It's the first time I've seen a play there ... it's a cool theatre.  Our seats were in the middle of the first row in the balcony.

The current building was erected in 1888 by the congregation of the Bathurst Street Wesleyan Methodist Church. The cornerstone was laid by Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada. Over the years, it inspired many church congregations, eventually becoming the Bathurst Street United Church. In the 1950s, facing a dwindling congregation, the building began to be rented out for concerts and plays. The building became better known as a theatre than a church. In 1985, the building became a permanent and well-known theatre.

Book ~ "All Cats Are Introverts" (2019) Francesco Marciuliano

From Goodreads ~ Have you ever been labeled as "antisocial," "shy," or "lost in your own thoughts" because you don't realize someone's been calling your name 148 times? The cats understand. 

"All Cats Are Introverts" is a collection of self-reflective poetry from cats that clearly shows them to be the insightful, often alert, crowd-averse, personally engaging, probably napping-as-we-speak introverts of the animal kingdom. Enjoy this completely relatable and hilarious book, and perhaps you will soon see the cat - and even yourself - in a whole new light.

I'm not into poetry but I'm into cats and that's why this book caught my eye ... plus I've read a couple of  this author's  books and thought they were cute.

The poems are "written" by cats and are grouped into three categories ... on one's own, one-on-one, and one too many.  They give you insight into what your cat is thinking and why they do what they do.  Plus there are lots of colour pictures of gorgeous kittens and cats.

This is a quick cute read.  Here are some examples from the book ...

Friday, 11 October 2019

"No Change in the Weather - A Newfoundland Musical", Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto, ON

This evening I saw No Change in the Weather - A Newfoundland Musical at the Jane Mallet Theatre.

No Change in the Weather takes some of the finest Newfoundland songs and combines them with traditional sounds and instruments, memorable characters, and a conclusion that turns the province’s past on its head, all working together to create a once in a lifetime theatre experience.

The show takes place in God’s Back Pocket, where family and friends have gathered together on a wet and foggy night for the wake of their beloved matriarch. It’s a time to revisit their past, settle old scores, and try to find a way home again. The family is divided by the history of Newfoundland and the troubles which have beset the province for the past fifty years. It’s time to right the wrongs, to laugh, argue, dance, sing, cry, and maybe even fix history. To look to the east and wait for the sun to shine through the clouds again.

It’s time to wake the truth.

You could buy a toque, sweatshirt and/or teeshirt with some of the proceeds going to charity.

The program is quite substantial and has a detailed history about the 1969 contract for Hydro Quebec to purchase power from Newfoundland, which is discussed during the play.  I didn't know anything about it so it was surprisingly interesting reading ... it was a bad deal for Newfoundland.

I've never been to this theatre.  When I bought my ticket, I thought I was buying it in the first row of the balcony, which I figured would be a great seat.  It turns out there is no balcony and row L is in the upper level ... but there is no bad seat.  There were three of us in the upper level and a staff member asked us if we wanted to be moved down to the lower level and we ended up in row F.

The story opens one night in 2000 with the death of 94-year-old Mary Margaret.  As per her wishes, she wants to be buried at sea.  Her family and friends steal her coffin and take it to her home on the water for one last night and reminisce about her, sing and drink.  Some of the songs (I recognized a few) were slower and poignant while others were fast and had everyone clapping and tapping their toes.

I didn't know what it was going to be about.  I happened to catch an ad for it on the radio ... I like musicals and I like Newfoundland (I'm from Nova Scotia).  It was interesting and educational and the actors were excellent.  The tour started in St. John's, NF, in July and has gone across Canada ... the last date is tomorrow in Toronto.

Book ~ "Inside Out" (2019) Demi Moore

From Goodreads ~ Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.

For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight - or the headlines.

Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues and childhood trauma that would follow her for years - all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress - and, always, if she was simply good enough.

As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life - laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. "Inside Out" is a story of survival, success, and surrender - a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life. 

I'm wouldn't say that I'm a fan of Demi Moore's but I don't dislike her.  I like reading bios/autobios and thought I'd check it out.

Demi was born in 1962 in New Mexico.  Her parents were young and not overly stable ... definitely not ready for marriage and children.  They moved around a lot, with her father looking for the next adventure and dodging bill collectors.  Her parents eventually split up when she was in her teens, both with alcohol issues.  Her father committed suicide and her mother continued to make questionable decisions (like supposedly giving their apartment key to an older man and being paid $500 by him so he could rape 15-year-old Demi).  After years of distancing herself from her mother, I found it amazing that she reconnected with her mother as she was dying and forgave her for all the craziness she'd caused in Demi's life (I'm not that forgiving).

At 16, Demi moved out of her mother's house and eventually met and married musician Freddy Moore at age 17.  She would go on to marry actors Bruce Willis (with whom she had three daughters) and Ashton Kutcher.  Demi started off in modelling and got her big break getting a part on the soap opera General Hospital.  She would go on to star in many movies, some major successes and some not so much.

This is Demi's story of growing up in a dysfunctional family to today.  She discusses her marriages and why they ended, her children, her body issues, her addiction to alcohol and drugs, her movies, and more.  She's made some questionable decisions during her life, which she attributes to her parents and her messed-up childhood.  There comes a point, though, when you can't keep blaming your parents for the decisions you make and you have to take ownership, which it doesn't seem like she really does.  Hopefully she has found the inner peace and acceptance she's been seeking.

It's a quick easy ready.  I like it when there are pictures in bios/autobios and this book didn't disappoint as there are lots and lots of pictures.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

"The Rocky Horror Show", Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto, ON

This evening Gord and I saw The Rocky Horror Show ... we've seen it a few times.  I saw this production a couple weeks ago and loved it!

We know you shivered with antici ... pation, and the wait is over! Rocky Horror is back for Halloween!

This comedy horror and cult classic tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad Majors ("A-HOLE!") and Janet Weiss ("SLUT!"), who meet a group of strange individuals!

Sold-out for 8 years, you can't miss this hilarious spectacle, live on stage!

It is playing until the middle of November at the Lower Ossington Theatre, which is in our 'hood.  We've seen many plays there over the years and haven't seen a bad production there.

The Lower Ossington Theatre has a small intimate theatre (maybe 100 seats) and a great place to see a play or musical.

Our seats were next to the narrator

Pizzeria Libretto, Toronto, ON (Ossington)

Gord and I had supper this evening at Pizzeria Libretto (Ossington Avenue/Dundas Street W).

Our servers took good care of us.  They started us with bread.  It was so good ... soft and moist.

Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill, Pickering, ON

I had an early lunch today at Chuck's Roadhouse in Pickering.  I've been to a few Chuck's and have had delicious meals.

The lounge side

Comfort Inn, Pickering, ON

I spent last night at the Comfort Inn.

Here was my room ... like the last time, it had an odd shape.

The bed was comfy