Because I am an Arts & Culture media person people imagine that I am out all the time at cultural events. This is not true. As a single mom without a familial support system close by with a full time job, I often in my PJ’s by 8pm snuggled up with a good book or binge watching whatever TV series I have chosen to view in order to stay conversant with people (this past year I binge watched GAME OF THRONES and HOUSE OF CARDS and kept up with season 4 of DOWNTON ABBEY). But looking back over 2014 I was able to glean, through saved ticket stubs, roughly how much culture I absorbed.
I thought it would be fun to share the tally with you, though I am certain it is not entirely accurate as there were events I attended without tickets like THE HERITAGE HARVEST FESTIVAL at Monticello and other events I attended purely as part of my job at WNRN like THE RED WING ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL.
So here is most what I saw/did/experienced in 2015:
1 Opera – I wish I had seen more. I was sad to miss two different productions of LA BOHEME along with Va. Opera’s entire season. :-(
7 Concerts- That seems way off but often I am on the guest list and I have the memory of a goldfish. I can tell you that the best concert I attended this year was Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- positively awe-inspiring!
13 museums/exhibits- This does not include art galleries. My favorite exhibit was a guilty pleasure viewing of Hollywood Glamour at the MFA in Boston- I know it should be something loftier like the Goya, Jamie Wyeth or Gordon Parks but hey, I was a fashion major in art school and am a big sucker for old movies.
14 Films – And I think I never go to the movies- Hah! My favorite film I saw this year…GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE, an Iranian vampire movie in black and white. Caught it at the Virginia Film Festival. Tender love story with a twist. Adorable.
25 Plays- Excluding a production of SPAMALOT at Tandem Friends School in which my daughter played Patsy, my favorite play this year was CYRANO DE BERGERAC at American Shakespeare Center. I have said it before, John Harrell’s portrayal of the title character was the performance of a life time. I feel privileged to have witnessed it. :-)
John Harrell as Cyrano at ASC
Not bad for 52 weeks.
Here’s to a Culture filled 2015!
What is your culture tally for 2014? Do you have a favorite play, movie, exhibit or other cultural experience to share?