Halo

Blue Jay's pitchers Oliver and Janssen with Angel's pitcher De La Rosa. Photo by Melissa Crismon
Blue Jay’s pitchers Oliver and Janssen with Angel’s pitcher De La Rosa. Photo by Melissa Crismon

I was born in Orange, CA — seeing the Halo sign at the Angels Stadium was routine, but nice to look at. It’s a landmark for me. I don’t own any sports paraphernalia. No jersey or baseball cap in my closet. The reason I went to this game is because of the free tickets. The last baseball game I saw was the Padres and it was okay. Maybe I could find beauty in baseball this time around. I appreciate the sports photographers take on the game.

The day was a beautiful Sunday — not a cloud in the sky. It was Blue Jays vs. Angels.

Let’s stop here. I know very little about team sports. In college, I played my harp for 40 hours a week. I took dance classes and ran ten miles at four a.m. with my friend. So, this will not be a play by play.

So, it was a beautiful day. Our seats were taken so they upgraded the tickets to left field behind the bullpen. I find myself people watching at a live game. You know, I’m writing this post with a New York accent. I’m talkin’ baseball and all a sudden I’m a New Yorka. Watching the pitchers warm up is awesome. There is a lot of excitement as the spectators cheer on the player jogging out of the pen. So, I finally focused on the game. The Angels were winning. Don’t ask me what inning ‘cause I don’t know. A batter from the Blue Jays runs from second base and gets tagged by an Angel. He’s out, right? The Blue Jay runs back to second base. The referee — he spreads his arms, “Safe!” What? There is some tense discussion between the refs as the crowd boos, but the guy is safe.

Angel's, U.S. and Canadian flags. Photo by Melissa Crismon
Angel’s, U.S. and Canadian flags. Photo by Melissa Crismon

The score 6-5 — Blue Jays won. Angels should have won. Fa-ge-a-bou-it!

Days after the game it hits me. There is art on the stadium property. The Halo sign. The big “A” with a halo.

Midsummer as Sweet as Cotton Candy

Miles Anderson as Bottom and Krystel Lucas as Titania (third and fourth from left) with the cast of The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Ian Talbot, June 2 - Sept. 29, 2013. Photo by Jim Cox.
Miles Anderson as Bottom and Krystel Lucas as Titania (third and fourth from left) with the cast of The Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Ian Talbot, June 2 – Sept. 29, 2013. Photo by Jim Cox.

What’s so great about Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is the staging and comedy and costumes and sometimes music and choreography, oh and the acting too — all the elements are overwhelming at times with this play. I’ve never seen a Midsummer I didn’t like, but not one alike.

The above photo is telling of Old Globe’s production of MSND. Krystal Lucas as Titania dotes on Miles Anderson as Bottom unbeknownst to him in a ridiculous donkey costume. There are plenty of fairies to cause trouble for the humans.

This play is surrounded by a wedding, but it’s barely noticed. Jay Whittaker as Theseus and Krystel Lucas as Hippolyta are to be married, but there are the four youths trying to find love. They end up in a magical forest where fairies play tricks on them. The other layer is the working men who fail miserably to entertain Theseus and Hippolyta with a play.

As you can see in the photo above Bottom, one of the workers, ends up falling in love with Titania. Even the name Bottom is silly. Anderson sticks out his teeth becoming the donkey as bubbles float from his bubble bath. This is one of those magical moments created in part by scenic designer Ralph Funicello and costume designer Deirdre Clancy.

Jay Whittaker as Oberon and Krystel Lucas as Titania with(background, from left) Matthew Bellows as a Fairy, Lucas Hall as Puck and Christopher Salazar as a Fairy in The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Ian Talbot, June 2 - Sept. 29, 2013. Photo by Jim Cox.
Jay Whittaker as Oberon and Krystel Lucas as Titania with(background, from left) Matthew Bellows as a Fairy, Lucas Hall as Puck and Christopher Salazar as a Fairy. Photo by Jim Cox.

Another breathtaking moment is when Jay Whittaker as Oberon and Krystel Lucas as Titania stand juxtapose with fingertips touching. Alan Burrett’s lighting design illuminates Lucas’ white cotton dress pieced together as if fairies sewed it from flower petals. Whittaker is in pale camouflage pants and a white sheet pieced together mimicking Lucas’ dress to create a cape. Their hair is swept up as lite and airy as cotton candy.

Director Ian Talbot has acted in and produced MSND many times. He delights in hearing the squeals of the children in the audience and certainly produced such results.

Check out The Old Globe in San Diego.