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Posted on 18. Feb, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
Rebecca and I just settled into Vegas today for our buying trip for the Fall/Winter 2014 season. We can’t wait to get to work tomorrow and check out what’s new from some of our favorite brands like Dear Creatures, Seychelles Shoes, and Tulle, and meet some new designers as well. Tonight we had dinner at our favorite Vegas restaurant, The Peppermill. It’s like a 70s neon lounge that never grew up (nor does it need to)!
Posted on 10. Feb, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
Agrippina is a Handel opera (truly a soap opera!) about the wife of Roman emperor Claudius who puts this whole conspiracy into motion to set up her son, Nero, as the successor to the throne. It’s all sex, manipulation, cunning, and the futility and fleetingness of power. You can get tickets now to see it February 14th at the Orpheum in Omaha (great date, right?) or you can wait and check out the matinee on Sunday afternoon instead. There will be just two performances here so I wouldn’t want you to hear about how awesome it was later and be sad you missed it.
Today Alice and I joined a small group of people to take a private tour backstage at the Orpheum, through the set and downstairs into the dressing, makeup, and costume rooms. We spoke to director James Darrah, scenic designer Cameron Mock, Emily MacDonald the properties manager, and costume designer Sarah Schuessler on stage about the thought process behind the nontraditionally open set design and giant projections that will be playing on a scrim behind the set. Downstairs, we met Jennifer Riviera, who plays Nero (it was written for a castrato so it’s a role that is now typically played by a woman), and spoke to the hair and makeup team as they tucked her hair back under a $2,000 lace-front handmade wig for rehearsal. The tour ended with wine (chocolate milk for Alice) and macarons, and then Alice and I sat in the auditorium for a bit to watch the beginning of rehearsal before we went off to get pizza downtown.
Here are some pictures that Alice and I took throughout the tour. The Orpheum is an awesome building–when my grandpa was the board chairman at the Omaha Symphony when I was little, he always took me downstairs to meet the conductor at intermission. I couldn’t help but think of those special memories as I held Alice’s hand down those same steep concrete stairs.
Roger Weitz, Opera Omaha Director, James, director of Agrippina, Sarah the costume designer, set dude Cameron, and props person Emily all spoke to us about Opera Omaha’s unique take on this classic Handel opera.
Dennis Bergevin talks about the process of creating wigs for the production.
Alice with Jennifer Riviera, one of the principals. Alice’s photo of herself and me in the dressing room.
Alice found this flower on the ground and asked the director if she could keep it. We ended the night with dinner at Zio’s pizza downtown. Alice got a ball of pizza dough and made little snails out of it.
We have a great city with so many affordable and accessible ways to support the arts. Check out Opera Omaha’s season schedule and get your tickets for Agrippina!
Posted on 09. Feb, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
Last night I went to the annual gala for our fabulous Joslyn Art Museum, where attendees were offered an exclusive preview of the newest exhibit*, Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life. So my one best friends is a hairdresser, my other best friend is a vintage clothing collector, and I am a serial borrower (user?) of goods and services, so I’ve gotta say we all just made a great team last night. I felt so beautiful with my updo from Rebecca Forsyth and this vintage 1960s hot pink shift borrowed from my business partner Sarah (who is fully nine months pregnant!). There are rhinestones around the neckline, and it came with a matching coat with rhinestones all around the collar and cuffs. If you can’t wear your First Lady Barbie costume to a museum gala, then I don’t know what the world is coming to.
The before, during, and after. Lots of Bumble and Bumble white hair powder**. Dress from a previous Hello Holiday collection.
Add makeup (Lancome Artliner and Teint Idole, Kate Spade lipstick in Fuchsia Fete, and a little brow work), plenty of gold and rhinestone accessories (bag by Betsey Johnson, shoes are Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, bracelet is Kate Spade and gloves are vintage), and dance to a little Baby Bash.
With my friends Brooke and Rachel who work at the museum, artist Watie White and pal Paul Smith. I was so excited to see my grandpa and his wife there too and my grandpa was excited to have me there to hold his extra drink.
A Joslyn Art Museum membership is worth every penny (especially if you have kids to bring), but don’t forget that this museum is free to visit, thanks to generous support from the Sherwood Foundation! There’s no excuse not to go see Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life. You will love the gigantic trident. While you’re there, visit the brand brand new Riley Contemporary Art Gallery and its inaugural exhibition with work from New York City-based artist iROZEALb. I got to attend the gallery opening last Tuesday and i’s street art/kabuki/printmaking/Byzantine-inspired paintings are incredibly beautiful and interesting. It’s the kind of work that made me want to know more about the artist as well as the pieces themselves.
A trip to the museum is magical. If you’re in the Omaha area, give yourself the pleasure of experiencing these new exhibits at our wonderful Joslyn Art Museum.
*I only ever want to type “Xzibit”
**The higher the hair, the closer to god.