I could kiss you on the…


Have been watching a lot of Arrested Development, lately, which is the most fun I’ve had with a new American sitcom in quite awhile. It’s got that combination of smart writing and random silliness that usually gets my attention, and Jason Bateman (!) is a surprisingly likeable and capable lead. Bateman seems to be making something of a comeback, what with this show and Starsky and Hutch, but for the life of me I can’t recall what show he was on in the 80’s. I certainly remember all the pinups, though. Also, Teen Wolf Too!

Went to see the Symphony for the first time in, like, ever. It was a bit of an odd outing with some folks from work, but it was quite nice to hear some live classical music. Particularly exciting was Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony, which was wonderfully played (what a rousing finale that piece has!). There was also a premiere of a symphony by Chen Yi and MacDowell’s second piano concerto, with André Watts.

I have an itch now to hear more, and there are certainly opportunities coming up: in June, Howard Shore will be in town to conduct his six-movement symphony based on his Lord of the Rings scores. Also, the Seattle Opera will be doing Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos later this year, which is something I’ve always wanted to see. The last opera I attended was almost six years ago — Der Rosenkavalier, also by Strauss.

Am determined that this will be the year of cultural betterment, and suggestions are welcome. Even better, join me?

  • yukino

    The Hogan Family! That's the one I was thinking of.

  • Loliinspired

    He played Derek Taylor, best friend of star Ricky Schroder on Silver Spoons. He was also on Valerie & The Hogan Family.

    I googled.

  • No, that was Ricky Schroeder! Now the Silver Spoons theme song is stuck in my head. Thanks, Tara. :)

  • Wasn't he on Silver Spoons? (not that I watched or anything...)

  • I too could not remember what show Jason Bateman was on in the 80s. Jwo asked me, and I had nothin'. All I remember was that it was about him and his family and his neighbors, one of whom was played by the guy that was the Bundys' neighbor on Married With Children. The first guy with Marcy Darcy, not the second.

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