by Eric Martin
This, folks, is pure awesome:
A description from Lance Mannion:
On Saturday, April 24th, the Opera Company of Philadelphia teamed up with the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival for a large-scale "Flash Opera" event! Over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and principal cast members of LA TRAVIATA performed the famed "Brindisi" in the aisles of Reading Terminal Market, entertaining hundreds of Philadelphians, and proving that the perfect accompaniment for all things Italian is a little Verdi! The Opera Company sincerely thanks members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus and cast for generously volunteering their time and talents... BRAVI TUTTI!! LA TRAVIATA runs from May 7 - 16 at the Academy of Music. For tickets/info: 215-893-1018 or operaphila.org.
In unrelated news, my son had a momentous weekend. While getting lunch at a neighborhood spot, he was shamelessly flirting with a nearby table of young women. That's not news - more like a regular occurrence. He's really quite the ham, smiling and then bashfully turning away, but always making sure to turn back in time to keep them interested.
Amazingly, after the women got up to leave, one came over and gave me her number and offerred her services as a babysitter, gushing about how cute he is. Seems the little guy got his first digits:
He'll be 9 months old tomorrow. He's got issues.