Sheenters into a relationship with a man obsessed with his work and incapable ofexpressing his emotion, and then she pouts when he obsesses over his work andcan't say he loves her.
If this show is viewed as just an excuse for making a prettytableau, then Act I is a complete work; if however the show is about thecenturies-old battle between life and art, then Act I is only half the picture.
Officially, the remodeled Avenida Juarez is now “The Juan Gabriel Binational Tourist Corridor.” Gabriel’s public praises of Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte, and even the inclusion of the politician’s name in the new
Juarez song, sparked polemics over the singer’s long relationships with Duarte and the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, especially in the days leading up to the mid-term 2015 elections.
If you are looking for live music when staying at the Cabins be sure to check out Early Mountain Vineyard (live music on the patio Friday, Saturday and Sunday), DuCard Vineyard (live music most weekends), and the brand new State Theater in Culpeper (regional and national acts). Of course Charlottesville is also a great music venue and the outdoor nTelos Wireless Arena, The Parmount Theater and the JPJ Arena are all only about a 45 min drive.
“The charisma of Juan Gabriel, his altruistic work in this city and his status as a popular idol disarms the people and fools them into the hands of political sponsors,” wrote local political commentator Carlos Murillo in the Juarez Dialogo blog. “Allowing themselves to be seduced, the people forget hard feelings and focus on the fiesta, the spectacle…”
George is saying it would benice if anybody understand the act of finishing the hat, could understand hiscompulsion to put his work above all else, “how you have to finish the hat.”In other words, it's not his fault he's inattentive, insulting, thoughtless,rude ‑‑ it's his art's fault, because that's what forces him to beas he is.
Like Seurat, Sondheim creates difficult, challenging, sometimes hardto understand art, work that is sometimes not very commercial, work that issometimes derided even by others in his own field.
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On top of these chords, we hear the first quote of the“Sunday” theme, the melody of the first lines of the Act I finale,“Sunday.” Not only is Sondheim establishing this theme as important, he'salso creating a framing device (how appropriate for a musical about a painting)beginning and ending the act with the same music.
It's about theconflict between being an observer (which the artist must be) and an activeparticipant, about the conflict between paying attention to those around you whoneed attention, and paying attention to the work which literally defines yourlife.
The lyric of this first song tells us that Dotmodels for George a lot (“Why is it you always get to sit in the shade...”)and that she doesn't like it; that George is a frequent topic of gossip, andthat Dot is connected to the gossip circuit; that George paints animals as wellas people; that George is emotionally distant and obsessed with his art; thatDot and George are sleeping together; that the location of this scene is anisland in the middle of a river (the Seine); that a big part of Dot's attractionto George is his art, his talent, but also his physical looks; that Dot has beenwith other painters; that Dot and George get up very early when they come hereto work; that they live in the city; and other more nebulous details about Dot'spersonality and temperament.
From ruins to Riches? Construction equipment sits parked on Mariscal Street one block off Avenida Juarez. Once the city’s red light district of legend and lore, Mariscal is now largely razed and poised for re-development as the next phase in the downtown revitalization takes shape. Not far from here, a new Noa Noa club, the namesake of the old establishment made famous by the Juan Gabriel song and connected to none other than Juanga himself, could be in the makings.