so, I’ve seen other blogs do their yearly roundups but I have no idea how to do it. This is my first year with blog and my first attempt so bare with this lengthly look at 2007 through the eyes of hanvnah. So I’ve decided to do some top fives. Let’s see if I can remember things.
top 5 personal milestones:
1. starting a blog
2. moving over to gmail (really, it changed my life)
3. deciding to apply to graduate school.
4. joining the team at Forum theatre.
5. seeing friends leave (and decide to leave) DC
top 5 albums:
I was going to do a posting on music of 2007 but I realized I bought like 3 albums this year, and due to my fear of computer instability, in my 5+ year old ibook, i have downloaded about a tenth of what i downloaded in 2006. I’ve looked at all the lists of best album of the year, found myself in a conversation about it the other day, and I realized I had no clue who half the bands are. Some music snob I am. Hopefully in 2008 I’ll do better. Of the albums I did get, here’s what I’m listening to (I left Jarvis off the list even though it came out in the states in 2007 I started listening in 2006):
1. Jens Lekman – Night Falls over Kortedala
2. The National – Boxer
3. Stereo Total – Paris <> Berlin
4. Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55
5. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha (thanks jeremy)
top 5 concerts:
1. The top obviously was seeing Jarvis at Webster Hall
5 theater moments:
1. I’ll agree with Peter Marks for once and single out my buddy Alexander for his amazing performances all year. In particular his work in Caligula and Pangs of the Messiah.
2. The Pabst and Popcorn Hour adaptation of the tragedy of Doctor Faustus. Dan is the man. He is doing extremely inventive and exciting work as he plays around with what is theater and how can you use it as a gift. I’m looking forward to the secret show, which I think starts next week but I’m not sure since it’s still shrouded in secrecy.
3. Voices from a Changing Middle East: A Festival. The busiest I’ve ever been with XX shows in one week. It was a great experience to be looking at many sides of the issues in the middle east and interacting with our audience.
4. Peter and Wendy – I’d been waiting to see Mabou Mines production for years and it did not disappoint. The use of puppets, text and song was a thrilling way to tell a familar story. And it was nice to see and old SLC friend as lead Peter puppeteer.
5. Scenes from the Big Picture – On what may have been the hottest day in summer, I sat in an air condition-less theater, where there were more people on stage than in the audience and I went on a journey. Scenes took me from the heat and discomfort and put me in Belfast. The huge cast was excellent and it was a huge undertaking for Solas Nua, a small company.
5 books read:
2. Karen Armstrong: The Battle for God
3. Iris Murdoch: I think I read three Iris Murdoch books this year, continuing my quest to read them all.
4. Gershom Gorenberg: The Accidental Empire
5. George Orwell: Homage to Catalonia
5 deaths that effected me:
1. My Uncle Sam
4. Betty Hutton
5. Grace Paley
top 5 food experiences:
1. Komi – Much thanks to my mother for taking me to Komi for my birthday dinner. The food was unbelievable and the experience outstanding.
3. Russia House – Mark and I celebrated my turning in my Columbia application with a decadent Russian meal. Though we debated laying down some money on caviar we decided to instead go with a sample of different appetizers and the sampling of house infused vodkas, our favorite was hands down the horseradish.
4. Multiple Tapas bars in Barcelona. Sitting in a noisy square late at night eating massive amounts of tapas while drinking massive amounts of wine, that is how I remember Barcelona.
5. Fresh Bread
5 best parties:
1. Post-Midnight Last Year’s New Years Party at the Ontario.
2. The spring/summer of the Black Cat. The amount of time spent in that place, with those people, dancing to those songs, yes, a time was had.
4. My Golden Birthday Party, I turned 26 on the 26th and found that people really were willing to party on a Tuesday night.
and lastly, but not least, 5 things I look forward to in 2008:
1. Getting in to graduate school.
2. Confronting fears.
3. Keeping busy and productive.
4. Sharing good moments with good friends.
5. Getting rid of all the excess in my life.