The new John Lennon “Forever” 50 cent postage stamp released on 9/07/18. There are: sheets of stamps at $8.00 each, set of four digital color postmark which features a peace sign at $6.60 and first day of issue covers at $3.76. This release is part of the Music Icon series by the USPS.
The release coinsides with the October 9 release of a new remastered boxed set of Lennon’s work titled “Imagine-The Ultimate Collection.” The 6 disc set will have 4 CD’s and 2 DVDs and a 120 page book. October 9 would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday.
Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon and widow Yoko Ono Lennon were in attendence at the unveiling of the colorful stamp’s unveiling and Yoko was involved in all aspects of the remastering.
The Unlimate Collection is ready for pre-order on Aamazon for $99.98.
I am a big John Lennon fan. I own lots of books, magazines, photos, CD’s, DVD’s and I have collages of him hanging in my apt as well as a poster from the Grammy Museum and a large framed photo of him in front of the Statue of Liberty. I’ve even made friends with Andrew Solt’s brother John. John Solt is a lovely poet that i met through a mutual poet friend named Morgan Gibson. As big of a fan as I am, I’m not so sure that I want to shell out $100 for the new ultimate collection boxed set that will be realesed on Lennon’s birthday. Purchasing stamps dedicated to Lennon’s memory is not a stretch for me since I have collected the Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin releases. I also collect stamps when i like them. I have a large collection of Bicentennial stamps in my collection which I am proud of. But…….. $100 for stuff I already own seems redundant. Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind. Hopefully, I’ll make up my mind Lennon’s birthday on October 9.
Must confess that ever since Penny gave Leonard a first edition copy of “The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy” on “Big Bang Theory” I’ve been curious. This last Sunday, June 17, 2018 my curiosity was cured when I was able to go to the “Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts” and a live performance of it at “The Lovelace Studio Theater”.
A lot of the times I do not enjoy plays as the scenery doesn’t allow for spelling it out and I have to stretch my imagination to envision the sight
that the actors are trying to project. I am lazy.
Having said that, I must confess that although the scenery was sparse and I needed to really exercise my imagination I got it. I got it so well that I understood the “in-jokes” and I found myself laughing at some of the humorous
lines when no-one else appeared to get it.
When I announced my intention to go to see this play, I had a few comments that were related to this play: #42 and “Marvin.” When I asked my friend James shen what the #42 meant, he said it was the answer to the meaning of life. Big question mark in my popped up and I quipped up that I thought it was 73 as that was Sheldon’s answer to the best number in the universe.
The friend that mentioned “Marvin” had chosen wisely as her favorite character, I kept wondering if “Marvin” was going to be like “Marvin The Martian” of cartoon fame. Nope, “Marvin” was a robot in the play. A very serious character that had bursts of concern.
The play was written by Douglas Adams and directed by Madeline Dahm and featured a cast of multitalented people: Trecey Dory, Jayde Lief, Matt Macguire, Kelvin Morales, Mauricio Morazon, Madelina Nastase, Jo Rodriguez, Helya Salarvand, Alex Shelton and Siera Williams.
The lead characters are Martha Dent and Ford Perfect played by Siera Williams and Mauricio Morazon. These two actors held my interest and are pivotal to the cohesiveness of the play. The two meet on Earth and are swept up into a space ship that is working on the destruction of Dent’s homeland. Perfect gives her a copy of “Don’t Panic” which she tends to not get its significance during the play; that changes at the end of “The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.”
The cast are a gender-bending ensemble that play multiple roles one of which is Alex Shelton that had a variety of roles that displayed his ability to go from actor, to puppeteer to musician in a matter of seconds. Loved his flow in the character that he was at any given moment. After the performance, I grabbed the unsuspecting actor to hug him and to tell him how awesome the cast was, how they blew my mind and how the ending song was a showstopper for me.
Kelvin Morales and Helya Salarvand played the character of “Zaphod”. This two-demential character required the to move and speak as if they were one and really had engaged. Jo Rodriguez played the robot “Marvin” to a tee in a cosmic costume that made me take notice, especially the helmet with the robot from “Lost In Space” on the top.
Working together this ensemble brought me though their adventure and got me to understand the hitch-hiking part of this play.
This play is the second production for this season for “The Wallis Studio Ensemble” and “The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy” was selected because they were looking for a robust, absurd and funny with a social conscience. I think that they chose well with “The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy” as it does make a statement about the world we live in today as well as when the story was first written back in 1978.
At the end of the show a song by “Portugal, The Man” titled “Feel It Still” which had the cast all dancing and also enticed some audience members to jump in and add to the experience. This song keeps turning up for me. It’s a song from “Coppertone” and I first heard it by “Portugal, The Man” on the recent “Grammy Awards Show.”
Thank you to this talented ensemble for putting on a such a wonderful enterpitation of this lively play.