Perks of Big City Life

It’s still a little bit of a culture shock living in a city like Dallas after 12 years on a very remote Alaska island with no traffic lights.  Yes, I have lived in other medium sized cities over the years but this is the largest I’ve ever called home.  It’s weird having to plan how long it will take to get somewhere, or still having to use my GPS because I have no idea where all the different parts of the city are located.  On the other hand, I love, love, love having access to so many cultural events and interesting experiences.  This past week, we got to hear Margaret Atwood interviewed about her new book The Testaments (follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale) on one of just a few stops on her book tour. She was so interesting, smart, clever and funny.  I was in awe of her and have already devoured the book, which does not disappoint if you are wondering what the future holds for Gilead.

Yesterday we managed to somehow get front row seats for $20 each to see the Dallas production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s earlier musical work “In the Heights.”  The cast was fabulous with lots of high energy singing and dancing, some really funny parts thrown in, and a lovely story that ended in a hopeful way.  We couldn’t take pix during the show, of course, but some of the actors came out afterwards and chatted/answered questions for a few minutes so I took a couple of photos then.  Having seen “Hamilton,” it was apparent that some of the themes of Miranda’s work are woven through both shows and some of the music seemed to tie the two productions together.  I’m so glad we got to see all of these wonderful performers of Latinx and Black heritage getting the recognition they’re due.

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