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My “Eat Pray Love” obsession

I’ve never actually read the book. Still,  I’m obsessed with “Eat Pray Love” wordplay. Recently I awoke to a barrage of brainstorms about similar titles that might appeal to different audiences. See what you think…

For erring spouses: Cheat Pray Love

For texting teens: Tweet Pray Love

For fashionistas: Eat Chambray Love

For toddlers: Eat Play Eat

For writers on deadline: Complete Pray Love

For chocoholics: Sweets Pray Love

For big box employees: Greet Pray Love

For editors: Delete Pray Love

For reality show contestants: Compete Pray Love

For animal lovers: Eat Stray Love

For marriage equality advocates: Eat Gay Love

For gardeners: Peat Pray Love

For hookers: Street Pray Love

For bachelors: Reheat Pray Love

For pacifists: Eat Pray Dove

For vampire fans: Eat Pout Love

For seniors: Eat Gray Love

For dieters: Eat Weigh Love

For air travelers: Eat Delay Love

For dog owners: Eat Stay Love

For mobsters: Concrete Pray Love

For chefs: Eat Flay Love

For musicians: Beat Pray Love

For ob/gyns: Eat Pray Glove

For tidy types: Neat Pray Love

For comedy buffs: Eat Fey Love

For serious shoppers: Eat Pray Shove

For babies: Eat Play Poop

Thanks for reading — I feel much better now.

– Lynn

Photos: Christopher Trimble

Note: Phoenix New Times editor Amy Silverman offers tips to “get those true stories out of your head and onto paper” tonight during a writing workshop titled “From Memory to Memoir.” Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Aug 26, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Click here to learn more/register.

“Eat Pray Love”: A musical journey

Inspired by the movie “Eat Pray Love,” I went with my family on a musical journey through the Musical Instrument Musuem of Phoenix. The film is based on a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, whose travels took her three places…

Italy, where she discovered the joy of food and “muffins tops.” India, where she explored spirituality through meditation and prayer. And Indonesia, where she found love and passion.

Enjoy these photos from our “Eat Pray Love” adventure, which might just inspire you to enjoy your own musical day of play…

While we were at the Musical Instrument Museum, I took photos of exhibits from other countries with names beginning with the letter “I.” It’s a trick I used with the kids when they were younger and the thought of looking at everything in a museum felt overwhelming.

Watch for a future post featuring each of the film’s three themes — eat, pray and love. Or enjoy your own trip to the museum and see what you can discover, through music, about the ways food, religion and relationships intersect with cultures around the globe.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to explore the Musical Instrument Museum collections, music theater, education programs, cafe, gift shop and more online — and to begin planning your own visit to this remarkable global museum

Coming up: Lynn and Liz review comedic plays, Making lemonade from lemons

Musings on “Eat Pray Love”

A treat for mother and son movie time

A bag of popcorn is a powerful thing.

Seems my soon-to-be 21 year old son, Christopher, is still happy to spend the afternoon with mom–as long as popcorn and a movie are involved.

Last week he surprised me by suggesting we see “Eat Pray Love“–so we headed off to Harkins Shea 14 to enjoy the tale of travels through Italy, India and Indonesia.

I was intrigued to learn in advance of the movie’s release that Julia Roberts had embraced Hinduism during her filming of “Eat Pray Love”–recalling my own mother’s practice of the ancient religion.

Watching Roberts’ performance, I saw a bit of my own adventures–undertaken not as an adult but as a child. Like “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert (whose book debuted in 2006), my own mother embraced travel as a means of self-exploration and self-expression.

A memoir of life's journeys

For Gilbert, travail and travel followed a bitter divorce. For my mom, who died more than a decade ago of pancreatic cancer, it was the loss of my stepfather–a truck driver and devoted family man–that triggered that first trip.

He died after spending months in a coma, following a burst appendix suffered at home in bed as he refused to go to the doctor or hospital for care. (Do your kids a favor and lose the macho when medical care might be warranted.)

I think I was in the fifth grade at the time (it’s been a while), and recall the teacher who faithfully drove me to and from school each day so my mother could be by my stepfather’s side.

One of the next things I remember is the front yard of our Colorado home–a lovely two story with a dark grey exterior and red front door, plus a glorious staircase and a spacious back yard.

There's an art to letting go...

The lawn was covered with most of our furniture and other possessions. We had to sell the house, and wouldn’t have room for much as we traveled to our new home–in Anchorage, Alaska.

International travel was never in the budget–but we did manage to live plenty of places. Alaska. Hawaii. Northern California. My travels to Europe, China and Israel came later in life as a college student and young professional.

I decided, after seeing “Eat Pray Love,” that I wanted to share a bit of Italian, Indian and Indonesian culture with our readers–but a trip abroad will have to wait until the onslaught of college tuition for three subsides.

So here’s my plan…

Today I’m heading out to the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix with my family, where we’re going to explore instruments from around the world.

Eat, pray, love...repeat as needed

Each child (all now young adults) will be in charge of a country and theme represented in the movie.

Christopher, 2o, gets Italy (“Eat”). Jennifer, 19, gets India (“Pray”). And Lizabeth, 17, gets Indonesia (“Love”).

James is in charge of whipping out the credit card at their amazing gift shop and cafe (which I’m told features “food prepared from scratch, using fresh local ingredients”–including pastries to die for).

Christopher and I will have cameras (no flash allowed) in tow so I can present a future post on “Eat Pray Love” museum style.

We’ll also check out today’s 12:30pm “Museum Encounter” featuring 2010 Grammy Award nominee Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi-born musician and composer performing concerts this weekend at the MIM Music Theater.

His instrument, the oud, is considered “the grandfather of all stringed instruments.” Today’s “Museum Encounter” with AlHaj is free with museum admission.

It's a tough job, but...

But how, exactly, do you persuade a grown child to accompany you on such an adventure?

Simply put, a pastry is a powerful thing.

–Lynn

Note: “Eat Pray Love” is now showing in Valley theaters (rated PG-13, 133 min.). Click here for MIM information, including hours and pricing. 

Coming up: Lynn and Liz get noisy, “Eat Pray Love” ala the MIM, Theater offerings from Valley community colleges, Sampling snack bars at Valley venues, Local storytelling treasures

Valley actor and director ‘noises off’

Lizabeth came home from school on Thursday with an interesting “to do” list–gather info for a community service project, return borrowed books to her voice teacher, and pick a night to see “Noises Off” at Phoenix Theatre. Such is the life of a senior theater arts major.

"Noises Off" runs Aug 25-Sept 12 at Phoenix Theatre

It reminded me that “Noises Off” will open Phoenix Theatre’s 90th season this week–and that associate artistic director Robert Kolby Harper, who’ll appear in the fabulous farce, recently did some of his own ‘noising off’ as we discussed trends in musical theater.

“Musical theater has always reflected the temperament of the culture at hand,” observes Harper. The ’50s were a sort of golden era with a “happy, feel good focus.”

During the ’60s, “our thinking as a culture became less linear because of Vietnam.” As the ’70s ushered in new styles of popular music, Sondheim brought us the first “concept musical”–called “Company.”

"3 Redneck Tenors" runs Sept 29-Oct 17 at Phoenix Theatre

Today a good story isn’t enough, reflects Harper. A good musical must also consider “the human condition.”

“As our culture has grown up,” says Harper, “musical theater has gotten more thoughtful.”

Many of today’s musicals, such as “American Idiot,” are “used as instruments to get across a particular point of view.” Sometimes, notes Harper, the stories get a little bit boring.

"Hairspray" runs Nov 10-Dec 12 at Phoenix Theatre

Harper says he enjoyed seeing “American Idiot” in New York (“there was some amazing lighting”) although he confesses to wishing someone would just turn the music down a tad. (I hear you.)

So what of today’s musical theater landscape? “We have a little bit of everything,” reflects Harper. “Musical theater is becoming incredibly artistic because everybody is diversifying.” Think “Spring Awakening” and “[title of show].”

"No Way to Treat a Lady" runs Jan 12-30 at Phoenix Theatre

As we question ourselves more on issues like war and sexuality, we see those struggles reflected in works of musical theater. “The point of view of the underdog is more popular than it used to be,” adds Harper.

Another trend? The use of on-stage cameras, huge screens and other technology. It’s due in part, says Harper, to the growing influence of multi-media in all parts of American culture.

Musical theater is growing in popularity as it’s being developed by younger and younger artists, observes Harper.

He cites the musical “Rent” as an example–noting that it was “the first one in years that was a huge hit by an unknown.”

"Avenue Q" runs Feb 23-March 20 at Phoenix Theatre

“Now it happens all the time,” muses Harper. He describes “Avenue Q,” which Phoenix Theatre will present Feb 23-March 20 of next year, as a prime example.

Still, many seasoned musicals continue to attract new audiences. Harper recalls being struck by the incredibly long line of patrons waiting to see “The Phantom of the Opera” last time he hit New York.

“Lots of people still haven’t seen it,” notes Harper. “I don’t care if that’s all they see–because the point is that they tried it.”

I’m reminded of Lizabeth’s first trip to DC and NYC, during which fellow travelers were thrilled to see “Phantom” on Broadway while Lizabeth and a fellow student made their way to the Booth Theater to experience “Next to Normal.”

It’s all good, I suppose.

"Nine" runs April 13-May 8 at Phoenix Theatre

After all, reflects Harper, many Broadway visitors will return home to support their local community theaters.

Soon the Valley’s many theater companies (including Phoenix Theatre, Arizona’s oldest) will open their 2010-2011 seasons. They’ll offer everything from classic to contemporary, giving us all a bit of Broadway–and beyond.

To enjoy an insider’s look at Phoenix Theatre’s 90th season, and your own conversation with associate artistic director Robert Kolby Harper, you can enjoy “A Noises Off Tea” at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, featuring an exclusive opportunity to chat with Harper about his role in the comedic play “Noises Off” and more.

The event takes place at noon on Wed, Sept 1, and costs $35. Phoenix Theatre promises ‘no sardines, but a lovely English Tea.’ For reservations, call 602-468-0700.

Prepare those dialing fingers and pointed pinkies…

–Lynn

Note: You can double the fun by seeing Harper and others perform in “Noises Off” live at Phoenix Theatre and renting the 1992 film version of “Noises Off” starring Michael Caine and Carol Burnett (direction by Peter Bogdanovich). Other comedies coming soon to the Valley include “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Mesa Arts Center, Aug 27-Sept 12) and “The Kitchen Witches” (Tempe Center for the Arts, Sept 17-Oct 3).

Coming soon: Focus on fall festivals, Music and dance with William Shakespeare, “Eat Pray Love”–museum style

Read Film Love

My favorite find from the "101 Things I Learned" (TM) series

I hit a local bookstore the other day with my daughter Lizabeth just to kick around and see what was available.

Before long, we were sitting side by side on the floor near shelves lined with music- and film-related titles.

Alas–I didn’t see the compilation of Bruce Springsteen lyrics that I’ve long dreamed of embracing, but we made some other cool finds.

Among them was Neil Landau and Matthew Frederick’s “101 Things I Learned (TM) in Film School.”

An amusing tale for serious Sharpie pen lovers

As I browsed their work, which now sits atop my desk next to a thick black Sharpie and “The Great Typo Hunt,” I discovered plenty of parallels between film and writing–even film and life.

For those of you who have yet to land a ticket to the weekend’s hottest flick–”Eat Pray Love“–I offer an alternative.

The opportunity to reflect on how the following lessons in “Film School” apply to everyday life. (Writers among you will notice several ideas applicable to your craft as well.)

#1: Start strong.

#14: Beginning, middle, end.

#25: Create memorable entrances.

#43: Beware children, animals, and liquids.

#50: Have a plan, but enjoy the detours.

#55: Leave breathing room.

#64: Dig deeper.

#69: Good writing is good rewriting.

#73: Different lenses tell different stories.

#84: Don’t cast solely by looks.

#90: Let it go, already.

#91: Play well with others.

Why not travel the world via film festival?

I’m long overdue for an “Eat Pray Love” experience–and the financial demands of college tuition times three make it unlikely I’ll get to Italy, India or Indonesia anytime soon.

But I can do the next best thing by enjoying the richness of film right here in the Valley, which often transports me to other times and places.

Here’s a list–with links–of fabulous film fare perfect for enjoying your own ongoing “Read Film Love” adventures…

ASU Student Film Festival at www.theatrefilm.asu.edu

Arizona Student Film Festival at www.azstudentfilmfestival.com

Arizona International Film Festival at www.filmfestivalarizona.com

Phoenix Film Festival at www.phoenixfilmfestival.org

Phoenix Jewish Film Festival at www.gpjff.org

Scottsdale International Film Festival at www.scottsdaleinternationalfilmfestival.com

Sedona International Film Festival at www.sedonafilm.org

Many have already scheduled their 2011 events and are calling for film submissions, so now is the time to “save the dates” and get those cameras rolling.

Read. Film. Love.

–Lynn

Note: Additional information on film events in Arizona is available from the Arizona Production Association, which serves film, theatre and television professionals. Other Valley venues that present film series events include the Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Coming up: A tale of two stories