Refined Costume Ideas

Designer Cara Pacifico shared the next step in her costume plot with us.

Cara says: “We had talked about wanting the characters to have a connection to Jess but, after hearing from Lauren, I think we [also] want to get a greater sense of Lexi’s isolation and discomfort.  [So,] all of the female characters should have a connection to JESS; we should see elements of her in every other female character (and I’m hoping Lexi, as part of her time-warp of grief, sees those elements too.)”

It’s still in process of course, but here’s a sneak peek!

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Boston University athletes sexual assault

Heard about this on NPR the other day- creepily relevant for us so I thought I would post some articles about it in reference to our beloved baseball player Sean. To me the controversy raises a lot of questions about male entitlement, especially in male athletes and how institutions will often wink at these kinds of abuses towards women. There have been 6 reported sexual assaults on BU females since the start of the year. I wonder how many more are unreported. It also raises the question of how women can protect themselves, it hits home that the man or THE MAN cannot protect her. She must protect herself- often times the only one on her side.

http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-24/news/31096491_1_sexual-assault-charges-that-s-heavy-drinking

http://espn.go.com/boston/story/_/id/7593097/boston-university-terriers-hockey-player-max-nicastro-faces-sexual-assault-charges

http://espn.go.com/boston/story/_/id/7607555/boston-university-terriers-start-task-force-men-hockey-sex-assault-allegations

It’s All Pizza There

Lexi: (re: In ‘N Out) I miss this. We don’t have this at school, It’s all pizza there.  //  Jess: You’re the one who wanted to go to school on the east coast.

UCONN is in Storrs, CT, and though the cult of Connecticut Apizza (yeah, that’s right, apizza, which is pronounced “a-beetz” by the way) is based in New Haven, Lexi is still a stranger in a strange culinary land.

Some background on the CT Pizza Obsession via the blog Slice:

“Perhaps the most crucial hallmark of the style is its thinness and chewiness. Though crust thickness varies among different New Haven–area pizzerias, they’re often noticeably thinner in the center than New York–style pizzas. And much chewier. The closest thing I can compare it to for those who haven’t eaten it is a very thin slice of ciabatta bread; a New Haven–style crust is crisp-tough on the exterior with a sort of spongey-chewy interior. Other characteristics (or quirks, depending on your viewpoint) are that pies are served whole (no slices); that they are often (but not always) cooked in large coal-fired bakery ovens; and, maybe most crucial to out-of-staters, the fact that a “plain” New Haven apizza is crust, tomato sauce, oregano, and a little bit of grated Romano cheese. Mozzarella cheese is a topping; you have to order it, and it costs extra.”

The heart of the apizza debate centers of three institutions that all lay claim to being the original CT pizza joints: Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, and Modern. The Slice blog  has a nice write-up of the differences in these three, and the NYT Dining Section has also engaged the question.

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One is the Quirkiest Number

Lauren sent this article along for us with the comment: “Alone and weird, Lexi in ten years?”

An excerpt:

One Is the Quirkiest Number: The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone

…In a sense, living alone represents the self let loose. In the absence of what Mr. Klinenberg calls “surveilling eyes,” the solo dweller is free to indulge his or her odder habits — what is sometimes referred to as Secret Single Behavior. Feel like standing naked in your kitchen at 2 a.m., eating peanut butter from the jar? Who’s to know?

Amy Kennedy, 28, a schoolteacher who has a two-bedroom apartment in High Point, N.C., all to herself, calls it living without “social checks and balances.”

The effects are noticeable, she said: “I’ve been living alone for six years, and I’ve gotten quirkier and quirkier.”

Among her domestic oddities: running in place during TV commercials; speaking conversational French to herself while making breakfast (she listens to a language CD); singing Journey songs in the shower; and removing only the clothes she needs from her dryer, thus turning it into a makeshift dresser.

“The entire apartment is your room,” Ms. Kennedy said, by way of explanation. “If I leave a bra on the kitchen table, I don’t think much about it….”

…What emerges over time, for those who live alone, is an at-home self that is markedly different — in ways big and small — from the self they present to the world. We all have private selves, of course, but people who live alone spend a good deal more time exploring them.