I’m not dead

(Driving into Cleveland.)

Last Sunday M and I went up to Cleveland to see Spamalot at the Palace Theater.  We left home early so I could get a few photos before the show, but it turned out that it wasn’t early enough.  We thought parking would be easy on a Sunday morning, but hadn’t done our research well enough to know there was a Cavs game that must have started fairly early in the day as there was quite a bit of car and foot traffic near the Q.

It was a beautiful morning for taking pictures but, alas, we were unable to find a parking spot near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where I wanted to take some shots.  We didn’t have time to park a good distance away and walk so we went right to the theater district to find a parking spot near there before the show.

M and I have been fans of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus for a long time.  One of the first movies we saw together while we were dating was And Now For Something Completely Different.  We have Monty Python and the Holy Grail on video tape and DVD, having bought them as they became available.

Did you know Monty Python and the Holy Grail was voted the most popular “Scottish” film at IMDB?  The film was shot almost entirely in Scotland.  During our first trip to Scotland, M and I made a point of putting Doune Castle on our itinerary (Doune Castle was featured in the film as several of the castles).  We weren’t able to do more than a drive-by due to time constraints, but at least we came home with several photos of the castle.

Richard Chamberlain played King Arthur in the production of Spamalot that we saw.  I thought he was quite good in the part, especially since it seemed to me he looked a lot like the current version of the Burger King which added more weirdness and wackiness to the production (something you’d hardly think was possible when it comes to anything associated with Monty Python).

The show was fabulous.  Brilliant.  Wacky.  Hilariously funny.  M and I laughed a lot.  We were both laughing so hard at times that tears were streaming from our eyes.  As far as I could see, the same was true for most of the audience members around us.  I think it was one of the best laughs and times I’ve ever had at a musical or any theater production.

If Spamalot is coming to your area — and you like Monty Python — go see it.  You’ll love it.  (I’m aware that the humour of Monty Python doesn’t appeal to everyone.  They seem to fall into that “you either love it or you hate it” category.)

(Building near Cleveland’s theater district.)

Because we had gone to a matinee performance of Spamalot, I did have the time and light to take a few photographs after the show.  The sky wasn’t as clear and blue as it had been earlier, and clouds had begun to move in.  Not the most perfect conditions for picture taking, but not bad either.

(Entrance to the Hanna building, also in the Theater District.)

We walked around the Theater District for a little while so I could get a few shots from there.  Some of the buildings are very interesting.  With my camera limitations I was only able to get parts and pieces of them.

(Building on Euclid Avenue.)

I suppose it would have been helpful if I’d written down the names of some of the buildings.  I can’t seem to locate them (the names) in my memory bank.

(Corner of Euclid and East 14th Street, I think.)

There were ponies on Euclid Avenue, something you don’t expect to see in the city.  A horse and carriage, yes.  Ponies and hay, not so much.

They were there as part of something called Designerosa, a temporary event that uses vacant buildings and land in Cleveland.  You can read about it here.

It’s too bad we didn’t have time to go in and look around.  Or make the time to go in and look around.

(Part of Playhouse Square.)

This post is getting long and I have things to do today.  M could use some help outside moving bushes, the house could use a good sweep-through, and there’s laundry to be done.

See ya tomorrow with the rest of this adventure.

6 Comments on “I’m not dead”

  1. Test says:

    Nice article!!

  2. Norm says:

    Sounds like a great outing.

    First time I saw ANFSCD I was on some sort of hallucinogenic and it took me about 10 minutes to realize that THIS was what we’d come to see. Once I got into it I laughed my butt off. Oh, and I was the one driving the 30 miles to and from the theatre. Silly friends.

    I loved a lot of their early stuff on TV and in film but most of the later stuff left me cold. Just picked up some ‘best-of’ VHS tapes of TV episodes – too funny!

  3. Norm says:

    p.s. – That’s good news about your not being dead. Just sayin’.

  4. amuirin says:

    The musical sounds wonderful… and your first pictures should be appropriated by the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce in the interest of tourism. I have no idea what the character of the city is, but you made it look gorgeous and cheerfully dignified.

    That other building is pretty splendid, but I can see what you mean that the light wasn’t ideal. A sunset sky would be interesting behind all that glittering darkness.

  5. Laura says:

    These are great pictures! I hope you’ll consider entering the second annual Downtown Photo Challenge hosted by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

    We are getting ready to announce the contest in 2-3 weeks, and the info will be available here: http://www.downtownclevelandalliance.com/photochallenge.asp

    Right now we still has info from last year posted, but it should be up to date by the end of the month.

    Spread the word! And thanks for taking such great pictures of Cleveland!

  6. Jeff says:

    Along the lines of musicals, theater and the arts (think West Side Story and Sweeney Todd), you may enjoy a lecture by composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, April 20 at the University of Akron’s E. J. Thomas Hall. http://tinyurl.com/dm52te

    Happy Spring to you all! (Finally)

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