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phantom of the paradise by Levi Buchanan

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The Hollywood has a series of rock operas this month. Watched -- I mean, experienced -- "Phantom of the Paradise."  Total gonzo 70s flick by Brian de Palma, with music by Paul Williams (who wrote "Rainbow Connection"). Hugely fun riff on a bunch of different stories, from "Faust" to "Dorian Gray." And, of course, "Phantom of the Opera." Great costumes and sets. The effete Beef charicachture doesn't necessarily jive with 2015 sensibilities, although his number is one of the movie's highlights.

 

I've seen a lot of paint-by-numbers blockbusters this summer that were as joyless as they were loud. Catching classics at the Hollywood has been great counterprogramming.

 

Except for "Mad Max Fury Road." That was spectacular. 

soup by Levi Buchanan

It hasn't been terribly rainy yet, so no winter blues yet. (Honestly, I'm not really expecting them anymore either.) However, one thing I do love about the colder weather is the excuse to make soup. Soup just never feels like a summer meal to me. But when it drops to the 30s? Let's roast some vegetables, toot sweet. Tomato-carrot today. Cauliflower tomorrow. Good stuff. And you can get so many meals out of a single pot.

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first drafts by Levi Buchanan

Love the experimental phase of moving things around, trying new combinations, playing with flow. Will straighten out the frames soon enough. Need to get position and spacing settled first.

Turns out I enjoy decorating, after all. 

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tannenbaum by Levi Buchanan

Still trying to find my Christmas tree style. But I think I'm starting to settle on animals as a theme, seeing as they make up the majority of my ornaments. 

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It's also fun to spot people on the street stop and look up at the tree. One of the many things I enjoy about this neighborhood. It's alive, no matter how chilly it gets outside.