2. Technical Director Peter Weber says, “My fave this month is a repeat fave that Brooke first put forth in March. My question for you is have you watched it? I have been loving it and its second season is halfway done now. I have decided to restate Brooke’s text from before due to it being so spot on. ‘Our Arts Ed Director, Brooke Smith says, “My Festival Fave for March 2021 is the Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso! Starring Jason Sudeikis and based on a character he first portrayed during NBC's 2013 coverage of the English Premier League. Ted Lasso follows a Division 2 American football coach (the eponymous Lasso) who is hired by a vindictive divorcee to coach one of the most prominent soccer teams in the UK: the fictional AFC Richmond. Despite being hired to fail, Ted rises to the occasion, gaining the love of his team as well as the audience. ‘
4. Our Marketing Director, Isaac Bont, says, “My fave is revisiting old cd's/playlists.
Recently I've been perusing old playlists on my Spotify account. I've had the account for a number of years. There's so much music out there. I'm the type to really love something and listen to it for a while. Revisiting the songs that stuck out for me at any period of time, whether middle school, when I was 27, when I was in love, whether I was depressed, etc. is typically a joyful experience for me. Also, it helps me remember absolute A+++ songs. My recent relisten helped me rediscover "Fireball" by Pitbull, "Voodoo in my Blood" by Massive Attack/Young Fathers, "Johnny and Mary" by Todd Terje/Bryan Ferry and so much more.”
Okay, that was a warm up--now, my other September Fave. I am not a mystery fan, maybe because I can never follow the plot and I always have to ask Karel "what just happened?" But she loves mysteries and talked me into watching "The Murdoch Mysteries." One show and I was hooked. The Canadian series debuted in 2008 and is now in its 15th season. Set in Toronto at the dawn of the twentieth century, it depicts a Toronto constabulary which weekly sets about solving mysteries, mostly murders. Murdoch is a detective and an inventor and with a wink solves mysteries using predecessors to x-rays, robotic devices, "imail" (instant mail), "finger marks," etc. with the help of his wife Julia, who is a Toronto coroner, and the other constables in his office, each more colorful and kinkier than the next. The writing is excellent, the acting is superb, and even I can sometimes figure out who did it. Guest appearances have included Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Mark Twain (played by William Shatner). I'm hooked. It's on Ion Plus every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and given there are 221 episodes and counting, you can often find me with Karel in front of the TV on a weekend evening.”
6. Director Traci Ledford (Crimes of the Heart, Silent Sky, Brighton Beach Memoirs) says, “I enjoy really writing letters or sending cards. In a world where we are so overwhelmed with texts, emails, and social media, I love taking my time with a personalized greeting or note. It allows me to creatively invest in another person, forcing me to slow down and craft a thoughtful exchange. Whether it's to encourage someone who is struggling, connect with longtime friends, celebrate a milestone, or comfort the grieving, there is nothing quite like a handwritten letter. And, of course, I love it when someone responds in kind. It's rather therapeutic, paired with a nice beverage and your favorite music, and I highly recommend it.”