Each Friday, DCH performers, teachers, and students offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, see, hear, or experience. This week David Allison considers how loss affects our lives, Jonda Robinson contemplates closure, and Jason Hensel can't seem to get it right.
This week, I was reminded of how difficult loss can be. There are countless things, places, ideas...people, that we encounter on a daily basis and we expect their status to be static forever. They have been part of our lives for so long that to think of living without them is impossible to comprehend. This past week, I was reminded of how hard loss can be, so I’m going to dedicate my space here to talking about all the good times we had. What I’m loving this week is water.
Hey water, it’s me. I’ve missed you. You know, ever since my apartment complex had to turn you off for a couple of days due to construction, I’ve been thinking back on all of the amazing memories we shared. I thought about a couple of weeks ago, after I had just finished a jog and you were there to help me cool down. There was that time at Wet N Wild, oh, we were so young, when we slid down The Black Hole together. Remember when I drank you?
Now I’m forced to carry on without my partner in hydration. I’ve been lucky enough to share my life with water for 28 years, but, oh, what? They turned the water back on? Ok, cool. -- David Allison
Parenthood is back! This means that at least once a week I will have an epic cry on my couch while I watch the saga of the Braverman family unfold. I’m excited for its return, but also sad that the end is so near, as this 13-episode, sixth season will bring it to its conclusion.
Now, don’t let my “epic cry” scare you, as the show is not intentionally sad. It just seems to find a way to use the dynamics of life and family to tug on your heartstrings almost every episode. If you’re up-to-date on the show, you’re probably thinking some of the same things I am:
1. What, if anything, will finally bring Bubba* and Berneice* back together? 2. What does this pregnancy mean for Bobbie Jo*? 3. Yay for Ray Romano still being around! 4. Man, Drew sure reminds me of my little brother. (OK, so maybe this one is a stretch, unless you know my little brother.)
This TV drama is based loosely on the 1989 movie of the same name, which starred Steve Martin and and was directed by Ron Howard. Howard also serves as an executive producer on the show. Its theme song is Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” and that’s just the beginning of all the great music that has been featured throughout its seasons. If you haven’t seen it then go get a box of tissues, make your way to Netflix, and enjoy watching three generations of Bravermans navigate their lives with help from one another. You can catch the current season Thursdays at 9 pm on NBC.
*Note: Pseudonyms have been used for some of the characters in an attempt to avoid any spoilers. -- Jonda Robinson
Ryan Callahan, who normally curates this series, is out this week. I'm covering for him, and usually in this spot he discusses a book or author he's loving. I feel like I, too, should write about some book or author that I'm loving. But you know what? There's not one. I'm currently between books, and honestly, nothing I've read this year has wowed me.
Hold on. Let me pull up my spreadsheet of this year's readings and double check that.
Thanks for holding. Actually, there are some books that were pretty good. There was that one by Mindy Kaling that caused me to laugh a couple of times. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa was really interesting and well-written, and The Razor's Edge made me seriously consider quitting my job to become a worldly nomad.
I'm totally not doing this right, am I? I'm suppose to pick one thing. Fine, then. Go watch the "Bad Boys" sketch from Saturday Night Live's season opener. That's what I'm obsessed with. This pre-recorded sketch clearly raised the grade of what turned out to be a sub-par episode overall. I don't want to tell you too much more about it, because I don't want to oversell it and you end up thinking, "Man, that wasn't as funny as you obsessively claimed it would be."
Sorry. I know I'm not doing this right. Ryan will be back next week.
Check ya later, dudes. -- Jason Hensel