Hedwig and the Angry Inch

I just had the great pleasure of seeing Abilene Live Theatre put on Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Neon Parrot here in Abilene. While Abilene Live Theatre is still a young production company, they have accomplished something truly marvelous. 

To understand what ALT has achieved, allow me to nerd out for a moment. Theatre is as old as civilization. Storytelling and drama have existed in every civilized people ever recorded, but the play differs from the story in such a unique and wonderful way. 

You see, a play and a story can both be entertaining. They can delight you and help you spend your hours with laughter and tears. They can send you to far off places and tell of great heroes and feats of strength. They can inspire and delight. Hedwig is most certainly an entertaining way to spend an evening. 

Now plays and stories are also alike in that they portray the culture out of which they arise. Plays and stories help us to define who we are as a people and help to create our identity as a culture. Hedwig in this respect not only represents the culture from which it originated, but creates a space for people in our society who are often overlooked. 

Now here is where plays and stories differ. A play provides an unique opportunity that cannot be achieved by mere words on a page. A play creates the space to bring forth truths that no one dare speak, and fewer wish to write. A play in the midst of all its entertaining, reaches into each audience member and slowly, gently guides them to a new knowledge. 

And this is where Hedwig shines. Hedwig does not merely entertain you for an hour. It does not simply show the struggles of a transgender woman during the 80’s and 90’s as she dreams of a career in music. No, Hedwig reaches into your soul to show you the truth that all people just want to be loved, exactly as they are. 

Hedwig is a great rock opera and was expertly put on by the small cast from Abilene Live Theatre. The venue is perfect, the music sublime; but the truth of this play, the knowledge it seeks to impart, that cannot be missed. 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch will continue tomorrow and next weekend. You can find details on this Facebook event page. I strongly encourage everyone to see this show. You will be a better person for it. 

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Focus on Abilene: Key City Rhythm and Blues

Y’all I’m sitting out here at the Fedtival Gardens across from the Abilene Zoo listening to Kirk House and good lawdy this man has some soul! 


Key City Rhythm and Blues is a blues festival benefitting the United Way of Abilene. Kirk House is only the second act to go on and my money is very well spent! Get on out here and enjoy this beautiful weather and amazing music, and support your local community while you’re at!

If you can’t get out here, follow me on Insta for pics through the night!  

The Food Truck Park- More Than Just a Place to Eat

I’m sitting here at the Food Truck Park downtown on the corner of South First and Sycamore and I’ve got to admit, I’m kinda in love. 

  

If you’ve been living under a proverbial rock (or maybe a real one), the Food Truck Park is an awesome area with a rotating schedule of food trucks local to the Abilene area that come and serve lunch through the week and dinner on weekends and special events. It’s nothing too fancy, some rustic tables and a circle of food trucks, but what happens here, well, it’s magic. 

When you come to the Food Truck Park you can expect to enjoy the glorious Abilene weather and support some local businesses. They also have a lot of local musicians stop by to enhance your dining experience. 

But what might surprise you, is what happens once you get here. Yes the food is yummy and the music amazing (Andrew Holmes is playing tonight, and I love his sound), but that’s just the beginning. 

The real magic of this place comes in small children dancing with their grandparents in the grass. It’s young families sharing tables with retired military officers. It’s a pregnant woman with perfect hair and high heels sharing a meal with a young man in torn jeans and hemp sandals. It’s old friends meeting by chance and young lovers sharing ice cream under the strings of lights. 

The Food Truck Park is more than just a place to grab a bite to eat, it’s a place to build community. It’s a place where Abilenians can come together, share a bite, and share life. 

Check out their Facebook here

Sorry, not sorry

Back in September, I lost a pregnancy. It was an unexpected pregnancy and due to its nature was quite high risk, but the loss still shook me to my core. After the miscarriage, I went back on oral contraceptives. The artificial hormones mixed with the existing grief and I found myself falling quite quickly into a depressive state. 

I have an amazing husband and a few truly exceptional friends who have helped me through this and in the past month or so, I’ve started to finally feel more like myself. 

That being said, my self-care has had to be a very high priority for me and part of that self-care is not allowing negative people in my life whenever I can help it. If someone’s presence in my life brings more pain than joy, I find myself seriously considering if the relationship is something that I need right now, and frankly the answer might just be “no”.

So I’ve stopped spending time with some people and I’m quick with the “unfollow” and “unfriend” buttons, but that has been upsetting to some people. I can understand that. I’m sure it doesn’t feel particularly nice to be on the receiving end of that, but I’m sorry, I’m not sorry about that. 

I’m not trying to be rude or mean or cruel, but I have to look out for me right now. My husband and my sons deserve for me to be happy. I deserve to be happy. And right now, I just don’t have the free mind space for added negativity. 

Further, I shouldn’t feel sorry for looking out for myself. I do not owe any apologies for putting my own mental health first. 

I’m not writing this to stir the pot (though I’m sure some will see it that way). I’m writing this because there just may be someone else out there who is struggling to put themselves first, struggling to make their mental health a higher priority than avoiding stepping on any toes; and I want that person to know that it’s okay. 

It’s okay to look after yourself unapologetically. It’s okay to put yourself first. It’s okay to not be okay and you don’t owe anyone an apology for it.