>The Daily Patti: ‘A Little Priest’

>Patti and George Hearn, in a performance from Sweeney Todd.

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>Our Newest "American Idol"

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Here’s your winner……
Oops. That’s not him, this is him…….
Po-TAY-to. Po-TAH-to.

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>Be Gone Oprah

>I don’t know why I did it, but I watched the last three Oprah Shows. Perhaps it was out of fear that this was all some colossal joke and she wasn’t leaving after all, i don’t know. But there I was, watching a DVRd Oprah Finale.

Thank god for the DVR so I could fast forward through the awkward parts; and by awkward, I mean Tom Cruise, who always looks so ill-at-ease whenever he’s being Tom Cruise and not some mortal-man-saving-the-planet.

Awkward.

And Steadman. Oprah even pulled Steadman out of the crate where she keeps him and he gave a speech; a great big rambling incoherent speech which proved he doesn’t really know Oprah at all. The only one who truly knows Oprah is Gayle, and why she chose a fuchsia sausage casing as a dress is beyond me.

But Oprah was Oprah, always commenting on everything that was going on rather than sitting back and enjoying the salute. And repeating everything three or four times. i swear, if you could go back and re-edit all the tapes of the last 25 years and cut out every single time she repeats herself, you probably have about seven years of shows.

And, naturally, whenever she cried, which was often, she gave a look to one of the cameras so we could all feel her emotion.See, Oprah know her audience doesn’t really feel anything until she tells them how to feel.

Then there was the last episode, where Oprah paced about the stage and talked about Oprah and the Oprah Show. Talk about awkward. She even said something about her father’s single sperm making it to her mother’s egg during that one time they had sex under the tree and the result being…….Oprah.

Awkward.

And, except for one brief moment where she reminded us that the Oprah Show wasn’t always about doing better, being better, looking better, spiritual mumbo jumbo, but that it was one of those tacky tabloid shows where DNA tests were mentioned and adulterous husbands were outed, Oprah painted herself as our savior.

Thanks O, but no thanks.

But I think what galled me most was her incessant thanking of ‘us’ for letting her come into our lives and teach us. It made me think that, as my guests left the Cinco de Never party, I should have said, “Thank you for letting me do all of this for you.”

As I’ve always said, the Oprah Show is about Oprah, and nothing else. And now millions of women, and a few men, I’m guessing, will be sitting in front of their TVs every afternoon wondering what they’re gonna do with their days and their lives.

Now, before all you Oprah-nuts come out of the woodwork and rage at me because you have nothing to do now that she’s gone, let me say this simply; Yes, Oprah did good things. She helped people in need. She told us it was okay to read, although some of us, like me, were reading long before Oprah say it was one of her Favorite Things. She gave money to worthy causes and built a school in Africa–though I wondered why she didn’t want to build a “leadership academy’ in, say, Chicago. See, Oprah was always about trying to do better and be better, but seemed to be missing the mark herself.

As someone much wiser than me [Hi Froggy] once said–and I’m paraphrasing: For someone who spends so much time telling people happy, she doesn’t seem very happy.

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>Be Gone Oprah

>I don’t know why I did it, but I watched the last three Oprah Shows. Perhaps it was out of fear that this was all some colossal joke and she wasn’t leaving after all, i don’t know. But there I was, watching a DVRd Oprah Finale.

Thank god for the DVR so I could fast forward through the awkward parts; and by awkward, I mean Tom Cruise, who always looks so ill-at-ease whenever he’s being Tom Cruise and not some mortal-man-saving-the-planet.

Awkward.

And Steadman. Oprah even pulled Steadman out of the crate where she keeps him and he gave a speech; a great big rambling incoherent speech which proved he doesn’t really know Oprah at all. The only one who truly knows Oprah is Gayle, and why she chose a fuchsia sausage casing as a dress is beyond me.

But Oprah was Oprah, always commenting on everything that was going on rather than sitting back and enjoying the salute. And repeating everything three or four times. i swear, if you could go back and re-edit all the tapes of the last 25 years and cut out every single time she repeats herself, you probably have about seven years of shows.

And, naturally, whenever she cried, which was often, she gave a look to one of the cameras so we could all feel her emotion.See, Oprah know her audience doesn’t really feel anything until she tells them how to feel.

Then there was the last episode, where Oprah paced about the stage and talked about Oprah and the Oprah Show. Talk about awkward. She even said something about her father’s single sperm making it to her mother’s egg during that one time they had sex under the tree and the result being…….Oprah.

Awkward.

And, except for one brief moment where she reminded us that the Oprah Show wasn’t always about doing better, being better, looking better, spiritual mumbo jumbo, but that it was one of those tacky tabloid shows where DNA tests were mentioned and adulterous husbands were outed, Oprah painted herself as our savior.

Thanks O, but no thanks.

But I think what galled me most was her incessant thanking of ‘us’ for letting her come into our lives and teach us. It made me think that, as my guests left the Cinco de Never party, I should have said, “Thank you for letting me do all of this for you.”

As I’ve always said, the Oprah Show is about Oprah, and nothing else. And now millions of women, and a few men, I’m guessing, will be sitting in front of their TVs every afternoon wondering what they’re gonna do with their days and their lives.

Now, before all you Oprah-nuts come out of the woodwork and rage at me because you have nothing to do now that she’s gone, let me say this simply; Yes, Oprah did good things. She helped people in need. She told us it was okay to read, although some of us, like me, were reading long before Oprah say it was one of her Favorite Things. She gave money to worthy causes and built a school in Africa–though I wondered why she didn’t want to build a “leadership academy’ in, say, Chicago. See, Oprah was always about trying to do better and be better, but seemed to be missing the mark herself.

As someone much wiser than me [Hi Froggy] once said–and I’m paraphrasing: For someone who spends so much time telling people happy, she doesn’t seem very happy.

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>Architecture Wednesday: The Legend Of Shell House

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It looks a little like the ship from Lost In Space crash landed in an otherwordly forest on another planet, the way it seems to hover above the ground, stark white against the surrounding greenery.

This is Shell Villa, designed and built  by ARTechnic, and, though ti seems like such a contrast between earth and home, Shell Villa “deforms, wraps and curves to its environment in remarkable ways.”

The house curves around a central tree which stands in the interior courtyard area. While this curious form makes for an interesting visual object it also informs how people move in, through and around it–in arcing, organic and naturalistic paths left by the voids inside and out.

The interior of the home is as organic as the exterior, flowing and curving as the shell would suggest from the outside and with furniture, furnishings and fixtures that also conform to the ebbs and flows of the building’s shape.

In some places, rectilinear design objects are set against the ever-present curves but they are still tucked within the overall rounded theme. The rounded shell itself provides protection from the elements for each interior space. Each space flows into the next, with the common elements of white–for the shell and some furniture–and wood–for virtually everything else–tying the experience together. Likewise, natural ventilation carries throughout the whole house.

The shift from day to night in the structure is a remarkable one, as the ribbon of the building edge becomes a kind of border between the light glowing within and the ever-darkening surrounding skies and forest around.

The net result at night is a sense of comfort and enclosure – a connection to the elemnents through a copious use of glass mitigated by a thick, wrapping exterior shell. All in all, the results are somehow a blend of ultramodern and completely contextual.

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>The Daily Patti: ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’

>Just three more days………
La LuPone in her Tony Award winning performance as Mama Rose.

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>Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Symbolically Vetoes Anti-Marriage Equality Bill

>This morning, in what is seen as it truly is, a symbolic act, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the state Legislature’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman. Now, constitutional amendments do not require a governor’s signature, so Dayton’s veto has no real power, but he simply wanted to make his strong condemnation of the discriminatory legislation known:

“I do not have the power to prevent this divisive and destructive constitutional amendment from appearing on the ballot, in November 2012, the Legislature sent it to me in the form of a bill. Thus, symbolic as it my be, I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign or veto it…The path of social progress, of human compassion and understanding, would be tragically reversed by this amendment. Minnesotans are better than this. I urge Minnesotans to reject this amendment.”

Bravo, Governor Dayton, bravo.
His letter follows:

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