Theater Calendar

Yesterday I went to see A Woman’s Suffrage, a play that had been written by an undergraduate student right here at USC. The hard work put in by all of the students involved was impressive, and I quite enjoyed myself. But I almost missed out on seeing it at all. Several weeks ago I had gotten an email with show times and completely forgot about the show amidst all of the theater news buzzing around. I always want to try to see as many of the shows in Columbia as possible, but keeping track of what where and when they are showing, even just on the University of South Carolina campus, can be confusing. So, this weekend I decided to create a Google calendar with all of the upcoming productions from now until the beginning of April. I also thought that I am probably not the only one having trouble keeping up with shows around town, so here is the link if you are interested in checking out the calendar: Theater in Columbia SC

Pretty much every weekend in March has something exciting happening. I am personally looking forward to a busy week of theater next week, going to see all three of the shows at the University of South Carolina: Swimming in the Shallows, Status Update, and 39 Steps. Do you have plans to see any of the shows coming up next month? How do you keep track of what is premiering next?

Breaking News: On Twitter

This week South Carolina got caught in the “winter mess”, meaning we had three days off of school. There was much anticipation each day about whether or not we would have classes. The university set up a website where students could check for weather updates. Many people, myself included, however, did not use this website. I verified all rumors about weather closings on Twitter. Unless the university’s official Twitter had tweeted about it, it wasn’t real. This made me think about how I use Twitter as my news source in general. It seemed a bit odd to think about at first, but I definitely use Twitter to get my news. Not only do the many friends and celebrities I follow keep me updated on major local and world news, like snow storms and Shirley Temple’s death, but I have started following several different industries for updates. I attended a Social Media and the Workplace seminar last semester, and they introduced me to the idea of following professionals in various industries on Twitter. It turns out that there is an expert in just about everything on Twitter. By following them, you become privy to their knowledge and they usually share many articles about their areas of expertise.

For example, I like to know what is going on in the professional theater world, so I follow Howard Sherman, a very successful theater administrator and producer who was the Executive Director of the American Theater Wing from 2003-2011. His Twitter feed is everything from theater-themed hashtags to tweets about his life in Manhattan. Most of his tweets, however, are fascinating articles about technology and nonprofits, upcoming shows, and the state of the arts.

An excellent selection from Halloween

An excellent selection from Halloween

Another great resource I’ve found is College Tourist, which has an excellent Twitter feed. They are a group of bloggers, many of whom are college students, and they write about everything travel related. It is great to read about other students’ experiences and they always have relevant advice.

One writer took a trip to Zambia!

One writer took a trip to Zambia!

I usually want to read way more articles that people have tweeted than time for a quick scroll through Twitter allows, which lead me to download a great free app called Pocket. I highly recommend it for your smart phone and desktop computer. It saves articles and webpages as a reading list, and I have found it to be super convenient. That way, when I am walking to class and I see an article titled “Dumped Wife gets Revenge with Musical about Divorce”, I can save it to read at lunch. The combination of an app/website to store a reading list and steady stream of cool articles on my Twitter feed has helped me become much more informed about industries I am interested in.

My Pocket reading list

My Pocket reading list

Twitter’s list feature also helps me keep different industries and topics on my Twitter feed organized. I make lists for travel, food, theater professionals and businesses I follow. I am always looking for new professionals, organizations, and industries to keep up with. Who do you follow? Do you use Twitter as a source of news? Do you use anything to keep tweets and articles organized?

Random Recipe: Spiced Iced Tea

I recently realized that at some point in the pretty near future I will have to start cooking for myself (and my friends if I want to entertain). This got me motivated to start learning to cook. Over the summer, I progressed from browning meat to a full-scale dinner party. Now that I can cook some things on my own, I have started to really enjoy it. That and hours of Cooking Channel inspired me to branch out and try new recipes. Knowing that I would cheat myself out of real adventure if I didn’t leave it up to fate, I decided to randomly choose my next recipe. I picked up The Jubilee of our Many Blessings Cookbook from the United Methodist Women of the Highland Park United Methodist Church at a local thrift store over the summer, and had been dying to try it out. So, using a random number generator app I found, I picked a page to make a recipe from. I ended up in the drinks section and picked out this Spiced Iced Tea recipe from the ones on that page. It was super easy to make. Just boil the water and stir everything in. And the end product was delicious. It tasted like fall, but it wasn’t hot, which is important when you live in a hot climate like I do. I highly recommend you whip up a batch next time you are thirsty.  

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Here’s the recipe:

3 cups boiling water

6 tea bags

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup sugar

2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

½ cup orange juice

1 ½ cups cold water

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Pour boiling water over tea and add spices. Steep 3 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing them. Stir in sugar and cool. Add juices and cold water, chill. Pour into 6 tall glasses filled with ice.

Recipe courtesy of Pam Barger (Mrs. Ron)