Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gilbert and Sullivan

Andrew and I played all weekend.  We watched an old Bette Davis movie at home.  "Now, Traveler" was excellent.  I've really started to enjoy her older movies.

On Sunday, we headed into Chicago (Hyde Park) to see "The Sorcerer".  

Every year, the University of Chicago Department of Music performs Gilbert and Sullivan in March.  "The Sorcerer" is one that we haven't seen.  It was the first full-length work for the pair and was successful enough to encourage them to produce their next piece, "H.M.S. Pinafore".  While it didn't leave me humming any of the tunes, it was a fine production and we enjoyed the afternoon of fun and frolic on stage.

Mandel Hall was filled to capacity by an appreciative crowd.

Looking toward the theater from the front entrance.  We didn't stop for Jamba Juice.

The gateway, protected by a number of gargoyles, to the Main Quad

Parking is plentiful if you ride your bike.  We didn't.

After the theater, we went to Le Petite Folie nearby.

We sipped a tasty Haut-Medoc.

My entree was beef parmentier with mashed yukon gold potatoes.

Dessert was sunshine in a bowl topped with pink guava sorbet.  Delicious!

It's always nice to be in close proximity to that bastion of higher education!!


  1. Sounds like a great weekend! I enjoy living as close as we do to Chicago! Dinner looks great!

  2. I love G and S!!!! I've not seen the Sorcerer either. What a wonderful day. It is so much fun to go to the city to play, isn't it!!! I always enjoy it when we go.

  3. What an awesome weekend you had. I love old theaters, to me they are as interesting as the play. Your theater has so much character and I love the stage.
    Our Fox Theater has clouds drifting by on the ceiling and stars twinkling, one star in particular is the bottom of a coke bottle.

    Your dinner looked scrumptious and the perfect dessert. I hope you took home a doggie bag.

  4. Oh, Bonnie!! I am so envious of your and Andrew's "playing" weekend! That theater is b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l! You know how I love old buildings! And the food looks so tasty! {big sigh...} Thank you for the vicarious fun.

  5. I am so happy to hear you take advantage of what goes on in the city. Many of our friends living in the burbs never seem to venture to the city, except perhaps to work. Love the architecture in Chicago and this building is exceptional.

  6. There are wonderful advantages to living so close to a large city. Wonderful pictures and it looks like a great weekend! And I didn't see any snow (though it was the city). Hope things are warming up there a bit.

  7. lovely old building, and the fruit dish is something i wish i had right now. what a fun day

  8. Here I am in my robe and feeling like I should be wearing evening clothes!

    This was a great way to start my morning. I was raised on a strict diet of Gilbert & Sullivan. I can still perform, "I am the captain of the Pinafore..." much to the chagrin of my family.

    Thanks for the visit and guava sorbet? Sounds like something I should make. Have about 9 guavas here in the garden and I love the fruit.

    Happy day,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  9. What a lovely weekend and a beautiful campus! Sounds like you had a great time!

  10. Your photography is beautiful! Sounds like you had a great weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I am craving some "sunshine in a bowl". Bonnie

  12. I've never seen The Sorcerer, but when I was in high school, we did perform H.M.S. Pinafore, and it wasn't too bad either. :)

    You had a lovely weekend...you're right, so nice to be near a big city!

  13. It sounds like the perfect day, and those photos of the food you ate made my mouth water!

  14. Hi Bonnie!

    It looked like you had a great day!
    Love to go and visit Chicago someday soon, haven't been there in years...

    Our farm is located about an hour south of Fort Wayne. If you want to see our dairy you can always come by i love to show people. But if that is too far for now you can also go to www.fourleafcloverdairy.com

    thanks for coming by my blog!

  15. Hi Bonnie, I've never seen the Sorcerer, but I loved both Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore.

    Glad you got to see the Sorcerer.

  16. What a great time that looks like, I would LOVE something like that! I have never heard of this play! But I just love that shot you got of the bautiful stage and curtains, that is a really fancy place. The beef you had, I have never heard of that, and don't have a clue what it is. Looks kinda like a hamburger but I'm sure it's not. Everything looks delicious, I wish I could have tasted it! A great picture post of your evening, thanks for taking me with you!! These are my favorite kind of posts that you do. I so wish we lived near a cultural center.

  17. OOH! If you ever need a buddy to go with you on your next excursion let me know. That all looks so wonderful to this farm wife who, in a former life, traveled the world and taught literature! Sigh,,,,, Thanks for sharing!

  18. The University was our old stomping grounds. I use to roller skate and play hide and seek in the Oriental Institute as a child. My closet friend was the daughter of a well-place prof and we pretty much had free rein of the place. Bob and I lived in Hyde Park when we were first married and still in school. The Midway is/was a gorgeous spot to walk and picnic, weather permitting. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I hope your evening is as nice. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Bonnie, we are going to have to coordinate a Roanoke visit in the fall! LOL! I loved your comments; and, it is crochet. ;) Blessings ~ Tanna

  20. Bonnie,
    How fun...one of my favorite things is musicals so there is nothing like a fantastic production! The old ones are the best...do you have a favorite? Mine is Hello Dolly but I also love Oklahoma!
    Glad you had a wonderful time :)

  21. What beautiful architecture! And the food looks delicious!!!

    It's been so many years since I've been to any kind of a live show. I miss it.

    I'm not familiar with the Sorcerer, but it did make me think of Peter and the Wolf. Most people haven't heard of it...I listened to it all the time when I was little.

    Glad you had a fun weekend!

  22. What a great looking blog, Bonnie! I'm glad you found me, and am looking forward to visiting often. :-)


  23. How great is it to have such a fun and cultural date with your beloved.

    On Friday, Hubby and I forced ourselves away from work and did a similar galavant. 24 years later, we still prefer each others company...imagine that.

    I haven't been back to Chicago in at least 15 years. This was a real charming post Bonnie ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  24. In another life I'd love to attend the University of Chicago - or Northwestern! Coin toss. You've got it all going on and we're glad to be able to partake occasionally!

    What a lovely event!

  25. What a wonderful weekend. I wish I could have tagged along with you, and dipped into that bowl of sunshine! Thank you for sharing these moments with me. I need to get out to your parts soon! I hope you have a blessed and peaceful day tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

  26. Oh man that dessert looks so good!!!


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