Going to a top-tier research school in the US has a few perks, especially when said medical-biological-anthropological-scienceological-school supports arts and humanities. Take for instance tonight’s entertainment: a free full-dress rehearsal of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and various crazy-awesome opera singers.

Fewer than twenty productions of thi s rare work, which premiered in 1984, have been presented worldwide. The opera follows the rise and fall of the man many scholars believe to be King Tutankhamun’s father, the ancient pharaoh Akhnaten (Amenhotep IV).

Celebrating its 25 th anniversary, “Akhnaten” remains a singular and daring production sung in four languages: ancient Hebrew, Akkadian (from Babylonia), English and ancient Egyptian (derived from hieroglyphs).

Pretty cool, no?  The performance was stunning, to say the least.  And even though it was  dress rehersal, everyone was in costume and there were very few glitches.  I’ve listened to the score several times, and loved it (Philip Glass is my all-time-hands-down favorite composer), so you can imagine how unbelievable it was to hear it live, resounding in the gorgeous acoustics of the Schwartz Center.

And in other rad news, I just heard that I’m a finalist for a state-wide writing competition.  The winner isn’t announced until late March, but I have a decent chance!

Lazy Day Pot Pie

As for the recipe, I’m going to keep it rather short.  Pot pie.  Yes, I’ve posted pot pie recipes before, but let me introduce you to the 15 minute easy-peasy pot pie.  Make one recipe of biscuits (I used VwaV’s baking powder biscuit recipe) and one recipe of pot pie filling (I used Choose Veg’s).  Add whatever veggies you feel like (peas, carrots, mushrooms, and rehydrated Soy Curls, in this case).  Ladle the pot pie filling on top of a halved biscuit and enjoy!

::Edit:: Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, Dogs, a blog you should really check out if you aren’t obsessed with already, is hosting a fun give-away in honor of the inauguration (even though she’s Canadian, hooray for great neighbors!): Yes We Candy!  You can win some absolutely mouthwatering-looking Ritter Sport still-vegan peppermint chocolates if you live in the U.S. or Canada, BUT if you live in Toronto you can win homemade baked goodness straight from her kitchen!  How yum is that?  For all of the Torontans out there, let me know how delicious it is!  I’m jealous.  (smile)  So go check it out!

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