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My time is winding down at the opera house. With the season over and less than three months to go, it seems like every time I do something I think "this is the last time I'll ever do that." It's a bittersweet feeling because I like my job, and my company. But I am also excited to leave! In February I worked my last event, following around a photographer, taking people's names, stealing sushi, looking all cute. Since one of the biggest perks of my job is free tickets to the opera...

Yesterday was cold and rainy. I got coffee. I came home. I drank my coffee. My internet and TV went out and I was bored. So I decided to leave ridiculously early. Which meant I decided to walk where I was going. Which was Wicker Park. Which was about three miles away. I left and then went right back to get a sweatshirt. Because it was chilly. I got to Wicker Park and walked around the Renegade Craft Fair. I quickly figured out that there were way too many things I wanted to buy, so I just started grabbing business cards so I...

Every year Lyric Opera presents a big free concert in Millennium Park. I always have to work it, usually helping at the info booths and whatnot. This year we decided to try something different. My sneaky plan of posting vacation photos all around my desk to show what a great photographer I am paid off and they let me run around the park with my camera to take photos of the crowds to post directly to Facebook as the show went on! That way the people listening on WFMT at home had something to follow along with! The plan went off...

Recently I've been qualifying many of my adventures with the phrase "this may be the stupidest idea I've ever had." Well, let me tell you, this weekend I indeed had the stupidest plan yet and it's going to be very very hard to top...

1. Sometimes a certain special someone calls you nearly two years after the last time and the first time you heard their voice. Just because they want to make sure you don't sound like you're on Jerry Springer. And sometimes that kind of makes your day. 2. True story. I woke up on Emily's couch Sunday morning. I realized that my nose stud was missing. I looked around and couldn't find it in the couch cushions. No biggie. I usually don't sleep with it in as it has the tendancy to fall out and they are super cheap so whatever. An...

"Act 2 is everything you hate about opera: it's too long and you won't understand any of it." - Director librettist Peter Sellars on Doctor Atomic Last night Alina and I went to see Doctor Atomic at Lyric. I finally got to see Act 2! After a quick dinner at the Corner Bakery we headed off to the theatre an hour early to catch the director/librettist Peter Sellars give a lecture. I'm glad we caught it because he is an excellent speaker who was very passionate and was very good at defending his work without being defensive. He even flat out told us...