Saturday, August 6, 2011

A little bit of Culture

Finally home!

After almost a week and a half of being on the road and apart from my hubby, I was very happy to spend lots of time with him seeing more of Charlottesville and taking in a few bits of culture.

On Tuesday we had our first home cooked meal together since I left and then took in the most incredible movie I think I've ever seen.

If you have not seen Terrence Malick's newest "Tree of Life" you have not completely lived.
I was a little hesitant about this movie, because I thought someone trying to display The Creation on screen, was taking on a feat too great for any human.  Not to say it ISN'T too great for any human... we're talking about God's creation... but Malik certainly gave us 2 hours and 18 minutes of some of the most beautiful, surreal cinematography ever recorded. Which, God willing, helps to remind us of the incredible beauty and Divineness of the true moments of creation.

The movie incorporates a loose plot based around the dynamics of a 1950's family interspersed with scenes of the creation of the world from the earliest bits of light to the first lungs in existence.  This movie is overwhelming, but it certainly requires patience.  It is not a blockbuster or tear-jerker, yet it is a masterpiece, like a great work of art, that you have to contemplate and discuss in order to gain full appreciation of its sublimity. Joe and I both highly recommend this movie, if nothing else, to experience a great phenomena of film as art.

The next night I was home we took in a little more art, this time in the way of quirky, poetic lyrics backed by fiddles, steel guitars, harmonicas, and unique vocals.  The Decemberists were in town on Wednesday, and being one of our many favorite bands, we of course bought tickets a month ago.
We had such a great time listening to some of our favorite songs from The King is Dead and Picaresque, while bee-bopping to new favorites from The Crane Wife and Hazards of Love.  It was a very fun outdoor concert experience which we immediately followed with a few slices of pizza from our favorite new local joint, Christians Pizza.

These are the only photos I got, and yes we were ridiculously close to the stage... we got there 2 hours early... that's how my husband rolls when it comes to concerts.  I guess in retrospect I certainly can't complain.

Needless to say, I am very happy to be home and am learning to love this new city more and more each day!

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog, Dianna! Very fun to read about your new adventures in Virginia. The apartment looks so wonderful.. very impressive for such a short time. I hope you're enjoying your job; it sounds right up your alley. Miss you! I'll be keeping up via blog reading :)


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