Sunday, October 25, 2009

Expanding the Limits of Bookstore Events with a Game Night and an Opera Insight, this Tuesday (10/27) and Wednesday (10/28)

I'm up for an interesting idea, and when local resident Marc Hurtwitz came by to show me his game, I sat down with Marc to look at the setup. Here are the basic instructions.

To paraphrase:
1. You get a game board and word strip.

2. You pick three words from the word strip (there are 576 different possible starter words in a set).

3. You scramble the letters for an opponent (this game can be played with 2-4 people, and the cost is based on the number of boards you buy).

4. Your opponent unscrambles (there are details here).

5. The titles are combined and you make more words (with guidelines).

I'm not a great game person (could this be more obvious? I apologize in advance if I got some of the rules wriong), so I asked Jason to come over and look, and he liked it.

We're having a game night this Tuesday, October 27th, to work more with the game. Marc's currently making the games himself, but he's of course hoping to take it to the next level.

Marc's looking for participants as this event is a competition. If you're interested, contact


On Wednesday, we're continuing the Opera Insight Program that was previously at Schwartz.

It's a talk and sampling of the score from the upcoming production of the Florentine Opera's Tosca, which will be performed by artists in the Florentine Opera studio program, the opera's artist-in-residence program. Performances of Tosca are November 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

It's free, and by attending, you will ensure that we get more previews like this. I know this is roundabout reasoning, because if you don't attend, you are saying you don't want previews like this. But I want them, so please come.

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