Summertime and the pickings are slim in terms of entertainment options, at least as compared to season. That’s not necessarily all bad. It can get exhausting having all that fun in February and March, attending as many performances as you can, sometimes two or three times a week. Summer gives us a chance to relax and catch up on other things we have been missing.
Television of course is generally a wasteland even at the best of times, but now that the three shows we actually like to watch are all on reruns (thank goodness for “Friday Night Lights” and its off-season schedule), things are particularly grim. However if, like us, you are too parsimonious to pay for premium channels, this can be a good opportunity to catch up via DVD. We love the oddball antics of the polygamists and their kin on “Big Love.” The new (old) season of “True Blood” is finally going to be available from Netflix this week — I can’t wait to see what the bloodsuckers are up to.
The offerings at the movies are also catch-as-catch-can. But having seen “Midnight in Paris,” the new Woody Allen charmer, we decided to do a Woody Allen marathon. Netflix has available in streaming format “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy,” with a great cast of Allen regulars (Tony Roberts, Mia Farrow) and a wonderful performance by Jose Ferrer as a pompous professorial type, a precursor of a similar character in “Midnight in Paris.” We then caught the 1971 “Bananas,” one of the very funny, silly early Allen films. There are lots more to catch up on. We’ll save our favorite “Annie Hall” for last.
Meanwhile, there’s the beach (imagine!), kayaking, cycling, family and entertaining our year-round friends that we do not get to see when everything is so busy. Next month we get to take one of our periodic trips to New York for our theater fix. I’ll let you know about that. Life is good.