The delivery of my daughter to her freshman year of college meant an opportunity to take advantage of the visual art and theater offerings in Washington, D.C., including the Yves Klein show at the Hirschhorn Museum, yet another redo of "Chess" (at Signature Theatre in Alexandria) and a joyful "Twelfth Night" at the Shakespeare Theatre.
More on all of those in next week's column.
The long ride afforded the opportunity to listen to L.A. Theatre Work's audio productions of "Broadway Bound" and "Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami" as well as a comedy disc from Lewis Black and music from the British Isles courtesy of opera star Bryn Terfel (a one-two more potent than a keg of black coffee).
I also revisited recordings of "Spring Awakening," "Candide" and the relatively unknown Andrew Lloyd Webber/Jim Steinman collaboration "Whistle Down the Wind" (Yes, it's "Evita" meets "Bat Out of Hell").
I did make it back in time to host the music stage at Dig-It, the foodie fest that took over White River State Park on Sunday and seemed a big success in spite of the heat.
Plus I watched some of the Emmy Awards but quickly realized that I didn't care a whole lot about who did or didn't win.
What did you see, hear or do this weekend?