Friday, September 24, 2004

The Price of Culture

Wouldn't it be nice if culture was affordable? In the space of this semester, I have the opportunity to participate in several cultural events, but I must decide what, if any at all, I will put money towards.
This weekend in Toronto, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Opera is playing, and for a mere $29, those between the ages of 18 and 29 can purchase excellent seats. Much to the dismay of most of the others in my class, The Handmaid's Tale was my favourite book in Canadian Lit 222. Needless to say, I would love to be there this weekend.
This coming Wednesday, the Shakespeare class is going to Stratford to see A Midsummer Night's Dream (I believe that's the play they're seeing) and there are extra tickets available. I don't get the chance to go to a Stratford play nearly enough, so it goes without saying that I'd very much like to be on that bus on Wednesday afternoon. (And it would also be fun to see my brother and his family for a bit before the play!)
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is something that I have wanted to attend for quite some time, and James told me sometime this summer about special deals for students. I've been looking at the scheduled concert listings for the year, and there is more than one that I wouldn't mind attending before the end of December.
Great Big Sea is making it's way to Hamilton for an October 21st concert. I'm finding this one quite hard to resist, because I saw them in London two years ago, with my sister and best friend, and we all had a blast. They put on a good show.
Redeemer Concert Choir is performing Handel's Messiah in December, however, I have no choice about this event, I will be participating in it. We have the opportunity this year to perform it twice, which is very exciting because normally, despite all of the work and effort put into our concerts, we only get one night to perform. One concert will be on Dec 3 in the Redeemer Aud, and the other will be downtown at a location that I am currently forgetting. I do hope that everyone's planning on attending at least one of the concerts (or I'll personally hunt you down and ....I don't know what). So, my dilemma for this issue is one of purchasing the CD for the Messiah: it will be an amazingly good purchase and will definitely aid in helping learn the music, but again, it's still $$.
Anyhow, I obviously can't participate in all of these events, much as I would love to. I keep thinking that I can justify all of them, saying, well, I don't have money right now, but next year I'm spending a whole year in Japan (or where ever) to make money, so shouldn't I be able to splurge now? Sigh. I know that's not the way it should go though. Why does it have to cost so much to be cultured?!?!

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