I am excited about composting! More specifically, I am excited that NYC is currently involved in a pilot program to recycle food scraps which, it's projected, may become city-wide (and mandatory) sometime in 2015 or 2016.

We've known about the value and importance of recycling for ages: so-called "modern" recycling was introduced to NYC in 1970! It has been frustrating that recycling hasn't been fully supported by infrastructure - however much we may want to recycle, if our city or town doesn't have a recycling program or allow us to recycle certain things, it's hard to do much about it.

The recent expansion of the recycling program to include all rigid plastics and now, looking forward, to include food scraps is so exciting to me because it supports the people of NYC doing something good and right. Clear, simple, uncynical.

(Bonus: I bet Bill Nye approves)

Be My Valentine, Signature Theater

Last Friday I went to see David Henry Hwang's The Dance and the Railroad at the Signature Theater.  It was - it is - EXCELLENT.  What, specifically, was excellent?  Off the top of my head, I'd say the writing, the performances, the direction, the set, the lights, the sound . . . please just go see it already.

More broadly, if you're not already familiar, please acquaint yourself with the Signature Theater.  Beyond the stand-alone excellence of their productions, they provide the opportunity to get to know the work of important playwrights - like Mr. Hwang - more deeply, via their mission and programming philosophy

Also, on a related note, I heard on the radio yesterday that the Signature theater had the highest rate of actors of color in their productions - this in a climate in which only 23% of actors performing on NYC stages are not white. 

High-Five, Signature! I love you.