Friday, March 30, 2012

100 Drabble - Spring

Title: Like Powder
Prompt: Spring
Characters: Alexandra Eames/Robert Goren
Rating: T
Word Count: 105
A/N 1: Pre season 10
A/N 2: With beta help of [info]gorengal.

It was the first day of the year the sun warmed him. Spring set on the city. He had read in the weather report that it wouldn’t stay for long, but for now Bobby enjoyed the mild air. As he entered the small park and beheld her – leaning against a tree, devouring the sunbeams with closed eyes – Bobby’s caught his breath.

Alex wore knee-high leather boots and a stone grey linen dress which lay on her skin like powder. Bobby gulped. He hadn’t seen her in months and she looked more beautiful than ever. Was he really able to work again with his long-time partner?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Red or White Ball

Via the facebook page of Steppenwolf: Steppenwolf Ensemble member and star of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe will be the Red or White Ball Honorary Chair!

And over twitter: Join 600 young philanthropists @ the Red or White Ball. Honorary Chair: ensemble member Kathryn Erbe

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Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council's Red or White Ball Set for 4/13
Friday, March 23, 2012; 02:03 PM - by BWW News Des

Hundreds of Chicago’s young arts supporters gather for a high-energy evening of music, dancing, cocktails, impressive local cuisine and a silent auction at Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council’s Red or White Ball on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8pm (7:30pm VIP Reception).

The signature event for the city’s most active young professionals moves to a new venue this year—Chicago’s vintage-chic Architectural Artifacts (4325 N Ravenswood Ave). Proceeds from the Red or White Ball benefit Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the theater’s nationally recognized arts education program, which annually impacts over 15,000 students, teachers and families. Tickets to the Red or White Ball are on sale now, and can be purchased online, via e-mail at or by calling 312-654-5681. Individual tickets are $135 or $150 at the door (if available). A limited number of $250 VIP tickets are also available and include an exclusive cocktail reception at 7:30pm, delectable tasting stations, VIP gift bags, special access to Steppenwolf artists and other perks. VIP Reception attendees enjoy tasting stations from Paris Club, Zed 451, Chef Jean Tippenhauer of FREDS Restaurant, Chef Moosah Reaume of The Pump Room, and a cocktail station from the Master Mixologists of Barrelhouse Flat.

The 2012 Red or White Ball Honorary Chair is ensemble member and star of Law & Order: Criminial Intent, Kathryn Erbe. Actors Lily Mojekwu (fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life) and Robert Schleifer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) are Honorary Co-Chairs. The 2012 event planning committee includes Kim Davis is Chair and Dina Searle and Bryce Cooper are Co-Chairs.

Highlights from the auction at the 2012 Ball include a private party on a rooftop garden; a one-night stay and a round of golf for two at the Grand Geneva Resort; tickets to a Broadway show and a taping of Live with Kelly in New York City, including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations; and dinner for two at NoMI Kitchen in the Park Hyatt Chicago. Raffle prizes include a custom-made suit by Tom James Company; a Steppenwolf Theatre Company Premium Package, including tickets to the opening night of a production, the pre-show dinner, after party and a signed poster; and a Google Cr-48 notebook computer...

Why are crime TV series so popular?

I found this interesting article two days ago and was happily surprised that the author used a picture of Alex to punctuate his words.

By Robin Oatley

CSI ratings show that it’s a very popular series. The same goes for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, and dozens of similar shows. What is it about these series that make them so popular?

First of all, let’s assume the general public does not like crime. With this assumption in mind it’s at least a bit peculiar that we all tune in to shows containing so much violence. So what is it about violence that makes us want to watch it on TV? Let’s face it; very few people would like to stick around when they see someone get murdered. Maybe it’s not the violence then, but the crime fighting aspect that makes us watch. After all, we all have a built in sense of justice, proven by all those studies where people would rather let no one have any reward at all than letting someone else (who did not deserve it) receive more of the aforementioned reward. This built in sense of justice could be the basis of our desire to watch the bad man go down.

This sounds like a good explanation, but it doesn’t explain why we keep on watching even when the bad guy doesn’t get caught. Which, in fact, happens more often than one would expect in the perfect world of a TV series. So although this may be a part of the puzzle, it can’t be the entire story. Is it then our desire to feel good about ourselves by seeing someone else has it worse?

Kathryn Erbe as Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Kathryn Erbe as Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

I admit this theory seems to be very mean and there are very few people who would admit they actually feel better about themselves when they know there are people out there who have it worse, mostly because this isn’t a conscious process. But whether you accept it or not, seeing someone on TV in distress makes you think to yourself: ‘thank God that isn’t happening to me’. Of course it’s great if the bad guy gets caught, but it isn’t absolutely necessary for you to feel better about your life. You already feel better just by knowing things could be much, much worse.

So are these factors all? Is this the secret formula? It explains why one would enjoy the episodes, even when the bad guy escapes. This doesn’t explain why there is such a need to make such creative episodes though. Creative episodes in this context meaning very interesting/abnormal deaths, for instance. So why is there a need to make these? The obvious explanation is that is prevents boredom. But why do we get bored with watching ordinary crimes over and over again? Is it perhaps because we like to have puzzles to solve? Over time the human mind has grown to solve puzzle and to see through intricate situations. These skills are of course very useful in society (after all, knowing what someone else is up to could give you quite the advantage), so it’s only logical that we would want to stimulate our ‘puzzle-solving’ skills.

So it seems it is a combination of us trying to satisfy our sense of justice, our desire to feel good about ourselves and our urge to have thorough knowledge of someone else’s intentions that makes us so addicted to crime series. Combine this with good marketing and skilled actors and you have a success formula that has worked and will continue to work for years and years and years.

go here to the poll

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Here are a few more photos of Kathryn at her both last events: Tribes and Atlantic Theater Company Spring Gala Presents Bring It On Home. - I love the two pics of the Atlantic Theater Company Flickr.

You can find the pictures here and also some I showed before but with other watermark:
By the way on Monday I got an email of Joan Teitelman from WENN. Joseph Marzullo one of their photographers discovered that I republished his photo given to She asked me very kindly to take down the picture or pay for it. I deleted the pictures as soon as I read the email. I know I break copyright when republishing any pictures I didn't take by myself. But I hope when crediting the photographer and the source will bend the rules slightly. Of course now I know I will not publish anything of Mr. Marzullo, knowing he googles his work.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Three days ago Larissa twittered this photo, asking which event this was.

I knew I have several pictures with Kathryn in this golden sequin jacket. On first view I didn't like the outfit, but looking at the brown corduroys and the short top, I started to like the ensemble more and more.
I checked the pics and found out they were taken to 'LAW AND ORDER SPECIAL PREMIERE PARTY AT ONE LITTLE WEST 12TH STREET RESTAURANT, NEW YORK New York - 09/21/2004'.

Do you recognize the ear [second row, first from left]? Yeah, Vincent had been there as well. What a shame there are no pictures around showing both, Kathryn and Vincent together.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Criminal Intent 20 in 20 - Round Eleven

Oh dear, I hadn't done any Criminal Intent related 20 in 20 icon set in months. Here we go again. The round topic of challenge #11 is partner.

These are my entries of Round 11 of [info]crimintent20n20.

Textures, .psds and a few tumblr caps of: [info]untapdtreasure, [info]tres_glamour, [info]firsttimelady @ [info]danceground, [info]bambinainnero, [info]bttrfly_kiss, [info]sillyisi @ [info]tutsjournal, [info]drankmywar, [info]jordannamorgan, [info]dirrtylady and [info]giulsss.

amusedawakeblack & whitecolddark


5 Category - In the Squadroom

5 Artist's Choice

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Finally, the Yosemite program with Kathryn's greetings and sign, Blanca organized for me arrived two days ago.

Thank you again my friend for your help during the whole letter project.

Now the program hangs next to my other Kathryn autographs and the one of Vincent I own beside other CI stuff. Space is getting less ;o)

After I opened the envelope which included also a sweet note of Blanca and a self-made shamrock of Alberto I checked again Kathryn's iMDb page [Inspired by the intro of Kathryn in the Yosemite program]. I wanted to check if there is maybe a new project we can be excited about. Nothing new, but my eyes fell on a movie I never paid attention before.

Joe - the only US short to be accepted to the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, is about a man whose happiness resolves around his shoes.

Kathryn got a SPECIAL THANKS in Sasha Wolf's short of 1997.

Unfortunately there are so less information about this movie. But you can get a DVD copy at amazon. Short 3 - Authority is a compilation of 8 international short films including Joe.
Sasha Wolf's Joe, the quietly observed story of a man holding on to his precarious sense of identity in a mental hospital, and the experimental comic piece.
I ask me, did Kathryn make a short guest appearance? Did she offer her home for filming? Supported she the film maker in any other direction?. I would like to watch the movie and find out. But maybe one of you knows a few answers...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Keane, my most favored band published their new single. I can't wait to get the new record - Strangeland.

Uploaded by on Mar 12, 2012

The first single from Keane's new album, Strangeland (out 7th May). Pre-order it now from

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Val McDermid

The last book I read (finished last Friday) was 'Beneath the Bleeding - Schleichendes Gift" written by Val McDermid in 2007.

It is the fifth book of the Carol Jordan/Tony Hill series. I really like the BBC adaption but started with the books much later (so much later than with Elizabeth George - Inspector Lynley or Caroline Graham - Midsomer Murders).

Two parts of Beneath the Bleeding let me really laugh out loud. As the police interviewed the ex-fiancé of the first victim she replied [You sound like the guy of Criminal Intent]:
Bindie rollte mit den Augen. „Sie klingen wie dieser Kerl in Criminal Intent – Verbrechen im Visier. Also gut. Sie haben gewonnen.

But even better was these TV related lines:
„Sehr lustig. Es wäre besser, solche Witze nicht in Gegenwart des CTC zu machen. Es ist eine bekannte Tatsache, dass man sich seinen Sinn für Humor chirurgisch entfernen lassen muss, bevor man bei ihnen Mitglied wird.“
„Das weiß ich. Schließlich sehe ich regelmäßig Spooks.“
Carol war überrascht. „Tatsächlich? Ich nicht.“
Tony tells Carol that he watches Spooks. She is perplex and answered, she didn't. The funny thing is, the actress, playing Carol Jordan in The Wire in the Blood - Hermione Norris was also in Spooks (2006-2009).

Friday, March 9, 2012

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - 'The 7th Year'

(the First Season After Moving to USA Network) on DVD!

I saw a tweet a few minutes ago, advertising Criminal Intent S7 on DVD (finally).

Look for these 22 episodes to come to stores in late June
Posted by David Lambert, 3/09/2012

With the first six seasons (which aired on NBC) already on DVD, fans have wondered if the final four seasons (which moved to the USA Network) would see the light of day. Worry no longer! Today a pre-order entry (see button link below) at revealed that Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The 7th Year is indeed coming to DVD, and will be in stores on June 26th. The price is $49.97 SRP [$34,99 at amazon], but you can lock in your copy at a discount if you pre-purchase it right away. We also have an early look at the box art for you, too!

  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Uni Dist Corp (Music)
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 955 minutes

One last glance on Rattlestick...

...for now.

My friend Andrew also used the chance to see Kathryn at Yosemite.

When you want to read more about Blanca's third visit of the play click here.

I hope Kathryn will be again on stage very soon.

P.S. I read at unofficially Kathryn that the Mother's House DVD will be released in summer 2012, when the festival season for the short film is over.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Atlantic Theater Company Spring Gala Bring It on Home

I was really excited what Kathryn would wear to this annual event. I was so surprised and astonished by this amazing black dress, with the small white highlight at the cleavage. Kathryn must enjoy the red carpet. She poses! I also really like the invitation card of The Atlantic Theater Company [looks like a vinyl single].



Featuring APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES BY Atlantic Ensemble Members AND Friends

Monday, March 5, 2012 • The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Bring It On Home is Atlantic’s most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25% of the total donations to Atlantic in an entire season and will benefit Atlantic’s productions, new play development initiatives, and arts education programs for more than 3,000 public school students across New York City. These programs give children from underserved backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement.

Take a look at more pictures [click to enlarge]:

Visit Chris' These are their Storys for three of these pics without watermark.

With the photo sources: