Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2018

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2018

Mark your calendars:

— I asked DAVID LEAKE of Parkland's Staerkel Planetarium what Wednesday's rare super moon/blue moon/total lunar eclipse is going to look like.

"Like something is taking a bite out of the moon," he said.

When and where should we watch?

"That's kind of the downside: This is a morning eclipse," he said. "The moon enters the darker part of the earth's shadow at 5:48 a.m. It is completely in the shadow at 6:51. Morning twilight begins at roughly 5:29 a.m. and civil twilight starts at 6:33 a.m., so it will already be getting bright. Sunrise is at 7:02 a.m.

"During a lunar eclipse, the moon is opposite the sun. When the sun rises, the moon sets. So we won't get to see all of the eclipse, just the start. Still, it's worth setting the alarm a bit earlier than usual."

We'll have pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat as well as in Thursday's News-Gazette.

— We'll have more on NATHAN GUNN's directorial debut — Feb. 22-25 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts — in an upcoming On The Go entertainment section. He'll also perform in "Don Giovanni," making for a busy weekend.

"Doing both is A LOT, but I have an excellent team that I lean on," he said. "Delegating and trusting your creative team is no different than trusting your fellow musicians during a performance."

I asked if his style of directing was anything like, say, BOB KNIGHT's. Stupid question.

"I'm intense and demanding but never abusive," he said. "I find that when students are scared or nervous, they don't perform as well. The Bobby Knight approach is, in my opinion, one of the worst teaching approaches a person can employ for developing artists."

Next stop: Lincoln Center?

"Let's see how this 'Giovanni' goes, and we'll go from there," he said.

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