As previously mentioned, I recently moved to a new city, and my spouse and I are getting to learn our new surroundings. This past weekend we took a day trip to a town about an hour away from home, without much of an advance plan. We knew we were going to go visit a pumpkin farm (hooray for fall weather!) but beyond that, it was just a day of exploring.
After a couple hours of wandering and window shopping, we saw a poster for an interesting-sounding arts event in the area, which just happened to have a performance that night at 7:30. Tickets were still available, and reasonably priced. We decided to stick around into the evening — considerably later than we’d imagined we’d stay — to check out the show. We had a great time and still made it home by about 10:30 that night.
It strikes me now how rare it is for me to be that spontaneous about attending arts events in particular. I don’t see all that many movies in theaters, but still it’s much more common for my spouse and I to say to one another on a Saturday morning, “Hey, do you want to go to a movie tonight?” than it ever is to take that same approach to other cultural experiences. Theatre or music is always An Event, with plans set in advance, and purchases carefully considered.
Why is that? In my experience, there seem to be four factors that combine to inhibit a habit of last-minute arts-going decisions:Read the Article