The start of the Holiday Season!
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four AWEsome weeks in PARIS.
Will this gif play? Yes! You have to click on the image or make the whole chapter big. Happy Halloween!!
I got it off imgur.com.
We took a quick buzz through the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There was an exhibition, Degas to Chagall, borrowed from the Hammer. There was one Chagall – it was nice to see even the one.
Nancy took this in the Asian Arts permanent collection. I can’t find the details but I think at about a 51% confidence level that the artist died in the 1920s.
Medicare thought it was worth it to get that eye opened and if Medicare thinks I should do it enough that they’ll pay who am I to say no. My face is still oh-so not symmetrical and I can safely say it never will be symmetrical. But at least I can see much better.
No one ever notices a thing!
Oh Marsha Marsha. Marsha invited me to join her on Casual Friday at the Disney Hall to hear Dudamel conduct “Rite of Spring”. Despite the casual appearance of the orchestra it was breathtaking; it took my breath away. You can see only about 2/3 of the enormous orchestra gathered for this piece.
Here are bits from the LA Times review: “We seem so far beyond the age of orchestral scandals that it can take an exercise of imagination to fathom the Paris riot in 1913 at the premiere of “Rite of Spring.” A century later, Stravinsky’s ballet has become more popular than “Scheherazade.”
“The Los Angeles Philharmonic is especially beloved in L.A. for its music making, community involvement, and for bringing us the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Fortunately, the L.A. Phil also happens to be the most clamorous of orchestras in its willingness to take chances and court controversy.
“The “Rite” left everyone reeling … using a massively large ensemble, Dudamel created the sensation of mob rule. The orchestra could barely be contained.
“Dudamel didn’t ask for beauty or sensuality (the way the “Rite” is often sold these days). The excitement came not from obsessive rhythmic control but sheer vehemence, an exhibition of uncontrollable mass psychology.
“…During the applause at the end, several players in an orchestra that eats Stravinsky for breakfast looked at one another and laughed, as if out of astonishment for the Stravinsky shock they had just managed to produce.”
Time to clear out and refresh ‘the refrigerator door’.
Lilly drew the flying pig and the portrait of her Granny; a Big Bag of Birthday (so cute!) from Rome; a Welcome Home card from Lona; the logo off a case of Leo Beer from Thailand and a hair clip from Hawaii; notice of my French pronunciation class at Santa Monica College extension; two Hawaii high-school graduates! Caleb and Koa; the button from our Seattle family-fest; a menu from a great new take-away; a Before eye picture.
Muriel and I saw this movie today and it was amazing. The director, still living in Teheran, is forbidden from making movies and is awaiting the outcome of an appeal of his 2010 six year jail sentence for ‘propaganda against the Iranian government’. He’s made several movies since he was forbidden to make movies, all of them smuggled out of Iran.
Then we ate delicious Japanese food at a place I suggested but what was I thinking, we could have eaten at any of the dozen Persian restaurants in the same neighborhood.
My plane got in late, I went home to take a shower, just rested my eyes for a second and sadly fell asleep for a couple of hours and was late to Rome’s HAPPY TENth BIRTHDAY party which was a fabulous event put on by Darryl and Angela.
They made a photo booth, got together costumes and props, and took dozens and dozens of polaroid photos of the dozen girls dressing up and vamping for the camera, and then each girl made a fully decorated and finished-off scrapbook with their efforts. It was a total smashing hit.