Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CORE - "Rise" - Auburn's State Theater

According to the Auburn Journal:
A mother dies in childbirth. A child faces cruelty at an orphanage. An infant is taken from its mother by the courts. It sounds a little Dickensian, until you throw in the Nazi occupation.

This was the early life of Kelli Leighton’s grandmother, a woman who rose above life’s obstacles, raised eight children and left a legacy of optimism and courage.

Leighton — founder, choreographer and artistic director of CORE Contemporary Dance — has created a dance performance inspired by her grandmother, who died in February.

“She grew up in Norway, the eleventh of 12 kids,” Leighton said. “Her mom died giving birth to the last one. For most of her childhood she had some pretty difficult experiences. In one orphanage in particular they were very cruel to her and she wouldn’t speak. Her ‘code of silence’ worked because they didn’t know what to do and sent her to a different orphanage where, she said, she learned to love.”

“Rise” is the latest dance production from the Sacramento-based CORE and its award-winning choreographer. The skirts that the dancers wear are an integral part of the storytelling. At first beautiful and light, they become weightier and more burdensome as the show progresses.

“The skirt’s symbolism is that we carry our troubles with us and we can let them hold us back or be a part of us and not weigh us down,” Leighton said. “And they take on a different meaning for each individual dancer.”

Leighton is big on writing, keeping a journal on every piece she’s created. And her dancers — currently 10 in the troupe — are part of the process.

“The dancers and I journal together a lot and talk about our experiences,” Leighton said. “They are very much a part of the creative process. We share a lot. We can talk about life experiences protected in this private environment. They are very attached to the material and that way they can perform it in a much more human way.”

CORE, founded in 2007, stands for “Collection of Real Experiences,” but also, Leighton notes, in dance, there is a huge emphasis on the core of the body, where the strength comes from.





Friday, May 22, 2015

Modern Rhapsody - The Seven Arts, 1957 (Salvador Dali)

Xrock Western Tour Hits ABQ

Frank and Dave have been hosting XRock 100.3 from Boise, Idaho in the Breaking Bad RV. Unaccountably, no one ended up in a barrel.

Lana Del Rey - Burning Desire (The Heaven & Earth Division Remix)

Such a PERFECT song for a dance remix! Progressive House is the best!

Raccoons

Walking past 24th & Castro at five minutes until midnight, Bella and I saw what appeared to be three cats gathered at the northwest corner. After awhile, though, we sensed something otherworldly about these cats. Turns out they weren't cats at all, but raccoons, traveling silently together through Curtis Park on a midnight jaunt.

Coco O. of Quadron - Where The Wind Blows

Exit music from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby":

Sac Ballet Stutters

WTF? Need to see the May 30th show:
The Sacramento Ballet has laid off all of its dancers for the remainder of the 2014-15 season and has canceled its popular Beer and Ballet series slated to run later this month.

However, members of the ballet have formed their own company called the Capital Dance Project and have scheduled a performance for May 30 at the Crest Theatre.

Waco Arsenal Absurdity (Except, It Isn't)

This is absurd. I wonder if they had code words? "Hey, get more salsa," means run for the kitchen!:
And the idea that the Waco Twin Peaks wasn’t merely turned into a war zone, but a literal armory, is hard to react to with a straight face. When guns are being stashed in bags of tortilla chips, and knives are tucked into bags of flour, considering the logistics leads to scenarios that are genuinely absurd—wouldn’t the crunching of the chips tip off rivals that the biker was going for the weapon? Or would they think he was just after a mid-gunfight snack? Would a knife-wielding biker with an arm covered in flour be more or less intimidating to opponents?

Pursued By The Demons Of Hell

Walking Bella around, you see inexplicable things. Yesterday evening, about 6:25 p.m., I saw a small cream colored dog running at high speed, as if being pursued by the demons of hell, northbound, directly behind the DMV offices on the west side of 24th St. The demons seemed imaginary and the dog's fate is unknown.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mother's Day

I was a guest at Jackie's on Mother's Day, and was charmed by the clever card assembled by Sheldon and Chris for their mother, plus the beautiful plaque presented by Austin Ditter.



Morans

It's simple strategy. If you remove Iraq as a power, as the U.S. did in 2003, then you guarantee the rise of Iran as the greatest power in the area. The reason is simple. Iraq is a majority Shiite nation, which means it looks to Tehran for direction, not Washington. For example, Ahmed Chalabi, who used to be Dubya's best friend in Iraq and State of the Union guest, spends his time these days wheedling Iranian politicians, Hezbollah, and other Shiite groups, because that's where the power (such as it is these days) is located. If you don't like Iran, do not weaken Iraq. And stop blaming the resulting miserable morass of Middle East politics on Obama.
“Everybody else wants to ask that question of, ‘Gee, would you have gone into Iraq if you’d known what you know now?’” Gohmert complained to Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks.

“If President Bush had known that he would have a total incompetent follow him that would not even be able to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq and start helping our enemies and just totally put the Middle East in chaos, then he would have to think twice about doing anything if he had known he would have such a total incompetent leader take over after him,” Gohmert said. “That should be the question.”

Santolina

An excellent article about this proposed development. Interesting that it appears in the UK press. If all the other developments weren't promising the same thing it might be sustainable, but not in concert with the others. Remember, the idea, as expounded by former Rio Rancho Mayor Jim Owens, is to make Rio Rancho (with Albuquerque as an appendage) larger than Los Angeles and extend to Mt. Taylor, and beyond:
Like most farmers in the American southwest, Candelaria has been hard-hit by the historic drought consuming the region. But the increasing scarcity of water is compounded by an orchestrated pattern of urban sprawl that Candelaria says imperils his very way of life. In recent years, one threat has loomed larger than the rest – a bizarre mega-development backed by the British bank Barclays, which proposes to build an entirely new city in the middle of the desert, just west of Albuquerque.

The plan, to fabricate a “master-planned community” for nearly 100,000 people on what is today a field of sand dunes, is called Santolina. If fully populated, the development would be about the size of New Mexico’s current second-largest city, Las Cruces, and bigger than Santa Fe, the state capital.

Listening To The Girl From Davenport, Aotearoa

Pirouettes

Dean Potter, RIP

Just admire BASE jumping to no end!

Insanity

The early evening walk long forgotten, Bella pads out from my bedroom to find me in the kitchen reading old newspapers. Amazingly, I'm not getting ready for another walk. Bella retreats back to the bedroom. Five minutes later Bella again pads out from my bedroom to find me in the kitchen paging through old newspapers. Amazingly, I'm not getting up for another walk. Bella retreats back to the bedroom. Another five minutes later Bella pads out from my bedroom to find me in the kitchen still reading old newspapers. I'm still not getting ready for another walk. I don't know which insanity is more pathetic: expecting a walk any instant or expecting the world to be any different by reading old newspapers.

Murderous Bikers

Not wanting to get overly-paranoid or anything, but I noticed some Hells Angels parked at the Truxel Hooters Saturday night here in Sacramento. Is it a biker thing to do in May? Confab with rivals in a silicone-heavy neutral zone? And what went wrong in Waco?

I always like reading Badtux the Snarky Penguin, and his explanation of why many guns didn't lead to exceeding politeness in Waco:
"It doesn’t work like that because of the most fundamental problem with anarchy theory, Communism, and capitalism for that matter: The problem that mankind is a bunch of jumped up baboons with delusions of grandeur and with all of the tribal-based territorial behaviors of baboons. Baboons live in tribes led by an alpha male and when they encounter other tribes of baboons that want to use the same territory, much screeching, howling, and fighting occurs as each tribe attempts to assert dominance. The only reason baboons haven’t wiped each other out is that they have never invented guns.

Well, at least the *hairy* baboons have never invented guns. As for the hairless ones, they breed like rats, so that sort of explains why *they* haven’t wiped each other out."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chinese Economic Espionage Accusations

My Chinese co-worker informs me these arrests are big in Chinese circles today:
According to the indictment, PRC nationals Wei Pang and Hao Zhang met at a U.S. university in Southern California during their doctoral studies in electrical engineering. While there, Pang and Zhang conducted research and development on thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) technology under funding from U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). After earning their doctorate in approximately 2005, Pang accepted employment as an FBAR engineer with Avago Technologies (Avago) in Colorado and Zhang accepted employment as an FBAR engineer with Skyworks Solutions Inc. (Skyworks) in Massachusetts. The stolen trade secrets alleged in the indictment belong to Avago or Skyworks.

...According to the indictment, in 2006 and 2007, Pang, Zhang and other co-conspirators prepared a business plan and began soliciting PRC universities and others, seeking opportunities to start manufacturing FBAR technology in China. Through efforts outlined in the superseding indictment, Pang, Zhang and others established relationships with officials from Tianjin University. Tianjin University is a leading PRC Ministry of Education University located in the PRC and one of the oldest universities in China.

As set forth in the indictment, in 2008, officials from Tianjin University flew to San Jose, California, to meet with Pang, Zhang and other co-conspirators. Shortly thereafter, Tianjin University agreed to support Pang, Zhang and others in establishing an FBAR fabrication facility in the PRC. Pang and Zhang continued to work for Avago and Skyworks in close coordination with Tianjin University. In mid-2009, both Pang and Zhang simultaneously resigned from the U.S. companies and accepted positions as full professors at Tianjin University. Tianjin University later formed a joint venture with Pang, Zhang and others under the company name ROFS Microsystem intending to mass produce FBARs.

The indictment alleges that Pang, Zhang and other co-conspirators stole recipes, source code, specifications, presentations, design layouts and other documents marked as confidential and proprietary from the victim companies and shared the information with one another and with individuals working for Tianjin University.

Rasta Claus On Broadway

I wasn't thinking about drugs, but apparently drugs were thinking about me. I hadn't given Bella a walk this morning, but instead decided to do so at lunch, which is why I found myself walking her down Broadway at 4 p.m. I was zeroing in on the Carl's Jr. - I could see the entrance a short distance ahead and was vectoring in on it - when a man walked up with a large, sturdy plastic bag - the sort you'd find containing 50 pounds of wood chips at Home Depot - and said, "Do you want to buy some weed?"

Startled, I said "You have weed in that bag?" He said "Best shit ever! Here take a whiff," and pushed a big handful of fresh green serrated leaves in my face. Wow, there was a lot of pot in that bag! I replied, "Uh, that's OK, I don't smoke," and resumed my push to the hamburger joint. Still, I was surprised. Sometimes you see people smoking pot publicly on Sacramento streets - now I guess they're selling it too. Times are in flux! Santa Claus in May? More like Rasta Claus, dreaming of a green Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Savages" - Husbands - "Ex Machina"

Went to see "Ex Machina" tonight. After two weekends of the exceeding subtleties of "Clouds of Sils Maria", this movie was almost too obvious. Still, pretty cool!

I really liked the exit music too. Great song!

Jamaican Dancehall Classes With Blacka di Danca

Catherine Chiemelu (left) and LaToya Bufford (right) hosted two sessions of Jamaican Dancehall at Step One Friday evening with Blacka di Danca (center) from New York City.

During a break. Great time dancing under the guidance of Blacka di Danca!

Yours truly, and Blacka di Danca.


Moscow is a hotbed of Jamaican Dancehall. Great energy, as Blacka di Danca leads class. I really like "Do Sumn" by Konshens too - a great message there!:


Nani In Davis

I ask the occasional portentous question "What is Nani doing now?" She recently posted a video of a performance at Pamela Trokanski Dance in Davis in 2014. Pretty amazing!

"Santa Fe" - "Rent" - AIM

It's fascinating, watching as various idiosyncratic New Mexican themes go mainstream. There is the modern cult of Santa Fe, for example (also known as Fanta Se), which really accelerated in the 1960's. Here, Australians sing from the musical "Rent":

Slaves?

Ever since I read Pekka Hamalainen's book 'Comanche Empire' and learned just how robust the trade was in Native American slaves in 19th Century New Mexico, I've been approaching genealogy with the idea that I'd eventually find dead ends, where family lines would disappear, because these were the kidnapped children themselves. Instead, I'm beginning to find evidence that related family was adopting kidnapped Navajo children, precisely as Hamalainen described. And it makes a sick kind of sense too. Military defeat in the 1860's meant a one-time-only fire sale of Navajo children throughout the Southwest. Piecing this story together should be interesting.

Lilly Wood and the Prick - Prayer In C

We've been using this song for warmup in Zumba class. Really like it!

According to Wikipedia: "Lilly Wood and the Prick is a French alternative, pop and folk duo composed of Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto."

In this live performance they continue the Dia del Muerto theme of their music video.

Prudent Animals

Prudent animals seem to be in the area. Last week, a raccoon started crossing the street, and changed its mind as my car approached. Tonight, a skunk started crossing the parking lot towards my house, and abruptly reversed direction when it saw Bella and I returning from our nightly constitutional.

Closer Than I Realized To The Founding of Corrales

Pursuing the Breaking Bad location grail in 2010, I stopped in at the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC: the old Albuquerque Public Library at Edith and Central, near the houses of Mike Ehrmantraut and Duane Chow in the Huning Highlands neighborhood) and struck up a conversation with a fellow named Jose Trujillo. He had been doing genealogy for years and years, and he realized we had to be distantly related, so he provided me with some information. I'm only now starting to look at it closely.

I grew up in Corrales, NM, but I'm surprised to find I'm distantly related to Juan Gonzalez Bas, one of the principal founders of Corrales (born there in 1668), and also an Alcalde of Alburquerque (as it was known then) for a long time. As an online history of Corrales relates:
"In 1710 the king of Spain awarded the Alameda land grant to Francisco Montes Vigil, a soldier in the Spanish army, stipulating that he must settle the land. Within two years he had sold a large portion of the grant to Captain Juan Gonzales BAS. Juan Gonzales was the Alcalde Mayor of Albuquerque. He had married Maria Lopez del Castillo and had many children, seven daughters and at least two sons. ....

The Gonzales family would dominate Corrales for the next two centuries and members of the family still live in the area. Historic Gonzales homes now house the Casa San Ysidro museum and Casa Vieja restaurant."

Regarding Ivy Ziedrich's Encounter With Jeb Bush

It's also important to remember that Jeb Bush is a founding member of Project For A New American Century (PNAC), the organization that first promoted plans for the invasion of Iraq in the 1990's, long before 9/11, so if George Dubya invaded Iraq after 9/11 and inadvertently created ISIS, he did so at Jeb's enthusiastic urging.

Pigeons Perplexed By The Food God

On Thursday, I was trying to create new piles of bird seed down the alley, in an effort to persuade the pigeons to shift their roosting location to the end of the alley, so they would stop pooping on my neighbor's vehicle. They looked and looked at me, like I was out of my mind. Still, they made tentative efforts to comply with my new directive. The neighbors down the alley witnessed my efforts to encourage the pigeons and were so impressed they gave me ten dollars for bird seed.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Warning

A fellow in a white sweatshirt with eyeglass frames in the manner of fanned playing cards, reminiscent of a downmarket Elton John, was stepping into traffic at 19th & J, shouting and waving his arms at passing cars with a most dire warning that we all had to leave right away. "Why?" I asked. He bounded across the street through traffic to tell me.

He explained that he was homeless, had no money, and that another penniless homeless man at the McDonald's up the street had been shot by someone from whom he had asked change. He had seen the whole thing. They didn't get the shooter, who likely came down J Street, and thus we all might be in danger, and so we should all leave right away! As he told the story, he confused 'they' and 'them', so it was very unclear exactly who the shooter was: a cop, or some anti-social loner, another homeless guy, or someone else. I shook my head and said, "That doesn't make any sense." He said, "I know! That's why it's important that you leave right now!"

Not surprisingly, there's nothing in the media about anyone getting shot. Things right now are about as somnolent as a large city can get. Still, I'm going to leave this neighborhood RIGHT NOW! 'Cause reasons!

"Snow White And The Seven Dwarves" (Steampunk Version) - DMTC YPT

"Dogfight" - Green Valley Theater Company

Excellent show at Green Valley!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Back On The Genealogy Horse Again

Pursuing the Breaking Bad location grail in 2010, I stopped in at the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC: the old Albuquerque Public Library at Edith and Central, near the houses of Mike Ehrmantraut and Duane Chow in the Huning Highlands neighborhood) and struck up a conversation with a fellow named Jose Trujillo. He had been doing genealogy for years and years, and he realized we had to be distantly related, so he provided me with some information. I'm only now starting to look at it closely.

I grew up in Corrales, NM, but I'm surprised to find I'm distantly related to Juan Gonzalez Bas, one of the principal founders of Corrales (born there in 1668), and also an Alcalde of Alburquerque (as it was known then) for an amazingly-long half century (1680 to 1735). As an online history of Corrales relates:
"In 1710 the king of Spain awarded the Alameda land grant to Francisco Montes Vigil, a soldier in the Spanish army, stipulating that he must settle the land. Within two years he had sold a large portion of the grant to Captain Juan Gonzales BAS. Juan Gonzales was the Alcalde Mayor of Albuquerque. He had married Maria Lopez del Castillo and had many children, seven daughters and at least two sons. ....

The Gonzales family would dominate Corrales for the next two centuries and members of the family still live in the area. Historic Gonzales homes now house the Casa San Ysidro museum and Casa Vieja restaurant."
Let's see, he would be my 7th great-grandfather. Alternatively, my grandfather's grandmother's great-great-great grandfather. Deep time! He lived almost forever and had 17 kids, so for all I know, by now, he may be related to almost everyone in northern New Mexico.

Another curious detail. Juan Gonzales Bas I would have become Alcalde of Alburquerque at age twelve, in the portentous year of the Great Pueblo Revolt, 1680, when all Spanish subjects were forced to flee NM, and linger through a depressing decade as refugees at El Paso. I imagine the demoralized populace indulging a kid's fantasy by naming him Alcalde. Alternatively, maybe there was no other choice. It made for a great tale, I'm sure, with which he bored everyone as a crusty old Alcalde many years later.

[UPDATE 05/20/15: And to no surprise, Juan Gonzales became the Alcalde Mayor of Albuquerque much later than 1680: 1712, according to ‘Origins of New Mexico Families’ by Fray Angélico Chávez.]

Pop Music Evolution

Interesting:
Another biologically inspired question the team asked was whether music styles evolved slowly or in large leaps. By calculating rates of change between songs over time, the researchers pinpointed three periods of rapid evolution: 1964, 1982 and 1991.

By far, the largest and most important of the three was the explosion of hip-hop in 1991.

“That surprised me,” Leroi said. “Being a victim of boomer ideology, I would have guessed it was 1964,” the year of the British invasion.

Looking more closely at the works of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the researchers discovered that those pivotal bands didn’t initiate the widespread changes associated with the music of their era. Rather, they accelerated those musical changes by popularizing new trends.

Leroi said it was exciting to get a glimpse of music history that didn’t depend on subjective recollections and storytelling.

Duck Dynasty Musical Cancelled

Now, what was the problem here?:
Cancel your plans, the Duck Dynasty musical is leaving Las Vegas. After just a month at the Crown Theatre inside The Rio hotel, the unpopular act will be shutting down on May 17th. The Duck Commander Musical, as it is titled, was based on the book Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson. The dead-on-arrival act opened on April 15th – yet the musical failed to sell more than a hundred tickets once during its run, leaving a 680 seat theatre looking embarrassingly empty each night.

1.) Caught in the Culture War crossfire - basically not gay enough?;
2.) Vegas is brutal on all musicals not named "Mamma Mia"?;
3.) Duck Dynasty has a regional appeal only, and Vegas isn't in that region?;
4.) Musical was too long?;
5.) It wasn't a very good musical, and was killed by word-of-mouth?;
6.) Relied too much on special effects?;
7.) Didn't rely enough on special effects (could do cool things with alligators)?;
8.) All of the above?;
9.) None of the above?

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.

Need to bring this to San Francisco, and revamp it a bit.

Gaia Bin

[From May 4th] Strange, walking the dog at 2 a.m. I saw a long-haired, blonde person vanish in the shadows of the local market. Came upon the individual, perhaps female, trying to pick the lock on the 'Gaia' used clothing and old toys donation bin. I looked at her; she looked at me; I mean, we had a moment.

No Good Deed

[From April 14th]
No good deed goes unpunished. I was kneeling down to lay out the bird seed to feed the pigeons this morning when one of my feathered children pooped on my head.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Trying To Persuade The Pigeons To Eat Further Down The Alley

As the drought drags on and the number of pigeons I'm feeding have proliferated and multiplied, so the impacts have multiplied too. I'm embarrassed by what my neighbors are enduring - all without complaint. So, to save myself the embarrassment, I'm now trying to persuade them to eat further down the alley.

The pigeons - not my neighbors.

And I don't think they are quite getting the message yet. They stare stupidly as I head down the alley with my bag of bird food.

The neighbors - not my pigeons.

"Snow White And The Seven Dwarves" On "Good Day, Sacramento"

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

DMTC Tile

Wow, I'm so observant! I hadn't noticed this before. A patron pointed it out. Thank you, Jen!

Starting in 2006, with a major addition in 2014, DMTC theater maintains two walls of tiles. In general, children attend a workshop, where their own designs, usually celebrating family or the theater, are fired into clay. Unbeknownst to me, Jen N. created extra tiles for certain theater notables. The one she made for me celebrates my archivist role in the theater, and months ago was placed on top of the south wall, in the corner; a most prominent place, where no one could possibly miss it, except for a certain nearsighted archivist.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Clog

Standing in the kitchen, it's the subtle sounds that are important. Like, after hours of fruitless labor, hearing the bathroom sink clog suddenly give way.

[UPDATE: Then again, who's to say the clog won't come back?]

Monday, May 04, 2015

Completely Knocked Over By The Fabulous "Clouds of Sils Maria"!

I got tired of doing plumbing so decided to go see a movie. The movie I wanted to see at the Tower was unavailable ("Salt of the Earth"), so ended up seeing "Clouds of Sils Maria". It is advertised as a character study of three actresses, one of whom is grappling with age, but I interpret it quite differently, as history's most-subtle-ever horror film. If you like acting, you'll like this! Kudos to the fabulous Kristen Stewart!

I've been checking out some reviews of the film "Clouds of Sils Maria" and finding them close to useless. Most reviews state the movie ends on an ambiguous note. To me, the opposite is true. I glimpsed something exceedingly dark; something horrible, but masked so well that many don't see it at all. The film is a unique specimen in the history of cinema - a subtle horror movie.

For example, this reviewer, Sandra Hall:

Sils Maria is a valley in the Swiss Alps where Nietzsche was inspired to come up with his theory about the cyclical nature of time.

Much is made of this in the publicity for French director Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria – which sounds ominous, I know. Fortunately, however, these musings don't find their way into the film, which is left to speak for itself, helped along by its stars, Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche.
That's just great! The director tells the reviewers what the movie is all about, and provides them with all that information in their media packets, and the reviewers still ignore everything he just told them!!!


The 19th Century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent many summers at Sils Maria. Certain concepts he coined have become familiar over the years. His 'Übermensch' became a foundational concept in the rise of Naziism, for example. But he had another concept too, one less familiar, called 'eternal recurrence'. This movie explores that concept (without actually saying so, of course - the mask is firmly in place), and places it in its true home (the theater).

Most interesting movie of the decade, so far. Stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloe Grace Moretz. Now showing at the Tower Theater in Sacramento!



[From May 9th] Went back the Tower Theater to watch "Clouds of Sils Maria" a second time. Gleaned some more details, but the shock I felt the first time wasn't quite so great the second time around. Guess I'm getting accustomed to the dark vision of Friedrich Nietzsche: “The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

CO Redux?

I'm intrigued by these developing weather forecasts showing a low pressure system parking itself in the West and bringing lots of rain over the next two weeks to the Colorado Rockies, reminiscent of the rainfall calamity in September, 2013.

That Jade Helm Horse Left The Patriot Barn Long Ago

In regards to Rand Paul and this Jade Helm exercise, I saw the headline: "Rand: I'll look into whether military is planning to takeover the Southwest." News flash: the military took over the Southwest, or at least those parts that mattered to it, during WWII, and shortly after. That is all.

Baltimore Notes

I hear a lot of talk on CNN about 'outside agitators' in Baltimore, but the youth of the rioters suggests not them. Plus, less than a third of the police, and only a third of the firefighters, actually live in Baltimore. So, maybe outside agitation is an issue - just not among the rioters.

I'm bothered about these repeated warnings from the BPD that the Bloods and Crips were planning to unite against them. This need not be correct and advertises weakness. This 'Purge' memo thing is interesting - I wonder who's responsible for that? CNN seemed surprised that rioters appeared to be coordinating with each other. Well, duh, it is the era of Twitter, etc. Last year, they very nearly had riots in Albuquerque, but there, what was most striking was the outsized role of Anonymous, and very perplexing, almost idiotic demands. Here, I have the impression we haven't yet heard of who is coordinating all this, and how agile they may be. Intriguing that the focus appears to be on corporate pharmacies. Maybe it's just where CNN could travel. Every riot is different, of course.

It's very difficult to understand what happens in riots. Even the microcosm of an individual's head is terra incognita. I remember Sacramento in 1992. The riots in LA had just occurred, and a large protest march against police violence was planned. I thought this was a very bad idea under the circumstances. I started talking to a passing pedestrian, who was walking down to join the protest. I tried talking him out of it. He said that in the wake of the murders of JFK, MLK & RFK, it was important to take a stand. I replied that this didn't make any sense: it was 1992, not 1968. But off he went anyway (and fortunately the protest was peaceful). What each participant in a riot thinks is happening, and what's actually happening, may be two different things entirely.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Luther, Obama's Anger Translator

Surprised That Lydia Went All The Way To Rome And Did A Musical There

When in Rome? Is that what Romans do? (Well I guess they do operas there - musical theater is similar.)

Lydia Smith as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family" (Zach Dagneau as Pugsley, April 21, 2015 at John Cabot University).



Jordan Jonas, and the Descanso


Of all the examples of "Breaking Bad" fan culture, Magician Jordan Jonas' photo at the Walter White descanso (which my sister made, with the assistance of myself and her son, and which we placed near the site of Walter White's demise) is my favorite.

Scott and Jessica Do a Hilarious Advertisement For "Good Day, Sacramento"!

"Into The Woods" - Sierra College

Beautiful show and an amazing cast! Scott Adams and company are to be congratulated. I really liked Jack (Warren Cain), Jack's Mother (Judith Boreham), and the phenomenal Witch (Sidney Raey-Gonzales).

"Hairspray" - Berkeley Playhouse

Excellent set!
We were there for the second preview performance on Saturday afternoon.
The Dynamites (Janelle LaSalle, Majesty Scott, and Kimille Stingily) were solid!
Monica Turner made a superb Tracy Turnblad.
Taylor Bartolucci (Velma Von Tussle), Berwick Haynes (Motormouth Maybelle), Monica Turner (Tracy Turnblad), Glen Riggs (Edna Turnblad), and Khalia Davis (Li'l Inez).
Bidding a fond hello to Scott Woodard (Corny Collins) after the show!

"The Wizard of Oz" - Davis Musical Theater Company (DMTC) - (And Tylar's Secret Birthday Surprise!)