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Norway.  Awful mic.  Too many clothes.  Miley Cyrus.

Norway. Awful mic. Too many clothes. Miley Cyrus.

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Defense Against the Dark Arts

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This week I was a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia. I taught Defense Against the Dark Arts. I used a magic wand.

Code on the wall during Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Code on the wall during Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Jack Davidson and Gary McGraw as wizards at UVa.

Jack Davidson and Gary McGraw as wizards at UVa.

Kandinsky in NY

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Cyn and I brought along Ame and Ant on this year’s Kandinsky run to the Guggenheim in NY. We snapped some surreptitious bits, and only got caught 5 times.

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Simple pleasures.  Kandinsky.

Simple pleasures. Kandinsky.

In addition to Kandinsky, there was Gutai.

Gutai at the Guggenheim.

Gutai at the Guggenheim.

Guggenheim spiral.

Guggenheim spiral.

Whose feet are these?

Whose feet are these?

After museum and a very nice dinner at Aureole (a Charlie Palmer project) and went to see Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe with Tracy Letts as George. Phenomenal.

A trip down to Raines Law Room was unsuccessful. Saturday.

Earth Dances in Bluemont

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What: Earth Dances- Evening length multi-media dance performance and walking excursion (a.k.a. Jen Ston’s Master’s Thesis in Choreography)

When: Saturday Oct 20 and Sunday 21, 2012 at 6pm

Where: 33834 Snickersville Tpke Bluemont, VA 20135
(next door to the Bluemont Community Center, the Stone’s Field where the Children’s Fair is located during the Bluemont Fair.)

Who: Professional modern dancer Jen Stone with her professional and community dancers, musicians (hey, that’s us: Anna Billman, Gina Faber, Allen Kitselman, and Gary McGraw), and visual artists. Over 20 performers in the show! Amy Barley will be your guide.

Suggested Donation: $10-$20 adults, Kids FREE- 50% of the proceeds will go to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center http://www.Blueridgewildlife.org.

Please make checks out to:
Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Credit Cards accepted at Performance.

More info can be found at www.inner-sun-yoga.com on the Earth Dances page and on Facebook Earth Dances Oct 20 and 21.

The show includes a reprise of Wolf Talk.

Waiting for Lee Sellers

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Godot? No. Lee sellers? Also no.

Lee Sellers waits for Lee Sellers. No wait, Godot is waiting for Lee Sellers? No no no. Lee Sellers is Godot? Oh hell, I give up.

We made our annual pilgrimage to CATF in Shepherdstown to see The Exceptionals and Captors. At least one of them (The Exceptionals) got us to talking. Captors was just plain old bad. Neither one is ready for prime time.

But what was worse was no Lee Sellers sightings. Alas. We miss our Eelwax Jesus. Maybe that got him banned?! We slunk home toasterless.

College and the Arts: Magic and Theater in Chicago

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Sadly, the Art Institute of Chicago has really stupid hours and closes at 5pm every day except one. Boo! So in our massive one day stay over in Chicago, we opted for theater.

And a good thing! We joined Michael Hobert’s son Dan for a delightful evening of avant guard theater (TX style) at Chopin Theater for The House’s showing of Death and Harry Houdini. Turns out that not only did Dan know the theater owners, he also knew half the cast.

The play was interesting with plenty of integrated magic. The water trick is the apex, though during our show the suspense was not properly fomented. We had a great time.

Prepare to have a great time.

We wanted to see Dan do some puppetry. His current work is the untweetable (due to length alone) The Strange and Terrible True Tale of Pinocchio (the Wooden Boy) As Told By Frankenstein’s Monster (the Wretched Creature).

Chopin Theater where the House troop is performing Death and Harry Houdini.

We topped off the evening with dinner at Cumin, which Dan properly summed up as “solid.” I taught their bartender a thing or two about mixology (we made Blue Moons and Sazaracs).

It was a nice switch up to see some theater.

The bard

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A comedy of errors is a bit complicated for 8th graders, but our kid was the best Antipholus ever.

Syracuse or Ephesus, that is the question.