Thursday, October 31, 2002

Roadtrip this Weekend

I am going to miss all the Halloween festivities in da'Burgh this weekend because I am travelling up to Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for another hafla. Here is a cool poster for the event.

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Hafla Pix

Here are a couple of pix from the hafla, which happened at the Quiet Storm coffeehouse, where we did the "guedra."

Here are some pix from the "Ren Wedding" that I did some sewing for, specifically the bridesmaid's gowns and the grooms doublet in the photos. I also did the outfits that the SO and I are wearing...

So I took this test to see what kind of cartoon dog I am and I am....

cartoon dog are you?

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But when my SO answers the questions for me, I get Scooby Doo. He is Snoopy.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

This Weekend...

There are too many cool things going on and I can't do all of them this weekend. There is an Indian Classical dance performance @ The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, among other things going on this Saturday, but I am already committed to go to the American Music Cafe where my brother's band, Stasis is playing with some other punk/metal bands. I also found this cool new site listing arts/cultural events in Pittsburgh, Element5. It appears to be tuned into other arts/events orgs like Bridgespotters and GroundZero. Speaking of which, there is another FLUX this Saturday, on the North Side, so there is no lack of things to do in the 'Burgh this weekend.

Monday, October 21, 2002

Adventures in TV shopping

So we are now thralls of the mammoth 43" widescreen TV that dominates our living room. I spent WAY much more money than I wanted to, and I wasn't pressured!!!! I just realized after going to several different stores that we were not going to get our money's worth unless we went all the way. So I'm considering it an investment and I expect this appliance to last us into the HDTV era. Needless to say, "movie night" is at our house this Friday.

In other news...

Went to a friend's birthday party yesterday, at her home in the "country," which was a very pleasant experience. She lives in a 120-year old farmhouse, with built-in dead people (there are 3 grave markers on the property, so old that most of the inscription has worn off). Cool. Had some mulled cider by the fire ring in her yard and marvelled at the good weather and fall colors just beginning to bloom around here.

Oh, and I nearly forgot--the hafla last Saturday was fun, very good turnout. We performed our "Guedra" piece in full North African tribal costume and I nearly lost my voice chanting. I must not have done too bad, though, because I received a few compliments--the FIRST EVER compliments on my singing that I have ever received in my life (let's just say that I have never been known for my singing). I think it has to do with what was in my heart. The Guedra is a very spiritual thing. The other performers were wonderful as well. There was a wide diversity of styles represented and it was a perfect forum for such a thing. It was a bit crowded, though, and I would wish for a bigger dance space AND amplification for my instrument--I unfortunately couldn't play my violin and be heard in the venue. It was much too loud and overpowering. So I went home early. There is supposed to be another hafla in November, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Had lots of fun this weekend. "Pirates" was good. Also checked out Fester's Freak Show at the Rex, and ended up at Dee's later on (note that the link points to the review of Dee's on is one of my SO's pet projects. He can indeed use his powers for good.) And, I already have a full weekend planned ahead. I'm probably going to see the new movie Secretary (playing at small and indie theaters), and there is also the "hafla" on Saturday at the Quiet Storm Coffehouse, hosted by Zafira Dance Co. Of course, Khafif and several other local troupes and performers will be there. Now I just have to survive the rest of this week. I finally finished "Return of the King" and exchanged it for a biography of the Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a remarkable lady of the 18th c. who lived for a time in Turkey and wrote about her travels there. Hopefully that, and a new crochet project that I started will distract me from the deadly silence in the living room--our TV finally died. Our furnace is broken too, so it's a nice toasty 60 degrees in our house.

Friday, October 11, 2002

What to do this weekend...

I am going to see the "Pirates of Penzance" at the Carnegie Library Music Hall in Carnegie, this Saturday. It will be the first Pittsburgh Savoyards production in years that I was not actually playing in the show. It will be nice to just sit in the audience again. If you live in the area, you should check out this group. They are one of the best community-theater type organizations around. There is also a show at the Rex Theater on the South Side that sounds cool, "Fester's Freak Show," involving punk bands, tattoos, and a talented fire-dancing chick. I might stop by after "Pirates."

Sunday, October 06, 2002

So the "Ren" wedding I attended this weekend was fun, lots of good costumes. It is interesting to see what people-who-aren't-in-the-SCA come up with for such occasions. I had the regular film camera so it will be a while before I get pix up. It took place at Shakespeare's Restaurant & Pub at Olde Stonewall Golf Club. The place looks like a castle and is lavishly decorated inside with Medieval-esque tapestries, suits of armor, etc. I would recommend it if you were looking for someplace special/fancy to take a date or rekindle romance. That, and I got some more things straightened out with my car this weekend. Apparently, the state of PA doesn't approve of my Euro-style tail lights, but after I got that sorted out, I took it for a much needed wash...and got some sewing done, of course--all those little mending jobs that had to go on hold are now turning into stuff I can wear again. That was my weekend. Oh yeah, and I also played my new favorite game--watching ONLY just my favorite scenes from all the movies I have on DVD. I like this technology. It's an immediate gratification thing--I don't ever have to sit through the parts I don't like again. I just watch the parts I do like, over and over as much as I want. Wait a second, that sounds kinda sick. OH well.
Upcoming events...
In other news, my bro's band, Stasis (yes, I don't like the name either but whattya gonna do?), is playing at the American Music Cafe, October 26. I heard them practice, and they are really good and worth seeing, if you like Iron-Maiden-esque progressive metal. They borrowed my digital camera the other day:

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