Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Old news

I've never properly blogged about my trip to NYC last month. Here are some places we went and some things we did while I was there:

Rubin Museum of Art
I loved the Himalayan sacred paintings. The gallery is a beautiful and inspiring space and I hope to be able to spend time there in the future. The particular exhibit that I went to see was called Holy Maddness.

Manhattan Jewish Community Center
We saw:
S' Brent -- It'’s Burning --- Starring Rafael Goldwasser from Der LufTeater in Strasbourg, France, and based on texts by the Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem, this one-man show featured three colorful characters issued from the picture book of Jewish lore in the shtetl: a mother, a petty insurance swindler, and a story-telling philosopher. In Yiddish with English supertitles.

Issue Project Room
A nonprofit space on the Gowanus Canal in Carroll Gardens where events are staged in a renovated concrete silo. We saw:

jim pugliese's phase III
w/ special guests marc ribot & the kusun ensemble

PHASE III includes: Jim Pugliese (percussions); Christine Bard (drums); Michael Attias (saxaphone); Kato Hideki (bass); Marco Cappelli (guitar)

The Kusun Ensemble is an extraordinary group of musicians and dancers from Ghana, West Africa. Founded by Nii Tettey Tetteh, the ensemble includes past and present members of The National Ballet and The Pan African Orchestra. Although rooted in traditional music, the group has developed a new brand of music and dance they have dubbed "Nokoko." They have created innovative rhythms and dances by fusing bass and lead guitar with traditional Ghanaian instruments to produce an electrifying blend of jazz and African music.

I've also attened a couple of interesting events since I got back to Austin.

Brian Greene at the Paramont Theater
Brian Greene, author of the bestselling book about string theory, The Elegant Universe, was educated at Harvard and Oxford, graduating in 1987. After spending time at Harvard and Cornell, he is currently a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia. I'm trying to read his new book, Fabric of the Cosmos.

Waiting to Inhale at the Alamo Draft House downtown
Jed Riffe's film, Waiting to Inhale, examines the current debate over legalizing medical marijuana in the United States. It took him 5 years to make. It shows the debate from all sides: doctors, patients, law enforcement, and anti-drug parent groups. It will be showing again tomorrow night.

I needed to catch up on all these happenings because the next 6 weeks will be one of the busiest times of the year in Austin, so there should be much more news to come when there's time to record it.


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