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On Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, the Back Bay Chorale will have its fall concert, featuring Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass as well as pieces by Holst and Elgar, and the gorgeous "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" of Herbert Howells.

I'll be performing in this concert; tickets available here!

At 7:00 pm, Scott Allen Jarrett, the vibrant young director of the group, will be giving a pre-concert lecture. I'm willing to bet it'll be fantastic.
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It's been a crazy few weeks, in ways I can't even begin to go into. But yesterday, I got to spend a nice long romantic day with [ profile] imlad, something we haven't done in far too long. It included watching Figaro at the ART, which I'm highly recommending folks go see. Oh my my yes.

I'm not all that familiar with Figaro's story, but I know it's been told mainly by Mozart and Beaumarchais. This new adaptation is essentially a play in English, with songs from the Mozart in Italian. It sounds strange, but it somehow completely works. And Jennifer Baldwin Peden, whom I saw last year in this same troupe's Carmen, and who broke my heart as Michaela, here breaks my heart as the Countess. There is something about her expressiveness that is unutterably sad, about her voice that is both powerful and ever-soft, about her control of her voice and her body that is sheer poetry. She may be my favorite performer, period, right now.

Actually, anything you see happening by Teatre de Jeune Lune, just go see. I can pretty much guarantee you won't regret it.

Figaro is playing in repertory with another adaptation of Mozart (and Moliere), Don Juan Giovanni, at the Loeb, through October 6.
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From [ profile] queen_of_wands:

Elements of Magic in Boston (Somerville)

A Weekend Intensive with Sarah, Sierra, & John
Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30

Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will. In this class we empower ourselves to make change in the world by working with Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. Techniques include visualization, sensing and projecting energy, chanting, trance, sacred movement, creating magical space, spell-craft, and structuring rituals. Elements of Magic is a core workshop in the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft ( You do not need to be part of this tradition to participate. Group experience happens in the framework of feminist consensus process. We hope to provide a fair and nurturing environment for all participants. The workshop is suitable both as an introduction to Witchcraft for seekers, and as an introduction to Reclaiming practice for more experienced practitioners.

Details and registration form. )
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I've joined a small choral/orchestral group called Calliope, and we will be having our first concert, including Faure's Requiem, four motets by Durufle, and Barber's Easter Chorale and Sure on this Shining Night, on Saturday, September 15.

I've been a little reluctant to post about this, as I've had mixed feelings about the way the rehearsals are going, and whether I'll stick with the group. However, a week and a half away, I feel like we're in good shape, and should make some very pretty music indeed. Please to come and enjoy; details below.

You are cordially invited to

The Inaugural Performance of Boston’s Collaborative Choral / Orchestral Experience…

CALLIOPE “Exploring Gesture in Music”

Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm
Boston University’s Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
General admission $25

To order tickets online please visit OR call 617-759-2057
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Say for the sake of argument that you lived outside Teele Square, off Broadway, near 16 and the Arlington border.

1. What's the nearest park-like thing in walking distance?

2. Where's a good place that's bikeable-to for running on grass or other non-asphalt turf?
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Hi, all,

I'm directing one of the plays in the festival announced below. Please come and offer your support - and while you're at it, have a great time!


It's time for summer theater!

Reserve your tickets now for the 4th Annual
Evening of One-Acts.

Theatre @ First proudly presents
"Festival @ First: C'est Levine: An Evening
of One-Act Plays by Mark Harvey Levine".

These seven short plays will make you laugh and think.
We've got a cab, a cube, a jar, a party, a script, a kiss,
and of course, a zombie!

The plays will be presented on these seven dates during
the last two weekends in July:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday July 19-21 at 8 pm
Sunday, July 22 at 3 pm (matinee)
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, July 26-28 at 8 pm

Tickets are only $10. We offer discounts for
students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

You can order tickets online at
or call our toll-free ticket line at 1-877-557-5936
or email

Or you can see the show for free if you
usher, or sell tickets or concessions.
Reply to this email to volunteer.

First Church is located at 89 College Ave.
in Somerville, 4 blocks from the Davis Square
stop on the Red Line, and is accessible to the
physically challenged.

For more info, check our web site at

Please join us and bring your friends for a great
night of theater!
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Hi, folks,

So I'm singing with this great little group called Calliope. We do concerts off-season: September and February, and 75% of our members belong to other groups in the area.

Currently we are about 28 singers, SATB, and a small orchestra. The emphasis is on approaching music from the inside out, discovering nuances of gesture and expression, especially in well-worn music, and presenting a unifed, balanced sound while calling on the individual talents and responsibilities of each and every performer.

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30 in Back Bay, and our September concert is on the 15th.

This September we'll be performing the Faure Requiem (in its reduced, more chamberlike form, closer to Faure's original intent), two pieces by Samuel Barber, and four motets by Durufle.

If you are a baritone or bass who is interested in checking them out, let me know!
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I'm directing one of these, so if you've ever wanted to have me order you around, now's the time!

Or something.

Audition for Festival@First!

Can you be a bug? or kiss someone? or walk like a literary zombie?

Theatre@First is looking for adult actors of all ages
as we present our fourth annual festival of one-acts:
"Festival@First: C'est Levine!"
an evening of seven short plays
by Mark Harvey Levine.

Audition Monday or Tuesday, May 14-15, 7-10 p.m.

First Congregational Church, Somerville
89 College Ave, 4 blocks from Davis Square
(If necessary Callbacks will be on Thursday, May 17)

No appointment necessary.

Performances July 19-22 & 26-28.

Auditions will consist of cold readings--no monologue required.

For more info, please visit
or email
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So I'm growing this basil plant in a big plastic cup, like the red kind you buy for parties and write your name on with a Sharpie. So far it's about five inches tall and apparently thriving.

What do I do now?

I already have it staked to a chopstick, because at a certain point it looked like it was going to fall over. It's still only one stalk, pretty thin, and it just keeps growing upward.

Should I transfer it to a larger pot, or wait until it's closer to being rootbound in the cup?

Is there a way to make it develop more stalks so it's stronger overall, or will it just keep going upward?

What do I do so as not to kill this plant, and so I can have fresh basil in a few months??

Thanks as ever, LJ.
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Steady yourselves for the standard plug!

This Thursday, July 13, the third annual Theatre @ First One Act Festival opens.

Come see ME, and [ profile] imlad, and a bunch of other people you might recognize in a series of short plays mostly by local playwrights.

The show runs at First Congregational Church, on College Ave. in Somerville, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday afternoon, and next Thursday through Saturday nights.

Check the website for details!

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I once again find myself loving Rob Breszny.

My horoscope:

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The U.S. Congress creates a constant stream of new legislation, but that doesn't mean President Bush has to enforce
it. Since he took office in 2001, in fact, Bush has chosen to disobey more than 750 freshly minted laws. At the risk of getting you in trouble with the powers-that-be, I'm advising you to make Bush your role model in the coming week. Try to get away with ignoring any rules of the game you don't like or agree with. To maximize your chance of sailing through
unscathed, proceed as Bush does--in a stealth mode, not calling attention to the fact that you're in a rebel outlaw mode.

And, for once, a neologism I don't hate:

In Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One
represents danger, the other opportunity. There has been no English
equivalent until now.

The Beauty and Truth Laboratory has retooled an English term to convey
a similar meaning: "kairos." Originally borrowed from Greek, "kairos" has traditionally meant "time of destiny, critical turning point, propitious moment for decision or action." In its most precise usage, it refers to a special season that is charged with significance and is outside of normal time; its opposite is the Greek chronos, which refers to the drone of the daily rhythm.

These meanings provide the root of our new definition of the word. As of
now, when used in the context of a discussion of pronoia, "kairos" will
have the sense of "a good crisis, rich problem, productive difficulty."
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Hey, folks,

This promises to be a really cool event in the Psychology Goes to the Movies series, happening tonight at 7.

[ profile] imlad and I bought seats, but can't go. Two seats available now, $12 apiece, price negotiable due to non-refundability.

Let me know today!
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Time on deck: 11:43 p.m. EST.

Words written: 50,049.

Number of those words written today: 8,907

Percentage of those words likely to be scrapped in revisions: 98%

Amount of actual novel really finished: about 75%

Feelings at this moment: rather anticlimactic

I had a lot of time to work on a novel, and I've completed one more than twice as long as this, so the sheer idea of creating 50,000 words in a month wasn't such a huge whoop. What was more important to me was to begin a habit of writing daily, to learn how to produce on command instead of only when inspired to, and to create something that I felt could be massaged into an actual, viable piece of work. And the result is that I have the bones of something that looks frighteningly like a fantasy novel.

And hey, check out my icon.

Now everybody go and congratulate anyone else you know who has managed to do this while also working a full time job.

Hell, congratulate anyone who even tried to do this with a full time job. (Hi, [ profile] imlad!)
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Hey, folks,

A camping excursion was to occur this weekend; now it isn't.

We were thinking of getting out in nature anyway.

Where do folks generally go when they want to do fall hikes? Or camping?
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Hey folks,

So, encouraged by [ profile] fanw, I went to see an excellent voice teacher at Brandeis yesterday. She showed me wonderful things and put me on the road to fixing all kinds of bad habits I'd been harboring, and also complimented my voice greatly and said I should start a caberet group.

Now, one of my favorite fantasies has always been to be a jazz singer in a slinky gown at a smoky nightclub. The smoky part is out of the question in this town, but at least there could be sexy martini drinks.

Question is: anybody interested in playing?

[ profile] annacallahan, you might know some resources for this. It's not like I want to become a professional musician or anything, but getting a little combo together and doing an open mike night here and there or getting some small-time bookings would be a total dream come true for me.

Translation: dilletantes more than welcome.
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So, sometimes I have these ideas, and no real idea (or really, personal inclination) for how to implement them. Yet I know they are good ideas!

For example:

I was sitting at dinner last night with [ profile] imlad and [ profile] preraphaelite when the latter began to spin her water glass. "Waterspinning," someone remarked, and I immediately thought, "Water-poi!" Hey, if you can do it with one element, why not another? (Though Air Poi and Earth Poi both sound like distinctly bad ideas...I'm thinking practice poi with rocks in them - ouch.)

So I thought it would be neat to have something that 1) would be a lot safer for those who aren't all *that* good at spinning yet, and 2) would look cooler than beanbags in socks.

So: at the end of two chains or lines or whatever, you have some kind of malleable, yet strong, sealed plastic globes. Preferably, the globes would not be entirely solid, but rather would shapeshift a bit when you swing them through the air, rather like water balloons. They would also not be entirely full of water, so that the water could move within the shape.

Where the balloon-things attached to the lines, an LED or other light would be attached.

In the best possible world, the light passing through the shifting water would make cool swimming-pool-like ripply patterns on the body of the person manipulating the poi.

Certainly not as spectacular or death-defying as fire, but preeeeetty.

Anyone want to try and make some? Just remember, it was my idea.

(Unless someone else already thought of it.)
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Since I'm a posting fiend today, I thought I'd mention: It seems [ profile] imlad and I are going to Burning Man this year.

We're a bit nervous. Neither of us are terrific outdoor types, there's a lot of equipment to worry about, there's art to make and transportation to arrange and so forth.

What I'm looking for is some people's thoughts, a kind of here's-the-most-important-things-to-know primer, and, frankly, some advice on camps. We figure that, rather than camping independently or creating our own camp, that we'd like to join someone's camp, where we have friends and could be helpful. I plan on making some costumes, as I usually do, but I'm not planning any giant art installations or anything. At least for my first time out, my chief concern is helping others and finding a way to belong.

So! Tell me! What's your experience been about? What camps should I look into maybe joining? Do you want us in your camp? How can I help? I can build and use tools, a little. I can sew, a little. We're both young, willing, able-bodied folks who just don't want to feel quite so lost during this experience.

Counting down the months...

See this.

Jan. 26th, 2005 10:07 am
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Last night I had the opportunity to see South African artist Pieter-Dirk Uys (pronounced 'Ace') perform his latest one-man show, Foreign Aids, at the ART's Zero Arrow Theatre. Part drag show (with transformations performed in full light), part comedy, part political manifesto and part educational lapel-shake, it delves into the AIDS problem in South Africa, comparing it to the defunct apartheid in its destructive abilities and race- and class-dividing power.

Tonight is the last night it plays in its extended run. If you have $35 bucks and the will to stand in the lobby and see if you can get standby seats, go, go, go see this play.

A wonderful profile of Uys was done in The New Yorker last May, but I can't find it online. Here, though, is a good review.
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Long, thin cardboard tubing, say, three feet long or so?

Hint: I'd rather not pay much for it.
kitchen_kink: (elated)
Hi, folks,

The choir I sang in last season, New Century Voices, is welcoming new talent. We're small and new, but pretty kick-ass, if I do say so myself. Below is the notice; contact info at the bottom!

New Century Voices, an amateur chamber choir specializing in music of the 21st and 20th centuries is holding auditions for all voices. We are looking for singers with or without classical training, who have some choral experience, have sight reading skills, or who can learn notes by themselves. Those interested in auditioning should be prepared to take part in an open rehearsal, followed by a short individual audition with the director to assess musical and vocal skills; which will include some sight reading.

New Century Voices' mission is to perform contemporary music of local and international composers. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 at the Swedenborg Chapel at the corner of Quincy and Kirkland streets in Cambridge. Performances include those to benefit the choir and those to compensate the Chapel for use of the space.

Audition date: Tuesday October 12th at 7pm

Location: The Swedenborg Chapel is at the corner of Kirkland and Quincy streets in Cambridge; about a five minute walk from Harvard Square T stop, near Memorial Hall and Busch Hall. Please enter through the glass door between the chapel and the attached Parish house.

For more information, please contact Letitia Stevens; by email or call 617 666 2106.


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