Sunday, January 31, 2016

War and Peace -- Day 4/346

Walk: Cinema Club (A War), Calvary Presbyterian Church (Winter Concert)
Distance: 3.8 miles and small yoga

  Ciwt's thought provoking day began with the spring 'semester' of her Cinema Club's showing and discussion of A War.  It's the Danish Oscar contender for Best Foreign Film.  An immaculate portrait of that soul-wracking, unsanitizable thing called war.

 Then it was onto a concert at a nearby church with a strong, excellent music program.  The last movement of the last piece (Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter Daydreams" - 1860) ended with repeated dona nobis pacem, dona nobis pacem. grant us peace.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

45 x 2 --- Day 4/345

Walk: Sundance Kabuki* (45 Years x2)
Distance: 2 miles

Ciwt went to the excellent 45 Years for the second time today and found it even more penetrating. She also wonders what the age cutoff point is between those who probably feel like the movie goes on 45 years because nothing happens and those who feel everything does and go a second time. Probably at least 50.

*There's been a sandwich board poster for a while but Ciwt just noticed it today. Sundance Kabuki, one of her homes away from home, has been sold to another theater owner.  Fingers crossed. She's also of an age where the more high quality neighborhood the better.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Yoga Thoughts for the Athlete --- Day 4/344

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema (2 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action and Animated)
Distance: 1.8 miles and home yoga

Instead of doing yoga, would Ciwt mostly rather
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Be Playing Tennis?
Or Volleyball?                                                Or Skiing?

And, if she were a guy, would she be engaged in a
Pick up Basketball game
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Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)?

Yes to all of these sports.  BUT Ciwt is of a certain age with less collagen, elastin, tighter tendons, and ligaments, and a host of other things that happen to EVERY body as they age.  She does not want to break an ankle, throw out her back, wrack up her knees or worse.  So, she does an activity that covers all the bases from aerobic, strength training, balance, stretching to mental and emotional.  Yoga.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Annals of Bay Area Life --- Day 4/343

Walk: A Dock
Distance: A few blocks, small home yoga

Nothing like lunch with good friends

on their Sausalito Houseboat.  


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dentist Chair Yoga --- Day 4/342

Walk: 450 Sutter Medical Bldg
Distance: 3.5 miles and chair yoga

                                                                                              Legs Righ

Legs Center
 Legs Left

Ciwt's dentist estimated the time for her appointment today at '2 maybe 2 1/2 hours.'  At hour 5 Ciwt was still in that chair and needed to move.   So she came up with the concept of dental chair yoga, much to the amazement of staff people as they walked by her room.  Lucky thing, as the whole time in the chair came to 7 hours.  (Her dentist is a total perfectionist and yoga can be a very versatile friend once you know what you're doing.  Ciwt does it at airports, on planes, in traffic jams, waiting for movies or other cultural events to begin...).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Non-Travel Fatigue --- Day 4/341

Walk: Van Ness, Trader Joe's 
Distance: 3 miles and home yoga


For some reason Ciwt can't get centered since snowstorm cancelled her trip east.  Lots of momentum for that.  Now she thinks of planned March trip to L.A. art.  Meh.  Bonnard show coming here.  Meh. Some sort of a (volunteer)  job (if she could get one). MEH. Rebooking NYC. All seats filled cuz of Super Bowl people coming here, and meh anyway.

Somehow, mysteriously, she seems to have exhausted herself Not taking a trip. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Crissy Field Tepee --- Day 4/340

Walk: Crissy Field, 4-Star Theater (Theeb x2)
Distance: 3 miles walk/jog, 1 mile walk, home yoga

Hmm, what's this Ciwt wondered on her early morning walk.

Even has a blueprint.

Someone was busy overnight.  There are symbolic placements of shells and logs within.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Is this Seat Taken? --- Day 4/349

Walk: Presidio
Distance: walk/jog 5 miles, home yoga

Ciwt is a Mezzanine Girl when she has the chance.  Here's her view of ACT's set for Saatcho at the Waldorf.

The Danish Girl wasn't very popular the day Ciwt went.

And neither were the Presidio Golf Club carts today on NFL and AFC playoff Sunday.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

No Place Like Home ... Day 4/348

Walk: Maybe
Distance: Not Sure; Home yoga


Back to San Francisco, Callie and CIWT today.....


Virgin America Flight 25

  1. Cancelled


  2. Ciwt already home in rain with Callie and on CIWT.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Danish Broadway --- Day 4/347

Walk: Marina
Distance: 2 miles and home yoga

A friend said about The Danish Girl, "It doesn't end the way you think it will."  For fear it would bore her as much as Carol*, Ciwt wasn't going to go.  But her friend's remark intrigued her, she couldn't make it to NYC**, both stars are up for Academy Awards and it's raining, so off Ciwt will go to check out that unexpected ending.  (Don't worry; no spoilers if Ciwt reports).

---After show: Whether he's in a wheelchair or full-bodied, male or female, Eddie Redmayne is just so damn endearing.  So is his/her marriage in The Danish Girl to the lovely and talented Alicia Vikander.  Ciwt can't drag anyone to the theater for this one, but, if you go, you will very much enjoy the acting - and Ciwt bets your heart will be touched.

*In Ciwt's opinion, the most overrated 2015 Academy Award nominated movie - by Far. 

** Regards, Broadway.  Sorry to miss you...

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Virgin and Picasso --- Day 4/346

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: Not Far, Home Yoga

Those who know Picasso's brutish and misogynistic reputation must wonder about today's headline.  Let Ciwt explain:

Minus the predicted East Coast blizzard, today  Ciwt would be at MoMA at the Picasso Sculpture show, and she'd like to add to her comments on the show even without attending.  (Speaking of Ego).
But first she'd like to give a shout out to Virgin Airlines who gave her a waiver on flight cancellation fees.  Just one more Image result for gold staron the Virgin chart.

Now on to comments on the show not seen.

First, let Ciwt say she has seen some of the best Picasso sculptures in the show, including:
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And several others.  All thought and heart provoking - and often quite amusing.

Which leads to her second comment: The show exhibits over 140 sculptures and Ciwt can't help wondering whether the truly stirring works are swallowed up in the crowd of smaller, (repetitive?, lesser?) works. She assumes so, actually; she has seen this (uncritical) over abundance with other artists in past shows over the years.

And, speaking of crowds, even though Ciwt's MoMA membership allows her to enter the show an hour early, there is still a goodly number of members at that hour.  Then when the timed/non-member admissions begin, the true blockbuster nature of the exhibit takes over.  In these conditions it is virtually impossible to find and read signage or see much much less commune with the art.

So, maybe it is just sour grapes because Ciwt wasn't able to get back for the show(unless she takes a brief, wild, last-minute trip), but Ciwt is thinking she's lucky to have studied Picasso's paintings, drawings and prints so extensively in college and seen so much of his work in the past.  To her, Picasso wasn't (and didn't aspire to be) as talented a sculptor as he was a painter, draftsman and printmaker  - so missing this show is a disappointment but not the end of the world.  On the other hand, the show sounds like an absolute Must See for those beginning to educate their art eyes and What an amazing opportunity to feast them on one of the world's greatest artists being creative, playful, whimsical, and witty.

1. She-Goat, 1950 (cast 1952), bronze
2. Bull, ca. 1958, Cannes, plywood, tree branch
3. Bull's Head, 1942, bicycle seat and handlebars
4. Man with Lamb, 1942, bronze

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Off to the Big Apple - NOT --- Day 4/345

Walk: 450 Sutter (Union Square)
Distance: 4 miles and small home yoga to get out the kinks


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 YES (4+ Hours in the dentist chair instead of the Big Apple).  Quite the switch and Ciwt is still feeling disoriented).

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Settling Difficulties --- Day 4/344

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 8 Blocks or so, home yoga

So, the scene above is roughly what has come of Ciwt's trip to NYC to visit friend, Picasso sculpture, Ole Broadway, other art venues, and old haunts. It was a difficult decision because Ciwt was really looking forward to seeing her friend, going to a few plays together, and generally toodling around the Apple where she and Ciwt once lived. (She for nearly a lifetime and Ciwt for a few years).

But here, as Ciwt writes, are some current forecasts by meteorologists about probable/possible weather on the days of said trip:

*A high-impact snowstorm for the region is nearing inevitability and there is some chance it will be historic, paralyzing travel and disrupting normal routines. (Washington Post)
*If the storm develops to its full potential and takes a track just off the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, then a blizzard can unfold. The storm could shut down highways and perhaps cause airport closures.  (AccuWeather)
*...if things turn out as meteorologists expect, the East Coast could get hammered by snow next weekend, and New York could get a lot of snow — anywhere from five inches to double digits. (NY Magazine)

" blizzard for the ages.."  (NY Times)

None of this may come to pass, of course.  But for Ciwt these predictions conjure up images of being one of those people you see in the news sleeping on airport floors and boarding area seats for days after their flights have been cancelled.  So, following a few texts of disappointed agreement with her friend,  Ciwt pronounced: Image result for queen of hearts in alice in wonderland off with her head "Off with the Trip!!!" 

Then, for 'fun,' she went downtown* in the rainstorm out here that is going to be the blizzard  out there falling on Central Park, Mad Ave, MoMA, Ciwt's hotel, Broadway - but not on Ciwt and her friend.

*To her dentist for a new $tooth$.  Another story.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Solution? --- Day 4/343

Walk: Clement Street, etc.
Distance: 4 miles and home yoga

Pablo Picasso, Woman and Child, 1962, sheetmetal and painting

Pre-MoMA Picasso Sculpture exhibition Ciwt will also go on record saying she believes sculpture was where Picasso went to rejoin those creative child energies he held so dear.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Will She Grow? --- Day 4/342

Walk: No, Packing/Rain
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

So Ciwt will head to the MoMA Picasso Sculpture Show this week and wants to be on record before viewing it that she sees his sculptures more as (amusing)  pass times, doodles, or ways for him to work out spacial relationships in preparation for a painting. "Woman in the Garden". Paris, 1929-30.  Welded and painted iron.  Musee national Picasso-Paris. Dation Pablo Picasso   In "Picasso Sculpture", MOMA, New York, NY, USA*

Ciwt also thinks Picasso's primary means of expression - the media he most valued - were canvas and paper.  Ie, painting and drawing.  A few of his sculpture pieces she has seen are clearly more important than others and were likely completed for public consumption or display.   Image result for picasso sculpture **  To Ciwt, even these do not carry the expressive visceral energy of the paintings and drawings.  Pablo Picasso : goat's skull bottle and candle ***

BUT she hasn't seen many Picasso sculptures in person nor studied in depth the level of Picasso's devotion and relationship to sculpture, so it will be interesting to see if (how, probably) this ambitious, sweeping, 'once-in-a-lifetime' survey expands her understanding and appreciation.

*Woman in the Garden, Paris, 1929-30, welded and painted iron
**The Goat, 1950, Palm lead, iron and plaster
***Goat Skull, Bottle and Candle, 1954, oil on canvas

Saturday, January 16, 2016

No HornTo Blow -- Day 4/341

Walk: Drisco Hotel, ACT (SATCHMO at the Waldorf)
Distance:  1.5 miles

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Excellent visit with dear cousin and outstanding one man show by John Douglas Thompson have (happily) used up Ciwt's creative energy for today. Now she waits with mist outside the window for both experiences to sink in..