Sunday, July 14, 2019

All Music to Me --- Days 8/100 & 101

Walk: 1. SF Conservatory of Music (Merola Summer Concert)  2. AMC Kabuki (Yesterday)
Distance: 5 miles, 2 miles

So, it has been a couple of days about young people making their way in the music world/business.  Some actually, some fictionally.  If you are an opera buff and know the names Patricia Racette, Deborah Voigt,, Brian Jagde or many others, you might not if they hadn't spent a youthful summer in the Merola Opera Program.  Merola is the foremost opera training program for aspiring singers, coach accompanists and stage directors, providing twelve weeks of all-expense paid (including housing in some of San Francisco's most glorious homes) study, coaching and master classes with established opera professionals.  To Ciwt's ears, all participants already sound extraordinary, but, in fact all these young artists have years and years of learning the complex (acting, language, dramatic delivery, movement, costume and more besides developing the gifts of their voices) art form before (hopefully) rising to stardom.  Meanwhile audience members and donors find great pleasure in meeting and supporting talents early in their careers and then following them as they develop.

And then there were those four young lads from Liverpool...And an ambitious young singer-songwriter many years later who lived in a world that had never heard of the Beatles.  That's the premise of  Joe Boyles' Yesterday and, particularly if you are a Beatles fan, makes for a light, delightful hour and a half at the movies.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Tat Right? --- Days 8/97,98 & 99

Walk: PGCC Exercise Class & Private, Bridge & Lecture (Bitcoins), J. Kahn Park Pickleball
Distance:  Plenty of Exercise

So, the times they are changin, and Ciwt tries to keep up.  (Ha!)  Here are a few modern things she has learned lately.


At a recent club lecture she learned the world has over 2,000 new currencies. Crytocurrencies to be more precise.  They are virtual, ie, air.  One of them is the Bitcoin. Techies love it.   Here's one picture of it:
It also has several logos.  Ciwt likes this one 
because it captures what she thinks is the flyaway nature of any money you might commit to Bitcoin.


Tattoos are now officially ART worthy of museum shows.  Right now two major San Francisco museums, the Asian Art Museum and the de Young Museum  are featuring tattoo shows. The roots of tattooing are 'outsider,'  beginning in the Edo period (1603-1868) as a way to identify prisoners, making it hard for them to re-enter society and find work.  In protest to this practice, the Yakuza tribes began tattooing themselves - often with full body tattoos - and the practice continues to this day among clan members as well as non-members.

In the States, tattoos have been decidely 'outsider' until, well, last Wednesday when the press (including Ciwt) was introduced to the de Young's latest show:  Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin 
by museum honchos and Mr. Hardy himself.  
This elevating of the tattoo from (negative) subculture to an important art form is no accident.  It has been Ed Hardy's lifelong goal.  He turned down Yale Art School in the 60's and opened the first formal, by appointment, personalized tattoo parlor in the U.S. to pursue it.  The shop was minute, but the word spread and eventually Hardy became famous worldwide for his tattoos and decorated the bodies of myriad people from common folk to celebrities.

Driving over to the press briefing Ciwt was skeptical at best.  But when she really looked at the paper originals of his tattoo work and saw the intricacy and artist skill of Hardy's design and application work she was very moved.  Over 40 years Hardy singlehandedly (with serendiptous help from 'outsiders' who supported what he was about) has brought the ancient practice into unprecedented global popularity.  And what moved Ciwt even more was Hardy's humility and pure joy that more and more artists are now free to travel the world, gain recognition and make their livings as tattoo artists.  Also that the human body is more free to be a vehicle for personal artistic expression.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Save Your Non-Blahs --- Day 8/96

Walk: PGCC, Hood
Distance: 2 miles, Exercise Class and Private


So, Ciwt just cruised a few neighborhood clothing stores to check out what was in store for Fall, her favorite season, always filled with gorgeous greens, rich blues, warm tomatoes.  Oh dear, those colors were nowhere to be found.  Instead she found oatmeals, marzipans, super deep maroons, washy peaches, black-browns, black-blues highlighted with harsh oranges.  Now, if those are your colors, you are going to have a wonderful fall.  If not, Ciwt suggests hanging on to your good colors - even if they are threadbare. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

To Russia from Home --- Days 8/92,93,94 & 95

Walk: PGCC (Brexit Lecture), Castro Theater x2 (War and Peace), Home (The Last Czars)
Distance:  Pickleball, bucket of balls; 5 miles x2;  Day of rest small yoga, 1 mile

Castro Theater Organist

So Ciwt has been engrossing herself in things international, Brexit and various traumatic times in Russian history.  The messages have been on the downer side but the quality of the presentations have been top notch.  If you get a chance to see (again) the 7+ hour Russian version of War and Peace on the big screen, Ciwt says take the time to do it.  It is THE epic classic.  And/or if you prefer staying home and are interested in Russian history Netflix six part series, Ciwt found The Last Czars Ciwt gripping.  What a spectacularly and tragically dramatic country is Russia Ciwt is thinking.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day --- Days 8/88,89,90 & 91

Walks: J.Kahn Park, PGCC, Hood
Distance: 2-4 miles, Pickleball games, Golf driving range, Exercise classes

Childe Hassam, Flag Day, July 4, 1916, oil on canvas, 36"x 21"  (NY Historical Society)

Happy Fourth of July from Ciwt and San Francisco   (and Jacquie Lawson. Please press link and enjoy)