Sunday, March 26, 2006

Happy Spring!

I opened my window today and besides all the sounds of the traffic, I was able to hear a few birds here and there. There are no leaves on trees yet and and there is some snow on the ground... but at least in our minds Spring is here.
March has been full with many events:


2006 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, March 9-11, 2006. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
There I presented Bailemos Juntos with Kika, Alicia and Luz. I had a blast! It was so much fun (like everytime we have this mini-ELDB reunion). One of the things that I liked most is that I was able to connect, at different levels and different times with all the girls. We are such a great team! I can't wait to do more presentations with them. We have at least 2 o 3 more coming next year.


I presented "The Adventures of Don Quixote" for PLAC (Parents of Latin American Children). It was an awesome audience. We also did a song and a couple of line dances. We had so much fun!


I participated in the festival on THE EDGE at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
An alternative performance series for those who appreciate an informal atmosphere and arts with a bit of an edge.Have some coffee, meet friends, relax and enjoy performances by local emerging artists in our intimate black box theater.A mix of music, comedy, spoken word, dance, theater and just about anything else keeps this series lively and entertaining. Each night features an eclectic blend of interesting professional artists.This series is recommended for adults age 18 and older.
Paulino Brener in Interpretative Lipsinging: Beautiful Moments
Mikael Rudolph in Swim Home, nonverbal physical comedy
Ray Terrill Dancers in Interplay/still and moving, inspired by the music of Suzanne Vega
Music by Eugene Huddleston


Presented 3 performances of "The Adventures of Don Quixote" at THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF MINNESOTA (ISM). That was really exhausting! But a great experience as well.

March is almost over but April has many suprises as well!

Monday, March 06, 2006

It's All About Me!

Most of my friends know that I use this phrase a lot. And it's true, I do think "It's All About Me". But for those who are not familiar with Paulino's World, this might need some explaining.

It's all about me: I do spend a lot of time doing crafts: knitting, drawing, felting, etc. to create materials for my classes. I enjoy that very much, especially when I get to share them with my students. Also, I drive at crazy times (midnight) to groceries stores to get walnuts, and buy some, and open them, and clean then, etc. to do a cool little project with my students. Un barquito de cascara de nuez.

It's all about me: I love conversations with other fellow humans, even when it's not me who we are talking about ;-) It's true that I am always very busy (full time teacher, part time student and quarter time performing artist) but I always strive to make time to meet with friends and make new ones.

It's all about me: I have a lot of energy, positive attitude and lots of smiles and I put all that out there all the time (well.. most of the time) for everyone to take. As much or as little as they want.

It's all about me: I enjoy simple things in life. As I like to say "I love the magic of life". And whenever possible I share those and help people enjoy them, too. Creativiy, imagination, diversity are always values that I appreciate and help other appreciate as well.

Last night I visited a friend to watch the Oscar's together. He surprised me with a present that he has been promising for a while. It was a metal cut out banner with the words "It's All About Me". How special! I'll place it with honor and pride somewhere in my small and humble home. I am sure my friend appreciate and understand all I mean every time I say that phrase.