Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Prince of Fun! Presents...: THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM YOU *NEED* TO KNOW!

The Prince of Fun! Presents...: THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM YOU *NEED* TO KNOW!

Somehow I ended up being the director of this show.. don't ask me how! :-) But take a look at it!

The power of silence

Yesterday I started an ASL at MCTC. I was thrilled. I did a short community ed course back in Rochester, NY about 6 years ago but I have always wanted to take a class. I don't know what took me so long to get to it. I almost cried after the class. That's how strong I feel connected to this particular language. I love languages in general but I know ASL will be of special significance in my life. We had an interpreter (and we'll have her for one more class) but I can't wait for the next classes when no-voice instructions will be emphasized. The teacher, Holly, is hilarious. Two of the things she said, well... signed, really hit me hard and have been in my mind all night:
1) "Now you are my babies". I always incorporate changes and adventures in my life, but this new beginning, this new class definitely feels like a re-birth (more on this on # 2). This will be the only class that I will take this summer.
2) We (hearing people) have lots of "tools" to convey our emotions, specially with our voice: different tones, delivery, pitch, etc. In sign language that is shown by many things. Hand gestures is just a part of sign language. You need to use body posture, facial expressions and mouth movements. You need to "bring your emotions out". And that's something that has been really hard for me for a long time. That's why I feel that I will renew myself with this class.
Time to get it out...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Noche Hispana DOS

This last Friday (19) and Saturday (20) I had the pleasure to be curator and MC at Patrick's Cabaret one more time.
I have put together a all hispanic show including the following artists:

Sentir Venezolano
Chile sin fronteras
Wendy Everett y Lorena Duarte
Teresa Ortiz
Pachamama Band
José Curbelo y sus amigos

The show was very varied and people were very pleased with it. Many asked me when I was going to do it again. But I think I am going to rest for a little while.

Next time I will be just performing at Patrick's. It should be fun!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

One of those big days in your life

We cannot tell what big adventures life will bring to us in the future. But we certainly hope that our lives will be full of great surprises.
When we look back and examine our past, we can't help but remember very vividly some days better than others. Those big/great moments when something happened and left us without breath. Those days we know will leave a mark (or a scar).
One of the purposes of writing this blog if to share my life, ideas, etc, with friends and family. But there are things, feelings, events, etc. that are still too personal for me to share. Some of them are so precious that I chose (selfishly, yes I know) to keep to myself and enjoy them and savor them in my mind. Some of them so hurtful that I also chose to keep for myself and oppress them or find better ways to deal with them.
Today was one of those BIG days. I can tell. And all I can share is that I learned a lot about compassion, connection and as usual... taking and giving care.
As I usually say: "I am not a magician by trade, but I love the magic of life". And it's so great when a lot of magic happens in one day.

Monday, May 01, 2006

dancing, dancing, dancing

Saturday was a full day: class in the morning, garden party in St. Paul early afternoon, helping Felix make a skirt for Vessela and then dancing at Tapestry Folkdance Center.
It was there Black and White Gala and there were all sorts of dancing: folkdances (obviously), swing, contradance and latin. I got to enjoy a little bit of all. It was so much fun. Not only to dance but also see all those people having such a great time together, being social and dancing! I can get high dancing. Is there such a thing as "too much fun"?