But enough of my less-than-anal journal habits, here is a litany of stuff I've done lately that I consider worth noting so that Future Me will heave a wistful sigh and wonder why I ever took for granted all the time I have on my hands. (Just to clarify, I'm assuming at some point in the future, I will no longer have the same amount of leisure time to do random shit because I'll have honed a successful writing business, become inundated with rehearsals for my tin whistle jam band, or maybe just finally given into my cat's desire for routine 8-hour-long belly rubs).
I saw the show Empire (part of a traveling circus/burlesque/vaudeville act called SpiegelWorld) last week thanks to some free tickets from a friend. Parts of the comedy aspects of the show, I found more gross and distasteful than funny. Specifically a bit that involved the spitting of bananas. However, the acrobatics and other circus acts were amazing. Some were truly unique. This one man spent about ten minutes slowly balancing a feather on top of a stick and then the stick on top of a larger stick and so on until he was holding a mesmerizing sculpture across the audience. I can't really describe it in a way that imparts how cool it was, but you'll just have to trust me. Or wait, you could just watch this video!
In other news of shows I got free tickets for (thanks to the same friend, but don't worry, I paid her back by helping her paint her living room this weekend), I saw Fuerza Bruta, a show that I expected to be more acrobatic than it was. As it turns out, it's more of a performance art piece than a circus, but it was very interestingly staged. The audience stands the whole time and is directed to move about the performance space in mass. It was a highly participatory show with the performers often engaging the audience or inciting them to dance. The coolest bit was their dancing in a giant pool that lowered down just above the audience.
|Well done, Feurza Bruta|
On Saturday night, there was a carnival in Astoria Park, which was not only an excuse to grab a funnel cake, but also a chance to ride the Ferris Wheel. It was a hot weekend, but by evening it was lovely to walk through Astoria Park with a light breeze coming off the water.
And now back to the salt mines as today begins a strenuous 3-day work week broken up by BBQs and beach days. Also, doing some writing. Maybe even giving Dinah a much deserved belly rub.