Since this is not a car ad, I crudely doctored this image of Kiwon driving us to Chautauqua. We left New Haven around noon and made it here in a little over seven hours. It's gorgeous. Like Michoacan, it's madly verdant. I got to see horses and cows and crops and farmland and farm buildings and hay rolls and all the cities and towns and Indian nations that I had researched back in my NYFA days. The bed & breakfast is cute, and Kiwon's student's family is amazing. They also have a gorgeous snow white dog.
We had a huge dinner and there was a wine glass, martini glass, and water glass at my setting. I haven't had a drink in a loooong time. So I'll be up for a while since alcohol has the opposite effect on me than on all other people. In the meantime, here is my plug for other friends and artists:
Chela Fielding, dear Chela from my Nebraska days, is having open studios Aug 11-12 in West Berkeley. Sat-Sun, 10-6pm. Lots of new work and old work priced to sell. She is a wonderful artist, and I covet most of the things that come out of her studio. Click on her name for her website, then click on "events" for all the info/directions.
Megan, who did an incredible trapeze duet with Diana for LAVA's Tides back in June, just let me know about her own goings on. She is into a lot of similar things - books and trapeze. Only she is a billion times more skilled on the latter than I am.
Also, I am relieved to say that my sister, a master editor, just this weekend did a new cut of my Nebraska performance. And praise Hashem for her talent and time, b/c now it makes sense, and doesn't make me sound like the worst violinist ever recorded. It's insane how important editing is. Of course, the actual piece, and the videographer, are both vital. But I really think that the poor cut I've had for over half a year now has hurt me and lost me lots of residencies and other apps. Thank goodness I can finally remedy the problem.