Weekend Wrapup….Jazz, Twilight and Pork Bellies
November 23, 2009

Darryl Harper playing smooth tunes onstage at Creative Alliance

Let’s see….did something I’ve never done before Friday night. Went to a jazz concert at the Creative Alliance, just east of Patterson Park on Eastern Avenue, to see jazz clarinetist Darryl Harper. What a talent he is….he had gathered some great local jazz guys in for a concert and the music was smooth, smokey…very blues. Darryl’s latest album is Stories in Real Time….you can hear  some selection by clicking here…and the Creative Alliance has many unique offerings… for music lovers, film lovers, classes for adults and children, including a 4 week Saturday session of running away to join the circus…”Admit it–your child is amazingly gifted and you’ve dreamt of creating a circus act together. Now’s your chance! Aerial superstar Lizzie Lyra introduces parents and kids to the circus arts: acrobatics, partner balancing, hooping, trapeze.” Come on people! You don’t see that everyday….

OK…saw Twilight…I’m in…all in.  And now I’m ready for New Moon….maybe over the holiday weekend. But I also want to see Precious….I’ve heard it is simply amazing….and Blind Side….also supposed to be just wonderful. It could be a good movie marathon weekend!  I love doing double features with a snack in between. Time to get my movie on. 

Oh, and I made some mean pork belly for dinner one night..(which is the new foie gras, or some people say). Not that I was  foie gras eater…I wasn’t, but I do love properly prepared pork belly. I used a variation of  Jamie Oliver recipe that I found on someone else’s blog….thank you very much….and it was luscious. Just absolutely fantastic. Still have some leftover in the frig. Wait for me…no matter where you are, I will find you!

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I’m a Twilight Freak!!
January 8, 2009

I am ever so slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I am on book two of the Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer. New Moon,  this one’s called. My daughter received the whole series for Christmas from the lovely Jennifer…and  I was “in between books”…kinda like being in between jobs….it  means you don’t have one.  So, I picked up the first  novel, Twilight, and was ….hooked. For those of you who do not know about Twilight(where have you been?), the movie sensation  has made huge stars of Robert Pattinson and a couple of others, for reasons that are obvious, if you take a look at the clip from behind the scenes…But it’s  based on a 4 book series that the author started, after having a vivid dream one night about an ordinary girl and a sparkly incredibly good-looking vampire in a beautiful meadow. Why don’t I ever have dreams like that?

Interestingly enough, Meyer has never written much before, but wow…she has stumbled into a Harry Potter like pot of vampire gold. I won’t say the books are as intricate or as well written as J.K. Rowling’s books, but they are extremely readable, and the characters really come alive. Truth? I finished the first book in a couple of days…..it was the holidays after all, and now I’m two-third of the way through the second. our heroine Bella, who can be really annoying, it must be said, is now flirting with werewolves. Sorry if I’ve given something away.  And it looks like the second movie New Moon is already in the works….albeit with a different director. Haven’t seen the Twilight film. I’ll netflix it…seeing it in a theatre without a teenage girl in tow might be…odd. You know what I mean.