- I went to see violist/fiddler Zav RT at the Penticton Art Gallery last week and picked up her CD. She was accompanied by her brother Daniel Huscroft, and they sort of split the set, combining forces doing each other's songs. They played the first tune on his Myspace page ("Gone"), which reduced me to an embarrassing puddle of tears -- he wrote it about their grandmother who grew up in Kaslo, a woman whose only regret at the end of her long life was that she hadn't become a concert pianist. Anyway, really fun show with our friend Aimee (with hubby) and our violin teacher Liz.
- Yo-Yo Ma, a bunch of Vivaldi's cello concertos played with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2004...amazing stuff.
- Jean Pool...Billy Heinrichs sent me a few mp3s from Tom, Mal and Will's old band. So evocative of that era and place, playing music with those guys and feeling like we had all the time in the world.
- The Ecstasy of Rita Joe...after having read about Ryga a few weeks ago, and sampling his writing, I dug into his most famous play. Trippy and intense, even terrifying at times...but overall confusing and scattered.
- The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: A Portrait of an Epidemic. Fascinating and heartbreaking reading, with personal stories, historical accounts of senile dementia and Alzheimers, research efforts and approaches to coping with it...highly recommended for anyone curious about the disease.
- LOTR...almost done Two Towers now as the bedtime project continues. The girls are finding the Frodo-Sam-Gollum stuff less interesting, perhaps because the pace is plodding compared to previous parts.
- The Black Pearl...a YA novel I read in an hour the other night; bit morbid but cool.
- The Iron Giant -- such a great movie. We own the old VHS tape, but our VCR finally died, so luckily the library has the DVD. I don't get tired of watching it, and always tear up at the end.
- Star Trek -- despite the buzz last year, I never did go see it in the theater, but I'm seeing that it was a mistake. Exciting, funny, intense movie with some serious plot holes I was happy to ignore. It's been a long time since I felt like a Trekkie.
- Still catching bits of the NHL playoffs, including an excellent get-together with the Duecks last night that ended in an ugly defeat for the Canucks.