Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sunday Post #amwriting #amjoy




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme



LOOKING FORWARD TO OCTOBER

This Thursday I had a great time at Nautilus Theater.  There was a Halloween Performance and the actors were sneaking behind the audience and marching and making loud noises.  The performance was basically about a giant who snatches humans and attaches them to his back to make them servants-FOREVER!
How scary! And the sounds effects, along with busting balloons and flying benches was quite frightening.  In fact, I've been to many theaters across Minnesota- but this is the first time I've been scared.  It's a rare treat because I don't know if I'll make it to a haunted house this year on account that October is nearly over and a family member has to have ACL surgery.
Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: One Small Thing by Erin Watt, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty,

Listening:Lost for Words by St. Aubyn, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, The Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 


Watching: Japanese Movies


Weekend Writing Warriors #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."


Previous entry

After reading what I had.  I came to the decision that Zion and I would just have to explore Tracey's purse, the one we received from the owner of Shinder's hobby store who said Tracey left it at the mall by mistake.
I went to get the purse where I hid it in my backpack and flipped the purse over.  I didn’t regret it. Out poured about twenty ID’s, all with faces of strangers looking back at me as if to say, 'yes, you found us, now what?'
Later in the evening, Zion and I had to do some mission work at the church.  I picked up a rake and raked as fast I could while talking to Zion. "Look, those Id’s could have came from anywhere. They may have just been a sort of collection."

This week's entry

"In what scenario would Tracey have had that could lead her to having that many ID’s?" Zion asked.
"I don’t know, maybe her mom used to work at a Drivers license station."
"Yeah, that’s it, " said Zion.  It said in Tracey’s journal that her mom had several odd jobs. Even it said she worked at the YMCA, you know how people are always handing over their ID’s and then forgetting them. She had probably collected a dozen or so of them from the lost and found."
I thought about my own dad taking us to the Civic center and taking out his ID. The attendant looking down on us from his place at the counter and saying to me, 'And where’s your ID missy?'

Friday, October 19, 2018

Come see Impossible Salt's Heartless @NautilusMT




















Impossible Salt's Heartless

Public
 · Hosted by Impossible Salt

Details
Nautilus Music-Theater
308 Prince St, Ste 190, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101 
Tickets
app.arts-people.com

Oct 20,26,27 8pm-9pm

What could cause a creature as fearsome as a giant to remove his own heart from his body?
What becomes of him without his heart? And what becomes of his heart without him?

These questions inspire Impossible Salt’s beautiful and haunting exploration of this ancient tale, known as “The Troll With No Heart in His Body” in Norway, “Koschei the Immortal” in Russia, “Punchkin the Magician” in India, and by still other names in Scotland, Hungary, and elsewhere. Even (or perhaps especially) in the United States in 2018, the specter of a monster made invulnerable by his own unthinkable actions continues to captivate us, and demands our attention.

Revived for the Halloween season, HEARTLESS is Impossible Salt’s 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sunday Post #amwriting #amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


LOOKING FORWARD TO October

This week I've been on this audio book binge, searching and listening like crazy.  It was my birthday last Sunday so I guess I deserve to binge a bit.  It started all started with Haruki Murakami's, Sputnik Sweetheart and then Janet Evanovich.  Then I perused my library for humorous audio books and came across Lorrie Moore and Timothy Hallinan's work.  I listened to this one book, Act of God, by Jill Ciment and it that had to do with this character who was an actress and she lost her apartment to mushrooms and mold and people wearing Hazmat suits had to come and clear it out.  She also had a homeless woman sleeping in her tiny closet and the concept for the novel was quite intriguing.  
Finally, yesterday I started listening to The Ocean at the End of the Land by Neil Gaiman. Now, I've tried to read a lot of Gaiman's work but this is the first one I really liked. His work is poetic and it's got this rhythm and tone that no one could ever mimic.

Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: Every Story is a Ghost story: The Life of David Foster Wallace, Bark by Lorrie Moore, King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan, Consumed by David Cronenberg, Fishbowl by Bradley Somer, This is going to Hurt by
Adam Kay


Watching:  Chinese Movie:Them and Us










ON THE BLOG

Up Coming: Lots of interviews with screenwriters and musicians in October.  Stay tuned.

Hoping to also start a podcast.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Happy Wednesday! @ChioneQuintet #wednesdaymotivation

Chione Quintet of Minnesota is with me today to talk about their music.  




When was the Chione Quintet created and what is its mission?
"Chione had our very first rehearsal in October of 2016, so we are officially 2 years old.  

Chione is a Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women. The unique and evolving medium provides an outlet to explore and create new sounds while redefining and rediscovering lesser known music. Chione is committed to collaborating with professionals of all genres and creative outlets, with particular interests in commissioning new pieces and performing works by women artists. The ensemble presents engaging educational programs to students of all ages with a particular focus on equal educational opportunities.   Throughout each endeavor, Chione aims to reach a wide range of audiences with the hopes of inspiring contemporary and aspiring artists as well as supporters of the arts."

-Susan Miranda, oboe


On the day of the performance, a quintet member spoke extensively about the research involved in finding a piece from a female composer.  Can you talk about that?

"An import aspect of Chione's mission is that we perform works by women artists.  Believe it or not, there have been many woodwind quintet's written by women, but few are performed.  I was recently researching other wind quintets and noticed that most of them had never performed a piece by a woman composer.  

Often times we need to do quite a bit of research to locate pieces by women, especially those written prior to 1900.  One example is a piece by a Norwegian composer that has become a favorite of Chione, Suite for 5 Winds by Pauline Hall.  Our founding flute player, Hannah Peterson Green had located a recording of the piece by a European quintet and immediately fell in love.  

A few of us did some research via the internet with no luck in locating the sheet music.  We saw that the Bergen Quintet in Norway had performed the piece.  I happen to know the 2nd bassoonist in the Bergen Philharmonic, so I sent him a message and he said he would ask the quintet and get back to me.  Come to find out, the Bergen Quintet did not own the piece, but had rented it from a local library.  

I saw that a quintet in Sweden had recently played the piece, so I reached out to that ensemble via email.  They had also rented the piece from a local library that we did not have access to.  I finally decided to try to track down a copy through the music library at the University of Minnesota.  I was able to locate the piece and see that only 10 copies of Hall's beautiful work existed in the United States.  We were able to rent the music which was sent from a library in Maryland all the way to Minnesota for us to finally perform!"
-Susan Miranda, oboe


How does the Quintet decide which arrangements to perform?

"It really depends on what we have programmed for the year! Every year in March we honor women composers by performing an entire performance of works by women. Last March we had the opportunity to perform two of these concerts. We often have pieces in mind that we would like to play from previous research. We have a document where we compile pieces that we would like to perform.

"In addition to our "Honoring Women in Music" concert, we had themes of Latin American Flavors and Springtime in Paris. We were able to choose music written by French composers such as Hedwige Chretien, one of our favorite and very unknown women composers. We also performed a work by Paul Taffanel, which was requested by founding flutist Hannah Peterson Green.

We are currently performing a number of performances representing Classical Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes Artists. We are traveling to Elementary schools, performing musical stories. Last year we performed 35 Story Time programs in libraries throughout SE Minnesota. For these performances, there are a minimal number of quintets written with narration. We were lucky to gain a fantastic bassoonist, Alexandra Berndt this year who previously played in a woodwind quintet in Boston called Vento Chiaro. That ensemble commissioned composer Justin Casinghino to compose One Hen, a true story about a little boy named Kojo, written for woodwind quintet and narration. This is a relatively new piece, so had Ali not joined our ensemble, we would not know about this fantastic piece!

We also have had composers reach out to us requesting that we perform a quintet that they have written. We plan to do a call for submissions of quintets written by women in the next few months. We are looking forward to adding some new or unknown works to our repertoire!"
-Susan Miranda, oboe

The Quintet performed at the 2017 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Beer Dabbler.  What was the ambiance and environment like during that performance? Has there ever been a time when the functionality of an instrument has had to be improvised?

"This was such a unique and fun performance for us!  We performed on a stage in the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the MN State Fairgrounds.  It was definitely one of the larger spaces we have ever performed in, and attendees of the festival meandered about as they listened.  It was fun to get immediate feedback from the crowd--usually we have to wait until a piece is completely finished before we know if the audience liked it!  The large space did require some extra amplification with microphones, and we definitely had to work hard to hear ourselves and one another.  The acoustics of a space can sometimes be challenging like this, and occasionally we will make adjustments to how we are arranged in the space to mitigate any issues.  Mostly we just have to listen carefully and be ready to adjust the volume we're playing at very quickly!"
-Allison Akin, horn

As far as functionality goes, we have all learned to be very flexible, something that classical musicians aren't always accustomed to. Playing in interesting or challenging venues has helped us to become a better ensemble. It has helped us listen better, or watch each other, helping to learn each others' visual cues when we can't hear very well. Last year was a tough year for wooden instruments, especially when paired with numerous performances in dry and often cold libraries. Our clarinetist, Weily and I had our instruments crack due to the varying climates that we played in during our tour. So yes, functionality can be compromised, you just need to hope that it's not too bad to where you can't finish out a performance!
-Susan Miranda, oboe


Last question, will the Quintet have any upcoming performances?

"We are currently on an elementary school tour with Classical Minnesota Public Radio. We are thrilled to bring our story time program to school throughout the Twin Cities and a few in greater Minnesota. In October we have about 20 story time performances in various elementary schools. We will also share two performances of our musical stories at Toddler Tuesday at the Mall of American on Tuesday, October 16th. These performances will be free to the public! Our performances can be found on our Facebook page, as well as our website, www.chionequintet.com. We are also in the planning stage for our 3rd annual quINTENS!VE Chamber Music Camp which will likely be held during the end of July to the beginning of August. This is one of our favorite times of the year when we get to work with students from all over Minnesota in a chamber music setting."
-Susan Miranda, oboe

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER

This week I sold my abandoned car that hadn't been functioning well.  I had a group of homeless stack claim to it a couple weeks back and I was more than ready to get rid of it. I also have to go to Chicago this week for travel and so it's good to take care of all these things before the snow comes. 
It's also my birthday this week so Yay me for setting my Chicago trip so close to my birthday.

Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: 

Listening: All of Haruki Murakami's works


Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Watching:  Youtube clips on Expats in South Korea








ON THE BLOG

Up Coming: Lots of interviews with screenwriters and musicians in October.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sunday Post @kimbacaffeinate @MiGoOk_SaRaM ‏#southKorea


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER

This week, I've been watching videos on Youtube that have to do with Ex-pats in Korea. 
 Many people don't know this but about me, but I've spent a week in Korea. (Not North Korea, lol)  I had a contract to teach English, but due to the culture shock and homesickness-I came home. 
 I've been enjoying hit sensation Megan Bowen and her life in Korea.  She's been living there for more than six years.  She's got a channel called Chonunmigo oksaram.  She shares her thoughts on what it's like to be a foreigner in Korea and learning about clothes, food, and places to go.  Some of the places include tanning salons and themed cafes where you can take your date.  I actually learned from Megan that if a Korean guy gives you his number, he's apt to call you right away and keep calling all day.  This is to show his interest in you and in Korean culture this is NOT a sign of desperation.  Who would have thought, right?
I, personally, have plans to visit a lot more countries, including, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Pakistan, India and a few more.

Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, Consumed by David Cronenberg, You should Pity us Instead(Stories) by Amy Gustine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams

Listening: 

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Watching:  Youtube clips on Expats in South Korea









ON THE BLOG

Up Coming: Lots of interviews with screenwriters and musicians in October.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO September


This week I've been busy running through the rain drops.  Yes, lots of rain in Minnesota.  It wouldn't be all that
bad if I hadn't had strangers seeking shelter in my abandoned car.  Wait, what?! You ask yourselves.  Yes, this did happen, four individuals were sitting in my car as I came outside two days ago.  What were they doing in there?  You ask.  Who knows. But one of the guys had the audacity to ask me: Is anything Wrong?  Yes, you're in my car, I said.








CURRENTLY 

Reading: Letters by Kurt Vonnegut, Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller, Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, So Far Away By Meg Mitchell Moore, Just Kids by Patti Smith, The World Goes on by Laszlo Kraznahorkai

Listening: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Watching:  Nothing, too busy to watch anything right now.

ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Saturday:Weekend Warriors post


Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


Friday, September 21, 2018

#8Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Last week

I knew it was Tracey’s diary because on the back she scrawled in black marker her name.
Should I read it? Should I? I went back and forth wrestling with my conscience.  If I read it, I may be compelled to tell someone about it because it might be hard for me not to.  Then again, if I did read it, Tracey might find out and tell Mom and Dad.  I settled with the decision that yes I should read it, she could be in trouble. On the first page it read:
Readers beware.

This week

Reading this could mark the end for you.
I should have started from the front but I thought I would start with the very last entry and then page through it at random.

Dear Diary

I have yet to understand everything there is to know but I do believe grandma’s got a few things in her room she’d like give me when she meets her end of her life.

I paused after reading that because it must have been the saddest thing I ever read in my life.
I feel as though Grandma may want me to have these things because she was going through the house and pointing to items and telling me to write them down. She also asked if I’d want any of them.
She listed her grandma’s things in bold letters, like she had painstakingly went over each letter again and again. Back lit camera, Andrea Television, Pincor Power lawn mower, potato masher, nut chopper, Nikkio Rotary grinder. Ten pairs of slacks, one dress, several stockings.

 Dear Diary,
This ends the list of everything grandma wants to keep. I’ve been meaning to tell you that I’ve met an interesting group of people.
They shall remain nameless on account that someone may read this diary and I will be putting myself into jeopardy.

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