“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music…”

Another weekend, another family outing to the Patel Conservatory to see more random performances. At least this time my mother was actually partaking in the action, as it was the recital for her adult flamenco class. In fact, it was the Adult Student Showcase for Summer 2008, the recital for all of the adult classes at the Patel Conservatory. As usual (and as you can see) it was a packed house, an official sell out!

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Not only was it sold out, but they were turning away people at the door! They made an announcement to see if there were any extra tickets in the crowd (which we had 2), and told us there were people who weren’t able to enter the show! My favorite overhead comment from the dude in front of me? “Man, these tickets are hotter than the damn Superbowl haha!” Agreed.

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So the show began with a cute ballet sequence, and was followed by a piece on pointe by the three most advanced students. In between, there was a singing duet, a rendition of one of the main songs from a musical called “Sideshow,” which is apparently about the experiences of Siamese twins. After the pointe piece, the three classes of Adult Tap performed individual pieces alongside their instructor, Kyle White. As you can expect, the tap performances were accompanied by various ragtime music pieces, and it really got the crowd into it. If that didn’t accomplish the feat, the musical theatre performance certainly did. They performed (singing and dancing) Age of Aquarius, and you could hear many adults singing along , including my grandfather!

Then of course came what WE went to see, the flamenco dancers. They were introduced by their instructor, Curra Alba

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Then, out came the dancers, and of course, mom, in their black and white flamenco attire, cleverly adorned with ravishingly ostentatious red scarves.

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And of course, the star of the show! (What good photography by yours truly!)

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I even have videos of the performance! Please check them out! You can hear the crowd going crazy and clapping and cheering!!!

Here is some scarves action

And of course, castanuelas!

Gettin down to some Gypsy Kings!

Taking their bows!

The show closed with a performance by the Voice Ensemble, who jazzed up “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and two other pieces. The Hip Hop performance was stellar, as the class came out wearing masks like the popular dancing crew on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, JabbaWockeeZ. And to close it out, a dance in the contemporary / modern style.

The quote of the night goes to my mom… (She always has the best things to say pretty much about everything). She explained that even as we grow up, we need to find something to do… something that isn’t work, that lets you escape for those two hours a week… something that teaches you about something, and about yourself… Well said mom. Well said. I can only hope that I one day find my true passion, or at least have the courage to step out of my comfort zone like that. Congrats to all the performers, and of course, Mom! We are so proud here at…

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The Redeem Team… and other Olympic Tidbits

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It’s nice to actually be up a decent hour! This means that I can actually watch the Olympics in the living room (since the remote to MY tv is still in Texas). Perhaps the best part of the morning? Hearing the old NBC NBA basketball theme song during the US – Greece game. If you miss it as much as I do (but not so much the NBA itself) you can listen to it by watching this clip from youtube!

The USA basketball team was affectionately dubbed as so by the media prior to today’s basketball game between USA and Greece. All the talk leading up to the game surrounded the victory by the Greeks in the FIBA semifinals against the United States, a 101 – 95 upset. Today’s game had a different outcome, as the US totally dominated for most of the match beating the Greeks comfortably 92 – 69. A much improved defense and noticeable chemistry s probably attributed to the program’s new head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and he means business. He, of course, brings his Duke coaching expertise to the table, and has managed to forge a skilled basketball-playing machine from a conglomerate of professional athletes. Oh, and he has their respect too. The win improves the US to 3-0, and makes the highly anticipated showdown between the US and Spain even more dramatic, as both teams will enter the game with undefeated records. Catch it Saturday morning at 10! (Just your classic Coach K instructional pic… with ‘Melo listening)

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Men’s soccer disappoints… AGAIN. They didn’t even have to worry about being on European soil! After a narrow escape from Japan in the opening match, the Dutch seemed to have knocked the life out of the US with a goal in stoppage time to force a 2-2 draw. This left the US the manageable task of simply drawing or beating the Nigerians. The US simply could not finish their chances, having plenty of them despite a 3rd minute red card to Michael Orozco, which left them a man down for the rest of the match. This pic definitely captures the spirit of the moment. Very down.

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Women’s soccer moved on to the quarterfinals. No surprise there. We’ll see how they match up against stiffer competition, especially with the absence of Abby Wambach.

Some random notes: Cuba won a gold in Greco-Roman wrestling. The first few matches I saw were pretty boring… just a lot of maintaining the advantage in the defensive position. But of course, leave it to the Russians to kick it up a notch. Badminton is probably the craziest sport I’ve ever seen on TV. The announcers said that strikes of the shuttlecock can exceed 200 miles per hour!?! That’s faster than jai alai! The reflexes required are ridiculous. Currently, its South Korea and Great Britain. Annnnnd James Blake just took the first set from Roger Federer in men’s olympic singles tennis. That’s only Blake’s second set win against Federer out of the 23 they have played against each other. Wowsers.

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Edit: Blake “just” (darn tape delay) won the match, 6-4 7-6 (7-3) moving him to the semis! Congrats James!

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Can You Feel This? I’m Dying to Feel This

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I found this video on Youtube while I was browsing around for different Slipknot performances. I remembered a few years back when the ‘Knot was releasing Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) that they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. So I watched their performance of “Duality” which was the first single off of the new record. (Though I am relatively a new maggot, I have heard their older albums and feel “Duality” is one of their best songs!) It was of course, awesome. But the video of the second song really made me laugh. I can’t believe I had forgotten about it! If ANYONE ever asks, it can be said that Wolf Blitzer has been to a Slipknot concert! If you watch the opening minute or so, you can see that he is NOT amused to be there. This could be because he was probably missing the touch screen monitor he and his CNN colleagues use to at the CNN election center. Who knows, he may have been right in the middle of the pack. Haha. Well, if you watch past the Wolf Blitzer part, the song is called “The Blister Exists,” and it’s pretty sick. Enjoy.

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Rock Band Release Tuesday

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I love Rock Band. Throughout cyberspace, there are plenty of forums full of flame wars regarding how the game requires no talent, and perhaps serves as a way to reduce the value of actually playing an instrument. Let’s not lie to ourselves. Playing a real guitar versus playing 5 buttons and a strummer (with an occasional whammy) is much more difficult, and requires much more practice… Every time I go to a concert, I can only stand in awe and acknowledge the superior skill required to handle chords, hand positions, rhythm, and multiple strings. And don’t get me started on drumset. Quite more intimidating than the four-padded set which comes with the game.

In either case, playing Rock Band, is FUN, and I enjoy the game to no end. Every Tuesday, I’ll briefly give a run down of the newly released songs, and any pertinent information regarding them. I’ll probably enclose a youtube video of the note charts if that interests you.

This week, the Roadrunner pack was released. The six songs/artists are of the Roadrunner label, which specializes in Heavy Metal music. Some notable artists on the Roadrunner label are of course, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, Poison the Well, Lamb of God, Nickelback, and Megadeth, just to name a few. Check out the list of artists here. Or visit the Official Website Here.

Anywho, the list for this week

Aesthetics of Hate – Machine Head
Clouds over California – Devildriver
Constant Motion – Dream Theatre
My Curse – Killswitch Engage
Runnin’ Wild – Airbourne
Sleepwalker – Megadeth

If you remember the GH2 days, Hangar 18 may have been a nemesis of yours, especially on Expert. Guaranteed to spike your heart rate. So is the case with Sleepwalker. It is easily the hardest song created to date, is it is a Tier 9 song for guitar, drums, and vocals (8 for bass… what a break!). Here’s a clip of the insanity.


Guitar… the solos are ridiculous


Drums… Just ridiculous in general

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