Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sean Altman's Jewmongous concert (and master class) at MIT was fun. I'd seen Sean Altman as part of Rockappella and briefly on Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, but not solo.

I was turned on to the concert first by a notice in the Globe for his concert the next night at Club Passim, which mentioned his song "They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat)." That got my attention. Then I saw the MIT events listing, which also listed a number of MIT a cappella groups performing, so I decided to try that.

It turns out the first half of the show was actually a master class with each of the groups performing a song and then getting comments from Sean Altman. It was fun to hear just a bit from each group and to hear Sean's comments.

Sean's songs were clever and fun, and he clearly relishes clowning around with them. Yay!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, the winter home and workshop of Frank Lloyd Wright was fascinating.

I'm glad a rowing friend of mine mentioned it, otherwise the group of us in Scottsdale would have missed out.

Fascinating place, that actually reminded me of a building that I went to when I was in elementary school. There was a House of the Future built just south of Phoenix near where my grandparents lived and I toured it a couple of times. It was designed by students of Taliesin West, so lots of what I saw looked familiar.

Lots of lovely, interesting (sometimes puzzling) concepts and details. I was most charmed by the cabaret, which seems like a great little place to sit and listen.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Museum of Modern Art in New York was packed when I went on Target Free Friday night. I hadn't been to the Museum (well, past the lobby) since they moved into their space, and I was interested. I was also drawn by the Monet water lilies exhibit, after (finally?) being wowed by the water lilies at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Somehow the MoMA water lilies didn't have the same depth or interest for me, though they were larger and more numerous. Oh well.

Once in the museum, I was drawn to the Marina Abramovic performance (her sitting silently and being filmed with people sitting across a table from her -- for many weeks) and exhibit (which hadn't opened yet, but looks promising from the book I flipped through). I'd like to go back for that.

Tim Burton timed entry tickets were gone, so I didn't get to see that. Oh well.

The museum was too busy and I was too rushed to have much more of an impression or many more recollections than many galleries with works by artists I've seen in other collections.