Archive for October, 2008

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8th Concert of 2008: Santogold!

October 17, 2008

I received an email a while back from my boyfriend. The text was as follows:

Babe I know you’re sensitive and you don’t like the 80’s so I’m taking a big gamble here; I’m just saying if Santogold knocks on my door and asks if I want to go on a date with her, I’m considering it.

Two months later and we’re rocking together at her show. She did NOT, in fact, steal my boyfriend (whew).

I was taken aback a little when I saw that there were four bands in the lineup.  It was a school night, after all. But get this: I enjoyed all four acts. What?

First up was Low vs. Diamond. A good, tight pop rock act. Halfway through their set, I found myself mindlessly singing along to a song, and realized that they’ve had pretty heavy rotation on Live 105.  With a swift change of tone, Alice Smith came on next. It was just her and a guitarist. She came out, shyly grinning and pulling off her glasses right before approaching the mike. So when her heavy, beautiful voice came belting out, I was actually taken aback. I’m definitely interested in hearing what she can do with an entire band. I had, for some reason, gotten this idea in my head that I didn’t like the Mates of State, even though I had never heard them. Trevor thought I was insane, and that they were right up my alley. He was right. I liked them enough that I am actually considering buying their album (which is something, in these tight times).

And Santogold. She was everything I was hoping and more. Now, being a pop rocker, it was very strange to see roadies take EVERYTHING off the stage at the Fillmore. While we waited, the air grew thick with smoke, with only about 30% of it coming from the smoke machine on stage. Once the music started, you couldn’t help but move. I love being in audiences that dance, it keeps me full of energy and improves my experience. And her backup dancers are so impressive live. They have almost not interaction with anything else happening on stage, and they’re tight and well rehearsed. All in all, a fantastic show.

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Let’s get excited!

October 15, 2008

I have been busting my ass. And it shows. My dancing is better than it has EVER been. Of course, this also means that I’m busy all the time and haven’t been resting enough, but I think it’s all worth it.

And look! We look like professionals! OH WAIT WE ARE.

Necessary Important Info:

ODC THEATER AND ANDANZA SPANISH ARTS PRESENT:
AIRE Y GRACIA – A Celebration of Classical and Popular Music and Dance from Spain and Latin America
MATINEE PERFORMANCE BENEFIT FOR ODC’S “SPONSOR A TEEN” PROGRAM SAT. NOV. 1, 2008 3pm
EVENING PERFORMANCE FOLLOWED BY FULL RECEPTION SAT. NOV. 1, 2008 8pm

ODC THEATRE IN RESIDENCE AT PROJECT ARTAUD THEATER — 450 Florida Street (between 17th and Mariposa) San Francisco 94110
Box Office: 415-863-9834 2-5pm Wed.-Sat.
Ticket Price: Matinee $15/20 Evening Performance w/Reception $20/25

In conjunction with the International Hispanic Festivities and Day of the Dead Andanza Spanish Arts presents yet another excitingly original Premiere of Spanish and Latin American Dance and Music featuring internationally acclaimed choreographer Danica Sena, world-reknown Tenor Claudio Santomé with Special guest artists Rosa de Huelva from Sevilla (singer), Alfredo Caceres (guitar/percussion), Antonio Lopes (guitar) Grupo Folclorico Atlatonin with Norberto Martinez and Allison Lovejoy (piano) along with a cast of 10 dancers. Proceeds from the matinee performance will be donated to ODC’s “Sponsor a Teen” Youth program.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/46064

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An open letter to my favorite radio show.

October 3, 2008

Dear Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,

You wouldn’t know it, but I’ve been a bit of a noodle lately. Strange random bouts of crying. Feeling constantly tired and worried. Fretting about stupid things like the cleanliness of my bathroom floor. I spent all day Monday plugged into my iPod, so that I wouldn’t have to talk to anyone. Very un-Mace-like behavior.
Current theories point to my 7+ hours a week that I’m dancing, and the upcoming show, which though I am very excited about, is still stressful.

So how do I pull myself out of such a rut? I listen to your wonderful show. Especially the show from September 20th, which had me laughing so hard, it probably wasn’t safe to drive. The whole section with Leonard Nimoy made me so incredibly happy that it took me from this:

Before

Before

to this:

After

After

Lickety split!

Please keep up the good work. Thank you.

Hearts
m.e.

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A Tale of Two Festivals

October 2, 2008

I still feel like I’m spending all of my time working or dancing. It’s a really dividing feeling. I love it, because I can actually see and feel my dancing improving, and I love having a goal. And to be honest, I love feeling sore, the right kind of sore, the working sore. I’m terribly excited about the show – our rehearsals are going fantastically (when we’re not crying) and it is going to look SO. GOOD.

Conversely, I feel like I have very little down time. The strange thing is I do, but since I spend so much of it sleeping or staring at screens I hardly notice it. I see my boyfriend long enough to kiss him and then pass out. I’ve had to turn down a slew of social events, and feel like I’m neglecting my friends. So I’m making a concious effort to see people more.

This weekend was a perfect time to do that. Saturday I hit the Greek Festival with some of my favorite people. There was so much food. I tried Ouzo for the first time. And, as if I don’t dance enough, Laurie and I jumped out there and did dance after dance (I had to work off the moussaka). My best friend was in town for Yaoi-con (and we’re not going to go into that), but we got to hang out that evening and share a few beers. I made up a hand sign for going to the bathroom that evidently was quite a hit.

Sunday was the Folsom Street Fair. I’ve been before, so it wasn’t so much of a shock. TOO MANY SHAVED BOYPARTS. While I’m not about to criticize others for enjoying such things, I’m just not that into it, I’m afraid. But we made a perfunctory walk-through, and then to a private party, where things were much more my speed: quiet, spread out, and with free booze.

And then, not surprisingly, back to rehearsal.