Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First Opera Star

The first Opera Star of the season has come and gone. It was a good day. Loading the van, set up, and packing up all went smoothly. And the shows were fantastic. I think it will be a fun year. I have to say, some of the highlights of the day were the question and answer session that actually contained no questions. All sorts of children raising their hands and saying "You're pretty!" and "She's pretty!". I promise that was one said anything else. It was hillarious. A good way to start off the season.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pedro he wears a big sombrero

It's official. I am back with the Utah Opera for the season and we have rehearsed the whole show. Oddly enough, I don't want to kill myself after playing the same music we did last year over and over again. In fact, it's kind of fun to revisit things in a different light. Not worth it to do the same thing twice. Everyone seems to get along well. I think it will be a good year.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Excuse me?!?!

Ok...this was posted on Some people have too much time on their hands!

A giant inflatable dog poo by American artist Paul McCarthy blew away from an exhibition in the garden of a Swiss museum, bringing down a power line and breaking a greenhouse window before it landed again, the museum said Monday.

The art work, titled Complex Shit, is the size of a house.

The wind carried it 200 metres from the Paul Klee Centre in Berne before it fell back to Earth in the grounds of a children's home, museum director Juri Steiner said.

The inflatable poo broke the window at the children's home when it blew away on the night of July 31, Mr Steiner said.

The art work has a safety system which normally makes it deflate when there is a storm, but this did not work when it blew away.

Mr Steiner said Mr McCarthy had not yet been contacted and the museum was not sure if Complex Shit would be put back on display.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Avenues Walk

I went on a walk last night around the avenues. There was a crazy storm all over the valley--except downtown basically. But, it made for a nice walk and some pretty great pictures. I walked from my house randomly through the avenues ending up on J street and 10th Ave. Once I turned west I noticed the sunset and the great storm clouds. And there is a great house on 11th Ave. and B street that is covered in stone gargoyles and dragons. Climbing on the roof, hanging off the walls, etc. It's pretty cool. Anyway, it was a great walk.