Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Adios, Portwenn

earlier in Pasadena...

late middle-aged woman trips and falls - shatters wrist, surgery scheduled

day of surgery
4:30 wake up, 5:00 drive to Good Samaritan, 5:30 prompt arrival for pre-op check-in
6:30 wheeled to operating room - hi, doc, hi, drape, high 'berta
back from snooze land
"you can take off the tourniquet"
arm is like a sausage in a sling  - very present, totally non-responsive
repeatedly reminded to leave arm in sling and

home again
nerve block still present, arm might as well be sausage since there is no, null, niente sensation
i move fingers of right hand with left hand
understand now why stove and sharp object comments made
it would be too easy to have an incident similar to the Lucy, William Holden, false nose moment

every once in a while try to will fingers to move -eventually they do move, have no idea whether or not trying to will them made a difference

when fingers begin to tingle percoset became a friend; then used only as needed

wonder when the color of my right hand will match my left hand
wonder when the swelling of right hand will decrease

there are techniques needed when your dominant hand can't participate in one's taking a bath
the elbow can be a good substitute - who knew?
it is good to have a partner who can help with many things like cutting your food or
recovering the many things the left hand may drop

time for intimate moments with my housemates

Zen Master Larry

Knight of the Woeful Countenance Panfi

Lali, Queen of All She Sees

thanks to roku i have binged
House of Cards - bbc and netflix versions; The West Wing - all 156 episodes; movies i've been meaning to see..tinker, tailor, soldier...; a single man; iron lady; the way...

Doc Martin-almost all episodes - character study, telenovela, comedy set in beautiful Cornwall
Auntie, James Henry, Luisa, Bert, Al, and the rest of the characters of the village have been a part of my day to day life

they've been all been a part of the heavy duty "I can't lift a book" time of recuperation

I'm about ready to transition to the "use only as needed" stage

it is the end of the blue stitch era

stitches are gone
on to a new chapter  
Huntington Library lecture in less than a month

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Easter at Casa Martínez Grimes

Easter came to our house via our dear friend Daisy.  Classy and kind soul that she is.

The folks from the Pasadena Senior Center sent the get well flower arrangement.  

went well with peek a boo eggs

as well as the pisanki and pajaro mexicano.

Wishing you and yours much love at this time of year.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Saran serpent

Last Friday I tripped and fell on a concrete walkway.
Spent the week end thinking my my arm was broken - compression fracture.  
Found out Monday - it was my wrist not my arm.  
Tomorrow I'll have surgery to fix the broken bones.
This will be a part of my fashion statement for a while.

I'll be on a blogcation for a while.   Too hard to type with one hand.
Following is a response to the responses below.

His Students: Escalante's Living Legacy

If you look at the banners that surround PCC you'll see images of alumni who have gone on to make their mark in the world after having attended the college.  You'll find images of Jackie Robinson, Dr. Adriana Ocampo, Bob Mackie, Jerry Tarkanian, Betti Mae Scott.   You'll see many more on the banners and on the PCC website.*  This is a bit public history - sharing history in ways that are somewhat nontraditional.

The Escalante Project offers a similar opportunity.  The project uses a traditional exhibit - beautifully curated by Reina Prado - as well as a series of panels, a play, a movie as a means to share how he taught, where he taught, and who he taught.  How he felt politically about bilingual education - all of this is a part of who the man was and his impact on education in California.

Lawyers, engineers, and teachers that will be participating at the following events.  They are, as Luis Torres' has titled his panel discussion, the living legacy of Escalante's work.

March 20
Washington Post journalist Jay Matthews biography Escalante: The Best Teacher in America 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Westerbeck Recital Hall

March 24
Luís Torres, journalist and author of
His Students: Escalante’s Living Legacy
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Creveling Lounge
Pasadena Unified School District Exhibit Tour – Circadian

April 2
Stand and Deliver Film Screening 6:00 p.m. – WiFi Lounge

March 26
Puente Project Exhibit Tour – Circadian 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cruising toward the magic

Pasadena City College is hosting an exhibit on Jaime Escalante, the math teacher featured in the movie "Stand and Deliver".  Mr. Escalante was a student at PCC.  There'll be several activities taking place connected with the exhibit.

Tomorrow night, thursday, March 19th, 7:30 p.m. at Creveling Lounge there'll be a staged reading of "Stand and Deliver".  Usually actors will be on stage and will either sit or stand in one place.  The reading tomorrow night will be a far cry from that.

It's at the rehearsal where you dig to the core to know what to share on stage.  You edit the context of the tale so that the audience can follow the characters in a way that is intimate and immediate.

I was reminded of this last night when I watched Dr. Alma Martinez direct a rehearsal at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse.  You may be familiar with one of her most recent roles; she was a drug smuggling queen on the show "The Bridge"; a woman tough as nails and very clear about her desires.

Last night the director/educator was in the room.  The first hour was all about cuts to the script - 100 pages to review.  Most of the focus was on what stage directions to be read out loud.

In a soft, even voice - "We're cutting out all the stage direction because Pancho is such a fine actor". "You got that, m'ijo?" "We'll cut, 'Claudia cries.  Claudia's sad.', it breaks the magic". "We're almost there, guys, we're almost there". "Cut all of that because we're going to do it".  "Are you with me?"

And then came the making of the magic.
The actors were assigned a seating order.  The music stands were assigned an order.  
And the chart that I have seen on the back of all the script pages begins to make sense.  

The direction is about action; about the movement from place to place to make you believe that the interactions are in a school that has 4,000 students. 
How do you make the reading feel like it is taking place in the halls of Garfield High School?  You have all the actors stand, rather than sit, in place.  A sense of the motion that takes place when the bell rings? "Turn your bodies, away from each other, like a little mess of motion".  The sound of the classroom before order is set - "Keep with the heckling - (but) let's bring it down about 30%.  That way you're not going over his lines".

Notes are taken - by the most seasoned of the lot and by the young artists who may become directors themselves - in the future.   The directions are clear.  Point taken, point noted.  Lesson learned.

Like a ride in a fine, classic lowrider; it's all easy and smooth.  

I can barely wait to see the finished production.  
Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  PCC.

By the way, there'll be free tamales and churros prior to the show.  I'll be there at 6:30, when the doors open.

invite you to a staged reading of
| 03.19.2015 | 7 PM
(BY COLORADO BLVD. AND HILL AVE., ADJACENT TO LOT NO. 1) 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106
Free Staged Reading, Free Tamales and Churros
RSVP by text, Phone: (323)577-2188 or email vvazquez@pasadenaplayhouse.org

There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of those two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. *Math* is the great equalizer... When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You’re going to work harder here than you’ve ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is GANAS.

This reading is part of The Pasadena Playhouse’s Mi Historia, Mi Manera program, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The Pasadena Playhouse is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's pi day

Some of us have taken this more to art than others...

Idea, baked goods and photo - Nichole Mihara and Gregory Harrison

Friday, March 13, 2015

ArtNight - Spring 2105

The worse thing about ArtNight?
Don't know as there is a worse thing.
Only lots and lots and lots of choices.
Tonight 6-10 p.m.

I'm starting the night at Offramp Gallery.  

Robert Kushner, Red Tulip, 2014
"Offramp presents a series of collage works on paper by New York artist Robert Kushner.  Utilizing book pages and ephemera from different centuries and countries, Kushner explores floral and botanical subject matter".

I'll also get a chance to see the exhibit "Sampled", curated by Anita Bunn.  The exhibit will include work by - Melanie Ciccone, Raul de la Torre, Clifford Eberly, Susan Feldman, Nicholette Kominos, Meg Madison, Thinh Nguyen, Echiko Ohira, Andrew K. Thompson, Joan Weinzettle

Joan Weinzettle, Cosmic Laundry, 2014