The letter "E" emerges for an "Our World Tuesday" post this week since it didn't evolve in time for ABC Wednesday. I endeavoured to make it as epigrammatic as possible but that last goal was a resounding FAIL. Here are the sections (indicated by CAPS and a space between each) so you can pick and choose the ones that interest you:
1. Bill (Enchanting Ethos)
2. Enthralling Entertainment (Clare Twiddy, Novo Ensemble, Paul Luchkow, Jazz Vespers)
3. Buildings (Extraordinary Edifices)
4. E-artists (Paul Emmert, painter and George Enesco, composer)
5. Recent learning (Elucidative Epiphanies)
6. Eagle Eyes (short section)
7. Flowers (Earthly Enjoyment)
8. E shapes in nature (short one)
1. ENCHANTING ETHOS
Examples of Bill's endearing approach to life are easy to establish:
1. He went with us when Black Jack needed her nails clipped, and stopped to examine these eye-catching Walking Figures even though we had seen them months earlier and I had already blogged about them. This picture was taken by a kind gentleman who was also photographing the sculptures. His flickr name is Eyesplash and I will come back to him again later in this post. You can enjoy a look at his photography at this site.
5. After Black Jack's nail trim, Bill suggested a stop at Caffe Cittadella, one of my favourite places. They have sugar-free-dairy-free treats supplied by Eightfold Eats that are as delectable as the most decadent desserts. (I seem to be lost back in D-week :)
It was Valentine's Eve and I guess the staff at La Cittadella wanted to remind us of that. One day in the year would never be enough to emphasize all the excuses for esteeming Bill.
2. ENTHRALLING ENTERTAINMENT
1. Dances for a Small Stage
It is a cliché to say that the arts enrich life but I am often struck with the urge to express my appreciation for the combination of extraordinary effort and exceptional talent required to bring music, dance, theatre and literature into our world. On Valentine's Day, Bill took me to see Dances for a Small Stage and we both thought it was especially delightful. There was a very positive review in the Georgia Straight (same link given above). I left this comment in response to the review. "I am still savouring the memory of this absolutely fabulous evening of entertainment. The singing, guitar playing, variety of music, humour, brilliant dancing.. there wasn't a weak link in the entire program. I hated to see it end. Thank you to the performers and to the behind-the-scenes people for, I feel sure, countless hours of preparation. Vancouver truly rocks and anyone who says differently has not seen Dances for a Small Stage." I couldn't take pictures of the dancers but did catch this photo of Clare Twiddy and Daniel Moir, musicians who performed between the dance acts. I loved Clare's voice (and Daniel's as well in back-up harmony). Daniel also did some very impressive guitar solos. Normally, the between-dance acts are sort of fill-in, but this one was way more than that. Each time Clare and Daniel moved to the stage, I knew we were in for a treat. I will be following the careers of both musicians in the future.
Daniel Moir and Clare Twiddy
On the way home, BC Place Stadium was sporting an effulgent new red that was probably..
in honour of Valentine's Day, but seemed more in harmony with the happy endorphins from an enervating evening of entertainment.
2. Novo Ensemble
I have already told you about Laura, Marina and Shawn Earle's concert here,
It was so enjoyable getting to know her. She arrived in Vancouver from Portugal recently and is curious about local birds and sculptures. There was no shortage of things to talk about,
3. Early Music at The CellarAlthough the photo below was technically poor, I like it a lot for a few reasons. Phyllis (Bill's sister) has a twinkle in her eye that portrays her personality beautifully. Among many other things, she is adoring grandmother, good friend, explorer of life and appreciator of the arts. She was just finishing her meal at The Cellar as she prepared to enjoy a concert by her son-in-law, Paul. As I think about it, I realize that Phyllis and Paul share many of their life-loving characteristics. There is also a lady photographer in this photo. She is behind Phyllis and she generously shared her expertise with me. It was comforting to know that some of my difficulties with indoor/poor light shots may be a lens issue, but most of all, I just love that she didn't think twice about sharing her knowledge with me.
The fortepiano, built in 1832 by Aloys Biber, was another attraction. It has leather hammers and an all-wood construction. Michael discovered it lying unused and had it restored by Marinus van Prattenburg. I think he told us that there are only five pianos of its kind in existence today. You can see Mr. Prattenburg in the photo below. "Assistant" Bill was enraptured by the fortepiano and with the opportunity to see its inner workings first hand.
4. Andrea SUPERstein in a Jazz Vespers performance at St. Andrew's Wesley
This was our second time attending Jazz Vespers and it was another winner.
Seeing, hearing AND with permission to photograph. That's ecstasy in my world :)
Such an expressive face and powerful voice! And, the musicians who backed Andrea were every bit as thrilling to watch and hear. To see the full album of pictures, and the names of each musician, check out my facebook link to this event.
5. Candus Churchhill and Tom Pickett in Jazz Vespers at St. Andrew's Wesley
Our third Jazz Vespers concert cemented our opinion that these concerts are not to be missed. I'm actually running out of superlatives, but I felt as though I were walking on air as we made our way home after hearing Candus, Tom and their very fine band. You can check out the rest of the pictures and the names of the band members here.
3. EXTRAORDINARY EDIFICES
The Wall Centre across the street from St. Andrew's Wesley United Church.
of Science World, taken during an evening walk along False Creek with Bill and Black Jack.
I love this picture of Bill. I think this was the 4th door he tried. I was ready to give up but he persisted, not for himself but so that I could get the photo. What I love is his expression :)
4. E-ARTISTS: Paul Emmert and George Enesco
I discovered Paul Emmert (1826-1867) in my search for an E-artist several weeks ago. Here are just a few fascinating details about him: born in Switzerland, became known in New York City, followed the Gold Rush to California where he opened a hotel and a theatre, ended up in Hawaii where he spent the rest of his life. All that in 41 years. Wow!
Watercolour: Puako, Hawaii, 1859
I discovered George Enesco when I looked at the program Novo Ensemble will play on March 8th. To be honest, I only knew of one of the composers for that program and that is Michael Conway Baker, as he is a West Vancouver resident. Martinu, the "mainly" part of the concert, was new to me, but I have been going to Novo Ensemble's Facebook site, because they post fascinating tidbits about the composers. There is a picture of Martinu with his friend, Rudolph Kundera, a painter I hope to learn about. There is also a little story about the fact that Martinu's father was a bell ringer in the Bohemian village of Policka. But, for this "E" post, I decided to explore the third composer, George Enesco, and wow, did I ever find an interesting video. I will admit that it is very long (43 minutes) but I am listening to it as I prepare this post and realize I have to go back and listen again with my full attention. There is much discussion of bells in it, so I am beginning to see a theme here. I have also learned about some of the composers who influenced Enesco. The more I learn, the more I can't wait to hear Novo Ensemble's concert! Epiphanies, indeed!
5. ELUCIDATIVE EPIPHANIES
Remember I said I'd come back to this gentleman? Bill asked him to pose with me after he had kindly taken the photo of us. I learned that his name is Michael and as I told you, his flickr name is Eyesplash. The epiphany? Well, we talked lenses and iso's and apertures and we learned to say "prime lens" instead of "fixed focus" and it was just a fun interaction with someone who generously shared what I suspected was more than a little expertise. That was indeed confirmed by his flickr site. Thanks, Michael. I hope we meet again!
As we walked towards Caffe Cittadella, we passed some young gentlemen who appeared to be city gardeners. The earth they were spreading had quite a "fishy" smell and Bill made a joking comment.. something like, "Nice smell." "Yes, it is," said one of the fellows. That's when I figured out these guys really do like their job. We walked on a few steps when i noticed this tree. I had never seen one like it before, had a feeling the gardeners might be able to identify it for us and called to them with my question. I loved that they walked up to where we stood, discussed the tree for a few minutes, and then told us they believed it was a Paperbark Maple. I know they will never see this, but I still thank them.
This is David of The Pet Shop Boys. He has just finished trimming Black Jack's nails. I still can't get over that they (David and Christopher are the "Shop Boys") do this for a very reasonable $10 fee. Black Jack is looking at Bill, absolutely certain a treat will be forthcoming and not the slightest bit stressed. The epiphany? Well, we arranged an appointment for sedation-free dental cleaning. I've never done that before but after several visits to The Pet Shop Boys, I have a great trust in their methods. We asked David how the dogs are restrained for dental work that includes scaling. He said that for small dogs, they hold them in their arms, wrapped in a warm blanket. This made such sense to me. Black Jack tends to become submissive as soon as she is picked up, but add a warm blanket, and I believe she will be absolutely comfortable. Anyhow, her assessment (free) by their visiting hygienist and cleaning if needed (cost based on time needed) are for the end of March. I'll probably post about it after the event :)
6. EAGLE EYES
I think I may be due some new glasses and admit my eyes have not been feeling like "eagle" ones lately but the other day, walking along Sunset Beach, I was the only person to notice a drama being played out far above us. There were two adult eagles, two juveniles and many, many seagulls. This one was persistently and foolishly(?) harassing the juvenile eagle.
The seagull called out what I interpreted as a warning as s/he flew over the eagle, so close it seemed they would touch. I couldn't detect prey within the eagle's talons, so perhaps this was an attempt to encourage the young eagles in the area to set up their nests elsewhere.
7. EARTHLY ENJOYMENT
I thought of Bill when I noticed this "heart" flower near my apartment.
I thought these next two arrangements were lovely. Although they were in front of a rather..
uninteresting condo, someone had gone to great effort to beautify the surroundings.
Driftwook on Sunset Beach.
A flower in David Lam Park.
A cloud over David Lam Park.
That's it for today. Thank you for stopping by the blog. I do so appreciate your visits! For other events in the lives of people around the world, I hope you will take a few moments to stop by the Our World Tuesday web site.