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Nov. 13th, 2009 | 11:28 am

From the self-portrait challenge thrown down by thornyc yesterday, I took advantage of the low afternoon light coming from my window to take a one arm shot.

Yesterday, to celebrate my friend Jennie's birthday we went to see Mariza, the Portuguese diva of the fado. We sat on the front row, a little to stage right, and got to see her sing about 8 feet away. She gave 6 encores, sang songs in Spanish and Angolan patois and had us all dancing at the end of the show. I highly recommend sitting on the first row for concerts, it was the first time I had done so at Jones Hall, and when at the end of the concert when Mariza came to the front of the stage with two guitar players and sang without amplification, it was so tender and moving. Afterwards we crossed the street and had a post concert snack of excellent fatty unagi sashimi with agadashi tofu and shared a beer.

Today - I just got a call from an old friend who is in town for the weekend for Homecoming at the U, who only last year was battling cancer down to the nitty gritty, and had basically at that time said her goodbyes to her friends. So that's a stunning joy. I wish she had used this newfangled little thing called email to let me know beforehand that she was dropping by, but warriors don't have the same priorities as civilians. I can't wait to see her later.

Tomorrow night, I'm going with a young friend to go see the premiere of Tilda Swinton's new movie at the small theater at the MFA and she's going to be there! With the director to answer questions later. It's a big secret what the movie is, there's a clue that it's set in Italy. She's in town as the major draw for the new Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which focuses on artist made films, not necessarily independents as that term has come to mean, and not exactly experimental either. Tilda is appearing several times to talk about her film Derek about Derek Jarman, and her work in Teknolust, and she's going to introduce the Red Shoes at a big free show at Discovery Green, the downtown park.

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Dan

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from: danbearnyc
date: Nov. 13th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Fado Fado Fado!

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Pantsman!

Y.

from: captainwhimsy
date: Nov. 13th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Great shot, hope you have a great time. Would love to hear what the film is. :)

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isledemoi

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from: isledemoi
date: Nov. 14th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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Nice pic! The lighting. Portuguese fado is quite amazing and the sentiments behind it are both sad and beautiful. And Tilda Swinton - the first time I saw her was in Derek Jarman's film of Shakespeare's Edward II and she was mesmerizing.

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Pud

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from: stivalineri
date: Nov. 16th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
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She was truly charismatic last night, a real star.

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from: r_pity
date: Nov. 15th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
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Hey Scott...do you know according to my web browser there are three Kim Son restaurants in Houston? Let me know what street the one we are meeting at is on so I will show up at the correct place, please. LOL Thanks!

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Pud

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from: stivalineri
date: Nov. 16th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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It's the one on Jefferson St, just east of downtown, at the intersection of 59 and the Gulf Freeway, you'll take the Scott Street exit but stay on the feeder, which turns into Pease:

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=kim+son+jefferson+houston+tx&fb=1&gl=us&hq=kim+son+jefferson&hnear=houston+tx&cid=0,0,16283495875388066076&ei=duoAS-qSJc75nAe866UW&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CAgQnwIwAA

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from: r_pity
date: Nov. 16th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I am truly a dumb ass. I finally figured out how to get into the gourmet group page on facebook so I saw the address posted there. I am always so worried about getting lost that I just cant see what is right in front of me! See you Wednesday...and I am not eating any sweetbreads! Eeeew!

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Thor

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from: thornyc
date: Nov. 15th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
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That's a great portrait. Of course, it helps to have such a good-looking model.


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Pud

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from: stivalineri
date: Nov. 16th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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Back at ya Mister.

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