Archive for March, 2010

Spring Fling

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 8:14 am

Well, today starts Spring Fling, the first major party of the year.  Lots of music, lots of food, lots of friends, lots of fun.  Been working on cleaning the pool from winter state (neglect).  More details as they happen, and I can recover.

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I was drawn back to the house by the aftermath of a dog fight.  Seems an emaciated stray wandered onto the property and encountered the two resident dogs, and didn’t take to them kindly.  In the end, it was a weaker dog and lost the fight with an injured back, but not without inflicting lots of bites.  Animal control out of Austin picked up the straydog.  Not the best way to start a party.

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Also managed a few splashy renders in modo as I recover from three weeks of a viral infection.  I am so glad that it is behind me.

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Public debut

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 8:04 am

Attended the first public viewing of the film For the Sake of the Song at the Paramount theater in downtown Austin, part of the SXSW festival.  Traffic was a killer, but I only got stuck on one block, and I quickly exited that snarl at the first opportunity.  I had googled a parking garage and found a spot quite easily, across the alley from the back door of the theater.  (I have spent more time backstage at the Paramount than in the audience, so I know the alley well.)  It was a short walk around the block to the front door.

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Tickets were handed out on the street out front, and I knew more than half of the people out front who were in the guest list line.  So the wait for the doors to open was a rather pleasant time of chatting with friends and hobnobbing with the stars who attended.

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It was fun seeing those who were seeing it for the first time, but it also was fun seeing it for the third time.  I could watch the movie several more times without it getting old.  It’s that good a movie, and yes that’s a biased viewpoint because I know/knew just about everyone in it.  (Never mind that I had a several dozen photos in it.)  It’s a very happy and genuine experience.

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After the film, we headed north a block to the reception at the Austin Museum of Art.  That was a lot of fun, talking to people (mostly friends attended) after the viewing experience.  I got to talk to the wives of the director and editor (Bruce and Jim, the two primary people behind the film),  which was quite enjoyable.

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After the reception, we moved south down Congress, across the lake, to the Magnolia Cafe, where the owner Kent Cole served everyone on the house.  (Our tips left were 100% of what the meal would have cost if we had been permitted to pay for them.)  Kent had been a spaghetti cook at the Fair in the early days, and the film was very special to him.

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All in all, a wonderful night.  It was quite special to have been a part of the film, but it was quite special to be among so many friends with whom I share a common history, and to see that history vindicated in a film this good.  It gave everyone attending (all three shows) a glowing sense of satisfaction that could not be denied.

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So now life moves on.  There is a party next weekend, which many of those attending the film will attend.  Lots of live music, lots of good friends, lots of good food, and this weekend is the work party (which is usually half work and half party, a warm up for the weekend ahead).

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In the meantime, there is a lot of work to accomplish for clients.  Not exactly the way I wanted to celebrate getting over this lingering viral infection that has been nagging me for a couple of weeks and change.  But I have to pay the bills somehow.

Post Screening

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Back from Houston and the private screening of For the Sake of the Song. I have to say that it exceeded my expectations considerably.  I had a great time watching it both times, and there were parties at the Fair afterward each night.  What a great time, and what a feeling of contentment and justification for my past associations with the Fair.

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And seeing photos of mine projected over 30 feet tall was a real hoot.

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I also learned that Lyle Lovett got his first stage experience at the same campus coffee house where I was the first person to ever draw an SRO crowd (Mance Lipscomb was the second).

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There is so much to tell that I could never cover it all here, so I won’t even try.  I’ll just say that I’m much too pleased with having been a part of the film, and that it was a true honor to attend the private screening with so many household names.  People say that I’m still glowing from the experience.

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There are times when being a visual artist really pays off.  It might not be immensely rewarding al the time, but there are times when the esteem issues simply  can not be dismissed.

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If you get a chance to view the film, do.  It is hands down one of the best documentaries and a pure labor of love that can not be denied.

Ugh!

Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 11:24 am

Grrrr.

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I almost made it through the winter without getting sick.  Almost.

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103°F fever, nasty tasting cough, chills.  Been aggressive with it, but I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to kick it or just have to let it run its course.

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The real disappointment was that the guy from whom I caught it didn’t warn me that he was contagious until it was too late.

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I’m not going to be happy if this keeps me from attending the film gala Monday.

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And there is a party here tomorrow night.  Sigh…….