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Chicago Weekend, Part 2

Start with Part 1, if you haven’t seen it already. Fri­day evening was Veronica’s per­for­mance at the gui­tar fes­ti­val. She and Chris, the gui­tarist from UW, played first on the festival’s open­ing con­cert. I glanced through the pro­gram book­let, and I’m pretty sure that Veron­ica was the only non-guitarist per­form­ing all week­end. The two of them did an excel­lent job — they played two move­ments of Mauro Giu­liani’s Grand Duo Con­cer­tant. I’m look­ing for­ward to hear­ing the whole piece on … Con­tinue read­ing

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Chicago Weekend, Part 1

Last week was our much-needed spring break. Veron­ica was slated to play at the Mid-America Gui­tar Ensem­ble Fes­ti­val (at Roo­sevelt Uni­ver­sity) with a gui­tarist from UW, so we used that as an excuse to spend a few days in Chicago. We landed a great hotel deal via Hotwire.com and stayed at the Chicago Hilton, which over­looks Grant Park and is walk­ing dis­tance from the Art Insti­tute of Chicago‎, the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquar­ium, and lots of other cool stuff. … Con­tinue read­ing

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San Francisco

A cou­ple of week­ends ago, my mom and I headed over the moun­tains to Berke­ley (I’d been vis­it­ing her in Car­son City, NV for Christ­mas). There had been quite a bit of snow in the pre­ced­ing days, and although the much of it cleared by the time we set out, the roads weren’t in the great­est shape. We had to peri­od­i­cally merge into a sin­gle lane of traf­fic to make room for heavy-duty snow-clearing machines that were work­ing on push­ing … Con­tinue read­ing

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Nevada Rock Art

Grimes Point When we were vis­it­ing my mom in Nevada last month, one of the activ­i­ties she arranged for us to do was to take a guided tour of Grimes Point Archae­o­log­i­cal Area. Grimes Point lies about an hour an a half east of Car­son City, near the town of Fal­lon. For much of the last 10,000 years, a lake existed in the area — mak­ing it an attrac­tive place for native peo­ples to set­tle. Fluc­tu­at­ing water lev­els resulted in … Con­tinue read­ing

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Swimming and Shakespeare

Sand Har­bor When we were in Nevada a few weeks ago, we spent an after­noon and evening at Sand Har­bor on Lake Tahoe. It was hot out­side, and refresh­ingly (if ini­tially shock­ingly) cold in the lake. The water is very clear, although there wasn’t a whole lot to see — near the beach, at least. It was pleas­ant to go for a swim in a large body of water, dry out on the sandy beach, and real­ize that I wasn’t … Con­tinue read­ing

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