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Archive for February 1st, 2005

A Good Sort of Busy

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Well, my voice is totally wiped out from classes Sat/Sun/Mon but otherwise all is very well with me! Tony and I hung out a little bit on Monday. We tried a restaurant we had not tried before, and we clearly ordered the wrong things on a very big menu. We’ll try again before I report back here definitively on what I think there…

He took me to Dancing Crane Gallery on Michigan Avenue after lunch. This gallery is only two blocks from Foster Community Center, but I had not been there yet.

On Monday, they were finishing up hanging a new show for Black History Month. There are two local African-American artists showing, one (George Thomas from Idlewild, MI) in 3-D “box sculptures” and a photographer, Stan Simmons who is from Lansing.

I have seen Mr. Thomas’ work at the Folk Festival during summer. And Mr. Simmons has done some photography work for the Habibi Dancers, although the work in the gallery is very different than the commercial work. As I recall, all the work in the gallery is black and white, depending on composition and contrast to make it sing. And it does sing, indeed!

The opening for this show will be this Sunday, February 6 from Noon to 5pm, during First Sunday Gallery Walk. Both of the featured artists will be there. I’d very much recommend that folks check out this high-quality show.

Tuesday, I had a day off so there is not a lot to report. I did go to Ann Arbor for the knit-in at Borders’ Books at Arborland. I had not seen those folks since the first Tuesday of November!

I deeply love this group and it was just plain wonderful to be there with them again. The group includes folks of all ages, many nationalities and both male and female participants. Most people knit, but some do cross-stitch or crochet or embroidery… any handwork is welcome. And there were some very fine items finished to show off this week, indeed!!!

The photo today is culinary art! Last Sunday (which happened to be National Pie Day), Brian played at a dance and someone gave him this lovely cherry pie to take home. I can not eat pies made traditionally (cornstarch in the filling, for one) but it was a feast for the eyes!