It’s the same every year. The lead up to a DANCEworks residency is dense with criss -crossing emails, mis-communication, missed communication, doubt, endless decision- making, carefully crafted donor-appeal letters, grant applications and meetings between staff and board to brainstorm, cheerlead and iron out wrinkles. It’s not surprising that by the time I reach the […]
Wowza! Mark Dendy’s dancers have arrived in Santa Barbara. We’re off and running to make the absolute most of their month-long residency at the Lobero! If you haven’t donated as yet, $50 will get you (and a friend) to 3 open rehearsals with Mark Dendy. The first one is THIS FRIDAY. April 11, 5pm at […]
1. Dystopian Distractions. By the end of April, you should be able to add your own dysfunctional favorites to this list ..here are a few of mine: Fox news, almost ALL reality tv, war-related video games, violent movies, TV talking heads, celebrity culture. Build your own list as your awareness grows.
I cannot/will not hold myself or an artist hostage to ticket sales! Change and evolution in our culture cannot come from fear of speaking out or of making waves. Mark’s message, which I believe strongly in, will be there for all of us who are willing to look at the truth of our times while still maintaining hope. I was challenged to consider my own role in being an agent of change. For now, I’ve found my role in supporting Mark’s work and vision.
Twice a year I am surprised by the calendar. The first shock hits soon after Labor Day when the inevitable countdown to the holidays begins, culminating in December in a minimum two week bacchanale of self indulgence and excess. The second awakening happens soon after the holidays wind down. Now I am keenly aware […]
There’s always the possibility of getting hokey when writing words of gratitude. Our culture is inundated with platitudes about gratitude. Here are a few more: By now, you’re either gagging or loving these sentiments. But, come this time of year, I can’t resist thinking of all that I’m grateful for. Since this is a […]
It’s THAT time of year again. Your mailbox is telling you the holidays are approaching. It’s starting to bulge with an excess of appeals from non-profit organizations you’ve supported in the past and some you never knew existed. What’s a well-intentioned person to do? As the Executive Director of a non-profit arts organization, I too […]
Last week I had an opportunity to visit the beguiling city of San Francisco. I stayed in a small hotel overlooking shimmering San Francisco Bay. Sunbeams danced on the water during the day and moonbeams by night. Laid out before me was one of those spectacular views that it’s hard to look away from. A more […]
bragging rights noun Definition of BRAGGING RIGHTS: entitlement to boast about something As a parent, when my children are successful, I am very happy for them. I feel pride. I might share their achievements with those close to me, but as a whole, I dislike sounding as if I’m bragging, so I often keep their achievements […]
A letter which was addressed incorrectly was recently put into my hands years after it had been written. The first line read, “Please remove my name permanently from your mailing list.” That sentence got my attention immediately. How had I offended? The letter continued, “I don’t think I’ll be risking any more of your performances.” […]