“Cupid’s arrow” 17th Century songs from Spain and the New World ~ El Fuego in concert

Hi folks,
Another fantastic concert to announce.  I may be a little biased on this one as I’m running the front of house for this and am friends with the bulk of the performers, but they’re fantastic and inventive.  Please come if you can.
Cupid’s arrow” 17th Century songs from Spain and the New World.
Episcopal Church of Our Saviour Brookline, MA.
Saturday March 31st, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets at the door (cash or check only):
$15 general, $10 students and seniors.
El Fuego Early music Ensemble presents a daring program: Is it sacred or secular love? Spanish conquistadores and South American natives might have listened to villancicos with naughty lyrics and dance rhythms–at church(!)

Reception to follow.

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17th Century songs from Spain and the New World- 8:00pm Saturday March 31st

Elizabeth Hardy, dulcian; Teri Kowiak, voice; Dan Meyers, recorders and percussion; Camila Parias, soprano; James Williamson, viol and baroque cello. Special guest performer: Tom Zajac, recorder and percussion.
Salome Sandoval, voice, baroque guitar and artistic direction

Shadows and light

Help me, internets, you’re my only hope.  (Sorry, it was a gimme, we’ve had Episodes IV and V on since I got home from work.)  Anyway, I’m reasonably good with photo editing software.  I’m self taught, I can do interesting and useful things like remove items, clean up red eye, change brightness and contrast, etc.  I have, however, run into a problem that I can’t solve.

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Concerning Hobbits (and Dwarves)

This December, the first of the two new Peter Jackson films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit will be released.   It will be called The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and needless to say I can hardly wait to see it.  I have been a fan of Tolkien since I was in middle school, WAY back when.  I remember (and used to own) the animated versions that were put out when I was a kid.   So yeah, I am totally a geek about Tolkien.  And of course Kelly likes him too, else we would not have included a little Tolkien in our actual wedding ceremony.  No, we did not have anyone dressed up in costume or anything*, but we did use the Song of the Entwives instead of a traditional psalm.

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Nice to be back in the 21st century

So we have done it.  As of yesterday, we have a new ISP and thus a faster, more reliable Internet connection.  I had to make some minor adjustments to the home network, but generally speaking it all seems to be a dramatic improvement so far.  I can’t believe how much faster this is, after fighting with the crappy DSL for so long.  And this isn’t even close to being the highest available cable speed.

Anyway, we will be ending our old Internet service later today.  So please do not continue to use my old Verizon e-mail address.  It will be gone soon.   For now just use my gmail address.


Other news of the fun and weird

In the process of doing some research into foods and beverages of the Middle Ages, I made a fascinating discovery.  There may be some historical truth behind the beverage “Butterbeer” from the Harry Potter books and films.  I am guessing that J.K. Rowling probably had heard of the old beverage called Buttered Beere, which was literally beer that had been flavored with butter and spices and served hot.  I made some tonight using a white lager as a base and it turned out beautifully.   I hope to do some more experimenting and see what kind makes the best buttered beer.