Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tap Dance

So Geary and I are tap dancers. I started as an adult, she grew up with it.

But we're both huge fans of Savion Glover, the greatest living hoofer in the world. If you're not familiar with his work, you can click here for a taste. We grew up with him on television and remember him dancing with Elmo, Snuffalupugus, and Big Bird, with Gregory Hines on Tap, and most recently, as Mumble on Happy Feet.

We were blessed to see Savion perform at the DeJong Theater at BYU on Tuesday. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We laughed. We cried. We got our tap shoes signed!

It's Savion!

I wrote something about him. It is just a series of observations, what I saw during the performance. With line breaks. So it's pseudo-poetry:

Dreadlocks pulled back
arms hang loose,
swing for balance as he moves from toe to heel and back again

feet produce a string of sound
a waterfall
a delicate syncopated series

subtle movement in the toes
almost imperceptible.

He bends at the waist, eyes closed,
hands cupped
turned upward
as if the sound trickles through his fingers:

a gesture of supplication
or offering.

A prayer
of pure nonverbal sound
floating heavenward.
Or moving down
through the conduit of dance
into us?

Sweat pours,
face a concentration of ecstasy
or passion -

shaman for hundreds.

Then he remembers us, the audience.
He smiles,

A tumble of sound.

It was really hard to say (gush, weep, gasp) anything but, "Savion! I'm such a big fan!" Like, aren't we ALL? But I think I managed to convey what his performance had meant to me. It was definitely a spiritual experience. The other two performers he brought with him, Marshall Davis, Jr. and Robyn Watson were great as well, but there's something extraordinary about Savion.

Here we are with Marshall Davis, Jr. and Robyn Watson. We were giddy. Can you tell?

Thanks Ginny, for arranging our tix. We wouldn't have been there without you! <3 *mwah* <3

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bookanalia Fall 2011

We used to call it the Book Bacchanalia. This refers to an orgy of bibliophiles pawing through stacks of VERY inexpensive used book.

Then Tyler coined the term "Bookanalia". The next one's coming up!

The next book sale at the Provo Library is Saturday, November 19th. 9am - 10am for Friends of the Library. 10am-12pm for the general public. I'll be there at 9am.

Who's in?

Geary, Kenna, Kari? Let's do it.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Halloween 2011

I love love love Halloween. Dressing up is the best. Last Halloween, I decided that THIS Halloween I would do --well, WE would do -- steampunk. It took several months of planning and keeping an eye out all the time for possible costume pieces, but here are the results:

Teen Book Fest 2011

Teen Book Fest was held yesterday at the Provo Library. There were four authors there for a dystopian extravaganza. I am very impressed with the whole teen book experience that the library sets up every year. They had a number of fun activities that kids could participate in, from things based on The Hunger Games books, like archery contests, to creating crafts based on Matched. There were discussion panels, author signings and presentations as well as free book giveaways to every teen as long as the books lasted. I wish they had stuff like this when I was a kid.

Lish and I went with Tyler to see Ally Condie and meet some other new writers. There were SO many people there! We met Kari and her boyfriend Gage and they sat around with us, scoping out the teen bibliophiles and their parents (mostly moms). We met Elana Johnson, writer of Possession and heard her publishing story. She was very nice. Also, Kristen Landon who wrote The Limit was there, and she was nice too. I will post reviews of their books when I get a chance to read them.

We waited for quite a while to see Ally, but of course, it was worth it. She remembers us and is always so gracious. She signed copies of her new book Crossed for Cyndal and one for me and one for Lish. Someday maybe Ally and I will be signing books together. I'll keep dreaming. :)

Lish, Ally and me at Teen Book Fest 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Reviews for October

Prey by Michael Crichton

So I'm not a huge Michael Crichton fan, but I as a teen I loved Jurassic Park and The Lost World. Maybe it had something to do with my childhood love of dinosaurs. Because of my nostalgia for Jurassic Park, I thought Prey might be fun. Plus I got it at the library book sale for $1.00.

The book is about killer nano-robot swarms. It was very silly.

The end.

Warnings on: language and disturbing death scenes.

The Postman by David Brin

This novel was made into a movie with Kevin Costner. Did any of you see it? I never saw it, because I'm not a huge Kevin Costner fan. But as you know, I love post-apocalyptic books. This book had all of the mainstays of a post-apocalyptic, as well as exploring other ideas including artificial intelligence and human genetic enhancement.

The main character, Gordon, after surviving nuclear holocaust, ensuing nuclear winter and the barbarism that followed, finds himself on the verge of death. He discovers the supplies and accoutrements of a deceased postman, dons the coat to keep warm and inadvertently takes on the persona of a mail carrier. The story follows him through his travels and he ends up sowing the seeds of a Restored United States.

Warnings on: language and violence.

Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

Cyndal gave me this book. They read it aloud in her class and she thought I would enjoy it. It's a delightful, quick read.

The eleven year-old narrator spends a summer with his cousin Harris on the Larson farm, chronicling their adventures with various barnyard residents and family members. I don't want to give anything away, but look forward to the chapters dealing with horses.

Parts of this book were laugh-out-loud funny, which is something you don't find every day. I highly recommend it.

Warnings on: nothing really. This book, set in the late 1940's, is quite innocent, with a few "damn"s thrown in (for which Harris is punished by his older sister, an occurrence that always elicits a few giggles).