Tuesday, February 10, 2009

local live music, work almost done

down one block, a sidewalk cafe, very personable, limited menu, unlimited cocktail menu, live singer thursday nights - that means it starts around midnight, goes till four - sort of a combination folk, pop, tango singer that is a skinny middle aged guy with a huge voice, he wanders the crowd, gets people joining in the songs, especially the folk songs and all of the ladies are up and moving. the upper body doing wide armed swooping folk dance loops and snaps while the lower part, belt down, is straight from brazil and twitching like a bat out of hell. as a whole, it works perfectly and can't help but induce a smile. later on, our singer invites people that were good singers in the walk around part to come up and solo, almost karaoke. so, about four, we walk home to listen to the last couple hours of the young kids and friends who have moved into the new building across the street and are singing along with, making rhythm with, dancing with the current pop folk hits. it's really quite refreshing, but a little late, oh well, live with it all.

two quick shots of a small figure carving that's almost done. my ego, which doesn't need any, got a boost when this reasonably famous local carver lady asked if i would exhibit it in a museum show displaying the range of argentine wood carving - i think i'm the retired foreign carver type - if i could finish by the end of feb. so, i backed off on most everything else, and am almost done. it's ok, but a pretty predictable smith carving, oh well.

a poster on the wall of the clubhouse of the local futbol club, i'm amember, of course. they're "level c", about the same level of play, and pay of the eugene ems. lots of young talent that may make it "to the bigs". hard to see, but in the upper left, you'll see a banner with a marijuana leaf and the words suggest that the green of the " excucursionistas - excursios -" .is as assured of success, as the marijuana green in the hills. it's a great spot for me , lots of old fart beer drinkers, futbol talkers, political talkers - that, by the way, is it's own full time hobby locally - real cheap drinks and eats for members { five bucks a month} . their main focus is on very serious training for young talent, starting about ten years. the folks have to pick up a tab, not too big, for the coaching. scholarships happen for serious young talent and the training regimen is serious marine tough. when matches start, in march, i'll try to get it together for a video.

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