Arts in the Family: A Family of Artists Just Trying to Make a Living in the Wilds of Texas


Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Roundup

Interesting week here at Rancho Ramirez. We'd promised the kids a ride on the river taxi so we took it on Monday. It was a beautiful, relaxing ride. Saw a lot of art along the route. Pretty cool.  The fish were o.k. A little bit of a let down. They look better from the street. We ended up having supper at the Josephine Street Cafe a couple blocks from where the river taxi ride ends. We had originally gone to a Mexican food place I'd heard a lot about and wanted to try. Walked in and didn't see a lot of people sitting. It was dinner time so we should have taken that as a sign. We were told there would be a twenty minute wait for a table. Not sure why but the host told us they were understaffed that evening too. A sign of bad management. Pammy walked by their grill to get a peek at their food and didn't like what she saw and I agreed with her so we left. The other place had great service and food. Happy ending! Yay!!

We also went to a Pow Wow this past weekend. Pammy had seen a banner for it and wanted to go check it out. That was very cool. I'd been to one many years before in the summer of 1993. I was in Baraboo, Wisconsin attending the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clown College. It was Saturday night. Everybody who had money and transportation was out on the town so that ruled me out. I decided to go for a walk. Not much to see but then I hear music. Out in an open lot were all these people. Native Americans sitting in a circle and beating on drums as they sang. Around a bonfire were a group of dancers in colorful, feathered costumes dancing to the music. There were plenty of spectators too. Some joined in the dance so I did too. This time around it was indoors and was just as fun as the other one.We ran into a friend there whom we hadn't seen in a very long time. Serendipity at a Pow Wow. Cool.
The costumes and singing and dancing were great. The indoor venue was good but I think it was meant to be an outdoor experience.

There was a Doc Ed show this morning at Kindred Elementary School on the southwest side of town. It was for a group of 100 kindergarteners. I'm really enjoying this particular show. It's just more fun. At their age there's only so much science they can take so you have to make it extra fun. Silly. I love it.

Karston the Texas Blind Salamander puppet was a big hit with the kids.Still trying to define his character a bit more but he's almost there. It's an important detail. There is no comedy without character. Think about it.

I spent some time at our Arriba Arte Studios working on a pastel still life of a bowl of "caldo de res". Up until today I hadn't been able to spend much time there for various reasons so I was very glad to finally have done it. I'll be there tomorrow as well.

And speaking of tomorrow...well it's pretty close to being that here. So, have a great weekend. Buenas noches amigos!

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