Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Holiday Ham Reprise

Last year John and Cesar, with some assistance from me, threw a massive holiday shindig with many performances. During the summer, they presented another iteration (without me), and now we've done a third. Read on to view the numerous photos of performers! And of course to see what John, his roommate Alice, and I cooked to feed the multitudes.
Aaron, one of John's roommates, kindly donates his bedroom to be the main stage. He chooses to leave town for the party and lets us remove nearly everything from the room, which I think is rather brave of him.

Alice and Cesar with freshly pinned Event Organizer carnations.
Cesar and John preparing to share the emcee duties.

Monica, our opening act, performing Bach.

Ken reading a couple of humorous poems.

John singing German love songs to piano accompaniment by Janice.

Mira reading a personal essay about a favorite pair of ugly but sexy shoes.

Since I read my work quite often enough in public these days, a second year of piano improv seemed more suitable.

A trio of three stunning belly-dancers followed.

I missed some performers, but here we have Katrina reading an account of what happens when you bring scented bathroom products to the Spirit Rock retreat center. It was not a pretty story. Defy the Spirit Rock rules at your peril.

Clifford doing one of his tour-de-force poetry readings.

Tressa reads a story about encountering a New Yorker with MS.

Kathleen chose to entertain us with a poem about Paris rather than one of her own pieces.

Sally sang a song and read a poem.

And we got a rendition of a Ginsburg poem (this is before the Ginsberg disguise was donned).

John and Rachel sang duets.

A whole gang of performers doing Christmas songs and Martin's special "God Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

Michael presented some poems.

Further piano playing.

Cesar read new poems.

And our last reading of the evening, if I remember correctly.

A fine time was had by all or most!

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Blogger Julia said...

Piano improv!! Tell us more.

December 20, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

What do you want to know? I started out in 5/8 and went from there, mostly in A minor.

December 21, 2007 5:14 PM  

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