Archive for December, 2010

Quote of the day: SLEEP

December 20, 2010

I am concerned about how poorly people sleep in our culture. The use of medications is at an all-time high, and these drugs do not reproduce natural sleep. Most of them suppress dreaming. One detrimental influence on our sleep is our ability to light up the night, which is a significant change in our environment over the past hundred years. There’s a body of literature suggesting that exposure to light at night, even briefly, greatly increases cancer risk, especially risk of breast cancer in women. Women who are blind from birth have very low rates of breast cancer. Women who work night shifts have high rates of breast cancer. I tell people it is best to sleep in complete darkness, and if you have to get up in the middle of the night, don’t turn on the light, or else use a red Christmas-tree bulb, because it appears that light at the red end of the spectrum is safest.

— Dr. Andrew Weil, interviewed in The Sun

Photo diary: dinner in Brooklyn

December 20, 2010

We had dinner in Brooklyn with Dave and George. Dave bought this vegetable with Andy in mind. Andy inspected it and immediately used the word "fractal." Bingo!

It was Andy's first time meeting Buck. They bonded heavily.

The desserts were cupcake babkas and fruit tarts from Crumbs in Grand Central.

This guy did not come to dinner.

Neither did this guy.

Theater review: BABY UNIVERSE

December 17, 2010

Wakka Wakka Productions’ Baby Universe sounded like an intriguing puppet-theater show, so I went to see it at Baruch College. I’d never been there before, and when I got to the address, I was confused, because it was All Saints Hospital. Turns out that’s where Nurse Jackie is filmed, and indeed while I was collecting my tickets from Jim Baldassare, the publicist, there was Edie Falco walking across the lobby in scrubs, looking absorbed in her work.

You can read my review of the play online here.

Quote of the day: TRY

December 17, 2010

Trying without doing is wishing rather than choosing. You either have  a plan in place or you are choosing not to act. “This being the case, how shall I proceed?” is a Zen saying that shows the automatic, assertive progression from circumstance to action.

— David Richo, How to Be an Adult

Good stuff online

December 17, 2010

I’m a little behind on blogging because I was preoccupied with rehearsing for and performing two concerts December 11 and 12 with Gamelan Kusuma Laras. It was a lot of work but fun and thrilling to make music with a group of talented musicians. Javanese gamelan is unusual and exotic music for most Western listeners, which my friends who attended confirmed. You can check it out for yourself on this YouTube video of our opening number. It’s very much an ensemble performance without soloists or an obvious place to rest your attention. You can see me next to the gong, the guy in the blue batik shirt. It was a special treat to have Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed in the audience Sunday afternoon. Lou nodded off almost immediately, but Laurie was fully present and engaged. They left at the intermission but Laurie e-mailed me the next day to say, “It was gorgeous. Meditative but a lot of detail.”

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