mojosmom: (photos)
#s 7 & 8 are a pair.

I found this card in a stall in the ladies' room at the Newberry Library. "I wonder what this is doing here?" I said to myself, seeing this:

Brahms & Liszt

Then I turned it over:

Pissed

The next three are all "I noticed this while waiting for a bus" photos:

#9: Even the bays are fake:

Trompe l'oeil

#10: Street banners

Street banners

#11: Tree stump.
Stump
mojosmom: (Hyde Park)
My Independence Day holiday turned out to be entirely different than the one that I had expected, or vaguely planned. I had thought about going downtown to see the renovated Tiffany Dome at the Cultural Center, and to take in a showing of The Gay Divorcée at the Siskel Film Center. Or, alternatively, I considered going to the opening of A Declaration of Immigration at the National Museum of Mexican Art. In the event, I did neither.

My Fourth - with photos )

I ran into the Ellings and their adorable daughter. They are moving to NYC for a year (or more, depending on how things go and how they like it). They have found a place at 83rd and CPW, and are renting out their condo here. I wonder if they get a higher rent because it used to be Barack's condo!

I think I'll check out the Tiffany dome on Sunday, and maybe go to the Film Center as well. If Visconti's Senso is two hours and starts at 3:00, and Top Hat starts at 5:15, I could see both! Or maybe not. That might just be overdoing things.

Oh, and here are my latest at [livejournal.com profile] croc_sandwich!
mojosmom: (Music)
Yesterday afternoon, I went to hear Chicago Opera Theatre's performance of John Adams' A Flowering Tree, which is based on an Indian folk tale involving a poor girl who has the ability to transform into a flowering tree. The Storyteller, who narrates, is actually the largest role, and much of the "opera" is really dance with a sung narration. After having seen Nixon in China (also at COT) and Dr. Atomic at Lyric, I've become quite a fan of Adams' work, and I would definitely recommend this one.

The Harris Theatre, where COT performs, is at Millennium Park, so, as the weather was really gorgeous, I went to the Park Grille for an early dinner - any excuse to eat outside! Then I walked over to the Pritzker Pavilion and listened to various ensembles from the Northwestern School of Music for about 45 minutes. (It occurred to me that I did the very same thing last year!)

The reason I didn't stay for the whole concert is that I wanted to get home, feed the cats and then go to a jazz club. The Checkerboard Lounge does jazz on Sunday nights, sponsored by the Hyde Park Jazz Society, and I like going there as it's only a few blocks away. I don't go as often as I'd like, though, primarily because I work on Mondays! Not today, however, so I enjoyed Margaret Murphy (Note: you'll get music when you click the link) singing standards. A lot of jazz musicians come to listen to their colleagues, so she brought a couple up on stage to join her and the ensemble. She's very good!

Music on another day:

On Wednesday, I went to a free concert at the Cultural Center, a jazz artist named Manata Roberts. She and the ensemble played parts of her work in progress, Coin coin, based on the life of her ancestress, Marie Therese "Coin Coin." Powerful stuff.

In Non-musical events:

Saturday was pretty quiet. I went to a new farmers' market that began last week on 61st Street. As I can never get to the one a couple of blocks away (it's on Thursdays, and of course that means I'm at work), and parking at Green City is getting prohibitive, it was nice that there's a neighborhood one on Saturday. It's not huge, but I was able to get lettuces and scallions and asparagus, with plenty of other things available that I didn't need. The lamb purveyor I like was there, and I bought some kebobs which are presently marinating in olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and bay leaves, and the cheese guy had this awesome tart of St. André triple-crème layered with apricots, almonds and honey.

After that, I wandered by a rummage sale given by Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary. It had been advertised in the local paper as a benefit for "Doctors without Boarders"!! They had books:
Pile of books
but I didn't see any I wanted. I did see a great pair of boots, but the back zipper on one was busted and it would cost more than I want to pay to get them fixed, so I let them lay.

The rest of Saturday was just doing stuff around the house.

On Thursday, I went to an author event at our local library. Former journalist, and current author and bookstore owner, Kenan Heise, wrote a book called Chicago Afternoons with Leon: 99 1/2 years old and looking forward, conversations with former alderman Leon Despres, lawyer, thorn in the side of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, social activist and gadfly. Here's why I like Leon: he was asked about the plan to bring the Olympics to Chicago in 2016, specifically, the plan to build a stadium in a local park. Said Leon, who is now 100: "If they build a stadium in Washington Park, I'm boycotting the Olympics!"
Leon Despres (l.) and Kenan Heise (r.)
Naturally, I bought the book.

Oh, and more Croc_Sandwich photos.
mojosmom: (Default)
I don't normally take showers at noon. But I went to the Hyde Park Garden Club's spring Flower & Plant sale (see photos over on [livejournal.com profile] croc_sandwich) and then did some planting, so I was grubby. Now, there's a window right next to my tub/shower and the sun was really bright (finally!), and I noticed that there was a rainbow in the shower spray! I did not grab my camera - it's not waterproof. ;-)

The weather was perfect for the flower sale! I mostly bought herbs, though unfortunately they'd run out of rosemary. I got oregano and two kinds of basil, and a mint called "Berries & Cream" that has the most gorgeous aroma. I also bought a succulent called a "rosary bead plant", because it has tiny beads, some milkweed, lavender and pinks.
mojosmom: (Default)
I don't normally take showers at noon. But I went to the Hyde Park Garden Club's spring Flower & Plant sale (see photos over on [livejournal.com profile] croc_sandwich) and then did some planting, so I was grubby. Now, there's a window right next to my tub/shower and the sun was really bright (finally!), and I noticed that there was a rainbow in the shower spray! I did not grab my camera - it's not waterproof. ;-)

The weather was perfect for the flower sale! I mostly bought herbs, though unfortunately they'd run out of rosemary. I got oregano and two kinds of basil, and a mint called "Berries & Cream" that has the most gorgeous aroma. I also bought a succulent called a "rosary bead plant", because it has tiny beads, some milkweed, lavender and pinks.
mojosmom: (Default)
For some reason, my post to [livejournal.com profile] croc_sandwich isn't showing up.

So I will post my two old "My Daily Toil" photos here:

My office building - summer:

6-11-2006-21

View from my office window - Winter:

Pond in fog
mojosmom: (Default)
Every so often, I take a photo that strikes me as painterly. This one was taken from the third floor of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and looks to me for all the world like something from the Hudson Valley School:

View from the 3rd floor of the IMA
mojosmom: (Default)
Every so often, I take a photo that strikes me as painterly. This one was taken from the third floor of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and looks to me for all the world like something from the Hudson Valley School:

View from the 3rd floor of the IMA

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