Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Angels on High - St Paschal Baylon

Merry Christmas! Take a moment and admired the Christmas decorations at St Paschal Baylon Catholic Church. My dear friend Kris is part of the Arts and Environment team that designs, builds and installs their lavish holiday decor. The angels were her idea and executed triumphetly by her and her small team of elves (wink-wink). They float above the chuch in praise and worship, encircling the parishioners and the manger where the Christ child will lay this morning. The angels are glorious and pure magic. The A&E team should be proud of this lovely display. They've elevated an already special place to the heavens. If you want to feel like Christmas, go there. Well done!

Seeing these 25 angels makes me remember 26 other angels today. It was not the intention of this project but it is an unmistakable reminder of their sweet presence wafting to the heavens.

I wish you peace this holiday season.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pink Martini in Cleveland

This week, thanks to the generosity of friends and the fortune of living in a great place, I got to enjoy my first Pink Martini concert from the 3rd row of the bedazzled and iconic, Severance Hall. The concert was joyful from the moment it began to the last note played. Expertly accompanied by The Cleveland Orchestra, this "little orchestra" delivered cool tunes that celebrated the holidays and highlighted their incredible talents. They are diverse and worldly in their music choices which creates a magical patchwork of a concert. China Forbes effortlessly spun a web that captured the attention of the packed house. Every note to perfection and captivating. Every note sung to me, or at least I'd to think so.  Also performing, Ari Shapiro. Yes, that Ari, National Public Radio's White House correspondent. He was incredible!  His voice is warm and smooth and he performed seamlessly. He's a true crooner. And a heart throb. A night to be remembered and treasured.

Here are a few of my iPhone photos from the concert. And if  you scroll down a bit you see a video of China and Pink Martini singing Auld Lang Syne. There is also a wonderful clarinet performance by 95 year old conductor Norman Leydon, who also joined the bad for the evening.

China Forbes

Ari Shapiro

Pink Martini

Norman Leydon

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cleveland - Signs of the Past

I've been working on a project where I'm capturing the faded signs of Cleveland's past. They've always been intriguing in that they show a bit of history and allow a common passer-by to act as an urban archaeologist. They are well-worn testimonials of commerce and industry and are like modern day hieroglyphs. Once I started looking for them they readily revealed themselves like belligerent ghosts, sketchy and worn, badgering me to stop and pay attention. I expect I will continue to add to this collection. I see new-old signs everywhere I go. It's just a matter of time and the persistence of apparitions.