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Raqs Gothique ~ A night of dance @ Plague

The flier says it all.
I'll be performing solo once again at Plague's April theme night. We have other talented dancers presenting their shimmies, so it will be a fantastic night.
Performances downstairs @ The Asylum, on Friday April 23rd.



Flier by me.

VM Spring Show ~ 2010




Poster Add by me.

Vivid Motion's 7th Annual Spring Show


Vivid Motion, Inc., Portland’s “innovative and kinda quirky” dance company, is pleased to present Vivid Motion’s 7th Annual Spring Dance Show April 9-11, 2010 at The St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. This show is proudly sponsored by Fournier’s Leadership Karate Centers, The Portland Phoenix, Shipyard Brewing Company, and Gorham Self-Storage.
 
As spring begins to bloom, Vivid Motion has been busily preparing a feast of new dances for our audiences to enjoy. A diverse group of a dozen choreographers, including VM veterans, emerging new talents and guest choreographers, are creating everything from Bollywood inspired beats and martial arts mixers with more traditional ballet and modern dance idioms. Vivid Motion is thrilled to be presenting such a wide variety of dance offerings, with performers of all levels of training.
 
"Choices", a premiere one act dance by Brigitte Paulus explores the story of being homeless in New York. Using music from artists such as Peter Gabriel, Ministry, Imogen Heap and Portland's own Hiss and Chambers and Station 85, Brigitte weaves a tale full of love, hate, despair and hope. Emily Zack-Farrell dances the lead in this 40 minute dance, bringing her considerable talents to the stage to make this story come to life. For those of you that have seen Brigitte's past choreography in "Dance USM" or "Heroine's Journey", you will recognize two key pieces that premiered in each of those shows. Now Brigitte finishes the story, giving Portland audiences a chance to see the prologue and middle of the story.
 
Choreographers for this show include VM regulars Byron Nilsen, Emily Zack-Farrell, Artistic Director MJ Emerson, Rachel Veinot, Brigitte Paulus, and Ali Shannon, and new choreographers Aaron Mitchell, Venus Murphy, Michelle Tham, Daphne Gerard, and we welcome guest choreographers Anna T. Collins and Robert Monteux.
 
Vivid Motion’s dancers hail from Bath to York, range from classically trained ballerinas to hip-hop clubbers, and vary from students to career professionals, but all are eager to delight any audience.
 
Among the corps of 31 dancers are, from Portland: Ali Shannon, Michelle Tham, Trevor Bean, Gerry Shannon, Daphne Gerard, Amy Gieseke, Roxanne Guildford, Kat Masters, Jessica Means, Byron Nilsen, Mark Noyes, Brigitte Paulus, Heather Libby, Will Ballou, Hilary Chapman, MJ Emerson, Manjula VK, and Emily Zack-Farrell. Rounding out the troupe is Bet Black (Westbrook), Kaleigh Duffy, Natalia Irving (Falmouth), Julie Farides (Windham), Aaron Mitchell (Cumberland), JJ Heald (York), John Larson (Saco), Shea Murphy, Venus Murphy, Melian Young (Scarborough), Scott Potter (Yarmouth), Ashley Steeves (Bath), and Rachel Veinot (Gray).
 
Tickets for this all ages show are $12 for Adults, $10 for Students/Seniors and $5 for children 12 & under. Tickets go on sale March 26th online at www.vividmotion.org and with cash or check only at Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way in Downtown Portland. Performances are: Friday & Saturday evenings, April 9th & 10th at 7:30pm, with matinee performances on Saturday & Sunday April 10th & 11th at 2:00pm at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 207-775-5688.

Vivid Motion Spring Show ~ April 9th-11th

I am dancing in this year's Vivid Motion Spring Show! If you're interesting in seeing this ecclectic mix of choreography, styles, and dancers, please feel free to contact me for your early tickets today. Also, as noted below, tickets will be on sale as of March 27th.
I hope to see you there :)

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Vivid Motion, Inc., Portland’s “innovative and kinda quirky” dance company, is pleased to present Vivid Motion’s 7th Annual Spring Dance Show April 9-11, 2010 at The St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. This show is proudly sponsored by Fournier’s Leadership Karate Centers, The Portland Phoenix, Shipyard Brewing Company, and Gorham Self-Storage.
 
As spring begins to bloom, Vivid Motion has been busily preparing a feast of new dances for our audiences to enjoy. A diverse group of a dozen choreographers, including VM veterans, emerging new talents and guest choreographers, are creating everything from Bollywood inspired beats and martial arts mixers with more traditional ballet and modern dance idioms. Vivid Motion is thrilled to be presenting such a wide variety of dance offerings, with performers of all levels of training.
 
"Choices", a premiere one act dance by Brigitte Paulus explores the story of being homeless in New York. Using music from artists such as Peter Gabriel, Ministry, Imogen Heap and Portland's own Hiss and Chambers and Station 85, Brigitte weaves a tale full of love, hate, despair and hope. Emily Zack-Farrell dances the lead in this 40 minute dance, bringing her considerable talents to the stage to make this story come to life. For those of you that have seen Brigitte's past choreography in "Dance USM" or "Heroine's Journey", you will recognize two key pieces that premiered in each of those shows. Now Brigitte finishes the story, giving Portland audiences a chance to see the prologue and middle of the story.
 
Choreographers for this show include VM regulars Byron Nilsen, Emily Zack-Farrell, Artistic Director MJ Emerson, Rachel Veinot, Brigitte Paulus, and Ali Shannon, and new choreographers Aaron Mitchell, Venus Murphy, Michelle Tham, Daphne Gerard, and we welcome guest choreographers Anna T. Collins and Robert Monteux.
 
Vivid Motion’s dancers hail from Bath to York, range from classically trained ballerinas to hip-hop clubbers, and vary from students to career professionals, but all are eager to delight any audience.
 
Among the corps of 31 dancers are, from Portland: Ali Shannon, Michelle Tham, Trevor Bean, Gerry Shannon, Daphne Gerard, Amy Gieseke, Roxanne Guildford, Kat Masters, Jessica Means, Byron Nilsen, Mark Noyes, Brigitte Paulus, Heather Libby, Will Ballou, Hilary Chapman, MJ Emerson, Manjula VK, and Emily Zack-Farrell. Rounding out the troupe is Bet Black (Westbrook), Kaleigh Duffy, Natalia Irving (Falmouth), Julie Farides (Windham), Aaron Mitchell (Cumberland), JJ Heald (York), John Larson (Saco), Shea Murphy, Venus Murphy, Melian Young (Scarborough), Scott Potter (Yarmouth), Ashley Steeves (Bath), and Rachel Veinot (Gray).
 
Tickets for this all ages show are $12 for Adults, $10 for Students/Seniors and $5 for children 12 & under. Tickets go on sale March 26th online at www.vividmotion.org and with cash or check only at Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way in Downtown Portland. Performances are: Friday & Saturday evenings, April 9th & 10th at 7:30pm, with matinee performances on Saturday & Sunday April 10th & 11th at 2:00pm at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 207-775-5688.

Update...

I'm not even making these on Facebook (yes, unfortunately I finally broke and set up a profile. Not my favorite network site in the world, to be sure), so feel lucky it's happening at all.

School's going well. I'm gettin an A in Spanish, and I think a B or A- in Anthropology. It's hard to tell, because the professor does not update our discussion grades very quickly, but so far I've received the highest grade I could on each and every post (if you didn't know, I'm taking distance courses online at UMFK this semester).

Trying to register for summer classes at USM but I'm having some difficulty because for some reason I'm only able to register for UMFK classes, even though I'm a degree student at USM. It's becoming very frustrating.
One thing I noticed about contacting USM for anything--they'll transfer you 3 or 4 times before you really have your issue addressed, and then you'll find out that the person you're talking too is going to transfer you to somewhere else. An office where you can let the phone ring for 30+ times and no one will pick up, or voicemail activate.
Grrrr..........

Took a mini-vacation to Salem this past weekend, with just sashier and myself. It was a fantastic trip, relaxing and fun, and I'm really glad that we did it. It was supposed to be a birthday trip, but I'm actually glad now that it was postponed because the weekend was FANTASTIC. Salem was even nicer then Portland, with a beautifully warm breeze that allowed us to spend the entire day outside without coats. We stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel, and were upgraded from a tiny economy room to the "allegedly" haunted suite on the 3rd floor (I guess it's claim-to-fame is that Ghost Hunters stayed there at one point). Anyway... the hotel was gorgeous, and really conveniently located.
Everywhere we ate this weekend had fantastic service and delicious food. The drinks were awesome too. And I made out like a bandit with shopping.
My pockets are considerably lighter, but if I'd not had the option to shop I think we still would have had a wonderful weekend together. It was nice just to get away, hang out together, chat and relax and not have to worry about getting anywhere.
Oh, and I got some great photos of the Old Burying Point, as well as some shots from exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum. I'll probably post them some time soon (or later).

Mmm... let's see. What else?

I'm starting a costume project soon. I'll be attempting to make a neo-Victorian ensamble using period patterns; the outfit will have a period look but is made with modern fabric so I'm sort of going with more of an aristocratic steampunk look than a historically accurate look. I'll be doing a photo shoot this spring once it's done, so I'll share it then. Considering the colors, I think I'll call it the "Absinthe Mourning Dress" or something.
It's been a while since I've had a sewing project, and almost a year since I've done anything special for myself. This would be the largest project (if you don't count 2 weeks of garb for Pennsic) that I've ever undertaken. I'm really looking forward to putting the attention into it.

Unfortunately, with school and work and dance performances--which I'll be dancing in Vivd Motion's Spring show again this year--I've not much time for anything else. I've got back into the habit of reading on my spare time, and don't really want to give that up. I also have two flier/poster projects but I'm not sure when I'll have the time to finish them. One is for the Spring show, so I really need to get it done by this weekend. Of course, my midterms begin next week :p so between all that I'm not sure when I'll be able to dedicate my time to just sewing.

*sigh*

Well, at least I don't have to worry about making a ton of new garb for SCA events this summer. It looks like I'll only be attending GNEW, which I sorely missed last year.

Anyway, back to work. I'm writing official procedures now for my department, so half of my day is consistent of writing documents that explain how to do things correctly, then formating in Word. You mean I get paid to do this?? So fun! :)
(seriously. I think it's a blast).

Later.

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March Beans, Leaves & Deities


Solstice Moon Circle presents...

Beans, Leaves & Deities ~ Pagan Coffee Chat


When: Mar. 13th. 2010
Where: Portland, Maine

@ The Portland New Church

Event Details: This month we are hosting a drum circle. Bring your drums, tambourines, hands and other percussion instruments for a open drum circle. We will have a short discussion on drumming and the use of music in celebration, ritual and meditation followed by the drum circle.

Feel free to bring extra instruments if you have them and if you don't want to drum, you are welcome to just sit back and listen or maybe get up and dance.

The Beans, Leave & Deities coffee chats are held the second Saturday of the month from September to April. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun and welcoming space for local pagans to meet, network, share ideas and enjoy a cuppa. Join us for coffee, tea and meet other pagans in Southern, Maine. All pagan traditions are welcome. We will have a topical discussion followed by social time.

Event Location: 302 Stevens Avenue in Portland
Event TIME Details: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Directions: Starting on Congress Street Rt. 22 at the 295 exit: travel down Congress going towards South Portland. You will come to an intersection with Westgate Shopping Center on your left and Stevens Ave on your right. Take a right onto Stevens at the light. Travel until you cross Brighton Ave; less then a block away you will reach the New Portland Church on the left hand side of the street.

Website: http://www.beansleavesdeities.blogspot.com/
Website II: http://myspace.com/beansleavesdeities



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A Brief Update, or The Panty Revision

I was finally able to purchase some long-awaited furniture for my apartment. Currently I have two black wire shelving units, one about 54 in. tall, the other about 72 in., which will be placed where my TV and laptop have been resting. The units are pretty sturdy, but still attractive. I also purchased a small brass and glass shelf unit to go next to my new futon.
I've ordered a queen-size futon to replace the regular bed and old iron frame I currently have. The futon frame is simple but elegant with curved arm-rests, and finished in gorgeous dark rosewood. I chose an inner-spring mattress so it's actually comfortable to sit/sleep on. The lady at the store said I had "champagne tastes," but at least for once I can afford what I really want, instead of negotiate what I want with what my purse wants. In the near future I'll also be buying a desk from Ikea which I really like, as well as another stand-up lamp, and replacing some curtains.
Oh, and I picked up new glasses. I kind of wish the current style didn't go so much for rectangular frames; I was sort of hoping for a more Victorian-style spectacle, but these new ones are nice. I've received some compliments today.

Last night I had the strangest dream. It may have been the product of a double-shot of Nyquil, since I've relapsed back into the throat cold From Hell, which started depositing into my lungs. In my dream, undergarments were sort of sacred, and your social standing reflected in your undies. Women would wear clothes that showed off their thong- or bra-straps, and men all wore expensive boxer briefs. Maybe because I prefer boxer briefs on men to just briefs or boxers. I remember feeling very exhilarated because, while I had some nicely made lingerie, that day I'd decided to leave them at home and go commando. I was also nervous because I wasn't sure if my social caste was high enough for me to get away with it, or if I'd be caught and arrested. I wondered if others had gone without undies that day, if we would know each other if we met, and eventually start another sexual revolution as we broke away from the restriction of panties...
It was all very daring.


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... (still alive)


School is going well, though taking up a bit of extra time. I try read every night but... it usually doesn't turn out that way.
I can't wait until I can quit my job and go at it full-time.

I've been working on renewing my wardrobe; I'm a clutter-collector and hate throwing away any piece of fabric. Unfortunately most of it doesn't fit anymore, and for some reason I keep holding onto it incase it does. This weekend may be a much-needed cleansing of old clothes, and looking into purchasing new ones (not just other people's old clothes that I need to tailor to fit me better). Some of my stuff I've actually worn holes through.

Switching from contacts to glasses. Anyone who's seen me out late at night would know why. I look like I'm high, my eyes are so red and bloodshot. Bye-bye expensive contacts. Now I have to get used to wearing frames again.

Going down to Salem in a few weekends with sashier . It was supposed to be my birthday trip two weekends ago but it turned out we had to re-schedule. Should be a fun weekend of wandering, shopping, hopefully some sneaky photography of the small cemetary at the center of town, and visiting the Peabody Essex Museum for the first time. I'm really looking forward to the trip.

I want to sew but can't seem to get the energy/motivation. Inspiration?

Piercing my ears tonight. At last, the long-desired second holes. Gauging these ones out too. Probably will be finally getting more ink by next month.

.... I really have nothing else to say right now.

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Biting at the bit

Saturday morning greeted me with an acceptance letter from USM, and a packet of stuff I have to get done soon. Luckily I have a boy staying with me that just recently went through the process so he can help me make sure I've everything in order but I still only have one week (sort of less) to finish my registration, get my financial aid, make sure it's enough for the classes I still have to pick, and buy books etc. all the happy things you have to do prior to the semester.
Hopefully my boss at work will be flexible in allowing me to change my schedule if needed. She seems she would be but, then again, this time of year is our busiest...
Well, at least it's begun! Woot!! :)

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2010

I've officially been up for over 24 hours now.
I'm sure I'll regret it when I wake up, but the start of the new year was a blast.
Happy "twenty-ten" every one.