So many fun things in the past couple of weeks . . . The Santa Barbara International Film Festival hosted "The Wave Film Festival" of French film. I and friends went to four of them. Weekends in Normandy is a quiet story of two couples and their personal and collective journeys as one couple navigate divorce — and life's surprises. Josephine was one of my favorites — a comedy about a big butt and the pressures of finding a husband . . . very fun! Not my Type was also a favorite . . . about love, freedom and cultural / social divides . . . also fun music to sing along with! Playing Dead is a murder mystery cum comedy that starts slow, but has twists and turns to keep you interested. Held at the
A few days later several other friends and I spent a fun day in Los Angeles. After exploring the National History Museum and Exposition Park, we headed to for dinner. Then off to The Music Center for the Dizzy Feet Foundation's "Celebration of Dance" to see a variety of excellent dance performances by some of our favorite So You Think You Can Dance artists and more!
I also have been hearing some really good music lately . . . at the Solvang Festival Theater's Jazz In the Garden series Grammy nominee Denise Donatelli presented an outstanding performance under the oaks, so did Chicago jazz singer Paul Marinaro, and a couple of weeks ago the Brazilian sounds of Téka and NewBossa. Friday night was introduced to the Missouri-based bluegrass / folk group Clusterpluck at Casa Dumetz Winery in Los Alamos that I and others are meeting up tonight at Standing Sun Winery where they will be performing!