Be WISE this Thanksgiving

For those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA, please remember my generous definitions of cooking in FoodWISE. Just a little bit of cooking goes a long way. And try to keep it WISE: “I like to eat real food—I like to know where it came from, I like to think about the county…

Consider cheese for holiday baking and cooking

This holiday, consider cheese for baking and cooking. But first, is cheese even something you want to put on your menu? As I write in FoodWISE (with an eye on some history and cultural geography), The trick here is to stop—think—then act; consider all the factors in play and make your decision from there. For…

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Eva Stone’s FOIL—a genius of programming

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s November program was remarkable—and unforgettable—and I’ll be writing soon on separate pieces. But first, just one shout-out: Eva Stone for her masterful Foil and to artistic director Peter Boal for commissioning and programming it. Foil is perhaps best known for the Seattle-area dance festival she’s curated since 2008—CHOP SHOP. But this fall,…

World Kindness Day–begins with you

Today is “World Kindness Day”–and I’m thinking that that kindness begins with us, to and for ourselves, around food. There’s a lot that goes into making the “right” food choices–for ourselves, for the planet. First up, though, is the inherent goodness in the food itself–and just how nourishing it is.  But eating is a social…

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps: Who I’m watching

  Cecilia Iliesiu. She danced briefly as a soloist with the Carolina Ballet before joining PNB in 2015. Since then, Iliesiu has danced as lead and featured performer in numerous PNB programs—and for good reason: she has a powerful stage presence, in part due to her huge extensions, coupled with reliably impressive balance. This was…

Pacific Northwest Ballet corps: Who I’m watching

Cecilia Iliesiu. She danced briefly as a soloist with the Carolina Ballet before joining PNB in 2015. Since then, Iliesiu has danced as lead and featured performer in numerous PNB programs—and for good reason: she has a powerful stage presence, in part due to her huge extensions, coupled with reliably impressive balance. This was especially…

European Dance Tour—and perfectionism

I saw a fascinating duet in Florence in July, 2020—a project of the First Commissions Australian arts. The choreographer was Jack Riley and on offer was challenging ideas around physical perfection—perfection as evidenced in the work of Michaelangelo and other artists. It was launched in the Accademia—where Michaelangelo’s David is housed (and revered). For more (with images), see here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8571851-university-of-melbourne-first-commissions/…

A Jonathan Porretta Tribute

Jonathan Porretta’s retirement this past June was significant—there are few principals who were promoted in Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s time left in the company (actually, only one – Noelani Pantastico, others were hired by Stowell/Russell but promoted to principal by Boal). Porretta was an audience favorite because he was so fearless in each virtuoso…

Fall, light into dark: Michaelmas season

  We marked Michaelmas tide,  end-of-September, with a traditional celebration–a reenactment of a dragon-slaying and a festive eating of the giant dragon bread. Fall is here. WHWS, Bellingham, WA In the shadow of the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland, events in Waldorf schools are festive, too. But much of the dragon-exploration occurs in nearby woods. In…

Emotive and neo-classical styles converge in PNB’s opening program

September 28, 2019-October 6, 2019: Kent Stowell’s rousing Carmina Burana and George Balanchine’s complex Agon were monumental successes (yet again) with Seattle audiences.   (c) PNB, Angela Sterling Dancers Karel Cruz and Leslie Rausch in Agon Agon has quite a different feel. Dancers, in simple leotards and tights, are utterly exposed–there’s nothing and nowhere to hide. The…