Monday, December 31, 2007
Being The Palm Springs Savant, I have plans to celebrate New Year's Eve on the town, of course! No doubt another round of martinis will be in order. Last week when out to dinner at Melvyn's I was recognized in the cocktail lounge by a local reader of this blog. I was being escorted to my table, when out of nowhere I hear someone call out: "Are you Rick Rockhill?" I stopped, turned and smiled and the voice continued: "...from The Palm Springs Savant, right?" We chatted for a few minutes as the rest of my dinner party was seated. I'm always happy to meet people who read this blog. Lately I've been running into more and more, right here in Palm Springs. So if you are reading this, and plan to be in Palm Springs to celebrate New Year's Eve, don't hesitate to say hello if you see me out and about town. I may even buy you a martini!
Wishing everyone around the world, to right here in Palm Springs peace, health, happiness and prosperity for this new year.
What do you plan to do for New Year's Eve? Don't be shy now...
Sunday, December 30, 2007
above left: #2, above right #3 probably my favorite of today's grouping
above left: #4, it's actually a man, and above right: #5
I hope you enjoyed this week's art as much as I did....which one do you like best? Go ahead, leave a comment, it's completely free and FUN too!
above: The party had wonderful decorations on the grounds outside by the pool. If you look closely to the left in the distance, you can see the martini ice sculpture illuminated. Dozens of fresh roses adorned each table around the pool, which was so elegant in the desert moonlight.
above: Inside, a pianist played wonderful music (he was on a break when I took this photo).
Above: The food was nothing short of fabulous. Fresh Shrimp, Crab Legs, Sushi, Rack of Lamb, salads, Carne Asada served in martini glasses and other culinary delights. The center of the table was decorated with tall glass vases with fresh white orchids floating in water, which was quite stunning.
above: later in the evening, servers brought around a tray of fresh baked, warm cookies, and a tray of cold milk in shot glasses. It was such a nice touch...hosts Greg and Brad think of everything!
above left: in the blue shirt, popular desert personal trainer Eddie, with my dear friend Skip & above right: friends Dave, Ralph and Todd share a smile. It was an elegant, enjoyable soiree; I am grateful to have such wonderful friends here in the desert.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The Saturday Seven: Best Ballroom Dances
In the interest of full disclosure- all dance descriptions are from our friends at Wikipedia.
above: The Tango originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are several styles, but most are danced in either open embrace, where lead and follow connect at arms length, or close embrace, where the lead and follow connect chest-to-chest.
#2 The Swing Dance
above: The Swing dances developed concurrently with the style of jazz music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The most well known of which is lindy hop. There is also a strong tradition of social and boogie woogie and acrobatic rock and roll styles mixed in.
#3 The Waltz
above: The Waltz was the first dance to use the closed position for any extended period of time, and because of this it was subjected to severe criticism and condemnation by both civic and church authorities.Waltz music is written in 3/4 time, with three equal beats to the measure. The first note of each measure is stressed, or emphasized. Dancers must learn to hear the stressed note, which indicates the count of 1 or a "boom".
#4 The Cha Cha
above: The Cha Cha is a dance of Cuban origin. It corresponds to the Cha-cha-cha music introduced by Cuban composer and violinist Enrique Jorrín.The basic pattern involves a checked forward step with the left foot retaining some weight on the right foot, the knee of the right leg being allowed to flex and close to the back of the left knee, the left leg having straightened just prior to receiving part weight.
#5 The Mambo
above: The Mambo is a Cuban dance that corresponds to mambo music. The basic pattern or "Basic Step" of Mambo consists of two halves: Forward Basic and Backward Basic. When a man dances The Forward Basic, the lady dances the Backward Basic and vice versa. The steps are performed with Cuban hip motion, a weight change while bending the knee - this will result in the hip motion which is typical for Salsa. In mambo however this move is made to appear more sudden and accentuated.
#6 The Merengue
above: The Merengue is a dance and music of the Dominican Republic. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The man holds the woman's waist with his right hand while keeping his left hand/her right hand at the woman's eye level. The merengue is a two-step beat requiring both partners to bend their knees slightly left and right. This in turn makes the hips move left and right. When danced correctly, the hips of the man and woman will move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps.
#7 The Rumba
above: The Rumba is originated from Cuba. considered rumba the most erotic and sensual Latin dance, for its relatively slow rhythm and the hip movement. American style rumba is characterized by the Cuban motion or hip sway arising from the bending and straightening of the knee, as opposed to Latin motion stepping on a straight leg, which is used in international style rumba. In a well choreographed dance there will always be an element of "tease and run"; the man being lured and then rejected.
Bonus Entry: The Samba
above: The Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced under the Samba music. The basic movements are counted either 1-2 or 1-a-2, and are danced with a slight downward bouncing or dropping action. This action is created through the bending and straightening of the knees, with bending occurring on the beats of 1 and 2, and the straightening occurring on the "a".
What are YOUR FAVORITE DANCES? Since this is the last Saturday Seven for 2007, ALL COMMENTS ARE FREE TODAY!
Friday, December 28, 2007
"The Long Legged-Lovelies"
above: Elaborate showgirl costumes with feathers, beads and sequins have a Vegas feel to them
above: Each year the show theme changes, as do the costumes, songs and dance routines.
above: Trina Parks, who was a Bond girl "baddie" called "Thumper" in the 007 flick Diamonds are Forever.
So if you ever get to Palm Springs in the months of November through May, be sure to check out this show. It's classic Palm Springs entertainment that will leave you smiling and inspired too. Here is a video from YouTube of the show:
PS- as a reminder, like everything on my blog, this is NOT a paid post. I just write about things I like!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And below, here is a VERY short clip with her now immortal role in "Thoroughly Modern Millie". Carol plays a rich, madcap widow named Muzzy Van Hossmere, who makes her big entrance flying in a biplane, sloshing champagne, and screaming "Raaaassspberries!"
And finally, below this clip from Alice in Wonderland with Miss Carol Channing playing the White Queen.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This week's e-mail is from Kellie
Dear Dr Wang,
I am majoring in English and minoring in art. I love the written letter and it is my passion. I love it in many languages. I also have a desire to practice massage. I am terrified of not being able to get a job with my liberal arts degree and there is a need for massage therapists where I live. Next semester outside of college I can take some extra courses for fun on the side in calligraphy which I will no doubt enjoy. This would make me a better artist. I can also save my money and take a class over the summer that will certify me to be a massage therapist and I will get my classes in massage, anatomy and physiology, and even business. My family says that I need to do what I feel is right and since I do not know. . . I am coming to you, Wise Dweller of the Waters.
-KellieDr Wang responds: Dear Kellie,
Being a clairvoyant fish, I have the benefit of using my psychic abilities combined with a heightened sensitivity of vibrations in the waters of my tank. I often rely on these methods to dispense the wisdom so many readers seek each week. But once again, I consulted The Great Bubble Wall for guidance and clarity of thought. The pattern of bubbles was quite erratic and irregular, which indicates that you have still not made up your mind with regard to a preferred career.
Finding a job with a degree in English and Art in the next ten months will be tough as removing barnacles from the bottom of a sunken ship. I recommend that you take the class to become a certified massage therapist. You will be able to earn a decent income by working in a local day spa as a therapist. There you will meet a client by the name of either Hannah, Anna, or Brianna who runs a local newspaper. You will recognize her by her webbed toes while you are massaging her feet. She will mention her newspaper, and you should mention your degree. She will then invite you to interview for a position as a copywriter for the arts section of the paper, which you should pursue. There you will find a job using your English and Art degree.
In the meantime, keep swimming upstream.
"Wisdom Wednesdays" features the sage advice of our resident oracle, psychic betta fish "Dr Sidney Wang". Believed to be a reincarnated descendant of King Rama II of Siam, Dr Wang responds to e-mail submissions with advice, predictions of the future and conveys ancient proverbs to provide guidance and support. Dr Sidney Wang's 24 Hour Wisdom, Advice and Inspiration service is also available from the left side navigation for this feature.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
-Rick, Shimi, Owen & Dr Wang too
My Christmas gift to you today is this quick joke:Paul climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. Looking up, he asks: "God, what does a million years mean to you?"
God replies, "A minute."
Paul asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?"
God replies, "A penny."
Paul then asks, "God, can I have a penny?"
God replies, "Sure, in a minute"
Monday, December 24, 2007
The Great Bubble Wall had stopped bubbling,
as Dr Wang paused to give thanks.
The Christmas ornaments were set in the gravel with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The Sea Monkeys were nestled all snug in their castle,
while visions of sugar-plums danced like a dangl-ing tassel;
Dr Wang had just settled down for a long evening's nap,
When outside the tank there arose such a clatter,
he swam to the surface to see what was the matter.
Up close to the glass he swam like a flash,
pushing apart the fake-plants in a great dash.
When what to his wondering fish eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
he knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than sharks his coursers they came,
and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the tank! To the top of the filter!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
So up to the aquarium-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of fish food, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, he heard on the light-hood,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As he drew in his fin, and was swimming around,
down The Great Bubble Wall St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, even though it looked tacky,
and his clothes were all tarnished with fish slime and algae;
A bundle of air stones he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled Dr Wang's stocking; then turned with a jerk,
and laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up The Great Bubble Wall he rose.
He sprang to the waters surface and jumped into his sleigh,
then off on a wave, he went on his way.
I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
We started trimming the tree, listening to Christmas carols while enjoying some wine and cheese. There were a group of 16 of us, each taking turns decorating the tree and enjoying each other's company over the course of the evening.
above: The tree we were trimming was quite large, we had to use a ladder to reach the top. When we finished, it looked so festive. My camera washed out the colors, so you'll have take my word for it.
above: This is my favorite photo, after the tree was trimmed. I paused to take this photo, which conveys the warmth of the room. The glow of the fireplace and the tiny lights from the Christmas tree provided a wonderful yuletide feeling.
above: after dinner, there was the most amazing chocolate cake. It was a life-changing dessert. The poinsettia flowers were frosting, but were not overly sweet at all. It is shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas season here in Palm Springs.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
above: This is in downtown Providence, RI along Memorial Boulevard. One portion of the circle has shiny, scale like metal and the other side is contrasted by smooth, hard, angular jagged type cut work.
above: This sculpture, set in a pool of water is at the front entrance to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. It is a well polished shiny steel with sexy curves and free form type shape. The water fountains and up lighting make this a stunning piece.
above: This is located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. It is art with function. Although not shown in this photograph, each of these metal tubes have water that flow through them. Each colored tube slowly fills up with water and gently glides down, allowing the water to majestically flow out and back into the pool below.
above: Located in front of the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs, this may not seem very sophisticated, but it is quite stimulating, and whimsical.
above: I did not take this photo. This is titled "Sounding Sculpture", by artist Harry Bertoia. It is part of the permanent collection at The Palm Springs Art Museum. The artist was fascinated with sound from metal pieces in various shapes and sizes.
Thanks for stopping by The Sunday Art Review today, I really do appreciate it.
above: the house was beautifully decorated with stunning floral arrangements, fresh Christmas garland, wreaths and huge poinsettia plants throughout. The party had a definite glow on. By Palm Springs standards, the party went late. I lost track of time and was still dancing with friends around midnight, enjoying a few laughs and eating way too many snacky-things for my own good. Every so often I would head over to the chocolate fountain and dip a mini cream puff under the stream of luscious warm, flowing chocolate and gobble it up. I can't control myself when it comes to chocolate, I'm afraid.
above: a blurry picture, but I snapped this photo above to capture some of the wonderful atmosphere on the grounds of their property. I don't know if it was the giant Booda statue in, or the myriad of glowing candles, but it was such a cozy area to relax and chat with friends.
above: me with my good friend Skip sharing a few laughs. Luckily there was a heater behind us taking the chill out of the air!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
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