(Community Matters) a friend commented on a posting below:
As I bike along, most (not all, but most) of the Tovo signs I see in Hyde Park and Judge’s Hill and other neighborhoods are in thick green plush lawns…St. Augustine, a lot of rich, colorful blooming gardens. In the worst drought in half a century, the people who have derided Shade for voting for the water treatment plant because Austin can meet all its water needs with conservation aren’t leading by example.
hey, I’m watering the lawn as we speak, so not throwing stones, just noting. And, we are installing new landscaping and irrigation to more efficiently maintain a yard
(Community Matters) Much fun last night at the MRL LXV, aka Mike Levy’s 65th birthday bash. Louie Mueller Barbecue from Taylor (mike considers it the best in Texas), a bar, a nearly full house at the former ACL studios @ KLRU and two terrific bands – Graham Reynold’s Duke! (w/ string) and Mother Falcon.
lots of family, friends and politicos. Guests were admonished not to bring gifts, and Mike did introduce two friends from MD Anderson who had very encouraging reports about the fight against breast cancer.
At Mike’s request, Graham discussed the process of his composition – enlightening, especially as he explained the creation of the string quartet in Duke! As I watched the guests, saw they were mesmerized. The folks behind me kept yelling Bravo! and noting Graham was such a genius. I forget too many in Austin still don’t know Graham’s work. Jeremy Burch (drummer) was especially on last night, sharing the spotlight. The role of percussion as critical infrastructure in the Duke! movements only struck me last night – and I know these works very well.
Our young friends in Mother Falcon also delighted the audience. There’s a new player/singer who’s name I didn’t catch – a baritone who played the piano & accordion and sang, he’s a great addition. I’m looking forward to meeting him. Nick Gregg & Clare Puckett, as always, were impressive leads. Loved watching our proxy godson, Isaac Winburne, go into his own world on the drums, and big news – Maurice Chammah starts a Fulbright in Egypt this fall. Wasn’t able to catch up with my favorite youth minister but Matt Puckett played at least four instruments & sang during the set.
I’d intended to have an after party for the bands at our house. However, Steven’s Chicago travel delayed and he’s more supportive of after parties while he’s away