Friday, June 25, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Last weekend I attended the final PNB performance of the season featuring Stewart Kershaw conducting the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra for the last time. Stewart was the visionary that 25 years ago built the PNB Orchestra, that has recently been referred to in the New York Times as “possibly the best ballet orchestra in the country”. He has conducted The Nutcracker so many times that he has totally memorized the entire musical score. Though gone from PNB, he will still have a chance to interact with the musicians, because he will continue to serve as the Music Director for the Auburn Symphony, and most of those musicians are also members of the PNB Orchestra. See photos of Stewart and Peter Boal, PNB Artistic Director, above at the post performance reception.
In addition to saying farewell to Stewart, we also said goodbye to ballet dancers, Jordan Pacitti and Mara Vinson. Jordan is retiring to pursue his fragrance business, but I know I will certainly miss seeing him onstage. He danced beautifully last week in his final performance of Red Angels and in a fun encore romp featuring a rug!? He received a standing ovation. Mara was also exquisite dancing the role of Swanhilda in the final act of Coppelia and she will be missed too!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
One of the entrepreneurs who presented at the ZINO Society Roundtable Investment meeting this week was Kevin Veon, CEO of Banshee Bungee. Banshee Bungee has developed a braided bungee that is used for horizontal sports to launch skateboarders, snowboarders and surfers at a 30 mile per hour speed. See photo of Kevin and me above holding the Banshee Bungee. The Roundtable members and guests were fascinated with his presentation and enthralled with the video he shared which you can see on their website. Would you try this?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Cremant de Bourgogne, Louis Bouillot, Brute Rose, NV Burgundy FR vs.
Banfi, Rosa Regale, 2009, Piemonte IT
Le G de Chateau Guiraud, 2008, Bordeaux FR vs.
Pinot Grigio, Muri-Gries, 2008, Alto Adige, IT
Chilled Washington Asparagus Soup with Herbed Goat Cheese Caillé
Alaskan Spot Prawn with Arugula Pesto, Almond and Smoked Orange Foam
Gevrey-Chambertin, Lucie et Auguste Lingnier, Les Seunrees, 1er Cru, 2004, Burgundy FR vs.Barbaresco, La Ca Nova, Bric Mention, 2004, Piemonte IT
Oregon Quail with Black Pepper Onion Puree, Flageolet Bean and Poultry Jus
Moulis, Chateau Branas, Grand Poujeaux, 2005, Bordeaux FR vs.
Tenuta di Arceno, Arcanum3, 2003, Toscana IT
Wagyu Beef Tri-Tip with Pommes Lyonnaise, Caramelized Onion and Peppercorn Demi
Muscat-de-Beaumes-Venise, Domaine Bernardins, 2007, Rhone Valley FR vs.Moscato d’Asti, La Spinetta, Biancospino, 2009, Piemonte IT
Symphony of Desserts
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fascinating studio rehearsal for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s new production of Coppelia in honor of past PNB board member, Microsoftee, and friend, Brady Richardson who passed away a year ago from cancer. We all still miss Brady! His wife, Sharon, in the purple dress in photos above hosted the studio rehearsal in his honor and invited those of us that had donated to PNB in Brady’s name to join her.
A studio rehearsal is always the most interesting opportunity to see dancers at work, because you can really see how hard they are working. They are close enough that you hear their loud breathing from the exhausting, athletic moves that they are making. Plus, you can see how hard their muscles are working as the men lift the women, etc. while making it all look effortless and graceful. Brady and Sharon have both been very active supporters of PNB and many of the dancers have been invited to their home on a regular basis.
Sharon continues to actively support PNB and has been an active and involved member of PNB STARS, the womens’ auxillary group that raises money for PNB as well as provides educational opportunities. The top photo is of several of the STARS members who attended the rehearsal including Susie Ostrander, Carrie Lee, Amy Andersen, Lisa Hanna, Sharon Richardson and Cindy Lee.
Jordan Pacitti, in the 2nd and 3rd photos above, a PNB Corps de Ballet dancer and audience favorite, who is retiring at the end of this season, is dancing the role of Dr. Coppelius, in several of the upcoming ballet performances this week and next.