Long Overdue: Self Hearts KulArts!

For supporting self’s budding theatre hopes, for putting on her staged reading of “Menchit” and believing, Alleluia and everyone at KulArts have earned self’s undying gratitude.  Self would have trumpeted their greatness earlier, if she hadn’t been so swamped with the classes.  But now it’s time.  And today is the day of the annual

2008 Parol Lantern Festival & Parade
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 5-8PM
Parade starts at Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th St)
Ends in Jessie Square for Grand Finale and Tala Awards!

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One of self’s biggest regrets of the year is that she missed Anthem Salgado in Kobo Abe’s play at Brava.  But she was just too overburdened.  Five classes, Anthem!  Otherwise, self would have been there! She promises to catch you next time!

But it’s not too late to catch


MOCFA: The Shape of Things, Paper Traditions and Transformations

11/14 /08 – 2/15/09

The Shape of Things: Paper Traditions and Transformations explores the history of cut, folded, and molded paper, alongside contemporary artists who introduce fresh perspectives on those traditional forms.

From the unique to ubiquitous, the exhibition examines paper traditions from Asia, specifically from China, Japan, the Philippines, and Korea, and includes papercuts, origami, katagami, paper lanterns, papier-mâché, and paper boxes. Juxtaposing the work with that of contemporary artists demonstrates how traditional arts, folk art, contemporary craft, and fine art are all part of the same continuum.

Come support Gene Apellido, whose beautifully crafted parol lanterns will be on display!

Women Self Would Like to Recognize

. . .  for adding immeasurably to self’s movie-viewing pleasure in 2008:

  • Selma Blair in “Hellboy II”
  • Saffron Burrows in “The Bank Job”
  • Patricia Clarkson in “Elegy”
  • Marie-Josée Croze in “Tell No One”
  • Penelope Cruz in “Elegy”
  • Angelina Jolie in “Wanted”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Duchess”
  • Frances McDormand in “Burn After Reading”
  • Thandi Newton playing Condoleeza in “W”
  • Gwyneth Paltrow in “Ironman”
  • Kristin Scott-Thomas in “Tell No One”

Hands-down winner:  Vera Farmiga in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

How Excellent! 17 Random Things About Self

Self’s been tagged!  By Fab Kathleen!

Shiver-me-timbers!  (Self, quit with the pirate talk already!)

Okey-dokey, purpose of this tag is for self to list 17 Random Things About Herself.  Since self believes in total, and that means total, absolute spontaneity, here goes, without so much as (self swears) a second of forethought:

1.  Self doesn’t feel her day is complete unless she has read several pages of a book.  Read for pleasure, that is.

2.  Self equates the holidays with watching movies.

3.  Hubby thinks self is impulsive (totally untrue).

4.  Self has butterflies in her stomach every time she remembers that she’s supposed to be going to Manila in three weeks.

5.  Self misses Manila.  Until she gets there.

6.  Self has some very good friends.  None of them know each other.

7.  Self spends most of her day in front of the computer.

8.  Self has a disabled parking placard.

9.  Self used to think she had nice legs (until she saw American girls’ legs —  ha ha ha ha!)

10.  Today was the first time in over a year that self got complimented on her skin (probably because classes are over and she isn’t perpetually frowning)

11.  Self’s Dearest Mum is famous.

12.  Self has a brother who has been in the newspapers.  A lot.

13.  Self liked New York when she lived there (early 80s).

14.  Self’s favorite thing about her house right now is the 6-foot Christmas tree.

15.  Self is currently watching “What Not to Wear.”  Another show she watches frequently is “The View.”

16.  Self has seen “The Matrix” four times.  (She’s seen “Princes Mononoke” five times.  She saw “The Painted Veil” three times, and then she finally bought the DVD)

17.  Self adores going to the Symphony with hubby.

And here are the 17 people self will tag:

  1. Kathleen
  2. Luisa (Have you tagged her already, Kathleen?)
  3. Barb
  4. Bob
  5. Chancelucky
  6. Frances
  7. Grace
  8. Jean
  9. Lavalady
  10. Maya
  11. Penny
  12. Rebecca
  13. Stella
  14. Tania
  15. Tina
  16. Ver
  17. Vince

Self can’t believe she actually came up with 17 people to tag!  And it didn’t take her very long at all!

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