Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Sacramento Magazine article

Yesterday I saw the article about me in Sacramento Magazine. At first I was afraid to read it, but finally I worked up the courage, and I think it turned out quite well. Unfortunately, they only show the beginning of it on line. You have to buy the magazine to see the whole piece.

Best of Broadway set 2006

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Stan in the Bee

Click here for a big Sacramento Bee article on Stan Lunetta

Big Ball 9/11 memorial

From Friday night's returned Peace Corps Volunteer dinner: Aicha and Steve met as Volunteers in Mali and realized that they both lived in Sacramento within blocks of each other. Aicha is going to Egypt soon to get a master's in international law. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 18, 2006

New sticker

Adding the Robin Netzer sticker to the collection on the Espresso Metro cash register

Friday, August 04, 2006

Rachel got an old coin and an antique match case to keep it in. She could hang it from her watch fob! Posted by Picasa
Rachel is back from Europe, and she looks stunning. Posted by Picasa

I stuck an Erik label on the cash register at Espresso Metro. And someone printed out my eulogy for Erik and taped it to the espresso machine. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sacramento magazine shoot

Jeff Ross came over today to take my picture for the Sacramento magazine article. He decided to shoot me surrounded by masks I had made. (Stan will be so happy to see that his mask is in front!) It took a long time to set up the masks on stands (called "c-stands", short for Century stands) and get the lighting right.

I saw this manifesto on a car parked near Music Circus. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Here is the Sacramento City College Concert Band setting up at the Erik Kleven tribute concert. Brady McKay asked me to say a few words between sets, and here they are:

Unlike everyone else in the audience here, I didn't go to school with Erik, I was never his student, and we were never married. We never even dated — though he was a very good-looking man.
Many years ago I was playing with Erik and I interrupted his bass solo with a solo of my own. Later I apologized and said, "You were playing so few notes that I wasn't sure it was a solo!"
He said, "No, I was making use of the device of space."
To some he was teacher, bandmate, husband, boyfriend, father — to me, he was the coffeehouse Buddha. I spent many hours talking with him at [the coffeehouse] Espresso Metro. He could talk about the mundane as well as the infinite. He always got the joke. He hated the powers that be, but had a smile and a kind word for anybody and everybody.
In fact, he wore the slightly amused look of a visitor from another planet trying hard to understand our poor species. Perhaps he's giving his report now.
Mitch Albom wrote that death ends a life but not a relationship. I'm going to continue my relationship with Erik by following a few more of my crazy impulses, to be kinder and more generous, to say yes a little more often.
If I do that, then I'll still be talking — and playing — with Erik.
And he's not gone — he's just making use of the device of space.
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