20 April 2002 - "Positive Resistance", produced by DC Asians for Peace & Justice was a leftist talent show of sorts during this weekend of protest in DC against the Bush Administration's policies of detaining Middle Eastern and South Asian men, the Israeli retaliations against the Palestinians, the World Bank & IMF policies, and probably a host of other issues (Sorry, can't keep up with them all)... best performer - a queer, hapa woman not on the bill, Avelynn Mitra.
24 April - try to tune in the local Chinese radio show on the Salt Lake City community station, KRCL. It aint easy, cause I'm riding on a bus through the mountains near Park City, and the station keeps fading in and out on my Walkman radio. (Actually, I'm tuning to to a different frequency than what I would back in Salt Lake...)
25 April - At the end of the day, I go over to Gallivan Ctr., behind the hotel, and see the local taiko group, Raijin, perform. They've been around since 1996.
26 April - I'm in Salt Lake City for the Asian American Studies Conference. I played hooky from it, today and attended a live radio program at the University of Utah. There's a Science & Literature symposium going on for a couple days, with several guest speakers. These speakers were guests on the NPR show, "Science Friday." The host, Ira Flato, was in NY, but that didn't really seem to cause major problems such as huge gaps of silence or overlapping dialogue, between him and the guests (Rodney Brooks, director of the AI lab at MIT; Anne Foerst, theologian at St. Bonaventure U; and Richard Powers, novelist and English prof. at U of Ill.)
27 April - At the Duke Press table, I buy the one book on display that I can readily understand, Blue Nippon; authenticating jazz in Japan. (Most of the Duke Press books I see are fairly theoretical.) It's written by E. Taylor Atkins and was published last year.
4 May - After the screening of "Charlotte Sometimes" at the Maryland Film Festival (Charles Theater in Baltimore) I went up to one of the actors, Michael Idemoto. I mentioned to him that he was depicted on one of the pages of my website. (Click on Fun Fotos.) He knew what I was talking about, 'cause he'd come across it in his web surfing. "Oh, you're the one!" he exclaimed. I'd made up a humorous caption for a picture I'd taken of him and his cousin, Giant Robot editor Eric Nakamoto, when they'd
come out east a couple years ago to Johns Hopkins Univ. to screen their film, "Sunsets." (I'm glad Michael had a sense of humor and could take some ribbing.)
5 May - After changing the oil in my car, I headed into town to catch a show at the Red Room. Wanted to see a trio of improvisers from Germany. Struck up a conversation, afterwards, with the "leader", Dietrich Eichmann. Turns out he's a composer as well as an improv pianist. He sold me a CD of his music put out on his own label (oaksmus). The title is Entre Deux Guerres. It's a "Konzert für Soloklavier und vierzehn Musiker."
12 May - I read a book called, Necessity is... the early years of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention by Billy James (saf publishing, 2000). I can't help but admit that my sense of humor was influenced, at one time, by the absurdity of some of their material (especially the album, Uncle Meat).
25 May - On one of the local NPR stations, I listened to a repeat of the April 15, 2000 show of Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion." It was a broadcast of their annual "Towns Under Two Thousand" contest, the one one won by Leilani Clark (from Wellborn, FL). She was all of 11 or 12 at the time, but sounded like she almost in her thirties! What a voice! What singing!
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