Shameless Self-Promotion: I have a bunch of storytelling events coming up.
First up is Wednesday September 19 at 7:30 p.m., when I will be one of six storytellers at Tales in the Village at the Friendship Heights Community Center in Chevy Chase, MD. This is free and is just a couple of blocks from the metro.
Then on Saturday September 29 at 7 p.m. I will be part of Better Said Than Done at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA. That costs 10 bucks and is travel themed.
On October 20th, Voices in the Glen is doing our Not Quite Halloween concert at Seeker's Church in Takoma Park, MD. I am still finalizing a few things, but should have an announcement out next week.
And the week after that (i.e. October 27th) is VASA's annual Saturday Series event at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, which I organized this time. You can find details in this flyer.
Famous People Died: The most famous person who died was, of course, Neil Armstrong, who was quite possibly the coolest person ever. He never exploited his fame from the moon landing but worked quietly behind the scenes to promote the space program.
Other celebrity deaths to note are those of feminist author / theorist Shulamith Firestone and of folklorist Josepha Sherman. The latter also wrote fantasy and science fiction, but I actually get good use out of some of her folklore collections, especially Jewish American Folklore.
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden: One of my former colleagues was trying to organize a networking get-together. I suggested going to one of the free Friday night jazz concerts in the sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art. One of her new colleagues got a bunch of other people to come. We were actually sitting somewhat out of earshot of the music, but there was sangria and good conversation involved. I should also mention that my mosquito avoidance technique of sitting next to someone who attracts them more than I do was only partially effective.
Augustoberfest Walk: Hagerstown, MD has an annual German-themed festival called Augustoberfest. One of the events involved is a volksmarch. The route, which was new this year, was particularly pleasant, involving a lot of park trails and a checkpoint at an ice cream store, as well as bits of the historic district. Paying for walk credit also got you into the festival, which was less exciting to me since a drive of 70 miles home is not conducive to beer drinking.
Shakespeare Free For All: It is something of a running joke among people who know me that I don't go to Shakespeare. But I won the ticket lottery for the Shakespeare Theatre Company free performance of All's Well That Ends Well so I have now seen two actual Shakespeare plays. It was pretty enjoyable, though the humor is a bit broad for my tastes. And, of course, the plot is terribly sexist. I stayed for the talk-back with the actors afterwards, where they emphasized how much they enjoy Shakespeare's language. I might go to another of his plays in another 30 years or so.