Updated Sepember, 2008

Lecture notes from

Recording eight months of an experiment in learning and Coming Soon: POETS ON SITE
at Caltech
a poetic, scientific experiment

Listings in this color are ones that Kathabela and Rick attended together!

*"From the Outside In" is a broad exploratory project: the aim is to follow the path of investigation, and see where it will lead. I search out lectures, seminars, and classes on every topic I was interested it, whether I have had experience or not, and try to understand. I am especially interested in the "cutting edge"... new ideas about the world, that come from new discoveries, experiments and studies. I have a background in the humanities and the arts, but I am drawn to science. (I married a mathematician, who also loves art and music.) I like an interdisciplinary approach, but I want to hear the sciences speak in their pure form. As a poet/artist always dances precariously at the edge of the the mysterious universe, so science inspires and gives footing to a stance that is taken in wonder. Since I am a Caltech "spouse", I am especially exploring the vast resources for learning at Caltech and surrounding area in Pasadena . As I like to walk (in fact I'm a stubborn NY born non-driver) almost, if not all activities are walking distance from the Institute. I am also interested in the silly, the mundane, the unfamiliar and the practical, so I will not rule out anything as a topic of study. Below you will see the details and development of this project.

With thanks to Rick Wilson
for giving us the "inside scoop"

New: Favorite Drawings from the Outsider Journal
Here's my journal.

The Portrait Gallery
Kathabela's miniature portrait sketches of speakers

Monday, June 20, 2005
Richard Ellis, Steele Family Professor of Astronomy, Caltech,
director of the Caltech Optical Observatories
A Sharper View of Cosmic History with the Thirty Meter Telescope
Caltech, Beckman Institute auditorium
Coming soon: Lecture notes

June 24 to 27, 2005, CALTECH
Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Annual Meeting
1. Friday, June 24, 2005
Vince di Lollo, UBC, Vancouver:
Psychcophysical methods for rendering stimuli invisible
The Outsider observes: This was a fascinating talk on a subject I have never thought about before. I understood enough to be excited by this talk, but there was definitely more there than I could understand. If a pattern is hidden in a matrix, how long does the pattern need to be shown (seconds) separately to be able to then identify it within? Also, if in a string of items (for instance:345a785b29) is shown we find that the second letter within the #s is recognized faster, if it is farther from the first. Also if it is at the end it is most identifyable. I am oversimplifying, but this exploration could be applied to teaching and learning.
Lecture notes

2. Saturday, June 25, 2005
Michael Snodgrass, U of Michigan:
On the fate of negative emotional stimuli:levels of (un)consciousness mediate vigilance vs defense
Lecture notes

Saturday, June 25, 2005
AxS: At the Intersection of Art and Science
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Caltech Athenaeum
Panel disussion:Jim Campbell, Artist. Eric Johnson. AnnMarie Polsenberg Thomas, Doctoral Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Panel discussion on the connections between art and science, as part of The exhibition "AxS: At the Intersection of Art & Science" which will be on view at the Armory Center for the Arts and the California Institute of Technology June 26 – September 4. AxS is the first collaborative art exhibition between the Armory and Caltech.
(A dialogue after the Outsiders own heart): This interesting panel discussion was better attended than anticipated, and that should bring a smile to the happy collaboraters (Caltech and the Armory Center for the Arts). AnnMarie Polsenberg, a Caltech graduate student specializing in ocean robotics, brought the conversation alive with the story of her own evolution as both scientist and artist. We were also treated to Jim Campbell's overview of his own work, now on display mainly in the Athenaeum Lobby and also at the Armory.(See
See Discussion notes

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Annual Meeting (continued)
3. Sunday, June 26, 2005
Jean Pierre Changuex, Collège de France, Institute Pasteur
(keynote speaker) Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology:
"Do Mice Have Consciousness?"
Coming soon: Lecture Notes

4. Monday, June 27, 2005
John Searle, (keynote speaker) U of Berkeley
Mills Professor of the Mind and of Language:
"Dualism Reconsidered"
Even an Outsider could tell...this was a fantastic talk by a distinguished speaker. Funny and brilliant. An amazingly satisfying view of consciousness, with science at its it's core. You can see how fascinating this was, as there are six pages of notes. Everything was noteworthy. His conclusion: "The incredible thing about human consciousness is its incredible variety; it is one of the delights of nature. Here in one ontological subjectivity all levels of activity are simultaneous.
Lecture Notes

Tuesday, June 28, 2005
(ASSC) Satellite Meeting on the Problems of Space and Time
1. Dirk Jancke: "Correlates of motion illusion in early visual cortex;voltage sensitive dye imaging of cortical space in real time."
An attempt from the outsider: This intriguing talk dealt with ways of testing to see what happens in the brain when motion creates visual illusion.
Lecture notes

The Outsider gleans: The two talks below are concerned with investigating the interesting the way that the eye can see the same drawn image in different ways (flipping, or inverting, turning it inside out). We all have experienced this in playful puzzles, and some Escher drawings. Suddenly we see it a different way.

2. Igor Aleksander: "Necker Flips in time as an indication of the mechanisms of visual consciousness."
The Outsider comments:This talk concentrated on the fact that one cannot stop the "flipping". It happens, even if we try to delay or prevent it.
Lecture notes

3. Kielan Yarrow: "Antedating of saccade targets"
The Outsider comments: This talk concentrated on the timing and instantaneousness of the process. Why is there no gap? Any way to tell how long it takes?
Lecture notes

4. Jamshid Ghajar: "The attention frame of *now*"
The Outsider comments: The best attention requires anticipation! The "now" is about 1 1/2 seconds.
Lecture notes

Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Abbott Laboratories Organic Chemistry Symposium
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 153 Noyes, Sturdivant Lecture Hall
Steven King: "New Reaction Development"
See Lecture notes

Thursday, June 30, 2005
Workshop presented by TIAA CREF
CALTECH Winnett clubroom #1
Denise Carter: Understanding Basic Investment Concepts
Coming soon: Workshop notes

Friday, July 1, 2005
Exhibit: The Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena
AxS: At the Intersection of Art and Science
also: Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture #5 (2005)
and Michael McMillen "Motel Under the World"
Some coming soon: Exhibit Notes

Saturday, July 2, 2005
Exhibit: Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena
Brighter than Gold: The Rich Tradition of Satsuma Ware

Sunday, July 3, 2005
The Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Show and Sale
at the Huntington Gardens, San Marino
See Photos

Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Prudential California Realty
Real Estate as Investment (one-on-one tutorial) James Nicholson

Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Exhibit in the Athenaeum Lobby:
AxS: At the Intersection of Art & Science"
Five Works by Jim Campbell
Four pieces in the "Ambiguous Icon Series and another, "Untitled (For the Sun) 1999
The Outsider says: This exhibit in the Athenaeum lobby competes (well) with some of the best food presentation in Southern California. The art deserves a special visit when you are not hungry! I spent a good 40 minutes staring, which is what it takes to be able to really see what is going on. I became the unofficial docent during my visit, as I could point out the dynamics to hungry dinner guests who only had a few minutes to puzzle over them on their way in. As a result, they went to dinner ooohing and ahhhing about the art!
See some
Jim Campbell artwork
See notes at the exhibit

Wednesday, July 6, 2005
7:30 pm , Caltech, Dabney Lounge
Beginning Salsa Class
The Outsider says: No, I've never danced salsa before. My daughter does, and I just spontaneously thought, "I'll surprise her". The instructors were friendly, good teachers and good dancers, that made it look like fun. It was easy to just stumble along inconspicuously, in this relaxed cheerful atmosphere!

Thursday, July 7, 2005
Opening of Exhibit, Pasadena Museum of California Art:
Bull.Miletic: Übergang

(video/audio installation, sightings and sounds from Berlin's elevated railway)
The Outsider says: Amazing. From the museum listing, it was hard to tell what this would be like. That's because it is so unusual. Video presentation on four simultaneous, independant screens... vivid (painterly) colors and interesting sound. There is a sense of immediacy. Fast moving but clear, not a blur. An inventive use of technology at the service of art.
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is a newer museum, and another treasure of Pasadena. Always fantastic, interesting, engaging shows, and nice openings too, with wine, fruit and cheese. The artist team (a couple) spoke about their joint works.
See Collage-Notes

Saturday, July 9, 2005
Belly Dance Class Caltech, Braun Gym, instructor Leela
The Outsider says: I've never belly danced before, and when I saw this Caltech listing I thought... oh no, not that. But true to my project of trying new things, I thought some more. Good excersise. I like to dance. My daughter (a dancer) has threatened to take me to a class. Why not do it myself? Also, my (Maltese) mom grew up in Egypt, and her graceful hands did Egyptian dances before my eyes, even as a baby. So I went. Leela is an artist, and funny and greatly encouraging and enthusiastic. A wonderful workout, graceful and fun. Too bad only girls can do this!
See Leela and Her Dance Company
See Leela and students at Caltech

Sunday, July 10, 2005
"Doubt: A History," Jennifer Michael Hecht
Skeptics Society Lecture
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech
See photo and Lecture Notes

Monday, July 11, 2005
Important Steps in Establishing a Living Trust (one-on-one tutorial)
Matthew W. Goldsby, Lake Avenue, Pasadena
See Matthew Goldsby's page

Argentine Tango for Beginners
Dabney Lounge, Caltech
"The Tango is not a dance but an obsession. For the tanguero, it is as much a part of life as eating and sleeping. Erotic and passionate, haunting and melancholy, it involves not only the body but also the soul..." --from the Tango Afficianado web site.--
I decided to take this class simply because it was offered at Caltech and I was curious. But as is common, I think, Tango came and "took me" instead! I discovered as well, that I had Tango "in my blood" as when I told my Mom about the classes, her eyes lit up with memories of watching fascinated, the Tango dancers in the ballroom on the pier in Port Said, Egypt this
Maltese girl's childhood home.
See Photo and notes
Read about Tango
p.s. Go to Sept 2 Tango in Santa Barbara

Tuesday July 12, 2005
Institute for Quantum Information Seminar
Nicolas Cerf, University of Brussels:
"Capacity of Bosonic Gaussian Channels with Memory"
74 Jorgensen, Caltech
See photo and notes

July 13, 2005 Beginning Ballet
Elizabeth Beck, ballet teacher
Braun Gym, Caltech
A gracefully taught class full of vitality and classical music. I took some ballet classes as a little girl, and I had forgotten, or maybe never realized, that this is really good stretching exercise, as well as fun. It is amazing to see and feel the slightest differences in motion and posture that make a big difference between clumsiness and grace.
See Class Photos and Notes

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Beginning Yoga Class
Instructor: Nancy
Braun Gym, Caltech
I have done yoga for quite a few years, at home, from a book, choosing patterns and postures in a relaxed manner, for physical well being and mental clarity and openess. This was the first time in a group situation, which added challenging new postures and more demanding stretching. I felt great after this class.

Friday, July 15, 2005
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
This show is stunning. It is not just ceramics. It is really sculptural art, inspired and various. Many artists, many diferent techniques, many functional pieces and life size abstract and representational.
See Museum exhibit link

Saturday, July 16, 2005
Summer evening and concert at the Huntington Gardens
Performance of Chinese Youth Orchestra
It is one of the delights of membership an the Huntington, to be invited on a summer evening to stroll after hours and to listen to music performed live in the dramatic grassy sculpture garden. This time wonderful Chinese musicians (ages 12 to 17) performed in concert. Lively folk song ensemble pieces with great percussion, as well as soloistic pieces for bamboo flute, koto, trumpet and more.
See photos
**also repeat Belly Dance Class

Monday, July 18, 2005
**Repeat Tango Class

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Institute for Quantum Information Seminar
Henri Verschelde, Ghent University
A Tour of Variational Quantum Field Theory
74 Jorgensen, Caltech
photos and notes

** also repeat Yoga Class

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Caltech Human Resources Benefits presentation by TIAA CREF
Taking a Realistic Look at Fixed Income Returns
Beckman Institute auditorium, Caltech
Notes and Photo

**also repeat Salsa Class
This time I stayed beyond the introductory session and did the real beginning level salsa class. Great teachers, new steps, and music were engaging and intense in the high heat, non-stop dance session. It was great fun, and someone smiled and said to me "You look like you're happy to be here!" Well, true, but I can smile through a lot of mistepping. Soon perhaps... better steps and even broader smiles?
See photos at class

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Yoga Class #3

Friday, July 22, 2005
Deep Impact: A Crash Course in Comets
Don Yeomans, JPL/Caltech.
Von Karman Lecture Series, Pasadena City College, The Vosloh Forum
photos and Notes

Saturday, July 23, 2005
Belly Dance class #3

Swartz-Sloan Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology:
Annual Summer Meeting

Caltech, July 23-26, 2005
Richard Andersen, Caltech, invited speaker
Decoding cognitive variables with brain-machine interfaces
This was an exciting lecture, even from an "Outsiders" point of view. The research Anderson does at Caltech, which involves monkeys(! he showed photos of some of his "graduates") leads to an amazing limb prosthesis for paralyzed patients or those with lost limbs, operated by the person's own neural signals. Film clips at the end of the talk demonstrated how natural the movements that come from the person's own neural impulses are, in opposition to the (in comparison)clumsy movements of those in current use. A "cutting edge" exciting field of work, with invaluable benefit!
Photos and Lecture Notes

Sunday, July 24, 2005
continued: Swartz-Sloan Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology
Annual Summer Meeting
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, University of Leicester, UK
Encoding and decoding of visual inputs by single cells in the human temporal lobe
Photos and notes

Monday, July 25, 2005
continued: Swartz-Sloan Centers for Theoretical Neurobiology
Christian Machens (CSHL)
Short-term memory and decision making with continuous attractor networks
Notes and photo

Argentine Tango class #3

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Institute for Quantum Information Seminar
Martin Roetteler, NEC-Labs
"New Tales of the Mean King"
Caltech, 74 Jorgensen
abstract and notes

Yoga Class #4

Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Salsa Class #3

Thursday, July 28, 2005
2005 Michelson Summer Workshop:
Discovering New Worlds Through Astrometry

Andy Boden (MSC)
Interferometric Measurements of Binary Stars
Notes and Photos

Yoga Class #5
Caltech Athletic Club

Friday, July 29, 2005
2005 Michelson Summer Workshop:
Discovering New Worlds Through Astrometry

  • Norbert Zacharias (USNO)
    The Future of Astrometric All Sky Surveys
    See Notes and Photos

  • Stuart Shaklan (JPL)
    STEPS: Stellar Planet Survey
    See Notes and Photos

    Aerobic Dance Class

    Caltech Athletic Club
    I have never attended an aerobic class before. It took arguing with my prejudice to try this. When our yoga class ends in this same room, the next class is an aerobic shock... loud, with boisterous music. Maybe it's just the contrast with yogic serenity. The aerobic dance music was fun and playful, the steps...imagine yourself in a musical! Kathy Braidhill was an inspiration, and her class applauded after the session. Not many teachers can boast such a response.
    Photos and Notes
    See Photos and Notes

    Belly Dance Class #4
    with Leela
    See Photos and class notes

    A visit to Galerie Gabrie
    Green Street, in Pasadena
    This gallery focuses on contemporary California "traditional" artist's work. Well chosen, colorful and innovative as well, I was impressed with the gallery, their artists, and their helpful website. I was drawn to the gallery byt the show by Ken Christiansen, "An American in Paris". You can still see this art on display at the gallery, even though the exhibit is officially ended.

    Monday, August 1, 2005
    "Step Body Works" aerobics
    I had no idea what this would be like. Being only my second experience with "aerobics classes" I was prepared not to like it. It was harder than the dance aerobics, and consisted of climbing and positioning on piles of plastic steps, using small weights, and elastic bands. I liked that it was but it was "dance strengthening focused" and generally slow and graceful. I was not sore or exhausted afterwards but felt like I exercised!

    Argentine Tango Class #4
    This is the first time I began to feel a sense of progress. This is a difficult dance, but very beautiful. It is worth the work of learning. Some people say that if you can learn to Tango, you can learn anything!

    Tuesday, August 2, 2005
    Institute for Quantum Information Seminar
    74 Jorgenson, Caltech
    Tal Mor, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
    "From Quantum Computers to Identification of Molecules"
    Abstract and Notes

    Yoga Class #6
    Caltech Athletic Club

    Wednesday, August 3, 2005
    repeat"Step Body Works" aerobics

    Salsa Class #4

    Thursday, August 4, 2005
    Visit and bought Associate Membership in
    Fine Artists Factory
    474 South Raymond Ave. Suite 110, Pasadena
    A wonderful discovery. I never had heard of the "Fine Artists Factory" but having discovered it, I immediately felt at home. A wonderful gallery and artist workshop space, I became an associate member, and my art website will be linked to their site. I plan to make this place a part of my artistic life! It began as the realization of the dream of one artist, Mark Wood, and it has become a nurturing home for artists in all stages of their careers! We are lucky to have this in Pasadena.

    Yoga Class #7
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Friday, August 5, 2005
    One-on-One meeting with Fidelity Investments
    representative, Caltech

    repeat Dance Aerobics class

    Saturday, August 6, 2005
    Opening of Exhibit at Fine Artists Factory
    Henry Fukuhara Watercolor Workshop
    It was great to see this opening packed with friendly, interested people, really looking at the art. Henry Fukuhara, at age 92 was there speaking of his artistic vision and joys. The work of his students, deeply felt, with strong shapes and colors (available for sale) filled the walls. I was so glad I went!
    See Photos and Notes

    Belly Dance Class#5
    (student Robin fills in for Leela)

    Sunday, August 7, 2005
    Walk to the Huntington Gardens
    Newton Exhibit at the Huntington
    The Newtonian Moment:Science and the Making of Modern Culture

    Monday, August 8, 2005
    Class #3 "Step Body Works" aerobics

    Argentine Tango Class #5

    Tuesday, August 10, 2005
    Yoga Class #8

    August 11 to August 15, 2005
    The National Flute Convention in San Diego

    Town and Country Resort
    See photos and stories:
    33rd Annual National Flute Convention
    See Highlights of the Exhibition

    See Portrait Gallery of some speakers and friends

    Wednesday, August 11, 2005
    Adrienne Greenbaum Klezmer Class
    (in-room session)
    See Notes and photos

    Thursday, August 12, 2005
    "The Tip of Louis Lot's Pen"
    David Shorey, Lecture and demonstration
    See Photos and Notes

    "Performance Practice Studies:
    Where They are Going and What Teachers Need to Know"
    Ardal Powell
    Lecture notes and drawing to follow

    Gala Concert Compositions by Perle, Hindemith, Liebermann,
    and John Kaizan Neptune, shakuhachi maker and virtuoso
    Notes and photo to follow

    Friday, August 13, 2005
    A Selection of Historical Flutes and Informal Conversation
    with Rick Wilson, collector and player

    in-room session: meeting with Susan Maclagan
    See Notes and photos

    "Shakuhachi: Old and New Directions"
    Recital: John Kaizan Neptune, Shakuhachi
    also Wataru Kozan Tanifuji on shakulute
    Notes and drawing to follow

    Saturday, August 14, 2005
    "A Tribute to Frans Vester"
    Lecture Recital by Mia Dresse
    See Photo and Notes
    See Portrait

    "46 Variations on A Carnival of Venice for 58 Flutes"
    Trevor Wye, with Pianist Junko Nakamura
    Demonstration and Recital
    Notes and Drawing to follow

    Sunday, August 14, 2005
    Recital: "John Solum: A 70th Birthday Celebration" Works commissioned by John Solum
    by Laderman, Beeson, Kuferman, Copland, and Leo Kraft (in attendance) last work conducted by Solum
    Drawing and program to follow

    "Tone and Intonation: An Illustrated Talk by Trevor Wye"
    "A down to earth common sense guide on how to achieve good tone and intonation in the shortest possible time, thus allowing more time to be spent at the beach."
    Assisted by William Bennett on flute
    Notes and Drawing to follow

    Ornamentation and Techniques for the Irish Flute
    Nicole Rabata workshop followed by Recital
    Notes to follow

    A House Concert
    with Daniel Jencka, harpsichord; Rick Wilson and Harry Bernstein, baroque flutes
    Music by CPE Bach, and early classical Anonymus
    See Photos and story

    Monday, August 15, 2005
    Step Aerobic Class#4
    Caltech Athletic Club

    Learning to Dance: The Milonga
    Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005
    Yoga Class #8
    Caltech Athletic Club

    International Open Air Cinema
    The Lizard
    (Iran, 2004)
    Behind Sherman-Fairchild Library, Caltech
    There is just one more showings in this Summer Series at Caltech. This week (Aug 30) is from Iceland. The movie starts at dusk, and small snacks from the country of the film are served. The Lizard was described as very popular in Iran, and annoying to the authorities. It was a fine, fascinating film, in Farsi, with English subtitles. We've traveled to Iran and it brought back memories of friends made there and the familiar streets of Tehran.
    See photos and notes

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005
    Visit and Membership renewal in
    The Pasadena Museum of California Art
    This is a hidden gem of a Museum, and we are lucky to have it in Pasadena. Just a twenty minute walk from Caltech. There are three interesting shows there now, all ending in the next week or so. I looked in at the "California Design Biennial", "California Style Watercolors" and the interesting video installation "Bull.Miletic: Übergang" as seen above.

    Class #5 "Step Body Works" aerobics

    Salsa Class #5
    This was the last Salsa Class of the Summer. My daughter (a great dancer) was able to come to the advanced class and was very impressed. She says we are lucky to have such good dancers and teachers, Sergio and Salud, at Caltech.

    Thursday, August 18, 2005
    Yoga Class #9
    Friday, August 19, 2005
    Dance Aerobic Class #3

    Technology of Tomorrow Today:
    An Overview of Space Technology Spin-Offs

    Dr. Karina Edmonds, senior technology transfer specialist
    Innovative Technology Assets Management Office, JPL
    Von Karman Lecture Series, Pasadena City College, The Vosloh Forum
    Did you know that laser eye surgery, improvements in cell phone communication, and cordless household tools are all "spin-offs" of space technology? This lecture gave an overview of NASA's mission to pass on the discoveries and advances made in space technology to the people who live on earth and make it all possible...us! See journal notes coming soon

    Saturday, August 20, 2005
    A Walk to the Huntington Gardens
    A Study in the Herb Garden: Edible Flowers and Varieties of Basil
    Photos and notes to follow

    Monday, August 22, 2005
    Step Aerobic Class #6

    New Dance Class: Nightclub Two-Step
    at Dabney Lounge, Caltech
    See Photos

    Tuesday, August 23, 2005
    Yoga Class #11
    Athletic Club, multi-purpose room, Caltech

    A Historical Flute Lesson with Rick Wilson
    Beginning session on the qualities of the Renaissance and Baroque Flutes
    The renaissance flute, fingerings and qualities, was the main topic of this first lesson. Rick emphasized the sweetness and ease of the upper octave, leading to his "favorite notes", the a, b and c of the second octave. Afterwards he contrasted the baroque, with its much easier and fuller sounding lower octave. This was a fascinating introduction!
    Photos and notes
    Go to the next lesson

    Wednesday, August 24, 2005
    Step Aerobics #7 at Athletic Club, Caltech

    Repeat Ballet Class
    with Elizabeth Beck, ballet teacher
    the Athletic Club, Caltech
    See Photos and notes

    Open Troupe Rehearsal/Advanced Dance Session
    the Athletic Club, multipurpose room Caltech
    This troupe-run session is intended to strengthen and develop advanced dance techniques, particularly for lyrical, modern, and ballet dance. It also also teaches choreography skills and routines. This one, led by Valerie Scott was a very vibrant, strenuous, dynamic session! Quite amazing, and thoroughly fun.

    Thursday, August 25, 2005
    Yoga Class #12
    Athletic Club, Multipurpose room, Caltech

    Friday, August 26, 2005
    Dance Aerobics #4
    Athletic Club, Multipurpose room, Caltech
    See Photos and Notes

    "Early Music Among Old Masters"
    Members of Musica Angelica
    Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Susan Judy, soprano; Christian Herman, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Zuluaga, lute and theorbo; Shanon Zusman, Viola da gamba
    Rick and I were delighted and entranced to be at this lovely concert, held in the baroque gallery of the museum, surrounded by paintings of the period, intense and poised, as silent listeners.

    Saturday, August 27, 2005
    "Songwriters Night" Steven Radice
    Beantown coffee house, Sierra Madre
    We went because we thought we would hear Steven play the ukulele. Well, no ukes...but this versatile musician performed very creatively on guitar and harmonica while singing his own various and amusing songs. He had a lot to say, and we would come back again, even if he left his uke at home. Ruben Ramos, the host, was strongly musical on electric guitar as well. We enjoyed the coffeehouse atmosphere, including great coffee and ice cream. The room was full of real listeners while others were at work using the free wireless internet access, and still others enjoyed the music from streetside tables. We had only time to stay for Steven's half hour performance, there were others to follow. Music happens here every Friday and Saturday night. Amplification is not our favorite way to listen...but what can you do in a coffeehouse? See the Beantown Website
    photos and review

    "A First Lesson in Number Theory" with Rick Wilson
    Rick presented greatest common divisors, relatively prime numbers and the Euclidian algorithm. I feel very lucky to be able to have this private lesson with one of the world's best combinatorialists right in our own home. Now you can share it too! This may change your life. You'll realize...math is fun!
    See Lecture Notes
    Listen to the lesson

    Monday, August 29, 2005
    Step Body Works class #6

    Braun Athletic Club, Caltech

    Night Club Two-Step with Gary Ulaner
    Dabney Lounge, Caltech
    See New Photos and Notes

    Tuesday, August 30, 2005
    Yoga Class #13
    Braun Athletic Club, Caltech

    A Baroque Flute Lesson with Rick Wilson
    on "Stong and Weak Notes" and Articulation

    Last week's lesson focused mainly on the renaissance flute. This week Rick illustrated the above two topics, important for playing the baroque flute, and relevant for the renaissance flute as well. We learned the lower octave fingerings, distinguishing the strong and weak notes, and learned and applied Quantz's rules of articulation. To realize the importance of articulation felt like a special revelation, and one that I was lucky to have presented!
    See Photos and Notes

    Wednesday, August 31, 2005
    Ballet Class #3
    Athletic Club, Caltech
    See Photos and Notes

    Open Troupe Rehearsal/Advanced Dance Session
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Thursday, September 1, 2005
    Yoga Class #14
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Friday. September 2, 2005
    Tango and Milonga Class
    Fardad Michael Serry and JulieStillman
    Rudenko School of Dance, Santa Barbara
    Going to this class was a surprise present from my daughter, and it was delightful that it was avaibable on a day we were in our second home city, Santa Barbara. Previous to this, I discovered Argentine Tango at Caltech and have now taken 5 classes with Alexis and Barbara White. Fardad Michael Serry and Julie Sillman are exceptional teachers, with constantly watchful eyes. Thus they are able to assist each student individually, with the right thing said at the right time. Even as a one time visitor, there are several suggestions that Michael made to me that I will never forget!
    See Fardad Michael Serry's Philosophy of Teaching Tango"

    Tuesday, September 6, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    "A Second Lesson in Number Theory" with Rick Wilson

    "The Gardens of Guangdong Province" lecture by Richard Strassberg, professor of Asian languages and culture at UCLA, who presented a slide lecture on regional influences in Chinese garden design, as exemplified by four gardens in the Guangdong Province in southern China.
    This was the first in a four-part series on the history and culture of Chinese Gardens. (Rick and Kathy attended together.)

    A lesson on the 19th Century Flute.
    The five-key French Flute by Tulou
    with Rick Wilson
    This is the third flute lesson, the first was in renaissance, and then baroque flutes. This time Rick chose to focus on the five-key French flute. I had the pleasure of playing on one of Rick's favorites, the Tulou flute.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2005
    Ballet Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech
    See Photos and Notes

    Open Troupe Rehearsal/Advanced Dance Session
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Thursday, September 8, 2005
    Yoga Class #16 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Friday, September 9, 2005
    A Workshop on a Klezmer Song
    with Rick Wilson, flute

    "Oi Mamme! Bin Ich Farbliebt!"
    (Oh Mamma Am I in Love!)

    Saturday, September 10, 2005
    Ballroom Dance Workshop
    (2 hours) with Jonathan Atkinson
    Athletic Club, Caltech
    I did not know what dance would be featured but I wanted to learn anything Jonathan would teach (this session was waltz oriented). It was a fantastic class, and I learned even more than I expected, both from this excellent instructor, and from many patient and friendly partners, from the Caltech community.
    See Photos and Notes

    Sunday, September 11, 2005
    Drum-Solo-In-A-Day! with Leela, Belly Dance
    at 'Le Studio' in Pasadena
    Amazing, wonderful 3 hour class, a complete choreography, designed by Leela to create a blissful, exotic experience for everyone. Leela was deservedly chosen as Best Dance Instructor in Glendale, 2003 and 2004.
    See Drum-Solo-In -A-Day class photos
    See "Arabica Exotica" Performance (includes this workshop's choreography) October 16, 2005
    See Leela and Her Dance Company
    See Leela and students at Caltech

    Monday, September 12, 2005
    Nightclub Two-Step Class#3 Winnet Lounge, Caltech
    See Photos

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005
    Biology Seminar
    "How the Endoplasmic Reticulum Talks to the Nucleus"

    Peter Walter, department of biochemistry and biophysics, UC San Francisco
    See Photos and Notes

    Yoga Class #17
    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    Ballet Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech
    See Photos and Notes

    Rick and Kathy's Visit to San Francisco
    September 14–18, 2005 Saturday, September 17, 2005
    Belly Dance Class
    Suhaila School of Dance
    San Francisco area
    See Photos and notes

    Flamenco Dance Class
    with Carola Zertouche
    I was so lucky to be able to attend this class thanks to my wonderful flamenco friend, Lisa Turetsky. She is an advanced student, and I accompanied her to her class with this fantastic teacher. Thanks to Lisa's 15 minute warm-up lesson, I was able to have a conception of what was involved... and I followed, innocently imitating wildly this passionate dance. I was captivated.

    Sunday, September 18, 2005
    Yoga Class
    in San Francisco area
    The first away from Caltech yoga class, I again accompanied my friend Lisa to her class, this time yoga. It was not her favorite, regular teacher, but instead another great teacher whose subtle, cheerful insights on isometric movements were extremely helpful!

    A Piano Lesson
    with Stephen Malinowski
    , Richmond, CA
    links and notes to come

    Monday, September 19, 2005
    Nightclub Two-Step
    Winnett Lounge, Caltech
    See Photos

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005
    Yoga Class #19
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005
    Chinese Brush Painting Class
    with watercolor artist Nan Rae

    at the Huntington Gardens
    (Harry and Kathy attended together.)
    Photos and Notes to come

    Ballet Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech
    See Photos and Notes

    Thursday, September 22, 2005
    Yoga Class #19
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Art is a Human Need
    Women Painter West Group Show at the Fine Artists Factory

    Friday, September 23, 2005
    Aerobic Class
    Tone and Stretch
    with Margie
    An amazing work-out. The most dynamic, and well attended aerobics class I have participated in yet. Next time (if there is another time) I have to take photos! You would not believe what one does for health and beauty's sake!

    Sacred Buddhist Dance of Nepal Performance
    Pacific Asia Museum
    by Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya

    Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya is the foremost living master of an ancient Buddhist dance tradition that until recently was unknown to the public, a rare and ancient dance form of the Buddhist priests of Nepal. Performing also was his student Helen Appell, of Portland, Oregon. "A meditation discipline, a vehicle of bodily transformation, and a sacred opportunity for an audience to experience a vision of divine beauty." We are so fortunate to have the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, and to have the opportunity to witness the many rare events they sponsor. This one was indeed a precious opportunity to experience the rare bloom of a cultural flower.(*Rick, Harry and Kathy attended.)

    Saturday, September 24, 2005
    Sacred Movement Workshop
    with Prajwal Vajacharya
    of Kathmandu, Nepal
    Introducing the theory of the movement style and accompanying meditations, "Participants were guided through the basic movements and dance sequences allowing them to experience first-hand the subtle transformative power of this graceful yogic dance form."
    See more information on this Sacred Dance
    See biography of Prajwal Ratna Vajacharya

    Monday, September 26, 2005
    Ukulele Lesson
    with Harry Bower

    A Cooking Lesson
    with Harry Bower
    Part One: Slicing and chopping
    Part Two: The uses and qualities of cooking oils

    "Ballroom Bootcamp, Part One: Funk"
    East-Coast Swing and Ceroc
    Photos and Notes to come

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005
    Gesture: Drawing Dance
    with Justine Limpus Parish
    at the Fine Artisit Factory
    Photos and Notes to come

    Leaves from A Morning Walk
    Group Show at the Fine Artists Factory, Pasadena

    Yoga Class #20 Athletic Club, Caltech

    "Ballroom Boot Camp, Part Two: Passion"
    American Tango and Cha-Cha
    Photos and Notes to come

    Wednesday, September 28, 2005
    Yoga Class #21 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Beginning Salsa
    with Sergio and Salud

    Photos and Notes to come

    Thursday, September 29, 2005
    Yoga Class #22
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    "Ballroom Bootcamp, Part Three: Romance"
    Viennese Waltz and International Rhumba

    taught by Ballroom Dance Club members
    Photos and Notes to come

    Friday, September 30–Sunday, October9, 2005
    Rick and Kathy's trip to Holland
    for a mathematical conference.
    See Stories and photos from the trip
    See Kathy's portraits of the mathematicians
    Updates on two interesting museum visits
    and a lesson in Hungarian dance to follow soon!
    Monday, October 10, 2005
    Caltech Yoga Class #22 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Tuesday, October 11, 2005
    "How Does the Brain Make Simple Economic Decisions?"
    Antonio Rangel, Stanford University
    Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Seminar
    Baxter, Caltech
    Notes and illustrations to follow

    Yoga Class #23 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005
    Yoga Class #24
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Mixed Chorus (Women's and Men's Glee Club) Rehearsal
    Don Calwell, director
    Vivaldi "Gloria" and Beethoven's "Gloria"
    See Performance Friday, December 2, 2005, 8 P.M.
    and Saturday December 3, 2005, 2 P.M. in Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Thursday, October 13, 2005
    Yoga Class #25
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Bioengineering Seminar
    "Optical Spectroscopy for Tissue Monitoring and Cancer Diagnosis"
    Judy Mourant, Women's Cancers Research Program,
    Los Alamos National Labs
    This talk, demonstrating the intricacy and complexity of the work in this field, inspires more respect for efforts at this type of progress. More questions were asked and answered during this well presented lecture than I have ever observed.
    Keck, Caltech

    Friday, October 14, 2005
    Theoretical Astrophysics and Relativity Seminar
    "The Dark Side of Galaxy Clustering,"
    Andrey Kravtsov, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
    E. Bridge, Caltech
    I felt priviledged as an artist to witness the beauty and mystery of the illustrations used in this presentation, affirming the inspiration of science and in fact, the mysterious universe, in creative work. I recommend clicking on the various visualizations and simulations!
    Research on Cosmology from Andrey Kravtsov's Home Page

    Yoga Class #26 Athletic Club, Caltech
    Have you noticed?? During the school term, yoga is offered every day! I try to arrange the rest of my schedule around this now.

    Saturday, October 15, 2005
    Bellydance with Leela Athletic Club, Caltech
    It was great to get back to Leela's classes at Caltech. Leela has won awards for her teaching and justly so. When we are not all laughing, we are just giggling. The best learning takes place in these happy circumstances. Be sure to check Leela's Page for some of her recent memorable sayings. Unfourtunately, because of time constraints, I could not join her at her yearly "Arabica Exotica" Performance which I am sure was amazing, but watch for next year!

    Concert: Ensemble GREEN
    Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Los Angeles
    New music by Michael Colgrass, Jeffrey Holmes, Andrew Norman, Alex Shipiro, Sara Schoenbeck, Peter Knell. This was a wonderful concert which included mysteriously moving and dynamic work by our favorite percussionist
    Lyn Vartan, who was the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Green. (Kathy is planning to take percussion lessons from Lyn at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.) The creatively stunning solo playing of bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, and strong vibrant oboe solo playing by (now director of the ensemble) Paul Sherman, were impressive, as was all the ensemble work. We especially enjoyed hearing our friend, Asuncion, play contemporary music with mastery and verve. She has been a visitor to our home historical flutes ensembles with Rick and friends! (Rick and Kathy attended together.)

    Monday, October 17, 2005
    Yoga Class #27
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005
    Chemical Physics Seminar
    "Shedding Light on the Building Blocks of Life, One by One"
    Mattanjah de Vries, professor of physical chemistry, chemistry and biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara
    Sturdivant Lecture Hall, Noyes, Caltech
    See Mattanjah de Vries amazing research page
    See Mattanjah de Vries links and interesting problem of the month
    This was an exciting lecture, even without understanding the details, the work investigating the very beginnings of life itself, on a molecular level is thrilling!

    Yoga Class #28
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005
    Yoga Class #29
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Combined Mens and Womens Glee Club Rehearsal
    Vivaldi Gloria
    Beethoven Gloria
    See Performance Friday, December 2, 2005, 8 P.M.
    and Saturday December 3, 2005 2 P.M. in Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Thursday, October 20, 2005
    Yoga Class #30
    Athletic Club , Caltech

    Monday, October 24, 2005
    Yoga Class #31 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Royal Shakespeare Company's master class "Playing Shakespeare"
    "Set Speeches and Soliloquies"
    Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005
    Yoga Class #32 Atheltic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, October 26, 2005
    Yoga Class #33 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Mens and Women's Chorus Rehearsal
    Vivaldi's "Gloria", Beethoven's "Gloria"
    Mixed Men and Women's Chorus with Don Caldwell
    See PerformanceFriday, December 2, 2005, 8 P.M.
    and Saturday December 3, 2005 2 P.M. in Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Thursday, October 27, 2005
    Lesson with Lynn Vartan
    at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music

    Yoga Class, #34
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    "The Threepenny Opera"
    Odyssey Theater Ensemble, Los Angeles

    See Kathy's
    drawings during the opera
    This was an extaordinary experience. This fantastic performance of a rare and unusual opera by Bertold Brecht is well worth going out of your way. Rick, Kathy, our friend Harry and Kathy's son Tim all attended together, and were thrilled they were there! This is a highly recommended. See The Odyssey Theater Ensemble's "Three Penny Opera". Extended through November 27.

    Friday, October 28, 2005
    Yoga Class #35
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    An evening of Music with Steven Radice
    Our home, Pasadena
    See Great photos of this evening

    Saturday, October 29, 2005
    Bellydance Class with Leela Athletic Club, Caltech

    Sunday, October 30, 2005
    Ballet Class with Kristin Rule
    Atghletic Club, Caltech

    Monday, October 31, 2005
    Cooking Lesson with Harry Bower
    on using kitchen machines: food processor, blender and mini-processor. When and how to use what and why!

    Yoga Class #36
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Tuesday, November 1, 2005
    Voice Lesson with Kathleen Roland
    at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    This was an important first step, and very much in tune with this project. Stepping forward into the new. Even though singing has always been a part of my life, I have never had training. This will give a strong platform underneath the naive and bold singing I do already, performing with my husband Rick at events. It will make our music making easier and more satisfying for me as well as for him, as he is an accomplished musician! I am so lucky to be able to study with Kathleen, who sings at the forefront of contemporary music, which I love, and also has experience in a great variety of genres. This is perfect for me as I try to sing contemporary, 19th century, 18th century, renaissance, as well as folk and burlesque oldies, and world music of all kinds. This is an exciting and overdue adventure!
    more about Kathleen Roland

    Yoga Class #37 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    Yoga Class #38
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Vivaldi Gloria
    Mixed Men and Women's Chorus with Don Caldwell
    See Performance Friday, December 2, 2005, 8 P.M.
    and Saturday December 3, 2005 2 P.M. in Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Thursday, November 3, 2005
    Percussion Lesson #2 with Lynn
    Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    See Photos

    Yoga Lesson #38
    at the Athletic Club, Caltech

    The Truth (with jokes): Al Franken
    Voices of Vision lecture, Beckman auditorium, Caltech
    How popular is Al Franken at Caltech? We arrived a half hour early to this free lecture...early for us. The lines were immprressive and discourage. We did get into the standing room only 2000 seat auditorium, and others stood ourside and listened to the outdoor speakers! See
    photo Franken was critical, sincere and funny.

    Friday, November 4, 2005
    Yoga Lesson #39
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Modern Science of Origami"
    Robert Lang
    (Caltech BS '82, PhD '86)
    formerly a member of the technical staff at JPL, now a full-time origami artist
    Applied Physics Special Seminar
    Watson Laboratory, Caltech<
    This was one of the delightful surprises as far as scientific seminars at Caltech! I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear this fascinating talk and see wonders ever unfolding!
    Photos and portrait sketch during the lecture.
    See Robert Lang's fascinating website

    Saturday, November 5, 2005
    Lynn Vartan, Solo Percussion Concert Boston Court, Pasadena
    The pulse of the world could be felt last night in the small theater room at Boston Court in Pasadena, a ten minute walk from our home. Lynn Vartan touches her audience with the voice of their own hearts. Freely expressive and intense during her solo percusssion concert, she played a wide span of pieces, including complex contemporary composed works, (works by Kevin Volans, Joeseph Schwantner, and Donald Crockett), a conga drum improvisation, and arrangements of Armenian folk songs, speaking from her own heartfelt roots. During the concert we heard marimba and drums of many kinds, and a multitude of percussive metallic and wooden voices. After the concert for a relaxed half hour she answered questions and shared her musical experiences with the same candid directness with which she plays, charming her appreciative listeners and inspiring her lucky students.
    Concert Program and Notes
    See Lynn Vartan 's web page and bio
    See Lynn's concert schedule
    See Kathy's Percussion lessons with Lynn at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music

    Monday, November 7, 2005
    Yoga Class #40
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Trevor Wye, Flute Recital
    Greater Los Angeles Flute Society Evening Event
    Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Chuch, Pasadena

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005
    Trevor Wye, Flute Masterclass
    Greater Los Angeles Flute Society (Morning) Event
    Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Chuch, Pasadena
    Yoga Class #41
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005
    Yoga Class #42
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal, Mixed Chorus, with Don Caldwell
    Vivaldi "Gloria", Beethoven "Gloria"
    Performance Friday, December 2, 2005, 8 P.M.
    and Saturday December 3, 2005 2 P.M. in Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    Thursday, November 10, 2005
    Percussion Lesson #3
    with Lynn Vartan, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    These lessons are a half hour packed with vitality and interesting new discoveries. So far (besides learning how to use drumsticks...) I've brought a percussion instrument from our collection for a five-minute demonstration-discussion at each lesson. So far: 1. small woodblock 2. Chinese "temple bell" we bought in a temple China 3. (Today) 9 inch Tibetan cymbals I bought 30 years ago. Also discussed Armenian songs and brought a songbook Rick and I have worked on with flute and voice.
    See New Photos

    "Engineering Change, Changing Engineering"
    Amy Smith, MIT.
    Amy Smith is an inventor and teacher dedicated to developing technologies that optimize limited resources and solve seemingly intractable problems in developing countries. She was a 2004 MacArthur Fellow.
    Seminar: Engineers for a Sustainable World @ Caltech
    This was another lecture that made me so grateful to be part of the Caltech community. This work is amazing. Amy travels to many developing countries, and brings and sends her students to work in villages with communities to find out what technology they need and want. Then they work on creating the technology in an affordable way. This also involves finding and using local resources, so that the technology can be maintained by the community.
    More Notes Amy Smith's projects and sketch during the lecture

    Yoga Class #43
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Friday, November 11, 2005
    Yoga Class #44
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Deepavali, the Festival of Lights
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Beckman Institute Courtyard
    OASIS celebrated Deepavali with floral and lamp decorations, dancing music
    Rick and I were so happy we walked over this evening. The festive atmosphere, wonderful dancers, beautiful symbolic flower pictures, and hundreds of tiny candles filled the night with light and merriment! Next year I want to have the special drum that is associated with this music and festival, so I can play with them. (I'd love to learn these dances too!)
    See photos at the event and more about the holiday

    Saturday, November 12, 2005
    Bellydance Class with Leela
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Caltech-Occidental Symphony Orchestra Concert
    Ramo Auditorium, Caltech

    Monday, November 14, 2005
    Yoga Class #44
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Tuesday November 15, 2005
    Voice Lesson #2 with Kathleen Roland
    Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    See Kathleen Roland's Home Page

    Yoga Class #45
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005
    Yoga Class #47 Athletic Club, Caltech

    Vivaldi Gloria and Beethoven Gloria Rehearsal with Don Caldwell,
    Caltech Men and Women's Chorus

    Thursday, November 17, 2005
    Percussion Lesson #4
    Yoga Class #46
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Friday, November 18, 2005 Yoga Class #48 Athletic Club, Caltech

    "A Molecular Logic of Olfactory Perception,"
    Norman Davidson Lecture: Richard Axel, M.D.

    professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of pathology, Columbia University, and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech

    Caltech Concert Band Concert
    Ramo Auditorium, Caltech
    I walked over (a block from home) after dinner and at the end of the first half. I was happy I did. The second half of the concert featured the joyous music of Altadena resident Frank Ticheli, who conducted his own works. Soloist Derek Chan, alto saxophone shone through with a vibrant, liquid tone. I was very impressed and excited to meet the five excellent percussionists and their barrage of instruments!
    See photos from the concert
    (See recent percussion lessons with Lynn Vartan)

    Saturday, November 19, 2005
    Bellydance Class with Leela Athletic Club, Caltech
    A special event, this was a two hour final class of the term, with treats including a special visit from Rick, who vieotaped the Leela's dance choreography for us. I brought coffee, chocolate and tiny elegant cups to have with the great brownie snacks Leela brought.

    Thursday, November 24, 2005
    Video by Rick Wilson See Kathy in her improvisatory Tickle Me Silly Show co-starring grandson Dylan
    See another episode with both grandchildren, ages 2 and 6

    Sunday, November 27, 2005
    Fine Artists Factory in Pasadena
    Set up display for exhibit of Kathy's Jewelry Art, Photographs and Paintings
    See Art Show December1 to 18, 2005

    Monday, November 28, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal for the Vivaldi and Beethoven Glorias
    with Don Caldwell, Caltech
    Performance will be this Friday (Dec 2) at 8 p.m.
    and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Dabney Hall on the Caltech Campus
    Kathy will sing in the alto section

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005
    Voice Lesson #3 with Kathleen Roland
    Pasadena Conservatory of Music

    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005
    More display set up at the Fine Artists Factory
    See Photo and Info

    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal for the Vivaldi and Beethoven Glorias
    with Don Caldwell, Caltech
    Thursday, November 1, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Percussion Lesson
    with Lynn Vartan
    Pasadena Conservatory of Music

    Friday, December 2, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Holiday Concert of "Glorias" at Caltech
    Rick attended and recorded this concert!
    8 P.M. Dabney Lounge, Friday December 2, 8 P.M. and Saturday, December 3, 2 P. M. 2005 Performances of Vivaldi and Beethoven Glorias by the Caltech Men and Women's Chorus, directed by Don Caldwell. Kathy is sang in the alto section.

    Joined www.pathetic.org an Online Community of Poets

    Saturday, December 3, 2005
    Holiday Concert of "Glorias" at Caltech
    See above... Rick met me at the end as he had to proctor the "Putnam Exam"

    Friday, December 9, 2005
    Messiah Sing-Along, with Don Caldwell
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Dabney Lounge, Caltech An annual community tradition, this year with a small orchestra
    musical scores provided
    I sang with the altos as I did in the Vivaldi and Beethoven Glorias. I have never done this before, and it was great practice in sight-singing. It was a large group of singers, students, with fine soloists! Photos to come.

    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Coffee Gallery Backstage
    Janet Klein and the Parlour Boys
    Sweet, strong and in the style of the 20's and 30's, highly recommended. Next showing at Backstage January 7, 2006. Don't miss it! The Backstage is a jewel in itself. One of the wonders of living where we do!

    Monday, December 12, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Monday Night Poetry Reading Reading
    Santa Catalina Branch of the Public Library, Pasadena Ca.
    Kathy read her Poem "Gathering Diamonds" Published in the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly issue #29
    See Photos and Poem

    12/29/05 Poetry Reading in Pasadena
    Santa Catalina Branch of the Public Library, backroom
    San Gabriel Valley Poetry Calendar Presentation and Reading
    poets featured in the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Calendar
    Kathy's poem "Night Watches" is included, Kathy and Rick read a two-voice poem of from Kathy's "Traveling Poems" series See photos and report from the reading.

    ****Updates in the last weeks have been neglected, and will be filled in gradually...

    Wednesday, January 4, 2006
    Yoga class Athletic Club, Caltech

    First Rehearsal, Caltech Women's Glee Club
    New Music by Clara Schumann, Charles Ives and more

    Thursday, January 5, 2005
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    *The last of the She Poems has been presented at www.pathetic.org see
    She Poem #18 (She Was an Illumination)

    January 6, 2006
    Joined The Department of Modern Verse

    January 8, 2006
    A Musical Extravaganza
    "Almost Annual Elvis Birthday Party"
    in Sierra Madre
    see Photos of the festivities
    I wore a classic 1950's "Poodle Skirt" that Rick bought me for the occasion!

    January 9, 2006
    Yoga Class
    Caltech Athletic Club

    First rehearsal of the Caltech Women's Glee Club Dabney Lounge, Caltech
    rehearsing four Celtic Songs, Charles Ives "Circus Band", four songs by Clara Shumann, and more.

    January 10, 2006
    Percussion Lesson with Lynn Vartan Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    Focus on instuments I brought: tiny finger cymbals (zills) and the myriad ways of playing them and natural pod sounds (lotus) also discussion of "pick up to measure..." and how to start a piece with a group...signals ...in rehearsal and performances.

    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    January 11, 2006
    "The L.A. Opera Sings at Caltech"
    Peter Nathan Foltz, tenor; and Andrew Wilkowske, baritone
    presented by the Caltech Opera Club
    Dabney Lounge, Caltech
    See portraits of the singers

    January 12, 2006
    Poem "Afternoon Moon and Bamboo" designated as "Poem of the Day" at the Department of Modern Verse

    January 13, 2006
    Joined "Self Representing Artists", an online Gallery of Artists.
    See Kathy's Profile and Galleries

    First Group Voice Class with Kathleen Roland
    Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    Vocalizing discussion, masterclass format. I chose the Celtic song "The Yew Tree" which I will perform with my husband on flute at our poetry reading on Monday.

    Repetoire 'Retreat' with the Caltech Women's Glee Club
    All Saints Church, Paadena 2 1/2 hours

    January 14, 2006
    Repetorire 'Retreat' continued
    Caltech Women's Glee Club
    3 hours, All Saints Church, Pasadena

    Burlesque Strip tease workshop
    with Leela, Belly dance teacher
    (We only took off our gloves, so don't worry!)
    Rick stayed and took photos!)
    See photos

    January 16, 2006
    Poetry Reading
    Rick and Kathy performance of two Celtic Songs
    and Duo Reading of our Haiku Exchange series:Mr. Moon Knows it All"
    Hill Branch of the Pasadena Public Library
    photos and more to come

    January 17 and 18, 2006
    Yoga Classes
    Caltech Athletic Club

    Jan 18, 2006
    Rehearsal, Men and Women's Chorus
    "Charles Ives, Circus Band, Modern Musick Caltech
    Faculty-Student Mathematics Tea
    at the home of Cathy Jurca, Master of Student Housing

    January 19, 2006
    Yoga Class Athletic Club, Caltech

    "What Are Nuclear Weapons For?" Physics Research Conference Sidney Drell, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Theoretical Physics (emeritus), Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University.
    E. Bridge, Caltech

    January 20, 2006
    Group Voice Class with Kathleen Roland
    Paadena Conservatory of Music
    A group of three of us, masterclass style, with vocalizing and discussion. I chose to sing an Armenian Song (I sang in Armenian) which I am working on to perform withour friend Steven Radice on guitar, and husband Rick on historical flute.

    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Global Musings: Cambodian Music
    Norton Simon Museum, PasadenaChinary Ung, Composer and Jeff von der Schmidt, Artistic Director, Southwest Chamber Music
    This exciting program featuresd a dialogue between conductor Jeff von der Schmidt and composer Chinary Ung, revealing insights into Royal Cambodian Court Music and the composer’s own recent work. After the discussion, there was a performance of a piece for double bass and percussion (Lynn Vartan)

    January 21, 2006
    Gypsy Belly Dance Class
    with Leela, Athletic Club, Caltech

    Caltech Chamber Music Concert
    Beethoven and Kulau

    performed by student chamber music groups
    Dabney Lounge, Caltech

    January 23, 2006 Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal, Caltech Women's Glee Club
    Desiree LaVertu, director
    Worked on "Geordie" (Celtic) Clara Schumann Songs, other Celtic songs

    January 24, 2006
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    A Lesson on the "French Brunette"
    with Rick Wilson
    Brunette was a name given to a kind of song popular in 17th and 18th century France. It was often a stylized "shepherds song" in praise of a lovely young "brunette".

    January 25, 2006
    Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearal of Caltech Men and Women's Chorus
    Desiree LaVertu, director
    Today we worked on Charles Ives, "Circus Band", Morten Lauridsen, "Sure On This Shining Night", and Gwyneth Walker, "My Love Walks in Velvet"

    January 26, 2006
    British Poetry Today: A Reading
    The Huntington Library and Gardens, Friends' Hall, San Marino

    Four of Britain's finest contemporary poets James Fenton, Alan Jenkins, Blake Morrison, and Anthony Thwaite read from their own poetry as well as the works of their 20th -century predecessors. The program served as an introduction to a two-day conference (see next listing). Friends’ Hall.
    See sketches and notes

    January 27, 2006
    "The Movement and Modernism " Poetry conference, Day One
    Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino
    The most influential poetry circle in post-war Britain. Distinguished poets and academics from both Britain and the United States examined the relation of its major figures, including Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Donald Davie, and Robert Conquest, to the Modernist writers who preceded them, as well as the part the Movement played in shaping poetry today.

    January 28, 2006
    "The Movement and Modernism " Poetry conference, Day Two
    The Huntington Library and Gardens
    See above...Rick came to the two lectures in the conference. Photos, sketches and notes soon.

    Gypsy Bellydance with Leela
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Concert, Southwest Chamber Music
    Norton Simon Museum
    Joan Huang, The Road of Tao William Kraft, Encounters X: Duologue
    Chinary Ung, Oracle: Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time
    Kathy's percusion teacher, Lynn Vartan played in 3 of the 4 pieces.

    January 29, 2006
    Polynesian Dance Workshop
    Braun Gym, multipurpose room , Caltech
    Tess Puig taught Hula and traditional Tahitian. See a photo during class during classThis workshop is part of the International Dance Workshop Series hosted by the Caltech Dance Troupe and funded through the Moore & Hufstedler Funds for enhanced quality of life at Caltech. styles of dance. Ms. Puig wowed audiences at the Caltech Dance Show with her energetic Tahitian and Hula pieces. More information about the International Dance Workshop Series is available at the Caltech Dance Troupe's website: http://troupe.caltech.edu/classes.html

    Febreuary 3, 2006
    Voice Class at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music
    with Kathleen Roland,voice teacher and soprano.
    A two hour class with vocal exercises, discussion and then master class type performance and discussion by each of the four students, with a piano accompaniment.
    Yesterday I did an early 18th century "brunette" by Hotetterre. I performed this song at our wedding concert five years ago...here's a picture of us then, my husband playing a historical flute. Also I did a romantic, suggestive traditional Irish song called "Easy and Slow"...

    Dinner with a friend at our house
    We had invited a good friend for dinner.
    I made my mom's Maltese chicken fricassee and we watched the interview with Dennis Potter concerning the BBC production of "The Singing Detective". See our review (Dave was the one who told us about this, so we knew he'd appreciate this interview.) He brought a bottle of Blue Ice American vodka and mixed it with a frappachino coffee drink. Quite an interesting and conversation enhancing drink...we never had it before

    Saturday, February 4, 2006
    Gypsy Belly Dance Class with Leela Caltech, Pasadena, Ca
    Peek into the class

    Concert, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
    Southwest Chamber Music
    Featuring composer Chinary Ung, world premiere of his piece "Aura" See photos and notes from the concert. Both my percussion and voice teacher were featured in this concert!

    February 5, 2006
    A Visit to the Pacific Asia Museum
    in Pasadena for the last day of a special exhibit:
    See us in the courtyard, and notes on the exhibit "Place/Displace: Three Generations of Taiwanese Art"
    One of the reasons we wanted to be sure to see this is that last May we were in Taiwan for a mathematical conference and we visited museums and gardens there, and made many friends. For a glimpse into our trip, here is a sampling of some of our photo essays from Taiwan:
    A walk in the gardens of Hshinshu, Taiwan.
    A visit to
    The Palace Museum in Tapei
    Visiting the world's tallest building
    Our Karaoke bus ride to Tapei

    February 6, 2006
    Handmade jewelry work, continuing
    "Little People And Their World" and "Poetic and Musical Designs"

    Today I also worked on some jewelry orders...did you know I make jewelry?? See my jewelry website for some nice surprises!

    Yoga Class
    Being a "Caltech spouse" is definitely an advantage when it comes to yoga! The Caltech Athletic Club offers yoga classes 5 days a week, and I go every day when we are in town! Really increases brain power, relaxation and poetic verve, I think!

    Rehearsal with Caltech Women's Glee Club tonight
    We are singing Clara Schumann songs (she was the wife of the more famous Robert Schumann) and four Celtic songs.

    February 7, 2006
    First a swim in our (condo) pool...then we went to the lecture,
    then to Yoga, then to the "DePrima Dinner" at the Caltech Athenaeum library room.

    Want to see how I dressed?
    "Birthdays, Curses, and Primes"
    We went to this lecture at Caltech today:
    Roger Howe, Professor, Mathematics, Yale University
    See my sketch of the speaker
    Charles DePrima Memorial Annual Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture, established by a gift to the Caltech community from former Professor of Mathematics at Caltech for forty years, and his wife Margaret Thurmond DePrima.

    Many people have been surprised to learn that, in a group of only 23 people, the odds are better than even that two people will have the same birthday. However, this fact is usually treated as an isolated curiosity. In fact, the mathematics behind the calculation of birth coincidences can illuminate many aspects of our lives. It impinges on our ideas about social justice and equality. It can help us understand the rise of legends about curses, and the blessings of winning lotteries. The same mathematics can also tell us about tossing coins and the distribution of prime numbers. This talk will explore a variety of phenomena related to the mathematics of the birthday coincidence surprise. My favorite part was: Even when the chances are 1 in 100 of something good or bad happening to a singles person, in a pool of a hundred million it is expected that there will be people to which this even will occur 4 or more times. In the past, when it is bad...it has been described as a curse...and when it is good it has been described as a miracle!

    February 8,2006
    Weekly rehearsal for the Caltech Men and Women's Chorus.
    We worked on: "Circus Band" by Charles Ives, a wild and unusual song (most of Ives's music is like that)...Ives had to tell his copyist not to change the "wrong notes" they were just what he wanted! Other songs are "My Love Walks in Velvet" by Gwyneth Walker, "Sure on this Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen, and an older piece..."Modern Music" by William Billings (1746-1800). See a photo of our concert in December the next ones are in February and March.
    This evening Rick and I worked on Song settings by Ralph Vaughn Williams of poems by William Blake. Also yoga and a swim!

    February 9, 2006
    All the poets were at our house.
    Look in at the gathering Everyone met here between 5 and 6 pm. I made two different soups with lots of snacks and we walked over to Caltech (a block) and waited in long lines (like penguins) to hear poet Nikki Giovanni's wonderful talk and reading. Then we all came back to our place for more snacks, wine, poetry reading, I did a hula dance while our accomplished musician friend played "Lovely Hula Hands" on his ukulele, also a gypsy belly dance and a burlesque opera glove striptease... (I've taken wokshops in all of these...(see litings above)

    An Evening with Nikki Giovanni
    Nikki Giovanni, a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on February 9, in Beckman Auditorium. Giovanni is University Distinguished Professor in the department of English at Virginia Tech. Her appearance here is part of the Caltech Y's Social Activism Speaker Series

    February 10, 2006
    Today was another musical day...a voice class with Kathleen Roland, accomplished soprano. The class is a two hour small group study of breath support, and vocalization. Then each person performs a piece of their own choosing, which forms a basis for more learning. I did a William Blake Poem set by Ralph Vaugh Williams ...Ah Sunflower, weary of time..."
    photos from class

    See my monkey poem today

    February 11, 2006
    a Gypsy bellydance class...we are rehearsing for a short performance at Caltech April 7, 8, and 9. See those See flying skirts in the living room.

    February 12, 2006
    Lagerstrom Chamber Music Concert Trimotif ensemble group: oboe, flute, piano and bassoon.
    Most unusual piece was Bill Cunliffe, piano/composer's (who leads the ensemble) piece Nostalgia in Corcovado (2005) reminicsent of his trip to Brazil 10 years ago. It absorbs influence of Brazilian composers, jazz and classical. In the central portion, the wind players do exciting improvisations with "pop-Brazilian phrasing".
    Also ear opening...a performance of Poulenc's Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon (1926). His piece recalls dance-hall music, popular tunes, circu music, and humor. Bright colors, strong rhythms, gorgeous and unusual harmonies. It made me realize...I really like Poulenc! Finally a piece by Andre Previn, Trio for piano, oboe, and bassoon (1994) Previn is a conductor, pianist,and film orchestrator. This was a wild, interesting piece, I did not expect this, and I would hear it again happily!

    Catherine Del Russo, oboe
    Phoebe Ray, bassoon
    David Shostac, flute
    See our new Daffodil Plant!!

    Obviously, there are missing listings here...so many activities and so little time. Here is a current event!

    March 2, 2006
    The Caltech Women's Glee Club at Pacific Collegiate Choral Festival at Occidental College Nine different colleges sang at this festival. We were the only all women's chorus...which is amusing because this is Caltech where enrollment is probably 70% men! Also it is a small school. A very high percentage are singers! (We do have a group that includes the men, but there as not as many of them involved, and they don't have as much practice time...so we went to this festival and represented Caltech ourselves. Impressive, right?) I am a "faculty spouse" so I can sing too. My husband Rick (prof of mathematics) took the photos of our group from the audience. The page includes a place to click... to hear the performance (we made a recording) at the bottom of the page.

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    Evaluation and Results
    "From the Outside In"