The long and short of it

While almost everyone is celebrating a long President's Day weekend, I sadly am not. However, that didn't stop me from making the most of the weekend.

I started Friday night going to swing class at The Western (see previous blog posts for more info). We're starting to pick up more moves and, ahem, get into the swing of it. We're planning a trip to go to a swing club in the city. It's really fun. After swing, we headed over to Sidetracks. My friend's band was playing, and he invited other performers to do a set. These two rappers, Hila the Killa and Sir Kn8, were really good. They had a unique twist on rapping; they had a song about reading books. Hila explained that her name is pronounced "Hee-la," which is Hebrew, but it changed to "Hill-a," then she did a rap in Hebrew. They also did a lot of freestyle, and at one point Hila did a headstand and rapped. Sidetracks is a great venue for live music, and this show was no exception.

On Saturday I had to go to dance rehearsal. My mom's studio is putting on a production of "La Bayadere," which means "The Temple Dancer." It takes place in India and is a kind of complicated story. One of the dances I'm in is The Kingdom of the Shades (a shade is a spirit). It is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet. In this dream-like scene, visions of Nikiya, the lead character, are represented with a group of dancers. Watch it here: The dance is performed by the corps de ballet, and it's all about precision. 

All weekend there was beautiful sunny weather, so Sunday I went out and enjoyed it. My friend and I took a day trip to Livingston Manor. They were having a town-wide President's Day sale, so we went shopping. But first we got lunch at Main Street Farm. They have amazing sandwiches, as well as a selection of drinks, snacks, pastries and all kinds of groceries. It's a great place. Afterward we went to The Delightful Place, a really cute vintage shop with clothes, furniture and records. I scored a skirt and top both for only $10. We checked out some other stores on Main Street and then headed to The Plunk Shop, another vintage store. 

That night, since the weekend wasn't over yet for many, we went to the Emerald Ballroom (The Heron's new bar/event space) to see Shlomo Franklin play. He is a great musician. The Heron did a small buffet, and donations went toward their mission trip to Nicaragua where they will cook at an orphanage. After the show, the Heron staff busted out the karaoke machine. I've only done karaoke once before so I was skeptical. But I gathered the courage to do it, and then I couldn't stop! My friend and I did four songs: "It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy, "Hand in My Pocket" by Alanis Morissette, "Waterfalls" by TLC, and "Lola" by The Kinks. It was fun. I don't think I sounded good, but that's ok.


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