Hearing Metal 3

For the second time in a month I get to be a guest percussionist with the University of Alabama Percussion Ensemble directed by Tim Feeney. The concert is presented by Sonic Frontiers and features guest artist Greg Stuart. We’re performing Hearing Metal 3 by Michael Pisaro.

The work is for 16 suspended cymbals and electronics. The cymbals are bowed and activated by dropping beans, rice and millet on them. Such amazing sounds! Greg described one part of it in rehearsal as “listening to a radio tuned between stations.” If you know and love that sound (you know who you are), then you’ll understand why I’m so excited about tonight’s performance. If you’re bewildered or intrigued, you should come hear this. You’ll never listen to your radio (or look at beans, rice and millet) the same way again.

Chez Stadium

Fine food for your sporting venue.

Sick of eating bland, boiled hotdogs at the game? Then washing it down with watery beer? Chez Stadium sets out to make stadium food as exciting as the game. From gourmet sausages on fresh-baked sourdough buns to peanuts tossed with our special herb and spice blends. We serve our nachos with fresh salsa and actual cheese (no plastic!). Chez Stadium updates all your favorite sporting foods, including a wide selection of local and craft-brewed beer. Watching the game has never tasted so good! Chez Stadium: the Babette’s Feast of Baseball.

[Of course, when this really gets going we’ll have to wrest the name from this promising artist: Chez Stadium. Or maybe we’ll work ouut some synergistic theme-song deal…]

[[Oh, and let’s go Mets!]]

[[[Is it even baseball season right now?]]]

Pork Pie Hat

A Bacon-themed Restaurant

Who doesn’t love bacon? (OK, except for vegetarians and those keeping kosher…) So how about a restaurant where every dish has bacon in it? Pork Pie Hat will serve the usual bacon-laced goodness for appetizers (bacon wrapped scallops), salads (spinach salad), sandwiches (BLT) and entrees (coq au vin); along with unusual bacon offerings such as desserts (apple pie with a woven bacon crust, bacon crrme brulee) and cocktails (the bacon-tini, or course!) Other popular dishes include a tasting platter of artisanal bacon varieties, bacon and melon, battered bacon rings, chocolate covered bacon bits (bacon-nets)…the list goes on. Diners may be asked to present a note from their physician or else sign a waiver before ordering.