Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our cat is missing from our house on Broadway in Alameda, CA.

Name: “Kitty” Missing from our house on Broadway in Alameda CA. Last seen Thursday September 10th near Broadway & Washington. Still missing as of 9/27/09.

If found, please email Zac at zdrake314[at]hotmail[dot]com. (Change [at] and [dot] to "@" and "." respectively.) You can also leave contact info on this post.

She is much missed and we would happily provide a $100 reward for her safe return.

Appearance: small female cat, stripped with orange markings, cute face, people friendly, not de-clawed. She’s not wearing the tag or collar shown in this picture.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quinn's first day of new school

He seems to be settling in nicely!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Don't shave off your eyebrows

It's easier to recognize faces that lack eyes than those that lack eyebrows. I've always been a bit vain about my own prominent eyebrows, and found over-plucking & over-thinning rather creepy when I see it on other people. Maybe this study explains that reaction somewhat.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My rather awesome looking house

If only it had a foundation. And a kitchen. And a furnace. And a
master bathroom sink. And...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Graphical Representation of Beethoven's 5th, 1st movement

This is an excellent music theory and composition lesson and general cool thing. It really highlights the structural repetitions and multiple uses of the same figure ("da-da-da-DUH!") in different voices and places:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Highbrow "tagging"

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quinn and his second cousins at his great uncle Leo's 70th birthday

Quinn, far right, with his second cousins. Photo by Stephanie Sakai-Cheng taken at the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco.

Monday, September 07, 2009

I live here now!

I'm squinting into the sun in front of my house. We moved in on Friday.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Zac to do staged reading with Shailja Patel in Oakland September 12th 3pm

Portrait of Shailja taken by Cato Lein at WALTIC in Stockholm 2008.

I have the great honor of doing a staged reading of excerpts from Bwagamoyo (The Father): Part II of Migritude. Here's the information from Shailja's calendar:

September 12th, Excerpts from Bwagamoyo, Oakland

Staged reading of excerpts from Bwagamoyo: The Father - Part II of Migritude
Guest Actor: Zachary Drake [that's me!]
Followed by Q and A with the audience
Saturday September 12th
3pm - 5pm
Oakopolis Gallery
447 25th Street (between Broadway and Telegraph)

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Phone: 510-663-6520 Email: oakopolis@gmail.com
$5 - $20 (sliding scale)
For more info in the show itself, see here. The opening lines:
The most telling - and compelling - line of a man's body is that place where his neck joins his shoulder. From which the head extends, retracts, responds. It can be beautiful in its cleanness and purpose. Its strength and flexibility, its balance and alignment. It can disturb in its distortion and strain, its rigidity or collapse.

I like to think that if I could see that line in its entirety, if I could enter the living braid of muscles beneath - trapezius, levator scapulae, sterno-cleido-mastoid - it would tell me everything about a man. Where he intersects with his reality. How he meets, receives, and inserts himself into the world.

I hope my neck-to-shoulderline is good, because I know everyone will be looking at it when she recites those lines :) Shailja is a wonderful poet, performer, and writer. I didn't know English could sound so musical until I heard her speak it. I saw the first part of Migritude, and it was a fantastic piece of storytelling. So I'm very excited to be working with her on the next part of this work.