Monday, June 21, 2010

A Tie-rrific Father's Day!

Pierce's very thoughtful teacher, Mr. Peterson, organized ties for Father's Day and Pierce made a Kirby character inspired Father's Day card (you can click on the pic to enlarge). Pierce is more than a little subdued as a result of his latest orthodontic "adventure" the lip-bumper which we though would be more benign than the last orthodontic appliance the rapid palate expander; think again:(

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pool Party @ Sky Club

We spent the afternoon at the Sky Club roof top pool for Pierce's friend Liam's birthday. The kids and smart parents were cool in the pool (note to self).

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wallace School Field Day 2010

It was overcast and threatened to rain all morning but the rain held off long enough for all the kids from Wallace School to enjoy field day at Hoboken's JFK field.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Free Jazz and Cool Jobs!

We had a busy day in NYC today. First was an afternoon concert at Jazz at the Lincoln Center; the last concert in this season's Jazz for Young People series entitled "What is Free Jazz". Now I like jazz of almost every variety but I've always found free jazz the most challenging to appreciate. And I know that Deirdre most definitely does not appreciate it based on her reaction to a Charlie Haden concert we saw together many years ago at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Furthermore, Pierce clearly enjoys the symphonic Young People's Concerts more than the Jazz for Young People's Concerts and I can empathize: I didn't really start to enjoy jazz until I was in my early teens. Needless to say, we entered Rose Hall with some trepidation. But our anxiety was dashed the moment the Matt Wilson Quartet took the stage. Matt and the band did an exceptionally good job of breaking the genre down into its components in order to explain what's behind free jazz and how to listen to it. And they did it all in an exceptionally engaging way for kids and the adults. While we came away with a better appreciation for the music, I can't say that I'm going to run out and buy an Albert Ayler recording.

After a quick subway trip to the Village our next event was the World Science Festival's Cool Jobs lecture at NYU's Kimmel Center. Four scientists and engineers described their passion for creation and discovery and explained some of the science and technology underlying their work: a roboticist, an extraterrestrial life hunter, a marine biologist and a neuroscientist. Pierce loved the roboticist and his ingenious creations.