Sunday, November 21, 2010

A visit to Macy's Thanksgiving Parade float studio with Pierce's class

I happily joined Pierce's 4th grade class for a visit to the Macy's float studio. The studio is located in an old soap factory just a 5 minute walk from Pierce's school. The tour was a great sneak peak into some of the new parade floats and we saw the design process from the rough clay models to the final floats. The floats are all designed to fold up in order to make the trip through the Lincoln Tunnel to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC. You can view the full album here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Alien Invasion!

A comic from Pierce. Click to enlarge.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Date Night

Deirdre and I got out for a night on the town. A leisurely dinner at Compass followed by a concert at the Lincoln Center's new Alice Tully Hall. The performers were New York's Orchestra of St. Lukes and the Latvian National Choir conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste. The program was a mixture two J.S. Bach motets and U.S. premieres of two recent compositions by contemporary composer Arvo Pärt. The Bach pieces were elaborate and lovely. The Arvo Pärt was sublime and sonorous. There's a good article about Arvo Pärt in a recent New York Sunday Times Magazine.

Here's an illicit photo of the stage with choir, orchestra and conductor taken with my iPhone.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today we visited the nearby Liberty State Science Center just in time to see Lyuba the baby mammoth, before moving on to the next stop on her world tour. The exhibit was informative and accessible, just what we've come to expect from Chicago's Field Museum where the exhibit was conceived.