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Oh my goodness. I was quite impressed at just how many people were at Trimania on Saturday night and even more, how many Mark and I knew from here, there and everywhere. Considering I sadly, am not one who is involved in the Arts Scene here in Buffalo, it was nice to be among the masses enjoying the music, dance, art and people watching. Although in some cases the art itself was doing the people watching…wrapped in duct tape and mummified. Yikes!

The 5th floor was where we spent most of our time. But for a brief diversion to the 1st floor to see the “Pine Dogs” who came HIGHLY recommended from Val/Kevin. Loved them…the music made me happy and brought dreams of summertime and cold beers.

The non-profit development lover of community and all things good loved this line found in the program book…

“…right here in the Tri-Main Center- Buffalo Arts Studio is proving once again that cultural organizations are the economic engines that drive development. As a community, we must do all we can to keep these artistic fires burning- to expose, educate, and nurture future artists so they might show the way to our own revitalization.”

Right on! Kudos! Expose, educate and nurture future artists.

Even those future artists that are hardly trained artists at all? Like the All Things Dabble in a Little Bit of Everything Jennifer’s out there in the world? My God. I want to paint. I want to collage and sculpt and take picture with a big camera and sing and write and socialize and and and. Sigh…sadly, I find that I’m a little bit of everything. Not one thing with great passion, but many maybesomeday’s with great interest.

And completely random, look at what I wrote on this blog just ONE YEAR AGO today. Hmmm. I see a pattern here.

If I had a camera…

My God has my camera been broken for a YEAR? I haven’t painted with those paints since Mark bought them for me? Oh yeah, the studio (as in the art studio/room, not the makeshift Wing Chun Kung Fu studio in the front room) has been used for storage and shut off since the heat went on this Fall. Pathetic. Something needs to be done to remedy this situation.

“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” -Irving Berlin

Ah. Can I just tell you HOW happy I was to spend a quiet, peaceful night alone with my sweetie last night? No, seriously…it’s been a rough couple of weeks and I for one needed a nice dinner out alone. Sorting through feelings of grief and death always hyperextends my focus on the here and now and what it all means. Being able to just be…be for a moment, well, rejuvenates my spirit. I’ve been holding on just a little tighter to Mark’s hand lately, giving him a few more kisses and hugging him closer. Life’s just too damn short and unpredictable and you NEVER know just how much time you have here on earth together. Our friend KJ was blessed with 24 years with her husband, and still, it wasn’t nearly enough time.

Ok, now that I’m crying…

So anyway. Last night, Mark and I headed up pass the border to Fort Erie, Ontario to indulge at Ming Teh for superdelicious Beef and Green Onions (if you like green onions, this dish is for you) and Lemon Chicken. We splurged, yes, in our world this is splurging we really don’t go out to dinner too often and when we do, we choose appetizers or drinks, last night we did BOTH! And for the rest of the night we found ourselves reading and TV watching and falling asleep on the futon. A perfect evening in.

And this morning? Ah, this morning is one of those VERY RARE Saturday mornings that the alarm clock doesn’t go off. Mark teaches Wing Chun in Rochester every Saturday morning and is out the door early. On those once in a while occasions when we have something else planned on Saturday we almost always still have to get up early. But not today…

TODAY? Today is PENGUIN DAYS. Jenny Penguin Christmas!!!

Mark and I are headed to The Aquarium of Niagara around lunch time with my favorite little Jessie Penguin and her mommies and my favorite niece Little A and her mommy and daddy for some good ol’ fashioned penguin watching. :)

My girls LOVE PENGUINS! (DUH!) And I wouldn’t want it ANY OTHER WAY! So excited. LittleA has grown leaps and bounds since the last time we saw the penguins! She remembers being afraid of the *big* penguin (pictured above) but I wonder just how much she remembers… I am sooooooooooooo excited to watch her and Jessie together with the penguins!

Later tonight we are headed to Trimania. All in all, we consider this an expensive weekend. But they happen so rarely! I can count on exactly one finger the amount of times that Mark and I have been out this year (Gosh, even last year…) to see live music/art/dance and merriment. Sad, tis sad. So we shall remedy that situation tonight! Of course, the events today are for a good causes supporting the Aquarium of Niagara (and the PENGUINS) and the Buffalo Arts Studio…so that makes my pocketbook and bleeding community heart smile.

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As seen on Creative Buffalo. Be there! Next week. Trimania proceeds go to Buffalo Arts Studio.

Next Saturday, March 29th at the Tri Main Center, 2495 Main Street.

My friend Val Dunne has been working her ass off with the Music Committee and booked a ton of great bands including: John and Mary and the Valkyries, Rob Lynch and the Adjustable Friends, The Stay Lows, and The Pine Dogs.

And as Val says, there are also five full floors of this great ‘ole factory that have stages, beer, and party! All of the bands, dance groups. performance artists and other stuff is all listed on the Trimainia website, so check it out

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