Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Subterranean Poets followed up their premier performance at Beijing University's Nameless Festival on Wednesday night by performing yesterday evening, Friday, at Rain bar. We were part of a mixed group of entertainers, most of them members of the Beijing Actor's Workshop, and the audience was quite different. We performed a variation of our project, Nameless, more comfortable in a smaller setting, and received a nice round of applause for our efforts. The four of us also had time to read a few of our own poems. I even free-style rapped for a brief minute during one of Jorgé's poems, which is something I've had occasion to do lately. Although I'm not very good at it and by no means a rapper, it has helped me continue to improve my ability to improvise, which is nice exercise, at least. On to more mundane things...

Unusual weather today, as seems to be the case lately. Hazy whiteness out the window this morning and afternoon. We cleaned the apartment after a nice late breakfast. In the waning afternoon, it looked like it was going to rain and the sky darkened. Angela and me left to see a documentary playing at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Femminielli, about the lives of transvestites in Naples in the 80s and 90s, part of the Elettroshock Festival, which lasts for one more day. Angela, having gone to school in Naples, was particularly interested in this documentary as it was filmed in the special city.

A few of my coworkers were in the audience and, afterwards, we all went to dinner together before returning home. After a week of mayhemous late nights and extra-curricular work on the poetry frontier, I'm settling in for a nice relaxing night at home. Happy April Fool's Day!

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