Marc Valdez

Mark Valdez writes the blog Marc Valdez Weblog: A Dilettante's Uneven Progress - Sacramento area community musical theater (esp. DMTC in Davis), liberal political riffs, Kylie Minogue, Australiana, SW meteorology, hurricanes, and general weirdness.

Web Site: http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/


Cleaning Up After A Life

Dec 5, 2016

I learned in August that Helga Frank passed away. Helga lived at my place from 1998-2001, and when she moved out, she stored some things in my basement. In November, I tried to contact her daughter, Jennifer Hempstead, about Helga's belongings, but w...

"A Southwest Nutcracker" 2016

Dec 4, 2016
"A Southwest Nutcracker" 2016

This month, my friends at Tucson Regional Ballet will present their annual "A Southwest Nutcracker", featuring Lindsey Felix as the Prickly Pear Fairy. One of the Chili Peppers will perform live on television this upcoming Friday, December 9, on Tucson...

Albuquerque Arsonist

Dec 3, 2016

Methinks from the choices of the Albuquerque arsonist (Starbucks, Project Defending Life, etc.) that he has a political agenda:

Hickman was arrested by Albuquerque police after an officer heard explosions from the Old Navy store and then spotted Hickman fleeing the scene, prosecutors said in court. He had a firearm, a flare, an AR-15...

Just A Few Laure Courtellemont Videos

Dec 3, 2016

Last Summer, Laure Courtellemont's choreographic talents were featured on SYTYCD - Next Gen! A triumph!She taught us half of this dance in March, 2014.The control she has!

Sacramento Autumn Leaf Fall Finally Seems To Have Started In Earnest On Friday, December 2nd

Dec 3, 2016
Sacramento Autumn Leaf Fall Finally Seems To Have Started In Earnest On Friday, December 2nd

The autumn leaf fall in Sacramento seemed delayed this year. Don't know why. Leaf falls here are often like this:Here is my house Friday afternoon, showing the beautiful red leaves of the gum tree.

2016 NorCal Ragga Jam Session in Sacramento with Laure Courtellemont

Dec 3, 2016
2016 NorCal Ragga Jam Session in Sacramento with Laure Courtellemont

What an awesome time! She is a marvel: the most-inspiring dance teacher! Lovely pix of lovely ladies after the Laure Courtellemont workshop (and a couple of guys too).

RIP, Bella the Dog

Dec 3, 2016
RIP, Bella the Dog

Poor Bella. The cancer had made her life increasingly-miserable.It was hard to know when to put Bella down. At least near Sparky's end in 2009, his personality changed as the heart disease accelerated. It was easier to tell when to end the suffering...

RIP, Gilbert Martinez

Dec 1, 2016

I never knew him, but knew OF him, as drummer for Miller Hilites.

A Big Slab of Buried Ice at Utopia Planitia

Dec 1, 2016

Even though Mars' Utopia Planitia is at mid-latitudes, they can detect a significant slab of water ice buried there - enough to fill Lake Superior:

It was found using a radar mapper on MRO. Called SHARAD, it sends pings of radar down to the surface, which are reflected back up to the satellite and...

"Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"

Dec 1, 2016

Leighton posted this. I had never heard of this article, but it may well have been the inspiration for "Saturday Night Fever".

My sense in the Seventies was that the revolution in music and lighting technology over the previous decade laid the ground for Disco. I remember seeing discos as early as 1970, but...

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