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The Best Laid Plans Of Ponies

Gang -- not necessarily aft, but certainly tonight -- agley.

Word on the street was that there would be a contra dance tonight at 8:00 in the Ida Noyes third-floor theater, with a beginners' lesson at 7:30. I decided that I didn't necessarily need to show up for the lesson (often I do, just in case someone needs a firm hand), but I planned to get to Ida Noyes around 7:45. Which I did. Light of foot and joyous of heart, I skipped up to the third floor only to find . . . a performance of Oedipus Rex going on in the theater and nary a dancer to be seen.

I walked over to the Reynolds Club to check the Folklore Society website and see if they had announced a change of venue for the dance, but no. The website claimed that the dance was at Ida Noyes. Puzzled, I looked around, and this nice lady walked up to me and offered me a ticket to the University orchestra concert of 20th-century Spanish music that was about to start in Mandel Hall, which is the big concert hall in the Reynolds Club. I'm not one to turn down a free concert ticket, especially when the dance appears to have dropped off the face of the earth, so I had a surprise concert tonight!

Lots of fun, and I got to cheer for three of my colleagues (on violin, clarinet, and bassoon). But still . . . I wonder what ever became of the contra dance?


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Mar. 7th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Mildly puzzling, but definitely a worthwhile evening. I'm glad I went to the concert.
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
LOL. Would't do for life to be too predictable. How come no one ever offers me a free concert ticket while I'm out wandering around?
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
How come no one ever offers me a free concert ticket while I'm out wandering around?

Well, how often do you find yourself wandering through the lobbies of concert halls looking puzzled three minutes before a concert is due to start?
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Catching up online, as usual...at least you got a concert out of it. Weird that the dance disappeared. Especially since there were even going to be lessons and everything. And no one else was around looking for them. Must have had the date wrong on the site or something?
Mar. 10th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I suspect that one of two things happened. Either the dance was canceled, or they moved it to another building and just neglected to mention it. I wonder if anyone ever did show up.

At least the concert was good. And I got to see Danny and Peter and Claudio perform, which made them happy.
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
maybe they moved it to the shoreland? the hyde park first saturday of the month dance used to sometimes be held over there. but chicagobarndance.com has it wrong, then....

lucky pony to get a concert--that's funny that the university orchestra did spanish music this quarter, too--i wonder if we got a grant or someone had a 100 year birthday or something.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I vaguely remembered that some dances have been held at the Shoreland, but there was no indication anywhere that the dance was there. It might have been, but all the advertising was wrong.

The concert was part of a three-day event called "Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music" that Joseph Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez put together with the Post-Classical Ensemble and then brought to Chicago.
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