26 January 2006

Hot Item

Check it out, I'm mentioned in Adam Gnade's It's Who You Know column in this week's Mercury.

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22 January 2006

Muñeca Triste

I feel as though I might float away and the only thing that keeps bringing me back is a pair of blue eyes brimming with concern and compassion. Part of me wishes I could ignore that plea to stay, please stay. I've been feeling this sort of numbing sadness overtaking me as the date creeps toward what would have been my father's birthday. I feel like such a hypocrite, like I should be able to shrug it off so easily. Reiki master indeed. Intellectually I know this is all of my own making and yet I can't or won't let go of it. I feel him slipping away from me. The cyst that is comprised of all of my feelings of his illness and death alternately leaves my body piece by piece and then seems to develop again as I try to cling to my memories.

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18 January 2006

New Juli, new pics

Make a declaration of purpose and the results can be amazing. The photo thing is suddenly taking off again. Doors are opening and opportunities are falling in my lap. I am truly fortunate.

Check out some photos from Adam Gnade's recent show at the Towne Lounge. Check back soon for more Adam Gnade photos, as well as photos of the Exhale and The Jigsaw Gentlemen. While you're at it, keep an eye out for shows by all of these bands. They're not just pretty--- they're also making some amazing music.

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16 January 2006



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14 January 2006


I don't typically put too much stock in superstitions about Friday the 13th. In Colombia it's Tuesday 13ths you have to look out for, so I figured it was pretty arbitrary. Until today. Work was awful. We had somebody just quit. She just walked out. Guess who had to scramble to fill in? The one bright spot in my day was spending time with three lovely and powerfully witchy ladies. Such amazing energy. It had me centered and feeling good as I prepared for the rest of my evening. I had such high hopes for tonight. I was excited to see and photograph Bright Red Paper and the Exhale . I was thwarted by the awful venue. The stage was pitiful and the lighting more so. Completely uninspiring. Not so the music. Both bands were great, although I think a bit hindered by the tiny stage, particularly the Exhale. A young lady sitting behind me commented that watching them try to set up all of their gear was like watching somebody trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle on a plate. I did remember why I started taking photos at shows in the first place, however. Shooting gave me a way to focus and shield. People who are drinking or otherwise altered, inadvertently throw around their energy without realizing it. I'm much too sensitive to energy due to the work I do. As it was tonight, the waves of speed or junk sickness coming from somewhere near me were driving me to distraction. Was it a full moon, too or did it just feel like it?

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09 January 2006


My arm is gimpy from too much knitting this weekend or something--- not from one-handed typing, as has been suggested, thank you. I made such a grand statement of picking up my camera again, that I felt I should deliver something. I give you Societas Insomnia. The dapper gentleman who heads this lovely troupe has, sadly, left Portland. Rumor has it, however, he will return sometime this Spring. We can only hope.



Fallen angel


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08 January 2006

Inadvertent Groupie

Today is my friend Pepe's birthday. Pepe is one of the most amazing, insane and magical people I know. Here he is working on his recently release album Pambrosia.

One of the things I love most about Pepe is that he's unpredictable. One of the last times we had plans to go to dinner, he called me and said he had a quick errand to run downtown first. "It'll take 15 minutes", he said. We were going to run said errand with my neighbor (his bandmate) Nadine, so he asked me to meet them at her place.

Pepe was in make-up and partial drag. Average day, really.

We piled into Nadine's car and parked near the Performing Arts Center. Before I knew it, we were going in a backstage entrance and Pepe hurriedly whispered "you're performing tonight!" as we were greeted by a guard. "Oh, see... there you are" Pepe said, pointing to a name on the list. I crossed off a random name and handed him the pen.

We made our way through a series of corridors and into the bowels of the building. He pointed me toward the women's dressing room and slipped into the men's. I still had no idea what was going on other than Pepe and the Bottle Blondes were apparently performing.

Pepe joined us a few minutes later, just one of the girls now in a skirt and heels. Again, a fairly common look for him. He led me upstairs to what turned out to be a side entrance to one of the stages and shooed me into a seat. "I'll just be 15 minutes" he said as the door closed behind him.

About 15 minutes later he, the Bottle Blondes, and a few other performers took the stage and did "Big Spender". I slipped backstage again after their number. He hurriedly changed and washed off his make-up and ushered me out onto the street.

"Don't you have to do a curtain call or anything?" I asked.

He shrugged "Eh... they can do it without me."

And so we headed off to dinner having completed our "errand". I later found out it was the "Night of a 100 Stars 2005" which I guess is some kind of a big deal. And that is classic Pepe.

Tonight ought to be a hoot.

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07 January 2006


HA! Herein lies the danger and the beauty of this whole blogging thing. Stuff just comes out of the woodwork. A high school acquaintance dug up this photo. Here is where it all began folks. Mr. Grami's photo/video class. I don't remember any of these people. It was probably a combination of weed and photo chemical fumes. I look like I just fit right in, don't I?

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06 January 2006

Comeback Queen

I am officially coming out of retirement. I went out to photograph a show last night, in earnest, for the first time in several years. I was excited to see/hear live what I had heard on Adam Gnade's profile. The evening got off to a shaky start. In my favourite quote of the evening, my brother summed up the opener. "This girl playing is like fucking my ex-girlfriend—all build-up and no finish." The next act was John Henry of theJigsaw Gentlemen. This young wit has a knack for the ironic turn of phrase—as well as a thing for bunny suits. Don't ask, just go listen. The other two Gentlemen joined him for the last half of the set. Nice to see good old-fashioned, solid musicianship in an age when anyone with a laptop thinks him/herself a musician. Finally Adam, members of the Exhale and a diminutive blonde banjo player took the stage to the strains of the Rocky anthem. A nice start. Where do they get all those wonderful toys? I mean this literally. They had toy drums, xylophones, pianos, all meant for the under 8 set. It was a cacophony of sound that ended up somehow beautiful and a perfect backdrop to Adam's words, equally beautiful and harsh. But the best part was the audience participation. You can't plan stuff like this (but you can certainly help it along with copious amounts of liquor). There was the oblivious couple dry humping in the back, our Waltzing Matilda (or in this case Vanessa), and the impromtu audience rendition of "The Young and the Restless". Good times. I'll post photos as soon as I have them.

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