Thursday, July 29, 2010

Music for bears

Cellist Armen Ksajikian, playing Berlioz at a bear sanctuary in Sitka, Alaska.  Ksajikian is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and is known for his experimental and exuberant approach to live performance.  He participated in a 16-day orchestral whitewater trip on the Colorado river, that stopped to play concerts on Mendenhall Glacier and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Also, he looks like a bear.

Monday, July 26, 2010


From NY Times foreign correspondent John F. Burns, about a stray cat that showed up on his Dehli doorstep, in a monsoon.
It is not in the nature of cats, at least in the case of the platoon of strays we have adopted in our travels around the world, to freight themselves with speculations about their fortune in finding human refuge. From the get-go, Scuzzi behaved as if he knew how blessed we — as much as he — were by his turn towards our verandah when all other hope for him was gone.