Monday, January 15, 2007

they call me Cuban Pete...

...I'm the king of the rumba beat!
Sooooo, on Friday I went to the FMEA (FL music educators association) conference in Tampa to meet and re-meet some people for work. I had a lovely time reconnecting with friends and professors from music school. After the always entertaining FSU Alumni reception, we went to Columbia in Ybor City. Now, for those of you who are unaware, Ybor (pronoucned EE-boar) is a cool old area of Tampa made famous by a Cuban cigar plant that brought in commerce and development. Now it is an area of restaraunts, nightclubs, and artsy people and is quite fun. The Columbia restaurant opened in 1905 and has great Cuban food and fun flamenco dancers! It's no NYC, but for my little corner of the world, this is Culture!

These dancers were very difficult to photograph! It was a great, entertaining show, but I guess photographic-suitability was low on the priority list. Check out the two-faced lady on the far right!

Castanets are soo cool! Sorry for the blurryness on her skirt. A bald guy had his head in the way and I had to make him disappear!

I love this picture! It's so very flamenco! Especially the kind of bizarre don Quixote painting in the background (wait, bizarre don Quixote... is that an oxy moron?)

why are the pictures always taken AFTER you stuff your face? Anyways, everyone looks lovely. Go noles! (oh yes, and PS- wooden spoons are highly reflective and must be removed so as not to blind casual passers-by.)

Hooray for music teachers! I had a really good time catching up and hearing all their great tales out of school. And in case you were wondering, it was found that teachers' conversations are not all that dissimilar to those of their pupils. (we talked about unflattering haircuts and myspace.) Haha!!

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