The musical handyman

This evening, the guest performers playing with the Butler Symphony Orchestra for their concert titled “Jazz” were Joe Negri and his trio.

Joe’s a well-known and uber-talented jazz guitarist, and an exceedingly nice person. He soloed on a number that is a signature tune for him, an adaptation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. Here’s a clip of him playing it with the Wheeling Symphony.

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PSA: Run. Hide. Fight. What to do in an active shooter scenario

Point Park University recently emailed this video to faculty and staff. It’s a how-to video for what to do if someone shows up wherever you are and starts shooting.

I think it’s important for everyone to watch it. It’s a little tense — more than your average training video, obviously — but not graphic, so you might also choose to show it to children.

The video was created by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office, with support from the Department of Homeland Security.


Feathers, friends

Feeding time in the wetlands

I’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area for years and years, and the National Aviary is in Pittsburgh, and I like birds. You’d think I’d be visiting there a few times a year. But no, yesterday I visited for the first time. I seem to go to museums and zoos and other interesting places only when friends are visiting from out of town — in this case, my friends Tim and Sharon and their two daughters. Continue reading “Feathers, friends”