I've been meaning to do this for a long time, but I finally went to the Church of Beethoven
Needless to say, I loved it. The one-hour concert (complete with a poetry break and two minutes of silence) provided everything I've always wanted from church (time to feel contemplative, feeling like part of a community, a break from the everyday and a visit with the sublime) without any of the other things that freak me out (judgement, punishment, my furious rage over the terrible things some priests have done to children that makes me want to stand up in church and yell, "what the hell is wrong here, people?", etc).
And because I was too hot to engage in my favorite Sunday afternoon activity (hiking), I also went over to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which was hosting Arte es Vida
. As part of that there were 10 different acts performing 30-minute sets. Aside from music, there was also a spoken word performance by Hakim Bellamy
; Lisa Gill
read a few poems, too. The whole event was the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot Sunday afternoon. (You can go here
to check out more events that are also a part of Savor Abq.)
Also lovely? Leaving the cultural center at around six, I walked outside to clouds and wind--and on the wind, the smell of rain hitting the desert.
Have I already said today how much I love Albuquerque?