first friday look forward: september

Hey there, dear readers! Well, I waited all day yesterday for the Booking Through Thursday prompt, but didn’t see a new one. So I was thinking about what I could possibly post instead… but I haven’t finished a book lately and no new concert reviews at Hmm. What to do?

So I figured today I will talk about a few things I’m looking forward to in September. In no particular order:

1. Rehearsing with Kansas City Civic Orchestra
We just started rehearsing again a couple of weeks ago after summer break, and this year we have SEVEN BASSES. Seven. I can’t believe it! We are lucky to get four, usually. This is truly unprecedented for a community orchestra around here! Our first concert on October 12 we are playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which I haven’t played before. It’s a workout, for sure! (That’s me, principal of the section: front right)

2. Concert season has started!
[Check out all the performing arts happening for the fall at, including my previews for large ensembles and jazz and world music. I wish I could go to everything!] After a long semi-boring summer, I’m really excited concert season has started up again and I can get out to some shows. The last couple of nights I’ve attended Charlotte Street Foundation events, since my husband got a 2013–14 studio residency from CSF. On Wednesday CSF had an event to introduce all the residents, and last night at Paragraph Gallery was the opening night of one of the resident’s projects, an eight-week new music festival. For the rest of the month, I have planned seeing the Uptown Mandolin Quartet at the Lawrence Arts Center, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Owen/Cox Dance Groups performing Petrouchka, at the very least. I’m also checking out what to see on my…

3. Trip up to Madison, Wisconsin
My mom is hosting a little family gathering later this month and Nick and I will drive up for it. I haven’t seen much of my mom’s side this year—I had to miss the other family events for various other obligations, so I’m glad we have a chance now. AND my best childhood friend just had her first baby a couple weeks ago, a little girl, so I’m excited to meet her little one! Also, it has been a while since Nick and I just hung out in Madison anyway. Usually when we go up we make the rounds all over the state to see my grandmothers and other family. That weekend in Madison it looks like there are some great local artists playing around town too like Paul Cebar, the Cash Box Kings, the Madison Symphony Orchestra season-opening concerts, and also some…

4. Festivals!
I LOVE festivals. Didn’t get to nearly enough of them this summer. In Kansas City this month, though, I plan to hit up Art Westport this weekend and the Plaza Art Fair in a couple weeks, and possibly also McCoy’s Oktoberfest (McCoy’s is one of my favorite restaurant/pubs in KC). The festivals we might have a chance to go to in Madison include the Monroe Street Festival and the New Glarus Oktoberfest (New Glarus Brewing Co. Spotted Cow… <drool>). [ETA I just learned that KC is holding its first-ever Cyclovia Festival tomorrow, right near Art Westport. I think I’ll stop by that one, too!]

5. Reading plans
I feel like I’m short on leisure time for reading a bit lately—just getting back into the rhythm of the school year and concert season amping back up—but I do have some reading plans for September that I hope to accomplish. I would like to finish the two I just started, A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison and Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (audio) in the next week or so, and then I have my KC Library Stranger than Fiction book group September pick, About this Life by Barry Lopez to read before our next meeting on Sept. 25. I also bought Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, which I should get in the mail soon… of course I have to read The Year of the Flood first. AND I am three books behind on my TBR Pile Challenge and one behind on my Eclectic Reader challenge… starting to think I might not complete them :-/ oh well, it’s all about having fun anyway, right?

So that’s what I’m looking forward to this month. Do you have anything fun and exciting planned for September?

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