Despite the rainy weather, I had a full schedule planned for today,
beginning with a recital by the Avedis Chamber Ensemble in the Florence
Gould Theatre at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. Traffic
had me running a little late, but I lucked out with a good parking place
and ran in to the show with about five minutes to spare...just enough time
to snag my favorite seat in the front row! For this show, the ensemble
makeup varied from a flute-harp duo to the quintet pictured.
After the show, I took a few pictures of the painted ceiling inside
the theatre, then walked upstairs one flight to visit the current 'special'
exhibit, Flowers, a single room with a dozen-odd works on that theme.
The relevant photos at left depict my favorites.
I noticed the large Stela for the first time on my way out upstairs
(the Theatre is two stories below ground level). This intricately carved
stone is about five feet tall, and dates to 761 AD. It depicts a female
ruler in elaborate costume.
I stopped for a few other pictures on my way back to the car, then
drove over to visit my Grandma, Madeleine Read, in her room at Eden Villa
atop Masonic Hill at Geary. We talked for an hour or so, and then it was
time for me to go wait in line at the Maritime ... good thing for me that
the weather had cleared!