Lots of roadwork in the next couple of weeks: tomorrow I head back to the Outer Banks for the conclusion of our summer arts festival. We’ll have multimedia performances by the Open Dream Ensemble, a few evenings of dance with live percussion music by Xenakis and Chavez, and even a silent film festival with improvised accompaniment.Then on August 4 I head to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. More about that when I return on August 9.

This afternoon I’m hosting a birthday party for a one-year-old, with guests ranging in age from 10 to 29 months. Then at 5:00 I’ll be sitting in the owner’s box at a Durham Bulls game, listening to a friend play the national anthem on solo trombone.

Sometimes I feel like I’m eating from a plate that is six times the size of my head.

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