Two years ago I wrote a piece about March Madness musicians' style. For some reason, March is the busiest month of the year. Everyone wants to put on a concert. (I'm not really complaining here. I do appreciate having so much work, given the economy.) It's also the month that my students take part in the California Music Teachers' Association Certificate of Merit program. This requires them to play an for an "evaluation" and take a pretty comprehensive written test. So that's where I've been for the last four weeks: practicing, rehearsing, playing or attending concerts, getting my students up to par and rehearsing with them, and of course, driving, driving, driving... I finished with the last concert yesterday and now feel like I can return to my normal life, whatever the heck that is.
Reading this morning's L.A. Times I discovered that last night Los Angeles took part in the one-hour let's-turn-off-the-lights program sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund and I missed it! I was on-stage at 8:30 p.m., sweating under some blazingly bright lights. If I had been keeping abreast of things and had the night free, I surely would have notified you of the event and gone out to do some star-gazing myself. I know that the guys in the club were out at Joshua Tree and also in-town at Ridgecrest. I'll be interested to find out if they noticed any difference.
But I am not too late to tell you about the International Year of Astronomy and the 100 Hours of Astronomy program which takes place next weekend, April 2-5. Our club, the South Bay Astronomical Society, in conjunction with El Camino College will be taking part in the program on Saturday, April 4th, from about 7 to 8:30 p.m. The plan is to set up our scopes in a parking lot on the El Camino campus near Marsee Auditorium and let the general public have a look-see. The exact time and location haven't been divulged yet, so I will keep you posted.