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    I've held up watering the yard for rain the past three days. Big, puffy, badassed looking clouds with not a hint of dew. Meanwhile my daughter is in Fort Worth, Texas for an opera she's stage managing, Dog Days.

    her words:

    "Well, first there was a tornado. Then lightning hit our building, destroying power. And when we decided to do an acoustic concert, we got 15 minutes in before I had to evacuate the audience due to a fire alarm. This is going to be quite some performance report."

    The Dallas Morning News
    Scott Cantrell, Classical Music Critic
    from this mornings online newspaper column

    FORT WORTH — Friday evening’s storms doomed opening night of Fort Worth Opera’s regional premiere of Dog Days, by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek. After a power failure before the performance, partial restoration of power at the Scott Theatre, in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, wasn’t adequate for a performance relying on amplification and projections.

    In hope that electricity might be fully restored, the company delayed by having composer, librettist and stage director Robert Woodruff discuss their backgrounds and how the work came about. Then members of the cast presented two scenes from the opera, about hardscrabble life after some terrible but unidentified disaster.

    Even this was terminated, though, by a fire alarm — apparently false, but still requiring everyone to vacate the building.

    Think I'll go water the tomatoes.
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