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Summer Continues :)

So this week, I had an opportunity to watch Neil Gaiman at The Warfield on Wednesday night.  This was a “bucket-list” item for me, as seeing one of my favorite authors read live is something I’ve always wanted to see.  A big thank you goes to my family who set this up for my birthday.

As far as the experience itself, it was a fascinating show, filled with music, laughter, and art, but for me, hearing Gaiman read live was a rather interesting experience.  Not to mention the classic beauty of The Warfield itself.

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For the first time, aside from watching YouTube videos which clearly doesn’t replicate the ambiance of setting (especially in the case for The Warfield), the “flow” was truly felt (I’m a big fan of “flow”).  Neil was there to read his story The Truth is in a Cave in the Black Mountains, accompanied by FourPlay, a very talented string quartet, and Eddie Campbell, a very talented artist (known for his Bacchus comic) who helped illustrate the tale.

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During the show, it was apparent that Neil had a subtle charisma, if there is such a thing, that radiated through the audience.  Many people were thoroughly engaged and at certain points in the performance, it was eerily quiet as everyone seemed perched on a precipice, waiting for each word of Neil’s as a life-line.  It was amazing to watch and to be a part of, without a doubt.  Throughout the night, it was like peering into the thought process of how an author visualizes his own work, which to me, was invaluable.  It was all parts funny, sad, dramatic, and beautiful.  With FourPlay (also a very funny source for a few bits earlier in the show – they played the Doctor Who theme!)  also enhancing the artwork by Eddie Campbell which was being shown on the big-screen behind Neil, it was an immersive experience as well.

The rest of the trip to San Francisco was just spent trying find a few good spots for pictures 🙂  Are a few of them I took as well.

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I’ll write later about the Art Club Field Trip as well 🙂

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