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Since one of the ensemble members is going to Japan next week, there has already been a little flurry of e-mail discussion among O.P.E.R.A. folks about the acquisition of kimono for next winter's production of Butterfly. Laura is planning to go flea marketing in Kyoto, and is willing to shop by proxy. Great, wonderful, best possible option for people to get good stuff.

Then someone (whom I haven't yet met in person) chimes in that there's a shop near the Belmont Red Line stop that has tons of "brand new kimonos for $10 each."

Solange (my voice teacher, and founder/artistic director of the company), quite understandably, says "Really?" and asks if it's anything I'm familiar with, since we should be checking out all our options before spending money.

I'm...skeptical, but diplomatic. Explain that it's not anything I know anything about, but will definitely check it out since it sounds too good to be true.

Several emails back and forth with the lady who made the suggestion later, I'm...not any less skeptical. She was just there two weeks ago; the shops are WONDERFUL (no argument there -- one of my favorite blocks in any city anywhere); she got a great leather jacket for just $10 (no trouble whatsoever believing that); she can't remember names, or even whether Ragstock or Something Old Something New rings a bell, but there's also another one right around the corner with even more of them!

I would love, love, love for this to be true. But I've shopped that neighborhood many times (albeit not in over a year), and would most certainly have noticed an abundance of jawdroppingly inexpensive kimono.

My assumption at this point is that what she saw are not, in fact, kimono. Silk/satin bathrobes, or maybe mass-market cheongsam. I'm going to check it out next week while brainiacfive is out of town and my evenings are free, 'cause, hey, excuse to shop on Belmont. Twist my arm! Maybe I'll go Tuesday, and hit the open mike at Gentry for the first time in eons.

However, I'm not holding my breath that I'll find anything we can put on turn-of-the-century geisha. Even Puccini pseudo-geisha. And I'm even less looking forward to explaining that to the very well-meaning and enthusiastic person who brought it up...


Jun. 23rd, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)

These things are hard to explain, indeed. I remember, for example, a first period discussion halfway through the year where three or four of my (female) students claimed that the silhouettes of all European/American women's clothes from before 1910 look "exactly alike" and how the clothes didn't change at all since like the 1200s. I gaped, then drew the basic silhouette(s) of eight-plus centuries on the board, talking about the undergarment differences, shape differences, funcationality differences.

When I was done, I pointed and was like, "SEE??"

A few were fascinated. Most were asleep. Several of the original, "It all looks just alike," were still of that same opinion.

How go voice lessons, btw?
Jun. 23rd, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
A few were fascinated. Most were asleep. Several of the original, "It all looks just alike," were still of that same opinion.

*chuckle* Been there, yup.

As for voice lessons, still going well, still a process, you'd still hate it. :-)


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