Monday’s plans to attend the first of a series of lectures on the history of the Middle East to today, were ended when I arrived late, realized this lecturer sat behind his computer and flashed maps and stuff on a screen while talking to the screen so no body that was behind him, 2/3s of the class, could hear what he uttered in his monotone voice. I thought a Professor would be more professional. I’m am very critical of tour guides, teachers, performers, actors, and lecturers that don’t address their audience with proper eye contact, concern, elocution, teaching aides, involvement, and participation.
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I returned home, had lunch then came back to the Santa Domingo Plaza for a Modern Dance with a young Oaxacan dance group at 5:30, then I thought I would stick around for the 27th annual International Cultural Festival at 7:00 pm.
It was not to be.
When the “Modern Dance Interpretation of something was over, I wandered around until they started setting up chairs in front of the outdoor stage. It was around 6:40 so I sat and watched the crowd gather. The seats were full by 7pm for the beginning but there wasn’t any.
There was an announcer that said something in Spanish but nothing happened. It was getting colder as I noticed a single man trying to get a seat two rows in front but it was saved. I thought maybe his daughter was going to be on stage so gave him my seat and I stood in the back. I thought I would shoot a few photos after the beginning and stick around until I was too cold or it became boring. Still nothing.
I left at 7:20 and as I got close to the Zocalo, I saw some motorcycle police come around the corner and head toward me. Then two more with two golf carts with policemen following as an escort for the parade. Now comes the Tuna Band…wandering Oaxaca Minstrels that date back to the Middle Ages in Salamanca Spain where they began as University students trying to make money to pay for their education. They were like Drum and Bugle Corps competing but with Medieval instruments still used in today’s Tuna Band along with uniforms from back then.
I began to think they were called to sub for the original opening act that didn’t show? I didn’t care. I’ve seen this Tuna group three or four times. They are good and if it was warm out, I’d probably follow the parade back to the stage. I went home.
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